The greater Houston area is home to many, many school districts. And the nature of being a Houstonian means you have at least one friend or family member who lives in a different district than you. It's always handy to have school dates on hand, so bookmark this page for the 2021-22 school calendars and start and end dates for the area's 31 school districts, including Houston Independependent School District.
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The Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier is iconic for many reasons, including that it is the closest theme park to Houston, with a history that reflects our city's resilience. At Pleasure Pier you can hop on the Texas Star Flyer and get a bird's eye view of the Gulf of Mexico, test your luck at classic carnival games, and enjoy a full day of classic family fun. There are several restaurants and shops as well as beach entry just steps away from the pier, making it a great Houston day trip with the kids.
Mini golf is a staple in most families' rotation of fun weekend activities, but in Houston, standing in the heat for an hour putting around a small plastic ball isn't always...a ball. Black light mini golf, on the other hand, combines the game with lovely air conditioning indoors and lots of glow-in-the-dark fun. Below are a few fun entertainment spots with glow-in-the-dark, indoor mini golf around Houston.
For more ideas on indoor family activities, check out our Indoor Fun Guide for Houston kids.
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.
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.