Beating the Heat in Houston with Kids

So how is everyone feeling – hot???  The summers here in Houston are hot and humid, this summer is my third and I have to admit I am beginning to tolerate the weather.  With a number of new Australians that have moved over here recently we thought we could share what we do to keep cool in Houston with the kids.

The Museum District – The Houston Museum district is one of the best in the United States.  With 19 museums included in the district there are plenty of options for you with many of them free or with free time slots.  Our favorites are the Children’s Museum and the Museum of Natural Science.

Splash Pads – These are water areas at parks that spray water but have no water of any depth.  Most of these splash parks are free, some of our favorites are Discovery Green, Jaycee Splash Park and Ervan Chew Park.

Shopping Malls – Many of the shopping malls have great indoor play areas for the kids.  My son’s favorite is Memorial City Mall Castle, but we also enjoy the Galleria.  It also gives us an opportunity for some retail therapy afterwards!

Indoor Playgrounds – There are a number of different indoor playgrounds in Houston which are a great way for the kids to burn off some energy whilst we stay cool.  Wonderwild, Planet Wow, Stomping Grounds, Monkey Bizness, a Bunch of Fun are popular ones in the area.

Libraries – Houston Libraries have a number of different programs for children including baby / toddler story time, craft time and special events throughout the year.  Also look into your local Barnes and Noble store, most of them have story times for the kids.

Public Swimming Pools – I wish we all lived in West University so that we could use their pool, but for those that don’t there are a number of public swimming pools in the Houston area.

The Movies – With so many great kids movies out at the moment the cinema is a great way to beat the heat this summer.

Let us know what you do to keep cool over the summer here in Houston.

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One Response to Beating the Heat in Houston with Kids

  1. Kara Niles says:


    I’ve been following your blog since I am a relative newcomer to Houston (just hit the 2 year mark) and I have enjoyed your info. After 18 years of living abroad, I am back in the States (and TX for the first time in my life) so I find myself truly identifying (esp with your restaurant suggestions!)

    I wonder if you have had the chance to visit us here at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. We’ve got a free craft-activity open house on the first Saturday of every month. All ages are welcome and materials are provided. 11-3pm, drop in at anytime. We will have our bigger Hands On Family Festival on November 3 from 11-3. This will include demos from local artists, craft activities, food trucks, etc.

    Let me know if you’d like to stop by the Craft Center – I can give you a tour and explain what we do. We have 3 exhibition spaces and a gallery shop on the premises, in addition to our outreach programming. BTW The Center is always free! Give me a call or send an email and we can set something up.


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