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Family-Friendly Summer Festivals in Houston Not To Miss

There is just something about summertime that feels different, even when you're all grown up. Maybe it's because school is out and kids are running around everywhere enjoying their newfound freedom, or maybe it's because the days are longer, which means there are more hours to fill with activities. On those days not spent at pool parties, water parks, and camp, Houston's many festivals will help you plan even more exciting family adventures! Choose from festivals celebrating Houston's diversity to music and food.

Noom Review: 5 Things I Loved About the Noom Weight Loss Program (And Some I Didn't)

If you listen to podcasts as much as I do, you’ve probably heard ads for the weight loss program Noom, which says it uses psychology to help you lose weight and keep it off for good. I was curious to try it for myself, so when Noom reached out, I jumped at the chance to review it. I’ve used the program for two weeks now and below are the pros and cons of my experience so far.

Noom is not a diet and it doesn’t promise you’ll lose tons of weight fast. The goal of Noom is to teach you how to make better choices and build habits that you can maintain for permanent weight loss and better health.

Memorial Day Weekend Fun for Houston Kids, May 25-27

Memorial Day weekend is here, which means May is officially coming to a close, the school year is ending, and it is finally time to celebrate the start of summer! Since honoring our nation's fallen heroes is the primary focus of this weekend, we found some awesome family-friendly celebrations around the city to attend, such as the amazing annual Memorial Day Celebration in The Woodlands and the Memorial Day Remembrance at George Ranch Historical Park. Sugar Land is also hosting their Taste of Louisiana Festival, dinosaurs are coming to the Houston Zoo, and Motown is taking over Miller Outdoor Theatre. This weekend is packed with some awesome events!

We also have some summer favorites popping up on Mommy Poppins that are well worth checking out:

As always, we'd love for you to check out our event calendar. You can also submit your own events so we can share them with our amazing readers! To have posts like this delivered straight to your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletter to stay in the loop for all the best things happening on Mommy Poppins and around Houston.

Now, let's check out what's happening this holiday weekend:

Houston-Area Water Parks: Cool Off at These Hot Spots

As we all painfully know, summer in Texas is HOT. Playing in the water isn't only a fun activity for the kids, it's almost a necessity. When it comes to water fun, nothing is more exciting for kids than visiting a water park! There are several water parks around Houston that will make for an easy day trip and even more that are just a few hours away. If you are looking for something closer and quicker, then check out our list of the many great splash pads at local parks. There are also many free pools throughout the city where kids and parents can keep cool.

For more ideas on kid-friendly activities this summer, like fun summer day trips or parks with the most shade, visit our Summer Fun Guide for Houston families.

Best Camp Clothing Labels and Name Tags for Kids' Gear

It's just one of those mundane chores that need to be done: labeling every article of clothing, towel, backpack, and other gear that will travel with your child to summer camp—or to school or daycare—in the hopes that when it inevitably gets lost, it will find its way home to you. Nothing's going to make this job of labeling camp clothes, baby bottles, or school supplies fun, but we've rounded up the whole range of different ways you can label your kids' stuff, from swimsuits to water bottles and sippy cups, with beautifully embroidered personalized labels to fun, custom name tags with cute, colorful designs, to ones you can make at home.

Here are a few the best name labels for kids' and baby gear that we've found, and yes, most all offer dishwasher-safe, easy peel-and-stick options!

Still searching for the perfect summer camp for your kid? Check out our local guide to summer camps near you.

35 Fun Things To Do in Atlanta with Kids

Atlanta may be famous as the genteel home of Gone with the Wind, but these days it's a diverse, cosmopolitan Southern city with lots of fun for the whole family. There are museums galore, offering a world of kid-friendly culture and history, and Atlanta is one of only a few US cities where you can see giant pandas and walk through a shark tunnel. Kids will also have a blast at the many outdoor amusements, including the local Six Flags and a stunning children's garden.

There's plenty to do for families in Atlanta, Georgia, for a weekend, a week, or longer. Check out our list of the 35 best tourist sights and hidden fun before your trip. See our US City Guides for more great places to visit with kids.

Free Outdoor Movies in Houston This Summer

Pool days, water parks and splash pads may be the name of the game when it comes to summer - especially in Houston where any day below 90 degrees is considered cool - but every parent knows that there are some evenings that beg for a more low-key activity that still gets you out of the house. The solution? You take the kids to see a movie. The problem? Going to the movies can get pretty pricey, especially when you have multiple kids in tow who all want popcorn and candy.

Good thing there are many FREE kid-friendly outdoor movie screenings around Houston. All you have to do is pack the snacks and the lawn chairs and then kick back under the stars for a free flick at night.

Need more activities and events to fill up those long summer days? Make sure you check out our Summer Fun Guide and our summer bucket list for Houston kids; both are sure to give you plenty of ideas!

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: General Sam Houston Folk Festival, Houston Greek Fest, May 18-19

Get ready to dive into the weekend, because there are no shortage of underwater-focused adventures happening around Houston this Saturday and Sunday! Here's a taste of what to expect:

  • The Downtown Aquarium is hosting Endangered Species Day to highlight how YOU can help save our endangered friends through a variety of interactive events.
  • Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center is putting on Fish of Spring Creek, where kids can get up close and personal with local freshwater friends and learn all about them.
  • It's Bay Day at the Boardwalk! Head to Kemah for one day of arts and crafts, wildlife presentations, touch tanks, a scavenger hunt, and more.
  • Feel like a drive down to the Island? The 11th Annual Galveston Island Beach Revue offers a weekend full of live music, a vintage car and trailer show, the famous "Bathing Beauties Contest," craft beer booths for the adults, and plenty of family fun.
  • Plus you can always rent kayaks & RC boats to take out on Kinder Lake. 

And just in case the weather takes a turn, we have 35 rainy day activities for the kids so that you aren't stuck inside your house all weekend with nothing to do. You might even stumble upon a hidden gem in Houston you didn't know about when you start tackling the places and things to do on this list!

Don't forget to also take advantage of everything highlighted on our May GoList and Free Things to Do with Houston Kids in May list, and check out our Spring Fun Guide and event calendar.

No matter what you choose to do, one thing is for sure: this weekend is going to be a great one!

Top Things to Do in Galveston With Kids

Sand, seaweed, and sun may be the first images that pop into your head when you think of spending a day in Galveston, but the little island is jam-packed with a lot of fun for visiting families that extends far beyond visiting the beach. We pinpointed kid-friendly activities throughout the city and compiled a list of 10 things to do the next time you travel off the mainland.

For more ideas on summer activities, check out our Summer Fun Guide for Houston families.

12 of the Best Outdoor Water Parks in the US

If your kids love the adventure of amusement parks but are looking for a way to cool off this summer, an outdoor water park might be just the ticket for your family. We've searched out some of the nation's best to compile this list of our favorite family-friendly water parks with relaxing pools, splash pads for toddlers, and thrilling water slides and rides for teenagers.

From New England to Orlando to California, there are plenty of water parks from which to choose. At some of these water parks, visitors can ride the ups and downs of a water coaster, slip through a trap door on a drop slide and spin around an oversized funnel slide for maximum thrills. To truly chill, just pick up a tube and float down a lazy river or rent a cabana with poolside dining.

Have your heart set on a water park vacation but don't want to risk the weather? Check out our list of the 10 Best Indoor Water Parks for Kids in the US.

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