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Things For Kids To Do In Lufkin and Nacogdoches

This has been the main issue for many parents for as long as I can remember. There just hasn’t been enough activities or events for kids to do in East Texas.

Maybe that way of thinking is not exactly right, however. Here are a few suggestions that might brighten your kid’s day.

Skyzone Trampoline Park


Trampoline Park




There is a new trampoline park in between Hudson and Lufkin.

It will cost $12 an hour per person entering the facility, and requires special socks that cost $3 (which you get to keep, and not pay for the next times)

Hijinx Website
Hijinx on Facebook





Escape Room

EscapeNac or The Hidden Escape



Does your kid enjoy puzzles and solving mysteries? This is a more cognitive adventure for the little ones, with 4 different rooms that can even stump some adults.

EscapeNac Website
EscapeNac on Facebook

The Hidden Escape in Lufkin




Zip Line

Zip Nac



Does your kid crave excitement? If you’ve got an adrenaline fueled youngster, then they might want to soar through the trees at Zip Nac

Zip Nac Website
Zip Nac on Facebook







We’ve got great libraries, and a few local bookstores. If you’ve got a small child that loves stories, Absolutely Fiction Books in Lufkin has StoryTime events on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, where the lovable Heather Barney will enthusiastically read children books to your kids. This engages your child’s imagination, and the owners of the shop sometimes have special surprises and giveaways.

Absolutely Fiction Books Website
Absolutely Fiction Books on Facebook


naranjo museum
naranjo museum





Naranjo Museum of Natural History always has something cool and educational going on.

Let your kids experience the past, present, and future all in one location.

The Texas Forestry Museum has too many great kid specific events to list. Give their website a visit and see what’s on their schedule.

The Angelina Arts Alliance sometimes has family oriented events and shows for the kids. Check their schedule of events here.


FITT LIFE via Facebook


Obstacle Course



FITT LIFE in Lufkin has a great obstacle course if your kids want to challenge themselves and test their physical prowess.

They are located at 2104 South 1st St. in Lufkin







Here is a link to just the parks and areas with splash pads or pools to keep your kids cool in the Texas heat.

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If old school roller skates are your thing, check out the Skate Ranch at 5012 Lotus Ln., Lufkin, TX 75904.

If skateboarding is more your thing, check out the new skate park located at Kiwanis Park.


Watch out for peacocks
Watch out for peacocks


Zoo Fun

Ellen Trout Zoo



The Ellen Trout Zoo has such a great vibe to it. Fantastic animals live at our local zoo. The Ellen Trout Zoo in Lufkin even has special events from time to time for kids of all ages.

Ellen Trout Zoo Facebook [Official]

Friends of Ellen Trout Zoo


Angelina Arts Alliance contributed photo
Angelina Arts Alliance contributed photo


The Arts

Angelina Arts Alliance



Check the Angelina Arts Alliance schedule for all the upcoming shows and performances coming to our area.

Their shows aren’t always “kid friendly,” but it doesn’t hurt to check from time to time.


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Water Park

Splash Kingdom



Splash Kingdom in Nacogdoches hasn’t been open long, but always makes for a fun day for the kiddos.

Splash Kingdom Family Waterpark on Facebook


Blond Boy Catching Fish
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We have some seriously great lakes, rivers, and ponds within driving distance. (Some are in our own backyards) Sometimes it’s not about how many fish you catch, but the experience of being out with a lifelong pal.

Lake Nacogdoches
Lake Sam Rayburn
The Sabine River
Lake Toledo Bend – Many Louisiana
Lake Palestine
Lake Livingston
Steinhagen Lake – in Jasper TX
Lake Murvaul- – Near Carthage TX

The list goes on and on!


Happy kids hugging toggether
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Vacation Bible School



Depending on the time of the year, you might want to start looking up all the vacation bible schools certain local churches are putting on for the kids.

They are filled with great activities centered with strong values.


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Miles Willis


Fun At The Library

But we already said books, right?



We already talked about books, but The Nacogdoches Public Library, also known as the Judy B. McDonald Library is the library you want to follow.

They’ve got events like Minecraft challenges, Lego Club, Pajama Storytime, DIY projects, movie nights, and so much more!

Nacogdoches Public Library Link
Kurth Memorial Library in Lufkin


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