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Top 11 Things to Do for Kids in Houston This Week: April 19 to 25, 2021

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Discover the best events in Houston this week with our picks for things to do with kids in and around Houston from Monday, April 19 through Sunday, April 25, 2021.

This week, families will find plenty to do around Houston, including a high-flying circus experience, film screenings, science demos, music and dance classes, and more.

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Scroll below to find great things for kids and families happening in Houston from Monday, April 19 to Sunday, April 25, 2021.

Top 11 Things To Do for Kids & Families in Houston

  • Circus HVazquez at Katy Mills Mall | Daily – Marvel at the high-flying circus acts of the Vazquez family taking place under a massive, colorful tent. See trapeze artists soar, motorcyclists take to the daunting cage, dancing, and many other acts. $30 for adults; $25 for ages 2 to 10. Times vary.
  • Family Storytime and Craft at Levy Park | Tuesday, April 20 | FREE – Grab a blanket and spread out for a socially distanced storytime reading, followed by a craft that accompanies the featured book. All craft supplies are included. 10am.
  • Science Madness: Hooray for Earth Day at The Woodlands Children’s Museum | Wednesday, April 21 – Celebrate Earth Day with an educational morning that uses water beads and sensory bins to better understand how we all live together on this planet and we have to work to keep it nice and safe. $7 for ages over 1. 10am to noon.
  • YHHCC’s Space Jam Movie Screening at Moonstruck Drive-In Cinema in East End | Wednesday, April 21 – Pull up for an outdoor screening of the out-of-this-world, family-favorite film, Space Jam, starring Michael Jordan, Bugs Bunny, and the Tune Squad, when Young Houstonians for Houston Children’s Charity (YHHCC) hosts a socially distanced birthday celebration that’s open to the public. All vehicles will receive a free “bento box” of snacks and goodies from local restaurants and vendors upon entry. $30 per vehicle; free for YHHCC members; $75 for one vehicle and one year of YHHCC membership. Gates open at 7pm; film starts at 8pm.
  • Children’s Music Class in the Park at Sugar Land Town Square | Thursday, April 22 | FREE – Presented by Vivaldi Music Academy, this morning event welcomes families with children ages 1 to 5 for singing and dancing while exploring themes that inspired some of history’s greatest classical composers. 10am.
  • Children’s Bingo at Levy Park | Thursday, April 22 | FREE – Start your weekend early with a 30-minute, socially distanced game of bingo for ages 4 to 12, with cards, markers, and prizes provided by Levy Park. 4:30pm.
  • World Tai Chi Day at Market Street | Saturday, April 24 | FREE – Learn how to move mindfully through the morning when Woodlands Tai Chi presents an early morning of demonstrations and mini-lessons in celebration of World Tai Chi Day. 9am to noon.
  • Spring Breakout Aerial Adventures at Big Rivers Waterpark | Saturday, April 24 and Sunday, April 25 – Head to New Caney for the final two days of the Spring Breakout event, featuring an inflatable obstacle course on the lake, climbing walls, zip lines, aerial activities, axe throwing, a petting zoo and more. $14.99 per person and most activities are available with this general admission pass. Extreme Breakout passes, which include the additional events are $59.99, but a limited number are discounted to $42 on select days. 11am to 5pm both days.
  • HMNS: Dynamic Earth at Levy Park | Sunday, April 25 | FREE – Learn from Houston Museum of Natural Science experts at this in-person presentation about the Earth’s tectonic plates and the chaos that can ensue when seismic shifts occur. 2pm to 4pm.
  • HALS Free Train Rides at Zube Park in Hockley | Sunday, April 25 | FREE – Hop aboard for a free ride at this large scale model railroad that features three passenger trains hauling the young and young-at-heart along tracks through the Hockley public park. 2pm to 5pm.
  • Current Museum Exhibits & Art Installations in Houston | Ongoing | Some FREE – Across the Museum District and throughout the Greater Houston area, world-class museums and installations are offering up fascinating and engaging exhibitions that are ticketed or free. You can also dig into our Visitor’s Guides at several of Houston’s flagship museums, including The Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH)Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS)The Health MuseumHolocaust Museum Houston, and more.

Social Distancing & COVID-19 Precautions

As we enter into the vaccination phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, medical experts still advise that we have a way to go before we achieve herd immunity and can safely resume pre-pandemic activities. In the meantime, you can remain vigilant in protecting yourself against the coronavirus by continuing to wear face masks when in public spaces, practice social distancing of at least six feet, limit your touching of surfaces, and frequently use hand sanitizer or soap and water to keep your hands clean.

While the Governor of Texas has lifted mandatory mask orders and capacity limits, most businesses are still requiring face masks to enter and enforcing reduced capacity. Familiarize with your destination’s policies ahead of time and please respect their public safety precautions.

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Things to Do at Home: Education, entertainment, & more for kids

Keep kiddos entertained with these family fun recommendations

Last updated: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Find fun things to do to keep kids busy, educated, and informed at home during the days of social distancing in Houston.

These are uncharted waters we are swimming in these days. Parents are feeling pressure to keep their children from overdosing on screen time, as well as how to keep them learning while schools are closed.

As parents are looking to do this while working from home, take the time of social distancing as a chance to come together as a family and make the most of your extra time together.

