We all love a good playground, and Houston is home to many amazing ones. Swinging as high as you possibly can on the swingsets, racing down slides, reaching bar after bar on the monkey bars, climbing up, over, and under the different equipment; being outdoors and active on the playground is practically a pinnacle of childhood. Given that we spend a lot of time exploring Houston, playground stops for us are frequent and varied, and we've narrowed down some of Houston's best playgrounds for kids.
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If there's one thing I remember distinctly about my childhood summers, it's summer camp. Sleepaway camps are great for fostering independence in children who will leave with lifelong memories and hopefully at least summer-long skills. Houston families have lots of options for sleepaway summer camps where kids can stay over night, and most of these are just an hour or two away from the city.
Here are 14 sleepaway summer camps that are all about two hours or less from the Houston area. Most of the camps offer week-long stays for campers, with a couple offering shorter or longer stints as well. All of them promise to give your kids a hefty dose of fun and memories to last a lifetime. And for more summer and vacation camp ideas, check out our comprehensive camp guide and full directory of camp listings.
Note that summer camp information for the 2020 season is changing daily. Please click the links to the individual camps below to see which ones are offering programs this year.
Ready to get a jump on all of your holiday shopping, but don't want to frequent the same tired stores you always visit? A holiday craft market and fair is the perfect answer. You'll find an assortment of handmade treasures crafted by local artisans that will make unique gifts for everyone on your list. Check out these markets around town.
While a traditional turkey dinner enjoyed at home with close family and friends may be the first image that comes to mind when thinking of the Thanksgiving holiday, it's not always a feasible reality. Whether you're overwhelmed with the thought of hosting a large group, facing a variety of dietary restrictions or preferences or just wanting to try something different this year, there are plenty of Houston restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day ready to take the stress out of the holiday for you.
Houston, H-Town, Bayou City, Clutch City... we can all agree that Houston is known by many names. The one we're talking about today, however, is arguably one of the coolest - Space City. The name officially made its debut in 1967 when NASA built the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, and it's stuck ever since. In addition to the famous Johnson Space Center, we now also have the visitor center to JSC which is known as Space Center Houston. It's full of interative ehxhibits and activities for families and kids!
Halloween is only a couple weeks away, which means it's time to start finalizing costumes (just realized you're in a pinch? We've got you covered with easy, last-minute costume ideas!) and determining where you're taking the kiddos trick or treating, especially if you're looking to branch out past your own neighborhood this year. Not sure where to start looking? Check out these Houston neighborhoods and hotspots for fun, safe, and friendly trick or treating this Halloween.
Encouraging healthy hobbies is at the top of my priority list when it comes to my kids, and I've tried to make being active a part of their lives since day one. Both kids have accompanied me on many runs in the jogging stroller since they were babies, and they know that if it's a nice day we're doing something outside. Now that my oldest is riding his bike, we frequently head out to different trails together where I'll chase after him with my daughter strapped into the jogging stroller as he flies down trails (his biking has been excellent for improving my running speed) or we'll bike together as a family if my husband is able to come along for the ride.