Farewell, Summer: Seven Ways to Send Off the Season with a Smile

Julie Pippert - Houston
August 7, 2012

Do you have an end of summer bucket list? As August takes over the calendar and the aisles of our favorite stores fill up with school supplies instead of beach toys, it's time to acknowledge another summer is coming to an end. Many of the special and fun events geared for families seeking activities during the long (hot) summer days in Houston also come to an end. Mainly, though, our attention shifts to different activities for fall and winter. So what should your end of summer bucket list include? Here are a few favorite suggestions...

One last visit to Moody Gardens Palm Beach to float on the Lazy River, splash in the Wave Pool, get a thrill on a Tower Slide, play games in the Splashpad, or laze in a cabana. Squeeze out every last bit of a fun-in-the-sun summer's day.

In The Woodlands, catch a free concert in Northshore Park or head to great events for preschoolers such as swim lessons at The Woodlands Township Parks & Recreation Department 

Close it out with the wild beasties at the Houston Zoo and head to their End of Summer Bash. Chill out with a fan by the blue ice sculpture, and warm up to excitement with a scavenger hunt, magic mirrors and more.

Make sure you've seen all your favorites of the many kid movies out for summer at the AMC Theaters Summer Movie Camp with the amazing and cheap $1 ticket deals for G and PG movies. Shows are at a great time for kiddos-doors open at 9:30 a.m.and shows start at 10:00 a.m. It's available all over the Houston area, including Deerbrook, First Colony, Katy Mills, Gulf Pointe, and Willowbrook locations. 

Have fun downtown in the evening at Discovery Green Flea by Night and other special events for the summer at Discovery Green on the third Saturday of every month, with special Summer hours. Last day is August 18, 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Show kids the value of reduce, reuse and recycle while discovering great finds in the vintage market. See their website for latest news on vendors, music, food and special market events.

Space and summer may both be the final frontier for kids, so visit Space Center Houston for Goosebumps (Science of Fear) and Mission to Mars too, or make a special trip to the special event Curiosity: Seven Minutes of Terror. On August 5th for under $5 see the live landing of the Mars Science Laboratory, Curiosity. Admission includes the Lego Mars Rover contest, Mars experts, live landing data, pancake breakfast and more. Inspire your junior rocket scientist! 

Take your sports fan on a Minute Maid Park Tour. Visitors get an up close and personal guided tour of press boxes, dugouts and luxury suites. It lasts about an hour and you may even see some batting practice!    

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