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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.


Parents Night Out / Family Night Out: Piggy Bank Friendly Dinner Dates

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.  We collaborate on a bi-weekly basis to showcase Parents Night Out and Family Night Out ideas. Each article will feature a different theme (Outdoor activities, Nights Out Under $30, Free Weekends, Healthy Nights Out, etc). LitL will hand-pick “Sitter Worthy” parent  ideas and we’ll feature family top picks. So whether you have some family time in mind or crave some adult time, we’ll have you covered!  Feel free to let us know what you think!  Have an idea for future themes? Share it with us here or on our Facebook Page.

This week’s theme: Top Dinner Date suggestions that won’t break the bank…  with the family and without!

Parent Night Out – Top Places for Dinner under $30 from Lubbock in the Loop

Dinner Picks under $30 from LubbockintheLoop

Click here for Top Dinner Picks for under $30 from LubbockintheLoop.  And Remember:  If you’re looking for a sitter so you can have a kid-free meal, checkout our list of fun Kids Night Out events…. usually on Friday nights at several locations around town.

Family Night Out – Top Picks for a Family Dinner Out that Won’t Break the Piggy Bank from
Lubbock For Kids

Any place that offers Kids Eat Free that night!

We offer a handy list that stays constantly updated of area Kids Eat Free or almost-free deals… and there’s at least one every day including the weekends!  Most are targeted to kids 12 and under so this is especially sweet for those with younger kids!  And most of the area buffet-style restaurants offer Little Kids Eat Free (under 3) everyday including Souper!Salad! and Golden Corral.  Several sit-down restaurants that feature weekend deals include:

Abuelo’s Taqueria 19th & Quaker (free) on Fridays after 3pm.
Denny’s (free) on Saturdays between 4-10pm.
Mama Rita’s (for $1.29 all day) and Dickey’s Barbecue (free) on Sundays.

(reminder:  Be sure to check before you go… deals can change!)

Holly Hop Ice Cream Shoppe

Holly Hop Ice Cream Shoppe is a great local spot for families to have a great lunch or dinner out and very reasonable.  Easy to forget that they have yummy daily specials hot of the grill!  We really like their soups… yum!

Arcade Restaurants

The area arcade-based restaurants are great options when everyone wants to play!  However, we all know that these can tip our budget with “one more game!”  - so beware or just be lucky!
Chuck E Cheese (younger kids)
Mr. Gatti’s (younger and mid)
50th Street Caboose (older kids)

The Drive-In

A great deal for a family dinner out is to head to Stars & Stripes Drive-In.  The food is really good and reasonable and there is always a screen with family-freindly movies.  And for an uber piggy bank friendly night, you can pack a picnic !


There are so many great family restaurant around town where you can sit down with the family, not break the bank, and have fun!  We know there are so many more…. where are your favorites?  Share them with us here or on our Facebook page!

And check back soon for our next Family Night Out / Parent Night Out series with Lubbock in the Loop… and until then if you need an idea for some mom and dad time, checkout their website where you’re sure to find everything in town that’s “Sitter Worthy!”


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.

birthdays, anniversaries, babies,

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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