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Spring Break in the Highland Lakes: Day by Day

Inks Lake State Park is one of several places in the Highland Lakes hosting Spring Break events. Staff photo



You don't have to leave the Highland Lakes for Spring Break. In fact, the area boasts fun things to do across a spectrum of categories: art, culture, discovery, history, outdoors, and much more.

Here's a day-by-day Spring Break-down of 2019 events in the Highland Lakes.

SATURDAY, MARCH 9

Fishing with a Ranger at Inks Lake State Park, 1 p.m. – A Master Naturalist or park ranger lead a fun-filled afternoon where all ages can learn the basics of fishing. You might even catch the Big One. Bring water and meet behind the park store.

Fishing with a Ranger is also March 16 and March 23 at the same time. Program is free but park entrance fees apply.

Inks Lake State Park is located at 3630 Park Road 4 West in Burnet.

Secret Service at LBJ Ranch, 1 p.m. – Uncover the important role the Secret Service played in protecting Lyndon B. Johnson, the nation’s 36th president, at his boyhood home and ranch, affectionately called the Texas White House. Free admission.

Additional program dates and times are: 1 p.m. March 10; 1 p.m. March 12; 1 p.m. March 14; 3 p.m March 16; 1 p.m. March 17; 3 p.m. March 19; 3 p.m. March 21; 1 p.m. March 23, and 3 p.m. March 24.

LBJ Ranch is located at 100 Lady Bird Lane in Johnson City.

Aviation at LBJ Ranch, 3 p.m. – Learn how aeronautics helped President Lyndon B. Johnson govern the country while visiting his boyhood home and ranch.

Free admission.

Additional program dates and times are: 3 p.m. March 11; 3 p.m. March 13; 3 p.m. March 15; 1 p.m. March 16; 3 p.m. March 18; 3 p.m. March 20; 3 p.m. March 22; and 3 p.m. March 23.

LBJ Ranch is located at 100 Lady Bird Lane in Johnson City.

Spider Walk at Inks Lake State Park, 6:30 p.m. – Go on a spider hunt with a park ranger and learn about the eight-legged creatures and what makes them fascinating. Pack water and a flashlight and meet in the Devil’s Waterhole parking lot.

Another Spider Walk is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. March 16. Program is free with park entrance fee.

Inks Lake State Park is located at 3630 Park Road 4 West in Burnet.

SUNDAY, MARCH 10

Nature Walk along the Pedernales at LBJ Ranch, 3 p.m. – The environment was an important part of President Lyndon B. Johnson's and first lady Ladybird Johnson’s legacy. Discover why and how the Johnsons protected Mother Nature.

Free admission.

Additional programs and dates are:3 p.m. March 12; 3 p.m. March 14; 3 p.m. March 17; 1 p.m. March 19; 1 p.m. March 21; and 1 p.m. March 24.

LBJ Ranch is located at 100 Lady Bird Lane in Johnson City.

MONDAY, MARCH 11

• Play Date Book Club at Llano County Library, 2-3 p.m. – A book club for parents who don’t have time to read. This month’s feature is “How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature.” Participants will make a toolbox of activities to continue exploring nature at home.

A play area for children ages 4 and younger will be set up.

Llano County Library is located at 102 E. Haynie St. in Llano. To register or for more information, call (325) 247-5248.

TUESDAY, MARCH 12

• Mechanical Marvels at Science Mill, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. – Guide robots through an obstacle course and check out the facility’s tech spin on K’Nex. The mill has special Spring Break stations such as the mBot obstacle course, where four drivers use electronic tablets to maneuver through the twists and turns and joystick-controlled machines made of K’Nex. After mastering those, invent and code a new creation. Imagination required.

Program continues March 13-15 and March 19-22.

Admission is $11 for adults; $9.50 for ages 3-18; and $9 for ages 65 and older.

Science Mill is located at 101 S. Lady Bird Lane in Johnson City.

Reptile Exhibition at Llano County Library, 2-3:30 p.m. – Learn interesting facts, touch reptiles, and make crafts to take home. Each of the three 30-minute sessions is limited to 30 visitors.

