7 Free Things to Do in Houston June 29 – July 3

There’s never a dull moment in Houston. Here are 7 options for free fun in Houston June 29-July 3 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

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Monday (6/29) — Get a free bicycle safety helmet for your child, thanks to Heads in Helmets and the Sloan Firm. They are giving away 250 free children’s safety helmets from 4 pm – 7 pm Monday to prevent traumatic brain injuries. The helmet distribution is at KCOH 1230 AM Radio, 5011 Almeda Road. Families must register in advance by phone or email to participate. Call or text 713.419.1776 with number of children needing a helmet, call back number and parent’s name. Or email the same info to info@penninoandpartners.com.

Tuesday (6/30) — Houston Young Artists Concert features two performances this week at Miller Outdoor Theatre: Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 am. Hear talented young prodigies ages 4 – 18 as they dazzle the audience.

Wednesday (7/1) –Pop Shop Houston shares free Gastronomy Experiments Wednesday, 2 pm – 4 pm, at Meyer Library, 5005 W. Bellfort. This week makes Dry Ice Ice Cream! You need to have a library card and RSVP.

Wednesday (7/1) — Summer Neighborhood Concert series continues Wednesday evening at Dulles High School in Sugar Land. Enjoy the free Houston Symphony concert with Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Lincoln Portrait as well as works by John Williams, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and more. Arrive early for the Symphony’s Instrument Petting Zoo.

Thursday (7/2) — Culinary Institute LeNôtre hosts free culinary movie screenings the first Thursday of each month at 1:15 pm and 6:15 pm. This month’s movie features Like Water for Chocolate (rated R). Located at 7070 Allensby St.

Thursday (7/2) — CityCentre welcomes July 4 with four nights of live music, Thursday through Sunday. Thursday features Grady Gaines (R&B) from 7 pm – 10 pm. Located at 805 Town and Country.

Friday (7/3) — Explore China’s many rich cultures, traditions, and regions in this morning program, Journey to China V, through exciting  Chinese dances. Located at Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park.

 

50+ Spots Kids Eat Free in Houston {Updated}

Check out the freshly updated Kids Eat Free in Houston list! Summer is a great time to enjoy some restaurant outings without spending a fortune. Most of the restaurants on the list offer free kids meals with purchase of an adult entree. A few are available for 99¢…

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Restaurants listed alphabetical here. 

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Free Frozen Treats at Frost Bank this Summer

snowconeEnjoy free frozen treats this summer, thanks to Frost Bank locations throughout Houston. Here is the schedule:

Westchase Financial Center
3304 W. Sam Houston Parkway S (77042)

June 26: 1 pm – 3 pm {Smoosh}
July 31: 1 pm – 3 pm {Kona Ice}
August 21: 1 pm – 3 pm {Sweetride!}

Harrisburg Financial Center
1001 Broadway (77012)

June 27: 12 pm – 2 pm {Berry Ices}
July 25: 12 pm – 2 pm {Kona Ice}
August 22: 12 pm – 2 pm {Smoosh}

Northgate Financial Center
2715 FM 1960 W (77068)

July 3: 2 pm – 5 pm {Kona Ice}
August 7: 2 pm – 5 pm {Berry Ices}

Curious what these local frozen food trucks are all about?

  • Smoosh serves one-of-a kind ice cream cookie sandwiches.
  • Berry Ices offers visitors a non-dairy option.
  • Kona Ice offers a create-your-own snow cone experience with a rainbow of options. Houston’s gourmet ice cream truck, SweetRide!, offers homemade ice cream and snow cones.

Frost Bank has 29 Houston-area locations and has been serving Texans since 1868.

photo: flickr/SeanLoyless

7 Free Things to Do in Houston June 22-26

There’s never a dull moment in Houston. Here are 7 options for free fun in Houston June 22-26 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

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Tuesday (6/23) — Summer Neighborhood Concert series continues Tuesday, 11 am, at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Enjoy the free Houston Symphony concert with Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Lincoln Portrait as well as works by John Williams, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and more. Arrive early for the Symphony’s Instrument Petting Zoo. Miller Outdoor Theatre is located at 6000 Hermann Park.

