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Fun Ways to Celebrate Earth Day 2016 with Kids in Lubbock

Earth Day 2016 – Friday April 22nd
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Earth Day is always a great chance to get our kids in the spirit of being green and saving green!… helping them make the connection that their world really does affect our world …. and that every day is truly Earth Day!  Lubbock offers many events and activities that can be a fun way to celebrate and educate!

1.  Shop the Annual Plant Sale at the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum.
Saturday 4/16 from 9am-3pm the Arboretum at 41st & University will be buzzing with fun, plants & rain barrel kits to select, and a Kids Zone for young gardeners with races, snacks and garden activities!  The Native Plant Society will be there selling water-wise plants and the Lubbock Master Gardeners will also be there to help and answer questions.  Great earth-friendly items for our homes at great prices with proceeds going to organizations that help make our earth better!

2. Pack a snack and take a FREE Citibus ride.
On Earth day, Friday April 22nd, Citibus celebrates by offering FREE rides!  So grab the kids, and a picnic and ride the bus to a favorite location.  See their website for routes.

3. Plant flowers at Hodges Community Center.
On Earth day, Friday April 22nd from 3-5pm, take the kids by Hodges for some good, clean, dirty fun helping plant beautiful flowers!  The perfect Earth Day event!

4. Plan to attend the next Second Saturday event at the Arboretum .
A great, free monthly event at the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum that features speakers and info centered on earth-friendly practices.

5.  Checkout the South Plains Water Expo.
From 11am – 3:00pm on Saturday 4/23, the entire family will enjoy learning about our most valuable resource at the 2016 Water Conservation Exposition at Frenship High School.  Fun activities for kids and free educational clinics are highlighted.  This year features a performance by Kevin Barnes, the “Green Magican.”  The annual event is sponsored by The City of Wolfforth & The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service with assistance from High Plains Water District and

6.  Visit the Texas Children in Nature website.
This wonderful resource provided by the Texas Partnership for Children in Nature features sources and links for family nature activities around Lubbock and the State.  Also see their link to the Nature Rocks! Caprock site sponsored by the Lubbock Lake Landmark - which is also a great place to visit around Earth Day!

7. Visit the South Plains Wildlife Rehab Center.
Baby bird season is in full swing so a trip to the Wildlife Rehab center at 95th & Indiana is especially fun and always informative!  Open Hours are during daylight hours 365 days a year so you can drop by anytime.  They have a wonderful Junior Volunteer program for kids age 12 – 17 too.

8.  Take a tour of the South Plains Food Bank Farm & learn about G.R.U.B.
To see a real working example of ecology in action, call to schedule a tour of the 5-acre Carolyn Lanier Youth Farm at 76th & Ave. B.  It’s a facility that includes an urban sustainable farm & learning center under the GRUB program (Growing Recruits for Urban Business) of the South Plains Food Bank.

9.  Visit the Wind Museum and the Bayer Museum of Agriculture.
The Wind Museum & American Wind Power Center (17th & Canyon Lakes Dr.) and the nearby Bayer Museum of Agriculture are both great trips for our kids to remind them of our history and dependence on water sources and agriculture – especially impactful during our times of drought!

Do you have local Earth Day traditions or events that you share with your kids?  Share them with us  here or on our Facebook Page!

Updated 4/15/2016


Sitter Worthy: Top Picks that Scream "Get A Sitter!"

From time to time, even super-hero moms and dads need some time to themselves to enjoy an adult conversation at a place where the meal does not come with a prize or in a bag!  But as we all know, time away from the kids sometimes feels like it’s more trouble than it’s worth!… and the big question:  What to do?  Hey, we’re all in the same place:  Our world revolves around everything kidful!  And that’s where our friends at come to the rescue.  They are the experts in uncovering and sharing with very deserving parents the latest, newest places and savvy events across the South Plains.

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So we’re excited to team up with LubbockintheLoop to share a new series:  Parent Night Out / Family Night Out.  LitL will hand-pick “Sitter Worthy” parent time out ideas and we’ll feature family time out top picks for different themed weekends. So whether you have some family time in mind or crave some adult time, we’ll have you covered!  This week’s theme is The Outdoors… giving you some fun options to enjoy The Great Outdoors with your main squeeze or BFFs and also with The Fam!  Perfect for Earth Week. Have an idea for future themes? Share it with us here or on our Facebook Page.

