Christmas Festivals, Shows, Lights & Family Fun… Things to Do in Houston, with Kids, During the Holidays 2018!

Happy Holidays, Houston!  Here are all the holiday festivals, lights and shows for November 1, 2018 through January 2, 2019.

As events pop up, we’ll add them to the list… and since this is being posted so early, be sure to click the links and check before you head out to each venue. (And for Fall Festivals, go HERE!)

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Quick Links:

Full list of things to do in Houston, with kids, November 1 – January 2 (Coming Soon)
Good Places to Take Family Photos in Houston

 

Holiday Lights:

Zoo Lights – November 17, 2018 – January 13, 2019 – Houston Zoo (See our last review HERE!)

Magical Winter Lights – November 16, 2018 – January 6, 2019 – Gulf Greyhound Park (See our last review HERE!)

Festival of Lights – November 17, 2018  – January 6, 2019 – Moody Gardens

Lights in the Heights – December 8, 2018 – Woodland Heights

Dickinson Festival of Lights – TBD – Dickenson

 

Shows/Concerts:

Children’s Festival: Sesame Street Live! C is for Celebration – November 10 & 11, 2018 – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – November 16 – December 30, 2018 – Alley Theatre

Mr. Popper’s Penguins – November 11 – December 21, 2018 – Main Street Theater at MATCH

The Nutcracker – November 23 – December 29, 2018 – Wortham Theater

A Mozart & Brahms Thanksgiving – November 24-25, 2018 – Jones Hall

A Christmas Carol – November 30 & December 1, 2018 – The Grand Galveston

Big Band Holidays – Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis December 2, 2018 – The Grand Galveston

Very Merry Pops – December 7 & 8, 2018 – Jones Hall

A Polar Express Christmas – December 8, 2018 – Jones Hall

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast – December 11-23, 2018 – Theater Under the Stars

Christmas Under the Big Top – TBD – Second Baptist Woodway Campus

The Nutcracker Tea – December 15, 2018 – The Grand Galveston

Nutcracker – December 15 & 16, 2018 – The Grand Galveston

Trans-Siberian Orchestra – December 21, 2018 – Toyota Center

A Charlie Brown Christmas – December 23, 2018 – The Grand Galveston

SHEN YUN – December 26, 2018 – January 16, 2019 – Jones Hall

 

Festivals/Family Fun:

Texas Renaissance Festival – Weekends, through November 25, 2018 – Todd Mission, Texas 
Ticket deals can usually be found on coupon websites.  Kids are free on Sundays.
The world’s largest Renaissance Festival has themes that change each weekend.

Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market – November 8-11, 2018 – NRG Center – N Stadium Dr, Houston, TX 77054
This is not really a kid event… but it’s a fun shopping/people watching event for moms or dads.  Kids can come, but no strollers are allowed!

Trains Over Texas – TBD – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Create holiday memories by travelling across Texas by model railroad in this scratch built “O” scale model.

Santa’s Wonderland – November 9, 2018-December 30, 2018 – 18898 Hwy 6 South, College Station, 77845 
Biggest Christmas attraction in the state of Texas!  Several ticket options are available.

Home for the Holidays – November 10-December 22 , 2018– Old Town Spring – 403 Main St, Spring, TX 77373
The local shops come alive and visitors encountered strolling performers and festive exhibits!

Polar Express Train Ride – November 17-December 27, 2018 – 789 Park Road 70, Palestine, Texas 75801
Ride on the Polar Express!  Find the best pricing in November and early December… and book all tickets before they sell out!

Festival of Lights – November 17, 2018  – January 6, 2019 – Moody Gardens – 1 Hope Boulevard Galveston, Texas 77554
Find more than 1 million lights,  live entertainment, ice skating, pictures with Santa and the Arctic Slide.

Ice Land Ice Sculptures – November 17, 2018  – January 6, 2019 – Moody Gardens – 1 Hope Boulevard Galveston, Texas 77554
A new rain forest theme… all carved out of more than 2 million pounds of ice!

Lighting of the Doves – November 17, 2018 – Town Green Park at The Woodlands Waterway – 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, Texas 
This festival has snow, sledding, shopping, entertainment, fireworks… and Santa arriving on the water!  See the Doves light up along The Woodlands Waterway!

Via Colori Festival – November 17 & 18, 2018 – Streets Surrounding City Hall – 900 Smith St, Houston, TX 77002
200 artists paint the streets surrounding City Hall!  Watch the artists work, enjoy music, activities and food!  Via Colori is a fundraiser for The Center for Hearing and Speech.

Zoo Lights – November 17, 2018 – January 13, 2019 – Houston Zoo – 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, Texas 77030
Tour the Zoo after dark!  The Zoo closes at 5:00pm and reopens at 6:00pm for this event.  Check their website for “value” nights and “prime” nights.  “Value” nights are less busy and cheaper!

 ICE at Discovery Green – November 16, 2018, to February 28, 2019 – Discovery Green – 1500 McKinney, Houston, Texas 77010  
All ages are invited to skate at Discovery Green.  There is a small toddler rink for the littlest ones to practice.

Turkey Trot – November 22, 2018 – Galleria – 4925 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas 77056
The largest Thanksgiving Race in Houston and it takes place in the Galleria area. The event benefits children and seniors Neighborhood Centers serves every year. There’s opportunity to participate as a walker, runner and also volunteer.

HEB Thanksgiving Day Parade – November 22, 2018 – Downtown Houston 
Thanksgiving Day Parade in Downtown Houston.  Arrive early for parking!

Dickinson Festival of Lights – TBD – Dickinson – Paul Hopkins Park
See the lights and Santa!  Free Parking and shuttle service is provided on busy nights at Dickinson Plaza Shopping Center.

Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting – TBD – Post Oak Boulevard – Uptown Park
From the website: “Due to the construction of Post Oak Boulevard, the Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting event, annually held on Thanksgiving evening, is being postponed until 2019.”

Mayor’s Holiday Celebration – November 30, 2018 – City Hall – 901 Bagby Street, Houston, Texas 77002
Tree lighting, music, Santa and family fun in Downtown Houston!

Dickens on the Strand – November 30 – December 2, 2018 – Galveston – Strand National Historic Landmark District
Victorian holiday festival!  Six stages, strolling carolers, musicians, bagpipers, jugglers and  even more entertainers. Costumed vendors peddle their wares from street stalls and rolling carts laden with holiday food and drink, Victorian-inspired gifts.

Christmas Train – November 30 – December 23, 2018 – 1407 Victory Lane, Alvin, Texas 775711
Old-fashioned train ride through our winter wonderland of lights and religious scenery. Over 300,000 lights sparkle along the 3/4 mile track.

An Old Fashioned Christmas – December 1, 2018 – Jesse H. Jones Nature Center – 20634 Kenswick Dr, Humble, TX 77338
Experience traditions of earlier times as the homestead comes to life with 19th century holiday customs. Enjoy music, a holiday craft, tree lighting, wassail and cookies, and an early visit from Saint Nicholas. Reservations required.

Candlelight Tour – TBD for 2018 – Sam Houston Park – 1000 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002
This Houston holiday tradition will take you and your loved ones back in time, to an open-hearted world filled with families gathering in cozy homes to count their blessings over a warm hearth.

Stories at the Trains – TBD for 2018 – Second Baptist at Woodway – 6400 Woodway Drive, E Building, Houston, Texas 77057
Listen to the Christmas stories by the giant model train layout!  It is open to everyone!

Tomball German Christmas Market & Festival – December  7, 8, 9, 2018 – Tomball Train Depot – 201 S Elm St, Tomball, TX, 77375
Great family festival just outside Houston.

Breakfast with Santa – December 8, 2018 – Hermann Park – 1700 Hermann Drive, Houston, Texas
Celebrate the holiday season with your family with a fun day including breakfast, ride on the Hermann Park Railroad, pedal boat ride, and pictures with Santa!

Holiday Party at Kinder Station – December 8, 2018 – Hermann Park Train Station – 1700 Hermann Drive, Houston, Texas
Come and enjoy free crafts and face painting.  Park members also enjoy free train rides.

Gingerbread Build Off – December 8, 2018 – Hermann Square by City Hall – 900 Smith St, Houston, TX 77002
Architecture Center Houston will host the Annual Gingerbread Build-Off at City Hall’s Hermann Square. Competing teams will create their masterpieces using 100% edible materials.

Homestead Holiday – December 8, 2018 – Jesse H. Jones Nature Center – 20634 Kenswick Dr, Humble, TX 77338
Enjoy homemade cookies and wassail as the homestead comes to life with old-fashioned Christmas traditions, including jolly old Saint Nicholas

Christmas Village at Bayou Bend – December 14, 2018 – January 5, 2019 – Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens – 6003 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77265
Santa and his reindeer will return for 17 dazzling nights in December and January for the 4th annual Christmas Village at Bayou Bend. From December 14 through January 5, the 14-acre estate transforms into a winter wonderland and spreads holiday cheer with sparkling lights, carolers, a hand-crafted model train and festive activities for all ages – including a cotton snowball toss and reindeer games! Visitors can also enjoy holiday-themed tours of the Ima Hogg’s historic mansion, featuring live actors, theatrical effects and Christmas decorations.

Critters’ Christmas – December 22, 2018 – Jesse H. Jones Nature Center – 20634 Kenswick Dr, Humble, TX 77338
Learn how to make decorative edible treats for the birds and other wildlife that visit your yard this time of year.

Rockin’ New Year’s Noon Bash – December 31, 2018 – Children’s Museum of Houston – 1500 Binz, Houston, Texas 77004
The end-of-year bash rings in the New Year at the stroke of noon with a parade and shimmering ball drop.  9:00am-3:00pm

High Noon Countdown – December 31, 2018 – The Woodlands Children’s Museum – 4775 W Panther Creek Dr #280, The Woodlands, TX 77381
Celebrate making New Year hats and creative art projects. 10:00am-12:00pm.

Sharkey’s New Year’s Eve Celebration – December 31, 2018 – Downtown Aquarium – 410 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002
Balloon Drop, Buffet and all day adventure pass.  Reservations required.

New Year’s Eve Family Celebration – December 31, 2018 – Kemah Boardwalk – 215 Kipp Ave, Kemah, TX 77565
Live music and fireworks at 10:00pm.


Fall Festivals, Farms & Pumpkin Patches – Things to Do in Houston, with Kids, during Fall 2018!

It’s nearly time for Fall Festivals, Farms & Pumpkin Patches!  Find the events below and get to celebrating…. just be sure to click the links for all the details, because we are posting this very early in the season.  Also, click the addresses for the maps.

For the FULL LIST of Houston events, September 4 through November 1, go HERE!  (And plan ahead for the holidays with THESE things to do!)  You can also get updates to your inbox HERE.

 

Fall Festivals & Events:

Rosenberg Railroad Museum Fall Fun Fest – September 22, 2018 – Rosenberg Railroad Museum – 2521 Avenue F, Rosenberg, TX 77471
Museum Open House, Texas Flyer Trackless Train, Model steam engine displays, Steam trains on the Garden Railroad run by the Houston Area Live Steamers, Steam train bounce house, games, face painting, music, crafts and much more!  $8 admission.  Two and under free.

Halloweekends – September 22-October 28, 2018 – Splashway Campgrounds in Sheridan – 5211 Main St, Sheridan, TX 77475
Crafts, a costume contest and “Trick-or-Treating” around the campgrounds.  Pumpkin Patch, pancake breakfast with Ray and fun for the whole family.  Splashway also offers a wide array of amenities all year long from kayaks, fishing, basketball, volleyball and so much more.

Texas Renaissance Festival – Weekends, September 29-November 25, 2018 – Todd Mission, Texas 
Ticket deals can usually be found on coupon websites.  Kids are free on Sundays.
The world’s largest Renaissance Festival has themes that change each weekend.

Greek Festival – October 4-7, 2018 – Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral – 3511 Yoakum Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77006
$5.00 (adults), Children 12 and under admitted free, Friday 11:00am – 3:00pm Free Admission
Enjoy performances, food, shopping and a kid zone.  If possible, go Friday mid-day for free admission.

Park to Port Bike Ride – October 6, 2018 – Hermann Park Bill Coats Bridge
Twenty-mile round-trip takes riders from Hermann Park’s Bayou Parkland east along the Brays Bayou Greenway trail to the Port of Houston where Port Houston sponsors a turn-around party at Hidalgo Park with snacks, drinks and music. Participants then ride back along the trail to Hermann Park for a celebratory Post-Ride Party under the Bill Coats Bridge.

