Summer fun: Activities abound in Frenship for all ages

There’s just no reason to be bored in Frenship this summer.

Affordable — sometimes even free — activities are available.

While sandy beaches may not be available, swimming is possible at The Pool, located at 102 Park Road, the road around Patterson Park in Wolfforth.

The Pool opened last week and will stay open until Aug. 17. It is open to the public Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday from 1-6 p.m., as well as 1-5 p.m. on Wednesdays. During the mornings and weekends, it is available for private bookings for parties or day care outings.

The main pool at The Pool is 10 feet deep, but a baby pool and a hot tub are also available. Additionally, basketball and volleyball courts are onsite.

Kerry Lira, concessions manager, said The Pool is typically packed between 2:30 and closing time. While Tuesday’s overcast weather may have scared away swimmers, he said 75 people were there on Monday afternoon.

Lifeguards are on duty at The Pool.

If you’d rather cool off by burning rubber, it could be you’ll find Dave’s Need 4 Speed will meet your needs.

Open Tuesdays through Sundays at 1-10 p.m., and Saturdays until 11 p.m., Dave’s Need 4 Speed features laser tag, cosmic golf, bumper cars go-carts and dirt track simulators.

Perhaps the best part about Dave’s is that all activities but the bumper cars and go-carts are indoors under the air-conditioning.

“It’s a good way to go in there and play a little golf and cool off,” owner David Lewis said.

For another fun place to try laser tag, miniature golf, bowling, billiards, gravity ropes or rock climbing this summer, go to Main Event, 6010 Marsha Sharp Freeway.

The Frenship area has a variety of parks, with the best for children arguably being Legacy Play Village.

Joan Jackson, a grandmother accompanying her two granddaughters, ages 4 and 7, to Legacy Play Village, said the park is the best thing the city of Lubbock ever did for children.

“They’ve got a lot of stuff out here for the kids to do,” Jackson said. Her granddaughters can do anything from playing in a castle to chasing cottontailed rabbits, she said. The park offers fun and freedom to children, she said.

“It’s a rest for grandparents,” she said.

Sometimes it’s too hot to even venture out your own front door, and that’s when you might appreciate having a few books on loan from the Wolfforth Library.

This summer, the Wolfforth Library is again hosting its summer reading program and a preschool story hour.

Preschoolers, and their parents and older siblings, can come and hear a few stories every Tuesday at 10 a.m. Stories are usually followed by a craft or activity.

Children ages first grade through eighth grade can participate in the library’s “Bee A Reader” program, which started this week and will end July 27.

Librarian Stephanie Murdock said about 15 students had signed up by Tuesday, but she expects a lot more.

“We usually have about 100 kids compete,” she said. Students compete by grade levels.

“We had a girl last year who read, I think, 14,000” pages, Murdock said. Looking it up, she said the champion last year read 13,950 pages.

The summer reading program is good for kids because it keeps them motivated, and allows them to enjoy reading books they like.

“It’s enjoyable, not just a chore, not just an assignment,” she said.

The “Bee A Reader” summer reading contest will culminate with a lunch party for all readers and their families on July 30. T-shirts will be awarded to the top 20 readers overall, and trophies will be awarded for each grade.

After swimming, reading and glow-in-the-dark golfing, perhaps giving a little back to the community is in order.

Rachel Flores, programs manager of the Volunteer Center of Lubbock, said there are many opportunities for people of all ages to volunteer in Lubbock. Specifically in the Frenship area, volunteers are needed at Buckner Children and Family Center and at the Texas Tech Therapeutic Riding Center. Potential volunteers could also look into the High Point Village summer camp and the South Plains Food Bank.

Flores said it has been difficult for many families to find opportunities for their young children to volunteer with them. The Volunteer Center of Lubbock has set up a new family volunteer program this summer running Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Families with children between 5 and 16 years of age can come for volunteer opportunities.

“We just found that it was really difficult for families to find opportunites for everyone to do together,” Flores said.

Activities during the summer will include heading to the Ronald McDonald house to make desserts and cards for children, visiting Carillon and making holiday cards for soldiers overseas in advance of the Christmas season.

“We thought if we started off earlier, that would spark some people’s creativity,” Flores said. “We’re kind of trying to get a head start on it.”

The volunteer program for families will run through the second week of August.

To volunteer, contact the Volunteer Center of Lubbock at (806) 747-0551.

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