Fun Summer Activities for you and your kids in Houston!

Dinosaurs Alive!
Moody Gardens- 1 Hope Blvd., Galveston, TX 77554
Children 3 and up, running from 10am-6pm daily through August 16th.
$6.00; Children 2 and under are free.
The outdoor exhibit features more than 20 life-like animatronic dinosaurs, including a full-size Tyrannosaurus Rex. 800-582-4673

The Cinema of George Lucas
Space Center Houston- 1601 West NASA Pkwy., Houston, TX 77058
Ages 3 and up during normal hours of operation
The exhibit features nearly 50 props, costumes, and awards from George Lucas's blockbuster films, including Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and American Graffiti. A special section of the exhibit, Live the Adventure, gives visitors the opportunity to shoot, run, and climb their way through scenes from some of these movies. 281-244-2100

Crosby Community Center
Crosby Community Center- 409 Hare Rd., Crosby, TX 77532
Monday through Thursday from 8am to 9:30pm; Friday from 8am to 5pm
Crosby Community Center offers a variety of ongoing activities such as Rhythm Walking, Aerobics with Melissa, Advanced Line Dancing, Oil Painting Class, Dart Baseball, Watercolor Class, ESL with Thresa, T’ai Chi/Yoga Fusion With Elizabeth, Aerobics With Angelique, Evening Line Dancing, Grief Support Group, Body Toning Chair Exercises, Crafters Circle, Krosby All-American Kazoo Band, Intermediate Spanish, and much more. For more information regarding classes or other Center programs, please call 281-462-0543.

Mangum-Howell Center
Mangum-Howell Center- 2500 Frick Road, Houston, TX 77038
Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m
Mangum-Howell Center offers a variety of ongoing activities such as Rhythm Walking, Aerobics Exercise, Quilting, T'ai Chi, Mah-Jong, Dart Baseball, Hatha Yoga, Beaded Jewelry, Fun 'N' Fit Arcade, Tae Kwon Do Martial Arts, Urban Line Dancing, Sit and Be Fit Exercise, Ceramics, Watercolor, Sewing and Surging, Oil Painting, Youth Sewing, Guitar Lessons, and much more. For more information regarding classes or other Center programs, please call 281-462-0543.

Cockrell Butterfly Center & Hall of Entomology
Houston Museum of Natural Science
Adults are $8.00, Children & Seniors are $6.00, and Children under 3 are free
The butterfly exhibit is a three-story glass structure that showcases hundreds of live butterflies in a naturalistic rainforest setting, where butterflies flutter among - and occasionally land on - visitors strolling the paths or relaxing on benches. The Brown Hall of Entomology contains several live insects from around the world, as well as interactive displays. A children's room provides a nice quiet spot for parents to sit and for kids to use their imaginations - on hand are books, puzzles, games, tables and chairs, soft benches, insect puppets, and a giant beehive for kids to crawl through and clamber upon. 713-639-4629

Free Family Nights

Children's Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz, Houston, TX

Thursdays from 5 to 8pm

Thursday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. the Museum hosts Free Family Nights, during which all admission fees are waived and families are able to come to the Museum and experience everything CMH has to offer. The free admission provided to visitors not only includes access to all of our hands-on exhibit but to a wide variety of programming that extends from the cultural arts to science and math. Free Family Nights are offered every Thursday courtesy of The Wortham Foundation, Inc. and John P. McGovern, M.D. 713-522-1138


Other fun places to visit and interesting activities for you and your child are…


Armand Bayou Nature Center

Experience firsthand how Armand Bayou Nature Center (ABNC) is working to preserve the wetlands prairie, forest and marsh habitats surrounding Armand Bayou. Visit this astonishingly beautiful part of the Texas Gulf Coast and "reconnect with nature". Visitors can learn about our plant and animal inhabitants, bird-watch, hike on the Nature Center's trails or view our live animal displays of snakes, spiders, hawks and bison. A visit to the Center's Martyn Farm will take you back in time to late 1800's farm life in Texas. Before you leave, make reservations to see the beauty of Armand Bayou on the "Bayou Ranger", an electric pontoon boat, or in a guided canoe tour.

Battleship TEXAS

In 1948, the Battleship Texas became the first battleship memorial museum in the U.S. That same year, on the anniversary of Texas Independence, the Texas was presented to the State of Texas and commissioned as the flagship of the Texas Navy. In 1983, the Texas was placed under the stewardship of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and is permanently anchored on the Buffalo Bayou and the busy Houston Ship Channel. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's 1,200-acre San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site consists of the Battleground, Monument and Battleship Texas.

Brazos Bend State Park

Brazos Bend State Park, approximately 28 miles southwest of Houston, covers roughly 5000 acres, with an eastern boundary of 3.2 miles fronting on the Brazos River on the southeast border of Fort Bend County. This was the area of Texas' first Anglo colonization. It was purchased by the state in 1976-77 and was opened to the public in 1984. There are numerous activities to do from camping to fishing.

