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Summer of Fun 2021

Summer of Fun 2021. Take the kids and jump in the car to head to one of the following attractions this summer. Shake off the ‘I’m bored blues’ and make plans to visit at least one of these venues every week this summer. Most of you only have about 6 weeks of summer break left, so pick your top ten and see how many you can visit! Our HFM Kid Ambassadors started off with a SPLASH at Big River Water Park and Gator Bayou Adventure Park. If this is the first choice on your bucket list, plan on going early and spending the entire day! There is much to be seen and it is best visited with friends to join in on the fun!

Whether you want to hit up the slides all day or the adventure park, there is so much to do, our Kid Ambassadors had a hard time choosing!

 

Water park

What we loved is there really is a lot to choose from no matter what your age. For the little ones, under age 6, there are several areas to entertain your tots for hours. By far, Gator Splash has to be the most fun with over 300 water play areas, slides and sprayers to choose from. If they get bored there, head on over to Polliwog Puddle or Hatchling Hill for some very wet distractions!

For the older kids, the lazy river, wave pool and variety of slides were a hard choice to make. However, the consensus was the Pecos Plunge was the most fun with a fast ride from seven stories high! My fave was spiraling down Frio Falls from six stories up – love me the twisty ones!

Wild Isle

Looking for a challenge? Have you ever tried a floating obstacle course? It’s not as easy as you would think! Especially since you only have an hour to complete! Compete with your friends to see who makes the best time!

Dry Adventures

Need to dry off? Head over to the adventure side of the park for some archery, axe throwing, rock mining or one of the animal encounters! Visit with the gators or head over to the petting zoo. Whichever you choose, there is something for all ages and adventure types!

Aerial Adventures

Our Ambassadors opted for some high flying while they were at the park and hit up the ZipLines! I could definitely stay in this area all day so plan accordingly as most of these activities take up to an hour each.

Falcon Flight offers 3 different towers, Hawk’s Glide has you flying amongst the trees, The Eagle Challenge course has you tackling over 50 different activities, Raccoon Run for the younger set has 15+ activities to best and the ultimate Vultures Dive has you plummet seven stories as you free fall to the ground! Again – you can’t go wrong with any choice.

Although New Caney sounds really far, it’s only about 30 min from central Houston. So mark your calendars and make plans to head out this month. For only $34.99, spend the day in the fresh air, with friends making memories!

 

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Big River Water Park and Gator Bayou Adventure Park

23101 Hwy 242,

New Caney, TX 77357

www.bigriverswaterpark.com

Enjoy Houston area’s newest water and adventure parks with slides, lazy rivers, zip lines, nature center, great food & more.

 

NASA Space Center Houston

1601 E NASA Pkwy

Houston, TX 77058

www.spacecenter.org

Attractions include a tram tour, a Space Center Theater, Blast-Off Theater, The Feel of Space, Astronaut Gallery, Starship Gallery, and a Kids Space Place.

 

Downtown Aquarium Houston

410 Bagby St

Houston, TX 77002

www.aquariumrestaurants.com/dowtownaquariumhouston

A Ferris Wheel, Aquarium Adventure Exhibit, a carousel ride, lighthouse dive and a train ride. There are games and a water play area.

 

Moody Gardens

1 Hope Blvd

Galveston, TX 77554

www.moodygardens.com

Moody Gardens features a 10 story Rainforest Pyramid offers a tropical environment, it has the largest bat exhibit in the Southwest. Palm beach has a white sand beach and a blue lagoon that’s lots of fun for the kids.

 

Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden

900 Bissonnet St

Houston, TX 77005

www.mfah.org/visit/cullen-sculpture-garden

This free sculpture garden is located right outside the Houston Museum of Fine Arts.

 

Houston center for Contemporary Crafts

4848 S Main St

Houston, TX 77002

www.crafthouston.org

This summer, HCCC is offering two great options for Craft Camps, designed to encourage creativity, experimentation, and self-expression, while introducing kids (ages 5 – 8 and 9 – 12) to a variety of craft materials and processes. Choose from week-long virtual or in-person camps, based on your family’s comfort level. For in-person camps, HCCC has implemented COVID-19 safety guidelines and limited capacity to a maximum of 10 kids per session, so spaces will fill up fast!  Learn more and register at www.crafthouston.org.

 

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

183 West Loop S

Houston, TX 77024

www.houstonaboretum.org

This free admission nature center has 5 miles of walking trails, an interpretive center that includes a Discovery room with hands-on activities and exhibits, a Nature Gift Shop, a Reference Library, and classrooms.

