Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Now, Joyland is getting that needed facelift. I ride a bicycle year round and one of my favorite routes is through Mackenzie Park right by Joyland Park. I had noticed that there was more activity in the park than usual in the past few weeks. The Wild River log ride was dismantled, cleaned and painted. The metal standards that hole the water vessels have been painted too. You can see the progress is the photo I took.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Lubbock, Texas has a population of about 225,000 people. It is not a big town so it makes sense that you will not find a Six Flags type amusement park in it. That is why cities the size of Lubbock often have smaller amusement parks. These are parks that are often described by some people as a cross between a carnival and a larger amusement park. Lubbock has Joyland Amusement Park. It is a cool little park and just might be a blast from the past for those of you who are old enough to remember the glory years of small city amusement parks.
Joyland has some really old style kid rides and roller coasters along with some newer rides like a tower drop, a water slide, and a flume ride that is guaranteed to get you wet. The old style kid rides are a small but really fun train, carousel, helicopters, old fashion cars, a nd a kid sized roller coaster like the ones you often see in carnivals.
There are also some fun bigger rides such as a tilt-a-whirl, bumper cars, a sky ride gondola ride that crosses the park and then returns, the space shuttle that resembles the larger conquistador at Six Flags Over Texas. There is a really exciting ride called the Musik Express that moves fast and causes centrifugal force to slam you into the side of the car and a sombrero hat as well as the Scrambler.
Yes, there are other great rides too, but you would just have to go to Joyland to experience this wonderful family friendly park.
Joyland Park is Family Friendly and They Mean It.
One of the best things about visiting Joyland Park is that it really is family friendly. It is constantly being walked by the security and owner/managers. If they sense any "funny business" they act on it fast. I have even seen them have people wearing shirts that could be considered risque to either cover them up, change, or leave the park. The staff at Joyland will not let your children experience a dangerous park or one where individuals can put them at risk in any way and that is greatly appreciated these days.
Costs, Hours, Deals at Joyland
Joyland is open 7 to 10 PM Tuesdays through Fridays through August 24th. It is closed on Mondays. Saturday and Sundays, it is opem from 2 Pm to 10 PM. That will continue until September 16th and also includes Labor Day.
Joyland works on an armband method of admission. It includes admission to the park and all the rides but does not include tax. Tuesday - Friday the cost of admission is $13.50 for people 48 inches and over and $10.50 for shorter than 48 inches. Saturday and Sunday's admission price is $18.75 for people over 48 inches and $15.75 for others. You can buy a general admission ticket for $4.75 if you are over 21 years old and do not want to ride unlimited rides. You can buy individual tickets for rides for $2 each or a set of 10 tickets for $15. Anyone under 21 years of age and over 30 inches tall has to buy an armband.
There are specials:
Tuesday Night: Everyone from 1 day old to 120 years old pays $8.25 plus tax.
Wednesday and Thursday Evenings: Individuals pay $11.25 or a four pack is $42. This is a great deal because you get unlimited soft drinks the while time you are in the park. It gets hot so this can save you loads of money.
Friday Night - Everyone pays $10.50
Saturday Night Special. Wait until 7 Pm to go to the park and get $5 off the normal ticket price. Pay $13.50 for 48 inches and taller and $10.50 for everyone else.
Sunday bring 2 cans of food and get $4 off your ticket price from 2 Pm to 10 PM.
Sunday - 2 People enter park for $18.75 from 7PM to 10PM. Singles are $11.75
Saturday or Sunday, bring a coke product or coupon and receive $2 off admission.
Where is Joyland Park?
Joyland Park is in McKenzie Park in Northeast Lubbock. The easiest way to get there is by Avenue A and Broadway , turn into McKenzie Park and drive through it until you see the park.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Camp Burkhart was held during the second week of July and was a smashing success. At least it was to my family. I cannot speak for others but I loved what I saw and what my son experienced. My son was born with Down Syndrome and Autism. He has a nice life and has a great school to attend but socialization is very difficult for him. Camp Burkhart brought out the best in him, even if it was only for 1 week.
The camp was designed to place individuals with autism into a varied set of situations that required some socialization as well as to have fun. The cam was for 3 hours each day for 1 Monday through Friday week. The activities ranged from going to the Science Spectrum, to Main Event, to swimming at the nationally known Texas Tech Leisure Pool.
Each day, every individual was placed with a one on one helper and allowed to just have fun. I can attest to the fact that my son had a blast. What was even better was seeing him actually carry on a conversation with one helper on the last day. It was not much of a conversation but it was a conversation and that is a big deal. I attribute it to the work that the great workers and volunteers at Camp Burkhart put forth with him.
I heard that the owner of Malouf and Co. made a large donation that made Camp Burkhart possible. If that is true, I owe him a great big THANK YOU! Hopefully Camp Burkhart will be an annual event. The Burkhart Center already does a few activities throughout the summer and those are greatly appreciated too.
If you have a child with autism, you really owe it them to check out the Burkhart Center at Texas Tech. It will definitely enrich their lives in ways you may never have imagines. Once again, Thank you Burkhart. We are so lucky to live in a great community like Lubbock that has one of the best programs in the nation.
Monday, March 19, 2012
A great many people come to Lubbock and go to the South Plains Mall. When they get hungry they decide they would like to eat around the mall somewhere but do not want to travel up and down Slide Road to see what offerings they have. This hub will tell you all of the eating places around the mall on Slide Road.
The first group of restaurants I will tell you about are the ones south of the mall and outside the loop. The first one you will come to as you drive south on Slide is Mamaritas Border Cafe. A little farther south is Quiznos then Cotton Patch Cafe,and finally there is Chick-fil-A.
If you turn around at 69th Street and head back toward the mall the first restaurant choice you have is Carino's Italian, then On the Border Mexican Restaurant, and in the plaza isSouper Salad.
As you head back under the loop you will see Rockfish Seafood Grill, my favorite Logan's Roadhouse, and then Genghis Grill. Continue on and there is every kid's favorite McDonald's and behind it is Furr's Cafeteria. Across the street in the little strip shopping center is Cici's Pizza and them farther north on Slide isChile's, Subway and Lone Star Oyster Bar. Continue down the street and you will find Cancun Mexican Restaurant, Fuddrucker's, and Double Nickel Steakhouse. Finally, the last place you will see on Slide down to 50th Street is 50th Street Caboose Restaurant.
Now let's cross 50th Street and go just one block down and turn around and head south again on Slide toward the mall and the first place to eat is Denny's and just 2 doors down is Jimmy John's. Behind Jimmy John's but not actually on Slide isSonic.
Cross back over 50th and continue down the street and the first restaurant isPopeye's Chicken and Biscuits then Burger King, Wendy's and Schlotzsky's Deli. Another block down the street and you have the Chinese Kitchen Restaurant. Next is Dickey's BBQ Pit, Garcia's Mexican Restaurant and Baker Brothers American Deli.
Finally, just before you get back to the mall you will see the huge Lin's Chinese Buffet and in the mall parking lot is Olive Garden.
So, there you have it. That is a great many choices to dine out just along Slide from 69th Street to about 49th Street. There are many more great restaurants just to the east of Slide on the inside of the Loop on the Frontage Road. They are Rudy's BBQ, Hooter's, Freebird's World Burrito, and Which Wich. If you cannot find a place to eat among all of those choices then you probably need to go home and eat.