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.
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.