Things are heating up here in East Texas, and we are glad to say summer has made its arrival.

It is that time of the year and I know you all are wondering, “What are we going to do with the kids?” Well put your mind at ease because the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau is your one-stop-shop for summer camps and programs. We have put together a pamphlet of summer fun for the kids. Check out visitlufkin.com to download the Summer Camp PDF.

Lufkin has so many summer activities to keep the kiddos entertained and out of trouble. The Museum of East Texas offers several great art camps that begin this month for kids of all ages, and the Texas Forestry Museum has several camps as well that will allow the kids to enjoy nature and learn while doing it. The Naranjo Museum also offers a great summer program called the “Junior Ranger Camp” that begins the first of June and runs through August for a variety of different age groups. The Ellen Trout Zoo, along with the Boys and Girls Club, Kurth Memorial Library, and many other organizations also provide awesome summer programs to check out. Be sure to contact them directly or call us here at the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau at 633-0349.

On Wednesday, come experience the magic with the Angelina Arts Alliance as they present, “Finding Neverland.” The winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, this breathtaking smash “captures the kid-at-heart,” says Time Magazine. Vogue cheers, “It’s a must-see you’ll remember for years to come!”

Directed by visionary Tony-winner Diane Paulus and based on the critically acclaimed Academy Award-winning film, ‘’Finding Neverland’’ tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever.

The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event.

Join us June 14 as we once again celebrate National Flag Day. The 39th annual Flag Day Celebration will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the atrium of Lufkin City Hall. Lufkin’s patriotic citizens will join Americans across the nation as we recite the Pledge of Allegiance as part of the national Pause for the Pledge at 6 p.m.

National Flag Day calls us together for a moment of unity in a celebration of history and heritage, as we honor not just our flag, but the freedom and the nation it represents. Everyone in the community is invited to come out and join us as we celebrate Flag Day.

On June 15, join us in downtown Lufkin for Main Street Market Days. Don’t let the heat keep you away, we will be set up for evening shopping from 4-8 p.m. Come down and shop awesome local and statewide vendors, and be sure to grab something delicious to eat while you are there. We are also excited that the Angelina Brewing Company will be open for business, so come enjoy a night on the town. If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please call 633-0349 for more information.

For more information on upcoming events and summer programs, please call the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau at 633-0349 or go online to visitlufkin.com.

Taylor Commiato is the executive director of Lufkin Convention & Visitors Bureau. Her email address is tcommiato@cityoflufkin.com.