Advanced signup is recommended.

Llano County Library is located at 102 E. Haynie St. in Llano. To register or for more information, call (325) 247-5248.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13

• Wild Things Zoofari at Herman Brown Free Library, 10:30 a.m. — See a red-ruffed lemur, red-tailed lemur, baby vervet monkey, red kangaroo joey, and other animals not found in the Highland Lakes during a free program at the Burnet library. Afterward, look through the wide variety of books about the animals to discover more.

Herman Brown Free Library is located at 100 E. Washington St. in Burnet. Call (512) 715-5228.

THURSDAY, MARCH 14

Fancy Nancy Tea Party at Llano County Library, 2-3:30 p.m. – Kids can dress fancy for this stupendous party. Readings, crafts, elegant refreshments, and a dazzling style show are all part of this glamorous and fabulous gathering.

Llano County Library is located at 102 E. Haynie St. in Llano. To register or for more information, call (325) 247-5248.

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

Five Senses Hike at Inks Lake State Park, 8 p.m. – Take a half-mile hike to discover how night-shift animals operate in the dark. Bring a red-filtered flashlight and water.

Program is free but park entrance fees apply.

Inks Lake State Park is located at 3630 Park Road 4 West in Burnet.

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

Cowboy Coffee at Inks Lake State Park, 8:30-9:30 a.m. – Enjoy the bold richness of Cowboy Coffee and learn more about cowboy life. This event is come-and-go from the park headquarters.

Additional program date and time is 8:30 a.m. March 19. Program is free but park entrance fees apply.

Inks Lake State Park is located at 3630 Park Road 4 West in Burnet.

TUESDAY, MARCH 19

“You Can Build It, We Can Help” craft workshop at The Home Depot, 9-11 a.m. – Children can assemble a boat, birdhouse, or other wooden creations from builder kits during this workshop.

Free activity through the city of Marble Falls Parks and Recreation Department’s Spring Break presented by H-E-B.

The Home Depot is located at 1307 Mormon Mill Road in Marble Falls.

Elevate Church Skate Contest at Falls Creek Park and Skatepark, noon-3:30 p.m. – Bring skateboards and scooters and show your best moves. Elevate Church will play music and cook hamburgers and hot dogs to give away.

Free activity through the city of Marble Falls Parks and Recreation Department’s Spring Break presented by H-E-B.

Falls Creek Skatepark is located at 900 Yett St. in Marble Falls.

Art Under the Oak at Inks Lake State Park, 2-3 p.m. – Create a memory of your time at Inks Lake State Park. Limited instruction because artists are encouraged to use their own creativity. Bring water and meet by the playground.

Program is free but park entrance fees apply.

Inks Lake State Park is located at 3630 Park Road 4 West in Burnet.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20

• Decorative Sugar Cookie Class with Sooo Yummy Bakery and H-E-Buddy, 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Decorate a flour sugar cookie with frosting, candy, and other edible treats.

Free activity through the city of Marble Falls Parks and Recreation Department’s Spring Break presented by H-E-B.

Westside Park is located at intersection of Second Street and Avenue Q in Marble Falls.

Ranger Woodland Hike at Inks Lake State Park, 10 a.m. – This rugged 4-mile hike led by a park ranger is through the Inks Lakeside, across Gneiss slabs and granite outcroppings, past vernal pools, and through a land undertaking the natural process from wildfire.

Meet at the Trailhead across the street from the headquarters. Wear sturdy hiking boots, dress appropriately, and don’t forget the water bottle.

Program is free but park entrance fees apply.

Inks Lake State Park is located at 3630 Park Road 4 West in Burnet.

Movies in the Afternoon featuring Nickelodeon’s “Wonder Park” at ShowBiz Cinemas 8, 1-3:30 p.m. – Enjoy a free hot dog while watching a film about a park occupied by fantastical rides and talking, funny animals.

Limited to 170 attendees.

Free activity through the city of Marble Falls Parks and Recreation Department’s Spring Break presented by H-E-B.

