HOUSTON-The summer vacation is almost over for school kids, but that doesn't mean your family can't have fun this weekend.

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August 7, 2009

You and your group can get a little spacey at the George Observatory in Brazos Bend State Park, located at 21901 FM 762 in Needville.

The observatory is south of Houston. You can get there by taking Highway 288 South past Highway 6 to FM 1462, where you will turn right toward Rosharon. Take 1462 to FM 762 and turn right (west) to the park entrance. If you're headed to the observatory from the south, take Highway 36 North to FM 1462, near the town of Damon. Turn right on 1462 and follow it around to FM 762, where you turn left to get to the park entrance.

Adults will have to pay a $5 entry fee, but kids get in free.

There's a $3 fee to use the observatory's telescope, but amateurs often take their own and use them free of charge.

The park also has great hiking, biking, lakes for fishing and lots of nature to see. Who knows, you may even see alligators.

From the great outdoors to the boys of summer, the Astros are back home at Minute Maid Park all weekend.

They play the Brewers at 7 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday and again at 1 p.m. Sunday.

On Friday, the first 10,000 fans get free retro T-shirts. Saturday fans get free Craig Biggio T-shirts, and Sunday the first 10,000 kids who are 15 years old and younger get free Astros backpacks.

At the Children's Museum of Houston, from now until Labor Day, Sundays are two-for-one ticket days. Tickets are $7, and babies get in for free.

If you don't want to pay at all, just wait for a Thursday. That's when everyone gets into the museum for free from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

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