What To Do This Weekend?
Enjoy The Great Outdoors – Disconnect!
Parent Night Out / Family Night Out

Outdoor Picks for Grownups Out & About – April 24-26.

Cork & Pork.
Friday 4/24 | 7pm-11pm | Bayer Ag Museum: 1121 Canyon Lake Drive.
Hosted by The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas High Plains Chapter.
$35 for members and $45 for Non-Members.
Tickets can be purchased at Host & Toast, McPherson Cellars, The Funky Door, The Wine Nest or at the door.  Benefits High Point Village.
Event features a whole hog & fixings, music by Gary Nix & West Texas, Great Plains Dist. beer, along with McPherson Cellars and Llano Estacado wine.

Put on your dancin’ shoes and come join the fun!

Betenbough Homes Spring Event: Delight in DIY.
Saturday 4/25 | 10am-noon | Betenbough New Home Center.
Come spend a morning pampering yourself and home! Enjoy a new dessert recipe, be inspired with beauty and home décor DIY crafts, and learn easy workout tips. Enter to win a massage gift card at the event!
This is a FREE event and will benefit Women’s Protective Services.

For more, hop on over to the full listing at!

Need a sitter for Parents Night Out? Be sure to check our Parents Night Out section for childcare options on weekend nights at super fun places where the kids will have even more fun than mom and dad!

Perfect Outdoor Picks for Families – April 24-26.

Annual Plant Sale at the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum.
Saturday 4/25 | 9am-3pm | Arboretum at 41st & University.
The Arboretum will be buzzing with fun, plants & rain barrel kits to select, and a Kids Zone for young gardeners with races, snacks and garden activities! The Native Plant Society will be there selling water-wise plants and the Lubbock Master Gardeners will also be there to help and answer questions.

17th Annual Blue Ribbon Rally.
Saturday 4/25 | 10am-5pm | Downtown Depot District.
Classic car show, motorcycle show, live music, food vendors, merchandise vendors, kids area, bounce houses, awards show, grand prize motorcycle give away!! All benefiting Family Guidance and Outreach Center of Lubbock.

National Picnic Day event at The Arboretum.
Saturday 4/25 | 5-8pm | The Lubbock Memorial Arboretum.
Pack up the family and a big picnic and head to the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum at Hodges Community Center (41st & University) to celebrate National Picnic Day. You’ll find live music, kids activities and some great family time outdoors. Don’t forget the chairs, coolers and blankets!

Lamesa Chicken-Fried Steak Festival / Balloon Rally / 5K.
Friday-Sunday 4/24-26 | Lamesa Texas.
Lamesa’s Original Chicken Fried Steak Festival, 5K, and Crossroads Balloon Rally.
What a great, outdoor event!
Chicken-fried steak dinner: Friday 5:30pm-8:30pm.
Hot air balloon lift-off: Sunrise Saturday & Sunday.
5K Fun Color/Glow Run and Walk: Saturday 8:30pm.
Pie Contest: Saturday 10am.
Children’s Costume Contest: Saturday 10am.
Classic Car Show: Saturday 10am-2pm.
Team Roping – Rodeo Arena: Saturday 10am-3pm.
Pet Costume Contest: Saturday 1pm.
Chicken fry cook-off: Saturday.
Hot Air Balloon Fire concert for spectators: Saturday Night.
Live Music.
And more!

Safety City Birthday Celebration.
Sat. 4/25 | 3-5pm | Safety City.
Safety City is turning 22 and we couldn’t celebrate without you! Come celebrate your favorite little City’s 22nd Birthday with our Dr. Seuss themed birthday party to see where we’ve been and the places we are going. Enjoy riding bikes, NEW pedal cars, and playing games at the Safety City Birthday Party.

Several Family-Friendly Walks & Runs are also taking place this weekend… pick one or 2 and get some fresh air with the family while getting a smile from helping out some amazing organizations:

Run For Recovery 5K & 1K Family Run.
Saturday 4/25 | Mackenzie Park | 9am.
Includes inflatable obstacles and family color run!

March of Dimes March for Babies.
Saturday 4/25 | Urbanovsky Park @ Texas Tech University | 9:30am.

Burkhart Walk for Autism Awareness.
Sunday 4/26 | Jones Stadium | 2pm.

For more Earthy family ideas, checkout our latest blog on Fun Ways to Celebrate Earth Day with Kids.

Check back soon for our next Parent Night Out series with Lubbock in the Loop… sure to be “Sitter Worthy!”
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