Tuesday (6/23) — Circus Arts continues at Discovery Green each Tuesday evening for summer fun, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. It’s a combination of ground arts and ground acrobatics. For ages 13 and up. Recommended to bring a yoga mat. No pre-registration required.

Wednesday (6/24) — TxRxLabs is proud to share free workshops for kids courtesy of the Houston Public Library Summer Reading Program. The hands-on science and technology workshop at 10 am will share the basics of electricity and magnetism. This is located in East Houston at Lakewood Library,  8815 Feland St, 77028 — east of Hwy 59 near N. Wayside and Tidwell.

Wednesday (6/24) –Learn the basics of kayaking at a free weekly kayak class at Discovery Green. This is offered Wednesdays in June, July and August, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Participants must be 18 years or older.

Thursday (6/25) — Houston Ballet will offer a free, hour-long Ballet Talk at Henington-Alief Regional Library on Thursday at 2 pm. The audience will learn the art form of dance through the story of Peter Pan, using props, pointe shoes, music and video highlights of past productions. This is appropriate for children of all ages.

Thursday (6/25) — Get ready for Queensbury Voice Thursday at CityCentre, 1 pm. It’s all part of Theatrical Thursdays presented by Queensbury Theatre and the Tribble School for the Performing Arts. This week includes a mini concert featuring numbers from a variety of genres including country, pop, classical, folk, rock, and broadway. Theatrical Thursdays continues on select Thursdays this summer.

Thursday (6/25) — Enjoy seven museums for free each Thursday in Houston’s Museum District. {The Weather Museum is relocating and temporarily closed, but is usually an 8th free museum on Thursdays.}

  • Houston Museum of Natural Science: 3 pm – 6 pm
  • Children’s Museum of Houston: 5 pm – 8 pm
  • The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: 10 am – 9 pm
  • The Health Museum: 2 pm – 5 pm
  • Holocaust Museum Houston: 2 pm – 5 pm
  • Houston Museum of African American Culture: 6 pm – 8 pm
  • Buffalo Soldiers National Museum: 1 pm – 5 pm

Free Admission to 7 Houston Museums Thursdays

Did you know Thursday is the magic day for FREE admission to many of Houston’s museums?

Browsing a museum is a great indoor activity to learn new things and stay out of the weather. The Children’s Museum of Houston, for example, sponsors Free Family Nights each Thursday from 5 pm – 8 pm. Here is the skinny on free admissions every Thursday:

  • Houston Museum of Natural Science — free Thursday 3 pm – 6 pm
  • Children’s Museum of Houston — free Thursday 5 pm – 8 pm
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston — free Thursday 10 am – 9 pm
  • The Health Museum — free Thursday 2 pm – 5 pm
  • Houston Museum of African American Culture — 6 pm – 8 pm
  • Buffalo Soldiers National Museum — 1 pm – 5 pm
  • Holocaust Museum Houston — 2 pm – 5 pm
  • John C. Freeman Weather Museum — temporary closed

Browse the Houston Museum District Web site for location and hours of Houston museums. Check out the list of Always Free museums and other free museum days.

Father’s Day Freebies and Deals in Houston

Don’t forget to spoil dad this weekend for Father’s Day! Here is a round-up of Houston-area Father’s Day Freebies and Deals for food and fun:

FOOD

crave cupcakeCRAVE Cupcakes: Buy 6 cupcakes for dad, and get 2 free for yourself at CRAVE Cupcakes. This freebie is available Friday – Sunday. The retailer also is hosting “Breakfast with Dad” event Saturday and Sunday, 9 am – noon, with Dad-centric activities over breakfast. Houston area has three locations: Uptown Park, Kirby, and The Woodlands.

