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Top 20 Places to Take Kids in the Houston Area

Winners for 2015

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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1.   Crocodile Encounter

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!


2.    My Gym

My Gym has two local: locations in the Houston Area: My Gym of Katy and My Gym of The Woodlands. Their program and facility were devised to help children 6 weeks thru 13 years of age develop physically, cognitively and emotionally.


3.    Splashway Family Waterpark

Splashway Family Waterpark is a true FAMILY waterpark catering to families with young children. Splashway is located in Sheridan, Texas on HWY 90-A.  



4.    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.

5.   The Little Gym 

With more than 300 locations across the globe, The Little Gym is the worldʼs premier experiential learning and physical development center for kids ages four months through 12 years.


6.    7-Acre Wood

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! 


7.   Houston Zoo

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.


8.    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.


9.    Conroe's Incredible Pizza

This family fun center boasts an unlimited buffet loaded with fresh pizza and much more! Private party rooms are available for hosting birthday parties and group events. With over 125 video games, plus Laser Tag, indoor Go Karts, bumper cars, mini golf, mini bowling and ice skating, the fun never stops! 



10.    Sugar Land Skeeters Baseball

Since 2012, the Sugar Land Skeeters have provided affordable, family-fun entertainment at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas. The 360 degree ballpark includes a carousel, inflatable kids zone, splash pad, playground and much more! Nine innings of baseball just got a lot more fun. Go Skeeters!


11.   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. 


12.    Downtown Aquarium

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.


13.   UpStage Theatre

UpStage Theatre is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and group of talented volunteers dedicated to providing the highest quality, yet affordable and family friendly theatrical experience for both the young and the young at heart.



14.   Discovery Green

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! 

The Woodlands Children’s Museum is a cooperative learning environment that provides children with multiethnic and multicultural experiences.  - See more at:
The Woodlands Children’s Museum is a cooperative learning environment that provides children with multiethnic and multicultural experiences.  - See more at:
The Woodlands Children’s Museum is a cooperative learning environment that provides children with multiethnic and multicultural experiences.  - See more at:

15. Vantage Point Farm

A family-oriented horse training & breeding farm, specializing in American Saddle Bred Horses. We offer riding & driving lessons, day camps, training, sales, showing, breeding, mare management & geriatric horse care. Visit our web site for further information: Vantage Point Farm - Welcome 


16.    Dewberry Farm

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.    


17.    Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

A 155-acre nature sanctuary with total of 5 miles of walking trails that wind through forest, meadow and wetland habitats.


18.    Moody Gardens

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.


19.  The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

The Pavilion features contemporary concerts and performing arts events with the Houston Symphony, Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera. Mezzanine and lawn seating is free at performing arts events and include kid-friendly activities before the performances. The Children’s Festival in November hosts more than 13,000 guests over two days.


20.   Armand Bayou Nature Center

Preserves the wetlands prairie, forest and marsh habitats with which we have been entrusted, and provides opportunities for people to experience the Armand Bayou habitats and the importance of preserving these vanishing habitats.


Winners in Special Categories

In the second part of our survey, we asked readers to select their favorites in seven categories. Here were their choices.

Favorite Kid-Friendly Museum


 Children’s Museum of Houston

Favorite Nature Center

Brazos Bend State Park


Favorite Kid-Friendly Performing Arts


Miller Outdoor Theatre

Favorite Indoor Recreation Center


 The Little Gym


Favorite Farm (agri-entertainment)

Dewberry Farm


Favorite Place to have Fun Outdoors


Houston Zoo

Favorite Professional Sports Team


Houston Texans

Favorite Arts Education Center

Katy Visual & Performing Arts Center

Favorite Sports Education Center

 My Gym


Favorite Amusement Park

Schlitterbahn Waterpark

Favorite Festival

Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo

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