Video: Favorite Free Things to Do in Houston with Kids!

Houston has a lot of free (and fun!) things to do with kids!  Trains, tunnels, museums… bat colonies, splashpads, parks… and lots more!  For the full list, go here.  Or, to get started with 4 of my favorites, watch this video!

 


Art Car Museum – A Free & Fun Thing to Do in Houston!

Address:  140 Heights Blvd, Houston, Texas 77007
Cost:  Free!
Appropriate Age:  Any Age!

Art Car MuseumThis is Alex!  My kids, ages 6 and 4, and I are on a mission to discover fun things to do in the Heights area. This week we visited the Art Car Museum and boy am I glad we did!

I can’t believe I’ve put this trip on hold for so long! It’s amazing and you can always expect to see something new. If you haven’t been here yet, I strongly suggest you go. First of all it is FREE!

They are open Wednesday through Sunday, 11-6pm. From the moment you enter the gates you can see how they’ve Tired & Featheredturned ordinary medal into creative pieces. From the skeleton biker to the design of the car port.

As you walk in to the museum you are greeted by a volunteer who will introduce you to the current art being displayed. They not only have art cars but they also have about 3 other artists’ paintings and sculptures on display throughout.

The day we went we saw 2 of the 4 cars that took first place at the 2013 Art Car Parade. The 1 my daughter was a huge fan of was called “Tired & Feathered” by Joe Haden. This car was unbelievably detailed. The exterior was decorated in bottle caps, while the interior was decorated in colorful quilts and pillows. The tires looked to be covered by the inner tubing of bicycle tires. And I cannot forget the big turkey on the front bumper. I could totally see why this car took 1st place.

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Free & Unique Things to Do in Houston: BigKidSmallCity Interviewed on ABC 13

 

Thank you to Patricia Lopez for the opportunity to talk about free and unique things to do in Houston!  Click on the links for more information on the Mysterious Red Button, JP Morgan Chase Tower Observation Deck, Tunnels Under Downtown, the Waugh Bridge Bat Colony and Weekday and Weekend Events!
Go HERE to see the story on ABC 13!
 


Free Things to Do in Houston

Church at Sam Houston Park
Looking for some free fun in Houston? This list should help get you started!  (And don’t forget anything on your adventure with this checklist!)

Downtown:
Visit Discovery Green. Be sure to check the calendar for tons of free events.
Visit Downtown Parks
Ride METRORail (FREE for kids under 5)
Explore the Tunnels
Look Out the JP Morgan Chase Tower Observation Deck
Visit the Southern Pacific Steam Engine 982
Find the Big Bubble in Buffalo Bayou
Visit the Houston Police Museum

Museum District:
Visit Hermann Park
Watch a Show at Miller Theater
Visit the Houston Zoo – FREE first Tuesday of every month from 2 p.m. until closing (except summer time)
Visit the Asia Society Texas Center
Visit the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
Visit the Holocaust Museum Houston
Visit Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
Visit the Rice University Art Gallery
Visit the Houston Museum of African American Culture
Visit the Lawndale Art Center
Visit the The Jung Center of Houston
Visit the Children’s Museum of Houston – FREE Thursday 5 – 8 pm
Visit The Health Museum – FREE Thursday 2 – 5 pm
Visit the Houston Museum of Natural Science – FREE Thursday 3 – 6pm
Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston – FREE Thursday 10 am – 9 pm
Visit the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum – FREE Monday 10 am – 5 pm

Montrose:
Visit The Menil Collection & Campus
Stop by Rothko Chapel
Visit Houston Center for Photography
Go to the  Waugh Bridge Bat Colony at Dusk

All Over:
Check out all the Parks in Houston
Visit the 20 City Splashpads
Participate in Houston Library Events and Summer Reading Program
Visit a Houston Fire Station
Find a Farmer’s Market
Learn a Sport

Up North(ish):
Visit Old Town Spring
Visit the Tomball Railroad Depot
Visit the Water Works Museum
Feed Mounted Patrol Police Horses

Down South(ish):
Go on the Port of Houston Tour
Go to Galveston
Go to Crystal Beach
Take the Galveston Island Port Bolivar Ferry

In the Middle:
Visit the Art Car Museum
Stop by the Wabash Feed Store
Visit the Waterwall Park
Check out the Beer Can House (Free to look, $2 to tour)
Visit Canino’s Market
Visit the Houston Arboretum

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Free Things to do in Houston with Kids!

Glenmore Park Waffle Climber
Looking for some free fun in Houston? This list should help get you started!

Downtown:
Visit Discovery Green. Be sure to check the calendar for tons of free events.
Visit Downtown Parks
Ride METRORail (FREE for kids under 5)
Explore the Tunnels
Look Out the JP Morgan Chase Tower Observation Deck
Visit the Southern Pacific Steam Engine 982
Find the Big Bubble in Buffalo Bayou
Visit the Houston Police Museum

Museum District:
Visit Hermann Park
Watch a Show at Miller Theater
Visit the Houston Zoo – FREE first Tuesday of every month from 2 p.m. until closing (except summer time)
Visit the Asia Society Texas Center
Visit the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
Visit the Holocaust Museum Houston
Visit Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
Visit the Rice University Art Gallery
Visit the Houston Museum of African American Culture
Visit the Lawndale Art Center
Visit the The Jung Center of Houston
Visit the Children’s Museum of Houston – FREE Thursday 5 – 8 pm
Visit The Health Museum – FREE Thursday 2 – 5 pm
Visit the Houston Museum of Natural Science – FREE Thursday 3 – 6pm
Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston – FREE Thursday 10 am – 9 pm
Visit the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum – FREE Monday 10 am – 5 pm

Montrose:
Visit The Menil Collection & Campus
Stop by Rothko Chapel
Visit Houston Center for Photography
Go to the  Waugh Bridge Bat Colony at Dusk

All Over:
Check out all the Parks in Houston
Visit the 20 City Splashpads
Participate in Houston Library Events and Summer Reading Program
Visit a Houston Fire Station
Find a Farmer’s Market
Learn a Sport

Up North(ish):
Visit Old Town Spring
Visit the Tomball Railroad Depot
Visit the Water Works Museum
Feed Mounted Patrol Police Horses

Down South(ish):
Go on the Port of Houston Tour
Go to Galveston
Go to Crystal Beach
Take the Galveston Island Port Bolivar Ferry

In the Middle:
Visit the Art Car Museum
Stop by the Wabash Feed Store
Visit the Waterwall Park
Check out the Beer Can House (Free to look, $2 to tour)
Visit Canino’s Market
Visit the Houston Arboretum

For ideas on what to do in Houston each week, sign up for this FREE NEWSLETTER!