Free Admission for Fathers at Bayou Bend June 18-19

bayou bend fathers day Make Father’s Day weekend extra special this year! Spend the afternoon together discovering nature and history at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. Plus, fathers and grandfathers get free admission!

Explore 14 acres of paths that wind through bayou woodlands and landscaped gardens. Inside the museum’s two-story mansion, travel back in time to America’s early Colonial days to see the way many people lived in the 18th and 19th centuries.

 — Saturday & Sunday, June 18 and 19, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Last entry to the house at 4 p.m. 

Enjoy special pricing and activities during Father’s Day Weekend. Relax with complimentary lemonade at the Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center. Listen to live music, and check out The Shop at Bayou Bend, where you’ll find bargains on selected items.

Admission is free for fathers, grandfathers, and children 9 and younger. All other guests receive discounted admission: $10 for adults, $5 for children 10 to 17.  Drop by at your convenience, no reservations necessary.

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.

Visit Bayou Bend online or call 713.639.7750 to learn more.

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

95 Things to Do in Houston This Summer *Free/Cheap*

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Get ready for summer fun in Houston: free & cheap! Price: free – $10.

MUSIC

Free Neighborhood Concert Series, Houston Symphony:

June 1, 7:30 pm @ Lilly Grove Missionary Baptist Church
June 8, 7:30 pm @ Dulles High School (Sugar Land)
June 9, 7:30 pm @ North Shore High School
June 10, 7:30 pm @ Dobie High School
June 14, 11 am @ Miller Outdoor Theatre
July 12, 11 am @ The Ripley House Neighborhood Center
July 12, 7:30 pm @ Alief Taylor High School
July 13, 7:30 pm @ Cypress Springs High School

(Instrument petting zoo begins 45 minutes before each concert.)

Movie Themes with Houston Symphony: Pre-concert activities begin at 6:30 pm. Free mezzanine and lawn seating at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

Star Wars & More: A John Williams Tribute, June 7, 8 pm
Dreamworks Animation in Concert, July 21, 8 pm

Free Summer Symphony Nights, Houston Symphony: Enjoy classical music outdoors! Miller Outdoor — June 17-18, June 24-25, July 4 @ 8:30 pm

Summer Solstice at Rothko Chapel: June 20, All day. Free. A guided labyrinth walk begins at 6:21 am on the grounds of the chapel. It offers a pathway to prayer and meditation. The solstice celebration ends at sunset, 8:25 pm, with the premier Japanese drumming group, Kaminari Taiko. Located at 3900 Yupon.

Summer Sounds on the Plaza at Rothko Chapel: June 23, 7 pm. $10 suggested donation. Enjoy Danza Azteca Taxcayolotl, a grassroots Aztec dance group. Don’t miss the free Saint Arnold beer + Sweet Cup is selling gelato. Located at 3900 Yupon.

Texas Music Festival Orchestra: June 24, 8 pm. Free. More than 100 musicians from around the world are showcased in this free performance as part of the Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival. Located at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

3rd Annual Day of Music: July 9, noon – 10 pm. Free day-long musical celebration of Houston’s musical diversity (jazz, rock, classical, blues, ethnic genre and more). Located at Jones Hall.

Summer Concert Series with American Festival for the Arts (AFA): Students in the AFA Summer Music Conservatory perform throughout the summer in their free family-friendly Summer Concert Series. These include the String Orchestra Community Concert (June 24), Choral Celebration (June 25), Symphony Orchestra Concert (July 6), and more. Find the complete calendar here.

BOOKS 

Summer Storytime Tours at Rienzi: Wednesdays June 1 – July 27, 10 am. Introduce kids to magic of art and literature through fun and interactive activities for ages 3+. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the garden after the event. Rienzi is the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston home, 1406 Kirby; free

Summer Reading Program at The Fish Gallery: July 7 – August 18, Each Thursday 3:30 pm– 4:30 pm with story time, fish feeding, touch tanks, crafts, games, and prizes. August 18 is a Summer Reading Party (2909 Fountain View).

Summer Middle Grade Book Club at Katy Budget Books: June 9 – August 11. 10 am. Kids will read the book before the Thursday book club, discuss the book, do an activity and have a snack. Located at 2450 Fry Road.

Wig Wag Learning series at Rosenberg Railroad: Wednesdays in June and July, 10:30 am. Enjoy a one-hour program with story, craft and fun activities for pre-schoolers. Also includes an age-appropriate museum tour. Bring a bagged lunch and play on the wooden train play structure. $8/participating child and adult. Limited to 16 each session. Call for your spot. Located at 1921 Avenue F in Rosenberg.

Nature Story Time at Nature Discovery Center: Wednesdays, 4 pm. Free story time for preschoolers with variety of fun: live animals, puppets, short nature walks, crafts or songs and nature stories. Located at 7112 Newcastle.

Story time at Pottery Barn Kids: Tuesdays, 11 am. Free story time. Located at The Woodlands Mall and Highland Village.

Story time and activities at Houston Public Library locations throughout the city this summer. Full calendar online.

Free Summer Reading Programs: Houston Public Library, Harris County Public Library, Montgomery County LibraryFort Bend County Libraries, Brazoria County Library

Young Writers Workshop: Saturdays, 10:30 am, at Discovery Green through July 9. Houston Arts Alliance, HPL Express,  and Writers in the Schools help kids learn to write at this weekly session, funded in part by a grant from the City of Houston.

