The holidays are in full swing, and kids everywhere are dreaming of toys they want and are counting down the days until it's time to open presents. However, the holiday season is as much about giving as it is about receiving, and during this time parents have a unique window of opportunity to teach children the importance of volunteering and giving back to those in need. One way to do this is by donating toys to a local holiday toy drive, and we've rounded up several organizations in and around Houston that are dedicated to bringing holiday cheer to families unable to afford gifts this holiday season.
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While artificial or pre-cut Christmas trees are definitely convenient during an already hectic holiday season, there's something refreshing about choosing and cutting your own tree with the family. Instead of heading to the store or dusting off fake pine needles from the attic this year, start a new tradition by visiting one of the Christmas tree farms in and around Houston. Not only will you be supporting local tree growers, but you'll also be making memories with your family to last a lifetime. Here are five local tree farms ready to provide you with the perfect Christmas tree:
Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and if you're anything like me you've already started dreaming of all the delicious holiday food you're going to enjoy with family. After all, this is the one time each year that it's actually acceptable to spend the entire day eating...and then eating some more. But consider starting a new family tradition - participating in a family Turkey Trot, which gets everyone up and moving and allows you to raise funds for a good cause. Here are 12 family-friendly runs happening around Houston!
Despite bearing the job title of "Stay At Home Mom," I am not one of those crafty moms (much to my chagrin). I've tried to be, multiple times, but my attempts at being creative and crafty usually end up falling short of the high standards I see on social media. To top it off, I also have a bad habit of procrastinating (one of the many reasons I am a proud and frequent Amazon Prime user; two-day shipping for life!). All that to say, when it comes to holidays like Halloween, it's not unusual for me to be scraping together ideas that are cheap and easy at the last minute so my kid can trick or treat - or trunk or treat - in costume. Find yourself in the same situation? Check out these costume ideas for some last-minute inspiration:
Autumn is in full swing as we settle into October, and there are tons of ways to enjoy the marginally cooler weather, from fall festivals, pumpkin patches, and other family-friendly seasonal activities. I saw multiple billboards around Houston for Apple Fest debuting this month, and I decided my son and I would attend its opening day after realizing one of the festival's locations is a short drive from our home in Katy.
Fall marks the beginning of a lot of things, from Pumpkin Spice-flavored everything, (slightly) cooler weather, and race season for all of Houston's running enthusiasts. Interested in doing something active and fun with the whole family? Look no further than this list of family fun runs happening throughout the Houston area over the next few months. Whether you're a seasoned runner, weekend warrior, stroller strider, or someone who just wants to get outdoors and do something different with the family, there's a race on this list for you.
In the southwest corner of the greater Houston area is the 23,000-acre George Ranch, which is home to the George Ranch Historical Park. Driving down to Richmond, which is about 15 minutes west of Sugar Land, may seem like a hassle for some Houstonians, but a visit to the park is worth it. It brings nearly a century of Texas history, the 1830s to 1930s, with historical replicas, exhibits, and reenactments.
Read on to hear about my family's trip to George Ranch Historical Park during Labor Day weekend and why we think it makes the perfect day trip.
With special exhibits rotating in and out of the Houston Museum of Natural Science throughout the year, it's easy to overlook the permanent exhibits. The Morian Hall of Paleontology is one constant you don't want to miss. This is no ordinary collection of dinosaur bones on display; it's an in-depth encounter with creatures of the past that is sure to enthrall even the youngest visitors.