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Top 10 Spring Outings & Events for Kids & Families in Lubbock

Spring in West Texas is here and other than the occasional dusting, we truly have the very best weather in the country!  Crisp mornings, warm afternoons and amazing sunsets grace the Lubbock area:  The perfect setting to grab the family and soak in the sunshine at some of the local spring events.  Here are our Top 10 Spring Events… plus a few more…  just to start!  There are way-more than 10, so please see our bustin-at-the-seams calendar for more!  Did we miss a favorite for your family?  Share it with us here!

Kite Flyin


Butterflies Alive! at The Science Spectrum:  through June 12th.
There’s no better way to welcome springtime than introducing our kids to hundreds of beautiful butterflies!  The Science Spectrum’s exhibit Butterflies Alive! gives us all a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with these exquisite creatures.  Exhibit only:  $5/child & $6/adult.  To make the experience complete, catch the accompanying movie in the OMNI Theatre: “Flight of the Butterflies.”  Movie only: $6.50/child & $8/adult.  Group & Member discounts available. 

The Lubbock Arts Festival at the Civic Center:  Fri through Sun. April 15th – 17th.
It wouldn’t be springtime in Lubbock without the Lubbock Arts Festival… enriching our community and inspiring our kids for 37 years!  In addition to artists from all areas of the country, the festival features the “Run For the Arts” fun run Saturday morning, children’s area with writing and art competitions specifically to light the creative fires for our youngest Lubbockites!  Also find a presentation by Hank the Cowdog author John R. Erickson this year on Sunday… free with Arts Festival admission!  Event Admission: $2 for Children under 12, $4 for adults.

Kidsfish @ Maxey Park:  Sat. April 15th.
Bring a fishing pole, a chair, and the kids… ready to have fun!  All free!

Quailapalooza! Junior Rough Riders Spring Corral @ the National Ranching Heritage Center. Sat. April 23rd from 1-3pm.  Limited Space Available. Children ages 5-12 are invited to spend an afternoon seeing and studying Northern Bobwhite Quail with scientists from TTU’s Department of Natural Resources, Quail Tech Alliance and Quail Forever.  Only $5 or free for Ranching Heritage Association members.


Quailapalooza at the National Ranching Heritage Center. Photo by John Weast.

South Plains Water Conservation Expo.  Sat. April 23rd.
Frenship High School from 11am-3pm.  FREE.  The 3rd Annual Water Expo will be a fun-filled day for everyone in the family.  Kevin Barnes, the nationally reknowned “Green Magician” is this year’s featured guest in addition to a fun kids “Water Conservation Cruise” passport activity that will take them on a journey to various fun crafts, stories and activities for extra prizes.  Adults will enjoy the exhibits & helpful sessions with information on how we can all make a difference to impact our water resources.  Food Trucks, selfies with Walter Drop, Water Wisdom High Jinks with Literacy Lubbock, an appearance by Biscuit the Dog from Barnes & Noble and more…

Duck Derby & Family Fun Fest:  Sat. April 30th.
Destined to be an annual not-to-miss fundraising event (proceeds benefit Lubbock Legal Aid)!  Kids love to see the ducks launch and “race” with lots of activities for the family to enjoy!  Buddy Holly Park from 11am-4pm.

Safety City Birthday Party & Spring Festival:  Sat. April 30th.
Safety City is turning 23 this year with a spring festival to celebrate their birthday.  For all ages. FREE.

Lemonade Day:  Sat. May 14th.
Lubbock Lemonade Day gives our kids the chance to be a part of a community program that they see supported and promoted all over town.  Invaluable experience for them and a fun event… even if they just decide to buy some lemonade from another child’s stand on May 14th!

Sun ‘n Fun Grand Opening Celebration:  Sat. May 28th.
Plan to celebrate the opening of the new YWCA Sun n’ Fun complex over Memorial Day weekend. You know your kids will love the new splashpad… and tons more!  Click here for more info on all the great programs available at the J.T. & Margaret Talkington YWCA at Sun ‘N Fun… most are registering now.

