5 Things Kids Will Love About Going to a Sugar Land Skeeters Game

Hailed as "America's pastime," baseball games are often a favorite way to spend a day or evening as a family. Houston may be famous for its major league team, the Houston Astros, but they aren't the only team in town. In 2012, the city of Sugar Land entered the baseball scene by bringing in its own minor league team, the Sugar Land Skeeters, along with Constellation Field, a stadium fit to please fans of all ages.

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Touring the 1940 Air Terminal Museum

Tucked behind the west side of Hobby Airport is an unassuming building that houses a local treasure: the 1940 Air Terminal Museum. It's one of those buildings you'd probably miss if you weren't looking for it, but it is a stop worth visiting with your young aviation enthusiasts.

While the Houston Municipal Airport Terminal, which houses the museum, was a hotspot for commuters flying in and out of Houston in its heyday, it was eventually upstaged by Hobby Airport and gradually fell into disrepair. In an effort to prevent the art deco building from being demolished, the Houston Aeronautical Heritage Society formed in 1998 and began an extensive renovation process that included turning the terminal into the present-day 1940 Air Terminal Museum. Much of the terminal has been renovated to match its former glory giving museum-goers a glimpse into what early travelers experienced as they waited for their planes to depart or for loved ones to land. 

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Inside Bellaire's Nature Discovery Center

Houston is known for being a bustling metropolis, but the city also boasts some hidden gems in the nature department. Nestled in the heart of Bellaire and surrounded by houses, the Nature Discovery Center is one such place that is ideal for reconnecting with the outdoors without venturing too far from city limits.

The Nature Discovery Center was founded in 1979 and is dedicated to educating children and adults about nature and inspiring them to spend more time outdoors. It features two Discovery Rooms, which house hands-on exhibits and displays, and Russ Pitman Park, a 4-acre property with a variety of amenities.

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Flying High at the Hermann Park Kite Festival

Since 2014, the Hermann Park Kite Festival has been bringing Houstonians of all ages - and their kites - together to enjoy a day of kite flying, live entertainment, and tons of free activities for families and children. Organized by the Hermann Park Conservancy, the festival takes place on Miller Hill and over the Jones Reflection Pool.

I knew I wanted to take my family to the Hermann Park Kite Festival because not only does my toddler love watching and flying kites, but any family oriented event that is filled with fun activities and is free always sounds like a good idea. We attended the 2016 festival on April 3, which was perfect timing in terms of weather - the annual heat wave had yet to set in. Next year's festival is set for March 26, 2017.

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Weekday Picks for LI Kids: Merry Merry Library (and carnivals!)

This week, Long Island's libraries shine with unique programs and events for children of all ages. From making entrepreneurship fun in Brentwood to asking difficult parent-related questions in Westbury (is my kid the only one not sleeping through the night?), dust off that library card and enjoy some free air conditioning.

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Fort Bend Children's Discovery Center: Adventures for Kids of All Ages

The Fort Bend Children's Discovery Center opened in May of this year, and it is more than a branch of the Children's Museum of Houston. Although it is sponsored by the organization, it isn't merely a replica of the popular downtown museum. Instead, it is filled with attractions that make it worth a visit in its own right. 

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Music, Games and Shopping Galore at the Houston Children's Festival

Even though the Houston Children's Festival has been around for longer than I have been on this planet - it celebrates its 29th anniversary in 2017 - I had never made the trek to see what all the fuss was all about. My family and I attended this year and I can happily say it was well worth the trip from our corner of the metroplex. The country's largest children's festival features live entertainment, booths for parents, local food trucks, games, and (so) much more. It can be an overwhelming weekend if you do not plan ahead, so check out our breakdown of how to maximize your festival fun.

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Weekday Fun: Mo Willems, Puppet Show, Laurie Berkner Live

Art, music—and math? It's another great September week in NYC for the kiddos. Check out a brand-new exhibit at the New York Hall of Science, Science Inspires Art: Food, and catch the final week of Mo Willems-inspired storytimes at the New-York Historical Society. Kindie rock fans can meet Laurie Berkner and enjoy a FREE mini-concert.

Thinking about enrichment programs for your kids? On Sunday, September 25, join Mommy Poppins and Kumon Math and Reading Centers for a morning of family fun. Kids can enjoy face painting, a balloon twister, and chocolate tastings, while parents explore the many programs offered by Kumon for all ages and abilities, from preschoolers to teens.

Our top picks for the week are below, but there are many more options in our Event Calendar. For more seasonal fun, be sure to peruse or Fall Activity Guide.

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