A Houston Mom’s Guide to July

Hello July!  With the newness of summer wearing off and the temps rising we know you may need a thing or two {or five} to add to your calendar!  We are looking forward to celebrating the 4th with our loved ones and enjoying lazy days and relaxed evenings the entire month.  Grab your red, white and blue, a cold beverage and your planner to schedule out the last full month of Summer 2018!

We are so excited to partner with The Learning Sphere {Pediatric Speech Therapy} this month on a unique event at We Rock the Spectrum Houston Memorial – more info below.  The Learning Sphere is a group of three speech-language pathologists with over 43 years of combined experience.  In June 2018 they opened their doors in the Spring Branch/Memorial area and are excited about offering their creative, highly skilled speech therapy services to the Houston community!

A few things that we love about them and that make them so unique is that they offer customized pricing and packages, educational groups throughout the year, parent training and one hour treatment sessions.  The Learning Sphere is specialized in treating children who have a diagnosis of ADD/HD, Social/Pragmatic difficulty, Autism, Stuttering/Fluency, Articulation Delay/Disorder, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Feeding Disorders/difficulties, Language Delays, or are considered a Late Talker.

child emerging from sensory deprivation shell

Check out the full list of July events below including a slew of activities from The Learning Sphere.  Just this month they have classes and skills camps for ages 18 months thru 8 years.  As Houston Moms, we are so excited and grateful to have their experience and expertise available.

We hope you have a wonderful month soaking up everything summertime in Houston…and stay cool and safe while doing it!

male child playing with toy truck in sand

July 1st – September 3rd | Open until 8:30pm :: Chill Out at the Houston Zoo

Stay cool all summer long as TXU Energy presents Chill Out at the Houston Zoo! Even in the heat you can head to the Zoo for a relaxing day filled with fun, education, and amazing animals. It may be hot outside, but the Zoo is cool and open late until 8:30pm now thru September 3, 2018.

July 1st | 1pm – 4pm :: Sunday Family Zone at Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Come explore July’s theme of “Innovation in Art: Discovering Experimental Design” at MFAH with the entire family. Events are free with general admission and include activities, games, storytelling, and mini gallery tours. Enjoy two storybook circles, at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., which connect the works of art with fun and exciting stories.

Happy Independence Day, America!
July 4th :: Check out our comprehensive guide to Houston’s 4th of July Fireworks & Festivities here!

child with patriotic sunglasses yelling at sky

July 4th | 11am – 3pm :: Kidpendence Day

The Children’s Museum of Houston invites you to celebrate Kidpendence Day on July 4.  Various activities will take place throughout the day including a Captain America and Founding Fathers Meet & Greet.

July 4th | Noon – 5pm :: Bayou Bend Fourth of July Festival

Squeeze in some family fun before heading out to see the fireworks and stop by Bayou Bend’s Annual Fourth of July Festival. Taking place from noon – 5 p.m. on July 4, this FREE event features an extravaganza of all things Americana: performers, crafts, activities, refreshments, and more. Enjoy a reading of the Declaration of Independence–followed by a toast with lemonade–twice during the afternoon on the Diana Terrace. Don’t forget to sign the giant copy of the Declaration of Independence before you leave! Celebrate Independence Day with the Museum of Fine Arts Houston at Bayou Bend!

July 4th | 8:30pm – 10pm :: Symphony Summer Nights with ExxonMobil

Presented by ExxonMobil and featuring Brahms’ Symphony No. 4, these family-friendly performances will delight the young and old alike. Free tickets are available on the day of the performance from 10am – 1pm for covered seating. The box office will re-open at 7:30pm for the remainder of the tickets, but open seating is always available on the hill.

July 6th | 10am – 11am :: Children’s Story Hour

Bring your kiddos out to The Family Garden in the McGovern Centennial Gardens at Hermann Park for a special hour of storytelling. After the story, hang around for activities like coloring or planting a seed to take home.

July 6th | 8pm – 10pm :: Friday Family Movie Night at Memorial City Mall {Moana}

There’s no better place to be than The Square at Memorial City on Friday night!  Grab a blanket or lawn chair for the showing of Moana on a 24’ X 14’ hi-definition screen with surround sound!  Enjoy complimentary popcorn and also stop by one of Memorial City’s great restaurants or food court beforehand and make a night of it? Also, you can enjoy the movie from the patio of either Maggiano’s or The Cheesecake Factory for the ultimate “dinner and a movie” experience.

July 8th | 11am – 7pm :: Houston Halal Food Truck Festival

Are you ready for the new Halal experience?  Come hungry to this family friendly day with free parking and admission and located on the Plaza adjacent to the Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land.

July 12th – 21st | Various times :: Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes at NRG Stadium

Families, assemble!  Don’t miss this action-packed live arena show featuring over 25 Marvel characters on one epic quest! Get your tickets now!

