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14 Things To Do in Houston With Kids Before Summer Ends

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.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Back to School Splash Bash, Root Beer Float Day, Aug. 3-4

It's hard to believe it's already August and that the summer holiday is drawing to a close. With back-to-school in sight, there's only one thing to do: pack in as much summer fun as possible before it's time to return to backpacks and school supplies.

Our event calendar is the best place to find events happening every day of the week, and this weekend is no exception. Activities we're eyeing include sandcastle building at Stewart Beach, Jurassic Quest happening all weekend downtown, Levy Park's Island Summer Block Party, and Root Beer Float Day at Saint Arnold Brewing Co. 

One thing that isn't ending any time soon is the heat, so we rounded up some of the best spots for frozen treats to enjoy, because obviously the best way to cool off is with something cold and sweet! We also have a master list of 20 playgrounds that boast tons of shade, so you can take playtime outdoors even when the temperatures are climbing; just make sure to pack lots of water to avoid any dehydration. And if you're looking for something indoors to do, we have you covered there also. As longtime fans of indoor playgrounds, we were thrilled to check out Kidtastic - and we think you should, too! You won't be disappointed. 

Now it's time to check out what this weekend has in store for Houstonians, so let's get to it!

Virginia Beach with Kids: 25 Things to do on a Family Vacation

Virginia Beach is a perennial favorite getaway for East Coast families and travelers, beloved for its sandy oceanfront and 3-mile-long boardwalk. The beach and Atlantic surf have kept kids entertained for ages.

The length of the beach translates into always being able to find a spot for your towel and beach umbrella, even at the height of summer, and the decidedly G-rated atmosphere in Virginia's largest city, including a ‘no cursing on the beach’ rule, means there's plenty of family-friendly activities and spirit. Take the kids bike riding, for a round of mini golf, or to the aquarium. 

With hotels that accommodate a range of budgets, no-frills eateries, and free entertainment, Virginia Beach is a top pick for families craving a beach vacation. Colonial Williamsburg is also nearby, or you can add-on a visit to Washington, DC with the kids or another Virginia city, such as Richmond. Here’s what to do, where to eat, and where to stay in Virginia Beach.

Best Baby and Me Swim Classes in Houston

We all know the importance of water safety and teaching your children swimming basics, and it definitely does not hurt to start young. Plus, mommy and me swim classes are a great bonding opportunity! Here is where you can find mommy and me swim classes around Houston you and your little one(s) will love.

Ready to have your little one tackle the water solo? Head over to our swim lessons and camps post instead! To find more enrichment classes for kids around Houston, from STEM to music, visit our ultimate classes guide, and check our directory to discover even more.

August GoList: Best Things to Do With Houston Kids This Month

So, we blinked, and now August is here! But summer isn't over yet, so there is still time to catch a free movie or an outdoor concert. The Houston International Jazz Fest is coming up, and there are plenty of farmers markets around town to get your fix for fresh produce. Don't forget on the first Saturday of every month you can enjoy events like Marine Biologist for a Day, Arts Market in The Heights, and head to Tomball on the second Saturday of the month for games, music, and food.

Check our calendar every day for great things to do with kids all around Houston. And without further ado, here are the best things to do around Houston with kids this month.

Toys 'R' Us Returns with 'Reimagined' Stores in Houston and New Jersey

If you mourned a piece of your childhood when Toys 'R' Us closed its doors in 2018, take heart: the gone-but-not-forgotten toy store is about to make a small-scale comeback just in time for Black Friday. Two Toys 'R' Us stores, coming to The Galleria in Houston, Texas, a Simon Mall, and in Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, New Jersey, are slated to open in November. 

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Repticon, Fit & Foodie 5k, July 27-28

The dog days of summer are a thing, right? While the beginning of summer held the "do all the things!" mentality, by the end of July it can be a little harder to muster up that same energy. If screentime is taking over, check out our helpful tips for screentime management.

Other ways we're battling summer boredom: by providing you with tons of great things to do around Houston with kids on our event calendar and continuously cranking out new ideas! One of our latest articles - 40 Ways to Beat the Houston Heat This Summer - is a great example of how you can stay cool and still have tons of fun with your family this summer.

There are also a ton of amazing stage productions happening this weekend, which offer a great way to stay cool while doing something different than the regular indoor movie flick idea. Just look at all these options: "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown" at MATCH, "Murder on the Orient Express" on the Alley stage, "Mamma Mia!" is taking over Stageworks Theatre, Kids' Backporch Productions is putting on "Matilda," and Baytown Little Theater is performing their rendition of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." There are so many options all over town that picking which one to attend will be the hardest part of your day.

Before we sign off, we also wanted to highlight one more piece of interesting news: Houston is getting a new Animal & Aquarium Adventure in the spring of 2020, and it looks awesome!

Now let's check out this weekend's events. 

20 Houston Parks With Lots of Shade

Being outside pretty much tops our to-do list every day, and we're constantly going from one activity to the next, be it to a neighborhood splashpad, a nearby playground or a park with plenty of trails for biking. Basically, staying inside all day isn't an option; we would all go stir crazy! With summer upon us, I'm not willing to sacrifice that time outside as the temperatures start steadily climbing, but I am more aware of which places offer some shade so we can beat the heat... even if only for a few minutes. Here are some great parks in Houston that offer at least a moderate respite from the brutal summer temps.

Outdoor Kids' Birthday Party Ideas for Summer Babies

Throw an amazing kids' birthday party right in your own backyard or local park with these outdoor party ideas.

Take all the fun (and the mess) of party games for kids outside and add a little summertime twist for inspired themes, such as camping, sprinklers, outdoor movies, and lawn games. We put together a list of seven sizzling kids' birthday party themes for outdoor parties below, including activity suggestions, decoration ideas, and some memorable munchies that will make your kid's party the event of the summer season.

Disney Cruise to Alaska? 12 Things To Know Before You Go

A Disney Cruise is a memorable experience for any kid (or, really, any grown-up) whether the ship stops in the Bahamas, EuropeJamaica, or some other exotic port—like Alaska. My family recently cruised Alaska Disney style, and if you're considering this particular Disney Cruise, I have a few tips that should make your vacation even more magical. 

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