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Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Earth Day, March for Science, Cigna Streets, April 22-23

This weekend go outdoors and celebrate Earth Day! Many of your favorite places in Houston have fun parties for the planet this weekend, like the Houston Zoo (as if you need a better reason to visit than the new baby giraffe!) and the Downtown Aquarium. Or maybe you want to take part of a nationwide movement at the March for Science in midtown Houston. 

Are you planning a birthday party soon? Check out our Birthday Party Guide featuring animal party entertainers, fun indoor locations, cool science-themed parties, first birthday party ideas, and more. If you want to take the take the party to the next level you might want to explore these one-of-a-kind birthday party ideas.

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For more family fun ideas, our event calendar has things to do every day, and our April GoList to find the best things to do this month. Did you know can also submit your own events? And for great posts like this delivered to your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

Read on for more things to do this weekend.

Easter Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Bunny Brunches & Egg Hunts, April 15-16

Happy Easter and Passover from Mommy Poppins Houston! This weekend, hop right into an Easter egg huntbrunch with the Easter Bunny or maybe even sneak in a Crawfish Festival too! 

We recently added a new roundup of swim lessons and camps for this summer as well as free and cheap summer camps around Houston. Check out our camp guide where you will find tons of ideas for kids of all ages, including dance camps, overnight campsoutdoor camps, music and theater camps, science camps, art camps, and more. 

For more family fun ideas, our event calendar has things to do every day, and our April GoList to find the best things to do this month. Did you know can also submit your own events? For great posts like this delivered to your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

Read on for more things to do this weekend. 

Swim Lessons and Camps for Houston Kids

When you think of summer in Houston, what's the first word that comes to mind? My guess: "HOT." No one can deny that the Bayou City is known for its scorching summer weather, and that summer lasts for basically 3/4 of the year. As a result, we end up spending a lot of time in the water, whether it's at the pool, a splash pad, a local waterpark or the ocean. All this time in and around water means knowing how to swim and executing proper water safety are of the utmost importance, especially for our kids.

In fact, just recently we had a debate with our 3-year-old about if he knew how to swim without floaties or not (he doesn't, though he believes he does because his best friend knows how to swim... toddler logic at its finest), which was a nice little reminder that it was time to enroll him in swim lessons for the summer. With that in mind, we've found plenty of places that offer year-round swim lessons so your kids are comfortable and confident in the water. Looking for a little something extra? We also rounded up places that offer lessons and camps for competitive swimmers and those interested in pursuing specialty water sports. 

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Art Car Parade, Railfest, Disney On Ice, April 8-9

Easter is right around the corner, and you can be sure to find an Egg Hunt or a brunch opportunity with the Easter Bunny around Houston this weekend. If you prefer a more intimate egg hunt with just family and friends, let us help you plan with our 10 tips to Organize a Community Easter Egg Hunt.  

This weekend there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, like the Houston Art Car Parade, which is celebrating its 30th year, the Rosenberg Railroad Museum RailFest, or the Houston Barbecue Festival. It's also your last chance to experience performances like Disney On Ice or Annie at Jones Hall. So make the most out of this wonderful springtime in Houston! 

Don't forget to consult our summer and vacation Camp Guide where you'll find fun ideas for kids of all ages, including Dance CampsOvernight Camps,  Outdoor CampsMusic and Theater Camps, Science Camps, Art Camps, and more. 

Need more family fun ideas? Check out our complete event calendar or hop over to our April GoList to find the best things to do this month. Did you know can also submit your own events? Would you like to receive this roundup in your inbox? Then don't forget to subscribe to our weekly newsletter

Read on for more things to do this weekend. 

12 Baby Registry Lifesavers for New York City Parents

Wait! Before you let your suburbs-dwelling sister sell you on that giant all-terrain stroller, remember that creating a city-friendly baby registry is a whole other ballgame. With all the subway riding and small-space-living we urban parents do, it's important to choose items made for the many hurdles (and perks) NYC throws your way.

Wondering where to start with your baby wish list? Here are 12 must-have registry items to get you and your new New Yorker through the first year.

Want more advice on making this whole new parent thing work? Take a look at our NYC Baby Guide.

