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What’s more fun than babies racing in diapers?

By Virginia Godwin, Recreation Supervisor

As a toddler mom, I recognize the need young families have for toddler-geared activities. Toddlers are filled with boundless energy and wonder and are ready to absorb everything about the world around them.

The Parks & Recreation Department’s Toddler 2K & Baby Crawl helps channel a bit of that energy in a positive, fun way. In last year’s inaugural event, we noticed that parents had trained with their little ones, meaning that families were actively engaged and getting outside and moving.

Photos: 2017 Toddler 2K and Baby Crawl

To our surprise, the most competitive bunch were the crawlers. Seeing parents on eye level with their little ones, coaxing them to the finish line was inspiring. Of course, the point wasn’t to finish first but to celebrate each successful inch the babies crawled.

This year’s Toddler 2K and Baby Crawl will be Saturday, Nov. 3 from 8 a.m.-noon at the Wolf Pen Creek Festival Site. The event offers age and ability levels for crawlers up to five years old. We’ll have separate tracks for each age division, and only one adult will be allowed on the track per child.

Health and wellness vendors also will be on hand, and we’ll have additional children’s activities. We encourage you to add to the fun by dressing them up in Halloween costumes.

Check-in starts at 8 a.m., and races begin at 9 a.m. Camp Gladiator will also lead a free family workout from 8-9 a.m. for racers and their cheerleaders.

If you register by Friday, Oct. 12, the cost is $5 per child and will include a t-shirt. After that, you’ll have to add a $10 late fee and may not get a shirt. Registration ends Oct. 31. For more information or to register, visit cstx.gov/events or call 979-764-3486.

Special thanks to our Toddler 2K & Baby Crawl sponsors: Delta Life Fitness, Kiddie Academy, KinderMusik, Once Upon a Child, Viking Floor Supercenter, and Camp Gladiator.

 


About the Blogger

Virginia Godwin is in her fourth year as recreation supervisor. A College Station native, she previously served as staff development specialist for Kids’ Klub, the College Station Independent School District’s after-school program.


 

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Celebrate love month with Trail of Lights, Date Night

By Margie Trame, Assistant Recreation Supervisor

Valentine’s Day is when we celebrate the things we love about those who matter most. While valentine’s cards, flowers, and chocolate are always a safe bet on the day of love, experiences are infinitely more valuable.

And why limit it to just one day?

Throughout February, Wolf Pen Creek Park’s upper trails are a romantic pathway of lights to help you extend the warm glow of Valentine’s Day. The Trail of Lights begins at the Holleman Drive entrance, crosses over the bridge, and ends at the gazebo next to the creek.

The lover’s lane of lights is open from 6-10 p.m. daily.

Join us on Valentine’s Day (Wednesday, Feb. 14) from 6-9 p.m for the free Trail of Lights Date Night. Enjoy live music, carriage rides, sweet treats, flowers, and the beautiful Trail of Lights with friends, family or your significant other.

Ditch the fancy dinner this year and picnic in the park. You may also bring refreshments, but glass containers are not allowed, and coolers must be 48 quarts or smaller. Satisfy your sweet tooth with chocolate-dipped strawberries and indulge in desserts from local food trucks including Donut Darlin’, 1541 Pastries & Coffee, and Boots Beverages.

While admission and activities are free, the food truck prices will vary.

The carriage rides will be on the festival site, and all other activities and booths will be at the Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater. Parking is available at the Wolf Pen Creek parking lot on Colgate Drive, the Arts Council building on Dartmouth Street, and at Post Oak Mall.

Pets are welcome, too, so don’t forget about the furry friends you love.

 


About the Blogger

Assistant Recreation Supervisor Margie Trame (@choochootrame) is in her first year with the Parks & Recreation Department. A native of Arlington, she’s pursuing a degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Sciences at Texas A&M.


 

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6 fresh reasons to enjoy Werewolf Creek on Halloween

By Hallie Kutch, Parks & Recreation Marketing Staff Assistant

The spell has been cast.

With ghosts, witches, and creatures of fright roaming the night, Halloween will once again be a spectacular blast at Wolf Pen Creek Park. Join us for the City of College Station’s Trick or Treat at Werewolf Creek on Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 5-10 p.m. The free event offers activities for all ages and a memorable evening of frightful family fun.

The park transforms into a five-acre, trick-or-treating paradise, thanks in part to dozens of candy booths hosted by local businesses, non-profits, and other community groups. The booths will offer candy and activities, and the festival site will feature large carnival games, a petting zoo, joy jumps, a hay maze, food trucks and much more.

>> Photos: 2016 Trick or Treat at Werewolf Creek

The event offers six fresh thrills and chills this year:

1. Costume Contest

You can be the ultimate master of disguise in our Halloween costume contest as ghoulish guests are welcome to enter and show off their creativity. The contest features prizes in several categories, including babies and toddlers, kids, teens, families, couples and group costumes. For guidelines and a schedule, visit cstx.gov/halloween.

2. Haunted Trail

Walk into a wicked woods full of frights and strange sites. The haunted trail leads to the festival. Walk this way – it’s scary fun for the whole family.

3. Photo Opportunities

Spiders, bats, black cats, and more, see what photo opportunities are in store. Look for oversized, spooky photo opportunities with some of your favorite Halloween characters.

