The Science Spectrum Museum, located between Indiana and University Avenues, is dedicated to teaching children about science and technology. Visitors can explore three floors that feature more than 200 displays. Exhibits, many of which are interactive, include everything from space and flight to aquariums and land animals. Don’t miss the permanent aquarium/terrarium exhibit, “Brazos River Journey,” which explains how the regional river ecosystem is influenced by man. It features sharks, largemouth bass, and rattlesnakes. Tickets are $5.50 for adults and $4.50 for kids ages 3 to 12. Kids under 3 are free. Additional tickets may be purchased for the adjacent Omni Theater, which features a 55-foot dome screen.

The Lubbock Lake Landmark, a 300-acre archeological and natural history preserve, has displays on each group that has inhabited the region for the last 12,000 years. Kids may enjoy the outdoor sculpture garden, with life-sized mammoths and a giant armadillo. The Lubbock Lake Landmark also holds various children’s programs throughout the year.

You can also take the kids to a game. The Texas Tech Red Raiders compete in Big 12 football, baseball, and both men’s and women’s basketball. And the Lubbock Cotton Kings, a Central Hockey League, have their home games at the Municipal Coliseum. Plus, swimming is available at four municipal pools. Clapp on Avenue U, Mae Simmons on Weber Drive, Maxey on 30th Street, and Rogers on Bates Street. Also, you can swim with the family indoors at the YWCA or at the two beaches at Buffalo Springs Lake .