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6 Places to Ride a Boat In and Near Houston

Sure, the waters surrounding Houston may not be the clearest, but there is still something magical about being among the waves. I've always considered myself lucky to live in a city near the sea; as a kid, we would often take boat rides around Galveston, and I wish we knew back then about boating opportunities within Houston's city limits. Boat rides make for great activities for any season, from spring to summer to fall. These six options are all family friendly and include both free and ticketed rides.

Soak Up Some Sun (& Family Fun) at Surfside Beach

When you mention beaches near Houston, everyone's first thought typically trends toward Galveston. However, Galveston's many beaches are not the only ones close enough for a day trip, and while we've trekked down there plenty of times, it's definitely not the end-all-be-all. In fact, one of our favorite spots is the quiet town of Surfside where the beach is clean and full of sand (not seaweed).

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Harry Potter Concert, Lion King, July 22-23

Houston summer nights are hot and humid, the days are long and full of fun, so plan this coming weekend with free moviesfairs and festivals, concerts, and more all over town. If you are wanting to cool off, check out our list of splash pads or free pools in Houston. 

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Summer is in full swing! Check out our July GoList or the complete event calendar to find the best things to do this month. Did you know can also submit your own events? Have this post delivered straight to your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

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Exploring the Armand Bayou Nature Center

Tucked away on the edge of Clear Lake, right inside the Pasadena city limits, is one of the best-kept secrets in southeast Houston. Armand Bayou Nature Center features 2,500 acres of land that boasts miles of trails, vast marshes, and several educational venues that are perfect for families to explore. They offer free admission on the first and third Sunday of each month, giving families the perfect opportunity to explore the center and learn more about the special events and classes available throughout the year.

20 Things to Do With Kids in Tomball, TX

One of the many great things about living in the greater Houston area is that we are surrounded by small towns and communities full of history, attractions, and fun things to do. Tomball is northwest of Houston and can be accessed from Highway 249, and is the perfect spot for a morning or day out with the kids. If you're looking for more north Houston fun, check out our list of things to do in The Woodlands with kids.

Best Family-Friendly Beaches in Galveston

Longing to feel the sand between your toes this summer? Some of the best beaches in Texas are located just an hour or so south of the greater Houston area. Whether you're looking for a seaside escape for the day, a weekend, or longer, these beaches are all awesome options for some family friendly summer fun in the sun. And for more ideas on activities and things to do for the whole family, check out our summer fun guide for Houston kids.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Lion King, Oz, Julydoscope, July 15-16

This weekend in Houston is roaring with fun for the entire family with the modern adaptation of both The Lion King and The Wizard of Oz, with performances in theaters Downtown. Plus, outdoor summer fun continues with free moviesfairs and festivals, concerts, and more all over town.

Also on Mommy Poppins this week:

Summer is in full swing! Check out our July GoList or the complete event calendar to find the best things to do this month. Did you know can also submit your own events? Have this post delivered straight to your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

Now let's check out what's going on this weekend: 

4 Houston-area Campgrounds with Entertainment to Keep Kids Happy

The camping trips my husband and I plan for ourselves before we had kids typically followed the same mantra: plenty of nature and not much else. However, now that we've added little ones into the mix, we've started to explore the idea of camping in places that offer a little more in the way of activities. While I still firmly believe that camping should give us a chance to disconnect, there's something to be said for campgrounds that offer entertainment for the kids... and for the adults who still feel like kids, and these four campgrounds definitely fit the bill. 

20 Ways to Beat the Heat For Cheap

We don't have to tell you that during a Houston summer, the heat and humidity come at you at full force. Staying cool with the kids is top priority these days, and while the area has plenty of splash pads and pools, sometimes it's nice to just be out of the sun. And enjoying someone else's air conditioning. We know it can get expensive at indoor playgrounds and gyms, so to help you beat the heat without breaking the bank, we've rounded up 20 activities that are affordable (some are free, all are under $15!).

Find yourself in need of even more ideas? Be sure to check out our guide to free summer fun and full guide of things to do with Houston kids in the summer.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Christmas in July 5k, Paw Patrol, July 8-9

We are almost half way through the summer, so this weekend is the perfect opportunity for Houston peeps to evaluate progress on the family summer bucket list. Maybe you are steadily making it happen or you just now realize many activities haven't been completed, don't worry because this weekend's event calendar can certainly help cross off a few items. 

Also on Mommy Poppins this week:

Summer is in full swing! Check out our July GoList or the complete event calendar to find the best things to do this month. Did you know can also submit your own events? Have this post delivered straight to your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

Now let's check out what's going on this weekend: 

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