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Our Guide to Summer Fun!

Sarah Kaddour · July 29, 2018

Have Fun This Summer Without Breaking the Bank

In a city as large as Houston, there’s no shortage of fun activities to do this summer. From free kid-friendly movies to deals for the museum district, you’re in luck to have summer fun without spending all your hard-earned bucks!

Keep the kiddos entertained with…

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Free admission to the permanent exhibit halls 2 pm -5 pm on Thursdays. On top of that, get 50% off tickets to the butterfly habitat, planetarium show, and more with these special offers!

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Free general admission from 10 am – 9 pm on Thursdays. The perfect activity for art enthusiasts of all ages!

Children’s Museum of Houston

With free admission from 5pm – 8 pm on Thursdays, your little tykes will surely have a day of fun while running, jumping, and exploring through all of the exhibits.

The Health Museum

Take a Thursday afternoon trip with your budding scientist to explore the inner workings of the human body and perform real lab experiments! Free general admission from 2 pm – 7 pm on Thursdays and the DeBakey Cell Lab ($3 per person) is open until 6 pm.

Houston Museum of African American Culture

Educate the kiddos on preserving African-American culture with free admission into the museum from 6 pm – 8 pm on Thursdays.

Houston Zoo

This is one of the biggest zoos in the country, and arguably the most popular place to take the family when school is out! Check out this great deal on Groupon.

Concerts at Levy Park

There is always free performances featuring professional local musicians, along with a beautiful park for the little ones to play in. The address for Levy park is: 3801 Eastside St, Houston, TX 77098

Miller Outdoor Theatre

All of summer, you can bring a lawn chair or blanket for hillside seating at the Miller Outdoor Theatre for free outdoor theater performances from plays to musicals to children’s festivals.

Houston Symphony at the Pavilion

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion provides free mezzanine and lawn seating for these performances.

Here are the upcoming performances:

  • August 30, 8 pm, Blue Suede Tunes
  • September 4, 8 pm, Rebels, Raiders & Superman: A Tribute to John Williams
  • October 12, 8 pm, Hocus Pocus Pops

Want to keep the kiddos indoors on a hot summer day and distracted while you relax? Here’s a list of free or cheap summer movie venues and times…


Tickets are $1 on weekday mornings. Buy in bulk here to save money! They have a deal of 10 movies for only $5, if paid in advance. Usually valid Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning the first week of summer.

Studio Movie Grill

Tickets are $1 during their Children’s Summer Series. Click here to see the full list of movies offered. Morning shows are available weekdays at the Copperfield, CityCentre and Pearland locations.


Tickets are $1 Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 am beginning the first week of summer. Participating location is Edwards West Oaks Mall Stadium 14.

Alamo Drafthouse Katy

This cheap movie ticket of your choice ($1, $3, and $5) is available every single day all summer long, even weekends! Purchase online here to reserve your spot. Extra incentive is that 100% of the ticket sales benefit the Make-A-Wish Texas program! Exclusively for the Mason Park location.

Premiere Cinemas

Enjoy FREE movies at Premiere Renaissance Theater at Greenspoint Mall and Premiere Cinemas Tomball on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 am and  Premiere Cinemas Pearland on Wednesdays at 10 am until August 8th.

Showbiz Cinemas

Tickets are 50¢ at ShowBiz Cinemas in Kingwood on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 am. Follow their Facebook page for more information.

Cultivate your child’s mind even when they are out of school…

There are a ton of free story time events.  Here are some that are available for the rest of this summer:

Houston Public Library Family Storytime at Levy Park

Every Thursday, Levy Park hosts a family storytime at 10 am in collaboration with the Houston Public Library. Again, Levy Park is located here.

Read With Pawsitive Pups at Levy Park

A fun way to get young children to practice reading is to bring trained therapy dogs into the mix! This event repeats the 2nd Sunday of every month at 1 pm. The next opportunity is August 12th.

Summer Reading Program at the Fish Gallery

Every Thursdays from 3:30 pm– 4:30 pm in July and August, join the Fish Gallery for story time, fish feeding, crafts, games, and prizes. The address for the Fish Gallery is: 2909 Fountain View Dr, Houston, TX 77057

Check out the Fish Gallery’s Facebook page here for more information and events!

Nature Story Time at Nature Discovery Center

Every Wednesdays at 4 pm is free story time with live animals, puppets, short nature walks, crafts and songs. The address for the Nature Discovery Center is: 7112 Newcastle, Bellaire, TX, 77401

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