Looking for a way to beat the heat in Houston this summer? Keep the family entertained with these fun summer activities, which include water parks, museums and live theater performances. And if you've got a line on something you feel other readers might enjoy, feel free to add it to the list.
Prelude offers musical instruction for children from birth to 5 years of age in a relaxed, parent-and-me environment. Instructor Ana Trevino Godfrey leads families in activities that introduce such fundamentals of music as rhythm, pitch and tempo. Members are granted the opportunity to attend live classical music demonstrations throughout the course. Classes are conducted at the Motherhood Center.
Every Wednesday from June 17th to August 15th, participating AMC theaters will offer $1 tickets for showings of a selection of rated G and PG movies. Doors open at 9:30 am and shows begin at 10:00 am. Attend Summer Movie Camp at the Deerbrook, First Colony, Katy Mills, Gulf Pointe and Willowbrook locations. Movie titles include Space Chimps, Kung Fu Panda, and Horton Hears a Who.
Winner of 2008’s Parent Pick for kids activities in Houston, the Children’s Museum provides hours of stimulating entertainment for children as well as their parents. Interactive exhibits in the fields of science, history and the arts include an ecology station, hydropower simulation and building zone. Free Family Nights are on Thursdays from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Voted Best Pool by Great Day Houston, the Noah’s Ark is an ideal attraction for families with small children. Shallow water and a variety of toddler-friendly slides and waterfalls make this a safe and enjoyable way for families to escape the heat. The Quillian Center also includes 2 full size swimming pools, a basketball pavilion and an indoor climbing wall for older children. Facilities are available to rent for parties or other large group gatherings.
Miller Outdoor Theater is an outdoor venue offering free musical, theatrical, and dance performances to young audiences. This summer’s acts include The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Alice in wonderland, and Sounds Like Fun-an instrumental “petting zoo” hosted by the Houston Symphony. Stadium and lawn seating available.