Kids Okotober Festival – October 6, 20, 27, 2018 – Czech Center Museum Houston – 4920 San Jacinto St, Houston, TX 77004
Enjoy family friendly entertainment packed with live music, dance, and culture during the Centennial Oktober Festival. Participate with your family at a traditional puppet show, face painting and storytelling or take Polka lessons, dance, and enjoy Czech food & beer while we entertain your child.  There are different booths around our museum with activities like face-painting, balloon animals, and a snack & kolache station generously provided to us by the Kolache Factory. A visiting puppeteer who has a vast knowledge of Czech marionettes will put on an enchanting show for our audience and explain how marionettes have been a significant part of the Central European culture

Hocus Pocus Pops – October 12, 2018 – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – 2005 Lake Robbins Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77380
The performance will feature popular selections from The Incredibles, Edward Scissorhands and The Lord of the Rings. The first 100 boys and “ghouls” to check in at Hocus Pocus Central in the North Plaza, fully costumed, get the chance to march in the Goblin Parade across the Main Stage. The gates will open at 6 p.m. and we will have arts and crafts, trick or treating, pumpkin decorating, games with prizes and more pre-concert activities in the Plaza area.

KBR Kids Day on Buffalo Bayou – October 13, 2018 – Guadalupe Plaza Park – 2311 Runnels Street, Houston, TX 77003
Free. hands-on crafts and learning opportunities from non-profit partners, birds of prey show, music and entertainment from local performers, the park’s splash pad and tasty treats from local food trucks. Pontoon boat rides ($2 per person; no children under 4)

Zoo Boo – October 12-28, 2018 – Houston Zoo – 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030
Celebrate Halloween at the Houston Zoo! We’re inviting all little ghouls and goblins to come dressed in their spookiest or prettiest Halloween costume – and don’t forget the trick-or-treat bags! Zoo Boo is included in your paid Zoo admission, and is FREE for Zoo Members.

Oktoberfest – October 13, 2018 – First Evangelical Lutheran Church Midtown – 1311 Holman St, Houston, TX 77004
The wristband is all-inclusive- games, prizes, a plate of food (from The Fleishwagon German food truck) and a drink (beer or root beer).

Fall Family Festival – October 13, 2018 – St. Peter’s Methodist Church – 20775 Kingsland Blvd, Katy, TX 77450
Pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, bounce houses and more!

Symphonic Spooktacular – October 13, 2018 – Jones Hall – 615 Louisiana St, Houston, TX 77002
Don your costume and join the Houston Symphony for a fright night filled with spine-tingling chills and musical thrills! From creepy classics like The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Michael Jackson’s Thriller to music from The Incredibles, Edward Scissorhands and The Lord of the Rings, this spooktacular scarefest is guaranteed to get you in the Halloween spirit.

Howl-o-Ween Dog Walk, Costume Contest & Pet Expo – October 13, 2018 – Central Green Park in LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch
You and your pet will enjoy a one-mile dog walk, a canine costume contest with big prizes, and a pet expo with awesome vendors. The first 200 registrants will receive an event t-shirt and goodie bag! All proceeds go to the homeless pets at the CAP shelter.

Bayou City Art Festival – October 13-14, 2018 – Streets Surrounding City Hall – 900 Smith St, Houston, TX 77002
Hundreds of artists are joined by music, food and fun. The festivals have raised 3.5 million dollars benefiting local arts and community service organizations, Houston parks and arts education initiatives for children and adults.

Halloween Monster Mayhem – October 13-31, 2018 – Children’s Museum of Houston – 1500 Binz St, Houston, TX 77004
Go on a trick-or-treat monster hunt! 4 – 6 p.m. weekdays, 4 – 8 p.m. Thursdays, and all day weekends through Halloween Night!

Brazilian Food & Music Festival – October 14, 2018 – The Wildcatter Saloon – 26913 Katy Fwy, Katy, Texas, 77494
$10 Admission.

FireFest – TBD – Val Jahnke Training Facility – 8030 Braniff Street, Houston, TX 77061
Our favorite!  There are a lot of kid friendly activities, a lot of live fire demonstrations, a parade and more!
From the Houston Fire Museum: Leadership at HFD recently informed us that Fire Fest has been cancelled for 2018.  We will provide more information as available.

East End Street Fest – October 20, 2018 – 4 block Esplanade area on 2800 Navigation
Free event with two music stages, large kid zone area, beer garden, multiple artistic act and more.

Energy Day – October 20, 2018 – Sam Houston Park – 1000 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002
Energy Day is a free, family-friendly festival that celebrates and highlights the importance of energy and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in our daily lives. There will be a variety of interactive energy exhibits and booths, live music, food, contests and fun for all ages.  Geared toward K-12 students.

Pumpkin Patch – October 20-21, 2018 – Nature Discovery Center – 7112 Newcastle, Bellaire, TX 77401
Free Admission, Games & Food Tickets for Purchase. Pumpkins, Kids Games, Bounce Houses, Wagon Ride.  There is free street parking.

Wings Over Houston – October 20-21, 2018 – Ellington Airport – 510 Ellington Field, Houston, TX 77034
$40 at gate, but family packs available.  Open admission good for Saturday or Sunday. Bring your own chair and ear protection!

ArBOOretum! – October 20, 2018 – Houston Arboretum and Nature Center – 4501 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77024
$15 online, for ages 3 and up. All activities free once inside. Members get in free.

Trick or Treat Trails, Train rides, Live reptiles, Petting zoo and pony rides, Pumpkin decorating. New this year: Halloween Market, Spooky Science Show & Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch at The Lawn – October 20, 2018 – Memorial City Mall Lawn – 303 Memorial City Way, Houston, TX 77024
Find your perfect pumpkin for the fall at the Pumpkin Patch at The Lawn.  They are filling the greenspace with hundreds of beautiful pumpkins for you to buy with the proceeds benefiting the Epilepsy Foundation Texas. They will have live music, seasonal food & drinks, arts and crafts and a pumpkin decoration station!

Heroes for Children Pumpkin Patch – October 21, 2018 – Evelyn’s Park – 4400 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, TX 77401
Join Heroes For Children at Evelyn’s Park as they host an annual event benefiting children battling cancer and their families. Face Painting, Cookie Decorating, games and more provided! This is a free event and open to the public.

Workshop Houston Presents: Fright Shop – October 25, 2018 – Workshop Houston – 3615 Sauer St, Houston, Texas 77004
The free Workshop Houston’s Fright Shop will feature a Haunted House, Makerfaire with items created by the Style Shop students, Beat Shop student performances, and activities for all ages!

Scream on the Green – October 26, 2018 – Discovery Green – 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010
Free. Citywide costume contest and Halloween celebration for the whole family! Prizes, music and more!

Oktoberfest – October 26, 2018 – McGrath Park in Meadows Place – 12001 Brighton Ln, Meadows Place, TX 77477
Enjoy the sounds and taste of Germany. Food Trucks will be on site offering German Fare, desserts and beer for purchase. The Texas Legacy Czech Band will be performing throughout the night along with children activities. No admission fees just bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a night out in Meadows Place.

Haunted Submarine and Safe Trick-or-Treat – October 26, 27, 31, 2018 – Seawolf Park – 100 Seawolf Park Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550
Tour the haunted USS Cavalla and fill your candy bag aboard the USS Stewart. Free shuttles to/from Mayfield Manor downtown Strand.

Art in the Park – October 27, 2018 – Evelyn’s Park – 4400 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, TX 77401
Kids will be creating Halloween ear headbands as well as face painting fun for the kids!

Touch-A-Truck 2018 & Model Train Festival – October 27, 2018 – 6th Street Texas City
Bring the kids to see more than 45 trucks from monster trucks to dump trucks, cranes to military vehicles, police and fire and much more! Face painting, balloon artists and giant corn box.  Held in partnership with the Texas City Model Train Festival. Touch-A-Truck is free, entry to the indoor model train exhibits for the Model Train Festival is $2 for kids and $5 for adults.

90th Anniversary Carnival – October 27, 2018 – Poe Elementary – 5100 Hazard St, Houston, TX 77098
Games, face painting, mini-pumpkin decorating, giant hamster balls, inflatables, food and much more!

Scream In – October 27, 2018 – HPL Central Library – 500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77002
Youth ages 10-15 are invited to a screamingly good time at our annual after-hours event! The evening includes ghostly games, spooky crafts, costume contests, and an eerie trip through the Haunted Maze. Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be awarded for most original and scariest costumes.

Day of Dead Festival – October 27-28, 2018 – MECA – 1900 Kane Street Houston, Texas 77007
Free.  Learn how countries throughout the Latin American world celebrate this day!

Bubbling Potions, Ghouls and Gobling! – October 29, 2018 – IdeaLab – 8404 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77024
Guests at this fun themed Open Lab are invited to wear their spookiest and creative costumes and enjoy Engineering and Investigative science experiments! Older guests will make a ghost intruder detection alarm! That will alert them of all the ghouls and goblins sneaking around on Halloween night while our younger guests will explore the science of bubbling potions and make some ooey-gooey sticky activities to take home!

Toddler Tuesday: Spooky Hour – October 30, 2018 – Discovery Green – 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010
Be sure to come in costume! On-site contest registration, prizes and treats will be awarded to each child who enters the contest.

Halloween Monster Mash Bash – October 31, 2018 – Children’s Museum – 1500 Binz St, Houston, TX 77004
Howl at the moon while you bask in Houston’s ultimate Halloween party for kids. Let the ghoul times roll as you boogie to the hauntingly hip tunes of a wicked DJ along with monstrous characters during the Monster Mashup at 4:30 p.m. Move your bones in the Thriller Dance Party at 5 p.m. Paint Pumpkins! Then, trick-or-treat the night away. Be sure to come dressed in your most boo-tiful or frightfully freaky costume!

Halloween Trick or Treat – October 31, 2018 – CityCentre – 800 Town and Country Blvd, Houston, TX 77024
Trick-or-treat followed by a monster mash for kids and parents.  Bring your own bucket or bag.

Play, Eat & Be Scary – October 31, 2018 – iT’Z – Multiple Locations
Buffet, drink, unlimited video games, candy and costume contest.

Via Color Street Painting Festival – November 17-18, 2018 – Streets Surrounding City Hall – 900 Smith St, Houston, TX 77002
200 artists paint the streets surrounding City Hall!  Watch the artists work, enjoy music, activities and food!  Via Colori is a fundraiser for The Center for Hearing and Speech.

 

Farms & Pumpkin Patches:

Check websites for prices, hours and opening days.

7 Acrewood –  4401 N. Frazier St., Conroe, TX 77303 
Pumpkins, petting zoo, mini golf, pony rides and play town.

Berryland – 2877 FM 1941 Rd., Winnie, TX. 77665
Opens every weekend in October. Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch, Hay Stack, Pumpkin Bowling, Candy Corn Hill and more.

Blessington Farm – 510 Chisolm Trail, Simonton, Texas 77476 
Come enjoy the Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festivities at Blessington Farms. A great outing for the entire family with many Fall activities that include hay rides, giant slides, barrel train rides, pedal cars and animal encounters with camels, Baby Doll sheep, goats and MANY more. The walk-thru aviary where you can feed a variety of birds is a favorite as well as the recent addition of the Gem Mining experience and the Fossil Dig.

NEW this season….come pick flowers on the farm….our flower patch is growing and is full of beautiful flowers you can pick and take home. All activities are included in the price of admission with the exception of flower picking, camel and bird feedings which are $3 each (enough for 2 people to enjoy) and gems for Gem Mining (prices vary). Admission is $20.00 per person (children 24 mos. and under are free) Fishing is FREE with admission (bring your own pole, barbless hook and bait.)

Most pumpkin varieties are $0.50/lb. LOTS and lots of PUMPKINS and TONS of fantastic photo opportunities! Happening September 22nd – November 10th….every Friday from 9:30-3:30 as well as Saturday AND Sunday (in October only) from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (weather permitting).

Caninos Market – 2520 Airline Dr : Houston, TX 77009
Pick out pumpkins and gourds and go inside to get veggies for the week.

Dewberry Farm – FM 362 & Morrison Rd, Brookshire, TX 77423
Opens late September.  Corn Maze, Pumpkins, Train Ride, Slide Mountain, Zip Lines, Pedal Cars and so much more!

Froberg Farms – 3601 TX-6, Alvin, TX 77511
Corn Maze and Fall Festival open weekends starting late September.  Follow with a trip to Bayou Wildlife Park!

Good Shepherd Pumpkin Patch – 2929 Woodland Hills Drive, Kingwood, TX 77339
Opens October 15, 2018, Admission is Free.  Children can enjoy lots of fun activities while parents check out the large selection of pumpkins.

Oil Ranch – 23501 Macedonia Road : Hockley, TX 77447
All activities are included with admission price… milk a cow, ride a horse, climb the hay bales and so much more.  Free pumpkins for kids.  See our past post HERE.

Old MacDonalds Farm – 3203 FM 1960 East, Humble, TX 77338
Year round outdoor fun!  See our past post HERE.

