Summer is a time when your kids kick back, forget about homework and create memories to share with their friends when August finally rolls back around. But those tall tales have to begin somewhere, right? We’re giving you a few ideas that might kick start your kid’s legendary “What I Did This Summer” essay. You can thank us when you get their first report card back.

Adventure on

Go on an expedition through Baytown, where kids get the chance to hunt for hidden containers at 31 of Baytown’s landmarks, piece together a puzzle through codes on containers, and earn swag at the end of the journey. Home to one of only four GeoTours in the state of Texas, your kids are sure to come away with a story from their visit to Pirate’s Bay Waterpark, Royal Purple Raceway, The Baytown Nature Center and more! Learn more here

Make fire

The Brazoria County Master Naturalists are hosting a four-day nature camp for kids at Quintana Beach Park. This nature-related programming is perfect for 7- to 12-year-olds who are interested in fish, turtles, marine mammals and exploring these habitats for themselves. The camp runs from July 16-19. Register by June 1.

Bait a hook

Sea Rim State Park Fishing

Sea  Rim  State  Park in Port Arthur is open  for  family  fun all summer long with  five  miles  of  natural  beach,  the  mile-long  Gambusia  Nature  Trail  boardwalk and  three  paddling  trails.  But the real fun begins during the Shore Fishing Clinics offered on-site. Kids and adults alike can get tips for their best catch from experienced park guides for the price of park admission. Catch the summer sessions on May 12, June 9, July 14,  August 11,  September 8  and  October 13. Bonus? Crabbing clinics are also available. Follow the Sea Rim State Park Facebook page for more information. 

Flip burgers

At the 71st Annual Fishin’ Fiesta at Freeport Municipal Park, kids ages 8 to 12 can test their culinary skills at the Jr. Hamburger Cook-Off on July 7. Amateur chefs will receive a t-shirt, apron and swag bag upon entry, but only one winner will walk home with bragging rights. Chefs should bring utensils, secret ingredients and swagger. The meat, charcoal and grill will be provided.

Blast off

If your kids are interested in space, we’ve got good news for you! Space Center Houston offers a full slate of Summer Day Camp programs for ages 4 to 11 with new, enhanced programs for kids ages 11 to 14 and 15 to 18. Beginners will learn the basics of Mars exploration, robots and space exploration, while more advanced learners will enter into a STEM based 5-day lunar program. Learn more here.

Learning Cajun style

Experience Gator Country, home to over 500 alligators in Beaumont. At this theme park, kids can meet the many caimans, alligator snapping turtles, snakes and other reptiles that call this amazing place home. The daily shows are sure to wow teens and kids alike. Afterwards, head to the Beaumont Children’s Museum for hands-on activities that include excavating dinosaur bones and creating art projects.

To learn more about experiences you can have this summer outside of Houston, click here.