Things to do in Houston with Kids this Weekend of December 8 Jurassic Quest, Donuts with Santa, & More!

Things to do in Houston with Kids this Weekend of December 8 Jurassic Quest, Donuts with Santa, & More!

Our picks for things to do in Houston with kids this weekend of December 8 include the Jurassic QuestDonuts with SantaHanukkah CelebrationAlley Theatre: A Christmas Carol, & more!


Editor’s Note: Our staff works hard to bring you the most up-to-date information. However, all information presented is subject to change. Please confirm with the organizers/businesses before planning to head out! 

Remember to check out our other Houston posts: Best Ice Skating Rinks Houston, Winter Wonders at Discovery Green, Galveston Winter Wonders, and Best Christmas Lights in Houston 2023!


TOP PICK – Frostival and Green Mountain Energy Ice at Discovery Green!

Enjoy Winter Wonders with Frostival and Green Mountain Energy Ice at Discovery Green!

Enjoy Winter Wonders with Frostival and Green Mountain Energy Ice at Discovery Green!

As Houston’s favorite holiday destination, Discovery Green, along with the Green Mountain Energy Ice, invites everyone to make the most of this winter season. Whether you’re gliding on the ice, marveling at public art, or simply enjoying the festive atmosphere, there’s a touch of magic waiting for everyone at Discovery Green!

Excited to have fun and slide and glide through the coolest ice rink in Houston? Then take note of the hours of operation so you can plan your visit soon!

  • Monday – Thursday 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. 
  • Friday, Saturday & HISD School Holidays* 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. 
  • Sunday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Thanksgiving Day 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. 
  • Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve11 a.m. – 7 p.m. 
  • Christmas Day & New Year’s Day – 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. 
  • Martin Luther King Day (Jan. 15) 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

*HISD School Holidays are (Nov. 20 – 24; Dec. 25 – 29; Jan. 1 – 5, 8 & 15) 

Green Mountain Energy Ice closes to the public at 5 p.m. on Nov. 19, Dec. 17, and Jan. 21 and at 4 p.m. on Dec 10 & 12.

Where: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010
How Much: Regular admission for the ice rink is $17 plus tax, including skate rentals

For more information and the latest updates on events and schedules, visit Discovery Green’s website and sign up for the newsletter at discoverygreen.com/newsletter.


Things to do in Houston with Kids this Weekend of December 8, 2023 – Friday

Christmas Village Opening Day at Bayou Bend

Enjoy a delightful and immersive holiday experience at the Christmas Village at Bayou Bend this weekend! 

Expect a wonderful Christmas wonderland featuring thousands of lights throughout the 14-acre estate of Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. Some of the fun activities to look forward to are sledding in a faux-snow slide, tossing around cotton snowballs, games for all ages, 3D animation, taking photos with Santa, and touring the Ima Hogg’s historic house filled with live actors, theatrical effects, and Christmas decor.

When: Friday, December 8, 2023, 5:30 pm – 10 pm
Where: Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, 6003 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77007
How Much: $12 for kids 5 – 12 | $18 for adults and teens 13 and above | Free for kids 4 and below


Alley Theatre: A Christmas Carol

Celebrate the Christmas spirit with Alley’s new adaptation of the classic “A Christmas Carol.” Enjoy colorful Victorian costumes, lively dancing, special effects, stunning sets, and just the right blend of Christmas carols. Please take note that the show is best for kids aged 6 and above. 

When: Friday, December 8 – 30, 2023, 7 pm 
Where: Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002
How Much: Starts at $35 | Ticket prices vary by date


Jurassic Quest

Things to do in Houston with kids this weekend of December 8 | Jurassic Quest

Image credit: Jurassic Quest

Walk with larger-than-life dinosaurs and get up close and personal with these amazing creatures as Jurassic Quest roars through Houston this weekend. 

Play with some baby Dinos, train a raptor, and excavate fossils all while surrounded by towering Dinos and the King himself, Tyrannosaurus rex. Please check the website for the hours of each day of the event.

When: Friday – Sunday, December 8 – 10, 2023 
Where: NRG Park, NRG Center, 1 NRG Pkwy, Houston, TX 77054
How Much: Starts at $19


Tomball German Festival Christmas Market

Tomball German Festival Christmas Market

Image credit: Tomball German Festivals

Take a page from the Germans and celebrate the holidays with plenty of food, beer, and wine this weekend at the Tomball German Festival Christmas Market! There will also be live music on three stages, a petting zoo, and a holiday market featuring more than 150 vendors.

