Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Kids Activities Abound

After a bit of a holiday break, I'm back and dedicated to writing regularly in this blog. I hope others will share their ideas for topics to cover or recommend kids activities that they'd like to know more about.

One Houston mom asked me over the holidays if I was familiar with the Angels light park. Several moms began discussing it. Apparently, it used to be a park of holiday (or dare I say, "Christmas") lights that families could drive through in their cars. With little ones, families really appreciated the fact that they didn't have to load, unload and reload the kids. Unfortunately, no one seems to be able to find this attraction any more. If you're familiar with it, please let me know so I can investigate it and let other parents & grandparents know.

However, I did find a similar holiday attraction that blew our family away. This is a great kids activity or family event. Last week, our family visited "Santa's Wonderland" in College Station, Texas. I admit, I was shocked at the $20 entry fee per car, but afterward, we felt like we got a good deal. (Note: the attraction allows up to 10 people per car for $20. Additional charges then apply. So, pack your car full and then divide the $20 fee between families for the best deal.) There were literally millions of lights, including tunnels of lights, beautiful Christmas scenes, and even a dedicated area for the Aggies in the crowd. (You have to consider that Texas A&M University is in the same town.) While there are definitely Christian exhibits, I think my Jewish and Muslim friends who celebrate the commercial holidays in December would still find this a fun event. Next December, I'll write more on this event along with tips for making the trip easier and fun.

I'm also excited to announce my first book signing on January 11 from 4-6 p.m. at the River Oaks Bookstore on Westheimer. All are invited to attend. Copies of my book 100+ Activities for Houston Kids will be available for purchase and the party will be a great way to kick off the New Year focused on your family. I hope you'll join us. For more details, please visit

2006 is going to be a great year for Houston families. There are so many fun kids activities to explore. We hope to see you and your little ones around town.

Until the next nap time...