Gamemeisters at Blue Willow Bookshop: Head to this independent bookshop Thursdays this summer to play and learn new games. This free event is geared to kids ages 5-10. Thursdays, June 9 – July 28. Parents are welcome to stay. Located at 14532 Memorial.

THEATER

Free Musical: James and the Giant Peach Jr.: June 8-10, 11 am and James and the Giant Peach, June 10-11 , 8:15 pm. Presented by TUTS’ Humphreys School of Musical Theatre. Located at Miller Outdoor Theatre.

Free Children’s Hilltop Festival: Kid’s daytime theater. July 19, The Emperor’s New Clothes; July 20, My BFF, the Dragon; July 21, The Great Zoo Switcheroo; July 22, Santa’s Rockin’ Reindeer Christmas in July. Located at Miller Outdoor Theatre, 11 am.

Free TUTS’ Summer Musical: July 12-17, Million Dollar Quartet, 8:15 pm. Located at Miller Outdoor Theater.

Houston Shakespeare Festival: Free Shakespeare in the park! July 29, 31, August 2, 4, 6, Much Ado About Nothing; July 30, August 3, 5, 7, Henry V. Performance begin at 8:15 pm at Miller Outdoor Theatre.

Summer Kid’s Musical @ Lone Star College-Cy Fair: July 5-7.  Lone Star College Cy-Fair presents Freckleface Strawberry: the Musical. Located at 9191 Barker Cypress Road. Purchase tickets online for $7 each.

A.D. Players @ Miller Outdoor Theatre: Little Women, the Musical. Free. August 11, 12, 8:30 pm. Located at Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Dr.

MOVIES

Free & Cheap Summer Movie Series:

  • Cinemark: Movies are just $1 weekday mornings. Or get 10 movies for only $5 paid in advance. Show days are usually Tuesday, Wednesday or both beginning week of June 6.
  • Studio Movie Grill: Tickets are just $1 at Studio Movie Grill’s Children’s Summer Series. Catch the 11 am show Monday through Friday at Copperfield, CityCentre and Pearland locations.
  • Santikos: Free movie for 8 weeks on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 am beginning June 7. Located at Silverado Tomball & Palladium in Sugar Land.
  • Regal: $1 movies every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 am beginning June 7 for nine weeks. Both movies play BOTH days. Participating locations include Edwards Houston Marq*e Stadium 23, Edwards West Oaks Mall Stadium 14. {The Edwards Greenway Grand Palace also is participating but starts June 14.}
  • Carmike Cinemas: $4 movies each Thursday at 10 am beginning June 2 for 10 weeks of family films. $4 admission includes a popcorn and drink. Carmike Yorktown 15 is located at 15900 Yorktown Crossing Blvd.
  • Alamo Drafthouse: Catch a cheap movie 7 days a week all summer with start times at 10 am. Choose your own ticket price ($1-$3) and purchase online to reserve your spot. 100% of the ticket sales benefit local YMCA locations. This is for Alamo Drafthouse Katy @ Mason Park and Alamo Drafthouse at Vintage Park & Louetta. Times vary by location each week.
  • Showbiz Cinemas: Enjoy 50¢ movies at ShowBiz Cinemas Tuesday mornings, 10 am. The 8-week series kicks off June 14. Located at 350 Northpark Drive in Kingwood.
  • Premiere Cinemas: Enjoy free movies on Wednesdays at Premiere Cinemas. Times and prices vary by location. Times vary by location in Tomball, Pearland, and Baytown.

Free Outdoor Movies at Miller Outdoor Theatre: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (June 30), Jurassic World (July 1), 8:30 pm. Located at 6000 Hermann Park Drive

Free Outdoor Movies at Discovery Green: Jurassic World (June 4), 8:30 pm. Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (June 17), 8 pm. Mr. Dial Has Something To Say  (June 24), 7:30 pm, Tortilla Soup (July 15). Located at 1500 McKinney.

Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow at Market Square Park: Free outdoor movies. Fargo (June 22), Rushmore (July 6) at 8:30 pm. Located at 301 Milam.

Moonlight Movies for Kids, CityCentre: Free outdoor movies. Finding Nemo (June 8), Minions (July 13), Inside Out (August 10). 8 pm fun & 9 pm movie. Located at 800 Town and Country Blvd.

Friday Night Flicks, GreenStreet: Free outdoor moviesJerry McGuire (June 24), Pitch Perfect 2 (July 22), and 21 Jump Street (August 26). Located at 1201 Fannin downtown.

Free Movie Nights, WFDD Central Green: 8 free movies this summer at Central Green in Katy! Get the schedule here. Blankets and lawn chairs welcome. South end of LaCenterra, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Movies Under the Moon, Sugar Land Town Square: Free outdoor movies. Inside Out (June 11),  Woodlawn (July 9), Zootopia (August 13), 7 pm – 9 pm.

2nd Saturday at The Depot Movies, TomballSurf’s Up (June 11), Polar Express: Christmas in July (July 9), 6:30 pm

Free Outdoor Movies, Deer Park: Big Hero 6 (June 4)

Free Movie Nights, Pearland Town Square: Two movies each month June – August. Inside Out (June 4), Minions (June 18), Pan (July 2), Zootopia (July 16), Cinderella (July 30) and The Good Dinosaur (August 13) with shows at 7:30 pm. Located at Pearland Town Square.

Sound of Music Sing-A-Long, August 27, 8 pm. $5 lawn seats or $10 reserved for Sound of Music Sing-A-Long fun. Pre-concert activities begin at 6:30 pm. Located at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

30+ Free Outdoor Movies in HoustonBig list of free outdoor movies — same as above but listed by date.