 

Discovery Green

1500 McKinney St

Houston, TX 77010

www.discoverygreen.com

Discovery Green offers an abundance of events and activities for the whole family all summer long.

 

Minute Maid Park Tours

501 Crawford St

Houston, TX 77002

www.houston.astros.mlb.com/hou/ballpark

Go behind the scenes of Houston’s favorite baseball team. Visit the Gift Shop and tour through the facility and lots more! The tour is about an hour and call the Tour Line at (713)-259-TOUR to confirm tour times and availability.

 

Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

22306 Aldine Westfield Rd, Humble, TX 77338

www.hcp4.net/community/parks/mercer

An oasis of natural beauty along Cypress Creek. This living museum houses a large collection of native and cultivated plants and an abundance of animals. Enjoy a playground, a canoe launch, gardens, picnic area, tea room, a trail and visitor center.

 

Lone Star Flight Museum

11551 Aerospace Ave

Houston, TX 77034

www.lonestarflight.org

This museum houses over 40 historically-significant aircrafts and 1,500 artifacts that demonstrate the quantum leap in technology over the years.

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Artist Boat

2627 Avenue O

Galveston, TX 77550

www.artistboat.org

Experience nature in a new, creative way – on a guided kayak adventure!

 

Kemah Boardwalk

215 Kipp Ave

Kemah, TX 77565

www.kemahboardwalk.com

The boardwalk has several rides and restaurants to choose from. With concerts playing every Thursday night during the summer, a Ferris Wheel, a train and water fountain it’s a fun way for the family to spend a day.

 

Galveston Island Pleasure Pier

2501 Seawall Blvd

Galveston, TX 77550

www.pleasurepier.com

This pier offers fun roller coasters and other rides for all ages. Located right off the seawall in Galveston, they have plenty to enjoy for the whole family.

 

Angleton Recreation Center

1601 N Valderas St

Angleton, TX 77515

www.angleton.tx.us/157/Angleton-Recreation-Center

The natatorium includes a zero depth entry, an interactive play structure with water blasters, mini slides, water curtain, lazy river and giant tipping bucket of water. Swimmers can also enjoy a 26-foot slide which winds into a 4-foot pool.

 

MainEvent

Five Locations

www.mainevent.com

Eat. Bowl. Play.With state-of-the-art bowling, multi-level laser tag, over 100 games topped with handcrafted food and a full bar under one roof, Main Event is THE destination for FUN.

 

Houston for Contemporary Crafts

4848 S Main St

Houston, TX 77002

www.crafthouston.org

Indoor Rock Climbing at Texas Rock Gym

1526 Campbell Rd

Houston, TX 77055

www.texasrockgym.com

This gym has over 14,000 square feet of climbing walls, which includes 50 top-rope stations, 12 lead climbing anchors, and a huge bouldering cave. This is for ages 10+.

 

Bayou Wildlife Zoo

5050 FM517

Alvin, TX 77511

www.bayouwildlifezoo.com

This park includes a tram ride with experienced wildlife guides that will lead through 80 acres of natural wildlife. See and feed birds from all over the world, ride ponies and enjoy a petting zoo.

 

Hana and Arthur Ginzbarg Nature Discovery Center

7112 Newcastle St

Bellaire, TX 77401

naturediscoverycenter.org

Hands-on Discovery rooms are in the Historic Henshaw House.

 

Boat tours on Buffalo Bayou

Shepherd Drive to Sabine Street, between Allen Parkway and Memorial Drive

www.buffalobayou.org/boat-tours

On the second Saturday of each month, weather permitting, from 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. enjoy a 30 minute bayou tour with the family.

 

Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Research Center in Galveston

4700 Avenue U

Galveston, Texas 77551

http://www.galvestonlab.sefsc.noaa.gov/seaturtles

Must call for tour appointments. It’s located on the Historic Fort Crockett on Galveston Island.

 

Miller Outdoor Theater

6000 Hermann Park Dr

Houston, TX 77030

www.milleroutdoortheater.com

Tons of free family events offered all summer.

 

Ice at The Galleria

5015 Westheimer

Houston, TX 77057

www.iceatthegalleria.com

Cool off inside this summer and have fun ice skating! Public skating available daily starting at $10+.

 

Showboat Drive-in

22422 Farm to Market 2920 Hockley, TX 77447

www.theshowboatdrivein.com

Offers double features Wednesday through Sunday, and there is a playground in front of the screen for children to play.