Firehouse Subs: Dad gets a free medium sub with purchase of a sub, medium drink and chips June 21. Get coupon here. One coupon per person.

Grub Burger Bar: Dads can take advantage of a free burger June 21 at Grub Burger Bar. Grub is located at 800 Town and Country at CityCentre.

Pollo Tropical: Take dad to Pollo Tropical Sunday for its Buy One Get One Free deal: free 1/4 chicken meal with two sides with purchase of another. Customers who text DAD to 52198 will get a code to show at the register for this special deal.

Spaghetti Warehouse: Dads eat free at Spaghetti Warehouse June 21 by choosing from Incredible 15-Layer Lasagne, World Famous Spaghetti & Meatballs or any of the restaurant’s Original Recipe Spaghetti entrees. No coupon required! Spaghetti Warehouse is located at 901 Commerce downtown.

FUN

Alamo Drafthouse — Catch a free screening of Who Framed Roger Rabbit Sunday at Alamo Drafthouse Mason Park in Katy. The movie (rated PG) begins at 6:30 pm. An exclusive clip of Maron Season Three will be shown before the movie, which is rated PG-13. Children under 6 are not admitted.

Bayou Bend Collections and Gardens: Dads, grandfathers and children 9 and under get free admission this weekend (June 20-21) to Bayou Bend Collections and Gardens to celebrate Father’s Day. Additional adults pay reduced price of $10 or $5 for kids age 10-17. Bayou Bend is located at 6003 Memorial.

Studio Movie Grill: Don’t miss the $3 Family Rewind movie, The Neverending Story. The $3 screening is Sunday, June 21, at 2 pm. This is located at Copperfield and CityCentre Studio Movie Grill.

Free Weekend Fun in Houston June 19-21

Get ready for a weekend of free fun! Here is a snapshot of 17 Free Things to Do in Houston this weekend, June 19-21:

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FRIDAY

Celebrate JuneteenthCelebrate the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth in Houston with traditional Gulf Coast music beginning at 7 pm The line up includes Jewel Brown, Trudy Lynn & Steve Krase, and The Peterson Brothers. Free reserved covered seats are available on performance day at Miller Box office, 10:30 am – 1 pm.

Enjoy classical music — It’s a night of classical music at Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival (TMF) in The Woodlands. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition winner is violinist Yuan Tian, who will be the featured soloist with the orchestra performing Shostakovich Violin Concerto. The 8 pm concert will be held at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

Watch the batsFamily Bat Chat returns Friday at the platform at Waugh Drive and Allen Parkway. Arrive 30 minutes before sunset to hear a brief presentation on Waugh Bridge Bat Colony. Free public parking at Spotts Park, 401 S. Heights Blvd. at Memorial. This is held the 1st and 3rd Fridays.

Watch a movie under the moon — Head downtown for a free outdoor screening, The Philadelphia Story, at Market Square Park, 8:30 pm. Located at 301 Milam.

Enjoy summer tunes in Pearland — Folks south of Houston can hit Summerfest each Friday night in June. Pearland’s free weekly concert begins at 7 pm at Southdown Park, 2150 Countryplace Parkway. This week features Step Rideau and the Zydeco Outlaws.

SATURDAY

train ride dayRide the train — It’s a Free Public Run Day at Zube Park, Saturday, 9 am – 1 pm, thanks to Houston Area Live Steamers. Families can enjoy riding model trains large enough to ride the 3rd Saturday each month, March – November. Zube Park is located at 17802 Roberts Rd. near Hockley.  photo: Rick White

Free yoga in the park — Enjoy a new summer series, Savasana into Summer, Saturdays at Hermann Park, thanks to Namitzi Yoga. The free weekly yoga class outdoors is open to all skill levels through September 1. Meditation is 8:15 am – 8:25 am with yoga from 8:30 am – 9:30 am. This is located near the Reflection Pond at Hermann Park.

