Top 17 Things To Do for Kids in Houston This Month: April 2024

A child tries to get his kite in the air as others around him fly theirs
The annual Kite Festival returns to the Hermann Park hill | Courtesy of Hermann Park Conservancy

Discover your plans for family time this month with the best kid-friendly things to do in and around Houston for April 2024. 

This month, make a splash with Baby Shark on Broadway, watch as soaring kites take over the sky at Hermann Park, and more. 

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Top 17 Things To Do for Kids & Families in Houston This Month: April 2024

  • Baby Shark’s Big Broadwave Tour at Hobby Center | Wednesday, April 3 & Thursday, April 4 – Baby Shark is making a splash with two interactive live shows the kids will love. Sing along as the cast of characters brings the hit animated series to the stage, featuring an all-new story, mesmerizing visuals, and fun twists on your favorite Baby Shark tunes. $30 and up. 6pm. 
  • UNICEF USA’s Heart Strings: Creating Connection to the World’s Children at Post Houston | Thursday, April 4 to Sunday, April 7 – This multi-sensory exhibition enters its final weekend, inviting guests of all ages to travel the globe in just 45 minutes through the universal language of music. Eight interactive zones help guests create a global, ever-evolving song and use their voices to have a lasting impact on the lives of children. $23 and up. Times vary.
  • Galveston Steampunk Festival at Galveston Railroad Museum | Friday, April 5 to Sunday, April 7 – Fans of the steampunk aesthetic will assemble for this three-day fest celebrating the sci-fi subgenre that crosses Victorian-era tech with retrofuturism. Throughout Saturday, fans can take in live music and special performances, participate in a costume contest and enjoy games like archery, axe throwing and more. Then, on Sunday, festival goers can stroll through home and history tours of the Galveston area, plus an evening walking ghost tour. $25 and up; $15 for kids. Saturday festival is 11am to 11pm; other activities vary by time.
  • Pearland Holi Extravaganza at Pearland Town Center | Saturday, April 6 – 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; $7 for admission to color play zone. 11am to 5pm.
  • BalletForte presents Don Quixote at Stafford Centre | Saturday, April 6 & Sunday, April 7 – The Fort Bend ballet company brings to the stage the classic Spanish tale by Miguel de Cervantes. The family-friendly performance includes all the love, illusion, daring and adventure from the novel in an exciting production teeming with humor and fun. $17.50 and up. Saturday 7pm; Sunday 2pm.
  • Kite Festival in Hermann Park | Sunday, April 7 | FREE Held at the Miller Hill and Jones Reflection Pool, Hermann Park Conservancy’s annual Kite Festival invites the community to enjoy a day of fun and kite-flying in the park. Expect live music and a DJ, interactive games and activities, face painting and more alongside soaring colorful kites. 10am to 3pm.
Kids in colorful clothing and hats walk alongside a highly decorative art car
The 37th Art Car Parade brings hundreds of rolling works of art to Downtown | Courtesy of Art Car Parade
  • Carmela Full of Wishes at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Tuesday, April 9 & Wednesday, April 10 | FREE – Held at free outdoor performance hall Miller Outdoor Theatre, the magical storytelling troupe Magik Theatre presents “Carmela Full of Wishes,” an inspiring play based on the acclaimed book of the same title. 11am. 
  • Disney On Ice: Magic in the Stars at NRG Stadium | Thursday, April 11 to Sunday, April 14 The spectacular magic of Disney comes to life, lighting up the eyes of kids of all ages as your favorite characters sing, dance, and glide along the ice. The Magic in the Stars show will feature one of the largest casts of characters in Disney On Ice history, including the debut of the cast of Frozen 2 and Raya and the Last Dragon, plus Woody and Buzz, Tiana, Lightning McQueen, Snow White, Elsa, Mirabel, and more. $20 and up. Times vary.
  • 37th Annual Houston Art Car Parade in Downtown Houston | Saturday, April 13 | FREE One of the city’s most beloved annual events returns as a parade of zany, creatively decked out art cars roll down the streets of Downtown and Allen Parkway. The parade starts at 2pm, though it’s best to show up early if you want a prime viewing spot. Check out the parade route, and check out other Art Car Weekend activities including the Art Car Sneak Peek and Art Car Awards Ceremony. 11am to 4pm.
  • Houston Latin Festival at Crown Festival Park | Saturday, April 13 & Sunday, April 14 Folks are invited to join in celebrating Latin heritage via dance, music, food and more at this weekend-long, family-oriented Latin music festival. $12 and up; free for ages 12 and under. 1pm to 10pm.
  • 2024 San Jacinto Day Celebration at the San Jacinto Museum | Saturday, April 20 | FREE Bring the kids to get a taste of Texas history as you step back in time and honor the 188th anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto. Expect booming cannons, cracking musket fire, and shouts of “Remember the Alamo!” as reenactors dressed in period clothing make the epic battle come alive. The day also features hands-on activities, family-friendly fun, a vendor market and more. The festival grounds are free, with entrance into the museum running $14 for adults; $6 for kids; free for kids 3 and under. 10am to 5pm.
A bustling market scene with people moving past booths
Take to Discovery Green for the annual Earth Day celebration | Courtesy of Discovery Green
  • 13th Annual Walk With Me at Houston Zoo | Saturday, April 20 – Take a stroll through the Zoo as a family at this annual walk event that helps raise funds to connect veterans, children and adults with disabilities to services that help them reach their fullest potential. Then, stick around for a post-walk party with children’s activities, music, food and drink. Participants are welcome to stay after the event to enjoy the zoo. Registration is $50; free for ages 10 and under. 8am to 10:30am.
  • Midtown Art in the Park at Midtown Park | Saturday, April 20 | 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 some take-home keepsakes. This year’s theme celebrates National Jazz Month and the 125th anniversary of Duke Ellington’s birth. 10am to 4pm.
  • The Grand Kids Festival in Downtown Galveston | Saturday, April 20 | 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.
  • Earth Day Celebration & Water Works Festival at Discovery Green | Saturday, April 20 | FREE Teach the kiddos the importance of preserving and caring for the planet at this free, family-friendly Earth Day celebration on the Jones Lawn in beautiful Discovery Green. The day will feature live music and performances, art installations, face painting, crafts and activities, educational talks, spoken word performances, and an afternoon of play in the park’s water features. Noon to 5pm.
  • 2024 Walk for the Wild 5K at the Houston Zoo | Sunday, April 21 Spend your morning walking for a cause a you stroll a 5K path through the Houston Zoo, with every step you take powering the Zoo’s wildlife-saving efforts. Upon finishing, walkers are invited to enjoy an after-party featuring a light breakfast, refreshments, and family-friendly activities from a DJ to face painting. $60; $40 for ages under 10; free for ages under 2. 7am to 10am.
  • Sugar Land Arts Fest 2024 at Smart Financial Centre Plaza | Saturday, April 27 & Sunday, April 28 – This two-day arts festival showcases more than 100 visual artists from across the country, plus you can enjoy live music, food, wine and more. Single day tickets are $10; $18 for both days. 10am to 4pm.

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Brooke Viggiano
Brooke Viggiano is a food and lifestyle writer residing in Houston. When she's not contributing to publications like 365 Things to Do in Houston, Thrillist Houston and the Houston Press, she's on the hunt for the coolest happenings in the city. You can follow her musings on Twitter @BrookeViggiano .