Spring break is on the horizon, and pizza, games and outdoor water fun are in store for tens of thousands of Killeen-area children who will be out of school for the week.
The splash pad at Long Branch Park in Killeen will open Monday, just in time for the Killeen Independent School District’s spring break.
Copperas Cove, Belton, Gatesville, Lampasas and Florence school districts will also take off for spring break next week.
The new Gatti’s Pizza restaurant, 2497 E. Central Texas Expressway, in Killeen will also be opening its doors during spring break, holding a week-long grand opening Monday through Friday. The restaurant is training employees this week.
The restaurant’s grand opening will include:
Hourly giveaways with raffle tickets, where guests can win t-shirts, game room cards, and other prizes
Face painting and balloon art
Daily appearances by popular characters
A DJ on Monday, from noon to 2 p.m.
A Snapchat geofilter for guests to share images from the event
The buffet’s hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
In addition to food, the restaurant will also feature a 4500-square foot family entertainment center with over 50 games.
The splash pad at Long Branch Park is a zero-entry water playground that uses a variety of spouts and spray features. All ages are welcome at the spray park, but children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
The Long Branch Park pool and the Family Aquatics Center located at the Lions Club Park will open over Memorial Day Weekend, which starts May 25.
The splash pad's hours are 8:30 a.m. to dusk daily, and there is no charge for admission.
Weather will cooperate for spring break activities, according to the National Weather Service. Conditions are expected to be mostly sunny for most of the week.
Highs will range from the mid-60s into the 70s throughout the week, according to meteorologist Juan Hernandez.
Rain chances only appear around March 16, Hernandez said, but most rain will stay south of Bell, Coryell and Lampasas counties.
Winds are expected to stay calm, around 10 mph, Hernandez said.