Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Clifford Exhibit, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Jan.26-27

Y'all, we aren't just closing out January this weekend... we're closing out January with a bang! There are so many cool events happening that the biggest problem we're facing is how to narrow down what to go to, and that's a really good problem to have. Let's just take a moment to reflect on how awesome our city is for always hosting so many family-friendly events. <Insert moment of silence here.>

So where do we even begin? If it's educational fun you're after, we recommend Spanish lessons at LaCenterra, the STEAM & International Festival in Sugar Land, the Texas Children's Art Festival, or Nature Discovery Center's Walk on the Wild Side. For preschoolers, The Very Hungry Caterpillar is coming to Cullen Theater and an entire exhibit dedicated to Clifford The Big Red Dog is taking over The Woodlands Children's Museum. And that's not all! The 2019 Houston Astros FanFest is happening, Monster Jam is coming back to town, and HMNS is partnering with Arhcaeology Now for a family-friendly Ancient Games Tournament

This is just a sneak peek at what this weekend has to offer, too. Crazy, right? You can also check out our event calendar for even more daily activities and events and our January GoList for an overview of the month's biggest and best. If you have an event you want to share, we'd love to know! Just submit your event to our event calendar for publication.

Happy weekend planning, friends! It's going to be a good one, we just know it.

Texas' Largest Indoor Playground Opens in Houston and It Lives Up to the Hype

When we got wind of that the largest indoor playground in Texas was opening just south of Houston in Webster, we knew a visit needed to be at the top of our to-do list for the new year. The Play Space is part playground, part imaginative play area, part arcade, and exactly everything we love about our favorite local indoor play spaces all rolled into one 16,000-square-foot space. Located in the middle of a shopping center, the exterior is completely unassuming, but as soon as you step inside, you're in for Texas-sized fun!

100 Things To Do in Chicago with Kids Before They Grow Up

Chicago is home to so many incredible parks, playgrounds, museums, and things to do with kids that one childhood doesn't seem like enough time to fit them all in—though who could blame you for trying? That's why we rounded up this list of great things to do with kids in Chi-town. Whether it's racing with your toddler through the sprinklers at Mary Bartelme Park, wowing your preschooler at the Field Museum, gliding with your grade-schooler on the skating ribbon at Maggie Daley Park, or taking in engineering marvels with your tween at the Chicago Architecture Center, take advantage of everything this beautiful city has to offer kids of all ages. We're also big fans of FREE fun, so we included as much of that as possible.

Whether you're a local or a visitor to the Windy City, we hope you can use this list to make some great new memories with your kids. Now I'm off to scarf some Chicago-style hot dogs at Portillo's.

Best Indoor Play Spaces for Babies & Toddlers Around Houston

All moms of toddlers can probably agree that their mini humans are full of an overwhelming amount of extra energy. It's incredible to me (and, quite frankly, exhausting) to see just how fast my own toddler can run circles around the house no matter what time of a day it is. For this reason, we have a running list of favorite outdoor parks, playgrounds and splash pads to head to when his energy levels are at an all-time high and we need to get out of the house. But on those days when the weather isn't cooperating or we just need a change of scenery, Houston is home to great indoor play spaces that serve the same purpose. As an added bonus, many of these places also have areas for babies to "play" and learn, which is the perfect combination for my almost 3-year-old and almost 3-month-old.

The Best and Worst States for Raising a Family

Everyone wants to raise their family in a healthy, safe, and yes, fun community. But, how do you go about finding the right corner of this country for your family? Trial and error perhaps, but WalletHub is also throwing a little data our way on just this subject. The credit report and personal finance site just released its ranking of the best and worst 50 states in which to raise kids.

It weighed a number of factors to determine the top family-friendly states, looking at schools, housing, crime, childcare costs and quality, parental leave options, salaries, and of course, the amount of family fun per capita, including access to parks and playgrounds.

Read on to find out how your state stacks up—and where you might want to consider relocating to with the kids!

Get Creative: Best Art Camps for Houston Kids

If you're scratching your head and wondering how it's possible that we are already talking summer activities, you're not alone. Luckily, Houston has plenty of options for every child. If you have an artsy kid, keep their creative juices flowing by enrolling in summer art camp.

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

MLK Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Parades, Parties and More

The first long weekend of the year is here, and it's to celebrate and honor the life of the legendary Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In true fashion, Houston has an array of awesome events lined up to commemorate the event, from parades like the 41st Annual "Original" MLK, Jr. Parade and the 25th Annual MLK Grande Parade to the Children's Museum I Have a Dream WonderWeek and Rothko Chapel's MLK Day Audio Installation

This is also a big weekend for runners and running enthusiasts The Annual Chevron Houston Marathon is taking over downtown, and everyone is invited to the party. All you need to do is grab your noisemakers and scarves ('cause it's supposed to be chilly!) and get ready to cheer on all the dedicated runners to the finish line. 

In case you missed it, we've shared some great stuff over the past couple weeks: 

Be sure to stop by our event calendar and January GoList when you're running low on activity inspiration, and sign up for our weekly newsletter to have all of our published content emailed to you in one or two short, sweet emails per week. 

It's time to bust out those calendars and get to planning the weekend ahead!

15 Science Summer Camps for Houston Kids

While the long, lazy days of summer are met with excitement and anticipation as the school year draws to a close, after a couple weeks of no plans or structure you probably start hearing your kids utter the infamous, "I'm bored!" with increasing frequency. Worse yet, you may find that to quell that inevitable boredom, they've started conducting their own experiments around the house. Encourage that inventive, curious nature without compromising the state of your house by signing your kids up for a science-themed summer camp.

Below you'll find a plethora of camps around Houston that encourage children to think outside the box, foster a love of the sciences and keep boredom at bay, all while presenting educational information in an entertaining way. And for more summer and vacation camp ideas, check out our comprehensive camp guide and full directory of camp listings.

Free Classes for Kids at Houston-Area Stores

Houston has a variety of amazing kid-friendly activities that don't break the bank, but organized classes don't often make the cut. Some museums offer free admission on certain days of the week, but signing up for music lessons or dance classes usually costs more than most of us would like. Luckily, several area stores offer a variety of classes to keep young kids engaged and learning for FREE. 

Another perk of free store classes is the flexibility they provide. Kids often jump from one interest to the next more quickly than semester-long or year-long classes last. By attending classes for free at local stores, kids can explore a variety of interests without the time commitment of traditional classes.

These valuable community resources can be found right here in the greater Houston area. Check out our list of free store classes to see what could be available right in your neighborhood. 

25 Fun Things to Do with Kids in the Phoenix Area

At first glance, Phoenix might seem like just cactus and desert as far as the eye can see. Yet, there is so much more to this western city than scorching heat and golf. Families will find fantastic museums, unique attractions, such as a stunning desert botanical garden and a Butterfly Wonderland, as well as a fascinating history that makes this capital city come to life.

A trip to the Valley of the Sun makes a perfect winter getaway or spring break for sun seekers. There are water parks, pools, hiking, spas for the grown-ups and plenty of resorts from which to choose. We've already explored neighboring Scottsdale, Arizona, and now we want to take you on a tour of the 25 top things to do in Phoenix for families with kids. Whether you stay at a five-star resort or spend your vacation with family and friends, this gem of the Grand Canyon State has a little something for everyone.


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