Tanabata Japanese Star Festival

June 27, 2023


Celebrate the annual reunion of Japan’s iconic star-crossed lovers with storytelling and cultural activities!

Friday, July 7, beginning at 10 a.m.

In partnership with Consulate-General of Japan in Houston

Funded in part by City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance

Children’s Museum Houston would like to invite you to celebrate the Make a Wish! “Tanabata 七夕” Japanese Star Festival.  As legend is told in Japanese culture, two star-crossed lovers, Vega and Altair, are separated by the Milky Way. They are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month.  This reunion marks the celebration of Tanabata (meaning the evening of the seventh).  



Kendama Spotlight Performance:  Catch a fascinating traditional Japanese skill toy interactive!

Event Times:  At 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in Parent’s Resource Library.


Kamishibai:  Enjoy an interactive Japanese storytelling experience.

Event Times:  At 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in Parent’s Resource Library.



  • Tanzaku:  Manifest your wish by writing it on a colorful strip of paper to hang in Kids’ Hall.
  • Origami: Make a symbolic origami magpie to hang on a tapestry in Kids’ Hall.
  • Kirigami:  Design then hang a Tanabata decoration from bamboo in Kids’ Hall.
  • Interstellar Passport:  Receive a star passport to collect event travel stamps in Kids’ Hall.
  • Woven Constellation: Blast off into creating your own cluster of stars in Alexander Art Academy.
  • Blast Off: Explore propulsion by building a straw rocket in Science Station.
  • Rocket Firework: Make an eye-catching firework display with festive straw rockets in Junktion.


***Activities, events and times subject to change.