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Katy's Big Giant Summer Fun Kids Guide

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

June 12, 2023

By Natalie Cook Clark


Katy families don't have to look far to find summer fun for all ages and stages. Some are FREE! See what local moms recommend.



Summer Fun is Easy in Katy

Katy kids have it made when seeking summer fun in Katy. The possibilities of fun are endless! Stay local and make summer plans. This guide is broken into categories to help families plan with "Katy Littles," "Katy School-Age Kids," and "Katy Teens." Please note that activities will be repeated in each category that they fit.


Some Katy Moms look to combine activities for a summer day. "We go to Altitude Trampoline Park and then CiCi’s. We’ve been doing it for years with our kids ages 1-7. It’s a great combo for energy release and food refuel," says K.E.


This list will continue to be updated throughout the summer to give you the greatest fun options to enjoy with your children in all stages.



Katy Littles

Baby through Kinder


Events at Central Green Park FREE

Gather the family for live music at Central Green Park at LaCenterra of Cinco Ranch on select Saturdays. Katy Littles can enjoy dancing on the lawn! Follow them on Facebook for information on all their events such as yoga, story time, live performances and more!


Photo courtesy: Central Green Park


Visit the most iconic landmark in Katy! The MKT railroad museum is an historic landmark with life-sized exhibits. Make sure to take your photo with the famous red caboose car.


Retreat to Mary Jo Peckham Park to connect with nature. The property surrounds a beautiful, stocked fishing pond with walking trails. Plus kids love the expansive playground with free putt putt golf. They also have various fitness classes with first priority given to City of Katy and Harris County residents.


Take a photo in front of the "You'll Love Katy" mural! While your there, explore the history of Katy's heritage at the Wright House, Stockdick House, and visit the Tradition Bank Bandstand.


Great indoor fun to beat The Katy heat!


Escape the Texas heat inside the recently-refurbished Katy Mills Mall. The 165+ stores feature many high-fashion outlets like Saks Fifth Avenue, Kate Spade, Nike and more. The mall welcomes families to enjoy the contemporary dining pavilion, Disney Jr. Play Zone and AMC Movie Theatres.


Enjoy a large indoor playground complete with arcade games. Perfect for entertaining Katy Littles.


Yes, it's a gas station, but a quick trip to the Buc-ee's in Katy proves that everything IS bigger in Texas. Even the car wash is BIG and the Guinness Book of World Records declared it to be the longest in the world! Grab some signature Buc-ee's gear, Beaver Nuggets, and an extra-large drink. It's tradition.


Indoor play great for Katy's littlest players.



The 32-acre park is located at the northwest corner of SH 99/Grand Parkway and Cinco Ranch Blvd., north of Cinco Ranch High School. Take a leisurely walk through Willow Fork Park to watch for butterflies visiting their special garden. The park is also equipped with boardwalks, a pedestrian bridge, playground, disc golf, bio swales, a pavilion facility with restrooms, picnic tables and grills.


Explore the upscale shops and restaurants spread across 34 acres of LaCenterra in Cinco Ranch. Families can gather in the common areas, find the perfect gift or choose from many of the indoor and outdoor dining locations.


Take a nice family bike ride on the trails through George Bush Park.


A Katy institution of fun since 1988, kids are still drawn to the fun of a classic roller rink. With great deals like All-You-Can-Eat-Pizza Night on Saturdays, Cheap Skate Wednesdays, birthday party packages, and more!


Great indoor play for active little kids!


Kanga's Indoor Playcenter and Cafe in Katy


The local Chick-fil-A restaurants offer fun programs for kids throughout the month with special visits from the Chick-fil-A cow and her friends.


Located at 9950 Katy Hockley Road, near where Katy ISD is building their next junior high and high school, Katy families can learn about nature. Fish, play, and walk the 865 acres that showcases the best of Katy nature. Learn more about activities and events at their website.


This railroad-inspired play area was created to serve children with special needs. The Katy Play Station features easy-access ramps, and activities for hearing- and vision-impaired children.


Trek through Katy's well-preserved prairie lands and learn about wildlife and conservation.


Explore a sensory garden rooted in children's play and dedicated to environmental education with a musical bridge, fun swing varieties, large play area, picnic tables, and a water cycle wall.


Exploration Park


Inside Katy Mills Mall, you’ll find the Tilt Studio. Take the whole family to play mini golf, laser tag, arcade games and even ride the Tilt-a-Whirl.



