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Free Things to Do in Houston, with Kids! (2019 Edition)

Looking for some free fun in Houston? This list of well over 50 free things to do, should help get you started!

Scroll to the bottom for a map. And tell us your favorite FREE things to do around Houston!

Free All Over Houston:

Free in Downtown:

Good to know in Downtown:

  • The Downtown Aquarium frequently has buy one get one free coupons for Tuesdays in the summer and Saturdays in September. Look at their website and Facebook page before you go. (See our past posts with tips HERE.)
  • The Theater District has an annual free open house, just as school is starting in the fall. Open House features free behind-the-scenes experiences, performance previews and interactive activitieand special ticket and subscription, offers.
  • Look on affiliate Groupon and Goldstar for discounted theater tickets all year.
  • Become an Astros Buddy for For $30 and get a backpack, baseball cap, socks, lanyard and tickets to select Astros home games. Members of the Buddies Club also have the opportunity to be selected for exclusive opportunities throughout the season.
  • Metered street parking is free on Sundays and each night after 6:00pm.

Free in the Museum District:

Good to know in the Museum District:

  • Parking is free in several spots by Hermann Park. Look by the Houston Zoo, Centennial Gardens and by the traffic circle. Paid parking is available at the Children’s Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Museum of Natural Science.
  • If you check out a free Flip Kit from the Houston Public Library and complete the parent survey, you can get 4 free tickets to the Children’s Museum of Houston!
  • If you have a membership to many of the museums or zoos, you can get free or discounted admission to museums all around the world. And if you have a membership to museums/zoos in other cities, they will work in Houston too. Get the details HERE!
  • Look on affiliate Groupon and Goldstar for discounted museum tickets all year.

Free in Montrose/Midtown:

Free in Heights/Washington Ave:

Free in Greenway/ Upper Kirby/

  • Go to Levy Park! There is a great playground, splashpad and lots of room to play. Look at the calendar for lots of free events!
  • Visit Waterwall Park! See the 64-foot semi-circular fountain that re-circulates 11,000 gallons of water per minute.

Free in River Oaks:

Good to know in River Oaks:

  • The Rienzi Museums is not free… but on family days you can tour the gardens and participate in the activities for free!

Free in Memorial/Rice Military:

  • Check out the Beer Can House! It’s free to look from the street. A self guided tour is $5 (and kids are free).
  • Visit the Houston Arboretum. Walk the trails and play at the Discovery Room!
  • Visit Memorial Park. Run or bike on the smooth trails or hike the more difficult trails. Stay to play at the playground!

Good to know in Memorial/Rice Military:

Free in Bellaire/West University/ Southside:

Free in East End/Third Ward/UH:

  • Visit Smither Park. Enjoy the mosaics all over the park. The Orange Show is next door… and is $5 to tour (and free for kids).
  • Tour the Port of Houston. Make a reservation to tour one of the busiest ship channels in the world!

Good to Know in East End/Third Ward/UH:

Free in North Houston:

  • Feed Mounted Patrol Police Horses . This is one of the coolest things to do, for free, around Houston, Bring your own carrots and apples and feed 40 horses. Just check the latest hours before you go.

Free to the South(ish) of Houston:

(South is pretty broad… Southeast, Southwest and South!)

  • Visit the Ninja Warrior Course in Pearland! Play at the
    Tom Bass Park, Section 3, Challenge Course!
  • Visit BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Stafford. The Mandir is the first traditional Hindu Mandir of its kind in North America and is made from 33,000 pieces of Italian marble and Turkish limestone… and it is open to visitors, for free, 9:00am-8:00pm daily
  • Visit Sylvan Beach. Play at the playground, dig in the sand and splash in the water.
  • Visit Clear Lake Park. This huge park is right on the water and has four big playgrounds (with amazing equipment), a splashpad, picnic pavilions, sports fields, a museum and more!
  • Visit Surfside. Play at the beach!
  • Visit Galveston. Play at lots of beaches, for free, in Galveston.

Free to the North(ish) of Houston:

Good to Know in Houston:

  • There are free events happening everyday in Houston. Find the full event list HERE (which includes many free things to do)!
  • For ideas on what to do in Houston each week, sign up for this FREE NEWSLETTER!

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