We’re compiling a list of some of the best ways to keep kids entertained, educated and having fun while at home in the coming weeks and months. Be sure to check back as we regularly update this resource.

Educational Resources

  • Huddle at Home with The Texans – The Houston Texans and their partners have compiled FREE digital education resources for parents, kids and teachers to help kids Huddle at Home to stay active and keep their skills sharp. Some activities include contests, math drills, activities and a character playbook. These resources are designed to bring some football fun to homes across Houston and beyond.
  • HISD @ H.O.M.EHouston Independent School District has opened an online portal to provide online learning applications, as well as advice on creating an in-home school schedule and support for accessing digital tools. Beginning Tuesday, March 31, they will also provide more detailed curriculum and activities.
  • PBS At-home Learning – Beginning Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27 (and potentially more long-term), Houston Public Media TV 8 PBS will be airing curriculum-related programming throughout the day, covering Pre-K through 12 and multiple subjects like Science, Social Studies, Math, ELA and more. Click here for a schedule of programming throughout the week.
  • Houston Museum of Natural Science Family Guide – HMNS offers an activity sheet with word games, puzzles, and a Where’s Waldo-esque search game. They also have a series of videos and social media challenges to help fill the time during the day. Visit here to check out their various social media portals.
  • Doodles with Mo Willems – Spend lunch time at noon with children’s author Mo Willems as he guides them through a drawing lesson. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually, once a day, for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together. The episode will be uploaded at noon.
  • UpBrainery Technologies – UpBrainery Technologies, in collaboration with Whataburger, is providing Distance Learning. These classes are free to parents with the exception of additional hands-on kits that will provide more learning experience for students. Students will join a live class with a specialized instructor and be guided through a series of one-hour lessons. Classes hold a capacity of 25 students. Ages kindergarten to 12th grade.
  • Live Virtual Storytime with Pete the Cat creator James Dean – Head over to Pete the Cat creator James Dean’s Instagram page for virtual storytime with the coolest cat there is. If you can’t join them live, click the icon in the upper left hand corner to catch up. 11am.
  • Scholastic “Learn from Home” – Keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Let the kids do it by themselves, with you, or maybe even an awesome teacher.
  • Switcheroo Zoo – Watch, listen, and play games to learn all about incredible animals. Listen to music performed by animals, watch a dog’s dream, build a biome and an online habitat, play other learning games, read animal facts, and so much more.
  • Virtual Field Trips – Tour over 30 of the most popular destinations, even Mars, then take a lesson about what you just saw.
  • Codeverse – The coding instructors of Codeverse are offering full lessons online for ages 6 to 13 with personalized, guided 1-on-1 online coding sessions (as well as at-home coding kits delivered to your home free). Sign up now and receive a free 50 minute 1-on-1 online coding session.
  • Storyline Online – Hear some of your favorite stories read aloud to you by celebrities.

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) at Home

  • Force and Motion Kids STEAM Lab – Learn the basics of force and motion with an interactive activity with colorful results.
  • Easy Anemometer – Measure the way the wind blows with basic items you have in your home.
  • Rubber Band Car DIY – Design and build your own working car with some help of rubber bands.
  • Make a Box Lid Maze – This box lid maze is a creative design project that incorporates art, engineering and critical thinking. The aim of the game is to get the ball from a starting position to a finish while avoiding obstacles and dead ends.
  • Frog Life Cycle Pom Pom Craft – Spring is the perfect time to introduce your kids to the frog life cycle. Start wit a tadpole and watch how the frog grows over time.
  • LEGO Movie Superhero Math – Use their fave mini-fig and building blocks to learn the basics of math.
  • Solar System Slime Project – Slime makes everything more fun, including learning about the Solar System.
  • Walking Rainbow Science Experiment – Watch the water walk creating color after a color by starting with just 3 colors with this bright and fun experiment.

Other Family Fun Ideas

  • Ninfa’s with your NiñosChef Alex Padilla of The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation has recently released a cooking series featuring recipes you can make at home with kids. Short and sweet, these videos make for a great guide to delicious treats.
  • Family Game Night – Added bonus if the kids create their own game.
  • Indoor Scavenger Hunt – There are endless resources online, or you can make up your own.
  • Watch a Movie in a Fort – Spice up your fort building skills and get comfy enough to watch a movie inside.
  • Take a Lesson in Disney – Disney+ or your old VHS collection from childhood will make it easier than ever to complete these worksheets based on some Disney favorites that all ages love.
  • Dance Party – Let the kids be the DJs.
  • Give Mom a makeover – Now is the time to let the kids do your makeup—no one will see you anyways.
  • Travel “Abroad” – Choose a country, learn about it, make one of their foods, listen to their music, learn one of their words.
  • Teach Practical Life Skills – Get back to the old school by teaching skills like setting the table, washing windows, using a funnel, practice using a knife, and more.
  • Glow Stick Hide and Seek – Crack the glow sticks and find a spot to hide in the house or in the backyard.
  • Chalk somewhere new – Using chalk on the driveway is old news, take it to the fence or a tree. For more fun, use painters tape and make geometrical designs.
  • Draw Spring Flowers – Sit outside and draw the brightest flower you can find.
  • Family Book Club – Read a book together, or separate, and have a discussion about it before picking your next book.
  • Go on a Photo Shoot – Pick a theme and take pictures of everything you find from bugs to trees to flowers.

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