Operate real construction equipment and help your little live out their bull-dozer driving dreams!


 

Katy School-Aged Kids

First Grade through Fifth Grade


Events at Central Green Park FREE

Gather the family for live music at Central Green Park at LaCenterra of Cinco Ranch on select Saturdays. Follow them on Facebook for information on all their events such as yoga, story time, live performances and more!


Visit the most iconic landmark in Katy! The MKT railroad museum is an historic landmark with life-sized exhibits. Make sure to take your photo with the famous red caboose car.


MKT Railroad Museum


Retreat to Mary Jo Peckham Park to connect with nature. The property surrounds a beautiful, stocked fishing pond with walking trails. Plus kids love the expansive playground with free putt putt golf. They also have various fitness classes with first priority given to City of Katy and Harris County residents.


Indoor play and tons of arcade games make this fun for school-aged students.


When it's hot, play inside with your kids at Hooray.


At Inflatable Katy, you can book and indoor party with their inflatable attractions. Outside party packages can be customized to include mini golf, batting cages and Go Karts. Plus, they have a ferris wheel! Visit their website to find the best option and see the add-ons to make the day extra special.


Take a photo in front of the "You'll Love Katy" mural! While your there, explore the history of Katy's heritage at the Wright House, Stockdick House, and visit the Tradition Bank Bandstand.


Indoor play with fun galore!



Escape the Texas heat inside the recently-refurbished Katy Mills Mall. The 165+ stores feature many high-fashion outlets like Saks Fifth Avenue, Kate Spade, Nike and more. The mall welcomes families to enjoy the contemporary dining pavilion, Disney Jr. Play Zone and AMC Movie Theatres.


Yes, it's a gas station, but a quick trip to the Buc-ee's in Katy proves that everything IS bigger in Texas. Even the car wash is BIG and the Guinness Book of World Records declared it to be the longest in the world! Grab some signature Buc-ee's gear, Beaver Nuggets, and an extra-large drink. It's tradition.


The 32-acre park is located at the northwest corner of SH 99/Grand Parkway and Cinco Ranch Blvd., north of Cinco Ranch High School. Take a leisurely walk through Willow Fork Park to watch for butterflies visiting their special garden. The park is also equipped with boardwalks, a pedestrian bridge, playground, disc golf, bio swales, a pavilion facility with restrooms, picnic tables and grills.


Explore the upscale shops and restaurants spread across 34 acres of LaCenterra in Cinco Ranch. Families can gather in the common areas, find the perfect gift or choose from many of the indoor and outdoor dining locations.


Popstroke

Try your skills at the 18-hole putting course designed by Tiger Woods. Enjoy games and food at Katy's latest entertainment venue.


Popstroke


Take a nice family bike ride on the trails through George Bush Park.


A Katy institution of fun since 1988, kids are still drawn to the fun of a classic roller rink. With great deals and summer fun!


Embrace the next level of indoor entertainment excitement inspired by the racing legend himself. Test your skills in winding kart tracks, state-of-the-art arcades, virtual reality, laser tag, putt mini golf, and more. The perfect setting for the kid of any age young and young at heart.


The local Chick-fil-A restaurants offer fun programs for kids throughout the month with special visits from the Chick-fil-A cow and her friends.


Challenge yourself to learn a new skill at one of the largest indoor climbing facilities in the Unites States. Momentum Indoor Climbing features rope climbing, bouldering, kids' climbing, cross training, yoga, and workspaces for professional use.


Explore a sensory garden rooted in children's play and dedicated to environmental education with a musical bridge, fun swing varieties, large play area, picnic tables, and a water cycle wall.



The John Paul Landing Environmental Education Center Located at 9950 Katy Hockley Road, near where Katy ISD is building their next junior high and high school, Katy families can learn about nature. Fish, play, and walk the 865 acres that showcases the best of Katy nature. Learn more about activities and events at their website.


Main Event Bring the family to Main Event for fun and games under one roof! Test your skills on the gravity ropes, at the arcade games, bowling, and laser tag or at the billiard tables. Main Event also offers a full menu and bar


Katy Play Station FREE This railroad-inspired play area was created to serve children with special needs. The Katy Play Station features easy-access ramps, and activities for hearing- and vision-impaired children.


