4 of the Best Summer Festivals Remaining in Texas for 2014

4 of the Best Summer Festivals Remaining in Texas for 2014

Though Texas summers are so hot the “hens lay hard boiled eggs” (tamu.edu), the heat doesn’t prevent Texans from finding fun and exciting ways to spend those hot summer days. With music festivals, fishing tournaments, and even an ice cream festival, there is definitely an event for nearly everyone.  Here are some of the best remaining summer festivals in Texas you won’t want to miss. 1) The Great Texas Mosquito Festival.  Texas has a lot of mosquitoes – especially in the summer – so the residents of Clute decided, “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!” The city hosts a weekend-long…

Reviewing 4 Top Parks in South Texas

Reviewing 4 Top Parks in South Texas

Boasting one of the most enchanting and diverse landscapes in North America, South Texas has some parks offering endless opportunities for exploring and adventure. No matter your age or interests, South Texas has a park just for you. 1) Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park One of the top birding destinations in the nation, the 760-acre Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park promises a year-round nature adventure. With an impressive list of 340 species recorded within the boundaries of the park, birding enthusiasts have long flocked here. Birds are especially abundant during the migration in the spring and the fall when thousands…

Catching Up with Texas Baseball Teams at the 2014 All-Star Break

Catching Up with Texas Baseball Teams at the 2014 All-Star Break

With the 2014 All-Star Game occurring tonight at Target Field in Minneapolis, MN, today marks the halfway point of the 2014 Major League Baseball season. Thus, we thought this would be a great time to recap what’s happened with Texas baseball teams in 2014. Unfortunately, there’s no sugar-coating the facts: it’s been a tough 2014 for Texas baseball teams at the major league level. Up in Arlington, the Texas Rangers have been decimated by injuries this year, in both the lineup and pitching staff. The team currently holds the worst record in the game at 38-57 (.400), standing 21 games…

Reviewing 5 Top Parks in East Texas

The Children

Texas abounds with vast amounts of parks for families to enjoy throughout the year. In this series, we’re going to look at some of the best parks the Lone Star State has to offer, from small local parks to sprawling state and national park facilities. Let’s get out and explore this great state of ours. First up: East Texas! 1) The Children’s Park of Tyler “There is no foot so small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world.” After the death of their middle child at birth, the Carson family helped create a place of both peace and…

Reviewing the 4 Top Waterparks in Texas

Reviewing the 4 Top Waterparks in Texas

Tired of trying to avoid the heat by staying indoors? Break up the monotony of heat induced boredom by spending it at a waterpark. Here, we’re reviewing the 4 top waterparks in Texas! 1) Schlitterbahn Since first gracing the Texas Hill Country back in 1966, Schlitterbahn has grown into five different locations (including one outside of Texas in Kansas City, KN). This leading light of Texas waterparks has received numerous awards, including the New Braunfels location being honored as the country’s best overall waterpark and the  Galveston Island Waterpark as the best indoor park in 2013 (and for many years prior)…

4th of July Fireworks Celebrations in Texas

4th of July Fireworks Celebrations in Texas

Everything is bigger in Texas, especially when it comes to our 4th of July fireworks celebrations. In fact, there are some that are so big they’re even ranked among the nation’s top firework celebrations. Whether you live in El Paso, Houston, Brownsville or somewhere in between, there’s sure to be a big Independence Day fireworks celebration nearby to enjoy. Austin: It’s fun for the whole family at Austin’s main Independence Day celebration, the “38th Annual Austin Symphony H-E-B July 4th Concert & Fireworks.” Spend the day participating in a variety of fun, old-fashioned July 4th activities, including interactive games and contests…

3 Indoor Activities to Help Your Kids Avoid Texas Summer Heat

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I have a toddler. He is not a kid who sits still, entertaining himself with a few toys and a book. He is a whirlwind of movement, demands, and laughter, with many requests for Thomas the Tank Engine thrown in at any opportunity. The heat of the Texas summer is not kind to us.  He NEEDS time to run and be free, to hear the call of his people, to feel the wind in his hair and, let’s be honest here, I NEED him to have that activity for our own collective sanity. Here’s my problem: it is too hot…

3 Top Texas Vacation Destinations for Summer

3 Top Texas Vacation Destinations for Summer

Summer is here, and that means hot and humid days for Texans. Rather than spending the summer days stuck indoors, we suggest heading to one of the top destinations in Texas for some fun and excitement. Here are our top 3 recommended Texas vacation destinations for the summer. Enjoy! 1) South Padre Island – This is a great place to spend those hot Texas summer days. South Padre Island offers its visitors pretty beaches and water, a variety of water sports, exciting night life, restaurants, and more. In addition to the beach life, there is the famous Schlitterbahn Waterpark and…

4 Water Activities to Keep Cool on Hot Summer Days in Texas

4 Water Activities to Keep Cool on Hot Summer Days in Texas

Most kids I know want to spend most of their free time outside playing; however, the Lone Star State also presents some special concerns, because once temperatures climb into the higher 80′s and above, park time becomes infrequent. This summer, break up the mundane boredom of being cooped up inside a house on a hot day with these fun water activities. 1) Shaving Cream “Freezy Dough” [Disclaimer: Do not eat this product, as ingesting shaving cream is unhealthy. This craft is for sensory purposes only.] Many kids love to cook and bake at play kitchens. Why not take it a…

5 Texas Gifts for Father’s Day

5 Texas Gifts for Father’s Day

Fathers’ Day falls on Sunday, June 15th this year, and it’s the perfect time to show your love and appreciation for that special man in your life. If you still haven’t found the perfect gift for dear ol’ Dad, there is still time. Here are 5 ideas for Texas gifts ideas that will make your Father’s Day special. 1) NFL Football Tickets. One of the things Texans love most is football. And since football season is only a few months away, give the gift of football tickets to the football loving guy in your life. Click for tickets to a Houston Texans game or…