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Star-Spangled Family Fun - The Music Man

Chilrdens Band

The Music Man at Lubbock Moonlight Musicals Amphitheatre

CoverExtra show added!  Final Shows: Thurs. 7/5, Fri. 7/6 and Sat. 7/7

There are so many reasons that The Music Man is the ideal escape, right here in River City, er, the Hub City!, to enjoy some family time during the mid-summer, lazy, hazy, firecracker days of the 4th of July holiday week!  The multiple Sousa-esque marches entice the little ones to march along and everyone to clap and tap in time!  And there may even be a few new musical conductors as a result:  we noticed several kiddos standing and leading the band!  Even if the kids haven’t seen the movie, they will be amazed that they already know some of the songs, like “Seventy-six Trombones.”   BarbershopThe ‘barbershop’ quartet, who appear during various scenes, treats the audience to “Ice Cream” (it’s a song and actually as good as the cold stuff!) and their smooth harmonies just scream of summer.

The beauty of this huge production is the introduction of musical classics to many in the family who need to be inspired by it!  Our 16 year old has a new favorite song from the show that she loved learning and has been singing at home since the show… “Goodnight My Someone.”  A beautiful ballad, performed magically by Shayna Tayloe as Marian.  Who knew it would be a sweet melody that would touch a teen!

Ya Got Trouble

That’s the benefit of sharing the experience of as many musicals, live, as we can with our kids – we don’t know what will touch them and in what way.  Giving them more connection to culture and history as well.  As we were leaving the park, we overheard a conversation between what appeared to be a grandmother and her grand daughter…. maybe about 8 years old.  Grandma asked the girl if she liked the show, and the bouncing girl responded with a squeal “yes!” but wished that her cousin had been there too… then the 8 year old asked grandma if they could come see it again so she could share it with her cousin.  Proof that the music and the lively dialogue and all the children on stage keep the show interesting to even the youngest e-connected set!


So many of the songs are full of movement and percussion and alliteration:  “Rock Island” chorus is a mesmerizing tongue-twister…  we still don’t know how they all remembered all the words!  And be prepared for your kids to take “Pick-a-Little, Talk-a-Little” and make it their summer theme-song!


The story revolves around teaching the children of a small town that they can play music and become a marching band with the proper instruments, and uniforms, and instruction – by the The Music Man of course!  It creates a statement of the importance of being exposed to music and learning music for all children:  “Teach them kids to play”…. which is the mission and the moral of the story.

Children pretend music

The story is set in the summer of 1912 in River City, Iowa, so there are several fun words and themes the the kid can learn and explore.  One is “Billliard”… our kids didn’t realize what that was and what it symbolized especially during that time period.  Another learning opportunity was explaining why it was that walking with books on your head, was a method of training young girls to walk gracefully and “lady-like.”  ChoirAnd speaking of graceful:  the costumes are beautiful and truly appeal to the nostalgia of simpler times.  The kids will love them and will have fun watching all the kids in the show in their vintage band uniforms, playing their instruments and having fun themselves.

Parent Pointers: Tips for making your experience more enjoyable

Reminders:  The venue is perfect for even the youngest of children.  It’s outside with wiggle room and lots of tiered grass seating perfect for blankets and chairs.  Hills for rolling.  Bahama Bucks for snacking (which is a fundraiser for Moonlight Musicals – remember they are a nonprofit!), and aisles for MARCHING.  Picnics are always allowed!DSCN4374

The doors open an hour before showtime, so try to get there as early as you can to stake your claim on a favorite spot.  It’s open seating in the General Admission-designated area, which is the top section and sides… perfect when you have little ones anyway!  Be sure to bring sunscreen, mosquito repellant, and also a light jacket or blanket because regardless of the heat index during the day, our wonderful West Texas evenings are cooling down nicely.

There is plenty of time to stay after the show and take the kids down to the stage where they can meet and greet the characters.  They may even know some of the cast members and can grab some hugs, program autographs and photos.

After the show, just for fun, plan to have a movie night with the kids to see the movie version and discuss the differences…

Just the Facts!

When: June 15-16, 22-23, 29-30,
Thursday 7/5, Friday 7/6, Saturday 7/7.  Gates open at 7pm and performance starts at 8pm.

Where: Moonlight Musicals Amphitheatre at 413 East Broadway Lubbock, TX 79403.

How: Tickets are available online, or by calling 806-770-2000. Prices start at $20 for adults and $7 for children.   *For General admission child age is 5-9 years and Premium admission child age is 0-9 years.

Length: Lasts approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes with a 20 minute intermission included..

Age: Recommended for ages 4 and up.  Younger kids will still enjoy the open venue and the dancing and singing.

Planning to go?  Let us know how you like the show!  Write your reviews below.

Credits:  Book, Music and Lyrics by:  Meredith Willson, Story by:  Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey.

Images from Gypsy Arts Design & Photography, Lubbock Moonlight Musicals 2018 production of The Music Man and 


A Holiday Weekend BLAST for Families - Legally Blonde Jr.

35283656_10155487815791899_8816017113501138944_nLast Chance – Final performances this weekend!
Bruiser is waiting…

If you are looking for a way to spend some time together over the pre-holiday weekend with especially your oh-so-bored-with-summer-already teens and pre-teens, then you can’t miss the final performances of Lubbock Community Theatre‘s production of Legally Blonde Jr. The Musical at the LHUCA Firehouse Theatre.

Great for the entire family, and not just for the soon-to-be sorority gals… super fun for the men and boys in your life and perfect for recent 2018 grads!

35221955_10155487815826899_1661112836912316416_nThe beauty of this production is not only its length, it’s under 2 hours, but its infectious cast and crew… including 2 absolutely adorable dogs who are very talented stars in their own right!

The show follows the story made popular in the movie “Legally Blonde” staring Reese Witherspoon. However this production is sweeter, and more inspirational for our kids – whether they are soon to be graduates or have a few years to go. The underlying message of always being true to yourself, yes, even if it means wearing your signature color (pink!) to your first job, is timeless and is reinforced though a super-fun music score (and one you and your child will sing together for days!). In addition, the theme of tenacity and never giving up on something you believe in, is a very valuable take-away. And one of the most encouraging messages, as a parent, is the fact that Elle has to work hard to reach her goal of going to Harvard Law School… dreams take effort!

If your kids aren’t fans of musicals, then this is the the show you must see together… it’s so much fun that our family will be seeing it again this weekend! And the layout of the theatre lends to the feel that you are part of the story and the fun, with a very close proximity to the stage.

