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5 Toddler-Friendly Houston Hot Spots

Baby will be walking before you know it. Get ready to explore together at one of these fun Houston places.

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Discovery Green
1500 McKinney St., Houston;
(713) 400-7336; DiscoveryGreen.com

Pack a picnic and head to this urban park where your child can squish his toes in the grass, cool off under the bouncing water jets at the Gateway Fountain or frolic in the playground. Along with all the everyday attractions, the Green hosts lots of kid-friendly events like Toddler Tuesdays, an interactive storytelling and activity program, so check its calendar.

P-6 Farms
9963 Poole’s Road, Montgomery;
(936) 597-6062; P-6Farms.com

When autumn arrives, go down on the farm for P-6’s Fall Festival (this year it’s October 4 to November 23). At this 30-acre working farm, you’ll find tons of fun activities (not to mention some very cute photo ops!) like a cow-shaped kiddie train, life-size “spiderwebs” to crawl on and a jumping pillow. If your tot’s still got steam left after all that, let her toddle through the small corn maze or take her on a hayride.

Great Play
4646 Highway 6 South, Sugar Land;
(281) 277-0475; GreatPlay.com

Unlike most indoor play places that can get crowded and rowdy, this children’s gym will get your toddler active using a safe, more structured curriculum that includes climbing, tumbling, and throwing and kicking games. Classes, which take place in the Interactive Arena, are divided by age and led by trained instructors.

John P. McGovern Children’s Zoo
6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston;
(713) 533-6500; HoustonZoo.org

At this kid-friendly section of The HoustonZoo, your toddler can get up close and personal with goats at the petting zoo or beautiful butterflies at the Butterfly Pavilion, and discover animals from Texas’s six ecosystems. Before you leave, don’t forget to take a spin on the Wildlife Carousel -- instead of horses, you’ll sit on okapis, armadillos and other exotic animals.

The Woodlands Children’s Museum
4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, #280, The Woodlands;
(281) 465-0955; WoodlandsChildrensMuseum.org

Every single exhibit at this 11,000-square-foot children’s museum is made with kids seven years and younger in mind. Your child will go nuts once he gets his hands on all the interactive excitement, including a colorful peg light wall, a cool pretend grocery store and a water table for splashing. Check out Storybook Theater for interactive storytelling and then have some quiet time in the reading nook as you watch the fish swim by in the aquarium.

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