100 Things To Do in Houston with Kids Before They Grow Up

If you are a mom in Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States, you are bound to find fun activities to do with your kids of all ages anywhere in town. Whether you're a new or veteran mom, you know time flies by - kids grow up way too fast. At Mommy Poppins Houston, we want to make sure you don’t miss out on the most awesome, family friendly activities around town. With warm weather basically all year around, Houston is the ideal place to enjoy wonderful parks and playgrounds, incredible museums, and fun play spaces. Here is the ultimate list (in no particular order) of 100 things to do with your kiddos before they grow up.

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Great Party Spots in Brooklyn for Baby's First Birthday

Let’s face it: Your baby's first birthday isn’t just about celebrating the start of toddlerhood. It’s about acknowledging the fact that you’re still standing after a whole year of parenting, even if you can’t remember the last time you slept!

At this age, the kids in attendance probably won't be running in circles (in fact, many of them might not be walking), so you don't need as much space as you will in a few years, and there’s a good chance that your guest list is heavy on the grown-ups. We've already rounded up great best first birthday spots in Manhattan, and now we've put together a list of top Brooklyn baby-friendly first birthday bash spots that adults and kids will appreciate.

Looking for more party-perfect ideas? Take a look at these Brooklyn gym parties, or visit our handy Party Guide and Directory to find entertainers and more.​​

20 Free Things to Do with Long Island Kids This Winter

Wintertime in the Northeast means getting creative about keeping the kids entertained and engaged. But indoor play space and fun zones, museum admissions, and theater can all start to add up. So how to do it without breaking the bank? Lucky you. We've rounded up FREE events for Long Island kids and families happening this winter!

We found indoor STEAM events, outdoor hikes at the Fire Island seashore and Quogue Wildlife Refuge, hands-on workshops for little builders, and more special events. 

Remember, you can always check our Events Calendar for FREE events by using the "free" search filter. Be sure to also keep an eye on our Winter Fun Guide as we continue to update it with more season-specific ideas like sledding and winter walks.

Manhattan's Best Kid Play Spaces and Gyms

Finding a non-membership, drop-in play spot for your toddler or preschooler in your neighborhood is like gold to New York City parents—almost as good as scoring a deal on rent. Because when it gets too cold for the city's many playgrounds, and another playdate at home seems dull (or, let's be honest, stressful), taking your kid to a cool indoor kiddie gym or other play space, where everything seems new to them and someone else will do the cleaning up, is a relief to the whole family.

While outer boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn dominate the indoor play space market, Manhattan has some of the more creative kid spaces. Some of the 11 awesome spots we rounded up allow families to drop in while others ask that you make reservations, but none require any kind of long-term financial commitment. And if you've got a child under the age of 5 to entertain, you might also check out our roundup of a dozen indoor play spaces perfect for the pint-sized set.

NYC New Year's Eve Celebrations for Preschoolers and Little Kids

Ringing in the new year at the iconic Times Square ball drop or at an impressive fireworks display are on many a native and traveler's NYC bucket list. But for new parents? Or those with a preschooler or toddler in tow? Let's be honest, you'll be lucky to be awake at 10pm.

Still, there are plenty of events in New York City for early-to-bed families. From museums to restaurants, read on for our best bets for ringing in 2017 with toddlers, preschoolers, and any kid or parent who prefers getting extra ZZZs over sticking around for the annual fireworks barrage.

Find family events happening all weekend in our New Year's roundup, and more seasonal fun in our Holiday Fun Guide.

Best New Destinations for NYC Kids That Opened in 2016

You’re forgiven if you don’t count 2016 among your favorite years. There was Zika, ISIS, the Orlando massacre and more shootings than we care to count, the ongoing Syrian tragedy, the untimely deaths of public figures like David Bowie and Carrie Fisher, and yes, our acrimonious presidential election. But if you’re looking for a little glimmer of light, something to brighten your way into 2017, there sure were some positive signs in NYC when it came to new destinations for kids and families.

Even as we lost some of those quirky spots that make New York, well, New York, such as The Morbid Anatomy Museum and local bookstores BookCourt and P.S. Bookshop (all three in Brooklyn), the completely revamped 53rd Street NYPL reopened with a lovely children’s room and teen programming. We also gained several new playgrounds, including this whopper on the Upper West Side and a piano-shaped sprayground in Queens—and more than a dozen new kiddie gyms and play spaces across the five boroughs. And don't forget about Slide Hill on Governors Island, along with the city's first ever adventure playground. Certainly there seems to be an upward trend and more diverse lineup in terms of destinations when compared with 2015.

We’re looking forward to 2017 when the Bronx Zoo will gain a zip line (woot!), a miniature block-long city (Gulliver's Gate) will open for your gawking pleasure, downtown Brooklyn will add a new food court, and some spectacular family shows will arrive on Broadway. And let’s hear it for the Second Avenue subway, eh? Onward all, and onward to our favorite openings last year.

New Year's Eve 2017 Celebrations for Long Island Kids

Break out the noisemakers and ring in 2017 with the family. Just do it a few hours earlier, so the kids can partake, too. There are lots of family-friendly New Year's Eve events around Long Island. Head to a museum, enjoy a roller skating party, fireworks, or celebrate with dinner and dancing. Best of all? No cleanup required.

We've rounded up a dozen great options for the big night, which you'll find below. 

Don't forget to check out our list of 30 fun things to do over the school holiday break to keep the kids busy all week. More family fun can always be found in our events calendar, and don't forget to check out our family event picks for the long weekend, including New Year's Day.

Christmas & Hanukkah Weekend: Best Activities for LA Kids Dec 24-25

Happy Holidays, folks! We're smack dab in the middle of a festivity frenzy, with multiple holidays coming on strong: HanukkahKwanzaa,  and, ho ho ho, it's Christmas.

No doubt many of you plan to spend Christmas Day at home with friends and family. For those of you looking for activities outside the home, good news: we're here to help. First up, we offer 17 Things To Do on Christmas. And if your kitchen closes on Christmas Day, we present a list of restaurants that are open. Christmas is the gift that keeps on giving, and after the presents are all exchanged we can still enjoy the gift of other people being gone. (Absence makes the heart grow fonder, and the freeways much more bearable.) For holiday cheer that continues on into next week, might we suggest some of LA's finest Christmas Light Displays (and, if you're willing to hop on the freeway, More Christmas Light Displays outside of Los Angeles or in Orange County).

12 Indoor Play Spots for Toddlers and Preschoolers in Manhattan

With winter's chill upon us, the playground isn't always an option, but antsy little New Yorkers (and the grown-up variety) are prone to stir-craziness when cooped up inside a city apartment for too long.

After finding myself searching for indoor play options a few too many times, I'm offering my mom-tested picks for the top indoor places to play with the toddler-and-preschool set in Manhattan. None of these spots, kid gyms, museums, and even atriums, require a membership, and all will help you, your little one, and, most importantly, your apartment survive the long, cold winter ahead.

Read on for a dozen of the best places to play with your preschooler in Manhattan, including FREE spots.

Christmas Deal? Our Guide to Buying a Cheap Tree in NYC

It's the time of year when Christmas tree stalls pop up on street corners all over NYC. Kids love stopping to ooh and aah at the gorgeous, giant trees, and walking past them smells fabulous. Even for a Grinch like me, it's hard to resist the lure of those beautiful trees come December, despite the fact that I can feel my wallet having a seizure.

I hate to deprive my kid this special rite of the holiday season. So how can I score the biggest, most beautiful Christmas tree possible, but at a reasonable cost? Read on for tips on how to find a bargain tree (or at least a convenient one) for your family.


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