Top 15 Things to Do for Kids in Houston This Week: August 14 to 20, 2023

A family of four walk through a leafy, tree-lined path
Take a hike through Bellaire's Nature Discovery Center as you learn all about bats | Courtesy of Nature Discovery Center

Discover the top kid-friendly things to do in Houston from Monday, August 14 to Sunday, August 20, 2023.

This week, make your pick of family movie nights, catch the Astros and Dash in action, take a sunset hike to learn about bats, and more.

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Top 15 Family Things To Do in Houston This Week

  • Summer BotaniCamp: Flower Power at Houston Botanic Garden | Monday, August 14 to Friday, August 18 – Bring the kiddos to the South Houston gardens for a week-long camp where they’ll learn about the life cycle, features, friends, and secrets of flowers. $225 per person. 9am to 2pm.
  • ‘Looking at Art’ Lady at the Woodlands Children’s Museum | Wednesday, August 16 – Enjoy a lighthearted journey through art history as children are introduced to famous paintings and giggle-worthy parodies. $8 for ages 1 and up. 11am.
  • Kung Fu Panda Movie Screening at Baybrook Mall | Wednesday, August 16 | FREE – The Webster mall offers a free screening of the 2008 movie, Kung Fu Panda, starring Jack Black. Lazy panda Po is chosen to fulfill an ancient prophecy and defend the Valley from an attack by the evil Tai Lung. 7pm to 10pm.
  • Teens Escape the Library! at the Rosenberg Library | Friday, August 18 | FREE – The Galveston library hosts two sessions of an escape room game, intended for ages 13 to 18. Teens will explore the library after hours, solve puzzles and find clues in a game where the books have become sentient. 6:30pm and 7:45pm.
  • Family Bat Chat & Night Hike at Nature Discovery Center | Friday, August 18 – Learn all about bats, do some bat crafts, and take a night hike around sunset at Nature Discovery Center in Bellaire. All children must be accompanied by an adult. $10. 7:30pm to 9:30pm.
  • Finding Nemo Movie Screening at City Place | Friday, August 18 | FREE – Bring the kiddos to City Place in Spring for a free outdoor screening of the Disney Pixar classic, Finding Nemo. An overly cautious clown fish named Marlin must embark on a journey through the ocean with new friend Dory as they encounter sharks, jellyfish, and a host of ocean dangers, in hopes of finding Marlin’s son, Nemo. 8pm.
  • Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park | Friday, August 18 to Sunday, August 20 – Just before heading into the final month of the regular season, the Astros host division rivals from Seattle in a three-game series. See some of your favorite players in action as they look to finish the season strong, plus enjoy a Friday fireworks show, or bring your pup (with a special ticket) for Sunday. $26 and up. Times vary.
  • All About Bees at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center | Saturday, August 19 – Learn about native bees, discuss why they are declining, and learn what you can do to help at the Arboretum. Each family can taste different varieties of local Texas honey and make a bee home to take home. $40. 10am to noon.
  • Saturday Morning Cartoon Cereal Party at Houston Toy Museum | Saturday, August 19 – Houston Toy Museum screens a mix of classic episodes of favorites like TMNTG.I. JoeRainbow Brite, and more while kids enjoy a milk and cereal buffet, complete with all of the sugary classics. $18; $1 per year of age for kids. 10:30am.
  • Preseason: Houston Texans vs. Miami Dolphins at NRG Stadium | Saturday, August 19 – Football season returns and the Texans embark on another year, facing the Dolphins in the team’s only home preseason game. $24 and up. 3pm.
  • Open Skate Sesh with Daisies & Pancakes at the Orange Show World HQ | Saturday, August 19 | FREE – Grab your skates and glide through a night of family-friendly social skating and music at the Houston folk art destination. Non-skaters welcome; rentals not available. 7pm to 10pm.
  • Houston Dash vs. Washington Spirit at Shell Energy Stadium | Saturday, August 19 – The Dash defend their home pitch in EaDo from the visiting women of the Washington Spirit from DC. $10 and up. 7:30pm.
  • Rio Movie Screening at The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park | Saturday, August 19 | FREE – The whole family can enjoy an outing at the Water Works to see an outdoor screening of Disney’s 2011 animated movie, Rio. A domesticated macaw named Blu, who never learned to fly, returns to the jungle to meet his partner. But when animal smugglers kidnap Blu and his mate, the birds must escape and begin an adventure back to freedom. 7:30pm to 9:30pm.
  • 20th Anniversary Celebration at Downtown Aquarium | Sunday, August 20 – Celebrate two decades of the Downtown Aquarium with exhibit and ride discounts, live music, animals, a kid’s craft and education table, and more. When dining, keep an eye out for the divers in the tank. All Adventure passes are $20. 10am to 9pm.
  • Parent & Child: Make & Take Czech Kolaches at Central Market | Sunday, August 20 – Explore the traditions and tastes of Texas Czech culture at Central Market Cooking School. You’ll create the pillowy dough, then shape and fill it with a variety of toppings that you can take home and enjoy together. $65 for 1 parent and 1 child. 11am to 1:30pm.

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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.