A Houston Mom’s Guide to June 2018

Schoooool’s out for summah! 

If you are anything like me, you started hyperventilating a week or so ago thinking “WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO THIS SUMMER???”  Don’t you worry!  Even though it’s going to be HOT, HOT, HOT this month, the city of Houston is showing off and providing us with some amazing activities to fill up your days and make it a summer to remember!  I challenge you to get out and explore your city and try something new this month!  At the very least it will tire your children out for a quiet car ride home if you’re lucky!

This month, we are so excited to introduce you to our friends and sponsors — A.D. Players at The George. There are so many things we adore about this local organization, but we especially love their unique style and commitment to producing compelling theatre that upholds human value, celebrates creativity and engages a diverse audience. {A mother’s dream, amiright?} The company is one of Houston’s largest resident theater companies, impacting more than nine million people over its lifetime, and annually the company produces Mainstage Theatre performances, fields a Regional Touring Unit and maintains a year-round Performing Arts Academy.

At the beginning of 2017, their troupe moved into a brand new, state-of-the-art venue called the Jeannette and L.M. George Theater, and we are over the moon about all of their upcoming shows.  Namely, their final children’s show of the season “David, the Best Slinger in the West” which is set to run June 7-22.  We’ve got the full scoop on it in our guide below, but you can always head to ADPlayers.org for more info and to snag your tickets and view show times!  

Be sure to also note all of the other fun events happening in and around Houston this month.  There are festivals, 5k’s, family movie nights & more!  Grab your bug spray, sunscreen, and hand-held fan :: let’s do this, mamas!


 

June 2nd | 8am – 1pm :: White Oak Bayou Fish Off

By popular demand the WOB Fish-Off  is back for 2018.  This event will be held in conjunction with Friends of Woodland Park’s Happy Trails and Hot Dogs event.  Trophies will be awarded to the Biggest, Ugliest and Most Unusual fish caught in the White Oak Bayou!  Other awards will include Little Angler Trophies, Best Fish Lips; Best One That Got Away Story; Biggest trash item pulled from the White Oak Bayou. There are activities for the children, trail tours and free Hot Dogs for all!  Oh happy day!

June 2nd | 9am – 12pm :: Wear Orange Day Houston

Bring the family and gather with friends at Finnigan Park to enjoy family-friendly activities, learn about gun safety, and honor victims and survivors of gun violence.

June 2nd | 10am – 4:30pm :: Free Infant CPR and Choking Relief Training

Seventy percent of Americans report feeling helpless to act in a cardiac emergency.  Take advantage of this FREE opportunity to receive Infant CPR, choking relief and hands-only CPR Training at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.  Registration is required!  

June 2nd | 10am – 4pm :: Buffalo Bayou Rowing Center’s National Learn to Row Day

Buffalo Bayou Rowing Center (BBRC) will be hosting the 17th-annual National Learn to Row Day in collaboration with USRowing and Concept2, Inc. on Saturday, June 2. National Learn to Row day is the first Saturday of June to bring awareness to the sport of Olympic-style rowing.  This FREE event for all ages will include a community rowing challenge, prizes, swag, food trucks (Moon Rooster & Chocolate Wasted Ice Cream Co.), boat naming ceremonies, a Sally-Up challenge and much more.

June 4th | 6:30pm :: WWE RAW at the Toyota Center

Calling all WWE fans!  The Toyota Center is excited to welcome back WWE RAW on June 4. See the superstars of Monday Night Raw live in Houston! Toyota Center will welcome “The Big Dog” Roman Reigns, Samoa Joe, “The Monster Among Men” Braun Strowman, Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins, Finn Bàlor, Women’s Champion Nia Jax, “The Boss” Sasha Banks, (The Bar) Sheamus & Cesaro, General Manager Kurt Angle and many more!

