Tourism Month 2016: #CelebrateBCS

Every year during the first week of May, we join the U.S. Travel Association in celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week, but we know the hospitality in Aggieland is so amazing that we celebrate for an ENTIRE MONTH!

The Story of Hospitality:

Legend has it, a sea captain would spear a pineapple outside of his house each time he arrived home safely from a long voyage. The pineapple was an invitation to his neighbors, inviting them to join him and his family for dinner or just to chat. The pineapple symbolizes generosity, the kind spirit, attentive approach and hospitality that brings joy to everyone you meet!

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Celebrate with Us!

We are celebrating Bryan College Station for the entire month of May and we want you to join in on the fun!

  • May 1-7, 2016: National Travel and Tourism Week presented by the U.S. Travel Association
    • Get involved in the conversation by using: #CelebrateBCS and #NTTW16
  • May 6, 2016: 4th Annual Community Celebration – 6:00 pm @ Wolf Pen Creek Park Amphitheater
    • Join us for an evening of FREE goodies, family fun and don’t forget your lawn chairs for Movies in the Park presented by the City of College Station Parks and Recreation! “Seabiscuit” will be showing!
  • May 9-13, 2016: #CelebrateBCS Social Media Competition
    • Make sure you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as we give you a challenge each day to win big courtesy of our sponsors!
    • Prizes include an Aggieland War Games Party Pack for 10, a $50 Ground Shuttle gift certificate, a one-night stay in a corner suite at the Hilton Hotel in College Station, and more from Grand Station, and Pebble Creek Country Club!

For more information on BCS Tourism Month and all the fun we’ve planned visit our website!

Experience: A Visit to the Lone Star Court

College Station is getting two new luxury hotels that will be part of the Century Square mixed-use development on University Drive west of Texas Avenue. A Studio Movie Grill, as well as a plethora of restaurants and shops are also planned for the new development.

Cavalry Court, which will be taking reservations for Nov. 1, will be the first of the two to open. The George, will also be opening it’s doors in Century Square this fall. The Cavalry Court will be similar to the Lone Star Court, a sister hotel that is already open in Austin.

Valencia Group, the company behind both of these hotels, was nice enough to invite the Convention & Visitors Bureau staff to check out a sister property, the Lone Star Court so we could get an idea of what we’re in for.

Pulling up to the hotel, I have to admit I was surprised at the exterior style. The outside of the hotel looked industrial; almost like a warehouse. Don’t get me wrong. It fit in with the vibe of the area, but it definitely didn’t look like it belonged in College Station. When I said something about it, I was assured that the College Station property will have a different look on the outside – more of a military barracks feel with hints of olive green and maroon throughout the decor. I’ve also seen pictures of the plans since then, and the hotel looks beautiful.

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The Lone Star Court Courtyard: A great place to gather outdoors with friends!

We were first treated to a build-your-own-sandwich bar with a great selection of veggies and meat and guacamole that was to die for. Later that night, the kitchen was nice enough to make me a portabella mushroom quesadilla in order to accommodate my vegetarian needs. It was absolutely delicious. Everyone else dug into the barbecue, which they all raved about for the remainder of the night.

The restaurant/bar area was great. It was a huge room with high ceilings and wooden beams, and there was a big fireplace in the center of the room. I know, I know, fireplaces are useless most of the year in Texas, but it created just a warm feeling. There was live music from a local artist and guests hanging out all over the place.

Finally, the rooms. You walk in and are captivated by the retro, 1960s feel. The colors are vibrant, almost taking you back in time. It was the subtle details that truly brought the theme to life.

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After we all settled into our rooms, we met downstairs in the courtyard to enjoy the weather before dinner. Oh, my gosh, this courtyard. We set up in a circle around one of the several fire pits. This courtyard was by far my favorite part of our stay. I think all of us in Bryan College Station recognize how lucky we are to live in such a friendly community, and the courtyard evoked that same feeling. Groups were hanging out, everyone said hello as we passed, shared jokes or gushed over Lone Star Court.

If the courtyard – the entire experience as a whole – is any indication, the Cavalry Court and The George are going to be perfect additions to Bryan College Station.

“Softly Call The Muster…”

“If there is an A&M man in one-hundred miles of you, you are expected to get together, eat a little, and live over the days you spent at the A&M College of Texas.” – March 1923 Texas Aggie

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Courtesy of The Association of Former Students

On June 26, 1883, Aggies gathered together to relive their old college days, reminiscing on the victories and defeats both in the classroom and on the drill field. By April 21, 1903, this tradition had grown into a celebration, featuring games and banquets for Aggies to reflect on their lives here in Aggieland. After former students suggested alumni answer to a roll call, the tradition of Aggie Muster was born.

