Top 10 Things to Do for Kids in Houston This Week: November 1 to November 7, 2021

Houston Zoo's Cool Cats program helps little ones learn more about lions | Courtesy of Houston Zoo

Have a fantastic week filled with the best kid-friendly things to do in and around Houston from Monday, November 1 to Sunday, November 7, 2021.

This week, commemorate those that have passed at a community altar, start your Holiday season off with light show drive-thrus, check out some cool cats at the Houston Zoo, learn about Diwali and more.

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Top 10 Things To Do for Kids & Families in Houston This Week

  • Playtime in the Plaza with the Jolley Trolley at Sugar Land Town Square | Monday, November 1 – Tots from 18 months to 5 years of age are welcome aboard the trolley to enjoy a moment of play for up to two hours at Sugar Land Town Square. Tickets are $15 for 30 minutes, $20 for 1 hour. Noon to 2pm.
  • Día de los Muertos Community Altar at Discovery Green | Monday, November 1 | FREE In celebration of Day of the Dead, the Downtown park will host a community altar by Houston artist Angel Quesada, where visitors are invited to participate by bringing copies of photos or mementos of loved ones to leave at the altar (note that these items will not be returned). This will also take place alongside Celebración de Vida, an installation of 10 large-scale painted skulls that can be found throughout the park. The skulls will be on display through Sunday, November 7. 4pm to 9pm.
  • Opening of the Light Park at Typhoon Texas | Opens Wednesday, November 3 – Roll into the holiday season at the Light Park in Katy, which features an interactive holiday experience that sends cars through millions of twinkling lights, accompanied by holiday music and festive cheer. Tickets start at $30 per vehicle; $35 from Friday to Sunday. Open daily through Sunday, January 2, 2022. Times vary.
  • Cool Cats at Houston Zoo | Thursday, November 4 – Get a peek into what life is like for Hasani and the lady lions at the Houston Zoo. Reservations required in advance; intended for ages 18-23 months. Included with general admission; ticket rates depend on time of day, starting at $20.70 for adults; $16.45 for children. 9:30am to 10:30am.
  • Reading of The Diwali Gift at the Woodlands Children’s Museum | Thursday, November 4 – Celebrate the festival of Diwali with a delightful reading of The Diwali Gift by Shweta Chopra and Shuchi Mehta, about three curious monkeys that help to introduce kids to Diwali and Indian culture. Included with general admission; $7 for adults and ages 1 and up; free for ages under 1. 11am.
  • Opening of Dasher’s Light Show: A Christmas Drive-Thru in Hockley | Opens Friday, November 5 Get in the spirit with a light-filled spectacle that you can drive through in Hockley, past giant Christmas trees, snowmen, and acres of land. Tickets start at $25 per vehicle. Times vary.
  • Chalk on the Block at Baldwin Park | Saturday, November 6 | FREE – Witness local artists creating colorful pavement art at Baldwin Park in Midtown. This month, artists will design fall-themed art for the sidewalks. 10am to 2pm.
  • Día de los Muertos Festival at Sam Houston Park | Saturday, November 6 | FREE – The city of Houston hosts its first ever Día de los Muertos celebration, bringing a parade and festival through the Downtown area into Sam Houston Park where visitors can enjoy live music, delicious concessions, fun arts and crafts, and more. Sign up ahead of time to participate in the parade or swing through to enjoy the festivities. 2pm to 10pm.
  • Jazzy Sunday Series: David Caceres with Horace Grigsby at Buffalo Bayou Park | Sunday, November 7 | FREE – The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park hosts this first Sunday jazz concert of the month, which will be followed every week by a new performer that celebrates the legacy and evolution of jazz in Houston. This week features vocalist and saxophonist David Caceres, joined by longtime Houston jazz singer Horace Grigsby. 4pm.
  • Pumpkin Patches Around Greater Houston | Ongoing – 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.