From free movies in the park to bike trails to fun family outings, here is a great list of fun Katy places and activities around town to create some new memories. Many of them are FREE!
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Katy Residents' Guide 2020
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1. Movie Nights at Central Green FREE
Gather the family for free movies at Central Green Park at LaCenterra of Cinco Ranch on select Saturdays throughout the month.
Spend a fun afternoon with good beers and friends at No Label Brewing Co. Kids can play in the playground and pets are welcome too! The rustic Katy brewery produces handcrafted ales and lagers.They also host community events so check their calendar for what’s up next.
3. Mary Jo Peckham Park FREE
Retreat to Mary Jo Peckham Park to connect with nature. The property surrounds a beautiful, stocked fishing pond with walking trails. Plus kids love the expansive playground with free putt putt golf. They also have various fitness classes with first priority given to City of Katy and Harris County residents.
At Inflatable Katy, you can book and indoor party with their inflatable attractions. Outside party packages can be customized to include mini golf, batting cages and Go Karts. Plus, they have a ferris wheel! Visit their website to find the best option and see the add-ons to make the day extra special.
5. MKT Railroad Museum FREE
Visit the most iconic landmark in Katy! The MKT railroad museum is an historic landmark with life-sized exhibits. Make sure to take your photo with the famous red caboose car.
Book a bay at TopGolf to work on your swing through fun and innovative games and challenges. Check out their awesome menu too!
7. Historic Katy Shops & Antiques FREE
Downtown Katy is home to several eclectic antique shops! You can spend hours browsing their impressive and unique collections. Visit KT Antiques where they welcome shoppers with their nostalgic soda fountain and free cookies then head to Limited Edition Arts and Antiques known for their art-deco prints and extensive movie memorabilia.Historians will love Southern Historical Antique Shop for its unique variety of Historical items both Military and Civilian.
This exciting new venue in Katy promotes themselves as a "Restaurant by day...show-stopping live entertainment at night." Check their website for fun events like comedy shows, live music, Bingo, karaoke and more.
9. Katy Heritage Park FREE
Take a photo in front of the "You'll Love Katy" mural! While your there, explore the history of Katy's heritage at the Wright House, Stockdick House, and visit the Tradition Bank Bandstand.
10. Katy Mills
Escape the Texas heat inside the recently-refurbished Katy Mills Mall. The 175 stores feature high-fashion outlets like Saks Fifth Avenue, Nieman Marcus, Coach, Nike and more. The mall welcomes families to enjoy the contemporary dining pavilion, Disney Jr. Play Zone and AMC Movie Theatres.
Yes, it's a gas station, but a quick trip to the Buc-ee's in Katy proves that everything IS bigger in Texas. Even the car wash is BIG and the Guinness Book of World Records declared it to be the longest in the world! Grab some signature Buc-ee's gear, Beaver Nuggets, and an extra-large drink. It's tradition.
12. Willow Fork Park FREE
The 32-acre park is located at the northwest corner of SH 99/Grand Parkway and Cinco Ranch Blvd., north of Cinco Ranch High School. Take a leisurely walk through Willow Fork Park to watch for butterflies visiting their special garden. The park is also equipped with boardwalks, a pedestrian bridge, playground, disc golf, bio swales, a pavilion facility with restrooms, picnic tables and grills.
Explore the upscale shops and restaurants spread across 34 acres of LaCenterra in Cinco Ranch. Families can gather in the common areas, find the perfect gift or choose from many of the indoor and outdoor dining locations.
14. Katy Market Days FREE
What better way to spend a Saturday than a day full of shopping and delicious food? Visit the outdoor market in Downtown Katy every third Saturday of the month from March to December. You’ll find 65+ local vendors with unique wares, food trucks, and live music!
15. MKT Distillery
Get your fill of Katy history and some fine whiskey at the Silos in Downtown Katy. MKT Distillery offers whiskey and moonshine distilled in-house as well as a selection of nonalcoholic drinks. Children and your furry friends can tag along too!
16. Typhoon Texas
Get ready to make a splash at Typhoon Texas. Katy’s family water park features rides for the littlest and biggest kid at heart. Grab a tube, or jump right in, the water’s fine!
17. Bicycle Riding in George Bush Park FREE
Take a nice family bike ride on the trails through George Bush Park.
