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Fiesta with the Family for Cinco de Mayo

While tequila and margaritas may have become staples for Cinco de Mayo parties everywhere, this hasn't always been the case. In fact, May 5 actually has a lot of rich cultural heritage, dating all the way back to 1862 when the Mexican Army proved victorious over the French at the Battle of Puebla. Over the years, the day has become a great source of Mexican pride... and also a good excuse for people to get together and fiesta. 

Whether it's a morning spent exploring the holiday's history at the Children's Museum or diving into a Mexican feast and enjoying live music at one of this year's kid-friendly celebrations, we challenge you to bring back some of that cultural awareness this year... and have some good, old-fashioned family fun in the process. 

St. Patrick's Day Fun at Houston's Family Friendly Breweries

The craft beer scene in Houston is as rich and varied as the city itself, and in addition to serving up good beer, many local breweries cater to families by offering a relaxed environment for kids to run around while parents hang out. While the focus in March is typically on Rodeo and Spring Break, there's another holiday that deserves celebrating, too: St. Patrick's Day! And what better way to celebrate than supporting your local beer masters. We rounded up several breweries around town that are opening their doors with festive cheer on St. Patrick's Day this year, so you can relax with a good beer, enjoy games and contests for the family, and fill up on delicious local fare from favorite food trucks around town. 

Enjoying the Houston Rodeo Cook-off With Kids

Rodeo is a big deal in the Bayou City. The two-and-a-half weeks of livestock and horse shows, competitions, concerts and more give Houstonians a chance to dust off their boots, put on their plaid and enjoy some good old-fashioned cowboy and cowgirl fun. And it all is kicked off with one of my favorite events, the Rodeo Cook-off! The Thursday, Friday, and Saturday prior to the start of rodeo are filled with food, food, and more barbecue sauce-covered food. More than 250 cooking teams come together during these three days in tents outside of rodeo to cook their barbecue specialties, all leading up to the final judging where a Grand Champion is crowned. 

Where to Celebrate Mardi Gras Around Houston

The celebrations of Carnival that lead into Mardi Gras have a rich history dating all the way back to the 17th and 18th centuries in medieval Europe, and have long been a time for festivities and revelry that culminate the day before Lent begins on what is known as Fat Tuesday. Throughout the years it has gained a reputation as an adults-only party; however, there is a multitude of kid-friendly events that can be enjoyed right here in Houston as the Mardi Gras celebrations begin. From boat parades at the Kemah Boardwalk to cook-offs, live music, performances and much more, these Carnival celebrations are fit for the family.

Houston Area Music and Theater Camps

Houston has an array of summer and vacation camps to fit every kid's passion which provides a break from the classroom and the perfect opportunity for kids to pursue their interests in a more singular fashion. Have an aspiring actor or actress on your hands? Use summertime to help them hone in on their musical and theatrical skills by enrolling your little Romeo or Juliet in one of Houston's many music or theater camps.

And for more summer and vacation camp ideas, check out our comprehensive camp guide and full directory of camp listings.

13 Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day with Kids

Valentine's Day as an adult can be wonderfully romantic or terribly lonely depending on one's relationship status. But from a child's perspective, the day can be fun and sweet. It gives kids a chance to be creative by making cards, mailboxes, and decorating cookies and is an opportunity to learn about love, kindness, and caring for others. If you are going to have a Valentine's date night, make sure to check out some of these options for Parent's Nights Out childcare. And don't forget there are also fantastic ways to celebrate Black History Month with many events around the Bayou City. 

Here are some ways you can celebrate Valentine's Day as a whole family:

Gyms and Yoga Classes with Childcare in Houston

The beginning of a new year is always a popular time to make healthy lifestyle changes and start a new fitness plan, but getting fit as a parent can bring many challenges. It can be hard to make yourself a priority, and it is often difficult to figure our how to keep your children occupied while you work out. Fortunately, there are quite a few options for gyms and yoga classes with childcare in and around Houston. For some workouts you can do with your children check out Houston's rock-climbing gyms and baby yoga classes. 

17 Things to Do on New Year's Day with Houston Kids

For many people, News Year's Day tends to be a lazy day of recovering from the previous evening's festivities. But once children come along it is nearly impossible to stay in bed all day relaxing or have a four-hour long brunch with friends. If you celebrated New Year's Eve with the family, you should be ready to go on January 1, or if you happened to snag a babysitter and enjoyed some champagne, chug that coffee and get ready to start the year off right with some memorable family fun! Here are 17 ideas for how to spend the first day of 2017 in and around Houston (and you can also check out our guide to family fun throughout winter break). 

Tree Lighting Celebrations In and Around Houston

There are so many wonderful activities to enjoy this time of year in and around Houston. From shopping at holiday markets, checking out the Nutcracker Ballet and other holiday shows to family volunteering, there is no shortage of holiday fun. You can even cut down your own Christmas tree. But if you are looking for an exciting, family-friendly tradition that truly captures the beauty of the holiday season, attending a tree lighting is the way to go. We've rounded up some wonderful tree lighting celebrations and best of all, they are all FREE!

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