Top 18 Things to Do for Kids in Houston This Week: March 27 to April 2, 2023

Two kids compete in a basketball shooting game
The NCAA Fan Fest offers families a chance to play games and try skill challenges | Courtesy of NCAA Final Four

Plan your week with the best kid-friendly things to do in Houston from Monday, March 27 to Sunday, April 2, 2023.

This week, watch some hoopers ball out in Houston, see the circus when it rolls into town, start early celebrations for Easter, attend a tea party, and more.

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Top 18 Family Things To Do in Houston This Week

  • Houston Hoops House at Bayou Music Center | Wednesday, March 29 to Friday, March 31 – In the lead up to the Final Four, Bayou Music Center becomes the Hoops House for three days of riveting basketball competitions, where the future stars of the courts display their prowess on the court. The trio of nationally televised events begins with the new College Team Skills & 3X3U Championships on Wednesday, followed by the College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships main event on Thursday, and wrapping up with the High School Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships on Friday. $20 and up. Times vary.
  • Kids Craft: Sun Catchers at Pearland Library | Wednesday, March 29 | FREE – Kids of all ages are welcome to swing by the Pearland Library to create a beautiful sun catcher in this midweek craft activity. 4pm.
  • Venardos Circus at Dry Creek Social Club | Starts Thursday, March 30 | Ongoing – The popular troupe brings the Let’s Build A Dream Tour to Houston with exciting, animal-free performances under a classic red-and-white-striped tent. Special promos available for 365 Things readers. $27.95; $16.95 for 11 and under. Save 10% on tickets with promo code HOU365 at checkout. Times vary.
  • Storybook Theatre: Do Fairies Bring the Spring? at the Woodlands Children’s Museum | Friday, March 31 – Storybook Theatre brings Liza Gardner Walsh’s children’s book to life, which explores the world of fairies and the changes outdoors as spring arrives. $8. 11am.
  • Men’s Final Four Fan Fest at George R. Brown Convention Center | Friday, March 31 to Sunday, April 2 – The four-day Fan Fest in Downtown offers a weekend of skill tests for fans of all ages, plus a chance to see thrilling championship highlights, snag autographs from former NCAA players, professional athletes and coaches, win prizes and more. Advance tickets are $8; free for ages 12 and under, Capital One cardholders, and Final Four ticketholders. Times vary.
  • 6th Annual Run the Grove 5K & Kids Fun Run 1K in Timbergrove Manor | Saturday, April 1 – The annual all-ages event weaves from the Heights-area Lorraine Cherry Nature Preserve through the tree-lined streets of Timbergrove Manor and back to Grovechella, a post-race celebration with live music, free beer, food trucks, vendors and kids activities. Registration start at $45 in advance; $25 for the Kids Fun Run, but you can $5 when you use promo code 365HOU at registration. 8am to noon.
  • Books on the Bayou/Libros sobre el Bayou at the Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park | Saturday, April 1 | FREE – Houston Public Library’s Mobile Express hangs out at the Water Works for a fun, bilingual storytime great for ages 6 months to 4 years old. Kids can enjoy silly stories, rhymes and songs and check out library books. 9am to 10am.
  • Morning with Mr. Bunny at Carl Barton Jr. Park | Saturday, April 1 | FREE – Bring the family out to the Conroe softball fields to enjoy inflatables, face painting, an Easter egg hunt, and photo ops with Mr. Bunny. 10am to noon.
  • ROCO: The Nightingale Book Launch at Houston Public Library | Saturday, April 1 | FREE – Experience Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairytale, The Nightingale, in a new musical setting from ROCO for violin, clarinet, and piano with a narrator, by composer Kevin Lau. 10:30am to 11:30am.
  • Spring Fest 2023 at Houston’s First Baptist Church Downtown | Saturday, April 1 | FREE – The Downtown church hosts a free, campus-wide festival. This all-ages, family-friendly event features games, inflatables, a rock climbing wall, train rides, basketball, snacks, an Easter egg hunt for young kids, and more. 11am to 2pm.
  • Craft Community Day at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft | Saturday, April 1 | FREE – The annual spring day of community crafts returns to HCCC, offering an afternoon of all-ages demonstrations, hands-on activities, a look at current exhibitions, studio visits and more. 11am to 3pm.
  • Lyons Avenue Renaissance Festival in Fifth Ward | Saturday, April 1 | FREE – The 10th annual edition of this festival celebrates the history, art and culture of Houston’s Fifth Ward. Expect stages playing authentic blues, hip-hop, rock and gospel, plus down-home cooking, soul food, Creole cuisine and BBQ. This family-friendly festival also features an Easter egg drop by helicopter, where kiddos can scramble for more than 50,000 goodie-filled eggs. Noon to 5pm.
  • Festival of Colors: Pearland Holi Extravaganza at Pearland Town Center | Saturday, April 1 | FREE – A huge Holi celebration descends on Pearland to kick off April, complete with plenty of color play, DJs, games, kids activities, and a market featuring food, shopping and local vendors. No ticket required for festivities; $6 for admission to color play zone. Noon to 5pm.
  • Neighborhood Community Day at Menil Collection | Saturday, April 1 | FREE – Back for its second year, the Menil hosts the local community in a celebration of the neighborhood with art, music, poetry and family activities across the campus. Noon to 5pm.
  • Finding Nemo Movie Screening at First Colony Mall | Saturday, April 1 | FREE – The Sugar Land shopping destination hosts an outdoor screening of Disney Pixar’s 2003 classic, Finding Nemo. 2pm.
  • Wonderland Tea Party at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center | Saturday, April 1 – Visitors can enjoy creating their own blend of tea served with a side of sweet treats before making their own paper flowers and miniature homes for the woodland creatures. Tickets are $45 and $35 for members. 2pm to 4pm.
  • DrumLine Live at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Saturday, April 1 | FREE – From the talented minds behind films Drumline and Drumline: A New Beat comes this live performance of soulful, high-stepping style of HBCU marching bands, featuring riveting rhythms, bold beats and ear-grabbing energy. 8pm.
  • Galveston Steampunk Festival at Galveston Railroad Museum | Saturday, April 1 & Sunday, April 2 – Fans of the steampunk aesthetic will assemble for this two-day fest that celebrates the sci-fi subgenre that crosses Victorian-era tech with retrofuturism. Throughout the first day, fans can take in live music and special performances, participate in a costume contest and enjoy games like archery, axe throwing and more. On Sunday, festival-goers and the general public can hop in a Model T and cruise through Galveston’s Victorian history, or goin in two evening walking ghost tours. $35 and up; $15 for ages 7 to 12. 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.