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FREE Summer Activities in Houston

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Miller Outdoor Theatre

Since moving to Houston three years ago, this is one of my favorite places to go in Houston.  They offer children's performances at 11 AM throughout the summer and early fall.  Evening performances for families and adults are also offered and you can get tickets for the seats or bring a blanket and sit on the lawn.  The Shakespeare Festival in August is one of my favorites and it's been a great way to introduce my older children to live performances of the Bard's plays.




Harris County Public Library


Their summer reading program is coming soon!  Summer reading programs are always a great way to encourage your kids to read during the summer months.  Plus, the library offers special programs during the week in their air conditioned locations.  



Houston Public Library



This was the first library system we joined when we moved to Houston and their summer reading program is our favorite.  You can enter everything online and then visit the library for your rewards…

Summer Movies For Cheap (Or FREE!)

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Summer Movies
If your kids are like mine, they have probably seen most of the movies being offered for cheap or free at theaters across the country this summer.  However, if you want a cool break and a chance to enjoy movies your kids love on the big screen again, it's a great opportunity.  But, don't just look up theaters where you live.  If you are traveling anywhere this summer you might want to see if there will be any participating theaters near your vacation destination.  It would be a cheap outing and a chance to hang out with the locals.

Regal Cinemas is continuing their $1 summer movies.  They are offering them for 9 weeks at 10 AM on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  Click on the picture to find a theater in your area and check the start date.  Insider Tip:  If you have a Regal Crown Club card, show it when you purchase tickets and on TUESDAYS you will receive a coupon for a $2 small popcorn which you can upgrade to a large for $2 more. That's a savings of $4.25 and you ma…

State Parks

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No matter where you live or plan to visit in the United States, consider visiting a state park. They are great places to learn about nature or local history. Many offer camping options as well. To make it easier for you, I am including links to all the state park websites below. So, just find the state you want to explore and click on the name to learn more about the parks they have to offer. A fun way to explore your state would be to try to visit all the state parks. It may take years and that's okay. You may also find a favorite one that you will return to over and over.

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsi…

Time To Get Outside!

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We live in Houston, Texas. As summer nears, I have the task of finding cool places to take the kids. I have learned quickly in the three years we've been here to find water activities if we are going to survive outside.

However, right now is the perfect time to get outside and not die of heat stroke. As kids, and adults, are having to spend days inside as the promise of summer approaches, we can still find time to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather.

Whether you can take a day trip to a state or national park, zoo, beach or lake or just escape your normal routine for an hour, there are many options, no matter where you live.

We live in the fourth largest city in the United States and yet in the midst of this urban environment we have found several beautiful places to hike in wooded areas that make us feel like we are in the country. For those living in smaller towns and cities, it should be even easier to find a place to play or hike outdoors.

My challenge for you is to …