The Kingwood Branch of the Harris County Public Library suffered extreme damage to the first floor of its facility during Hurricane Harvey. Books, computers, furniture, and the well-loved Friends of the Library (FOLK) Norris Pelham Used Book Store were all lost when the building took on approximately 4 feet of water during the storm.
Fortunately, a dedicated team of professionals has been hard at work since September of 2017 to restore the library to its former glory. Donations from community organizations and Kingwood residents greatly accelerated the process.
On Wednesday, June 27th, the Kingwood Branch Library celebrated its grand re-opening with the Kingwood Community. Library officials thanked local organizations and residents who were instrumental in the restoration of the facility. The community celebrated with cake, punch, music from the Kingwood Park High School drum line, and lots and lots of books! Welcome back, Kingwood Branch Library!
Images by M. Rosato.
State public universities:
University of Houston
Established in 1927, the University of Houston empowers students in their pursuit of learning, discovery, leadership and engagement. Located in a sprawling metropolis, the premier Tier One campus provides students with cutting edge programs including undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, distance and continuing education. Ranked among the best colleges in America, UH is home to award-winning faculty, innovative research centers, has one of the most diverse student populations in the nation, and alumni who have become international leaders. At the University of Houston, students are prepared to envision their future, emerge as leaders and launch careers that transform the world. Read more.
Undergraduate degrees: 90
Graduate degrees: 80, with concentrations
Doctoral degrees: 3 with concentrations, 3 professional
Acceptance rate: 59.7%
Texas Southern University
Texas Southern University is a student-centered comprehensive doctoral university committed to ensuring equality, offering innovative programs that are responsive to its urban setting, and transforming diverse students into lifelong learners, engaged citizens, and creative leaders in their local, national, and global communities. Read more.
Undergraduate degrees: 79
Graduate degrees: 31
Doctoral degrees: N/A
Acceptance rate: 50.9%
Private colleges and universities:
Set in the heart of Houston, Texas, the nation’s fourth-largest city, Rice is a comprehensive research university that fosters diversity and an intellectual environment that produces the next generation of leaders and advances tomorrow’s thinking. Read more.
Undergraduate degrees: 60
Graduate degrees: 9
Doctoral degrees: 4
Acceptance rate: 16%
Strayer University makes an outstanding higher education experience available to students with the will to achieve and succeed. When you enroll in this fully-online university, you can earn the degree you need without putting your career on hold. Read more.
Undergraduate degrees: 7
Graduate degrees: 12
Acceptance rate: 100%
North American University
North American University is a small university located in Houston, TX. Houston is a metropolitan city full of opportunities, and at NAU, students receive personal attention and find many options for social engagement. The student body represents the best of the United States of America and the world in diversity. The faculty is highly qualified with doctorate degrees in their fields and a vast body of professional experience. NAU offers a student-centered learning environment where every student is valued and provided with opportunities to grow. Read more.
Undergraduate degrees: 9
Graduate degrees: 6
American InterContinental University
American InterContinental University's mission is to provide for the varying educational needs of a career-oriented, culturally diverse and geographically dispersed student body with the goal of preparing students academically, personally, and professionally. Its fully-online degrees allow students to maintain careers and families while pursuing their higher education. Read more.
Undergraduate degrees: 30
Graduate degrees: 18
Houston Graduate School of Theology
Houston Graduate School of Theology works to equip women and men to be ministers and messengers of God’s mission of reconciliation through academic excellence, personal transformation and leadership development. Read more.
Undergraduate degrees: N/A
Graduate degrees: 5
Doctoral degrees: 1
University of St. Thomas
The University of St. Thomas (UST) is Houston's Catholic University, committed to the religious, ethical and intellectual traditions of Catholic higher education. For more than 70 years, UST has promoted students into successful careers in medicine, education, business, public administration and more – throughout Houston and across the globe. The student body reflects the rich diversity of the city itself. UST welcomes undergraduate and graduate students of all faiths and of no faith. The campus is located in Houston's Museum District and Innovation Corridor, a diverse and vibrant urban environment with professional opportunities. UST is just steps from downtown and the famed Texas Medical Center where many students perform prestigious internships. Read more.
