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Free and Low-cost Summer Activities for the Whole Family

Sarah Kaddour · June 20, 2019

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!

Kicking it off with our own events…

CPR events – We are hosting classes in our Pearland clinic on July 13th and in our Tanglewood clinic on August 10th. Kids are healthier and safer when parents are prepared for any situation. Sign up for the low cost of $5!

Katy Moms & Mimosas – Spend your midday break sipping mimosas with other moms and learning how to keep your shining star healthy! Enjoy a private tour of the NightLight clinic while you chat with one of our pediatric providers. Learn how NightLight is part of your family’s constellation of care and network with moms around the Katy community. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for announcements on the upcoming date and time.

Keep the kiddos entertained with…

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Free admission to the permanent exhibit halls 2 pm -5 pm on Thursdays.

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.

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! There is free or discounted admission available for students attending the institutions of higher learning located within the Houston city limits. Summer group ticket packages are available for groups of 50 or more, so get all the family and friends together!

Levy Park

There is always free performances featuring professional local musicians and other activities all summer long, along with a beautiful park for the little ones to play in. Check out the calendar of events. 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. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome as well as food, drinks and even adult beverages — though glass containers are not allowed.

Discovery Green Park

Located in the heart of Downtown Houston, Discovery Green offers a myriad ways to keep the entire family entertained this summer. State-of-the-art playgrounds, a model boat basin, an interactive splash pad and a rocking summer concert series are all sure to please. And the best part, it’s all free.

Houston Symphony at the Pavilion

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

Here are the upcoming performances:

  • July 5 &6 at 7:30 pm, The Music of Queen
  • July 12 at 7:30 pm, July 13 at 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm, The Music of Selena
  • August 31 at 7:30 pm, September 1 at 2:30 pm, The Little Mermaid Film with Live Orchestra

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…


Beginning May 27th, Cinemark is offering a summer movie package that makes going to the movies with kids way more affordable. For only $5, you can nab a matinee punch card good for 10 family-friendly movies. Alternatively, you can buy a la carte tickets for kids’ movies at $1 a pop.

This deal is only applicable for specific kid-friendly films, including options like The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, Despicable Me 3, How to Train Your Dragon and the seasonally appropriate Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.

The offer is only good Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m.


For $4, you can get an AMC Theaters Summer Movie Camp ticket and a KidsPack of snacks and a drink from concessions on Wednesday mornings.
Trolls, Smallfoot and Teen Titans Go! To the Movies are just a few of the titles AMC has on rotation for their kids’ matinee discount.

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.


Regal Theaters is offering a similar deal on kids’ movies this summer through its Summer Movie Express program. For $1 at participating locations, you can catch family-friendly movies like The Lego Batman Movie, The House with a Clock in its Walls or Paddington 2.

This offer is good for the 10 a.m. matinees on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Alamo Drafthouse Katy

Kids Camp 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 $2 movies at Premiere Cinemas Kidz Summer Movie Camp (participating locations: Premiere Renaissance Theater at Greenspoint Mall, Premiere Cinemas Tomball, and Premiere Cinemas Pearland) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 10 am.

Showbiz Cinemas

Summer Kids Club provide cheap discounts 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 – 11 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 – 2 pm. The next opportunity is August 12th.

Summer Reading Program at the Fish Gallery

Every Thursdays starting on July 11 and ending on August 15 from 3:30 pm– 4:30 pm, 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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