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The Woodlands Children's Museum: Little Kid Heaven

The Houston Children's Museum is great, but it can be a bit overwhelming for younger children. The last time I took my toddler I could see the fear in his eyes as I tried to herd him and his cousin through seas of big kids. It's why I love The Woodlands Children's Museum because it is perfect for my family right now. The 11,000-square-foot facility is geared toward children up to age 10, and the best part is it is just small enough that I can sit in one spot for a good 5-10 minutes and still have my toddler in sight.

Exploring The Children's Museum of Houston

The Children’s Museum of Houston has been catering to children since 1980 and boasts a wide array of activities to foster learning in a fun, innovative way. As a native Houstonian, I visited often with my family and could not wait for the day when I could bring my son, who is now 2-1/2 years old. There are 14 different exhibits to visit, and there is something for any child from toddlers up to 12 years old. It's a good idea to wear comfortable shoes as you will most likely be chasing your kid all over the place!

A Family Visit to George Ranch Historical Park

In the southwest corner of the greater Houston area is the 23,000-acre George Ranch, which is home to the George Ranch Historical Park. Driving down to Richmond, which is about 15 minutes west of Sugar Land, may seem like a hassle for some Houstonians, but a visit to the park is worth it. It brings nearly a century of Texas history, the 1830s to 1930s, with historical replicas, exhibits, and reenactments. 

Read on to hear about my family's trip to George Ranch Historical Park during Labor Day weekend and why we think it makes the perfect day trip. 

Make No Bones About It: The Morian Hall of Paleontology is an Exhibit Not to Miss

With special exhibits rotating in and out of the Houston Museum of Natural Science throughout the year, it's easy to overlook the permanent exhibits. The Morian Hall of Paleontology is one constant you don't want to miss. This is no ordinary collection of dinosaur bones on display; it's an in-depth encounter with creatures of the past that is sure to enthrall even the youngest visitors. 

10 Reasons to Head to Memorial Park for Your Next Stroller Run

When it comes to staying fit, stroller walking and running are popular choices among moms who need to work out with the kids in tow. Finding a good trail that's stroller-friendly, however, can often prove to be just as difficult as actually getting out and running with one. Houston's Memorial Park spans 1,400 acres and features the Seymour Lieberman Exercise Trail, which is a 2.93-mile loop that is perfect for this activity.

As an avid distance runner, I've researched and tried out many around the greater Houston area, and in the process, I have identified several factors that can make or break a jogging route. I've logged countless stroller miles with my son, who is now 2 1/2 years old. The Seymour Lieberman Exercise Trail at Memorial Park fits all of my "running mom" requirements, and here are 10 reasons why:  

Why Kids Love Houston's Cockrell Butterfly Center

The Houston Museum of Natural Science is known for having a variety of both permanent and traveling exhibits to visit throughout the year. One such museum constant is the Cockrell Butterfly Center, which is an indoor exhibit that consists of the Brown Hall of Entomology and the Rainforest Conservatory. Brown Hall houses a wealth of interactive information about various insects, and conservatory is a living habitat that houses hundreds of different butterflies. 

Making the Most of a Day Trip to Moody Gardens

If you have taken a trip to Galveston you most likely passed the massive pyramids of Moody Gardens. The complex of museums, rides, and exhibits can be overwhelming, so we've broken down what you can expect to see and do. Because it is a bit of a drive down the dreaded Gulf Freeway and tickets can end up rather costly for larger families, we recommend making a day or weekend visit as a special occasion.  

Kids Get Up Close and Personal With Animals at Old MacDonald's Farm

Old MacDonald's Farm is the perfect place to take the kids when you want to get outside and experience something different. Located off FM 1960 on the northeast side of Houston, this 15-acre farm is tagged as "A Children's Paradise." And after taking a trip down there with my best friend and our two sons, I can emphatically agree. Here are a few tips we picked up from our trip to the farm to help you and your family plan the best possible visit. 

5 Things Kids Will Love About Going to a Sugar Land Skeeters Game

Hailed as "America's pastime," baseball games are often a favorite way to spend a day or evening as a family. Houston may be famous for its major league team, the Houston Astros, but they aren't the only team in town. In 2012, the city of Sugar Land entered the baseball scene by bringing in its own minor league team, the Sugar Land Skeeters, along with Constellation Field, a stadium fit to please fans of all ages.

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