Night Hikes at the Lubbock Lake Landmark:  monthly starting in March.
Enjoy the beauty of our famous West Texas sunsets at twilight!  Take advantage of the free monthly Night Hikes at the LLL.  Take a picnic, your walking shoes (trails are paved so it’s perfect for strollers!), and your water bottle.  2016 dates include:
Sat. 3/19. 7:30pm.
Sat. 4/16: 7:45pm.
Sat. 5/21: 8:15pm.
Sat. 6/18: 8:30pm.
Sat. 7/16: 8:30pm.
Sat. 8/20: 8:00pm.
Sat. 9/17: 7:15pm.


Updated 4/14/2016

The Top Santa Sightings in & around Lubbock 2015

“Wish I knew all the places I can take the kids to see Santa this year”

Looking for Santa?  Spread the word... Santa and all the great events & activities for kids during the holidays can be found on LubbockForKids.com!

Looking for Santa? Spread the word… Santa and all the great events & activities for kids during the holidays can be found on LubbockForKids.com!

Done!   One thing you can already mark off your Holiday to-do list:  Find Santa!

It’s a present for all of us – the gift of saving time!  In today’s blog we wanted to share some of the opportunities that our kids have in the Lubbock area to see Santa… so great to be a kid in the Hub!

Santa has many more visits on his schedule, so check our Santa Sightings section for up-to-the minute listings.  You know… we are the official keeper of Santa’s schedule in the Lubbock area… it’s true!

What a wonderful place we live in … our community provides so many opportunities to create family memories and enjoy the fun of the season!

Where oh where can we find Santa on the South Plains?

At Breakfast with Santa events… (reservations required for most)

Fri 11/20 and Sat. 11/21: Holiday Happening @ the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.  Space is limited.

Sat. 12/5: The Village Shopping Center @ Zio’s (82nd & Quaker).  (Sold out).

Sat. 12/5:  Breakfast with Santa at Maxey Community Center.  $10/person.  Space is limited.

Sat. 12/5 starting at 9am @ South Plains Mall Grand Court: Polar Express Weekend Extravaganza Private Breakfast (free!) with Santa & “Mall Express Train’ ($3) to Premiere Cinema to see “The Polar Express” movie. Movie starts at 10:30am.  $3 mall train ride. $6 movie (purchase tickets online – sure to sellout!).  Activities FREE. Candy cane & cookie decorating at Premiere. Part of the Polar Express Weekend Extravaganza benefiting Literacy Lubbock.

At Tree-Lighting Events…

Tues 12/1:  The Carol of Lights ceremony @ Texas Tech.  Join Santa & Raider Red for cookies starting at 5pm at the Frazier Pavilion

Tues 12/1:  SPC Christmas Tree Lighting & Carriage Rides with Santa @ South Plains College in Levelland.

Fri. 12/11 & Sat. 12/12 from 6 to 9pm: Candlelight at the Ranch @ the National Ranching Heritage Center.  Special appearance by Santa till 9pm each night in the NRHC main gallery!

Santa at the National Ranching Heritage Center's Candlelight at the Ranch

Children will have an opportunity to visit with Santa at the National Ranching Heritage Center from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 11-12 during the 37th Annual Candlelight at the Ranch.

At Parades…

Thurs. 12/3:

Levelland Christmas on the Square & Lighted Christmas Parade @ 5:30pm.

Plainview Christmas Parade on Broadway @ 6pm.

Sat. 12/5:

Post City Trade Days & Christmas Parade @ 6pm.

Sat. 12/12:

Miracles Christmas Parade on 34th Street in Lubbock @ 6pm.

With Pets…

Mondays from 6-8pm till Christmas:  Pet Photos with Santa @ South Plains Mall.  A special time for your furry friends to visit Santa!  (Cats and Dogs only, in carriers or on leashes please).

