Kid Fun Summer Bucket List – Over 300 Things To Do This Summer

Posted on Mar 6 2016 - 9:02pm by Beth

Kid Fun Summer Bucket List


Over 300 Things To Do This Summer:

Are you ready for the summer?  I have put together a list of over 300 things to do this summer with your children.  You can enjoy many of these activities year round, but some of the items are summer specific.  You can print a one page (front and back) copy of the list to tuck in your purse, post on your friends, and check off throughout the summer.  My list is a work in progress so I will be adding, editing, and updating you as the list changes.  A document like this is always a work in progress as businesses open and close, change their hours and programs, etc.  Kid Fun is full of family friendly ideas, and I love to share them with others.  I hope that you are ready for a fantastic, fun-filled summer.  If you have any questions about items on the list or if you would like to add to my list, please feel free to email me at


Summer Bucket List:

K1 Speed Houston (go-karts, Northwest Freeway)

1940 Air Terminal Museum (Hobby Airport)

7 Acre Wood (Conroe)

A.D. Players Theater (W. Alabama St.)

alley theater

Alley Theatre (Texas Ave.)
*Read my detailed post here.

American Cowboy Museum (Almeda Rd.)

Amusement Park (Grand Texas Theme Park is opening soon.)

Aquarium Restaurant (Kemah)

Archway Gallery (Dunlavy)

Area 21 Laser Tag (TX-6)

Armand Bayou Nature Center (Pasadena, free Sundays)
*Read my detailed post here.

Art Car Museum (free, Heights Blvd.)

Asia Society Texas Center (always free, Southmore Blvd.)

Astros Game

wells fargo bank tour

Bank (ask for a free tour)
*Read my detailed post here.

Barnes & Noble (free story time)

basspro shop

Basspro Shop (animals, fish, boats, waterfalls, etc.)

Bat Colony (Waugh Bridge, free)
*Read my detailed post here.

Battlefield Houston – Tactical Laser Tag and Arcade (W. Little York)

Battleship Texas (La Porte)

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens (Memorial Drive)

Bayou Wildlife Zoo (Alvin)

Bear Creek Park (free mini zoo, War Memorial St.)
*Read my detailed post here.

police tour bellaire

Bellaire Police Station Tour (South Rice Ave.)

Bellaire Town Square Family Aquatic Center (5th St.)

Berryland Farms of Texas (Winnie)

Bike Rides (learn to ride, family rides, ride with friends)

Bird Watch or build a bird feeder

Biron’s Youth Sports Center (Katy Fwy.)

blessington farms

Blessington Farms (Simonton)

Blue Bell Aquatics Center (Brenham)

Blue Bell Creamery Tour (Brenham) *Tours are currently on hold.

Blue Willow Bookshop (free story time, Memorial Dr.)
*Read my detailed post here.

Bolivar Ferry (Galveston)

Books (read by a tree, join a reading club, act out a book, make a book)

Bouncin Bears of Texas (Spring, 2920 Rd.)

bowl for free

Bowling (bowl for free – Summer Bowling Program)

Brazos Bend State Park (Needville)

Brazos Bookstore (free story time, Bissonnet St.)

Breakfast Klub (Saturday Kids Event, Travis St.)

Brilliant Sky Toys & Books (free story time, Sugar Land)

Bubbles (make your own bubbles)

buffalo bayou family day

Buffalo Bayou Events

Buffalo Bayou Park

buffalo bayou pontoon boat tour

Buffalo Bayou Pontoon Tour

Buffalo Bend Nature Park (near Port of Houston Turning Basin)

Buffalo Soldiers National Museum (free on Thursday from 1-5pm, Caroline St.)

Bug Hunt (look for butterflies, caterpillars, insects, tadpoles, etc.)

