Top 11 Things to Do for Kids in Houston This Week: January 2 to 8, 2023

Take to Saturday Stargazing with the fam at the George Observatory | Courtesy of Houston Museum of Natural Science

Kick off the new year with the whole family at the best kid-friendly things to do from Monday, January 2 to Sunday, January 8, 2023.

This week, teach the kids about the King of rock ‘n’ roll, catch an ice skating show, see the last of the holiday lights, and more.

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Top 11 Things To Do for Kids & Families in Houston This Week

  • All Shook Up: Celebrating Elvis Boogie Bash at the Woodlands Children’s Museum | Monday, January 2 – Introduce the kids to the music of Elvis Presley through fun movement activities including a freeze dance, marching with rhythm instruments, and parachute play in the Woodlands. $7.50 for ages 1 and up. 11am.
  • Skating with the Stars at the Ice at Discovery Green | Tuesday, January 3 – Watch some of Houston’s top figure skaters take the ice for a 15-minute performance, then lace up and take your turn gliding around the rink. $17; includes skate rental. 5pm to 10pm; performance at 7pm.
  • Sapling Story Time for Preschoolers at Kingwood Branch Library | Wednesday, January 4 | FREE – Ages 3 to 6 are welcome to a special story time just for them, along with songs and craft activities at Kingwood Branch Library. 11:15am to 11:45am.
  • Basics Houston Fun Shops at Children’s Museum Houston | Thursday, January 5 | FREE – This first of five free workshops from Houston Health Department invites parents to learn how to build an early foundation for their children to be able to read, speak, solve problems, do well in school and have positive relationships later in life. This night’s bilingual workshop is about helping to strengthen emotional health and cope with stress to provide a loving and safe environment for your child. 5:30pm to 6:30pm.
  • School of Rock Movie Screening at Discovery Green | Thursday, January 5 | FREE – Watch an outdoor screening of the 2003 comedy starring Jack Black, School of Rock, on the lawn at Discovery Green. Guitarist Dewey Finn gets thrown out of his bar band and finds himself in desperate need of work, so he becomes a substitute teacher to a class of kids, showing them what true rock ‘n’ roll is about. 7pm to 8:45pm.
  • Magical Winter Lights Closing Weekend at Houston Raceway Park | Thursday, January 5 to Saturday, January 7 – Catch the final days of the spectacular holiday attraction decked out in more than 6 million lights across seven dazzling themed displays, held in Baytown’s Houston Raceway Park. $25; $17 for ages 3 to 12 (additional fees for circus and carnival admissions). Times vary.
  • Japan Junction: Oshogatsu 2023 at Levy Park | Saturday, January 7 | FREE – Usher in the Year of the Rabbit early when Japan America Society of Houston hosts this afternoon celebration that teaches Kakizome (the first Japanese calligraphy of the year), and lets kids play traditional Japanese new year games, make a daruma goal-setting doll, and pound mochi. 11am to 2pm.
  • Hands-On Houston: Marbled Paper at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft | Saturday, January 7 | FREE – This free 20-minute workshop at HCCC teaches you how to create colorful marbled paper using shaving cream, and neon and metallic colors. First-come, first-served. 11am to 3pm.
  • San Jacinto Family Day at the San Jacinto Museum & Monument | Saturday, January 7 – Held each First Saturday, kids and their families are welcome to explore the San Jacinto Museum of History and participate in hands-on activities. On this day, kids can craft their own entertainment with a buzz saw toy like those from the old frontier era. Tickets are $2 for adults; free for children. 11am to 3pm.
  • Saturday Stargazing at George Observatory | Saturday, January 7 – Make your way to the upper deck of the George Observatory in Brazos Bend State Park for a night of stargazing with the pros. Amateur astronomers will guide you along the way to see night sky constellations, planets in our solar system and deep sky objects out in space. $10 (must be purchased online). 7pm to 10pm.
  • Clutch’s Birthday: Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves at Toyota Center | Sunday, January 8 – The Timberwolves face off against the Rockets, while the home team celebrates fan favorite mascot Clutch’s birthday with a free plush Clutch pillow giveaway to the first 3,000 fans to enter the stadium. Gates open at 5pm, but you’ll want to get there early to lock in the free birthday treat. $12 and up, including a Sunday Family Fun Pack option with 4 hot dogs and drinks. 6pm.

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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.