A Katy institution of fun since 1988, kids are still drawn to the fun of a classic roller rink. With great deals like All-You-Can-Eat-Pizza Night on Saturdays, Cheap Skate Wednesdays, birthday party packages, and more!
19. Music Under the Stars at Central Green FREE
Gather the family for live music at Central Green Park at LaCenterra of Cinco Ranch on select Saturdays.
Embrace the challenges of two-level Kart racing, NASCAR simulators, bowling, iBlast, Hologate Virtual Reality and arcade games. When you’re not competing, relax in the Garage Bar and restaurant.
21. Family Night at Chick-fil-A FREE
The local Chick-fil-A restaurants offer fun programs for kids throughout the month with special visits from the Chick-fil-A cow and her friends.
Challenge yourself to learn a new skill at one of the largest indoor climbing facilities in the Unites States. Momentum Indoor Climbing features rope climbing, bouldering, kids' climbing, cross training, yoga, and workspaces for professional use.
23. Exploration Park
Explore a sensory garden rooted in children's play and dedicated to environmental education with a musical bridge, fun swing varieties, large play area, picnic tables, and a water cycle wall.
24. Food Truck Friday in Cinco Ranch Food trucks serve everything from Cuban cuisine to Maine lobster on the third Friday of the month from 5 to 9 p.m. from March through October.
25. Main Event Bring the family to Main Event for fun and games under one roof! Test your skills on the gravity ropes, at the arcade games, bowling, and laser tag or at the billiard tables. Main Event also offers a full menu and bar
26. Alamo Drafthouse Quote-Along Nights You’re invited to quote- and sing-along with your favorite movies. Alamo Drafthouse features special movie events throughout the month and offers an extensive food and drink too menu.
27. Alternate Reality Escape Room Can you and your friends escape a Nuclear Fall-Out or Zombie Apocalypse in less than 60 minutes? Test your survival skills in one of the themed escape rooms at Alternate Reality. Not recommended for young children.
28. Katy Play Station FREE This railroad-inspired play area was created to serve children with special needs. The Katy Play Station features easy-access ramps, and activities for hearing- and vision-impaired children.
29. Altitude Trampoline Park Katy kids love to bounce on the wall-to-wall trampolines and dive into the giant foam pit. Altitude Trampoline Park also features a kid's basketball court, a climbing wall, and fitness classes for adults.
30. iFly Houston Feel the adrenaline rush of skydiving, without the altitude. Certified instructors are close by to guide you to an unforgettable aerial experience.
31. Pinot's Palette Pinot's Palette hosts fun painting parties for families, groups, ladies’ night out, kids parties, birthday and events. Bring your own drink and appetizers - everything else is provided!
32. Wildcatter Saloon (21+)
Check out what’s happening on the 4-acres of Wildcatter Saloon and Pavilion, Katy’s premiere concert venue for indoor and outdoor performances, festivals, contests, and more.
33. Katy Prairie Conservancy FREE
Trek through Katy's well-preserved prairie lands and learn about wildlife and conservation.
34. BINGO Night at Proud Pie Get your chips ready for an exciting game of Bingo at Proud Pie every Tuesday night at 7 p.m. And the grand prize is... you guessed it...free pie!
35. Dewberry Farm Enjoy seasonal fun with the entire family at Dewberry Farm with hayrides, petting zoos, mazes, games, and more! Pick a pumpkin every fall, and a choose a Christmas tree during the Christmas season. (Seasonal)
36. The Showboat Drive-In The short drive from Katy to Hockley is worth it to travel back in time. Enjoy current, blockbuster movies in old-fashioned, drive-in style. Bring a blanket and chairs to enjoy the mild Texas weather.
37. Tilt Studio
Inside Katy Mills Mall, you’ll find the Tilt Studio. Take the whole family to play mini golf, laser tag, arcade games and even ride the Tilt-a-Whirl.
38. World of Beer (21+)
A night out with the friends can happen any night at World of Beer. Enjoy exclusive tap offerings, great menu, plenty of big screens to watch the games, or team up for themed trivia events and live music.
39. Board and Brush Katy Explore your decorating spirit with a DIY wood sign workshop. Plan a Girls' Night Out and create your next masterpiece.
40. Cinemark Catch the latest flick in one of Cinemark’s new luxury recliner seats. The theater also serves beer, wine, and other refreshments right to your seat.
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