Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Houston Families Love Hermann Park, Butterfly Center

Sorry for not updating this blog in a week! We've been super busy checking out lots of activities. This weekend we visited the Cockrell Butterfly Center at the Museum of Natural Science. The butterflies were gorgeous but Mom didn't care for the iguana lurking in the bushes. (LEFT: Photo of baby butterflies being released into the rain forest in Cockrell Butterfly Center.) At 1 year old, Kylie wanted to touch everything, which is not conducive to the butterflies. While this is a great thing to do, I suggest waiting until your kids are at least 3 years old. Kids under 3 get in FREE and can understand what's going on and NO Touching! (smile)

Perhaps my favorite activity is Hermann Park. This has changed a lot since I was a youngster running around. The reflection pond is so relaxing and Kylie loved looking at the ducks. Grab a picnic and a blanket and head to Hermann Park for an easy-going afternoon. Bring a change of clothes and a towel so your kid(s) can play in the fountain at the edge of the reflection pond. A group of 4 can take a 30-minute ride on a paddle boat for only $8 (that's only $2 per person, which I think is a good deal). Take a stroll on the paved sidewalk beneath the tall trees and see other families playing soccer or tag. Elementary age kids will enjoy rolling down the park's hill at Miller Outdoor Theatre. If you park on the curb, parking is free, although you may have to drive around a bit to find a spot. Pack some cool drinks in nonbreakable containers and dress cool. It's well worth the trip!

Until the next nap time...