The talent of the young actors will blow you away. The actor who played Elle the first weekend, Macee Maddox, not only pulled off the spunky attitude of Elle while keeping her sweet and endearing, but also treated the crowd to a beautiful, angelic voice. And one of our family favorites was Paulette Bounafountie, played perfectly and charmingly by Taylor McKenzie Sines. And Karson Hood as Brooke Wyndam truly stole the show at times!35238490_10155486882131899_3282695482027016192_n

Start the 4th of July holiday weekend with a bang, and bend, and snap, and join the fun at Legally Blonde Jr.  OMG You Guys… you’ll love it!

If you go:
It is a close-up theatre, so once the show starts, late arrivals are not allowed.
Waters and light treats are available with no concession so eat before or after you go.

Thursday, June 21, 2018 7:30 PM.
Friday, June 22, 2018 7:30 PM.
Saturday, June 23, 2018 7:30 PM.
Sunday, June 24, 2018 2:30 PM.
Thursday, June 28, 2018 7:30 PM.
Friday, June 29, 2018 7:30 PM.
Saturday, June 30, 2018 7:30 PM.
Sunday, July 1, 2018 2:30 PM.

Where: Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (LHUCA) Firehouse Theatre. 1511 Ave. K., Lubbock, TX 79401.

How: Tickets are available online, at the door or by calling 806-749-2416. $15 for students and seniors and $20 for adults.

Length: Lasts approximately 1 1/2 hours with a 10 minute intermission included.

Age: Recommended for ages 6+ but lively enough for all ages!

Going to the show?  Let us know!  Write your reviews below.


Legally Blond Jr. The Musical

Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin.  Book by Heather Hach.  Directed by Heather May.

Elle Woods:  Macee Maddox 1st weekend, Eve Helak 2nd weekend.
Margot:  Natalee Sanchez
Serena:  Liberty DeLeon
Pilar:  Hannah Hays
Warner Huntington III:  Zachary Ell 1st weekend, Wyatt Brownell 2nd weekend
Emmet Forrest:  Dylan Avant
Vivienne Kensington:  Allana Cano
Paulette Bounafountie:  Taylor McKenzie Sines
Pro. Callahan/Grandmaster Chad:  Miguel Martinez
Brooke Wyndam:  Karson Hood
Kyle:  Deacon Chaney
Whitney:  Brenna Ryan
Kate:  Sophie Goforth
Saleswoman:  Sylvia Medina
Judge, Store Manager:  Abi Mills
Chutney:  Natalya Pappas
Enid Hoops:  Lindsay Little
Winthrop:  Harrison Black
Pfizerreeme:  Erin Ewings
Fratboy, Salon Worker:  Robert Spencer
Jet Blue Pilot, Guard:  Grand Pyke
Aaron Shultz:  Nicholas Ellerbrook
Sundeep Padammada:  TiAmos Jackson
Dewey:  Nelson Hudson
Fratboy, Guard:  Kagan Baker
Delta Nu, Bookish Client:  Anya Pappas
Harvard Student:  Gabby Pena

Photos provided by Heather May – Lubbock Community Theatre.

Parent Review: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Moonlight Musicals

Tom Sawyer program

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a toe-tappin’ summer escape for families + a special treat for Dad.
Catch Friday & Saturday performances through July 1st.

The first summer production from Moonlight Musicals is a welcomed escape for families as we transition from the frantic end of school-time, into summer-time - the hazy, lazy days of summer that Tom Sawyer and his buddy Huck Finn have come to symbolize.  And we couldn’t help but think that a trip back in time with Tom and Becky and Huck is just about the best Fathers Day gift. Ever! The production is Dad-friendly (lots of male characters) with a bluegrass band rather than a full orchestra.  It’s even teen-approved.  Win/Win!  The night we attended was absolutely perfect: The view of the water at Mackenzie Park behind the stage was mesmerizing and the light breeze refreshing.  The full Strawberry Moon was the icing on the cake.  Perfect!

Tom Sawyer Full Moon Rising

The beginning scene starts with Tom Sawyer taking the stage… fishin’ of course! to a wonderful musical medley performed by an extremely talented 6-member orchestra that includes not only a violin, but a slap bass, banjo, guitar, mandolin, piano, and drums.  It really sets the mood for the show, and transforms the audience into a softer, slower time.

This production is especially enjoyable for kids because it includes so many children in the cast… and they look like they are having the best summer ever!  The toe-tapping music is not overdone but adds to the story in exactly the right spots… our toes were tapping and hands clapping throughout.  And several groups of kids in the audience could be seen busting out a few dance moves when the spirit moved them as well.

Tom Sawyer kids play

The story is truly timeless and one that all kids, and parents can relate to.  Tom (played by Coby Rogers) is charming and endearing, and Becky Thatcher (played by Anna Holmes) is spunky and sweet.  They are perfectly cast and with the addition of Tre Babineaux as Huck Finn, the adventures begin and friendships are made.  The cast is driven by so many talented actors in their teens that it’s a great opportunity to ignite a spark for the arts for children in the audience.  The exposure to performances such as Tom Sawyer is not only a way to share these special, fleeting summer days with our children, but an opportunity to instill a lifelong appreciation for the arts, perhaps even create a budding performer!

Tom and Becky

Although the kids take center stage in Tom Sawyer, the adults help anchor the show and give the characters the love and support needed.  The performance by Mariann Davidson as Aunt Polly, Tom’s aunt who is raising him, especially tugs on the heart of every parent in the audience.  Her song, as she checks on Tom as he sleeps, echoes words and thoughts that all parents have shared during sleepless, worry-filled nights.  It’s one of our favorite quotes from the show…

“This time tomorrow
we will have traveled another day
this time tomorrow
we’ll be a little farther on our way
we will be wiser
we will be older too
this time tomorrow
I will still be loving you

this time tomorrow
no telling how the world will turn
this time tomorrow
what lessons we will have to learn
we will find laughter
we will find tear drops too
this time tomorrow
I will still be loving you

so sleep tight
baby don’t you worry
it’s alright
we’re not in a hurry
come in through the window
oh, my
where does the time go…”

Tom Sawyer and Aunt Polly

Parent Pointers: Tips for making your experience more enjoyable

The venue is perfect for even the youngest of children.  It’s outside so there’s lots of wiggle room and lots of tiered grass seating perfect for blankets and chairs.  Hills for rolling.  Bahama Bucks for munching.  Aisles for dancing (yes, it’s OK to let them dance… in fact it’s encouraged!).  And picnics are always allowed… even if the picnic consists of a quick drive through!

