Summer snuck up on me this year. All of a sudden school was out and it was time for me to decide on some fun activities to do with my ten-year-old son. In Houston, it’s all about keeping cool and beating the heat while having fun. Also, I’m a single mom, so I’m on the lookout for good deals that will entertain my son without breaking the bank. Since I know there are other parents who forgot about needing to provide entertainment for their kids once school let out, here is my list of fun locations and activities in Houston to check out this summer:
5. Catch an Astros Game at Minute Maid Park. Baseball is known as America’s pastime, and even though the Astros aren’t always a winning team, games are fun to attend. If you’ve never been to Minute Maid Park, located in Downtown Houston, there are lots of things to see besides the game itself. There is a retractable roof, which lets you enjoy the daylight and Friday night fireworks. Keep in mind to wear sunscreen if you go to a daytime game. If the roof is open, you can get burned (speaking from experience)! There is the train in Union Station that comes to life every time a home run is hit! Tickets start as low as $5 and don’t forget the delicious hot dog while you’re there! http://houston.astros.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=hou
4. Watch a play at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Plays and concerts at Miller Outdoor Theatre are opportunities for some free fun in Houston. You can take along your own picnic lunch or dinner. Some events are ticketed and some are just first come, first serve. There are schedules online and plays scheduled at different times during the day. Some of the upcoming events I want to check out include: Summer Symphony Nights: A Star Spangled Salute (July 4), A Chorus Line (July 16-21), and As You Like It (part of the Shakespeare Festival in August). I look forward to attending an evening play or concert with my picnic basket full of goodies! http://milleroutdoortheatre.com/
3. Cool off at the Kemah Boardwalk. Kemah it’s a short drive outside the city, and a great place to eat, play games, and do a little shopping. There are a variety of restaurants from Tex-Mex to seafood to pizza. After dinner, stroll along the boardwalk and enjoy midway games and rides (be sure to wait at least 30 minutes after eating before climbing on the roller coasters). If you enjoy live music, every Thursday is “Rock the Dock” and there are several other special events throughout the summer. http://www.kemahboardwalk.com/
2. Visit Space Center Houston. I enjoy knowing that my son is learning without realizing it since he’s having so much fun! Right now the big attraction is The Angry Bird Space Place, which teaches kids about gravity and physics while they play. Besides flying with the angry birds, parents and their kids can check out the history of the space program and learn all about what it means to be an astronaut. Admission is reasonably priced, and if you purchase your ticket online ahead of time, you save $5! http://spacecenter.org/
1. Float the lazy river or zip down water slides at the Schlitterbahn Water Park in Galveston. There are two great things about Schlitterbahn in Galveston. First, it’s an indoor water park. If your plans to hang out by the pool are ruined by a summer storm, you can still enjoy splashing in the water. Second, you can take in your own food and drinks. So, you don’t have to spend $3 for a bottle of water, and you can pack as many snacks as your children will need. Admission prices are reasonable, considering it’s a full day pass to the whole park. http://www.schlitterbahn.com/gal/
There is so much to do with your kids in Houston. These are just my top five favorites. It’s amazing to live in such a diverse city that offers so many different activities for families. I’m not sure where I’m going first, but I’m ready to have some fun! Are you? Let us know which Houston events, activities, and locations you’re excited about this summer!