Top 12 Things to Do for Kids in Houston This Month: October 2021

The KBR Kids Day returns this month | Courtesy of Buffalo Bayou Partnership

Have a gourd-geous time with the family with our guide to the best kid-friendly things to do in and around Houston for October 2021.

This month, get spooky with the kids and classic Halloween movies in Kemah, dress up for a stroll around the Zoo, smile on a Jolly Trolley, catch the G.O.A.T. in action and more.

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Top 12 Things To Do for Kids & Families in Houston This Month: October 2021

  • Zoo Boo at the Houston Zoo | Ongoing – Bring the little ghouls and goblins to the Houston Zoo for some age-appropriate Halloween fun. Visit the Giant Pumpkin, ride a spooktacular Scary-Go-Round, find more than 10 different photo ops throughout the Zoo, walk the new Lantern Tunnel between the lion and tiger exhibits, and more. Costumes are strongly encouraged. Included with general admission; ticket prices vary based on day of the week. 9am to 5pm daily. Extended hours to 8:30pm on Friday, October 29.
  • Boo on the Boardwalk: Freaky Fridays at Kemah Boardwalk | Fridays in October | FREE – Bring the kiddos out to Kemah Boardwalk for live music from Boogie Man Band with a local guest, plus family-friendly Halloween movie screenings, including Halloweentown, The Addams Family (2019), Hocus Pocus, Scoob! (2020), and Monster House. 6pm to 10pm; films begin at 7:30pm.
  • Houston Scream Fest at H-Town Paintball | Friday & Saturdays in October Start off spooky season at a Houston haunt that offers up frights like a tour through a sanitarium, a graveyard and a Texas Chainsaw maze, then calm down with free drinks (including beer and margaritas), a carnival-style midway, live music and more. Tickets vary by day, ranging from $10 to $40. 8pm to 11pm.
  • Garden Bros Nuclear Circus at Katy Mills Mall | Friday, October 1 to Sunday, October 3 – With over 60 performers in 3 rings, this all-new show features acts like the Human Cannonball, Wheel of Death, Chinese Acrobats, motorcycles in the Sphere of Fear, goodies, treats and more. The show is in the big top at the parking lot of Katy Mills Mall. Tickets start at $14.50; free for ages 2 and under. Times vary.
  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical! at MATCH | Select Saturdays & Sundays in October – Main Street Theater for Youth presents this musical for kids based on the Caldecott Honor award-winning book. In this tale, when a bus driver takes a break from the route, a very unlikely volunteer springs up to take his place, a pigeon. Tickets range from $18 to $228. Shows at 12:30pm and 3:30pm.
  • Playtime in the Plaza with the Jolly Trolley at Sugar Land Town Square | Mondays in October – Tots from 18 months to 5 years of age are welcome aboard the Jolly Trolley for tumbling, climbing, jumping and ball pit fun for up to two hours of play. Tickets are $15 for 30 minutes, $20 per hour. Noon to 2pm.
  • Gold Over America Tour with Simone Biles at Toyota Center | Friday, October 8  Houston native and the most decorated gymnast of all-time, Simone Biles highlights the G.O.A.T. Tour that will also feature Olympic-medaling gymnasts Jade Carey, Jordan Chiles, Grace McCallum and MyKayla Skinner. Tickets range from $30.50 to $195.50, but you may find better or cheaper seats using the Ticketnetwork online marketplace. 7:30pm.
  • CAF Wings Over Houston Airshow 2021 at Ellington Field | Saturday, October 9 & Sunday, October 10 – One of the top airshows in the nation, Wings Over Houston showcases vintage World War II aircraft and modern aviation with soaring spectacles, reenactments and high-flying aerobatics. Simulator rides, a kid’s carnival, merchandise and autograph booths will also be on-site. Tickets are $50 for 1 adult and up to 6 children (ages 14 and under are free). Online discounts are available. 8am to 5pm both days.
  • Opening of the 47th Annual Texas Renaissance Festival in Todd Mission | Saturday, October 9  The Texas Renaissance Festival returns to Todd Mission, northwest of Houston, for 8 weekends this fall through November, with differing themes and special events each week. There are hand-powered rides, fun games of skill, exciting attractions, and fun children’s activities located throughout New Market Village. Saturdays and Sundays in October, 9am to 8pm.
  • 14th Annual KBR Kids Day at Tony Marron Park | Saturday, October 23 | FREE Buffalo Bayou Partnership’s annual free event returns for 2021 at a brand new location, Tony Marron Park in the East End. Activity stations will include numerous hands-on activities from over 20 Houston partners, local entertainment, and performances on the H-E-B stage, Dia de los Muertos face painters, balloon artists, a rock climbing wall, a birds of prey show, Halloween costume parade and more. Costumes are encouraged. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. 11am to 3pm.
  • Monster Jam at NRG Stadium | Saturday, October 23  Watch as 12,000-pound monster trucks hit soaring heights in a rip-roaring display of motorsport mania. Tickets range from $20 to more than $115, but you may find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7pm.
  • 2021 Guide to Houston-area Pumpkin Patches & Fall Festivals | Ongoing – The weather is cooling, sweaters are coming out, and pumpkins are ripe for picking at farms and patches around Houston this season. All autumn long, you can find places offering up the colorful gourds along with Fall Festival fun and family-friendly farm attractions like rides, slides and animal encounters. Days and times vary.

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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.

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