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Events

  • July 6th – Watercolor Wednesday at Texas Through Time (110 N Waco St)

    • Bring the kids on the first Wednesday of every month through the summer for Watercolor Wednesdays at Texas Through Time.  For only $2 per child it will cover the supplies for each kid to be able to create their own one-of-a-kind watercolor painting from our Greg Sweatt Paleoart Coloring Book.Each month will feature a different painting & type of prehistoric creature from our Portraits of Paleontology Greg Sweatt art exhibit.  During our normal business hours, 11-4pm

  • July 6th – Get Your Game On! at the Hillsboro City Library (118 S Waco St)

    • Join us at the library every Wednesday during the summer from 11AM - 4PM to enjoy a board game with your family.

  • July 7th – Summer Reading Programs at Historic City Hall (127 E Franklin St)

    • Kim Lehman, Storyteller, will dive into stories, songs, and science about water and creatures that live in the water. Program begins at 2PM at Historic City Hall.

  • July 7th – Drift Away Yoga Studio (120 E Elm St) Classes 5:30pm to 6:30pm

  • July 8th – Family Fun Fridays at Texas Through Time (110 N Waco St)

    • Looking for some free fun this summer? Every 2nd Friday of the month from May-August Texas Through Time will be hosting “Family Fun Fridays.” They’ll have dinosaur bingo & other dinosaur themed games and activities. Feel free to bring your own games too!

  • July 9th – Drift Away Yoga Studio (120 E Elm St) Classes 9am to 10am

  • July 9th – Hillsboro Peabody Homecoming (504 Frances St)

    • Hosted by New Beginnings for Peabody, Hillsboro Homecoming 2022 will feature a blast of summer fun and family activities, including a free throw contest for all ages, Hula Hoop contest, waterslide, family tug-a-war, domino & spade tables, train rides for kids, live music, vendors of all kinds, a street food fest, and a Jeep show.  Activities will run from 11am to 6pm at the Peabody Field.  The Parade starts in downtown Hillsboro at the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce at 10:30am and will go down E Franklin St, N Waco St, E Walnut St, S Church St, Corsicana Highway, Sycamore St, and ending on Frances St at the Peabody grounds.

  • July 9th – Junior Guide to Paleontology (SOLD OUT)

    • In our junior paleo classes, kids will learn about fossil excavation, preservation and preparation as well as museum curation. In our first class, students will have lesson time with an introduction to paleontology PowerPoint & presentation. Then an exclusive tour of our prep lab followed by fossil fish prepping, which students are able to take home & keep! Each Junior Paleo class will focus on something different so you can keep coming back to learn something new! Junior Guide to Paleontology will be from 9-11am on July 9, 2022. Students need to be attended by an adult; parent will be welcome to learn along! Classes are limited and pre-enrollment is required to secure a spot. For ages 8-12. Class is $75 per student and will include taking home the authentic fossil they learn to prepare!

  • July 9th – Movies in the Park

    • The City of Hillsboro Recreation Department will be showing Spider-man: No Way Home in City Park at sundown.

  • July 9th – Music on the Green at the Hillsboro Truck Yard (107 E Elm St)

    • Reagan James from The Voice will be performing from 8pm to 11pm with Randall Clowdus Music and Jared Hale opening for her.  Also enjoy some great food trucks at the Hillsboro Truck Yard.

  • July 13th – Get Your Game On! at the Hillsboro City Library (118 S Waco St)

    • Join us at the library every Wednesday during the summer from 11AM - 4PM to enjoy a board game with your family.

  • July 14th – Summer Reading Programs at Historic City Hall (127 E Franklin St)

    • Join ventriloquist, Nancy Burks Worcester and her friends, at Historic City Hall for our Summer Reading Program. The program begins at 2PM.

  • July 14th – Drift Away Yoga Studio (120 E Elm St) Classes 5:30pm to 6:30pm

  • July 16th – Drift Away Yoga Studio (120 E Elm St) Classes 9am to 10am

  • July 16th – Music on the Green at the Hillsboro Truck Yard (107 E Elm St)

    • Justin Hewitt Band will be performing from 8pm to 11pm.  Also enjoy some great food trucks at the Hillsboro Truck Yard.