Undergraduate degrees: 39
Graduate degrees: 22
Doctoral degrees: 3
Acceptance rate: 84%
Houston Baptist University
Houston Baptist University offers an intimate college environment in the heart of one of the most vibrant and diverse cities in the United States: Houston, Texas. Attending to HBU as a student is about more than books, tests and lectures. It is about stepping into a community where each person is recognized as a distinct individual. HBU strives to not only develop each student academically, but spiritually, physically and relationally as well. The beautiful 100-acre campus is located just minutes from the city’s thriving downtown district, and the opportunities for jobs, internships and fun surround it. Read more.
Undergraduate degrees: 56
Graduate degrees: 24
Doctoral degrees: 2
Acceptance rate: 33.2%
The College of Biblical Studies
Incorporated in 1976 as Houston Bible Institute, the College of Biblical Studies (CBS) began offering classes in 1979. Since its first class, CBS has lived out its mission of providing a biblically based education that embraces all ethnicities and strives to equips students with an academic and spiritual foundation needed to lead their communities, churches and families. Read more.
Undergraduate degrees: 5
Graduate degrees: N/A
Lone Star College System
Lone Star College is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the nation. Students rely on Lone Star College for Associate Degrees, certifications for work in high-demand industries, and credits that enable them to transfer anywhere. Lone Star College System provides comprehensive educational opportunities and programs to enrich lives. Read more.
Associate’s degrees/vocational programs: 25
Houston Community College System
Houston Community College's service area is Houston Independent School District, Katy, Spring Branch, Alief Independent School Districts, Stafford Municipal District, and the Fort Bend portion of Missouri City. Houston Community College is an open-admission, public institution of higher education offering a high-quality, affordable education for academic advancement, workforce training, career development, and lifelong learning to prepare individuals in diverse communities for life and work in a global and technological society. Read more.
Associate’s degrees/vocational programs: 97
San Jacinto College
The Mission of San Jacinto College is to ensure student success, create seamless transitions and enrich the quality of life in the communities it serves. San Jacinto College aims to be a leader in educational excellence and in the achievement of equity among diverse populations. It works to empower students to achieve their goals, redefine their expectations, and encourage their exploration of new opportunities. SJC’s passions are people, learning, innovation and continuous improvement. Read more.
Associate’s degrees/vocational programs: 34
Smart Financial Credit Union
Smart Financial is a full-service banking institution that aims to effectively meet the financial needs of its members. Smart Financial is not only a credit union, but also offers safe deposit box services, notary services, and wire services. Drop in to the new Smart Financial Credit Union location in the HEB shopping center on Kingwood Drive!
Wells Fargo Bank
Wells Fargo makes it easy to manage your accounts, order products, and pay bills online. Wells Fargo has three convenient Kingwood locations, making it a popular bank among Kingwood residents and businesses. Wells Fargo attributes its national success to providing friendly service and quality banking assistance to customers.
BBVA Compass is a leading U.S. banking franchise with more than 680 branch locations throughout the Sun Belt region, specializing in a wide variety of Personal Banking, Commercial Banking, and Wealth Management services. BBVA is another popular choice among Kingwood residents, as it has two convenient locations.
The Mint National Bank
The Mint is located on Kingwood Drive in the SteinMart strip mall, making it a highly convenient banking option for Kingwood residents. It offers traditional banking services and aims to provide quality customer service and safe financial assistance to its local patrons. With fewer locations, The Mint is able to offer one-on-one consultations and assist customers as needed.
Green Bank is a preferred provider for business and personal banking products and services, an employer of choice in Texas banking, and a champion for its communities, including the Livable Forest. Green Bank offers traditional banking services and is committed to providing a safe and ethical solution to customers’ banking needs.
Amegy Bank considers itself a talented family of bankers whose commitment to common-sense solutions and doing the right thing for clients remains a top priority. Amegy specializes in banking privately owned businesses of all sizes and public companies in all industries and offers additional expertise in real estate, energy, and correspondent banking.
Woodforest National Bank
Woodforest is a community bank built upon the needs of the customers. Woodforest is committed to earning customer loyalty by offering the highest level of customer service as well as competitive products and services by employees who are fair, responsive, and professional. Services offered include personal banking, personal loans, and small business banking.
Independent Bank aims to make an impact on the communities it serves through high-performance, purpose-driven banking. Independent Bank also offers a full line of personal financial products and services to make banking easy for families and individuals. It provides capital and guidance to foster growth, bring new ideas to life, and energize local businesses.
