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4 New Spots Houston Families Will Flip For

It's already shaping up to be a great year for Houston with the Super Bowl right around the corner (and a ton of new restaurants opening in its wake). In the coming months, you can expect to see the re-opening (and grand opening) of three fabulous parks with amenities like splash pads and shaded trails. And for those of you with a need for some serious speed, a new race track has opened in east Montgomery County. Here are four new places to have fun with kids in Houston opening this Spring:

Governors Island Will Open a Month Early in 2017

Governors Island, long one of our favorite summer spots, will open to the public on Monday, May 1 this year, nearly a full month ahead of its usual schedule. Typically it opens for the season on Memorial Day weekend.

The earlier opening isn't just for weekends, either. Ferries will shuttle New Yorkers to the massive park seven days a week, from May 1 through October 1, offering access to the brand-new playgrounds it debuted last year, art, and cool festivals like Figment. Suddenly we know what we're doing for Mother's Day 2017! 

Register for Free Swimming Lessons for NYC Kids

The New York City Parks Department offers FREE aquatic programs for children under 18 all year round, as well as adults, but you have to apply through an online lottery for each session. Winter swimming lessons are on the horizon and the lottery opens on Monday, December 26. A lottery for a school holiday break learn-to-swim session also opened earlier this month.

Read on for the details on where to swim for free, or check our directory of paid kid swim classesmommy-and-me swim lessons for babies and toddlers, including those specifically in Brooklyn and in Queens.


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