Building Brains (camps)

Bush Intercontenintel Airport (places and trains)

cpk tour

California Kitchen Pizza Tour

Camp (in the backyard or at a campground)

celery experiment

Celery Experiment (see how plants drink water)

Central Market (cooking classes)

deborah duncan

Channel 11 Deborah Duncan Show (when kids are invited)

Chefs 2B (cooking classes, Humble)

Chick-fil-A Lemonade Squeeze

Chick-fil-A (free play place, free story time, family nights, other events)
*Read my detailed posts here (Meyerland, Kirby) and here (Westheimer/Fondren).

Children’s Museum – Woodlands

Children’s Museum of Houston (free on Thursday from 5-8pm, Binz St.)
*Read my detailed post here.

Children’s Museum of Houston (Mommy Mingle)
*Read my detailed post here.

chocolate bar

Chocolate Bar (make a chocolate bar – arrange a group, University Blvd.)

Christ the King Presbyterian Church (free play area, Silber Rd.)

Chuck E. Cheese’s (games)

City Center (events, green space)

City Hall (take a tour, Bagby St.)

Clay’s Restaurant (animals, pony rides)

Climb a tree

Combat Houston (paintball center, Richmond Ave.)

Company On Stage Theater (W. Bellfort)*

Contemporary Arts Museum (always free, Montrose Blvd.)

kid cooking class

Cooking class (bakeries, stores, camps, etc.)

Cosmic Jump Indoor Trampoline Park (Jones Rd.)

crossfit kids

Crossfit (kid’s class)

Czech Museum of Houston (free the last Mon. of each month, San Jacinto St.)

Dairy Ashford Roller Rink (Toddler Skate on Fridays from 10am-12pm)

Dave & Busters (games)

Dewberry Farm (Brookshire)
*Read my detailed post here.

Dickinson Railroad Museum (Dickinson)

Discovery Green (park, fountain,mist tree, etc. – McKinney St.)

Discovery Green – Toddler Tuesdays (see website for the schedule)

Discovery Green – Screen on the Green Movies
*Read my detailed post here.

Discover Gymnastics (attend a class)

Diverse Works (gallery, Main St.)

Dog Park (bring your dog, visit with other dogs)

Downtown Tunnels

Driving tour (see the town, look for diggers, etc.)

Dunham Bible Museum (HBU, Fondren Rd.)

Dynamo Game at BBVA Compass Stadium (Texas St.)

Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Education and Recreation Center

Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary (Wilchester Blvd.)
*Read my detailed post here.

Express Children’s Theater (Northwest Mall)

Family Comedy & Magic Show (Houston Improv, Katy Fwy.)
*Read my detailed post here.

Farmer’s Market

Feed the ducks

Fire Station Visit
*Read my detailed post here.

Fire Station #8 Downtown (It is the most toured station in Houston.)
*Read my detailed post here.

Firefox Farms (feed horses, S. Post Oak Rd.)

Fireworks (July 4th)

First Methodist Church Downtown (Main Street Park, free indoor play area)
*Read my detailed post here.

Fish Gallery Touch Tank

Fish Gallery (free story time in the summer, Fountainview St.)
*Read my detailed post here.

Fishing Food Trucks Fort Bend Theater (Stafford)

Fly a kite

Free indoor play places
*Read my detailed post here – 14 free indoor play places

Free places to do with kids
*Read my detailed post here – 80 free places to go

Froberg’s Farm (Alvin)

Frolic’s Castle at Memorial City Mall

Fun Plex Houston (Beechnut St.)

FunCity Sk8 & Play (Webster)

fundamentally music class

Fundamentally Music Class

Fundamentally Toys (free story time, Rice Blvd.)

Gallery Furniture (free indoor play area, exotic birds, monkeys, etc.)

galveston beach

Galveston – beach

Galveston Railroad Museum (Sante Fe Place)

Gator Country (Beaumont)

Gattitown (games, Sugar Land)

George Ranch Historical Park (Richmond)

Giant Beatles Statues (Nance St.)

Great Harvest Break (tour)

Greetings from Houston (wall mural, White Oak Dr.)

grow chicks

Grow baby chicks

grow a frog

Grow a frog

Gymboree Play & Music (classes)
*Read my detailed post here.

Halter Inc (Clay Rd.)