  • July 20th – Get Your Game On! at the Hillsboro City Library (118 S Waco St)

    • Join us at the library every Wednesday during the summer from 11AM - 4PM to enjoy a board game with your family.

  • July 21st – Summer Reading Programs at Historic City Hall (127 E Franklin St)

    • Howdy, pardner! Come join cowgirl storyteller, Ramblin’ Rita, for some terrific Texas Tales on Thursday, July 14th at Historic City Hall at 2PM! This cowgirl has traveled from the deserts of West Texas to the shores of the Gulf Coast and boy howdy, has she picked up some mighty tall tales along the way. Her stories are perfect for audiences of all ages. Even better than that, she brings brave buckaroos up from the audience to help her act out her wild west stories! So, dust off your ten-gallon hat and saddle up for storytelling fun as big as Texas!

  • July 21st – Drift Away Yoga Studio (120 E Elm St) Classes 5:30pm to 6:30pm

  • July 23rd – Drift Away Yoga Studio (120 E Elm St) Classes 9am to 10am

  • July 23rd – End of Summer Bash Vendor Event (127 E Franklin St)

    • This Shop Small event will feature vendors of all sorts, home decor, sunglasses, candles, boutiques, custom wear, etc. Spread the word and bring the kids out to have some fun from 10am to 3pm!  Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/576527987365322/ for more info.

  • July 23rd – Women’s Self-Defense Class (1pm)

    • Little Bear’s Clubhouse (77 N Waco St) invites you to join their class to learn effective self-defense techniques in a safe, challenging environment. Using Brazilian Jui-jitsu, this class is designed to teach women how to defend against an attacker – even those who are larger in size. Our instructors will teach you to use leverage, technique, and timing, so anyone, regardless of age or athletic ability, can make them work. Classes will be held once a month. You can now sign up on their website at https://littlebearsclubhouse.com/join-a-class.

  • July 23rd – Ready, Set, Glow – A Fun Filled Neon Dance Party (5pm – 8:30pm)

    • Little Bear’s Clubhouse (77 N Waco St) invites you to bring your little bear in their brightest clothes for a night full of dancing, glowing, playing and crafts. The cost is $30 per child (ages 3+) and includes pizza and all activities.  You can sign your kids up at https://littlebearsclubhouse.com/join-a-class.

  • July 23rd - Music on the Green at the Hillsboro Truck Yard (107 E Elm St)

    • Bowling Pin Whiskey will be performing from 8pm to 11pm.  Also enjoy some great food trucks at the Hillsboro Truck Yard.

  • July 25th – Painting Through Time – Kids Art Class (110 N Waco St)

    • Painting Through Time is a kids prehistoric themed art class series. Here your little artist can get creative with history, learning different techniques and mediums. Each class will be focusing on something new (or rather- very old), and the series will conclude with an art show at the museum where kids can show off their works! Art Show will be in September. This Class will be for students ages 6-13 and has limited availability. Must enroll in advance to reserve your child's spot at https://www.jotform.com/221613921981153.  Each class is $25 per student. Students do not have to attend each class to show their artwork at the art show. Class will be July 25th at 10 am at Texas Through Time.

  • July 27th – Get Your Game On! at the Hillsboro City Library (118 S Waco St)

    • Join us at the library every Wednesday during the summer from 11AM - 4PM to enjoy a board game with your family.

  • July 28th – Summer Reading Programs at Historic City Hall (127 E Franklin St)

    • Join us at Historic City Hall as Magician, Aaron Fasel fascinates us with this talents! Program begins at 2PM.

  • July 28th – Drift Away Yoga Studio (120 E Elm St) Classes 5:30pm to 6:30pm

  • July 30th – Drift Away Yoga Studio (120 E Elm St) Classes 9am to 10am

  • July 30th – End of Summer Extravaganza at Lemon Blush Boutique (112 S Covington St)

    • Food, fun, and sales for the end of summer.  Be sure to support their annual Lemon-aid stand with all proceeds going to CASA of Hill County.

