Is it hot enough out there yet? It has definitely been a scorcher! We’ve been trying to stay indoors as much as possible this past week, but it’s summertime, and my kids want to be out and about. Last weekend, we braved the heat (despite all of the heat advisory warnings) and took a road trip adventure to San Antonio to go to Six Flags Fiesta Texas. It was hotter than hot, but the kids didn’t mind, and we ended up having a great time.

You don’t have to venture far outside of the Houston area to find something fun to do this week. There are a lot of family-friendly events in Houston- many are free, while some have minimal fees. And there are quite a few indoor activities that you can enjoy in the comfort of air conditioning! Hopefully this list we put together to help plan your week will relieve some of the end of summer boredom that is beginning to set in!

Wednesday, July 25th

Summer Kids Fest- Free Movies: The Lego Movie | 10AM
Pearland Premiere Cinema 6 | 5050 Broadway St, Pearland, Texas 77581
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Heritage Society Trunk Show | 10:30AM
Mancuso Library | 6767 Bellfort St, Houston, TX 77087
Learn about Texas history through 3-D historical objects.
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Lego Mania | 3PM
Central Library | 500 McKinney, Houston
Click here for more info.

Storytime Tour at Rienzi | 10-11AM
MFAH Rienzi | 1406 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX 77019
Free with Rienzi admission, which is waived for ages 12 & younger. Reservations are suggested, and drop-ins are welcome.
Click here for more info.

Indigo Entertainment: African Dancing & Drumming | 3-3:45PM
Park Place Regional Library | 8145 Park Place, Houston, Texas 77017
Explore languages, geography and cultures of West and South Africa through participation in songs, drumming and dance led by professional dancer Mukomi Bandele.

Nature storytime at Nature Discovery Center | 4PM
Nature Discovery Center | 7112 Newcastle, Bellaire, TX 77401
“We read books on different nature topics and then we invite the kids to join us for a fun craft or nature walk!  Live animal demonstrations, specimens to observe and touch, nature walks and crafts bring nature themes to life for our Nature Story Time guests.”
Click here for more info.

Miller Lite’s Conciertos Originales | 7PM
Revention Music Center | 520 Texas Ave., Houston
Miller Lite Conciertos Originales returns to Houston this summer for another memorable series of free, live music and great-tasting beer. Celebrating its fifth year, Miller Lite is bringing an exciting lineup of artists that are dominating Latin music charts, featuring Banda El Recodo, Voz de Mando and La Adictiva Banda de San Jose de Mesillas.
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Teen Lanterns Craft | 2-3PM
Pearland Library | 3522 Liberty Dr, Pearland, Texas 77581
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 Thursday, July 26th

Alvin ISD Book Bus | 9AM
Pearland Town Center | 11200 Broadway St, Pearland, Texas 77584
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Summer Art Explorers: Look, Discover, Create! | 11AM-2PM
MFAH Beck Building | 5601 Main Street, Houston, TX 77005
MFAH Law Building | 1001 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77005
This summer, journey through the Museum’s collection, exploring the stories behind works of art from around the world. In the galleries, families can participate in playful discussions about works of art, sharpen observation skills with sketching, and listen to exciting stories connected to the works of art on view. In the studio, participants are invited to experiment with a new material, tool, or process used to create art.
Drop in! This program is free. On Thursdays, general admission is free courtesy of Shell.
Click here for more info.

Exploring the Artists Toolbox | 6:30-7:30PM
MFAH Beck Building | 5601 Main Street, Houston, TX 77005
Take a moment to touch, explore, and learn more about the different materials, processes, and techniques artists use to create works of art. Artist’s Toolboxes focus on six different art-making techniques: oil painting; egg tempera and gold-ground painting; ceramics; sculpture; fabrics and fibers; and photography. Each week focuses on a new technique.
This activity is free with Museum admission. On Thursdays, Museum admission is free, courtesy of Shell.

Wild in the City | 2-4PM
Pearland Library | 3522 Liberty Dr, Pearland, Texas 77581
Learn all about the wild animals that live alongside us in the city! Educational stations set up with staff from the Texas Master Naturalists from the Cradle of Texas chapter.
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Minecraft! | 3PM
Central Library | 500 McKinney, Houston
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Live from the Lawn at The Lawn: Eric Honore | 6-9PM
Baybrook Mall | 500 Baybrook Mall Dr, Friendswood, TX 77546
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Movie Night: Stand by Me | 8:30PM
Market Square Park | 301 Milam, Houston
Movie is R rated
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“Libraries Rock” Pop Stars Camp | 1:30-2:15PM – Ages 3-7 | 2:30-3:15PM – Ages 8-12
Friendswood Public Library | 416 S. Friendswood Dr.,  Friendswood, TX
Kids will learn a dance to a fun kidzbop song and then put on a performance for parents at the end of the session. Tickets are handed out 15 min before each class and are first come first serve.
Show up ready to Sing…Dance…SHINE!

