Top 10 kid friendly things to do in Houston, Texas

StephanieDecember 23, 2019
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Houston has no shortage of reputation and as a Houston native we have big things to say about this great city! If you’re here visiting or just wondering what there is to do here, look no further! I’m sharing our top ten kid friendly things to do in Houston, Texas. From Museums, to delicious food, to exploring the city, and finding great parks to play at you’re sure to find a grand adventure. Houston is the fourth largest city in the country and I’m here to share all the fun and family friendly things to do in this big city!

Quick Tip: Houston City Pass saves you almost 50% off admission fees to five of Houston’s main attractions. I’ll be sharing more money saving tips as we go along so keep an eye out.

Visit the Houston Museum District!

The Houston Holocaust Museum in Downtown Houston.

Visiting a museum is an absolute must! Houston is known for it’s museum district and it ranks fourth largest in the country, making it one of the top in the country! With over 150 museums in this city you could spend some serious time visiting them all. Houston has more than a few amazing museums but here are some of our all time favorites:

  • Children’s Museum of Houston
  • Houston Museum of Natural Science
  • Holocaust Museum Houston
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • San Jacinto Monument
  • The Health Museum

Children’s Museum of Houston

1500 Binz Street Houston, TX 77004
This is hands down our favorite museums in Houston. There is SO much for the kids to do! From Kidtropolis, a real life kid city complete with an HEB, vet clinic, restaurant, news station, and bank, to the the outdoor water works and outside playground plan to be here all day.

Parking: Conveniently located across the street is a two story parking garage. Prices are 1 hour -$7, 2 hours-$8, 3+ hours $9

Hours: This particular museum is closed on Mondays so make sure to plan accordingly. If visiting a different museum make sure you check their particular hours when planning your trip.

Admission: This is one of the attractions you can choose from on your city pass which saves you nearly 50%. If you’re visiting during the week there are several of the museums that have free admission on Thursdays during specific hours. The children’s museum is free Thursdays from 5-8pm.

Houston Museum of Natural Science

5555 Herman Park Dr., Houston, Tx 77030

I can’t say enough about this place! Check out the dinosaur exhibit, see the mummies in the Hall of Ancient Egypt, or study all the dinosaur bones in the hall of paleontology. There is so much to see and do ! You can sneak in some learning with your fun and this is the perfect place to do so!

If you have time, while you’re there check off a visit to the Cockrell Butterfly Center where you get to walk through a living butterfly habitat of hundreds of different species.

Then watch a short film the Burke Baker Planetarium. Make sure to arrive at least 15 minutes early as late entrances are not allowed. These are a small additional fee but SO worth the experience!

Admission: The HMNS has free entrance on Thursdays from 5-8pm.
Regular admission is Adult- $25 and Child: $16 (3-11)
Cockrell Butterfly Center Adult-$12 Child-$10

Parking: The museum has its own parking garage, there is metered parking all around the museum, and free three hour parking in the new garden center.

Tour Johnson Space Center- NASA

2101 E NASA Pkwy, Houston, TX 77058

Do you have a space lover? This is the place to go! As soon as you pull in to the parking lot you see the replica shuttle on top of the original 905 shuttle carrier aircraft. It is the only shuttle and aircraft in the world that is mounted and allows you to enter and explore both!

The next thing you don’t want to miss is a tour on the tram! It is Nasa’s most popular exhibit and for good reasons! This tram ride gives you a real life behind the scenes look at human space exploration. The Johnson Space Center is the training base and home to our nation’s astronauts and the site of Mission Control Center. You get to see the Apollo Mission Control Center, see actual moon rocks, and see the robotics behind space exploration!

Hike through the Houston Arboretum

4501 Woodway Dr. Houston, TX 77024

Hiking the trails at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center in Houston, Texas.
Hiking the trails at the Houston Arboretum!

The Houston Arboretum is one of the oldest nature education centers in Texas, founded in 1967. The arboretum’s main purpose is provide an education to people of all ages and to help protect the natural world. The arboretum hosts many fun and interesting events for families. You can find all their evens over on their Facebook page.