Chase Bank serves nearly half of America’s households with a broad range of financial services, including personal banking, credit cards, mortgages, auto financing, investment advice, small business loans and payment processing. Chase has two convenient locations in Kingwood, including a drive-up.
First Financial Bank
Throughout recent national economic tribulations, First Financial Bank worked to remain a place of stability and trust for customers. While other banks have come and gone, First Financial has continued to grow through acquisitions, new branches and the expansion of banking and financial services. Customers can visit any location and receive the same friendly service.
Bank of America
Bank of America is guided by a common purpose to help make financial lives better by connecting clients and communities to the resources they need to be successful. Bank of America works to create jobs, develop communities, foster economic mobility and address society’s biggest challenges while managing risk and providing a return to clients.
Kingwood Pines Hospital
Kingwood Pines specializes in the treatment and partial hospitalization of patients suffering from psychiatric, behavioral health, or chemical dependency issues. Kingwood Pines has 116 beds available and offers a variety of treatments and services, including but not limited to:
• No-cost, no-appointment needed assessments 24 hours per day, 7 days per week
• Inpatient psychiatric services for ages 5 and up
• Inpatient detox (alcohol, opioids) for adults ages 18 and up
• Extended inpatient rehab program for adults after detox
• Evening Intensive Outpatient for Chemical Dependency (adults)
• Partial Hospitalization (daytime therapy program) for adults and adolescents age 13-17
Kingwood Medical Center
Kingwood Medical Center is a full-service hospital with over 300 beds, 450 physicians, and 1,500 healthcare professionals. Specialty centers include the Brain and Spine Center, the Women’s and Children’s Center, the Cardiovascular Center, the Pediatric Emergency Department, the Breast Center, the Emergency Department, the 24-Hour Emergency Department, and the Inpatient Rehabilitation Center. Services include, but are not limited to:
• Emergency medical care – in a 24/7 Emergency Department
• X-ray, CT scan or other diagnostic imaging procedure
• Expert orthopedic care including non-surgical and minimally invasive procedures as well as surgery and rehabilitation for muscle, joint and bone injuries and abnormalities.
Memorial Hermann Surgical Hospital
Memorial Hermann Surgical Hospital offers a variety of surgical services and houses 6 operating rooms and 2 treatment rooms. Areas of specialty include ENT, General, GI, Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedic, Pain, Plastic, Podiatry, Spine, and Urology.
Texas Children’s Specialty Care
This branch of Texas Children’s Hospital offers specialized physician and diagnostic care. Services include, but are not limited to:
• Allergy and Immunology
• Diagnostic Services (EKG, Cardiac Echosonography, Ultrasound and X-ray)
• Pediatric Surgery
• Sports Medicine
Walk-ins are accepted.
CareNow urgent care is an after-hours walk-in clinic open seven days a week. Highly experienced doctors and physicans are proud to serve the residents of Kingwood with quick diagnosis and treatment for minor injuries and illnesses. Some of CareNow’s most common treatments include cold and flu, cuts, burns, UTI’s, STDs as well as sprains and strains.
NextCare offers swift, quality medical services and accepts most insurance carriers. Services offered include illnesses, injuries, physicals, pediatrics, STD & lab testing, x-rays, immunizations & vaccinations, and occupational medicine.
This clean and modern center provides digital x-ray and lab equipment on site. A qualified healthcare team is able to treat a range of illnesses and injuries from coughs and colds, to cuts and broken bones. MedSpring can also provide some non-urgent healthcare services including adult and kid's physicals, vaccines for flu and meningitis, and occupational health.