Aggie Muster brings together more Aggies than any other event – hard to believe after seeing Kyle Field on game days! Campus tours are offered to returning alumni, giving ol’ Ags the chance to see the ever-changing campus. A Camaraderie Barbecue is held in Academic Plaza, just like the first Aggie Muster in 1883. The official Muster ceremony features a keynote speaker and the reading of poems, followed by a roll call for the absent. The roll call honors Aggies that have fallen since the last Muster was read. As the names are read, family members or friends are asked to respond “Here” while lighting a candle, showing that although those Aggies are not present in body, they will always remain with us through the Aggie Spirit.

Since those early days of 1883, the tradition of Muster has grown both in size and spirit. Aggie Muster is now celebrated in more than 400 places worldwide, with the largest ceremony being right here on Texas A&M University’s campus.

The 2016 Aggie Muster keynote speaker is R.C. Slocum, former football coach of Texas A&M University. The Camaraderie Barbecue will be held in Kyle Field Plaza from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the event or online at tx.ag/MusterBBQ. Tickets are not needed to attend, but are needed to eat! The Reflections Display will be from April 17th – April 21st in the Memorial Student Center Flag Room.

Wanting to observe Aggie Muster on April 21st, but don’t know where to go? Here’s a list of some of the ceremonies going on in the Brazos Valley:

Starlight Music Series

It all started in 2002…

The annual Starlight Music Series has been a summer staple in the Bryan College Station area for almost fourteen years, and the series is making its return very soon!

Starting on April 16th, the Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheatre, located at 1015 Colgate Drive, College Station, TX 77845, will be hosting six nights of live music and tons of fun throughout the months of April, May, June, and July.

The annual event is hosted by the College Station Parks and Recreation department and is FREE and welcomes ALL AGES to come out and enjoy the shows! The gates for the event open at 6:00 P.M. and the show starts at 7:00 P.M for each concert.

Check out the headliners!

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On July 2nd, an up-and-coming Texas band will have the chance to headline the festival, and fans will get to choose the band! Bands can register to be chosen to win at cstx.gov/starlight. Just go to the page and click on “voters choice” for the registration form. The second and third choice winners will open for the first place headliner. The deadline to register is APRIL 29TH! So, don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity to share your music!

Here are some quick tips regarding the festival:

  • Coolers and containers will be allowed into the amphitheater grounds, but they must be no larger than 48 quarts. KEGS AND GLASS ARE NOT allowed! 
  • During the festival, concessions will be available for purchase!
  • There will be both blanket-only and chair-only seating areas for each concert. Chairs are welcome, but they are not allowed to be used in the blanket-only seating area.
  • There are also NO PETS ALLOWED and NO SMOKING in the MAIN SEATING area. There will be three designated smoking areas on the festival grounds.
  • Parking is available at the Post Oak Mall and handicap parking will be available from Colgate Drive.

Don’t miss out on these incredible concerts put on by our friends at the Parks and Recreation Department!

St. Patrick’s Day in BCS

How does BCS celebrate good ol’ St. Patty’s Day? Here are some inside tips on all the celebrations and shenanigans happening around town. Leprechauns not included. Sláinte!

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O’Bannon’s Taphouse:

lakjflkjsdThe party starts on Wednesday night with Boyett Street closing down to make room for all of the celebrations! There will be a DJ, food trucks, and GREEN BEER. O’Bannons will provide complimentary mimosas on Thursday morning (3/17) with a catered breakfast and lunch. Big Daddy Z’s food truck will make an appearance on Thursday, serving an assortment of Irish dishes. Get ready to channel your inner Michael Flattery Lord of the Dance with the LIVE Irish music by The Blaggards, playing all day Thursday! There will also be prizes, relays, and T-shirts!


 

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Located on Northgate next to The Dixie Chicken, The Backyard on Northgate will be featuring GREEN BEER, live music, a dunk booth and tons of specials. They’ll be opening early at 2 p.m. on Thursday.


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How does Hurricane Harry’s celebrate everyone’s favorite Irish holiday? If you wear GREEN, you get in free until 10:00 p.m.! Their many specials include $2.50 wells, $3.50 Guinness, and $4 Irish car bombs all night on Thursday!


