Natural Beauty & Stellar Play Areas at Houston's Bay Area Park

Nestled on the edge of the Armand Bayou Nature Preserve in Southeast Houston, is a beautifully shaded park with newly renovated playground equipment for children of all abilities, two dog parks, a canoe launch, and plenty of ducks to feed. Bay Area Park is also home to a host of wildlife living in natural marsh lands, making it a great place to visit for nature lovers. The park even has its own designated campground for scout troops. Whether you're fishing or hiking, playing ball or picnicking, this park is sure to delight. This 64-acre park is a mere minutes away from our home now, but with so much to do here, we found ourselves frequenting the park even when we didn't live nearby. Take a look at what makes Bay Area Park is one of our favorites in the Bayou City. 

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Dickens on the Strand, Parade of Lights, Dec 2-3

With Thanksgiving officially behind us, we can start looking forward to the biggest holiday-filled month of the year! For the month of December we are your official stop for all holiday happenings in and around Houston. 

If you're new in town or looking for new holiday activities to do with the family, be sure to take a look at our Guide to Holiday and Christmas Events for Houston families, where you'll find everything you need for a successful holiday season. A few favorites from the guide include the best public holiday light displays and the best Houston neighborhoods and homes for viewing holiday lights

We also have an event calendar that is always stocked with events happening throughout Houston and all of its surrounding areas, as well as a list of 26 FREE Christmas and holiday events in the area, our ever popular December GoList, and our free weekly newsletter

Have an event worth sharing? Share it with us by submitting your own event to our calendar, and we'll share it with all of our loyal readers.

Now, without further ado, let's get on to this weekend's events!

Where To Go Ice Skating Indoors with Kids in NJ

Indoor ice skating is a fun way to take part in a winter activity without exposing yourself to the elements. Happily, there are many indoor rinks throughout the Garden State. We've focused on those that host public skate sessions, but most of them also offer skating lessons, hockey, birthday parties, and more.

Read on for our indoor rink recommendations for NJ families—and for more wintry sports, check out our Ski & Snow Guide.

Zoo Lights Holiday Display: Animals Light up the Night at the LA Zoo

We Angelenos love our holiday lights, and we are blessed with an abundance of viewing opportunities. But sometimes logistics can be an obstacle, particularly for families with small children. Where do we park? How far do we have to walk or drive? Can we find all the displays…? One simple and family-friendly solution is the Zoo Lights display at the Los Angeles Zoo. This large scale sparkle, which replaces the old Griffith Park Lights drive-through event, puts everything you want to see within the grounds of the LA Zoo, and parking is free (merry Christmas to me!).

Christmas Shows To Catch with Your Kids this Holiday Season

'Tis the season for family outings, annual traditions, and timeless tunes. Catching a holiday show or concert checks all of those boxes, with bows on! SoCal has so many performances of The Nutcracker that we gave them their own separate list, but below we've pulled together all of the other great Christmas and holiday shows that keep the season merry, from A Christmas Carol to singing along with an orchestra playing Christmas carols. We are also lucky to have quirky British style Christmas Pantospuppet shows, and ice shows among our annual traditions here in the land of LA. Plus this year the season includes a touring production of Cavalia: Odysseo, not to mention some breathtaking holiday light shows. The season is short; time to book tickets!

Hot Dog! Disney Junior Takes Its Dance Party on Tour

Do you find yourself doing the "Hot Dog Dance" while making dinner? Do you sometimes sway to the sound of Doc McStuffins singing “Time for Your Check Up?” Then you—and presumably your kids—will be excited to hear that Disney Junior is launching a national dance party tour featuring characters and music from many of their most-loved shows.

Kicking off in March, the Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour will be an interactive concert with singing, dancing, and even games. You’ll hear songs from Mickey and the Roadster Racers, Sofia the First, Elena of Avalor, Doc McStuffins, The Lion Guard, Vampirina, and Puppy Dog Pals. It’s the first time all of these characters will appear together in one live show. 

It will tour several Mommy Poppins regions, including New Jersey, Texas, and Los Angeles.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show Returns with New Stories

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show returned to New York City this fall with new Eric Carle stories to tell. Running an easily digestible 55 minutes and filled with bright colors and oversize puppets, this beautiful stage show easily captivates toddlers and preschoolers.

We caught the show when it first opened in January 2016, and so we were eager to see the new version, which swapped out two of the previous Carle picture book stories for two new ones. It also moved to a theater downtown. Read on for our full parent review of this show playing throughout the holidays and into February 2018.

10 Holiday Events for Preschoolers in CT This Week

I had a pang this weekend when I was at the mall with my kids, noticed a momentary lull in the Santa line, and suggested that maybe we could take a photo with the man in red. They had the temerity to roll their tweenage eyes at me, and--just for a moment--I found myself longing for days of yore, when just catching a glimpse of the mall Santa was enough to make their whole weekend. And, because I was witness to their joy, mine. But then I remembered the challenge of parenting preschool-aged cherubs this time of year, when school vacations are long, activities requiring parental involvement are many, and the list of things to do seems impossibly long. So this weekly roundup is for you preschool parents.

10 Holiday Events to Take Preschoolers to Around Boston

When it comes to holiday fun, the preschool stage may very well be the sweet spot: Kids are old enough to anticipate traditions, but still young enough to be totally enthralled with the magic of it all. That's why so many events around Christmastime and Hanukkah are geared toward 3- to 6-year-olds, including the following happenings over the next few weeks. Whether your child is into trains, baking, shows, or stories, there's sure to be something to get them excited about the season.


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