Kingwood Urgent Care Clinic
This walk-in clinic provides a number of medical services in addition to urgent care services. These services include, but are not limited to:
• Pediatric Clinic services
• Weight Loss Management
• Gastrointestinal disorders
• Gynecology and Women’s Health
• Minor Dental Services
• Neurological disorders
• Northeast Family Urgent Care Northeast
• Integrity Healthcare
Humble ISD: The Kingwood School District
The Humble Independent School District services more than 40,000 students in the Northeast Houston area and employs more than 5,000 people. It is among the 25 fastest-growing school districts in the state of Texas. Humble ISD includes the communities of Humble, Atascocita, Kingwood, Fall Creek, and Eagle Springs. Humble ISD has a long history of outperforming neighboring districts in test scores, graduation rates, and post-secondary education attendance. Turner Stadium serves as the home stadium for all five Humble ISD high schools and was renovated in 2016. The Humble ISD community is rich in tradition and has a history of excellence that continues to effectively serve Houston students and parents. More information on Humble ISD demographics can be found at https://www.humbleisd.net/Domain/6
Kingwood High School
Kingwood High School opened its doors in the fall of 1979. It is classified as a public high school and has a current enrollment of 2,610 students (as of the 2015 school year). Kingwood High boasts student test scores that are well-above both the state and national averages. KHS offers rigorous AP and Dual Credit curriculum and maintains an environment that promotes both high academic achievement and success outside of the classroom. The Kingwood Mustang athletic teams have earned 32 team state championships and 5 national championships. The campus has received significant renovations since being damaged in Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and offers students access to modern technology and state-of-the-art athletic facilities. More information on Kingwood High School demographics, academics, athletics, and extracurriculars can be found at https://www.har.com/school/101913002/kingwood-high-school
Kingwood Park High School
Initially used as the freshman campus for an over-crowded Kingwood High School, Kingwood Park High School was established as an independent public high school in the fall of 2007. It has a current enrollment of 1,768 students (as of the 2015 school year). The Kingwood Park Panthers have won 4 state championships in swimming, one as recently as 2015. The campus houses a state-of-the art performing arts center and modern classrooms equipped with educational technology. “K-Park” also has a history of achieving above-average test scores and college readiness, offering AP and Dual Credit classes to students wishing to challenge themselves academically. More information on Kingwood Park High School demographics, academics, athletics, and extracurriculars can be found at https://www.har.com/school/101913013/kingwood-park-high-school
Creekwood Middle School
Creekwood Middle School feeds to Kingwood High School and has a current enrollment of 1,113 students (as of the 2015 school year). More information on Creekwood Middle School demographics, academics, athletics, and extracurriculars can be found at https://www.har.com/school/101913043/creekwood-middle-school
Riverwood Middle School
Riverwood Middle School feeds to Kingwood High School and has a current enrollment of 1,087 students (as of the 2015 school year). More information on Riverwood Middle School demographics, academics, athletics, and extracurriculars can be found at https://www.har.com/school/101913045/riverwood-middle-school
Kingwood Middle School
Kingwood Middle School feeds to Kingwood Park High School and has a current enrollment of 994 students (as of the 2015 school year). More information on Kingwood Middle School demographics, academics, athletics, and extracurriculars can be found at https://www.har.com/school/101913042/kingwood-middle-school
Bear Branch Elementary School
Bear Branch Elementary feeds to Creekwood Middle School and Kingwood Middle School and has a current enrollment of 574 student (as of the 2015 school year.) More information on Bear Branch Elementary School demographics, academics, athletics, and extracurriculars can be found at https://www.har.com/school/search/advance?name=Bear%2BBranch%2BElementary%2BSchool&interest=info
Greentree Elementary School
Greentree Elementary feeds to Creekwood Middle School and has a current enrollment of 732 students (as of the 2015 school year). More information on Greentree Elementary School demographics, academics, athletics, and extracurriculars can be found at https://www.har.com/school/101913109/greentree-elementary-school
Hidden Hollow Elementary School
Hidden Hollow Elementary feeds to Creekwood Middle School and has a current enrollment of 493 students (as of the 2015 school year). More information on Hidden Hollow Elementary School demographics, academics, athletics, and extracurriculars can be found at https://www.har.com/school/101913114/hidden-hollow-elementary-school
Pine Forest Elementary School
