Ashley Jones

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10 Kid-Friendly Brunch Spots Around Houston

Going out for brunch on the weekends may seem like a lofty goal when you have kids. Just the sound of the word "brunch" can incite visions of lavish lounges filled with trendy people without a kiddo in sight. But parents, have no fear! Enjoying a weekend brunch with kids is possible, and we're here to help make it happen. This handy list features 10 Houston area spots where you can take your kids to dine when you feel like noshing on chicken and waffles, biscuits and gravy, or even eggs benedict during the magical weekend brunch-time hours. Some of these spots even offer kid-friendly activities, play spaces, or ample romping room for rowdier little ones. 

10 Places to Host a First Birthday Party in Houston

Congratulations! You've almost survived an entire year of keeping a tiny human alive and now, it's time to plan a celebration to mark the occasion. First birthday parties come in all shapes and sizes and often involve guests of all ages including parents, siblings, friends from daycare, and more. Choosing the theme, decor, food, and location for a first birthday party can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be. We've rounded up a list of Houston area venues that provide age-appropriate activities for your birthday boy or girl to help you plan a fun, festive first birthday celebration. And for more ideas, check out our Birthday Party Guide for Houston families.

Soar to New Heights at the Lone Star Flight Museum

Houston has no shortage of fun museums to visit with kids, and the Lone Star Flight Museum in Southeast Houston is no exception. Originally located in Galveston, in September 2017 the museum opened its new location at Ellington Field. The new location boasts state of the art exhibits and interactive elements for visitors of all ages. The museum's two hangars are home to a large collection of planes that have served in multiple wars, many of which are still functional today and fly in air shows across the country. It is also home to the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame, which honors legendary pioneers in flight history. We recently enjoyed a visit with our three-year-old and five-year-old sons and had an absolute blast exploring everything the museum has to offer. 

Insider's Guide to Exploring Pearland, TX with Kids

Houston has no shortage of sprawling suburbs to explore. Located about 20 miles Southeast of the heart of downtown Houston via Highway 288, the city of Pearland is home to some of the area's best family-friendly activity centers, spacious parks, stellar shopping, and locally owned restaurants. Take a look at our list of the top spots to play, eat, and explore in this quaint community. 

Historic Train Depots and Museums: Where Kids Can See Real Trains Around Houston

All aboard! Do you have a train lover on your hands? If so, this list of places to visit real trains in and around Houston is for you. Historically speaking, the Texas transit system has a history rich in railroads. To pay tribute to the larger-than-life trains that used to crisscross the country, many Houston area suburbs feature preserved train depots and museums. Many offer cheap or even FREE admission, and one even gives visitors the opportunity to ride on working trains. 

Kid-Friendly Mardi Gras Festivities in Houston and Beyond

What kid doesn't love a good parade? Floats decorated in bright colors, candy, music, and during Mardi Gras, lots and lots of shiny beaded necklaces to catch and wear have kids loving every minute. Mardi Gras has come to be known over the years as mainly an adult affair, but there are so many options around the Houston area for celebrating the festive season with kids. From pet parades to fire trucks, and even a boat parade, each of these family-friendly events aims to entertain kids and adults of alike. 

Create, Play, and Learn at the Galveston Children's Museum

Located on the ground floor of the historic Moody Mansion, the Galveston Children’s Museum is a one-of-a-kind play place that allows children to learn and explore with a variety of fun and educational activities. From the moment kids enter the museum, everything in each exhibit is completely accessible and made to be totally interactive. If you’re looking to add something to your Galveston to-do list that doesn't involve a beach, look no further!

Best Spots Around Houston for Hosting a Birthday Party on a Budget

Planning a fantastically fun birthday party that your child and their friends will remember for years to come can seem like a daunting task, especially when you start counting out invitations and pricing venues. Making the most of a birthday party budget means getting the best deal possible on space, food, decor, and entertainment. Luckily for Houstonians, there are several great options for planning birthday parties on a budget all over town. 

Whether you prefer a more traditional party with streamers, balloons, and a bounce house, or want to go for a more unique experience like a museum tour, we've got you covered. Read on for our suggestions on where to go and what to do when you want to make the most of a birthday party budget, and consult our Birthday Party Guide for more ideas.