Due to schools letting out, summers can be expensive for families. Many families have to find child care for the summer months, not to mention the fact that kids need something to do all summer. Between the extra food costs, activities, and travel, it can be hard to balance the books when school lets out. Luckily, families in Houston can get a break this summer thanks to Metro’s “Summer of Fun” program. Starting June 1st, students can take unlimited free trips on all of Metro’s local buses and trains.

The Summer of Fun program begins June 1 and runs through September 1. To take advantage of Metro’s summer hospitality, students need to either use their existing student discount fare card or sign up for one for free. Cards can be applied for online, through the mail, or in person at Metro’s RideStore at 1900 Main Street.

Students must provide either a student ID, class schedule, or report card, while college and university students must provide a class schedule and fee receipt or a letter from their school which verifies that they are a current student. Even when the Summer of Fun promotion ends, the discount card can let students ride any Metro service for 50 percent off of the regular fare. That means all rides are just $0.60.

The Houston Metro connects to plenty of area attractions which are perfect for kids during the long summer. Metro buses have stops at the Museum of Fine Arts, dozens of area parks, shopping centers and malls, and park and ride lots. The METRORail, meanwhile, has stops at the Museum District, Theater District, the Houston Zoo, and Central Station.

Looking for a way to make your kids’ summer more affordable? Don’t miss Metro’s summer of fun. With gas prices on the rise, who can afford to miss out on free public transportation?