Top 20 Places to Take Kids in the Houston Area
Winners for 2016
Houston is rich in fun events and exciting places. It was hard for our readers to choose their favorites from the hundreds of choices! The venues listed below are wildly popular with kids and families in the Houston area. But don’t miss out on ALL the other wonderful places as well! Browse through our site and discover lots more to do! Plus:
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Splashway Family Waterpark
This summer, set your GPS to Splashway Waterpark & Campground. Located just an hour and a half from central Houston, Splashway is the family getaway that has it all and then some.
Splashway has everything from the adrenaline rush of Texas’ tallest head-first mat racer waterslide to the chillax-to-the-max lazy river. Make a trip of it and check out our campground with over 50 family-friendly cabins and 130 RV hookups.
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One of Texas’ best zoos is right here in Houston. Get your animal groove on exploring animal habitats, giraffe feedings, Naturally Wild Swap Shop (where you can bring in your found treasures), and Meet the Keeper talks/encounters/feedings every half hour. Their Water Play Park, Sneak Peek tours, Zoo Crew experiences, and Vet for a Day programs provide fun for toddlers to teens. Always be on top of what's happening at the Zoo: Click here to sign up for their newsletter.
Children’s Museum of Houston
A Playground for your Mind™! The Children’s Museum of Houston is packed with 14 hands-on exhibits, including the chance for kids to program robots and invent things; anchor the news; run a business; get elected as mayor; explore nanotechnology and climb a three-story tower! Plus, their Thursday Free Family Nights, Family Adventures, and membership rates make it affordable for all.
Crocodile Encounter is home to the largest group of Nile crocodiles in the country. One of Houston's best kept secrets our interactive nature center brings you up close and personal to some of the most magnificent animals on the planet. A totally different wildlife experience for the whole family!
Schlitterbahn Waterpark- Galveston Island
Family-owned and operated, Schlitterbahn Waterparks has been a leader in family water entertainment since 1979.
Brazos Bend State Park
5,000-acre gem 40 miles from downtown Houston, offers a variety of activities for every age: biking, fishing, hiking, birding, camping, star-gazing, and opportunities to learn about Texas’ bountiful natural history via free programs and guided hikes.
Main Event is your ultimate family entertainment center with 10 locations throughout Texas.
The iconic three pyramids are just the tip of the iceberg at Moody Gardens. The Rainforest Pyramid®, the Aquarium Pyramid®, and the hands-on discovery museum are treasures. Add to that the 3D and 4D Theaters, Colonel Paddlewheel Boat, Palm Beach and the annual Festival of Lights, you’ve got a multi-day destination that kids of all ages will enjoy.
Galveston Island Pleasure Pier
Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier is one of the few spots in the world that has this many rides over water! You'll be flying over guests on the Pier, soaring over the Gulf of Mexico and anticipating your next ride! 16 rides for all ages.
Houston Party Playland
Houston Party Playland is an indoor playground facility built for all age groups and with parent comfort in mind.
Houston Astros Baseball
The Houston Astros are a Major League Baseball team and play at Minute Maid Park.
The Kemah Boardwalk is open daily providing fun for everyone! Located just 20 miles from downtown Houston, the Kemah Boardwalk is home to fabulous waterfront restaurants, amusements, charming retail stores, festivals and seaside shows!
Come play in a 7 1/2 acre old-fashioned Family Fun Park! Visit the petting zoo, mini golf course, western play town, new play ground, giant chess and checkers, gigantic sandbox, zip line, horseshoes and much more. Healthy family fun that kids love!
That big Ferris wheel enticing you from I-45 and I-10 invites you to experience all the Downtown Aquarium has to offer. Amusement rides and carnival games thrill alongside aquarium adventures and hands-on encounters with stingrays. Sharing much more than an underwater voyage, the Aquarium boasts incredible rare white tigers which you can experience on your own by visiting the Tiger Exhibit or during a Sea Safari Camp, a Wild Dreams Overnight, or an Aquarium Birthday Party.
Houston Museum of Natural Science
Explore the far reaches of outer space, roam with the dinosaurs, wander through Africa's Serengeti, and marvel at the world's rarest and most beautiful minerals. Discover all this and much more at one of the nation's most heavily attended museums.
Variety is the best word to describe Discovery Green. From fountains, gardens, and play areas, to classes, workshops, art, and reading places the versatility of the space is phenomenal. Not to mention the festivals, signature events, and ice skating. Much of the activities are FREE, and many more are very reasonably priced. They even welcome your dog!
Dave & Buster's
Dave & Buster's is a 56,000 square foot dining and entertainment facility featuring world-class pocket billiards, shuffleboard and the latest video games and interactive simulators.
Wet 'n' Wild SplashTown
Houston's Largest Waterpark! The park that gives you MORE! Thrill Rides, Kids Rides, Family Rides. Concerts, Dive 'n' Movies, Special Events.
Fall family entertainment at its very best, just a short country drive from Houston! 30+ attractions. 10 yummy eateries. Acres and acres of fun! And then Christmas trees a little later. Dewberry Farm opens at the end of September every year and is just west of Katy, TX. Click here for directions.
Winners in Special CategoriesIn the second part of our survey, we asked readers to select their favorites in seven categories. Here were their choices.
Favorite Kid-Friendly MuseumChildren’s Museum of Houston
Favorite Nature CenterBrazos Bend State Park
Favorite Kid-Friendly Performing ArtsMiller Outdoor Theatre
Favorite Indoor Recreation CenterMain Event
Favorite Farm (agri-entertainment)Dewberry Farm
Favorite Place to have Fun OutdoorsHouston Zoo
Favorite Professional Sports TeamHouston Texans
Favorite Arts Education CenterSchool of Rock
Favorite Amusement ParkSplashway Family Waterpark
Favorite Sports EducationMy Gym
Favorite FestivalHouston Livestock Show & Rodeo