We may have the best intentions of organizing creative, Pinterest-worthy crafts and activities for our kids during school vacation, but bringing those activities to fruition isn't always so easy—especially after all of the socially distanced, safe activities we've already been coming up with throughout 2020. This winter break, instead of setting lofty goals that never get met, fall back on our holiday activities guide for things to do during the season, visit Santa safely both virtually and in person, and lean on us to show you where you can take in the sights and sounds of the holidays while still social distancing. Below, you'll find 30 things to do that kids will love and, more importantly, that can get you safely out of the house!
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There's something magical about Christmas lights that make the holidays come alive (even in Houston when it's 80 degrees in the winter). Twinkling lights and snowy scenes always help make spirits bright! From drive-thru (and drive-by) experiences to free walking adventures, and out of this world displays to an old school Santa's workshop, we've rounded up a little something for everyone. For the best over-the-top light displays around town, check out one of the locales or events below.
Houston's urban sprawl may not bring the word "hiking" to mind when thinking about things to do with kids. But let me tell you, the city has many amazing pockets of forests, streams, and wetlands that can be accessed by some pretty great hiking (as well as biking) trails. And we're not talking paved trails in the middle of a tree-less park; the easy hikes below make you almost forget you live in one of the country's biggest cities.
All of these parks and hiking trails are easily accessible for small children, and many are stroller and wagon friendly. Be prepared to add hiking to your list of favorite family activities after checking out these kid-friendly trails and parks.
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.
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.