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Enter to Win Baby's First Summer Bundle

For our Week 4 prize for the Mommy Poppins Great Big Summer Giveaway we didn't want to forget about the littlest ones and their moms. Our Baby's First Summer Prize bundle includes loads of great items to make this summer easier from awesome skin care to fashionable cover-ups, toys, and, something to help with that most important of things, sleep! One winner will receive all of the below. One runner up will receive one Lulla Doll and one set of Edushape Water Toys. 

Enter to Win a Little Passports World Traveler Pack!

Our Week 3 prize in the Mommy Poppins Great Big Summer Giveaway will have your family traveling the world this summer, no airfare required. Founded by two moms, Little Passports creates award-winning products that inspire children to learn about the world, one country at a time. With the Little Passports World Traveler Pack kids discover five exciting countries across the globe. 

50 Free Things to Do in Houston With Kids This Summer

Summer days mean extra sunlight, lots of time with friends and filling our days with as many engaging and entertaining activities as possible. However, thrifty is in my genes - and being primarily a one income family, is a necessity for us - and while I love to plan full days of fun with my kids, I also love to primarily plan days that don't require opening my wallet often, if at all. To help any other families who may want to save a buck without sacrificing any fun, here's a bucket list of 50 FREE activities we'll be taking advantage of this summer - but make sure to check our event calendar every day for more family-friendly fun around Houston.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: National Trails Day, HealthFest 2019, June 1-2

Hello summer and June! We are so excited for all that the promise this season holds, and to share all of the best events and activities happening in the Bayou City. Think outdoor movie nights, area water parks, trips to the Island, and all sorts of local family fun. It's going to be a great couple months around Houston, that's for sure.

But before we get ahead of ourselves, the weekend is almost upon us, and there are some amazing events happening around town.

June GoList: Best Things to Do With Houston Kids This Month

Summer is finally here! Don't get stir crazy - there are lots of things to do with the kids this month, like checking out a brand new super hero exhibit at the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, kayaking on Kinder Lake at Disccovery Green, hanging out with dinosaurs at the Houston Zoo, and celebrating Father's Day in unique ways dad will love. Miller Outdoor Theatre also has a great lineup of children's performances you can enjoy for free all month, or you can catch a movie at Studio Movie Grill for just $1.

This month you can also cool off at a Houston area splash pad, or if you're feeling adventurous, head to a nearby water park. For the movie fanatics, be sure to check out our roundup of free and cheap summer movies. If you are still looking for last-minute summer camp options (no judgment), check out our comprehensive camp guide for ideas from art camps to science camps. Read on for more family fun this month.

Family-Friendly Summer Festivals in Houston Not To Miss

There is just something about summertime that feels different, even when you're all grown up. Maybe it's because school is out and kids are running around everywhere enjoying their newfound freedom, or maybe it's because the days are longer, which means there are more hours to fill with activities. On those days not spent at pool parties, water parks, and camp, Houston's many festivals will help you plan even more exciting family adventures! Choose from festivals celebrating Houston's diversity to music and food.

Noom Review: 5 Things I Loved About the Noom Weight Loss Program (And Some I Didn't)

If you listen to podcasts as much as I do, you’ve probably heard ads for the weight loss program Noom, which says it uses psychology to help you lose weight and keep it off for good. I was curious to try it for myself, so when Noom reached out, I jumped at the chance to review it. I’ve used the program for two weeks now and below are the pros and cons of my experience so far.

Noom is not a diet and it doesn’t promise you’ll lose tons of weight fast. The goal of Noom is to teach you how to make better choices and build habits that you can maintain for permanent weight loss and better health.

Memorial Day Weekend Fun for Houston Kids, May 25-27

Memorial Day weekend is here, which means May is officially coming to a close, the school year is ending, and it is finally time to celebrate the start of summer! Since honoring our nation's fallen heroes is the primary focus of this weekend, we found some awesome family-friendly celebrations around the city to attend, such as the amazing annual Memorial Day Celebration in The Woodlands and the Memorial Day Remembrance at George Ranch Historical Park. Sugar Land is also hosting their Taste of Louisiana Festival, dinosaurs are coming to the Houston Zoo, and Motown is taking over Miller Outdoor Theatre. This weekend is packed with some awesome events!

We also have some summer favorites popping up on Mommy Poppins that are well worth checking out:

As always, we'd love for you to check out our event calendar. You can also submit your own events so we can share them with our amazing readers! To have posts like this delivered straight to your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletter to stay in the loop for all the best things happening on Mommy Poppins and around Houston.

Now, let's check out what's happening this holiday weekend:

Houston-Area Water Parks: Cool Off at These Hot Spots

As we all painfully know, summer in Texas is HOT. Playing in the water isn't only a fun activity for the kids, it's almost a necessity. When it comes to water fun, nothing is more exciting for kids than visiting a water park! There are several water parks around Houston that will make for an easy day trip and even more that are just a few hours away. If you are looking for something closer and quicker, then check out our list of the many great splash pads at local parks. There are also many free pools throughout the city where kids and parents can keep cool.

For more ideas on kid-friendly activities this summer, like fun summer day trips or parks with the most shade, visit our Summer Fun Guide for Houston families.

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