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Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Above and Beyond, 2nd Saturday at the Depot, Aug. 11-12

This weekend is going to be an excellent one, and not just because it's one of the last ones before school starts. With summer drawing to a close, now more than ever is the time to take advantage of activities like sandcastle building lessons at Stewart Beach, Evening Chill at the Houston Zoo, and Movies Under the Moon at Sugar Land Town Square. There's also still time to make some headway on our 15 Things To Do with Kids Before Summer Ends list, though you definitely want to jump on that since most of these events end when the summer does!

In other Mommy Poppins news, anyone who is in need of a caregiver should take a look at this highly helpful piece: How to Get the Most Out of a Caregiver Interview. This comprehensive article will help you feel confident during your next caregiver interview, both in identifying exactly what you want and need and landing the person best suited for the job. 

Inspiration is always just a click away with our event calendar, which we are constantly updating to reflect as many events and activities happening around Houston that we can find, and with our August GoList, which handpicks the biggest and best things to attend throughout the month. We also highly encourage signing up for our weekly newsletter so you're in the loop right away with all the awesome articles posted on Mommy Poppins. For anyone planning an event, we would love to get you some extra coverage! All we ask is that you submit your event to our calendar, and we'll review it and take care of the rest!

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

Nature Trails & Giant Playgrounds: Playing at Spring Creek Park in Tomball

Nestled into the side of a slow, winding road in the small town of Tomball northwest of Houston, you'll find Spring Creek Park, an expansive park that is bursting with things to do. It's also home to some of my fondest memories growing up, as I used to frequent it often with my family, and being able to bring my kids to this park is like stepping back in time. This isn't just any park, though; it's a place that begs for adventures, appeals to kids of all ages, and could just be your next camping trip - all without having to very far from the city. 

The sprawling 114-acre facility is home to a plethora of activities set amongst the trees (which is why it's already claimed a spot on our list of parks with LOTS of shade - a must for any Houston park in the summer!) making it the perfect spot to settle in for the day; just pack a picnic and get ready to explore!

Free Play at Giggles 'n' Hugs!

Mommy Poppins and Giggles 'n' Hugs are teaming up again! On Tuesday, August 21st, it's time for a Mommy Poppins Playdate at Giggles 'n' Hugs. We invite you to enjoy free admission at either Giggles 'n' Hugs location (Topanga Canyon or Glendale), from 6pm-8pm.

Never been to Giggles 'n' Hugs? It's a great spot, whether you're looking to plan the perfect no-stress birthday party, enjoy a healthy family meal, or just chill out for an afternoon in the action-packed, 2000-square-foot playspace. The best part is it's as enjoyable for adults as it is for kids, because while little ones play, grown-ups can enjoy a coffee, glass of wine, or locally-sourced, organic meal.

Space is limited, so you must register in advance.

12 Mommy and Me Classes You Can Take on the Weekend in Westchester

Whether you’re interested in music, dance, or yoga, Westchester has no shortage of classes you can take with your child. But for working parents—or any parent who’s short on time during the week—it can be tough to find a class that fits your family’s schedule.

The good news: There are a number of classes that meet on the weekends. Here, we’ve rounded up 12 parent/child classes that take place on either Saturday or Sunday.

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The Best Zoos and Aquariums in NYC

Ever think you would spot a seal in Manhattan, or a giraffe in The Bronx? Did you ever hope you'd be surrounded by sharks at Coney IslandNew York city zoos offer families the chance to get up close and personal with animals from all over the world.  Each borough boasts its own unique zoo experience. Whether your children are big or small, there is a zoo somewhere in NYC suited to their age, interests and attention span. Best of all, access to these creatures doesn't have to break the bank. Free admission can be as easy as picking the right afternoon to visit. Check out our insider tips for making the most of New York City's zoos.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Back to School Splash Bash, Disney's Newsies, Aug. 4-5

All the buzz is about back to school, but even with the chaos of the upcoming school year creeping up you don't have to abandon all of your summer festivities just yet! In fact, we compiled a list of 15 things to do with the kids before summer ends so you can have a few more summer hurrahs before it's back to backpacks and school supplies; there are so many fun activities on this list that are exclusively here for the summer, so you definitely want to check it out ASAP. 

That's not all that's been happening on Mommy Poppins over the last week, though; other notable posts include: 

For even more weekday and weekend fun, head over to our event calendar, which is updated daily with all sorts of events and activities happening in and around the city. Our August GoList is also a popular spot to find the biggest and best events being highlighted throughout the month; you don't want to miss anything featured on it! You can also sign up for our weekly newsletter to have everything posted on Mommy Poppins delivered straight to your inbox, so you never miss a great article full of places to go or things to do. 

Are you planning an awesome event in the Houston area? We want to share it with our readers! All you have to do is submit your event to our calendar so we can review all of the information and get it posted on our calendar.

Let's not delay any longer, though; it's time to take a look at what this weekend has to offer!

Mommy and Me Swim Classes in New York City for Babies and Tots

Mommy and me swim classes (or daddy and me) are a wonderful way to spend time with your baby or toddler. Ideally, these lessons should be enjoyable, stress-free, educational, and a good source of exercise for kids and parents.

During the summer, swim lessons offer overheated families the chance to cool off while young kids become comfortable in the water, a skill they'll certainly use a lot in the coming years, what with all the great swimming pools and beaches in NYC. Parent-child swim classes are also offered around the city throughout the fall, winter, and spring, both on weekends and after school.

Most classes for wee ones and their caretakers take place in indoor pools. Except for the free swim lessons offered via lottery by the New York City Parks Department, mommy and me classes invariably cost something. We've rounded up the top parent-child swim programs across the city (and for more options, see our roundups of swimming classes for all ages in Brooklyn and Queens).

August GoList: Best Things to Do With Houston Kids This Month

So, we blinked, and now August is here! But summer isn't over yet, so there is still time to catch a free movie or an outdoor concert. The Houston International Jazz Fest is coming up, and there are plenty of farmers markets around town to get your fix for fresh produce. Don't forget on the first Saturday of every month you can enjoy events like Marine Biologist for a Day, Arts Market in The Heights, or Kids First Saturday at the Breakfast Klub, and head to Tomball on the second Saturday of the month for games, music, and food.

And there are only a few days left to check out the interactive LEGO structures at the Allen Center - the exhibit ends Aug. 10! Check our calendar every day for great activities for the kiddos. And without further ado, here are the best things to do around Houston with kids this month.

10 Stroller-Friendly Hikes In and Around Boston

There are so many amazing places in the Boston area to take your kids hiking, whether they’re still riding in a carrier or trekking right alongside you. And believe it or not, there are even hikes where you can bring your stroller! You won’t be scaling any mountains on these hikes, but you will be getting out of the city and into nature. There are so many beautiful landscapes to take in, from salt marshes and woodlands to wetlands and farms, you’re sure to find a hike perfect for your family.

Best Summer Festivals for NYC Kids This August

Many families flee the city in August for end-of-summer vacations, but it's actually one of my favorite months to be in NYC. With summer staples like swimming, play fountains, and Governors Island, plus hundreds of free summer activities and only-in-August favorites like Summer Streets and Arthur Ashe Kids' Day, there's plenty to do if you stick around.

So we've rounded up a dozen FREE family-friendly festivals happening throughout the Big Apple in August to help you get the most out of NYC with kids during the last month of summer.

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