Summertime means playtime for the kiddos, and they’ll go nuts cooped up together in the house all day. Playdates in Houston are the perfect way to get the kids together, keep them entertained and allow for a little mom and dad time, too. Whether you want to get out of the heat or enjoy the outdoors, Houston’s best spots for summer playdates just can’t be beat.
Hockly, Texas 77447
Price: $12.95 ages 2 and up
Just northwest of Houston, the Oil Ranch offers a wide variety of outdoor activities for all ages. There are train and pony rides and old fashioned hay-rides. Kids can milk a cow and get up close with all sorts of farm animals. The 50 acre ranch has a little Indian village to explore and a stockyard maze to stroll through. The Oil Ranch also offers a swimming pool, fishing pond and miniature golf. The General Store has many yummy lunch options.
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Children’s Museum of Houston
Houston, TX 77004
Price: $9 ages 1 and older
The Children’s Museum of Houston offers 14 galleries of hands-on exhibits and innovative programming for kids ages birth to 12 years old. The museum’s Tot Spot, designed especially for infants from birth to 36 months, features textured floors and climbing areas, toys with knobs, switches and doorbells, a ball and pillow pit, and mirrors. Children 5 and older may push their limits and discover how their body reacts to a variety of physical challenges in the PowerPlay, a three-story installation. Visitors may also grab a bite to eat at the Fresh Café, which offers nutritious eats and treats daily. Click here for a calendar of events.
707 N Shepherd Dr #500
Houston TX 77007
For the best indoor playdate, Wonderwild is where it’s at. The 7,500-square-foot play place is filled with soft-play sculptures, ball pits and toys. The 15-foot inflatable slide and three-story playscape will certainly be a hit with everyone. Kids may pedal the wooden train around the facilities and jump to their heart’s content on the massive jumping pillow. Wonderwild welcomes outside food and drink, so don’t forget to pack a lunch.
San Jacinto Museum of History
Houston, TX 77010
Price: $4.50 adults/$3.50 children
The San Jacinto Monument is the world’s tallest memorial column. Inside, visitors may witness revolution in the Jesse H. Jones Theatre for Texas Studies and discover the nation’s past among the museum’s exhibits and antiquities. Walk through the battlefield that gave birth to the American West, perfect for a little history lesson with your budding cowboys and girls. The historic Battleship Texas is located nearby as well.
A Bunch of Fun
17253 FM 529
Houston, TX 77095
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A Bunch of Fun’s vibrant, indoor 6,000-square-foot play center invites kids to pretend, problem solve, explore, create and learn valuable skills. Inside are slides, manipulative toys, a large sand box and imagination-inspiring play areas for children. For adults there is a snack bar and a comfy area with TVs and WiFi so you can rest assured knowing your whole crew of kiddos will sleep like, well, babies tonight.
Laurie Danas is a former first grade teacher of 10 years, three of which were in Clear Creek ISD. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education. She is now a stay-at-home mom of three daughters, two of which are twin toddlers and the other an eight-year-old. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.