Top 12 Things to Do for Kids in Houston This Week: September 25 to October 1, 2023

Families walk through the Houston Zoo with dozens of pumpkins hanging above their heads
Zoo Boo kicks off its month-long October celebration this weekend | Courtesy of Houston Zoo

Kick off the fall with the top kid-friendly things to do in Houston from Monday, September 25 to Sunday, October 1, 2023.

This week, enjoy a fall county fair, test your chicken dance skills, see Mario on an outdoor screen, cheer for J.J. Watt again, and more.

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Top 12 Family Things To Do in Houston This Week

  • Children’s Gardening at Helen Hall Library | Wednesday, September 27 | FREE – Join the League City library this fall for twice-monthly workshops where kids can learn about planting and gardening, listen to children’s gardening stories, and more. 5pm.
  • 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; $5 for ages 6 to 11; free for ages 5 and under. Season passes start at $50. Times vary.
  • The Super Mario Bros. Movie Screening at Levy Park | Friday, September 29 | FREE – Based on the Super Mario video games, this new animated film follows Mario on his adventures with his friends. Power up as plumbers Mario and his brother Luigi are transported to a world with beloved pals who take on the evil Bowser once again. 7:30pm.
  • Karbachtoberfest 2023 Week 2 at Karbach Brewing | Friday, September 29 to Sunday, October 1 | FREE – The Spring Branch brewery hosts a family-friendly weekend packed with live music from the Suffers, chicken dance competitions, wiener dog races, and more. 2pm to 10pm.
  • Zoo Boo at Houston Zoo | Friday, September 29 | Ongoing – It’s the spookiest season at the Houston Zoo with the return of the annual Halloween-themed Zoo Boo, ongoing through Halloween, Tuesday, October 31. Familiar favorites like carved pumpkins and inflatables return, but you can also catch the new Jack O’Lantern Tree and animal-themed Peek-A-Boo Pumpkins. Costumes are encouraged. $20 and up. 9am to 5pm daily.
  • 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.
  • The Wild Things Crafting Party at the Orange Show | Saturday, September 30 | FREE – Ahead of the Orange Show’s 42nd Gala in November, the broader Houston community is invited to join artists and explore their creativity by creating hand-made decorations at this crafting party. For this year, the public is invited to bring old trophies, ribbons and yarn, pliable wire, stuffed animals, and animal horns or antlers for the crafting. El Patio will supply eats for purchase in the afternoon, and Saint Arnold provides free beverages. 2pm to 7pm.
  • Cinderella Movie Screening at Discovery Green | Saturday, September 30 | FREE – Bring the family out to Downtown’s park to catch a screening of Disney’s 2021 film, Cinderella. In this modern musical retelling of a classic story, Cinderella is a poor yet ambitious orphan who dreams of meeting the Prince Robert. 7pm to 9pm.
  • Salsa y Salud at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Saturday, September 30 | FREE – Take in a high-energy night of salsa performances, dance theater, visual arts and more at the annual event that will commemorate Miller’s 100th anniversary. 7:30pm.
  • Houston Texans vs. Pittsburgh Steelers at NRG Stadium | Sunday, October 1 – The Texans battle the boys from Pittsburgh at NRG Stadium. Beloved former Defensive End J.J. Watt will be in attendance for an induction into the Texans Ring of Honor during the game. $175 and up. Noon.
  • Nigerian Food Festival at Royal Palace Event Center | Sunday, October 1 | FREE – This kid-friendly Alief food festival on Nigerian Independence Day is packed with traditional Nigerian dishes, desserts and drinks along with live music, dancing, art, performances and a vendor market. Limited free tickets; free for ages 14 and under. Noon to 7pm.
  • Sunday Family Studio at MFAH | Sunday, October 1 – Create and learn with a teaching artist in this workshop for families at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Participants will use high-quality materials and artist tools, giving families the opportunity to better understand techniques artists use. Recommended for families with children ages 5 to 12. $10 per person. A general admission ticket is required in addition to the Family Studio ticket. 1pm to 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.