Houston’s Family Friendly Mardi Gras Events & Activities to Do at Home

Updated February 2024

Laissez les bons temps rouler! Let the good times roll with the family in tow this February. Or,  make it a date night or girls trip to some festive places in our area – Houston has tons of purple, gold, and green fun to be had.

I was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. And even though I consider myself a true Texan, my Cajun roots run deep. We often go back to visit family and get the added bonus of fun, food, and all things Mardi Gras.

Just because you aren’t catching beads or seeing the bright floats on Bourbon Street doesn’t mean you can’t have let those good times roll right here in our awesome city. We are the perfect place for the festive, the King Cakes, and bright colors!

What is Mardi Gras? Dating back to the 1600s, Mardi Gras is a feast and celebration {and in some cases debauchery and excessive indulgence} leading up to the observance of Lent, which is a solemn observance in the Christian religion that often includes fasting and giving up earthly pleasures. Mardi Gras is also known as Fat Tuesday. This year Fat Tuesday falls early on February 13th, so it’s time to get in the spirit.

Events Around Houston

Mardi Gras Galveston 2024

Location :: Galveston

Day / Time :: Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting February 2-13, 2024
Cost :: Packages are available depending your schedules.

Galveston is the biggest spot for your Mardi Gras fun in our local area. Prepare for crowds, but prepare for all the fun! There are kid-friendly (and some not so friendly) events in the area – so check out what is best for your Krewe.

Mardi Gras at Kemah Boardwalk

Location :: Kemah Boardwalk

Day / Time :: Saturday, February 3rd from 12pm-8pm
Cost :: Free

Enjoy a full day of fun with the family. Live music, crafts for the kids, and you can’t miss the Yachty Gras Boat Parade

Kingwood Mardi Gras Festival and Parade

Location :: Kingwood, Town Center Park

Day / Time :: Saturday, February 10th from 11am-6pm
Cost :: Free

There will be live Zydeco music, a kids zone, craft vendors and food trucks. The Parade at 2 pm includes local schools, businesses, and non-profit groups.

Boogie Bash-Mardi Gras Boogie

Location :: The Woodlands Children’s Museum

Day / Time :: Tuesday, February 13th at 11am
Cost :: $9 for adults and children one year or older

They will be celebrating Mardi Gras with an introduction to New Orleans jazz as well as scarf play, parachute fun, and marching with instruments!

Mardi Gras History at the Children’s Museum

Day / Time :: Sunday, February 11th from 2-2:30pm
Cost :: General Admission Prices

Join the Houston Children’s Museum as they teach you about the Mardi Gras Indian tribes of New Orleans! Your family will learn about their culture, music, and unique traditions.

Fun Ideas to Celebrate at Home

Kings Cake Celebration

This is the easiest and most delicious way to celebrate! Pick up a kings cake at your local grocery store or bakery, or check out one of these special bakery finds from our contributor Elyssa. In many cakes, there is a little hidden surprise for your family to uncover. The person who “wins” the surprise gets to bring king cake next year! Want to try making your own? Check out this mom-friendly recipe from our friends over in New Orleans. Or go the super easy route, grab your favorite crescent rolls in a can, add some icing, and some green and purple sprinkles! Yummy!

Have Homemade Mardi Gras Fun

Pinterest is full of fun ideas to craft your own masquerade ball. Start with these great ideas of activities you can do at home with your little ones. We know Mardi Gras brings out all the goodness, so these recipes below can be made with (and some without) your kids!

Organize Your Own Neighborhood Krewe

A Krewe is a group that organizes a Mardi Gras parade, ball, or celebration. Get your neighborhood friends together this year to celebrate the joie de vivre spirit of sharing in good times, good food and spirits, and throwing trinkets! Parade the kids in their decorated wagons or tricycles, and let them dress up in their favorite costumes.

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Whatever you choose to do, be safe and let those good times roll!

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