$3 Movies, Studio Movie Grill: Date Night (1st Wednesday), Girls Night Out (2nd Wednesday), Family Rewind (3rd Wednesday and Sunday), TOONS (Friday – Sunday every week). Located at Copperfield, CityCentre, and Pearland.

The Showboat Drive-In Theater: Enjoy a double feature outdoors under the stars. Adults are $7 and kids $5. Located in Hockley off 2920.

ART/CULTURE

Free Museum Days in Houston Museum District:

  • Buffalo Soldiers National Museum – Thursday 1 pm – 5 pm
  • Houston Museum of Natural Science – Thursday 3 pm – 6 pm
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston — Thursday 10 am – 9 pm — Kids 12 & under free every day
  • Children’s Museum of Houston — Thursday 5 pm – 8 pm
  • The Health Museum — Thursday 2 pm – 7 pm
  • Holocaust Museum Houston Thursday 2 pm – 5 pm
  • Houston Museum of African-American Culture — Thursday 6 pm – 8 pm
  • Czech Center Museum Houston – Last Monday each month, noon -4 pm

10 Museums are Always Free: Don’t miss these great cultural experiences and learning opportunities in Houston’s Museum District that are always-free: Asia Society Texas, Houston Center for Photography, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Rothko Chapel, Lawndale Art Center and more.

Children’s Museum of Houston: Who could be more focused on kid fun this summer than this museum? Children’s Museum is open seven days a week this summer with weekly themes, action-packed activities, performances, character appearances, and extraordinary events like Superman’s Birthday, Minecraft Mania, National Ice Cream Day, July 4th celebrations and more. Admission is $11 adults, $10 seniors. Kids under 1 are free.

Houston Museum of Natural Science: Take advantage of a discount to Houston Museum of Natural Science with $10 admission ($25 value), thanks to Goldstar. This admission allows you to explore many permanent exhibits including the McGovern Hall of the Americas, Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals, Wiess Energy Hall and the Hall of Paleontology. Buy online here. Or enjoy the combo admission pass for the Cockerell Butterfly Center + HMNS exhibits — $16 ($34 value). Buy combo ticket hereAffiliate links included. This helps support my site at no additional cost to you, and you save money!

Free Kids’ Craft Workshops: Pop Shop Houston is hosting free two-hour Pop Shop workshops for kids. Crafts range from hula hoops to shadow puppets and more. Times vary according to the date. Register online at Pop Shop America.

Detective Days at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens: Kids 6 and up can explore mysteries at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. Kids will learn about horticulture, art, design, and American history as they solve seasonal riddles. Each detective receives a clipboard and magnifying glass. Hunts in the garden: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm, Sundays 1 pm – 4 pm. Hunts in the house: 1 pm – 4 pm, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Kids 18 and under free. Adults, $10. Recommend 6-12 yrs.

Celebrate the quirky: The Beer Can House and Art Car Museum are some fun cultural institutions with a twist! Beer Can House is $5 for adults and free for kids 12 and under. It’s open Saturday and Sunday, noon – 5 pm. Art Car Museum has 3-4 art cars that rotate quarterly along with new art in the gallery. Admission is free. It’s open Wednesday – Sunday, 11 am – 6 pm.

Katy Contemporary Arts Museum is just three years old, but a great resource on Houston’s west side. $2 admission. Hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday, noon – 6 pm. Located at 805 Avenue B in Katy.

OUTDOORS

Family Nature Nights at Nature Discovery Center: June 8, Taking Flight with Houston Birds; July 13, Texas Terrific Reptiles; August 10, Discovering Snakes; 6:30 pm with talk beginning at 7 pm. Family-friendly talks, nature walks, live animals, crafts & snacks. Russ Pittman Park in Bellaire, 7112 Newcastle in Bellaire. $10/family.

Unplugged Adventure: Nightlife at Katy Prairie Conservancy: June 11, 7:30 pm – 9 pm. $5 per person. Enjoy an adventure on the night prairie with the sites and sounds of evening croaks, chirps and more. Located in Waller at Indiangrass Preserve, 31950 Hebert Rd., Waller. Register your spot online.

Summer Science Night: Buzz on Bees at Katy Prairie Conservancy: June 29, 6 pm – 8 pm. $7 per child. Geared to children age 5-8. Register online for this event. Located in Waller at Indiangrass Preserve, 31950 Hebert Rd., Waller.

Unplugged Adventure: Sunset Bike Ride at Warren Ranch: July 9, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. $5 per person. Enjoy an evening bike ride on historic Warren Ranch. Register your spot online.

Summer Science Night: Frog Hunters at Katy Prairie Conservancy: July 14, 6 pm – 8 pm. $7 per child. Geared to children age 5-8. Register online for this event. Located in Waller at Indiangrass Preserve, 31950 Hebert Rd., Waller. Register online for this event.

Summer Science Night: Buzz on Bees at Katy Prairie Conservancy: July 21, 6 pm – 8 pm. $7 per child. Geared to children age 5-8. Register online for this event. Located in Waller at Indiangrass Preserve, 31950 Hebert Rd., Waller.

Fun and learning at Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center: There are so many activities and events planned at this park in Humble. From learning about dragonfly workshop, bees, junior canoe training, and more. Check out the full calendar. Some require advance registration.

Texas Bound (One-Day Camp) at Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center: July 6, 9 am – 2 pm for kids 7-12. Kids will create a homestead and see if they have what it takes to survive their journey to Texas — through props, games and hands-on activities. Registration begins Wednesday, June 22. Free.

