Ashley Jones

Ashley Jones

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Best Picks for Doing Galveston Restaurant Week With Kids

If you've ever wanted to try some of the fabulous seaside fare at Galveston's top restaurants, there's no better time to do it than during Galveston Restaurant Week. Galveston may be a bit of a drive for some Houstonians, but with so many things to do around the island and reduced menu prices at many of the island's restaurants from Jan. 6- 21, 2018, it's worth the trip! We've made planning your day just a bit easier and rounded up our top 10 picks for kid-friendly restaurants to visit during Galveston Restaurant Week.

Let it "Snow:" Magical Events Around Houston That Feature Snow & Ice

Texans may not see actual snow as much as our neighbors to the north, but we still manage to get in our fair share of wintertime fun. Whether taking a spin on one of Houston's seasonal open-air ice skating rinks or playing in man-made snow flurries, Houstonians have several festive options to choose from when it comes to activities involving snow and ice. We've not only rounded up the best places in Houston to participate in these winter ventures, but we've also found some stellar spots for winter fun around the rest of our great state as well. 

Winter Bucket List: 45 Things to Do With Houston Kids This Winter

Houston has no shortage of fun activities for kids this winter. From the best holiday events to kid-friendly stage shows, we've rounded up a list of the top Houston happenings this winter. Keeping in mind that cooler temperatures have finally arrived, we've also included some of our favorite indoor activities to do with kids at home and around town. But because it's typically not too cold in Houston, taking advantage of milder days to get some fresh air allows for even more options for family fun. Read on for our list of the best of what Houston has to offer this winter season. 

Lights, Shows, & More Lights: Holiday Fun at Magical Winter Lights

They say everything is bigger in Texas, and there is so much truth to that statement when it comes to celebrating the holidays in Houston. Our city is full of beautiful public holiday light displays and has no shortage of neighborhoods with lights galore. However, there is Houston light display extravaganza so mesmerizing, it can only be called one thing: Magical. Magical Winter Lights presents magnificent displays of holiday lights arranged into several themed areas, celebrates Chinese culture with acrobatic performances and crafts, and is home to a host of carnival games and rides. We took our kids (ages 3, 9, and 11) to check out the festival this year and it did not disappoint. 

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. 

Top Things to Do With Preschoolers During the Holidays in Houston

It's the most wonderful time of the year! This is especially true for preschoolers, who may be just now starting to really understand what is happening during the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Breakfasts with Santa, holiday light displays, parades, and craft fairs top the list of things to do with kids this season, but sometimes it's hard to navigate what might be age-appropriate to attend with a preschooler. This handy list not only includes area events that are the most kid-friendly, but also gives you some tips for activities to do at home with preschoolers during Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

For even more ideas on how to have fun with your preschooler this holiday season (and the rest of the year, too!) check out our ultimate bucket list of 100 things to do in Houston with kids

34 Free Places to Play in Houston This Fall

Fall is the perfect time of year to explore all of the amazing play areas that the Houston area has to offer. The weather is starting to cool off, so exploring outdoor playgrounds is at the top of our to-do list. But for those drizzly days, we do know of several amazing indoor gems to head to. Take a look at our favorite FREE places to play all around the Bayou City this fall. No matter what part of town you're in- we've got you covered!

Insiders Guide to Exploring Seabrook, TX with Kids

Southeast Houston is home to several waterfront communities, each with their own unique take on seaside living. Many Houstonians head to Kemah or Galveston when looking for a little bit of a bay breeze, but the small city of Seabrook, just minutes away from the popular Kemah Boardwalk, boasts a host of activities for the entire family to enjoy. Our family lived in Seabrook for three amazing years, and we were fortunate to experience everything Seabrook has to offer on a daily basis. It's also a wonderful place to visit! With 18 parks, 13 miles of hiking and biking trails, unique shopping and dining options, and no shortage of community spirit, exploring Seabrook can be a refreshing way to spend a day with kids outside of the typical tourist towns. 

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