Longing to feel the sand between your toes this summer? Some of the best Texas beaches are located just an hour or so south of the greater Houston area on Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Whether you're looking for a seaside escape for the day, a weekend, or longer, these beaches are all awesome options for some family-friendly summer fun in the sun. For more ideas, activities, and things to do for the whole family, check out our Summer Fun Guide for Houston kids.
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Summer break is the perfect opportunity for baseball-loving kids in Houston to learn new skills and develop their gameplay. At these baseball camps, not only will kids learn more about the game and how to play, but they'll get the opportunity to connect with other kids in the sport. For kids who play on a baseball team during the school year, summer camp provides an entirely new set of players to interact with and coaches to learn from. Whether your kid is headed for the big leagues, just starting out, or playing just for the fun of it, these baseball summer camps are perfect for honing in on their love of the game.
And for more summer and vacation camp ideas, check out our comprehensive camp guide and full.
Toys R Us is back in Houston and kids can now live out their dreams playing with just about every toy in the store at the new hands-on concept. After closing all locations in 2018, the new version of the store re-opened inside The Galleria Houston in December 2019. The re-imagined Toys R Us features interactive areas where kids can try out the toys available for purchase. While not every single toy is available for play, the store is broken up into sections for kids to explore different types of toys and play until their heart's content. Visiting the store is the perfect way to entertain your kids indoors and let them blow off some steam during a day of shopping.
My family has been visiting Longhorn Cavern State Park for as long as I can remember. Situated on top of a scenic hillside smack dab in the middle of the Texas Hill Country, the park and its namesake cavern are a must-see for families who love experiencing all that nature has to offer. The state park is about four-and-a-half hours from Houston, but just over an hour from Austin, where families can enjoy plenty of kid-friendly activities if you wanted to make a weekend trip to enjoy all that the area has to offer. Although exploring the stunning cavern is the main draw to the park, it is a great place to hike, picnic, and just enjoy being in the great outdoors with family.
Planning a fantastically fun birthday party that your child and their friends will remember for years to come can seem like a daunting task, especially when you start counting out invitations and pricing venues. Making the most of a birthday party budget means getting the best deal possible on space, food, decor, and entertainment. Luckily for Houstonians, there are several great options for planning birthday parties on a budget all over town.
Whether you prefer a more traditional party with streamers, balloons, and a bounce house, or want to go for a more unique experience like a museum tour, we've got you covered. Read on for our suggestions on where to go and what to do when you want to make the most of a birthday party budget, and consult our Birthday Party Guide for more ideas.
Of all of the exciting activities for kids in Houston, spending time at a shopping mall doesn't typically rank high on the list. Unless that is you happen to be heading to Memorial City Mall to visit the American Girl Store. Just walking up to the entrance to the store creates an Instagram-worthy situation as you and your child approach the iconic red facade. If you were a fan of the dolls as a kid, the nostalgia of American Girl will hit you square between the eyes as you enter the store. Of course, shopping is on the agenda, but there are so many other activities to engage in when you visit the American Girl store.
While there are a plethora of fun things to do with kids in San Antonio and the surrounding areas, on a recent trip from Houston, my husband and I took our 5-year-old to explore LEGOLAND Discovery Center. If you’ve been to a LEGOLAND Discovery center in another region, such as Westchester, Boston, or Philadelphia, you’ll find much of the same type of interactive fun at the San Antonio location. We took a break from our adventures down the Riverwalk to find an entire world of LEGO magic tucked away inside of the Shops at Rivercenter, and I am incredibly glad we did.
The amount of money one family could spend visiting all of the major attractions Houston has to offer could easily add up. Luckily, many of the best places to visit offer FREE admission for kids under a certain age. This comes in super handy for families with kids of multiple ages. Whether you want to see animals up close at the zoo, head to a museum, or see a Houston-area landmark like the San Jacinto Monument or Space Center Houston, you can save some money by taking your kids to one of these amazing places.
And even if your kids are past the age where their admission is free, there are plenty of times when local museums offer FREE admission on select days.