Hand wash the car (pull out a hose, bucket, and soap)

Health Museum of Houston (free on Thursday from 2-7pm, Hermann Dr.)

heb tour

HEB (book a Healthy Buddy Tour)

Hermann Park Paddle Boats

Hermann Park Splashpad

hermann park train

Hermann Park Train

Hike (have a picnic, do a scavenger hunt, etc.)

HITS Theatre (W 18th St.)

Hobby Center for Performing Arts (always free, Babgy St.)

Holocaust Museum Houston (free on Thursday from 2-5pm, Caroline St.)

home depot build and grow workshop for kids

Home Depot (Build & Grow Workshop, it’s free)
*Read my detailed post here.

Horseback riding

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center (Tyke hikes, Woodway Drive)
*Read my detailed post here – Tyke Hikes

Houston Area Live Steamers at Zube Park (free train rides, Hockley)
*Read my detailed post here.

Houston Audubon (Wilchester Blvd.)

houston ballet

Houston Ballet (Wortham Center)

fire museum

Houston Fire Museum (Milam St.)

Houston Bicycle Museum (Binz St.)

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (Main St.)
*Read my detailed post here.

Houston Center for Photography (W. Alabama St.)

houston aquarium

Houston Downtown Aquarium (Bagby St.)

Houston Graffiti Mural (side of Treebeards, Travis St.)

Houston Gymnastics Academy (attend a class)

Houston Indoor Rock Climbing Gym & Activity Center (Campbell Rd.)

Houston Maritime Museum (Dorrington St.)

Houston Museum of African American Culture (Caroline St.)

Houston Museum of Natural Science – Sugar Land (PAWS program on Fri/Sat)


Houston Museum of Natural Science (free Thurs.3-6pm, Hermann Park Dr.)*

Houston Party Playland (Webster)Houston Police Museum (free, Travis St.)

houston police museum

Houston Police Museum (always free)
*Read my detailed post here.

Houston Space Center – NASA (NASA Rd.)


Houston Swim Club (swim lessons)
*Read my detailed post here and here (float test).

Houston Symphony (Jones Hall, Yoakum Blvd.)

Houston Waterworks Education Center (book a free tour, Humble)

Houston Zoo (free the first Tuesday of each month, Hermann Park Dr.)
*Read my detailed post here.

Houston Zoo Splashpad (Hermann Park Dr.)

Houston’s First Baptist Church (free play area, Katy Fwy.)

Houston’s Grand Opera To Go

hpd mounted

HPD Mounted Patrol (feed horses, book a tour, Little York Rd.)
*Read my detailed post here (tours/visits) and  here (free birthday parties).

Hunter Dance Center (camps, classes, Heights)
*Read my detailed post here.

Hwami Children World (Bellaire Blvd.)

Ice Cream Truck

Ice Skating

Idea Lab (5 locations)
*Read my detailed post here.

Ifly (Katy Fwy., Oak Ridge North)

Ikea (free art classes)

IKEA (free play area)

IMAX Movie

Imperial Market – Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center (Sugar Land)*

insect lore

Insect Lore (grow caterpillars)

Inspiration Stage (Sugar Land)

InterActive Theater Company (Heights Blvd.)

Iron Sports (ninja training center)

IT’Z Houston (Tomball Pkwy.)

Japanese Gardens @ Hermann Park (Fannin St.)

java pura coffee roaster tour

Java Pura Coffee Roasters (book a tour, Gulfton St.)

Jesse Jones Nature Center (Humble)

chase building

JP Morgan Chase Tower (observation deck, Travis St.)
*Read my detailed post here.

Jump N Jungle (Webster)

Jump On In (TX 249)

Jumping World Trampoline Park (Houston, Pasadena, League City, Beaumont)

Jumpstreet Indoor Trampoline Park (Katy)

K1 Speed (Indoor go carts, Northwest Fwy.)

tour ksbj

KSBJ Radio Station Tour (book a tour, it’s free)
*Read my detailed post here.

Language Kids World (book a class or camp session)
*Read my detailed post here.

