Top 16 Things to Do for Kids in Houston This Month: April 2023

A close photo of a sea lion looking at the camera
Houston Zoo's new Galápagos Island exhibit opens to the public in April | Courtesy of Houston Zoo

Dig into springtime happenings with our guide to the best kid-friendly things to do in and around Houston for April 2023.

This month, shoot some hoops at a basketball fan fest, witness a high-flying circus act, celebrate Easter around town, see your favorite Disney characters on ice, and more.

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Top 16 Things To Do for Kids & Families in Houston This Month: April 2023

  • Spring Fest 2023 at Houston’s First Baptist Church Downtown | Saturday, April 1 | FREE – The Downtown church hosts the free, campus-wide Spring Fest 2023, an all-ages, family-friendly event with games, inflatables, a rock climbing wall, train rides, basketball, snacks, an Easter Egg Hunt for young kids, and more. 11am to 2pm.
  • 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.
  • Men’s Final Four Fan Fest at George R. Brown Convention Center | Saturday, April 1 to Monday, April 3 – 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; $10 at the door; free for ages 12 and under, Capital One cardholders, and Final Four ticket holders. Times vary.
  • Venardos Circus at Dry Creek Social Club | Saturday, April 1 to Sunday, April 9 | FREE – Back by popular demand, the Venardos Circus returns to Richmond with their all-new Let’s Build a Dream tour, offering an animal-free, Broadway-style circus under a classic red-and-white–striped big top tent. $27.95; $16.95 for ages 11 and under. Save 10% on general admission tickets with promo code HOU365 at checkout. Times vary.
  • My First Orchestral Concert at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Tuesday, April 4 & Wednesday, April 5 | FREE – Prelude Music Foundation offers a free and interactive, 45-minute live music experience for young kiddos. Designed for newborns through first graders, the concert give kids and their families a chance to sing, dance and celebrate the power of music, thanks to performances by Houston Symphony, Apollo Chamber Players and Mercury Chamber Orchestra. 11am both days.
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Catch classic circus traditions when the Venardos Circus performs in Richmond | Courtesy of the Venardos Circus
  • Galápagos Islands Exhibit Opening Day at Houston Zoo | Friday, April 7 – At long last, the Zoo unveils their latest exhibition, the major Galápagos Islands exhibit which showcases the remarkable wildlife of the legendary islands with new animal additions like a colony of Humboldt penguins. $22.70 and up. 9am to 5pm.
  • Easter Egg Hunt with Goats at Rose Therapeutic Farm in Fulshear | Friday, April 7 & Saturday, April 8 – Have a fun and furry-filled day with adorable goats, chickens, piggies, rabbits and other farm animals at this Easter celebration that also features craft activities and an Easter egg hunt. $20 and up. Times vary.
  • Disney on Ice presents Frozen & Encanto at NRG Stadium | Thursday, April 13 to Sunday, April 16 – The magical worlds of Disney’s Encanto and Frozen films hit the ice at NRG as characters from both films are joined by Mickey and Minnie for a skating and singalong extravaganza. $25 and up. Times vary.
  • 2023 Tall Ships Festival in Galveston | Thursday, April 13 to Sunday, April 16 – Serving as one of three Gulf Coast ports, this annual festival brings a fleet of tall ships traveling across the Gulf of Mexico, offering a chance to see these historic vessels and enjoy numerous events, plus sail-away excursions, music, food and family-friendly fun. Festival admission is $15; $10 for ages 7 to 12; free for ages 6 and under. Admission that includes boarding of boats is $25; $15 for ages 7 to 12; free for ages 6 and under. 10am to 6pm.
  • 36th Annual Houston Art Car Parade on Allen Parkway | Saturday, April 15 | FREE – One of Houston’s most beloved events—and the largest celebration of its kind in the world with over 250 cars—gets rolling on Allen Parkway for its 36th edition. Come early from 9am to 11am to see the cars lineup and enjoy a mini music festival with food trucks and beverages. Parade begins at 2pm.
  • Puranava Indian Art & Culture Fest at Pearland Town Center | Saturday, April 15 | FREE – Celebrate Indian culture with an afternoon of arts performances, art exhibits, hands-on activities, a bazaar with food and local vendors, plus youth competitions in chess, art, trivia and more. 4pm to 8pm.
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Take to Downtown for Earth Day celebrations and festivities in Discovery Green | Courtesy of Discovery Green
  • Blippi: The Wonderful World Tour at Bayou Music Center | Saturday, April 15 – Dance, sing, and learn with Blippi and his friend, Meekah at this musical party that will have the littles jumping for joy as they learn what makes different cities unique. $32 and up. 6pm.
  • Midtown Art in the Park at Baldwin Park | Friday, April 21 & Saturday, April 22 | FREE – Stop by Midtown Houston for back-to-back days of art celebration at this family-friendly event with local vendors, performers, and limited ArtJam activities where you’ll craft and take home Astros wreaths, a Mother’s Day piñata, and more. Friday 5pm to 10pm; Saturday 10am to 4pm.
  • Earth Day Celebration & Water Works Festival at Discovery Green | Saturday, April 22 | FREE – One of Discovery Green’s signature events, the annual family-friendly festival returns with a full afternoon of interactive exhibits and educational experiences, plus live music, art installations, face painting, crafts and activities. Noon to 5pm.
  • The Grand Kids Festival in Downtown Galveston | Saturday, April 29 | FREE – Hosted in the Cultural Arts District of Downtown Galveston, this family festival from the Grand 1894 Opera House features a full day of fine arts for kids, along with hands-on projects, dance performances, shows, inflatables, a petting zoo, pony rides and more. 10am to 5pm.
  • 18th Annual Frida Festival at MECA | Saturday, April 29 | FREE – Celebrate all things Frida Kahlo at a Sixth Ward festival featuring lively music, performances, vendors, food trucks, and plenty of people dressed up as one of Mexico’s most beloved and legendary artists. 11am to 7pm.

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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.