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30 Best Vacation Ideas for Families Who Want to Avoid Winter

Ready to ditch your winter blues for a family-friendly vacation in climates warmer than here? 

From perpetually wet feet to relentlessly bundling (and unbundling) your kids with layer upon layer, the need to escape grows for many parents as the winter season drags on—and on. Even those families who don't live with the finicky four-season cycle might prefer their vacation with a side of palm trees, rather than fur-trimmed snow boots. So whether you're seeking to escape the cold or just don't want to vacation in it, we've rounded up more than two dozen of our favorite warm-weather destinations that beckon you to shed your parka and bask in the sun.

Read on to find great all-inclusive resorts, beaches, and charming cities teeming with culture that might not offer bathing suit weather in January but certainly no snow!

Where to See and Take Photos with Santa in Houston

My family's holiday traditions wouldn't be complete without the annual trip to snap photos with Santa. Some years we have dealt with full-on meltdowns, faces twisted in horror and arms flailing out to my husband and me, and other years the event has been a breeze, smiles plastered on to faces and eagerly waiting to whisper what they want to receive for Christmas. Either way, the tradition of taking photos with Santa is a holiday staple, and we've rounded up a variety of places you can find the big man.

We also have even more fun events that are sure to make your holiday season a magical one:

Without further ado, here is where you will find Santa Claus this year in Houston.

Thanksgiving Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Nov. 24-25

From all of us on the Mommy Poppins Houston team, we want to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving! We are so grateful for all of you who support us by reading our content and sharing our articles. Y'all are the best!

For those of you who may have waited until the last minute to plan your Thanksgiving feast and are suddenly looking to outsource it, we have you covered! Just check out our round-up of kid-friendly restaurants open on Thanksgiving for an easy fix to feeding the family this holiday. 

If you're officially ready to start kicking off the Christmas holiday activities, we are your one stop shop for all of the events: 

Looking for even more activities and events? Head over to our Fall Fun and Harvest Guideevent calendarNovember GoList, and a roundup of 20 FREE things to do in November for an exhaustive look at what's happening in Houston. You can also subscribe to our FREE weekly newsletter to have all of the content on Mommy Poppins delivered to your inbox in one or two emails per week. 

Have an event you want to share? We would love for you to submit your own event to our calendar! 

Now let's check out all of the awesome post-Thanksgiving activities Houston has to offer this weekend. 

Guide to Viewing Houston's Annual Thanksgiving Parade With Kids

Houston's annual Thanksgiving is back with its larger-than-life floats and entertainment. The 2018 69th Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Parade begins at 9 a.m. in Downtown Houston on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 22, 2018) with two grand marshalls who own our hearts: Jose Altuve and James Harden. Plan on joining the thousands of Houstonians and visitors who will line the streets on parade day? We have you covered with everything you need to know. But before getting into all of that, know that despite the large crowd, it's not as stressful as you might think to grab a good spot and enjoy the festivities.

25 Fun Things to Do in Jackson Hole with Kids

Old West charm? Check. Rugged natural beauty? Check. Toss in four seasons of family-centric fun, and Jackson Hole is an ideal place to introduce kids to the American West. Our extended family—including eight kids between the ages of 3 and 13—went to this postcard-perfect Wyoming valley situated south of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park over the summer. But we're already dreaming of returning in the winter for ski and sleigh-ride adventures. 

To quote my 6-year-old during one action-packed July day that started with a zip on a "cowboy coaster" and ended with a moose sighting in the backyard of our rental house: "There's just too much to do in Jackson Hole!" To help guide little cowpokes and parents, we've handpicked 25 special activities that will see you through both warm and wintry weather in Wyoming.

For a Mountain West adventure in a more urban setting, read our guide to Denver. Happy trails!

40 Free Christmas & Holiday Events in Houston

The holidays are expensive enough without having to worry about forking out cash for a fun activity to enjoy with family and friends. We've rounded up FREE things to do this holiday season in Houston for the whole family. From parades and tree lightings, to Santa sightings and outdoor movies, there truly is something for everyone on our list. Be sure to check out our calendar for things to do every day with the kids.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Turkish Festival, Lighting of the Doves, Nov. 17-18

Even though we're not entirely sure how we're already halfway through November, we're embracing the chaos of the season and gearing up to start planning and attending all the holiday festivities! To help you manage the mayhem, we've been working tirelessly to find the best events to attend this season and have started compiling resources that make it easy for you to sift through everything that's happening and pick what to attend with your family. Here are a few to get you started with your holiday planning:

We also highly recommend checking out our Fall Fun and Harvest Guideevent calendarNovember GoList, and roundup of 20 FREE things to do in November for even more seasonal fun. Now is also a great time to subscribe to our FREE weekly newsletter if you haven't done so already; it's only an email or two a week and it will keep you up to date with everything happening on Mommy Poppins!

Did you know that you can also submit your own event to our calendar? Once submitted, we'll review it and publish it to share with all of our readers!

Now let's check out what the weekend holds for Houston.

The Top Baby Names of the Next Decade Are Here

Doesn’t everyone wish for a crystal ball during the baby naming process? Aren't we all looking for that perfectly unique but not too weird baby name? Just us?

Well, Nameberry.com just released its list of the baby names it expects to be the most popular in 2028. So get ready all you expecting parents! Pull up a chair and scroll through this futuristic list to see which baby girl and baby boy names are rising to the top in the next decade—and which are tanking. For those who have already gone through the baby naming milestone, Nameberry's list might just give you a hint as to whether or not your little Olivia or Oliver will be sitting next to half a dozen other kids who share their name come schooltime.

Breakfast, Brunch & More Christmas Festivities with Santa for Houston Kids

Ready or not, the holidays are officially here, and there are tons of family-friendly events around the city to kick off the festivities and see Santa before he drops off all his presents. One of our favorite ways to celebrate the holidays is by having a good, old-fashioned breakfast with Santa... especially when breakfast is followed by lots of crafts and activities and plenty of photos with the man in red. 

And if that wasn't enough, in addition to breakfast with Santa we also included brunch with Santa, cookies with Santa, and more fun events, ensuring you have plenty of face time with the big guy so he knows exactly what you want for Christmas this year. 

Looking for even more Christmas activities and festivities? You'll definitely want to check out our guide to all things Christmas, Hannukah, and holiday fun in Houston this year.

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