Altitude Trampoline Park Katy kids love to bounce on the wall-to-wall trampolines and dive into the giant foam pit. Altitude Trampoline Park also features a kid's basketball court, a climbing wall, and fitness classes for adults.


Indoor play perfect for a hot day!


Trek through Katy's well-preserved prairie lands and learn about wildlife and conservation.


The short drive from Katy to Hockley is worth it to travel back in time. Enjoy current, blockbuster movies in old-fashioned, drive-in style. Bring a blanket and chairs to enjoy the mild Texas weather.


Tilt Studio Katy


Inside Katy Mills Mall, you’ll find the Tilt Studio. Take the whole family to play mini golf, laser tag, arcade games and even ride the Tilt-a-Whirl.

 


Katy Teens

Junior High and High School


Events at Central Green Park FREE

Katy teens can enjoy live music at Central Green Park at LaCenterra of Cinco Ranch on select Saturdays. Follow them on Facebook for information on all their events such as yoga, story time, live performances and more!


Central Green Park


At Inflatable Katy, you can book and indoor party with their inflatable attractions. Outside party packages can be customized to include mini golf, batting cages, Go Karts, and more. Visit their website to find the best option and see the add-ons to make the day extra special.


Escape the Texas heat inside the recently-refurbished Katy Mills Mall. The 165+ stores feature many high-fashion outlets like Saks Fifth Avenue, Kate Spade, Nike and more. Teens can enjoy the food court and AMC Movie Theatres.


The 32-acre park is located at the northwest corner of SH 99/Grand Parkway and Cinco Ranch Blvd., north of Cinco Ranch High School. Take a leisurely walk through Willow Fork Park to watch for butterflies visiting their special garden. The park is also equipped with boardwalks, a pedestrian bridge, playground, disc golf, bio swales, a pavilion facility with restrooms, picnic tables and grills.


Explore the upscale shops and restaurants spread across 34 acres of LaCenterra in Cinco Ranch. Families can gather in the common areas, find the perfect gift or choose from many of the indoor and outdoor dining locations.


Popstroke

Try your skills at the 18-hole putting course designed by Tiger Woods. Enjoy games and food at Katy's latest entertainment venue.


Take a nice family bike ride on the trails through George Bush Park.


A Katy institution of fun since 1988, kids are still drawn to the fun of a classic roller rink. With great deals like All-You-Can-Eat-Pizza Night on Saturdays, Cheap Skate Wednesdays, birthday party packages, and more!


Embrace the next level of indoor entertainment excitement inspired by the racing legend himself. Test your skills in winding kart tracks, state-of-the-art arcades, virtual reality, laser tag, putt mini golf, and more. The perfect setting for the kid of any age young and young at heart.


Andretti Indoor Karting and Games


Challenge yourself to learn a new skill at one of the largest indoor climbing facilities in the Unites States. Momentum Indoor Climbing features rope climbing, bouldering, kids' climbing, cross training, yoga, and workspaces for professional use.


Katy teens love Main Event for fun and games under one roof! Test your skills on the gravity ropes, at the arcade games, bowling, and laser tag or at the billiard tables. Main Event also offers a full menu and bar.


Alamo Drafthouse Theme Days You’re invited special movie experiences at Alamo Drafthouse. From special themed openings to Cereal Showings. There's always something fun going on at the theater in the heart of LaCenterra.


Alternate Reality Escape Room Can you and your friends escape a Nuclear Fall-Out or Zombie Apocalypse in less than 60 minutes? Test your survival skills in one of the themed escape rooms at Alternate Reality. Not recommended for young children.



Altitude Trampoline Park Katy kids love to bounce on the wall-to-wall trampolines and dive into the giant foam pit. Altitude Trampoline Park also features a kid's basketball court, a climbing wall, and fitness classes for adults.


Feel the adrenaline rush of skydiving, without the altitude. Certified instructors are close by to guide you to an unforgettable aerial experience.


The short drive from Katy to Hockley is worth it to travel back in time. Enjoy current, blockbuster movies in old-fashioned, drive-in style. Bring a blanket and chairs to enjoy the mild Texas weather.


Inside Katy Mills Mall, you’ll find the Tilt Studio. Take the whole family to play mini golf, laser tag, arcade games and even ride the Tilt-a-Whirl.


 

Some of these summer fun activities were suggested by Katy Moms, an online community that connects Katy moms and allows them to ask questions and provide advice to each other.


Did we miss an idea that you love? Let us know at editor@katymagazine.com


 


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