Summertime in north central Texas can drag on. Kids are out of school, and the temperatures are hot enough to make the devil jealous. Here are some activities that will make the summer pass more quickly in Wichita Falls, Texas.
1. Enjoy local produce: Visit the local farmer’s market for some amazingly fresh local produce. The downtown farmer’s market (at 8th and Ohio) is open Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday from 7:30-1:00. The Hatton Road farmer’s market (at 101 E. Hatton Rd) is open Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday from 7:30 until they sell out. Remember, the early bird gets the best tomatoes!
2. Jazz it up: Bring the kids and a picnic for some great music. Wichita Falls Museum of Art’s Live @ the Lake concert series offers outdoor concerts every Thursday during the summer at Sike’s Lake. Sit and enjoy the music or meander around the walking trail that follows the lake. Don’t forget the bug spray!
3. Go on an Adventure with a book: Can’t wait to get into that next enthralling summer read? The Wichita Falls Public Library is promoting reading programs for children, teens and adults. Programs are scheduled throughout the summer for children; all ages (including teens and adults) receive a free prize for participating in the program. See the library’s website for more details.
4. Make a Splash: No summer is complete without a dip in the pool or lake to cool off. Take the kids and dive in to Lucy Park pool, Lake Arrowhead, or head over to Wichita Falls’ own water park, Castaway Cove.
5. Explore Nature: Riverbend Nature Center offers trails, a pavilion (for picnicking), a children’s garden, and a butterfly conservatory. Admission is just $3 for person (2 and under free).
6. Engage with prairie dogs: Looking for a low-key evening with the kids? Enjoy some playtime at Kiwanis Park, and make sure to visit the prairie dogs. Kids and adults will love watching the playful critters.
7. Cool off with a frozen treat: Wichita Falls has gained a number of new ice cream and frozen yogurt places over the past year. Yogurt Journey on Kemp is a locally owned self-serve frozen yogurt establishment with tons of fresh toppings. Orange Leaf is also a self-serve frozen yogurt place on Lawrence. Addison’s on Midwestern is locally owned and serves ice cream. Maggie Moo’s on Fairway serves marble-slab mixed ice cream (every ice cream comes with a free mix-in). And of course, Braum’s and Dairy Queen both offer a myriad of frozen treats. Pick a place and dig into a scrumptious, cool treat!
8. Get creative: Kemp Center for the Arts offers a variety of summer art classes for all levels and ages (including children’s classes) from oil painting to drawing to yoga.
There’s no better time than now to go out and find some summertime fun in Wichita Falls!