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Best Camp Clothing Labels and Name Tags for Kids' Gear

It's just one of those mundane chores that need to be done: labeling every article of clothing, towel, backpack, and other gear that will travel with your child to summer camp—or to school or daycare—in the hopes that when it inevitably gets lost, it will find its way home to you. Nothing's going to make this job of labeling camp clothes, baby bottles, or school supplies fun, but we've rounded up the whole range of different ways you can label your kids' stuff, from swimsuits to water bottles and sippy cups, with beautifully embroidered personalized labels to fun, custom name tags with cute, colorful designs, to ones you can make at home.

Here are a few the best name labels for kids' and baby gear that we've found, and yes, most all offer dishwasher-safe, easy peel-and-stick options!

Still searching for the perfect summer camp for your kid? Check out our local guide to summer camps near you.

35 Fun Things To Do in Atlanta with Kids

Atlanta may be famous as the genteel home of Gone with the Wind, but these days it's a diverse, cosmopolitan Southern city with lots of fun for the whole family. There are museums galore, offering a world of kid-friendly culture and history, and Atlanta is one of only a few US cities where you can see giant pandas and walk through a shark tunnel. Kids will also have a blast at the many outdoor amusements, including the local Six Flags and a stunning children's garden.

There's plenty to do for families in Atlanta, Georgia, for a weekend, a week, or longer. Check out our list of the 35 best tourist sights and hidden fun before your trip. See our US City Guides for more great places to visit with kids.

Free Outdoor Movies in Houston This Summer

Pool days, water parks and splash pads may be the name of the game when it comes to summer - especially in Houston where any day below 90 degrees is considered cool - but every parent knows that there are some evenings that beg for a more low-key activity that still gets you out of the house. The solution? You take the kids to see a movie. The problem? Going to the movies can get pretty pricey, especially when you have multiple kids in tow who all want popcorn and candy.

Good thing there are many FREE kid-friendly outdoor movie screenings around Houston. All you have to do is pack the snacks and the lawn chairs and then kick back under the stars for a free flick at night.

Need more activities and events to fill up those long summer days? Make sure you check out our Summer Fun Guide and our summer bucket list for Houston kids; both are sure to give you plenty of ideas!

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: General Sam Houston Folk Festival, Houston Greek Fest, May 18-19

Get ready to dive into the weekend, because there are no shortage of underwater-focused adventures happening around Houston this Saturday and Sunday! Here's a taste of what to expect:

  • The Downtown Aquarium is hosting Endangered Species Day to highlight how YOU can help save our endangered friends through a variety of interactive events.
  • Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center is putting on Fish of Spring Creek, where kids can get up close and personal with local freshwater friends and learn all about them.
  • It's Bay Day at the Boardwalk! Head to Kemah for one day of arts and crafts, wildlife presentations, touch tanks, a scavenger hunt, and more.
  • Feel like a drive down to the Island? The 11th Annual Galveston Island Beach Revue offers a weekend full of live music, a vintage car and trailer show, the famous "Bathing Beauties Contest," craft beer booths for the adults, and plenty of family fun.
  • Plus you can always rent kayaks & RC boats to take out on Kinder Lake. 

And just in case the weather takes a turn, we have 35 rainy day activities for the kids so that you aren't stuck inside your house all weekend with nothing to do. You might even stumble upon a hidden gem in Houston you didn't know about when you start tackling the places and things to do on this list!

Don't forget to also take advantage of everything highlighted on our May GoList and Free Things to Do with Houston Kids in May list, and check out our Spring Fun Guide and event calendar.

No matter what you choose to do, one thing is for sure: this weekend is going to be a great one!

Top Things to Do in Galveston With Kids

Sand, seaweed, and sun may be the first images that pop into your head when you think of spending a day in Galveston, but the little island is jam-packed with a lot of fun for visiting families that extends far beyond visiting the beach. We pinpointed kid-friendly activities throughout the city and compiled a list of 10 things to do the next time you travel off the mainland.

For more ideas on summer activities, check out our Summer Fun Guide for Houston families.

12 of the Best Outdoor Water Parks in the US

If your kids love the adventure of amusement parks but are looking for a way to cool off this summer, an outdoor water park might be just the ticket for your family. We've searched out some of the nation's best to compile this list of our favorite family-friendly water parks with relaxing pools, splash pads for toddlers, and thrilling water slides and rides for teenagers.

From New England to Orlando to California, there are plenty of water parks from which to choose. At some of these water parks, visitors can ride the ups and downs of a water coaster, slip through a trap door on a drop slide and spin around an oversized funnel slide for maximum thrills. To truly chill, just pick up a tube and float down a lazy river or rent a cabana with poolside dining.

Have your heart set on a water park vacation but don't want to risk the weather? Check out our list of the 10 Best Indoor Water Parks for Kids in the US.

Best (Free) Splash Pads and Spray Grounds Around Houston

There's no denying that when the first heat wave of summer hits Houston, it hits hard. And as every Houstonian knows, once it comes it's here for the long haul - sometimes well into "fall." This means it becomes crucial to find fun ways to keep the kids cool without locking them indoors. Luckily, there is no shortage of splash pads here.

These are our favorites, and they are all FREE. Most are open year round, but if you're visiting outside of summer months be sure to check the park website before heading out. And if you're looking for something on a larger scale, check out the amazing water parks you can visit around Houston.

Mother's Day Weekend Fun for Houston Kids, May 11-12

Moms, this weekend is all about YOU! We want to start off by saying Happy (early) Mother's Day to all the moms, grandmothers, and people who step into the role of "mom" for all the kids out there! It's no secret that being a mom requires many different hats and is fulfilled in many different forms, and this weekend we want to celebrate each and every one of you who steps into that role and wears that title proudly. You are the best!

Head over to our event calendar for daily activities happening all around town or take a peek at our May GoList for some of the most interesting activities happening throughout the month. Make sure you also sign up for our weekly newsletter to have everything delivered right to your inbox, so you're always on top of what's happening both on our site and in our city!

Also: we LOVE sharing family-friendly events and work hard to make sure we highlight as many as possible; however, we'd love for you to help too! If you notice that your awesome event hasn't made it to our calendar yet, please submit your event so we can share it with our readers.

Now, let's check out what's happening around town this weekend.

10 Free Pools in Houston Kids Will Love

I grew up in Northern Michigan in a town that often makes the news for beating the record for the most snowfall and the coldest temperatures, and somehow I was lucky enough to have a pool in my backyard. I loved jumping into that pool after working out or having friends over to swim, and now that I live in a city with weather that could accommodate an almost endless pool season, there is, unfortunately, no pool outside my back door. Instead, we take advantage of Houston's many free community pools.

The city of Houston has 37 FREE community pools open June 1- Aug. 11 (in the 2019 season) from 1-8 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday and from August 17- Sept. 1 on Saturdays and Sundays only, and 29 water spraygrounds that are open year round.

Without further ado, here is a list of some of the best FREE pools with great features and amenities. And be sure to check out our recommendations for Houston splashpads and playgrounds, as well as our Summer Fun Guide, which has water park recommendations, parks with shade, and more!

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