Josh Koop
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December 21, 2022

27+ Exciting Attractions For Kids in Houston

When you want to get the kids out and do something instead of being attached to electronics and sitting in…

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When you want to get the kids out and do something instead of being attached to electronics and sitting in front of the television, there are many options for activities in Houston.

You can find things to do indoors and outdoors, so no matter what the weather is, your kids can still have a blast.

If you’re looking for some fun and exciting attractions to keep the kids busy while in Houston, look no further! Here are 22 of the best Houston attractions for kids to explore and enjoy.

Space Center Houston

What kids and even parents aren’t amazed by space and the technology used by astronauts? Space Center Houston is the perfect place for your kids to learn all about space exploration.

They can see real spacecraft, try on a space suit, touch a moon rock, and more. They even offer behind-the-scenes tours of NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

I tend to make at least a trip or two each year to see the new exhibits and learn more about space myself!

The Houston Zoo

The zoo teaches you a lot about animals and their ecology, which is why I think it’s such a great place for kids.

There are over 6,000 animals at the Houston Zoo, representing over 800 species. So, your kids are sure to find their favorite animal and learn something new too.

And, the Houston Zoo is constantly expanding and adding new exhibits, so there’s always something new to see.

Downtown Aquarium

The aquarium is a nice place to visit with kids, there are many different kinds of fish and other sea creatures to look at.

It is a great way for kids to get up close and personal with some amazing animals, my only note to readers is that this isn’t an all-day trip, it would be better paired with another activity.

The Chocolate Bar

What kid isn’t interested in chocolate? The Chocolate Bar is a great place to take your kids for some sweet treats.

They offer all kinds of chocolate, from milk and dark chocolate to white chocolate and even vegan chocolate.

And, if your kids are feeling adventurous, they can try one of the many flavors of hot chocolate or chocolate martinis.

The Mad Potter

For the craftier people in your family, The Mad Potter is a great place to go.

They offer pottery painting, glass fusing, and clay hand-building. And, if you’re looking for a unique gift, you can find some really great pottery pieces here.

The Galleria

While malls aren’t as big a deal for kids anymore the Galleria is immense and offers a ton of activities for kids.

From an ice skating rink, a water park, and a carousel, to name a few, there’s plenty to keep the little ones busy.

And, if you get hungry, there are over 50 places to eat at the Galleria. So, you’re sure to find something everyone will enjoy.

Kemah Boardwalk

The Kemah Boardwalk I covered before over here as to activities, but for kids there is a load of rides and food.

There is the pier and aquarium, a Ferris wheel, and a roller coaster, just to name a few. And, if you get hungry, there are plenty of places to eat at the Kemah Boardwalk. So, you’re sure to find something everyone will enjoy.

Houston Area Live Steamers

This is a great activity for kids who love trains. The Houston Area Live Steamers have model trains that the public can ride on.

And, if your kids are really interested in trains, they offer membership so your kids can learn how to operate the trains themselves.

They also have a miniature railroad that kids can ride on.

Old MacDonald’s Farm

For those who like to be outdoors, Old MacDonald’s Farm is a great place to take the kids.

They have all kinds of animals, from goats and sheep to pigs and chickens. And, your kids can even feed the animals.

They also offer hayrides, pony rides, and a petting zoo. So, there’s plenty for your kids to do at Old MacDonald’s Farm.

Cockrell Butterfly Center

Do your kids like bugs? If so, they’ll love the Cockrell Butterfly Center.

They have over 50 different species of butterflies, as well as many other types of insects. Plus, there’s a really cool rainforest conservatory that your kids will love.

Parks & Outdoors

Houston boasts an amazing array of green spaces and parks that are perfect for kids. Hermann Park, Memorial Park, Discovery Green, and Sesquicentennial Park are just a few of the many parks your kids can explore.

And, if you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, there’s always canoeing, kayaking, and hiking. Just be sure to check the weather before you head out.

Discovery Green

Downtown Houston is home to Discovery Green, a 12-acre park that has something for everyone.

There’s a lake with paddleboats, a playground, an amphitheater, and much more. And, the best part is that it’s all free!

Hermann Park

A gigantic park located downtown encircles the Houston Zoo making it a perfect place to take the kids and spend an entire day.

They have a train, a putt-putt golf course, an outdoor theater, and much more. Plus, there’s plenty of green space to run around and explore.

Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

Nature lovers will enjoy the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center.

They have over 155 acres of nature to explore, as well as five miles of hiking trails. Plus, they offer many educational programs for kids.

