Who's ready for a FREE outdoor activity that can be enjoyed by kids and adults together? Grab a pole and head to one of these fabulous fishing spots, where the fish are plentiful and families can enjoy being outdoors together. Fishing can foster a sense of achievement and accomplishment in kids, is a great way to teach patience and persistence, and gets a gold star as a COVID-friendly, socially distant outdoor activity. Most of the fishing spots listed below are at local parks, so you can pack a picnic, let the kids burn off steam at some awesome playgrounds, and spend the day with a fishing pole in hand.
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From Houston, you can drive just a few hours outside of the city and find yourself surrounded by the majestic landscape and pristine fields of wildflowers in the Texas Hill Country. This beautiful scenery combined with lakes, rivers, campsites, and historic towns makes a quick getaway completely worth the time and energy. While you're in the Hill Country, taking some time to visit some of Texas' phenomenal wineries is almost a rite of passage on any weekend getaway... even with kids in tow!
The Texas wine scene has exploded in popularity in recent years and sampling some of the delicious wines made right in our own state is a must. These family-friendly Hill Country wineries and vineyards are a fantastic choice for your next family trip—and all of the locations below are taking precautions for COVID-19.
Yes, we are in the midst of a pandemic winter, but the great news is there are still plenty of fun, socially distanced activities to do around Houston as well as at home this season. And we continue to update our guides and reviews with latest updates or changes to operations due to COVID-19.
From the best winter break events to our favorite rainy day activities, we have you covered this season. And don't forget to check out our Stay-at-Home Guide with hundreds of ideas for kids of all ages.
If you have a little train lover in your life, taking a real Christmas train ride might just be at the top of the list for Santa this year. Help make kids' dreams come true by celebrating the holiday season with a memorable Christmas-themed train ride at a number of festive venues throughout the greater Houston area. Many of them even feature a visit from the big guy himself!
Find more ways to celebrate the holidays in 2020 in our Holiday and Christmas Events Guide.
Visiting the park with a toddler can be both a blessing and a curse. While a trip to a playground may be great for helping toddlers burn off some of their endless energy, playground sets can pose dangers to fearless toddlers. That's why parents of toddlers absolutely love finding a park with the holy grail of little kid park features: a toddler-sized play set, swings with leg holes and backs, soft ground for new walkers, etc... There are many great parks in Houston, but the list below features parks with plenty of options for parents who want to take their kids to the park and know that their toddlers and preschoolers can enjoy park equipment meant just for them.
It’s fall, y’all!
The fall season is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of everything the Houston area has to offer kids and families. Get active by visiting area farms and farmers' markets, playgrounds and parks, or perhaps going on a family-friendly hike around the city. Take a day trip to a nearby state park or a family-friendly winery.
Despite COVID-19, there are plenty of traditional fall events happening for families in an updated, socially distant way, including festivals and pumpkin patches, so you can enjoy the cooler temperatures as they (hopefully) start to roll in soon. Read on for our top picks for family fun this fall.
Longing to feel the sand between your toes this summer? Some of the best Texas beaches are located just an hour or so south of the greater Houston area on Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Whether you're looking for a seaside escape for the day, a weekend, or longer, these beaches are all awesome options for some family-friendly summer fun in the sun. For more ideas, activities, and things to do for the whole family, check out our Summer Fun Guide for Houston kids.
Summer break is the perfect opportunity for baseball-loving kids in Houston to learn new skills and develop their gameplay. At these baseball camps, not only will kids learn more about the game and how to play, but they'll get the opportunity to connect with other kids in the sport. For kids who play on a baseball team during the school year, summer camp provides an entirely new set of players to interact with and coaches to learn from. Whether your kid is headed for the big leagues, just starting out, or playing just for the fun of it, these baseball summer camps are perfect for honing in on their love of the game.
And for more summer and vacation camp ideas, check out our comprehensive camp guide and full.