If your grandchildren are visiting this summer you may be looking for some things to do. And if they live here there may be some activities you haven’t discovered yet. From the Woodlands down to Galveston and all points in-between, there are some really fun opportunities.
Let’s Get Active
Keeping the kids and you active will benefit you both. And Houston has some great opportunities. So turn off the DVD and the smartphone.
If you grew up in the 50’s,60’s,70’s or 80’s there is a good chance that you hung out at the local roller rink. These places provide good, clean fun. On top of it, the exercise benefits are great. Many of the local roller rinks offer beginners classes for both adults and children.
So, if it has been a long time there is no need to worry. Take a refresher course. And the great news is, it is very affordable. For less than $10 per person, you can have as much as 5 or 6 hours of fun! This activity is great for most age groups. Another plus- It’s an indoor activity so it doesn’t matter what the weather is like that day.
A few places to go in the Northwest area of Houston are:
This is another activity that is fun for the whole family. There are several places around town that offer miniature golf (sometimes called putt-putt) Most of these places are amusement parks that also offer things like laser tag, bumper cars, and go-carts. So, depending on the ages of your grandchildren, there is something for everyone.
Close to the Cypress area in Bear Creek is a place where you can do Blacklight Miniature Golf. An indoor activity that is challenging enough for the adults and exciting for the kids. You will step inside a jungle themed blacklight course. At only $5 per person, this is something you may want to add to your list. Track 21 offers a lot of other activities also including indoor karting and laser tag for the older ones.
Boomers, close to Cypress, Tomball, and Spring, Texas offers a lot of fun activities also. They have an outside miniature golf course. Furthermore, they offer go-karts, bumper boats, a batting cage and a rock wall. Fun for all!
For the Adventuresome
I-Fly has locations in both Houston and in the Woodlands. A bit costlier than our previous options. But this is an experience of a lifetime! Feel the sensation of free flight as you soar in a specially designed wind tunnel. Just about anyone can do this. They accept ages 3 to 103. This is for anyone who has ever dreamed of flying. Do check the website for requirements. Prices start at $69 per person.
Go On a Trail Ride
Cypress Trails Equestrian Center in Humble offers both lessons and trail rides. The whole family can participate in this activity Visitors can ride for an hour or enjoy a whole day adventure riding along Cypress Creek. Children 5 and older can ride on the trail with their own horse. Pony rides are also available for the smaller children. Prices start at $30 for a pony ride and $50 PP for horseback riding.
Yes! Houston has bats! This newly discovered Mexican- Free-Tail Bat Colony has over 250,000 bats that call Waugh Bridge home. Between the months of March and October, you can take this boat excursion on the 2nd Friday of each month.
Tours begin 45 minutes before dusk (weather permitting)
All bat tours leave from Allen’s Landing, located at the 1000 block of Commerce Street (at Main Street). Reservations and payment must be made in advance. Cost is $30 pp
- If your budget is tight you can still experience the fun. Viewing is free on the platform, sidewalk or bridge. Waugh Bat Colony Boat Tours require a reservation and fee. Visit Texas Parks and Wildlife for more information.
Museums and Learning Activities
Houston is known for its fabulous museums.
The Houston Children’s Museum is one of the best in the United States. Great for children 6+. A lot of activities to really get their minds thinking. There are a few things for the younger children but most seems to be geared towards an older child. Prices are $12 pp
The Health Museum takes kids on an interactive, Magic School Bus-like exploration through the human body, letting them identify their personality, view their internal organs, see what they will look like in 30 years and much more.
The Museum of Natural Science offers a planetarium, Imax theater, and a butterfly museum. Additionally, a paleontology hall is filled with pre-historic critters.
The Museum of Fine Arts offers weekly programs and activities for families. This includes a creation station, story time, Target Free First Sundays and family tours.
But did you know The Woodlands also offers some amazing things for kids to do?
The Woodlands Children’s Museum is the place to go if you have little ones. This museum is geared towards kids 10 and under. They have puppet shows, a storybook theater and 15 different exhibits inside the museum. Kids can take a cart and go shopping in a kid-sized grocery store or play on a fire truck. Kids can even play dress up with fireman hats and vests. And the best news is it is only $6 per person for a full day pass. You can come and go. Great with toddlers.
There is an arts and crafts area also. Get those creative juices flowing. Make special projects like paper teddy bears.
Water Parks Are Popular
Water parks are always popular with kids. The Rob Fleming Aquatic Center in the Woodlands offers a lazy river, swimming pool, splash pad and water play structure. All for $8 for kids under 48 inches and $10 for everyone else. Umbrellas, tables, and chaise lounges make it comfortable for the adults also.
The Wet and Wild Splashtown has been a longtime favorite in Spring, Texas. This is a huge waterpark with plenty to do for everyone. A bit pricey at $32 pp however if you live in the area and plan to visit more often a season pass starts at just $69. So if the grandkids will be visiting for a while this might be a good investment.
Of course, the crowning glory of area water parks is just a short drive away in Galveston. The Schlitterbahn Water Park is quite a treat. Do plan to spend the whole day if you go. In fact, if you can stay a few days. There is plenty to do in Galveston with the kids. Children ages 3 to 11 and adults over 55 pay only $20.99 for the day. Kids over 12 are $25.99
Rent a Kayak or a Paddleboard.
This can be a really fun family outing with pre-teens and teenagers. At Riva House in The Woodlands, you can rent kayaks and paddleboards. With prices starting at $15 this could be a real treat. Visit this website for more information.
But before you do check out the Kemah Boardwalk. This amusement park offers rides, games and more all set on the waterfront. Choose fabulous restaurants to dine in. If you are adventuresome, you may even ride the Boardwalk Beast. This 25-minute thrill ride is fun for the whole family.
In Galveston, you can take a stroll on the beach and pick up sea shells.
“This is a favorite thing for my granddaughter and me to do. She can spend hours looking for seashells. Later we make them into jewelry and picture frames.” ~ Grandma Carol
Take a dip in the ocean or build a sandcastle. These activities are all free! You will also want to visit Murdocks. This is a tradition! Set on the seawall this is the place to go for souvenirs. This landmark was originally built in the late 1800’s. Over the years hurricanes have destroyed the building but it keeps coming back. A trip on a Ferry boat will also delight youngsters. You are able to get out of your car and look over the sides. If you are lucky you may see some dolphins swimming alongside.
There are plenty of boat tours, dolphin watching tours, jet ski rentals and even sea kayaking. You can go fishing of course. And you can also take a tour on WWII submarine the USS Cavalla and one of only three destroyer escorts in the world, the USS Stewart.
There are ghost tours, carriage rides, bicycle rentals and so much more. Galveston really does have something for everyone.
Visit a Special Attraction
Moody Gardens is a destination spot for many. When you drive into Galveston you cannot help but notice the large glass pyramid. There is a rainforest, aquarium, paddleboat, discovery museum, rope course and zip line and a beautiful private beach. It is truly a one stop. You could easily spend a couple of days here.
Finding things to do with the grandkids in Houston should not be that hard to do. Just remember, you don’t have to do everything. Take your time and enjoy and savor a few activities.