Bayou Bend Family Days welcome you for fun and learning during selected months, usually on the third Sunday.

Admission is free! Enjoy:

  • Station-guided house tours of the first floor
  • Access to Bayou Bend's remarkable historic gardens
  • Performances by fantastic musicians, puppeteers, dancers, storytellers, and more
  • Craft activities suited for young children
  • Educational themes related to aspects of Bayou Bend
  • Exhibitions, demonstrations, and workshops centered around the day's theme

The first-floor house tours are hosted by volunteers from Houston Junior Woman's Club.

Education programs at Bayou Bend receive generous funding from Occidental Petroleum Corporation; Mr. William J. Hill; Houston Junior Woman's Club; Susie and Mel Glasscock; Susan Vaughan Foundation; The Americana Foundation; Frost Bank; Mrs. Nancy Glanville Jewell; Mrs. Denise D. Monteleone; The Powell Foundation; and Pat and Dee Osborne.

The education programs also receive endowment income from funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Ballard and Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Tate.


Bayou Bend Family Day: Our National Thanksgiving

Activities, music, crafts, giveaways, and more abound throughout the gardens and historic mansion. Enjoy programs that explore holiday traditions in early American culture.


Past Events in This Series

Bayou Bend & Rienzi Family Day

Families are invited to enjoy art workshops, gallery games, performances, and more during this afternoon of fun presented jointly by the two MFAH house museums. The event takes place at Rienzi and also at Bayou Bend’s Kilroy Visitor & Education Center. 

Bayou Bend & Rienzi Family Day

Enjoy a fun afternoon of art workshops, gallery games, performances, and much more. Admission is free, with complimentary transportation between the two house museums.

Bayou Bend Family Day: Spring into the Season

An amazing afternoon of free fun and entertainment awaits! Activities, music, craft workshops, demonstrations, performances, giveaways, and more abound throughout the gardens and the historic mansion.

Bayou Bend Family Day: Inventions and Innovations

An amazing afternoon of free fun and entertainment awaits! Activities, music, craft workshops, demonstrations, performances, giveaways, and more abound throughout the gardens and the historic mansion.

Bayou Bend Family Day: African American Heritage

An amazing afternoon of free fun and entertainment awaits! Activities, music, craft workshops, demonstrations, performances, giveaways, and more abound throughout the gardens and the historic mansion.


Bayou Bend Family Day: Texas Legends & Energy Legacies

An amazing afternoon of free fun and entertainment awaits! Activities, music, craft workshops, demonstrations, performances, giveaways, and more abound throughout the gardens and the historic mansion. 

Bayou Bend Family Day: Hispanic Heritage

An amazing afternoon of free fun and entertainment awaits! Activities, music, craft workshops, demonstrations, performances, giveaways, and more abound throughout the gardens and the historic mansion.