My Mommy Tips for the 2020 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™

Chances are, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is the largest event you will ever attend.  In 2017 they broke their all time attendance record with OVER 185,000 attendees!  By comparison, Walt Disney World’s 4 parks have a combined average daily attendance of 130,000.  Don’t let these numbers scare you, because the Houston Livestock Show is HUGE, and there is plenty to do for everyone!  It’s a terrific time you and your kids will always remember, but to make the most of your visit, check out my 12 Mommy Tips.


Know Before You Go

While it’s implied, if not expected, to wear your best cowboy boots to the stockshow, it’s not required.  Make sure your kids wear comfortable shoes, because there is a lot of walking, and close-toed shoes are a must when walking around animals.

Download the RodeoHouston App for helpful tips while you are at the Livestock Show.  However, getting service at the Livestock Show (and especially the Rodeo) was hit or miss because of everyone is on their phone!

If at all possible, go on a weekday.  The earlier the better.

No outside food or drinks are allowed.

Wednesdays are Family Wednesdays, with FREE NRG Park Admission for seniors, 60 and over, and children, 12 and under until noon.

  • (does not include rodeo/concert admission)
  • 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

For security reasons, you will need to pass through a metal detector before you enter the Livestock Show.  Pocket knives longer than 3″ are not allowed, and it’s a long walk back to your car  truck.  You couldn’t help but feel sorry for the guy in line ahead of us who had one.

Parking Traffic is CRAZY around the stock show, and parking is going to run you about $30.  Consider the Park and Ride, with shuttles that drop you off at The Junction!  I also like the METROrail, and my kids love riding it!


Lone Star Bikecabs  If you do choose to park in one of the parking lots around the Stock Show, there are bike taxis that will take you closer to the entrance.  The taxis charge between $5 and $10 a person.  We loved riding as they whipped in and out of traffic, it was the thrilling-est (it’s a word) part of the evening!

My kids missed out on Mutton Bustin’, so learn from my mistakes!  Participants must be 5 – 6 years old, and under 55 lbs.   It’s $15 for hopefully 8 seconds of glory!  They also have a DVD for sale!  Located in The Junction.  Register as soon as you arrive to participate.

There is also Mutton Bustin during Rodeo Houston, but you must register before February for the kids to participate.


The Carnival Midway

Tickets are worth $.50, and most rides are between 4 – 20 tickets.

If you are going to rodeo, don’t try to win a HUGE stuffed animal first! We watched as a heartbroken little girl had to leave her’s behind, because there isn’t room for them in the seats!


The Food

Yes, it’s crazy expensive, and laden with fat, but it’s amazing!  Try a little of everything!  Here’s a list of the 2019 winners!

Houston Livestock Show

NRG Park, Houston

Click HERE to visit their website


Keep Having Fun in the TEXAS Sun! 



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