KILLEEN — Hanging out at a crowded park Sunday afternoon, 6-year-old Tanisha Williams sketched out a pink-chalk likeness of herself on the sidewalk while her mother, Trevisha Williams, looked on. A recent kindergarten graduate, Tanisha said this summer, she wants to eat chocolate Popsicles and go to Chuck E. Cheese’s a lot.

“My birthday is in July and I’ll be 7 ... I’m going to have a kitty cat cake,” she said with a huge, snaggle-toothed grin.

The master of skipping two monkey bars at a time and showing off other jungle gym tricks, Tanisha was one of several kids and parents enjoying the first days of summer at Lions Club Park on Sunday.

New parent Jeremy Schwartz watched his 1-year-old son, Kai, squeal in delight as he turned the playground wheel round and round, quickly running in a random directions to do another activity.

His mom, Kozue Schwartz, followed close behind him, making sure his teetering manner of running and obvious enthusiasm didn’t hurl him into anything accidentally.

“He loves the wheel, he just goes nuts for it,” Schwartz said, explaining it would be Kai’s second summer overall, but first summer in Texas.

Like most families at the park, Schwartz said he, his wife and Kai weren’t planning anything spectacular for the upcoming months, just a couple of day trips down to Austin and hanging around outside.

Sisters Keyeria Walker and Iliyanna Gaiters said they have plans, however.

“I’m going to go to the park whenever I can,” said Keyeria Walker, who is 12 years old.

Iliyanna said the two planned on swimming a lot and working on beating one of their video games, “Lego Star Wars.”

“We’ve already beaten ‘Mario Brothers,’” said Iliyanna, who is 10 years old.

Lounging with her arms dangling outside of the pool nearby, 14-year-old Meriyah Kerley said she and her friend, 15-year-old Ashley Cannon, were going to do “normal” stuff since they can’t drive yet and can’t get jobs.

“We’ll probably just go to the mall and hang out,” Meriyah said, with a cool nonchalance. “... You know, take selfies on Instagram.”

Contact Courtney Griffin at or 254-501-7559

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