ShowBiz Cinemas 8 is located at 2600 U.S. 281 South in Marble Falls.

Transformer Lepidoptera at Inks Lake State Park, 2 p.m. – Park Ranger Vicki leads an adventure to meet nature’s transformer.

Meet under the Oak Tree in Central Park. Bring water.

Program is free but park entrance fees apply.

Inks Lake State Park is located at 3630 Park Road 4 West in Burnet.

THURSDAY, MARCH 21

• Highland Lakes Creative Arts Monster Mural Paint Party at Westside Park, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. – Images of the city of Marble Falls will be on display on a white mural that simply needs artists to give them life. Washable paint and markers provided, but artists should prepare to get dirty.

Free activity through the city of Marble Falls Parks and Recreation Department’s Spring Break presented by H-E-B.

Westside Park is located at intersection of Second Street and Avenue Q in Marble Falls.

Engineering in the Outdoors with Science Mill at Westside Park, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. – Build a character with members of the Science Mill then race it on a mini-zipline.

Free activity through the city of Marble Falls Parks and Recreation Department’s Spring Break presented by H-E-B.

Westside Park is located at intersection of Second Street and Avenue Q in Marble Falls.

Leta Stevenson-Smith 3-on-3 basketball tournament atWestside Park basketball court, noon-3 p.m. – Players should show up in their basketball gear and shoes with or without a team. Free pizza provided.

Free activity through the city of Marble Falls Parks and Recreation Department’s Spring Break presented by H-E-B.

Westside Park is located at intersection of Second Street and Avenue Q in Marble Falls.

Camouflage Creatures at Inks Lake State Park, 2 p.m. – Uncover the secrets of camouflage and see the coolest animals hidden in plain sight.

Meet at the Central Park oak tree.

Program is free but park entrance fees apply.

Inks Lake State Park is located at 3630 Park Road 4 West in Burnet.

Lumps, Bumps, and Jumps! at Inks Lake State Park, 5 p.m. – The park’s coolest amphibians are presented in this program. Frogs and toads are an important part of a lake ecosystem, and participants will see the incredible bumps of jumps of all of them.

Meet at the amphitheater and bring water.

Program is free but park entrance fees apply.

Inks Lake State Park is located at 3630 Park Road 4 West in Burnet.

FRIDAY, MARCH 22

Birding for Beginners at Inks Lake State Park, 8:30 a.m. – Master the basics of birding while watching awesome creatures of the sky.

Meet at the park’s world-class bird blind. Bring binoculars, cameras, and quiet voices. Get the gate code at headquarters.

Program is free but park entrance fees apply.

Inks Lake State Park is located at 3630 Park Road 4 West in Burnet.

• Wild Things Zoofari at Marble Falls Public Library, 10-11:30 a.m. – See a red-ruffed lemur, red-tailed lemur, baby vervet monkey, red kangaroo joey and other animals not found in the Highland Lakes during a free program at the Marble Falls library.

Children should look for a raffle ticket as they walk in to be eligible for a free bike giveaway.

Free activity through the city of Marble Falls Parks and Recreation Department’s Spring Break presented by H-E-B.

Marble Falls Public Library is located at 101 Main St. Call (830) 693-3023.

Splash Mob Water FightatWestside Park basketball court, 12:30-3:30 p.m. – A different way of cooling off. Participants can bring their water guns and water balloons. Some water balloons provided.

Free sandwich lunches to participants thanks to Subway.

Free activity through the city of Marble Falls Parks and Recreation Department’s Spring Break presented by H-E-B.

Westside Park is located at intersection of Second Street and Avenue Q in Marble Falls.

Migration Mania! at Inks Lake State Park, 2 p.m. – Discover migration patterns of birds and their survival skills while demonstrating your own beak work.

Meet Ranger Vicki under the Oak Tree at Central Park.

Program is free but park entrance fees apply.

Inks Lake State Park is located at 3630 Park Road 4 West in Burnet.

Whoooo Are You? at Inks Lake State Park, 5 p.m. – Practice owl calls and learn about our nocturnal neighbors and some of their extraordinary traits. Ranger Vicki leads this exploration.