Reptile Open House at Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center: August 6-7, 1 pm – 4 pm. The Reptile Center is filled with live reptiles and amphibians from around the world. Learn about them and their natural history. Located at 20634 Kenswick in Humble.

Latin Beats at Downtown Aquarium: Enjoy free salsa dance lessons every Friday night through August, 7 pm – 11 pm. Lessons are taught by Texas Salsa Congress’ professional dancers. A live band will perform the last Friday each month. Located at 410 Bagby at Memorial.

Paloma Trails: Kids walk and play with miniature horses and hear a story time at a variety of their events. Pony Meet and Greet, free. June 17, 6 pm – 7 pm. This is located at Great Southwest Equestrian Center, 2501 S. Mason Rd. in Katy but some events are at the stable.

Lowe’s Build & Grow Clinic + Lawn Games at Discovery Green: June 19, July 17, August 21, 11 am – 5 pm. Free. Kids will build their own wooden fire truck. Limited to first 50. Located at 1500 McKinney.

Sugar Land Skeeters Tickets: Pay just $9 for Grass Land seating at Sugar Land Skeeters games. This is the area behind the Bull Pens.

Houston Family Magazine Summer Fun Fest: Free admission to this 5th annual event July 24, noon – 4 pm, at The Woodlands Mall and July 31, noon – 4 pm, at LaCenterra, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd in Katy. It features live performances, rock wall, inflatables, fun activities, face painting and more! Located at LaCenterra, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd in Katy.

North Houston Skate Park in Spring: It’s the largest Skate Park in North America at 78,000 sq. ft. Admission is free! The skate park is open 8 am – 10 pm all summer Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 10 am – 9 pm Sunday. Closed Tuesdays.

Free Skateboarding Classes: Several Houston skateparks offer free classes beginning June 14. {Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark is closed through October 10, 2016, for improvements.

Bat Chats on 1st and 3rd Fridays year round: Arrive 30 minutes before sunset to hear a brief presentation on Waugh Bridge Bat Colony. Watch bats emerge under the Waugh Bridge. Meet on the platform at Waugh Drive and Allen Parkway. Free public parking at Spotts Park, 401 S. Heights Blvd at Memorial.

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center: Free to explore 5 miles of trails in the 155-acre urban nature preserve. Open 7 am – 7 pm. Enjoy interactive exhibits and activities in the Discovery Room. Located near Memorial Park and Loop 610.

Noah’s Ark Pool at First United Methodist Church’s Quillian Center in Westchase celebrates 20 years this summer + a brand-new renovation. Noah’s Ark Pool is an amazing destination! The area also includes a full-size swimming pool with two slides and two diving boards. Open May 30 – August 19, Monday-Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm. $7.50 each (under age 1 free). Noah’s Ark pool only August 22-September 2 (10 am – 2 pm). 10570 Westpark. Playground and basketball pavilion also on site.

Sam Houston Boat Tour by Port of Houston Authority: Enjoy a free 90-minute cruise along the Houston Ship Channel. Tours are available Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 am and 2:30 pm run time plus 2:30 pm Thursday and Sunday. Closed Monday and Tuesday. The M/V Sam Houston has been operating as a public vessel since 1958. Reservations are first-come, first-served and must be at least 24 hours in advance. Spots are full until August. Reserve a tour spot online or call 713-670-2416. Located at 7300 Clinton Drive.

Free Houston Splashpads by Houston Parks and Recreation Department: More than 20 free splashpads throughout the city.

Free Public Run Days at Zube Park: June 18, July 16, August 20 from 9 am – 1 pm. The Houston Area Live Steamers offer free rides to the public on the Zube Park Track on the 3rd Saturday March – November. Located in Hockley at 17802 Roberts Road.

Kayak Boat Rides at Discovery Green: $5. These kayak rides are available Saturday and Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm, through June 26. Located at 1500 McKinney downtown.

Stand up Paddleboarding at Discovery Green: Visitors can give paddle boarding a try — now open daily beginning May 28. $10 for a 20-minute session. Located at 1500 McKinney downtown.

First and Third Sundays at Armand Bayou Nature Center: noon – 5 pm. Sunday in Nature. Admission is free, thanks to Dow Chemical Co. Last entrance will be 4 pm. Hike trails with naturalist interpreter, view live reptiles, relive 1895 history. 8500 Bay Area Blvd., Pasadena. Each month has a different theme.

Back to School Splash Bash at Sugar Land Town Square: August 6, noon – 4 pm. Back to School Splash Bash features water slides, hula hoop contest, fun activities, live music with DJ. Bring backpack and school supplies to benefit Fort Bend Rainbow Room.

Galveston: Take a day trip to Galveston and enjoy walking along the Seawall, building sandcastles, playing in the water, or shopping on the Strand. Parking is $8/day or $1/hour along the Seawall if you can find it! Or head to Stewart Beach ($8 per vehicle), which is known as Galveston’s family beach. Plenty to do with the pavilion, beach volleyball courts, concessions, and the beach! Lifeguards are on site at Stewart Beach. Located at 201 Seawall Blvd. Take a free ride on the Galveston-Port Bolivar ferry, with up to 5 ferries operating in the summer.

OTHER

HPD Mounted Patrol Barn: Visit the Houston Police Department stables and feed the horses. Visit Monday – Friday, noon – 2 pm for unscheduled visits. Bring apples, carrots, and peppermints for the horses (limit 2 each). There are close to 40 horses and a couple donkeys! Saturdays and Sundays, visits must be scheduled ahead of time by calling 832-394-0394. Located at 5005 Little York Rd.

