Family Getaway: Houston, TX

Houston, TX during the livestock show and rodeo is the perfect family getaway with tons to do for both parents and kids — bbq contest, horse show, trail rides, carnival and so much more. Plus, the concert line-up this year is beyond amazing with Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Rascall Flats, Garth Brooks and several other country stars.

Luckily, we have Amanda Vlastas who runs West University Moms (@westuniversitymoms and www.westuniversitymoms.com) to give us the insider scoop:

Favorite Hotels: Hotel Zaza, Marriott Marquis Houston, Hotel Granduca (if you decide to go without the kids!)

The new Marriott Marquis is close to the Discovery Green, a great park that always has its own activities going on along with art installations, splash pools and a pond with boats. Its also has its own Texas shaped lazy river which is sure to keep the kids occupied!

Favorite Restaurants:  El Tiempo Cantina (several locations) is a must for Tex-Mex, Brookstreet BBQ, Goode Company BBQ, Pappas Bros

Date night: Steak 48, Mastro’s and Tiny Boxwoods for delicious food in a lovely atmosphere.

Kid Friendly Activities in Houston: Children’s Museum, Health Museum, Natural Science Museum and the Houston Zoo are all practically within walking distance. And, make time for a day trip to Kemah Boardwalk (rides and amusements on the waterfront in Galveston Bay) and a visit to the Space Center.

Rodeo Highlights: The Junction (formerly Kids Country) is a kid-focused area that tests visitors sense of adventure with rides, games and fun exhibits.  It also offers fun for the kiddos like camel rides, a petting zoo, pig racing, a double carousel and more.

Enjoy live music at the Champion Wine Garden and savor more than 70 wines at this oasis next to NRG Stadium.

Check-out the amazing concert line up with all the best country music stars (book a babysitter via Best Buds Babysitting or care.com and treat yourself to a night out!).

Shopping
Children’s stores – Fundamentally Toys, Imagination Toys & Shoes/CardSmart, Doodles Baby Gifts and More
Women’s Apparel – Luxington Boutique, Collectivo, Pomp and Circumstance
Unique to Houston –Al’s Handmade Boots, My Flaming Heart and Jubilee

The Houston Rodeo takes place from 2/27 to 3/18 and more information is available at: https://www.rodeohouston.com.

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