 

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 This little Irish pub in Downtown Bryan will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day the right way. Starting with a traditional Irish toast at 10 a.m., come spend your Thursday over at Murphy’s! There will be specials on all Irish beers, as well as Jameson: $3 Guinness, Smithwick’s, Harp, and Killian’s, and $4 Jameson, Powers, and Tullamore Dew.


 

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Carney’s Pub on South College Avenue in Bryan is throwing a St. Patty’s Day Bash all night long on Thursday! With an outdoor patio bar, live music by The Texas Twisters, and Irish pub food, Carney’s is ready to ring in this year’s green holiday! They’ll also be serving GREEN BEER, Guinness, and much more! Make sure to wear green, win giveaways, and compete for door prizes!


 

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They may not be Irish, but they’re going to party like they are! Mad Hatters will be opening up at 10 a.m. on Thursday with $3 Guinness Pints, Irish Car Bombs, and of course GREEN BEER!

 

 

*Remember to always drink responsibly.

 

International Women’s Day

Leslie Knope once said, “guys love it when you can show them you’re better than they are at something they love.” Like Leslie, women all over the world are proving that they are capable of doing everything men can do and more. International Women’s Day has been celebrated every March 8th all over the world since 1914. This day is celebrated so that we can honor, respect, appreciate, and love women while also praising the political, social, and economic achievements made by women everywhere! 

Bryan College Station is home to many incredible, hard-working women who all made a name for themselves in different industries across the community. I was lucky enough to meet and chat with four of the myriad of dedicated women who serve our community on a daily basis and share their stories with the rest of BCS!


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Merrill Bonarrigo, Co-Founder | Messina Hof Winery & Resort

Right off of Texas Highway 6 in Bryan, Texas lies Messina Hof Winey & Resort. Founded by Paul and Merrill Bonarrigo in 1977, Messina Hof has grown tremendously and become one of the most well-known wineries in all of Texas. In the midst of lemon-squeezing, I got to sit down and talk to Merrill Bonarrigo, a Bryan native, about the family legacy she co-founded, how she got to where she is today, and of course, wine!

How did you become interested in wine?

I was not raised in a wine cultured family and most of the Brazos valley was not wine cultured when I grew up either. After I graduated from A&M and got married, my husband and I both wanted to live in the country. We liked the idea of being outdoors and being able to garden, so we found this piece of property. At the time, my husband was a physical therapist and I was in working in the real estate industry. Later, he had a patient who was a graduate student at Texas A&M who was working on his dissertation in grape feasibility in Texas. They got to talking about his work in grapes, he came from a grape vineyard family in California, and about our love of living in the country and asked what we wanted to do with our land. He suggested that we plant an experimental vineyard for him so that he could get his research, but so that we could also have a vineyard on our property. That was very special because there was one other element to it that had already happened in that time period. We had watched the mini-series “Roots” and got really interested in our heritages, so we looked into them. We learned that Paul’s family was from Messina, Italy and that my family was from Hof, Germany. We also learned in our research that Paul’s family had been making wine since the 1800s. When Paul’s family moved to America, the wine culture they started as an industry was lost for his grandfather and his father, but they continued to make family wine in the cellar, like most Italian families did. So, when we learned that history, everything just came together. We thought “we could plant a vineyard and start making wine like the Italian families did.” So, that’s really how we got interested in wine-making and viticulture. When we started in 1977, there were three wineries open at the time in Texas, today there are over 380 wineries in the state of Texas and as it grew, we got to grow with it.

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What’s your favorite Messina Hof wine? Non Messina Hof wine?

It’s so hard to pick one because they’re all like my children. Each wine is distinctively different and each has its own story to tell, but very good in its own way. But, it all depends on the moment. If I’m sharing a special moment, depends on the time of the day, depends on what I’m eating…one of the blessings of having a winery is that I can go and choose any wine that I want to with my meal or pick what is appealing to me that day. The other part is that wine is a living thing, it actually changes in the bottle, so as it ages, it gets better and better. 

Regarding non Messina Hof wine, there are a lot of good wines out there and we do taste wines frequently so we can keep our palettes attuned to the market place. Sentimentally, a Château Lafite Rothschild would be my favorite non Messina Hof wine because that’s the wine that my husband and I shared on our honeymoon when we got married. That was sort of the beginning of the love affair with wine and that particular bottle was very special and vintage. He had purchased it and had laid it down and saved it for that special moment.

What is your favorite event that Messina Hof puts on?