JP Morgan Chase Tower Sky Lobby: Get a view of Houston from the 60th floor of this downtown building, the tallest in Houston and Texas at 75 floors. Take the Sky Lobby elevator straight up to the 60th floor for the express trip. The view is towards Galleria and West Houston — for 180° view. Available Monday – Friday during business hours. The other side is not accessible. The building also connects to the Houston Downtown Tunnel System if you want to grab some food or drinks. Located at 600 Travis Street.

Houston World Series of Dog Shows: Get free admission and free parking the first day of this annual Houston favorite, Wednesday, July 20, 9 am – 3 pm. Located at NRG. The dog show runs July 20-24.

Downtown AquariumTwo-for-Tuesday returns this summer at Downtown Aquarium. Buy One All-Day Adventure Pass for $18.99 and get one free. Less than $10 per person. This is valid June through August with the coupon. A new coupon will be published each month. Get the coupon here.

Summer Play Days at Disney Store: Get a free Tsum Tsum wristband each week! Attend activities every day through September 5 with Art of Animation, Story Time, Trivia Time and Showtime.

Free LEGO Mini Model Build at LEGO Stores: First Tuesday and Wednesday each month,  3 pm – 7 pm with reservations required. June 7-8, July 5-6, August 4-5 at LEGO stores (Galleria, The Woodlands Mall, and Baybrook Mall). Register online here. Sign up at the store or sign up online as a VIP member — free registration.

Rosenberg Railroad Museum: This museum in Rosenberg offers tours for all ages. Learn everything about trains from the science, safety to the history of the railroad. Adults, $5; seniors, $4, and kids 2-14, $3. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Located at 1921 Avenue F in Rosenberg, 35 miles SW of Houston.

Free bowling all summer for kids at Copperfield Bowl, Emerald Bowl, The Bowl on Bellaire, Times Square Entertainment (Katy), 300 Bowl (Conroe), and Tomball Bowl. Kids can bowl two free games every day all summer.

Pottery Fridays at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens: Free pottery classes August 5, August 12, and August 19, 1 pm – 3 pm. The two-hour class is for children and their caregivers with free activities and art-making, pottery demonstrations, scavenger hunts, and take-home  activities. Located at 6003 Memorial. Reservations strongly recommended since space is limited. Call 713.639.7750 or email [email protected]  to secure your spot.

Free Apple Camp: Kids can attend a free 3-day workshop on iMovie for kids 8-12. Summer 2016 dates have not been announced online. Registration begins online at apple.com once announced.

Kegg’s Candies Factory Tours: See the entire chocolate-making process from raw ingredients to cooking, packaging and gift shop in a 30-minute tour at Kegg’s Candies. Reservations required seven days in advance. Small groups or individuals can view as a self-guided tour with no fee 10 am – 3 pm. $8.50 for age 3+ including a special treat in retail store. Schedule your tour date online. Earlier is better! Located at 8168 Westpark. Kegg’s Candies is a tradition since 1946.

photo courtesy Houston Symphony

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7 Free Things to Do in Houston June 13-17

There’s never a dull moment in Houston. Here are 7 options for free fun in Houston June 13-17 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

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Monday (6/13) — Don’t miss Fun & Games Night each Monday at MKT Bar inside Phoenicia Specialty Foods. From 2 pm – 10 pm, play ping pong, darts, foosball, and retro board games such as Twister, Trouble, Clue, Mystery Date, and Hungry Hungry Hippos! Plus pizza and drink specials to boot! Located at 1001 Austin St.

Tuesday (6/14) — Enjoy a free concert by the Houston Symphony Tuesday morning, 11 am, at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Located at 6000 Hermann Park Dr.

Tuesday (6/14) — Enjoy a live demo and tasting of Summer Dessert Trends with Chef Vincent Pilon from Las Vegas. The desserts feature summer fruits. This is a free event with limited seats. RSVP online here. Located at Culintary Institute LeNotre, 7070 Allensby. (There will be a break at 10:30 am, if you want to attend the first half or second half.)

Wednesday (6/15) — Introduce kids to magic of art and literature at Summer Storytime Tours through fun and interactive activities for ages 3+. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the garden after the event. Rienzi is the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston home, 1406 Kirby.

Wednesday (6/15) — Not free but cheap! It’s $3 Family Rewind Night at Studio Movie Grill Wednesday. Catch The Neverending Story, 7 pm at CityCentre, Copperfield and Pearland locations.

Thursday (6/16) — The Thursday Concerts Presented by UHD Discovery Green continues Thursday at Discovery Green, 7 pm with Latin pop groups Havana NRG and Mango Punch. Located at 1500 McKinney. Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome.

Thursday (6/16) — Get outdoors and enjoy the weekly Powerful Mind, Powerful Body series at Discovery Green, Thursdays at noon. The downtown park is partnering with Military Veteran Peer Network to offer this healthy series to the public. It features body weight circuits focused on functional fitness, cardio and stretching for all fitness level led by instructor Pete Galasso. Located at 1500 McKinney.

Downtown Aquarium: Buy-1-Get-1 Free Adventure Pass Tuesdays All Summer

Take advantage of half-price Downtown Aquarium tickets Tuesdays all summer with buy-one-get-one free All-Day Adventure Pass coupon. The pass includes unlimited access to Shark Voyage, Aquarium Adventure Exhibit, Stingray Reef + all rides with purchase of another.

