Tweens & Teens

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Children's Festival, Dino Discovery Day, Nov 11-12

And just like that, we're officially barreling into the holidays at full speed. In a nod to the upcoming holidays, there are a plethora of holiday craft fairs and markets in the upcoming weeks, allowing you to get a head start on your holiday shopping and spend the weekend supporting local business and vendors. 

November also means it is time to start planning Thanksgiving, which means you need to ask yourself one very important question: are you going to tackle the feast on your own, or let someone else do the work by heading to one of your favorite local kid-friendly restaurants whose doors are open?

Don't forget: there's still time to vote for your favorite local businesses during this year's Houston Besties; voting puts you in the running to win some awesome prizes!

Find your calendar looking a little light this month? In need of ways to entertain visiting family and friends? Be sure to check out our fall bucket listevent calendar, and November GoList for even more family events and activities. 

Remember, you can always submit your own event to our calendar to promote your upcoming event and stay on the up and up with everything happening around Houston when you subscribe to our free weekly newsletter.

Now, let's get on to this weekend's events!

Veterans' Day Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Holiday Cards, Touch-a-Truck and a Jack Frost Bazaar, November 11-12

This weekend, we give thanks to the veterans in our lives who have given so much to our country. As a sign of appreciation, many family friendly venues across the state will offer free admission for veterans, including the CT Science Center, The Dinosaur Place, and Mystic Aquarium. In addition to free admission, other locations including the Maritime Aquarium, the New England Air Museum, and Stepping Stones Museum are offering special programming.  

Best High Tea Spots in NYC to Enjoy a Cup with Kids

Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or just looking for a memorable experience, afternoon tea—sometimes called high tea in New York City—can be a fun outing with kids. It's an especially great winter outing and particularly fitting during the holidays.

Several places serve high tea in New York City, with varying degrees of appropriateness for children. From the fancy Eloise Tea at the Plaza Hotel to the less frilly Russian Tea Room, there are teas—and the goodies that come along with them—for children of all ages and parents of all budgets. Here's our take on some of the best spots for an afternoon outing in NYC.

Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Dinner: Turkey Day the Easy Way

Picture your ideal Thanksgiving. Are you imagining a delicious multi-course meal shared with family and friends? Or are you imagining hours of shopping, prepping, cooking, cleaning, TV blaring football, and not enough time spent talking with people you don't see often enough? Perhaps you struggle because your space is too small for all the family you want to see? This could be a good year to try something new: Go out for Thanksgiving dinner—have your feast and eat it, too, while enjoying conversation with family and friends. And best of all, someone else cleans up afterward!

Christmas Tree Farms in Fairfield County

As a child, I went every year with my family to a local Christmas tree farm to cut down our tree.  It was inevitably freezing cold, someone (usually me) desperately had to go to the bathroom, someone (ok, me too…) had forgotten their mittens, epic arguments over the size and shape would ensue…in short, it was magical!  It’s time to introduce my own kids to that wonderful holiday tradition, and there are plenty of places in Fairfield and Litchfield Counties where you can cut your own tree.

12 Must-Do Holiday Events Around NYC in 2017 for Kids

There may be a week of Kwanzaa, eight nights of Hanukkah, and 12 days of Christmas, but as the festive displays popping up all over town attest, the holiday season really lasts from mid-November through New Year's Eve. That's almost two months jam-packed with a certain Thanksgiving parade, tree and candle lightings, train shows, department store windows, eye-popping spectacles, and Nutcrackers.

Of course, not all holiday activities are created equal. That's why we've rounded up the absolute best ways to get into the spirit of the season, regardless of what you celebrate. From splurge-worthy, once-in-a-lifetime experiences to annual favorites worth revisiting to a few fabulous FREE options, here are 12 super-outstanding events where you can give your kid the best gift of all: happy family memories.

National Geographic's Interactive Ocean Odyssey Makes Waves in Times Square

A new experience is making a major splash in Times Square. National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey takes visitors on a virtual underwater journey beneath the Pacific Ocean, unlike anything we've ever seen before. Using breathtaking state-of-the-art technology, lighting, and audio effects, the self-guided walk-through journey explores different areas of a wondrous undersea world including coral reefs, kelp forests, and open ocean expanses.

Ocean Odyssey opened in mid-October, and my family and I couldn't wait to go. The visit left us awestruck and eager to return. It's a fantastic destination for all ages, filled with stunning visuals and interesting facts about ocean wildlife and habitats, human impact, and what each of us can do to help keep our oceans beautiful and clean—all without getting wet! Read on for more about this amazing new experience, plus what you need to know before visiting with kids.

Free Things to Do in CT This Week for Election and Veteran's Day

With Election Day and Veteran's Day happening this week many school districts have a day off. Indoor play is a good way to blow off some steam, or spend the day getting some culture in at one of CT's museums, or, why not take a fun local day trip? If you are interested in all things free, we have you covered. Here are 10 free things to do this week, including a beginner's knitting class, a nature event, and astronomy night.

Sand Sledding: Winter Fun on the Sand Berms at Venice Beach

The berms are back!

Rumor has it that in some parts of the country sledding involves getting cold and wet. How very... un-Californian. Oh, sure, there are places near LA to go sledding on snow if that's your thing, but we're raising California kids—and that means beach sledding. Every winter a few Los Angeles area beaches get their annual sand berms—intended as protection against winter storms and violent surf. Or so they say. The real purpose is clearly to lay the groundwork for the ultimate SoCal winter sport.

Holiday Strolls and Tree Lighting Events in the Hartford Area

One of the best things about living in Connecticut is the small-town feel our communities work so hard to capture. This sentiment can especially be felt around the holidays when people come together. So even if you don't live in these towns in Hartford County, you are welcome and encouraged to celebrate the season at these events.  Check out our Holiday Guide and our list of Holiday Light Shows for even more tips on fun ways to celebrate the season.

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