Summer is heating up and Fort Hood has a variety of ways for families to stay cool on post.
David, 10, and Gabriel Ceniceros, 7, started their summer vacation swimming and splashing with friends Friday at Comanche Pool.
Their mother, Amanda Ceniceros, a military spouse, said the family plans to visit often throughout the summer.
“It’s a good way to get the kids out of the house and away from in front of the TV. It’s hot, so a pool is always nice and I live (nearby) so I don’t have to drive far,” Ceniceros said. “It’s free and you can bring food in, so that’s a plus that you don’t have to spend money on food.”
Medically retired Spc. Giovanni Vazquez, visited the pool from Killeen with his three children, ages 3 to 15, and said he likes the variety of activities offered on post.
“They’ve got some good stuff going,” he said. “My children also like to go to the skate parks.”
Casey Memorial Library’s summer reading program also offers youth the opportunity to stay busy this summer.
This year’s theme is “Have Book, Will Travel,” and the program features a different continent each week until July 17.
The program is two-fold, said Jennifer Batson, a library technician.
“It gives families somewhere to go and something to do when the kids are out of school and it also encourages them to keep learning,” Batson said. “Kids tend to lose some of the stuff they’re involved with in the summer and if they’re involved in reading, then they can keep those skills up until they go back to school.”
The library kicked off its summer reading program June 12 with a military working dogs demonstration in the grassy field across from the library.
Staff Sgt. Joshua Miller, a military working dog trainer for the Fort Hood Military Police, along with four other soldiers and their trained dogs demonstrated different scenarios where military dogs would be needed, such as pursuing a bad guy or searching for bombs or narcotics.
“In Afghanistan, that is one of our main missions in open spaces and roadways,” Miller said. “We don’t want any bombs or explosives to hurt our soldiers.”
The presentation gave children the opportunity to talk and interact with the dogs and their owners. Miller said he wants children to know that military policemen and their dogs are not “scary.”
The military working dog demonstration was just one of many events planned throughout the summer.
Activities are available for children and adults of all ages include story time, book clubs, movie time, arts and crafts and other hands-on activities.
“We want them to think of the library as a fun place to be,” Batson said.