Springtime in Houston is one of the best times of the year to enjoy family events. Because our summers are so hot, most festivals are scheduled during the cooler months of April and October. While you will find plenty of festivals to attend, there are also some great indoor opportunities to have fun with the family. Whatever you decide to do with your family, get out there and make the most of these events because, like the spring season, they will be gone before you know it.

 
Disney On Ice Celebrates 100 Years Of Magic
NRG Stadium
One NRG Park
Houston, Texas 77054
(800) 745-3000
disneyonice.com/100-years-of-magic

Dates: April 14-18
Tickets: $15-$95
Age Range: Ages 2 and up must have a ticket
 
Whether your kids are Disney fanatics or if they just enjoy ice skating, bring them to the Disney on Ice Celebrating 100 Years of Magic show at NRG Stadium. This icecapade features several of your kids’ favorite characters: Anna, Ariel, Cinderella, Donald Duck, Minnie Mouse, Tiana and Snow White. As with most Disney productions, expect several musical numbers and vignettes from the films. Tickets range from $15 to $95 dollars – before fees, and because this show is appropriate for all ages, those aged two and up will need to have a ticket.

 
Houston Children’s Festival
Tranquility Park
400 Rusk St.
Houston, TX 77002
houstonchildrensfestival.com

Dates: April 23-24 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10 online or $12 at the door
 
The Houston Children’s Festival is the largest festival for kids in the country, and because it’s so big, stars from Nickelodeon and the Disney channel regularly make appearances. This year’s event will feature Dove Cameron, star of the Disney Channel show Liv and Maddie and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Should your children want to get close to these stars, meet-and-greet packages are sold online. In addition to the chance to see a Disney star or the Ninja Turtles, games, food and attractions for the whole family await you when you attend this fun-filled festival.
 
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Arabia Shrine Circus
Fort Bend County Fairgrounds
4310 Highway 36 South
Rosenberg, Texas 77471
(281) 342-6171
shriners-houston.org/dnn/arabiashrinecircus

Dates: April 20-24th
Tickets: Click here for ticket pricing ($10-$30)
 
Whenever the circus comes to town, little eyes light up to see the exotic animals and feats of daring. Unlike other circuses, the Arabia Shrine Circus gives children the unique opportunity to ride elephants and pet many of the other animals. This year, the circus will be held at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds, a spacious venue that gives plenty of room for spectators and performers alike. The circus, according to the chairman of the circus Jim Spaulding, is a fundraiser for the local branch of the Shriners, which in turn helps this group to continue their care of children at the various hospitals and burn centers in the area. Not only will you get to see a great, family friendly show but you will also be able to help out a worthy cause that can help hospitalized kids.

 
Beauty And The Beast On Tour
Hobby Center
800 Bagby St. Suite 300
Houston, Texas 77002
(713) 315-2400
thehobbycenter.org

Dates: April 27-May 1
Tickets: $25-$135

You may know Beauty and the Beast as a classic Disney animated film from the 1990s, but an adaptation of the movie has become a popular Broadway show. This is more than just a straight retelling of the movie. In the musical, there are new songs and more characters. With daytime, weekend and evening shows, there are plenty of opportunities to bring the kids to this show. As with other theatrical productions, there are typically no age limits, but your children should be mature enough to watch the show, and regardless of age, all spectators will need tickets. 

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Houston Grand Opera Presents Carousel
Wortham Center
510 Preston St.
Houston, Texas 77002
(800) 626-7372
houstongrandopera.org

Dates: April 22-May 7
Ages: All Ages
 
The Houston Grand Opera’s final production of the 2015-2016 season is Carousel. This production is suitable for all ages, but children should be old enough to sit quietly throughout the three-hour show without causing disruptions. For older children and teenagers, this experience be both fun and educational. As a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Carousel has its place in the lineup of truly classic shows. Richard Rodgers himself named this as his favorite of all the musicals he had a hand in creating.

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

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