Free Fall Activities For Families In Houston

October 25, 2013 7:00 AM

HOUSTON, TX – MARCH 26: A view of the Houston skyline at dusk on March 26, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Even though most of the fall festivals have already passed, you can still find great, free activities for your whole family this season before the Christmas holidays arrive. One of the best parts about waiting until this late in the fall is that temperatures in Houston are finally starting to cool off to feel like fall, so attending these festivals and activities will be more comfortable for everyone.

Prairie Heritage Festival
Seabourne Creek Nature Park
3831 Highway 36 S.
Rosenberg, TX 77471

Date: Nov. 2, 2013

Teach your kids about the natural coastal prairie that originally surrounded the Houston area when you take them to the annual Prairie Heritage Festival at Seabourne Creek Nature Park. There will be crafts available for the kids as well as talks given by nature experts, including a few live animals for the kids to see up close and in person. It will be an educational and fun-filled day for everyone. There are also guided hikes of the surrounding prairie, and the activities run non-stop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with something new every hour. This festival will be held rain or shine, so plan accordingly for weather changes.

Heritage Scaritage Festival
Republic of Texas Plaza Park
5117 N. Main St.
Baytown, TX 77522
(281) 421-2099

Date: Oct. 26, 2013 

Scare up some historical fun just before Halloween in Baytown. The Heritage Scaritage Festival in the Republic of Texas Plaza Park is held every year and it includes arts and crafts shopping booths for the parents, kids’ activities and tours of historic buildings great for older kids. Old-fashioned fun can be had by all at this easy-going festival and bazaar that is free to attend.

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IKEA Houston Screen on the Green
Discovery Green
1500 McKinney St.
Houston, TX 77010
(713) 400-7336

Date: Oct. 31, 2013 

Going to the movies can be expensive with a family. The cost of admission alone can add up quickly. Discovery Green has a Halloween treat for you and your kids, a free screening of Tim Burton’s remake of “Frankenweenie.” Bring your kids, pets, lawn chairs or blankets to keep yourself and your family comfortable during the film. You can even bring food and drinks, like the candy your kids collected during trick-or-treating earlier that night, but leave glass containers and alcohol at home.
Thanksgiving Day Parade
Houston, TX

Date: Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, 2013 

After some frightening news stories that the Houston annual Thanksgiving Day parade was in danger of being canceled, it is officially back on, and you should plan to bring your family out to this free event this year before cutting open the turkey. The parade starts bright and early at 9 a.m., and you can watch it from anywhere along the parade route. Check the website for more information about where to park and where the parade route runs. Show your family’s support for this annual event that may become a Thanksgiving tradition in your house.
Uptown Holiday Lighting Ceremony
Houston Galleria Area
Houston, TX

Date: Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, 2013

Once the turkey has been carved and football games have been watched, head over to the Galleria area before sunset to get a spot for the Uptown lighting ceremony. The best place to be is on Post Oak Boulevard, which is where the trees will be lit by santa after sunset, but you can be anywhere in the area to see the fireworks display that comes after that. Music performers will also be hitting the stage starting at 4 p.m. to pass the time until the lighting. Check out the website for a list of the performers and the times they will be playing as well as parking tips for the area.

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Crystal Hessong ia a freelance writer and a lifelong, fourth generation Houstonian. Her work can be found at

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