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Ski Free All Spring with the 2019 Ikon Pass - And Save $100 on Kids’ Passes

If you hit the slopes at least one week a year, a ski pass can mean serious savings for your family. Ikon Pass is an annual ski pass that gives you access to over 30 skiing and snowboarding destinations across 12 states, 4 Canadian provinces, and 4 continents. And even better, if you buy your pass now, you get this year’s spring skiing for free!

While you might think of skiing as a quintessential winter activity, the higher temps, longer days, and shorter chairlift waits make spring break the perfect time for a family ski trip. Whether you're a bunch of black diamond die-hards or some of your gang's still all about the bunny hill, an Ikon Pass will definitely help you make the most of spring on the slopes—and since the pass for the 19/20 season literally just went on sale, you can use it for the rest of this season, as well as all of next year.

14 Things To Do with Your Houston Baby Before They Turn 1

You've put in your nine-month wait time, survived those first harrowing weeks with a newborn, and you're finally ready to tackle the great big world... or city of Houston... with your baby. The only problem is where do you even start? Rest easy, mama, because we're here to help! We've rounded up 14 of the best activities for you to do with your baby around the Bayou City. 

Best Family Summer Camps Around Texas

Have you ever wanted to join your kids at sleepaway camp? Well, at these family camps throughout the great state of Texas, you can do just that! Stay in real bunks or cabins, eat in camp dining halls, swing on rope swings, play a game of dodgeball, and live just like a kid at summer camp with the entire family.

For more summer and vacation camp ideas, check out our comprehensive Houston Summer Camp Guide or full directory of camp listings to search by age, interest, or area.

Family-Friendly Farm Stays: Meet the Animals and Work the Farm

Farm stays provide guests of all ages with a taste of farm life. Whether by milking cows and collecting eggs, or gathering fresh fruit from a pineapple plant for breakfast, families who choose to stay at a farm hotel, which might be cabin, house, or even a tent, will likely have more fun than Old MacDonald led you to believe is possible.

Time your farm stay with the kids for spring, summer, or even fall. Check out which seasonal activities might be going on before picking the dates of your farm vacation, as well as the location. We've rounded up 10 of our favorite farm "hotels" around the country, from Maine to Texas to California.

I've found that farmer-hosts have a strong desire to educate little farmers on how to live a more sustainable and balanced life. Unplug, relax, and enjoy the fruits of a hard day’s work around a campfire. Lessons learned on these farms will stay with you long after you return home. 

Find more vacation ideas and weekend getaways in our Family Travel Guide, or check out your local Farm Fun Guide for local petting zoos, harvest festivals, and pick-your-own fun.

Free Things to Do with Houston Kids in March

The great thing about springtime in Houston is we get to enjoy this sliver of time where the weather is typically enjoyable. The chilly spittle of winter passes before the excruciating summer heat, and we are left with pleasant temperatures perfect for outdoor fun.

Our event calendar is packed with great things to do this month to take advantage of the weather, but here's a list we know all parents will love - FREE events happening in March perfect for kids. And if you enjoy free things and events, because who doesn't, check out our Free Fun Things to Do with Houston Kids guide.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Spring Fling Toddler Fair, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, March 2-3

Houston, are you ready to rodeo? Because it's that time of year! Dust off your boots, tip your cowboy hats, and saddle up because the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is officially here, and we're ready to help you navigate through everything you need to know before you go. Here are our best rodeo resources for parents taking on the rodeo with kids:

While the rodeo is currently taking over downtown, that's not the only thing happening this weekend worth checking out; our event calendar is packed with lots of other awesome activities! Some favorites include a special Toddler Fair at Sienna Plantation, the Museum of Fine Arts annual Azalea Trail, the Texas Independence Day Celebration at The Woodlands Children's Museum, and the Kids Mardi Gras Masquerade at the Czech Center Museum.

If all else fails, we highly recommend heading to one of Houston's amazing family-friendly breweries. The kids get to play and you get to kick back with a tasty craft beer; it's a win-win for everyone!

March GoList: Best Things To Do With Houston Kids This Month

Now that "winter" is over, we can jump into one of our favorite times of year - spring! This month begins the round of spring festivals, spring break, the 2019 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and delicious crawfish festivals. And before you know it, summer will be here, so get ahead of the game by browsing the best summer camps Houston has to offer, from science to outdoor fun.

This month enjoy a free flick at the park in The Woodlands. On the first weekend of March, you can celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday at your local library with a marathon Seuss reading session or at the Children's Museum of Houston's Seuss birthday bash. Enjoy the outdoors at one of Houston's many fabulous parks, or take the little ones on a guided hike (yes, you really can hike in Houston). And on March 12, it's National Pancake Day - yum.

Read on for more fun things to do this month with the kids.

31 Fun Things To Do During Spring Break in Houston

Not traveling for spring break? Even if you're staying home for the week, you can have some serious fun. From spring festivals to crawfish boils, there is so much going on in Houston during the week-long break that you can pack your staycation with new and exciting activities every day.

Because we never can be too confident what the weather will be like in Houston, heading to an indoor play space to seek refuge from any inclement weather is always a fantastic idea. Classic places for kid-friendly fun like bowling alleys, glow-in-the-dark mini golf, indoor rock climbing, and trampoline parks sometimes run spring break specials, so be sure to check with your favorite local venue.

Spring break is also a great time to check out some of Houston's most popular kid-friendly spots like Glowzone in Katy and Willowbrook, Momentum Indoor Climbing in Silver Street and Katy, or The Play Space in Clear Lake -- Texas' largest indoor playground!

For more ideas of where to have fun in Houston this spring break, check out our list 100 Things To Do With Houston Kids for a plethora of ideas perfect for almost any time of year.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Fitness Frenzy, Mardi Gras! Galveston, Feb. 23-24

Everybody say hurray for a short week because weeks that begin on Tuesday are always a welcome change of pace! We hope you were able to enjoy a day off with the family on Monday, and that this week is flying by because this weekend is packed with some awesome events. We're especially excited about all the family activities happening at some of our favorite museums, like the Houston Maritime Museum's Ancient Mediterranean Family Day, Fitness Frenzy at The Woodlands Children's Museum, and Archaeology Now's On the Trail Family Event happening at HMNS.

In case you missed it, we also shared some excellent resources for Spring Break and summer, because before you know it those will be knocking on our calendar doors:

Make sure to take a peek at our February GoList to see what's on tap for the last weekend of February and sign up for our weekly newsletter so we can stay in touch throughout the week! 

15 Free Things to Do With Kids at the Houston Rodeo

Everything is bigger in Texas, and this motto is exemplified in Houston's massive livestock show and rodeo - from the crowds to food selection - but your resulting credit card bill doesn't have to be. After paying the price of admission, there are lots of things to do as a whole family without spending another dime. That's not to say you won't be tempted by the smells of deep-fried goodness and adorable miniature cowboy and cowgirl hats. Read on for free and fun activities, all of which are open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. every day unless otherwise noted.

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