Top 12 Things to Do for Kids in Houston This Week: December 26 to January 1, 2023

Rows of seated people watch a film on an outdoor screen in a park
Market Square Park hosts a free screening of "Lightyear" this week | Courtesy of Market Square Park

Enjoy the final week of the year with the whole family at the best kid-friendly things to do from Monday, December 26 to New Years Day, Sunday, January 1, 2023.

This week, get a feel for real snow, make a gooey and fun slime, meet Encanto stars, countdown to the new year in family-friendly style, and more.

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Top 12 Things To Do for Kids & Families in Houston This Week

  • Kids & Families Events for New Year’s Eve in Houston | Some FREE – For the little ones that might not make it to midnight, there’s plenty of celebrations taking place earlier in the day where you can enjoy family-friendly activities.
  • Ongoing Holiday Attractions in Houston | Daily | Some FREE – Catch some of Greater Houston’s most bedazzling holiday lighting displays at ticketed seasonal attractions across the city. Many of them are in their final weeks, so don’t miss your chance before they’re gone. Times vary.
  • Real Snow Days at Children’s Museum Houston | Monday, December 26 – There’s a 100-percent chance of snow in Houston as the museum’s courtyard is transformed into a winter wonderland, ready for family frolicking. $15 for ages 1 and up. 10am to 6pm.
  • Make Slime at Funtastick Labs | Monday, December 26 – Head to Katy to create your own ooey, gooey slime. Admission includes slime creation and up to five toppings, such as glitter, charms and more. $25. 11am to 5pm.
  • Family Storytime & Craft at Levy Park | Tuesday, December 27 | FREE – This program features a story followed by a craft that accompanies the reading at Levy Park. All craft supplies are included. 10am.
  • Mirabel & Isabella Meet ‘n’ Greets at the Woodlands Children’s Museum | Tuesday, December 27 – Swing by the Woodlands museum to meet the star characters from Disney’s Encanto, Isabella and Mirabel. $7.50 for ages 1 and up. 10am to 2pm.
  • Winter Break: Art Activities for Families at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston | Tuesday, December 27 to Friday, December 30 – Join gallery activities with museum educators who help spark discovery about works of art in the exhibition, Alberto Giacometti: Toward the Ultimate Figure. Experiment with new materials, tools, and processes that the artist used, and make your own masterpiece. Included with general admission; $19, $12 for ages 13 to 18. Free for ages 12 and under, and for all attendees on Thursdays. 11am to 2pm.
  • Lightyear Movie Screening at Market Square Park | Thursday, December 29 | FREE – Watch a screening of the 2022 animated film, Lightyear, in Downtown’s Market Square Park. Legendary space ranger Buzz Lightyear embarks on an intergalactic adventure with his less-than-knowledgable crew as they take on the evil emperor Zurg and his army with adventure around every corner. 7pm.
  • Jurassic World Dominion Movie Screening at Discovery Green | Thursday, December 29 | FREE – Pack a picnic and a blanket to enjoy a family-friendly screening of Jurassic World Dominion (PG-13) at Discovery Green. Four years after the destruction of Isla Nublar, dinosaurs now live all over the world and we’re about to discover if they can coexist with humans once and for all. 7pm to 9:15pm.
  • Rockin’ New Year’s Noon Bash at Children’s Museum Houston | New Year’s Eve, Saturday, December 31 – This annual end-of-year bash rings in the New Year at the stroke of noon with ball drops, live performances, and dancing. $15 for ages 1 and up. 10am to 3pm.
  • Noon Years Eve at CityCentre | New Year’s Eve, Saturday, December 31 | FREE – Welcome in the new year family-style in the afternoon at CityCentre in Memorial. Start the party with a kids dance and DJ, and ring in the new year with bubbles. Enjoy face painting, temporary tattoos, balloons, caricature artists, and capture the fun with Lucky Shots’ magic mirror photo booth. 11am to 1pm.
  • New Year’s Noon at Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center | New Year’s Eve, Saturday, December 31 – Let the kids enjoy the start to the new year at Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center, where you can enjoy a confetti party, noisemakers, a juggling performance, and more. $15 for ages 1 and up. 11am.

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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.