15 Reasons Discovery Green® is the Ultimate Family Fun Destination this Summer

15 Reasons Discovery Green® is the Ultimate Family Fun Destination this Summer

With over 700 free events every year, Discovery Green almost always has something great to entertain the entire family, from kid-focused music lessons to Screen on the Green® movie nights, not to mention fantastic special events like the Academy Sports + Outdoors FUNomenal Family Festival on May 26. This free annual event runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and features rides, games, entertainment and activities to engage the entire family, including a Nerf® Blasting Zone, face painting, interactive inflatables, special appearances by some of your favorite characters and three foam parties where kids can have a sudsy good time.

With such a packed schedule, it’s easy to forget that the park is full of permanent and seasonal features that make Discovery Green the ultimate family destination no matter what's on the calendar. Looking for everyday entertainment inspiration? Here are just a few ideas for how to make any day a great day at Houston’s most vibrant urban green space this summer.

1. Enjoy water sports in the shadow of the Houston skyline by renting a kayak or an R/C sailboat from Bayou City Adventures and cruising around Kinder Lake.

2. Perfect your short game—and your golf clap—at the Hagstette Family Putting Green (putting equipment is available on the weekends from the Rocket Dog, our resident Art Cart).

3. Hold a colorful family photo shoot in front of Margo Sawyer's Synchronicity of Color.

4. Relax and inspire your imagination by getting lost in a good book under the oak-lined canopy of the Brown Foundation Promenade or sprawled out on the Sarofim Picnic Lawn.

5. Cool off on a hot day in the fanciful, dancing water jets of the Gateway Fountain or the cascading water of the Mist Tree.

6. Join a sporting tradition that dates back to the Romans with a friendly game of bocce in the Carruth Foundation bocce courts (bocce ball equipment is available on the weekends).

7. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through nature on the McNair Jogging Trail.

8. Enjoy hot dogs and tacos al fresco on the patio at The Lake House.

9. Make a new four-legged friend at the dog runs or bring your own extended furry family member to stretch and play in the shade.

10. Run, jump, climb and slide on the John P. McGovern Playground, which will be even more fun once the upcoming renovation is complete.

11. Engage in a little healthy competition with a game of shuffleboard at Trini's Shuffleboard Court.

12. Explore the natural beauty of Discovery Green's dozen-plus gardens, including the Bernice Hevrdejs Butterfly Garden, Sanders Hummingbird Garden and the fragrant Jackie Martin Family Scent Garden.

13. Instigate a game of tag or hide-and-seek in, under and around the Monument Au Fantome sculpture by Jean Dubuffet. 

14. Tell some secrets—and sneak in a little science lesson!—at the Listening Vessels.

15. Rent games and other fun stuff for a day on the lawn from Rocket Dog, our resident Art Cart, which can be found in the park on weekends when the weather is nice.



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