  • July 30th - Sat-Art-Day Adult Night at Portraits of Paleontology

    • Needing a night out with friends? Head out to Texas Through Time’s Paleoart exhibit “Portraits of Paleontology” for a quiet evening enjoying the artworks by the late Greg Sweatt while sipping wine with friends. Light bar snacks & wine will be provided, feel free to bring your own drinks as well!  Located at their Franklin Street Exhibit Hall at 107 E. Franklin St. Hillsboro, TX (No need to stop at the museum first). Admission is free!

  • July 30th – Music on the Green at the Hillsboro Truck Yard (107 E Elm St)

    • The Damn Moore Boys & Co will be performing from 8pm to 11pm.  Also enjoy some great food trucks at the Hillsboro Truck Yard.

  • August 3rd – Get Your Game On! at the Hillsboro City Library (118 S Waco St)

    • Join us at the library every Wednesday during the summer from 11AM - 4PM to enjoy a board game with your family.

  • August 3rd – Watercolor Wednesday (110 N Waco St)

    • Bring the kids on the first Wednesday of every month through the summer for Watercolor Wednesdays at Texas Through Time.  For only $2 per child it will cover the supplies for each kid to be able to create their own one-of-a-kind watercolor painting from our Greg Sweatt Paleoart Coloring Book.Each month will feature a different painting & type of prehistoric creature from our Portraits of Paleontology Greg Sweatt art exhibit.  During our normal business hours, 11-4pm

  • August 4th – Summer Reading Programs at Historic City Hall (127 E Franklin St)

    • Join us for our final Summer Reading Program of 2022! Have fun creating ocean themed art pieces. Program begins at 2PM.

  • August 4th – Drift Away Yoga Studio (120 E Elm St) Classes 5:30pm to 6:30pm

  • August 5-7 – Ruby& Pearl 7 Year Anniversary Sale-a-bration (101 E Franklin St)

    • Ruby & Pearl will be offering prizes, special deals, and some awesome food to celebrate being able to serve the Hillsboro community for seven years.

  • August 6th – Drift Away Yoga Studio (120 E Elm St) Classes 9am to 10am

  • August 6th – Music on the Green at the Hillsboro Truck Yard (107 E Elm St)

    • Morgan Ashley will perform from 8pm to 11pm.  Also enjoy some great food trucks at the Hillsboro Truck Yard.

  • August 10th – Get Your Game On! at the Hillsboro City Library (118 S Waco St)

    • Join us at the library every Wednesday during the summer from 11AM - 4PM to enjoy a board game with your family.

  • August 11th – Drift Away Yoga Studio (120 E Elm St) Classes 5:30pm to 6:30pm

  • August 12th – Family Fun Fridays at Texas Through Time (110 N Waco St)

    • Looking for some free fun this summer? Every 2nd Friday of the month from May-August Texas Through Time will be hosting “Family Fun Fridays.” They’ll have dinosaur bingo & other dinosaur themed games and activities. Feel free to bring your own games too!

  • August 13th – Drift Away Yoga Studio (120 E Elm St) Classes 9am to 10am

  • August 13th – Music on the Green at the Hillsboro Truck Yard (107 E Elm St)

    • Touch of Grey will perform from 8pm to 11pm.  Also enjoy some great food trucks at the Hillsboro Truck Yard.

  • August 18th – Drift Away Yoga Studio (120 E Elm St) Classes 5:30pm to 6:30pm

  • August 20th – Drift Away Yoga Studio (120 E Elm St) Classes 9am to 10am

  • August 20th – Music on the Green at the Hillsboro Truck Yard (107 E Elm St)

    • Larissa Boyd will perform from 8pm to 11pm.  Also enjoy some great food trucks at the Hillsboro Truck Yard.

