Houston is filled with kid-friendly places that are known for hosting great events, and Summer is the best season to find a fun and unique activity for your little ones!
Through this list, you’ll find events, activities, and places that will make your kids experience their best summer yet! There are many options for the whole family, too.
If your child has been going through a slump of boredom, take a look at our guide for 2022 summer activities in Houston for children, and make sure you read ‘till the very end!

This awesome exhibit at the Houston Zoo always features an amazing theme, and this year is the magical ocean! 

Families will get to explore the ocean and learn all about the creatures that call the ocean their home encountering life-sized animatronics.

Location:
Houston Zoo

DATES:
April 15 – September 5, 2022

How beautiful it is when you catch a glimpse of a butterfly flying freely under the sun?

During this mini-camp, kids will get to learn all about the prettiest insects of all through hands-on activities, games, art projects, and more.

Location:
Nature Discovery Center

DATES:
May 30, 9 AM- 12 PM

Summer is synonym with outdoors, and what better way to enjoy the outdoors on a beautiful summer day than with a visit to the Houston Zoo?

You’ll see more than 6,000 animals that are provided with the highest standard in animal care. Feed giraffes see cheetahs, sea lions, bears, and more! The Houston Zoo inspires action to save wildlife, while you get to see these amazing species up-close.

Location:
6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030, US

DATES:
9 AM – 7 PM. Last entry at 6 PM.Open 7 days a week.

Kids will get to spend a fun week at the Children’s Museum Houston celebrating our favorite season: Summer!

There will be fun activities and games and kids will have a blast welcoming the sunny days.

Location:
Children’s Museum Houston

DATES:
May 31- June 4. 10 AM- 6 PM

During this day camp, kids will enjoy hands-on activities, games, art projects, and more around the theme of Fantastic Flowers. A summer-related activity for a sunny day in Houston!

Location:
Discovery Green

DATES:
November 12- January 30: Monday – Friday: 5-10 PM | Saturday & HISD School Holidays*: 11 AM-11 PM | Sunday: 11 AM – 8 PM | Christmas & New Year’s Eve: 11 AM -7 PM | Christmas & New Year’s Day: 1-7 PM

Waterparks are the perfect idea for a hot summer day, the entire family can have fun while cooling down and relaxing.

Schlitterbahn has many locations in Texas so you can choose the closest one to you!

Location:
2026 Lockheed Road, Galveston, TX 77554, USA

This summer, the whole family can connect with nature and explore prairie grasses, tall pecans, native understory, and wide lawns that are home to many animals.

This interactive hands-on approach to learning will awaken children’s natural curiosity!

Location:
7112 Newcastle Street, Bellaire, TX 77401, USA

DATES:
Discovery Rooms: Tuesday – Friday (closed Monday) Noon – 5:30 PM | Saturday and Sunday 10 AM – 5:30 PM Nature Discovery Center OfficeTuesday – Friday (closed Monday)9:30 AM – 5:30 PM Russ Pitman Park 7 days per week 5 AM to 9:30 PM

Kids will spend a summer day enjoying hands-on activities, games, art projects, and more during a fun short session in which they will learn all about turtles!

Location:
Nature Discovery Center

DATES:
June 1, 9 AM- 12 PM

Gateway Fountain at Discovery Green

One of the most popular attractions at Discovery Green, and of the most popular splash parks in town, is The Gateway Fountain!

While you’re here, you can also visit the playground, the motorized boats, and much more fun stuff!

Location:
1500 McKinney Street, Houston, TX

DATES:
Open on Mondays from noon – 7 PM and Tuesday – Sunday from 9 AM – 7 PM

This summer, kids ages 6 to 14 will get to enjoy an immersive experience at Houston Zoo!

During Camp Zoofari, kids will meet animals, make new friends, and learn about wildlife while having tons of fun.

Location:
Houston Zoo

DATES:
June 6- August 5

If you miss winter, you can do something that reminds you of it and enjoy some ice-skating at the Galleria.

