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Yay for summer!! But, I know it can be hard on us mama’s having our kids home alllll day long. Especially for those who are used to their kids being in school, preschool or a mothers day out program. So, I have rounded up 10 activities that are perfect for kids and toddlers! As most of you know, we live in Lubbock. And Lubbock (West Texas in general) isn’t really known for its attractions and huge list of things to do. Basically we have restaurants. I always say Lubbock is ideal if you are in college or retired. Having children here can be difficult because you have to be a little more creative with activities. So I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites!
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1. Science Spectrum. This is one of the FEW things we have in Lubbock and I know most larger cities have something similar as well. In Dallas I grew up going to the science museum and always loved it!
2. Zoo. We don’t have a zoo in Lubbock. Unfortunately the nearest zoo’s are several hours away. However, if you live near one UTILIZE IT! Most zoo’s have annual memberships and offer deep discounts for families. It is a great activity that your kiddos will love and you will love getting them out of the house.
3. Aquarium. Again, Lubbock doesn’t have one (though I’ve heard talk about them building one), but if you do this one is always a winning choice. Dallas has the Dallas World Aquarium that I used to love going to…heck I still love going as an adult. They have so much more than just your classic aquarium. They have a jungle area with birds flying around, penguins, jaguars. If you are in the DFW and haven’t been, I highly recommend it.
4. Splash Pad. This has been at the top of our list this summer. We don’t have a formal splash pad in Lubbock with all the buckets and what nots, but we have one in a nearby neighborhood that we love going to. I love splash pads because they require less supervision than a pool. Don’t judge me for saying that. What I mean is you don’t have to feel like a helicopter mom and your littles can have more freedom to play and explore without the fear of drowning.
5. Hiking/Biking Trails. If you live somewhere with trees and beautiful scenery, this is a must! Get outside and enjoy. Early morning hikes and bike rides are a great way to get your kids nice and tired for their afternoon nap and bonus its a great way for you to get some exercise in as well.
6. Picnic. One of my favorites. A classic picnic at the park under a nice shady tree is always a good idea. Either pack a lunch or grab something yummy on your way to the park! Don’t forget the big picnic blanket 😉
7. Flying Kits. This is actually one of the things that is ideal for Lubbock. Whoever named Chicago the windy city had never lived here. I remember flying kites nearly every sunday afternoon as a kid and it was always SO much fun.
8. Slip n Slide/Inflatable Pool. Perfect for those hot hot summer days! Can we all just agree that the slip n slide was the best?
9. Water Balloon Fight. There are plenty of days that I actually would love to have a water balloon fight. Like yes, someone please throw balls of water at me. Cause the sweat is real. Let your little pick out their balloons and fill them up with water. It is great for them to learn some of those fine motor skills as well as throwing them!
10. Ice Cream/FROYO. And all Gods people said, “amen.” Nothing is more satisfying on a hot summer day than a giant ice cream cone or a big ol’ cup of froyo with all the toppings.
We recently went to the Science Spectrum here in Lubbock with one of Sadie’s little friends for their annual “Critter Fest” and the girls had such a good time. The bubble station was the hit. There may or may not have been a fit thrown when it was time to go. We also got to hold some tiny little ducks. All the heart eyes. Sadie wasn’t too sure about it. She tried choking the poor little fella (it was a love choke) and the staff lady startled her when she tried moving Sadie’s hands off her neck. She was a little hesitant after that. My poor girl is just not the most gentle thing.
So I hope this gives you some great ideas for summer activities to keep you and your littles busy! And I hope your summer is so much fun! Filled with all the bubbles and ducks 😉
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