Lubbock offers a surprising number of options for entertaining young children (2-12). Here are some things children enjoy while visiting:

  •  Maxey Park - located at 24th and Quaker, this fairly new, very large play area features a large number of fun options fresher than average, including a slide with rollers, climbing nets, a barrel to walk on, a zip-line type climber, and more. Located near a playa lake with a large population of ducks and geese, the park is an easy way to spend an afternoon. There is a pool nearby that is open during the summer.
  • Legacy Play Village - located near the intersection of Spur 327 and Loop 289, this massive wooden playground is another great place for children to spend an afternoon. Includes all kinds of creative musical instruments, wooden structures to climb on, bridges, swings, and the occasional wayward jackrabbit wandering through the grounds. A nearby Starbucks makes the experience all the more pleasant for mom and dad.
  • The Science Spectrum is a great science museum that includes all kind of fun and interesting exhibits. Recent exhibits included health, an animatronic dinosaur, Texas wildlife, flight and space flight, and more. An IMax theater shows a variety of movies, and a toddler playroom rounds out the experience for the youngest visitors.  More info: www.sciencespectrum.com
  • MacKenzie Park Prairie Dog Town: off 4th and I-27, the town is home to both prairie dogs and burrowing owls. The dogs like carrots and popcorn, and it's fun to watch them munch on the treats. Open during daylight hours. Because this park is off the beaten path and somewhat isolated, be aware that a woman alone or with only young children might feel uncomfortable.
  • Joyland Amusement Park - a fun, small amusement park that is open weekends part of the year and most days during the summer. More info: www.joylandpark.com\
  • Lubbock Public Library - boasts a number of stoy times for very young children. More info here: http://library.ci.lubbock.tx.us
  • Safety City - a minature city where kids can learn safety rules of the road and ride bikes or skate for a small fee. Located in Clapp Park (42nd and U) Call ahead for dates and times of operation - 806-767-2712.
  • Chuck E. Cheese: Lubbock's version of the cheesy mouse pizza place with tons of kid-oriented games. More info: www.chuckecheese.com
  • Jump N' Jungle - inflatable playland. More info and hours at www.jumpnjungle.net
  • Safari Park - a soft play area for toddlers inside South Plains Mall at Slide and the Loop.
  • Hi Plains Orchard - In the fall, you can pick your own apples from the orchard and then enjoy a home-cooked lunch in the orchard gift shop. www.applecountryorchards.com
  • Cagle's Steaks - not exactly a kid-oriented place, but noteable because it features yummy steaks and the waiting area is a big yard that kids can run around in, complete with a playhouse, a carosel, and plenty of rocking chairs and interesting sites.