The Adventure Pass retails for $19.99, so the deal makes it $10 per person. Print the coupon here to get this deal. Mobile coupon accepted. The coupon is valid for Tuesdays in June, but will be updated each month. Coupon valid for up to four people. Find the Houston Aquarium downtown at 410 Bagby at Memorial.

Free Weekend Fun in Houston June 10-12

Get ready for a weekend of free fun! Here is a snapshot of 15 Free Things to Do in Houston this weekend, June 10-12:

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FRIDAY

Watch theater outdoorsEnjoy a childhood classic on stage at a free performance of James and the Giant Peach, thanks to TUTS’ Humphreys School. The show begins at 8:15 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.

Enjoy a movie under the moon — Head downtown for a free outdoor screening of Jurassic World at Bank of America’s Screen on the Green at Discovery Green. The fun kicks off at 6:30 pm with a Comicpalooza costume contest and photo opps with T-Rex and Jurassic Jeep. The movie begins at 8:30 pm. Located at 1500 McKinney.

Engage in family fun — Katy Summer Night kicks off June 10, and continues the second Friday in July and August. The free event features a free outdoor movie, Little Giants. Dress in your favorite team jersey and spirit items to get festive for the Bayou Bowl high school All-Star game played Saturday in Katy. Arrive at 6:30 pm for autographs and photo opps, pre-game activities, and more. Located at Harvest Plaza, 5701 Third Street.

SATURDAY

Get healthy — Take advantage of free health screenings at Sam’s Club (open to the public) Saturday, June 11, 11 am – 4 pm. The screenings are open to anyone. Visitors can participate in total cholesterol, glucose, HDL (good cholesterol), risk ratio, blood pressure, body fat percentage, vision, and hearing. Find a location near you online here.

Party with rock and roll Shake, Rattle & Roll is a tribute to rock and roll music with tribute bands, classic car show, movies, vintage market, food trucks and more. The free event is 2 pm – 9:30 pm in Pearland. NEW LOCATION: This event has moved to Pearland Town Center, 11200 Broadway.

Enjoy a free cultural film festival — The Houston Asian American Pacific Islander Film Festival (HAAPIFest) is an immersive, multi-day celebration of film, music, and art organized by OCA-Greater Houston. There are several movies on Saturday at various venues and times. Get your free ticket from Eventbrite.

Create family fun — Don’t miss 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 Surf’s Up will play on the big screen outdoors at dark. The free event begins at 6 pm at the Depot Plaza in Tomball.

Catch a movie under the stars — There are three free outdoor movies Saturday night: 1) Central Green Park is hosting Paul Blart 2 at dusk. 2) Sugar Land Town Square is hosting emotional fun with Inside Out at 8:30 pm. 3) Tomball Depot is showing Surf’s Up  as part of its Second Saturday at the Depot fun.

Laugh all nightBETA Theater Comedy Sketch Show makes its Market Square Park debut Saturday as part of the 2nd Saturday Nite series. Enjoy live music and a free comedy sketch show beginning at 6:30 pm, courtesy of the folks at BETA Theater. Located at 301 Milam.

Get free ice creamRainbow on the Green returns as Houston’s annual LGBT celebration downtown at Discovery Green from 7 pm – 10 pm. It features live entertainment by Taylor Daine and Billy Gilman. Ben & Jerry’s will be onsite with free scoops! Located at 1500 McKinney.

Watch a musical outdoors Enjoy a childhood classic on stage at a free performance of James and the Giant Peach, thanks to TUTS’ Humphreys School. The show begins at 8:15 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

Enjoy classical music — Head to the final round of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Young Artists Competition Sunday, 2 pm at University of Houston. The free performance at Dudley Recital Hall features solos by Texas Music Festival orchestra musicians. Located at 4800 Calhoun.

Party with rock and roll Shake, Rattle & Roll is a tribute to rock and roll music with tribute bands, classic car show, movies, vintage market, food trucks and more. The free event is 2 pm – 9:30 pm in Pearland. NEW LOCATION: This event has moved to Pearland Town Center, 11200 Broadway.

Houston Zoo Discount: $4 Off Summer Admission

Looking to save some money this summer on Houston family fun? Chill Out at the Houston Zoo is a promotion offering $4 off Houston Zoo admission when you arrive after 4 p.m. this summer. This promotion is valid the whole summer through September 30. Last entry is 6 p.m. with the zoo open till 7 p.m.

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Not only can you save money with this Houston Zoo discount but also stay cool at indoor Chill Zones. Watch the animals enjoy Chill Out enrichment like ice pops, elephant baths, and water sprinklers. Plus it’s a great time to check out the new dinosaur exhibit!

Fridays are even more special with Cool Nights, kicking off June 10 – August 5. The Zoo stays open till 8:30 p.m. (last entry at 7;30 p.m.) with new weekly themes. June 10 features Snowin’ in the South so kids can play in the snow or make a snow angel!

Buy your tickets online here to get this cool deal!

Cheap & Free Summer Kids Movies 2016 in Houston

summer movies 2016Summer movie camps are a great way to stay cool and entertain your kids this summer without spending tons of money. Here are some free summer kids movies (and cheap) offered in Houston for 2016:

ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE: Alamo Kids Camp — Catch a cheap movie 7 days a week all summer with start times at 10 am. Choose your own ticket price ($1-$3) and purchase online to reserve your spot. 100% of the ticket sales benefit local YMCA locations. This is for Alamo Drafthouse Katy @ Mason Park and Alamo Drafthouse at Vintage Park & Louetta. Times vary by location each week.