Sat. 11/28 & 12/5 from 11am-4pm and Sun. 11/29 & 12/6 from 1-4pm:
Santa Paws Photos @ KK’s Corner Mall.  $10.  Professionally photographed by Robert Cason.
Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of West Texas

Sat. 12/12: Santa Paws @ Hodges Community Center (40th & University) from 9am-1pm.
Photos available for purchase or bring your camera!

On Trains…(reservations suggested)

On the Polar Express!   Departures begin Nov. 21 and end Dec. 26.  Wolfforth depot.

At Carnivals…

Sat. 12/5:  Christmas Carnival @ Mae Simmons Community Center.  2-4pm.

Sat. 12/12:  Holiday Wonderland @ The Science Spectrum.  10am-3pm.

Sun. 12/20:  Pancho Clos @ Maggie Trejo Supercenter (32nd & Amherst).  2-5pm.

Holiday Wonderland at The Science Spectrum

Holiday Wonderland at The Science Spectrum

Through the Season…

South Plains Mall:  11/14 – 12/24.  Photos available for purchase.

Holland Gardens:  Saturdays & Sundays from 1-4pm (free!) now through Christmas.
(50th & Memphis)

Santa’s Land Drive Thru Park in Tahoka (free!):  Open November 26 (Thanksgiving!), 27,28,29 and December 4,5,6,11,12,13,18,19,20,21,22,23,24 and light will be on 25, 26 & 27.

Kingsgate Shopping Center:  Saturdays Thanksgiving – 12/20 (82nd & Quaker).
Also don’t miss their complimentary carriage rides Friday – Sunday evenings through Christmas Eve!
Bring a coat to donate to their Coat Drive!

Santa Land @ Mackenzie Park:  Nightly 12/10 – 12/23 from 6-10pm.
Opening Ceremony:  Tues. 12/10 @ 6pm.  Help welcome Santa & Mrs. Claus from the North Pole & turn on the lights to the tree and winter village!

And you can help Santa…. If you have him scheduled to be at an event open to the public – or if you know of any great event or activity for our kids – just add the listing to LubbockForKids.com or comment here on our blog to help spread the word!

This article was originally published in 2013 and updated for 2015.


Autumn with Kids ... Livin' in the Moment!

What is it about autumn that makes it such a magical time of transition… a time we all remember from when we were kids ourselves?  Is it the cooler days, nights, colors of the trees, smells… like caramel apples, fall festivals, cake walks, the fair, burning jack-o-lanterns?  Maybe because it’s the perfect time for families – before the holiday craziness.  Maybe it’s because now that we’re parents, we see the changing seasons as a reminder that our little ones are not as little as they were at the beginning of the summer… we see how they change in all those pictures we take every year at the pumpkin patch and at The Corn Maize  standing next to the height marker. We see how unique each season is especially seeing it through the eyes of our kids. We realize how we as parents are fortunate to absorb at least a smidge of the innocence and clarity and enthusiasm with which our kids embrace each fall event and activity. Pure joy!

A-Maizing how they grow!

A-Maizing how they grow!

Maybe that’s it… autumn is a time that offers so many opportunities for us to be kids with our kidsLivin’ in the moment.  Maybe it’s a time when even those of us who are missing the “creativity gene” can still decorate with our kids and have fun and make someone smile!  Come on, let’s all give it a try!

Lubbock rocks - and rolls! -  with creativity!

Lubbock rocks – and rolls! – with creativity!

Maybe that’s why we’re so excited to participate in several area fall events! … including the Pumpkin Carving Workshop @ the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum and the Pumpkin Trail!

Pumpkin Trail 2013

Pumpkin Trail

So go ahead… dive in and enjoy this gorgeous Lubbock fall weather by taking in some of the local events… pick one you’ve never been to before!  We’ll try to help by making it easy to find all the fall festivals, pumpkin patches, and activities in the area – many of which are free or almost free (another reason we love autumn!).   Always check LubbockForKids.com for the latest events & activities and our Facebook page too for fun picks.  Thanks for submitting your fall festivals and events to our calendar – keep ‘em coming! –  and we’ll keep adding everything we can dig up too (sorry, just had to do it!).

