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Free Things to Do With Houston Kids in January

In the months of November and December, there were many things gained and lost; typically pounds and money, respectively. My husband and I always begin the holiday season with the best of budgeted intentions, but come out into the New Year avoiding those pesky bank statements. Luckily for all Houston families, there is lots of free kid-friendly fun happening around town in January. So, you don't have to start the new year locked inside - get out there and enjoy some free family fun!

50 Things to Do in Washington, DC with Kids Before They Grow Up

Note: During the current government shutdown, the Smithsonian museum and the National Zoo are closed. But there's plenty of other great, kid-friendly things to do on the list below and don't forget to check out our event calendar to find fun things to do in DC!

The days are long but the years are short when it comes to raising kids, and for parents in and around the bustling hub of our nation's capital, the time can really speed by. Finding the best events and activities that will make the most of the precious time we have with our little ones is a top priority here at Mommy Poppins Washington, DC.

To help you sort through this ever-changing, ever-growing city that we love, we've compiled a list of the top 50 things to do with kids in the Washington, DC area before they grow up. With a city steeped in the sciences, from natural to political, culture, arts, and history, there's no better time to make the most of your time with your little ones. Get out, explore, and see just how many activities on our bucket list you can cross off before childhood whizzes by.

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

It's a new year, so start it off right by getting out at one of these fun events around Houston. Who knows if we will actually get a winter this year, but just in case you need ideas for fun indoor activities, check out an area trampoline park, rock climbing gym, or even an escape room if your kids are old enough.

And while Christmas is technically over, many holiday festivals are still up and running through the first few weeks of January, so you can still check out the beautiful holiday lights at Zoo Lights, Festival of Lights in Moody Gardens, Sugar Land's Holiday Lights, and Magical Winter Lights for a little while longer. Read on for the best things to do around Houston in January with the kids.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: New Year's Festivities & Fun!

It's time for fireworks, balloon drops, noisemakers, and more! You can ring in the New Year all over the city with some good, clean, kid-friendly fun. Some of our favorites include The Woodlands Children's Museum High Noon Countdown, the Nooners Eve Kids Cooking Class at Maggiano's, and Kemah Boardwalk's New Year's Eve Family Celebration

The long holiday weekend is also the perfect time to explore our 100 Things To Do With Houston Kids list, and maybe find some hidden gems you didn't know existed or haven't had time to check out yet. 

Kids suffering from winter break boredom? We have a plethora of solutions lined up for you:

Our event calendar, January GoList, and Guide to Holiday and Christmas Events for Houston Families are also chock full of ideas. We have had the best time sharing what's hot and happening in Houston throughout 2018 with you, and we can't wait to continue the fun in 2019.

Netflix New Year's Eve Countdowns Let Families Celebrate Early

Ah, New Year's Eve. What was once a wild night out can be downright grueling for parents already running on empty after weeks of holiday planning and organizing, er, fun. Wouldn't it be nice to convince the little ones that 5pm is the perfect time to ring in the New Year? Break out the confetti and sparkling apple cider, because Netflix has your back with 14 on-demand New Year's Eve countdowns, many of them featuring your kid's (or even your) favorite stars.

It's the no-cry solution to an early bedtime for all, because the new year can now happen any time you want it to happen. It's also a simple way to get kids in on the festivities, celebrating new adventures as a family. 

Looking for more New Year's Eve fun? Venture out armed with our list of the best kid-friendly celebrations in your town: New York City, Los AngelesLong IslandNew Jersey, Boston, Connecticut, Philadelphia, and Houston.

Family Friendly New Year's Eve Fun in Houston

While typically considered a holiday largely for adults, ringing in the new year isn't solely for the 18-and-up age group. In fact, Houston has quite a few festivities lined up that allow kids to ring in the New Year with their families in a safe, fun environment, whether it's making a trip down to the Kemah Boardwalk to watch fireworks over the water or heading to the ever-popular Children's Museum of Houston for a kid-approved balloon drop and "Noon" Year countdown.

The fun doesn't end on New Year's, either. Our Guide to Holiday and Christmas Events will carry you through the holiday season this year and our Winter Bucket List is the perfect resource for those days after the holidays when being off of school may start to get a little boring... 

Holiday Giving: Mommy Poppins Families Give Back to Local Communities

Every year we share articles about how families can volunteer and donate during the holiday season. But, we are also parents raising our children and working to improve our communities ourselves. Even as our website has grown (Hello, DC and Chicago!), we are proud to say that the values and mission of Mommy Poppins have not changed. We are committed to helping children and families, both online and in real life.

This year, we invited team members from each of our local areas to pick a holiday drive or organization that helps children in need. We funded a shopping spree or, if the holiday season was just too crazy, made a direct donation. In order to do as much good as possible, not just for children, but for local businesses too, we targeted some of our favorite local toy stores to make our purchases. Our children were great helpers in picking out gifts and delivering them.

As the founder of Mommy Poppins, I am grateful to our amazing team for rallying during the hectic holiday season and doing so much good. In all, we donated over $8500! Thanks also to all the local businesses, large and small, who support Mommy Poppins with advertising dollars throughout the year. It makes providing this resource to families for free possible, as well as these donations and our other initiatives. We are humbled and grateful for the support of our readers and local business community.

Read on to find out where our local families shopped and donated.

 

Best Family Travel of 2018: Great Cities, Beaches, Hotels, and Memories

Our Mommy Poppins families really traveled this year! We scoped out some amazing cities with our kids in tow, from New Orleans to Santa Barbara, up to Vancouver and over to Chicago.

There were some epic science museums to explore, Christmas towns to make us cheery, gorgeous beaches, fun at amusement parks, and of course, a slew of entertaining family-friendly resorts, from Mexico and the Caribbean to Los Angeles and New England ski resorts.

So if you’re planning your next family vacation, take a look at our favorite destinations from the last year, including these warmer climates for February or spring break. In each profile, we highlight the most kid-friendly activities and events and let you know what to skip with toddlers or what to see with the teens.

10 Things to Do on Christmas Day with Your Family in Houston

Not everything is closed on Christmas Day, and that's good news for those of us who find ourselves wishing for something to do other than eat more food or play another game of Scrabble Junior.

Here are 10 fun things to do around Houston you can make a part of your holiday traditions. And here is our holiday guide for more Christmas and Hanukkah fun around the Bayou City.

Christmas Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Jingle Bell Rock Your Way from Saturday to Christmas Day

From the Mommy Poppins Houston team, we want to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! We hope you have plenty of time set aside to celebrate the season with family and friends, and lots of fun activities on the calendar (no? we can help with that!).  

Even though there may not be a chance of snow in the forecast this Christmas, there is a 100 percent chance of Santa coming to town no matter which part of Houston you live in. He's hitting up all sorts of breakfast and brunches, posing for photo ops, and making a jolly appearance at all sorts of activities around town. There's also still plenty of time to look at Christmas lights, whether you're driving around a local neighborhood or visiting one of the many awesome public light displays

If you're like us, though, and need at least one or two cozy nights in on the calendar, we recommend popping some popcorn, cuddling up on the couch, and checking out one or two of our Christmas movie faves. It's the perfect way to stay in the holiday spirit without leaving the comfort of your own home.

Don't forget to check out our event calendar for daily inspiration and our latest list of things to do over Christmas break. Our December GoList and Guide to Holiday and Christmas Events for Houston Families are also great resources for the biggest and best things happening this month.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

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