June 3-9: The Iron Giant
June 10-16: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
June 17-23: Curious George
June 24-30: The Boxtrolls
July 1-7: The Dark Crystal
July 8-14: Horton Hears a Who
July 15-21: Babe
July 22-28: The Neverending Story
July 29 – August 4: Shaun of the Sheep
August 5-11: The LEGO Movie
August 12-18: The Karate Kid

CARMIKE CINEMAS: Summer Kid Series $4 movies each Thursday at 10 am beginning June 2 for 10 weeks of family films. $4 admission includes a popcorn and drink. Carmike Yorktown 15 is located at 15900 Yorktown Crossing Blvd.

June 2: Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip
June 9: The Croods
June 16: Epic
July 23: Home
July 30: How to Train Your Dragon
July 7: Kung Fu Panda 2
July 14: Monsters vs. Aliens
July 21: Rio 2
July 28: The Peanuts Movie
August 4: The Penguins of Madagascar

CINEMARK: Summer Movie Clubhouse —  Movies are just $1 weekday mornings at Houston-area Cinemark locations. Or get 10 movies for only $5 paid in advance. Show days are usually Tuesday, Wednesday (or both!) beginning the week of June 6. Head online here to get the specific schedule for your Cinemark location.

June 6 week: Paddington
June 13 week: Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip
June 20 week: The Peanuts Movie
June 27 week: Pan
July 4 week: Home
July 11 week: Boxtrolls
July 18 week: The Sandlot
July 25 week: Norm of the North
August 1 week: Shaun the Sheep
August 8 week: Max

PREMIERE CINEMAS: Summer Movie Kids Fest — Families can enjoy free movies on Wednesdays at Premiere Cinemas. Times and prices vary by location. Tomball: free movies Wednesdays at 9:30 am and 11:30 am (28497 Tomball Parkway), Pearland: free movies Wednesdays at 10 am (5050 W. Broadway), Baytown: free movies Wednesdays at 10 am (1518 San Jacinto Mall), Premiere Renaissance at Greenspoint: Not participating in Summer Movie Kids Fest, NASA Dollar 8: Not participating in Summer Movie Kids Fest but all seats 50¢ on Tuesdays (20833 Gulf Freeway) and till noon Saturdays.

June 8: Monsters and Aliens
June 15: Night at the Museum
June 22: Alvin and the Chipmunks
June 29: Madagascar 3
July 6: How to Train Your Dragon
July 13: Rio
July 20: Horton Hears a Who
July 27: Home
August 3: Rio 2
August 10: The Peanuts Movie

REGAL: Summer Movie Express — Catch these family-friendly flicks for $1 every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 am beginning June 7 for nine weeks. Both movies play BOTH days. Participating locations include Edwards Houston Marq*e Stadium 23, (7600 Katy Freeway) and Edwards West Oaks Mall Stadium 14 (700 West Oaks Mall). {The Edwards Greenway Grand Palace also is participating but it starts June 14. The same schedule below just shifts back a week for Grand Palace. Schedule online.}

June 7 & 8 – The LEGO Movie and Max
June 14 & 15 – Goosebumps and Iron Giant
June 21 & 22 – Pan and The Smurfs 2
June 28 & 29 – Despicable Me 2 and Home
July 5 & 6 – Minions and The Peanuts Movie
July 12 & 13 – Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip and Curious George
July 19 & 20- The Book of Life and Hotel Transylvania 2
July 26 & 27 – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 and Shaun the Sheep
August 2 & 3 – The Croods and The Lorax

SANTIKOS: Free Summer Movies at Santikos Theatres — Catch a free movie for 8 weeks this summer at Santikos Theatres. The Summer Movie Series kicks off June 7 with free movies Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 am. Locations include Silverado 19 IMAX in Tomball and Palladium AVX Entertainment in Richmond. Tickets are issued on a first-come, first-serve basis.

June 7 & 8 – The Peanuts Movie
June 14 & 15 – Minions
June 21 & 22Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip
June 28 & 29 – Hotel Transylvania 2
July 12 & 13 – Back to the Future
July 19 & 20 – Goosebumps
July 26 & 27 – Max
August 2 & 3 – Turbo

SHOWBIZ CINEMAS: Summer Kids Club — Enjoy 50¢ movies at ShowBiz Cinemas Tuesday mornings, 10 am. The 8-week series kicks off June 14. Located at 350 Northpark Drive in Kingwood.

June 14: Ice Age 4
June 21: The Peanuts Movie
June 28: Home
July 5: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
July 12: The Croods
July 19: Horton Hears a Who
July 26: Walking with Dinosaurs
August 2: Book of Life

STUDIO MOVIE GRILL: Children’s Summer Series — Tickets are just $1 at Studio Movie Grill’s Children’s Summer Series. Catch the 11 am show Monday through Friday at both Copperfield, CityCentre and Pearland locations.

June 6-10: Madagascar 3
June 13-17: How to Train Your Dragon 2
June 20-24: Shrek
June 27-July 1: Wallace & Gromit
July 4-8: Horton Hears a Who
July 11-15: The Peanuts Movie
July 18-22: Chicken Run
July 25-29: Rio
August 1-5: Kung Fu Panda 2
August 8-12: Home
August 15-19: Megamind

Check out 30+ Free Outdoor Summer Movies in Houston for more free summer fun!

Free Doughnuts June 3 for National Doughnut Day

National Doughnut DayNational Doughnut Day is the first Friday of June, which means free doughnuts Friday, June 3.

