Astronaut Days comes to Space Center Houston | Courtesy NASA / Space Center Houston
Enjoy the final days of summer break by finding the best kid-friendly activities in and around Houston for August 2021.
This month, immerse yourself in some final summer fun with larger-than-life dinosaurs, ways to beat the Texas City heat, get up close and personal with astronauts, and more.
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Top activities for kids & families in Houston this week
- Texas Lagoon Festival in Texas City | Wednesday to Sunday – Cool off at a summer festival that features the state’s largest lagoon, plus white sand beaches, bars, boats, live music, an electric ferry, catapult swing, giant floating obstacle course, and much more. Single day tickets are $ 20; $ 15 for children 3 to 12 years old; free from 2 years. Ticket prices vary depending on the day of the week and demand. daily 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Astronaut Days at Space Center Houston | Thursday 5th August to Sunday 8th August – Have an extraordinary experience where you will meet astronauts (and even have breakfast with them), hear stories about shuttle missions, jump into a spacesuit for a photo op, play games, and more. Tickets are $ 29.95; $ 24.95 for children ages 4-11; Free for children under 4 years of age, daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Houston Ability Expo at the NRG Center | Friday 6th August to Sunday 8th August | FREE – This free exhibit serves as a resource for the community of people with disabilities and their families, older adults, veterans, and healthcare professionals. During your stay, check out the Artists Market, which features works by artists with disabilities, products and services to improve the ability to explore, practice a few adaptive sports, learn new dance moves, and more. There are also kid-friendly activities and events like face painting and special entertainment. Entry is free and parking is $ 15 per vehicle. Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Watermelon Dash 5k and 10K at the Houston Running Company | Saturday 7th August – Complete the Summer Dash series with this third and final 5K, 10K and KidsK event. Participants will receive a special finisher medal and T-shirt, and you can join the fun at a family-friendly after-race party with food, drink, music and more. Race day limited registration is $ 40 for the 5K and 10K (face-to-face or virtual), and $ 20 for the KidsK and Family Walk. 7:30 a.m.
- Back to School Splash Bash at Sugar Land Town Square | Saturday, August 7th | FREE – End the summer with some fun in the sun at this Back to School Splash Bash, which features free water slides, a hula hoop competition, a live DJ, toddler games for kids ages 5 and under, and other fun summer activities. Visitors are encouraged to bring a backpack and school supplies for donations. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Jurassic Quest at the NRG Center | Friday 13th August to Sunday 15th August – Walk among the dinosaurs at this indoor event that sends visitors through the Cretaceous, Jurassic, and Triassic periods to get up close and personal with realistic, life-size animatronic dinosaurs. Plus, you can dig fossils, enjoy baby dinosaur shows, and do arts and crafts, face painting, and more. Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Silambam Houston presents Sharing Stories at the Miller Outdoor Theater | Friday 13th August | FREE – Experience cross-cultural traditions as Indian classical dance and Spanish folklore meet for a captivating, energetic dance performance followed by an original Indian dance theater production, Chakryavyuh: Battle Against the Odds. A live stream of the performance will be available on Miller Outdoor’s YouTube channel. Limited free tickets for the covered seats are available online two days before the event. Seats on the hill are open to the public. 8:30 p.m.
- Mayor’s Back to School Festival in NRG Yellow Lot | Saturday August 14th | FREE – Get ready for the first day of school when Mayor Sylvester Turner, in partnership with the Houston Food Bank and Shell, hands out 25,000 backpacks of basic school supplies, groceries and personal protective equipment to students. This will be a drive-through event. Registration is required. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. while stocks last.
- August Open Ramp Day at the Air Terminal Museum, 1940 | Saturday 21st August – Located near Hobby Airport, this former gateway to heaven opens up for a fun day of airplane watching, aviation history, and enjoying the Art Deco designs of the Air Terminal Museum from 1940. Tickets are $ 10 for adults; USD 5 for children under 12 years of age. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Summer with the kids in Houston | Constantly – Take advantage of the last few weeks of the summer vacation by heading out to every corner of Houston and discover the best entertainment and activities for everyone in the family, from free and budget-friendly options to unique experiences. Check out our summer guide to find out how to keep the kids and yourself busy during summer’s dog days.
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Shea Kummer is the mother of 3 active boys who live in Katy. She holds a degree in business administration from Texas Christian University and a background in social media management. When she’s not cheering her boys on, she’s looking for the best ways to make lasting family memories.