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Best Spots to Host a Kid's Indoor Birthday Party in Houston

Planning a birthday party in Houston is no small feat - there are so many options with what you can do! Outdoor parties can be like playing roulette hoping the weather complies; our city is known for going from blazing sun to pouring rain in the blink of an eye and it’s often hard to know what to expect.

For parents wanting to take the safer, climate-controlled, route, Houston offers many indoor venues that are great for throwing a unique party. We’ve rounded up a variety of exciting options in a range of prices for celebrating kids of all ages! An additional bonus is that many of these locations offer all-inclusive packages that make hosting stress-free for parents.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Houston Boat Show, Winterfest, Jan. 12-13

The kids are finally back in school and the holidays have officially come to a close, which means it's time to start counting down to summer, right? I kid, I kid... it's actually around this time that we start trying to implement some sort of routine again and seeking out free activities for the kids so we can take a break from all that holiday spending. And what better place to come for lots of free fun inspiration than here? We've got you covered:

This weekend is also packed with lots of unique events that are sure to spice up your Saturday, like Winterfest at the Rosenberg Railroad Museum, the annual Houston Boat Show, and the "Royals" Doggie Day for your favorite four-legged friends. 

Also worth checking out: our event calendar and January GoList are the places to find the coolest stuff happening in Houston right now, no matter what day of the week it is. You can also sign up for our weekly newsletter to have everything we publish emailed to your inbox.

Now let's check out what this weekend has in store. 

Visiting Dallas, TX With Kids: Top 20 Things to Do

Visiting one of Texas' largest cities is just as daunting as visiting the state itself - it's so huge! We've narrowed down our favorite things to do and places to go in Dallas with our kids. Our biggest takeaway each time we visit friends in the area is how there is always something new to discover. The museums and gardens are top-notch, and because it's Texas you'll find delicious barbecue and Tex-Mex at virtually every corner. There's no shortage of reasons to love this city.

For more Texas-sized fun, check out our kid-friendly guide to San Antonio, Austin, and a plethora of things to do in Houston.

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 and Cheap 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

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.

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