When you’re done exploring, be sure to stop by the butterfly garden.

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

Bayou Bend is a must-see for any history buff.

The collection features American art and furnishings from the 1620s to the 1860s. And, the gardens are absolutely beautiful.

They also offer many educational programs for kids.

Buffalo Bayou

For those who like to be active, Buffalo Bayou Park is a great place to take the kids.

You can go kayaking, biking, or hiking. Or, if you’re feeling really adventurous, you can go on a zip line tour!

Museums

Offering a huge selection of museums, Houston is a great place to take the kids.

The Children’s Museum of Houston, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and The Holocaust Museum Houston are just a few of the many museums your kids can explore.

The Children’s Museum of Houston

This was one of my daughter’s favorite places to go when she was younger, there are so many different things for kids to do here.

From climbing and sliding to arts and crafts, your kids will be sure to find something they love at the Children’s Museum of Houston.

And, if your kids get tired, there’s even a place for them to relax and take a good break.

Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS)

This is another great place to take the kids if they’re interested in science and nature and expanding their knowledge.

The Museum of Natural Science has a butterfly center, planetarium, and many other exhibits that will teach your kids about the world around them.

They also have a Dinosaur Hall where you can see real fossils and bones of dinosaurs that lived millions of years ago.

The Holocaust Museum Houston

This museum is definitely not meant for younger kids, but if you have older kids who are interested in history, this is a great place to take them.

The museum tells the story of the Holocaust through the first-hand accounts of survivors and if you haven’t gone yourself it is a good way to ensure we never forget.

Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH)

The MFAH is one of the largest art museums in the United States, and it’s a great place to take the kids.

They offer many different types of tours, both self-guided and led, that are perfect for kids.

And, if your kids are interested in art, they offer many different classes and workshops.

The Health Museum

This is a unique museum that’s perfect for kids who are interested in science and health.

The museum has many interactive exhibits that teach kids about the human body, diseases, and healthy living.

They also have a 4D theater where you can watch educational movies about health and science.

Houston is full of amazing sports teams and the fields that support the play are frequently open to the public for tours and exploration.

If your kids are into sports, they will love taking a tour of Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros, or NRG Stadium, home of the Houston Texans.

You can also take them to see a game!

Minute Maid Park

The home of the Houston Astros and the first stadium with a retractable roof made it a common occurrence to see games played closed and protected in the rain while open for the sun.

Minute Maid Park offers tours that take you through the stadium and give you a behind-the-scenes look at how everything works.

NRG Stadium

Home of the Houston Texans, NRG Stadium is one of the largest stadiums in the NFL!

The stadium offers tours that take you to the locker room, the field, and the press box giving you that “player” feel.

You can also go to a Texans game and watch them play live!

Toyota Center

The home of the Houston Rockets, Toyota Center is one of the newest stadiums in Houston.

The stadium offers tours that take you to the locker room, the court, and much more.

You can also go to a Rockets game when it’s basketball season and watch them play live!

BBVA Compass Stadium

The home of my favorite NWSL team, the Houston Dash, I love going to this field to experience soccer games. The field is shared with the men’s team, the Houston Dynamo, and it’s a great place to watch a game.

The stadium also offers tours that take you through the locker room, the field, and the press box giving you an inside look at what it’s like to play here.

Cultured Locations

Sometimes you need to take your kids someplace else entirely, teaching them about other cultures, lifestyles, and religions.

Houston Symphony

The Houston Symphony is one of the best in the country and they offer many different types of concerts and events that are perfect for kids.

Choosing to see a concert here is a great way to expose your kids to classical music and get them interested in it.

Houston Grand Opera

Taking in an opera is a great way to expose your kids to a different type of performance art.

The Houston Grand Opera offers many different types of operas, and they also offer educational programs that are perfect for kids.

Express Children’s Theater and Main Street Theater

A more kid-specific focused theater, Express Children’s Theater produces shows that are perfect for kids of all ages.

They also offer educational programs and camps that teach kids about theater and performance.

Main Street Theater offers a variety of different performances throughout the year that are perfect for kids, including their “Theater for Young Audiences” series.

The Hobby Center

The Hobby Center is a performing arts center that offers many different types of performances and events.

They offer educational programs, performances, and camps that are perfect for kids.

Miller Outdoor Theater

Taking in an outdoor performance is a great way to spend a day with your kids.

Miller Outdoor Theater offers many different types of performances, including plays, musicals, concerts, and more.

Josh Koop

Discover Space City is a Houston blog by Josh and Jaime, a married couple that loves to discover new things at home and around the world.