The Best Places to Stay, Eat, and Visit in Houston with Kids
Can you believe this was our first visit to Houston — and our first time ever in the Lone Star State? A few years ago, we made the huge move cross-country from SoCal to Northwest Arkansas. Talk about a transition! Yet despite being so close to Texas, we’ve been so wrapped up with our farm renovation project we’ve barely had time for adventuring.
But a few weeks ago, we piled all three boys (ages 12, 10, and 4) into the truck, and hit the road, Texas-style. Life in our tiny Arkansas town shuts down after dark, so we were all thrilled to spend the weekend somewhere a little bit faster-paced (and where we could still grab a bite to eat after nine o’clock!)
Houston is a huge city; there’s no shortage of things to do with kids. We researched before we arrived, asked a few locals for recommendations, and then ventured out on our own. And we struck gold! Here are our very favorite Houston spots.
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TINYS MILK & COOKIES
Possibly boasting the perfect chocolate chip cookie (ever), Tinys is an adorable walk-up bakery, coffee and ice cream shop.
The cookies are baked fresh every twenty minutes, all day long!
3636 Rice Blvd | Houston, TX 77005
FOGO DE CHÃO BRAZILIAN RESTAURANT
As a Brazilian-American family,, this was a must for us. Not only do they serve delicious arroz e feijao (Brazilian rice and beans) but our favorite meats are on rotation, too! Don’t miss the chance to sip a refreshing Guarana, Brazil’s favorite carbonated beverage.
1900 Hughes Landing Blvd #400 | The Woodlands, TX 77380
Everyone likes pizza — unless you’re four-year-old Cruz and all you want is a bowl of spaghetti! Grimaldi’s didn’t serve spaghetti (poor Cruz), but the pizza was out of this world. And they gave the kids pizza dough to play with at the table, too!
20 Waterway Ave #100 | Woodlands, TX 77380
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If you haven’t experienced Sprinkles yet, why are you still waiting? Yes, this is the Sprinkles you’ve heard about — the special cupcake ATM where baked treats drop down into your waiting hands.
4014 Westheimer Rd | Houston, TX 77027
THE WOODLANDS RESORT
We loved this gorgeous, clean hotel surrounded by lush trees, a lazy river, and — the boys’ favorite — a waterpark! The restaurant is fantastic, and friendly staff even come to your room with milk and cookies for the kids. Right now they are having a Savor Summer Event – When guests book early they can save 30% on any room, including Deluxe Rooms, Pool Walkout Rooms, Balcony Rooms, Club Floor Rooms, and Suites! This sale is available for rooms booked by July 31st for visits August 5 – September 30, 2018.
Another great reason you should visit!
2301 N Millbend Dr | The Woodlands, TX 77380
With over six thousand animals, this zoo is the ultimate destination for young families. We fed the giraffes, rode the Wildlife Carousel, and cooled off at the Kathrine McGovern Water Play Park — included in zoo admission!
6200 Hermann Park Dr | Houston, TX 77030
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HOUSTON STREET ART
If you didn’t Instagram it, did it really happen? Head over to East Downtown Houston, and grab your photo opp amidst all the bright, colorful street art.
1503 Chartres St | Houston, TX 77003
If sea life is your jam, Downtown Aquarium is a must. Ride the electric eel train, or go on the shark voyage which takes you right through the shark tank — all two hundred thousand gallons of it.
410 Bagby St | Houston, TX 77002
Credits // photography Analicia Herrman | styling + article Priscila Barros | told to GINA MUNSEY