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35 Fun Family Activities In Houston

By mid July we are all going a little stir crazy with the kids at home wondering what we can do to fill the day and keep them occupied.  I call it the summer SOS- Save Our Sanity.  If you live in or around Houston or plan on visiting, below is a list of more than 35 fun family activities in Houston.  Many of these activities are free or cost very little money!

To make things easier, I have divided the activities by region. I-10 divides north and south, while I-45 divides east and west.  Hopefully this makes activity planning to one or multiple places easier to see in a day or weekend!  We frequently visit Galveston and I was wondering if you would want a roundup of our family’s favorite things to see and do?  Let me know in the comments of this post or shoot me an email ([email protected]) if you would like a specific Galveston roundup. If you email me, put GALVESTON in the subject line!

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The Best Family Activities in Houston

Northwest Houston

Tomball- 2nd Saturday at The Depot movies.  Further info Here.

Tomball- Free movies at Premiere Cinemas Tuesdays & Wednesdays. Movies Here.

Waller- Showboat Drive In, Now Open 7 days a week! More Here.

Christ The King Presbyterian Indoor/Outdoor Playscape.  More info Here.

Cypress- The Shack Restaurant, kid friendly and great food!  Houston Chronicle Top 100 Restaurant. Info Here.

Tomball- Frey’s Backyard Restaurant, kid friendly with a turf backyard! Bring your own balls, gloves etc. Info Here.

Brenham- Blue Bell Ice Cream Tour.  Dates and tour times Here.


Northeast Houston

Conroe- Black Walnut Restaurant at the Conroe Airport.  Watch the planes take off and land. Perfect for brunch or dinner! Info Here.

The Woodlands- Bowlero Bowling Alley.  Recently remodeled and a great way to escape the heat indoors. Check it out Here.

The Woodlands- The Woodlands Church indoor playscape.  Free two story indoor playscape withe coffee bar! Info Here.

The Woodlands- Children’s Museum.  Best for ages 12 months- 4 years. Info Here.

The Woodlands- The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center. Perfect pools, slides and snacks for all the kids.  Info Here.

The Woodlands- Rob Fleming Water Park.  Slides and fun for all ages to beat the heat.  Info Here.

Spring- Splashtown Waterpark.  Tickets info Here.

Houston- Houston Police Department Mounted Patrol Barn.  Feed the horses or sign up for a guided tour.  More info Here.

Kingwood/Greenspoint- Showbiz Cinemas 50 cent movies Tuesday mornings at 9:30.  See movies and times Here.


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Southwest Houston

Katy- Typhoon Texas Waterpark. Tickets & Times Here.

Katy- WFDD Central Green Park.  See free movies at Central Green Park. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs!  Get the schedule Here.

Houston- Children’s Museum. Dates & Times Here.

Houston- Houston Museum Of Natural Science.  The butterfly center is worth the extra $$!  More info Here.

Houston- Houston Zoo.  We save money by bringing a sack lunch.  If you plan on going more than 2-3 times a year a season pass is worth the purchase.  More info Here.

Houston- Polo Stables.  Go watch a match and stomp the divots!  Tickets and game info Here.

Houston- CityCentere- Movies Under The Moon. Dates & Times Here.

Houston- CityCentere- Ruggles Green Kid Friendly restaurant.

Houston- American Girl Doll Store.  Find all the perfect doll and all the accessories or have a birthday party Here!

Sugar Land- Museum Of Natural Science. Times an info Here.

Sugar Land- Movies Under The Moon and many other fun activities.  Dates & Times Here.

Sugar Land- Sugarcreek Baptist Church Playscape.  Great place for birthday parties too! Info Here.

Sugar Land- Splash pad at the Plaza adjacent to Smart Financial Centre.  Info Here.

Houston- The Square at Memorial City.  Activities for the whole family and FREE!. Info Here.

Houston- Aqua Sydney Ice Cream.  Crazy fun and magical ice cream creations!  Info Here.

Houston- Little Matt’s. Family Fun burger joint.  More info Here.

Fort Bend – Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center.  More info Here.


Southeast Houston

Houston- Astros Baseball.  See schedule and tickets Here.

Houston- Aquarium.  Full details on attractions,rides and the restaurant Here.

Galveston- Day trip to the beach.  Our favorite is Pocket Park 1 (drive on beach) or taking the ferry over the Crystal Beach.

Galveston- Schlitterbahn waterpark.  We save money by packing our lunch and taking a cooler. More info on tickets and park times Here.

Galveston- Moody Gardens. Check out the three different pyramids along with their waterpark and private beach. Info Here.

Webster/ Clear Lake- Space Center Houston.  Dates, Times & Ticket info Here.

Pasadena- Brain Freeze Sno-Cones & Drinks.  We just took the kids here.  The drinks and snocones are crazy but fun! A great place to stop if you are on your way home from Galveston and taking Beltway 8 home. Info Here.

Kemah- Kemah Boardwalk.  Fun restaurants, games and sights.  Info Here.

If you are headed to one of the water parks check out some of my water slide friendly swimsuits.

Misc Family Activities in Houston

Free Lego Build- Galleria, The Woodlands Mall and Baybrook Mall.  Register online Here.  Sign up at he store or online as a VIP member- free registration.

Indoor Trampoline Parks

Summer reading programs at your local library

Studio Movie Grill- Tickets are $1 during the children’s summer series.  Catch the 10am show Monday-Friday at Copperfield, CityCentre and Pearland locations.

Cinemark Movies are only $1 weekday mornings.  Get 10 movies for only $5 paid in advance.  Show days are typically Tuesday or Wednesday.


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If you have any must see or do family activities in Houston tell me in the comments below and I will add them to the list!



  1. MariaV says


    – Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center.
    – The Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land
    – Sugar Creek Baptist Church Playscape. Free
    – Splash Pad at the Plaza adjacent to Smart Financial Centre- Free

    – The Square at Memorial City. Tons of activities for the whole family. Free


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