Photo courtesy of Dinosaur Adventure Drive-Thru
Photo courtesy of Dinosaur Adventure Drive-Thru

Best Things To Do in Houston in January with Kids: Trains Over Texas, Dinosaur Drive-Thru, Outdoor Ice Skating, & MLK Day

We did it! We made it through 2020 and are officially ringing in the 2021 New Year

There are still some great holiday activities happening through the first couple weeks in January, like Deck the Trees at George R. Brown and the Space Age Christmas Trees Exhibit at the 1940 Air Terminal Museum for everyone looking to squeeze in a little more festive fun. There are also a lot of great outdoor activities happening this month. We recommend checking out the afternoon canoe sessions at the various Harris County Precinct 4 parks and ice skating at Discovery Green and The Woodlands Town Center. Plus enjoy outdoor movies, a dinosaur drive-thru adventure, and lots more. 

But the big event in January by far is the 59th Presidential inauguration of President-elect Biden and Vice-President-elect Harris, which you can watch virtually both online and on television.

Be sure to also check out our Winter Bucket List for great things to do with the family in Houston, and make sure you subscribe to our free Mommy Poppins Houston newsletter for all the latest and greatest Mommy Poppins content delivered straight to your inbox. 

While we try to promote safe activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, keep your family and others safe by wearing a mask and maintaining appropriate distance. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our event calendar to find something else to do.


Moody Gardens
One Hope Boulevard
Galveston, TX 77554

George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida de las Americas
Houston, TX 77010

The 1940 Air Terminal Museum
8325 Travelair street
Houston, TX 77061

Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Dr.
Houston, TX 77030

Pasadena Convention Center and Fairgrounds
7902 Fairmont Parkway
Pasadena, TX 77507

Houston Zoo
6200 Hermann Park Dr
Houston, TX 77030

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
2005 Lake Robbins Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77381

Discovery Green
1500 McKinney
Houston, TX 77010

Redemption Square
250 Assay Street
Houston, TX 77044

Crown Festival Park
18355 Southwest Fwy
Sugar Land, TX 77479

Market Street
9595 Six Pines Dr.
The Woodlands, TX 77380

Discovery Green
1500 McKinney
Houston, TX 77010

Dennis Johnston Park
09 Riley Fuzzel Rd
Spring, TX 77373

The Woodlands Children's Museum
4775 West Panther Creek Drive #280
The Woodlands, TX 77381

The Woodlands Children's Museum
4775 W Panther Creek Dr #280
The Woodlands, TX 77381

Spindletap Brewery
10622 Hirsch Rd
Houston, TX 77016

The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park
6464 Creekside Forest Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77389

100 Acre Wood Preserve
14236 W Cypress Forest Dr
Houston, TX 77070

Dennis Johnston Park
09 Riley Fuzzel Rd
Spring, TX 77373

Meyer Park
7700 Cypresswood Drive
Spring, TX 77379

The Water Works
105 Sabine St
Houston, TX 77007

Nature Discovery Center
7112 Newcastle
Bellaire, TX 77401

Dennis Johnston Park
09 Riley Fuzzel Rd
Spring, TX 77373

Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve
20215 Chasewood Park Dr
Houston, TX 77070

Dennis Johnston Park
09 Riley Fuzzel Rd
Spring, TX 77373

Burroughs Park
9738 Hufsmith
Tomball, TX 77375

The Franklin Institute
271 North 21st Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Longhorn Cavern State Park
6211 Park Road 4 South
Burnet, TX 78611

Dinosaur Valley State Park
1629 Park Road #59
Glen Rose, TX 76043

Space Center Houston
1601 Nasa Road 1
Houston, TX 77058

San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site
One Monument Circle
LaPorte, TX 77571

Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030

Houston Zoo
6200 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030

Armand Bayou Nature Center
8500 Bay Area Blvd.
Pasadena, TX 77507

Houston Museum of Fine Arts
1001 Bissonnet Street
Houton, TX 77005

The Health Museum
1515 Hermann Drive
Houston, TX 77004

Houston Arboretum and Nature Center
4501 Woodway Drive
Houston, TX 77024
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