It’s not a word often associated with the “burbs,” but as Frisco grows and the city continues to welcome new residents from all over the country, the culture of Frisco also matures.
An important part of developing that culture is having a place to gather, explore, and highlight Frisco’s artistic talent, as well as expose ourselves to new and mind-stretching things. That place is the Frisco Discovery Center, home to the Black Box Community Theater, Frisco Art Gallery, Sci-Tech Discovery Center, and Special Events Center.
Whether you’re searching for something different to do, or want to get involved in arts and sciences activities, look no further than the Frisco Discovery Center for a variety of family friendly options.
The Frisco Art Gallery
The Frisco Art Gallery is actually two gallery spaces inside the Frisco Discovery Center. Both spaces display two-dimensional artwork with limited space for sculpture, and are excellent places to host a reception, private party, or other event.
The Main Gallery is in the main hall of the center and has brightly colored walls, high ceilings, contemporary décor, and an Arakawa Rail and Cable system that allows for 186 linear feet of hanging space.
The Reception Gallery gallery, just off the main hall, is 855 square feet, and is a more intimate exhibition space.
The Frisco Art Gallery often features local artists but exhibits also include artwork and sculpture from around the world. Exhibits rotate regularly so there is always something new to explore.
The Frisco Art Gallery is also home to the Visual Arts Guild of Frisco. Both the Main and Reception Galleries are free and open to the public.
M-F : 9-5 PM
Sundays: from 1-5PM, Call ahead for weekend hours in the Reception Gallery: 972-668-5180
If you would like to host an exhibit in the Frisco Art Gallery, contact sroland (at) friscoarts (dot) org or call 972-668-5180 and ask for Sharon.
Black Box Community Theater
The Black Box Theater is one of Frisco’s hidden gems. An intimate theater with seating for 120 guests, Black Box Theater hosts a variety of entertainment including family-friendly improv shows, children’s theater, concerts, recitals, dance productions, fashion shows, workshops, classes, and more.
Ticket prices vary but are always reasonable and Black Box Theater is a great place to see rising and local talent. The Frisco Community Theater, including the Frisco Improv Players, perform at Black Box Theater.
The Sci-Tech Discovery Center
The Sci-Tech Discovery Center inside of the Frisco Discovery Center will make you wish you were a kid again! The good news is… you don’t have to be!
Inspiring a new generation of innovators, engineers, scientists, and educators, The Sci-Tech Discovery Center is on a mission to bring you mind-stretching fun.
With exhibits and events for all ages, the Sci-Tech Discovery Center is a great place to have fun while you (and your kids) learn. From hands-on exhibits, interactive “maker” showcase, field trips, and special events, the Sci-Tech Discovery Center is a non-stop educational and sensory indulgence.
Permanent exhibits include:
- Bodies in Motion: 27 stations explore your body’s maze of complex systems and functions.
- Nano: an interactive exhibition in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology.
- Coordination Station: a hands-on exhibit with simple machines that show basic principles of physics.
There are recurring events like Ham Radio, connecting with people from around the world, on the 2nd Saturday of every month from 11am – 2pm.
“Story-Time Adventures” feature interactive, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) educational programs for children ages 3-5 on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month from 10am – 12pm.
To learn about other programs, we encourage you to explore the options on the Sci-Tech website.
Other exhibits rotate so be sure to check the schedule.
Tuesday – Friday, 10:00am-5:00pm
Monday – Closed for specialty programming
General Admission: $7.00
Seniors (60+) Military
Members of the Sci-Tech Discovery Center get in free.
Special Events Center
The Special Events Center inside the Frisco Discovery Center is a climate-controlled warehouse for large events, trade shows, conventions, business parties, holiday events, performances, dances, and more.
If you need a big open space for your event, this is it! Reach out to the Frisco Discovery Center for rental details.
The Frisco Discovery Center never ceases to impress and entertain its visitors. With so much to do, it’s a perfect venue to spend an afternoon with the family, take in a little theater, keep up with the arts, or indulge your senses.
Keep your eyes open year-round for changing and seasonal events too.