God provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 1 Timothy 6:17

Summer time is finally here! Time for getting outdoors and having fun with friends and family as you enjoy the beautiful world that God has provided for our enjoyment. So, what is there to do that is nearby, inexpensive and family friendly? Lots!   Here are some ideas for you and your kids. Grab your sneakers, turn off that TV and head out for some summer fun right here in your own home town.

What: Native Plant Walk
Where: Ivy Lane Wildlife and Birding Path
489 Ivy Lane
When: First Saturday of each month at 9:00 a.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: NelidaSparrell@yahoo.com
Note: Wear walking shoes and take plenty of sunscreen and insect repellant for an interesting and educational walk through nature.

What: History Center
Where: 801 E. Cedar Street
When: Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: friends@aransashistorycenter.org
Notes: Exhibits this summer include Texas Settlers and Their Buildings in Old Rockport (through July 16th)
And Foodways: Culinary Traditions of Aransas County (starts July 22nd).  This might be most interesting for you and your school-age kids.

What: Bay Education Center
Where: 121 Seabreeze Circle
When: Tuesday – Saturday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Special presentation: Science on a Sphere Tues, Thurs and Sat 2:00 p.m.
Cost: free
Contact: 361-749-3161
Notes: Try to make it in time for the Science on a Sphere presentation.

What: Birding 101 For Kids (ages 7-16)
Where: Rockport Beach Park
When: June 6th 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Cost: free
Contact: Linda Fulman, 361-749-6806 or 361-749-6805
Note; Time’s running out! Get your child registered now because this event happens tomorow!

What: Aquarium at Rockport Harbor
Where: 706 Navigation Circle
When: Thur through Mon, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: free (donations appreciated)
Contact: 361-727-0016
Note: Offers hands-on activities for the younger kids and lots for the whole family to see and enjoy.  You will all love seeing Morley, the moray eel.

What: ArtSpace Youth Summer Art Camp
Where: Rockport Center for the Arts, 902 Navigation Circle
When: Choose morning (9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) or afternoon (1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) sessions for one of the following weeks: June 12-16, June 19-23, July 17-21, July 24-28
Cost: free for ACISD students, $75.00 for students who do not attend ACISD schools
Contact: www.rockportartcenter.com
Note; Great opportunities for kids in first through eighth grade  to discover their inner artists!

What: Texas Maritime Museum
Where: 1202 Navigation Circle
When: Tues – Sat, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. , Sun, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $8.00 adults, $3.00 children 3-12, free for children under 3
Contact: 361-729-1291 or www.texasmaritimemuseum.org
Note: Lots of fun explorations both indoors and outdoors

What: S.E.A. Camp
Where: Texas Maritime Museum, 1202 Navigation Circle
When: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ; June 19- 23 or July 17-21 for 3rd and 4th graders; July 24-28 for 5th graders
Cost: Free for ACISD students
Contact: 361-729-1291 or www.texasmaritimemuseum.org
Note: Registration is limited, so sign up today!

What: Fulton Mansion
Where: 317 South Fulton Beach Road
When: Tues – Sat, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Sun 1:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $6.00 adults, $4.00 children 6-18, free children under 6
Contact: 361-729-0386 or www.visitfultonmansion.com
Note: Steep stairs and lots to look at with your eyes, not your hands. A great venue for Kindergarten age and older, but might not interest younger kids.

What: Music at the Mansion
Where: Fulton Mansion grounds
When: Tuesdays June 13th, July 11th and August 8th, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: 361-729-0386 or www.visitfultonmansion.com
Note: Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy the music together.

What: Community Aquatic and Skate Park
Where: 2001 Stadium Drive
Cost: $5.00 swimmer, $3.00 spectator, free for children 12 months of age or younger
Contact: 361-727-9989
Note: Skate Park is for kids 10 year of age and up.

What: Rockport Beach Park
Where: 319 Broadway Street
When: Sun – Thurs, 6:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., Sat-Sun, 6:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Cost: $5.00 daily admission per vehicle, free to walkers and bicyclers
Contact: 361-729-6661
Note; Bring shade shelters, sunscreen and sand toys to enjoy a day at a Blue Wave Beach!

What: Memorial Park
Where: 1601 N. Pearl Street
When: 5:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: 361-729-2213
Note: Nature trails, playgrounds, sports fields and more!

What: Compass Rose Park Labyrinth and Gazebo
Where: 811 Hwy 35 N
When: 7 days a week, 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: 361-749-3153
Note: The labyrinth has a nautical theme and is in the national registry of labyrinths.

What: Tule Hike and Bike Trail
Where: Gazebo and trail head at north end of Walmart, 2400 Hwy 35 N
When: any time
Cost: Free
Contact: www.aransaspathways.com
Note: Hiking and biking and enjoying the wilderness together! Bring sunscreen and insect repellant.

What: Fulton Schoolhouse Museum
Where: 205 N. 7th Street
When: Sat, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: 361-729- 5533
Note: Kids will have the opportunity to visit an old fashioned one-room schoolhouse. What fun to compare it with their modern classrooms.

What: Aransas Natural Wildlife Refuge Where: 1 Wildlife Circle, Austwell, TX
When: daily 6:45 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. , Visitor Center Wed – Sun, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $3.00 one adult in vehicle, $5.00 two or more adults in vehicle, Free 19 years and under
Contact: 361-286-359
Note: Be sure to check out an Adventure Backpack for your kids. They are full of activities and information to make the trip more fun and to help them learn more about the wildlife they will see.

And right here at FBC Rockport –
What: Vacation Bible School (Kindergarten – 6th grade)
Where; First Baptist Church, 1515 N. Live Oak
When: June 25th – June 29th, 5:45 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: www.fbcrockport.net
Notes: Your kids will have a great time as they play, sing, create, listen to Bible stories, worship and learn about our amazing God! Don’t miss this opportunity! The Little Kids Clubhouse will be available for children from 0 – PreK whose parents are working as volunteers.

What: Parents Night Out
Where: First Baptist Church, 1515 N. Live Oak
When: June 16th, July 21st, August 18th, 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Cost: $20.00 for the first child in a family, $5.00 for each sibling
Contact: www.fbcrockport.net
Notes: Ages birth – 10 years. Registration is limited, so sign up early! We will provide pizza, snacks, outdoor play, indoor games and activities and the older kids will end the evening with a movie. Send jammies and a nap mat and enjoy your date night out while the kids have fun and fellowship at church.

This list is not exhaustive and I am sure that I’ve missed some fun things to do.  Please add your comments to this list so that all our Rockport families can have a great summer together, enjoying God’s world!

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