There is no reason for your kids to be bored this summer; a lot is happening in Abilene. Here are some of the best weekend events and activities to mark on your calendars:
June 8 – 10
Be sure to come celebrate the opening of the new Children’s Museum and Educational Center at The Grace Museum on Saturday June 9th. Your kids will not want to miss out on activities such as the petting zoo, magic show, scavenger hunt, face painting, or the dunk tank. The fun starts at 10 am, and ends with a 2 pm concert featuring Dan Zanes and Friends. For a detailed look at the day, please visit The Grace Museum’s website: (http://www.thegracemuseum.org/childrens/kidzfest_2007.html)
Friends of the Abilene Public Library Book Sale:
The Civic Center is hosting the Library Book Sale all weekend long. It’s a perfect time to pick up some books for your kids to read over the summer. With most prices ranging from just 75 cents to $1.75, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to stock up on a few books to enjoy poolside this summer as well.
Movie Opening: Surf’s Up
June 15 – 17
Texas High School Rodeo Association State Finals:
The Texas High School Finals Rodeo kicks off Friday June 8 with the Rodeo Queen Contest. Various rodeo events continue all week long at The Taylor County Expo Center. The best of the best, though, occurs Saturday June 16th. For a detailed Rodeo schedule, please visit the Taylor County Expo Center’s website: (http://www.taylorcountyexpocenter.com/2007%20THSRA%20Schedule.pdf).
Movie Opening: Fantastic Four – Rise of the Silver Surfer
Movie Opening: Nancy Drew
June 22 – 24
Described as “Fun, Games, and Prizes” for kids 4 to 12 years old. Past Kidfest activities have included bowling, singing, face painting, and magic tricks. Located at the Abilene Civic Center, Kidfest will take place on June 24th, 12 pm to 4 pm. Admission is free for kids 12 years and younger. Admission for those 13 and up is $2.00.
Movie Opening: Evan Almighty
June 29 – July 1
WWE SmackDown & ECW:
See SmackDown’s Batista & Kane vs. Edge & Mark Henry, and ECW’s Bobby Lashley vs. Snitsky live in action on Saturday June 30th at the Taylor County Expo Center. Tickets to this summer event are a must for wrestling fans or any family looking for something a little different to do this summer. Ticket prices range from $20 to $40. They can be easily purchased through Ticketmaster, the box office, or by calling (325) 677-4376 / 1-800-517-9951.
Movie Opening: Ratatouille
July 6 – 8
The Great Race at the Mall of Abilene:
Muscle Cars, Hot Rods, and Alternative Fuel Cars will be making a stop in Abilene during a race from North Carolina to California. Activities will be held at the Mall of Abilene on July 8th from noon until the cars begin to arrive around 6pm. The cars will continue to arrive at the Mall of Abilene until around 8 pm.
Movie Opening: Transformers
July 13 – 15
Summer Activity Idea: Roller Skating
Take the kids skating at The Skatin Place. Located at 1930 So. Clack. Summer weekend hours: Friday 7 pm – 11 pm ($7); Saturday 1 pm – 4 pm ($5) and 7 pm – 11 pm ($7); Sunday Closed.
Movie Opening: Harry Potter
July 20 – 22
Summer Activity Idea: Camping
Spend quality time with the family camping at Abilene State Park. Hike, fish, swim, and play among 500 acres of park area located near Buffalo Gap. Admission to the park is free for kids 12 years old and younger. Admission for everyone else is $4 (unless you hold a Texas State Parks Pass or Texas Parklands Passport). Tent camp sites are available from $8 per night. Screened Shelters are available for $18 per night.
If you do plan on camping this summer, you might want to read Charles Shiflett’s article on Camping Safety Tips before you go.
July 27 – 29
Summer Activity Idea: Miniature Golf
Have a friendly game of golf this summer and enjoy the unique atmosphere of Play Faire Park Miniature Golf. For summer hours and prices, or more information, please call 325-672-2977. Play Faire Park is located at 2300 North 2nd Street.
Movie Opening: The Simpson’s Movie
August 3 – 5
Summer Activity Idea: Zoo
If your kids are wild about animals, a visit to the Abilene Zoo is a must this summer. Observe such animals as giraffes, monkeys, birds, big cats, elephants, zebras, fish, snakes, bears, and bison. Admission is free for kids 0-2, $2 for kids 3-12, $4 for kids and adults 13-59, $3 for seniors 60 and older. The zoo is open from 9am to 5pm. Located at 2070 Zoo Lane (Nelson Park).
Movie Opening: Underdog
August 10 – 12
Summer Activity Idea: Theme Park Trip
Summer is just not complete without a trip to Six Flags Over Texas – Arlington. With over 50 rides to choose from, and a variety of entertaining shows and games, Six Flags has something to offer everyone in your family. The park is open this summer from 10 am to 11 pm. General admission to Six Flags is $47; $34.99 if your child is under 48″ tall. Admission is free for kids 0-2 years old. Six Flags is located in Arlington along I-30 and Highway 360. From Abilene, take I-20 towards Dallas. Exit North on Highway 360. Then take the I-30 Right exit. Follow the signs to Six Flags.
For a personal review of Six Flags Arlington, read Dr. Devience’s article Six Flags in Dallas/Ft. Worth Texas: Amusement Park Heaven.
If you are planning a summer trip to Six Flags, or elsewhere, you might find Julian Hartley’s article High Gas Price Blues: Unconventional Ways to Save Money helpful too.
August 17 – 19
Dyess Big Country Air Fest:
The Abilene Regional Airport is hosting Abilene’s Air and Car Show this summer on Saturday August 18. The “Wings and Wheels” show goes from 8 am to 5 pm. Admission is free!
August 24 – 26
Summer Activity Idea: Swimming
Last chance to take advantage of the Abilene public pools. The Stevenson Park Swimming Pool will be open from 1pm to 6pm. Located at 541 E.N. 7th. Free admission for kids 0-5 (with paying adult). Admission for kids 6-15 is 50 cents; 16 and older is $1. The Rose Park Swimming Pool will also be open from 1pm to 6pm. Located at 2642 S. 9th. Admission is $2.
August 31 – September 2
Chili Super Bowl (Benefiting The Ben Richey Boys Ranch):
On Saturday September 1, make the short drive out to the Old Settlers Reunion Grounds in Buffalo Gap for music, dancing, and good food. Free admission for kids 12 and younger. Admission for everyone else is $2.00.
The Grace Museum
Abilene Public Library
Taylor County Expo Center
Abilene Civic Center
Dyess Big Country AirFest
The Great Race
The Mall of Abilene
Six Flags Over Texas – Arlington
The Skatin’ Place
Play Faire Park
Abilene State Park
Ben Richey Boys Ranch