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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As Texas slowly reopens, local businesses need your support more now than ever. From bakeries to fashion designers to toy stores, you can shop small and show some love to Houston-area local businesses offering modified hours, curbside pickup, and even home delivery of their goods and services.
We've already told you about some of our favorite local toy and book stores offering pick up and delivery, and outlined our favorite restaurants serving special-occasion meals, but they're not the only local haunts getting creative to keep the doors open. When looking for ways to support local businesses, we'd like to offer a couple of tips: First, consider buying directly from local businesses instead of third-party delivery services, which often gobble up much of the profit. Second, even local spots not featured below are likely selling gift cards. Consider purchasing one now to use down the line.
And while you're showing your support for the businesses you love, we hope you'll count Mommy Poppins and our small business partners among them. You can support Mommy Poppins by sharing articles you find useful with friends or on your social media channels, checking out our directory of virtual classes, camps, and birthday parties and telling businesses you found them through Mommy Poppins. Also, as part of our effort to keep our local parent writers and this website afloat and support some of our favorite family businesses, we've created Poppins@Home, a platform for small businesses to share free and low-cost online classes and birthday parties with kids all over the country. Please consider trying a few of these fun, affordable, and creative classes—and spreading the word among your friends—as yet another way to support, uplift, and get through these challenging times together!
Pillows, old sheets, and clothespins! There's something magical about the indoor forts we create with our kids. These homemade creations become reading nooks and superhero hideouts—havens for imaginative play. It's indisputable: kids love forts. While there are plenty of forts you can buy online, we think the best kind is made from whatever you have around the house.
Use these tips for creating amazing indoor forts with your kids. And for more ideas (literally hundreds) of things to do with kids during quarantine, check out our Stay-at-Home Guide for Pandemic Parenting.
Easter or Passover meals will not be the same this year; fewer seats around the table; less preparation needed. These Houston-area restaurants are working hard to still make the holiday special for families with special Easter breakfast, brunch, and dinner meal options for delivery or takeout. Check out our picks for Easter 2020, from barbecue to lamb chops to DIY mimosa bars in a box.
It's our job at Mommy Poppins to bring you the best ideas, events, and places for family fun. But with this week’s continuing and unprecedented response to the coronavirus pandemic, we’re here to tell you where not to go. As you probably already know, most of the kid-friendly programs, events, and yes, even schools, have been shut down for the near future. To help you best plan and prepare for this tough stretch, we’ve compiled the schools, museums, zoos, play spaces, and more that have closed their doors to help stop the spread of this virus.
If you and the kids are stuck at home, we’ve got plenty of ideas for you! With our hundreds of ideas for games, crafts, and activities, “I’m bored” shouldn’t be a phrase you hear too often. So be sure and check out the Mommy Poppins Coronavirus Guide for Parents, which is filled with fun activities as well as insider tips for keeping your loved ones safe and healthy. Our event calendar is also being updated with cancellations and postponements. We here at Mommy Poppins Houston send best wishes to everyone affected by this virus.
It's that time of year again. Texas Bluebonnet season runs throughout Spring from about March-May, depending on rains and the length of winter. Houston is home to many reliable bluebonnet beds and fields, and of course, there are iconic spots on the outskirts of town perfect for photos. We've rounded up some spots where you can snap some of those pictures in and around Houston, and we'll continue to update this post as we find more locations. If you have a favorite spot to share, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now that "winter" is over, we can jump into one of our favorite times of year - spring! It's hard to pick just one favorite thing to do in March, so here are a few - the 2020 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo kicks off with another great musical lineup and tons to do for the whole family, The Rink at Discovery Green opens as Houston's coolest spot to roller skate, and of course, this month we have much-needed spring break.
This month enjoy a free flick at the park in The Woodlands, the 10th Annual Houston Palestinian Festival with cultural food, music, and fun, and a chance to see your favorite animated pups at Paw Patrol Live! And before you know it, summer will be here, so get ahead of the game by browsing the best summer camps Houston has to offer, from science to outdoor fun.
Read on for more fun things to do this month with the kids.
The 2020 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was cancelled March 11, 2020 due to concerns over the coronavirus.
Everything is bigger in Texas, and this motto is exemplified in Houston's massive livestock show and rodeo - from the crowds to the food selections - but your resulting credit card bill doesn't have to be. After paying the price of admission, there are lots of things to do as a whole family without spending another dime. That's not to say you won't be tempted by the smells of deep-fried goodness and adorable miniature cowboy and cowgirl hats, just that it is possible to have a ton of fun at the Rodeo that's all free.
Read on for free and fun activities, all of which are open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. every day unless otherwise noted.