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5 Family-Friendly Things to Do in El Paso over the Memorial Day Weekend

The Memorial Day weekend around here is always choke-full of things to do. There are concerts and festivals everywhere you turn. But they’re not all events you want to – or should – take the kids to. So what’s a parent who wants to get the kids off the couch to do? Children can be tough to please but here are 5 things kids and parents can both enjoy doing this weekend.


Watch the Hot Air Balloon Launches


Sure, it happens at the crack of dawn, but watching the hot air balloons go up, up and away and dot the sky with their festive, bright colors is enough to make anyone forget they could still be in bed. You can even walk onto the launch field for an up close look at the balloons. And it’s free!

This year, dozens of hot air balloons -- including special shapes Darth Vader and Master Yoda, which will inflate each morning -- will launch from Wet N Wild Waterworld in Anthony. [More Info]


Get Wet and Wild


Balloonfest is a two-part party; balloon launches in the mornings, water rides and live bands the rest of the day. It’s a total win-win; the kids can cool off on the park rides they know and love, while you grill the dogs and burgers under the shade of the trees as you take in all the day-long entertainment. [More Info]


Splish Splash in a City Pool


If getting wet is what you’re looking to do but on a much smaller level, then pack up the kids and head over to one of the city pools for a swim. You’ll find indoor and outdoor pools in just about every part of town. [More Info]


Visit the Zoo


If you’re looking to get wild, but not necessarily wet, pay the zoo a visit. It’s bigger and better than ever with relatively new attractions like the Foster Tree House and a splash pad. Plus the kids can even feed the giraffes. [More Info]


Take Them Ice Skating


Get your glide on and cool off on ice skates in the area’s largest public ice skating rink. Not only is it fun, it’s relatively cheap too. Admission includes skate rental. [More Info]


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