Top 16 Things to Do for Kids in Houston This Week: October 10 to October 16, 2022

The free "Hocus Pocus Pops" concert returns to the Woodlands this week | Courtesy of Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Discover the best kid-friendly things to do in and around Houston from Monday, October 10 to Sunday, October 16, 2022.

This week, keep the fall festival season rolling, sing along to spooky tunes, fill up on catfish, learn about STEM opportunities, and more.

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Top 16 Things To Do for Kids & Families in Houston This Week

  • Houston Grand Opera presents Monkey & Francine In the City of Tigers at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Monday, October 10 to Thursday, October 13 | FREE – Bringing together influences from India, China and West Africa, Monkey & Francine In the City of Tigers uses the opera to share the tale of Monkey and his whip-smart sister Francine, who must figure out how to work together if they want to escape the clutches of the hungry Crocodile and the greedy Lord of the Tigers. 11am.
  • Fire Marshal Office Event at Children’s Museum Houston | Thursday, October 13 | FREE – The Fire Marshal’s Office visits Children’s Museum Houston for story times, interactive activities with the sprinkler and smokehouse, and fire and life safety information. 5pm to 8pm.
  • Houston Symphony presents Hocus Pocus Pops at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion | Friday, October 14 | FREE – Bring your friends and family to hear the Houston Symphony’s renditions of some Halloween classics at the Hocus Pocus Pops in the Woodlands. Free for lawn and mezzanine seating; $25 for orchestra seating. 7:30pm.
  • Hotel Transylvania Movie Screening at Levy Park | Friday, October 14 | FREE – Get into the spooky spirit of the season with a free family screening of the 2012 animated film, Hotel Transylvania, in Levy Park. 7:30pm.
  • 33rd Annual Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival in Downtown Conroe | Friday, October 14 to Sunday, October 16 – The family-friendly Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival features three days of live music with local, regional and national performers on three stages, food vendors offering festival and Cajun favorites, arts and crafts vendors, a professional carnival, assorted community and educational exhibits, an annual Catfish Pageant and a KidZone area, and more. $15 and up; free for ages 12 and under. Times vary.
  • Halloween Spooktacular at the Bryan Museum in Galveston | Saturday, October 15 | FREE – Dare to entertain your little ones at this free event in Galveston that features a ghostly scavenger hunt on the grounds of the Museum, fall-themed crafts, a photo area, free books, and scary stories in the Museum’s pirate cave. Costumes encouraged. 10am to noon.
  • ArBOOretum at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center | Saturday, October 15 – Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Houston Arboretum’s fall festival, ArBOOretum. Guests of all ages can enjoy the great outdoors with plenty of fun activities, including the interactive Trick-or-Treat Nature Trail. $15. 10am to 4pm.
  • Houston Energy Day Festival at Sam Houston Park | Saturday, October 15 | FREE – Bring the family out for Energy Day, Houston’s largest annual family festival showcasing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). With nearly 70 interactive demonstrations and exhibits, students and their families will learn about the various forms of energy through STEM fields. The festival also includes food, music, games, and contests for all ages. 11am to 3pm.
  • FotoFun: Family and Youth Day at Sawyer Yards | Saturday, October 15 | FREE – FotoFest 2022 hosts an afternoon family day with fun activities through photography, film, creative writing and songwriting workshops, as well as guided tours of the Biennial exhibition, If I Had a Hammer. 11am to 3pm.
  • Bilingual Storytime: Marcela Pérez Barros at Children’s Museum Houston | Saturday, October 15 – Children’s Museum Houston continues to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Univision 45 journalist and news anchor Marcela Pérez Barros, who will lead a bilingual story time session. $15 for ages 1 and up. 11:30am.
  • Puerto Rican & Cuban Festival at Crown Festival Park in Sugar Land | Saturday, October 15 – This annual festival returns to Sugar Land, celebrating Puerto Rican and Cuban culture, with a live performance from El Chacal and a full day of concerts and dancing, food vendors, a car show, vendors and more. $15 in advance. Noon to 10pm.
  • Kids in the Casa with Crafts: Encanto at Discovery Green | Saturday, October 15 | FREE – Sing and dance along with Encanto characters Isabela, Mirabel, and Dolores while taking part in hands-on arts, crafts, and activities inspired by history, culture, art, music, architecture, and the city itself. 1:30pm to 3pm.
  • Pumpkin Patch Fall Festival at Nature Discovery Center in Bellaire | Saturday, October 15 & Sunday, October 16 | No Cover – For one weekend in October, the Hana and Arthur Ginzbarg Nature Discovery Center hosts a fall festival featuring fun games, crafts, foods, photo ops, animal encounters and a pumpkin patch ripe for picking. Free, though games, concessions and pumpkins are an additional cost. 11am to 4pm.
  • Festival en el Jardin at Houston Botanic Garden | Sunday, October 16 – Join MECA for this celebration to prepare for Día de los Muertos at Houston Botanic Garden. Create your own altar and make paper marigolds; shop with vendors selling authentic Latin American arts and crafts; and enjoy performances by the Ermelinda Cuellar Jazz Trio, MECA’s Ballet Folklórico, and Mariachi Monarcas. $15; $10 for ages 3 to 15. 2pm to 6pm.
  • Pumpkin Patches in Greater Houston | Ongoing Take your pick of pumpkins, flowers, and Fall Festival family fun with our guide to farms and pumpkin patches around Houston for the 2022 season. Prices, dates and times vary.
  • Fall Festivals in Greater Houston | Ongoing Circle these dates for 45+ of this season’s upcoming fall festivals featuring live music, food, cultural celebrations and more at places across Greater Houston. Prices, dates 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.