Let’s face it, we have about a month left before we are all boiling and running for shade or a shower! Connecting children with nature has been shown to make them happier and smarter. Here are three local attractions to connect your children with nature, while the cooler temps last!

Nature Discovery Center

Curious Kids: Preschoolers (ages 3 to 5) and their parents or adult caregivers learn basic science concepts in hands-on classes that encourage and celebrate natural curiosity! Curious Kids lessons incorporate live animals, plants, natural objects, crafts, puppets, stories, and nature walks. Sign up for individual classes or for the semester at a discount.

Family Nature Nights

During the summer months, they host family-friendly Nature Nights at the Center. Nature Night activities start at 6:30 pm and include themed crafts and snacks, a guided nature walk, and an interactive presentation with live animal encounters!

Houston Arboretum 

Children’s Programs

Their children’s programs introduce youngsters to nature with hands-on activities, exploration, and interaction with the natural world.

Arboretum at Night for Families

Experience the Arboretum after dark with this special series of events, including night hikes and up-close encounters with live nocturnal animals! To suit adult attendees, these nighttime events come complete with snacks and adult beverages.

Hermann Park 

Children’s Story Hour

Bring your little ones to listen to a story every Friday morning in the McGovern Centennial Garden’s Family Garden. After the reading, children are invited to participate in a fun activity like coloring a picture or planting a seed to take home.

Train and Pedal Boats

Enjoy the park from Houston’s signature red train! In an effort to enhance the visitor experience and provide added convenience, Hermann Park Conservancy added three new stops along the Hermann Park Railroad track to allow train riders to get on or off at various points of interest.

Bring your breadcrumbs and pedal through McGovern Lake on both weekdays and weekends. Pedal back to the boat dock and grab a drink and ice cream from Pinewood Cafe!

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