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Stowe, Vermont with Kids: 30 Fun Things to Do in Stowe, Vermont

Stowe, Vermont is a haven for kids and families looking for outdoor adventures whether the mountains are blanketed with groomed snow for skiing, summer wildflowers for camping and hiking, or fall foliage. 

The mountainside village—arguably the prettiest in the Green Mountain State—is home to Mount Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak, where much of the activity is centered. From hiking, biking, and zip-lining in the summer and fall to skiing, snowshoeing, and skating in winter and early spring, Stowe, Vermont is a year-round destination. You'll also find Stowe hotels eager to cater to families, such as the Stowe Mountain Resort, the Lodge at Spruce Peak (formerly Stowe Mountain Lodge), and the Trapp Family Lodge (of Sound of Music fame).

Read on for some of our favorite things to do with kids when we're lucky enough to find ourselves in "the Aspen of the East." 

Fall Bucket List: 38 Things We Can't Wait to do This Fall in Houston

It’s almost fall, y’all! The fall season is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of everything the Houston area has to offer. This fall, several unique events are coming to town, including the Brick Fest Live LEGO Experience. There’s also no shortage of more traditional fall fare, like festivals and pumpkin patches, to enjoy as the cooler temperatures (hopefully) start to roll in. Here are our top picks for family fun this fall.

September GoList: Best Things to Do With Houston Kids This Month

September: A month of transition. From summer to fall, from lazy summer days to hectic school schedules. It's the perfect time to spend more weekend hours at your favorite farmers' market. This is also the last month to experience Candytopia, an out-of-this-world candy museum, and the incredible Sonic Playground at Discovery Green.

For things to do every day of the week, check out our event calendar, and if you haven't already signed up for our free newsletter (where you'll receive our recent posts and things to do each weekend), subscribe now! Read on for the best events and activities going on this month around Houston.

Labor Day Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Ice Cream Social, Labor Day Backyard Bash, Aug. 31 - Sept. 2

It's the first holiday of the school year! This upcoming Labor Day weekend is packed with awesome, family-friendly events, and we can't wait to share them all with you. Whether you're flexing your volleyball skills at the GCVA Labor Day Classic, indulging in a sweet treat at Stevenson Park's annual Ice Cream Social, or making your own ice cream at George Ranch's Labor Day Backyard Bash there are no shortage of events and activities taking place. 

Labor Day also means we can start thinking about fall, and we've rounded up 34 FREE places to play in Houston as the weather turns cooler. 

Other awesome articles worth checking out that have showed up on Mommy Poppins recently include: How to Get Free Admission To Houston's Biggest Attractions for KidsToddler Dance Classes Around Houston For Your Tiny Dancer, and Making the Most of a Day Trip to Moody Gardens.

Be sure to check out our event calendar for even more awesome events daily and our September GoList for a highlight reel of what to expect throughout the month. You can also sign up for our weekly newsletter so you can stay on top of everything that's happening at Mommy Poppins; after all, what could be better than having all the best content delivered right to your inbox?

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And now, it's time to kick back and relax during the long weekend; the only thing left to do is plan it out!

65 School Lunch Ideas: Back-to-School Lunches Kids Will Actually Eat

Chances are you've had a healthy, well-packed school lunch delivered back into your hands virtually untouched at the end of the school day. There should be a special name for the heartbreak one endures at the words, "I told you I hate peanut-butter and jelly," when not only is this the first you're hearing of it, but you spent extra on organic jelly and freshly ground peanut butter. And if not PBJ, then what? Well, we've got 65 answers to the question of what to pack in a successful school lunch.

Free Things to Do With Houston Kids in September

The beginning of fall means that awesome events are on the horizon! Fall festivals, corn mazes, and all things outdoor are showing up this month, and tons of them are free to attend. Now is the perfect time to get out your calendars and start planning your next family adventure, and we're here to help. Our event calendar is packed, and we've highlighted some of the amazing free events and activities below that you and your family won't want to miss.

St. Augustine, Florida: 25 Best Things to Do with Kids

Florida has its “Emerald Coast,” its "Space Coast," its “Treasure Coast,” and even its “Forgotten Coast.” But unless you spend time in its northernmost section, you might be unaware of its “Historic Coast,” home of the haven of St. Augustine.

About an hour south of Jacksonville, whose sizable airport services most major carriers, sits America’s oldest city. St. Augustine, founded in 1565 by Spanish explorers, is one of but a handful of American cities to have the flags of five nations fly above its buildings at one time or another. (Bonus points if you can name the countries: Answer below.)

To visit the city’s charming cobblestone streets and seemingly ancient architecture is to be reminded of Florida’s multicultural history. Of course, these days visitors are better welcomed than the 17th-century pirates who sailed in for plunder; these days, St. Augustine opens its doors to all types of boaters, pilots, campers, cyclists, and even the occasional camping and RV vacationers.

It's Fall Y'all: Family-Friendly Festivals in Houston

There’s no better way to usher in the harvest season than with a fall festival. With tons of events happening in the Houston area over the next few months, the opportunities for enjoying cooler temperatures (okay, that may be a bit ambitious for October) and good, old-fashioned family fun are endless. Here’s our roundup of fairs and festivals taking place this autumn.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Theater District Open House, AIA Sandcastle Contest, Aug. 24-25

School may be back in session, but the summer heat hasn't quit just yet, and that means we're still looking to pack in one last little bit of summer fun! To help you make the most of summer's inevitable end, we came up with a list of 14 things to do before summer ends, whcih is packed with fun family activities like family bingo night, a trip to Candytopia, and Kroger Family Sundays with the Houston Astros

That being said, we also know that some of you are ready to wash your hands of summer and jump right back into the school routine, and this weekend has some awesome back to school events to help facilitate that as well. Saturday you can head to Memorial City Mall for an After School Activities Fair or to Pasadena for their annual Back to School Market, and Sunday Kingwood is hosting a Back 2 School Market. We also rounded up several free and cheap after-school programs and classes for all the parents who need and/or want a little extra for their kids in those awkward hours between the end of the school day and the end of the work day. 

Our event calendar and August GoList are both always good sources of idea inspiration when you need something to do, and you can sign up for our weekly newsletter to have all of our newly published content delivered straight to your inbox.

Now let's check out what's happening around town this weekend.

Houston's Best Kid-Friendly Food Truck Parks: Why They Are Worth the Drive

It's no secret that the Houston food scene is one of the best in the nation. With a plethora of restaurants to choose from including ones with room for kids to play, some that have been featured on TV, and some of the best barbeque joints known to man, the choices can be overwhelming. Houston is also home to some stellar food truck parks which can be enjoyed at food truck parks around the city. We love these spots because they have room to play for the kids, delicious options and a fun atmosphere.

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