When: Friday – Sunday, December 8 – 10, 2023
Where: Old Town Tomball, 201 S Elm St, Tomball, TX 77375
How Much: Free


Things to do in Houston on Saturday with Kids – December 9, 2023

62nd Annual Christmas Boat Parade

Head out to Kemah Boardwalk this weekend with your friends or family and enjoy the sight of hundreds of boats fully decked out in their best holiday decorations. The parade will cruise along Galveston Bay and will pass the Boardwalk around 7 to 8 pm. 

When: Saturday, December 9, 2023, 7 pm 
Where: Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave, Kemah, TX 77565
How Much: Free


Rudolph Run

Rudolph Run

Image credit: CITYCENTREHOUSTON

Put on your holiday running suits and run through wonderfully decorated neighborhoods this weekend at the Rudolph Run. There will be a 1K Cupid Run, a Rudolph 5K run, and a 10K Dasher. 

Don’t forget to smile for the camera and get the chance to win the best costume and a great gift card. You can also take pictures with Santa and enjoy special treats after the run.

When: Saturday, December 9, 2023, 7 am – 11 am 
Where: CITYCENTRE, 800 Town and Country Blvd, Houston, TX 77024
How Much: $20 – $55


Donuts with Santa

Things to do in Houston with kids this weekend of December 8 | Donuts with Santa

Image credit: City of Conroe Parks and Recreation

Spend some time with good old St. Nick and enjoy some donuts with him! There will also be tons of nutcracker-themed activities along with classic holiday activities. Don’t forget your camera because Santa will be posing for pictures too. 

Please take note, that registration is needed for the event.  

When: Saturday, December 9, 2023, 7 am – 12 pm 
Where: Oscar Johnson Jr Community Center, 100 Park Pl, Conroe, TX 77301
How Much: $5


Texas Bonita Holiday Market

Enjoy the beautiful weather and spend some time with the family outdoors at the evening Texas Bonita Holiday Market filled with holiday shopping, photo backdrops, live music, and more. 

When: Saturday, December 9, 2023, 11 am – 4 pm 
Where: Navigation Esplanade, 2800 Navigation Blvd, Houston, TX 77003
How Much: Free


The Santa Clause Movie Screening

Pack up your lawn chairs or blankets and set them up at Redemption Square this weekend for Holiday Movie Nights! This weekend, the movie will be the 1994 classic starring Tim Allen, “The Santa Clause.”

When: Saturday, December 9, 2023, 6 pm 
Where: Redemption Square, Assay St, Houston, TX 77044
How Much: Free


Main Street Theater for Youth: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Things to do in Houston with kids this weekend of November 24 | Main Street Theater for Youth: Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Image credit: Main Street Theater – Houston

Watch the dazzling classic fairytale of Beauty and the Beast come to life this weekend at the Main Street Theater for Youth. Enjoy dazzling sets, costumes, and songs that will get stuck in your mind for days. 

When: Saturday, December 9 – December 23, 2023, 10 am or 1:30 pm
Where: MATCH – Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston, 3400 Main St, Houston, TX 77002
How Much: Starts at $30.50


Things to do in Houston with Kids this Weekend of December 8, 2023 – Sunday

Grandparent and Grandchild Hanukkah Class 

Create potato pancakes and jelly-filled, pillowy donuts eaten around the world during Hanukkah with the kids and their grandparents in this class. You’ll be working in groups of two to four people. You don’t have to be familiar with making these treats to attend the class. 

When: Sunday, December 10, 2023, 2 pm – 3:30 pm
Where: Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston, 5601 S Braeswood Blvd, Houston, TX 77096
How Much: $69


Hanukkah Celebration

Celebrate Hanukkah with the kids at the Children’s Museum of Houston! There will be Hanukkah-themed crafts, Hanukkah stories, and more to celebrate and share the importance of this holiday and its traditions.

When: Sunday, December 10, 2023, 10 am – 6 pm
Where: Children’s Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz St, Houston, TX 77004
How Much: Included in general admission

Do you know of any more Things to do in Houston with kids this weekend of September 22? Share them with us in the comments!


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 compiled 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! Hope you enjoyed our list!


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