Thanks for reading! … and for joining us as we embrace and celebrate everything kidful in Lubbock and beyond!  Let us know: is there a local fall tradition or event that was your favorite as a child that you are now sharing with your own children?

Cotton n kids

Playlist to Rock Mom's Day around the Hub

Mother's Day surprise
Happy Mother’s Day  to all our fabulous Lubbock moms and all the ladies in our lives who inspire and support our kids!

Making memories and having fun together is always our goal … but what will be the Mother’s Day outing that will make Mom happy as well as the fam?  To help the search, we’ve gathered a playlist of ideas that will appeal to many different types of Mamas around the Hub… and her peeps!  And we’ve also included some special deals being offered just for Mom!

(See our Mother’s Day Section for the latest and greatest activities and deals to make Mom’s weekend brilliant!)

updated 5/4/2015

Moms who like to Play

Of course, one of the most playful places in town is Joyland!  And on Mother’s Day, moms ride free with a paying child from 2 PM – 8 PM.  Fun!    Buffalo Springs Lake is also launching their first “Float-In” Movie event the Friday of Mother’s Day weekend on May 8th  - you can pull up on your boat, float on an inner tube, or sit in the grass, and watch a family movie together to kick off the weekend.

Moms who like to Learn

The great thing about educational events with kids… they’re also fun… even for moms!  The Science Spectrum is a local treasure and if you haven’t had a chance to take in the exhibits and the pirates, then it’s the perfect time!  Regular rates apply.  They are also featuring a special pirate event Saturday 5/9 called the “Pirate School! Swashbuckling Show” at 1:30pm & 3:30pm.  $3/child & $4/adult.

pirate school picture

The 2015 Wolfforth Water Conservation Exposition also takes place Saturday at Frenship High School from 10:30am-4pm where everyone can learn more about about water conservation and enjoy fun activities for the kids too!   The Texas Tech Museum on Saturday offers the popular Dino Day event from 1-4pm… free and fun and a great learning experience!  And of course,  a stroll through the Windmill Museum,  Silent Wings Museum, Lubbock Lake Landmark, or the Bayer Museum of Agriculture always offers a great day together and they are all open Mother’s Day Weekend.

Moms who like the Theatre and Musicals

There’s a “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” treat for Mom (and her kids!) Mother’s Day weekend this year: Moonlight Musical’s performance of Mary Poppins!  Shows are Thursday May 7 through Sunday May 10 at the Civic Center Theatre.

Constant Contact -Mary P -72 DPI

And on Mother’s Day, another musical treat… the Lubbock Alamo Drafthouse has a special Broadway Brunch featuring of The Sound of Music with Julie Andrews at 3pm Sunday.

Moms who are Foodies

There are several nice Mother’s Day Brunches & deals being offered locally:
The Overton Hotel is presenting their popular Mother’s Day Brunch.
At Beef ‘O’ Brady’s moms eat FREE on Mother’s Day with a purchase of equal/greater value.
And perfect for moms with little ones ages 3-7, it’s a special Moms and Muffins “A Mother’s Day Event” at Hodges Community Center on Saturday 5/9 from 9-11am.  And perfect for the entire family, there is and Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social at Maxey Community Center 9-11am Saturday benefiting the Girl Scouts.

Moms who are Artsy

There are several paint-your-own pottery/craft places that are featuring mom & child pieces through the month.   The Mud Room has their Kid’s Day Saturday 5/9 where kids receive 15% off, Clay Café is featuring mom prints, Painting with a Twist is having a 1pm Mom & Teen “Gratitude” painting session on Saturday before Mother’s Day, and Art & Company is having a class on Saturday.  Whether creating a surprise for Mom or with Mom, there are several chances to create priceless, precious works of art and some memories!Artsy Mom Fun!

