The start of summer is here and for parents, that means planning kids’ activities for the next few months. While you could choose from hundreds of options, we put together a simple and local guide to summer entertainment for kids to kickoff the start of a fun-filled break!Want your children to have an epic summer filled with fun learning activities? Start with these 10 things to do and local suggestions that will have your whole family basking in summer bliss from day one! Click To Tweet
How to Plan Your Summer Entertainment for Kids
Although not a comprehensive list, these 10 kids’ activities will keep your little ones happy and entertained for endless sunny days ahead!
- Bake Treats Together
- Visit the Beach
- Have a Picnic at the Park
- Set Up a Lemonade Stand
- Plant a Garden
- Visit a Museum
- Make Crafts
- Visit a Water Park
- Learn About Animals at the Zoo or Aquarium
- Attend a Festival
1) Bake Treats Together
Everyone loves goodies, so why not bake together? It’s something even your little preschoolers can help out with to make them feel involved while learning basic home skills and having fun. Choose your child’s favorite sweet or opt for a healthier option like yogurt pops or chocolate dipped bananas. The best part? We like to think it’s eating the scrumptious treats after all the hard work!
2) Summer Festivals & Camps
Kid-friendly festivals are always on the calendar in Houston and surrounding areas. Most offer children’s areas with activities like face painting and bounce houses.
You can also keep little ones entertained with a summer camp in The Woodlands that offers themed events like Life on the Farm and Around the World. Learn more about camp offerings in the link above.
3) Visit the Beach
Take advantage of our close proximity to Galveston with a trip to the beach! Kids love to play in the sand, run around, and get in the water. Even if you have a little one, they can still sit on a float in the ocean and enjoy digging through the warm beach sand. Here is a list of suggested family-friendly beaches:
- Stewart Beach – Clean restrooms, large rinse areas, umbrella and chair rentals, and lifeguards on duty make this beach one of the top family destinations this summer. There is also a no alcohol permit in place for Stewart Beach as well as a low per vehicle entrance fee.
- Surfside Jetty County Park – With covered picnic areas, restrooms, and free admission, you can’t beat a day of fun in the sun at Surfside Jetty County Park. The site also has a playground the kids will love and 15 acres of sandy shores.
- Galveston Island State Park – If your family loves adventure, this is the beach for you! In addition to the sandy shoreline, it boasts hiking and biking trails and fishing piers. The park charges a $5 entrance fee for adults, but kids up to 12 are free! If you really want the full experience, camp out next to the rippling tide at a campsite or rental cabin.
4) Have a Picnic at the Park
Little ones will especially have fun at a day at the park with a picnic lunch. And you don’t have to go far! There are many fantastic parks in The Woodlands area, including:
- Northshore Park
- Bear Branch Park
- Alden Bridge Park
5) Set Up a Lemonade Stand
Get your kiddos involved with making fresh lemonade, pack up some supplies, and head over to your nearest park to sell it to runners, walkers, and other families.
Pro Tip: Take your lemonade stand one step further by helping your child choose a charity and donating all of the proceeds to a great cause!
6) Plant a Garden
Gardens give your kids a way to stay involved with a project all summer (and year) long. They can help you plant their favorite veggie seeds and check on it periodically for watering. Once the plants yield a return, have your kids help with picking the vegetables and even cooking a meal with the fresh produce!
7) Visit a Museum
Get some learning in this summer with a trip to an art, science, or children’s museum. Most offer a way for children to get involved with learning, making it a fun experience for all ages. Here is a list of just a few kid-friendly museums in The Woodlands area:
8) Make Crafts
When a rainy day is in store, grab some craft supplies and help your little one make their favorite art projects. Try some of these fun crafts that your preschooler will enjoy:
- Paper Plate Animals
- Make Moon Sand
- Bead Jewelry
- Butterfly or Bird Feeder
- Coloring Books
- Pop Up Cards
- Art Book or Photo Scrapbook
9) Spend the Day at a WaterPark
Kids love water, so what better way to spend a gorgeous sunny day than at a nearby waterpark? These parks usually have areas for younger children along with big rides for the older kids, so the whole family can enjoy this summer trip! Here are a few waterparks in the Houston and surrounding areas:
- Hurricane Harbor Splashtown – In Spring directly off I-45 North
- Typhoon Texas – In Katy at 555 Katy Fort Bend Rd
- Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park – In Waller, approximately 50 miles from The Woodlands
- Schlitterbahn – In Galveston, less than a mile from Moody Gardens
10) Learn About Animals
Spend a day at the zoo or aquarium for a learning experience unlike any other. Your children can see up-close the animals they learn about and see in books. Get interactive with giraffe feedings or touch a stingray! Here are some places in and around Houston that your kiddos can learn about animals in person:
- TGR Exotic Wildlife Park – Spring
- Houston Zoo – Houston Medical Center
- Downtown Aquarium – Downtown Houston
An Eventful Summer Your Kids Will Enjoy
Providing summer entertainment for kids doesn’t have to be a chore. Make it fun and start with this list of things to do in The Woodlands and Houston area.
Have a fun kid-friendly summer event you want to share with us? Join the conversation.