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.