June 6th | 10am – Noon :: Mommy Mingle Wednesday at Children’s Museum of Houston

Bring your little ones to the Tot Spot at the Children’s Museum of Houston {an exclusive exhibit for children 35 months and under}, and mingle with other mommies during Mommy Mingle Wednesday. Daddies, nannies and caretakers are welcome, too! Plus, enjoy free coffee and breakfast {while supplies last}.

June 7th – 22nd | 10:30am :: David, The Best Slinger in the West with A.D. Players at the George Theatre

Travel back in time – but not too far – as David and a giant named Goliath meet in a classic showdown, re-cast wild-west style.  The Biblical story of shepherd boy David and Philistine giant Goliath is set in the 1870s and retold as a classic western showdown in this final children’s show of the season.  Will Sheriff Saul protect his citizens?  Will sheep herder David stand up to the notorious leader of the Philistine gang?  Discover what happens when David leaves his six-shooter at home and goes up against Goliath with nothing but a slingshot in his hand. 

June 8th | 1pm & 2pm :: Jake the Pirate Celebration at Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center

Grab your pirate hats, mateys! Jake the Pirate is coming to Fort Bend for story time! Stick around and snap a selfie with him at our fan appreciation event!  Story time will last the first 15 minutes of the hour with meet and greet to follow.

June 8th | 4pm – 8pm :: World Oceans Day Festival

Celebrate the 2018 World Oceans Day at Stewart Beach in Galveston, Texas. Bring your friends and family and join us in celebrating the ocean right on its doorstep!  There will be interactive booths, yoga, art and live music!

June 9th | 7:30am – 11am :: 2018 Women’s Veterans March

Honor Women Veterans and change the preconceived notion of what a veteran looks like… veterans from across the services and across the U.S. are joining together in Houston by marching for the rights and recognition of women veterans in Texas and in America.

June 9th :: National Hug Your Cat Day {Children’s Museum of Houston}

No time for cat naps! Prance your paws over to the Children’s Museum of Houston and celebrate furry, feline friends during Hug Your Cat Day!   Special events will be offered throughout the day!

June 9th | 8:30pm – 10pm :: Movie Under the Moon {Little Giants}

Bring your family, friends and lawn chairs to the plaza at Sugar Land Town Square to enjoy a FREE Movie Under the Moon.  This month’s movie is Little Giants, a guaranteed hit for the entire family.  

June 15th – 17th | Various times :: Galveston Cajun Festival

What better way to celebrate Father’s Day Weekend than a good ol’ festival down by the beach in gorgeous Beach Central Park located located in the central of Galveston’s famed Seawall Blvd? Your kids will love their specialty KidZone, plus delight in the crawfish racing, crawfish eating contest, and live music. Not a crawfish fan? No worries, they will have plenty of other Cajun food vendors! Best of all, it’s FREE. And we love that a portion of the proceeds support local charities.

June 16th | 8am – 11am :: No Label Brewing Co. 1st Street 5k Beer Run

Give Dad the gift of exercise this year – and BEER! Strap on those running shoes, throw the kids in a stroller, and head out to one of Houston’s best breweries for this annual beer run. Finishers will be able to sample up to 4 different No Label brews, and non-participants may also purchase! Each runner will also receive a t-shirt and souvenir glass. Food trucks will also be on-site.  Register here

June 16th | 10am – 5pm :: Texas Oil Ranch Presents Fishing & Fun with Dad

Celebrate Father’s Day a day early at the Oil Ranch!  Treat Dad to a yummy lunch at the General Store.  We hear the barbecue beef sandwiches are famous!  Bring your pole, bait, and tackle for catch and release fishing at Lake Buenas Noches and get ready for a fun day that dad is sure to enjoy. 

June 21st | 5pm – 9pm :: 19th Street Third Thursdays Sip & Stroll

Head out to the historic 19th street in The Heights for this special Father’s Day edition of Third Thursdays. Treat the men in your life to some of Houston’s finest craft brew tastings along historic 19th Street while perusing boutiques, antique shops, jewelry, and home decor stores. {Hey, this may be the only time you can get your man to actually shop with you!} After you’ve picked up one or five treasures, make sure to visit the eclectic array of eateries that line this amazing block in our fine city.