Pine Forest Elementary feeds to Creekwood Middle School and has a current enrollment of 603 students (as of the 2015 school year). More information on Pine Forest Elementary School demographics, academics, athletics, and extracurriculars can be found at https://www.humbleisd.net/site/Default.aspx?PageType=1&SiteID=1359&ChannelID=7251&DirectoryType=6
Deerwood Elementary School
Deerwood Elementary feeds to Riverwood Middle School and has a current enrollment of 629 students (as of the 2015 school year). More information on Deerwood Elementary School demographics, academics, athletics, and extracurriculars can be found at https://www.har.com/school/101913112/deerwood-elementary-school
Shadow Forest Elementary School
Shadow Forest Elementary feeds to Riverwood Middle School and has a current enrollment of 574 students (as of the 2015 school year). More information on Shadow Forest Elementary School demographics, academics, athletics, and extracurriculars can be found at https://www.har.com/school/101913116/shadow-forest-elementary-school
Willow Creek Elementary School
Willow Creek Elementary feeds to Riverwood Middle School and has a current enrollment of 529 students (as of the 2015 school year). More information on Willow Creek Elementary School demographics, academics, athletics, and extracurriculars can be found at https://www.har.com/school/search/advance?name=Willow%2BCreek%2BElementary%2BSchool&interest=info
Elm Grove Elementary School
Elm Grove Elementary feeds to Kingwood Middle School and has a current enrollment of 471 students (as of the 2015 school year). More information on Elm Grove Elementary School demographics, academics, athletics, and extracurriculars can be found at https://www.har.com/school/search/advance?name=Elm%2BGrove%2BElementary%2BSchool&interest=info
Foster Elementary School
Foster Elementary feeds to Kingwood Middle School and has a current enrollment of 577 students (as of the 2015 school year). More information on Foster Elementary School demographics, academics, athletics, and extracurriculars can be found at https://www.har.com/school/101913104/foster-elementary-school
Woodland Hills Elementary School
Foster Elementary feeds to Kingwood Middle School and has a current enrollment of 569 students (as of the 2015 school year). More information on Foster Elementary School demographics, academics, athletics, and extracurriculars can be found at https://www.har.com/school/101913105/woodland-hills-elementary-school
Humble ISD offers limited pre-kindergarten programs for families that meet certain criteria. For more information, click here.
Looking for a non-district preschool or daycare? Click here to learn more about preschool options in Kingwood.
Shop small and shop local -
Kingwood offers a wide range
of shopping venues for
every style and price point.
Pretty Little Things
Pretty Little Things is a relaxed boutique featuring women's clothing, including dresses & T-shirts, plus accessories. Pretty Little Things keeps the girls of Kingwood well-dressed and on-trend with its wide selection of modern, feminine retail products.
Hallmark is a retail chain specializing in greeting cards, gift wrap, ornaments & gifts for all occasions. Rachael's Hallmark Store in Kingwood has not only the classic product lines of your typical Hallmark store, but also stocks locally sourced and Texas-made items that make great gifts for friends and family.
Cyrese & Co.
Cyrese and Company in Kingwood, TX is home to the finest jewelry, clothing, accessories and home accents in the area. It is a family-owned and operate boutique that offers beautiful, unique pieces you won't find anywhere else.
Gnome Sweet Gnome
Gnome Sweet Gnome carries all seasonal, home décor, baby and kids, collegiate and great finds from around the world. It's unique array of merchandise will make your home the talk of the town.
Fabulous Things offers a wide array of boutique items, wholesale & retail clothing, jewelry, and accessories at a fair price and with a friendly face.
Stein Mart provides the newest and most popular brand name fashion for you and your home. They offer merchandise by up-and-coming designers and one-of-a-kind boutique pieces not found at any other store, and offer it all at incredibly low prices.
Francesca’s boutiques offer an eclectic mix of carefully-curated clothing, bright baubles, bold accessories, and playful gifts that are as fun to give as they are to receive. Stores reveal an array of new arrivals almost daily, so you’ll always discover something special and amazing on every visit.
Palais Royal, owned by Stage, is a specialty department store offering a wide array of women’s retail merchandise at competitive prices with a clean, welcoming atmosphere.
ZooLaLa describes itself as an eclectic & whimsical mix of clothing, shoes, jewelry & gifts featured at a hip boutique.
You're not a true Houstonian until you've sampled all the Tex-Mex options in your neighborhood. The Kingwood Chamber of Commerce has created the following guide of all the best Tex-Mex restaurants in the Livable Forest so you can check out all of your options in one, convenient place!
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Different events are held throughout the area and there is bound to be one that fits your family’s needs. The 4th of July is Kingwood’s biggest celebration of the year, as various events are held by local organizations that aim to bring the community together for a of day laughter and festivities.