Swim Lessons and Classes for New Jersey Kids

Looking for a way to introduce your child to the pool? Parent-child swim classes are a great way to help kids develop a love of swimming and instill confidence around the water. These programs teach water skills in a safe and age-appropriate way, and most allow children as young as 6 months to participate. (Yes, it can be hard to put on a swimsuit so soon after having a baby, but the rewards for your child are well worth the sacrifice!) Once your little one gets the hang of it, you can take the family to the pool, beach, or water park with confidence. And most programs continue to offer lessons for kids up to age 12 and beyond.

For more kids' classes, be sure to check out our Guide to Classes and Enrichment Programs.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Children's Festival, Easter Bunny, April 1-2

This weekend, plan to enjoy the warm weather at the Houston Children's Festival - it's the largest one of its kind in the country! Or for some grownup fun, try the Texas Wine and Art Festival or the Houston Home Show. If you prefer to stay away from the crowds, we have the perfect list of mom-approved destination parks all over town worth a visit this Spring. 

The Easter Bunny is hopping to locations all over Houston this weekend, be sure to check out one of the many places offering brunch with the Easter Bunny, or maybe a mall with photo opportunities like Memorial City Mall and The Galleria. Egg hunts are starting to pop up on the calendars and if you are organizing one yourself, check out these 10 tips to Organize a Community Easter Egg Hunt.  Are you are a prankster parent? Then you'll love our post on 15 Super Easy April Fools' Day Pranks to Play on Your Kids

Before I moved to Texas, I knew nothing about "mud bugs," but now I want to eat some every weekend when they are in season. If you are in the mood, check out our calendar for this weekend's boils, or plan to visit to one of these many Crawfish Festivals this Spring. 

If you haven't booked a summer camp, let us help you with our summer and vacation Camp Guide. We are constantly adding more and more camps, including Dance CampsOvernight Camps,  Outdoor CampsMusic and Theater Camps, Science Camps, Art Camps, and more. 

Need more family fun ideas? Check out our complete event calendar. Did you know can also submit your own events? Would you like to receive this roundup in your inbox? Then don't forget to subscribe to our weekly newsletter

Read on for more things to do this weekend. 

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Heights Day of Music, Rodeo, March 25-26

Spring is officially here! Go out and enjoy this gorgeous weather with fun events and activities, such as the upcoming FREE Heights Kids' Day of Music. You can also check out the Bellaire Nature Discovery Center or Levy Park, both of which recently went through massive renovations and are perfect spring destinations. This is the last weekend to enjoy the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. If this will be your first visit, let us help plan your trip with our list of FREE things you can do with your kids at the rodeo.

There are many Spring Festivals and Crawfish Boils around Houston this weekend, make sure to check our calendar for the best places to enjoy those yummy mud bugs (or where not to). By now you've probably noticed bluebonnets are showing up all over town, and we have a great roundup of locations where bluebonnets are popping up to help families find the best spots for taking Pinterest-worthy pics. 

Looking forward to summer, we have plenty of ideas for engaging summer camps for the kiddos in our summer and vacation Camp Guide. Houston has tons of fun camps, including Overnight Camps,  Outdoor CampsMusic and Theater Camps, Science Camps, Art Camps, and more. 

Our event calendar is loaded with fun, daily events for the whole family, and you can also submit your own events. For more activities and events to fill the each weekend of the month, pop over to our March GoList. And finally, don't forget to subscribe to our weekly newsletter to receive articles such as this in your inbox every week. 

Now, it's time to check out what's happening around town this weekend.

Kid (& Baby) Friendly Movie Theaters in Houston

I'll be honest, I haven't gone to the movies since my daughter was born, and she's getting close to 1 1/2-years old! I remember being told to go to the movies as much as possible while I was pregnant, but I didn't really comprehend that watching a movie on the big screen would become such an unlikely endeavor after having a baby. I also remember reading that one can take babies to the movies when they are newborns and they will just nurse and sleep but that just seemed too daunting to me, what would I do if she cried? I could just imagine all the angry movie patrons yelling at me for bringing a baby to the movies, would they even let me in the theater? Even though I've tried all kinds of mom-and-baby activities, such as music classes, baby yoga, and storytimes, I had no idea that "mommy and me" movie showings existed.

There are some great family-friendly movie options in the Houston area - don't be afraid to give them a try! Some screenings are geared toward children with sensory issues, so they show kid's movies, while Mommy and Me screenings are typically movies for adults that also welcome babies and children as audience members. 

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