Old Time Christmas Time Farm – 7632 Spring Cypress Rd. Spring, Texas 77379
Pumpkin patch and activities, weekends in October. (Followed by Christmas tree cutting in the winter).

P-6 Farms – 9963 Poole’s Road, Montgomery, Texas 77356
Pumpkin patch and fall festival.

Sinclair Elementary Pumpkin Patch – 6410 Grovewood Ln, Houston, TX 77008
October 6th to 25th.
Hours:
Monday – Friday: 3-6:30pm (except closed Friday October 19; Thursday Oct. 25 last day open)
Saturday: 9-3pm (with Spooky Saturday activities from 10-2 pm)

TGR Exotics – 22115 Sherrod Land, Spring, TX 77389 
100 animals representing over 25 species.

Tomball Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch  – 22601 Lutheran Church Rd, Tomball, TX 77377 
Opening September 29, 2018. Devoted to fun, family and fellowship. The Maze is 5 acres of great fun! Other attractions are themed weekends, food truck vendors, games which include: Kan Jam, volleyball, giant sling shot, hay bale run, rat roller & more. On October 27, 2018 they will celebrate Trunk or Treat followed by Fright night in maze.

 

If you know of more pumpkin patches or events, please let us know.  Also, if you don’t know about it yet, learn about “We’ve Been Boo-ed” HERE!

 


Things to do in Houston, with kids, for Fall! Houston Events for September 4 – November 1, 2018

Fall in Houston… time for festivals, family fun and hopefully some cooler weather!  So you can plan, here are all the family events scheduled for September 4-November 1, 2018.

For a list of Houston area farms, pumpkin patches and festivals, go HERE!

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018:

Toddler Tuesdays: Should I Share My Ice Cream? – 10:30am – Discovery Green
MFAH Playdate – 10:45am – Museum of Fine Art Houston

Free at the Zoo – 12:00pm-Closing – Houston Zoo
Astros vs Twins – 7:10pm – Minute Maid Park

Wednesday, September 5, 2018:

Nature Story Time – 4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center
Children’s BINGO – 4:30pm – Levy Park
Astros vs Twins – 7:10pm – Minute Maid Park

Thursday, September 6, 2018:

Free Museum Entry – Museum District
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.
Family Storytime – 10:00am – Levy Park
School of Rock – 8:00pm – Market Square Park

Friday, September 7, 2018:

Children’s Story Hour – 10:00am-11:00am – Hermann Park
Little Artists – 10:30am – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
30th Anniversary Production of Always…Patsy Cline – 8:00pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Saturday, September 8, 2018:

Super Saturday (Buy One Get One Free) – Downtown Aquarium
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Discovery Green
Little Artists – 10:30am – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
HPL Express Craft – 11:30am – Discovery Green
Free Play Day – 12:00pm-4:00pm – Houston Fire Museum
STEM Saturday – 12:30pm – Discovery Green
30th Anniversary Production of Always…Patsy Cline – 8:00pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Sunday, September 9, 2018:

Grandparents Day Breakfast – 8:30am-10:00am – Hermann Park
Pawsitive Pups – 1:00pm – Levy Park
Sunday Family Zone – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
My First Music Lesson – 3:00pm – Discovery Green

Monday, September 10, 2018:

Find a new Houston Park or Splashpad!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018:

Toddler Tuesday: Are You ready to Play Outside?  – 10:30am – Discovery Green
Skeeters vs Ducks – 7:05pm – Constellation Field

Wednesday, September 12, 2018:

Nature Story Time – 4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center
Children’s BINGO – 4:30pm – Levy Park
Skeeters vs Ducks – 7:05pm – Constellation Field

Thursday, September 13, 2018:

Free Museum Entry – Museum District
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.
Family Storytime – 10:00am – Levy Park
Skeeters vs Ducks – 7:05pm – Constellation Field
Houston Ballet Presents An Evening of Stars – 8:00pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Friday, September 14, 2018:

Children’s Story Hour – 10:00am-11:00am – Hermann Park
Skeeters vs Ducks – 6:35pm – Constellation Field
Astros vs D-backs – 7:10pm – Minute Maid Park
Houston Ballet Presents An Evening of Stars – 8:00pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre
Park After Dark Night Hike – 8:00pm – Nature Discovery Center

Saturday, September 15, 2018:

Super Saturday (Buy One Get One Free) – Downtown Aquarium
Free HALS Train Rides – 9:00am-1:00pm – Zube Park
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Discovery Green
STEM Saturday – 12:30pm – Discovery Green
Young Audiences of Houston – 1:00pm-2:30pm – Levy Park
Flea by Night – 6:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green
Skeeters vs Ducks – 6:05pm – Constellation Field
Astros vs D-backs – 6:10pm – Minute Maid Park
Dynamo vs Timbers – 7:30pm – BBVA Compass Stadium
Houston Ballet Presents An Evening of Stars – 8:00pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Sunday, September 16, 2018:

Fiestas Patrias – 12:00pm-3:00pm – Children’s Museum of Houston
Sunday Family Zone – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Bayou Bend Family Day “Hispanic Heritage” – 1:00pm-5:00pm – Bayou Bend Collection
Astros vs D-backs – 1:10pm – Minute Maid Park
Skeeters vs Ducks – 2:05pm – Constellation Field
Inprint Cool Brians! Series Presents Sylvia Acevedo – 3:00pm – Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Middle School
El Grito featuring Los Ligaditos – 7:30pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Monday, September 17, 2018:

Astros vs D-backs – 7:10pm – Minute Maid Park

Tuesday, September 18, 2018:

Toddler Tuesday:  Are You Ready for Some Football? – 10:30am – Discovery Green
Young Audiences of Houston presents Africa Rising! – 11:00am – Miller Outdoor Theatre
Astros vs D-backs – 7:10pm – Minute Maid Park

Wednesday, September 19, 2018:

Young Audiences of Houston presents Africa Rising! – 11:00am – Miller Outdoor Theatre
Nature Story Time – 4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center
Children’s BINGO – 4:30pm – Levy Park
Astros vs D-backs – 7:10pm – Minute Maid Park

Thursday, September 20, 2018:

Free Museum Entry – Museum District
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.
Family Storytime – 10:00am – Levy Park

Friday, September 21, 2018:

Children’s Story Hour – 10:00am-11:00am – Hermann Park
Gamers Paradise: Minecraft and Roblex Challenges – 6:30pm – IdeaLab 8404 Katy Freeway
Astros vs Angels – 7:10pm – Minute Maid Park
River Oaks Chamber Orchestra: Season 14 Opening Concert – 8:00pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre
Freedom Division Series – Constellation Field

Saturday, September 22, 2018:

Smithsonian Free Museum Day – Several Participating Houston Museum (Print free ticket HERE.)
Super Saturday (Buy One Get One Free) – Downtown Aquarium
Halloweekends – Splashway Campgrounds in Sheridan
Mason Park Bridge Grand Opening 5K – 8:00am – Mason Park
Art in the Park – 10:00am-12:00pm – Evelyn’s Park
Take Me Outdoors Houston – 10:00am-3:00pm – Discovery Green
Mid-Autumn Fest – 10:00am-4:00pm – Children’s Museum of Houston
Farm Fun & Pumpkin Patch – 10:00am-5:00pm – Blessington Farms
Rosenberg Railroad Museum Fall Fun Fest – 10:00am-5:00pm – Rosenberg Railroad Museum
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Discovery Green
HPL Express Craft – 11:30am – Discovery Green
STEM Saturday – 12:30pm – Discovery Green
Astros vs Angels – 6:10pm – Minute Maid Park
Salsa y Salud! – 8:00pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre
Freedom Division Series – Constellation Field

Sunday, September 23, 2018:

Halloweekends – Splashway Campgrounds in Sheridan
Sunday Family Zone – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Astros vs Angels – 1:10pm – Minute Maid Park
Freedom Division Series – Constellation Field

Monday, September 24, 2018:

Explore Abilities Day – 10:00am – Children’s Museum of Houston (Open for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences.)

Tuesday, September 25, 2018:

Toddler Tuesday: Cooking with Henry and Ellibelly – 10:30am – Discovery Green
David Gonzalez’ Cuentos: Tales from the Latino/x World – 11:00am – Miller Outdoor Theatre
Mystery Book Club – 12:00pm – Discovery Green
Atlantic Leauge Championship Series – Constellation Field

Wednesday, September 26, 2018:

Nature Story Time – 4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center
Children’s BINGO – 4:30pm – Levy Park
Dynamo vs Union – 7:00pm – BBVA Compass Stadium
Atlantic Leauge Championship Series – Constellation Field

Thursday, September 27, 2018:

Free Museum Entry – Museum District
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.
Family Storytime – 10:00am – Levy Park
No Bully Here Celebration Concert – 11:00am – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Friday, September 28, 2018:

Children’s Story Hour – 10:00am-11:00am – Hermann Park
Day Out with Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2018 – 10:10am-2:20pm – Burnet Community Center, Burnet, Texas
Family Movie Night: Annie – 7:30pm – Levy Park
Classic Journey Live – 8:00pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Saturday, September 29, 2018:

Texas Renaissance Festival –Todd Mission, Texas
Halloweekends – Splashway Campgrounds in Sheridan
Super Saturday (Buy One Get One Free) – Downtown Aquarium
Day Out with Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2018 – 8:30am-5:40pm – Burnet Community Center, Burnet, Texas
Farm Fun & Pumpkin Patch – 10:00am-5:00pm – Blessington Farms
STEAM Career Exploration Day – 10:00am-6:00pm – Children’s Museum of Houston
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Discovery Green
STEM Saturday – 12:30pm – Discovery Green
Special Collections Saturday – 6:00pm-8:00pm – Discovery Green
moonGARDEN: Opening Night – 7:00pm-9:00pm – Discovery Green
Dynamo vs Earthquakes – 7:30pm – BBVA Compass Stadium
Rhythm & Wind – 8:00pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Sunday, September 30, 2018:

Texas Renaissance Festival –Todd Mission, Texas
Halloweekends – Splashway Campgrounds in Sheridan
Day Out with Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2018 – 8:30am-4:00pm – Burnet Community Center, Burnet, Texas
Curious George: The Golden Meatball – 12:30pm & 3:30pm – Main Street Theater (3:30pm is Sensory Friendly Performance)
Sunday Family Zone – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
moonGARDEN – 6:00pm-12:00am – Discovery Green
Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernandez – 7:30pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre
moonGARDEN: Dancin; in the Moonlight – 7:30pm – 10:00pm – Discovery Green

Monday, October 1, 2018:

Cinderella in Spain – 11:00am – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Tuesday, October 2, 2018:

Toddler Tuesday: Moon – 10:30am – Discovery Green
MFAH Playdate – 10:45am – Museum of Fine Art Houston
Cinderella in Spain – 11:00am – Miller Outdoor Theatre
Free at the Zoo – 12:00pm-Closing – Houston Zoo
moonGARDEN – 6:00pm-12:00am – Discovery Green
Rockets vs Grizzles (Preseason) – 7:00pm – Toyota Center

Wednesday, October 3, 2018:

Cinderella in Spain – 11:00am – Miller Outdoor Theatre
Nature Story Time – 4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center
Children’s BINGO – 4:30pm – Levy Park
moonGARDEN – 6:00pm-12:00am – Discovery Green

Thursday, October 4, 2018:

Free Museum Entry – Museum District
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.
Family Storytime – 10:00am – Levy Park
Greek Festival– 5:00pm-10:00pm – Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral
moonGARDEN – 6:00pm-12:00am – Discovery Green
Rockets vs Pacers (Preseason) – 7:00pm – Toyota Center
39th Annual Festival Chicano – 7:00pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Friday, October 5, 2018:

Farm Fun & Pumpkin Patch – 9:30am-3:30pm – Blessington Farms
Children’s Story Hour – 10:00am-11:00am – Hermann Park
Little Artists – 10:30am – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Greek Festival– 11:00am-3:00pm & 5:00pm-10:00pm – Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral (Free admission 11:00am-3:00pm)
moonGARDEN – 6:00pm-12:00am – Discovery Green
39th Annual Festival Chicano – 7:00pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre
moonGARDEN: “Goodnight, Moon” – 7:00pm-9:00pm – Discovery Green

Saturday, October 6, 2018:

Food Allergy Heroes Walk – 8:00am-11:00am – Memorial Park
Monarch Madness – 9:00am-3:00pm – 11975 Dorrance & McDonald Park
Texas Renaissance Festival –Todd Mission, Texas
Halloweekends – Splashway Campgrounds in Sheridan
PLAY 60 at the Park – 10:00am – Evelyn’s Park
Houston Symphony: Peter and the Wolf – 10:00am & 11:30am – Jones Hall
Farm Fun & Pumpkin Patch – 10:00am-5:00pm – Blessington Farms
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Discovery Green
Little Artists – 10:30am – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Hands On Houston: Mixed Media Sculptures – 11:00am-3:00pm – Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
Greek Festival– 11:00am-10:00pm – Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Kids Okotober Festival– 12:00pm-5:00pm – Czech Center Museum Houston
STEM Saturday – 12:30pm – Discovery Green
Sawyer Yards Fall Biannual Art Stroll – 4:00pm-9:00pm – Sawyer Yards
Loteria Night! – 6:00pm-8:00pm – Discovery Green
moonGARDEN – 6:00pm-12:00am – Discovery Green
39th Annual Festival Chicano – 7:00pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre
METdance Season Kickoff – 8:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green
Park to Port Bike Ride – 7:30am – Hermann Park

Sunday, October 7, 2018:

Texas Renaissance Festival –Todd Mission, Texas
Halloweekends – Splashway Campgrounds in Sheridan
Farm Fun & Pumpkin Patch – 10:00am-5:00pm – Blessington Farms
Greek Festival– 12:00pm-6:00pm – Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Curious George: The Golden Meatball – 12:30pm & 3:30pm – Main Street Theater
Sunday Family Zone – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
moonGARDEN – 6:00pm-12:00am – Discovery Green

Monday, October 8, 2018:

Houston Citywide Map: Things to do in Houston, with kids

Tuesday, October 9, 2018:

Toddler Tuesday: Jazz Baby – 10:30am – Discovery Green
Rockets vs Sharks (Preseason) – 7:00pm – Toyota Center

Wednesday, October 10, 2018:

Nature Story Time – 4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center
Children’s BINGO – 4:30pm – Levy Park

Thursday, October 11, 2018:

Free Museum Entry – Museum District
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.
Family Storytime – 10:00am – Levy Park

Friday, October 12, 2018:

Zoo Boo– 9:00am-1:00pm – Houston Zoo
Farm Fun & Pumpkin Patch – 9:30am-3:300pm – Blessington Farms
Children’s Story Hour – 10:00am-11:00am – Hermann Park
Hocus Pocus Pops – 7:00pm – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Dia de la Hispanidad – 7:30pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Saturday, October 13, 2018:

Texas Renaissance Festival –Todd Mission, Texas
Halloweekends – Splashway Campgrounds in Sheridan
Howl-o-Ween Dog Walk, Costume Contest & Pet Expo – 8:00am-11:00am – Central Green Park in LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch
Girls in Aviation Day – 9:00am-1:00pm – Lone Star Flight Museum
Zoo Boo– 9:00am-4:00pm – Houston Zoo
Tweens Read – 9:00am-5:00pm – South Houston High School
Farm Fun & Pumpkin Patch – 10:00am-5:00pm – Blessington Farms
Bayou City Art Festival– 10:00am-6:00pm – Streets Surrounding City Hall
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Discovery Green
Curious George: The Golden Meatball – 11:00am & 2:00pm – Main Street Theater
KBR Kids Day – 11:00am-3:00pm – Guadalupe Plaza Park
HPL Express Craft – 11:30am – Discovery Green
Free Play Day – 12:00pm-4:00pm – Houston Fire Museum
STEM Saturday – 12:30pm – Discovery Green
Halloween Mayhem  – 10:00am-6:00pm – Children’s Museum
Oktoberfest – 2:00pm-6:00pm – First Evangelical Lutheran Church Midtown
Fall Family Festival– 3:00pm-6:00pm – St. Peter’s Methodist Church Katy
Ramsey Lewis & Urban Knights – 7:30pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre
Symphonic Spooktacular – 7:30pm – Jones Hall

Sunday, October 14, 2018:

Texas Renaissance Festival –Todd Mission, Texas
Halloweekends – Splashway Campgrounds in Sheridan
Zoo Boo– 9:00am-4:00pm – Houston Zoo
Farm Fun & Pumpkin Patch – 10:00am-5:00pm – Blessington Farms
Bayou City Art Festival– 10:00am-6:00pm – Streets Surrounding City Hall
Halloween Mayhem  – 12:00pm-6:00pm – Children’s Museum
Pawsitive Pups – 1:00pm – Levy Park
Sunday Family Zone – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
My First Music Lesson – 3:00pm – Discovery Green
Brazilian Food & Music Festival – 11:00am-7:00pm – The Wildcatter Saloon

Monday, October 15, 2018:

Sensory Friendly Day – 10:00am – 3:00pm – Children’s Museum

Tuesday, October 16, 2018:

Toddler Tuesday: Touch a Truck – 10:30am – Discovery Green
Open Dance Project’s ENGINuity! – 11:00am – Miller Outdoor Theatre
Halloween Mayhem  – 4:00pm-6:00pm – Children’s Museum

Wednesday, October 17, 2018:

Nature Story Time – 4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center
Halloween Mayhem  – 4:00pm-6:00pm – Children’s Museum
Children’s BINGO – 4:30pm – Levy Park
Addams Family – 7:00pm – Market Square Park
Rockets vs New Orleans – 7:00pm – Toyota Center

Thursday, October 18, 2018:

Free Museum Entry – Museum District
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.
Family Storytime – 10:00am – Levy Park
Halloween Mayhem  – 4:00pm-8:00pm – Children’s Museum

Friday, October 19, 2018:

Zoo Boo– 9:00am-1:00pm – Houston Zoo
Farm Fun & Pumpkin Patch – 9:30am-3:30pm – Blessington Farms
Children’s Story Hour – 10:00am-11:00am – Hermann Park
Halloween Mayhem  – 4:00pm-6:00pm – Children’s Museum
Night Market – 6:00pm-10:00pm – Asia Society
Splendid China XIII – 7:30pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Saturday, October 20, 2018:

Halloweekends – Splashway Campgrounds in Sheridan
Texas Renaissance Festival –Todd Mission, Texas
Wings Over Houston– 8:00am-6:00pm – Ellington Airport
HALS Free Public Train Rides – 9:00am-2:00pm – Zube Park
Zoo Boo– 9:00am-4:00pm – Houston Zoo
Houston Buddy Walk – 10:00am-2:00pm – Sam Houston Race Park
Farm Fun & Pumpkin Patch – 10:00am-5:00pm – Blessington Farms
ArBOOretum! – 10:00am-4:00pm – Houston Arboretum
Halloween Mayhem  – 10:00am-6:00pm – Children’s Museum
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Discovery Gree
LEAD DREAMfest – 11:00am-2:00pm – Levy Park
Curious George: The Golden Meatball – 11:00am & 2:00pm – Main Street Theater
Pumpkin Patch at The Lawn – 11:00am-3:00pm – Memorial City Mall Lawn
Energy Day– 11:00am-4:00pm – Sam Houston Park
Kids Okotober Festival– 12:00pm-5:00pm – Czech Center Museum Houston
STEM Saturday – 12:30pm – Discovery Green
Pumpkin Patch – 11:00am-4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center
Splendid China XIII – 7:30pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre
East End Street Fest – 12:00pm-10:00pm – East End Esplanade

Sunday, October 21, 2018:

Texas Renaissance Festival –Todd Mission, Texas
Halloweekends – Splashway Campgrounds in Sheridan
Wings Over Houston– 8:00am-6:00pm – Ellington Airport
Zoo Boo– 9:00am-4:00pm – Houston Zoo
Farm Fun & Pumpkin Patch – 10:00am-5:00pm – Blessington Farms
Pumpkin Patch – 11:00am-4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center
Halloween Mayhem  – 12:00pm-6:00pm – Children’s Museum
Heroes for Children Pumpkin Patch – 1:00pm-3:00pm – Evelyn’s Park
Sunday Family Zone – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Bayou Bend & Rienzi Family Day – 1:00pm-5:00pm – Bayou Bend & Rienzi
Dynamo vs Sounders – TBD – BBVA Compass Stadium

Monday, October 22, 2018:

Houston Citywide Map: Things to do in Houston, with kids

Tuesday, October 23, 2018:

Toddler Tuesday: Good Morning Yoga – 10:30am – Discovery Green
Mystery Book Club – 12:00pm – Discovery Green
Halloween Mayhem  – 4:00pm-6:00pm – Children’s Museum

Wednesday, October 24, 2018:

Moving Myths: Story Telling Through Dance – 11:00am – Miller Outdoor Theatre
Nature Story Time – 4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center
Halloween Mayhem  – 4:00pm-6:00pm – Children’s Museum
Children’s BINGO – 4:30pm – Levy Park
Rockets vs Jazz – 7:00pm – Toyota Center

Thursday, October 25, 2018:

Free Museum Entry – Museum District
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.
Family Storytime – 10:00am – Levy Park
Let’s Make A Play Today! – 11:00am – Miller Outdoor Theatre
Halloween Mayhem  – 4:00pm-6:00pm – Children’s Museum
Workshop Houston Presents: Fright Shop – 5:00pm-7:00pm – Workshop Houston

Friday, October 26, 2018:

Zoo Boo– 9:00am-1:00pm – Houston Zoo
Farm Fun & Pumpkin Patch – 9:30am-3:30pm – Blessington Farms
Children’s Story Hour – 10:00am-11:00am – Hermann Park
Halloween Mayhem  – 4:00pm-6:00pm – Children’s Museum
Scream on the Green – 6:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green
Chef Academy – 6:30pm – IdeaLab
Haunted Submarine and Safe Trick-or-Treat– 6:30pm – Seawolf Park
Rockets vs Clippers – 7:00pm – Toyota Center
Family Movie Night: Coco – 7:00pm – Levy Park
Oktoberfest – 7:00pm-9:00pm – McGrath Park in Meadows Place
Red Baraat – 7:30pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Saturday, October 27, 2018:

Texas Renaissance Festival –Todd Mission, Texas
Halloweekends – Splashway Campgrounds in Sheridan
Zoo Boo– 9:00am-4:00pm – Houston Zoo
Art in the Park – 10:00am-12:00pm – Evelyn’s Park
Johnson Space Center Open House – 10:00am-2:00pm – Johnson Space Center
90th Anniversary Carnival– 10:00am-3:00pm – Poe Elementary
Touch-A-Truck 2017 & Model Train Festival – 10:00am-4:00pm – 6th Street Texas City
Farm Fun & Pumpkin Patch – 10:00am-5:00pm – Blessington Farms
Halloween Mayhem  – 10:00am-6:00pm – Children’s Museum
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Discovery Green
Curious George: The Golden Meatball – 11:00am & 2:00pm – Main Street Theater (11:00am Audio Described, 2:00pm ASL Shadow Interpreted)
Day of Dead Festival– 11:00am-7:00pm – MECA
Kids Okotober Festival– 12:00pm-5:00pm – Czech Center Museum Houston
STEM Saturday – 12:30pm – Discovery Green
Haunted Submarine and Safe Trick-or-Treat– 6:30pm – Seawolf Park
Scream In – 7:00pm-10:00pm – HPL Central Library
This Joint is Jumpin’: Big Band Favorites with the Richard Brown Big Band – 8:00pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Sunday, October 28, 2018:

Texas Renaissance Festival –Todd Mission, Texas
Halloweekends – Splashway Campgrounds in Sheridan
Zoo Boo– 9:00am-4:00pm – Houston Zoo
Houston Maritime Museum Family Day – 10:00am-2:00pm –  Navigation Esplanade during the East End Farmer’s Market
Farm Fun & Pumpkin Patch – 10:00am-5:00pm – Blessington Farms
Day of Dead Festival– 11:00am-7:00pm – MECA
Halloween Mayhem  – 12:00pm-6:00pm – Children’s Museum
Sunday Family Zone – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Howl-o-ween Parade and Costume Contest – 4:00pm – Levy Park

Monday, October 29, 2018:

Houston Citywide Map: Things to do in Houston, with kids
Bubbling Potions, Ghouls and Gobling! – 4:30pm – IdeaLab 8404 Katy Freeway Suite

Tuesday, October 30, 2018:

Toddler Tuesday: Halloween Fun! – 10:30am – Discovery Green
Pinocchio – 11:00am – Miller Outdoor Theatre
Halloween Mayhem  – 4:00pm-6:00pm – Children’s Museum
Rockets vs Trail Blazers – 7:00pm – Toyota Center

Wednesday, October 31, 2018:

Halloween Monster Mash Bash  – 2:00pm-8:00pm – Children’s Museum
Nature Story Time – 4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center
Children’s BINGO – 4:30pm – Levy Park
Trick or Treat – 5:00pm-8:00pm – City Centre
Play, Eat and Be Scary – 5:00pm-9:00pm – iT’Z
Haunted Submarine and Safe Trick-or-Treat– 6:30pm – Seawolf Park

Thursday, November 1, 2018:

Free Museum Entry – Museum District
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.
Family Storytime – 10:00am – Levy Park

Friday, November 2, 2018:

Children’s Story Hour – 10:00am-11:00am – Hermann Park
Little Artists – 10:30am – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Dia de los Muertos – 6:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green
Rockets vs Nets – 6:30pm – Toyota Center


Top 10 Things to Do this Week & Weekend, in Houston, with Kids – August 13-19, 2018

Make plans for another great week in Houston, with kids!  Here are the top things to do for Monday through Sunday, August 13-19, 2018.