Children’s Museum of Houston

Rated as the No. 1 children's museum in the country by an MSN.com survey of youth museums, the Children's Museum of Houston is the highest-attended youth museum in the country for its size and is dedicated to its mission of transforming communities through innovative, child-centered learning. Housed in a whimsical building designed by internationally acclaimed architect Robert Venturi, the Children’s Museum of Houston offers a multitude of exhibits bursting with action-packed fun that engage kids in the ultimate learning experience.

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is an idea and a place shaped by the present moment. The Museum exemplifies the dynamic relationship between contemporary art and contemporary society through its exhibitions, public and educational programs, and publications. The CAMH provides the physical and intellectual framework essential to the presentation, interpretation, and advancement of contemporary art; it is a vibrant forum for artists and all audiences, and for critical, scholarly, and public discourse.

Dewberry Farms

Located west of Katy, Texas, Dewberry Farm is all about making memories and enjoying good clean country fun. Our Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch are featured activities, but there is much more for all ages to enjoy! Field Trips Monday - Friday. Open to public Saturdays & Sundays.

Downtown Aquarium

Downtown Aquarium is the product of redeveloping two Downtown Houston Landmarks -- Fire Station No. 1 and The Central Waterworks Building. This magnificent six-acre entertainment and dining complex is a 500,000-gallon aquatic wonderland, home to over 200 species of aquatic life from around the globe. With a full service restaurant, an upscale bar, a fully equipped ballroom, aquatic & geographic exhibits, shopping and a variety of amusements, Downtown Aquarium has it all!

Galveston Island State Park

Galveston Island State Park, in Galveston County, is in the City of Galveston on the west end of Galveston Island. It is a 2,013.1-acre site that was acquired in 1969 from private owners under the State Parks Bond Program and was opened in 1975. The park offers camping, bird watching, nature study, hiking, mountain bike riding, fishing, and unsupervised beach swimming. Educational tours of the flora and fauna of the beach and bay areas of the park are given by appointment only. Contact the park to make arrangements.

George Ranch

Journey to a place and time where cattle and cotton are king and Texas is a country all its own. Visit the George Ranch Historical Park and discover a treasury of Texas traditions. Originally settled in 1824 as part of Stephen F. Austin's Colony by Nancy and Henry Jones, this 23,000-acre working ranch stands as a testament to the independent spirit of Texas. Explore the lives and share the experiences that molded this farming and ranching empire and shaped the history of Texas.

Heritage Society

The Heritage Society was founded in 1954 by renowned Houstonians Faith Bybee, Harvin Moore and Marie Phelps in order to save the 1847 Kellum-Noble House from demolition. They had one goal in mind: preserve the hastily disappearing past of this great city for the education of future generations. The Heritage Society is the city's only outdoor, interactive historic museum and park. Nestled in 19 acres of beautiful green parkland in the heart of downtown Houston, The Heritage Society boasts 8 historic structures dating from 1823 to 1905.

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

The land on which the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center sits is part of Memorial Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country. From 1917 to 1923, the land was the site of Camp Logan, a World War I Army training camp. After the war, in 1924, the land was deeded to the City of Houston to be set aside as a park dedicated to the memory to the fallen soldiers of World War I. The mission of the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center is to provide education about the natural environment to people of all ages and to protect and enhance the Arboretum as a haven and as a sanctuary for native plants and animals.

Houston Museum of Natural Science

As one of the most heavily attended museums in the United States, and one of the most attended venues in Houston, the Museum is in the distinguished company of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History, both in New York City. Founded in 1909, the purpose of the Houston Museum of Natural Science has always been to "enhance in individuals the knowledge and delight in natural science and related subjects..." To this very day, this purpose is carried out in every project, program and exhibition associated with the museum.

Houston Zoo

The Houston Zoo provides a fun, unique, and inspirational experience fostering appreciation, knowledge, and care for the natural world.

Huntsville State Park

The heavily-wooded park adjoins the Sam Houston National Forest and encloses the 210-acre Lake Raven. The park offers camping, hiking, biking, boating (Motor size unrestricted; speed is limited to idle speed), Guided Horseback Trail Rides and "Eat and Rides" with horses provided by Lake Raven Stables, fishing, swimming in unsupervised swimming area, boat & Hydro bike rentals, and nature study.

Kings Orchard

Come and pick your own fruits, vegetables, flowers, etc. Check to see what's in season.

Lake Somerville State Park & Trail way

Lake Somerville State Park and Trail way offers a multitude of recreational opportunities. The extensive Lake Somerville Trail way links the Birch Creek unit to the Nails Creek unit. More than 20 miles of trails are open to hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. Water lovers can enjoy fishing, swimming, boating, and skiing on Lake Somerville.

