Top 16 Things to Do for Kids in Houston This Week: October 17 to October 23, 2022

KBR Kids Day returns to Tony Marron Park this week | Courtesy of Buffalo Bayou Partnership

Have a hauntingly good time around town at kid-friendly things to do from Monday, October 17 to Sunday, October 23, 2022.

This week, hang around an airport hangar for some ghostly fun, check out family festivals, hear Disney classics on stage, and more.

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

  • Explore Abilities Day at Children’s Museum Houston | Monday, October 17 – Families have the opportunity to enjoy the entire Museum at their own pace and also participate in special activities occurring that day. Modifications include light and sound reduction, a less crowded environment, designated quiet rooms, and more. $7. 10am to 3pm.
  • Panto U.S.A. presents Treasure Island at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Monday, October 17 | FREE  Produced by The Panto Company and told as only they can, this thrilling adventure tells of a perilous sea journey across the Spanish Main, a mutiny led by the infamous Long John Silver, a scramble for buried treasure on an exotic isle, and the message that good wins over evil every time. 11am.
  • Shadow Puppet Theatre: When the Leaf Blew In at the Woodlands Children’s Museum | Thursday, October 20  Shadow Puppet Theatre presents When the Leaf Blew In by Steve Metzger, a humorous story that explains the chain reaction that occurs when one single leaf blows into a barn. $7.50. 11am.
  • Halloween in the Hangar at Lone Star Flight Museum | Saturday, October 22 – The annual Halloween celebration returns as the hangar is transformed into a spooky space ready for a family-friendly, ghostly good time. There will be trick-or-treating among the planes until 1pm, an all-day scavenger hunt, spooky crafts, photo ops around the museum, and more—plus kids 12 and under in costume will get in free all day. $18; $15 for ages 12 to 17; $12 for ages 4 to 11. 10am to 5pm.
  • 15th Annual KBR Kids Day at Tony Marron Park | Saturday, October 22 | FREE – Buffalo Bayou Partnership’s annual family festival returns to the Second Ward park, filled with local entertainment, hands-on activities, live performers, face painters and much more. Costumes are encouraged. 11am to 3pm.
  • Houston Filipino Street Festival at Constellation Field | Saturday, October 22 – This family-friendly festival celebrates the Philippines and Filipino heritage in a day of music, food, activities and more. $17 and up. Noon to 6pm.
  • 9th Annual Houston Afrifest at Houston Baptist University | Saturday, October 22 – Houston’s largest African festival will feature cultural music, dance and artistic stage entertainment from the communities of Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda and Nigeria, including live soukous and zouk music, Afro-Brazillian drumming, West African dance and more. Plus, shop a vendor market of crafts, artwork, and made-in-Africa goods, and enjoy kids activities and storytelling, face painting, and much more. $10; free for ages 5 and under. Noon to 7pm.
  • All Hallows Read at the Houston Public Library Downtown | Saturday, October 22 | FREE – Bring the family by the Downtown central campus of HPL for an afternoon of pumpkins, free giveaways for those under 18, games, crafts and readings. Costumes encouraged. 2pm to 4pm.
  • Prelude Family Concerts at Levy Park | Saturday, October 22 | FREE – The Prelude Family Concert is a 45-minute music experience that is geared toward babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and their caretakers at Levy Park near Greenway Plaza. 4:30pm.
  • Monster Jam at NRG Stadium | Saturday, October 22 – Stare in awe as huge trucks soar through the air, diving over ramps and flipping around the arena. These 12,000-pound monster trucks, including the legendary Grave Digger, test the limits in Freestyle, Skills Challenge and Racing competitions. $20 and up. 7pm.
  • Performing Arts Houston presents Mutts Gone Nuts! at Wortham Center | Sunday, October 23 – This hilarious, all-ages and crowd-pleasing dog show comes to Wortham Center for 2 afternoon performances. Acclaimed as “a must see” by the Washington Post, the show presents the world’s most talented four-legged performers—including the highest jumping dog in the universe, two Guinness World Record Champions, a hilarious six-pound Pomeranian Pikachu mix, and a host of rescued pups—who dance, prance, flip, and skip their way into audience’s hearts. $25.55 to $65. 1pm and 4:30pm.
  • Fall Scavenger Hunt at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center | Sunday, October 23  Families will work as a team to find clues, search for evidence of animals, and solve nature-themed riddles at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center. $20. Every half hour from 2pm to 4pm.
  • Disney Princess: The Concert at Smart Financial Centre | Sunday, October 23 – Sing out loud for the forest animals to hear at the can’t-miss slate of talented singers hitting all the Disney faves. The larger-than-life show and theatrical effects bring the music to life for the audience in pure Disney magic, while acclaimed stars (even some original voices) sing the music of Disney Princesses. Note that costumed Disney characters do not appear at this event; performers appear as themselves. $39.50 and up. 3pm.
  • Halloween Events in Greater Houston | Ongoing Show off your costumes at more than 35 sweet—and a few scary—family-friendly Halloween events around Houston in 2022. Prices, dates and times vary.
  • 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.