You can also find the full list of events HERE … and ALL the Summer Break Fun, HERE!

1.  All week long, Stay Cool with FREE Houston Splashpads, Pools & Air Conditioned Venues.

2.  All week long, go see the Park People at Houston Center.  The monochromatic, interactive Lego brick sculptures are seated on benches, waiting for you to sit next to them.

3.  Monday through Thursday, cheer for the Skeeters at Constellation Field

4.  On Tuesday, bring your coupon to Two for Tuesday at the Downtown Aquarium.  Get buy one get one free admission to the aquarium, the stingray tank and all the rides.

5.  Tuesday and Wednesday, cheer for the Astros at Minute Maid Park.

6.  On Thursday, enjoy the Free Museum Day in the museum district.

7.  On Friday, Fly in for Storytime at the Lone Star Flight Museum.  When you arrive on time for storytime… you get a big discount on museum admission!

8.  On Friday, cheer for the Dash at BBVA Compass Stadium.

9.  On Friday and Saturday, take the family to Game Night at the Houston Zoo.  This is the last Evening Chill of the summer!

10.  On Saturday, cheer for the Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium.


Things to do in Houston, with kids, for 4th of July 2018… Including Weather Cancellations

Happy Independence Day!  Here are the events happening around Houston, for families, for July 4, 2018.  Click the links for all the details AND for weather updates.. we’ve updated some cancellations here!

If you know of more events, please let us know!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018:

Wednesday, July 4, 2018:


Things to do in Houston, with kids, for New Years Eve 2017!

For those looking to celebrate the new year with kids, here are family friendly events around Houston.  If you know of more, let us know!

(And if you want more Christmas and holiday events, go HERE!)

New Years Eve Celebrations:

Rockin’ New Year’s Noon Bash – December 31, 2017 – 9:00am-3:00pm – Children’s Museum of Houston – 1500 Binz, Houston, Texas 77004
The end-of-year bash rings in the New Year at the stroke of noon with a parade and shimmering ball drop.

High Noon Countdown – December 31, 2017 – 10:00am-12:00pm – The Woodlands Children’s Museum – 4775 W Panther Creek Dr #280, The Woodlands, TX 77381
Celebrate making New Year hats and creative art projects.

Sharkey’s New Year’s Eve Celebration – December 31, 2017 – Downtown Aquarium – 410 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002
Balloon Drop, Buffet and all day adventure pass.  11:00-2:00pm & 3:30-6:30pm

New Year’s Eve Family Celebration – December 31, 2017 – Kemah Boardwalk – 215 Kipp Ave, Kemah, TX 77565
Live music and fireworks at 10:00pm.

New Year’s at Splashway Campground – December 31, 2017 – Splashway Sheridan – 5211 Main St, Sheridan, TX 77475
This New Year’s Eve, bring the family to Splashway and escape the hustle and bustle of your daily lives. Take some time before school and work start again to unwind and relax, as a family. We’ve got outdoor activities, comfortable lodging options, and plenty of amenities for the whole family. On New Year’s Eve, we’ll be hosting an exclusive celebration for our guests, with music, fireworks*, and a grand countdown!

Texas State Parks – December 31, 2017 & January 1, 2018 
Find activities on New Years Eve and New Years Day (including First Day Hikes!) at Texas State Parks by Houston!

More Events on December 31:

ICE at Discovery Green – 11:00am-7:00pm – Discovery Green
Panto Cinderella – 2:00pm – Stages Repertory Theatre
Rockets vs Lakers – 6:00pm – Toyota Center
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo


Houston Grand Opera… for the Family! The House Without a Christmas Tree at Resilience Theater.

“You do not know how lucky you are! It has taken me over 30 years to go to an opera… you guys are only 4, 6 and 8!”

Two years ago the Houston Grand Opera invited us to see the family friendly “The Little Prince“, and this is what I said over and over in the car. The kids were not so sure.

We walked through the bustling theater district, full of dressed up families and couples heading to shows all over Downtown Houston. As we walked in to the Wortham Theater and went up the giant escalators towards the brightly lit Christmas tree and wreath, I could see my kids get a little giddy about the opera…

We took our seats, flipped through our program, started our scavenger hunts and smiled as the lights went down.

The program had a picture description of the story, so it was pretty easy to follow along. Also, the words were projected at the top of the stage, so my readers could read along.

During the show, my 8 year old laughed and read along with the songs.  My 6 year old fell fast asleep. Not because she did not like it, but because the music was calm and beautiful in the dark theater.

My 4 year old, who could not read the words across the screen, but is very used to sitting in theaters and taking in the shows. He did not fully understand the story, but he always always preferred to come with us than to stay at home.

And they all liked the opera.

Now, two years later, we are heading to “The House Without a Christmas Tree”.  The Wortham Theater was damaged by Harvey… but the show will go on at the Resilience Theater in the George R. Brown Convention Center, November 30-December 17, 2017!

If you want to try a family friendly opera this holiday season, find your own tickets HERE!

 


Trunk-or-Treat, Indoor & Retail Trick-or-Treat Events, in Houston, for 2017!

Trick or Treat without going door to door!

There are a lot of spots to trunk-or-treat (where you go trunk to trunk in a closed off parking lot) or trick-or-treat at businesses and churches.  See our list below… and tell us what to add!

For the full list of festivals, farms and pumpkin patches, go HERE!


Pictured: Luke, Leia, Luke and Mad Yoda
Trunk or Treat and Fall Festival – Saturday, October 21, 2017 – 4:00pm-7:00pm – Abiding Word Lutheran Church

Haunted High School – 5:00pm-7:30pm – La Porte High School (I haven’t been but hear it’s kid friendly)

Pre-Halloween Bash & Trunk-or-Treat Alley – Friday, October 27, 2017 – 6:30pm-8:00pm – Faith Lutheran Bellaire

Trunk or Treat 2017 by Global Martial Arts – Friday, October 27, 2017 – 6:00pm-8:00pm – Tomball

Annual Fall Festival & Trunk or Treat – Friday, October 27, 2017 – 6:00pm-8:30pm – Bethany Methodist Weekday School

Trunk or Treat at Al Garza Martial Arts – Friday, October 27, 2017, 2017 – 6:30pm-9:00pm – League City

Truck or Treat Halloween Family Food Festival – Saturday, October 28, 2017 – 12:00pm-11:00pm – Heritage Place Amphitheater, Conroe

Special Needs Halloween Indoor Trick or Treat – Saturday, October 28, 2017 – 2:00pm-4:00pm – Helen Hall Public Library, League City

Lake Houston Church Of The Nazarene – Saturday, October 28, 2017 – 4:00pm-6:00pm – Humble

Trunk or Treat – Saturday, October 28, 2017 – 5:00pm-7:00pm – Bay Harbour United Methodist Church, League City

Trunk or Treat Street Party – Sunday, October 29, 2017 – 5:00pm-7:00pm – First United Methodist Church – 2314 Grand Blvd, Pearland, Texas 77581

Trick or Treat – Monday, October 30, 2017 – 5:30pm-6:30pm – Tanger Outlets, Texas City

Memorial City Monster Mash Spooktacular – Tuesday, October 31, 2017 – 5:00pm-7:00pm – Memorial City Mall

Trunks ‘n’ Treats – Tuesday, October 31, 2017 – 5:00pm-7:00pm – Trinity Lutheran Church Downtown

Halloween Trick or Treat – Tuesday, October 31, 2017 – 5:00pm-8:00pm – CityCentre

Trunk or Treat – Tuesday, October 31, 2017 – 6:00pm-7:30pm – Clear Lake United Methodist Church

Trunk or Treat – Tuesday, October 31, 2017 – 6:00pm-8:00pm – Life Church Humble

Trunk or Treat – Tuesday, October 31, 2017 – 6:00pm-8:00pm – Helmers Street Baptist Church


Christmas Activities, Festivals, Shows, Lights & Family Fun… Things to Do in Houston, with Kids, During the Holidays 2017!


Happy Holidays, Houston!  This list of holiday festivals, lights and shows is sponsored by Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.

Here’s what’s happening November 1, 2017  through January 2, 2018.

As events pop up, we’ll add them to the list… and since this is being posted so early, be sure to click the links and check before you head out to each venue. (And for Fall Festivals, go HERE!)

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Quick Links:

Full list of things to do in Houston, with kids, November 1 – January 2
Discounts to Holiday Shows in Houston, 2017!
Free Photos with Santa
Things to do around Discovery Green, with kids, for the holidays
Trains Over Texas at the Houston Museum of Natural Science
Stories by the Trains at Second Baptist (Free)
Hello, Trees! A Walking Serenade at Discovery Green
Giant Gingerbread House at Hilton Americas Houston!
Magical Winter Lights in La Marque
Nutcracker for Under $25
Houston Zoo Lights – Beat the Crowds!
Good Places to Take Family Photos in Houston

Holiday Lights:

Go HERE for the best neighborhoods and destinations! (We’ll update for 2017 when we get it together)

Zoo Lights – Dates TBD for 2017 – Houston Zoo (See our review HERE!)

Magical Winter Lights – November 10, 2017 – January 2, 2018 – Gulf Greyhound Park (See our review HERE!)

Festival of Lights – November 11, 2017  – January 7, 2018 – Moody Gardens

Lights in the Heights – December 9, 2017 – Woodland Heights
Tour the beautiful, lit up, neighborhood!

Dickinson Festival of Lights – through December 23, 2017 – Dickenson

 

Shows/Concerts:

As we find discounts, we’ll post them.  Also, not all shows are for little kids… Click the links and decide for yourself!

A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – November 17 – December 23, 2017 – Alley Theatre

A Charlie Brown Christmas – November 21-December 21, 2017 – Main Street Theater at MATCH

Christmas Wonderland Holiday Spectacular – November 24–25, 2017 – The Grand Galveston

A Scheherazade Thanksgiving – November 24-26, 2017 – Jones Hall

Houston Grand Opera: The House without a Christmas Tree – November 30-December 17, 2017 – HGO Resilience Theater (at George R Brown) {Wortham Theater was damaged by Harvey and will not reopen until next year.}  See our post HERE!

Panto Cinderella – November 29 – December 31, 2017 – Stages Repertory Theatre

Very Merry Pops – December 1-3, 2017 – Jones Hall

A Christmas Carol – December 1–2, 2017 – The Grand Galveston

Houston Symphony: A Grinch Christmas – December 2, 2017 – Jones Hall

The Nutcracker – December 10-January 6, 2018 – Smart Financial Centre (December 10-23, 2017), The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts (December 30, 2017-January 6, 2018) {Wortham Theater was damaged by Harvey and will not reopen until next year.}

Sleeping Beauty And Her Winter Knight – December 12-24 – Theater Under the Stars

The Texas Tenors: Deep in the Heart of Christmas – December 15, 2017 – The Grand Galveston

Handel’s Messiah – December 15-17, 2017 – Jones Hall

Trans-Siberian Orchestra – December 21, 2017 – Toyota Center

SHEN YUN – December 22-27, 2017 – Jones Hall

Christmas Under the Big Top – December 15-19, 2017 – Second Baptist Woodway Campus

 

Festivals/Family Fun:

Texas Renaissance Festival – Weekends, through November 26, 2017 – Todd Mission, Texas 
Ticket deals can usually be found on coupon websites.  Kids are free on Sundays.
The world’s largest Renaissance Festival has themes that change each weekend.

Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market – November 9-12, 2017 – NRG Center – N Stadium Dr, Houston, TX 77054
This is not really a kid event… but it’s a fun shopping/people watching event for moms or dads.  Kids can come, but no strollers are allowed!

Trains Over Texas – Starting November 10, 2017 – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Create holiday memories by travelling across Texas by model railroad in this scratch built “O” scale model.

Santa’s Wonderland – November 10, 2017-January 7, 2018 – 18898 Hwy 6 South, College Station, 77845 
Biggest Christmas attraction in the state of Texas!  Several ticket options are available.

Home for the Holidays – November 11-December 23 , 2017– Old Town Spring – 403 Main St, Spring, TX 77373
The local shops come alive and visitors encountered strolling performers and festive exhibits!

Polar Express Train Ride – November 11-December 27, 2017 – 789 Park Road 70, Palestine, Texas 75801
Ride on the Polar Express!  Find the best pricing in November and early December… and book all tickets before they sell out!

