It's written on every Texan's heart: Summertime is lake time (or river time, pool time, any area of water that will cool down your core body temperature time). While we love a day out at a fun water park, there is just something special about relaxing on the banks of your favorite man-made lakes - if you aren't a native Texan, don't judge us for this; we live in a mostly flat state - or riding the waves on a jet ski or tube. As a native Houstonian, I've spent at least one summer at these spots around the Lone Star State because they are beautiful and full of things for kids and adults to do.
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Whether you're looking for a spot to take your own mother (or grandmother, or any other mom figure you'd like to celebrate), or you would like to forward this list along to a significant other as a subtle "hint hint," we have 18 ideas for a drool-worthy Mother's Day brunch. Not interested in dine-in? We have you covered there, too, since many of the restaurants are offering some stellar take-out and delivery options that will have Mom feeling extra special from home. (Though for anyone feeling more ambitious, we do know some great, easy brunch recipes kids can make for Mother's Day!)
Many of these restaurants, which are listed in no particular order, offer lunch and dinner if brunch isn't your thing, and range from elegant to casual chic. All of them offer a meal mom is sure to remember! For more fun things to do on Mother's Day, check our daily activity calendar.
You read that right: the world's first water park made entirely for guests of all abilities is a short drive away from Houston, in San Antonio, Texas. Of course, Houston kids are already fortunate to have a whole bunch of exciting water park options nearby, not to mention several local splash pads for a hot summer day, but for some kids these may be hard to access or even a little overwhelming. So how lucky are we to have the innovators at Morgan's Wonderland right in our back yard, creating the magnificent and unique Morgan's Inspiration Island—and providing it free of charge for kids with special needs?
If you are looking to travel to the most magical place on earth during the pandemic, rest assured, it's still magical. We recently visited Disney World in Orlando with kids ages 4 and 6 and learned some tips and tricks that we wanted to share — and yes, Disney World's reopening includes most rides and resorts. Here's a rundown of what you need to know before heading to Disney World in 2021.
It's that time of year again. Texas Bluebonnet season is one of the highlights of Houston's spring activities and runs from about March through May, depending on rains and the length of winter (which proved to be exceptionally long and unprecedented this year... though unprecedented seems to be the new normal!). Houston is home to many reliable bluebonnet beds and fields, as well as some iconic spots on the outskirts of town that are perfect for photos—and many experts think our freak winter storm may lead to a good wildflower season. We've rounded up some spots where you can snap quintessential bluebonnet pictures when the blooms start to open in and around Houston, and we'll continue to update this post as we find more locations.
Houston's craft beer scene is top-notch, which we probably don't have to tell you. But what might come as a surprise is that it's also very kid-friendly; some of the area's best brews are housed in stellar spaces with outdoor games and room to play. Here are some spots we love to go as a family because there is room for the kids to run around; they are unpretentious; they don't make my husband and me feel bad if our toddler starts malfunctioning during our visit, and the beer is delicious.
In what might be described as the inside of Dr. Seuss' imagination fused with Tron, with some added Bladerunner for a kick, Seismique is Houston's newest interactive museum, with enough LED lights to give Clark Griswald envy. Located in a massive former Bed Bath and Beyond space in West Houston, Seismique houses 40 state-of-the-art gallery exhibits and experiences designed by local and international artists. Even among Houston's many wonderful museums, this new addition stands out as a welcome distraction and escape from reality.
Visiting one of Texas' largest cities is just as daunting as visiting the state itself—Dallas is so huge! We've narrowed down our favorite things to do and places to go in Dallas with our kids. Our biggest takeaway each time we visit the area is how there is always something new to discover. The museums and gardens are top-notch, and because it's Texas you'll find delicious barbecue and Tex-Mex at virtually every corner. There's no shortage of reasons to love this city; we've picked out the places that are extra special for kids, and that have found ways to accommodate the limitations of 2021.