Lubbock’s Top Summer Activities for Kids
The final school bell has rung, and the kids are home and ready for adventure. Now what? This summer, head to Lubbock, a city that knows how to entertain your kids. From going on a night hike to finding prehistoric bones at an archaeological site, here are the top things to do with kids this summer in Lubbock, Texas.
Lubbock Lake National Historic Landmark (2401 Landmark Drive)
Travel back in time at Lubbock Lake National Historic Landmark—to the Paleolithic period 12,000 years ago, to be exact. This state and federal landmark is both a nature preserve and an active archaeological site where families can watch live digs for ancient bones and fossils. Bones from extinct species like the wooly mammoth and the short-faced bear as well as High Plains Indian artifacts have been unearthed on this site. Add a little spice to your experience and bring the family to other summer events like the Night Hikes. Starting at dusk, you’ll trek through the three-mile trail, all while learning about West Texas wildlife, wild flowers, the starry sky and the incredible history of the landmark.
Buffalo Springs Lake (5 miles east of Loop 289 on FM 835 and E. 50th Street)
Get some fun in the sun with your kids at Buffalo Springs Lake, a recreational area designed for the family. Established in 1955, Buffalo Springs Lake was developed to provide the residents of Lubbock County with a recreational area. Since that time the lake’s staff has developed campgrounds, fishing docks, nature trails, picnic shelters and more! See how much fun Daytripper Chet Garner had when he visited one summer. Feel free to take a hike, try your “feet” at wakeboarding or come out to one of the many events Buffalo Springs Lake will put on this summer. Surrounding the lake, several picnic shelters are available, as well as designated campsites for families looking to stay overnight and extend the visit. Go fishing with your family from a boat or off the dock. Campsites have access to the beach and a nature trail surrounding the lake.
Science Spectrum & OMNI Theater (2579 S. Loop 289)
Learning is fun at the Science Spectrum & OMNI Theater, an innovative center where kids can explore over 250 hands-on experiments, covering a wide range of fascinating subjects from the art of bubble making to optical illusions. But the fun doesn’t end there. The center has its own OMNI Theater with a 160-degree screen that makes you feel like you’re right in the action. Be sure the check the revolving show schedule here. When visiting the Science Spectrum in the summer, enjoy special events like the four-day CritterFest where the center turns into a zoo; expect to find exotic animals from every corner of the planet like lions, elephants, alligators, camels and more.
Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theatre (5101 Clovis Highway 84)
Catch the latest kid-friendly flick from the comfort of your family car. Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theatre is a fun departure from the norm in today’s world—open Friday through Sunday during the summer. The vintage mascots of concession snacks, complete with happy faces and art deco entrance sign, will make you feel like you’re stepping back into the 50s. Get ready for some traditional drive-in theater refreshments, including hot dogs, popcorn, burgers, pizzas and Chihuahua sandwiches (a specialty). Look for this summer’s family-friendly films to include “Finding Dory,” “The Angry Birds Movie” and “X-Men: Apocalypse.”
Lubbock Moonlight Musicals
Treat the family to live theater on stage and under the stars at Lubbock Moonlight Musicals. Hosted at Moonlight Musicals Amphitheater, this outdoor stage is a popular spot during the summer to see live productions under the stars. Watch a troupe of dancing swashbucklers perform “Pirates of Penzance” or sing along with Cat in the Hat at “Seussical.” This summer features three amazing musicals, so make plans to see them soon.
National Ranching Heritage Center (3121 4th St.)
See through the eyes of early pioneers who braved the brutal weather and harsh conditions of West Texas at the National Ranching Heritage Center. Stroll through 48 ranching structures, that date back to the 1700s, giving families a sense of what life was like for pioneers. Visit the blacksmith for a live demonstration, as well as the trading post, bunkhouse, dugout, ranch and windmills (famous in West Texas).
For more ideas on what to do with the family while in Lubbock, check out the Visit Lubbock blog.