Lone Star Flight Museum

The Lone Star Flight Museum, a 501 (c)(3) self-supporting educational museum, began as a private aircraft collection in June 1985. The acquisition of more aircraft quickly led to a search for a new home. In 1990, construction of a 50,000 sq. ft. Phase I facility began at Galveston's Scholes Field. Continued rapid growth required construction of a 30,000 sq. ft. Phase II hangar in 1991. Along with the aircraft collection, the LSFM began to acquire and display aviation memorabilia and artifacts, develop educational programs, and recruit volunteers through our Membership Program implemented in July 1991. The LSFM receives over 35,000 of volunteer service hours each year. Many programs and participation opportunities are available for members to promote and support the LSFM mission.

Menil Collection

The Menil Collection is a unique museum environment located in the Montrose-area Museum District housing the collection of John and Dominique de Menil. The museum building is the centerpiece of a neighborhood featuring satellite gallery spaces and related cultural institutions set in a park like setting.

Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

An oasis of serenity and natural beauty along Cypress Creek, Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens is a horticultural masterpiece. These 300 acres of East Texas Piney Woods showcase the region’s largest collection of native and cultivated plants. A living museum, it is also home to a wealth of animal life.

Minute Maid Park

Home of the Houston Astros.

Museum of Fine Arts Houston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is the largest art museum in America south of Chicago, west of Washington, D.C., and east of Los Angeles. The Hirsch Library is one of the largest art libraries in the Southwest. More than 2.5 million people visit the MFAH each year.

San Felipe State Historic Site

San Felipe State Historic Site honors the area's past. Located on the Brazos River adjoining the old ferry site and a part of the Commercio Plaza de San Felipe, this is the site of the township of San Felipe, the seat of government of the Anglo-American colonies in Texas. It was here Stephen F. Austin, the "Father of Texas," brought the first 297 families to colonize Texas under a contract with the Mexican Government.

Sea Center Texas

Sea Center Texas is a marine aquarium, fish hatchery and nature center operated by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD).

Sea Wolf Park

The USS Cavalla is berthed in Seawolf Park, Galveston, Texas as a memorial to the lost submarine USS Seawolf. Cavalla is currently enjoying a renaissance; volunteer efforts are at a ten year high, the local press has covered her history and renovation, and efforts are underway to bring her back to the proud state her crews maintained.

Space Center Houston

Space Center Houston is a place where people can experience space -- from its dramatic history and exciting present to its compelling future. Space Center Houston is the only place on Earth that gives guests an out-of-this-world journey through human adventures into space. Space Center Houston's unparalleled exhibits, attractions, special presentations and hands-on activities tell the story of NASA's manned space flight program. SCH is the only place in the world where visitors can see astronauts train for missions, touch a real moon rock, land a shuttle, and take a behind-the-scenes tour of NASA. At Space Center Houston, guests can understand the past, experience the present, and be a part of the future of the space Program.

SplashTown

Cool yourself off with the amazing rides at SplashTown.

Stephen F. Austin State Park

Stephen F. Austin State Park, 663.3 acres in Austin County, was deeded by the San Felipe de Austin Corporation in 1940, and the park was opened to the public the same year. Activities include picnicking, camping, fishing, hiking, golf, and nature and historical tours.

Texas Parks & Wildlife

Texas Renaissance Festival

Experience the great fun, food, and activities that the Texas Renaissance Festival has to offer.

Theatre Under The Starts (TUTS)

Theatre Under The Stars is a Houston based non-profit institution dedicated to enriching life through the experience of quality musical theatre and positively impacting lives beyond the stage through innovative education and community outreach initiatives.

Traders Village

Since Traders Village opened in Houston in 1989, millions of people have browsed, shopped and traded within the acres filled with thousands of dealers offering a little bit of everything, all at bargain prices. Only at Traders Village can you stroll through literally thousands of shops, wheel and deal with the shop owners themselves and get the bargain of a lifetime. From paper clips to bulldozers, on any given weekend, you can find it at Traders Village.

Washington-on-the-Brazos/ Barrington Living History Farm

Visiting Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site is an enjoyable experience on two levels. First, the expansive park grounds along the Brazos River provide a beautiful setting for picnicking, sightseeing and bird watching. And secondly, the Star of the Republic Museum, Independence Hall and Barrington Living History Farm, offer the visitor a unique insight into the lives and times of the men who fought and won Texas' independence from Mexico

YMCA- Houston

For any organization to stand the test of time it must be able to keep up with the world around it. Through all of our 120 year history, the YMCA of the Greater Houston Area has been a place where people can find hope, fellowship and healing. The YMCA has always stayed true to its mission, values and purpose of helping persons grow in spirit, mind and body. With 38 centers and over 300 program locations serving eleven counties, the YMCA of the Greater Houston Area is helping to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities.

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