The Best Indoor Play Spaces for Houston Kids

Living in Houston means navigating weather that is often hot and humid or wet and stormy. Fortunately, there are many options for activities to do indoors, such as free museum daystrampoline parks, and fun indoor play spaces. But where should you go when you want the best of the best indoor spaces to play? Read on for our recommendations of where to play when going outside is not an option and why each of these Houston spots are some of our absolute favorites for any day of the year.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Bayou Bend's Christmas Village, Santa Train, Dec. 15-16

What a weekend we have up ahead! Holiday plays, ballets and musicals are in full-swing, with fun favorites like Elf: The Musical and Mr. Popper's Penguins taking the stage and spreading plenty of Christmas cheer. Saturday is also offering up some amazing Christmas music; you're definitely going to want to head to Sugar Land Town Square for an evening of Holiday Music from First Colony Church of Christ's band or to Stude Concert Hall for the annual Kids and Christmas Pops Concert performance. Not to mention all the great light displays, breakfast with Santa events, and awesome Santa activities happening around Houston. The holidays have taken over Houston, that's for sure!

But, if you're feeling a bit Scrooge-y or just need a break from all the holiday activities, there are some awesome non-Christmas events happening, too! Seussical: The Musical and Disney's Beauty and the Beast are both also taking center stage, there's a Family Capoeira Class happening at Midtown Park, and the annual Running of the Bulls 5k & Kids' 1k is taking over Downtown. 

You can also check out our event calendarDecember GoList, Winter Bucket List, and Guide to Holiday and Christmas Events for Houston Families for more holiday and non-holiday related family fun, and sign up for our weekly newsletter to have everything delivered to your inbox. You can also submit your own event to our calendar, so send them over so we can share them! 

25 Things to Do with Houston Kids Over Christmas Break

As parents, it's safe to say that we all have the best intentions of organizing the most creative, Pinterest-worthy crafts and activities for our kids during school breaks. Making those activities come to fruition, however, isn't always as easily executed. This winter break, instead of setting lofty goals that never get met, fall back on our holiday guide for events and things to do during the season, and read our other posts for fun things to do on Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. Below, you'll find 25 things to do you and the kids will love and that, more importantly, get you out of the house!

25 Fun Things to Do in Miami with Kids (Beyond the Beach)

When you travel with kids, it's hard to think about vacationing in Florida beyond the mega theme parks in Orlando. Yet, the Sunshine State delivers numerous family-friendly destinations, from Tallahassee to the Keys, as well as one of our favorite cities: Miami.

Miami offers beach-ready weather for most of the year and moderate temps for the rest of it, so it welcomes visitors fleeing northern climes year-round. But there's more than the beach to entertain kids in this South Florida hot spot. You'll find outdoor activities galore, from boating and pools to fun splash pads and parks for strolling. Top-notch museums, animal encounters, and even top sports teams offer families endless options, and don't forget about Miami's proximity to the Everglades.

 Read on for our favorite things to do with kids in and around Miami, Florida.

Winter Bucket List: 37 Things to Do With Houston Kids This Winter

Houston has no shortage of fun activities for kids this winter. From the best holiday events to kid-friendly stage shows, we've rounded up a list of the top Houston happenings this winter. Keeping in mind that cooler temperatures have finally arrived, we've also included some of our favorite indoor activities to do with kids at home and around town. But because it's typically not too cold in Houston, taking advantage of milder days to get some fresh air allows for even more options for family fun. Read on for our list of the best of what Houston has to offer this winter season. 

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Santa Social with a Peppermint Twist, Magical Winter Lights, Dec. 8-9

The weekends leading up to Christmas just keep getting better and better, am I right? I mean, with options like having Breakfast with Santa at Hermann Park, touring Santa's Wonderland, or attending the 10th Annual Gingerbread Build-Off filling the calendar, it's hard to choose the wrong event! Sure, the hustle and bustle of the holiday season can be overwhelming at times - especially if you're walking into Target on a Saturday - but when you take a second to step back and immerse yourself in the magic of Christmas as your kids do, it can be pretty amazing. To help get you in the holiday spirit, we have all sorts of resources full of seasonal family activities:

And that's just the start! Our event calendar is packed with awesome activities and constantly being updated, our December GoList features all the hottest events happening throughout the month, our Guide to Holiday and Christmas Events for Houston Families is an unparalleled treasure trove of events, and our weekly newsletter keeps you up to speed by delivering everything straight to your inbox. Plus, if you're the one planning an event, you can also submit your own event to our calendar so we can share it with all of our readers! 

50 Awesome Santa Activities for Houston Kids

Santa Claus is comin' to town... Santa Claus is comin' to town... you know you're humming along right now, and boy is he coming! Santa is making stops all over Houston and has all sorts of fun activities planned along the way. From traditional breakfasts, brunches, and super fun lunches to attending holiday and Christmas events around town, the big guy is ready to party with all the good little girls and boys in Houston. 

25 Christmas Movies to Fill Your Family with Holiday Cheer

 Is your house brimming with the magic of Christmas and the holiday season? When the tree has been trimmed, and all the gifts have been wrapped, it's time to put the kids into those Christmas jammies to snuggle up with the perfect family Christmas movie. Don’t let picking the wrong festive flick turn you into a Grinch.

Unlike the naughty list, this holiday movie list is filled with positive messages, classic tales, and just the right amount of seasonal cheer. So, pop some popcorn and enjoy a family movie night with one of these Christmas classics perfect for kids. 

Best Things to Do in Charleston, South Carolina with Kids

Warm, charming, and packed with history, Charleston, South Carolina, regularly tops the lists of America’s most visit-worthy cities, and it’s easy to see why. Beautiful beaches and waterways, leafy streets and parks, gorgeous architecture, and a thriving cultural scene mean there’s always something to see and do. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that Charleston is one of the best food cities in the country.

Best of all, Charleston is especially fun to visit with kids. It’s easy to get around, the weather is almost always nice (even though the summer months can be sticky and humid), and the overall vibe is incredibly welcoming to families. Our family has been vacationing in Charleston and the neighboring barrier islands for over a decade: Here are the things we love to do, the places we love to eat or stay at, and—just as important—what we’d recommend skipping with children in tow.

Best Houston Neighborhoods and Homes for Viewing Holiday Lights

During the most magical time of the year, there are many ways to get your holiday light fix. Houston has beautiful public lighting displays, but nothing beats driving the family around a neighborhood in your Christmas pajamas. For those evenings when you want to enjoy the beauty of the holiday season at your own pace, it's helpful to know which Houston neighborhoods go above and beyond in the decoration department.

We've rounded up the neighborhoods with must-see lighting displays, so all you have to do is gather the family into the car, turn on some holiday tunes, and explore the Bayou City on your own time. However, many neighborhoods prefer visitors between 6-10 p.m. Lights are typically up from Thanksgiving through New Years. Also, for all things holiday in Houston - from free events to shows - check out our ultimate holiday guide for families.


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