Taking the family to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo? Here’s a small sampling of kid-friendly events. Visit rodeohouston.com for more details and for event updates.
Free Family Wednesdays
Feb. 27, March 6 and March 13
Enjoy $2 rides and games from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., along with a $2 food or drink item at select food stands in the Junction Carnival. The Junction, previously called Kids Country, is a kid-focused area that tests visitors’ sense of adventure with rides, games and fun exhibits. Parents enjoy this area as much as the kids, with classic carnival games and rides, including the antique double carousel. Exhibits are free unless otherwise noted.
NRG Park Admission for seniors, 60 and over, and children, 12 and under until 7 pm (does not include rodeo/concert admission)
Lil’ Rustlers Rodeo
Children with special get the opportunity to be a rodeo star with playful stick horse races, seesaws turned into bulls and hay barrels resembling steers. See website for more details.
The Special Children’s Committee interfaces with schools and social service agencies for groups to attend Lil’ Rustlers Rodeo. If your child would like to participate, contact your child’s school district’s special education department or a support association that serves your child’s needs.
10 am – 9 pm • $9
Take a ride on this majestic animal that has crossed the world’s deserts for thousands of years. A camel ride is a great idea for each little adventurer to view the carnival atop a camel’s back.
Fun on the Farm
Fun on the Farm allows children to explore the world of agriculture by following the process of producing agricultural products, from farm to market. Children can help with farm chores such as gathering eggs, planting and harvesting crops and milking a cow. Be sure and check out Goat Mountain, where goats frolic on a rocky hill.
10 am – 7 pm (hours subject to weather)
The Junction Carnival
At the carnival, this special area is dedicated for children. Find kid-friendly rides and games that award winners with prizes around every bend!
Monday – Friday:
11 am – midnight
Saturday and Sunday:
10 am – midnight
Hours subject to weather conditions. Tickets will not be refunded due to weather closures.
Pedal Tractor Pull
Weekdays: 11 am.; 12:30 pm, 3 pm, 4:30 pm, and 6 pm
Weekends: 11 am.; 12:30 pm, 2 pm, 3:30 pm, 5 pm, and 6:30 pm
Children ages 4 to 12 years old become the stars of the Show while they compete in a fast-paced, action-packed, pedal-powered tractor pull. The tractors pull sleds, built just for fun.
Daily from 9 am – 9 pm
The petting zoo includes a wide variety of animals — from the exotic to those found on a typical farm. Grab a handful of tasty treats and see which animals are hungry.
Daily: 10:30 am; 11:30 am.; 12:30 pm; 1:30 pm; 3:30 pm; 4:30 pm; 5:30 pm; 6:30 pm
The perky piglets race around a 150-foot track in only a few seconds, all dashing for sweets waiting at the finish line.
Daily from 9 am – 9 pm
Pony rides are available for each little cowboy and cowgirl. Beautiful Welsh ponies walk carousel-style with their young riders.
$7 per ride, per child, and photos are available for additional costs.