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50 Fun Things To Do in Las Vegas with Your Kids

Once America's playground for adults, in the last decade Las Vegas has become one of the most popular family vacation destinations. While it is possible to book a sitter to enjoy some grown-up time on the strip, it would be a shame to visit this desert town and not experience the great natural attractions, museums, and family fun you can find a little further afield.

We took a recent trip to Vegas with our young children (aged two and six) and really had a blast exploring kid-friendly activities both on and off the beaten track. Here are my recommendations for the top things to do with kids in Las Vegas.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Cinco de Mayo, Houston Polish Festival, May 4-5

Happy May! The month where school ends, summer descends upon us, and it's time to do all the outdoor things! When it comes to getting the kids outside and active, we are huge fans of playgrounds, and we have you set up for the summer with some awesome playground resources:

Our event calendar is also overflowing with inspiration for this weekend. There are some unique activities happening you don't want to miss, like the Houston Dragon Boat Festival, the 2019 Houston Texans Play Safe Clinic,EXPLORING MARS with NASA Engineer Kobie Boykins, and Nitro Circus Live. Whatever your interest, there's something happening for everyone this weekend, that's for sure. In fact, we think it's safe to say that the biggest hurdle you'll have to jump this weekend is narrowing down what to do!

Free Things to Do With Houston Kids in May

It's one of the best times of the year! School is wrapping up, summer is on the horizon, and we're all ready to indulge in some family fun. Our event calendar is jam-packed with events every day of the week this time of year, and we're ready to highlight the best activities happening that don't require you to pull out your wallet. Let's dig in to some FREE family fun this month.

Secrets of Atlantis: 10 Tips for a Bahamas Family Vacation with Kids

Like many kids, my boys started begging to go to Disney around the time they could walk. Once they were swimming, however, the object of their spring break fantasies became Atlantis—the Bahamas mega-resort known for its gigantic water park, marine life encounters, and luxe casino. For years, unsure whether a place nicknamed "Vegas by the Sea" was the best choice for a family vacation, my husband and I brushed aside their pleas. But after another harsh Boston winter, we broke down and booked a trip, figuring our boys were at the ideal ages—12, 10, and 7— to appreciate all the 'tweeny bopper fun that Atlantis offers (and for which it charges big).

We had a fun-packed five-day stay, and along the way, accumulated plenty of advice for other families who are considering an Atlantis trip, including whether or not it is a kid-friendly destination. Here are the main things moms and dads should know to make sure their vacation in Paradise (Island) lives up to the hype.

Find more top places to stay on vacation in our Hotels & Resorts Guide for Families.

17 Houston Mother's Day Brunch Spots to Reserve Now

Whether you're looking for a spot to take your own mother (or grandmother, or any other mom figure in your life you'd like to celebrate), or you would like to forward this list along to the significant other as a mildly subtle "hint hint," we have 15 ideas for a drool-worthy Mother's Day brunch. Many of these spots, which are listed in no particular order, offer lunch and dinner if brunch isn't your thing and range from elegant to casual chic. All of them offer a meal mom is sure to remember!

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

May is a great month for Houston kids because school is basically over and summer is basically here. It's also great because one of Texas' best seasons officially beings: Water park season. And there are plenty of options in and near the city, from the new Hurricane Harbor (formerly SplashTown) to Schlitterbahn.

This month you can party with the family for Cinco de Mayo (and grab a margarita or three afterward), head to Galveston and swim at one of our favorite beaches. t's also a great time of the year to visit your local farmers' market for some fresh produce and handmade goods.

If you haven't had time to make summer camp plans for your kids yet, let us help you out. Our guide has ideas for outdoor camps, science-themed camps, art camps, overnight camps, and even free camps. Read on for more family fun this month.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Nature Fest, Fort Bend Arts Festival, April 27-28

It may be the last weekend in April, but there are so many cool events and activities happening Saturday and Sunday, and we found the perfect way to kick off whichever event you attend: donuts! Not just any donuts, though; the donut shops on this list may carry the traditional glazed or frosted donuts your family has come to know and love, but they also carry donuts that pack a punch.

There are also two great sensory-friendly events happening this weekend for anyone with a special needs family member: one at the Houston Museum of Natural Science and one at George Ranch Historical Park. At both events, special measures are being taken so that those with special needs are able to enjoy the exhibits with minimal noise and distractions. 

For even more family-fun, be sure to check out our April GoListFree Things to Do With Houston Kids in April list, and our event calendar, as well as our Spring Fun Guide and Rainy Day Activities list. Whether you're staying home or getting out, we can guarantee that with us by your side no moment will be a dull one! 

Best Houston Playgrounds For Toddlers

Visiting the park with a toddler can be both a blessing and a curse. Toddlers are on the verge of discovering their independence and while a trip to the park may be great for helping them burn off some of their endless amounts of energy, playground sets with tons of tall features that toddlers can easily fall off of can pose a danger to fearless toddlers. That's why parents of toddlers absolutely love finding a park with the holy grail of little kid park features — a toddler-sized play set.

Orlando with Teens: Top 15 Things to Do at the Theme Parks and Beyond

I used to think of Orlando as a destination for little kids, but I discovered Orlando is even better with teens. Amusement parks are so much more fun when you can go on all the rides and don’t have to worry about the dreaded “theme park meltdowns.” My big kids were also able to pack in lots of other adventures and hipster shopping areas as we explored all the fun there is in Orlando beyond the theme parks.

We spent our recent spring break in Orlando with two teens and had a blast.

All-Day Fun: Destination Parks in Houston

Houston is home to a ton of parks. A ton. (Including some pretty great splash pads.) And some are better than others if you're looking to spend more than 30 minutes at an unshaded playground, so we've rounded up 13 parks where you can easily spend a few hours, or even the entire day.

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