LEAP class

LEAP (attend a class)

lemonade stand

Lemonade Stand

Let’s Play Music Class (attend a class)

Library (check out books, story time, summer reading program)

Little Gym (attend a class)

make popsicles

Make popsicles

Main Street Theater
*Read my detailed post here.

edible play dough

Make edible play dough with peanut butter

Make ice cream in ziplock bags

Make play dough (add glitter)

maritime museum

Maritime Museum

mcgovern centenial gardens

McGovern Centennial Gardens

Memorial City Mall (carousel, ice rink, train, train exhibit)
*Read my detailed post here.

Memorial City Mall – Frolic’s Castle
*Read my detailed post here.


metro rail

Metro Rail

Miller Outdoor Theater

Moeller’s Bakery Tour (Bellaire Blvd.)
*Read my detailed post here.

Monkey Joes (Westheimer, Katy, Copperfield)

Moody Gardens (Galveston)

Movie Theater (summer discounts)

Museum of Fine Arts Houston (free on Thursday from 10am-9pm, Bissonnet St.)
*Read my detailed post here – Discovery Boxes

Museum of Fine Arts Houston (Sunday Family Zone +Studio)
*Read my detailed post here.

Museum of Printing History (W. Clay St.)

National Museum of Funeral History (Barren Springs Dr.)

nature discovery center story time

Nature Discovery Center (Bellaire, free story time)
*Read my detailed post here.

Nature Walks (collect items)

Noah’s Ark Pool (Quillian Center, Westpark Dr.)

Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum (Galveston)

Oil Ranch (Hockley)

Old McDonalds Farm (Humble)

One Room School House (League City)

pampered chef

Organize a cooking class with your play group

Paint Rocks

Palm Beach (Moody Gardens)

Parade (July 4th)

Parks (try a new park)

Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts (Spring)

Pet Smart (book a Fur, Feathers, Fins Tour – certain locations)

pharmacy tour

Pharmacy Tour (ask for a free tour, Uptown Pharmacy)

Phoenicia  Specialty Foods (events)

piggies and paws

Piggies & Paws (host a party)

Pirates Bay Waterpark (Baytown)

Pirates! Legends of the Gulf Coast (Galveston)

Pitch, Putt & Play (Pearland)

Places To Go with Babies
*Read my detailed post here – 60 ideas

Planet WOW (S. Sam Houston Pkwy. W)

Plant Seeds

Pleasure Pier (Galveston)

Police Officer’s Memorial (Memorial Dr.)

Police Station Tour (book a tour)

tour post office

Post Office (ask for a free tour)
*Read my detailed post here.

Pottery Barn (free story time)

Prelude Music Class

President’s Heads  (Nance St.)

Project Row Houses (Holman St.)

Pudding Painting

Pump It Up (Bellaire, Katy Fwy.)

Putt Putt Funhouse (Webster)

Putt Putt Golf

Rice University Art Gallery (always free, Main St.)

Rienzi Mansion (MFAH, story time, Kirby Dr.)

rockets game kids area

Rockets Game (visit the free kid’s area)

Roller Skate

Rosenberg Railroad Museum (Rosenberg)

Rothko Chapel (always free, Yupon St.)

ship channel boat tour

Sam Houston Boat Tour (Ship Channel, free tours)
*Read my detailed post here.

Sam Houston Memorial Museum (Huntsville)

Sam Houston Monument (Museum District)

San Jacinto Monument (La Porte)

Schlitterbahn (Galveston)

Sculpture Park (Bellfort St. & South Freeway)

Sea Center Texas (Lake Jackson)

Seawolf Park (Galveston)

Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center (Garrett Rd.)

Sidewalk chalk (draw outside)

Sky High Sports (Westview Dr.)

Slot Cars of Katy (S. Texas 6)

Slumber party (with family or friends)

S’mores (roast marshmallows)

Snow cones (try different snow cone shops or make your own)

Soccer Shots

Southern Flyer Diner (watch airplanes, Brenham)

Speedy’s Fast Track (Hempstead Rd.)

