15 Things To Do in Houston With Kids Before Summer Ends

Summer may be drawing to a close, but there's still time to take advantage of these summer activities

Summer is quickly drawing to a close, so it's time to squeeze in as much seasonal fun as you can before the back to school grind begins! My oldest is starting his last year of preschool in the fall (cue the tears), and in an effort to make sure we have as much fun together as possible before he starts his last year as a toddler (can I still call him a toddler? Please say yes!), I've started compiling a list of activities and events that we can do to take advantage of our fleeting time together. If you're in a similar situation - or you just need to keep the kids occupied and out of the house for a few days a week - this summer bucket list of sorts is exactly what you need because most of these events won't be available in the fall! 

Want even more ideas? Then be sure to check out our summer fun guide for Houston kids.


Up close and personal with one of the BIG bugs taking over the Houston Zoo/Photo courtesy of the Houston Zoo.

1. Big Bugs at the Houston Zoo: Bugs are have taken over the Houston Zoo... and they're BIG. Come to see these larger-than-life animatronic insects and learn how they each serve their own purpose in the world around us. This exhibit is open to the public until Sept. 3.
2. Dinos Alive! at Moody Gardens: See 15 full-size, life-like, animatronic dinosaurs up close as you come face to face with prehistoric giants like Citipati, Dilophosaurus, Pachycephalosaurus, and Coelophysis, as well as the infamous Tyrannosaurus Rex. After, take part in an archeological dig for some hands-on fun.
3. Summer movie specials: Whether it's a twilight movie outdoors or a deeply discounted daytime showing, there are plenty of summer specials happening for the kids on the big screen. 
4. Kid Krazy Mondays at Kemah Boardwalk: Give summer one last "hoorah" by heading down to Kemah Boardwalk on Mondays. Discounts include half-price all day ride passes, $5 Beast tickets, and $2.99 kids meals. These promotions run through Aug. 13 for kids ages 12 and under. 
5. Above and Beyond at Space Center Houston: Go above and beyond as you explore past, present, and future aerospace innovation in an interactive and immersive aerospace exhibit that brings flight to life through STEM. You can ride an elevator to outer space, design and fly your own supersonic jet, and more in during this unique experience. 
6. Kroger Family Sundays with the Houston Astros: Kroger Family Sundays offer a little extra incentive for spending the day at the ballpark cheering on our World Series Champions, the Houston Astros. Packages include 4 tickets to the game, 4 hot dogs and 4 sodas, plus an afternoon of baseball family fun!
7. Super Powered Summer at CMH: Unlock your inner superhero and fly high with your superpowers during Super Powered Summer at the Children's Museum of Houston. You can enjoy a variety of superhero-themed events and activities through Labor Day at this epic experience. 


Exploring pond life at the Nature Discovery Center's newly renovated Cypress Pond/Photo courtesy of Rashod Smith.

8. Sneak-A-Peek at Nature Discovery Center: Preschoolers will love attending Sneak-A-Peek with a parent or caregiver, an hour-long weekly summer program that entails crafts, nature walks, live animal encounters, investigations, and hands-on activities at the Nature Discovery Center. Classes are Tuesdays and Wednesdays through Aug. 8 and cost $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers.
9. Interactive LEGO® Brick Sculptures of PARK PEOPLE at The Acre at Allen Center: Take a seat next to the six interactive LEGO® brick park people created by Nathan Sawaya while they hang out at The Acre for a limited time this summer. These life-size LEGO® sculptures are sure to amaze little LEGO® lovers and are just waiting for a little human interaction. On display at The Acre until Aug. 10.
10. Splish splash into summer fun at one of Houston's numerous free splash pads: With nearly 30 FREE splash pads making our favorites list around the city, there is no shortage of spray parks to run, jump, and cool off at before summer's end. 
11. Summer History Fridays at Fort Bend Museum: Step back in time when you attend Summer History Friday, a program designed to teach children about different facets of history through activities and fun, hands-on learning experiences. Activities are geared toward children ages 5-12. Summer History Friday runs through Aug. 17. 
12. Detective Days at Bayou Bend: Unlock your inner sleuth and get ready to solve some mysteries when you partake in Detective Days at Bayou Bend. Follow the clues to solve seasonal riddles around Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens while learning about horticulture, art, design, and American history. Recommended for ages 6+.
13. Kids Bowl Free: Kids get two free games of bowling per day (!!) over the summer when signed up for "Kids Bowl Free," an initiative designed to give back to the community and ensure kids always have a safe, fun activity to participate in over the summer. Dates vary by location.
14. Sandcastle Building Lesson at Stewart Beach: Grab your sand pails and shovels and head to Stewart Beach on Saturdays throughout the summer for free, family-friendly sand castle building lessons from the pros. Lessons are held through Aug. 18.
15. Shake Your Summer Sillies Out at The Woodlands Children's Museum: Before they trade sandcastles and swimsuits for backpacks and school supplies, children are invited to enjoy a final summer hurrah at The Woodlands Children’s Museum during Shake Your Summer Sillies Out, a day packed with special activities. 

Top image: Solving mysteries during Detective Days at Bayou Bend/Photo courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. 

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The Houston Zoo
6200 Hermann Park Drive
77030 Houston , TX
Phone: 713-533-6500
29° 42' 58.7412" N, 95° 23' 27.1536" W
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Moody Gardens
One Hope Boulevard
77554 Galveston , TX
Phone: 1-800-582-4673
29° 16' 22.9008" N, 94° 51' 2.376" W
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Kemah Boardwalk
215 Kipp Ave.
77565 Kemah , TX
Phone: 877-285-3624
29° 32' 50.172" N, 95° 1' 12.126" W
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Minute Maid Park
501 Crawford Street
77002 Houston , TX 29° 45' 27.7416" N, 95° 21' 16.344" W
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Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land
13016 University Blvd.
77494 Sugar Land , TX
Phone: 281-313-2277
29° 35' 33.612" N, 95° 38' 59.1324" W
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Memorial City Mall
303 Memorial City Way
77024 Houston , TX 29° 46' 50.412" N, 95° 32' 16.7784" W
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Fort Bend Museum
500 Houston Street
77469 Richmond , TX
Phone: 281-342-6478
29° 34' 50.0628" N, 95° 45' 43.6824" W
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Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
6003 Memorial Drive
77265 Houston , TX
Phone: 713-639-7750
29° 45' 37.8612" N, 95° 25' 18.1884" W
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Nature Discovery Center
7112 Newcastle
77401 Bellaire, TX 77401 , TX
Phone: 713-667-6550
29° 42' 1.7208" N, 95° 27' 6.1524" W
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The Woodlands Children's Museum
4775 W Panther Creek Dr #280
77381 The Woodlands , TX
Phone: 281-465-0955
30° 10' 4.5768" N, 95° 30' 14.3532" W
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Space Center Houston
1601 E NASA Pkwy
77058 Houston , TX 29° 32' 59.2152" N, 95° 5' 44.8476" W
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Children's Museum of Houston
1500 Binz St.
77004 Houston , TX
Phone: 713-522-1138
29° 43' 21.3384" N, 95° 23' 6.288" W
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The Acre at the Allen Center
1200 Smith St.
77002 Houston , TX 29° 45' 25.0236" N, 95° 22' 15.5028" W
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Stewart Beach
201 Seawall Blvd.
77550 Galveston , TX 29° 18' 32.6556" N, 94° 46' 5.9196" W
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