Moms who are Health Conscious

There is a great Child Safety fair this weekend…. making it the perfect outing for moms who love to stay up on all the latest for healthy families… and have fun with the kids!  The community-wide Healthy Summer Festival @ Safety City (46th & Ave. U) is Saturday 5/9 from 10am-1pm featuring tons of activities for the family including free children’s immunizations (bring shot records), car seat safety checks, bike rodeo, carnival games, entertainment, free health screenings, free fitness classes, demonstrations, dog agility and door prizes.

Moms who like Nature

The Second Annual Scales, Tails & Trails G.O. (Get Outside) event at the Lubbock Lake Landmark is the perfect family activity for the mom who enjoys learning about and experiencing the beauty of our West Texas home.  It’s a FREE outdoor education event for all ages Sat. 5/9 from 10am-2pm that features freebies and fun activities including a scavenger hunt, fish prints, live animals and face painting.  The Lubbock Memorial Arboretum is also holding their Second Saturday event 5/9 at 10am where moms and kids can learn more about gardening in West Texas – “Gardening in Small Spaces” is the theme Mother’s Day weekend.

Daisy for Mom

Moms who like to Run

Saturday 5/9, Frenship High School is having their Second Annual Frenship Spirit Fun Run 5K  from 8:30-11am starting at Tiger Stadium/People’s Bank Stadium Parking Lot.  Proceeds benefit the Frenship PTSA.

Moms who like to Pitch-in for a Good Cause

Saturday 5/9, is Lubbock Lemonade Day.  Moms and little entrepreneurs will be able to spend some nice quality time together, pitching-in together making their own family business for the day!  Saturday is also the 2nd Annual Duck Derby & Family Fun Fest sponsored by the Legal Aid Society at Buddy Holly Recreation Area.  Fun Fest is 11am-4pm and the Ducks drop at 2pm.  Prizes include great family packages including a Carnival Cruise and Schlitterbahn and Texas Ranger tickets.

So many ways to enjoy Mother’s Day – fast & slow!  See our Calendar for more ideas on how to make Mom’s weekend rock!

Do you know of any other Mother’s Day deals or freebies?  How do you celebrate Mother’s Day?  Add your favorites and other Mother’s Day events here and share with us!


FIFA Lubbock! 2014 World Cup for Kids

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Like the rest of the world, kids in Lubbock are enjoying the excitement of the FIFA World Cup, especially with the great showing from our Team USA!  What a perfect chance for our kids to join in… learn the game (if they are soccer novices), learn about other countries, and enjoy being a part of something that is celebrated around the world!

Have a FIFA Party!

Get together with a few families, cheer on the teams, and enjoy!  The kids can printout the flags of the competing countries or have some fun with the games & printables that you can download from Activity Village - a great education website.  Have munchies with an international flair and you’ve got your own little slice of Brazil!

Cheer with Teams!

Find a family-friendly sports pub, like Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, to meet friends and cheer on the teams!  Can’t beat the excitement with a group (plus they are having a great Kid’s Coloring promo… freebies and prizes!).   Alamo Draft House is also showing the USA game on their big screen, which would be the next best thing to being there! (remember: no kids under 6).   And a friendly reminder to those of us just getting into the swing of the World Cup thing…. people are passionate about their teams… if your child is uncomfortable with loud places or an occasional “excited” word, may want to go for Option 1 :-)

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Join in!

If the kids are getting into the spirit of the game and want more, there are several leagues and teams still forming.  Be sure to check our Soccer sports section on LubbockForKids.com for upcoming registrations… which include Upward at Southcrest Baptist, LCAA, and Lubbock Soccer Association (LSA).

Camp it!

There are still several soccer camps this summer offered through Texas Tech and Lubbock Parks & Rec. – great way to have some fun and receive top-tier instruction while continuing the excitement!

Lubbock may not have been know as a traditional, soccer-oriented town in the past, but thanks to all the great soccer leagues and resources now calling Lubbock home, we’re feeling the need to sing “Ole….Ola, Ole, Ola (We Are One)”  with the rest of the world and show our kids a positive, team-oriented world view!

