Top Cheap Activities To Do With Kids In Houston

May 23, 2014 7:00 AM

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Children can get expensive. The costs of education, clothing, entertainment and everything else can really take its toll on the family budget. But entertainment doesn’t have to be costly because here in the Houston area, there are numerous kid-friendly activities that will keep the young ones entertained without costing mom and dad an arm and a leg. Here are some of the top cheap activities to do with kids in the Houston area.
Houston Arboretum and Nature Center
4501 Woodway Drive
Houston, TX 77024
(713) 681-8433
www.houstonarboretum.org

A great option for children and parents who want to entertain the kiddos and get in touch with nature, the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center offers a taste of the great outdoors in an urban setting. Located next to the Galleria area and Memorial Park, the Houston Arboretum offers walking trails of different lengths, an educational nature center and an outdoor play area. The central location makes the Houston Arboretum easily accessible to all and the breath of fresh air and physical aspects set it apart from other activities. Children can hike the trials with mom and dad at no charge, making it economical for everyone.

Brazos Bend State Park
21901 FM 762
Needville, TX 77461
(979) 553-5101
www.brazosbend.org

Another great option for nature lovers, Brazos Bend State Park features trees, trails, swamps and wildlife. An education center keeps kids and parents entertained while they learn a few things about the animals that inhabit the park. Park rangers offer guided tours and let kids experience some of the wildlife up close. Those ages 13 and older are charged a small fee for a full day of park exploration while kids ages 12 and under are admitted free of charge. It’s a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, observe wildlife and soak up the natural world for little money.

Houston Children’s Museum
1500 Binz St.
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 522-1138
www.cmhouston.org

Rated one of the best children’s museums in the United States, the Houston Children’s Museum is a multi-level facility of fun and learning. Children won’t want to slow down once they walk through the doors and experience the endless fun and non-stop interaction. And with so much educational value, parents won’t mind. Adults and children pay the same low, flat rate ($9) for a full day of fun and the Houston Children’s Museum even offers free family nights every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. With so much learning and fun, as well as a low price, the Houston Children’s Museum is a must-see attraction,

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Downtown Aquarium
410 Bagby St.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 223-3474
www.aquariumrestaurants.com

Those who like aquatic life will enjoy a visit to the Downtown Aquarium, located near Houston’s Museum District. Freshwater and saltwater fish, large and small, occupy the dozens of tanks and they share their space with turtles, alligators and other species. The Downtown Aquarium even offers a few surprises not normally found at aquariums, like its white tigers and outdoor rides and entertainment. Adults and children ages 13 and up pay a low entrance fee ($9.99) and those ages two to 12 pay a lower fee ($6.99). Kids ages two and under are admitted free of charge. Add everything together and you have a very economical means to a fun afternoon with the family in downtown Houston.

Sugar Land Skeeters
1 Stadium Drive
Sugar Land, TX 77498
(281) 240-4487
www.sugarlandskeeters.com

When people think of Houston and baseball, the Astros are the team that comes to mind. But in the Houston suburb of Sugar Land, there is another baseball team with a stadium designed for family fun. That team is the Sugar Land Skeeters and its baseball stadium comes complete with entertainment that goes far beyond the sport on the field. Children can ride a carousel, challenge themselves on the playground and partake in all sorts of fun and games. Tickets prices vary, but many are priced below $10 each and kids ages three and under can often gain free admission, based on availability. All things considered, a Sugar Land Skeeters game is one of the best entertainment values in the area and a trip to this ballpark is one the youngsters will never forget.

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Bryan Carey is a Houston, Texas resident with an avid interest in restaurants, dining, breweries, wineries, festivals, cultural events, museums, theatre, concerts, and other forms of entertainment. He has been writing about entertainment, travel, and related topics for more than fifteen years and has thousands of articles to his credit. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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