Winter Bucket List: 40 Things To Do with Houston Kids this Winter

Houston has no shortage of fun activities for kids this winter. From the best holiday events to kid-friendly stage shows, we've rounded up a list of the top Houston happenings this winter. Keeping in mind that cooler temperatures have finally arrived, we've also included some of our favorite indoor activities to do with kids at home and around town. But because it's typically not too cold in Houston, taking advantage of milder days to get some fresh air allows for even more options for family fun. Read on for our list of the best of what Houston has to offer this winter season. 

1. Attend a holiday movie screening during Holidays in the Hangar at the Lone Star Flight Museum through Dec. 30, 2019. 

2. Explore the Color Factory interactive exhibit before it leaves town in February 2020. 

3. Participate in a FREE class for kids at local Houston-area stores. 

4. Watch the your favorite holiday movie come to life on stage with Elf: The Musical by TUTS through Dec. 22, 2019. 

5. Gear up and explore one of the Houston area’s kid-friendly hiking trails.

6. Burn off some energy on cold days by playing indoor exercise games

7. Ice skate with your favorite movie characters like Spiderman and Wonder Woman at the ICE at Discovery Green, Saturdays through Feb. 1, 2020.

8. Visit one of Houston’s many public light displays like Magical Winter Lights, Zoo Lights, or Sugar Land Holiday Lights. Many are open throughout December and into early January and are just as magical even after the holidays are through!

9. Experience high octane fun at Monster Jam at NRG Stadium on Jan. 25, Feb 8 or 9, 2020. 

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Racing thrills delight all ages at Monster Jam. Photo courtesy Monster Jam.

10. Spend a day volunteering in your community. 

11. Celebrate the Chinese New Year with Metropark Square's FREE family event on Jan. 11, 2020. 

12. Explore the railroad museums in Rosenberg and Galveston this winter.

13. Play a rousing game of laser tag.

14. Attend the MLK Youth Parade in Midtown on Jan. 19, 2019.

15. Eat at local Galveston eateries at reduced prices during Galveston Restaurant Week Jan. 25-Feb. 9, 2020. 

16. Take the whole family skating at ice rinks around Houston.

17. Alternatively, try roller skating at Houston area roller rinks

18. See a family-friendly movie for free at Screen on the Green at Discovery Green, Thursdays in December and January. 

19. Play glow-in-the-dark mini golf.

20. Keep kids stimulated indoors this winter with sensory activities

21. Take advantage of FREE admission at Houston museums on select days.

22. Explore the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center during Rockin' New Year event.

23. Check out one of Houston’s many cooking classes for kids

24. Bundle up and play at a park. We love these free spots around Houston

25. Escape the cold and burn off some energy at an indoor trampoline park

26. Bake cookies and enjoy them fresh and warm out of the oven on a cold day. 

27. Paint rocks and hide them at a local park for others to find. 

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Ice skating at Discovery Green. Photo by Kaleb Fulgham via Flickr.

28. Spend the day indoor rock climbing.

29. Make hot chocolate on a stick and sip on it on a cold winter night.

30. Experience the Wild Kratts LIVE! show on stage at Jones Hall Jan. 26, 2020. 

31. Visit the Armand Bayou Nature Center for FREE during Sundays in Nature on the first and third Sunday of each month this winter. 

32. Have budding scientists create easy science experiments using things you probably already have at home.

33. Go bowling at one of these 5 places in Houston to bowl with kids

34. Beat the cold by spending the day at an indoor play area

35. Build an indoor obstacle course.

36. Go see one of the latest flicks at these kid-friendly movie theaters

37. Go retro and visit a roller rink around Houston for indoor fun this winter. 

38. Challenge your family to a game of laser tag

39. See if you and your kids can make it out of an escape room on a cold winter day. 

40. Celebrate 25 years of the musical experience STOMP at Jones Hall Jan. 23-25, 2020. 

Want even more ideas for family fun in Houston? Check out our ultimate bucket list of 100 things to do with kids in Houston

Top photo: Rockin' New Years WonderWeek. Photo courtesy Fort Bend Children's Discovery Center.

This post originally published in 2017.

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