Take a break from the heat outside and learn some new tricks. You can go window shopping at the Mall after!

Location:
5015 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX, USA

These summer camps are fun-filled, week-long camps that explore the natural world through active, hands-on indoor and outdoor adventures at this 155-acre nature sanctuary.

Camps will be divided into age groups and themes!

Location:
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

DATES:
June 6 – August 12, 2022

During this one-day camp, kids will learn everything about Owls through hands-on activities, games, art projects, and more during these short sessions!

Location:
Nature Discovery Center

DATES:
June 2, 9 AM- 12 PM

This summer, kids ages 5 to 10 will be entertained and engaged by these science and nature-themed camps with hands-on activities, games, art projects, new friends, and fun!

Location:
Nature Discovery Center

DATES:
9 AM- 3 PM: Jun 6 – 10 Various Vertebrates
| Jun 13 – 17 Nocturnal Animals | Jun 20 – 24 Plants and Animals | Jun 27 – Jul 1 Science of Nature | Jul 11 – 15 Texas Animals | Jul 18 – 22 Various Vertebrates | Jul 25 – 29 Nocturnal Animals | Aug 1 – 5 Plants and Animals | Aug 8 – 12 Science of Nature | Aug 15 – 19 Texas Animals

Waterslides, lazy river, wave pool, live entertainment, and more are what you will find at Typhoon Texas.

The tiniest visitors can enjoy the mini slides and splash pads, so all the family can have fun!

Location:
555 Katy Fort Bend Rd, Katy, TX 77494, USA

Tini Trekkers is a super fun activity for kids ages 2 – 4 years, each child must be accompanied by their guardian.

Kids will enjoy hands-on nature exploration and discover more about the natural world around them.

Location:
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

DATES:
Thursdays, June 9 – Aug 11 : 9:30 – 10:30 AM
& 11 AM – 12 PM

Mini Camps are perfect for children who have never attended full-day, week-long camps and who are too young for them. 

The theme for this mini-camp is Bouncy Bunnies.

Location:
Nature Discovery Center

DATES:
June 3, 9 AM- 12 PM

This 12-acre park in Downtown Houston features an interactive fountain, lawns, a one-acre lake, gardens, playgrounds, and more!

There are more than 400 events for the family to enjoy and discover new things!

Location:
1500 McKinney Street, Houston, TX, USA

DATES:
Daily 6 AM- 11 PM

The Health Museum is offering weeklong camps that engage kids in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics activities, including dissecting real animal organs, exploring veterinarian science, simulating surgery on a patient simulator, and so much more!

Location:
The Health Museum

DATES:
June 6 – August 15: Monday – Friday 9 AM – 3 PM

Animal Tales is a weekly storytime for children ages 18 months-3 years, with a guardian. These storytimes feature some of the children’s favorite animals!

They will read a nature-themed book and meet a live animal each week.

Location:
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

DATES:
9:30 – 10 AM: June 6 – Wiggly Worms | June 13 – Terrific Turtles | June 20 – Fun with Frogs | June 27- Insect Investigations | July 4 – No Class | July 11 – Scaly Snakes | July 18 – Itsy Bitsy Spiders | July 25 – Lizard Life | August 1 – Pond Animals | August 8 – Bunny Hop!

Kids will get to choose among 9 weeks of summer fun at The Woodlands Children’s Museum!

Workshops are divided by theme and age groups, and there are so many fun options to choose from.

Location:
The Woodlands Children’s Museum

DATES:
June 6- August 5

These weeks will be all about summer fun for families!

Visit the Children’s Museum Houston and embark on a daily escapade filled with thrills, hands-on activities, live demonstrations, and performances all summer long.

Location:
Children’s Museum Houston

DATES:
June 7- September 3: 10 AM- 6 PM

During Discovery Days, children will explore the woodland, savanna, prairie, or wetland habitats to learn how organisms survive in their environment and also enjoy some adventure play!

