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

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The Memorial Day weekend is always a busy one in the El Paso area. Concerts and festivals abound, but unfortunately, not all of them are places 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 five things I think kids and parents can both enjoy doing this weekend.

1. Watch the hot air balloon launches. One of the best things about the annual KLAQ Balloonfest is the free daily hot air balloon mass ascensions. Sure, this event happens at the crack of dawn, but watching them go up, up and away and dot the sky with their festive, bright colors is enough to make anyone, young or old, ooh and ahh. This year more than 30 hot air balloons, including ones shaped like a panda, monkey and zebra, will take off from the YMCA’s W.C Snow Sports & Family Recreation Center in Santa Teresa shortly after dawn. You can find all the info you need on the Q’s Events page.

2. Get wet and wild. Balloonfest is a two-part party. After the hot air balloon launches in the mornings, the family fun moves to Wet N Wild Waterworld in Anthony, where you can grill under the shade of the trees, rock to some of best local bands El Paso has to offer, and cool off in the park rides your kids know and love. For more info consult the Q’s Events page.

3. Splish splash in one of the city pools. If you’re ready for a swim but on a much smaller level, then head on over to one of the city pools for a dip. The city Parks and Rec Department is opening the pools for the summer this Saturday. Head on over to the city’s website for times and locations

4. Visit the zoo. If you’re looking to get wild, but not necessarily wet, visit the zoo. One of the cool things about the El Paso Zoo is the Daily Animal Encounters. “Get Moving With the Sea Lions” at 10:50am and 2:50pm and check out “Elephant Training” at noon. If you go on Saturday or Sunday you can get up close and personal with the zoo’s giraffes! Giraffe Encounters happen at 11:00am and 2:30pm. The El Paso Zoo website has more information.

5. Hit up Cielo Vista Mall for some shopping, and then take in the carnival. Moore’s Greater Shows Carnival ends its run in the mall parking lot this weekend. Admission is free, but the rides cost 3 to 5 tickets; tickets are sold for $1, or 24 for $20, or $25 for a wristband that’s good for unlimited rides. The rides crank up at 2 p.m. both days.

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