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.
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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.
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.
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.
With lakefront views, six sets of playground equipment, a splash pad, open-air pavilion, and a large fishing pier, Clear Lake Park has so much to offer. Of all of the amazing parks in the greater Houston area, this delightful spot just happens to be located near several major family-friendly attractions. On a clear day, you can look out over Clear Lake from the park and see the Kemah Boardwalk. It's also a less than five-minute drive from Space Center Houston. Whether you go for a few hours or stay for an entire day, Clear Lake Park gives the whole family so much to see and do.
Situated on the outskirts of Southeast Houston in Alvin, Froberg's Farm is home to locally grown produce, homemade baked goods, and good old-fashioned fun! Known primarily for springtime strawberry picking, Froberg's is also home to one of the area's best fall festivals. Each weekend from October to early November, families can participate in Froberg's fall activities including a corn maze, hayrides, flower picking, plenty of traditional festival games, and a few brand new favorites. And in 2017, they added even more fall fun.
In Texas, our weather is anything but predictable. Rainy one day and scorching hot the next seems to be quite the trend for much of the year. And then, there are those random winter days where it's just too cold for many of us Southerners to venture outdoors unless we absolutely have to! When you have restless kids stuck in your house for too long and it's too hot, too cold, too rainy, or too anything else to play on one of the many playgrounds in the Houston area, indoor play places become the perfect refuge. With several brightly colored play scapes, kid-friendly music, and play areas zoned for specific age groups, Houston Party Playland in southeast Houston is one of our absolute favorite indoor play spaces.
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Houston-area communities need a lot of help. Baby items are some of the most needed items in every community right now, and several drop-off locations for these supplies have been set up around the greater Houston area. See the list below for where to go and what to take. We recommend calling the venue before showing up for the most up-to-date items needed because needs change frequently.