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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.

New Escape Room Center Opens in Bridgewater, New Jersey

Think a recipe for fun includes locking yourself and your kids inside a small room for an hour? That's the idea behind escape room adventure games, an activity that's become a worldwide phenomenon over the last year or so. New Jerseyans now have a new option for escape room fun: one of the state's largest facilities, the Escape Room Center, just opened in Bridgewater, and it makes for an exciting and memorable outing for families with older children, tweens, and teens. 

10 Tips to Organize a Community Easter Egg Hunt

When my son was nearly two, I was excited to start new traditions, especially around the holidays. And while it was easy to come up with activities for us, like decorating Easter eggs, I had a hard time finding an Easter Egg Hunt that I felt would be age appropriate for him. I knew he wouldn’t quite get the point of the hunt, and might even possibly be trampled by older kids. I also wanted a tradition that we could count on year after year, creating a lasting and memorable experience.

I didn’t grow up with local Easter traditions, and occasionally times like the holidays make it harder to feel connected. So I decided to do something about it. I organized a neighborhood hunt for my son and the other toddling tots I've grown to know and love from neighborhood mommy meet-ups. The egg hunt has been such a hit that we have repeated it every year, and each year we've found more ways to make it special and grow the participation into a true neighborhood event where we all make new friends, build memories, and enjoy some true village parenting.

So, here are my 10 tips and tricks for organizing a great, easy community Easter egg hunt!

Spring Break Camps: 14 Kinds of Vacation Fun for LA Kids

Spring Break around Los Angeles is a moving feast; some districts have one week, and some have two. Some take vacation in March, and some in April. Add to the mix the complications of Easter, Passover, and parent work schedules, and Spring Break camp can be a tough knot to untie. Whether your family needs two weeks full time or a day here and there, we've chosen a few of our favorites that run the gamut. From the Valley to the sea, surfing to soccer, we think you'll find something worthy of a few days away from school among the camps below.

And if you're so on the ball that spring is already covered and you've moved on to summer, check out some of our favorite art, cooking, horse, and classic outdoorsy camps in our Summer and Vacation Camp Guide!

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. 

Ancient Mummies Arrive at Natural History Museum for NYC Exhibit

Mummies, a new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History, is an exciting glimpse into the ancient past made possible through modern technology. The exhibit—on loan from The Field Museum in Chicago—showcases 18 mummies from ancient Egypt and Peru, many of which have been in storage since the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.

Yes, that's right—more than 100 years ago. Amazing. Kids will be fascinated by the mummies, while parents will find the science that made it all possible equally enthralling. (More on that later.) The exhibit, which opened Monday, March 20, gives a sense of who the mummies were, what their lives were like, and even what several of them looked like. 

Sports Outside the Box: Sailing, Fencing, Squash... and Boxing in Fairfield County

So my 8-year-old is a pretty good little athlete – always has been. Naturally, I’ve been assuming that, one day, the US Women’s junior lacrosse team would knock on my door and beg her to come and play for them. That is, until I took her to a lacrosse camp this past week. These kids were UNBELIEVABLE, bobbing and weaving with the greatest of ease. One pigtailed and freckled little athlete informed me that she would be playing in Baltimore next week to “focus on my attack dodges.”

These 7-year-old phenomena made me start thinking about the sports my kids are pursuing. Maybe it's time to go off the beaten path a little, and try a sport where a kid stands a better chance of standing out.

I've listed below some not-so-run-of-the-mill sport options that I've found for kids. For more options, check out our Classes and Enrichment Guide for Kids in Connecticut, or have fun digging into our Fairfield County Guide.

Easter Egg Hunts Around the Philadelphia Area

Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail.... As Peter Cottontail makes his way to the Delaware Valley, Philly kids should find their favorite basket and get ready to search high and low for eggs at these local Easter egg hunts. Most of these egg hunts are outdoors. In the event of questionable weather, please be sure to check directly with the organizers to see if they have a rain date (all of our event listings link to official websites). Also, make sure to click through to our events calendar for exact times since many hunts have multiple time frames based on age.

The majority of these egg hunts are FREE and are a great way to welcome spring and create Easter traditions with your kids. Be sure to also check our Easter Bunny Express post for info on special holiday train rides and our Easter Fun at Farms post featuring plenty of photo ops, animal visits, and outdoor fun.

The Butterfly Pavilion Returns to the Natural History Museum

Everyone's all a-flutter at the Natural History Museum. The seasonal re-opening of the Butterfly Pavilion took place over the weekend, giving us months of access to the unfettered joy that is an afternoon among the butterflies. The old pavilion was replaced by an entirely new screened structure a few months ago, still on the museum’s South Lawn, and the doors are now open once more for some delightful flutterby time on the site that becomes the creepy Spider Pavilion come autumn. From chrysalis to butterfly, the pavilion is full of magical moments, which is why it rates as one of our 100 things to do with LA kids before they grow up.

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