Skip to main content

Things To Do in Houston With Kids

Things To Do in Houston With Kids

Let’s face it… kids get bored and sometimes you just got to get them out of your suite and do something fun! Lucky for you Houston is full of kid-friendly attractions and a new adventure for the whole family is just within city limits. We’ve put together a list of top 10 favorite things to do in Houston with Kids!

1 | Children’s Museum of Houston

Kids of all ages will love to play at the Children’s Museum of Houston, and you’ll love that they’re learning while they do it. There are over 20 exhibits for you and your family to explore like the Power Science Lab, Maker Annex, and Invention Convention–just to name a few!

Cost

Admission is $12/ea for adults and kids. Want to go free? Reserve free tickets on Famly Night Thursday.

Location & Hours

1500 Binz Street, Houston, TX 77004

Open Wednesday-Saturday, from 10 AM to 6 PM (8 PM on Thursday), and Sunday, from 12-6 PM

2 | Houston Zoo

With over 6,000 animals to see, none of the kids will be bored when you visit Houston Zoo. There are 15 exhibits within the park to explore including the Texas Wetlands exhibit that is the home to native Texas animal species: whooping cranes, American alligators, and bald eagles. Spend all day roaming the zoo, grab a snack at one of the onsite dining facilities, or go shopping for a unique gift at the Trading Post.

Cost

General admission $22.95 for adults and $17.95 for children 2-11. Please reserve your ticket and time slot in advance.

Looking for free things to do in Houston? Houston Zoo offers free tickets on Tuesdays every month except for June, July, and August.

Location & Hours

6200 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030

Open daily from 9-11 AM, 11-2 PM, and 2-5 PM. (Last entry into the zoo at 4 PM.)

3 | Space Center Houston

What’s cooler than thinking about the infiniteness of outer space? Getting to tour a museum that’s all about outer space! View the Astronaut Gallery at Space Center Houston and learn all about the first pioneers of space exploration and how exploration has changed over time. There are so many great exhibits to tour throughout the Space Center, your kids will be begging not to leave.

Cost

General admission is $29.95 for adults and $24.95 for kids 4-11. $5 military discount is available for active and retired military with U.S. Military ID.

Location & Hours

1601 E NASA Parkway, Houston, TX 77058

Open daily from 10 AM to 6 PM.

4 | Cockrell Butterfly Center

Have a magical experience at the Cockrell Butterfly Center home to hundreds of species of exotic butterflies! You and the kids can walk through a living butterfly exhibit and experience for yourself the delicateness of these beautiful creatures. 

Cost

General admission is $10 for adults and $8 for kids.

Location & Hours

5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030

Open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM.

5 | Waterwall

The Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park located in The Galleria is truly a sight to be seen. Pack a picnic and head to this park and watch as water cascades over this monumental fountain, 11,000 gallons of water per minute to be exact! 

Cost

No cost, this park is free to the public.

Location & Hours

2800 Post Oak Boulevard, Houston, TX 77056

Open daily from 8 AM to 9 PM.

6 | Discovery Green

Not your average public park, Discovery Green is filled with art installations, murals, and hosts multiple events throughout the year. The kids will love getting to run and play in the wide-open spaces here or splash around at the Mistree (a water feature in the park).

Cost

No cost, this park is free to the public.

Location & Hours

1500 McKinney Street, Houston, TX 77010

Open daily from 6 AM to 11 PM

7 | Downtown Aquarium

Travel to the depths of the ocean and see for yourself 300 different species of sea life that live at Houston’s Downtown Aquarium. There are so many exhibits to experience like the Shipwreck where you can see Clownfish, groupers, a giant Pacific octopus, and more! Make your trip extra special by adding on a ticket into the Stingray Reef where you can even feed the stingrays!

Cost

General admission is $14.99 for adults and $12.99 for kids under 42”. Grab an All-Day pass for $22.99 ($21.99 for kids), or add-on the Stingray Reef starting at $3.50 additional.

Location & Hours

410 Bagby Street, Houston, TX 77002

Open Sunday-Thursday from 10 AM to 8 PM, and Friday-Saturday from 10 AM – 9 PM

8 | Old MacDonald’s Farm

The nursery rhyme comes to life in Houston, TX, Old MacDonald’s Farm is the perfect place for a family outing! Old MacDonald’s Farm has a petting zoo, swimming pool, pony and train rides and all activities are included in the price of admission.

Cost

General admission is $14.00 per person.

Location & Hours

3203 FM 1960 East, Humble, TX 77338

 

Open daily at 10 AM.

9 | Rosenberg Railroad Museum

All aboard! Grab the kids and head over to the Rosenberg Railroad Museum, a place that is about everything trains. Get inside an old railroad car, enjoy the model railroads, and enjoy a guided tour throughout the museum. 

Cost

General admission is $7.50 for adults and $5 for children 2-14.

Location & Hours

1921 Avenue F, Rosenberg, TX 77471

Open Friday-Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM, and Sunday from 1-4 PM.

10 | Japanese Garden at Hermann Park

If you’re looking to wind down the day and find a tranquil place for the family, head to the Japanese Garden at Hermann Park. Within the garden, you will find beautiful Japanese maples, cherry blossoms, and crepe myrtles as you wander the stone paths. Listen as the waterfall features pour into the pond or enjoy a peaceful resting place at the teahouse featured in the garden.

Cost

No cost, the park is free to the public.

Location & Hours

6000 Fannin Street, Houston, TX 77030

Open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM.