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Kids Free October in San Diego: Deals at the Zoo, Legoland, Seaworld, and More

The lazy days of summer may be over, but that's no reason to trade adventurous family outings for a never-ending cycle of school drop-offs, pick-ups, and algebra homework. Instead, pack up and head for San Diego during San Diego Tourism Authority's annual Kids Free promotion.

The citywide campaign kicks off October 1, enticing families to visit San Diego's big-ticket attractions like Legoland, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Wildlife Park, and Seaworld. Children can eat, stay, and play for free at more than 100 participating hotels, restaurants, museums, and parks until October 31.

We've selected 10 offers that we think are particularly good deals; put two or three together, and you've definitely got savings worth traveling for. Scroll down for a link to all 100+ free opportunities for kids in October.

Campgrounds Near Houston to Make Your Family Fall in Love With Nature

My family is a camping family. We also are a family that loves to book our weekends full of things to do, whether that's taking advantage of activities around Houston or traveling elsewhere. Camping started as something fun and cheap (emphasis on the cheap) to do in college with my then-boyfriend and current husband, and it slowly morphed into our preferred way to get out of town and see various parts of the city as the years passed. As our family has grown, we've gone from tent camping to trailer camping and tried out everything else possible in between.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Mid-Autumn Fest, Kidz Bop, Sept. 22-23

Our Fall Fun and Harvest Guide is here, and it's packed with everything all of the best fall activities and events happening throughout the season. In it you'll find fall festivals, pumpkin patches, hayrides, corn mazes and everything else you need to ensure your fall is jam-packed with the best seasonal activities; you definitely want to check it out! 

This upcoming weekend is also full of festival fun, with celebrations ranging from cultural favorites like Mid-Autumn Fest at the Children's Museum and the Houston Armenian Festival to transporation-themed events like Bomber Field's B-17 & Big Bird Air Show and Fall Fun Fest at the Rosenberg Railroad Museum and everything in between. 

Speaking of awesome events, have you stopped by our event calendar or our September GoList yet? Our event calendar is being updated daily and both resources feature some of the best events and activities Houston has to offer. You can also sign up for our weekly newsletter to have everything we publish delivered right to you so you never miss any new content we roll out. 

For anyone planning an event: we would love for you to submit your event to our event calendar if it's not already on there so we can share it with all of our awesome readers. Just fill out the form and we'll take it from there. 

Now let's see what's on tap for the upcoming weekend. 

Interactive “Crash, Splash, or Moo!” Invites Young Readers to Play Along

My daughter and I have read Bob Shea’s brand new Crash, Splash, or Moo! so many times now that I’m pretty sure I could transcribe it here from memory. But instead of giving away the much-anticipated outcomes of the interactive book that plays out like a totally wacky quiz show, I’ll tell you why it’s quickly become “The Song that Never Ends” delivered in book form to our household.

A-MAIZE-ing Kid-Friendly Corn Mazes in Houston

Fall in Texas may boast temperatures hotter than most summers in other places, but that doesn't mean there aren't an array of quintessential fall activities in the area for families to enjoy, with favorites such as pumpkin patches, hay rides, fall festivals and corn mazes topping the list. While the Bayou City doesn't have a large number of corn mazes, the mazes out there offer up larger-than-life fall fun for the family. Put your problem-solving skills to good use this fall as you navigate through one of these corn mazes around Houston. 

Best Kid-Friendly Hotels for a Los Angeles Family Vacation

Finding bliss and relaxation on vacation is so much easier when the kiddos are happy. Whether you're visiting Los Angeles, housing out-of-town guests, or indulging in a staycation (though we can recommend some kid-friendly hotels all around the world), why not choose a hotel that caters to the smallest guests? These LA resorts offer a little slice of paradise, family-friendly amenities, and unique experiences that might make you want to ditch that faraway destination and spend the weekend in SoCal. The best part is watching the kids have a blast, too.

Where to Find Hayrides Around Houston This Fall

Your family's list of must-do activities for fall wouldn't be complete without an old-fashioned hayride. Check out these area farms and ranches for hayrides around the property, which often include pumpkin patches and fun activities for the whole family.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Fall Nature Walk, Fiestas Patrias, Sept. 15-16

Y'all, it's officially midway through September, and despite temperatures that are still steadily climbing into the 90+ range every day, that means fall (well, Houston's version of fall) is here. It's time to start planning weekends around our fall bucket list, hitting up all the family-friendly fall festivals and snapping photos at the different pumpkin patches around the city, even if it means we're sweating through our flannel while we're doing it. 

This weekend also marks the annual celebration of Mexico's fight for independence, and in true Houston style, we're celebrating it big with events like the 50th Annual Fiestas Patrias Parade, a day of Fiestas Patrias activities at the Children's Museum of Houston, and a Fiestas Patrias celebration at Trader's Village

In case you haven't quite filled up your daily calendar yet, our event calendar and our September GoList are stocked with awesome events and activities happening in every corner of the Houston area, so you're always equipped to keep boredom at bay. We are also ready to deliver everything happening on Mommy Poppins straight to you when you sign up for our weekly newsletter, keeping you in the know with the best tips, tricks, and activities we have to offer. 

If you have an event you're planning, we would love to feature it on our calendar! All you have to do is submit your event to us for our review so we can make sure it's a good fit, and we'll get it published from there.

Now, without further ado, let's take a look at the upcoming weekend!

Where to Find Pumpkin Patches Around Houston

With Halloween right around the corner and fall finally in the air, it's time to gather up the kids and head out to do some pumpkin picking. We've rounded up several different locations throughout the city hosting pumpkin patches and fall festivals throughout the month of October, so no matter where you are in Houston, you're sure to find a pumpkin patch nearby. 

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