There is more to Easter than just egg hunts – though those are fun, too. If you have kids, you will want to check out the many activities and events the Houston area has planned for this year’s Easter holiday. They will ensure that you and your kids have a “hoppy” Easter this year.

19th Annual Houston Easter Invitational
Bear Creek Park Soccer Complex
3535 War Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77084
(281) 894-8885

Date: March 29-30

If your kids are looking for something really different and they play on a soccer team, have them watch other kids their age play at the 19th Annual Houston Easter Invitational. It’s a great way for the kids to get outside over the long Easter holiday and do something besides search for eggs. This tournament is open to spectators and is free to get in and watch, and since it’s located in Bear Creek Park, make a family day of it and bring along a picnic lunch.
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Easter Weekend at the Kemah Boardwalk
215 Kipp Ave.
Kemah, TX 77565
(877) 285-3624

Date: March 29-31 

Throughout Easter weekend, the Kemah Boardwalk will have several activities for kids. Those who are eight and under can participate in the Bunny Hop Easter egg hunt. There will also be a chance for youngsters to take pictures with the Easter Bunny and decorate their own, tasty Easter cookies. On Easter Sunday, a 7:30 a.m. non-denominational sunrise service will precede the festivities. Nominal fees per activity apply, contact the Kemah Boardwalk for exact prices for each event.

Easter in the Gardens
Moody Gardens
1 Hope Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77554
(800) 582-4673

Date: March 31

Children 12 and under can run amok at the Easter in the Gardens event at Moody Gardens in Galveston. Not only will kids get to make a grab for Easter eggs in the Oleander Bowl, but they will also have the chance to play games and win prizes at the free event. For the rest of the family, an Easter brunch will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at both the Moody Gardens Hotel and the Garden Restaurant.

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Old-Fashioned Easter
George Ranch Historical Park
10215 FM 762
Richmond, TX 77469
(281) 343-0218

Date: March 30, 2013

If you ever tire of modern Easter celebrations, you can step back in time by driving a short way out Highway 59 to the George Ranch Historical park. Its annual Easter celebration features an outdoor family brunch with a flair from the 1930s. Other activities that are just for kids include using old-fashioned dyes to decorate eggs, an egg roll and a Victorian egg hunt. Reservations should be made by calling the Ranch for those interested in staying for the brunch.

TGR Exotics Tour And Egg Hunt

22115 Sherrod Lane
Spring, TX 77389
(713) 498-4942

Date: March 30

Let your kids take a walk on the wild side this Easter at the TGR Exotics Wildlife Park. Before searching for eggs, they can see tigers, gibbons, kangaroos and other exotic animals you thought you had to go to the zoo to visit. The park will have an Easter egg hunt after a guided walking tour of the facilities. You must make reservations to attend. The cost is $15 per child, 16 and under, and adults are $10 each. All visitors to the tour and egg hunt must wear close-toed shoes and bring a bottled water, and strollers are not allowed on the tour. 

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