The doors open an hour before showtime, so try to get there as early as you can to stake your claim on a favorite spot.  It’s open seating in the General Admission-designated area, which is the top section and sides… perfect when you have little ones anyway!  Be sure to bring sunscreen, mosquito repellant, and also a light jacket or blanket because regardless of the heat index during the day, our wonderful West Texas evenings can cool down nicely when the sun starts setting.

Although the show ends past some bedtimes (around 10:15pm), stay after the show and take the kids down to the stage where they can meet and greet the characters.  They may even know some of the cast members and can grab some hugs, program autographs and photos.

Preparing for the show:

The story does include some violent scenes that result in death, so parents may want to prepare children and discuss the story in advance.  The scenes are well-done and the actors in both cases do arise and make their way from the stage, proving that all is well.

Encourage older kids to read the novel or at least some excerpts of one of the Tom Sawyer book series.  Area public libraries have the books as well as the audio books and videos too.  For more fun, have the kids dress the part!

If your kids are veterans of Moonlight Musical productions, an element to this show that is different, is the orchestra.  Because it is a smaller, bluegrass inspired ensemble, it’s a great opportunity to discuss the different types of orchestras used for musical productions and perhaps even lookup and learn a bit more about bluegrass.

Tom Sawyer toe tappin

Just the Facts!

When: Friday and Saturday June 9 & 10, 16 & 17, 23 & 24, 30 & July 1, 2017.  Gates open at 7pm and performance starts at 8pm.

Where: Moonlight Musicals Amphitheatre at 413 East Broadway Lubbock, TX 79403.

How: Tickets are available at online, or by calling 806-770-2000. Prices Range from $23-$31 for adults and $10-$18 for children.  Students for $15. *For General admission child age is 5-9 years and Premium admission child age is 0-9 years.

Length: Lasts approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes with a 20 minute intermission included..

Age: Recommended for ages 4 and up.  Younger kids will still enjoy the open venue and the dancing and singing.

Planning to go?  Let us know how you like the show!  Write your reviews below.

Credits:  Based on the novel by Mark Twain. Conceived and written by Ken Ludwig.  Music and lyrics by Don Schlitz.

Images from Lubbock Moonlight Musicals 2017 production of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and 

Parent Review: Tarzan Celebrates the True Meaning of Family

Terk played by Amari Venzor, Tarzan  played by Elijah van Gilder, Kala played by Ann Maria NicholsTarzan Flies High and Teaches the Power of Family

Catch him while you can!
Last show is Sunday January 15.

Moonlight Broadway has given area families a late holiday treat…  a fun, exciting trip to the jungle to start the new year.  The show is more fun than you can imagine and the best way to spend time with the family while the weather outside is dreary.  Nothing even remotely dreary about this show thanks to the talented cast and crew.

When you arrive, you’ll notice the stage curtain is transparent.  It adds to the sense that you’re a part of the action, trying to see through a dense jungle.  The orchestra is also behind the curtain, which is unique and makes for more intense sound compared to shows where the orchestra is in the pit in front of the stage.  Musical kids will enjoy seeing the musicians! 

Apes Dancing to Two Worlds

The show is action-packed with movement and climbing and swinging from ropes and wire ladders that look like ferns allowing characters to hop from platform to platform.  The physicality and prowess of the characters, especially the apes and Tarzan, is mesmerizing for the kids and looked at with envy by the parents… yes, the new year is time to hit the gym, inspired by the show!

Tarzan played by Thomas Griffth   Williams, learning about Jane, played by Rachel Way -

The music is enjoyable for everyone and quite moving at times.  Jane, played by Rachel Way, is stunning and her voice is perfect for the part – strong, and vibrant, and playful – and blends beautifully with Tarzan’s, played by Thomas Griffin Williams.  Tarzan is played so well with the perfect combination of strength, innocence, physicality, wisdom, and approachability.  Children and adults can relate to him!  And the booming, baritone voice of Kerchak, played by Ezekiel Andrew, is stirring and tender at times while definitely establishing himself as the leader of the tribe.

Kala play Ann Marie Nichols on the  stage

But from the point of view as a parent, the portrayal of Kala, from Ann Marie Nichols, is incredibly moving and emotional.  The amount of joy, sadness, heartbreak and shear emotion she is able to express through song and voice (while jumping from platform to platform!) is inspiring and impressive.  She sings from the heart of every parent beautifully. 

Another treat especially for kids, is being able to see Tarzan as a boy, enthusiastically played by Elijah van Gilder.  There is a special effect (that we still can’t figure out!), where Kala is cradling the infant Tarzan while sleeping and he magically turns into Tarzan as a youth.  Yes, that is exactly how all parents feel… in the blink of an eye our children go from infants to swinging from vines!

However, the real treasure in this production, was a surprise.  Although most people in the audience are familiar with the story of Tarzan from Johnny Weissmuller to Disney, this performance truly strikes a chord in demonstrating the power and importance of all families, regardless of their appearance.  The message for children who may be a part of a blended, foster or adoptive family is heartwarming and strong.  Even Jane’s father Professor Porter, played by Travis Burge, reminds Jane of the importance, value, and depth of Tarzan’s adoptive family, and shows great respect when meeting Tarzan’s mother and friends.  Another teachable moment from the theatre!

Parent Pointers:

Parents need to be aware that the show does start by showing how Tarzan came to be in the jungle alone… he was with his parents during a shipwreck.  And his parents die.  However the continuing theme of the power of love and family quickly swoops up baby Tarzan and the audience as his adopted mother Kala braves beasts and even her own tribe to become his mother.

Apes in the theatreAnd one of our favorite parts of the production features apes… lots and lots of apes!  During the intermission, several of the apes wander around the theatre and audience, interacting with guests, climbing on the seats (as most apes would do!), taking photos and ape-ing around.  Their costumes are masks and some head dressing – extremely creative but could be frightening for some children if they are approached quickly by one of these friendly apes.  Simply prepare them by mentioning that they may be able to meet some of these talented actors up close, or if you child is sensitive to interaction, taking a break during intermission in the lobby may be wise.

