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Today is National Grandparents Day, a day to show how much you love and appreciate your grandparents. It’s a great day to for grandkids to spend time with their grandparents, or even just with an older person they feel a close bond with, and let them know they care.

We’ve put together a list of some events happening around Houston today that kids and grandparents can enjoy together, as well as some activities for grandparents that they can enjoy any day–after all, we don’t need a special day to show our loved ones how much we care!

Activities For Grandparents Day 2021 in Houston

1. Heart to Market at Sugar Land Town Square

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Sugar Land Town Square is hosting a pop-up market dedicated to young children and their families. The markets are kid-friendly and feature goods from local makers, small shops, and specialty brands. You’ll find home decor, paper goods, apparel, sweet treats, and more, which makes this a great place to browse and shop as a family.
When: Sunday, September 12th
Where: Sugar Land Town Square, 15958 City Walk, Sugar Land, TX 77479
How Much: Free

2. Texas Gatorfest at Fort Anahuac Park

Grandparents Day 2021: Activities & Things to Do with Grandparents in Houston

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Every year, the Texas Gatorfest celebrates the American alligator in Anahuac, the gator capital of Texas. Enjoy carnival rides for the whole family, live musical performances, airboat rides, and the chance to learn about alligators and their habitats. This is a great event for a family trip because there’s a little something for everyone. Zydeco music and blues, fun activities, local vendors, and plenty of alligator meat.
When: Sunday, September 12th, from noon-6 p.m.
Where: 1704 S Main St, Anahuac, TX 77514
How Much: $5 for seniors and $10 for adults (children get in free on Sunday)

3. Concert in the Park in the Woodlands Township-Grandparents Sunday Funday

Visit Northshore Park in the Woodlands for an evening of live music out in the open air. You can bring picnic blankets, food, and the whole family. As part of their activities for Grandparents Day, the park’s staff will be handing out supplies to help guests make gifts for their grandparents. The musical entertainment for the evening will be provided by the Nailers, who perform a variety of musical styles.
When: Sunday, September 12th, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: 2505 Lake Woodlands Dr, The Woodlands, TX77381
How Much: Free

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Activities & Things To Do in Houston With Grandparents – Continued

4. Never Forget: Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 at Lone Star Flight Museum-First Responder Day

Entry to the Lone Star Flight Museum’s new exhibit commemorating the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack will be free for all first responders and their families. The exhibit honors the 2,977 people killed in the attacks as well as the first responders who died to rescue them by listing their names on the walls of the exhibit. A section of I-beam from the World Trade Center is on display. In addition, the museum has kid-friendly programming about first responders and virtual tours of the 9/11 museum available. This is a good opportunity both for education and remembrance.
When: Sunday, September 12th
Where: 11551 Aerospace Ave, Houston, TX 77034
How Much: $10-15 (general admission), free for first responders and their families (up to 4 people)

5. Sunday Strolls at City Place

Take in some live music courtesy of Evelyn Rubio and wander around the City Place plaza. Take part in some fun activities and grab a bite to eat at one of the local restaurants. It’s a great night for a leisurely stroll with family.
When: Sunday, September 12th, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: City Plaza Dr, Spring, TX 77389
How Much: Free


Things To Do With Grandparents in Houston

6. Visit the Children’s Museum Houston

Grandparents Day 2021: Activities & Things to Do with Grandparents in Houston

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This museum does a great job of catering to kids who are interested in learning about global cultures, science, and computers. The exhibits and activities work to foster creativity and a desire for exploration. Check out one of the events the museum is putting on–next week, for example, kids will be encouraged to take inspiration from an established children’s book illustrator as part of the What Might You Do Wonderweek event. The following week, the museum will lead visitors in a celebration of Mexican Independence Day with a Fiestas Patrias event.

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7. Head to the Park

Discovery Green, Levy Park, and Buffalo Bayou Park always have plenty of activities for grandparents and kids to enjoy together and pretty, scenic areas to stroll around. Picnics are also a given. Whether you’re looking for a place to watch movies in the park, see bats in their natural habitats, or just enjoy a nice green space, there’s a park for you.

Check out Best Parks & Playgrounds For Kids in Houston.

8. Visit the Houston Zoo

Grandparents Day 2021: Activities & Things to Do with Grandparents in Houston

courtesy Houston Zoo

Take a trip to the Houston Zoo. Grandparents and grandkids can get in a lot of bonding time as they visit the monkeys or the reptile house. Snap pictures of the red pandas, grab some pricey concessions, and just enjoy a day out together learning some fun animal facts.

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9. Visit Miller Outdoor Theatre

Miller Outdoor Theatre is a great resource for family-friendly entertainment that’s 100% free. You can opt to sit on the hill, picnic-style, or try to get a ticket for the covered seating area, but you won’t ever have to pay a cent that’s not a voluntary donation. What’s especially great about Miller is that the programming changes from week to week–one week, the theatre will be staging a Bollywood dance performance. The next, you might see jazz or a tribute to Selena on the calendar. For older kids who are music, dance, or theater lovers, this is one of the best activities for grandparents and kids to share. It gives them a chance to bond over a common interest and make memories that last for years.

10. Go on a Photo Tour

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Speaking of making memories, one way to memorialize your time with someone is to take plenty of pictures together. There are quite a few places in Houston that are worth visiting just for the photo opportunity they present–the Waterwall, the Sabine Street Bridge, and Graffiti Park, for instance. A fun way to get to know Houston is to go around to various parks, museums, and landmarks taking pictures with your loved ones.


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