Hidden treasures in Houston offer family-friendly fun for $2 or less


by Katherine Whaley / KHOU 11 News


Posted on January 11, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 11 at 9:25 PM

HOUSTON—If saving money and having fun is on your list of New Year’s resolutions, we have a list for you!  The producers at KHOU.com have put together a list of 33 things you can do right here in Houston that cost two bucks or less.  Cutting down on spending doesn’t mean you have to cut out the fun!
One of the web producers said it’s been a big help in keeping her own kids entertained and it “tires them out” for less.
As we hit some of the highlights of the list, let’s start with the kiddos. 
The Children’s Museum calls itself a “playground for the mind.”  It’s a free playground every first Sunday of the month this year thanks to retailer Target, a museum partner. 
Also among the “33 things” are the Contemporary Arts Museum and the Beer Can House, a one-of-a-kind, proving we have some of the best kept secrets right here in Houston.
Let’s go outdoors to the Lee and Joe Jamail Skate Park near downtown. Skaters and spectators are welcome. It’s free, but bring your helmet! 
For a walk on the wild side, hike the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center. Five miles of trails are yours to explore at no charge.
Use your inside voices at the Houston Public Library. Beyond books, it offers free educational activities for the entire community year-round. 
Also open all year is the Kemah Boardwalk. The waterfront getaway boasts restaurants, rides, games and shopping.  To soak up the sights won’t cost you a dime.  It really is something for everyone!
For more inexpensive ways to have fun with the family, click here for the complete list