This is an annual event put on each year by the Kingwood Civic Club. The Kingwood 4th of July parade is one of the largest Independence Day parades in all of Texas! Local businesses, community groups, families, and school organizations enter floats, vehicles and trailers in the event for judging and parade through the streets of Kingwood for the enjoyment of the whole community. A children’s fishing rodeo is held before the parade from 6-7:30am at the Foster’s Mill pond, and a decorated bike rodeo for children is held at 9am in the parking lot of the Kingwood Bible Church. Bikes are awarded trophies by judges and participants are invited to walk in the parade after the bike rodeo. The parade itself begins at 10am at Sandy Forks Drive, making its way to West lake Houston Parkway where it turns onto Kingwood Drive and ends at Kingwood High School. Where your red, white, and blue, bring lawn chairs, and find your spot early, because this event gets crowded!
The Town Center festival is an annual, family-friendly event held at Town Center Park. Food and merchandise vendors will line the streets of the park, and kid-friendly activities like inflatables and games will also be available. Mark Linabury will be hosting the event. The festival begins at 2pm, with live music on stage from 3-9pm. Then, at 9pm, get ready for the best fireworks show in town! Stake out a spot to watch the fireworks early, because this event gets very crowded – especially during the fireworks show.
The Kings Harbor pavilion hosts an annual 4th of July evening concert and fireworks show. TC & the Cannonballs will entertain on the main stage from 7-9:30pm, and a spectacular fireworks show will follow over the Kings Harbor Pier. Blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged!
Alspaugh’s Ace Hardware on West Lake Houston Parkway hosts an annual “street dance” on the Saturday before Independence Day (June 30th, 2018) with free BBQ, hotdogs, ice cream, and live music. The food begins at 6pm and live music starts at 7. Lawn chairs are encouraged, but dancing is even better! This event is fun for the whole family and is truly a community affair. Alspaugh’s often recognizes a community organization each year to which all of the event’s proceeds are donated.
Kingwood has over 500 acres of parks and nature preserves that serve as great destinations for family outings, walks with pets, or sporting events. The area’s parks are staples in the lives of community members and encourage residents to unplug, enjoy nature, and spend time with loved ones.
East End is one of the more popular parks in the area, simply due to its size. It is a 158-acre park located at the east end of Kingwood Drive. East End has raised boardwalks on which visitors can safely walk through the carefully preserved swamps and marshes. The park also contains crushed granite trails that visitors can use for biking and jogging. Visitors will also find picturesque picnic tables and benches overlooking the park’s unique, swampy scenery. Not only is East End a fantastic recreational destination, but it also offers educational opportunities as it is home to varying biological and ecological environments, such as meadows, woodlands, and wetlands. The park also offers a different, unique experience each time the season changes. In the spring, the park is rich with wildflowers and irises, both of which are frequent subjects for photographers. In the summer, visitors will often find deer and other grazing wildlife throughout the park. The fall and winter seasons are a great time to visit East End as well, because various species of bird migrate to the Houston area for the colder months.
When Town Center Park is not hosting festivals, farmer’s markets, or other community events, it serves as a large greenspace in the middle of the Town Center Area that is densely populated with businesses. Despite being in the center of Kingwood’s most commercialized area, the Town Center Park remains a serene escape from suburban life and provides visitors with benches and ample space for picnics. Its proximity to all of the Kingwood’s major venues makes it a convenient spot for various events like the Town Center Fourth of July Festival and Christmas at Town Center. The park can even be rented by Kingwood residents for private events.
The Creekwood Nature area is perhaps the most well preserved, fully natural park in Kingwood. It has been left completely in its natural state aside from mulched hiking trails. It spans about 50 acres and is located at the end of Maple Park Drive in Bear Branch Village. This park is another great educational destination, as park caretakers aim to leave the park as natural and untouched by man as possible. Because of this, it has fewer benches and picnic areas than other parks. However, it remains a beautiful place for family hikes or bike rides.
River Grove Park is somewhat of a hidden gem for Kingwood residents, as it is often overshadowed by the larger East End Park. However, River Grove is a stunning 74-acre park that offers unparalleled views of the San Jacinto River and Lake Houston. It is conveniently located for most Kingwood residents, the entrance being at the south end of Woodland Hills Drive. It has a boardwalk that extends over the water and serves as beautiful landscape for walks and photography. The park is also home to an 18-hole disc golf course, a boat launch to Lake Houston, fishing areas, picnic tables, grills, restrooms, and a pavilion. In terms of park amenities, River Grove is the best that Kingwood has to offer.
