Before school starts back up and you get into the routine of fall, make sure to have fun with the whole family to say farewell to summer. Houston has some great events happening year ’round, but before the kids are busy every weekday, it can be a great time to explore and see things you may not get to otherwise. Whether it’s exploring our city’s history, learning more about science and space travel or being transported to another world through your imagination and an afternoon in a theater, there’s plenty to do that the whole family can enjoy this summer. Don’t miss out on these great local events!
Princess Ida
Wortham Theater Center
501 Texas Ave.
Houston, TX 77002
(832) 487-7000

Date: through July 31 at 2:30 p.m.

Make this family-friendly musical an outing for everyone! This comedy tells the story of Princess Ida, who was arranged to marry Prince Hilarion from the neighboring kingdom when she was just a baby — but now that she’s grown up, she just wants to go to college! To prevent war between their kingdoms, Hilarion and his friends sneak into her all-girls school in disguise, but what will happen when they’re discovered? With beautiful music and a funny, heartwarming plot, this show is a great way to introduce younger audience members to the theater.

Ringling Brothers And Barnum & Bailey’s Circus Xtreme
NRG Park
1 NRG Parkway
Houston, TX 77054
(832) 667-1400

Date: through July 31 at 3:30 p.m.

The circus has come to town! Head on down to NRG Park to see some of the most amazing stunts and spectacles performed by human and animal alike. The show is even more extreme than usual! Watch the death-defying stunts performed on tightrope and trapeze high above your heads, or look down to the center of the ring for some very talented animals, including Alex and Irina and their comedy canines, or Tabayara Maluenda and his best friends — some tigers. Don’t forget to wave at the clowns before you leave!

Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition
Space Center Houston
1601 NASA Parkway
Houston, TX 77058
(281) 244-2100

Date: through Sept. 5

Come for the tour through the shuttle and stay for a serious learning experience about how science works! Based on the hit Discovery Channel show, the Mythbusters exhibition mixes actual props and materials from the show and your own brain to help you learn about the scientific method and testing hypotheses. See for yourself if an airplane on a conveyor belt could really take off, or if you get less wet running in the rain than walking. This exhibit is free to explore with your general admission ticket to Space Center Houston.

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Parachute Play Time
800 Town and Country Blvd.
Houston, TX 77024
(713) 629-5200

Date: Aug. 19 at 10 a.m.

Have little ones in your life? Bring them out to CityCentre for some developmental games and songs led by the experts at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. Toddler-friendly activities abound in this central square, where the kids can burn off any excess energy while mom or dad relaxes with a coffee in the shade. Make sure to stay the whole time, as the fun is topped off with a 20-foot rainbow parachute to play under.

Summer History Fridays
Fort Bend County Museum Association
500 Houston St.
Richmond, TX 77469
(281) 342-6478

Date: Fridays through Aug. 19

Learn about Texas history every Friday this summer from the experts at the Fort Bend County Museum. Each Friday morning, come for a themed learning adventure and learn what life was like in your neighborhood back when — maybe even before your neighborhood had anyone living there at all! Topics include how archaeologists learn about the past through our artifacts, what it was like to live in Texas during World War II and living in Houston during the space race. All of the activities are open house-style, so come and go as you please. The tasks are recommended for children 5 and up, but younger siblings are welcome with supervision.

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Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at