Best Things to Do in Memorial, West Houston with Kids

Birdwatching at the Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary, photo courtesy of Houston Audubon
Birdwatching at the Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary, photo courtesy of Houston Audubon
2/24/23 - By Elizabeth R

Looking for things to do with kids in Memorial, West Houston? Here's the scoop on kid-friendly activities in the Memorial neighborhood.

The Memorial neighborhood of Houston (situated west of the loop along I-10) is home to many young families, and has some of the bes family-friendly activities the city has to offer. From parks and other green spaces to indoor activities and kid-friendly restaurants, we’ve rounded up some of the best things to do with kids in Memorial.

If you’d like to explore options for more local adventures, check out our 100 Things To Do With Houston Kids Before They Grow Up post and the Mommy Poppins Travel Section.


Things to Do in Memorial with Kids

1. Explore Terry Hershey Park

Located along the banks of Buffalo Bayou and South Mayde Creek, the park spans 500 acres and has over 11 miles of hike and bike trails. With playgrounds, pavilions, and picnic sites, it’s the perfect place to spend the day outdoors with the family. Also, don’t miss the walk-in sundial where your shadow will tell you the time if you stand on the appropriate stone.

2. Hike at Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary

One of our favorite places in Memorial, this small sanctuary offers walking trails, birding, and educational programs, and is home to a hand-constructed log cabin from 1932. The trails are approximately 1.5 miles long, which makes this an easy but fun hike for even the youngest kids. Several youth programs are offered at the Sanctuary, including stories and crafts time for preschoolers on Monday mornings. 

3. Find a book at Blue Willow Bookshop

This independent, neighborhood bookstore has a fantastic selection of children's and adult literature. The knowledgeable staff is helpful and welcoming, and you’re sure to leave with the perfect book or gift. The store also offers events and programming, including storytime for toddlers and preschoolers on Thursday mornings. 

Bella Green is a kid-friendly restaurant in Memorial. 
Bella Green is a kid-friendly restaurant in Memorial. Photo courtesy of CityCentre

4. Hang out at CityCentre

You probably already know about the great shopping at CityCentre, but it also has a ton of places that are fun for the whole family. With Studio Movie Grill, Bowl and Barrel, Smashed Clay, The Escape Game, and Candytopia, there is something for everyone. There are also family-friendly restaurants, a plaza in the center where kids can play, and events including live music that the whole family can enjoy.

4. Skate at Dairy Ashford Roller Rink

If you’re looking for an old-school, family-friendly roller rink, look no further. Roller or inline skates are available to rent as small as toddler sizes. The Rink also offers birthday party packages and classes for kids and adults. And check the calendar, the rink seasonally adds a toddler skate time, where young kids can have the rink to themselves and bring their favorite ride-on toy.

5. Get a treat at Tiny’s Milk and Cookies - Memorial

Tiny’s Milk and Cookies smaller “cookie nook” version of the original store for the memorial area still has all the tasty desserts of any kid’s (or parent’s) dreams! Bonuses are coffee and expresso available for adults, and the green space in front of the store for the family to enjoy.

iFly Houston in Memorial 
iFly Houston in Memorial is fun even for younger children. Photo courtesy of iFly Houston

6. Take flight at iFly.

This is an experience my kids still talk about - having the sensation of flying in vertical wind tunnels at iFly. It’s safe for all ages, experience levels, and abilities (even my five-year-old could fly like a pro). iFly also offers indoor skydiving birthday parties and private events.

7. Play at Hedwig Park.

Located next to Spring Branch Memorial Library, this big playground has picnic tables, several play structures, and a gated play area for toddlers. But what makes this playground one of our go-to’s is that it’s under a canopy of trees. The shade makes this playground bearable even during the hot summer months.

8. Climb at Texas Rock Gym.

This family-friendly rock climbing gym is one of my kid's favorite places to go. The atmosphere is fun and laid-back and they have an orientation for first-time climbers. Texas Rock Gym offers camps and birthday parties, as well as youth recreational and competitive climbing teams.

9. Become a Ninja at Sam Sann Warriors- All Star Ninjas.

If you’re a fan of American Ninja Warriors, or just need a place for the kids to get their energy out, Sam Sann Warriors is your place. With open gym time and youth classes, Sam Sann creates a Ninja experience for all ages and skill levels. Birthday parties, camps, and competitions are also offered. 

10. Have fun at We Rock the Spectrum Houston-Memorial.

We Rock the Spectrum is an indoor playscape designed for kids of all abilities. Offering a sensory-friendly environment and activities that include a zip line, trampoline, swings, and play stations, We Rock the Spectrum is a fun place for all kids. Open play hours and birthday parties are available. 

 Frolic's Castle in Memorial is one of our favorite indoor playgrounds. 
Frolic's Castle in Memorial is one of our favorite indoor playgrounds. Photo courtesy of the Memorial City Mall

11. Go to Frolic’s Castle at Memorial City Mall.

When my kids were younger and the weather was less than ideal, we headed to Frolic’s Castle. This large, indoor soft-play area inside Memorial City Mall includes a three-level medieval castle and a separate area for toddlers. It's one of our favorite free indoor playgrounds.

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