Things to check off your summer list before the kiddos head back to school

 

If you live in the Houston area, you know by now there is no shortage of things to do, especially with kiddos! And if you’re anything like us, this entire summer has been spent making sure the kids were entertained, engaged, learning and having fun while school’s out.

So many of us make these crazy summer bucket lists, only to find ourselves completely exhausted by mid-July. But mamas, we’re ALMOST there and there are still some fun things you can get out and do with the kids before we ship them back to school.

Here’s a list of some fun local things to do on a budget that we think you’ll love!

 

Blue Bell Factory

 

1101 South Blue Bell Road, Brenham, Texas 77833

800-327-8135

Mamas! if you haven’t done this, it’s a must. It’s so close to Katy and a treat for all ages!

Stop by for a scoop of ice cream at the Ice Cream Parlor, view how they make ice cream from the Observation Deck, shop in the Country Store and learn more about Blue Bell Ice Cream in their Visitor Center.

 

Typhoon Texas

 

555 Katy Fort Bend Rd, Katy, TX 77494

832-426-7071

One of the best water parks in Texas and it’s right here in Katy! This is another one great for all ages, as the park has different areas set up to entertain toddles to teenagers. They have the nicest staff around and your kids are sure to leave happy and ready for a nap- yes! And, don’t forget we have exclusive deals just for you on our Deals & Steals page!

 

 

Museums

 

Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center

198 Kempner St, Sugar Land, TX 77498

Fort Bend Museum

500 Houston St, Richmond, TX 77469

*Hosting Summer History Fridays through August 9th

Rosenberg Railroad Museum

1921 Avenue F, Rosenberg, TX 77471

Candytopia

7620 Katy Fwy Suite 360, Houston, TX 77024 (make sure you book ahead)

Houston Museum of Natural Science

5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030

Children’s Museum of Houston

1500 Binz St, Houston, TX 77004

The Museum of Fine Arts

1001 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005

 

 

Indoor Play Facilities

 

There are so many places right here in Katy to play indoors to beat this dang heat, click the link above to see all the indoor playgrounds, skating rinks, and trampoline parks in our area!

Some of our faves include: Stomping Grounds, Giggles & Fun, Hooray Indoor Playground, and Altitude Trampoline Park!

 

 

Newman’s Castle

 

504 E Main St, in Bellville, Texas 77418

 

Nestled in the quaint little town of Bellville, sits a medieval style castle the whole family can enjoy! The castle features a moat (watch out for gators!), a massive working 3,000 lb. drawbridge with an accompanying portcullis, a chapel, five round corner turrets, a courtyard, and a central keep with a dramatic view of the surrounding lands. Come hungry because there’s a yummy cafe inside you can have lunch at after your tour.

Splash Pad Exploring

 

There are so many free, open splash pads in Katy! Click the link above to our blog on all the “public” splash pads in the Katy and surrounding areas!

 

 

The Kenny Store

 

811 south loop 497, Kenney, TX 77452

 

If you want a family-friendly place to enjoy good good and live music, this place is a must! It’s about an hour drive, just north of Bellville, and people rave about the food! You can enjoy live music almost every day of the week and head to the quaint town of Bellville after to check out the cute downtown area and antique shopping!

 

 

Breakfast at Blockhouse & Enchanted Gardens

 

Richmond, TX

 

Close to Katy in the cute little town of Richmond sits two spots you can hit to spend a fun morning throughout the afternoon! Blockhouse Coffee has the best coffee and breakfast and an outdoor play area nestled under giant, shady trees.

After you’ve filled bellies with breakfast tacos and muffins, you can head to Enchanted Gardens! Specifically if you have daughters, this place is known as “the fairy garden” and if you go you’ll see why! It’s free and can be a quick or long visit. There are also live animals, gorgeous flowers and plants, and a pond blanketed with lily pads!

 

Facility Tour at Bahama Bucks

 

Such a hidden treat we recently learned about from the owners of the Bahama Bucks in Fulshear! They do what are called Tropical Tours where you can bring a group of kids in and get a facility tour.

It’s only $7 a head and the kids will get a tour of the store, learn how they make the sno cones, make their own sno cone, and end with a fun sno ball fight outside!

 

Just give the store a call the week you’d like to go to reserve your spot! Call (281) 346-8075

 

 

Wimberley, TX

 

We’ve found Wimberley to be such a fun place to take the family and it’s an easy drive. If you want to experience the Texas Hill Country at its finest while also enjoying the beautiful fresh-water river, Wimberley is the place to go. We always rent a house right on the Blanco River, which is enough to keep the kiddos entertained for days! We fish, swim, rind unique river rocks to paint, and explore new areas near the river. You can visit the Chamber of Commerce website for a giant list of things to do! There are many family-friendly restaurants right on or near the river, shopping, tons of cute ice cream shops, and just a beautiful place to be together. A unique place to take the family is Jacob’s Well – a bit of a walk to get there, but once you set your eyes on this space, you’ll see it’s worth it.

 

Galveston, TX

 

Close enough to Katy and can be booked last minute (we’ve done it!) you can take the family and enjoy a long weekend or week away. Rent an AirBNB, hotel room, or condo and check out these Galveston attractions!

 

Moody Gardens

Aquarium Pyramid, Virtual Reality, Rainforest Pyramid, 3D and 4D Theaters, Paddlewheel Boats, Ropes Course/Zip Lines, and Palm Beach – something for everyone!

1 Hope Blvd, Galveston, TX 77554

Galveston Children’s Museum

2618 Broadway Avenue J, Galveston, TX 77550

Galveston Railroad Museum

2602 Santa Fe Pl, Galveston, TX 77550

Pleasure Pier

2501 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550

Rainforest Cafe

5310 Seawall Blvd. Galveston, TX 77551

Such a fun restaurant for the kids and you can take a River Adventure Ride after you eat!

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