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Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Arbor Day, Children's Texas Art Festival, Jan 20-21

How is it even possible that January is already over halfway done? 2018 is off to a running start, and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon! To ring in the new year, we revamped our list of 100 Things To Do With Houston Kids Before They Grow Up so you can stay on top of all the must-do and must-see things around our great city. Make this year the year that you start crossing off all the best destinations and activities to take the kids! 

These colder months have meant we've focused a lot on keeping the toddlers and kids busy while indoors; now it's time to give a nod to all the babies out there, because we know they can get bored being stuck inside, too. Sensory activities are a great way to entertain, educate, and stimulate your baby's ever-expanding mind and senses, and most can easily be assembled with items you already have at home. 

Whenever you find yourself in an activity slump, you can count on our event calendar to have all the best events and activities across Houston and the surrounding areas, making it easy to find and plan a family-friendly outing. Want something more concise? Then you'll want to check out our exceedingly popular January GoList for the month's best family-friendly events. You can also have posts like this delivered straight to your inbox by signing up for our free weekly newsletter, which makes it easy to stay on top of everything that's happening. 

We also know there are a ton of great events happening out there that we would love to give more visibility to, which we can easily do when you submit your event to our calendar. Just fill out the form, hit submit, and we'll take care of the rest! 

On that note, it's time to start planning the weekend!

50 Easy Science Experiments for Kids Using Household Stuff

Children are born scientists. They're always experimenting with something, whether they're throwing a plate of spaghetti on the wall, blowing bubbles in the bath water or stacking blocks into an intricate tower only to destroy it in one big swipe. As they get older, you may decide to enroll them in a FREE online coding class to get a leg up in today's digital world. But you can actually do some pretty mind-blowing, hands-on science experiments at home using stuff you probably have lying around the house.

Don't worry if you never made it past biology: These 50 science activities are super-easy and a lot of fun to boot, as kids are exposed to a wide variety of scientific concepts. It's a great way to spend quality time together as a family and who knows, mom and dad may end up learning a new thing or two, too.

Find more at-home fun in our Boredom Busters guide for families.

Best Candy Shops To Visit Around Houston

When it comes to eating out in Houston, the city isn't short of amazing options, from delicious Tex-Mex to finger-licking barbeque. And then there's dessert. If the kids aren't in an ice cream kind of mood, good old-fashioned candy can do the trick. From the classics to the trendy sweet treats, this list will surely satisfy anyone's sugary obsession.

100 Things To Do With Houston Kids Before They Grow Up

If you are a mom in Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States, you are bound to find fun activities to do with your kids of all ages anywhere in town. Whether you're a new or veteran mom, you know time flies by - kids grow up way too fast. At Mommy Poppins Houston, we want to make sure you don’t miss out on the most awesome, family-friendly activities around town. With warm weather basically all year around, Houston is the ideal place to enjoy wonderful parks and playgrounds, incredible museums, and fun play spaces. Here is the ultimate list (in no particular order) of 100 things to do with your kiddos before they grow up.

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MLK Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: MLK Parade, Galveston Restaurant Week, Jan 13-15

Just as quickly as the 2017 holiday season ended, the holidays are officially beginning in 2018! Our first long weekend of the year recognizes Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and we have a host of celebratory events to commemorate the occasion.

If you're looking to do something fun with the kids on their Monday off school (or at any time, really!) we highly recommend checking out the newly redone Weiss Energy Hall at the Houston Museum of Natural Science; it's an exhibit that is sure to keep everyone in the family engaged and entertained. 

Itching to try out some new restaurants? Galveston Restaurant Week is happening in full force, and we narrowed down the best places to try when you have the kiddos in tow. And if you're making your way down to the Island anyway, you might want to check out Moody Gardens or the Galveston Railroad Museum while you're there. Both are guaranteed to offer a day full of fun for the family.

For a complete list everything fun happening in and around the city this weekend (and every day!), check out our event calendar and our ever popular January GoList. And don't forget to sign up for our weekly newsletter to read about fun things to do each weekend in Houston. 

Have an event you want to share? We would love to add it to our calendar! You can submit your own events and we'll get them posted! 