Preparing for the show:

Children may think they know Tarzan, but, although it is based on the Disney film, there are no cartoonish characters or costumes.  Tantor the Elephant is not in the show and Tarzan’s friend Terk is male.  For older kids, encourage them to take a look at the original novel and then tell the family their thoughts on the differences between the show and the novel.

Just the Facts!

When: Friday, January 6, 2017 7:30 PM.
Saturday, January 7, 2017 7:30 PM.
Sunday, January 8, 2017 2:00 PM.
Friday, January 13, 2017 7:30 PM.
Saturday, January 14, 2017 2:00 PM.
Saturday, January 14, 2017 7:30 PM.
Sunday, January 15, 2017 2:00 PM.

Where: Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theatre. 1501 Mac Davis Lane, Lubbock, TX 79401.

How: Tickets are available at Select-a-Seat, online, or by calling 806-770-2000. Prices Range from Prices range from $25-$71.

Length: Lasts approximately 2 hours with a 20 minute intermission included.

Age: Recommended for all ages but ideal for 4+.  Younger kids may get antsy at times, but the music and theatrics will keep them engaged.

Going to the show?  Let us know!  Write your reviews below.

Tarzan®, The Stage Musical at Arvada Center

Credits:  Based on the Disney Film.
Music and Lyrics by Phil Collins.
Book by David Henry Hwang.
Adapted from the story “Tarzan of the Apes” by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Originally Produced on Broadway by Disney Theatrical Productions.
TARZAN© owned by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.

Images from Lubbock Moonlight Broadway 2017 production of Tarzan (R) The Stage Musical and Elizabeth Logan.

Parent Review: Carousel from Moonlight Musicals

Carousel offers touching,
teachable moments for parents.
Catch Friday & Saturday performances through August 20th.

Carousel programThe final summer production from Moonlight Musicals is one of our personal all-time favorite shows: Carousel, the musical by Rodgers & Hammerstein.  The fact that it’s being performed during the most beautiful time of the year in Lubbock, Texas for enjoying evenings outside is like the stars aligning!  The night we attended was absolutely perfect:  The view of the water at Mackenzie Park peeking around from behind the stage was so tranquil and the glorious West Texas sunset to the left of the stage was right on cue!  The very light breeze was refreshing and had a hint of rain, but the storms on the horizon never threatened the show.  Perfect!

Many parents and grandparents may recall the musical (debuted in 1945) or the film version featuring Shirley Jones and Gordon MacRae (1956).  The great melodies are still there including “June is Bustin’ Out All Over,” “The Carousel Waltz” (you’ll recognize it!) and of course “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

The beginning scene (our family favorite!) takes place at the carnival and is full of colors, characters, magicians, and the star of the show… the Carousel!  The beautiful set draws you into the story from the first beat.

In case you haven’t seen the film, Carousel takes place in a small fishing village on the coast of Maine in the early 1900′s.  It’s the story of young Billy, a handsome, rough-around-the-edges carnival worker (“barker”) and Julie, an innocent local girl, who fall in love and marry.  They quickly face hardships that result in a tragic loss, but Billy receives one last chance from heaven.  The power of love is the continuing theme.Carousel Billy and Julie

This is a great show if you have a teenager, especially a son, who has balked at attending performing arts… it’s an outdoor, casual environment and there are many scenes with lots of male characters who wrote the book on swagger.  But more importantly, it also offers a good opportunity to get your teen’s take on the importance of choosing friends wisely, making good decisions, and especially the messages of hope, redemption, and forgiveness… regardless of the mistakes made.

One of our favorite quotes comes at the very end of the show at the graduation ceremony.  The speaker, who appears to also be Billy’s heavenly helper, offers to the graduates:  “I can’t tell you any sure way to happiness. I only know that you’ve gotta go out and find it for yourselves. You can’t lean on the success of your parents. That’s their success.  And don’t be held back by their failures… Makes no difference what they did or didn’t do. You just stand on your own two feet.” Very timely message to any of our kids preparing for high school or college.

This treat from Moonlight Musicals offers us not only the opportunity to experience a beautiful evening with our families, but also a chance to share this classic with our kids.  It’s top-level entertainment (the rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” by Candice Aipperspach as Cousin Nettie is stunning!) and packed with teachable moments addressing similar issues that young people have faced throughout time.

Parent Pointers:

Parents need to be aware that the show does cover a variety of grown-up content.  In literary terms it’s a tragedy.  A main character dies.  Younger children may be frustrated that Billy has to go back to heaven rather than stay on earth… looking for the type of happy ending that they are accustomed to receiving in many films they see.  But it is a wonderful chance to show children that happy endings come in many forms.  Billy is able to redeem himself and also help those he loves on earth… so it is a happy ending after all.  Although based in a setting of over 100 years ago, it offers timeless lessons that convert to current-world issues.

And bad boy Jigger Craigin does have some great one-liners (“My mother had a baby once… just once.”) but he also provides some spicy language and name calling that proves to the audience that he is definitely unsuitable company.

Preparing for the show:

There are many topics in the show that our kids might find foreign.   For example:  What exactly is a “Clam Bake?”  Many West Texas kids may not really understand that it’s a festival, rather than a dish!  One way to get into the spirit is to plan your own picnic or “Clam Bake” – before or after (or even during!) the show.  They also may need an explanation of what a “Carnival Barker” actually does.  Be prepared for other questions regarding the themes of after-life, bullying, and even domestic violence.

Just the Facts!

When: Friday and Saturday August 5 & 6, 12 & 13, 19 & 20.  Gates open at 7pm and performance starts at 8pm.

Where: Moonlight Musicals Amphitheatre at 413 East Broadway Lubbock, TX 79403.

How: Tickets are available at Select-a-Seat, online, or by calling 806-770-2000. Prices Range from $20-$28 for adults and $7-$15 for children.  Students for $12. *For General admission child age is 5-9 years and Premium admission child age is 0-9 years.

Length: Lasts approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes with a 20 minute intermission included.

Age: Recommended for ages 10 and up.  Younger kids will still enjoy the open venue and the dancing and singing.

Planning to go?  Let us know how you like the show!  Write your reviews below.

Credits:  Music by Richard Rodgers. Book by Oscar Hammerstein II.  Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II.  Based on the Play LILIOM by Ferenc Molnar.  As adapted by Benjamin F. Glazer.

Images from Lubbock Moonlight Musicals 2016 production of Carousel.

