If you have a little train lover in your life, taking a real train ride might just be at the top of their list for Santa this year. Help make their 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!
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Looking for a fun way to enjoy dinner and a movie as a family? Knock both items out in one fell swoop when you visit a dine-in movie theater around Houston with your kids. While watching a movie at home might offer you and your kids the chance to enjoy a meal with your show, dinner just tastes better when you don't have to cook it. At these local theaters, you can enjoy more than just the standard popcorn, candy, and soda from the movie theater snack bar. From bite-sized appetizers and tapas-style small bite plates to full-blown dinner menus (with kid's menus, too!), you and your kids can enjoy an elevated food experience served right to your seat all while catching the latest flick.
If you've never been to a dine-in movie before, here's a run down of what you can expect. With only a couple of slight exceptions noted below, most dine-in theaters work the same way. You'll want to make a reservation online or by phone ahead of time to secure your seat as most dine-in theaters offer quite a bit fewer seats than traditional theaters. When you arrive, a server will take your order right from your seat and deliver it to you. They'll generally come back around another time during the movie to take dessert orders or refill drinks. You'll receive a check to pay for your meal when your movie is finished, just like you would at a traditional restaurant. It's a pretty fun way to see a movie and enjoy a great meal.
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.
It’s almost fall, y’all! The fall season is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of everything the Houston area has to offer. This fall, several unique events are coming to town, including the Brick Fest Live LEGO Experience. There’s also no shortage of more traditional fall fare, like festivals and pumpkin patches, to enjoy as the cooler temperatures (hopefully) start to roll in. Here are our top picks for family fun this fall.
It's no secret that the Houston food scene is one of the best in the nation. With a plethora of restaurants to choose from including ones with room for kids to play, some that have been featured on TV, and some of the best barbeque joints known to man, the choices can be overwhelming. Houston is also home to some stellar food truck parks which can be enjoyed at food truck parks around the city. We love these spots because they have room to play for the kids, delicious options and a fun atmosphere.
The amount of money one family could spend visiting all of the major attractions Houston has to offer could easily add up. Luckily, many of the best places to visit offer FREE admission for kids under a certain age. This comes in super handy for families with kids of multiple ages. Whether you want to see animals up close at the zoo, head to a museum, or see a Houston-area landmark like the San Jacinto Monument or Space Center Houston, you can save some money by taking your kids to one of these amazing places.
And even if your kids are past the age where their admission is free, there are plenty of times when local museums offer FREE admission on select days.
When looking for the perfect dance class for your toddler in Houston, you'll probably find that there are a plethora of amazing dance studios in the greater Houston area to choose from. Each offers its own unique class style and qualified instructors, so finding a great class for your little one really comes down to where you live and how the classes offered fit into your schedule. Once your toddler steps into that room with their very first tutu and ballet slippers on, there is likely to be no turning back. The rhythm is going to get them and before you know it, you'll have a bona fide ballerina on your hands.
While dance is just one of many types of classes and activities available for your toddler to participate in, it is definitely one that will fill their little hearts and feet with so much joy. Read on to see what programs are offered near you and get that tiny dancer of yours signed up ASAP.
Does your kid love robots, LEGOs, computers, and NASA? What about multiplication, division, and science experiments? If so, your little ones will love participating in a fun and education STEM-centered class. STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) classes create a space where kids can learn how to use science and math skills to create their own video games, build computer systems, experiment with chemical reactions (safely), and so much more. Check out our top picks for STEM classes in the greater Houston area for your budding engineer.