June 20th | 6pm – 7:30pm :: Baby Bump Summer Social

Expecting?  Meet other Houston area parents-to-be, get expert pregnancy advice, and sip complimentary mocktails at the Motherhood Center’s Baby Bump Summer Social!  A panel of experts will answer your pregnancy questions on everything from labor/childbirth and breastfeeding to nutrition/fitness and all things motherhood.  Enjoy exciting raffle prizes, light bites and MORE!

June 22nd thru August 18 :: Evening Chill at the Houston Zoo {Fridays & Saturdays}

The Zoo is open late this summer! On Fridays and Saturdays from June 22 – August 18, you can enjoy the cooler evening weather until 8:30 p.m. Each week features a different theme with fun music, activities, and, of course, the animals! From snow to movie nights, there’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

June 22nd :: The NB Fitness Challenge

The Fitness Challenge is a free, 1- day fitness event for ages 6-13 designed to promote cardiovascular fitness, strength, and flexibility. New Balance professional athletes will captain the events and lead fitness games and activities!  All participants will receive a t-shirt and Challenge Journal!

June 22nd | 7pm – 10pm :: Mixers & Elixirs at the Houston Museum of Natural Science

Grab a babysitter and enjoy an adults only night with a twist! Doors open at 7 p.m. for the live band, dancing, cash bars, and the city’s best food trucks. The perfect party, where the science club meets the social set, happens each month from June through August. Hitting this scene is a sure sign of intelligence!

June 23rd | 7:30am – 10am :: Woodtrace Wilderness Kids Triathlon

Grab your little athletes for the Woodtrace Wilderness Kids Triathlon hosted by the Friendswood Development Company. The race, a USA Triathlon-sanctioned event, will have two designated start times: 7:30 am for ages 5 to 10 and 8:30 am for ages 11 to 15. The swim will be 100 yards for ages 5-10 and 200 yards for ages 11-15; bike ride will be 2 miles for 5-10 and 4 miles for ages 11-15; and run will be 1 mile for 5-10 and 2 miles for 11-15.  The MIX 96.5 Morning Team (Sarah, Jeff and Lauren) will emcee the race!  Everyone who participates will receive a race t-shirt and goodie
bag plus a finisher MEDAL.

June 23rd | 5pm – 8pm :: Summer Family “Campout”

Come enjoy a fun family-friendly event for all ages!  Explore NEO‘s interactive campsite with tents, games, s’mores and even a lawn fishing tournament. You can also practice casting a fishing pole while learning about native Texas fish or learn the right way to wear a life vest while checking out NEO’s kayaks and hybrid paddle boards. Just here for the fun? Play life-size games like 2×4 Jenga, Kerplunk, and Connect 4 or relax on the lawn with a game of checkers while listening to live music from Collector’s Item from 5-7 pm!

June 23rd | 8pm – 10pm :: Screen on the Green {Despicable Me 3}

Bank of America and TAQUERIAS ARANDAS, as part of the Xfinity Entertainment Series have partnered with Discovery Green for a showing of this hit movie from last summer. Admission is completely FREE. Snag a seat on the hill and don’t forget your lawn chairs or blankets. Food, wine, and beer will be available for purchase from the Lake House.


Looking for more? Check out these links…

2018 Ultimate Guide to Summer Camps

2018 Vacation Bible School {VBS} Guide

Top 30 Family-Friendly Patios in Houston

Best Baby Registries in Houston

50 Family-Friendly Restaurants in Greater Houston

Houston’s Best Family-Friendly Brunch Spots


Please Note :: While we make every effort to crosscheck current links and event details on our guides, we always encourage you to do the same before making final plans. If details are missing or incorrect, please let us know so that we can make every attempt to correct them. And if you know of any other events happening this month, include them in the comments to keep the list going!

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