This is always the time of year that the kiddos are jumping and screaming the praises of summer, but the parents not so much! It’s enough trying to figure out what’s for dinner or running a household with a newborn, toddler, pre-teen, and/or teenager (yes in some cases all 4) that all need your attention. When do you have time to figure out new or cool places to take the kids?!?! To help you avoid hearing, “Can we do something fun because I’m bored?”, we have put together a summer guide with the kids in mind, and fun is at the top of the list. This list includes places inside and outside the loop, stuff for the little ones and the older ones, things that are completely free or very reasonable priced, and there are even a few where you can include the four-legged members of the family as well.
Give the video games a rest for one day! This is a place where both the kids and the parents can have a ton of fun! Your family can visit the museum for free on Thursday evenings (Free Family Nights) from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Picnics and theater in the park make for a fun summer day. MOT has lots of fun events in the park for the entire family in the summer. There are movie nights, summer symphony nights, musicals by TUTS, and kid-friendly performances all summer long. To get complete details on the free kids performances tickets and to reserve seats visit their website for complete details.
Did you know that you could stayover at the zoo?! Yep, the Houston Zoo hosts sleepovers from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. for children over 7 years of age - activities, dinner, and breakfast are included.
It's as if you've left Houston and landed in paradise; boosting a Rainforest, aquarium, pyramids, and much more. Feel free to hit the white sand beach and lazy river if you just want to kick back and grab some rays.
This is great place to visit for history buffs and a fun day for the kids as they get a little Texas history lesson. Seeing the early 20th century battleship is a must, especially since it's one of the only ones left in the world. Just cross the way is the San Jacinto Battleground and the monument.
They usually have a unique exhibit on display, like their Stingray Reef exhibit, where you can actually touch and feel the fish. And if you have the time, why not become a Zoologist for the day; that option is available as well.
You typically think of visiting Polar Ice during the day, but they offer a "DJ Ice Jamz" session on Friday and Saturday evenings. They can even host your kids birthday party, they offer ice skating camps during the summer, and you can even learn how to play hockey!
Butterflies, Paleontology, Gems and Minerals OH MY...and all are permanent exhibits! A visit here is entertaining and enjoyable for the entire family, because there's something for everyone. Dare we say educational as well (Shhh the kids may hear you).
If you are looking for a great place to host your next family outing, this little hidden gem is it. It is perfect for combining picnics with fun activities like their petting zoo, miniature golf (ranch style), or train rides.
The third Sunday of every month, the nature center offers free admission. Called the Third Sunday in Nature, this tour includes a trail hike with live reptiles! On Fridays, you can reserve a spot for their owl prowls. Don't forget the insect repellant!
This is a Fantastic GREEN (as in eco-friendly) park located in the heart of downtown. This is truly a park that offers a little something for everybody. You can expect a splash park, movies in the park, playground areas for the kids, free yoga and zumba classes in the park, dogs runs for the four-legged family members, a summer reading program for the kids and much more. Visit their website for listings and times of upcoming events and activities.
This place is absolutely beautiful! The over 300 acres of woods is home to one of the largest collection of cultivated and native plants, flowers and trees in the area. We highly recommend taking a hike or a tour of the place, you will not be disappointed! BONUS...They have a summer program that include everything from garden tea parties to lunch brunch seminars, outdoor workshops to children's storytime in the garden. Check the website for the dates and times.
It's a quick and enjoyable way to experience space. The center has lots of fun things for everyone in the family, from special attractions and exhibits to a super cool FREE tram tour.
A playground for kids and adults alike. You will love this trampoline fun center! You can free bounce or take part in a serious game of trampoline dodgeball- YEAH BABY. Make sure you come dressed in comfortable and movable clothing. BONUS info: It's very safe here, so don't be scared. All the frames are covered by 2 inch thick safety pads and there's no way to fall off the trampoline.