10 Kid Friendly Attractions at Kemah Boardwalk

Situated about 20 miles outside of downtown Houston, Kemah delivers a drastic change of scenery from city life without the long drive. It's packed with kid-friendly attractions that will keep the whole family entertained for hours, from rides to exhibits.

My toddler and I hit up Kemah Boardwalk one hot summer morning to take in all it has to offer. If you are interested in planning a trip for your family, here are 10 activities not to miss.

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Exploring The Children's Museum of Houston

The Children’s Museum of Houston has been catering to children since 1980 and boasts a wide array of activities to foster learning in a fun, innovative way. As a native Houstonian, I visited often with my family and could not wait for the day when I could bring my son, who is now 2-1/2 years old. There are 14 different exhibits to visit, and there is something for any child from toddlers up to 12 years old. It's a good idea to wear comfortable shoes as you will most likely be chasing your kid all over the place!

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A Family Visit to George Ranch Historical Park

In the southwest corner of the greater Houston area is the 23,000-acre George Ranch, which is home to the George Ranch Historical Park. Driving down to Richmond, which is about 15 minutes west of Sugar Land, may seem like a hassle for some Houstonians, but a visit to the park is worth it. It brings nearly a century of Texas history, the 1830s to 1930s, with historical replicas, exhibits, and reenactments. 

Read on to hear about my family's trip to George Ranch Historical Park during Labor Day weekend and why we think it makes the perfect day trip. 

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Make No Bones About It: The Morian Hall of Paleontology is an Exhibit Not to Miss

With special exhibits rotating in and out of the Houston Museum of Natural Science throughout the year, it's easy to overlook the permanent exhibits. The Morian Hall of Paleontology is one constant you don't want to miss. This is no ordinary collection of dinosaur bones on display; it's an in-depth encounter with creatures of the past that is sure to enthrall even the youngest visitors. 

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10 Reasons to Head to Memorial Park for Your Next Stroller Run

When it comes to staying fit, stroller walking and running are popular choices among moms who need to work out with the kids in tow. Finding a good trail that's stroller-friendly, however, can often prove to be just as difficult as actually getting out and running with one. Houston's Memorial Park spans 1,400 acres and features the Seymour Lieberman Exercise Trail, which is a 2.93-mile loop that is perfect for this activity.

As an avid distance runner, I've researched and tried out many around the greater Houston area, and in the process, I have identified several factors that can make or break a jogging route. I've logged countless stroller miles with my son, who is now 2 1/2 years old. The Seymour Lieberman Exercise Trail at Memorial Park fits all of my "running mom" requirements, and here are 10 reasons why:  

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Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Harry Potter, Apple Field Trip

September, as always, is hopping, and with fall setting in, we see a shift in Westchester family programming. Case in point: the All About Apples Field Trip, where participants can learn about this “forbidden” fruit and get hands-on with a cider press.

If you already read the newest installment in the book series and don’t know what else to do to satisfy your Harry Potter craving, try the Harry Potter and the Latin Connection to learn how myths and spells derived from classical languages inspired the author. Looking to get crafty? Whip up a Knot Pillow to adorn your room.

These are just a few of our top picks for the weekdays ahead. Read on for the rest and for additional details, and don’t forget to turn to our Event Calendar  for many more options!

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A Morning at the Cockrell Butterfly Center

The Houston Museum of Natural Science is known for having a variety of both permanent and traveling exhibits to visit throughout the year. One such museum constant is the Cockrell Butterfly Center, which is an indoor exhibit that consists of the Brown Hall of Entomology and the Rainforest Conservatory. Brown Hall houses a wealth of interactive information about various insects, and conservatory is a living habitat that houses hundreds of different butterflies. 

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