I would have to say the Harvest Festival. I love the Harvest Festival because it’s the beginning of the season. It represents new hope and new opportunity. You don’t know what this fruit will bring and everybody comes together for the festival. It’s a very communal and family oriented event. We all pick the grapes, get to see the processing, and then watch that wine develop as it takes on a new personality. It’s just very exciting!

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How does it feel working with your family?

I feel very blessed to be able to work with them. I feel thankful to have a son and a daughter-in-law because it really takes both of them. It’s a 24/7 business! To have support from your family and to know that they have a passion for what we’ve done and a respect for the legacy that it can create for them and for their children is incredible. There’s nothing more satisfying and fulfilling than to see all of our work passed on to the next generation who have a love for what we started. We’re very fortunate to have been working together for 6 years now.

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Do you ever get tired of talking about wine?

No, it is a part of who I am! I have lived it for 39 years and every season is just as exciting as the last. You take care of this vine from the start, then you get the fruit, later you’re making something from it, and before you know it you’re tasting it now and then you’re tasting it in 10 years! You’re watching it evolve, mature, and develop into something amazing. Wine is ever-discovering and there’s always something new to share!


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Jennifer Bohac, Director of Travel Programs | Association of Former Students

“We are the Aggies, the Aggies are we.” Today, there are Aggies scattered all over the world spreading the word of our sacred university. However, there’s one Aggie who works endlessly to connect Aggies together one more time for luxurious trips across the globe. Jennifer Bohac is the Director of Travel Programs for the Association of Former Students and she is the ultimate travel junkie. I caught her just before she embarked on her trip to Africa, so we could talk about her two favorite things: going on adventures and being with her fellow Aggies!

How does it feel serving the Aggie family on a daily basis? 

It is a huge honor and pleasure. Being an Aggie I feel like I get to work with family on a daily basis. Taking Aggies all over the world is incredible, but a responsibility that I don’t take lightly. Aggies are entrusting us with their vacations and we want them to have a trip of a lifetime each and every trip. I love getting to show Aggies the world. They have high expectations and we strive to match or exceed their expectations.

Other than Bryan College Station, where has been your favorite place you’ve traveled to?

My favorite trip is always the next one planned or the one I just returned from. All trips are wonderful and it’s usually the people I travel with that make the trip. However, I do love exotic and unusual trips. I am en route to Tanzania, East Africa right now – this will be my 20th time to do a safari in East Africa. I am as excited for this trip as I was my first, it is a very special place. I also love Antarctica, India, Cuba, Egypt, Israel, Vietnam, Myanmar, South Africa, and the list goes on. There is always something new to see and learn at every destination.

What was the biggest challenge you’ve encountered while coordinating a trip for Aggies? 

Too many places and not enough time! :) The world is constantly changing and therefore travel is changing. One of the biggest challenges these days is due to the terror and attacks going on all over the world. How the media focuses on the negativity and the perception that it brings makes people afraid of traveling. Unfortunately, the economy has a big impact on travel as well and when it’s down people tend to stay home. Thus finding destinations and trips that will be perceived as safe while providing our travelers a fabulous experience can be a challenge. 

If you could talk to one woman from any time period of history, who would it be and why? 

Wow – there are so many incredible women that have done so much and made such an impact. A few come to mind that I have enjoyed learning about, but also had the pleasure of visiting the places they had an impact on or lived at. Josephine Bonaparte, Catherine the Great, Karen Blixen, Anne Frank, Helen Keller, and Mother Theresa are a few of the women who have made an impact on so much history. Each saw and did so much during their time here on Earth. 

What advice do you have for young women who wish to join the hospitality industry?

Be patient, the perfect job is out there but it takes time and experience to get there. Work hard, there is no substitute for hard work and effort – you must give your best each and every day. Have a positive attitude. Each day is a gift, treat it as such. Attitude is everything!! Be you, don’t pretend to be someone or something you are not. You have one life, live it to the fullest. Have fun and enjoy life!


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Ashley Bennett, Recreation Manager | Bryan Parks and Recreation

“Anything you can do, I can do too.” Those eight simple yet powerful words can sum up my interview with Recreation Manager, Ashley Bennett. Ashley is the only female manager at the Bryan Parks and Recreation department and when she’s not taking her son to basketball, football, track, or soccer practice, she’s planning incredible recreational events for the city of Bryan. I had the pleasure of talking to her about all of the wonderful things that the Bryan Parks and Recreation department has to offer their community.

How did you end up at the Bryan Parks and Recreation department?