Do you have a favorite way to enjoy the World Cup with the kids?  Know of another local, family-friendly World Cup event?  Great!  Share it with us here!


2014 School Open House Roundup for the Lubbock Area

2014 Lubbock Schools Open House Roundup
Searching for your child’s door to the future?  Attending area Open Houses can make your choice (a little) easier.

“It’s not like it was when I went to school.  I attended the school down the street and that was it!”  You know you’ve said it… or at least thought it!  The increasing number of school options now open to our kids is a great opportunity for them, but can be a bit overwhelming - and frustrating when we can’t find the info we need to make the best decision for our child.  Even simply finding out when all the Open Houses are scheduled can be a challenge!

To help us all save some time (so we can read through all those school flyers!)… we’re excited to share our new Open House Roundup.  A handy listing of all the Open House events in the Lubbock area that allow new students and incoming students to take a peek at what each school offers.

It’s a great opportunity to see each school with their best foot forward and to perhaps uncover areas of interest that your child may not have considered before.  And because there are changes made to the school curriculum every year, it’s the perfect chance to see what is truly offered at the school – just because at program was offered at a school this year, don’t assume it will be offered next year!

Plus it’s a fun way to get our kids excited about making a big move to a new school (even if it’s not next year) and see the real personality of other schools in the area.

Be sure to check back frequently for updates - or for up-to-the-minute information, checkout the
Open House Roundup tab on LubbockForKids.com where you can search by your child’s age, view in calendar format and create your own custom calendar with your favorite selections!  Did we miss your Open House?  Share it with us here and we’ll add it to the list!

Spring 2014 Open House Roundup in the Lubbock Area


Christ the King Cathedral School Winter Open House
Wed. 1/29 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm
4011 54th Street

All Saints Episcopal School Open House
Thurs. 1/30 from 6:00pm-7:30pm
3222 103rd Street


Estacado High School Open House
Mon. 2/3 from 6-7pm
1504 E. Itsaca Ave.

Monterey High School Open House
Thurs. 2/6  from 5:30-8pm
3211 47th St.
Lubbock’s specialty magnet campus Pre-Engineering program “Project Lead the Way.” Magnet-specific meeting at 5:30pm in the Auditorium.  General Open House starts at 6:30pm

Institute for Creative Learners Open House
Fri. 2/7 from 5-8pm
1614 Ave M.
Art, refreshments, and fun!  The Institute for Creative Learners offer a unique opportunity for students with learning differences with a mission is to help students reach their full potential.  Through art, science, technology, and direct instruction students …

Lubbock High School Open House
Mon. 2/10 from 6-7:30pm
2004 19th St.
Home of the Lubbock Exemplary Academic Program (LEAP).
Extracurricular Showcase:  6-6:30pm.
Academic Information:  6:30-7pm.
Teacher Visits:  7-7:30pm.

Cavazos Middle School Open House
Tues. 2/11 from 6-7:30pm
210 N. University

Coronado High School Open House
Thurs. 2/13 from 6-7:30pm
3307 Vicksburg Avenue

O.L.Slaton Middle School Open House
Tues. 2/18 from 6-7:30pm
1602 32nd St and Ave. Q.

LISD Pre-K Roundup
Thurs. 2/20 from 8-9am or 5:30-6:30pm
Lubbock Independent School District will host the Pre-K Round Up for the 2014-2015 school year on February 20, 2014 at all elementary campuses that offer the Pre-K program.  Children who will be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2014 may be pre-enrolled for Pre-K at their home school or host school campus on that date.
Host campuses:
- Roy Roberts families may attend Pre-K Round Up at Parsons Elementary, 2811 58th Street.
- Stewart families may attend Pre-K Round Up at Overton Elementary, 2902 Louisville.
- Williams families may attend Pre-K Round Up at Smith Elementary, 8707 Dover.

