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7 Single Parent Hacks for Entertaining Kids (and Staying Sane) Every Day of the Week

March 21st is National Single Parent Day. Yes, that's a thing. It even has a hashtag #NationalSingleParentDay. Yipeee, let's celebrate you! The holiday was created in 1984 to "honor the sacrifices and diligent work of single parents across our country" with the hopes that it would become just as popular as Mother's Day or Father's Day. Okay, that's pretty cool. Except, you know, when you're single... there's no one to actually go out and get you roses or candy or take you to dinner or even draw you a bath...on National Single Parent Day, on Mother's Day, on Father's Day, or any other day... because, you're SINGLE. But you deserve to be celebrated—if not with roses then at least with a few helpful hacks to get through the week.

Insider’s Guide to Haines, Alaska: 21 Top Things to Do with Kids

Alaska is a dream destination on many family travel bucket lists. The way most people experience the state is to hop on one of the many cruises that travel up the Inside Passage. Cruising is particularly suited for Alaska travel because the scenery from the ship is beautiful and the destinations are hard to reach otherwise. But, as with many things in travel, the easiest road often passes by the best destinations.

Haines, Alaska, is one of those gems that is often missed by family cruisers. If you have the option to take a cruise that stops in Haines, or can take an excursion to Haines (an option from Skagway), I highly recommend it. Or, if you want to plan your own Alaska trip, you could easily spend a week in Haines without running out of amazing things to do with the kids, from bear watching and fishing to exploring some really unique museums.

Where to Find the Easter Bunny Around Houston: The Best Photo-Ops & Breakfasts

The Easter bunny is back, and he's packed his basket full of more than just eggs. While traditional pictures at the mall are always an option, we've found a bunch of events in Houston that offer more than just your standard four-by-six family keepsake. This year take your bunny photos up a notch by incorporating some family fun and food throughout the morning to go along with them. For some extra special Easter activities, check out these events around town, including massive Easter egg hunts, crafts and games and breakfast with your favorite bunny make these Easter Bunny photo ops a hop above the rest!

For more season fun, check out our Spring Fun Guide for Houston Families!

25 Spring & Crawfish Festivals for Houston Families

Spring in Houston is all about going to the rodeo, eating crawfish, listening to live music, and spending time outside enjoying the mild weather before the temperatures start to rise. It's also the perfect time to check out some of the many beautiful parks in the Bayou City, explore Houston's bountiful farmers' markets, hang out at one of the area's local breweries, and spend the weekend at one (or all!) of these family-friendly festivals.

For even more things to do, be sure to take a look at our event calendar and our Spring Fun Guide as well!

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Spring Break & St. Patrick's Day, March 16-17

While Spring Break may be wrapping up, the festivities are just getting started, because we get to celebrate St. Patrick's Day this weekend! Whether you're watching Irish Dancing at The Woodlands Children's Museum, attending the 60th Annual Houston St. Patrick's Day Parade, or heading to the St. Patrick's Day Festival at Levy Park, there are all sorts of fun events happening that just beg for you to don your favorite green attire. It's also time to start planning your family's summer! Our Summer Camp Guide for Houston Families is filled with tons of camps for every kid, from science to art to camps for the whole family.

As if that wasn't enough, we also have done some pretty awesome round-ups lately on Spring activities to do. In case you missed them:

Plus our event calendar has a plethora of things to do every day of the week. There's no shortage of fun to be had around Houston, that's for sure, and this weekend is a prime example of that. Let's check it out! 

Top 10 Houston Spots for Tween Birthday Parties

Tweens are in that - interesting, shall we say - stage of life between being a go-with-the-flow kid and an angst-ridden teen. Sometimes they love anything and everything you do for them, and other times, they absolutely can't stand the sight of you. Parenting tweens can be hard, but planning their birthday party doesn't have to be. With growing independence, energy for days, and the ability to safely participate in activities that may be just a bit too extreme for younger children (i.e., go-karts and paintball), tweens are at the perfect age to venture out from indoor play spaces and parties at parks and plan a party at a Houston venue that offers a bit more adventure.

For more Houston-area birthday party ideas for kids of all ages, be sure to check out our Birthday Party Guide for Houston families.

Star Wars, Potter, and More New Theme Park Rides at Disney and Beyond

Amusement parks are a spring break and family vacation staple. From coast to coast, amusement and water parks abound, offering fun and thrills to parents and children ranging from toddlers to teens alike.

While there's never any shortage of excitement, having an opportunity to check out new attractions only adds to the kids' enjoyment. Take a look at which popular destinations are introducing everything from state-of-the-art roller coasters to gentle kiddie rides, and which are celebrating the opening of entirely new sections of their already-enticing parks in 2019. We've rounded up new rides (including water park fun) from California's Disneyland to Orlando, Florida and even along the New Jersey Shore boardwalks and in Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Texas.

Where To Find Bluebonnets in Houston this Spring

It's that time of year again. Texas Bluebonnet season runs March-May, and this Spring Texans have already seen these beautiful blue blooms in some parts of the state. We've rounded up some spots where you can snap some of those iconic pictures in and around Houston, and we'll continue to update this post as we find more locations. If you have a favorite spot to share, let us know at houstoneditor@mommypoppins.com.

30 Things We Can't Wait To Do This Spring in Houston

A famous actor once said, "Spring is nature's way of saying 'Let's party!'" Well, from the list below of happenings in Houston this spring, that certainly seems to be true. I know my toddler thinks that any day with a trip to Noah's Ark at the Quillan Center is cause for celebration. But splash pads aside, whether you are looking for a theatrical experience, an outdoor festival, or new playground space, this list will put a spring in your step - your kiddo is already 10 steps ahead.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Get Spring Break Ready, March 9-10

It's hard to believe it's already time for Spring Break, but the week kids have been counting down for is here, and we're ready to get rolling on the Spring Break fun with you! If you're sticking around town, here's a little taste of all the different events and activities the week off has to offer:

...and that's just the start! Our event calendar is going to keep your kids busy every single day and our weekly newsletter will help you stay in the know.

As for this weekend, we think it's a great time to take a trip out to The Woodlands because there is a ton of stuff happening! Our top picks: The Woodlands Family Fun Fest, Arts in the Park, The Woodlands Farmer's Market, and Science Palooza at The Woodlands Children's Museum. Whatever you pick, one thing is certain: there is no shortage of fun things going on around Houston this weekend!

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