Splashpads (try a new one)

splashway waterpark

Splashway Waterpark (Sheridan)
*Read my detailed post here.

Sprinkles (enjoy a cupcake)

St. Regis – high tea
*Read my detailed post here.

Star gaze

Sticker Club (join one or message me)

Stomping Grounds Play Land (Sugar Land)

Stone Moves Rock Climbing (Cypress Creek Pkwy.)

Sugar Land Skeeters Game (Constellation Field)

Sugar Land Town Square (events)

Sugarcreek Playscape (Southwest Fwy.)
*Read my detailed post here.

sugarland airport

Sugarland Airport (watch planes, S. Texas 6)

Sundance Cinema (Texas Ave.)

Sunrise/Sunset (watch one)

Sur La Table (cooking class)

Tejas Chocolate Craftory (Tomball)

Texas Children’s Hospital Model Train Display

Texas Snakes and More

crocodile encounter

The Crocodile Encounter (Angleton)

The Edison Museum (Beaumont)

The Fire Museum of Texas (Beaumont)

The Heritage Society Museum (always free, Bagby St.)

The Houston Parks & Recreation (offers free tennis, golf, baseball, etc.)

The Jung Center Gallery (Montrose Blvd)

The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art (Munger St.)

tour of printing museum

The Printing Museum

The Woodlands Water Cruiser (boat ride)

Theatre Under The Stars (Bagby St.)

Things to do with older kids
*Read my detailed post here – 100 ideas

Thursdays – Free Museums
*Read my detailed post here.

Tilt Studio Katy (later tag, games, etc.)

Tomball Railroad Depot Tour (Tomball)

tomfoolery story time

Tomfoolery Toys & Books (free story time, Beechnut St.)
*Read my detailed post here.

Top Golf (Houston, Webster, Katy, Spring)

Track 21 Indoor Karting & More (Hwy. 6 North)

Trader Joe’s (book a kid’s tour, book a wine tasting, Katy, Voss St.)
*Read my detailed post here.

Trader’s Village Marketplace (Eldridge Pkwy.)

*Read my detailed post here – Over 45 places to see trains

Train & Carousel at Memorial City Mall

Train Display at Memorial City Mall

Tranquility Park and Wortham Fountains (Rusk St.)

Treasure Isle Tour Train (Galveston)

TRG Exotics Wildlife Park (Spring)

Typhoon Texas Waterpark (Katy)

Upstage Theatre (Heights Blvd.)

Visit a farm or petting zoo

vet tour

Vet Office (ask for a free tour)
*Read my detailed post here.

tour wabash feed store

Wabash Feed Store (see animals for free, Washington Ave.)
*Read my detailed post here.

Waterballoon fun or fight

Water Play (sprinkles, water table, etc.)

Waterwall & Williams Tower (Post Oak Blvd.)

Waterworks education tour

Waterworks Education Tour (free tour, Humble)

We Love Houston sign (Thompson St.)


West Houston Airport – WWII Museum & Hangar (Groschke Rd., free tours)
*Read my detailed post here.

Wet’n’Wild Splashtown Waterpark (Spring)

Whole Foods Katy (free story time)

Willow Waterhole Park (Gasmer Dr.)

Willowbrook Mall (free play area)

wonderwild pillow

Wonderwild (Heights, Woodlands)

Woodlands Mall (free play area)

Zuma Fun Center (Southwest Fwy.)


Printable Checklist:

Kid Fun Summer Bucket List page 2 Kid Fun Summer Bucket List Page 1

Kid Fun has created a Summer Bucket List Checklist to help you plan your summer.   It isn’t a beautiful flyer, but it is filled with content that will keep you busy every day.   My goal was to create a document that you could easily tuck in your purse, post on the fridge, and easily check off what you’ve done or would like to do.  If you print it from to back, it is one page. I realize that the document is hard to read above, but I shared it because I wanted you to have an visual idea of what to expect.  Please also keep in mind that a document like this is always subject to change.  I will post updates as they are made the post and document.





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