July 14th | 8:30pm – 10pm :: Movie Under the Moon {Paddington 2}

Bring your family, friends and lawn chairs to the plaza at Sugar Land Town Square to enjoy a FREE Movie Under the Moon.  This month’s movie is Paddington 2, a guaranteed hit for the entire family.

July 15th | 3pm :: Harlem Globetrotters

It’s four quarters of FAMILY FUN when you see the Harlem Globetrotters Amazing Feats of Basketball World Tour, coming to Houston this summer! While the Globetrotters are known for their mind-blowing basketball skills, their greatest skill is bringing families together to see some of the greatest athletes on the planet.  Save 25% with Code: SAVE25. Tickets start as low as $18.

July 17th – 19th | 10:30am – 11:15am :: Leap into Language Parent & Toddler Class

Join The Learning Sphere to help foster your child’s language development through a multi-sensory play & music based approach which will be fun for everyone.  The class includes three, 45-minute sessions for ages 18-30 months.

July 18 – 22nd | {check website for times} :: Houston World Series of Dog Shows

Calling all dog enthusiasts! Known as one of the finest dog shows in the nation, you will not be disappointed with the breed judging, obstacle courses, flyball teams, and frisbee catching. Beyond the antics, learn from the masters regarding pet health, education, grooming, and more.

July 21st | 9am – Noon :: Snow Day at the Houston Zoo

Head to the Houston Zoo on Saturday, July 21 for a Snow Day thanks to TXU Energy Presents Chill Out at the Houston Zoo! Guests can enjoy this winter wonder from 9:00 a.m. until noon (unless it melts away first).  There will be two snow fields; a smaller field for the little ones and a larger field for the bigger kids, so this event is fun for the entire family. Kids of all ages can create their own snowman, make a snow angel or simply enjoy the cold snow on a hot summer’s day.  All Snow Day  activities are included in your Zoo admission and are FREE for Zoo Members.

July 21st | 7pm – 10pm :: Julydoscope at Discovery Green

Bring the family to Discovery Green for a FREE, family-friendly festival of film and arts featuring a screening of the Space short film series, CineSpace. There will be giveaways, performances, and activities for everyone to enjoy!  Hosted by the Houston Cinema Arts Society.

July 23rd – 26th | 9:30am – 11:30am :: Social Skills Camp with The Learning Sphere

The Learning Sphere believes every kid can make a friend!  This Social Skills Camp is geared for children with High Functioning Autism and is based on the Social Thinking Curriculum.  It is designed to help your child build positive relationships, increase self confidence and learn the critical aspects of language for navigating his/her social environment.

July 28th | 10am – 5pm :: Big Top Vintage Market

Big Top Vintage Market is heading Stafford Texas to bring the best in vintage, unique, one of a kind and shabby chic gifts, home decor, clothing and more to the Stafford Centre.
100 unique Texas vendors will come together to bring an amazing assortment of shopping, family fun and food to Houston!

July 28th | 1pm – 8pm :: Houston Fajita Festival

Celebrate Mexican culture with the 3rd annual Houston Fajita Fest, including tons of delish fajitas, a beer and spirit garden with margaritas and Micheladas {yes, please!}, plus live entertainment for all ages. Cool off in the “Chill Zone” or watch your kids clamber about in “The Playground.” General admission is FREE for all ages. Snag your tickets here.

July 28th | 2pm – 10pm :: Soul Flower Music Fest

Get ready to experience something new this summer with music, culture and fun at Discovery Green Park in the heart of downtown Houston!  Soul Flower Music Fest is a one day music festival showcasing national and local acts in R&B, Hip Hop and Soul!

July 28th | 7:30pm – 10pm :: Starlight Movie Night

Starlight Movie Night at historic Rice Stadium is making it’s return debut this summer!  Sponsored by Rice Athletics and University Place Super Neighborhood: Come sit on the field at Rice Stadium and enjoy free, family-friendly movies on the videoboard! The event is open to the public, who are welcome to bring their own blankets and refreshments (no glass containers, gum and no pets, please).  Free snacks and bottled water will be provided, and food trucks fare will offer snacks and drinks for purchase. Parking is available in Rice’s Greenbriar Parking Lot, west of the stadium, for $3 (credit card only).

July 31st | 10am – Noon :: Tips & Tools Speech Therapy Play Date

Houston Moms Blog is joining The Learning Sphere at We Rock the Spectrum Houston Memorial! Children will have the opportunity to play in the Sensory Gym at We Rock the Spectrum and Speech-Language Pathologists will be on hand to answer questions about how to stimulate language through play.

Looking for more? Check out these links…

2018 Ultimate Guide to Summer Camps

Top 30 Family-Friendly Patios in Houston

Best Baby Registries in Houston

50 Family-Friendly Restaurants in Greater Houston

Houston’s Best Family-Friendly Brunch Spots

Please Note :: While we make every effort to crosscheck current links and event details on our guides, we always encourage you to do the same before making final plans. If details are missing or incorrect, please let us know so that we can make every attempt to correct them. And if you know of any other events happening this month, include them in the comments to keep the list going!


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