Festival of Lights – November 11, 2017  – January 7, 2018 – Moody Gardens – 1 Hope Boulevard Galveston, Texas 77554
Find more than 1 million lights,  live entertainment, ice skating, pictures with Santa and the Arctic Slide.

Ice Land Ice Sculptures – November 11, 2017 – January 7, 2018 – Moody Gardens – 1 Hope Boulevard Galveston, Texas 77554
A new rain forest theme… all carved out of more than 2 million pounds of ice!

Lighting of the Doves – November 18, 2017 – Town Green Park at The Woodlands Waterway 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, Texas 
This festival has snow, sledding, shopping, entertainment, fireworks… and Santa arriving on the water!  See the Doves light up along The Woodlands Waterway!

Via Colori Festival November 18 & 19, 2017 – Streets Surrounding City Hall – 900 Smith St, Houston, TX 77002
200 artists paint the streets surrounding City Hall!  Watch the artists work, enjoy music, activities and food!  Via Colori is a fundraiser for The Center for Hearing and Speech.

Zoo Lights – November 18, 2017 – January 14, 2018 – Houston Zoo – 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, Texas 77030
Tour the Zoo after dark!  The Zoo closes at 5:00pm and reopens at 6:00pm for this event.  Check their website for “value” nights and “prime” nights.  “Value” nights are less busy and cheaper!

 ICE at Discovery Green – November 18, 2017 – January 21, 2018 – Discovery Green 1500 McKinney, Houston, Texas 77010  
All ages are invited to skate at Discovery Green.  There is a small toddler rink for the littlest ones to practice.

Turkey Trot – November 23, 2017 – Galleria 4925 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas 77056
The largest Thanksgiving Race in Houston and it takes place in the Galleria area. The event benefits children and seniors Neighborhood Centers serves every year. There’s opportunity to participate as a walker, runner and also volunteer. Use Code: 17BIGKID to save $5.

HEB Thanksgiving Day Parade – November 23, 2017 – Downtown Houston – Starts at Smith at Lamar
Thanksgiving Day Parade in Downtown Houston.  Arrive early for parking!

Dickinson Festival of Lights – November 25, 2017 – December 23, 2017 – Dickenson – Paul Hopkins Park
See the lights and Santa!  Free Parking and shuttle service is provided on busy nights at Dickinson Plaza Shopping Center.

Skate with Santa – November 25, December 2, 9, 16, 23, 2017 – ICE at Discovery Green – 1500 McKinney, Houston, Texas 77010  
The man in the jolly red suit is on hand to skate with kids

Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting – Post Oak Boulevard – Uptown Park
From the website: “Due to the construction of Post Oak Boulevard, the Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting event, annually held on Thanksgiving evening, is being postponed until 2019.”

Mayor’s Holiday Celebration – December 1, 2017 – City Hall – 901 Bagby Street, Houston, Texas 77002
Tree lighting, music, Santa and family fun in Downtown Houston!

Dickens on the Strand – December 1-3, 2017 – Galveston – Strand National Historic Landmark District
Victorian holiday festival!  Six stages, strolling carolers, musicians, bagpipers, jugglers and  even more entertainers. Costumed vendors peddle their wares from street stalls and rolling carts laden with holiday food and drink, Victorian-inspired gifts.

Christmas Train – December 1-23, 2017 – 1407 Victory Lane, Alvin, Texas 775711
Old-fashioned train ride through our winter wonderland of lights and religious scenery. Over 300,000 lights sparkle along the 3/4 mile track.

An Old Fashioned Christmas – December 2, 2017 – Jesse H. Jones Nature Center – 20634 Kenswick Dr, Humble, TX 77338
Experience traditions of earlier times as the homestead comes to life with 19th century holiday customs. Enjoy music, a holiday craft, tree lighting, wassail and cookies, and an early visit from Saint Nicholas. Reservations required.

Santa to Land at the Lone Star Flight Museum – December 2, 9 and 16, 2017 – Ellington Field – 11551 Aerospace Ave, Houston, TX 77034
Santa’s got a new sleigh! Houston-area families are invited to watch Santa as he arrives in a Stearman PT-17 and taxis into the Lone Star Flight Museum at Ellington Airport. Santa arrives in style on December 2, December 9 and December 16. Photo opportunities with Santa and the PT-17 are available and will be taken inside the museum’s Waltrip Hangar. A general admission ticket is required and children age three and under are free.

Candlelight Tour December 5-16, 2017 – Sam Houston Park – 1000 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002
This Houston holiday tradition will take you and your loved ones back in time, to an open-hearted world filled with families gathering in cozy homes to count their blessings over a warm hearth.

Stories at the Trains – December 6, 13, 20, 2017 – Second Baptist at Woodway – 6400 Woodway Drive, E Building, Houston, Texas 77057
Listen to the Christmas stories by the giant model train layout!  It is open to everyone!

Tomball German Christmas Market & Festival – December 8-10, 2017 – Tomball Train Depot – 201 S Elm St, Tomball, TX, 77375
Great family festival just outside Houston.

Trees & Stars Winter Celebration – December 9, 2017 – Houston Arboretum – 4501 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77024
Enjoy festive food, Saint Arnold beer, Katz Coffee, and a hot chocolate bar inside. Outside, hike through the winter woods and look through telescopes to see the moon and stars.
Wear walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing.  Ages 5 and older.  Registration required.

Breakfast with Santa – December 9, 2017 – Hermann Park – 1700 Hermann Drive, Houston, Texas
Celebrate the holiday season with your family with a fun day including breakfast, ride on the Hermann Park Railroad, pedal boat ride, and pictures with Santa!

Holiday Party at Kinder Station – December 9, 2017 – Hermann Park Train Station – 1700 Hermann Drive, Houston, Texas
Come and enjoy free crafts and face painting.  Park members also enjoy free train rides.

Gingerbread Build Off – December 9, 2017 – Hermann Square by City Hall – 900 Smith St, Houston, TX 77002
Architecture Center Houston will host the Annual Gingerbread Build-Off at City Hall’s Hermann Square. Competing teams will create their masterpieces using 100% edible materials.

Homestead Holiday – December 9, 2017 – Jesse H. Jones Nature Center – 20634 Kenswick Dr, Humble, TX 77338
Enjoy homemade cookies and wassail as the homestead comes to life with old-fashioned Christmas traditions, including jolly old Saint Nicholas

Teddy Bear Check Up & Breakfast with Santa – December 9, 2017 – Health Museum – 1515 Hermann Dr. Houston, Texas 77004
Bring your children and their favorite teddy bear for an annual check-up at The Health Museum. Kids get hands-on experience checking their Teddy’s health while learning proper oral hygiene, how to listen to the heart with a stethoscope, keeping Teddy fit with stretches and moderate exercise and administering a band-aid for the occasional boo-boo. Enjoy a visit from Santa Claus who will be onsite for photos plus holiday and science themed activities and crafts.  Teddy Bear Check-up is included in regular admission price. Breakfast and photos with Santa are free to members.

Christmas Village at Bayou Bend – December 15-30, 2017 – Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens – 6003 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77265

Discover an immersive Christmas experience at beautiful Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. A dazzling bridge brings visitors into a winter wonderland featuring thousands of lights and activities for all ages throughout the 14-acre estate.

Fun, holiday-themed tours of Ima Hogg’s historic mansion crafted by Todd Waite feature live actors, theatrical effects, and Christmas decorations.

Brunch with Santa – December 16, 2017 – Phoenicia Foods Downtown – 1001 Austin St, Houston, TX 77010
The Houston Fire Department will have a truck on site for Operation Stocking Stuffer Toy Drive, Santa & Ms. Claus will be visiting with families and taking photos with the lil’ ones, there will be a Yule-tide brunch specials including Gingerbread waffles, Children’s Holiday Cookie decorating and more!

Rockin’ New Year’s Noon Bash – December 31, 2017 – Children’s Museum of Houston – 1500 Binz, Houston, Texas 77004
The end-of-year bash rings in the New Year at the stroke of noon with a parade and shimmering ball drop.  9:00am-3:00pm

High Noon Countdown – December 31, 2017 – The Woodlands Children’s Museum – 4775 W Panther Creek Dr #280, The Woodlands, TX 77381
Celebrate making New Year hats and creative art projects. 10:00am-12:00pm.

Sharkey’s New Year’s Eve Celebration – December 31, 2017 – Downtown Aquarium – 410 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002
Balloon Drop, Buffet and all day adventure pass.  11:00-2:00pm & 3:30-6:30pm

New Year’s Eve Family Celebration – December 31, 2017 – Kemah Boardwalk – 215 Kipp Ave, Kemah, TX 77565
Live music and fireworks at 10:00pm.

New Year’s at Splashway Campground – December 31, 2017 – Splashway Sheridan – 5211 Main St, Sheridan, TX 77475
This New Year’s Eve, bring the family to Splashway and escape the hustle and bustle of your daily lives. Take some time before school and work start again to unwind and relax, as a family. We’ve got outdoor activities, comfortable lodging options, and plenty of amenities for the whole family. On New Year’s Eve, we’ll be hosting an exclusive celebration for our guests, with music, fireworks*, and a grand countdown!


Things to do in Houston, with kids, for Winter! Houston Events for November 1, 2017 – January 2, 2018

Look forward to the best winter ever!

So you can plan ahead for November and December, here are all the family events scheduled for November 1, 2017  through January 2, 2018. (For the full list of fall events, go HERE!)

As events pop up, we’ll add them to the list… and since this is being posted so early, be sure to click the links and check before you head out to each venue.

If you are looking for Holiday Festivals, Train Rides, Lights and Shows, go HERE!  (And for Fall Festivals, go HERE!)

Quick Links:

Look here for Holiday Festivals and Shows!
Top 10 Kid Friendly Restaurants in Houston
Houston Parks
Texas Roadtrips

Full Events List:

Wednesday, November 1, 2017:
The Color Condition – Avenida Houston/Discovery Green
Mommy Mingle – 10:00am-12:00pm – Children’s Museum of Houston
Nature Storytime – 4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center
Party on the Plaza – 5:00pm-9:00pm – Discovery Green

Thursday, November 2, 2017:
The Color Condition – Avenida Houston/Discovery Green
Free Museum Entry
Children’s Museum of Houston FREE 5:00pm-8:00pm
The Health Museum FREE 2:00pm-7:00pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science FREE 3:00pm-5:00pm
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston FREE 10:00am-9:00pm
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.
Mondays with Mommy: A Trip to the Farm – 10:00am – LaCenterra
Children’s Bible Story Time: God Made Man – 10:00am – Topstone Bibles & Books

Friday, November 3, 2017:
The Color Condition – Avenida Houston/Discovery Green
Children’s Story Hour – 10:00am – Hermann Park
Circo Avenida – 7:00pm – Discovery Green

Saturday, November 4, 2017:
Texas Renaissance Festival – Todd Mission, Texas
The Color Condition – Avenida Houston/Discovery Green
Touch-A-Truck 2017 & Model Train Festival – 10:00am-5:00pm – 6th Street Texas City
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Discovery Green
Akeelah and the Bee – 11:00am & 2:00pm – Main Street Theater at MATCH
Hands On Houston Family Festival: Focus on Fiber – 11:00am-3:00pm – Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
STEM Saturdays – 12:30pm – Discovery Green
Naturally Wild Families: Cane Pole Fishing – 1:00pm, 2:00pm & 3:00pm – Houston Arboretum
Dog Pop – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Outside Birds Barbershop and Steel City Pop (Dog-centric Pop Up Festival)
Movies at Miller: Sing Along with the Muppet Movie – 7:00pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre
Screen on the Green: Zootopia – 7:30pm – Discovery Green

Sunday, November 5, 2017:
Texas Renaissance Festival – Todd Mission, Texas
The Color Condition – Avenida Houston/Discovery Green
Texans vs Colts – 12:00pm – NRG
Sunday Family Zone – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts
Fall Charity Chinese Folk Music Concert – 3:30pm-5:30pm – Tompkins High School
Rockets vs Jazz – 6:00pm – Toyota Center

Monday, November 6, 2017:
The Color Condition – Avenida Houston/Discovery Green

Tuesday, November 7, 2017:
The Color Condition – Avenida Houston/Discovery Green
MFAH Playdate – 10:45am – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Family Storybook Circle – 11:30am – Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Wednesday, November 8, 2017:
The Color Condition – Avenida Houston/Discovery Green
Nature Storytime – 4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center
Party on the Plaza – 5:00pm-9:00pm – Discovery Green

Thursday, November 9, 2017:
The Color Condition – Avenida Houston/Discovery Green
Free Museum Entry
Children’s Museum of Houston FREE 5:00pm-8:00pm
The Health Museum FREE 2:00pm-7:00pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science FREE 3:00pm-5:00pm
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston FREE 10:00am-9:00pm
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.
Children’s Bible Story Time: Earth is for Man – 10:00am – Topstone Bibles & Books
Rockets vs Cavaliers – 7:00pm – Toyota Center

