A Kid’s Guide to Lubbock, Texas

Written By Katherine White

June 17, 2015


Hopefully you’ve seen our blog for “big kids” featuring the fun things going on in Lubbock. Now that we have mom and dad covered, we can’t forget about the little ones! Here are some of the places around Lubbock that bring back fond memories of childhood…when the going never got tough!

National Ranching Heritage Center

Windmill-in-front-of-ranch-house,-visitors_wide-shotThis Lubbock hot spot is easily a place that sparks a vivid imagination. With 48 authentic ranch structures dating all the way back to the 1700s, it’s no wonder you can get lost in the history. It was always a favorite place of mine to visit as a child. I would imagine myself living in those houses and thought about how exciting it would be to live like my favorite characters on “Little House on the Prairie.” I have to admit now…thank goodness for air conditioning! The National Ranching Heritage Center also provides annual events perfect for the family. It’s always a great time when you can have fun AND learn something new, which happens to me every time I visit, even as an adult.

Location: 3121 4th St.

Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theatre

This theatre is a can’t-miss in Lubbock. If you’re looking for a blockbuster of a deal, it’s hard to beat the Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theatre. For $8 you can see back-to-back hits in the comfort of your own car. The kids will also love the large playground. There’s not a better way to get the entire family together for a fun night out…under the stars!

Location: 5101 Clovis Highway 84

Science Spectrum & OMNI Theater

It’s no surprise the Science Spectrum made my list. Kids love visiting interactive science exhibits or experiencing the one-of-a-kind domed screen that makes you feel like a part of the movie! The Science Spectrum has it all and for kids of every age. In fact, it houses Lubbock’s only public aquarium. Take the kiddos by this summer when they need to have a little science fun!

Location: 2579 S. Loop 289 (between University and Indiana)

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Joyland Amusement Park

A West Texas tradition, Joyland has been serving up the ultimate adventure in Lubbock for many years. The park features more than 30 great rides and attractions – ranging from a log ride, water coaster and roller coasters to junior rides and family classics, such as the colorful carousel. I can remember facing my fears on the Galaxi Coaster every summer as a kid. It is the ultimate thrill ride, and it might even give mom and dad a run for their money.

Location: 500 Canyon Lake Drive

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One night, plan a movie under the stars, and the next night, plan a play under the stars! We love Lubbock Moonlight Musicals for kids and adults alike. This unique outdoor theater, located at Mackenzie Park, offers all of the big productions on Broadway but in our own backyard!

Of course, these are just a few summer favorites for the kids in Lubbock. What are some of your favorite things to do in Lubbock? We would love to hear your ideas!


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