4. Pumpkin Patch

It’s not too late to decorate with pumpkins. The Pumpkin Patch will be operated by Faith in Action and will sell pumpkins ranging from $1 to $35, depending on size. All of the proceeds will go to BCS Habitat for Humanity. Cash, checks or credit cards are accepted.

5. Story Time

Guests of all ages can hear favorite Halloween tales, stories and rhymes.

6. Live Entertainment

“It’s close to midnight, and something evil’s lurkin’ in the dark…” Experience the Michael Jackson magic though tribute artist Michael Ray as he performs “Thriller.” The College Station High School dance team will also perform, and a creepy, crawly show of various reptiles from the Texas Reptile Hospice and Sanctuary will be on display.

Guests may bring refreshments — coolers must be 48 quarts or smaller – but food vendors will be available. Alcohol and glass containers are not allowed. Post Oak Mall offers convenient parking, and handicap parking is available at the Arts Council and Amphitheatre parking lots on Colgate Drive. Shuttles will not be available.

For more information on the costume contest, food vendors, and to see the entertainment schedule, go to cstx.gov/halloween.

Don’t miss the fun– the Halloween countdown has begun!

 


About the Blogger

Hallie Kutch is in her third year as marketing staff assistant in the Parks & Recreation Department after graduating from Texas A&M in 2014 with a degree in sports management. She has previously worked with the Dallas Sidekicks professional soccer team and Texas Team Junior Golf. Originally from White Oak, Hallie also attended Kilgore College and was a member of the famed Kilgore Rangerettes dance team.


 

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Trick or Treat at Werewolf Creek features candy, activities

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By Gerry Logan, Special Events Supervisor

Instead of hopping neighborhoods and navigating dark streets this Halloween, take your family to the Wolf Pen Creek Festival Site on Friday, Oct. 28 for Trick or Treat at Werewolf Creek, where more than 100,000 pieces of free candy will be available.

From 5-10 p.m., Wolf Pen Creek will become a five-acre trick-or-treating paradise, thanks in part to 80 candy booths hosted by local businesses, non-profits and other groups. Activities include a mini hay maze, Paw Paw’s Party Train, bounce houses, local food vendors and more. Admission is free.

Torrential rains forced us to cancel last year’s fun, but you’ll notice some new features since the inaugural event in 2014.

In addition to providing candy in its on-site courtyard, the Arts Council of Brazos Valley will unveil a new family-friendly exhibit called “Tales of the Summer.” The summerthemed show includes original paintings, photographs, and sculptures by dozens of Brazos Valley artists.

We’ve also replaced the hay rides with shuttles from Post Oak Mall due to safety concerns. From 4:45-10:15 p.m., two accessible Texas A&M buses will transport guests to and from the Arts Council of Brazos Valley building and the Post Oak Mall parking area nearest the park. The festival site is also an easy walk from the mall.

Trick or Treat at Werewolf Creek is the place to be for safe Halloween fun!

For more information, go to cstx.gov/Halloween or call 979-764-3486.


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Gerry Logan (@GL_sportsguy) is in his fourth year with the Parks & Recreation Department and has served as special events supervisor since 2014. He was previously the sports coordinator for the City of Clinton (Miss.) for three years. A native of Pontotoc, Miss., Gerry is a graduate student at Texas A&M after earning a degree in parks & recreation management from the University of Mississippi in 2010.  


 

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Free trick-or-treating fun for the whole family

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UPDATE (Oct. 30): Due to the weather, Trick or Treat at Werewolf Creek has been canceled. However, we’ll join the Post Oak Mall ‘s trick-or-treating event on Saturday from 5-7 p.m. We’ll have plenty of candy, so come see us! 

By Gerry Logan, Special Event Supervisor

Last year, we were delightfully overwhelmed with more than 6,000 attendees at our first Trick or Treat at Werewolf Creek. We’re prepared for an even larger attendance this year with more hayrides to get you to sites faster, better lighting, and more candy!

If you’re looking for a safe, family-friendly place to enjoy Halloween, Trick or Treat at Werewolf Creek is the perfect venue.

Wolf Pen Creek Park will transform into a 5-acre, trick-or-treating paradise from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30. Dozens of candy booths will be providing free treats throughout the festival site, which will also feature carnival games, face painting, petting zoo, joy jumps, hayrides and much more. (more…)


Original “Phantom of the Opera” featured Friday at Werewolf Creek

The original 1925 version of Phantom of the Opera will be shown at Friday’s Trick or Treat at Werewolf Creek. Admission is free.

The classic movie stars Lon Chaney as the mad, disfigured composer seeking love with a beautiful young opera singer.  Here’s the original trailer:

 

Phantom of the Opera Poster

The movie starts at 9:30 p.m. at the Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater. The screening caps off Trick or Treat at Werewolf Creek, a family-oriented Halloween event that includes a pumpkin carving contest, costume contest, candy booths, hayride, face painting, petting zoo, party train, inflatable structures, Halloween bingo, and more. The fun starts at 6 p.m.

Attendees may pick up bingo cards from 5-7 p.m., then get stickers from various booths and activities to fill in the cards. Completed bingo cards must be turned in to the Arts Council Building by 8 p.m. to be eligible for prizes.

Click here for the complete schedule of events.

For more information, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 979-764-3486.