Friday, November 10, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
The Color Condition – Avenida Houston/Discovery Green
Children’s Story Hour – 10:00am – Hermann Park
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
The Magic Flute – 7:30pm – Opera in the Heights
Cirque Mechanics “Pedal Punk” – 7:30pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Saturday, November 11, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Texas Renaissance Festival – Todd Mission, Texas
The Color Condition – Avenida Houston/Discovery Green
Dino Day – 9:00am – Houston Museum of Natural Science (RSVP Required)
Walk on the Wild Side – 10:00am – Nature Discovery Center
Houston Symphony: Hook’D: Pirates in Concert – 10:00am & 11:30am – Jones Hall (Rescheduled from October)
Free Train Rides for Veterans – 10:00am-5:00pm – Hermann Park Kinder Station
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Discovery Green
Akeelah and the Bee – 11:00am & 2:00pm – Main Street Theater at MATCH
Veterans Day Celebration – 12:00pm-8:00pm – Levy Park
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Rockets vs Grizzlies – 7:00pm – Toyota Center
The Magic Flute – 7:30pm – Opera in the Heights

Sunday, November 12, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Texas Renaissance Festival – Todd Mission, Texas
The Color Condition – Avenida Houston/Discovery Green
Hope After Harvey Music Fest – 12:00pm-7:00pm – The Pub Galleria (Family Friendly)
Sunday Family Zone – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts
My First Music Lesson – 2:00pm – Discovery Green
Canned Acoustica – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park

Monday, November 13, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
The Color Condition – Avenida Houston/Discovery Green

Tuesday, November 14, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
The Color Condition – Avenida Houston/Discovery Green
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Rockets vs Raptors – 7:00pm – Toyota Center

Wednesday, November 15, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
The Color Condition – Avenida Houston/Discovery Green
Nature Storytime – 4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Party on the Plaza – 5:00pm-9:00pm – Discovery Green

Thursday, November 16, 2017:
Free Museum Entry
Children’s Museum of Houston FREE 5:00pm-8:00pm
The Health Museum FREE 2:00pm-7:00pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science FREE 3:00pm-5:00pm
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston FREE 10:00am-9:00pm
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Children’s Bible Story Time: Man is Different than the Animals – 10:00am – Topstone Bibles & Books
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park

Friday, November 17, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Children’s Story Hour – 10:00am – Hermann Park
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
The Magic Flute – 7:30pm – Opera in the Heights

Saturday, November 18, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Texas Renaissance Festival – Todd Mission, Texas
HALS Free Train Rides – 9:00am-2:00pm – Zube Park
Art in the Park – 10:00am-12:00pm – Evelyn’s Park
Via Color Street Painting Festival – 10:00am-6:00pm – Streets Surrounding City Hall
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Discovery Green
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre (Look for discount tickets HERE.)
Lighting of the Doves – 3:00pm-9:00pm – Town Green Park at The Woodlands Waterway
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo
Frostival – 6:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green
Flea by Night – 6:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green

Sunday, November 19, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Texas Renaissance Festival – Todd Mission, Texas
Via Color Street Painting Festival – 10:00am-5:00pm – Streets Surrounding City Hall
Texans vs Cardinals – 12:00pm – NRG
Pecan Harvest Festival – 12:00pm-8:00pm – Richmond
Sunday Family Zone – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts
Bayou Bend Family Day: Our National Thanksgiving – 1:00pm-5:00pm – Emancipation Park
The Magic Flute – 2:30pm – Opera in the Heights
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
ICE at Discovery Green – 11:00am-8:00pm – Discovery Green
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo

Monday, November 20, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
ICE at Discovery Green – 11:00am-11:00pm – Discovery Green
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo

Tuesday, November 21, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
A Charlie Brown Christmas – 11:00am & 2:00pm – Main Street Theater at MATCH
ICE at Discovery Green – 11:00am-11:00pm – Discovery Green
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
Dynamo vs Sounders – 9:00pm – BBVA Compass Stadium

Wednesday, November 22, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
A Charlie Brown Christmas – 11:00am & 2:00pm – Main Street Theater at MATCH
ICE at Discovery Green – 11:00am-11:00pm – Discovery Green
Nature Storytime – 4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo
Rockets vs Nuggets – 7:00pm – Toyota Center

Thursday, November 23, 2017:
Turkey Trot – 7:00am – Galleria (Use Code: 17BIGKID to save $5)
HEB Thanksgiving Day Parade – 9:00am – Downtown Houston
Thanksgiving Day Brunch – 10:30am-2:00pm – Omni Houston Hotel
ICE at Discovery Green – 11:00am-11:00pm – Discovery Green
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo

Friday, November 24, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Texas Renaissance Festival – Todd Mission, Texas
Children’s Story Hour – 10:00am – Hermann Park
A Charlie Brown Christmas – 11:00am & 2:00pm – Main Street Theater at MATCH
ICE at Discovery Green – 11:00am-11:00pm – Discovery Green
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo
A Scheherazade Thanksgiving – 8:00pm – Jones Hall
Christmas Wonderland Holiday Spectacular – 8:00pm – The Grand Galveston

Saturday, November 25, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Texas Renaissance Festival – Todd Mission, Texas
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Discovery Green
A Charlie Brown Christmas – 11:00am & 2:00pm – Main Street Theater at MATCH
ICE at Discovery Green – 11:00am-11:00pm – Discovery Green
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
Christmas Wonderland Holiday Spectacular3:00pm & 8:00pm – The Grand Galveston
Skate with Santa – 5:00pm-6:00pm – ICE at Discovery Green
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo
Rockets vs Knicks – 7:00pm – Toyota Center
A Scheherazade Thanksgiving – 8:00pm – Jones Hall

Sunday, November 26, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Texas Renaissance Festival – Todd Mission, Texas
ICE at Discovery Green – 11:00am-8:00pm – Discovery Green
Sunday Family Zone – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
A Scheherazade Thanksgiving – 2:30pm – Jones Hall
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo

Monday, November 27, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Cheap Skate – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green
Rockets vs Nets – 7:00pm – Toyota Center

Tuesday, November 28, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
ICE at Discovery Green – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo

Wednesday, November 29, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Nature Storytime – 4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center
ICE at Discovery Green – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo
Rockets vs Pacers – 7:00pm – Toyota Center

Thursday, November 30, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Free Museum Entry
Children’s Museum of Houston FREE 5:00pm-8:00pm
The Health Museum FREE 2:00pm-7:00pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science FREE 3:00pm-5:00pm
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston FREE 10:00am-9:00pm
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.
Children’s Bible Story Time: Boys and Girls – 10:00am – Topstone Bibles & Books
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
ICE at Discovery Green – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo
Houston Grand Opera: The House without a Christmas Tree – 7:00pm – HGO Resilience Theater (at George R Brown)
Panto Cinderella – 7:00pm – Stages Repertory Theatre

Screen on the Green: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – 7:00pm – Discovery Green
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 7:30pm – Alley Theatre

Friday, December 1, 2017:
Dickens on the Strand – Galveston
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Children’s Story Hour – 10:00am – Hermann Park
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
ICE at Discovery Green – 5:00pm-11:00pm – Discovery Green
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo
Mayor’s Holiday Celebration – 6:00pm – City Hall
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
Very Merry Pops – 8:00pm – Jones Hall
A Christmas Carol – 8:00pm – The Grand Galveston

Saturday, December 2, 2017:
Dickens on the Strand – Galveston
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Ronald McDonald House Houston’s Trafigura Run for the House – 8:00am – Sam Houston Park
Holiday Market in the Park – 9:00am-2:00pm – Evelyn’s Park
Christmas Train Display – 10:00am-2:00pm – Second Baptist Woodway
Houston Symphony: A Grinch Christmas – 10:00am & 11:30am – Jones Hall
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Discovery Green
Santa to Land at the Lone Star Flight Museum – 11:00am – Ellington Field
A Charlie Brown Christmas – 11:00am & 2:00pm – Main Street Theater at MATCH
ICE at Discovery Green – 11:00am-11:00pm – Discovery Green
Very Merry Pops – 11:30am & 8:00pm – Jones Hall
Naturally Wild Families: Homemade Holidays – 1:00pm-3:00pm – Houston Arboretum
Family Day: Battleship Anniversary – 2:00pm-5:00pm – Houston Maritime Museum
Panto Cinderella – 2:00pm & 7:00pm – Stages Repertory Theatre
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
A Christmas Carol – 3:00pm – The Grand Galveston
An Old Fashioned Christmas – 4:00pm-7:00pm – Jesse H. Jones Nature Center (RSVP Required)
Skate with Santa – 5:00pm-6:00pm – ICE at Discovery Green
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo
Houston Grand Opera: The House without a Christmas Tree – 7:00pm – HGO Resilience Theater (at George R Brown)
Very Merry Pops – 8:00pm – Jones Hall

Sunday, December 3, 2017:
Dickens on the Strand – Galveston
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
ICE at Discovery Green – 11:00am-8:00pm – Discovery Green
Sunday Family Zone – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts
Panto Cinderella – 2:00pm – Stages Repertory Theatre
Family Day: Battleship Anniversary – 2:00pm-5:00pm – Houston Maritime Museum
Houston Grand Opera: The House without a Christmas Tree – 2:30pm – HGO Resilience Theater (at George R Brown)
Very Merry Pops – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Jones Hall
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo

Monday, December 4, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Cheap Skate – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo

Tuesday, December 5, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
MFAH Playdate – 10:45am – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Family Storybook Circle – 11:30am – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Candlelight Tour – 4:00pm-8:00pm – Sam Houston Park
ICE at Discovery Green – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo

Wednesday, December 6, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Christmas Train Display – 9:00am-12:00pm – Second Baptist Woodway
Stories at the Trains – 10:00am – Second Baptist at Woodway (Christmas stories by the giant model train layout)
Nature Storytime – 4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center
Candlelight Tour – 4:00pm-8:00pm – Sam Houston Park
ICE at Discovery Green – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo
Panto Cinderella – 7:00pm – Stages Repertory Theatre
Houston Grand Opera: The House without a Christmas Tree – 7:00pm – HGO Resilience Theater (at George R Brown)

Thursday, December 7, 2017:
Free Museum Entry
Children’s Museum of Houston FREE 5:00pm-8:00pm
The Health Museum FREE 2:00pm-7:00pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science FREE 3:00pm-5:00pm
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston FREE 10:00am-9:00pm
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Children’s Bible Story Time: Singing Day – 10:00am – Topstone Bibles & Books
Candlelight Tour – 4:00pm-8:00pm – Sam Houston Park
ICE at Discovery Green – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo
Panto Cinderella – 7:00pm – Stages Repertory Theatre
Screen on the Green: Home Alone – 7:00pm – Discovery Green
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 7:30pm – Alley Theatre

Friday, December 8, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Children’s Story Hour – 10:00am – Hermann Park
Candlelight Tour – 4:00pm-8:00pm – Sam Houston Park
ICE at Discovery Green – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo
A South Main Bethlehem – 6:00pm – South Main Baptist Church – Pasadena
Tomball German Christmas Market & Festival – 6:00pm-10:00pm – Tomball Train Depot
Houston Grand Opera: The House without a Christmas Tree – 7:00pm – HGO Resilience Theater (at George R Brown)
Panto Cinderella – 7:00pm – Stages Repertory Theatre
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 7:30pm – Alley Theatre

Saturday, December 9, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Teddy Bear Check Up & Breakfast with Santa – 9:00am-1:00pm – Health Museum
Gingerbread Build Off – 9:00pm-4:00pm – Hermann Square by City Hall
Christmas Train Display – 10:00am-2:00pm – Second Baptist Woodway
Kinder Station Holiday Party – 10:00am-2:00pm – Hermann Park
Gingerbread Build Off – 10:00am-4:30pm – Hermann Park by City Hall
Tomball German Christmas Market & Festival – 10:00am-10:00pm – Tomball Train Depot
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Discovery Green
Santa to Land at the Lone Star Flight Museum – 11:00am – Ellington Field
A Charlie Brown Christmas – 11:00am & 2:00pm – Main Street Theater at MATCH
ICE at Discovery Green – 11:00am-11:00pm – Discovery Green
Homestead Holiday – 1:00pm-3:00pm – Jesse H. Jones Nature Center
Panto Cinderella – 2:00pm & 7:00pm – Stages Repertory Theatre
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
A South Main Bethlehem – 5:00pm – South Main Baptist Church – Pasadena
Skate with Santa – 5:00pm-6:00pm – ICE at Discovery Green
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Lights in the Heights – 6:00pm-9:00pm – Houston Heights
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo
Trees & Stars Winter Celebration – 6:30pm–9:30 pm – Houston Arboretum

