Like the Wicked Witch in Wizard of Oz, we’re all melting in Houston these days.

But doesn’t that big bucket of cool water they throw on her sound refreshing just about now?

No need to be green with envy or throw a tantrum. (But we’ve got a place you can do that, and they’re offering a summer special right now.)

We’ve got plenty of spaces to escape the heat in the Spring Branch District, including an escape room that is air-conditioned.

You can also get lost in a story about cooler places at the bookstore or library, jump into a public pool, get a slime shower or climb to the top of a rock wall.

Check out these indoor locations to beat the heat right here in the District:

Bookstores & Libraries:

Beckers Books
7405 Westview 

Ring Neighborhood Library
8835 Long Point Rd.

Hillendahl Neighborhood Library
2436 Gessner Rd.

Public Pools:

Agnes Moffitt
10645 Hammerly Blvd.

8203 Vogue Ln.

Other Activities:

Texas Rock Gym
1526 Campbell Rd.

1730 Elmview

Sloomoo Institute
Marq-E Entertainment Center
7620 Katy Freeway, Ste #360

Escape It Houston
Marq-E Entertainment Center
7620 Katy Fwy. #110

— Dorothy Puch Lillig