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Family Friendly & Budget Loving Activities For Your Summer Break

Now that the school doors have closed for summer break, you may be wondering, like countless other parents, how to keep your kiddos busy this summer without breaking the bank. At Kelly Community Federal Credit Union, we asked our employees for their favorite ideas around East Texas that kids and parents love and that won’t blow your summer budget.

What we soon realized is that East Texas is full of exciting activities for all ages, interests, and abilities. Indoors, outdoors, active, relaxing…  looking to try something new? We can just about guarantee that Tyler and the surrounding areas can provide activities that even the pickiest kids are sure to enjoy!

This summer, bring your family together, have fun, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Here are a few ideas that our team at Kelly Community would highly recommend for a great, memorable, (and affordable) day out with the kids.

Tyler Museum of Art

For the love of art.  TMA offers Family Days on the 2nd Saturday of each month. There is no cost, and this is a great way to spend a cool day indoors when the hot weather begins to peak!

Faulkner Park

Tyler is full of parks, and Faulkner Park is a must-do for the avid ‘outdoorsy’ kid. Grab your bike and bike helmet and enjoy the trails for some exciting off-road bicycle riding. The park also offers tennis courts, picnic and playground areas, a fishing pond, and a refreshing, water sprayground. It’s all there for your enjoyment, and admission is free. Just remember that Texas requires fishing licenses of persons 17 and older when fishing in public waters of the state.

Tyler State Park

Looking for a fun-filled day the whole family can enjoy?  Tyler State Park has you covered. A 64-acre spring-fed lake offers fishing, swimming, kayaking, and more. If you have a hiker or two in the family, Tyler State Park has over 13 miles of hiking trails beneath the 100-foot tall trees throughout the park.

Play at the lake, geocache, enjoy a picnic, wander through the woods, or bird and critter watch with your binoculars.

Home Depot Kids Clinics 

Got a Do-It-Yourselfer in the family? Home Depot offers Kids Workshops with really unique projects and activities. This goes way beyond the “popcorn and glue” kind of activities. Kids love the clinics and the feeling of accomplishment when they leave with the DIY project they completed. Check out their website for upcoming projects, times, and dates. FYI, yes, they have clinics for adults, too.

East Texas Symphony Orchestra

Do your children love music? Help them develop a passion for classical music this summer. Even though tickets to the East Texas Symphony Orchestra performances may be a little over your budget, we want to let you in on a little secret. Often times there are open rehearsals (FREE) in the afternoons before each performance. Call the Cowan Center box office for dates and times.

FRESH By Brookshire’s

Since the Museum is still temporarily closed, the Brookshire’s Wildlife Museum playgrounds have been relocated to FRESH. The kids can play at the park while the adults enjoy refreshments and snack on the patio. There’s even live music and other events!

Bergfeld Park

You can always find something to do at Bergfeld Park. Check the Tyler Parks & Rec website often for special summer activities. They regularly schedule free concerts, movies, and live performances in the new, open air amphitheater. It isn’t unusual to see birthday parties, family reunions, and other gatherings happening almost daily in this beautiful park right in the middle of Tyler’s famous Azalea Historic District.

Check out Visit Tyler for other fun events for the family!

Six Flags Over Texas

Ok, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention Six Flags. A short 2-hour road trip just west of Tyler, Six Flags Over Texas is an amusement park where kids and parents alike love the thrills and excitement of the rides, shows, food, and games. We know that Six Flags tickets seem to get a little pricier each year. However, there are ways you can still enjoy Six Flags with our KCFCU discount tickets.

One last recommendation: Have everyone put their cell phones on silent, or better yet- turn them off during your family outings. Enjoy the time spent together – before you know it, your summer activities will be fond memories.

Also, we would love to hear from you! Let us know your ideas for family friendly, budget-conscious ideas for summer fun!

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