Top 11 things for kids in Houston: March 27 to April 2, 2017

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Make the most of your week with our top 11 things to do with kids in Houston, from Monday, March 27 to Sunday, April 2, 2017. 

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  • Tyke Hikes at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center | Monday, March 27 – Children 18 months to 3 years, with their adult companions, can join a naturalist for a story reading, a simple nature activity or craft, and a stroller-friendly hike on the Arboretum trails. Tickets are $7 for nonmembers and free for members. 9:30am to 10:30am.
  • Free Breakfast for Kids & Teachers for STAAR Testing at Mcdonald’s | Tuesday, March 28 – To kick off STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) testing, Houston McDonald’s restaurants are offering free breakfast to students in grades 3 through 8 and their teachers. Limit one per student or teacher. 6am to 9am.
  • 3rd Annual Houston Lebanese Festival at Jones Plaza | Friday, March 31 to Sunday, April 2 – Enjoy this 3-day family-friendly Lebanese Festival that will include entertainment, food, dancing, and activities at Jones Plaza. Tickets are $10 and $5 for children ages 12 and younger. 5pm to 11pm.
  • Mindfulness Classes for Kids & Teens at The Health Museum | Saturday, April 1 – The Health Museum hosts the first of three classes that focus on mindfulness and how it can release stress for both kids and teens. The course is $225 for members of The Health Museum and $250 for non-members. Times vary.
  • Kids Animation Workshop at Whole Foods Kirby | Saturday, April 1| FREE to Attend – Use stop-motion animation to bring fruits and vegetables to life in your own delicious short videos with Aurora Picture Show. 9am to 11am.
  • Midtown Art in the Park | Saturday, April 1 | FREE to Attend – Make your way to Midtown for the annual Midtown Art in the Park, a fine art festival featuring local and regional artists, on the grounds of historic Elizabeth Baldwin Park. 10am to 6pm.
  • 29th Annual McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival in Downtown | Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2 – The McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival is a 2-day event of games, circus acts, rides, food, beverages, and entertainment for all ages centered in Downtown. Tickets start at $10. 10:30am both days.
  • Hands-On Houston: Un-Be-Weavable at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft | Saturday, April 1 | FREE to Attend – Join HCCC resident artist Lisa Hardaway and create hand-woven bookmarks. Learn how to use a small hand-made loom and yarn to create your own woven piece. 11am to 3pm.
  • Sabor del Northside Festival at Castillo Park | Saturday, April 1 | FREE to Attend – Enjoy live music, dance performances, kids activities, a local vendor fair, and even a salsa dancing contest at this Northside neighborhood festival. 11am to 4pm.
  • STEM Saturdays at Discovery Green | Saturday, April 1 | FREE to Attend – Girlstart leads a fun, hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education program for kids. 12:30pm.
  • Naturally Wild Families: Botanical Dyeing at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center | Saturday, April 1 – Use items found outdoors or in the produce department to naturally dye eggs, make your own recycled paper for greeting cards, and make botanical prints at the Houston Arboretum. Tickets are $25 for members; $50 for nonmembers per family. 1pm to 3pm.

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Jill Jarvis founded and writes BigKidSmallCity – Things to Do in Houston with Kids. On BigKidSmallCity, she provides weekly lists of events for kids, things to do in Houston from a mom’s perspective, family-friendly interviews of local leaders and resources for parents.