 

Noah’s Ark Pool & Waterpark at Quillian Recreation Center

10570 Westpark Dr

Houston, TX 77042

www.quilliancenter.org/index.php/events/swimming-pools

Includes two swimming pools, a basketball court, a picnic area, ball fields, a gymnasium, an indoor climbing wall, and so much more.

 

Sea Center Texas

302 Medical Dr

Lake Jackson, TX 77566

www.tpwd.texas.gov/fishing/sea-center-texas

This is a state-of-the-art fish hatchery and aquarium located on 75 acres in Lake Jackson.

 

George Observatory at Brazos Bend State Park

21901 FM 762 Rd

Damon, TX 77430

www.hmns.org/george-observatory

Home to the three domed telescopes and one of the largest telescopes in the nation is open to the public for viewing.

 

Schlitterbahn Waterpark

2109 Lockheed Rd

Galveston, TX 77554

www.schlitterbahn.com/galveston

With slides, a lazy river, a giant teetering bucket of water and several more attractions, this water park is full of fun for the whole family.

 

Splashway Waterpark & Campground

5211 Main Street

Sheridan, TX 77475

www.splashwaywaterpark.com

Stay & Play or go for the day! Enjoy the lazy river, speed racers, wave pools and you can stay the night and camp, fish and more!

 

Lake Somerville

10 miles NW of Brenham, TX

www.tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lake-somerville

Lake Somerville offers 11,460 acres of lake for fishing, boating, water skiing, sail boating, wind-surfing, jet-skiing and swimming. The shoreline offers space for picnics, camping, hunting & sightseeing. Sounds like a great summer of fun being outdoors.

 

Parasail in Galveston

1021 61st Street Suite 150

Galveston, TX 77551

www.galvestonparasail.com

Fly 400 ft over the Galveston water for only $90, your friends and family can ride along to watch for $45.

 

Bolivar Ferry

Texas 87

Port Bolivar, TX 77650

www.galveston.com/galvestonferry/

Be sure to check the website for times, but enjoy the ferry to Port Aransas.

 

iFly

9540 Katy Fwy

Houston, TX 77055

www.iflyworld.com

Experience the adrenaline rush of flying in Houston or in The Woodlands.

 

D-BAT

4310 Brittmoore Rd

Houston, TX 77041

www.dbatwesthouston.com

This state-of-the-art, 17,000 sq. foot facility includes Brand New Turf and Lighting. Come enjoy this batting cage 7 days a week for some sumemr fun.

 

Texas State Railroad

789 Park Rd

Palestine, TX 75801

www.texasstaterailroad.net

Enjoy their 4 hour leisurely train ride journeying through the relaxing Piney Woods. The ride includes a meal, adult beverage services, and a trip back in time.

 

Main Street Theater

2 Houston locations

www.mainstreettheater.com

Founded in 1975, Main Street Theater’s programming is aimed at entertaining both children and adults. Check out Julie B Jone’s show this month! Ticket giveaway** – How’s that for a summer of fun?

 

Phoenicia Specialty Foods

1001 Austin St, Houston 77010

Www.yumstop.com

Summer Classes for kids who love to cook through July! Classes where your little ones can bake, create & celebrate! Register at yummy@phoeniciafoods.com. Summer of Fun with a culinary twist – sounds yummy!

 

Kumon – Katy

Green Trails, 1655 S. Fry Rd, Katy 77450

Www.kumon.com

Start your kids new school year off with confidence. Summer classes available in-person or virtual for Pre-K through High School. No matter where your child struggles, let Kumon get them on solid ground.

 

Painting with a Twist

6850-A FM 1960 East, Humble 77346

Www.paintingwithatwist.com

Budding artists? Just looking for something fun for the kids to do for an afternoon of summer if fun? Girls night out? Whatever your reason, Painting with a Twist is a great idea. Did you know they even have home kits?? Check out their site for upcoming events or hours to book your next party!

 

Moody Mansion

2618 Broadway Avenue J, Galveston 77550

www.moodymansion.org

Looking for something different to do this afternoon for some summer fun? Why not. Travel back in time and stroll through one of our very own time capsules? Revel in the splendor of days gone by as you enrich your mind. Can’t make it in person, take a virtual tour. Or, for just $34, the whole family can visit one of our local treasures! Make a day of it and visit all that Galveston has to offer.

 

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