Things to do this weekend With Kids in Houston YMCA

Looking for things to do with your kids this weekend in Houston? H-town is a great city to raise kids. In fact, we are 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. But, with so many things to do with kids in Houston, how can you know which ones are truly worthwhile? 

We’ve put together a list of the best activities and events this weekend that will be entertaining for the whole family. 

Our picks for things to do with kids this weekend in Houston (October 22 – 24) include – KBR Kids Day, Movie At Sugar Land Town Square, Monster Jam at NRG Stadium, ArBOOretum, Creepy Concoctions at Children’s Museum Houston, & more!

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Things to do with Kids This Weekend In Houston

1. 2021 KBR Kids Day at Tony Marron Park

things to do with kids this weekend

courtesy Buffalo Bayou Partnership

KBR Kids Day, an annual event hosted by the Buffalo Bayou Partnership, is back again for its 14th year. Guests will enjoy Día de los Muertos face painters, balloon artists, stage performances, local entertainment, a birds of prey show, a costume contest, and more. Food and drinks will be available for purchase onsite, and entry is totally free. This is definitely one of the best things to do this week for anybody with kids. This event qualifies for our top picks for things to to with kids in Houston this weekend! 
When: Saturday, October 23rd, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: 808 N. York Street, Houston, Texas 77003
How Much: Free

2. Creepy Concoctions at Children’s Museum Houston

Kids will love the opportunity to create their own bat wings, design a bottle then mix up a potion, create their own mad scientist wigs, and learn about thermoplastic polymers in a fun, interactive way at the Children’s Museum Houston.
When: Tuesday, October 19th-Saturday, October 23rd, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Children’s Museum Houston, 1500 Binz St, Houston, TX 77004
How Much:
$12 (general admission)

3. ArBOOretum

courtesy Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

The Houston Arboretum is inviting families to its biggest event of the year–the ArBOOretum. Kids of all ages will get to decorate pumpkins, participate in costume contests, and enjoy a petting zoo and pony rides. There will also be a train, a Halloween market, and a rock wall for guests to explore. The nature trail has even been transformed into a trick-or-treat trail for evening. Food trucks will be onsite for guests to purchase food and drinks. Makes our list of top things to do this weekend with kids in Houston! 
When: Saturday, October 23rd, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: 4501 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77024
How Much: $15 in advance, $20 at the door (free for kids 3 and under)

4. Oktoberfest Houston at the Waterworks in Buffalo Bayou

Oktoberfest Houston is back again this year. The event will span two days, Friday and Saturday, and will include plenty of beer (both German and domestic), food (German, of course, but you’ll have some other options, too), and folk music to keep you in the Oktoberfest mood. While you’re there, you can browse booths manned by local vendors and take part in the Olympiad Games, which include the stein race, barrel roll, stein hoisting, and the brat toss. There’s even a fun zone with plenty of kid-friendly games like Cornhole, Giant Jenga, and Giant Connect 4.
When: Friday, October 22nd, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, October 23rd, from noon to 10 p.m.
Where: 105 Sabine St, Houston, TX 77007
How Much: $25 (general admission) in advance, $35 at the door
things to do with kids this weekend

courtesy Houston Zoo

For the month of October, there are few places that get into the spirit as much as the Houston Zoo. Every day of the week, kids are encouraged to wear their costumes, explore the carved pumpkins, ride the Scary-Go-Round, stop for photo ops and, of course, see and learn about the animals. This year, the zoo has added a lantern tunnel into the mix. Note: Adults can also wear costumes as long as they’re appropriate. All tickets for the zoo are now sold online, and prices depend on which day you pick and how busy it’s likely to be.
When: October 1st-31st, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: 6200 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030
How Much: Tickets start at $18.95 for non-members

6. Movie Under the Moon in Sugar Land Town Square: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Enjoy a family-friendly movie under the stars at Sugar Land Town Square. Feel free to bring picnic blankets and folding chairs. This month’s movie is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), the original adaptation of the beloved children’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, about an eccentric confectioner inviting a group of children to tour his factory. Makes our list of top picks for things to to with kids in Houston this weekend! 
When: Saturday, October 23rd, from 7:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Sugar Land Town Square, 15958 City Walk, Sugar Land, TX 77479
How Much: Free


7. Monster Jam at NRG Stadium

things to do with kids this weekend

courtesy Monster Jam

This Saturday, Monster Jam is coming to NRG Stadium. If your kids love monster trucks, they’ll love this event full of stunts, tricks, and all-out competition for the championship. Among our top picks for things to do with kids this weekend in Houston.
When: Saturday, October 23rd at 7 p.m.
Where: NRG Park, 1, Houston, TX 77054
How Much: $20 (general admission)


8. Boo on the Boardwalk at Kemah Boardwalk

For the 20th year in a row, Kemah Boardwalk is holding its Boo on the Boardwalk event. Every weekend in October, visitors to the amusement park will have the opportunity to do crafts, participate in costume contests, and go trick-or-treating. The park also has two haunted houses open for business for the month of October, one of which is designed for young children.
When: Fridays-Sundays in October; times vary
215 Kipp Ave, Kemah, TX 77565
How Much:

9. Howl-o-ween Dog Parade and Costume Contest at Levy Park

courtesy Levy Park

This weekend, Levy Park is inviting dog lovers to bring their pets in their Sunday best…in a manner of speaking. Humans and dogs alike are encouraged to wear their best, scariest, or most creative costumes for the Fourth Annual Howl-o-Ween Dog Parade and Costume Contest. Participants will strut their stuff for a chance to win prizes while a DJ plays Halloween-themed music. There will be food trucks onsite.
When: Sunday, October 24th, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Levy Park Houston, 3801 Eastside St, Houston, TX 77098
How Much: Free


10. Jazzy Sundays at Discovery Green: Sea Breeze; Corey Henry and the Treme Funktet

courtesy Discovery Green

Sundays this fall, the Kinder Foundation is working with local park conservancies to bring you family-friendly jazz concerts. The goal is to celebrate the history and evolution of jazz while also making your Sundays just a little more fun and relaxing. Throughout October, the concerts will be at Discovery Green. This week’s performers are Sea Breeze, a three-person jazz band, and Corey Henry and the Treme Funktet, led by New Orleans-native trombonist Corey Henry.
When: Sunday, October 24th, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney Street, Houston, TX 77010
How Much: Free


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