The Bus Stops Here! Back to School {Cool} 2016

Back to School Bus We just spotted the first flock of geese arriving in the Hub City area… must be official: summertime is winding down.  It’s that time of year.  We panic because we haven’t quite finished that summer bucket list with our kids and we need to think about preparing for the bus back to school…!

To help you enjoy every inch of summer (and there’s lots more to enjoy!) and at the same time jump-start school prep, we’ve gathered all the great Back-to-School deals, dates and events in one convenient spot on  You can now find all the summertime fun to round out that bucket list & also plug into all the B2S excitement… there’s plenty of time!  And for up-to-the-minute events, check our Back to School section and jam-packed calendar!

A time to shop!

  • Take advantage of the Texas State Tax Free Weekend Friday August 5 – Sunday August 7.   Don’t forget, lots of deals online too if you like to avoid the crowds that weekend!
  • Sat. 8/13 from 9am-12pm:  Back to School Fiesta for area kids from Texas Tech’s Office of Community Engagement.  All K-12 students and family welcomed! Free Lunch & Free School Supplies while quantities last…learn about numerous educational, local and federal programs and initiatives, and receive free school supplies for the upcoming school year.
  • Take advantage of several shopping events to get more bang for your buck for B2S shopping including the Just Between Friends consignment sale taking place Wed. 8/3 – 8/6… during tax free weekend!  As well as the Cradles 2 Crayons fall sale coming up 9/22-24.  Find more consignment sources and events in our Consignment Sales section.
  • Sat. 8/20 from 9am-noon:  The Annual Back 2 School Kickoff @ Mae Simmons offers free backpacks and school supplies!
  • Sat. 8/13 from 10am-1pm:  The Annual Bridge Bash @ The Bridge of Lubbock features a Back-to-School mega clothing give-away… including school supplies!

A time for medical appointments!

There are several events where kids can receive their immunizations, physicals, dental and more.  Reminder:  Children must have their shot records and be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian in order to receive immunizations at most events.

A time to give!

West Texans are wonderful, giving, and compassionate… there are several school supply and backpack drives to help strapped parents prepare for the upcoming school year.  These events also give our kids a chance to help by gathering and donating supplies too.

Lots of places are having End of Summer Blasts to help wrap up Summer 2016 with a bang!  Some of our favorites include:

A time to learn!Back to School Backpacks

First Days of School include (check each district’s website link for orientation and open house dates):

College and Career Night @ the United Supermarkets Arena:
Mon. 10/24 from 5:30-7:30pm.  Hosted by Lubbock ISD.  This is a great, not-to-miss event for parents and kids in Lubbock and surrounding areas who are in 6th grade and above … especially high schoolers!

Tutoring Resources:
Now is also a great time to check into any additional learning services that can take your child to the next level or help kick start the new year.  See our Tutoring Section for a full list of local sources including:  The Institute for Creative Learning, Mathnasium, Literacy Lubbock, and CLC College Prep Services.

Checkout our calendar often for up-to-the-minute dates and events.
Roll-on Lubbock parents!

Do you know of a cool B2S event, activity or resource?  Share it with us here or add it to our calendar!

Updated 8/5/2016


Moonlight Children's Theatre - Into The Woods Jr is Enchanting!

A Rare Treat for Lubbock-area Kids & Families:
Morning Matinees Fridays & Saturdays in July at 9am.

Into the Woods book

Once Upon a Time, in a Land not too far away at all, the children of Lubbock had the opportunity to share an enchanted walk through the woods.  The journey invited them into a magical story that reached out and grabbed them all…  the kids in the audience as well as the very talented young performers on stage!

Into the Woods Jr, Lubbock Moonlight Musical‘s 2016 Moonlight Children’s Theatre production, contains all the same characters from the full-length award-winning Broadway show – including the Baker & his wife, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack, and the Witch – but has been adapted for youth performers as well as a younger audience and covers the first half, more lighthearted segment, of the Broadway show.Into the Woods young fans

Watching the show is like looking at the face of the future of live theatre on the South Plains.  The kids in the audience loved identifying with and even recognizing some of the young actors in the show.  Several could be overheard saying “I want to try out for this next year!”  Parent Win: A great morning together and igniting a spark in our kids for the Arts!

The characters really do come to life thanks to the incredibly talented cast of youth performers led by the Moonlight Directions Youth Ensemble.

And as a parent, it was also easy to see how much excitement this production generated for the cast and crew.  You could tell that they were loving every second they were onstage and, maybe just as importantly, when they were off stage.  They were encouraging and gracious and excited about meeting their minions of fans after the show.  Taking pictures together, answering questions and lots of hugs!  The calibre of talent that these kids possess is truly inspiring… and a tribute to their hard work over the summer and training that they are receiving through the program.

Into the Woods Stepsisters

Even the smallest fan will enjoy the story and effects, even if they are not quite familiar with some of the story lines or even some of the characters.  In case you haven’t seen the show, the story centers around the Baker & his wife.  After discovering that they are unable to have a child due to a Witch’s curse, the journey begins in search of the Witch with many adventures and friends to meet along the way.

Parent Pointers

The venue at Moonlight Musicals Amphitheatre on the edge of Mackenzie Park is always kid-friendly, but being at the beautiful outdoor venue overlooking the park early is the perfect Friday or Saturday morning outing… and super affordable!  The length of the show, only 60 minutes, makes it the ideal introduction for any child to live theatre.  In addition to our parent tips of packing the bug spray and chairs, we especially enjoyed our morning coffee and OJ together during the show.  Do plan to arrive when the doors open at 8:30am to get great seats as close to the stage as possible.

Into the Woods with witch

Into the Woods Stepsister with fansThe moral of the story is, never underestimate the power of local, live theatre for children… entertaining to everyone in the audience, inspiring for children interested in exploring The Arts, and transforming for youngsters who have caught the theatre bug and who continue to bloom with every impressive performance!

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Just the Facts!

When:  Friday & Saturday mornings in July at 9:00am.  Gates open at 8:30am.
July 8 & 9, July 15 & 16, July 22 & 23, July 29 & 30.

Where:  Moonlight Musicals Amphitheatre at 413 East Broadway, Lubbock.

How:  Tickets available through the Moonlight Musicals website, through Select-A-Seat and at the door.
Prices are $5 for adults and $10 for children 10 and under.  Multi-ticket discounts available.

Length:  Lasts 1 hour.

Age:  Recommended for ages 3 and up.

Planning to go?  Let us know how you like the show!  Write your reviews below.

