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Stay-cation Stuff

Venture out of your neighborhood, but stay and play in the Houston metro area for a fun stay-cation!

Lunar and Planetary Institute

3600 Bay Area Blvd., Houston, TX, 77058

Located at Universities Space Research Association, the institute holds Family Space Days 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month. Kids and their families can enjoy hands-on activities, read stories, color pictures and theme-based crafts.

Kemah Boardwalk

215 Kipp Ave., Kemah, TX, 77565

The 42-acre entertainment complex overlooks Galveston Bay. Amusements include speedboat rides, a carousel, balloon wheel, ferris wheel, train, inverter, aviator, drop zone, dancing fountain, midway and arcade games. Retail shops, restaurants and a hotel a ...

Houston Symphony

615 Louisiana St., Suite 102, Houston, TX, 77002

Symphony Summer in the City series will be held at Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts. Shows include The Music of The Who, Warner Brothers presents Bugs Bunny at the Symphony, Distant Worlds: music from Final Fantasy, and The Lord of the Rings: T ...

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

1001 Bissonnet, Houston, TX, 77005

Museum plans summertime special events, such as story time tours, Sunday story times and family days. A Book and a Look takes place every Thursday in the Law Building. Families can check out a storybook and take it into the galleries to read in front of a work of art. MFAH staff will match up each family’s interests and favorite things with a storybook-and-art pairing. Creation Station offers art-making projects for families that are inspired by original works of art on display in the galleries. Families are encouraged to work as artists, using similar materials or similar ideas as the artist who created the focus work of art.

Discovery Green

1500 McKinney, Houston, TX, 77010

Twelve-acre park has natural, recreational, art, dining and eco-friendly features including a 1-acre lake, children's playground, interactive water features, an amphitheater stage, dog runs, public art works, WiFi connection and restaurants. Admission is ...

Houston Ballet

Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave., Houston, TX, 77002

Fourth-largest professional ballet company in the U.S. presents "The Taming of the Shrew" through June 19. Production is recommended for ages 5 and up.

Houston Symphony

615 Louisiana St., Suite 102, Houston, TX, 77002

Every summer the orchestra tours the region with free family Sounds Like Fun! concerts. Next performance will be at Grace Community Church, South Campus, 14505 Gulf Freeway. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. June 14. In addition, free Summer Symphony Nights take plac ...

Downtown Aquarium

410 Bagby St., Houston, TX, 77002

Six-acre entertainment and dining complex is home to more than 200 species of aquatic life from around the globe. Complex features a full-service restaurant, bar, a ballroom, aquatic and geographic exhibits, shopping and amusements such as a shark voyage ...

Houston Museum of Natural Science

5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX, 77030

Science and education museum has 4 floors of natural science halls and exhibits, the Burke Baker Planetarium, Cockrell Butterfly Center and the Wortham IMAX Theater. Permanent exhibits include gems and minerals, Texas wildlife, paleontology, space, pre-Co ...

Holocaust Museum Houston

5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX, 77004

Nation's 4th largest Holocaust memorial museum raises awareness of the dangers that prejudice, hatred and violence brought about during the Holocaust. Facility features a World War II Holocaust rail car, a Danish rescue boat, art and photography galleries ...

Children's Museum of Houston

1500 Binz, Houston, TX, 77004

Kid-oriented museum features 14 galleries of hands-on exhibits focusing on art, science and world cultures for ages up to 12 years. Take advantage of discounts, coupons and free special offers for families, such as Free Family Nights from 5 to 8 p.m. on T ...

John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science

1515 Hermann Drive, Houston, TX, 77004

Better known as The Health Museum, the interactive science learning center is a member of the Texas Medical Center. Experiences include a hands-on, interactive walk through the human body and a 4-D theater. Free family hours are from 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursd ...

Theatre Under The Stars

800 Bagby, Suite 200, Houston, TX, 77002

Non-profit organization presents musical theater and student matinees, as well as morning and evening theater arts classes, Saturday workshops and summer and winter camps. This summer see "Cowboy Up," a Houston-set musical romp set for July 14-19.

Houston Zoo

6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX, 77030

Zoological park located within Hermann Park is home to more than 4,500 animals belonging to over 900 species. Exhibits and facilities include a reptile and amphibian building, bird gardens, a duck lake, a tropical bird house, the Herbert A. and Elizabeth ...

Houston Astros

501 Crawford St., Houston, TX, 77002

Houston's major league baseball team plays at Minute Maid Park through September. Behind-the-scenes tours of the ballpark run daily throughout the year. The Coca-Cola Astros Buddies Club, an official fan club for kids, offers game tickets, unique merchand ...

Hermann Park

6201-A Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX, 77030

Public 445-acre park is within walking distance from the Texas Medical Center, Rice University and the Museum District and is home to such cultural institutions as the Houston Zoo, Houston Garden Center, Miller Outdoor Theatre, Houston Museum of Natural S ...

Houston Dynamo

1001 Avenida de las Americas, Suite 200, Houston, TX, 77010

Professional soccer team's home is Robertson Stadium, located on the University of Houston campus. Dynamo Charities distributes free tickets to local children's charities. The Dynamo Academy is for youths aged 8 to 18 who train in a professional environme ...


21300 I-45 N., Houston, TX, 77373

Water park has slides, pools and raft rides. Special summer events include Kids Fest, military appreciation days, a fireworks extravaganza on July 4, an Hispanic festival and a Christian event day. Group discounts are available.

Pirates Bay Water Park

5300 East Road, Baytown, TX, 77520

Caribbean-themed water park features a lazy river, play area, surf machine, water slides, a climbing wall, lap pool and mat racers. Also available are a concession stand, covered picnic areas, an air-conditioned meeting room and three large picnic cabana ...

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