College Station Summer Fun

College Station may be small, but this area is jam packed with plenty of activities to keep your family busy this summer! No matter the ages of your children, there is something to do for everyone.

The City of College Station has outdone themselves this year. For a complete and detailed list of all events, summer camps, classes, and sports, download their 2015 summer event schedule here.

PLAYGROUNDS

College Station has about 25 playgrounds, but there are a few that have stood out to me. Sometimes we like to see how many different playgrounds we can visit during the summer!

Bee Creek Park is large and has plenty of grassy space for running and impromptu soccer games. A large portion of it is shaded which is a huge plus for those sunny summer days!

The playground portion of Central Park is also fairly shaded. There is also a fishing pond and a short walking and fitness trail.

Brother’s Pond Park is another one of our favorites. Although the playground is a bit smaller than some of the other parks, there is a large duck and turtle pond. Be sure to bring a snack for the ducks…they will be expecting it! And as a bonus, there is a great wooded area for lots of imaginary play!

POOLS and SPLASH PADS

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Adamson Pool is one of our favorites! It is an Olympic sized pool that features a diving and wading pool, two water slides, a smaller “tadpole” slide, water basketball, “Lilly Pad Walk” (rope obstacle course), and a separate baby pool.  There really is something for everyone here!

Cindy Hallaran Pool (often referred to as the “Rock Prairie Pool) is a great pool for families with toddlers and preschoolers or non-swimmers. It is a zero-depth pool with a beach entry in the shallow end and gently slopes to an overall depth of 4 feet in the deep end.

Thomas Pool has lap lanes, a small tube slide, and a diving board. Although this pool doesn’t get as much hype as the larger pools, it is a nice quiet pool with a pleasant atmosphere.

The city of College Station is finally recognizing the popularity of splash pads! There are three in Bryan: Tanglewood Park, Tiffany Park, and Gloria Stephan Sale Park.  Tarrow Splash Park, located at the Lincoln Recreation Center in College Station, is set to open sometime in June.

Be sure to check out the City of College Station’s website for pool promos!

MOVIES

If movies are your thing, there are a variety of free and low-cost options!

Free movies in the park are offered on select Fridays. Bring your own blankets, chairs, and food, however there will be concessions available for purchase. For dates and locations go here.

The George Bush Museum also offers “Free Movies By the Pond” on select dates during the summer. Again, bring your blankets and chairs, but games and refreshments will be provided free of charge! This one requires a reservation ahead of time. For their movie schedule as well as a listing of other events, go here.

Cinemark 18 has their summer kid’s $1 movies.  They show the same movie at 10am, Tuesday-Thursday, with a new movie each week. Click here to see what’s playing this week. Be sure to get there early enough to get tickets and get a good seat!

Premiere Cinema will once again have their Summer Kids Movie Fest starting on Wednesday June 10, and will continue each Wednesday until August 5. Show time is at 10am and ticket prices are only $1. Click here for movie schedule.

 

LIBRARIES

Both libraries, Larry J. Ringer (College Station) and Clara B. Mounce (Bryan), have lots of summer events for kids, teens, and adults.  For the complete list go here. Both libraries will continue with a regular storytime, as well as additional weekly events and summer reading programs. Tuesdays for Larry J. Ringer (here) and Wednesdays for Clara B. Mounce (here). Although the events are free, most require a ticket (so get there early) and some have age restrictions.

Not a library, but related to literacy, Half Price Books also hosts a summer reading program. FEED YOUR BRAIN Summer Reading Program begins June 1 and ends July 31. Kids preschool through high school age can earn $5 HPB Bookworm Bucks as a reward for reading over the summer. Go here for the full scoop.

MUSEUMS

The Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley has been completely updated since last year! It’s in a new building, with new exhibits and events. They offer summer camps and the last Sunday of every month is FREE!

Arts Council of the Brazos Valley hosts an extensive permanent collection of art featuring works from regional and Texas artists, sculpture, paintings and artifacts from around the world dating  from the 11th century to the present.

Brazos Valley African American Museum chronicles the tragedies and triumphs of African American life from ancient civilizations to the present day, while also focusing on local history’s of churches, families and schools. The museum strives to explore, develop, preserve and present the cultural heritage of African Americans.

Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History boasts a gallery with exhibits of fossils, sculptures, antique farming and survey equipment, a discovery room with more than 15 varieties of live animals, dozens of taxidermy mounts, educational resources and several exhibits. Admission to the Museum on the first Tuesday of each month is only $1.

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum explores important issues and events of the Administration of President George W. Bush as framed by four themes: freedom, opportunity, compassion, and responsibility. If your children and family enjoy learning about the Presidency, American history and government, and traveling the nation, you might like to consider purchasing a Presidential Libraries Passport from NARA. Available for purchase at the admissions desk, the passports include information about each of the 13 Presidential Libraries and they allow you to collect passport stamps as you visit each facility.

SUMMER CAMPS

City of College Station offers summer camps for school-age children, with costs as low as $25/week.

The Children’s Museum of Brazos Valley

Arts Council of Brazos Valley

Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History

Spirit Ice Arena

MISCELLANEOUS

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G. Hysmith Skate Park

Grand Station Entertainment: Tuesdays (5-8pm) are half price arcade (laser tag, mini golf, and video games) and be sure to sign up for “kids bowl free.”

HEB Towerpoint Summer Kids Cooking Class: June 9th – August 11th; Tuesdays 10am-noon.

Lowe’s Build and Grow: Clinics are free to the public and occur select Saturdays at 10am.

Home Depot Kids Workshop: Select Saturdays from 9am-noon.

Spirit Ice Arena

Games of Texas: July 30th – August 3rd

Lick Creek Park for running and biking trails

Yogurtland (1800 S. Texas Avenue), BOGO every Monday night after 5pm (until school begins).

ATTRACTIONS NEAR BCS

Royal Oaks Alpacas

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Franklin Drive-thru Safari

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Royalty Pecan Farms

Lake Conroe

Great Texas Balloon Race (Longview): July 21st-26th

Navasota Blues Fest: August 14th and 15th

 

 

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