Play and cool off at Evergreen Park and Pool

Address: 4500 Evergreen St, Bellaire, TX 77401

Admission: Park is free. Pool is $10 for non-residents (and free for 2 & under).

Play and cool off at Evergreen Park and Pool!

Evergreen Park is located right across from the Nature Discovery Center. It has a community pool, picnic tables and a playground. There are swings and one play structure. And I’m certain the planners in charge of this park sprung for the deluxe play structure.

This one piece of equipment has ladders, rock walls, monkey bars, bridges, twists, turns and much more.

This park is completely fenced in but also completely visible from the street (which I like so there are extra eyes on the park).

The pool is open in the summer time and can be used by non-Bellaire-residents for a (big) fee.

It includes a few lap lanes, a shallow end, a kiddie slide, a big slide and a diving board. It’s quite large and fun for big and little kids.

There is no wading pool for the babies, but it looks like most 4 year olds can walk along the bottom of the shallow end. This is where the duck slide is and my toddler likes to slide-splash-repeat, all day long.

Strong swimmers do the same on the big slide and diving board.

The pool has several picnic tables, many lounge chairs and lots of seats in the shade. The pool is in full sun, so don’t forget the sun screen!

Evergreen Pool has a locker room for men and women. They were clean when we visited, but they are those old concrete locker rooms that gave me the creeps as a kid… but as a parent I’ll take just about any clean locker room!

Check out the pictures and check out Evergreen Park! The Nature Discovery Center and Evergreen Park are definitely worth a visit… and the pool is a nice bonus!

 

 
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Your S.E.C.R.E.T. Mission Awaits at the Children’s Museum of Houston

Address:  1500 Binz, Houston, Texas 77004

Can you spot the S.E.C.R.E.T. Agent?

We were saving the Children’s Museum of Houston by picking  up codes and restoring order to the Children’s Museum!

Use critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity to uncover clues and solve puzzles… as a Secret Agent on a mission! The museum “hired” my secret agents to defeat the evil scientist Vex… and we completed the S.E.C.R.E.T. Mission last week.

The Museum was under siege and R.I.V.A.L. was attempting to steal the power from our crystals.  The kids took on the challenge and uncovered clues, cracked codes and outsmarted the villains!

If your kids want to be secret agents, here is what you need to know:

  • You can learn about the museum-wide “exhibit” HERE.
  • S.E.C.R.E.T. is designed for kids 8 and older.
  • You need to wear comfortable shoes.  These missions take you all over the museum!
  • We’ve now done three missions… and they seem to change a little each year.  There were new problems to solve this summer.
  • The Children’s Museum is INSANELY busy over the summer.  The cool thing about the Mission is that it’s a good way to visit the museum and to BEAT THE BUSY.  The mission control headquarters is only open to the Secret Agents, so it is not crowded.  Also, as you run around the museum collecting clues, you have very specific tasks and are not trying to compete with the other visitors and field trips in Kidtropolous, the rock wall or the other exhibits.
  • There are several different missions, so even if there are lots of secret agents at the museum, you do not bump into too many of them.
  • Each mission comes with book, museum map and gear.  The kids really do feel like spies, with a special wrist codex that unlock doors and log the agents into computers… plus other gear depending on the mission.
  • The missions are a good way to get the big kids interested in the museum again.
  • Each mission takes about one hour to complete.  We stopped for $1 ice cream bars, by the playground, so it took us a little longer!
  • General museum admission is $12 and free for members.  The first time you do a mission, it costs $20 to get the gear and do the mission.  If you go back for more, the new mission is $10 if you reuse your wrist codex.

If you have a secret agent that wants to uncover clues, crack codes and outsmart the villains, check out S.E.C.R.E.T.!

 

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Ice cream scoops at the Blue Bell Creamery and swimming at the Blue Bell Aquatic Center!

Address: 1101 S Blue Bell Rd, Brenham, TX 77833 & 1800 E Tom Green St, Brenham, TX 77833

Ice cream scoops at the Blue Bell Creamery and swimming at the Blue Bell Aquatic Center!