Concert, Mariachi Imperial de America| 7PM
Rothko Chapel | 3900 Yupon St, Houston, TX 77006
Mariachi Imperial de America delights audiences with engaging, energetic, and diverse music. Led by Jose Longoria and including his sons, Mariachi Imperial de America’s members represent various regions of Mexico including Guanajuato, Tamaulipas, Zacatecas, and San Luis Potosi.
Complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided by Saint Arnold’s Brewing Company. Lush Puff will be selling freshly-made, uniquely-flavored cotton candy onsite. In case of inclement weather, check the website and the FB event posting for updates. The Chapel will remain open until 7pm.
Pay what you can, suggested contribution $10.
Click here for more info. and to register

The Great Texas Mosquito Festival | 5-10PM
100 Parkview Dr, Clute
“Enjoy three fun filled days of entertainment, food, contests, and family fun. Our mascot is the world’s largest mosquito standing 26’ tall with a large cowboy hat, boots, and a large probiscus.”
All ages, $1  admission for everyone on Thursday. Festival also held on Friday and Saturday- visit link for more info on ticket prices, activities, and entertainment.
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Friday, July 27th

Children’s Story Hour at Hermann Park’s Family Garden | 10-11AM
Hermann Park | The Family Garden in the McGovern Centennial Gardens | 6100 Fannin St., Houston
Story reading followed by an art or gardening activity. The Family Garden is an edible, interactive garden with fruits, veggies, herbs, and more.
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Fourth Friday Night Market | 6-10PM
2800 Navigation Blvd, Houston
“A recurring evening artisan market on the award-winning Navigation Esplanade, featuring locally made crafts, clothing, food and more!”
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Sawyer Yards Summer Series – North Yard | 6-10PM
Spring Street Studios | 1824 Spring St, Houston, Texas 77007
Celebrate summer with great local art, music and a refreshing sip with Houston’s largest creative community. Add live music, food trucks and summer cocktails for the perfect evening of meeting new artists and shopping an array of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, glass, mosaic, photography, mixed media and jewelry.
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Critical Mass Houston | 7PM
Market Square Park
A casual, monthly, community bike ride through Downtown Houston.
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Latin Beats | 7:00PM
Downtown Aquarium | 410 Bagby, Houston
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Galaxy Gazing: Mars Attacks! | 7-10PM
Midtown Park | 2811 Travis Street, Houston, Texas 77006
Observe the Red Planet which will be its brightest since 2003 in Midtown Park. The Houston Astronomical Society will provide telescopes to witness Mars’s closest approach to the Earth for the year.
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Friday Family Movie Night: Monsters Inc. | 8-10PM
The Square at Memorial City
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Saturday, July 28th

Young Writers Workshop | 10:30-11:30AM
Discovery Green| 1500 McKinney, Houston
Kids learn to express their thoughts and develop language skills, thanks to Writers in the Schools (WITS), HPL Express and Discovery Green in Houston’s only free and open writing workshop for kids. Limited to 25 students, first come first serve.
Click here for more info.

Spider-Man Day and Web Sling Showdown | 10-6
Children’s Museum of Houston | 1500 Binz, Houston, TX 77004
Spidey will be making a special appearance at the Museum, Plus, sign up on-site to duke it out in a Spider-Man inspired web sling shootout!
Free with Museum Admission. Various activities are scheduled throughout the day. Visit the website to plan your day accordingly.
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The Jim Henson Tribute Show | 4PM-8PM
Texas Art Asylum | 1719 Live Oak, Unit L, Houston, Texas 77003
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Outdoor Family Movie Night: Cars 3 | 7:30PM
Pearland Town Center | 11200 Broadway St, Pearland, Texas 77584
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Movies on The Lawn at The Lawn: Spiderman Homecoming | 7-9PM
Baybrook Mall | 500 Baybrook Mall Dr, Friendswood, TX 77546
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Family Movie Matinee – Lego Inspired Ninja Movie | 11:30AM-1PM
Pearland Library | 3522 Liberty Dr, Pearland, Texas 77581
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Tiger Weekend | 10AM-4PM
Downtown Aquarium | 410 Bagby, Houston
Various activities throughout the day at different times. Some require pre-registration and entrance/donation fees. Visit their website for full information.
Click here for more info

Night of Frida Loteria, Art & Market | 6-9PM
Dionisio Winery | 708-A Telephone Rd., Houston 77023
Houston Institute for Culture – East End Studio Gallery brings you a night of everything Frida from Loteria games, Art, Merchandise, Market and Specialty Food Trucks and Signature Drinks. This is a family and pet-friendly event.
Tickets $15
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Sandcastle Building Lessons | 8-4PM
Stewart Beach Park | 201 Seawall Boulevard, Galveston, Texas 77550
Every Saturday through August 18th
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Fajita Festival – Houston | 1-8PM
Houston Community College West Loop Center | 5601 West Loop S, Houston, TX 77081
The Fajita Festival is a celebration of Mexican culture, food, drinks, and entertainment. Come hungry with family and friends to enjoy a day filled with a variety of delicious fajita tacos! Texas cookers will have the grill fired up for this 3rd Annual Event!
Click here for more info.

