You don’t have to go on grand vacations to make the most of this summer. We have compiled our list of the Top 10 things to do in the Lake Houston area this summer.
It's summertime! And the living is easy!
This is the perfect place to take kids if you can’t keep them from bouncing off the walls. Urban Air is an indoor trampoline park where kids can jump, flip and play as they please. Ticket prices for adults and children older than 6 start at $14, but they also offers tickets specifically for children 5 and under, so people of all ages can jump safely. Urban Air is a great place to get some exercise and have fun while avoiding the heat.
A classic way to beat the summer heat is to go to a bowling alley, and Max Bowl in Humble is the family-friendly place to go. They offer a classic bowling experience every day as well as an option called “Cosmic Bowling” after 10 p.m. on the weekends, in addition to lasertag, a skywalk course and arcade games. You can order a pizza, burger, wings and many other options from their bar and grill Pin and Tonic. Max Bowl can host birthday parties as well.
Humble Family Skate Center
Skating at the long-standing Humble Family Skate Center is an affordable way to spend an afternoon with the family. Nice snacks, free parking and fun music make this a great place to go. The price of admission changes depending on the time and day, but the rink does offer admission and skate rentals for $3 on Tuesday nights. Be sure to check out the rules at humbleskate.com.
Old McDonald’s Farm
A classic activity for kids in the area is Old McDonald’s Farm. Tickets are $10 per person, which includes a petting zoo, train rides, pony rides, playgrounds and swimming pools. Food to feed the animals is available for $1, and families are welcome to bring bread for the ducks.
Main Event is a bowling alley, arcade, billiards hall, intense laser tag area and obstacle course, all in one. Their hanging rope course, called Gravity Ropes, offers a unique experience for daring fun-seekers. Their Summer FunPass grants access to most of their attractions for $13. Main Event also sells food and drinks, and it a great place for teens to hang out and have fun.
An activity for adults seeking summer fun is Painting with a Twist or Pinot’s Palette in Kingwood. Events provide step-by-step instructions by area artists on how to create paintings while participants enjoy their favorite wine or other beverages. Options are also available for families. More information can be found at paintingwithatwist.com/kingwood and pinotspalette.com/kingwood.
Charles Bender PAC
Long-time residents of the Humble area remember when the old Charles Bender High School closed its doors to students in 1973, and how it sat in disrepair for many years after it was abandoned in 2003. But two years ago, the building’s lower level and auditorium were renovated to become the Charles Bender Performing Arts Center, which now hosts a variety of events and performances. The lovingly restored and elegant theater is available to rent for private events. More information is at humblepac.com.
A new trend that began taking off in the U. S. two years ago and has since spread to our local area is escape rooms. The idea is that you and your friends are locked inside a room and you must use the clues and objects around you in the room to figure out how to escape before the timer goes off. Reservations can be pricey, so large groups are encouraged both to split the bill and to encourage a better experience. Escape Artist Texas in Kingwood and Cryptic Rooms in Humble are both local escape rooms that offer a variety of experiences for escapees.
Lake Houston Wilderness Park
Many nature enthusiasts in the area have visited some of our great local parks, such as Jesse H. Jones Park in Humble and East End Park in Kingwood, but the lesser-known Lake Houston Wilderness Park in New Caney offers a more rugged experience for the serious outdoorist. Admission to the park is just $3, which grants access to miles and miles of hiking trails. The park also puts on occasional events through their nature center, such as collecting and analyzing water samples and learning about local wildlife. Make sure to bring lots of water and sunscreen!
The Humble Museum
Instead of driving all the way to downtown Houston to go to a museum, visit the Humble Museum, which features exhibits and artifacts from our area’s local history. Right on the main street of Old Town Humble, the museum has information that covers the area from its first settlers to Humble’s oil boom days to the present. More information can be found at humblemuseum.com.