Dunkin’ Donuts is giving away a free doughnut of choice with purchase of any beverage all day June 3. Find locations online here.

Shipley Do-Nuts is giving away a free glazed donut June 3 from 5 am until noon. A portion of store sales June 3 will benefit The Salvation Army.

Krispy Kreme is giving away one free doughnut June 3. This is available all day till close. No purchase necessary.

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Free Weekend Fun in Houston June 3-5

Get ready for a weekend of free fun! Here is a snapshot of 14 Free Things to Do in Houston this weekend, June 3-5:

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FRIDAY

Get in the groove — METdance presents its Celebrate 20! Sizzling Summer Dance performance Friday, 8:30 pm, featuring two World Premieres. The event is held at Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Drive. Free tickets for reserved covered seats are available Friday at the Miller Box office, 10:30 am – 1 pm.

Watch a movie under the moon — Catch a free outdoor screening of Tortilla Soup presented by H-E-B, Friday, 9 pm, at Discovery Green. Contests and activities begin at 7:30 pm including tortilla toss, tortilla chips and salsa content, and more. Located at 1500 McKinney.

Listen to music in the parkMusiqa returns to Market Square Park Friday, 8 pm, for beautiful instrumental music in the park. Located at 301 Milam downtown.

SATURDAY

Watch sandcastle building Cancelled due to road flooding and severe weatherAIA Sandcastle Competition returns to Galveston Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm, featuring corporate teams in engineering and architecture battling it out for top sandcastle honors. The public can vote from 1 pm – 3:30 pm with official judging at 4 pm. Winners will be announced at 4:30 pm. Located at East Beach Galveston, 1923 Boddeker. Parking is $10 cash at East Beach.

Get dirty in the creek — Volunteer and get dirty at the National Trails Day Creek Bash Saturday, 9 am, at Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center. Join staff and other volunteers to help clean up Jones Park’s waterways. All ages welcome. Closed-toed shoes only. Registration required for this free event by calling 281-446-8588. Located at 20634 Kenswick Dr. in Humble.

Create origami flowers — The first weekend of the month means another Hands-On Houston craft for kids at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. This month kids will create origami flowers and learn special paper folding. Come anytime from 11 am – 3 pm. All materials provided free. HCCC is located at 4848 Main Street.

Explore art in the Heights — The First Saturday Arts Market returns Saturday in the Heights. Hours return to the cool summer hours from 6 pm – 10 pm. This monthly outdoor market features more than 30 artists, music, and fun. Located at 540 W. 19th.

WWII hangarSee WWII planes — Tour 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.

Create cultural crafts  — Asia Society Texas hosts another Creation Station free afternoon of fun, Saturday, 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm. The afternoon features a storytelling session and art projects related to Malaysia and Overseas China. The event is free with registration. Asia Society Texas is located at 1370 Southmore Blvd. RSVP online here.

Browse 2 free museums with BofA – It’s Bank of America’s first weekend freebie for cardholders, thanks to its Museums on Us program. Get free admission June 4-5 at Children’s Museum of Houston and Museum of Fine Arts. Free admission for individual Bank of America/Merrill Lynch cardholders, not their children.

Watch a movie under the stars — 1) Deer Park: Don’t miss the free outdoor screening of Big Hero 6 Saturday at 7:30 pm at Deer Park’s Dow Park, 610 East San Augustine Street. 2) Discovery Green: UPDATE: Rescheduled to June 10. It’s Bank of America Screen on the Green featuring Jurassic World, 8:30 pm. Located at 1500 McKinney.

Love live music outdoors Waterway Nights at Waterway Square kick off Saturday (and every Saturday in June) for live music, strolling entertainers, and fireworks over The Woodlands! This Saturday features Thunderpants, an ’80s cover band, from 7 pm – 9 pm. Fireworks will end the evening the following three Saturdays. Located at Waterway Square in The Woodlands.

Polka with the accordionsAccordion Kings and Queens is a free performance Saturday, 7 pm, at Miller Outdoor Theatre, produced by Texas Folklife. The 2016 lineup includes David Lee Garza, The Magnolia Sisters, and more. Free tickets for reserved covered seats are available on performance day at the Miller Box office, 10:30 am – 1 pm. Miller Outdoor is located at 6000 Hermann Park Drive.

SUNDAY

Browse 2 free museums with BofA – It’s Bank of America’s first weekend freebie for cardholders, thanks to its Museums on Us program. Get free admission June 4-5 at Children’s Museum of Houston and Museum of Fine Arts. Free admission for individual Bank of America/Merrill Lynch cardholders, not their children.

Free SeaWorld Pass for Teachers + Texas Preschoolers

Seaworld San AntonioTexas preschoolers and teachers can get free unlimited admission to SeaWorld San Antonio from now through December 31, 2016.

1) Free Preschool Pass: Texas kids ages 3-5 can get a free Preschool Pass for unlimited use through December 31, 2016.  Register online here to participate. Appropriate documents are required to verify the age and residency of the child.

2) Free Teacher Fun Card: Texas teachers can play at SeaWorld with free unlimited admission through December 31, 2016, thanks to the Teacher Appreciation Fun Card. This is for Pre-K through 12th grade active and certified teachers. A Department of Education number is required. Sign up online at SeaWorld.

This is for Pre-K through 12th grade active and certified teachers. It does not apply to Student Teachers, Homeschool Teachers, School Nurses or custodial staff. New this year: a third-party company (ID.me) will provide online verification of Pre-K – 12th grade Texas school teachers. There is no deadline to sign up this year!

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