And now it's time to check out all the Houston happenings this weekend:

12 Easy DIY Sensory Activities to Entertain Babies

Sensory activities for babies open the world up to our kids while they're still happily stationary. Maybe even more important, it begins to familiarize them to their own bodies. Every new day delivers a fresh overload of sights, sounds, and sensations. 

Bonus: Sensory games give us something fun to do with our little ones beyond tummy time! We've rounded up a dozen of our favorite sensory activities that you can create right at home. DIY sensory toys nurture a basic understanding of the people, places, and stuff that populate their lives, along with the motor and communication skills that they'll need to interact with the world. There will be new things for baby to touch, smell, see, and figure out. Watch as your little one giggles her way through these micro-discoveries. 

Everything featured here can be crafted from simple, recycled materials and stuff found within reach around the house or a couple of clicks on Amazon. Read on for sensory fun, and check out our Boredom Busters Guide for more all-ages crafts, recipes, and rainy day fun.

Discover the Houston Museum of Natural Science's Latest Makeover

In November 2017 the Wiess Energy Hall reopened its doors after undergoing a massive renovation. The previous version of the exhibit covered 8,500 square feet and was home to several classic attractions, like the popular Geovater and the Energy Jukebox. The new and improved exhibit, however, is more than triple in size, and now spans 30,000 square feet of interactive, hands-on learning and fun. Over the holidays we got a chance to check it out, and it did not disappoint. 

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Disney Fantasia, Toy Train Show, Jan 6-7

Welcome to 2018, and the first non-holiday weekend of the year! We have no doubt that this year is going to be a great one, and we are going to make certain that you are able to stay on top of everything fun and fresh that is happening throughout the Houston area each and every week. 

The colder weather may be forcing kids to stay indoors a little more than usual, but that doesn't mean you have to be confined to the house. Check out some of these great indoor play spaces around Houston for a change of pace that lets your kids be active while staying nice and cozy at the same time. This is also a great time to check out some of the many museums in the area that offer free admission on various days and times of the week. 

If you do need to take advantage of the extra time at home and have a technology inclined kid, or even just a technology interested kid, you'll definitely want to check out these FREE websites that teach kids computer programming and coding. They're sure to offer up an interesting and informative learning experience that ignites a curiosity and passion for technology.

Find your calendar lacking? Look no further than our exhaustive event calendar for events all around Houston and the surrounding areas, or turn to our January GoList for the month's best family-friendly events. To have posts like this delivered straight to your inbox, be sure to sign up for our free weekly newsletter

For any events you want shared with the community, submit your event to our calendar. We'll take care of the rest!

Now, without further delay, let's take a look at the weekend events!

Best Picks for Doing Galveston Restaurant Week With Kids

If you've ever wanted to try some of the fabulous seaside fare at Galveston's top restaurants, there's no better time to do it than during Galveston Restaurant Week. Galveston may be a bit of a drive for some Houstonians, but with so many things to do around the island and reduced menu prices at many of the island's restaurants from Jan. 6- 21, 2018, it's worth the trip! We've made planning your day just a bit easier and rounded up our top 10 picks for kid-friendly restaurants to visit during Galveston Restaurant Week.

Vienna with Kids: 33 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do In Austria's Capital

Exploring the great cities of Europe with children in tow may sound more complicated than it's worth—except that it's really worth it. And speaking of great cities of Europe, there is none greater than Vienna. Once the seat of the Austro-Hungarian empire, the Central European capital packs in museums, palaces, and epic landmarks the way Mary Poppins packs surprises in her carpetbag. Vienna is a feast for the eyes, with a feast for the belly waiting at every corner, too. I'll take Vienna over Paris every time.

But kids? What's there for them, amidst all of these old buildings? If you dread dragging little ones on cultural tours, but long for a bit of culture yourself, check out Vienna. In summer, the city has an astonishing number of kids' activities, well organized in the city's Ferienspiel plan listing free and cheap kids' activities all over town. In winter, holiday themed activities turn Vienna into a twinkling, often snowy, wonderland.

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