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Top 20 Places to Take Kids in the Houston Area

Winners for 2014

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.   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.  .


2.    Houston Zoo

One of Texas’ best zoos is right here in Houston.& Get your animal groove on exploring animal habitats, 4D Experiences, 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.


3.    Children’s Museum of Houston

Oh the wonders of a Children’s Museum! Their Thursday Free Family Nights, Family Adventures, and special educator membership make it affordable for all.  Special events allow everyone to participate, including:  MLK Kids Peace Rally, Sensory-Friendly Events, Young Inventors Showcase and Family Literacy Program.  Bonus for CMH….Their parent resource library is a first of its kind in the country.  It’s a cutting edge resource for parents, educators, and doctors to help identify challenges early in their children’s lives and take appropriate action.


4.    Crocodile Encounter

Follow the activities of Houston's largest wildlife show and find out what it's really like to live and work with the nations largest group of Nile crocodiles.


5.    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.


6.    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.


7.    Great Play

Great Play of Sugarland and Great Play of Cypress makes it fun for kids ages 6 months to 12 years old to develop motor skills, sports skills, fitness and coordination in their Interactive Arena. Award winning birthday parties too!


8.    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.


9.    Schlitterbahn Waterpark - Galveston Island

Summer season: 35 amazing rides and attractions, including a large wave pool, uphill water coasters, thrilling speed slides, kid's water playgrounds, whitewater rapids, relaxing hot tubs, family raft rides, the Boogie Bahn surf ride and the exclusive Transportainment® river system. In the spring and fall: Indoor waterpark with four twisting tube slides, three high-speed body slides, three areas for kids, a tidal wave river, a wave-action beach and a surfing ride! FREE parking, FREE use of inner tubes and lifejackets, and allows guests to bring their own picnics.


10.    Kemah Boardwalk

Getting an all-day pass for the rides and amusements is your best bet at Kemah. There is so much to do and see,  your kids will beg to keep going.  Between the shops, restaurants, aquarium, boat rides, train rides, and roller coasters you'll be wildly entertained. Add to that special events like the Crawfish & Zydeco Festival, Rock the Dock summer concerts, Miss Kemah Pageant, car shows, Fireworks Fridays, Boo on the Boardwalk and Kid Krazy Mondays, and you'll want to return again and again.


11.    Houston Roller Derby

Houston's only WFTDA all-girl roller derby league! Old game, new sport. Hottest ticket in town! Games on the 3rd Saturday of every month at Bayou Music Center (formerly Verizon Wireless Theater).  Since organizing in 2005, Houston Roller Derby has grown into a league of more than 120 skaters that sells about 1,400 tickets for each bout. 


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, crabs, and other invertebrates. Sharing much more than an underwater voyage, the Aquarium boasts incredible rare white tigers which you can experience on your own or during a Sea Safari Camp, a Wild Dreams Overnight, or an Aquarium Birthday Party.


13.    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.



14.    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, play fort, huge playground, gigantic sandbox, zip line, sand volleyball, horseshoes and much more. Healthy family fun that kids love!

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.    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!


16.    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.


17.    Sugar Land Skeeters Baseball

The Sugar Land Skeeters, led by Manager and former Major League All-Star Gary Gaetti, play at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas. They are the biggest little minor league professional baseball club in America!


18.    Upstage Arts Youth Theater

Upstage Arts Youth Theater in Webster is dedicated to offering children the full theater experience in a positive and supportive manner. This creates a special place for them to learn and thrive in the arts.


19.    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.


20.   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.


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


Main Event


Favorite Farm (agri-entertainment)

Dewberry Farm


Favorite Place to have Fun Outdoors


Splashway Family Waterpark

Favorite Professional Sports Team


Houston Texans

Favorite Arts Education Center

Katy Visual & Performing Arts Center

Favorite Sports Education Center

 The Little Gym


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