Summer Months

If you are looking for ways that you can support your child at home throughout the summer to keep their skills sharp for first grade, please visit our 'Going Deeper' page and follow the 'Math' and 'Language Arts' links to browse through all of the different ways you can work with your child at home.

If you would like to find fun, free activities that you can do around Houston with your little one this summer, keep reading!.  The links below are filled with free things to do located all around our great city!

Have your child complete the summer activity packets from Kelly's Kindergarten (scroll down and the packets are located at the bottom right):

Join the Summer Reading Program at the Houston Public Library and your child can earn free prizes for reading books, including books, Astros tickets, and coupons to the Zoo and Ringley Brothers Circus:

Visit the Houston Zoo (*admission is free the first Tuesday of the month after 2 pm)

Visit the Children's Museum (*admission is free Thursdays from 5-8 pm)

Take a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts (*free admission Thursdays 10 am- 9 pm)

Visit the Houston Museum of Natural Science (*admission is free Thursdays after 2 pm)

Enjoy a free show at the Miller Outdoor Theater (including several showings of the Highschool Musical!)  Click the picture below to visit their Children's performance schedule:

Visit the Art Car Museum (*admission is free daily):

Go on a 90 minute Sam Houston Boat Tour of the Port of Houston (the boats are air conditioned and admission is free!)- **advance reservations are required

Check out the free observation deck at the JP Morgan Chase building in Downtown Houston:

Stop by and get a little wet at a free splash pad!  Click on the link below to find one at a Houston City Park near you:

Visit the Houston Police Museum (*admission is free):

Observe a real, live bat colony!:

Explore the variety of fun, free activities going on at Discovery Green in Downtown Houston:

Feed the ducks, see the animals, and enjoy a picnic at Bear Creek Park:

Experience nature in a multitude of ways (including at night!) at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center:

Put on your Scientist hat and take a trip to the Houston Health Museum (*admission is free Thursdays after 2pm):

Hike on a trail, throw in a fishing line, or hang out on the playground at the Jesse H.Jones Park and Nature Center:

Go for a swim at one of Houston's 39 public pools!:

Skate for free at the Clinton Skatepark (*free 10am- 6pm every weekday):

Gaze at the stars at the George Observatory (*free for kids 12 and under; $5 for adults):

Take a stroll by the Southern Pacific Steam Engine 982 in Downtown Houston:

Explore the air-conditioned underground tunnels downtown and get a bite to eat at one of the restaurants:

Looking for more ideas?  Print out this handy checklist from Marathon Kids.  It's filled with 'Krazy Kool' ideas!

Do you have another awesome idea to share that wasn't featured on this page?  Please tell us about it in the comments section below.  We would love to hear your ideas!!

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