Location:
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

DATES:
June 7, July 12: 9:30 AM- 11:30 AM

Your kid can be among the first 50 children that visit the Children’s Museum Houston on June 9 and get a free helmet!

Location:
Children’s Museum Houston

DATES:
June 9, 5 PM- 6 PM

During Family Nature Nights, participants will enjoy a night of family fun at the Center complete with themed paper and food crafts, a brief guided nature walk in the park, and an engaging, interactive presentation by Head Naturalist Eric Duran with live animals and specimens!

Location:
Nature Discovery Center

DATES:
6:30 to 8 PM: Jun 15 – Creepy Crawlies (Invertebrates) | Jul 13 – Slithers & Scales (Reptiles) | Aug 3 – Fantastic Frogs

Families with kids ages 5 and up will get to spend the evening exploring some amazing trails and venture out on a guided nature walk learning about the Arboretum’s different habitats and the local flora and fauna!

Location:
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

DATES:
June 16, July 21: 6:30 – 8 PM

Boys will experience Space Center Houston’s Boy Scouts of America Overnight activities and immerse themselves in a setting where their imagination can take flight as they have fun designing, building, creating, programming, and launching into a new world of opportunity and exploration.

Location:
Space Center Houston

DATES:
5 PM- June 25, August 13, September 17

Of course, there will also be an overnight event of fun for Girls! 

Girls will immerse themselves in a setting where their imagination can take flight as they have fun designing, building, creating, programming, and launching into a new world of opportunity and exploration.

Location:
Space Center Houston

DATES:
5 PM- May 21, July 9, August 6

Kids will explore and create with messy things like dirt, clay, sand, mud, sticks, leaves, and flowers and will make works of art as well as just good old messy fun with a mix of natural and man-made materials.

Location:
Nature Discovery Center

DATES:
10 AM and 1 PM. Jun 26 – Mud, Mud Glorious Mud!, Jul 24 – Things that Ooze, Aug 21- Painting with Nature

Summer camps at Lone Star Flight Museum are a must when it comes to summer fun for kids!

There will be many options divided by themes and ages and they all will be super fun!

Location:
Lone Star Flight Museum

DATES:
8-9 years: CRAFTY AIRCRAFT (June 27 – July 1, August 1 – 5)/ 10-12 years: PILOT MAKER I-PRIMARY TRAINING (June 20 – 24, July 11 – 15, July 25 – 29) | PILOT MAKER II-BASIC TRAINING (July 5-8 (4-day camp), July 18 – 22, August 1 – 5) | ACES AND LEGENDS (June 27 – July 1, August 8 – 12) 13-14 years: ADVANCED PILOT TRAINING (July 11 – 15, August 8 -12) | ACES AND LEGENDS (July 18 – 22, July 25-29)

During this program, you’ll learn all about native butterflies, explore Arboretum habitats in search of butterflies and caterpillars, and make seed balls to grow your own butterfly habitat at home!

Location:
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

DATES:
June 25, 10 AM- 12 PM

Little wizards ages 5-10 can celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday during this fun program!

Kids will study herbology, decorate their own wand, try the jelly bean challenge, and practice their potions! Then join Professor Patti on a scavenger hunt through the Forbidden Forest.

Location:
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

DATES:
July 30, 2022, 10 AM – 12 PM

Kids 18-23 months and 4-6 years old will get to crawl inside the amazing world of insects and discover who lives in the Houston Zoo’s Bug House!

They will look at the massive underground home of the leafcutter ants, tiptoe alongside the delicate mantids, and search with other Sprouts for bugs that look just like leaves!

Location:
Houston Zoo

DATES:
9:30 AM- 10:30 AM. 18-23 months: July 7, July 10 and 4-5 years old: July 23

Children will get to explore the Natural Encounters building and see playful otters, and slow-moving sloths, discover several types of animal homes and view how each species interacts with their unique space.

Location:
Houston Zoo

DATES:
9:30 AM- 10:30 AM. 18-23 months: August 4
and 4-5 years old: August 18 and August 20