Top 15 Things to Do for Kids in Houston This Month: September 2023

A gathering of people watch as a person performs a dragon dance
A full day of family fun and Vietnamese culture returns to NRG Center | Courtesy of Viet Cultural Fest

Welcome the start of fall with the best kid-friendly things to do in and around Houston for September 2023.

This month, celebrate a long weekend, learn all about hummingbirds, immerse yourself in cultural festivals, and more.

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Top 15 Things To Do for Kids & Families in Houston This Month: September 2023

  • Galveston Family Beach Challenge at East Beach | Sunday, September 3 | FREE – The last beach challenge of the summer offers family members and friends the chance to compete through 14 games and obstacles for a chance to win up to $2,000 in prizes. Stations are designed for ages 8 and up. 10am.
  • End of Summer Fireworks at Kemah Boardwalk | Sunday, September 3 | FREE – The Bay Area boardwalk hosts a fireworks show to cap off a day of amusement rides, Gulf Coast seafood, and live music from Tino Tevino Trio and Shekere. No cover to attend the concerts and fireworks. 1pm to 9:30pm.
  • Labor Day at Lone Star Flight Museum | Labor Day, Monday, September 4 – Wave goodbye to the summer season with a packed day of activities at the flight museum near Clear Lake. Check out their high-flying aircraft in the hangar, test your engineering skills, and participate in drawings, crafts and more. All attendees will also get a free hot dog, chips and a drink while supplies last. $10. 10am to 2pm.
  • Sugar Land Space Cowboys vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers at Constellation Field | Tuesday, September 5 to Sunday, September 10 – Cheer on the Space Cowboys as they play OKC in the second-to-last home series of the season. All week long, enjoy special events like Dollar Dog Wednesday, a pup-friendly game on Thursday, Friday fireworks, and giveaways like jerseys and bobbleheads. $9 and up. Times vary.
  • Hummingbird Festival at Kleb Woods Nature Center | Saturday, September 9 | FREE – The Tomball nature center celebrates migration season for the quick and tiny bird with a festival filled with games and activities, plus animal encounters with hummingbirds and live raptor birds. From there, take a guided nature walk, a historic tour of the 1896 Kleb house, and more. 9am to 3pm.
A grand finale of fireworks, featuring dozens of explosions
Kemah caps off summer with a Labor Day Weekend fireworks show | Courtesy of Kemah Boardwalk
  • Galveston Sand Crab 5K, 10K & Kids Beach Mile at East Beach | Saturday, September 9 – This evening race features a beachside course lit by LED lights, refreshments and more, where you can race as a family under the stars. Flashlights or headlamps are required. Registration is $80 for the 5K, $85 for the 10K, and starts at $25 for the Kids Mile. 6pm to 10pm.
  • El Grito with Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Friday, September 15 | FREE – Miller’s annual kickoff for Mexican Independence Day and Hispanic Heritage Month returns with a free night of classic Mexican music from Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán, a 15-member group with a rich legacy of more than 50 years of mariachi music. 7:30pm.
  • Viet Cultural Fest at NRG Center | Saturday, September 16 – Immerse the family in a full day of Vietnamese culture at this festival celebrating Houston’s Viet community with traditional dance and music performances, Vietnamese games and trivia, pageants, a phở-eating contest, and plenty of delicious dishes. $10 for ages 3 and up; $15 at the door. 10am to 7pm.
  • Houston Creole Festival at Emancipation Park | Saturday, September 16 – The ninth annual festival celebrating Houston’s Creole heritage returns to Emancipation Park in Third Ward with a family-friendly day of Zydeco and dancing, plus a local vendor market, kids zone and flavorful foods like cookies, barbecue, brisket, gumbo and more. $10 and up; $5 for ages 12 to 17; free for ages under 12. 11am to 10pm.
  • The 2nd Chance Run at Minute Maid Park | Sunday, September 17 – Starting from inside Minute Maid, this all-ages run honors organ, eye and tissue donors while pounding pavement in Downtown through 5K and 1-mile courses. Runners receive a commemorative shirt, swag bag and event medal. Registration starts at $40 for the 5K, $30 for the 1-Mile. 7:30am.
A person reads a book to several children sitting on the floor
Storytelling is just part of the fun at Asia Society’s Mid-Autumn Festival | Courtesy of Asia Society Texas
  • Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis Colts at NRG Stadium | Sunday, September 17 – Cheer on the Texans when they host the Colts for the first home game of the regular season. Get pumped to see this year’s team take the field as you enjoy new concessions like Trill Burgers and more. $60 and up. Noon.
  • Hispanic Heritage Month at Children’s Museum Houston | Tuesday, September 19 to Sunday, September 24 – All week long, the Museum District headquarters for imagination celebrates the start of Hispanic Heritage Month with a slate of activities and crafts where kiddos can make a banner of Spanish-speaking countries, design their own mirror in the Mexican tin art style of hojalata, make Mexican paper flowers and more. $17 for ages 1 and up. 10am to 6pm.
  • 27th Houston Turkish Festival at the Water Works at Buffalo Bayou | Saturday, September 23 & Sunday, September 24 – Take part in a two-day celebration of Turkish culture at Buffalo Bayou Park, where guests can dive into delicious foods like simit sandwiches and falafel wraps, shop a local bazaar of art and unique finds, enjoy folk dancing and music performances, and more. $10 in advance; free for ages 12 and under. Saturday 11am to 9pm; Sunday 11 to 8pm.
  • Fort Bend County Fair at Fort Bend County Fairgrounds | Thursday, September 28 | Ongoing – Be part of the 87-year tradition when the county fair rolls back into Fort Bend through Sunday, October 8. Have a blast on carnival rides, chow down at BBQ cook-offs, hear live music, check out a week of rodeo events, and more. $15 for ages 12 and up; $5 for ages 6 to 11; free for ages 5 and under. Season passes start at $50. Times vary.
  • Mid-Autumn Festival at Asia Society Texas Center | Saturday, September 30 | FREE – Welcome the autumn harvest and full moon at Asia Society’s all-ages fall festival that will spotlight Taiwan this year with Taiwanese artists, storytelling, parades, and art activities like lantern making, paper cutting and faux mooncakes. Registration is required for one of two festival time slots. 10am to noon, and noon to 2pm.

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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.