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.
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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.
With Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Eve solidly behind us, it may seem like the holiday season has finally come to a close, but the festivities haven't ended quite yet. In fact, it's almost time to ring in another New Year - the Lunar New Year - which is one of the biggest celebrations in Asian culture. This year is all about welcoming the Year of the Fire Rooster, and Houston is gearing up to celebrate it big. So gather up the family and check out one - or more! - of these Lunar New Year events; it's going to be a cultural celebration you don't want to miss.
It's a school holiday and your kids are at home, but you still have to go into the office, leaving you scrambling for childcare. If you find yourself in this situation, or if you just want to have the kids do something fun and different on a day they're out of school, check out some of these holiday day camps around Houston. We picked a variety of camps that span everything from arts and crafts to gymnastics to a day at the Zoo, so your kids can spend their day learning through creative outlets and active play while you're at work.
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.