Joining a local club can be a great way to expand your social network, explore some of your interests, and have fun with your family. Clubs can also be a great way to develop your kids’ social skills and allow them to pursue their own unique interests. While there are plenty of after-school clubs and activities in the Allen area, there are also a number of local social groups that offer fun for the whole family. Check out these eight special local clubs that you can join with your kids for a fun, one-of-a-kind experience.

Allen Garden Club

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The Allen Garden Club is a great way to teach your kids about gardening and giving back to their community. The club opened in 1998 and since that time, it’s offered all ages the chance to work on special community service projects. Every year, the club participates in EarthFest, where they offer free seeds and garden tip sheets to the adults and hands-on crafts for the children.

The club meets on the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Allen Heritage Center, with the exception of January and July. Every fall and spring, they host a plant swap, where members can dig out their perennials to exchange for new plants. They also host an annual Christmas potluck, featuring delicious food and great conversation.

Black Kids Meets

The social gathering site Meetup hosts Black Kids Meets, a social club for black parents with kids of all ages. Their regular events allow kids to build friendships and have fun together while the parents chat. The club offers a wide variety of activities, including crafting, movie nights, trips to the local arcade, and even educational classes. Both in-person and virtual events are available to the club’s 60 members. Kids under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent, regardless of the event.

Our Village Mom’s Club

Our Village Mom’s Club is a great club for moms of all ages and strives to make moms throughout Denton County feel ready for all stages of motherhood. The club’s FIT4MOM fitness program offers a variety of different fitness classes for moms of all body shapes, like Stroller Barre, 60-minute barre-like cardio and a strength interval class that involves using strollers to build flexibility. Stroller Strides is another class that uses strollers and includes a total-body conditioning workout, along with plenty of entertainment for the little ones.

The group is perfect for mothers looking to make new friends and get in a great workout while their infants or toddlers get to socialize. Special themed holiday events are also available for moms and their little ones to enjoy.

Indian Families in Frisco/McKinney/Plano/Allen

Meetup also hosts the Indian Families in Frisco/McKinney/Plano/Allen group, which caters to Indian families and parents interested in making new friends in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. The group contains 765 members and features a variety of play-dates, picnics, movies, camping, festivals, and other fun activities for all ages. There’s also a special mom’s day just for moms and kids. Regardless of the occasion, all gatherings are sure to be interactive and fun-filled.

Booktok Book Club

The Allen Public Library has a Booktok Book Club for tweens and teens in 7th through 12th grade that plans to meet regularly starting in April. In the first meeting, participants can enjoy snacks and discuss any YA fiction novel of their choice over tasty snacks. In subsequent meetings, the library encourages participants to discuss their YA fiction novels recommended on social media. The activity is a great way for middle and high schoolers alike to meet from all over Allen and become more interested in reading a wide variety of genres.

Anime Evenings 

If your tween or teen in 7th through 12th grade is an anime fan, they’ll love the Anime Evenings, also held at the Allen Public Library. This special evening takes place once a month on the second floor of the library. Participants can discuss their favorite anime over tasty Japanese snacks and make creative crafts. The group is a perfect way to get your kids to socialize and meet other kids that also share their interests and love for Japanese animation.

Legacy West Kids Club

Every month, local art teacher Amber West hosts the Legacy Kids Club in nearby Plano’s business and cultural district. The club holds its meetings in front of the seasonal activation space and activities change every month, ensuring that all ages can get involved in something they’ll enjoy. Activities often involve crafting, coloring, or doing something else that’s creative. The club is perfect for adults looking to enjoy some fresh air and give their kids the chance to be creative and get a little messy in a relaxed, outdoor setting.

After the festivities, parents can shop for all their favorite brands and enjoy a quick bite to eat at one of the mall’s many delicious restaurants and eateries. Be sure to check the weather before you go and, depending on the activity, you may want to bring your kids an extra pair of clothes to change into after.

Plano Mom’s Club

The Plano Mom’s Club in nearby Plano has over 50 members. Monthly meetings include park play days, discussions about motherhood and parenting, and activities geared towards specific age groups. The group also offers arts and crafts, a mom’s night out held once a month, and a variety of other activities. Every fall, the club holds a fundraiser where members get the chance to collect items for a local Plano charity organization and give back to the community.

The team at Crème de la Crème of Allen hopes our list of eight different local clubs was helpful to you. No matter what activities you and your kids love doing, there are certainly plenty of fun clubs to join in Allen and the surrounding areas. Did we miss any of your family’s favorite clubs for social groups in and around the Dallas suburbs? Send us a message online or give us a call at 214-273-1897. We’ll be sure to add your suggestion to our list.