Activities & Resources
Free Thinking: West Loop551in Houston, TX
about Free Thinking: West Loop:
Get out and enjoy some of Houston's hidden outdoor beauty at the Houston Arboretum, where trails take visitors through a forest filled with trees, ponds, and critters. An indoor center also offers plenty of hands-on explorations for nature lovers. And one of Houston's other great, free spots for nature- and science-loving kids is the Nature Discovery Center in Bellaire. The upstairs rooms are chock-full of activities, and visitors can also walk down the beautiful, shaded path to the playground at Russ Pittman Park.
On hot days, kids can cool off in the mist at the Williams Tower Water Wall behind the Galleria. The 64-foot wall of cascading water is adjacent to a stretch of greenspace, perfect for picnics and scampering about.
For the crafty minded, Lakeshore Learning Store sets up free craft stations every Saturday afternoon.
Storytimes abound at Borders locations at Meyerland Plaza and the Galleria, as well as at Barnes & Noble across the street from the Galleria.
Local libraries are always a good way to while away a day with baby and toddler storytimes in the morning and afterschool programs for older kids - and, of course, borrowing a pile of great kids' books is always an option. Check out the offerings at nearby branches, including Jungman, Looscan, and McGovern-Stella Link.
Getting hungry, and looking to save a few bucks? Berryhill Baja Grill's location on Post Oak Boulevard near San Felipe Street offers a kids-eat-free deal on Tuesday nights (one per purchase of an adult meal).
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