Photos provided by cast and Moonlight Musicals. Images from Moonlight Children’s Theatre 2016 production of Into The Woods Jr.

Parent Review: G2K Cinderella at Lubbock Community Theatre

Fol-De-Rol & Fiddle-Dee-Dee…Cinderella is a must-see!  Catch this charming, family-friendly musical through July 17th.

Cinderella & Godmother

It’s Possible! Hannah Flournoy as Cinderella exclaims to her Fairy Godmother played by Kayla Rushing.

The summer 2016 Lubbock Community Theatre  production of G2K Cinderella is a joyful journey for area children and families!  It’s the perfect opportunity to expose children, both performers and observers, to the theatre by inviting them into the magical and inspiring world of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.  The G2K show is especially designed for youth performers as part of their Getting to Know (G2K) series of R&H musicals.


It features the beautiful, fun songs and characters from the full production, but is more condensed.  Many parents and grandparents will enjoy humming along with the songs that we remember from the televised Hallmark Hall of Fame series.  You’ll find that this version of Cinderella, in addition to being the classic dreams-come-true message, is based on the power of positivity and kindness… yes, according to our favorite Fairy Godmother, regardless of what roadblocks arise, “It’s Possible!”

As we watched the show, it was hard to remember that all the performers were local kids, some in the LCT’s Theatre for Youth classes, but many who have never been on stage before!

Cinderella mice

Cinderella’s mice waiting patiently to turn magically into horses. Played by Emma Johnston, Kaori Gonzales, Neveah Arnold, Savannah Roberson and Faith Zint.

Cinderella and her Prince are truly charming and sweet, and we may have snort-laughed more than once with the wicked Stepsisters and Stepmother!

Cinderella sisters

Stepsisters’ Lament by Lorena Lopez and Allaina Capili

The Fairy Godmother is magical, and funny, and sassy.  Thanks to the hijinks from the King and Queen and all the other characters, the kids in the audience laughed and enjoyed every move and every joke, and were especially spellbound when Cinderella magically transforms on stage.

Also watch for the adorable little mice and fairies, townspeople and ballroom guests.

Prepare to be impressed by the calibre of musical talent in this group… and the expressions and comedic timing are also amazing from all the cast, who range in age from pre-school to high school.

Parent Pointers

Cinderella announcement

The Prince is Giving a Ball! Josh Frendenberg as the Herald proclaims to the Townspeople

In case you haven’t seen it before, the musical is quite different from the Disney movie, so parents may want to prepare children who could be expecting the songs and characters from the animated version.  There is no “Bippity Boppity Boo” but the new-to-them songs including “Fol-De-Rol and Fiddle-Dee-Dee” will leave them spellbound and humming!

The show only lasts about an hour and a half (which includes an intermission) so it’s a very manageable amount of time to hold the attention of most kids.  Another feature that is helpful for parents is the size of the theatre:  It only holds about 50-60 seats so it is more sensory-friendly for most kids.  However the small size of the theatre means if you are interested in going, you need to grab tickets quickly.  Sell-outs are frequent!

Cinderella Tea

Cinderella Tea with LCT Cast Members. Offered Sundays after matinee performances. (Tickets Sold Separately).

Another fun event offered is a special Cinderella Tea after each Sunday matinee.  Princes and Princesses can dress as their favorite character and have tea with stars from the show.  It’s a separate event from the show (tickets are sold separately for $10) with space only for 40 royal guests, so, again, better go online for tickets asap if your child is interested.  The Tea event may be a nice option if you think your child might not be quite ready for a full theatre production experience.

Fun Ways to Prepare for the Show

If you have access to one of the televised productions featuring Julie Andrews (1957) or Lesley Ann Warren (1965) or Brandy (1997), then consider a family preview to see the show and become familiar with the catchy songs.  Also consider reading the non-Disney story of Cinderella at the library or bookstore.

Cinderella program

Just the Facts!

When:  Thurs., Friday & Saturday July 7-9 at 7:30pm, Sunday July 10 at 2pm and again
Thurs., Friday & Saturday July 14-16 at 7:30pm, Sunday July 17 at 2pm.
Special Tea with Cinderella event after Sunday performances from 4:30-5:30pm.  (Limited to 40 seats.  Tickets Sold Separately).

Where:  Lubbock Community Theatre at 4232 Boston Ave, Lubbock.

How:  Tickets available through their website online, or by calling 806-749-2416 for info.
Prices are $15 for adults and $10 for children 10 and under.
Sunday Tea with Cinderella tickets are $10 each.

Length:  Lasts 1 hour and 20 minutes with a 15 minute intermission included.

Age:  Recommended for ages 3 and up.

Credits:  Music by Richard Rodgers – Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II.
Directed by Heather May.
Music Direction by Tom Laney.

Stage Manager – Alex Saulnier McKinin
Set Design – Heather May, Madeline St Claire
Set Crew – Madeline St Claire, Kayla Rushing, Emily Nixon
Light Design – RT Todd
Sound Design – Tom Laney
Board Operator – Robin Armstrong
Costumes – Patti Campbell, Mitzi Flournoy
Props – April Langehennig
Choreography – Alex Saulnier McKinin
Hair and Make-up – Alex Saulnier McKinin, Cast

Cinderella – Hannah Flournoy
Godmother – Kayla Rushing
Stepmother – Sierra Roberson
Stepsister Portia – Lorena Lopez
Stepsister Joy – Allaina Capili
Prince – Reis Smith
Herald – Josh Fredenberg
Chef – Ben Mitchell
King – Cordell Little
Queen – Erin Ewings

Supporting Roles:
Neveah Arnold – Townsperson, Mouse/Horse
Shirah Arnold – Townsperson
Ayrthon Capili – Townsperson, Ballroom Scene
Cara Copeland – Royal Staff
Kaori Gonzales – Townsperson, Mouse/Horse
Kysiah Gonzalez – Townsperson
Sophie Haney - Townsperson, Magic Fairy
Alex Haynes – Townsperson, Ballroom Scene, Royal Staff
Jonna Hollis - Townsperson, Magic Fairy
Olivia Ireland – Townsperson, Magic Fairy
Emma Johnston – Townsperson, Mouse/Horse, Ballroom Scene
Elizabeth Logan – Townsperson, Ballroom Scene, Royal Staff
Ben Mitchell – Ballroom Scene
Walter Parsons – Townsperson
Aubree Pointer – Townsperson, Ballroom Scene, Royal Staff
Jaryn Reed – Townsperson, Ballroom Scene
Savannah Roberson – Townsperson, Mouse/Horse, Royal Staff
Brenna Ryan – Townsperson, Ballroom Scene
Melanie Westmoreland – Townsperson, Royal Staff
Jencie Wright – Townsperson, Ballroom Scene
Faith Zint – Townsperson, Mouse/Horse

Planning to go?  Let us know how you like the show!  Write your reviews below.

