Best Family Events And Exhibits At Houston’s 2012 Rodeo

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Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo

Reliant Park

1 Reliant Park
Houston, TX 77054
(832) 667-1000

Rodeo Houston price: $200 to $300 chute seats/$86 action seats/$24 to $25 field-level seats/$30, $33 or $36 club-level seats/$21 loge-level seats/$18 upper-level seats
Click here for additional ticket information
Hours: Runs through March 18, 2012; Hours vary by event

Houston knows rodeo, and no event limelights it better than the Livestock Show and Rodeo. From bucking broncs to animating cows for the kiddos, nothing beats the way Texas does the wild west.

Entry to these events is typically free with the $7 admission into Reliant Park. Kids younger than 12 are admitted for just $4 and season tickets are $25. Houston families will find the best bang for their rodeo buck with these best bets:

100.3 KILT Carnival 
Reliant Park

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Price: $7 for adults, $4 for kids under $12, this includes full access to Reliant Park

From the sky ride across Reliant Park to kid rides, this carnival promises amusing fun for all ages. Kids win prizes to take home as souvenirs when they try their tiny hands on any number of fun, festive carnival games. Discounted carnival packs are available for $10 to $50 for packs valued at $30.50 to $131.50, and include tickets for games and rides, refreshment coupons and $5 off show merchandise. Yearly favorites in the concession stands include cotton candy, huge turkey legs, funnel cakes and caramel apples.

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Petting Zoo
Reliant Center – Hall A

Price: $7 for adults, $4 for kids under $12, this includes full access to Reliant Park
Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily

Take the little ones over to get an up-close look, and feel, of a baby goat, llama or any of the other critters on display in the Capitol One Bank Agventure or outside in Kids Country. Admission to Agventure is free with your Reliant Park or Rodeo Houston ticket.

Related: Houston’s Best Stuff for Preschoolers

Butterfly House
Reliant Park

Price: $3 in addition to your admission price into Reliant Center, which is $7 for adults, $4 for kids under $12,
Hours: 10 a.m. to sunset daily

Kids rarely get the chance to catch butterflies. This opportunity to get up-close and personal with such beautiful creatures is one parents will also enjoy. The Butterfly House in Kids Country amazes both young and old. Take a look and learn a little at the same time.

Pony Ride
Reliant Park

Price: $6 in addition to admission price into Reliant Center, which is $7 for adults, $4 for kids under $12,
Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily

Get the little cowboys and girls into the action atop an enchanting Welsh pony. Originally from Wales, this equine has an intelligence greater than its kid-sized stature. For an additional cost, memorialize the event with a photo.

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Miss Moo’s Barn
Petting Zoo
Reliant Center – Hall A

Price: $7 for adults, $4 for kids under $12, this includes full access to Reliant Park
Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily

Although actual cows are available, Rodeo Houston features animated bovine to entertain the little ones as well. Stop by Miss Moo’s place for a little farm education and dance the “Hokey-Pokey” with the holstein cow. Miss Moo is adorned with makeup and jewelry to show off her flair and a great fashion sense.

Nicole Sonnier is a freelance writer living in Houston and covers Nightlife & Music. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.


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