Your Houston Moms Summer Bucket List

young girl eating watermelonIt’s summer break, y’all! As a child, I absolutely LOVED summer break because it was two months of glorious, wonderful, completely unstructured time off. As a mom, however, the thought of two months of unstructured time is actually incredibly daunting

We put together a Houston summer bucket list for you to bookmark and pull out of your back pocket when you need a little help figuring out how to fill those long summer days. We hope you get to try an activity or two {or three!} off this list and that you all have the best time making memories together this summer! Happy summer!

A Houston Moms Summer Bucket List:

  1. toddlers in sunglasses float in poolHead to your local library and complete their summer reading challenge. Most public libraries also have a calendar of free events posted on their websites– these are definitely worth checking out!
  2. Plan a beach trip and start a new seashell/driftwood collection.
  3. Fill your water bottles and head out to a park you’ve never visited before.
  4. Consider investing in a family membership to the Houston Zoo, Houston Museum of Natural Science, or Children’s Museum. Just a few visits over the summer and you’ve already recouped your money! 
  5. Head to a local splash pad and pack a picnic lunch!
  6. Have a day date with your little{s).
  7. Host a “Yes” Day with your family.
  8. Bake treats for your neighbors.
  9. Have a family game/movie night in and a family sleepover after.
  10. Catch a show at Miller Outdoor Theatre.
  11. Go fruit or vegetable picking at a local farm.
  12. Visit a family member at work {bonus points if you bring them lunch!}.
  13. Plant some flowers or start a vegetable garden together.
  14. Have a water gun fight outside.
  15. Watch a sunrise or a sunset together.
  16. Enjoy a night under the stars at George Observatory.
  17. Let your kids make lunch or dinner for the family.
  18. Go on a family bike ride.
  19. Camp indoors and make some yummy indoor s’mores
  20. Have a sleepover with some friends or your cousins!
  21. Enjoy some “summer” treats together: corn on the cob, popsicles, and watermelon are just a few ideas.
  22. Unplug from electronics for a day {no TV, phones, or tablets- eek!}.
  23. Get snow cones or buy ice cream from an ice cream truck.
  24. Help mom or dad wash a car.
  25. Take flight with the Lone Star Flight Museum for their #PlaneAmazing summer programs!
  26. Do a fun summer craft– bubble art is really cool! Or you can paint a “pet” rock! 
  27. Catch a movie at Showboat Drive In Theater out in Hockley, Texas.
  28. Volunteer together as a family.
  29. Cheer on the ‘Stros at Minute Maid Park.
  30. Go fishing, swimming, kayaking, canoeing or paddle-boarding! 


young girl reads book on the beach

  1. Hulafrog is a great resource where you can find local activities for kids to do.
  2. I love Jill Jarvis’ website– she posts an amazing list of local Houston events each week. This is a super resource if you have kids aged 0 to 16!
  3. The Best Ideas For Kids is a super resource for kids crafts and fun summer activities.
  4. Thrillist has put together an incredible bucket list for a perfect Houston summer! 

What would you add to this list? We would love to know! Share your favorite Houston summer activities in the comments below!


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Cindy was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and raised in Sugar Land, Texas. She has a BS from the University of Texas at Austin in elementary education and a M.Ed in curriculum and instruction from Houston Baptist University. Cindy married her high school sweetheart, Stuart, after 10 years of dating. Stuart and Cindy are the parents of two beautiful girls and an adorable miniature schnauzer. In her spare time, Cindy loves to bake and try new recipes. In fact, her greatest ambition in life is to be a contestant on the Great American Baking Show one day. Cindy is also a huge Backstreet Boys fan and has seen them live in concert 9 times! Cindy has enjoyed writing her entire life and loves being a contributor for HMB.


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