Top Kids Activities in Houston’s Clear Lake and Webster Area
Photo by Rebecca Matheson Ortiz
Calling all space lovers! NASA’s Space Center Houston features more than 400 space artifacts, ever-changing exhibits, hands-on experiences, and life-size replicas for visitors to explore. Bring the whole family to learn about the final frontier and let your future astronaut engage their interest in STEM as they test their rocket docking skills, see how much they’ll weigh on the moon, tour a replica of the space shuttle, and more.
Two hangars house an amazing collection of more than 20 historically significant airplanes and helicopters at the Lone Star Flight Museum. Visit with the family to get up-close views of these planes and learn about famous Texas aviators in the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame. For an experience your kids won’t soon forget, sign up for the Flight Academy, open for all ages, where they can engage in 27 hands-on exhibits, learn about flight and aircraft design, explore three replica cockpits, and even test their pilot skills in a hang glider simulator.
Checkout an armload of books when you leave to keep the fun going all day long. Photo by Rebecca Matheson Ortiz
One of our favorite spots in the neighborhood, the local Clear Lake City library touts a large children’s section filled with an array of books to check out. Spend a rainy day at the library’s Children’s Activity Center, where they can unleash their imaginations (for free!) as they put on puppet shows in the little wooden theater, whip up play meals in the toy kitchen, build giant towers with the huge selection of blocks, and draw masterpieces at the art station. Checkout an armload of books when you leave to keep the fun going all day long.
The largest indoor playground in Texas, The Play Space is an indoor facility boasting three stories and 6,000 square feet jam-packed with fun. Tunnels and obstacles wend through the building for non-stop play, and thrill seekers love the 20-foot slides and ball blaster arena. For tamer play, spend some time in the 35-game arcade featuring video games as well as classics like ski ball and air hockey. When little tummies start to grumble, refill at the full-service café, which offers kid-friendly menu items.
Take to the skies (well, the ceilings) at Urban Air Adventure Park for heart-racing thrills and a really good time. There’s something for everyone at Urban Air, from a trampoline park and playground to an obstacle course, tumble track, and more. A ropes course is set up to challenge confidence, agility, and balance, while climbing walls let you test your skills and see if you can reach the top. For those who like to go fast, the Sky Rider coaster zipline whizzes overhead, and a go-kart track makes for some healthy family competition.
If you’ve got a need for speed, stop by the Bay Area Raceway for some spins around one of the largest go-kart tracks in Texas. Set off in a regular go-kart for a chill ride or step up your game (and take down the competition) in a Super or Pro Kart. Two-seater options also are available to let the younger kiddos tag along. When the race is over, step into the arcade for some game playing or test your aim in the two-story, 4,000-square-foot laser tag arena that has options for family play.
The Aquarium Restaurant features delicious food with incredible aquarium views. Photo by Rebecca Matheson Ortiz
The Kemah Boardwalk in nearby Kemah has a little something for everyone. Step into the amusement park for rides and games or walk along the boardwalk for shopping and great dining. A Kemah favorite, the Aquarium Restaurant features delicious food with incredible aquarium views as well as an interactive Stingray Reef experience where kids can touch and feed real stingrays. For some heart-pumping fun, board the Boardwalk Beast for a wild boat ride your family will never forget.
Roll on in to FunCity Sk8, a classic roller-skating rink in Webster, for memories that will last a lifetime (and some really great exercise). The state-of-the-art sound system will get you pumped up as it plays current hits as well as your favorite songs from yesteryear. Skate rentals are available when you book lessons for the kids, bring them in for open skate, or even host a party here. And on Tuesdays, admission is half off!
9. Hit the Lanes at Bowlero
More than just a bowling alley, Bowlero offers a good time for the whole family. Book a lane for classic match with the fam (up to six guests per lane) or kick things up a notch with a glowing evening of blacklight bowling. Parents can kick back in the lounge or sports bar while kiddos earn points and win prizes in the arcade. When hunger strikes, order some oversize shareable plates like nachos or try something exciting like juicy lamb lollipops.
Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Clear Lake and Webster
Dishing up mouth-watering burgers, stuffed spuds, slow-smoked Texas barbecue, and more, family-owned Red River BBQ in League City is the perfect joint for a family meal. Dine in the cozy restaurant or take your meal to the patio where a shady fenced-in yard features games and a little jungle gym for kids. Enjoy your brisket, sticky sauce fingers and all, while the kids play.
Known across Houston for its kid-friendly locations, Jimmy Changas serves up fresh Tex-Mex and family fun. The League City location is no exception. Sizzling fajita plates, tacos, enchiladas, and more make for a mouth-watering menu; but the real perks for families are the free soft-serve ice cream and the Jimmy’s Jungle playground.
One of our personal family favorites, Tookie’s is a hometown burger joint in Kemah that’s known for dishing out creative, juicy burgers, baskets of fries and onion rings, and thick milkshakes—all with a waterfront view. The kids meal options can’t be beat, as they offer beloved staples like chicken tenders, mac and cheese, burgers, and corn dogs that will please even the pickiest of eaters.
Scoop Craft Creamery is one of the Bay Area's best ice cream shops. Photo by Rebecca Matheson Ortiz
With fresh flavors and innovative options, Scoop Craft Creamery is the perfect place to stop for a cool treat. Let everyone pick their own cone or try something new like an order of ice cream nachos. Can’t decide on a flavor? Opt for an ice cream flight to sample four different scoops! You can also grab a donut ice cream sandwich or ice cream cereal bar (made with different types of cereal treats each day!) to go with your afternoon pick-me-up: a cold-brew shake.
Parks for Kids in Houston’s Clear Lake/Webster Area
14. Visit the Playground and Take a Walk at Bay Area Park
Get out and get active at Bay Area Park at the edge of Clear Lake and Pasadena. This 64.3-acre park overlooks the Armand Bayou and features a duck pond, botanical garden, canoe launch, playgrounds, sports courts, and a splash pad. Flagstone trails make for easy walks with the littles and a gazebo provides a perfect spot to stop and rest while you take in the beauty of the tall trees and wetlands.
Reconnect with nature at the Armand Bayou Nature Center. If you’re spending the day, set off on the five miles of walking trails to explore the 2,500 acres of Texas wetlands, forests, and prairies. If you’re just looking to get the kids out of the house for an hour or so, make a trek across the Discovery Loop. Along the path, you’ll find the Interpretive Building with its displays of live reptiles, fish, and amphibians; the interactive Children’s Discovery Area; a farm site that dates to the 1800s; and the Bison Viewing Platform. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like alligators, deer, and armadillos.
*Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
The Challenger Seven Memorial Park is a beautiful green space that features a boardwalk. Photo courtesy of Brett Stone
Honoring the seven NASA astronauts who lost their lives on the Challenger Space Shuttle, the Challenger Seven Memorial Park is a beautiful greenspace that features a boardwalk, garden, bird sanctuary, and more. Spot native flora and fauna from the observation platform overlooking Clear Creek or bring the poles and let the kids cast a line in the stocked public fishing pond. Before you leave, pay respects at the memorial set up to commemorate the fallen heroes.
17. Hit the Playground or Splash Pad at Clear Lake Park
A Clear Lake area staple, the 59-acre Clear Lake Park is a great place to play. On the park’s south side, you’ll find a public boat launch and fishing pier, while the northern side brings the fun with playgrounds, sports fields, and a jogging trail. In the summer, take the kids to the waterfront Dolphin Lagoon Spray Park, featuring whimsical dolphin spouts and large shade canopies.