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Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Bayou Greenway Day, Railfest, April 6-7

Welcome to April! Bring on the Easter egg hunts (and Easter Bunny photo ops), beautiful spring weather, and outdoor activities galore. Now is the perfect time to start checking out parks around Houston, and boy do we have some good ones for you. Current favorites around town include: Donovan Park in the Heights, Spring Creek Park in Tomball, Juan Seguin Historic Park at the San Jacinto Monument, and Challenger Seven Memorial Park in Webster. Also worth checking out are all the amazing parks on our Accessible Playgrounds list, which highlights parks where children with and without disabilities can play together. 

Longer days also mean dining outdoors, and we have some fabulous restaurants queued up for you that are both tasty and offer plenty of playspace for the kiddos. Win-win! 

Looking for even more fun activities? Look no further than these handy articles:

And, as always, our event calendar is packed with daily activities for you and the kids. Now let's take a look at the upcoming weekend!

Pick Your Own Fun: Houston Farms for Fruit and Berry Picking

The intoxicating smell of freshly picked berries can only mean one thing: sweet spring (and summertime) is upon us! And what better way to take advantage of the season's freshest fruit than by picking it yourself? Instead of purchasing pre-packaged strawberries, blueberries and blackberries at the grocery store, take a trip out to one of these "you-pick-it" farms and gather them yourself by the bucketful. Not only will you be getting berries straight from the source, you'll also be supporting small farmers and creating memories with your kids that will last a lifetime.

April GoList: The Best Things to Do With Houston Kids This Month

Spring is in full swing, and we couldn't be happier. That's because, in April, there is just so. much. to. do. From tasty crawfish and spring festivals to Easter celebrations, like breakfasts and photos with the Easter Bunny and egg hunts, there's no excuse to be bored this month.

There's Free Cone Day on April 9, where you can grab some delicious free ice cream from Ben & Jerry's and a fun Clifford the Big Red Dog exhibit to take the kids to in The Woodlands. Don't miss a chance to take advantage of the outdoor rollar rink at Discovery Green, either. Read on for more family fun.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: MFAH Spring Festival, McDonald's Houston Children's Festival, March 30-31

A quick look at this weekend's upcoming event calendar can tell us one thing: Spring Festival season is upon us! Some of our favorites: the Bayou City Art Festival, the Annual McDonald's Houston Children's Festival, the Brazilian Food & Music Festival, and the 2nd Annual Tribute to The Woodlands Music Festival... and those are just scratching the surface of all the upcoming festivals happening in Houston.

We've also had some amazing articles pop up on Mommy Poppins recently. In case you missed it: 

For even more seasonal fun, we highly recommend checking out our Spring Fun Guide; it's packed with awesome family-friendly activities that will get you out and active within the community, as well as our March GoList and our Free Things to Do with Houston Kids in March article. 

Now let's check out what else is on tap this weekend. 

Free Things to Do With Houston Kids in April

The month of April is full of some of our favortie things! Spring weather makes for great outings to the park and to Houston's many family-friendly festivals. Our calendar has ideas for you everday, and this list has the best FREE family events around Houston your family won't want to miss.

15 Super Easy April Fools' Day Pranks to Play on Your Kids

There are few things more satisfying than pulling a fast one on your own kid, but elaborate prep work is sure to sap the fun out of any good April Fools' Day joke. In the past, we've shared ideas for old-school gags and fun tricks to play on children, but more recently, we've found that the very best pranks are also the simplest.

Here, we run down 15 easy ways to show kids that we still have the upper hand—at least when it comes to April Fools' Day!

Fun Family Easter Egg Hunts Around Houston

Spring is in the air, and that means Easter is almost here! Easter egg hunts are one of those special events that adults remember fondly from their childhoods and that children look forward to every year. The Bayou City offers many exciting hunts at parks, churches, cultural locations, and other interesting venues. Most include other fun activities, such as crafts, face painting, petting zoos, live entertainment, and photo ops with the Easter Bunny. There are also tons of breakfasts and brunches with the Easter Bunny you can choose from around town. So hop on over to one of Houston's many fun-filled egg hunts this spring.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Heights Kids' Day of Music, Cigna Sunday Streets, March 23-24

The sun is shining, the temperatures are fair, the clocks have sprung forward, and spring is in the air! We have so many things we can't wait to do this spring, and sharing them with YOU is top on our list. This weekend in particular has some pretty cool events on tap, like the annual Hermann Park Kite Festival, Earth Day GreenUp and Cigna Sunday Streets.

Craving a little culture? We recommend checking out Houston HOLI: Festival of Colors and the Houston Lebanese Festival... and since both are conveniently happening Sugar Land you can hop from one event to the next.

In the mood for something tasty? Then you'll definitely want to head to Katy Taste Fest or The Woodlands CrawPhish Festival. Both are sure to satisfy your tastebuds!

Not to mention, now is also the time to start planning your bluebonnet pictures; no spring is complete without snapping a few! And be sure to stop by our Free Things to Do in March list and our March GoList - the month may be drawing to a close, but there's still so much cool stuff happening!

Have a great event you want to share? We'd love to know about it! Jus add it to our event calendar and we'll get it listed for you in no time. 

Now let's check out what else is happening around Houston this weekend. 

7 Single Parent Hacks for Entertaining Kids (and Staying Sane) Every Day of the Week

March 21st is National Single Parent Day. Yes, that's a thing. It even has a hashtag #NationalSingleParentDay. Yipeee, let's celebrate you! The holiday was created in 1984 to "honor the sacrifices and diligent work of single parents across our country" with the hopes that it would become just as popular as Mother's Day or Father's Day. Okay, that's pretty cool. Except, you know, when you're single... there's no one to actually go out and get you roses or candy or take you to dinner or even draw you a bath...on National Single Parent Day, on Mother's Day, on Father's Day, or any other day... because, you're SINGLE. But you deserve to be celebrated—if not with roses then at least with a few helpful hacks to get through the week.

Insider’s Guide to Haines, Alaska: 21 Top Things to Do with Kids

Alaska is a dream destination on many family travel bucket lists. The way most people experience the state is to hop on one of the many cruises that travel up the Inside Passage. Cruising is particularly suited for Alaska travel because the scenery from the ship is beautiful and the destinations are hard to reach otherwise. But, as with many things in travel, the easiest road often passes by the best destinations.

Haines, Alaska, is one of those gems that is often missed by family cruisers. If you have the option to take a cruise that stops in Haines, or can take an excursion to Haines (an option from Skagway), I highly recommend it. Or, if you want to plan your own Alaska trip, you could easily spend a week in Haines without running out of amazing things to do with the kids, from bear watching and fishing to exploring some really unique museums.

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