  • August 25th – Drift Away Yoga Studio (120 E Elm St) Classes 5:30pm to 6:30pm

  • August 27th – Drift Away Yoga Studio (120 E Elm St) Classes 9am to 10am

  • August 27th – Music on the Green at the Hillsboro Truck Yard (107 E Elm St)

    • Santa Fe Connection will perform from 8pm to 11pm.  Also enjoy some great food trucks at the Hillsboro Truck Yard.

Museums

  • Texas Through Time (110 N Waco St) – Tuesday – Saturday 11am to 4pm

    • Museum director Andre Lujan officially opened Texas Through Time on June 22, 2018, in the Fred O. Grimes building of downtown Hillsboro, Texas. This building was once the home to Grimes Garage, a full-service gas station and auto shop that earned the title of “the most FAMOUS garage in the World” thanks to Fred Grimes creative advertising methods and high standards for customer service. Grimes owned the property from 1914 to 1965 since his shop closed down, the building has stood as one of the most iconic in downtown Hillsboro and was acquired by Texas Through Time in April 2018.

    • They are a nonprofit museum of paleontology with fossils ranging from the Ediacaran Period (roughly 635 Million Years ago) all the way up to the Holocene Epoch (our current geological time period). Because many museums today exhibit a large number of replicas, they strive to showcase as many real specimens as possible for a more authentic museum experience. Their Collection includes paleontological finds from around the world, but their main goal is to highlight the noteworthy fossil diversity of Texas.

  • Texas Heritage Museum (112 Lamar Dr) – Monday – Thursday 8am to 4:30pm (summer hours)

    • The Texas Heritage Museum's mission is to explore Texas and Texans during wartime and how those experiences affect us today. The Texas Heritage Museum, Hill College is the home of the official State Medal of Honor Memorial to Native-Born Texans.

  • Roadside America Museum (212 E Elm St) – Sunday & Monday 10am to 5pm; Tuesday – Saturday 9am to 5pm

    • The Roadside America Museum is a privately owned collection of 40s and 50s advertising memorabilia, classic cars, and nostalgic Americana.

  • Hill County Cell Block Museum (120 N Waco St) – Call for updated hours (254) 707-2334

    • The Cell Block Museum is a local history museum housed in the building that once served as the county jail, as well as the sheriff's home & office.

Outdoor Recreation

  • City Park (N Pleasant St)

    • Experience the laughter of children enjoying a splash pad, swings, slides, climbing, and play structures inside this lovely twenty-acre park.  Enjoy a leisurely stroll beneath the shade, or get motivated to do some serious walking, jogging, bicycling, rollerblading or skateboarding on our walkways and paths.  Uncover hidden musical talent as you take center stage with our outdoor xylophone and drums.  This wonderful “musical park” is a permanent installation located at the center of the City Park. Bring the entire family for music making and fun!  A seating area is included for those who prefer to relax and listen.  When the summer heat is at its peak, visit the park in the late evening hours.  The lights remain on until 10:00 pm.  Enjoy the illuminated landscape, and listen for the sounds of nocturnal creatures along the winding creek.  The City Park is home to lighted tennis courts, as well as three baseball fields that double as soccer fields.  Visit the Hillsboro City Park on your next family outing.  Located a short distance from downtown Hillsboro, you will find it the perfect place to relax, reflect, picnic and play.

  • Wallace Park (N Waco St & Highway 81)

    • Wallace Park is conveniently located at the northern edge of Hillsboro on North Waco Street/Highway 81.  Easily accessible and spanning more than 100 acres, Wallace Park is the perfect setting for most any occasion, featuring state of the art sporting facilities such as baseball, basketball, and soccer fields. Other amenities include pavilions, restrooms, playgrounds and a nature trail.

  • Aquilla Lake

    • The lake has two boat ramps located at Dairy Hill (located on the east shore south of Peoria, near the southeast end of the FM 1947 bridge) and Old School (located on the west shore off FM 933 between Waco and Whitney). A free public fishing pier is located at the tailrace below the dam off Highway 310. Bait is available at Burger Shack Cafe Bait & Tackle, (254) 582-1266, located between Hillsboro and Whitney at the corner of State Highway 22 and FM 1947.  There are also some great spots for skipping rocks for those that want to just relax and unwind.

