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Summer Family Activities in Houston

The ten best ways to celebrate the summer season in Houston

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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.

1. Splashtown

Splashtown
Located in far Northwest Houston, Splashtown houses acres of water slides, tube rides, wave pools and interactive children’s play areas. Season passes and discounted group rates available.

2. Prelude Music Classes

Prelude Music Class
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.

3. AMC Theaters Summer Movie Camp

AMC Summer Movie Camp
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.

4. Minute Maid Park Tour

Minute Maid Park

Experience an up-close look at one of the most beautifully designed stadiums in the nation. Tourists may visit press boxes, dugouts and luxury suites. Be one of the first to arrive and enjoy the view of batting practice from Diamond Club seats. Tours offered daily and last approximately one hour.

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5. Children's Museum

Children's Museum
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.

6. Quillian Center Noah's Ark and Pool

Noah's Ark
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.

7. The Mad Potter

Mad Potter
At Mad Potter studios, customers select from over 400 pottery pieces available and design and paint them as they choose. There are no age minimums or limits to participate. Birthday parties, parent-child workshops and summer day camps are also available.

8. Miller Outdoor Theater's Children's Performances

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.

9. Discovery Green Park

Discovery Green
Discovery Green is a 12-acre park located in the heart of downtown Houston. Park visitors can expect to enjoy an interactive water fountain, model boat basin and playground. Several dining options are available and the park offers free children’s performances on Saturdays at noon.

10. Zuma Fun Center

Zuma
Zuma Fun Center attractions include batting cages, bumper boats, go-karts, miniature golf and a video arcade. With locations in the north and south regions of Houston, Zuma provides accommodations for birthday parties, team celebrations and youth group meetings.
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