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These Summer Arts Activities Are at Least as Interesting as Your Kid's iPad

There are plenty of fun (and often free) ways to get the family out of the house this summer.

By Holly Beretto June 8, 2018

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Summer in Houston not only means school’s out, but also that there’s a wealth of activities for families for summer fun. Here’s a look at performances and events both kids and parents will enjoy.

David, the Best Slinger in the West at A.D. Players

David, the Best Slinger in the West at A.D. Players offers a Western take on the David and Goliath story. Set in the 1870s, it pits sheep herder David against the leader of a notorious Philistine gang. The show runs as a matinee through June 22 and is a play kids and adults will enjoy.

Thru June 22. Tickets $20. A.D. Players, 5420 Westheimer Rd. 713-526-2721. More info and tickets at

Pinkalicious The Musical at Main Street Theater

Based on the beloved children’s book by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann, it’s the story of girl who all things pink—especially her pink cupcakes. What happens when she eats too many? Find out in this show that promises fun for the whole family.

June 12–July 29. Tickets from $20. MATCH, 3400 Main St. 713-524-6706. More info and tickets at

Classical Music at Miller Outdoor Theatre

The Houston Young Artists concert at Miller Outdoor Theatre on June 25 showcases the work of young classical musicians. It’s both an opportunity to witness preteens playing instruments sometimes as large as themselves (see: the cello) and witness the next generation of great performers take to the stage and demonstrate their mastery of these enduring pieces. Additionally, the ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights presents free Houston Symphony concerts in Hermann Park; we recommend the June 30 performance featuring Bernstein's Fancy Free, Schumann's Symphony No. 2, and violinist Hyun Jae Lim, fresh off a silver medal victory at Houston's vaunted Ima Hogg Competition.

HYAC June 25 at 11, Houston Symphony June 30 at 8:30 p.m. Free. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Dr. 832-487-7102. More info at and

African Dance and Drumming at Discovery Green

This performance is part of the Houston Public Library’s Summer Reading series, and allows participants to explore the languages, culture and geography of West Africa. There will be opportunities to take part in the drumming and dance.

June 26. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. 713-400-7336. More info at

Express Theatre’s Hilltop Festival for Children at Miller Outdoor Theatre

The four-day series features four different plays designed with families in mind. Freedom Train is the story of a mother and son escaping slavery on the Underground Railroad. New Clown in Town tells the tale of a clown in a wheelchair who wants to go to Clown College. Let’s Make A Play Today features the performers of Express Improv Players, who take suggestions from the audience to create a show on the spot. The Adventures of Santa Claus is based on the L. Frank Baum story of a boy named Santa who learns to bring joy to the world.

July 17–20. Free. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Dr. 832-487-7102. More info at

Museum District Family Day

The Lawndale Art Center has sessions in which participants can create sculpture poems; Asia Society Texas offers the chance to create a craft based on Japanese woodblock prints; and the Contemporary Arts Museum allows visitors to add their stories to the organization’s text map that can be shared with fellow visitors.

July 21. Free. Various Locations. More info at

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