  • Hillsboro Country Club (600 Country Club Dr)

    • Hillsboro Country Club is a 9-hole facility located between DFW and Waco and is open to the public as well.  This facility opened in 1938.  Today, Hillsboro Country Club provides a facility for friends and families to meet, golf, swim and socialize.  From a brief round of golf to a relaxing afternoon by the pool, Hillsboro Country Club is for you.

  • Frisbee Golf

    • City Park (N Pleasant St) hosts a 2,408 feet 9-hole Frisbee Golf Course

    • Hill College (112 Lamar Dr) is home to the Cuesta Disc Golf Park.  It is an 18-hole course located on the hills below the campus; the course weaves around a large pond and utilizes the elevation to make use of the undeveloped land surrounding the college. First tee is located right across the street from Baptist Student Center (100 Lamar Dr), next to the Fine Arts Building.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Boys & Girls Club of Hill County

  • CASA of Hill County (66 W Elm St)

    • CASA of Hill County Texas is committed to speaking for the best interest of abused and neglected children. CASA recruits, trains and supervises volunteers who advocate ensuring that every child grows up in a safe, nurturing and permanent home.  To volunteer, go to http://casaofhillcountytexas.org/volunteer/ or call (254) 283-5082

  • Habitat for Humanity Hill County

    • Habitat for Humanity is a grassroots Christian nonprofit organization dedicated to the elimination of poverty and substandard housing worldwide.  It believes that people deserve, at least, a simple and decent place in which to live and grow into all that God intends for them to be.  Habitat builds or renovates houses in partnership with families who qualify for homeownership based on three criteria: need, a willingness to partner with HFH and an ability to repay a no-interest mortgage.  They work with people of all faiths and people of no faith and sell their houses at no profit, with no interest charged.  Habitat has built and renovated over 225,000 houses worldwide since 1976.  You can contact the local Hillsboro office at (254) 582-3070 or visit http://www.hfhhillcounty.org/volunteer/individuals.php.

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  • Hill County Paw Pals (1500 S Abbott Ave)

    • Hill County Paw Pals is a non-profit Pet Adoption Center (PAC) at 1500 South Abbott Ave., Hillsboro, TX 76645.  The PAC operates with volunteer help (go to https://hcpawpals.org/volunteering-at-hill-county-paw-pals/ to sign up as a volunteer).  The Pet Adoption Center is open for public viewing of the adoptable pets by appointment only.  Please call 254 580-0679 to schedule an appointment to view adoptable dogs.

  • Hillsboro Interfaith Ministries

    • Hillsboro Interfaith Ministries is a complete volunteer organization with no salaries paid. All volunteers work for the love of serving! HIM serves all families regardless of employment status. Groceries may include canned meat, beans, vegetables, rice, milk, soup, tomato sauce, eggs, drinks, frozen chicken/meat, pasta, and baked goods such as bread and pastries.  Their Clothing Center provides clothing for men, women and children.  HIM helps with paying water bills. Individuals receive assistance once a year.  They also have baby items such as strollers, car seats, and baby food to aid the client in need.  HIM also offers books that are donated for their clients.  To volunteer, call (254) 580-2717 or visit https://hillsborointerfaithministries.com/.

  • Texas Through Time (110 N Waco St)

    • Texas Through Time is a 501c(3) non-profit and needs support from volunteers in the lab, giving tours, outreach, and field work.  Call (254) 262-3466 to find out how you can help.

  • Veterans Pardners

    • Veterans Pardners is a charitable organization that provides education, resources, and support to military service members, veterans, and their families. They offer assistance through conventional therapies and alternative modalities of assistance and have been helping the veterans in the Central Texas area for over four years.  Their goal is to give everyone a maximum chance to achieve their goals and participate in our community's compassionate care. They serve people of all ages and walks of life in their homes, classrooms, and communities so that they can live healthier, happier, and more fulfilling lives.  To learn more, call (254) 206-3852 or visit https://veteranspardners.org/.