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Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, Azalea Trail, March 3-4

Houston, bust out your cowboy boots and hats because it's time to RODEO! If you're planning a family trip to see all that the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has to offer, make sure you read up on everything you need to know before heading to Rodeo first; it'll make an already fun event even better!

No rodeo plans on tap? Don't worry! We have lots of recommendations for fun things to do, such as visiting the Lone Star Flight Museum, celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday, and checking out Distroller World, the unique and unconventional toy store that just opened up in the Galleria.  

We also have an event calendar that is home to a wealth of events and activities in and around all of Houston and the surrounding cities, as well as our February GoList, where you can find the top activities and events happening throughout the month. For even more inspiration, we recommend looking over our Top 100 Things to Do With Houston Kids, which highlights some of the best Houston area landmarks and things to do that make our city unique. To stay in the loop and up to date with everything we cover on our website, be sure to sign up for our free weekly newsletter so we can deliver all of our content straight to your inbox.

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Now let's wrap this up and check out what the weekend has in store!

March Maple Madness: Tree Tapping, Festivals, and St. Patrick's Day Parades, March 3-4, 2018

March comes roaring in like a lion this week, and with the maple syrup flowing all over the state, it almost feels like spring! There's no shortage of maple-flavored celebrations to be had, from the annual Maple Sugar Festival Weekend at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center to the Maple Syrup Open House at Ambler Farm in Wilton to the Maple Festival in Plymouth and the Maple Sugaring/Tree Tapping Workshop at Wakeman Town Farm in Westport. 

Or, perhaps you're in the mood to celebrate all things Irish with the St. Patrick's Day parades in Stamford and Norwich or (free) Irish dancing performances in Danbury and West Hartford. Plus there is even more free, fantastic fun to be had, including a fun Wrinkle In Time-themed Scavenger Hunt, a Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration, a one-of-a-kind face painting/story telling performance, and a family maker adventure

If you're still looking for more, check our frequently updated Events Calendar, sign up for our newsletters, and follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram. Have a great weekend!

Trampoline and Bounce Houses Where NJ Kids Can Get Aerial

Jumping and flipping at one of New Jersey's many indoor trampoline parks or bounce houses is a fun way to keep energetic kids busy. Whether you are planning a birthday party, looking for a rainy day activity, or just burning off energy, springy trampolines and inflatable bouncers are sure winners. 

Find more active fun in our Guide to NJ Kids' Sports Centers, Gyms, and Fun Zones.

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Dr. Seuss, Family Expo, Superheroes

Head into March like a lion with this family-friendly roundup of weekend events on Long Island. Help Dr. Seuss celebrate his big ol' birthday at Maritime Explorium or on stage at the Engeman Theater, seeing The Cat in the Hat.

Bounce over to the free family expo at Broadway Commons in Hicksville or sway to funky indie pop rock beats as Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band rock out at the Long Island Children's Museum.

Remember, you can always pop over to our March GoList or Winter Fun Guide to find more seasonal entertainment. Mark your calendars this winter and complete some of our 50 great things to do indoors with Long Island kids. Or pad your wallet with a list of FREE family activities this month.

Of course, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids. Don't see a great event listed here? Add it to our Event Calendar yourself. 

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Kids Birthday Party Entertainers in CT That Come To You

“Let’s just have a simple in-house party” are my famous last words. Some party hats, cake, and pizza are all these kids need for a good time, right? Anyone else out there start off with the best intentions, then get hit with the harsh reality that entertaining a horde of sugared-up and party-crazed kids is far from simple? I've realized that sometimes it takes a little outside the box thinking to entertain even the pickiest of critics (aka: your kid.)

Here's a simple solution: host the party at home, but outsource the entertainment (and maybe even the decor!) Below are several outfits that will come to your home and put on an extraordinary party that goes beyond clowns and face painting.  From circuses to hula hoops, there is something for everyone. For more party ideas check out our Party Guide!

15 Free Things to Do With Kids at the Houston Rodeo

Everything is bigger in Texas, and this motto is exemplified in Houston's massive livestock show and rodeo - from the crowds to food selection - but your resulting credit card bill doesn't have to be. After paying the price of admission, there are lots of things to do as a whole family without spending another dime. That's not to say you won't be tempted by the smells of deep-fried goodness and adorable miniature cowboy and cowgirl hats. Read on for free and fun activities, all of which are open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. every day unless otherwise noted.

Where To See Whales in LA: Whale Watching Cruises, Festivals and Spots

Winter is prime whale watching season in Southern California, and there are several ways to spy on the giant mammals as they pass through on their 6,000-mile quest for Mexican romance. Each year, between December and April, roughly 20,000 Pacific gray whales migrate past our beaches, and March brings particularly high traffic because that's when the underwater procession starts to turn around. Pregnant, south-bound she-whales still trying to make it to Baja before the contractions start are blasted past by upwardly mobile young he-whales, finished with romance and headed for an appointment in the Arctic Circle. All that toing and froing is the inspiration for many a whale cruise and festival. With a little luck and clear skies, even a hike or sand sledding can turn into a whale watching activity.

14 Science and Tech Summer Camps for Boston Kids who Love STEM

Surrounded as we are by so many tech start-ups, a world-class science museum, and some of the top college computer-science departments in the country, it's no surprise that many of our kids are fascinated by all things STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Luckily, a growing number of tech-minded summer camps are cropping up all over the region to meet demand, and the options for local kids range from a program for wannabe inventors to a science immersion program just for girls. We’ve rounded up a dozen great school vacation programs where kids can tinker, make, build, code, invent, and experiment. Read on to find one that’s a good fit for your sci-tech lover, and sign up soon—early-bird specials are widely available this month, and some of these camps fill up fast. For more great brain-building programs over school break, check out our complete summer camp guide.

Awesome Specialty Summer Camps for NYC Kids

Here in New York City, finding a summer camp for your kiddo isn't the hard part. It's picking one from all of the awesome options that's tough!

If you're looking to narrow your search, specialty camps are the perfect way to fuel your kid's passion or even help them hone in on a new hobby. For science- and tech-lovers, there are a number of STEM/STEAM camps, teaching everything from artificial intelligence and 3-D printing, to marine biology and wood working. Aspiring athletes can get in on a game of soccer or gaga ball at a sports-centered camp, or try their hand at figure skating or parkour. There's even Chinese language instruction for budding linguists, performing arts camps for kids who love the spotlight, programs that take your tiny historian back in time, and even hands-on cooking camps for the littlest foodies.

With half-day and full-day options, and sessions ranging from one week to the entire summer, there's truly something for everyone. Take a look at some much-loved specialty camps below, and browse our New York City Camp Guide for even more options.

A visit to the Eli Whitney Museum

Got a future innovator on your hands? Perhaps an engineer in the works? Whether your budding genius is a novice inventor or a future mechanical pioneer, you’re sure to find entertaining exhibits and engaging hands-on workshops to stimulate their minds at the Eli Whitney Museum. Eli Whitney is remembered as the inventor of the cotton gin and a leader in the concept of interchangeable parts which became the manufacturing standard in the Industrial Revolution. Teaching his workers how to craft tools and other skills required for his factories, Whitney’s legacy of workshop education lives on inside the Eli Whitney Museum.For more fun near Eli Whitney, check out our top picks for things to do with kids in New Haven. Or, take a peek at our museum guide

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