Evans Middle School Open House
Thurs. 2/20 from 6-7:30pm
4211 58th St.
“Project Lead the Way” Pre-Engineering Program

Irons Middle School Parent Info Night
Mon. 2/24 from 6-7:30pm
5214 79th St. and Slide Road

Southcrest Christian School Open House
Tues. 2/25 Pre-K through 1st grades @ Cumberland Campus (7702 Indiana Ave.).
Thurs. 2/27 2nd-12th grades @ Southcrest Campus (3801 South Loop 289).

LISD Kindergarten Orientation Open House
Thurs. 2/27  from 8-9am or 5:30-6:30pm
All Lubbock Independent School District elementary schools will have Kindergarten Orientation on Thursday, February 27.  There will be two sessions to choose from.  The first session will be from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. and the second session will be from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Hutchinson Middle School Open House
Thurs. 2/27 from 6-7:30pm
3102 Canton Ave.


Pre-K and Kindergarten Open House @ Lubbock Christian School
Wed. 4/2 from 3-4:30pm
Please RSVP to Kelly Rogers at 796-8700 or krogers@lubbockchristian.org.

2013 Holiday Camp Guide: Camps & Classes for Kids in the Lubbock area during the Holidays


Kid-approved Holiday Camps & Classes offer fun & learning for kids and valuable time for busy parents!Winter Camps get 4 thumbs up!

What to do with the kids over the holidays?  With all the hustle & bustle of the season, be sure to take advantage of all the classes and drop & shop events in the Lubbock area.  Many of them provide artistic fun for the kids AND a handmade craft or work of art that will make a priceless gift for someone special!  We’ve gathered a sleigh-full of area winter classes, camps, drop & shops, and holiday childcare options from our Holiday Camps section of LubbockForKids.com for our nifty 2013 Holiday Camp Guide.  Classes and camps fill up quickly so click their link to register or check availability asap!

Note that events are in order by date in each category.  Check back frequently for new additions to the list and see our Holiday Page for dozens more ideas for winter fun – search by child’s age, interests and dates!  And if you know of a camp for kids, let us know or add it to the online listing on LubbockForKids.com!
(updated 1/1/2014)

Arts & Crafts Camps:

Kids’ Paint the Day Away class @ Art & Co.:
Thurs. 1/2 & Fri. 1/3:  1-3pm:
Grades: any age if parent stays with children. Grades 1st & up without a parent.
Kids can select a pottery piece to paint or take a blank canvas and design and paint their own masterpiece!  $25 per child without parent/adult staying with children or price of the piece/canvas if parent/adult stays with children.

Science Camps:

Go 4 Gold! Camp @ Science Spectrum:
Thurs – Fri, Jan. 2nd-3rd, 1-4 PM.
Ages 4-6.
Members $36/Non-members $40.
Get in the Winter Olympic spirit!  Learn about the different sports & games played during the Winter Olympics and the science behind how they work.  They’ll enjoy an “Olympic Day” on the final day of camp where students compete in fun Olympic-themed challenges.  Come a camper, leave a champion in Go 4 Gold!

Winter Wonderlab Camp @ Science Spectrum:
Thurs – Fri, Jan. 2nd-3rd, 10 AM – 3 PM.
Ages 7-9.
Members $36/Non-Members $40.
Walkin’ in our Winter Wonderlab, you will have the chance to do tons of fun and exciting experiments! We will take on icy investigations, explore candyology, study of science of toys, light up the world, and so much more.

Holiday Child Care:

New Years Week Camp @ Rawlings, Trejo & Simmons Community Centers:
Mon, Tues, Thurs, & Fri. of New Year’s week: Open 7:45am-5:30pm daily 12/30/2013, 12/31/2013, 1/2/2014, & 1/3/2014.
Ages 6-12.
$28 for the week.
While school’s out New Year’s week, the kids can play all day! Crafts, games, sports, and more! Children must provide lunch & drink.

New Years Week Camp @ Hodges & Maxey Community Centers:
Mon, Tues, Thurs, & Fri. of New Year’s week: Open 7:30am-5:30pm daily 12/30/2013, 12/31/2013, 1/2/2014, & 1/3/2014.
Ages 6-12.
$64 for the week.
While school’s out New Year’s week, the kids can play all day! Crafts, games, sports, and more! Children must provide lunch & drink.