See WWII planes and museumTour the WWII Museum and visit the hangar of the Houston Wing of the Commemorative Air Force 10 am – 3 pm. It’s a great chance to get up close to the Wing’s five flyable WWII military aircraft: climb into a cockpit of a WWII trainer or go inside a WWII Paratroop aircraft. Located at West Houston Airport, 2 miles north of I-10 east off Barker Cypress on Groschke Rd.

Check out School of Rock — Don’t miss the Grand Opening celebration of School of Rock–Sugar Land Saturday, 1 pm – 4 pm It’s a free community celebration! Enjoy free refreshments, small bites, music, tours of the new school, clinics, workshops, activities & more! Located at 1935 Lakeside Plaza Dr. in Sugar Land.

Watch free outdoor movies — Two free outdoor movies will be held in Houston Saturday. 1) Discovery Green: Jaws: 40th Anniversary, 9 pm 2) Central Green Park: Maleficent, dusk at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. in Katy.

Enjoy the Houston Symphony – The Houston Symphony’s free community concerts continue Saturday at Miller Outdoor Theatre, 8:30 pm. Free reserved seat tickets are available on performance day from 10:30 am – 1 pm at Miller Outdoor Theater box office.

Browse  Flea by Night — Houston’s outdoor flea market, Discovery Green Flea, hits the evening hours during the summer as Discovery Green Flea by Night, Saturday, 6 pm – 10 pm. Browse artful kitsch, vintage items, recycled and repurposed items, and collectibles. Adults can get creative at a Make It/Take It craft with The Tinderbox + live music. Located at 1500 McKinney on the West end of Jones Lawn.

fireworksLove outdoor music and fireworks — Folks north of Houston can enjoy Waterway Nights each Saturday in June for live music, strolling entertainers, and fireworks over The Woodlands! This Saturday features Grant Harrison, 7 pm – 9:30 pm. Fireworks begin at approximately 9:20 pm. Located at Waterway Square in The Woodlands.

Attend one-year partyBoyert Shooting Center’s Houston location is turning one this weekend with free festivities Saturday and Sunday. Tour Boyert Shooting Center, test your skills on the carnival-themed simulator, participate in carnival games, enter to win door prizes and firearms, and enjoy food from two of Houston’s popular food trucks. The event is free and open to the public. Located at 9099 Westheimer.

SUNDAY

Participate in yoga International Day of Yoga debuts in Houston Sunday, 8:30 am – 4 pm, thanks to the Consulate General of India. Folks can enjoy a number of free interactive yoga sessions, demonstrations by experts, and a yoga fair. Register online here if you plan to attend. Photo IDs are required and attendees should bring a yoga mat and flexible clothing. Located at George R. Brown downtown.

Celebrate summer solstice — Rothko Chapel is presenting a complete day to Summer Solstice. The day begins with a 6:20 am sunrise Tibetan yoga practice led by Alejandro Chaoul of the Ligmincha Texas Center for the Meditative and Healing Arts. The solstice celebration at the Chapel ends at sunset with a performance by Kaminari Taiko of Houston, the premier Japanese drumming group in the Gulf Coast region.  Located at 3900 Yupon.

Watch Roger Rabbit — Catch a free screening of Who Framed Roger Rabbit Sunday at Alamo Drafthouse Mason Park in Katy. The movie (rated PG) begins at 6:30 pm. An exclusive clip of Maron Season Three will be shown before the movie, which is rated PG-13. Children under 6 are not admitted.

Attend one-year partyBoyert Shooting Center’s Houston location is turning one this weekend with free festivities Saturday and Sunday. Tour Boyert Shooting Center, test your skills on the carnival-themed simulator, participate in carnival games, enter to win door prizes and firearms, and enjoy food from two of Houston’s popular food trucks. The event is free and open to the public. Located at 9099 Westheimer.

