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Presidents Day Weekend Fun for Houston Kids, Feb. 16-17

I think we can all agree that all the recent back and forth of Houston weather has made it a little challenging to know what to do. Will it be hot or cold? Are those dark clouds actually bringing rain or just setting the scene for another gloomy day? It's been an all-out guessing game lately.

Because of this, we've been busy pulling out all of our best indoor activities: roller skating, ninja warrior courses, and laser tag when we need to get out of the house, exercise games, easy science experiments, and creative kids' crafts for those days we want to stay home.

This holiday weekend and the upcoming weeks are bringing all sorts of fun, though. Mardi Gras festivals are kicking into gear, rodeo is on its way, and there's still plenty of time to check out all the free things happening in February, like Mardi Gras on Main and the Houston Family Magazine Camp Fair. And if you find yourself scrambling for things to do on Presidents Day, rest assured, we have you covered there, too! Our event calendar is full of activities that are already planned for you and our Camp Guide will help you find the perfect solution for the holiday break if you don't have the day off with your kiddos.

We also recommend taking a look at our February GoList for some of the best free and cheap events happening around the city this month and signing up for our weekly newsletter; with so many great resources available, the hardest part isn't finding what to do, but picking the best event to attend.

Free and Cheap Summer Camps Around Houston

It's hard to believe it, but it is already time to start making summer plans for your little ones, and one thing every kid looks forward to in the summer is going to camp! Summer camp is a chance for kids to have fun while learning new skills and making memories with new friends. From overnight campsoutdoor campsscience campsdance camps, arts camps, and music and theater camps, Houston has so many different types of summer camps, including the following camps that won't break the budget.

To find a summer camp that your little one and your wallet will love, check out this list of inexpensive or cheaper camps that we've rounded up, all of which cost around $100 - $150. Also, keep in mind that many camps offer early bird (get on it now!), multi-week, and sibling discounts, as well as discounts for members, and some even offer scholarships. And for more summer and vacation camp ideas, check out our comprehensive camp guide and full directory of camp listings.

Perfect Day Camps for Preschoolers to Try This Summer

Finding ways to fill long summer days with fun and enriching activities for kids can be a challenge. This is especially true for preschoolers, many of whom seem to have boundless energy and want to constantly be entertained. Day camps can help get kids out of the house and provide a variety of engaging events to participate in. Whether your little one is into exploring the outdoors, experimenting, or creating, Houston has a variety of day camp options. Read on for a selection of day camps that are specifically designed for preschoolers.

For more summer and vacation camp ideas, check out our comprehensive Houston Summer Camp Guide or full directory of camp listings to search by age, interest, or area.

Cheap Spring Break Travel Ideas for Families on a Budget

Is there a way to travel for cheap with kids during spring break? The short answer is... yes!

While some might automatically head to Orlando or even the Caribbean for spring break, airfare for a family of four can quickly add up to waaaay over budget. Families-in-the-know deploy a few tricks to plan a fun spring break vacation for the kids without blowing their mortgage payment, from scoring a secret deal to compromising a bit on the location.

There are plenty of family-friendly cities and destinations that cost a bit less but don’t scrimp on the family attractions, including top museums, eateries, beaches, and even amusement parks.

Read on for some of our editors’ favorite hacks in planning a cheap spring break and where they like to vacation as a family!

Houston Rodeo With Kids: What You Need to Know

It's finally here! The 2019 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo runs Feb. 25-March 17, 2019 and opens at 8 a.m. every day. Even if you're a rodeo regular, donning those cowboy boots and braving the crowds and traffic are still daunting tasks. And when you get there - it's just so....big. We've broken down some essential information to know before planning your visit, and we also recommend downloading the RODEOHOUSTON app for maps, schedules, and more (available for both Apple and Android products). 

Check out our Rodeo Houston Guide for more posts on enjoying the rodeo with kids.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: GoGames360, Haz tu Propio Reguilete, Feb. 9-10

Free February has a nice ring to it, right?! We're committed to helping you stay on track with your budget while still having plenty of family fun, which is why we've rounded up tons of free events and activities happening this month. The Houston Family Magazine Camp Fair, 2019 Lunar New Year Festival, and Asia Society Lunar New Year at the Galleria are just a sampling of events from our Free February list, and they just so happen to be going on this weekend, too. 

And did you know that there are 20 - yes TWENTY - different museums around Houston that offer free admission on certain days and times? Couple that with a Kids Eat Free night and you've got the makings of an awesome day around Houston at minimal cost. 

While we're on the topic of free, Girls Who Code is once again offering their free summer immersion program for girls entering their junior or senior year of high school. The camp offers teenage girls the opportunity to spend a portion of their summer learning valuable skills in robotics, web design, and mobile development, all at no cost. Spots for this incredible opportunity won't last long, though, so register soon!

Make sure you also check out our event calendar and February GoList for even more free and cheap events happening around the city. There are so many great things happening you don't want to miss!

Kid-Friendly Mardi Gras Festivities in Houston and Beyond

What kid doesn't love a good parade? Floats decorated in bright colors, candy, music, and during Mardi Gras, lots and lots of shiny beaded necklaces to catch and wear have kids loving every minute. Mardi Gras has come to be known over the years as mainly an adult affair, but there are so many options around the Houston area for celebrating the festive season with kids. From pet parades to fire trucks, and even a boat parade, each of these family-friendly events aims to entertain kids and adults of alike. 

Cartoon Network Hotel to Open in Pennsylvania Dutch Country

Fans of Cartoon Network's Adventure Time, We Bare Bears, Ben 10, The Powerpuff Girls, and other programs are getting a treat this summer. The TV network and Palace Entertainment are working together to open the Cartoon Network Hotel, a kid-friendly resort steeped in the channel's animated world, for summer 2019.

The nine-acre, 165-room property will be located in central Pennsylvania's Lancaster County along Route 30. It will neighbor Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park, which is also owned by Palace Entertainment, so a family could easily enjoy both attractions in one trip. It is the Cartoon Network's first themed hotel.

Seems like there's one more reason to plan a Pennsylvania weekend getaway with the kids.

Mall of America's Most Amazing Attractions for Kids of All Ages

Mall of America, located in the heart of the American Midwest in Bloomington, Minnesota, is nothing short of an indoor entertainment epicenter for kids. Sure, it has over 500 stores, but there’s way more to do than just go shopping at the country's largest mall (so big that it requires its own zip code: 55425).

From Chicago’s iconic Willis Tower to the Harley Davidson museum in Milwaukee, the Midwest is full of fun, interesting, and educational things that kids and their parents will love. Mall of America might possess a more commercial feel than some of the area's other travel destinations, but it also likely offers the most entertainment per square foot (5.4 million square feet to be exact) with some of the most popular kids' characters and brands on hand, including Lego, Nickelodeon, American Girl, and Paw Patrol. There's an indoor amusement park, aquarium, arcade, mini golf, and so much more, all within just a few minutes of the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport.

Read on to check out our list of the top 25 amazing things that kids of all ages can do at Mall of America.

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