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Summer is in full swing! Here are some more fun and affordable things to do this summer. Check out these 10 great money saving ideas for this weekend!
- Ice Skating at The Galleria
Once you step on the ice at The Galleria, you’ll discover it’s truly the most unique ice skating experience around. Surrounded by hundreds of stores, shoppers and restaurants, you will be in the center of it all. So take a lesson, have a party, or just go for a spin. Open daily, it is available for public skating mornings, afternoons, and all evenings with continuous all-day sessions on Fridays and Saturdays. Learn to skate in their group classes taught by members of their staff of professional coaches, discount pricing available for groups. Admission is $9 and skate rentals are $3. For all those non-skaters, Broomball is a favorite alternative to on-ice fun. Broomball is similar to ice hockey but is played with a ball. Players run on the ice wearing sneakers not skates. Broomball is played after hours on private ice! For more information, visit http://www.galleriaiceskatingcenter.com.
- Stay Cool at Bellaire Town Square Family Aquatic Center
Take the kids to enjoy a day of fun and splashing. From a 14-foot dive well to a splash pad and colorful waterslide, Bellaire’s Aquatic Center is open daily, Monday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sundays, 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and FREE for children 2 and under. Also, the center has other great programs for all ages from sign language for babies to ballroom dancing for adults. 7001 Fifth St., Bellaire, TX, 77401.Visit http://tx-bellaire4.civiccities.com/index.aspx?NID=721 for more information.
- Visit Old Mac Donald’s Farm in Humble
This farm brings a whole new meaning to the all too familiar nursery rhyme. Opening its doors in 1991, with 15 acres of land, Old Mac Donald’s a kid’s paradise. The outdoor park specializes in education and entertainment. Great for all ages, they have 12 petting zoo barns, train ride, pony rides, swimming pool, and many other amusing activities. Field trip and birthday party booking is available. Open daily, admission is only $8 and FREE for babies under 18 months. Also, all activities are included with admission. 3203 FM 1960 East, Humble, Texas, 77338. Visit http://oldmacdonaldshumble.com/index.html for additional details.
- Strike Out At 300 Houston with FREE Bowling for Kids All Summer Long
300 Houston offers a fun and new way to bowl. It’s everything entertainment under one roof: state-of-the-art lanes, floor to ceiling video screens, casual-dining and your favorite local hangout with friendly servers asking All summer long, kids 12 and under bowl free. Register online to receive weekly vouchers for two free games per child per day though August 31st. For more information check out https://freebowling.3hundred.com/.
- Launch Off With Space Center Houston
One of Houston’s main attractions, Space Center is both educational and entertaining. It offers a great experience the whole family can enjoy. Some of the great attractions and exhibits offered include: Feel of Space, NASA Tour, and Blast Off Theater. Open daily, save $5 on admission by purchasing your ticket online versus at the gate. Adults $17.95, children 4-11, $13.95, and seniors, $16.95. 1601 NASA Road 1, Houston, TX 77058. To learn more about Space Center Houston visit http://www.spacecenter.org/.
- Catch a Matinee at Studio Movie and Grill in CityCentre
A movie, food and drinks, and paying for multiple people can get expensive. Save on movie and meals by catching an early movie on the weekend at Studio Movie and Grill. Admission before 6:00 pm is $7.50 for adults and admission before noon is only $5! Food selections and prices vary. Visit http://www.studiomoviegrill.com/default.aspx for pricing and movie details.
- Voyage Through the Port of Houston
Named for the legendary military commander who led the fight for Texas independence from Mexico and later statehood, the Sam Houston boat tour is a 90-minute round-trip cruise along the Houston Ship Channel, one of the busiest ports in the world. Admission is FREE. However, guest must make reservations 24 hours in advance online or by calling 713-670-2416.This weekend tours take place Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sunday the tour is only at 2:30 p.m. 111 East Loop North Houston, Texas USA 77029 For more information visit http://www.portofhouston.com/community-outreach/sam-houston-boat-tour/.
- Houston Symphony Chronicle $1 Concert
The Houston Symphony offers a variety of musical performances year-round. Join the Houston Symphony and 2012 Gold Medalist of the Ima Hogg Competition, Megan Levin for a special one-night only performance. The event will be held at Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St # 101, Houston, TX 77002, Sunday, July 15, at 7:30 p.m. General admission is only $1 and even premium seats are only $10. Visit http://www.houstonsymphony.org/calendar/view.aspx?id=4761#buysection for ticket and show information.
- Catch ‘Free Fishing in State Parks’ Around Houston
Free Fishing in State Parks is designed to encourage more people to get out and enjoy the great sport of fishing. With more than 25 locations to choose from, fishing is a great way to enjoy a day of fun with family. Rules and regulations about fishing still apply. Visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/fish/programs/gofishing/houstonfish/houston_map.phtml for more information.
- Visit The Art Car Museum for Unique Artistry
The museum, or “Garage Mahal,” as many people know it, features the most imaginative, elaborate, and artfully constructed art cars, low riders, and mobile contraptions, as well as art exhibitions by local, regional, and national artists. The aesthetic of the Art Car Museum draws from a fusion of the traditions of fine, folk and public art. Open Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., it is located at 140 Heights Blvd., Houston, TX 77007. Admission is FREE. To learn more about the ART Car Museum visit http://www.artcarmuseum.com/.
Bonus for the Week Ahead: Downtown Tunnel System Is Great for Any Weather
Houston’s Downtown Tunnel is home to a variety of shopping centers and great restaurants. In the Tunnel, the weather is always clear and cool and there are over 100 places to dine and visit. The Tunnel is open to the public during business hours on weekdays. It is closed at night, on weekends, and national holidays. It is completely free and great for a workout or fun day out with friends or family. Tours of the tunnel are also offered, visit http://discoverhoustontours.com for more information.