The Texas Renaissance Festival is back in town, and if you and your family have never been, make this year your first. As the state's largest festival of its kind (and one of the biggest in the country), it is an experience like no other. Even its 200-acre location has an eclectic story; a former strip mining site turned Renaissance theme park complete with authentic art, larger-than-life statues and structures, and a village of shops, restaurants, and stages that look like they've been plucked from another era.
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September: A month of transition. From summer to fall, from lazy summer days to hectic school schedules. The weather should cool down just a tad, so go enjoy breakfast on the bayou or shop your favorite farmers' market.
Drop into the Contemporary Art Museum of Houston on Saturdays for some free crafts, or let your little one be a marine biologist for a day at the Downtown Aquarium. This is also the last month to see the "Above and Beyond" exhibit at Space Center Houston, where you can ride an elevator to outer space!
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For any rock-climbing enthusiast, entering Momentum Indoor Climbing makes you feel like a kid entering a candy shop. This recent addition to Houston's indoor gym scene has two locations in the city - Silver Street and Katy - and both offer challenging and fun routes and amenities for both kids and adults. Plus, it doesn't hurt that the facilities are extremely nice: clean, colorful, and well air-conditioned! Each location has a bit of a different flair, so you can visit both and your kids will find something new to do each time.
Hosting birthday parties for your kids comes with so many choices nowadays. Which indoor playground is best? What kind of cake will be served? What will the decorations be? Will there be entertainment? Can you get away with just not throwing one at all? The answer to the last one is....probably not (unless your kid is turning 3 and under and they won't know the difference anyway.) Our favorite place to host a birthday party is a great park - one with picnic tables so you don't have to bring any, lots of shade, plenty of room to run around, and great playgrounds so the kids don't have a reason to say they are bored.
The good news is, Houston is home to lots of great parks perfect for birthday parties. Here are some of our favorites.
Houston Restaurant Weeks 2018 is here. Are your taste buds ready? From Aug. 1-Sept. 30, dozens of Houston's best eateries offer specialty menus at a set price with proceeds benefiting the Houston Food Bank. While all of the participating spots make for great date nights, there are plenty of kid-friendly spots as well! Here are our favorites. All still offer regular menus throughout the month as well as staple kids' menus.
Restaurant week menu prices are the same no matter where you go, with brunch and lunch at $20 and dinner for $35-$45, depending on the establishment. Make sure to ask for the special Restaurant Weeks menu! So, what are you waiting for? Get to eating!
If you love animals, have children, or are just a living and breathing person, there's really no excuse to not visit the Houston Zoo. Home to more than 6,000 animals and 900 species, the 55-acre complex has something for everyone.
In the heart of Texas, you’ll find a waterpark like none other. Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort at New Braunfels was designed by a family for families and around the beautiful Comal River. Instead of vistas filled with brightly-colored plastic and umbrellas, this waterpark embraces its natural surroundings, and it’s why you need to add this park to your family travel bucket list.
If you and your family are looking for a quick day trip or weekend away, Conroe is always a great option. Because it's not too far of a drive (about an hour), it's near other attraction-filled areas like The Woodlands, and it is home to some truly stunning scenery that makes you feel you're much farther away from Houston than you actually are.
Here are our favorite things to do in Conroe with our kids, from the best parks to the best places to catch a show.