5x the Fun: Affordable Family Fun in Houston

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Family Fun in Houston

Affordable Family Fun in Houston

I’m always on the hunt for ways to have fun with the family without spending much money! There are great ways to spend time together no matter what your budget! We have discovered a number of great things to do around Houston! Here are 5 of our current faves!

  • Waterway Square, The Woodlands – I absolutely love taking W down to Waterway Square. We live just a few minutes away so it’s a quick drive over. On warm days, he can play at the splash pad. In the evenings, J and I can spend some quality time together enjoying one of the restaurants nearby followed by a walk along the water. You can even hear concerts from the Pavilion as you walk along the waterway. There are sometimes family movie nights and live music as well!
  • Mercer Arboretum, Spring - Mercer Arboretum is a gorgeous place to spend the day when the weather cools off. My whole family enjoys it. Grambo loves walking through and looking at all of the plants. W loves playing at the playground across the street. The playground area also features a great picnic area making it a very affordable way to get outside with the family.
  • Bouncin’ Bears, Spring - W is always on the go! He loves to climb and run! That is why I love Bouncin’ Bears. It’s a great place for him to do what he is best at — play! The have a toddler section with inflatables that are specifically for kids 3 and younger. The older kids are not allowed to play in that area so the younger ones have a safe place to have a blast! Kids under 18 months are free, 18 months to 6 years are $5, and 7 and older are $8! It’s an affordable way to wear your child out!
  • Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands – Most people are familiar with all of the great concerts at the Pavilion, but I love that they offer a variety of free and affordable family events. From free concerts courtesy of the Houston Symphony to the Children’s Festival there are so many ways to have fun without spending much at all!
  • Free afternoons at the Houston Zoo, Houston - On the first Tuesday of each month, the Houston Zoo offers free admission from 2pm until closing. I love going to the zoo. We can bring our own food and W loves the animals. Free admission sweetens the deal and makes it one of the most affordable family evenings you can have in town!
I love having 5x the opportunities to make great memories with my family. The memories are absolutely priceless!
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About Mariah Moon

Mariah is a former teacher and mother of a rambunctious little boy living in The Woodlands, Texas. She recently welcomed a little girl into the family and is learning how to balance a toddler and an infant! She works every day to figure out how to balance all of her roles and figure out her formula for being mom! She can also be found at Mommy Mindset Media, Disney DIY and Noise Girls.


  1. Houston sounds like a lot of fun! My husband and I have wanted to visit TX (he has family there), and we will know what to check out when we are there!
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  2. I love anything water related, especially in the super hot summer months.
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  3. I’ve never been to Houston, or anywhere in Texas for that matter, but it’s on my list of places to visit!
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  4. It looks like you have a lot of fun things to do! We have lots of places here in New Mexico as well……sometimes you forget when you’ve lived in one place for so long.
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  5. I have never been to Houston, but sounds like there are loads of great things to do!

  6. Thank you for the ideas. Not sure when we get out that way, but it’s good to know what we cana actually do
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  7. You have so many fun things to do in Houston. Sounds like a great place to visit!
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  8. By far my sons favorite place to go is a local playground not that far from our house. He plays for at least can hour and loves going down the slide.
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  9. Living in a smaller town, it’s more difficult to find things to do with the kiddos.. But we do enjoy spending time together at the parks or the beach! We also like to have friends over to our house for some fun (and free!) playdates! :)
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  10. My kids would so be loving to go to the zoo! They love animals and having free admission dates is so cool!
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  11. Great list for anyone traveling to Houston!
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  12. This is an awesome list. I will keep it bookmarked in case we end up there for a visit!
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