Houston is well-known for it's restaurant scene. The city even devotes an entire month each year to showcasing local restaurants for Houston Restaurant Weeks. It's no surprise that several Houston-area restaurants have been featured on television shows like Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, Eat Street, and Unique Eats. If eating at amazing restaurants is on your family's to-do list, you'll definitely want to check out these Houston-area restaurants that have been featured on national television outlets like the Travel Channel, Food Network, and Cooking Channel. Many of these restaurants offer kid-friendly food options, and some even feature outdoor spaces that are great for letting kids run around and burn off steam.
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For us, summer is all about seeing how many water activities we can pack in to a three month span. Neighborhood pools and splash pads are always on our to-do list! We also love a good water park trip during the hot summer months, but sometimes the crowds, long lines for rides, and admission costs make trips to Schlitterbahn or Hurricane Harbor something that we tend to only do once or twice per year. Luckily, we recently discovered a hidden gem in Pasadena where we can squeeze in some waterslide fun for a fraction of the cost of a day trip to a bigger water park.
We can get our slide and lazy river fix in and our littlest guys even have their very own space to splash and play on a kids structure. We've discovered that this park has so much to offer, and is a great way for families to play together and beat the Texas heat.
Lounging on a rubber inner tube and soaking up the summer sun while dipping your toes into chilly river water is basically a Texas rite of passage. There's no time like the present to introduce kiddos to the great adventure that is floating down the river. While any river will do, these five Texas rivers are our go-to spots. They've all go family-friendly runs (i.e. few or gentle rapids), great tube rental services, nearby accommodations, and gorgeous views to top it all off.
Whether you go for the weekend or carve out a bit more time to soak in all that tubing has to offer, these rivers make the perfect family getaway. Stick with our list of kid-approved river trips and you won't be disappointed, and for more summer trip ideas, check out our favorite family-friendly lakes close(ish) to Houston.
Beach blown hair, rolling waves, and sandy toes can all make for some beautifully creative photographs of your kids on Galveston Island. But since most of us are not professional photographers, getting that picture perfect beach shot is super tricky...especially with toddlers in tow! Luckily, Galveston is home to several amazing scenic spots that give you a cool background to stage Instagram-worthy photos regardless of whether or not your kiddo has mastered the art of posing in front of a camera. Plus, they're all fun, kid-friendly areas where you can soak up some of that island sun any time of year.
Looking for a serene spot to connect with nature that's large enough to take your entire extended family? Look no further than Challenger Seven Memorial Park in Webster. Known for it's miles of winding trails, lush green spaces, stellar playground equipment, and plenty of picnic tables and pavilions, this park is a hot spot for family fun.
Finding an indoor family-friendly activity to beat the heat in Houston doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. Bowling is the perfect choice for families with kids of all ages who want to enjoy a fun sport in a cool, air-conditioned atmosphere. Little ones can use bumpers to keep gutter balls at bay, while older kids can get a little more competitive with each other and their parents. Some bowling alleys even offer tasty food options and arcade games to keep the good times rolling and create a memorable experience for the entire family.
I can hardly remember a month of May from my childhood without a trip to the Pasadena Strawberry Festival. Growing up in southeast Houston, one of the sure signs that summer was near was the yearly festival featuring tons of carnival rides, games, and live music. The festival features every strawberry-themed food and drink imaginable, including the world's largest strawberry shortcake! As an adult, I've found that it's just as fun as it was as a kid to kick off summer with a trip to one of the area's most revered family festivals.
Because the entry fee is FREE for kids under age 5, the festival is a great opportunity to celebrate the start of summer as a family. Community volunteers work to make the festival bigger and better each and every year, and have added even more fun activities for the entire family to enjoy in 2018. Take a look at some of the festival's kid-friendly activities not to miss at this year's celebration.
On your mark, get set, go! Take the wheel and head toward one of these family-friendly go-kart tracks in the greater Houston area. Feel the wind in your hair as you whip around hairpin turns and race down straightaways toward the finish line. Go the extra mile at these fantastic outdoor tracks, many of which also offer fun activities such as laser tag, mini golf, and arcade games.