Free Admission for Fathers at Bayou Bend June 20-21

fathers day bayou bendFather’s Day weekend is special at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, thanks to this deal! Fathers and grandfathers get free admission Saturday and Sunday, June 20-21,      1 pm-5 pm.

Visitors can see American art and antiques in the historic mansion, walk the 14-acre Southern gardens, and listen to live music. Complimentary lemonade will be served, too.

Kids age 10 – 17 are $5 with those under nine free. Additional adults pay a reduced fee of $10.

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens is the house museum for American decorative arts of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. It’s located at 6003 Memorial.

This is a sponsored post by Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens.

6 Free Things to Do in Houston June 15-19

There’s never a dull moment in Houston. Here are 6 options for free fun in Houston June 15-19 before planning your free and cheap weekend! Be careful with the anticipated rain this week. Check if activities are still on schedule before heading out.

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Tuesday (6/16) — Cancelled due to expected storm and potential flooding. Students age 7-15 are invited to a free writing workshop hosted by Writers in the Schools (WITS) at IKEA Houston. Stick around for a free kids’ meal on Tuesdays at IKEA Houston through June. 

Wednesday (6/17) — Make Shrinky Dinks at this Wednesday’s free craft workshop for kids, happening all summer at Houston area libraries, thanks to Pop Shop Houston. The next session is June 17 at Morris Frank Library, 10103 Fondren. You will need to have a library card and RSVP online.

Wednesday (6/17) — Not free but cheap! It’s $3 Family Rewind Night at Studio Movie Grill Wednesday. Catch The Neverending Story, 7 pm at both CityCentre and Copperfield locations.

Thursday (6/18) — The Sounds Like Houston Summer Concert series continues Thursday at Discovery Green, 6:30 pm with Austin’s Roxy Roca and Houston’s own Electric Attitude. Located at 1500 McKinney. Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome.

Thursday (6/18) — Enjoy this free ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Night series produced by the Houston Symphony and ExxonMobil. This summer concert series, a Houston tradition, has special guest artists, conductors, and music to excite and exhilarate audiences of all ages. Starts at 8:30 pm at Miller Outdoor Theatre.

Friday (6/19) — Bring your kids to Tomball Kids Club, a free event beginning June 16 – July 17. From 11 am – 1 pm Tuesdays and Fridays, kids will enjoy crafts, activities, games, free lunch, educational programs, and more. Located at the Tomball Community Center, 221 Market Street in Tomball.

Free Weekend Fun in Houston June 12-14

Get ready for a weekend of free fun! Here is a snapshot of 15 Free Things to Do in Houston this weekend, June 12-14:

 Miller Outdoor picnicMiller Outdoor Theatre courtesy TripChandler.com

FRIDAY

Watch a movie under the moon — Catch The LEGO Movie on the big screen at Whole Foods Market in Montrose. It’s a brand-new Friday Night Films series with Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow with free admission. Concessions will be available for purchase. Located at 701 Waugh.

Disney and Houston SymphonyLove all things Disney — Houston Symphony is presenting a free Disney Concert Friday, 8 pm, at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Free mezzanine and lawn seats are available for this family-friendly performance! Pre-concert activities begin at 6:30 pm, so come early for a seat and fun.

Watch a musical outdoorsStep back into the 1960s at a free performance of Hairspray, thanks to TUTS’ Humphreys School. The show begins at 8 pm at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Reserved covered seats are available for free on performance day. Visit the Miller Box Office from 10:30 am – 1 pm on day of show.

Be amazed with talentHouston Choral Showcase, a community show choir, is entertaining the crowds Saturday, 7:30 pm, at Sugar Land Town Square. The group sings all types of repertoire including Broadway, gospel, pop, swing, jazz and more!

