Top 10 Things to Do for Kids in Houston This Month: January 2023

A stage with musicians playing to a crowd of families and kids
Performing Arts takes center stage at Family Fun Day at MATCH | Courtesy of MATCH

Mark the first month of the year with tons of fun for the family with the best kid-friendly things to do in and around Houston in January 2023.

This month, see what MATCH has to offer, celebrate MLK Jr. Day, watch famous YouTubers live on stage, see 12,000-lbs of truck soar through the air, and more.

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Top 10 Things To Do for Kids & Families in Houston This Month: January 2023

  • Saturday Stargazing at George Observatory | Saturdays in January – Make your way to the George Observatory in Brazos Bend State Park for a night of stargazing, guided by amateur astronomers that will help you see night sky constellations, planets in our solar system and deep sky objects out in space. $10; advance purchase only. 7pm to 10pm.
  • Quince Expo at NRG Arena | Sunday, January 15 – Bring your daughter and plan her special day together at the Quince Expo. Get all the details covered from the dress and the venue to the photo booth, and even a party robot. $12; free for ages 10 and under. Noon to 5pm.
  • 6th Annual Family Fun Day at MATCH | Sunday, January 15 | FREE – Have a fun-filled family day with free ways for kids to explore the arts. Spanning an entire city block, the returning annual celebration will feature live performances—with shows from Main Street Theater, Prelude Music and Open Dance Project—plus bounce houses, face painters, balloon artists, stilt walkers, sidewalk chalk artists, and more. Concessions and food trucks will also be on-site. 1pm to 5pm.
  • Special Needs Sunday Night at the Ice at Discovery Green | Sunday, January 15 – Skaters with special physical or developmental challenges are invited to enjoy the rink on a night designed for them. Guests with special needs skate for free; all other skaters require a ticket for $17 (including skate rental). 6pm to 8pm.
  • 45th Original MLK Jr. Parade in Downtown Houston | Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 16 | FREE – Black Heritage Society’s 45th edition of the original Downtown parade will be led by City of Houston dignitaries, marching bands, floats, peaceful marches and more. The procession begins at Lamar and Smith Streets. 10am.
  • Arbor Day Celebration at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center | Saturday, January 21 | FREE – Study up with the family on the importance of trees at the Arbor Day celebration at the Arboretum, where you can also try your hand at lumberjack games, set out on a tree hike, watch tree-climbing demonstrations, and enjoy other family-friendly booths and activities. Plus, you can even bring a tree home from the on-site sale. 10am to 2pm.
  • Unspeakable Live at Toyota Center | Saturday, January 21 – Have some fun with Nathan, James, and Gabe (plus special guest Prestonplayz) from the popular YouTube channel, Unspeakable, as they bring their high energy antics live to the stage, along with special guest Prestonplayz, and chances to win cool prizes. $39.99 and up. 5pm.
  • 2023 Lunar New Year Festival at Asia Society Texas Center | Saturday, January 28 | FREE – Welcome in the Year of the Rabbit with cultural performances, arts and crafts activities and globally-inspired foods at Asia Society in the Museum District. While free to attend and enjoy the festival, performances from the Huaxing Arts Group Houston are ticketed and cost $10. 11am to 4pm.
  • Performing Arts Houston presents Gazillion Bubble Show at Jones Hall | Saturday, January 28 – The young and young-at-heart will be mesmerized by bubbles filling the air at this one-day only show that also features high-impact special effects, laser lighting, interactive performances and audience participation. $29 and up. 11am and 3pm.
  • Monster Jam at NRG Stadium | Saturday, January 28 & Sunday, January 29 – Marvel at the gravity-defying experience of monster trucks when Monster Jam arrives in Houston. Fan favorites like Grave Digger and others will take to the dirt course for freestyle, skills challenges and racing competitions across each of the scheduled events. $20 and up. Saturday 7pm; Sunday 3pm.

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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.