The best part about this pool was that with a quick swim test, all the big kids (even the one under 48″) could do the big slide!

The ice cream themed pool also has monkey bars (rope), little slides, beach entry, indoor pool and more.

Oh, and there is a big Buc-ee’s Travel Center between Houston and Brenham!

The City of Brenham’s Blue Bell Aquatic Center has three pools and one playground.  All can swim (including non-residents) for a fee.  For us, everyone was $5 except the one year old was $3.

The complex has an indoor six lane pool (which is open to all until lap swim hours), a heated therapy pool and a great outdoor pool.

Outside there is a lot of shaded seating, concession stand and a lot of fun activities.  And kids over 48″ can do it all… and kids over 42″ can do it all with a quick swim test by the head guard.

Right by the pool is a shaded playground!  See more pictures below!

Just down the street from the pool is the Blue Bell Creamery.

Here you can stop by the visitor center, see the factory from the observation deck and get $1 scoops of ice cream! Check the hours before you go… because they change by season and day of the week.

See more pictures below!  And while you are in the area, go to Fireman’s Park.  There is a beautiful shaded playground and a carousel (with limited hours).

 

 

 

 

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Play at the Free at the Indoor Playground at Memorial Church of Christ!

Address: 900 Echo Ln, Houston, TX 77024

Play for free at the Memorial Church of Christ indoor playground!

Fun2Go Misters has been searching all over the Houston area for FREE indoor playgrounds… and this is on the list!

Check the website for the current hours, but the playground is open on weekdays for infants through elementary school aged kids.

For indoor playground access, enter through the covered doorway in the big parking lot (not by the outdoor play area). Press the doorbell to get in. The play area light’s are motion activated… so just move to turn them on.

The outdoor playground is accessible all day.

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Park People in Downtown Houston… Now through August 24, 2018!

Take your Lego fans to Downtown Houston to see the Park People!

From now through August 10, 2018, the Lego people are at Allen Center (1200 Smith Street). They will then move to Houston Center (909 Fannin St), August 13-24, 2018!

The monochromatic, interactive Lego brick sculptures of Nathan Sawaya’s Park People are seated on benches, waiting for you to sit next to them. Take pictures and sit close, just don’t climb on them!

At Allen Center, you will also find lots of tables and yard games, including connect four, checkers and table tennis.

Metered street parking is available (and free after 6:00pm and on Sundays). Also, Allen Center is pretty big, but the Lego guys are in the green space just north of the big fountain on Smith Street. It’s roughly across from the tall circular Spindletop restaurant and Russo’s Pizzeria. A map is below. (If you park close by the water fountain, you are pretty close.)

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Navy Ships, Fishing & Great Playground at Seawolf Park on Pelican Island/Galveston

Address: 700 Pelican Island Causeway, Galveston, TX 77550
Cost: $6/car, plus admission to tour the ships or to fish

We love to tour old Navy ships and we love great playgrounds… and Seawolf Park has both!

Seawolf Park has popular lighted fishing piers, picnic spots, the Undersea Warfare Center and the great playground. From Broadway Street in Galveston, there is a long, almost empty, road that takes you from the busy beaches to this park.

When you pull up, there is a booth to pay for parking and admission to the ships. (You can get the current rates HERE.) On one side of the parking lot are the ships… and on the other is the amazing playground!

The playground has a lot of climbing structures that let you start on one side and climb your way to the other, without touching the ground. (My ninja warriors approve!)

The playground is right by the fishing piers and the water… and is also in full sun… so once we are hot we head to the ships for some shade and air conditioning.

The WWII submarine, the USS Cavalla, and one of only three destroyer escorts in the world, the USS Stewart are on dry land and open for your to tour. (Parts of these old ships are also air conditioned.)

Restroom trucks (with water) are by the ships and another real restroom is in a building near the playground.

Next time you are in Galveston, check out this out-of-the-way park. It was not too far from the busy beaches… but a really great addition to our Galveston day trip!

