If you have bigger kids, you know that picking a place to entertain them can be a challenge. Allen has several entertainment hot spots to keep your teens and tweens having fun! From shops that cater to the brands they love to places to hang out on the weekends with friends and family, we’ve got the best places to hang, shop, and grab a bite in Allen - Big Kids Edition!
Places to Hang
PINSTACK is a great place for older kids to enjoy some time with the family and hang out with friends. Aside from bowling, PINSTACK has a two-level laser tag arena where kids can make their way through an obstacle course filled with fog, glowing pillars, and adrenaline-pumping music. You’ll also find other favorites like bumper cars and a video game arcade offering games for all types of gamers including those with a love for VR.
The Allen Community Ice Rink is a great place to take the older kids and younger kids alike. No matter whether you're kid is a rookie or an experienced skater, come put on some skates or rent them at the rink and hit the ice! Skaters will enjoy a 90-minute open skate session for just $5 per person. Check out the schedule here!
Jumping World Allen isn’t just your typical trampoline park; it’s a family entertainment center with several attractions perfect for the big kid crowd! You’ll find a giant trampoline city, dodgeball courses, a slam dunk arena, and even a ninja warrior course. And the fun doesn’t stop there. The center also boasts an arcade and a ropes course.
Topgolf is a big hit with teens and tweens. Head to the driving range, which has 15 different golf games that video gamers will love, then enjoy the arcade inside full of retro games. Parents will also find a full bar and an amazing chef, so you can enjoy yourself as well while you sit back and sip on a refreshing Mai Tai. Don’t forget to order the signature Chicken Nachos!
Sweet Tooth Rewind is nothing short of mesmerizing and a great place for a big kids' day out. This interactive art exhibit is also the perfect spot for those Insta-worthy shots while admiring the incredible craftsmanship displayed by local artists throughout the space.
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Allen Nail Spa located in The Village at Allen is a great place to take the big kids to enjoy an afternoon of pampering. From pedicures and manicures to the latest trends in NexGen and more, Allen Nail Spa offers plenty of choices for teens and tweens.
Where to Shop
Allen Premium Outlets has over 120 stores serving up brands your big kids will love. With stores like Nike, Adidas, PacSun, Zumiez, Aeropostle, plus teen retail favorites like H&M and Forever 21, your kids will find exactly what they’re looking for all in one place. Treat them to a post-shopping trip treat at Great American Cookie or Candy World!
Uptown Cheapskate is a local resale favorite among teens and tweens, with sizes ranging from young adults to adults in everything from graphic tees, crops, denim, and athleisure to footwear from brands such as Nike, Adidas, and Puma.
Watters Creek at Montgomery Farms is another local shopping favorite for older kids, with stores like Francesca’s, Bath & Body Works, Altar’d State, and DSW. While you’re there, grab a frozen yogurt treat at Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt or gelato at Paciugo.
Where to Treat the Big Kids
Bahama Bucks is a summer go-to with fun treats like shaved sno (endless flavor options!), island smoothies, Bahama sodas, and lemonades. Or head over to Hello Boba for fresh boba and bubble teas, smoothies, frappes, and more. This family-owned spot was designed to be hangout-friendly, so grab a seat and play board games while you browse signature art pieces from local artists in the cafe.
MOD Pizza makes a great place to stop in for lunch or dinner with the kids. The menu is perfect for the whole family, with over 30+ toppings available to customize any pizza or salad. You can add as many toppings as you want, and the price stays the same. Or stop into Hat Creek Burger Company, a fun, family-friendly place. You’ll find fresh food with all the staples of a great burger joint, from all-natural burgers to specialty shakes.
Take the kids out for some healthy food options. Spin Sushi is a Allen original business specializing in Asian fusion cuisine. Come for the sushi rolls, stay for the gyoza and fried rice! Panera Bread Allen, another hit with local teens and tweens, is a fast-casual bakery cafe with a robust menu of soups, salads, sandwiches, and sweet bakery treats. You’ll find something for every kid, no matter the picky palettes!
Allen is home to some of the best cupcakes around at Bliss Cupcakes and Confections. But there’s more than just cupcakes here; they also serve cake pops, cookies, brownies, pies, and more. Bliss even carries a line of gluten-free treats!
Allen has more than enough options to keep kids of all ages entertained and having fun. You can also make a weekend of it and book a stay at one of our Allen hotels for a fun big kid weekend staycation!