Now that the presents have opened and the stockings have been emptied, the family may be starting to wonder: What comes next? Luckily, there are plenty of events and activities taking place in the Killeen and Central Texas area over the next week and into the new year, and any one may be the perfect thing for an after-Christmas outing.
Here are some family-friendly events over the week and into the new year.
The Copperas Cove Library is hosting a Winterfest Academy for children ages 1 to 18 from Dec. 26 to Dec. 29.
Different courses are designed for three age groups and all incorporate science, technology, engineering and math elements through guided play and activities within the library.
To pre-register for the event, go to www.copperascovetx.gov/library.
Family, Fishin’ & Fun
Bring your fishing poles out for the last time in 2017 for the free and annual Family, Fishin’ & Fun event. It starts at 2 p.m. Dec. 29 at Nolan Creek in Belton. The event, hosted by Everything Belton, is for all ages and does not require a fishing license to participate. Call 254-933-5800 for more information.
Nature in Lights
The annual Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area’s “Nature in Lights” 5.5-mile-long holiday light trail is open from 5:30 to 11 p.m. every day until Jan. 7.
The cost for one car, minivan or pickup is $15, which is an increase in price from years past. Fifteen-passenger vans, limos or RVs are $30. Twenty-four-passenger vans pay $50, and 47-passenger vans or larger buses pay $75. Santa’s Village, however, will be closed the rest of the year. Call 254-287-2523 for more information.
Alliance Exotic Ranch is attempting to break a world record for Largest Goat Yoga Class from 11 a.m. to noon Dec. 30. The class is free and open to the public. Guests are asked to dress for the outdoor weather, sign a photography release waiver at the door, and to bring water and a yoga mat or blanket. The ranch is at 3350 Farm-to-Market 2657 in Copperas Cove.
New Year’s Day
Mother Neff State Park will host its annual First Day Hike in hopes to break the state record for hikers set during the First Day Hike in 2017. There will be four ranger-led hikes at 9 a.m. and at 2 p.m. The hike will pass through the limestone gullies, Tonkawa Cave, Rock Tower, and stop at the restoration projects in progress on the prairie. It is recommended hikers arrive 30 to 45 minutes early to check in at the park headquarters. Pets are welcome but must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet. Because of the terrain, strollers and other wheeled devices are not recommended. The First Day Hike is free; however, a park entrance fee of $2 per person 13 and older does apply. Children ages 12 and younger are free. The park is at 1680 State Highway 236, Moody.