Lake Houston Wilderness Park is a large, 4,000-acre wilderness preserve and park located in New Caney, just ten miles north of Kingwood. While it’s a bit of a drive for Kingwood residents, the Lake Houston Wilderness Park is the closest park to the area with camping and cabin opportunities. This park has six modern cabins with amenities, as well as six screen rooms and multiple sites for tent camping. Visitors have the opportunity to camp and hike along the beautiful water of Lake Houston. The park also has a nature center where visitors can go to learn more about the various wildlife found in the park’s ecosystems. Other amenities include a rentable dining hall, restrooms, equestrian trails, and hiking paths.
Deer Ridge Park is a 63-acre area located on the west side of Woodland Hills Drive, south of Kingwood Drive. It is not as natural as other Kingwood parks, but remains an excellent space for family outings like walks, picnics, and games. The park has two tennis courts, a basketball court, a sand volleyball court, private restrooms, shaded picnic areas, a duck pond, a gazebo, and a playground area for children. Deer Ridge is the headquarters of the Kingwood Horsemen’s Association, and horses can be seen on any given day throughout the park.
The Kingwood Farmer’s Market is held every Thursday from 3pm to 7pm (or from 2pm to 6pm during daylight savings time) in the Town Center Park. Local vendors offer fresh, farm-to-table produce as well as locally-made oils, jellies, cheeses, breads, and desserts. Some vendors even sell handmade crafts like jewelry, art, and soaps. The Farmer’s Market provides a peek into local culture and is a great afternoon activity for the whole family.
Celebrate Independence Day a little early this year by bringing your family out to the Kings Harbor complex for a concert featuring Johnny and the Spinsations on July 4th at 7pm. The fireworks show will begin at promptly at 9:30pm; blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged.
Escape Artist Texas is an interactive, mystery-solving experience located on Chestnut Ridge. The facility offers different levels of crime-solving difficulty ranging from beginner to advanced. All Escape Artist experiences are suitable for kids ages 8 and up. The Escape Artist experience is a great opportunity for your family to work as team to successfully solve challenging puzzles and escape the game. There are 5 game options, each lasting a maximum of 60 minutes. The cost is $22 per person and time availability and bookings are available at www.escapeartisttexas.com
The Rustic Brush is a great activity for the creative members of your family. Here, you can build and decorate DIY projects with the help of trained professionals, filling your home with handmade décor or gifting personalized items to friends and family. The Rustic Brush offers prescheduled workshops as well as individual bookings and private parties. Prices and booking times vary and can be found at www.therusticbrush.com
Swords and Superheroes is a somewhat hidden gem in the Kingwood community. It is a combination laser tag, arcade, board game, and paintball center. There is something for every member of your family. This locally owned and operated business offers countless opportunities for wholesome family fun. Hours of operation vary and can be found at http://www.kingwoodarena.com
The Mudpie Company just reopened its doors after completing repairs from Hurricane Harvey. Here, your family can spend the morning or afternoon getting creative by painting pottery. Mudpie has a huge selection of pottery items available to paint at various price levels. Staff members are happy and helpful, and the environment is perfect for families and children. Hours of operation can be found at www.themudpie.com
East End is a Kingwood classic for every local family. This park is the perfect spot for Summer picnics, touch football games, evening walks, or family photoshoots. East End is the embodiment of Kingwood’s tagline, The Livable Forest, as it provides a woodsy, natural atmosphere and a welcome escape from suburban life. The park is open from dusk to dawn and can be accessed through the Greenbelt Trails.
Kingwood celebrates the 4th of July each year by hosting a festival and fireworks show in the Town Center Park. Food and craft vendors will attend, and entertainment will be featured on the main stage. The festival will begin at 2pm with fireworks beginning at 9pm.
Kingwood Country Club is perhaps the most all-encompassing destination on this list, as it provides adult fun and entertainment as well as kid-friendly activities. The country club is home to swimming pools, cabanas, top-notch cuisine, newly renovated workout facilities, and excellent childcare services. Membership is required for use of the facilities, and prices vary by membership category. More information on membership and upcoming Summer activities and events can be found by visiting their website.
Pump It Up is the ultimate destination for fun jumps, trampolines, and inflatables. The facility offers “open jumps” during which anyone can pay to participate, as well as private party bookings for families, birthday parties, etc. Prices and booking times vary and can be found at www.pumpitupparty.com
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