The Houston Moms summer bucket list

Here are 30 ways to make the most of a summer in Houston with kids


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It’s summer vacation, y’all! As a kid, I loved summer vacation because it was a glorious, wonderful, and completely unstructured two months vacation. As a mom, however, the thought of two months of unstructured time is actually incredibly daunting!

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We’ve put together a list of Houston summer things to do that you can bookmark and pull out of your back pocket when you need a little help figuring out how to fill those long summer days. We hope you can try an activity or two {or three!} from this list and that you all have the best time making memories together this summer! Good summer!

  1. Head to your local library and complete their summer reading challenge. Most public libraries also have a calendar of free events posted on their websites – definitely worth checking out!
  2. Plan a trip to the beach and start a new shell/driftwood collection.
  3. Fill up your water bottles and head to a park you’ve never been to before.
  4. Consider investing in a family membership to the Houston Zoo, Houston Museum of Natural Science, or Children’s Museum. A few visits over the summer and you’ve already got your money back!
  5. Head to a local wading pool and pack a picnic!
  6. Have an appointment with your grandchild(ren).
  7. Organize a “Yes” day with your family.
  8. Prepare treats for your neighbors.
  9. Have a family game/movie night and a family slumber party afterwards.
  10. Catch a show at the Miller Outdoor Theater.
  11. Go pick some fruit or veg from a local farm.
  12. Visit a family member at work (bonus points if you bring them lunch!).
  13. Plant flowers or start a vegetable garden together.
  14. Have a water gun battle outside.
  15. Watch a sunrise or sunset together.
  16. Enjoy a night under the stars at George Observatory.
  17. Let your children prepare lunch or dinner for the family.
  18. Go on a family bike ride.
  19. Camp indoors and make delicious indoor s’mores!
  20. Have a slumber party with friends or your cousins!
  21. Enjoy “summertime” treats together: corn on the cob, popsicles and watermelon are just a few ideas.
  22. Unplug from electronics for a day (no TVs, phones or tablets- uh!).
  23. Get snow cones or buy ice cream from an ice cream truck.
  24. Help mom or dad wash a car.
  25. Fly with the Lone Star Flight Museum for their #PlaneAmazing summer programs!
  26. Make a fun summer craft – bubble art is really cool! Or you can paint a “pet” rock!
  27. Catch a movie at the Showboat Drive-In Theater in Hockley, Texas.
  28. Volunteer as a family.
  29. Cheer on the ‘Stros’ at Minute Maid Park.
  30. Go fishing, swimming, kayaking, canoeing or paddle-boarding!

Need more ideas? Check out 50 fantastic things to do in Houston this summer.

This article is republished with permission from Houston Moms. You can read the original article here.

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