We’re deep into summer right now, and it’s a great time to be outdoors. Lots of our Houston parks are open. You can walk your dog at one of the dog parks. Get everyone in your Houston home together and take a hike on one of the trails. Play croquet, disk golf, volleyball, and go skateboarding. Several tennis courts are open, too. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy in the shade. Visit the Parks and Recreation Department online to find out where kids 18 and younger can pick up lunch Monday through Friday from 1 to 3 p.m.
Houston real estate owners who love golf can grab their clubs and head out to the links. Gus Wortham Park Golf Course is open, and you can reserve a tee time online. Safety precautions are in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Golf carts are sanitized after every use. Only single-rider carts are available for an additional fee. The course encourages players to get a little more exercise in and walk the course. The driving range is open for practice. Staff disinfects all balls and containers after each use. Bring our own water bottle, as all water coolers and ice machines have been removed for the time being.
The course is open seven days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., except for Wednesday, when it opens at 11 a.m. Greens fees are $30 Monday through Thursday for walkers and $38 Friday through Sunday. There are discounts for seniors and juniors, as well as for playing after 3 p.m.
Visit Gus Wortham Park Golf Course online to learn more and book your tee time.
Hermann Park Golf Course is also open. It’s another favorite of golfers living in a Houston home. Players are required to wear a mask while inside the building. Golf carts may have two riders, and each one is sanitized after use. The course is open to the public seven days a week. Located near the medical center, it’s a fun place to go to unwind for anyone working and living in the Loop area of Houston real estate. Players will appreciate the mature shade trees as they move from hole to hole.
Regular green fees are $23 Monday through Thursday, and $34.25 Friday through Sunday. Save money with a twilight tee time, which starts five hours before dark and costs $17.50. Super twilight rates start three hours before dark and are $14.50. Juniors and seniors also have special discounted rates.
Visit Hermann Park Golf Course online to learn more about the course and book a tee time. Be sure to check out information on golf lessons and range fees, too.
For those days when you just want to stay in at your Houston home, lots of local institutions are still putting up tons of online content. Harris County Public Library is hosting its annual summer reading program. This year, all events and activities are online. Each week has a different theme and related programming. The theme for the week of July 13th is “Showtime”. The book theme is “There Be Dragons” and focuses on books about fantastical beasts. Online events include two spoken word poetry workshops on Tuesday and Thursday and a screening of CineSpace on Wednesday. Readers of all ages will find interesting book recommendations and can enjoy the online offerings.
Adults who want to discuss books virtually should consider joining Book Club Cafe. The meetings are at 11 a.m. on the second Monday of the month. Monday, July 13th is the next meeting, so if you grab the book now, you can still join the discussion. Be sure to check out other virtual book clubs hosted by the library. Adults can also take computer classes online through the library. English learners can practice their speaking skills in virtual meetings. Other classes include Japanese, meditation, yoga, and practical issues like estate planning and job searching.
Discovery Green is open to the public, though the playground, benches, and restrooms are closed. The Lake House cafe is open Thursday through Monday from noon to 7 p.m. Purchase food and drink for the perfect picnic. Purchasing items at the Lake House helps to support Discovery Green and allows it to keep producing online content.
Speaking of online content, Discovery Green has lots! Get kids interested in hands-on science activities with Scientific Sally of Mad Science Houston. Physics and chemistry come alive as Sally demonstrates the difference between a physical and chemical change with colors, explosions, and more.
The Discovery Green Facebook page is hosting lots of cool live stream events. Local “raptivist” Genesis Blu will be performing on Thursday, July 16th at 7 p.m. Set up your own little outdoor dancing and music oasis, so you can dance along to your heart’s content.
Even though many traditional summer events have been cancelled this year, there are still many ways to have fun and stay safe. We hope this list sparks your curiosity and helps you make summer 2020 one to remember fondly.
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