Sunday, December 10, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Tomball German Christmas Market & Festival – 10:00am-6:00pm – Tomball Train Depot
ICE at Discovery Green – 11:00am-4:00pm – Discovery Green
Texans vs 49ers – 12:00pm – NRG
Sunday Family Zone – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts
Panto Cinderella – 2:00pm – Stages Repertory Theatre
Nutcracker – 2:00pm & 7:30pm – Smart Financial Center
Houston Grand Opera: The House without a Christmas Tree – 2:30pm – HGO Resilience Theater (at George R Brown)
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
A South Main Bethlehem – 5:00pm – South Main Baptist Church – Pasadena
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo

Monday, December 11, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
ICE at Discovery Green – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo
Rockets vs Pelicans – 7:00pm – Toyota Center

Tuesday, December 12, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Candlelight Tour – 4:00pm-8:00pm – Sam Houston Park
ICE at Discovery Green – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo
Sleeping Beauty And Her Winter Knight – 7:30pm – Theater Under the Stars

Wednesday, December 13, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Christmas Train Display – 9:00am-12:00pm – Second Baptist Woodway
Stories at the Trains – 10:00am – Second Baptist at Woodway (Christmas stories by the giant model train layout)
Nature Storytime – 4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center
Candlelight Tour – 4:00pm-8:00pm – Sam Houston Park
ICE at Discovery Green – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo
Scrooged – 7:00pm – Market Square Park
Panto Cinderella – 7:00pm – Stages Repertory Theatre
Sleeping Beauty And Her Winter Knight – 7:30pm – Theater Under the Stars
Rockets vs Hornets – 8:30pm – Toyota Center

Thursday, December 14, 2017:
Free Museum Entry
Children’s Museum of Houston FREE 5:00pm-8:00pm
The Health Museum FREE 2:00pm-7:00pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science FREE 3:00pm-5:00pm
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston FREE 10:00am-9:00pm
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.
Candlelight Tour – 4:00pm-8:00pm – Sam Houston Park
ICE at Discovery Green – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Houston Grand Opera: The House without a Christmas Tree – 7:00pm – HGO Resilience Theater (at George R Brown)
Panto Cinderella – 7:00pm – Stages Repertory Theatre
Screen on the Green: It’s a Wonderful Life – 7:00pm – Discovery Green
Nutcracker – 7:30pm – Smart Financial Center
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
Sleeping Beauty And Her Winter Knight – 7:30pm – Theater Under the Stars
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science

Friday, December 15, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Children’s Story Hour – 10:00am – Hermann Park
ICE at Discovery Green – 5:00pm-11:00pm – Discovery Green
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Christmas Village at Bayou Bend – 5:30pm – 10:00pm – Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo
Christmas Under the Big Top – 7:00pm – Second Baptist Church Woodway
Panto Cinderella – 7:00pm – Stages Repertory Theatre
Sleeping Beauty And Her Winter Knight – 7:30pm – Theater Under the Stars
Nutcracker – 7:30pm – Smart Financial Center
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
Handel’s Messiah – 8:00pm – Jones Hall
The Texas Tenors: Deep in the Heart of Christmas – 8:00pm – The Grand Galveston
Rockets vs Spurs – 8:30pm – Toyota Center

Saturday, December 16, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Brunch with Santa – 9:00am-3:00pm – Phoenicia Foods Downtown
Christmas Train Display – 10:00am-2:00pm – Second Baptist Woodway
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Discovery Green
Santa to Land at the Lone Star Flight Museum – 11:00am – Ellington Field
A Charlie Brown Christmas – 11:00am & 2:00pm – Main Street Theater at MATCH
ICE at Discovery Green – 11:00am-11:00pm – Discovery Green
Gingerbread House Decorating Party – 12:30pm-2:30pm – by SpindleTap Brewery
Nutcracker – 2:00pm & 7:30pm – Smart Financial Center
Christmas Under the Big Top – 2:00pm & 7:30pm – Second Baptist Church Woodway
Sleeping Beauty And Her Winter Knight – 2:00pm & 7:30pm – Theater Under the Stars
Houston Grand Opera: The House without a Christmas Tree – 2:30pm – HGO Resilience Theater (at George R Brown)
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
Skate with Santa – 5:00pm-6:00pm – ICE at Discovery Green
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Christmas Village at Bayou Bend – 5:30pm – 10:00pm – Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo
Panto Cinderella – 7:00pm – Stages Repertory Theatre
Rockets vs Bucks – 7:00pm – Toyota Center
Handel’s Messiah – 8:00pm – Jones Hall

Sunday, December 17, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Silhouettes by Erik – 11:00am-2:00pm – Fundamentally Toys
ICE at Discovery Green – 11:00am-8:00pm – Discovery Green
Sunday Family Zone – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts
Panto Cinderella – 2:00pm – Stages Repertory Theatre
Nutcracker – 2:00pm & 7:30pm – Smart Financial Center
Sleeping Beauty And Her Winter Knight – 2:00pm & 7:30pm – Theater Under the Stars
Houston Grand Opera: The House without a Christmas Tree – 2:30pm – HGO Resilience Theater (at George R Brown)
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
Handel’s Messiah – 2:30pm & 8:30pm – Jones Hall
Christmas Under the Big Top – 4:00pm & 7:00pm – Second Baptist Church Woodway
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Live Nativity – 5:30pm-8:30pm – Victory of the Lamb Lutheran Church in Katy
Christmas Village at Bayou Bend – 5:30pm – 9:00pm – Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo

Monday, December 18, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Christmas Train Display – 10:00am-2:00pm – Second Baptist Woodway
Christmas Under the Big Top – 4:00pm & 7:00pm – Second Baptist Church Woodway
Cheap Skate – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Christmas Village at Bayou Bend – 5:30pm – 9:00pm – Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo
Rockets vs Jazz – 7:00pm – Toyota Center
Sleeping Beauty And Her Winter Knight – 7:30pm – Theater Under the Stars

Tuesday, December 19, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Christmas Train Display – 10:00am-2:00pm – Second Baptist Woodway
Christmas Under the Big Top – 4:00pm & 7:00pm – Second Baptist Church Woodway
ICE at Discovery Green – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Christmas Village at Bayou Bend – 5:30pm – 9:00pm – Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
Sleeping Beauty And Her Winter Knight – 7:30pm – Theater Under the Stars
Nutcracker – 7:30pm – Smart Financial Center

Wednesday, December 20, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Christmas Train Display – 10:00am-2:00pm – Second Baptist Woodway
Stories at the Trains – 10:00am – Second Baptist at Woodway (Christmas stories by the giant model train layout)
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
Nature Storytime – 4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center
ICE at Discovery Green – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Christmas Village at Bayou Bend – 5:30pm – 9:00pm – Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo
Rockets vs Lakers – 7:00pm – Toyota Center
Panto Cinderella – 7:00pm – Stages Repertory Theatre
Nutcracker – 7:30pm – Smart Financial Center
Sleeping Beauty And Her Winter Knight – 7:30pm – Theater Under the Stars

Thursday, December 21, 2017:
Free Museum Entry
Children’s Museum of Houston FREE 5:00pm-8:00pm
The Health Museum FREE 2:00pm-7:00pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science FREE 3:00pm-5:00pm
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston FREE 10:00am-9:00pm
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Christmas Train Display – 10:00am-2:00pm – Second Baptist Woodway
Trans-Siberian Orchestra – 3:30pm & 8:00pm – Toyota Center
ICE at Discovery Green – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Christmas Village at Bayou Bend – 5:30pm – 9:00pm – Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo
Panto Cinderella – 7:00pm – Stages Repertory Theatre
Screen on the Green: A Madea Christmas – 7:00pm – Discovery Green
Nutcracker – 7:30pm – Smart Financial Center
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
Sleeping Beauty And Her Winter Knight – 7:30pm – Theater Under the Stars

Friday, December 22, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Children’s Story Hour – 10:00am – Hermann Park
Christmas Train Display – 10:00am-2:00pm – Second Baptist Woodway
Panto Cinderella – 2:00pm & 7:00pm – Stages Repertory Theatre
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
ICE at Discovery Green – 5:00pm-11:00pm – Discovery Green
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Christmas Village at Bayou Bend – 5:30pm – 10:00pm – Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo
Rockets vs Clippers – 7:00pm – Toyota Center
Nutcracker – 7:30pm – Smart Financial Center
SHEN YUN – 7:30pm – Jones Hall
Sleeping Beauty And Her Winter Knight – 7:30pm – Theater Under the Stars

Saturday, December 23, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Christmas Train Display – 10:00am-2:00pm – Second Baptist Woodway
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Discovery Green
ICE at Discovery Green – 11:00am-11:00pm – Discovery Green
Panto Cinderella – 2:00pm & 7:00pm – Stages Repertory Theatre
SHEN YUN – 2:00pm & 7:00pm – Jones Hall
Nutcracker – 2:00pm & 7:30pm – Smart Financial Center
Skate with Santa – 5:00pm-6:00pm – ICE at Discovery Green
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Christmas Village at Bayou Bend – 5:30pm – 10:00pm – Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo
Sleeping Beauty And Her Winter Knight – 7:30pm – Theater Under the Stars
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre

Sunday, December 24, 2017:
ICE at Discovery Green – 11:00am-7:00pm – Discovery Green
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm – Alley Theatre
Nutcracker – 2:00pm – Smart Financial Center
Panto Cinderella – 2:00pm – Stages Repertory Theatre
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park

Monday, December 25, 2017:
Christmas Day Brunch – 10:30am-2:00pm – Omni Houston Hotel
Texans vs Steelers – 12:00pm – NRG
ICE at Discovery Green – 1:00pm-7:00pm – Discovery Green
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park

Tuesday, December 26, 2017:
ICE at Discovery Green – 11:00am-11:00pm – Discovery Green
SHEN YUN – 2:00pm & 7:00pm – Jones Hall
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Christmas Village at Bayou Bend – 5:30pm – 9:00pm – Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo

Wednesday, December 27, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Christmas Train Display – 9:00am-12:00pm – Second Baptist Woodway
ICE at Discovery Green – 11:00am-11:00pm – Discovery Green
SHEN YUN – 2:00pm & 7:30pm – Jones Hall
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
Nature Storytime – 4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Christmas Village at Bayou Bend – 5:30pm – 9:00pm – Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo
Panto Cinderella – 7:00pm – Stages Repertory Theatre

Thursday, December 28, 2017:
Free Museum Entry
Children’s Museum of Houston FREE 5:00pm-8:00pm
The Health Museum FREE 2:00pm-7:00pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science FREE 3:00pm-5:00pm
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston FREE 10:00am-9:00pm
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
ICE at Discovery Green – 11:00am-11:00pm – Discovery Green
Panto Cinderella – 2:00pm & 7:00pm – Stages Repertory Theatre
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Christmas Village at Bayou Bend – 5:30pm – 9:00pm – Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo
Screen on the Green: Elf – 7:00pm – Discovery Green
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 7:30pm – Alley Theatre

Friday, December 29, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Children’s Story Hour – 10:00am – Hermann Park
ICE at Discovery Green – 11:00am-11:00pm – Discovery Green
Panto Cinderella – 2:00pm & 7:00pm – Stages Repertory Theatre
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Christmas Village at Bayou Bend – 5:30pm – 10:00pm – Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo
Movie Night: Minions – 6:00pm – Levy Park
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre

Saturday, December 30, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Christmas Train Display – 10:00am-2:00pm – Second Baptist Woodway
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Discovery Green
ICE at Discovery Green – 11:00am-11:00pm – Discovery Green
Nutcracker – 2:00pm & 7:30pm – Hobby Center
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Christmas Village at Bayou Bend – 5:30pm – 10:00pm – Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo
Panto Cinderella – 7:00pm – Stages Repertory Theatre

Sunday, December 31, 2017:
New Year’s at Splashway Campground – Splashway Sheridan
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Rockin’ New Year’s Noon Bash – 9:00am-3:00pm – Children’s Museum of Houston
High Noon Countdown – 10:00am-12:00pm – The Woodlands Children’s Museum
ICE at Discovery Green – 11:00am-7:00pm – Discovery Green
Panto Cinderella – 2:00pm – Stages Repertory Theatre
Sharkey’s New Year’s Eve Celebration – Downtown Aquarium
Rockets vs Lakers – 6:00pm – Toyota Center
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo

Monday, January 1, 2018:
ICE at Discovery Green – 1:00pm-7:00pm – Discovery Green
Nutcracker – 2:00pm & 7:30pm – Hobby Center
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo

Tuesday, January 2, 2018:
ICE at Discovery Green – 11:00am-11:00pm – Discovery Green
Nutcracker – 2:00pm & 7:30pm – Hobby Center
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo