Top 12 Things to Do for Kids in Houston This Week: November 13 to 19, 2023

A family walks through trees lit with blue Christmas lights
The Festival of Lights returns to Moody Gardens this week | Courtesy of Moody Gardens

Have a week of family fun at the top kid-friendly things to do in Houston from Monday, November 13 to Sunday, November 19, 2023.

This week, learn about art history, jump around at the largest bounce house park, burn some energy at a turkey trot, see Annie take the stage, and more.

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Top 12 Family Things To Do in Houston This Week

  • Children’s Music Class in the Park at Evelyn’s Park | Wednesday, November 15 | FREE – Vivaldi Music Academy welcomes families with children ages 1 to 5 to join them at the Bellaire park for a free, fun morning full of singing, dancing, and learning. 10am to 11am.
  • Looking at Art Lady at the Woodlands Children’s Museum | Wednesday, November 15 – Children and adults alike can enjoy this light-hearted journey through art history and fun parodies of famous works at the Woodlands Children’s Museum. $8. 11am.
  • Tree Lighting Spectacular at Patrick’s Cabin Christmas Town | Thursday, November 16 | FREE – Head straight into the holiday season at this event that celebrates the winter holidays and showcases the history of Deer Park. Visitors can sip apple cider, decorate holiday ornaments, munch on cookies, and listen to campfire stories like “Twas the Night Before Christmas”. 5:30pm to 9pm.
  • Zoo Lights: Opening Day at Houston Zoo | Friday, November 17 to Sunday, November 19 | Ongoing – Enjoy the magic of the holiday season with the opening of the popular Zoo attraction, where you can tour the grounds and explore dazzling lights displays while sipping holiday drinks and getting a look at the animals by night. $27.95 and up. 5:30pm to 10:30pm.
  • Funbox Bounce Park at Katy Mills | Friday, November 17 to Sunday, November 19 | Ongoing – Scale the climbable Marshmallow Mountain, scamper across the Gumball Gallop, work your way through the Funbox obstacle course, and take part in other thrilling attractions waiting to be discovered at the vast inflatable playground in Katy. Save 30% on admission when you use promo code Todo30 at checkout. Sessions last 80 minutes and are $15 on Fridays; $17 on Saturdays, Sundays, and select holiday weekdays. Free for ages 2 and under, and 65+. Times vary.
  • The Sandlot Movie Screening at Market Square Park | Friday, November 17 | FREE – Watch an outdoor screening of the 1993 classic, The Sandlot at Downtown’s Market Square Park. Scottie Smalls moves to a new town and learns the sport of baseball, while making new friends as they go on an adventure to recover a priceless Babe Ruth autographed baseball. 8pm.
  • The Great Houston Pie Run at King’s BierHaus | Saturday, November 18 – Follow the scent of pie as you run towards the finish line. King’s BierHaus hosts the family-friendly Great Houston Pie Run, a timed race that includes beer and of course, pie. $50 for the 5K; $60 for the 10K; $25 for the Kids K/Family Walk. 7:30am.
  • Baytown’s 2023 Turkey Trot 1K/5K at Jenkins Park | Saturday, November 18 – Burn some calories before Thanksgiving in a family friendly Turkey Trot where turkey-themed running gear or costumes are strongly encouraged. $10; $5 for the Kids K. 8am.
  • Galveston Island International Festival at Galveston Children’s Museum | Saturday, November 18 | FREE – Galveston Children’s Museum presents this free festival, inspired by the Adventures with my Auntie book series by Phylicia French. The celebration will feature food, music, dance, fashion, games and prizes, and more. 11am to 3pm.
  • Festival of Lights & Ice Land: Rainforest Holiday Opening Weekend at Moody Gardens | Saturday, November 18 & Sunday, November 19 – Moody Gardens debuts its holiday lights and other seasonal attractions including Festival of Lights, Ice Land: Rainforest Holiday, Holiday in the Gardens, and more. The outdoor holiday light installations are available for viewing in the evenings. Attractions are priced separately and in packages, with prices varying by date. 11am to 9pm.
  • 2023 Houston Women’s Polo Championship at Houston Polo Club | Sunday, November 19 – The fall season comes to a close at Houston Polo Club, where two top teams compete for a special trophy in one of the largest women’s polo tournaments in the world. Expect a fun atmosphere with live music, a player parade and more. $18 and up. 1:30pm.
  • Annie at the Grand 1894 Opera House | Sunday, November 19 – The beloved musical about the eternally optimistic orphan comes to Galveston. Set during the Great Depression, the musical follows the irrepressible Annie and grumpy billionaire Oliver Warbucks as the two learn something about hope and the meaning of family. $34.20 and up. 2pm and 7pm.

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Shea Kummer
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.