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Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

1 Westcott St., Houston, TX, 77007

Mansion once owned by philanthropist Ima Hogg highlights American art, culture and history and houses furniture and decorative arts. Extensive gardens are part of the tour. Interactive summer history camps teach kids about life in 18th-century America.

Rothko Chapel

1409 Sul Ross St., Houston, TX, 77006

Non-denominational chapel hosts a summer music series that is free and open to the public. Chapel also presents scholars, musicians, journalists, and spiritual leaders who speak, perform and lead meditations for the public. Other events planned for summer ...

Company OnStage

536 Westbury Square, Houston, TX, 77035

Non-profit community theater presents "Sleeping Beauty" June 29-July 27 on Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Bellaire Town Square Family Aquatic Center

7008 S. Rice Ave., Houston, TX, 77401

Center has a swimming pool, water slides and splash areas for younger children. Tables can be rented for parties or other large gatherings. Swimming lessons are also available. Families can take advantage of the facilities for a membership fee that provid ...

Cinemark Memorial City

310 Memorial City Mall, Houston, TX, 77024

Special discount price is offered for the first matinee showtime of the day.

Houston Symphony

615 Louisiana St., Suite 102, Houston, TX, 77002

Symphony Summer in the City series will be held at Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts. Selections for 2013 include Video Games Live at 7:30 p.m. July 5, Music of The Rolling Stones at 7:30 p.m. July 6, Pixar in Concert at 7:30 p.m. July 19-20 and Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons on July 27. ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights are free and open to the public and take place at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Offerings for 2013 include 100th Birthday Concert at 8:30 p.m. June 21, Mozart and Scheherezade at 8:30 p.m. June 22, Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet at 8:30 p.m. June 28, Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 at 8:30 p.m. June 29 and Star-Spangled Salute at 8:30 p.m. July 4. Sounds Like Fun! presentations with conductor Robert Franz take place at various locations June 6-July 10.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

1001 Bissonnet, Houston, TX, 77005

Museum plans summertime special events,such Happy Hour Thursdays; enjoy the museum for free and get a bite to eat at a food truck and enjoy DJ music. Other museum activities include A Book and a Look, in which families can check out a storybook and take it into the galleries to read in front of a work of art. MFAH staff will match up each family’s interests and favorite things with a storybook-and-art pairing. Creation Station offers art-making projects for families that are inspired by original works of art on display in the galleries. Families are encouraged to work as artists, using similar materials or similar ideas as the artist who created the focus work of art.

West University Branch Library

6108 Auden, Houston, TX, 77005

Free programs and events will be available throughout the summer at all Harris County Public Library branches. Have Book - Will Travel! is a summer reading program that offers rewards for reading and runs June 3-Aug. 10.

Houston Public Library

500 McKinney, Houston, TX, 77002

John P. McGovern Foundation Summer Reading Program, themed Go Under Cover for 2013, is a free program that rewards reading with a free book for the home. Visit any Houston Public Library location or register from your home computer. 2013 program runs thro ...

Millionaire Club

Houston Independent School District and Houston Public Libraries encourage HISD students to read a collective 1 million books this summer. Students who read 5 books are eligible to receive incentives and recognition on their campus when they return to sch ...

Spring Branch Memorial Branch Library

930 Corbindale, Houston, TX, 77024

Harris County public library branch offers story times for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Summertime activities for older children and teens are also available, including puppet shows, snack projects and petting zoos.

Studio Movie Grill CityCentre

# 805 Town and Country Lane, Houston, TX, 77024

SMG Toons program screens kids' movies with reduced admission on weekends and school holidays.

Discovery Green

1500 McKinney, Houston, TX, 77010

Twelve-acre park has natural, recreational, art, dining and eco-friendly features including a 1-acre lake, children's playground, interactive water features, an amphitheater stage, dog runs, public art works, WiFi connection and restaurants. Admission is ...

Downtown Aquarium

410 Bagby St., Houston, TX, 77002

Six-acre entertainment and dining complex is home to more than 200 species of aquatic life from around the globe, including a stingray reef. Complex features a full-service restaurant, bar, a ballroom, aquatic and geographic exhibits, shopping and amusem ...

Houston Museum of Natural Science

5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX, 77030

Science and education museum has 4 floors of natural science halls and exhibits, the Burke Baker Planetarium, Cockrell Butterfly Center and the Wortham IMAX Theater. Permanent exhibits include gems and minerals, Texas wildlife, paleontology, space, pre-Co ...

Holocaust Museum Houston

5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX, 77004

Nation's 4th largest Holocaust memorial museum raises awareness of the dangers that prejudice, hatred and violence brought about during the Holocaust. Facility features a World War II Holocaust rail car, a Danish rescue boat, art and photography galleries, an education center, a room for meditation and reflection and the Eric Alexander Garden of Hope. Docent-led tours can be scheduled groups of 10 or more. Special exhibits available during summer 2013 are Uprooted, which highlights the experiences of two Jewish families featuring materials from Holocaust Museum Houston’s Permanent Collection; and Through Soviet Jewish Eyes: Photography, War and the Holocaust, which features 58 photographs revealing the war as presented through the lens of the most important Soviet photojournalists.

Children's Museum of Houston

1500 Binz, Houston, TX, 77004

Kid-oriented museum features 14 galleries of hands-on exhibits focusing on art, science and world cultures for ages up to 12 years. Theme for 2013 is Summer of Epic Adventure. From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, the museum will transform into The ...

John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science

1515 Hermann Drive, Houston, TX, 77004

Better known as The Health Museum, the interactive science learning center is a member of the Texas Medical Center. Experiences include a hands-on, interactive walk through the human body and a 4-D theater. Special exhibits for summer 2013 are Eat Well, Play Well, in which visitors learn the science of making healthy food choices with interactive stations that let them discover what an appropriate serving size looks like, what it takes to burn off calories and more; Backyard Monsters: The World of Insects, featuring giant robotic insects along with interactive learning displays and one of the world’s largest private specimen collections; and Voyage, an art exhibit featuring the work of young patients and their families from the MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital Arts in Medicine Program. Free family hours are from 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays.

Theatre Under The Stars

800 Bagby, Suite 200, Houston, TX, 77002

Non-profit organization presents musical theater and student matinees, as well as morning and evening theater arts classes, Saturday workshops and summer and winter camps. For summer 2013 TUTS presents "A Chorus Line," July 16-21.

Houston Zoo

6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX, 77030

Zoological park located within Hermann Park is home to more than 4,500 animals belonging to over 900 species. Exhibits and facilities include a reptile and amphibian building, bird gardens, a duck lake, a tropical bird house, the Herbert A. and Elizabeth ...

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