Things to do in Houston with kids this weekend of December 30 | Rockin' New Year's Noon Bash

Things to do in Houston with kids this weekend of December 30 | Rockin’ New Year’s Noon Bash | Image Credit: Children’s Museum Houston

Our picks for things to do in Houston with kids this weekend of December 30 include Rockin’ New Year’s Noon Bash, Noon Year’s Eve at Citycentre, Holiday Toy and Light Up Trees Workshops, NYE Party at Cidercade Houston, & more!

Are you looking for things to do with your kids this weekend in Houston? H-town is a great city to raise kids. In fact, Houston is consistently regarded as one of the most family-friendly in the country.

Apart from a number of great schools, there are always so many different events that kids and families can participate in. The Houston Museum of Natural Science is an excellent destination during the weekends. There is also the Children’s Museum of Houston which always has a lot of great events. These are just two among many such event venues.

But, with so many things to do with kids in Houston, how can you know which ones are genuinely worthwhile? We’ve put together a list of the best weekend activities and events to entertain the whole family. There are cheap events for kids and free things to do with kids this weekend!

Remember to explore Things to do in Houston this Weekend of December 30, Things to do in Galveston this Weekend of December 30, and  Things to do in Houston this Week of December 26!

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Things to do in Houston with Kids this Weekend of December 30, 2022 – Friday

Listening Lights

The holiday season has arrived! View the beautiful holiday lighting throughout CITYCENTRE by looking up and around, but that’s not the only sense you can use to enjoy the decor. Get to the plaza and shout from where you are standing between Daily Gather and Yard House, and watch the lights react to the sound you make!

These trees are installed with unique sound-responsive lights. To observe the various colors change, be sure to applaud or shout at them. An even better idea is to visit the plaza when there is live music playing and you can witness the lights move to the music.

When: Friday to Saturday, December 30-31, 2022 | Lights turn on after Sunset
Where: Citycentre, 800 Town and Country Blvd, Houston, TX 77024, United States
How Much: Free

Holiday Toy and Light Up Trees Workshops

It’s the last weekend of Holiday Toy and Light Up Trees workshops at the Children’s Museum Houston.

Build traditional and contemporary toys like the Jacob’s ladder, fidget spinners, and the ball and cup game with the materials provided, just like an elf in Santa’s workshop. The best part is that you can keep what you make!

When: Friday to Saturday, December 30-31, 2022, 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney Street, Houston, TX 77010
How Much: $15

Holiday in the Gardens at Moody Gardens

What: As Moody Gardens transforms into Holiday in the Gardens, it has become a holiday tradition as families throughout the region are offered a very diverse range of attractions to complement the many holiday activities and displays at Moody Gardens. A holiday feast, train rides, an outdoor ice rink, and the Arctic Slide are all available to visitors.

The Moody Gardens Hotel will host an amazing new Cirque Joyeux Dinner and Show as well as the New Year’s Palooza Family Celebration, in addition to seasonal 3D movies and Rudolph 4D.

When: Friday to Sunday, December 30, 2022 to January 1, 2023 | Runs until January 7, 2023 
Where: Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd, Galveston, TX 77554, United States
How much: Starts at$21

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Things to do in Houston with Kids on Saturday – December 31, 2022

Rockin’ New Year’s Noon Bash

Things to do in Houston this weekend of December 30

Image Credit: Children’s Museum Houston

It’s time to say “GOODBYE, 2022!” and hello to a new year! No need to stay up till midnight to celebrate the New Year. Children’s Museum Houston welcomes you back to the city’s longest-running New Year’s Eve celebration just for kids. This end-of-year bash rings in the New Year at the stroke of noon with ball drops, just like Times Square! Catch live performances, and dance ’til the countdowns!

When: December 31, 2022 | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where: 1500 Binz St, Houston, TX 77004
How Much: $15 (general admission)

Noon Year’s Eve at Citycentre

Noon Year's Eve


Welcome the new year in the plaza on Saturday, December 31, from 11 AM – 1 PM with a family-friendly Noon Year’s Eve celebration*; dance with a DJ and cap the noon hour off with bubbles!

Enjoy face painting, temporary tattoo, balloon, and caricature artists, and capture the fun with Lucky Shots’ magic mirror photo booth. Enhance your New Year’s Eve experience by enjoying a hotel stay right here at CITYCENTRE. Save with unique New Year’s packages.

When: December 31, 2022 | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: CityCentre, 800 Town and Country Blvd, Houston, TX 77024
How much: Free

Green Mountain Energy Ice at Discovery Green

Green Mountain Energy Ice at Discovery Green

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It’s the last day of Houston’s only outdoor skating rink at Discovery Green, brought to everyone by Green Mountain Energy Ice! Bring the kids and the whole family and enjoy gliding beneath the beautiful holiday lights of downtown Houston and experience the magic of the season!

When: December 31, 2022 
Where: 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010, United States
How Much: $17 + Tax

Purchase your tickets at the Green Mountain Energy Ice website and make plans to enjoy TODAY!!!

It’s the LAST DAY of Winter Wonderlawn at the POST so make sure not to miss it before it goes!

The five-acre rooftop park, Skylawn, is magnificently decorated and illuminated for everyone to marvel on. Enjoy the greatest perspective of Houston’s skyline while taking in the beauty of hundreds of lights, a 25-foot Christmas tree, and several holiday-themed activations on Skylawn.

When: Saturday, December 31, 2022
Where: 401 Franklin St, Houston, TX 77201, United States
How Much: Free

NYE Party at Cidercade Houston 

NYE Party at Cidercade Houston

Image Credit: Cidercade Houston

Join the Cidercade Houston crew to ring in the new year and take part in a celebration that includes unlimited play on more than 275 arcade games, food trucks, confetti cannons, and a midnight toast of our champagne-style cider.
When:  Saturday, December 31,  7:00 pm – Sunday, January 1, 2023, 1:00 am
Where: 2320 Canal St. Houston, TX 77003
How Much:  Tickets are $40 for General Admission and $50 for VIP Early Access

New Year’s Eve Family Fun at Galveston Island Brewing

What: Bring the whole family to Galveston Island Brewing to ring in the New Year! Help decorate the HUGE 2023 GIB Banner in the Brewhouse and enjoy The Shepherd Mix Food Bar Food Truck.

When: Saturday, 31 December 2022 | 4 pm to 6 pm
Where: 8423 Stewart Rd, Galveston, TX 77554, United States
How much: Free

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Things to do in Houston with Kids this Weekend of December 30, 2022 – Sunday

The Light Park

The Light Park

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It’s the LAST DAY of the Light Park at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown! No sleds are required to view the most thrilling holiday light display south of the North Pole. Take the whole family on a Christmas trip amid countless spectacular lights and music!

When: Sunday, January 1, 2023, 5:30 pm to 11 pm
Where: 21300 I-45, Spring, TX 77373, United States
How Much: $39

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10 things to do in Houston with kids this weekend of December 30, 2022 include Rockin' New Year's Noon Bash, Noon Year's Eve at Citycentre, and more!

The award-winning Space Center Houston is one of Houston’s most popular family attractions and takes visitors behind the scenes of the NASA Johnson Space Center. Filled with interactive exhibitions, multi-media displays, cutting-edge technology, and fascinating space artifacts, there’s something to amaze and entertain all ages. Full-day entrance ticket to the Space Center Houston includes the Nasa Tram, Mission Briefing Center, and Starship Gallery Choice of entrance times throughout the day.

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