November GoList: Best Things To Do with Houston Kids This Month

Now that Halloween is over, it's time to (at least try to) get into the holiday spirit! This month you can still check out a fall festival or two, but Santa is already making appearances around town. For inside activities, check out an area trampoline park, or indoor play area. It's also the perfect time of year for a weekend camping trip to get the most of the weather.

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All Aboard! Where to Find Magical Christmas Train Rides in Houston

If you have a little train lover in your life, taking a real train ride might just be at the top of their list for Santa this year. Help make their dreams come true by celebrating the holiday season with a memorable Christmas-themed train ride at a number of festive venues throughout the greater Houston area. Many of them even feature a visit from the big guy himself! 

Halloween Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Big Bounce America, Monster Mayhem, Oct. 27-28

Everyone's favorite candy-coated day is almost here, which means this upcoming weekend is jam-packed with plenty of spooktacular fun like trunk or treatspumpkin patcheshaunted houses, and more. With so many awesome Halloween events happening the weekend before the big day, you're sure to get plenty of wear out of those Halloween costumes... Wait, did you have the scary realization that you haven't actually procured costumes yet? Well, have no fear! We have you covered with some awesome and easy last-minute Halloween costume ideas

For the actual holiday, we compiled the Ultimate Guide to FREE Spooktacular Events happening around Houston. This handy resource covers everything you could possibly want to do on Halloween!

Find yourself wanting even more ghoulishly good times? Just head on over to our event calendar, where you'll find events happening on all corners of our lovely city. If you want to take a peek at the best events happening throughout the month, you'll want to check out our October GoList. And if you're hosting an event and want to get even more coverage for it, we'd love to promote it for you by adding it to our calendar. It's as easy as simply submitting your event to our calendar.

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Now let's get ready to have some family-friendly frights by checking out what's going on this weekend. 

Easy Last-Minute Halloween Costumes for Kids

Maybe your daughter changed her mind about her Halloween costume for the bazillionth time. Or maybe your son got an invite to a last-minute Halloween party. Or maybe you're just a proud member of the Procrastination Club. Whatever your case may be, we’ve found the easiest Halloween costumes for kids that even a non-crafty mom or dad can pull together on the fly.

Most of the costumes on our list don't call for an arm's-length list of crafting supplies or Halloween props: Headbands, pom-poms, markers, solid t-shirts, and a glue gun can go a long way with a little imagination. In fact, these DIY kids' costumes are so easy, you might just have time to whip up a few frighteningly tasty Halloween treats, too.

Kid 'n Play Indoor Playground: What Makes This Pearland Play Space Worth a Visit

Most indoor play spaces around town offer ample options for climbing, sliding, and jumping, but only a select few give kids their very own space to engage in imaginative play.

Kid 'n Play Indoor Playground not only offers a more traditional play structure, but kids are also encouraged to dress up and explore a kid-sized city to create a world all their own as cooks, hairstylists, musicians, firefighters, and police officers. It truly offers the best of both worlds when it comes to combining physical and creative play. We also love that Kid 'n Play is located in the heart of Pearland where there are a plethora of kid-friendly parks and restaurants to enjoy before or after a trip to Kid 'n Play. 

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: The Search for Lafitte's Gold, Fall Festivals, Oct. 20-21

With Halloween right around the corner, we've been busy compiling everything you could possibly need to have a fun, safe holiday. From area trunk-or-treats to cinematic thrills, we've got you covered. Check it out:

And that's not all! You can find even more Halloween-inspired fun on our event calendar, with events happening throughout the city over the weeks leading up to our favorite candy-coated day. For monthly fun, head to our October GoList, which highlights the biggest and best events occurring around town throughout the month. If you have an event that you want to get some extra coverage for, we'd love to share it with our readers! All you have to do is submit your event to our calendar for our review, and we'll handle the rest. 

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But that's enough of that; it's time to see what this weekend has in store. 

Ultimate Guide to FREE Spooktacular Events on Halloween in Houston

Halloween is almost here, and we are jam-packed full of spooky fun events for kids of all ages! Don't sweat it if you don't have costumes yet - we have you covered with some adorable last-minute ideas. There are tons of trunk-or-treats happening around the city this weekend and the next as well as on Halloween (along with continued pumpkin patches and haunted houses) where kids can collect candy in a safe and controlled environment, but if you're looking for some wicked fun on actual Halloween day, read on for great FREE options.

Are Daycare Kids Better Behaved? This Study Says Yes

Torn between a nanny, daycare, or staying home with your kids? Choosing childcare can be a difficult—and deeply personal—decision for any family, and of course involves a number of factors, from costs to the length of your commute. A new study out of France suggests that daycare might offer some significant advantages in terms of our kids' development.

Researchers at Sorbonne Université in Paris followed nearly 1,500 kids from the womb to age 8 as they either attended a center-based daycare or were cared for by a nanny or family member. The daycare kids, particularly those who attended at least a year before the age of three, were less likely to have problems with peers and other emotional and behavioral issues, according to the researchers.

Texas' Hidden Children's Museums You Have to Visit

Major cities throughout Texas boast well known and very well loved children's museums such as Austin's Thinkery, San Antonio's DoSeum, and of course our very own Children's Museum of Houston. But as "they" always say... everything is bigger in Texas! That means there are even more children's museums to get to know and love all over the lone star state. These hidden gems are nestled in small towns and suburbs, and they are bursting at the seams with fun and hands-on learning for kids of all ages. 

Best Kid-Friendly Hotels for a San Diego Family Vacation

Whether you're driving down from Los Angeles or flying in from afar, a weekend in San Diego is the perfect getaway to find rest and relaxation all year long. The SoCal destination offers a wide array of family activities to keep everyone entertained, in between the requisite visits to Seaworld, Legoland, and the Safari Park. Here, we round up eight of our favorite spots to kick back and unwind in this picturesque beach town.


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