Looking for summer fun for kids and families in Houston?
I’ve got you covered with this year’s MomsToolbox Houston Summer Staycation and Vacation Guide for Family-Friendly Fun with tons of cool things to do this summer in Houston.
Break out your calendar, take a few notes and get ready for a super summer of fun! And be sure to bookmark this page and check back, because as more events are released, I’ll list them here.
Ready? Here comes the fun…
FREE Lego Monthly Mini Model Build
First Tuesday of the month beginning at 5 p.m. at all Lego store locations (Baybrook Mall, Galleria and The Woodlands Mall)
Visit your local LEGO Store on the first Tuesday of every month to build a cool mini model, and take it home, for free! Quantities are limited and offer is good while supplies last only. One free per child. Event is open to children ages 6 to 14 only.
FREE American Girl Summer Reading Bookmark Craft
Tuesdays, June 4- August 20, at the American Girl Store in Memorial City Mall
- 1-3 p.m. June 4, 11
- 10 a.m. – Noon, June 18
- 1- 3 p.m. June 25
- 2-4 p.m. July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13, 20
Make and decorate a pretty bookmark craft inspired by American Girl’s activity books. For girls ages 8 and older.
FREE American Girl Craft Events with Crayola® Model Magic
Thursdays, June 6- August 22, at the American Girl Store in Memorial City Mall
- 1-3 p.m. June 6, 13, 20, 27
- Noon – 4 p.m. June 28
- 2- 4 p.m. July 4, 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15, 22
Create a mini hot-air balloon sculpture just like Saige’s using Crayola® Model Magic. For girls ages 8 and older.
FREE Sagostund (storytime) at IKEA
Tuesdays in June, 1-3 p.m.
Enjoy storytellers, costumed characters, magicians and more at a traditional Swedish storytime in the restaurant at IKEA.
IKEA is located at I-10 and Antoine.
FREE Storytimes and more at Barnes & Noble
Different days throughout the summer, based on different store locations.
Check the event schedule to see when the Barnes and Noble nearest you is hosting FREE storytimes and other family friendly events.
FREE Museum visits from Bank of America Museums on Us
First full weekend of each month
- Children’s Museum of Houston
- Houston Zoo
- Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Bank of America cardholders receive one free general admission on the first full weekend of each month at more than 150 museums nationwide. A photo ID and valid Bank of America/Merrill Lynch credit or debit card must be presented. One free general admission limited to cardholder. Excludes fund raising events, special exhibitions, and ticketed shows.
FREE Performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre
afternoons and evenings throughout the summer
Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park offers daytime programs for young children as well as family-friendly evening performances of music, dance, theatre and more throughout the summer. Highlights this summer include Summer Symphony Nights and High School Musical, performed by Theater Under the Starts Humphreys School. And yep, these shows are all FREE! For a complete schedule, and for details of how to score reserved covered seating, visit milleroutdoortheatre.com.
Classes, performances and playtime at Discovery Green
FREE and inexpensive activities all the time.
From concerts to kayaking to young writers workshops to Toddler Tuesdays, and a fantastic place to run, play and climb on the playground, Discovery Green in downtown Houston has a lot to offer throughout the summer for kids of all ages. Check the Discovery Green events calendar to plan your visit.
Children’s Museum of Houston
FREE every Thursday from 5-8 p.m.
The Children’s Museum of Houston is open Monday through Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m,with extended hours Thursdays from 5 – 8 p.m. Sunday: noon – 6 p.m.
General admission in $9.
Children’s Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz, Houston, TX 77004
For more information: (713) 522-1138 or www.cmhouston.org
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
- FREE every Thursday for all
- FREE for age 5 and under every day
- FREE for those 6 to 18 years of age and visiting on a Saturday or Sunday with a library card from any public library in Texas. The library cardholder receives one free general admission; offer does not apply to ticketed exhibitions or events.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is open Tuesday–Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday–Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, 12:15 to 7 p.m. and closed Monday, except Monday holidays.
For more information: 713-639-7300 or www.mfah.org.
The Health Museum
FREE every Thursday from 2-5 p.m.
The Health Museum is open Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 – 5 p.m.
General Admission is $8 adults, $6 children 3 – 12 and seniors 65+, children 2 and under free.
The Health Museum – 1515 Hermann Drive, Houston, TX 77004
For more information: 713-521-1515 or www.thehealthmuseum.org
Check out the Houston Zoo’s events calendar to plan your visit.
The Houston Zoo is open in summertime from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., with the last admission at 6 p.m.
Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX, 77030
For more information: 713-533-6500 or www.houstonzoo.org
Summer Camps in the Houston area
Looking for the perfect summer camp option for your kids? Check out Houston Summer Camps.org to see the best free listing of summer camp options I’ve seen this year. You can check out tons of specialty camps listed by topic as well as lots of general options, too.
Do you know of something fun that isn’t listed?
Please tell us all about it in the comments so we can check it out!
Or send me an email so I can add it to the list.
Not in Houston?
Check back tomorrow when I’ll post a links to more than 90 bloggers across the country sharing their ideas for summer family fun in their cities.