TEGA Kid’s Superplex:
Day camps are offered on most school holidays:
From 7:30 -3:00pm or 7:30-6:00pm.
$45 per day.
Currently enrolled afterschool care students:  Full-Day (7:30-6:00) = $40 per child.   Non-enrolled students.


Feeling organized with kids!

Feeling Organized with Kids… Seriously?!

Anyone with kids knows… it’s the one inside joke we all get:

The epic battle of ALL toys from the toy box is set to begin in 3 - 2 - 1...

The epic battle of ALL toys from the toy box is set to begin in 3 – 2 – 1…

“When was the last time you saw your tween’s floor?”

“Hey, if I could find my kitchen table through the art projects and homework papers, I’d be a happy soul!”

“My Little Ponies and Littlest Pet Shops have joined forces and established an encampment in my daughter’s room …and there is an epic battle raging in my living room… they are taking no prisoners!”

To help us navigate our way through all the stuff of families, we are so excited to announce that Lubbock-area organizing expert  Lori Martin,  owner of Consider It Done, has agreed to be a frequent contributor on our blog!  She’ll share her professional organizing tips and insight specifically in dealing with kids and organizing topics that are helpful to growing families.  Lori has been a member of NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) since 2003, and has recently become a Golden Circle NAPO member.  Check out Lori’s blog on her website for more great tips and ideas…


Love Lori’s 9/5/2013 post titled “Congratulations” that congratulates families on surviving back-to-school and getting back into routines for the fall…  she offers some very specific ideas on being able to accomplish a few things on our to-do list in order to not fall further behind – and enjoy our lives!


Great idea!  Use a photo frame as a dry erase chore chart!  Photo: Consider It Done

Great idea! Use a photo frame as a dry erase chore chart! Photo: Consider It Done

Because we are smack-dab-in-the-middle of photo frenzy time – first day of school, fall festivals, Halloween, school activities, sports, upcoming holidays… we really like her ideas on how to stay sane and more organized with photographs.  She also has some neat ideas on how to get a handle on the pile of charming, but bulky, works of art from our little Picassos.   Some really good reminders too on organization … like color coding your children… like everything… from towels to notes on the calendar!




Ideas on organizing those treasured First Day of School pictures.... priceless!

Ideas on organizing those treasured First Day of School pictures…. priceless! Photo: Consider It Done

Her parting comment really hits home:      “…during this time of year, as hectic as it is, you are making memories good, or bad. Our children learn by our example and we open a world of new and exciting things to them every day… Look and realize this is “the life”…”

Can’t wait to hear more from Lori – goodness knows we need all the help we can get!  Seriously.

Thanks for joining us as we embrace and celebrate everything kidful in Lubbock and beyond!


Looking for things to do in Lubbock for kids? It's all here!

Welcome!  We’re so excited to launch the LubbockForKids website Blog!


We’ve been working like crazy loading the website with all the wonderful things that Lubbock and the South Plains area offers our kids and have been having a blast sharing some of our top Kid Picks for events and activities through our Facebook page.  And you know what we discovered?…  there’s a brilliant amount of stuff for kids in Lubbock!  So much that we need a Blog to dig deeper into some great local opportunities for our kids to soak up!

You’ll notice our theme… it’s local & it’s kids!

From time-to-time we’ll share posts and info from national contributors or resources, but our intent is to uncover local events & activities for kids and share insight from local experts.

Here on our blog, you’ll find special top picks for activities and events, guest posts from contributors (our local experts!) on helpful topics, tips on how to save even more time when using the site, and probably some special thoughts from us as well!

Thanks for joining us as we embrace and celebrate everything kidful in Lubbock and beyond!  What an amazing trip we’re on together – parenting our precious kids through the magical time of childhood here on the South Plains!

Are there things to do in Lubbock for kids?… Oh Yeah!