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Sylvan Beach Park… Play at the beach, without driving to Galveston!

Address: 636 N Bayshore Dr, La Porte, TX 77571

Play at the beach… without driving to Galveston!

Sylvan Beach Park has a small white sand beaches, a playground, a skate park, picnic areas, restrooms, showers, a fishing pier and boat ramps.

In La Porte, not too far from the San Jacinto Monument and Battleship Texas is the big park full of families. Parking is free and you only need to pay for the fishing pier.

The white sand beaches are small, but we do not need much room to dig and splash. Plus, we get to watch a lot of huge ships pass through the bay!

The beach area is full sun, but there are a lot of shaded picnic tables close by. The playground is also new since our last visit… and also has some shade.

Right next to the park is the La Porte Heritage Society. On weekends you can tour the old depot and an old caboose.

We do like our trips to Galveston best… but this is a fun stop when we’re east of Houston!

Check out all the pictures below.

 

 

 

 

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Little Cedar Bayou Park & Wave Pool in La Porte!

Address: 600 Little Cedar Bayou Dr, La Porte, TX 77571

This is not just any public pool… it’s a wave pool!

Check out the Little Cedar Bayou Park & Pool in La Porte… just a couple miles from Sylvan Beach!

The pool has WAVES… plus a sand volleyball court, chairs and restrooms.  The big park has a great playground with a hard to find BABY-AND-ME-SWING… plus trails, dog park, pavilion, sports fields!

The pool area costs $3 for residents of La Porte and $5 for non-residents.  (Kids under 2 are free.)  The pool area is well kept, there is a good amount of shade around the tables and chairs and there are a lot of lifeguards.

It was really fun to have a new pool to visit.  We’ve seen wave pools at the big waterparks… but never at a city pool!

The tubes are available in the pool and there were plenty when we visited.  The lifeguards are nice but pretty strict… which I do like because if there are rules you might as well follow them.  That said, know that the rules are not great for toddlers.

You cannot bring in your own tubes for little kids… and the ones they have are for bigger kids and adults.  Little kids cannot ride on your lap… so it’s a little bit of a challenge.

Still, it was fun and we’re glad we went!  Coolers are allowed and next time we’ll bring lunch!

Right next to the pool is a very good little playground… and it includes a baby-and-me-swing!  The equipment was pretty hot… but with our pool towels we were able to swing with baby!

Check out the pictures of the park below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center… Fewer Crowds but All the Fun!!

Address: 198 Kempner St, Sugar Land, TX 77498

Oh Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center, I could love you!

This Sugar Land museum has several of the highlights from the Children’s Museum in the museum district… but not all the chaos and crowds. It is small, but fun… and memberships from the main Children’s Museum work here as well!

The Discovery Center is in a 12,000 square foot restored building… right in the shadows of the Imperial Sugar silos. It has five children’s exhibits including…

  • How Does It Work?
  • Kidtropolis, USA
  • Tot Spot
  • Newton Know How
  • Yalálag—A Mountain Village in México

These are all like exhibits at the big Children’s Museum, but smaller and less crowded.  Just imagine visit Kidtropolis… but not losing sight of your kid!

For us, this museum was worth the drive… and we live right next to the museum district!

 

 

 

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50,000 beer cans at the Beer Can House!

Address: 222 Malone St, Houston, TX 77007

When you drive up Malone Street, you think you’re in just any residential neighborhood until you see a shiny silver house with beer can chimes blowing in the wind.

The Beer Can House belonged to John Milkovisch who was a retired upholsterer for the Southern Pacific Railroad. He was tired of mowing the grass, so in 1968 he started creating “art” by adding marbles and rocks to concrete and making unique lawn ornaments. When the yard was full, he started to cover the house in beer can siding. Over 18 years, John added over 50,000 cans to his house.

The Beer Can House is open for tours on limited days and times… so check before you go. You can look at the house from the street for free (and day of the week) or you can get a closer look and support the restoration of the Beer Can House by paying $5 (for those older than 12).

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