Photos provided by Lubbock Community Theatre. Images from LCT’s 2016 production of G2K Cinderella.

Lubbock's Hot List for a Family 4th 2016

The Lubbock area offers an explosion of activities and events that families can enjoy together … making fun memories over the 4th of July holiday!

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And because we’ve received some glorious rain, we can really introduce our kids to the type of Independence Day celebration that we remember as kids… including FIREWORKS!

To save you time as you plan your weekend, we’ve gathered a Hot List of 4th-of-July-inspired local events and activities for families.  Just click the event for more info and links.  See our complete listing of up-to-the-moment fun in our 4th of July Section.

Did we miss a favorite 4th of July family activity or event open to the public?  Add it here, on our calendar, or on our Facebook page.  See our complete Calendar for a Liberty Bell full of fun activities to choose from. Thanks for helping spread the word on all the great things that make Lubbock the very best spot on earth to raise our kids!

Happy Independence Day 2016!


Saturday, July 2nd:
Plainview Fireworks show at Regional Park, 9:45pm.

Sunday, July 3rd:
* Buffalo Springs Lake / Ransom Canyon Fireworks show, dusk.
Fireworks at the Corn Maize.  Free show & dessert presented by Indiana Ave.Baptist Church, 7:30pm.

Monday, July 4th:
* Lubbock’s 4th on Broadway Fireworks show at Mackenzie Park, dusk.
* Snyder’s 4th of July Celebration Fireworks show, dusk
Lamesa’s Independence Day Celebration, Fireworks show, dusk.

Tuesday, July 5th:
* Wolfforth’s 4th on the 5th Fireworks show, dusk.


Saturday, July 2nd:
Plainview’s Parade, starts at 10am downtown.

Monday, July 4th:
* Lubbock’s 4th on Broadway Parade, starts at 9am.  Remember this year there is a new route:  Starts DOWNTOWN on Avenue M. and Broadway Ave. The parade will travel east to Canyon Lake Drive, through Mackenzie Park, and end at Joyland.
Snyder’s Parade, starts at 10am.
* Lamesa’s Parade, starts at 10am.

Festivals, Concerts & Carnivals!

Friday July 1st:
* An American Festival concert at First United Methodist Church Lubbock.  6:30-7:30pm.  Featuring the Westwinds Brass Band & church choirs.

Saturday July 2nd:
Plainview’s 4th of July Celebration, 10am-7pm.  Red, White, & Moo Freedom Festival. Downtown.

Sunday July 3rd:
Westwinds Brass Band Sunday Concert in the Park – Patriotic Salute, 8pm-9pm.  Wagner Park Gazebo at 26th and Flint Ave.

Sunday July 3rd & Monday July 4th:
* Snyder 4th of July Celebration.  Booths open Sunday 4-9pm & Monday 9am-9pm.

Monday, July 4th:
* Lubbock’s 4th on Broadway at Mackenzie Park.  The state’s largest FREE 4th of July Festival and this year continues a new era at Mackenzie Park with grass and trees and water and the park’s beautiful venue!  You can even pitch a tent for the kids to take a nap during the day!

  • $5 parking at the Fairgrounds and Canyon Lakes: Free parking at 19th & Canyon Lakes. Shuttles to all parking start at 7:30am till after the fireworks.
  • 7:30am – 5K & 1-mile Yankee Doodle Dash starts at Cesar Chavez Dr. & Canyon Lake Road.  
  • 8:30am – Sparkler Sprint for kids 6-12 (free and no pre-registration needed) at Cesar Chavez Dr. & Canyon Lake Road.  
  • 9am – Parade!  NOTE: Parade Route Change – Parade will now begin at Avenue M. and Broadway Ave. The parade will travel east to Canyon Lake Drive, through Mackenzie Park, and end at Joyland.
  • 8am-5pm – Picnic in the Park!  7 music stages (starting at 10:30am) and over 50 vendors selling yummy festive foods.
  • 11am-8pm – Kids Area!  Located right next to the Kids Performance Stage and will include activities for the whole family!  Arts & Crafts, Carnival Games, Inflatables, Rock Wall, Spider Wall, Water Slides, Dunk Tank, Face Painting, Music, Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Bouncers and Much More! No more playing on hot asphalt for the kids area like in years past!
  • 7:30pm – Evening Concert with the Youth Orchestra of Lubbock.
  • Dusk – Fireworks!

* Lamesa’s Independence Day Celebration, 9am-10pm.
* Slaton’s 4th of July Festival, 10am-3pm.  Slaton Park.

Tuesday, July 5th:
* Wolfforth’s 4th on the 5th Celebration, 6pm-10:30pm.

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Saturday, July 2nd:
Firecracker Run in Brownfield.  1 mile, 3 mile and 10 mile races.  7:40-10:30am.  Includes an Elementary Fun Run for Ages 4-12.

Monday, July 4th:
* Yankee Doodle Dash (5K and 1 Mile) and Sparkler Sprint (100 Yard Dash – free for kids 6-12). Lubbock.  Mackenzie Park.  7:30 & 8:30am.

* 5K Splash Dash in Lamesa.  South 9th.  9am signup.  10:30-11:30am race.


Above all, enjoy this wonderful time of year with the kids and STAY SAFE!


Updated June 29, 2016.

The Ultimate Summer Camp Guide 2016

shutterstock_80850376_Girl in FloatyThe school year is a distant memory for most of our kids and now summer is staring us in the face… asking “what are we going to do today?”  We’re here to help inspire your search for summer camps of all shapes and sizes for kids of all ages and interests!  And our friends a Lubbock in the Loop have even put together a fun list for a quick getaway while the kids are occupied!  So browse through our camps, schedule some summertime fun for the kids, and then sneak away for a little grown-up R&R… hey, everyone deserves to be a happy camper over the summer!

Day trips & Stay-cations

Click here for Lubbock in the Loop top day trip picks for big kids!

