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10 Fun and Free Places to Take the Kids in Houston

10freekideventsHouston is a thriving, world-class city with plenty of exciting things to see and do with the kids. When budget constraints are a concern, there are even a variety of activities that are completely free of charge, and sure to keep your brood entertained. The following are ten of the best free, kid-friendly diversions that Houston has to offer.

1. Discovery Green

Discovery Green is a 12-acre park with playgrounds, green grass and a fountain for kids to play in on a hot summer day. Discovery Green isn’t just any old park, either; it also has free shows and events that take place throughout the year. For a day in the fresh air of the great outdoors, Discovery Green is the place to be.

2. Children’s Museum of Houston

While this museum is not free every day of the week, on Family Thursdays, held every Thursday, admission is free after five P.M. The museum has an impressive number of exhibits that are made just for kids to look at, explore and learn from.be.

3. The Art Car Museum

True to its name, the Art Car Museum is a museum of cars that have been turned into pieces of art. Some car lovers would say that all cars are art in and of themselves, but here they are a little bit more than regular automobiles. At the art car museum, they become masterpieces.

4. Miller Outdoor Theatre

When you think of the theatre, the word free never really comes to mind. But, Miller Outdoor Theatre has free admission because it is a non-profit organization that promotes the arts to visitors and residents of the Houston area. It features a grand stage that hosts not only plays but also concerts and other theatre-style productions throughout the year.

5. Lee and Joe Jamail Skate Park

Kids love strapping into their skates or grabbing a skateboard and learning new tricks at a skate park. But, there’s more to Lee and Joe Jamail Skate Park than other parks of the same nature. For one, it’s 30,000 square feet. For another, it has equipment suitable for all age and performance levels.


6. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center is a menagerie of plants and animal life. Discover new forms of life in the gardens and along the trails throughout the 155-acre complex.

7. The Waterwall

Waterfalls may be found easily enough in nature, but what about a water wall? In Houston, the Waterwall has been described as a serene place to spend time with a loved one or family. You’re even allowed to stand under the flowing water to cool off on a hot day or let your kids splash around and have a grand time when the heat is a bit too much to handle.

8. Japanese Gardens

The Japanese Gardens in Hermann Park were created as a symbol of friendship between Japan and America. Pieces of Japanese culture were put into the design and creation of these Japanese gardens and can be seen through the use of bamboo, lanterns and an authentic teahouse. The gardens hold a peaceful feeling with the sounds of waterfalls splashing amid the iconic cherry trees

9. Houston Greeter Program

If you haven’t been to Houston before and don’t know much about the area, search out the Houston Greeter Program. This is a program where a greeter is assigned to you, free of charge, to show you the sights. With the vastness of Houston, it’s best to first see it with a greeter who can tell you all the best places to go and give you background information on all your favorite spots.

10. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Admission is free to this museum of contemporary arts and crafts. There are ongoing exhibits as well as craft events that crop up throughout the year. Not exactly a museum, this collection has works from artists all over the country and it even hosts workshops for non-professional artists and kids.

No matter where you go or what you do in Houston, you’re almost guaranteed to have a great time. But why spend a bunch of money when you really don’t have to? There are so many family-oriented, fun things to do in Houston that don’t cost a penny and are sure to be a hit with the kids that it’s difficult to justify spending money.


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