SATURDAY

Have fun with your petHouston Pet Expo is back Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm, for loads of pet-friendly fun. The free event features live entertainment, obedience demonstrations, discount vaccinations + microchips, pet costume contest, agility, shopping, author book signings plus a mega adoption event! Bring your pet for free nail trims! Located at Pasadena Convention Center. This used to be in Houston but they were going to charge $15 to park at NRG.

Pop Shop HoustonBrowse vintage and DIY — It’s two days of creative fun at Pop Shop Houston Summer Festival, Saturday and Sunday, 12 pm – 9 pm and noon – 7 pm. Make free shrinky dink earrings + key chains! Live music, food and fun. Enjoy more than 90 handmade makers and vintage collectors with art, sculpture, cocktails and fun. Located at 2000 Edwards at Silver Street Studios.

Walk among dinosaursGet ready for the premiere of Jurassic World by visiting Jurassic Extreme prehistoric program at CityCentre! The free event will introduce you to 7ft- and 12ft-long walking dinosaurs: Rocket, the baby Tyrannosaurus Rex, and Razor, the Velociraptor. They have blinking eyes and authentic roaring sound! Located at 800 Town and Country Blvd. near I-10 & Beltway 8.

Get healthy — Take advantage of free health screenings at Sam’s Club (open to the public) Saturday, June 13, 11 am – 3 pm. June focuses on Men’s Health but the screenings are open to anyone. Visitors can participate in PSA (men), total cholesterol, glucose, HDL (good cholesterol), risk ratio, blood pressure, body fat percentage, and vision. Find a location near you online here.

Create family fun — Don’t miss the Second Saturday at The Depot! This free monthly event in Tomball features a free movie on the giant inflatable screen and lots of fun. Enjoy games, crafts, music, concessions, and family fun for all ages. This month, Scooby Doo, Where Are You? will play on the big screen outdoors at dark. The free event begins at 6:30 pm at the Depot Plaza in Tomball.

menchies Get free yogurt — Menchie’s is opening a new Houston-area location in Sugar Land — and celebrating with Grand Opening freebies and fun beginning Saturday. The day kicks off with a ribbon cutting at noon with Menchie. Enjoy free 8oz. cup of yogurt till 6 pm. First 25 folks get a free t-shirt! Menchie’s Sugar Land is located at 19824 SW Freeway.

Attend a free tradeshow — Take advantage of free admission to Texas Black Expo, a local tradeshow Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm, at George R. Brown Convention center. The event draws thousands of people representing businesses, culture, entertainment and health in the African-American community. Guests will enjoy concerts, hair and fashion shows, workshops, live stage demos, empowerment seminars, latest technologies and more.

Catch a movie under the stars — There are four free outdoor movies Saturday night: 1) Central Green Park is hosting Despicable Me at dusk. 2) Sugar Land Town Square is hosting princess fun with Cinderella at 7:45 pm. 3) Tomball Depot is showing Scooby Doo, Where Are You?  as part of its Second Saturday at the Depot fun, 8 pm. 4) Pearland Town Square is hosting Maleficent at 7:30 pm.

Enjoy a festival — Don’t miss The Woodlands Family Fun Fest at Town Green Park Saturday, June 13, 10 am – 4 pm. This festival offers carnival games, rides, family entertainment, live music, food, and more! In addition, shop handmade and unique one-of-a-kind items.

Watch a musical outdoorsStep back into the 1960s at a free performance of Hairspray, thanks to TUTS’ Humphreys School. The show begins at 8 pm at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Reserved covered seats are available for free on performance day. Visit the Miller Box Office from 10:30 am – 1 pm on day of show.

SUNDAY

Browse vintage and DIY — It’s two days of creative fun at Pop Shop Houston Summer Festival, Saturday and Sunday, 12 pm – 9 pm and noon – 7 pm. Make free shrinky dink earrings + key chains! Live music, food and fun. Enjoy more than 90 handmade makers and vintage collectors with art, sculpture, cocktails and fun. Located at 2000 Edwards at Silver Street Studios.