I worked for the YMCA for 10 years prior to working here, so when my husband and I first moved to Bryan I was looking for something similar to my last position. I came across a job with the Bryan Parks and Recreation department and they brought me in as a recreation programmer to organize, plan, and manage the budget for youth camps and to start special programs. Year after year I just grew into the position that I have now.  

What is your favorite event that the Parks and Recreation department is a part of?

That’s a hard question! I actually have two:

The first is Holiday Magic, our big annual Christmas event, and it is such an amazing event. It always falls on the Thursday after Thanksgiving and since I’ve been here, Holiday Magic has grown from having around 200 people show up to having 6000 people show up. To be able to see the joy on people’s faces and knowing that sometimes Holiday Magic is the only Christmas for some people in the community, we really try to go all out. We bring in snow, have pictures with Santa, and provide free entertainment for the whole family. It’s just a fun event that really puts you in the Christmas spirit.

My second favorite event is our family campout. It is an event that I brought to the community around 10 years ago. The campout is a fun event because it was geared to get people outside and to teach people how to camp. It’s just one night and it’s held right at Austin’s Colony. Since it’s not too far people can come to it and go home the next day! It’s just really fun to watch people unplug. The first hour or so everyone’s looking for electricity and itching to be on their phone, but once they finally relax and just enjoy being outside, it just becomes so much fun.

-What is something that the Parks and Recreation department offers but you feel the community doesn’t really know about?

Our programs! People don’t really realize what all we offer. We have summer camps, amazing aquatic programs, and a variety of classes. Some of our new classes are culinary, karate, and dog obedience. All of those classes that we’re starting in our recreational programs are starting to catch on, but not everyone really knows about them.

How does it feel to work amongst mostly men?

The majority of our managers/supervisors are male. I am the only female manager. I grew up with guy friends, so it never bothered me that the other managers are all males. I don’t mind going toe to toe with them if I have to. I recognize that there are some things that I physically cannot do, but the people that I work with do a really good job of respecting me. They know I’m a hard worker and they know I can do what I need to do to get done, and I think we all work really well together.

What advice do you have for young women who wish to join the world of hospitality or the Sports industry?

Don’t be afraid to work hard. It’s not a normal 9-5 job, it’s a job that requires a lot of hours and a lot of dedication. Be willing to put the time in and be willing to start at ground level and work your way up because you’re going to learn it better at the bottom. So, when you get up into a management position or higher, remember what it took to do those things and you’re going to build your team the way you need to. You prove yourself by your actions, so look for places that will support you. I fully believe that a person’s abilities and actions speak very loudly and should be why people should respect them. Gender shouldn’t matter. It’s what you CAN do.


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Kelli Nesbitt, Parks and Recreation Marketing CoordinatorCollege Station Parks and Recreation

Meet Kelli Nesbitt, the College Station Parks and Recreation Marketing Coordinator, but she calls herself the “parks liaison” for short. On a daily basis her job is to promote major events, programs, and initiatives for the ever-growing city of College Station. Kelli started off as a Recreation Assistant for the department and eventually volunteered for multiple events and programs the department offered. She later realized that she had fallen in love with the Parks and Recreation department and the rest is history! 

What does a typical day look like for you?

I always say there is no “typical” day in a Parks and Recreation department. It depends on what season we are currently in or large event or project we have in the works. My job is to coordinate all Parks and Recreation Marketing efforts with our Public Communities Department—I consider myself a parks liaison. I meet constantly with Parks Supervisors to assist them in promoting events, programs and initiatives. Projects include; seasonal guides, department emails, blogs, signage plans, event/program marketing plans, update website, etc.

What is your favorite part about working for the Parks and Recreation department and ultimately the city of College Station?

I love the opportunity to promote the quality of life that Parks and Recreation offers to any community. Growing up in College Station and working as a part-time employee for many years has provided me with a unique perspective and view—how lucky am I that I get to help promote programs, parks and events that I either grew up utilizing or worked in? I love the mission of our department and it’s a privilege to work here.

What is it like working in a department that works closely with sports?

As a huge competitor and ASA softball player, athletic programs and events are one of my favorite things about the Parks and Recreation Department. Athletics play a huge role in our department and with the sports tourism industry our department has become a significant economic driver in our community.

Are there any challenges you face while working in a male-dominated profession?

I grew up with the mentally that I can do whatever I set my mind to, so gender has never been a hindrance for me—even in the workplace. Most women grow up thinking you have to have a certain “attitude” to excel in a male-dominated profession but that is not true. Men and women are different and that’s a fact, but our feminine energy and female point of view can give any profession a unique insight.

