As the great poets the Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff once said, “Summer summer summertime, time to sit back and unwind…”

With school coming to a halt soon and summertime beginning, many students are thinking of ways to beat the “summer madness.” Whether it’s enjoying cool splash or a fun-filled evening at the park, there’s always something to do.

“I plan on living at softball and baseball fields with the kids,” BCIS Instructor Lynn Brooks said, “and relaxing in our pool that we just bought. I’m also teaching an evening class this summer.”

The song continues, “Sittin’ with your friends as y’all reminisce about the days growing up and the first person you kiss…” For some, summer is a time to relax from school and work, and focus on activities with family and friends.

“I plan on working and spending more time with daughter,” TJC sophomore Christina Fuentes said.

“Six o’clock rolls around / You just finished wiping your car down / It’s time to cruise so you head to the summertime hangout…”

Local businesses such as The Villages Resort, Green Acres Bowling Alley, and Putt-Putt Golf and Games offer such hangouts for families and friends to enjoy the warming weather.

The Villages have a new water park for the family; it contains slides, a lazy river and adventurous activities for the kids.

“The facility is enclosed and has an all-day pass for visitors,” Marketing Manager Jeremy Maldonado said. The Villages Resort operation hours are Wednesday through Friday 12-8 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. until Memorial Day when it will open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. everyday.

Putt-Putt Golf and Games is another East Texas activity center for family and friends. It has an arcade, putt-putt golfing, and daily birthday specials.

“We are an amusement style business,” owner Kathryn Adair said. They offer group rates for parties of 10 or more for $8 each receiving one drink, an ice cream bar, two tokens for games, and two putt-putt golf games.

If you want to go out of town and enjoy a day of fun and adventure, Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington may be a considerable option for those who don’t mind the trip out of town. Six Flags Over Texas has some scheduled activities and concerts for the amusement park season.

“We have a glow-in-the-park parade, Julio Chavez, guest services manager at Six Flags, said. “All the lights in the pathway will be off May 23 [through] August 16.”

Six Flags will continue their summer concert tradition, featuring Raven-Symoné from the Disney Channel series “That’s So Raven” on July 4 weekend, pop-punk band Boys Like Girls on June 27, and many more.

“All are free with park admission,” Chavez said.

With so many planned events and activities, there is an endless amount of space for a boring summer.

Whether you’re seeking the simple pleasures of a dip in the pool or the exciting roar of an amusement park, you have plenty of chances to come up with your own “definition of summer madness.”

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