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.

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    Trampoline Park


    There is a 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)


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    Escape Room

    EscapeNac or The Hidden Escape
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    Zip Line

    Zip Nac
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    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.

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    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.

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    Obstacle Course

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

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    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.

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    Watch out for peacocks

    Zoo Fun

    Ellen Trout Zoo
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    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
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    Getty Images/iStockphoto


    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!

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    Getty Images/iStockphoto

    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?

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