What advice do you have for young women who wish to join the world of hospitality?

Start with a part-time job—what better way to get your foot in the door! Experience is key. Work hard, do more than what is asked, and ASK QUESTIONS! Once you gain the trust of those you work for, they will extend a hand whenever you need it. Especially when applying for jobs!


I am so thankful to have met and talked to these dedicated women that serve the Bryan College Station community. If you see them around town, be sure to thank them for everything they do!

Today is International Women’s Day, so go out and appreciate all the women in your life! Call your mom and grandma, hug your wives and girlfriends, and don’t steal your older sister’s new shirt, just yet. 

To all the hard-working women out there: keep on keepin’ on!

We thank you, we appreciate you, and we love you.

-Jane Ha

Spring Break 2016 – Aggieland Style

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Need some fun, family-friendly ideas to fill up your schedule this spring break? We’ve come up with a bucket list of things to do throughout the week of March 14th-20th in the Bryan College Station area. Grab your friends and family and start crossing some off! Happy Spring Breaking! 

For the outdoorsy and sporty:

For the adventure-seekers and alcohol-drinkers:

For the little ones:

Lake Bryan – You can camp, sunbathe, play volleyball, have a picnic, roast s’mores, or go fishing! This huge piece of paradise is just minutes away from Bryan College Station and has an endless supply of activities for all ages!

Lone Star Trapeze Academy – Embrace your inner daredevil and learn trapeze! Take a trip to the home of flying trapeze in the BCS area. No experience required. The Children’s Museum of The Brazos Valley: Ready for Rio Spring Break Camp 2016 – Send your little ones to prepare for the 2016 Olympics by learning about a new continent every day! There will be stories, games, special guests, and crafts! USA! USA! USA!
Parks, Trails and Playgrounds – Bring a hammock, go hiking, challenge your friends and family to a basketball game, or even go on a bike trail! Bryan College Station has a variety of beautiful parks to help you soak up some Vitamin D!

Padlock Escape Games – You’re given one hour to escape from a locked room. Unravel hidden clues and solve puzzles to unlock the door! Find out who’s the Sherlock Holmes of your friend group.

 

Larry J. Ringer Public Library: Kiddy Boogie Woogie – On March 17th at 2pm, your kids are invited to a children’s dance party! Let them run loose and learn some pretty awesome dances. No registration required.
Pools, Aquatic Centers, and Water Parks – Bryan College Station has a variety of pools and waterparks for you to make a splash in this spring break! Fun for all ages. Go ahead and perfect that cannonball! Grand Stafford Theatre: Midnight Express – Looking for some live music during spring break? On March 18th, this classic rock cover band will be performing at Grand Stafford Theatre in Downtown Bryan! Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater: Movies in the Park – On Saturday, March 12th, at 6pm, bring a picnic and a blanket and head on down to Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater for an outdoor showing of “Paddington!” Guests are asked to bring a new teddy bear to benefit Scotty’s House Child Advocacy Center! Free admission.

 

Texas A&M University Aggie Baseball & Softball – You can’t spend a whole week in College Station and not attend at least one Aggie sports event. Both womens’ and mens’ teams will have you jumping out of your seat with excitement! Messina Hof: Waggles & Wine – What’s better than wine and dogs? Come out to Messina Hof Winery and Resort and bring your fluffy friend. You’ll be treated to wine slushies while they’ll get special pup treats!

 

Painting with a Twist: Kidz Kamp (Monday – Friday!) – Feeling crafty this spring break? Kids are invited to a special week-long art camp at Painting with a Twist! Bring home hand-made pictures of dogs, zoo animals, the Earth, and more, all made by your little one!

 

Franklin Drive Thru Safari – Giraffes, zebras, and goats. Oh my! An awesome, air-conditioned alternative to the zoo. Get the same experience of seeing outrageous animals all from the comfort of your own car! St. Patrick’s Day – On March 17th, break out your green shirts, socks, and crazy wigs. The Bryan College Station area has plenty of ways to celebrate our favorite Irish holiday! Keep your eyes peeled for a blog featuring all of the great St. Patrick’s Day specials going on that night! Larry J. Ringer Public Library – Tweens Decorate Spring Cookies – On Saturday, March 19th from 2pm – 3pm, fifth and sixth graders are invited to celebrate the arrival of springtime by having a cookie-decorating party! All materials will be provided.