Change is right around the corner at Bellaire's Nature Discovery Center, and we had the chance to take a sneak peek at everything the newly transformed center will have to offer. I remember my first visit to the Nature Discovery Center very clearly - it was like unearthing a hidden gem; it was (and is!) a small patch of nature inside the concrete jungle known as Houston. Under the name of the Gateway Project, the center has received a facelift in almost every area, from new education resources to added nature trails.
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The craft beer scene in Houston is as rich and varied as the city itself, and in addition to serving up good beer, many local breweries cater to families by offering a relaxed environment for kids to run around while parents hang out. While the focus in March is typically on Rodeo and Spring Break, there's another holiday that deserves celebrating, too: St. Patrick's Day! And what better way to celebrate than supporting your local beer masters. We rounded up several breweries around town that are opening their doors with festive cheer on St. Patrick's Day this year, so you can relax with a good beer, enjoy games and contests for the family, and fill up on delicious local fare from favorite food trucks around town.
Rodeo is a big deal in the Bayou City. The two-and-a-half weeks of livestock and horse shows, competitions, concerts and more give Houstonians a chance to dust off their boots, put on their plaid and enjoy some good old-fashioned cowboy and cowgirl fun. And it all is kicked off with one of my favorite events, the Rodeo Cook-off! The Thursday, Friday, and Saturday prior to the start of rodeo are filled with food, food, and more barbecue sauce-covered food. More than 250 cooking teams come together during these three days in tents outside of rodeo to cook their barbecue specialties, all leading up to the final judging where a Grand Champion is crowned.
The celebrations of Carnival that lead into Mardi Gras have a rich history dating all the way back to the 17th and 18th centuries in medieval Europe, and have long been a time for festivities and revelry that culminate the day before Lent begins on what is known as Fat Tuesday. Throughout the years it has gained a reputation as an adults-only party; however, there is a multitude of kid-friendly events that can be enjoyed right here in Houston as the Mardi Gras celebrations begin. From boat parades at the Kemah Boardwalk to cook-offs, live music, performances and much more, these Carnival celebrations are fit for the family.
Whether it's a bad weather day or you're just in need of something different to do, every parent and caregiver can testify to the fact that having some good indoor play spaces up your sleeve is crucial. We get stir crazy pretty quickly in our house, so I'm always on the lookout for places where it's acceptable for my toddler to run around and be crazy with his friends. When Altitude Trampoline Park opened up in Katy, we knew we needed to check it out; after all, what better way to get rid of some excess energy than by bouncing it out? And here's a roundup with all of Houston's trampoline parks to find one near you.
Houston has an array of summer and vacation camps to fit every kid's passion which provides a break from the classroom and the perfect opportunity for kids to pursue their interests in a more singular fashion. Have an aspiring actor or actress on your hands? Use summertime to help them hone in on their musical and theatrical skills by enrolling your little Romeo or Juliet in one of Houston's many music or theater camps.
February isn't (or it shouldn't be, anyway) all about conversation hearts and carnations for Valentine's Day - it is a month when we celebrate something much more important, Black History Month. This is a time when we can teach our kids about the richness of African American culture as well as the obstacles many have overcome throughout the years as well as celebrate numerous successes and advancements in civil rights. Here are nine ways you can celebrate and teach your kids about these historical achievements at home and around Houston.
As parents, we all need a break from being "on" from time to time even if it's just for a few hours. Whether it's dinner with your spouse, a night out with friends, or a few hours where you just shed the role of "parent" and enjoy some alone time, we need those nights off duty. But what happens when you can't find a sitter? You take the kids to a local Parent's Night Out! Many churches, gyms, and other businesses have dedicated evenings - usually on Friday or Saturday - for parents to come drop their kids off for a few hours in a safe, supervised setting. The kids get to play games and do crafts with other kids, and you get a few hours off; it's a win-win situation for everyone. To make scheduling your next "adults only" night easy, we've rounded up Parent's Night Out offerings across the Houston area - and even a Parent's Day Out so you can enjoy the random day date, too.