Making the Most of a Day Trip to Moody Gardens

If you have taken a trip to Galveston you most likely passed the massive pyramids of Moody Gardens. The complex of museums, rides, and exhibits can be overwhelming, so we've broken down what you can expect to see and do. Because it is a bit of a drive down the dreaded Gulf Freeway and tickets can end up rather costly for larger families, we recommend making a day or weekend visit as a special occasion.  

Kids Get Up Close and Personal With Animals at Old MacDonald's Farm

Old MacDonald's Farm is the perfect place to take the kids when you want to get outside and experience something different. Located off FM 1960 on the northeast side of Houston, this 15-acre farm is tagged as "A Children's Paradise." And after taking a trip down there with my best friend and our two sons, I can emphatically agree. Here are a few tips we picked up from our trip to the farm to help you and your family plan the best possible visit. 

For the Fire Truck Fanatics: Houston Fire Museum and Fire Station Tours

Fire trucks are a big deal in our house - my toddler loves them - so I had no excuse to not visit the Houston Fire Museum when I found a Groupon deal for discounted admission. Formerly Houston Fire Station No. 7, the facility was built in 1898 by the Houston Fire Department and remained active until 1969. In 1980, it was renovated into its current state as a museum and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Driving up, you can see how well the outside of the building has been preserved, and the station exudes an unparalleled authenticity. The museum itself is small, consisting of four main rooms to tour and a play area for the kids. 

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.

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. 

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.

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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