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25+ Free Things to Do Indoors in Houston With Kids

Whether you're a stay at home mom just trying to find something to do during the day or a working mom wanting to spice things up on the weekend - but without spending a bunch of cash - this post is for you. Especially when the weather isn't exactly welcoming, inside activities are the way to go.

These businesses and playscapes around Houston are always free and remember to check our calendar because it is always packed with free things to do every day. For more ideas, check out our Indoor Fun Guide for Houston Families.

Now, read on for 28 free places to play and spend time with the kids around Houston.

Coding for Kids: Free Websites That Teach Kids Programming

Basic programming has become an essential skill for grown-ups and children alike. And the benefits of picking up this skill, especially for kids, are huge: Learning how to build simple websites and games helps kids refine their design, logic, and problem-solving abilities. It also allows them to express ideas and creativity in unique ways.

There are a number of FREE and low-cost websites that teach children how to play around with code. We've rounded up a dozen of our favorites below.

Sign up for our FREE newsletters to get posts like this delivered to your inbox, and find even more educational tech posts for kids in our STEAM Guide.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Holiday Lights, Drone Demo Day, Jan. 5-6

Happy New Year! We hope you had a safe, fun, festive time ringing in the new year with family and friends!

Even though the holidays are technically over, there's still time to get in some last minute holiday fun. Magical Winter Lights, Moody Gardens' Festival of Lights, Christmas Village at Bayou Bend, Project Noel Light Display, and the Holiday Train at Hermann Park are all running through this weekend, giving you one last opportunity for festive fun before reality sets in.

Ready to kiss the holidays goodbye, but still need some awesome activities to keep the kiddos busy? We feel you. Which is why we have our Winter Bucket List at the ready, as well as a round-up of some of the coolest non-library storytimes and the best indoor play spaces

Our event calendar is updated daily so you always have inspiration, and our January GoList highlights some of the best events happening throughout the month. Now is also the perfect time to sign up for our weekly newsletter so you can stay up to date with minimal work.

Let's make this year a great one for our families, starting with this weekend. 

Free Things to Do With Houston Kids in January

In the months of November and December, there were many things gained and lost; typically pounds and money, respectively. My husband and I always begin the holiday season with the best of budgeted intentions, but come out into the New Year avoiding those pesky bank statements. Luckily for all Houston families, there is lots of free kid-friendly fun happening around town in January. So, you don't have to start the new year locked inside - get out there and enjoy some free family fun!

50 Things to Do in Washington, DC with Kids Before They Grow Up

Note: During the current government shutdown, the Smithsonian museum and the National Zoo are closed. But there's plenty of other great, kid-friendly things to do on the list below and don't forget to check out our event calendar to find fun things to do in DC!

The days are long but the years are short when it comes to raising kids, and for parents in and around the bustling hub of our nation's capital, the time can really speed by. Finding the best events and activities that will make the most of the precious time we have with our little ones is a top priority here at Mommy Poppins Washington, DC.

To help you sort through this ever-changing, ever-growing city that we love, we've compiled a list of the top 50 things to do with kids in the Washington, DC area before they grow up. With a city steeped in the sciences, from natural to political, culture, arts, and history, there's no better time to make the most of your time with your little ones. Get out, explore, and see just how many activities on our bucket list you can cross off before childhood whizzes by.

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

It's a new year, so start it off right by getting out at one of these fun events around Houston. Who knows if we will actually get a winter this year, but just in case you need ideas for fun indoor activities, check out an area trampoline park, rock climbing gym, or even an escape room if your kids are old enough.

And while Christmas is technically over, many holiday festivals are still up and running through the first few weeks of January, so you can still check out the beautiful holiday lights at Zoo Lights, Festival of Lights in Moody Gardens, Sugar Land's Holiday Lights, and Magical Winter Lights for a little while longer. Read on for the best things to do around Houston in January with the kids.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: New Year's Festivities & Fun!

It's time for fireworks, balloon drops, noisemakers, and more! You can ring in the New Year all over the city with some good, clean, kid-friendly fun. Some of our favorites include The Woodlands Children's Museum High Noon Countdown, the Nooners Eve Kids Cooking Class at Maggiano's, and Kemah Boardwalk's New Year's Eve Family Celebration

The long holiday weekend is also the perfect time to explore our 100 Things To Do With Houston Kids list, and maybe find some hidden gems you didn't know existed or haven't had time to check out yet. 

Kids suffering from winter break boredom? We have a plethora of solutions lined up for you:

Our event calendar, January GoList, and Guide to Holiday and Christmas Events for Houston Families are also chock full of ideas. We have had the best time sharing what's hot and happening in Houston throughout 2018 with you, and we can't wait to continue the fun in 2019.

Netflix New Year's Eve Countdowns Let Families Celebrate Early

Ah, New Year's Eve. What was once a wild night out can be downright grueling for parents already running on empty after weeks of holiday planning and organizing, er, fun. Wouldn't it be nice to convince the little ones that 5pm is the perfect time to ring in the New Year? Break out the confetti and sparkling apple cider, because Netflix has your back with 14 on-demand New Year's Eve countdowns, many of them featuring your kid's (or even your) favorite stars.

It's the no-cry solution to an early bedtime for all, because the new year can now happen any time you want it to happen. It's also a simple way to get kids in on the festivities, celebrating new adventures as a family. 

Looking for more New Year's Eve fun? Venture out armed with our list of the best kid-friendly celebrations in your town: New York City, Los AngelesLong IslandNew Jersey, Boston, Connecticut, Philadelphia, and Houston.

Family Friendly New Year's Eve Fun in Houston

While typically considered a holiday largely for adults, ringing in the new year isn't solely for the 18-and-up age group. In fact, Houston has quite a few festivities lined up that allow kids to ring in the New Year with their families in a safe, fun environment, whether it's making a trip down to the Kemah Boardwalk to watch fireworks over the water or heading to the ever-popular Children's Museum of Houston for a kid-approved balloon drop and "Noon" Year countdown.

The fun doesn't end on New Year's, either. Our Guide to Holiday and Christmas Events will carry you through the holiday season this year and our Winter Bucket List is the perfect resource for those days after the holidays when being off of school may start to get a little boring... 

Holiday Giving: Mommy Poppins Families Give Back to Local Communities

Every year we share articles about how families can volunteer and donate during the holiday season. But, we are also parents raising our children and working to improve our communities ourselves. Even as our website has grown (Hello, DC and Chicago!), we are proud to say that the values and mission of Mommy Poppins have not changed. We are committed to helping children and families, both online and in real life.

This year, we invited team members from each of our local areas to pick a holiday drive or organization that helps children in need. We funded a shopping spree or, if the holiday season was just too crazy, made a direct donation. In order to do as much good as possible, not just for children, but for local businesses too, we targeted some of our favorite local toy stores to make our purchases. Our children were great helpers in picking out gifts and delivering them.

As the founder of Mommy Poppins, I am grateful to our amazing team for rallying during the hectic holiday season and doing so much good. In all, we donated over $8500! Thanks also to all the local businesses, large and small, who support Mommy Poppins with advertising dollars throughout the year. It makes providing this resource to families for free possible, as well as these donations and our other initiatives. We are humbled and grateful for the support of our readers and local business community.

Read on to find out where our local families shopped and donated.

 

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