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Fun Things to Do With Kids in Houston

Houston and the surrounding areas are home to many family friendly activities and destinations. From taking a leisurely stroll in the arboretum, to ice skating on an indoor rink in the middle of the mall, there’s something fun to do for everyone.

Children’s Museum of Houston »

Voted America’s number one children’s museum by Parents magazine, the Children’s Museum of Houston is dedicated to engaging kids in interactive learning. Packed with 90,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, the museum provides tons of hands-on fun.

Houston Zoo »

With over 6,000 animal residents, visitors can feed giraffes, ride a wildlife carousel or play in the zoo’s water park. Get up close and personal with zoo keepers and animals in the zoo’s children’s petting zoo.

Downtown Aquarium »

With 500,000 gallons of aquatic wonderland housing more than 200 species of aquatic life, the Downtown Aquarium is more than an aquatic viewing paradise. The aquarium is home to a full-service restaurant, shopping venues and a wide variety of entertainment options.

Ice at the Galleria »

Situated beneath the glass atrium of the Houston Galleria mall, the ice rink offers public skating, learn to skate lessons and a hockey program for children. Skate rentals are available at the rink.

Space Center Houston »

Whether you want to touch a moon rock, see an astronaut train for a mission or better yet, meet a real-life astronaut, Space Center Houston is where you’ll want to be. As the official visitor’s center of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, visitors can get a glimpse into the past, present and future of the space program.

Discovery Green »

If you’re looking for outdoor fun, a stop at the Discovery Green is required. Play in the playground, paddle in the lake, play bocce or race a model boat at this 12-acre public urban park.

Happy Playland »

If you’re looking for indoor fun, take a trip to Happy Playland, an indoor play paradise for kids and grown-ups alike. Full of grand climbing structures, parents can relax while the children run off some steam or climb a pirate ship in a clean, kid-friendly environment.

Wonderwild »

Slide down a 20-foot inflatable crocodile slide or navigate a foam sculpture in this indoor kid’s playspace. Kids can even ride around on a kid-powered indoor train track or jump their energy out on a Wonderwild jumping pillow.

Houston Arboretum and Nature Center »

With 112-acres of nature to experience and explore, the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center boasts five miles of walking trails, interactive exhibits and activities for nature lovers of all ages.

Oil Ranch »

Boasting 50 acres of action-packed family fun, the Oil Ranch offers a true Texas experience. Visitors can take a train, pony or hay ride, ride a rope swing, visit the petting zoo, take a swim in the pool or even fish in the lake.

Houston Fire Museum »

For kids who are crazy about fire trucks, they’ll enjoy the Houston Fire Museum where they can checkout antique fire apparatus and experience what it was like in the 1950s when a fireman received a fire call at the station.

George Ranch Historical Park »

A living history museum, experience cattle-working, visit a working blacksmith’s shop and tour the property’s historic homes. Families can even enjoy a historical lunch hosted in one of the property’s venues.

Dewberry Farms »

Visit this family friendly farm and tour the farm by train, take a spin on the pedal carts or climb to the top of the hay mountain. Seasonal attractions include a corn maze, pumpkin patch and Christmas forest.