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When it comes to holiday traditions, many families make a viewing of "The Nutcracker Ballet" part of theirs (and there are lots of opportunities to see this classic around Houston this year). But if twirling ballerinas aren't really your family's sort of thing, we've rounded up some other holiday shows full of classic songs and fun dances for the whole family.
Escape rooms are the perfect way to mix up family nights out. A fairly new but popular entertainment concept, escape rooms bring out a person's inner Sherlock Holmes. Guests are locked in a room full of clues and codes and have one hour to solve the room's mystery and find a way out. Or else. Well, the door still opens after an hour (some rooms have a 90-minute time limit), but you may leave some pride behind.
Most rooms require guests to be at least 10-years-old, but double check with the facility before your visit. Most list age requirements online. Aside from protecting younger visitors from any "mature" or potentially scary content inside the rooms, it's more fun to play when your kids are at an age when can focus and fully participate in the escape. So, does your family have what it takes to make a great escape? Find out at one of the locales below...
Whether you're a working parent or a busy stay-at-home mom and are looking for activities for the kids during winter break, there are tons of options across the city. We've rounded up some fun enrichment camps for kids of all ages with focuses ranging from sports to science.
Fall festival season may be almost over, and that means it's time to start celebrating the holidays. (We know - we can't believe it's November either). There are plenty of family friendly holiday, and non-holiday related, festivals to check out this "winter" around Houston.
Trampoline parks give parents the chance to release their inner child as the kids burn off some serious energy. It's also the safest way to practice front back flips and bouncing friends into the air without serious physical trauma. We all knew that one kid growing up who flew off the backyard trampoline and broke a bone or two. Houston has several trampoline parks to choose from that offer unique activities, weekly specials, and party packages.
In general, the facilities do not allow guests to wear denim, and most require grip socks that can be purchased upon admission (maybe they will let you by with those fashionable hospital socks you probably still have stashed away somewhere along with an unfinished baby book).
Houston's faux fall is in full swing, but the good news is a cool front is allegedly on its way to town just in time for the weekend. You and the family can visit pumpkin patches and take pictures wearing cute fall clothes instead of tank tops, check out area festivals, or test your wits at a haunted house. Hayrides are another good option, and many are hosted at area farms which provide a full day of family fun.
Now that it is allegedly cooler outside and you can leave your house without fear of overheating, it's the ideal time to visit these nearby spots that could feel pretty miserable during summer. Before the holiday season gets into gear, pack up the car and take the kids to look at gators or see where Texas' favorite ice cream is made. We've rounded up five fun day trips below.