Feed the giraffes at the Houston Zoo

6200 Herman Park Dr., Houston TX 77030

The Houston zoo is the second most visited zoo in the country. They are home to over 6,000 permanent residents! The really cool thing about the Houston Zoo is their commitment to save wildlife and leadership in the global effort to save wild animals. A percentage of every ticket sale goes toward funding wildlife protection efforts. The Houston zoo supports over 49 wildlife conservation projects in 27 different countries around the world!

Don’t miss your opportunity to feed the giraffes! It is one of my kids favorite things to do there! Your kids have the unique opportunity to hand feed Masai giraffe a nice crispy green piece of lettuce! Watch out for their tongues! Feeding times are usually between 11 am and 2 pm weather permitting and costs an additional $7 so plan your trip accordingly.

Catch an Astros game at Minute Maid Park

501 Crawford St, Houston, TX 77002

Houston is known for it’s sports. Our baseball team, the Astros, just took home the world series in 2017 and made a return appearance in 2019. Whether it be trying to get on the dance cam, enjoying all the delicious food, anxiously anticipating the train to go off for every home run, or hanging out with the mascot before the game your kiddo is sure to have a blast no matter what game you catch and if you’re lucky they may even pass out on the way home! That’s what I call a win!

Visiting Minute Maid Ball Park in Downtown Houston Texas
Circa 2017 The year we took home the World Series! Aaron has managed to get on the dance cam at EVERY game he’s been to to date!

Take a Train Ride Around Herman Park

6102 Herman Park Drive, Houston TX 77030

Pack a picnic and a blanket and spend the day here if you have time or even just a few hours. One of the best ways to get around is to take the Herman Park Train. Tickets are only $3.75 round trip for a 2 mile, 20 minute train ride (Kids under one are free).

You pass by Miller Outdoor Theater, The Museum of Natural Science, and the Houston Zoo. This is a great option for seeing as much as possible because you can plan your trip to get to all of these places quickly. Our favorite thing to do is start our day at the museum and then take a break to eat lunch on the big hill, then we usually jump on the train and spend the second half of our afternoon at the Houston zoo.

Walk through Houston’s Graffiti Park

2102 Leeland St, Houston, Tx 77003

There are murals located all over the city. For a complete comprehensive list I’d recommend clicking here to see a list of each one and its address, parking options, artist name and the best time of day to visit each one. Houston is full of artists and our murals really showcase all the creative talent that resides in this city.

Play at Discovery Green Park in Downtown Houston

1500 McKinny Street, Houston, TX 77010

Playing at Discovery Green Park in Downtown Houston, Texas.

Discovery Green is the perfect place to spend a day relaxing, having a picnic, or playing! During summer you can enjoy kayaking the lake, concerts on the green, a huge splashpad to keep cool, and local food trucks lining the walk ways. of the park. In winter, ice skating, screen on the green movie nights, sculptures, Christmas lights, color walls, and more!

Lounge in the Texas shaped lazy river at the Marriott Marquis Houston

 1777 Walker St, Houston, TX 77010

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay while in town or perhaps just a great weekend staycation location, Houston Marriott Marquis is the place to be. Conveniently located next to Discovery Green Park, George R Brown Convention Center, and several delicious restaurants, the Marquis offers one of the best locations in the city. On a hot summer day this is the perfect place to lounge and let the kids float around. Enjoy playing over sized Jenga, lounging in a cabana, or floatin’ all day in the lazy river. The Marquis offers so many amenities that you’ll leave feeling relaxed, refreshed and ready to take on the day! To book a room at the Marriott Marquis click here!

Houston Marriott Marquis Hotel in Downtown Houston, Texas.

Frolic on the Beach in Galveston for a Day

If you’ve got a little extra time and you’re looking to get out of the city, a drive down to Galveston is a must! Within an hour and a half you can be relaxing on the beach listening to the waves crash. Galveston itself offers so much for families to do that it’s worth spending a whole day, if not weekend, there. From unique museums, to fresh seafood restaurants, vintage candy shops, and carnival rides there is a little something for everyone! If you can make the drive here I highly suggest it. Check out my other blog posts about things to do in Galveston below.

Galveston Beach on Galveston Island near Houston Texas. The perfect place to relax and watch the sunset.
Playing at the beach in Galveston Texas!



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