Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: Waller County Fair, Fall Festivals

Say "Hello" to fall festival season! Like some people's pumpkin spice latte obsession, we have a big thing for all the amazing fall festivals out there, and this weekend kicks off some big ones! Froberg's Farm, Blessington Farms, Dewberry Farms, and P-6 Farms have all officially opened their doors to pumpkin patches and fall festivals and are ready for YOU to visit, so let's ignore to too-hot-for-fall weather and dive right into the fall festivities.

For even more fall activities, be sure to check out our Fall Fun and Harvest Guide, where you'll find everything from hayrides to corn mazes and our exhaustive Fall Bucket List, so you can check off all your fall favorites one by one.

When it comes to events around Houston, we love to highlight them all - big and small. If you have an event coming up you want to get some extra publicity for, we would love for you to submit your event to our calendar. Anyone who's stopped by our event calendar can attest to the fact that we're constantly updating and adding the best events around town, and we want yours to be one of them! We also have a highlight reel for the month in our September GoList, which features a bucket list of monthly activities you don't want to miss.

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Let's check out all the awesome events happening this weekend.

Houston Area Trunk-or-Treats for Halloween

Trick-or-treating is great and all, but if this year is as hot as previous Halloweens, walking around in thick felt costumes may not exactly get your little ones excited. Trunk-or-Treat events are great alternatives (or opportunities to collect more chocolate for mom) because they offer a safe environment where your kids can still get their candy fix without having to lap the neighborhood.

For those who are scratching their heads at the word "trunk," these events usually feature area organizations and groups that decorate the trunk of a car (typically in elaborate and fun displays) and fill it with candy. Read on to find a trunk-or-treat event that's on or near Halloween close to you.

19 Science Fair Projects for Kids from K to Middle School

Crafting the perfect science fair project is a right of passage for most elementary-school kids. The ideal experiment involves a few key ingredients, a little bit of parent involvement, and can be completed in under two weeks.

Traditionally, science fairs take place in fifth grade, but many schools are now incorporating STEM experiments into the curriculum as early as kindergarten, so we've put together a list of 19 easy science fair project ideas, ranging from the tried-and-true “exploding volcano” to extracting DNA from a strawberry. There are chemistry science projects for 5th grade and plenty of hands-on, get messy ideas for the youngest inventors.

Richmond, VA with Kids: 50 Fun Things to Do in Richmond

Richmond’s place in U.S. history is distinct, and many of the best things to do in Richmond, VA, include a stroll past monuments or an icon central to America's origins. One of the oldest cities in the nation, Richmond was the capital city of the Colony of Virginia. It was the site of Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty, or give me death” speech in 1775, and during the American Civil War, Richmond was the capital of the Confederacy.

Today, Richmond is known as the River City, and more colloquially as RVA, and there are plenty of modern attractions and things to do for kids and families. While the deep history is evident in monuments, battlefield sites, and the architecture, Richmond is also home to an expansive parks system, 550 aces of river shoreline, and a growing small business economy, including delicious Richmond restaurants,  breweries, fun festivals, children's museums and science centers, as well as a nearby theme park, Kings Dominion. 

To help you navigate this incredible Southern city, we’ve put together a list of the 50 best things to do in Richmond with kids, as well as a guide to the area.

Where to Find Pumpkin Patches Around Houston

With Halloween right around the corner and fall finally in the air, it's time to gather up the kids and head out to do some pumpkin picking. We've rounded up several different locations throughout the city hosting pumpkin patches and fall festivals throughout the month of October, so no matter where you are in Houston, you're sure to find a pumpkin patch nearby. 

14 Things to Do With Kids at the Texas Renaissance Festival

The Texas Renaissance Festival is back in town, and if you and your family have never been, make this year your first. As the state's largest festival of its kind (and one of the biggest in the country), it is an experience like no other - and it's just a short drive from Houston. Even its 200-acre location has an eclectic story; a former strip-mining site turned Renaissance theme park complete with authentic art, larger-than-life statues and structures, and a village of shops, restaurants, and stages that look like they've been plucked from another era.

The Texas Renaissance Festival has things to do for families and kids, making it a great weekend getaway from Houston.

12 Online Tutoring Services to Help Kids Get Ahead in School

Online tutoring services for kids and teens are readily available at the click of a mouse, making these sites the perfect, in-a-pinch solution for hectic family life.

Perhaps it's 9:30pm on a Thursday, and your 10-year-old has been struggling for over an hour with a particularly tough math question. Maybe math was never your thing. His anxiety is building, yours is through the roof, and you have no idea where to turn...

Kids can get help with core school subjects, specialized classes and subjects, SAT tutoring, and yes, online math tutors, usually instantly, through online tutoring sites. Most offer tutoring chat via text, video, and audio, connecting tutor with student for help or extra practice with just about anything, from chemistry to languages, such as an online Spanish tutor. Some services even run 24/7. So whether your first grader needs help with reading or your high school student wants to pull up that AP calculus grade, consider checking out one of these 12 online tutoring platforms.

Things to Do in Houston This Weekend With Kids: Polish Harvest Festival, Family Beach Challenge

Y'all, you know it's officially the fall season when we start sharing articles like where to find fall festivals, pumpkin patches, hayrides, and corn mazes. We even compiled an awesome Fall Bucket List to help make this next season a great one, and we could not be more excited about all it has to offer. The only thing that needs to happen next is for the weather to get the memo! 

This upcoming weekend is full of festival fun, with celebrations ranging from favorites like the Polish Harvest Festival for a healthy dose of culture to the extra spicy Texas Hot Sauce Festival and the ever popular kid-favorite, Blessington Farm's Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festival.  

Speaking of awesome events, make sure you also check out our event calendar, our September GoList, and our Free Things to Do in September posts; they're packed with events and activities throughout the month that your family won't want to miss. You can also sign up for our weekly newsletter to have everything we publish delivered right to you so you never miss any new content we roll out. 

For anyone planning an event, we know this is a busy, exciting time of the year and we would love for you to submit your event to our event calendar if it's not already on there so we can share it with all of our awesome readers. Just fill out the form and we'll take it from there. 

Now let's see what's on tap for the upcoming weekend. 

Fall Day Trips for Houston Families

Now that it is allegedly cooler outside and you can leave your house without fear of overheating, it's the ideal time to visit these nearby spots that could feel pretty miserable during summer. Before the holiday season gets into gear, pack up the car and take the kids to look at gators or see where Texas' favorite ice cream is made. We've rounded up nine fun day trips below.

And for more kid-friendly things to do around Houston this fall, check out our Fall Fun and Harvest Guide for Houston Families.


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