Big Star Ford – Drive 4UR School Family Event | 3-6PM
Big Star Ford | 17717 South Fwy, Manvel, Texas 77578
Free family friendly event to raise funds for Shadow Creek HS Athletics. Ford will donate $20 for every qualifying test drive up to $6000! Big Star Ford will have local food trucks & family activities from 3-6!
Click here for more info.

Texas Children’s Health Plan Back-To-School Fair | 10AM-1PM
Almeda Mall – Houston, Texas | 12200 Gulf Fwy, Houston, Texas 77075
Texas Children’s Health Plan is giving away backpacks and school supplies again this year!
Backpacks, school supplies, dental screenings, immunizations, and more!
**Children must be present to receive backpacks and supplies. Must bring your child’s shot records**
Click here for more info.

Art in the Park: Flower Crowns | 10AM-1PM
Evelyn’s Park Conservancy | 4400 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, Texas 77401
Click here for more info.

Sunday, July 29th

The Jim Henson Tribute Show | 1PM-5PM
Texas Art Asylum | 1719 Live Oak, Unit L, Houston, Texas 77003
Click here for more info.

Tiger Weekend | 10AM-4PM
Downtown Aquarium | 410 Bagby, Houston
Various activities throughout the day at different times. Some require pre-registration and entrance/donation fees. Visit their website for full information.
Click here for more info.

Monday, July 30th

Baby Storytime | 10:30AM
Central Library | 500 McKinney, Houston
Ages 6-18 Months
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Toddler Storytime | 11:30AM
Central Library | 500 McKinney, Houston
Ages 18-36 Months
Click here for more info.

Preschool Storytime | 1:00PM
Central Library | 500 McKinney, Houston
Ages 3-5
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Latin Beats | 7:00PM
Downtown Aquarium | 410 Bagby, Houston
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Tuesday, July 31st 

Toddler Playtime | 11:30AM
Central Library | 500 McKinney, Houston
Ages 18-36 Months
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Tabletop Games | 2PM
Central Library | 500 McKinney, Houston
Teens will engage in long and short form RPG games, building character, cooperation and leadership skills in the process.
Click here for more info. 

Summer Kids Fest- Free Movies: The Lego Batman Movie | 10AM
Pearland Premiere Cinema 6 | 5050 Broadway St, Pearland, Texas 77581
Click here for more info.

Family Movie Night at The Lawn: Sherlock Gnomes | 7-9PM
Baybrook Mall | 500 Baybrook Mall Dr, Friendswood, TX 77546
Click here for more info.

Ongoing Events:

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition
Through July 31st | 10AM-8PM
Tickets from $15
The Corinthian 202 Fannin St, Houston, Texas 77002
Click here for more info.
 
Saturdays in the Park
Smither Park 2441 Munger St, Houston, TX 77023
See artists in action, as they cover more of the park’s surfaces in beautiful mosaics.
Click here for more info.
 
The Twilight Epiphany Skyspace
Rice University
Every Wednesday-Monday (Closed Tuesdays) 6AM-10PM
Check schedule for sunset time on the day you plan to visit
Reservations Recommended
Click here for more info.

Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern: Spatial Chromointerference
Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern | 105 Sabine, Houston
Wednesday-Friday | 3:30-6PM, Saturdays & Sundays 11AM-6PM
Tickets $8-10. Free admission on Thursdays however, reservations are still required. Children under 9 not permitted in Cistern.
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Dumped and Forgotten Below the Milam Street Bridge | 10AM-4PM
Heritage Society |1100 Bagby Street, Houston
Tuesdays-Saturdays Ongoing through August 4th
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Kayak Rides on Kinder Lake | 11AM-7PM
Discovery Green | 1500 McKinney, Houston
Daily – Ongoing through August 5th
$5 per person
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Minute Maid Park Tours | 10AM and Noon
Minute Maid Park Tour | 501 Crawford, Houston
Tuesday-Saturday – Ongoing through August 11th
Tickets $5-9
Click here for more info. 

Open House | Daily from dawn until dusk through February 2019
Sam Houston Park| 1000 Bagby Street, Houston
Open House is an interactive temporary public sculpture created by local artists, Dan Havel and Dean Ruck. Sourced from Cherry House Moving Company, the 1940s-era house has circular holes into the walls creating a “Swiss cheese” appearance, and collaged interior walls with vintage images sourced from family, friends and local resale shops that represent the city’s people, places and past. Visitors can walk through Open House, soaking in some of Houston’s history while viewing both the modern skyscrapers of Downtown Houston and the landscape of Sam Houston Park through the holes that have been carved out of the house.
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Heritage Society Historic Homes Tour
Heritage Society | 1100 Bagby Street
Houston 10AM, 11:30AM, 1PM & 2:30PM | Thurs.-Sat. through Aug. 30th
$15 adults, $10 seniors, $6 children. Kids under 5 are free.
Click here for more info.

Mike + Doug Starn: Big Bambú
MFAH | 1001 Bissonnet, Houston, Texas 77005
Through September 3, 2018
MFAH Members and children under 12 free, Adults $18, Seniors and Students $13
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