Meet at the amphitheater.

Program is free but park entrance fees apply.

Inks Lake State Park is located at 3630 Park Road 4 West in Burnet.

SATURDAY, MARCH 23

Verus Strength and Fitness Obstacle Course featuring H-E-Buddy atWestside Park, 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Encounter obstacles that require participants to run, hop, jump, and crawl to the finish line. See if you’re faster than H-E-Buddy.

Free activity through the city of Marble Falls Parks and Recreation Department’s Spring Break presented by H-E-B.

Westside Park is located at intersection of Second Street and Avenue Q in Marble Falls.

Rock Wall Climbing, Bungee Cord Race, and Bouncehouse atWestside Park, 4-7 p.m. – Climb a portable 27-foot tall wall that allows three people at a time to reach the top after putting on a safety harness. Then, go put on a 35-foot bungee cord and run as fast as possible before being pulled backward. No age, size, or weight restrictions. The youngest participants have a Spider-Man bounce house for their enjoyment.

Free pizza from Little Caesar’s.

Free activity through the city of Marble Falls Parks and Recreation Department’s Spring Break presented by H-E-B.

Westside Park is located at intersection of Second Street and Avenue Q in Marble Falls.

Fire and Flood Walk at Inks Lake State Park, 10 a.m. – During a 1.75-mile moderate walk on Lakeside Trail, Ranger Rob teaches participants how natural disasters and natural processes help shape the environment.

Wear good hiking shoes and bring a liter of water per person. Meet at the Pecan Flatts Trail head across from headquarters.

Program is free but park entrance fees apply.

Inks Lake State Park is located at 3630 Park Road 4 West in Burnet.

Atlatl Demo at Inks Lake State Park, 6 p.m. – Study the ways prehistoric people of America hunted then try it yourself by launching a 5-foot mega dart at a giant ground sloth or dire wolf in this simulated session. (Giant prey and predators are imaginary.)

Meet across the street from the playground and bring water.

Program is free but park entrance fees apply.

Inks Lake State Park is located at 3630 Park Road 4 West in Burnet.

• Dive-In Movie with Jolly Rodgers Paddle Co. at Westside Park, sundown – Bring blankets, chairs, food, and drinks and enjoy a free showing of “Raiders of the Lost Ark." Some snacks provided.

Free activity through the city of Marble Falls Parks and Recreation Department’s Spring Break presented by H-E-B.

Westside Park is located at intersection of Second Street and Avenue Q in Marble Falls.

Star Party with Austin Astronomical Society at Inks Lake State Park, 7 p.m. – AAS members are sharing their telescopes and passion for the skies during a night under the stars.

Meet at Central Park.

Program is free but park entrance fees apply.

Inks Lake State Park is located at 3630 Park Road 4 West in Burnet.

ELSEWHERE

Several Highland Lakes organizations or parks have extended their hours during Spring Break, including:

Fort Croghan, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 9, and Monday-Friday, March 11-15 — See the cabins, tour the grounds, and listen to stories about the many artifacts of the museum and early life in Burnet County.

Free admission.

Fort Croghan Grounds and Museum is located at 703 Buchanan Drive in Burnet.

Science Mill, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, March 12-16 and March 19-23, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, March 17 and 24 — Check out the new Aquaponics Greenhouse to see how fish, plants, and microbes work together to create healthy food. See how fruit, vegetables, and tropical plants are flourishing in vertical growing tubes, floating rafts, and a giant living wall. This ecosystem represents the technology, beauty, practicality, and science for sustainable agriculture and healthy eating. Before leaving, create a customized avatar passport to explore the more than 50 hands-on exhibits and watch the 3D movie.

Science Mill is located at 101 S. Lady Bird Lane in Johnson City.

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Susan Patten —
You missed a fun Spring Break event: St. Pat's Park Party at Boat Town Burger Bar. Saturday, March 16, 6:30 to 9:30pm featuring the Kristen Gibbs Band. Donations at the door benefit Kingsland Community Park.
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