Top 8 Things To Do This Week for Kids & Families in Houston: February 8 to 14, 2021

Magician Carter Blackburn | Courtesy of Houston Improv

Enjoy a range of virtual and in-person things to do with kids and families in Houston this week from Monday, February 8 through Sunday, February 14, 2021.

This week brings holiday celebrations for Chinese Lunar New Year, Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day, as well as museums and monster trucks.

Top 8 Things to Do for Kids & Families in Houston This Week

  • 2021 Chinese New Year Celebration Online | Thursday, February 11 through Saturday, February 13 | FREE | Virtual Welcome the Year of the Ox with Chinese Community Center’s three-day Virtual Lunar New Year Festival, featuring a live broadcast of cultural dances, musical performances, crafts, and food demonstrations. All events will be streamed on the Chinese Community Center’s website. Thursday and Friday 4pm to 5:30pm; Saturday 2pm to 3:30pm.
  • Mommy & Daughter Date Night at Sweet & Sassy in Kingwood | Thursday, February 11 and Friday, February 12 Pamper your little princess(es) with a party up-do, make up, a photo and a rose from their mommy before being whisked away for dinner at Italiono’s Restaurant. $37; does not include dinner. Reservations required, with time slots at 5pm, 5:30pm and 6pm.
  • Aladdin Movie Screening at Memorial City | Friday, February 12 | FREE Bring your lawn chair or blanket and watch a screening of Disney’s 2019 live-action remake, Aladdin, on The Square at the Memorial City. Will Smith takes on the role of the Genie as he helps Aladdin win Jasmine over in this timeless tale of love and friendship. Rated PG. Free to attend. 7pm to 9pm.
  • Parents Night Out at Republic Dance and Gymnastics in Cypress | Friday, February 12 Celebrate Valentine’s Day early as the kiddos spend a night leaping, tumbling, running and playing at this gymnastics center. Ages 3 and up (must be potty trained). $23 per child. 7pm to 11pm.
  • Mardi Gras Madness Workshop at The Woodlands Children’s Museum | Saturday, February 13 Let the good times roll in traditional “Fat Tuesday” fashion by letting the kiddos create their own Mardi Gras mask and stringing a necklace together with clay beads and other embellishments. Ages 5 to 9. $12. 10am to 12pm.
  • Monster Jam at NRG Stadium | Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14 Hear the roaring action of soaring monster trucks like Grave Digger and Scooby Doo as NRG Stadium hosts family-friendly exhibitions of the Monster Jam motorsport competition. Tickets start at $20 and are available in socially distanced pod seating, but you may find cheaper or better seats on the resale marketplace. Saturday 12pm and 7pm; Sunday 3pm.
  • Family Magic & Comedy for All Ages with Carter Blackburn at Houston Improv | Saturday, February 13 Enjoy a mixture of high energy magic, illusions, juggling, sleight of hand, danger, and lots of audience interaction at Houston Improv. Carter Blackburn’s magic and comedy creates a memorable afternoon for the entire family. The show is appropriate for all ages. General admission tables are $20 for two people; $40 for four and $60 for six. 2pm.
  • Current Museum Exhibits & Art Installations in Houston | Ongoing – Across the Museum District and throughout the Greater Houston area, world-class museums and installations are offering up fascinating and engaging exhibitions that are ticketed or free. You can also dig into our Visitor’s Guides at several of Houston’s flagship museums, including The Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH)Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS)The Health MuseumHolocaust Museum Houston, and more.

Social Distancing & COVID-19 Precautions

Businesses and organizations in Houston have opened under modified protocols, following guidelines administered by local health officials, the State of Texas and CDC. At this time, guidance from experts urges people to continue wearing face masks when in public spaces, practice social distancing of at least six feet, limit your touching of surfaces and frequently use hand sanitizer or soap and water to keep your hands clean.

Although vaccines have been approved and distribution has begun, supplies are still limited. Health officials have severely cautioned that it will take until late spring 2021 before the U.S. might be able to expect a level of herd immunity. In the meantime, masks are strongly advised to help curb the increasing spread of COVID-19 this winter.

Before heading out, take time to familiarize with your destination’s requirements or restrictions at this moment, and be sure to contact them ahead of time with any questions or concerns.

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Shea Kummer is a mom to 3 active boys living in Katy. She has a business degree from Texas Christian University and a background in social media management. When she's not cheering on her boys, she can be found looking for the best ways to make lasting family memories.