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Cibolo Summer Nights kicks off second season

May 21, 2019

Kids covered in foamy bubbles, human hamster balls bouncing around an open field, and an appearance by Simba and Mufasa were among the sights and sounds Friday during the Cibolo Summer Nights opener.

“We’re here just knocking out a little bit of fun,” said Cibolo Mayor Stosh Boyle at the Cibolo Multi-Event Center, where a half-dozen kids’ games were staked out before dusk, when a showing of “The Lion King” entertained the hundreds gathered on the lawn.

The month’s relaunch of last year’s successful Summer Nights program was rained out May 10, so Cibolo officials decided to postpone the kickoff one week and combine it with a popular barbecue cook-off being held Friday and Saturday.

“We pushed it back and paired it up with the barbecue cook-off. So, tonight, the kids come out to have some fun, the barbecue teams are preparing for their big challenge tomorrow,” Boyle said.

Last summer, Cibolo officials launched the inaugural Summer Nights program to bring people out to the city’s multi-sports center on South Main Street behind City Hall, and the recently opened Cibolo Sports Complex at 338 S. Main St. that features baseball and soccer fields.

The free program is open to everyone, and includes movie screenings and various activities that could change at each event, depending on the sponsor and the night’s theme. This year’s Summer Nights program includes an event each month. All begin at 7 p.m. and will be held at the Cibolo Multi-Events Center.

At Friday’s Summer Nights opener, children enjoyed the foam and bubble-filled bounce house, a traditional bounce house, human hamster ball tag, laser tag, archery tag and a freestyle soccer area.

“What drove it originally was just getting the kids out to have fun,” Boyle said. “We identified that we didn’t have a whole lot of things for kids to do. Our original target was teenagers, but it’s morphed and shifted targets a little bit.

“It’s just about getting the kids out,” he said, adding, “It’s been a lot of fun and the summer events will only get better.”

The schedule for this year’s free Cibolo Summer Nights is:

June 14: The night’s Sports and Outdoors theme will include a fishing tournament and field games designed to keep kids active before or after trying their hand at fishing. The animated Disney film “Moana” will play at dusk on the outdoor movie screen.

July 12: Scheduled that night are field games, including tug-of-war and potato sack races during the evening. At dusk, teens can visit nearby Noble Realty building for a free teen dance, while parents and younger kids can stay and watch “Shrek” on the outdoor screen.

Aug. 2: The night’s Splishin’ Splashing Old Fashioned Fun theme will include water slides, bubble machines, and slip-and-slide kickball. The Cibolo Fire Department will make an appearance to finish out the summer with a blast from the deck of a fire truck. No movie will be presented.

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