For an even greater collection of camps, be sure to checkout our jam-packed, up-to-the-moment camp guide.  Over 300 summer camps are currently listed in our guide … and growing everyday!  It’s the only place you’ll find a complete list of area camps and all things kidful, in a searchable, sortable format by age, interest, timeframe and more!  Click here to Search

Whether you’ve already completed your plans for the summer or don’t even plan to think about it till after school is out, we’ve got you covered!  Here are a few suggestions and tips to help save you time.  Our first tip:  Many places are still offering discounts for registrations made before the end of the month… so it’s not too late!

Best-kept Camp Secrets on The Cheap.  And because they are…. better call now to ensure a spot!

Lubbock Parks & Recreation Day Camps.
Our local Community Centers offer some of the best camps in town… creative and fun for extremely reasonable prices!  And that includes a Tennis Camp at Burgess-Rushing and even a great camp at Safety City!  Many camps are almost full, so better call them quickly!  Here’s a handy link to the full Parks & Rec Activity Guide… it’s gi-normous!

Gardening Camps at The Arboretum.
The Summer Gardening Camp for Kids @ The Arboretum is a great opportunity for the kids to learn from Master Gardeners!  Also ask about their new Gardening Club for kids… lots of ways to get kiddos blooming!

The City Museums:  Silent Wings & Buddy Holly Center.
It’s easy to forget that these rich local landmarks also offer some of the most unique and memorable camps for kids…. for a song!

Texas Tech Museum Camps.
The Museum of Texas Tech offers camps with creative themes including Wizard Camp with a Harry Potter theme, and the Lubbock Lake Landmark has several camps … free!

Boys & Girls Clubs and the YWCA.
Don’t overlook these wonderful local resources. There are several Boys & Girls Club locations around town that keep the kids super-busy, and the YWCA offers fun daily camps too.  Reminder: Sun ‘n Fun is under renovation so if you typically use the Y for your summer childcare, better check with them fast to ensure a spot at one of the other locations!

Sports-based Camps

Fitness-based Childcare at local gyms.
These businesses are great options for an active choice for full-time childcare or part-time too!  Most of these also offer swimming lessons/camps.

Texas Tech Rec Center Youth Sports Camp.
Two full weeks full of fun, athletic activities designed for all skill levels, ages 7-14.  Three sessions to choose from.  Texas Tech Rec Center.

LCU Rec Center Youth Day Camp.
Weekly morning day camps from 8am – noon Monday-Friday.  For kids entering Kinder through 6th grades.  LCU Rec Center signups.

High School Youth Sports Camps.
From Football and Soccer clinics to Basketball and Golf, some of the best camps are provided by local High Schools and at a bargain price!  Check your neighborhood High School and register asap… most of these are early in June.

Texas Tech Sport Camps.
Texas Tech also offers top-tier sports camps that offer our kids a rare glimpse into the next level of performance and also the collegiant experience.  Tech provides a convenient Multi-Sport Youth Camp Website ( )  where you can find info and register for athletic camps that are open to area youth including Baseball, Football, Soccer, and Girls Golf.

The camps for Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Volleyball, Cross Country and Speed & Agility (Strength & Conditioning Camps for ages 7-18) can all be accessed through the Texas Tech Athletics page where you can register online.

LCU Sport Camps.
Our kids are so fortunate to have several Universities who share their resources and skills to train our kids!  Lubbock Christina University also offers high-caliber sport youth camps and a convenient multi-sport youth camp website for easy signups ( ).

Music & Performing Arts Camps

Moonlight Arts Academy.   A new program that offers a series of summer camps for kids of all ages.  Each camp offers a combination of fine arts classes (that the kids can choose!) of singing, dancing, acting and visual arts.
Hub Performing Arts School.  Camps focus on performing arts with an emphasis on musical production… and fun!
Ballet Lubbock.  Offers a Dance Discoveries Summer Workshop for ages 3 – 9. It’s a great way for young ones to explore dance just for fun, or to help determine whether to enroll in the year-round Ballet Lubbock School.
School of Rock – Lubbock.  Several Boot Camp classes are offered for all musical interests.
Texas Tech Band & Orchestra Camp.  For orchestra, band, jazz, drum major, and twirling, First week of July.

Arts & Crafts Camps

Art & Company Kids.
The Mud Room.
Clay Cafe.
Painting with a Twist.  They’ve added weekly kid-friendly (no vino!) classes especially for summer.
Art Factory Summer Camp at the Garden & Arts Center.

STEM Camps

Texas Tech IDEAL.  The Texas Tech Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Community Engagement (IDEAL) offers some of the most exciting camps, many overnight where the kids stay in the Tech dorms!  Some may be filled so check with them asap.  Camps include: Generation TECH, Science is a Girl Thing, Run on the Wind Engineering Camp, Shake Hands With Your Future, and Sports Media!

The Science Spectrum.  Great hands-on camps for kids of all ages!  (plus checkout their snazzy new website!)

Texas Tech Chess Camp.  Our kids have a chance to learn from some of the rockstars of the chess world!

Movie Camps

Well, that might be stretching it a bit… but it wouldn’t be summer without our favorite movie matinees and specials!

Alamo Kids Camps:  Family movies at 10am EVERY day (including weekends!) throughout the summer.  This year they are also introducing a “choose-your-own-ticket price” program ranging from $1 to $3 per person – you choose the amount. It allows parents to not only purchase seats online, in advance with reserved seating – yay! – but also 100% of ticket sales will be donated to the South Plains Food Bank!

Premiere Cinema at the Mall Summer Kids Fest.  $1 movies at 10am and at 11am every Tuesday and Wednesday from 5/31 through 8/3.

Cinemark Tinseltown on 82nd Summer Movie Clubhouse.  $1 movies (or only 50 cents if you purchase the series!) at 9:300am every Wednesday and Thursday from 6/1 – 8/4.

Overnight Camps

If you are looking for some overnight camp experiences for the kids, but not too far from home, most of the Texas Tech camps offer “resident” camps in the dorms (major points on the cool meter for these!).  But the best deals around town for overnight options can be found with the Girl Scouts and Boys Scouts.  Typically for summer camps your child does not need to be a current scout to attend camp and they are very reasonable!  Other places include faith-based camps such as Ceta Canyon in Happy, Texas.  Check with your church for some additional ideas.  Many offer summer camps for individuals rather than just groups.

Did we miss your favorite?  Share it with us here or add it to our listings!  Looking for more?  Check our up-to-the-minute Camp Guide.  Happy Summer!

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 Originally published 5/19/2015.  Updated for 2016.