June 16, 2013

Free summer fun in Pearland and other surrounding areas

Thanks a friend who told me about free things to do in Houston area in the summer time, I was inspired to compile this list of her ideas as well as my own. I hope this helps you have some summer fun and don't forget about the beaches either. Also, keep in mind that many of these activities go on year around.

Discovery Green
Free concerts and performances. They also have other free events such as kids workshops, kayak boat rides, and exercises classes.

Miller Outdoor Theater
Free summer concerts, musical theatre, music concerts, children's theatre, and more

Summer fest at Southdown Park (Only May and June)
Relax to the tunes of a live band every Friday night during the months of May and June at Southdown Park from 7-9 p.m. Food vendors will be on hand selling a delicious variety of foods while the Splash Pad and playground will be available for the kids

Inside fun
AMF bowling,
Free bowling for kids registered in the Summer Unplugged program. Two games per day. (Shoe rental not included)

Playscape at Sugar Creek Baptist Church
Free indoor ground with slides, gator pit, and toddler area.

Sky Lobby at JPMorgan Chase Tower
View Houston from the Sky Lobby on the 60th floor, The Sky Lobby is open to the public during the working hours of 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday.

Preschool Music Time at Westside Event Center
Children will be introduced to the foundations of music while singing and dancing to their favorite songs. (Space is limited so you may want to get there early)

  • Mon 6/17, 10:30 am
  • Mon 7/15, 10:30 am
  • Mon 8/19, 10:30 am

Check out the following website to learn about the following museum. http://houstonmuseumdistrict.org/free-admission-times/

Always free

  • Asia Society Texas Center (all spaces except Louisa Stude Sarofim Gallery)
  • Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
  • Holocaust Museum Houston
  • Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
  • Houston Center for Photography
  • Houston Museum of African American Culture
  • The Jung Center of Houston
  • Lawndale Art Center
  • The Menil Collection
  • Rice University Art Gallery
  • Rothko Chape
  • Art Car museum (not part of Houston museum district)

Specific free times
General admission only
  • Children's Museum of Houston - FREE Thursday 5 – 8 pm
  • Czech Center Museum Houston - FREE first Monday of the month 10 am - 4 pm
  • The Health Museum - FREE Thursday 2 – 5 pm
  • The John C. Freeman Weather Museum - FREE Thursday 12 – 4 pm
  • Houston Museum of Natural Science - FREE Thursdays 3-6 pm through summer. 
  • The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston - FREE Thursday 10 am – 9 pm

Summer Reading Programs
HEB Buddy Reading Program
Barnes and Noble  Summer Reading
Half Price Books, Feed your Brain Summer Program

*Check your local library for specific reading programs as well. 

Water fun
Centennial Park Splash Pad
Splash Pad Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m 

Gateway fountain at Discovery green.
Open daily from 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Hermann Splash Pad at Memorial Hermann

The fountains at Pearland Town Center
At night the fountain light up in color

Sam Houston Port Tour
You won't get wet on this boat ride but you can enjoy a 90 min boat ride along the Houston ship channel. The vessel features air-conditioned lounge seating as well as standing room outside on the boat's deck and they serve you a free soft drink. Reservations are required ahead of time. 

Silverlake Splash Pad
2715 Southwyck Parkway
Pearland, Tx 77584

Southdown Park Splash Pad 
Splash Pad Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. 

*Click here for a link to splash pads all around the Houston area.

Bass Pro Shop
They offer free crafts, BB shooting range, shooting arcade, and more.

Bayou Bend Detective Days at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
Self-guided outdoor detective adventures feature educational themes ranging from plants and trees to sculpture and architecture. Every Bayou Bend detective receives an Investigator’s Kit as well as a bottle of water for keeping cool during the hunt.

Home Depot
Free kid workshops on the first Saturday of each month.

Houston Center for Contemporary Art
HANDS-ON HOUSTON is a free craft-activity open house on the first Saturday of every month. Each month, a teaching artist demonstrates a craft related to the current exhibitions

Free kid workshops are held every other Saturday at 10:00 am. You need to register your child before you can attend. 

Summer Art Detectives: Gallery Investigations + Sketching + Show
At the Museum of Fine Art, investigate new works of art every Thursday at the Summer Art Detectives program. 

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