The family has just returned from a family day trip to the city. The kids are full of energy raving about their experience at the Downtown Aquarium, while parents are exhausted from hours in the car. To prevent family conflicts on your next family day out – try exploring local gems close to home.
Here are five hidden gems of the Houston area that are perfect for family day trips.
1. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center
Enjoy family outings in the outdoors at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center which offers family entertainment Houston for all ages. Stroll along nature trails on the 80-acre savanna or enter the tree canopy on two elevated recreation trails. Kids can enjoy family activities at one of three playgrounds including our new Sky Trail Adventure course featuring a suspension bridge and zip line. The center also features an extensive native plant garden, art studio with family classes, gift shop, green home demonstration house, and model sustainable home.
2. Kiddie Park
When family members of all ages need to release excess energy, head over to Kiddie Park. Children can drive miniature cars on the track or ride the kiddie train around the park. A big hit is riding a camel or a pony – perfect for family photos – and don’t forget to see how long you can go down the slide before you wipe out! While there, make sure to pick up a family photo magnet from our new photo booth! Kiddies will enjoy eating their picnic lunch at our family picnic tables covered with our family-sized red and white checkered tablecloths.
3. SplashTown Houston
SplashTown is a family fun destination for all ages. Water lovers will enjoy the large water playground with a three-story water fort, family raft ride, and tube slides where you can race your family members through twists and turns! There is something new to explore behind every corner – great photo opportunities await on our family adventure bridge or in our unique family fun tunnel. Bring out your “inner pirate” at Skull Island featuring family slides and a themed splash pad play area. For those hot summer days, SplashTown offers covered picnic areas with family-style tables covered with bright red and white checkered tablecloths.
4. Frank’s Pizza Palace
Tired of eating fast food family picnics? Bring family members to Frank’s Pizza Palace for family-style Italian dinners. The family-style dinner includes salad, spaghetti with homemade sauce, Italian bread and butter, a choice of coffee or iced tea, and a family dessert. The family dinner is for up to ten family members and can be ordered by phone one day in advance (pick up only).
5. Klondike Park
If you’re looking for family fun off the beaten path – check out Klondike Park which features water squirts and sprayers perfect for cooling down on hot summer days! Bring along your soccer ball and play a family game of soccer or enjoy a picnic lunch under a family-sized picnic shelter.
If these family gems don’t keep the family occupied, try visiting one of our many family attractions close to home to avoid family conflicts while having fun.