~ Splash Pads around Houston – Part 1!!

It’s only June mid, but man, has Houston been hot or what?! We want to take our kiddos out to play, but it’s so dang hot that playing at the park may not always be an option – enter the best of both worlds – Splash Pads!!

We often carry (sometimes I forget to – Oopzy!) a change of clothes and a towel along with us when we go to parks, because they might have a splash pad and we do not want to miss out on the opportunity for LilMissK to play!

I thought it would be a great idea to make a quick list of my favorite splash pads around Houston and share it with all you wonderful mommies out there! So here goes!!

Levy Park – This park has a super fun and creative vibe! This splash pad is great for children who don’t like surprises as the water sprays in more of a mist and a shower than a dumped bucket!! LOL! The playground itself offers so much “scope for the imagination”. We were just there a couple of Saturdays back for their Summer block party! Location: 3801 Eastside Street, Houston, Texas 77098

Houston Zoo (The Kathrine McGovern Water Play Park) – This could be a fun exercusion after a super sunny hot day around the zoo. We have’t tried this one yet, but from what I hear, this fun installment includes a bucket dump zone, a splashy dragon and other fun squirty features. The splash pad is included in the cost of zoo admission, but swim suits and swim diapers {if necessary} are required. They do sell some of those items on location, if you’re in a pinch, but plan ahead, coz those are expensive when sold at a gift shop!! Need to change? No problem! There are changing rooms available. The park is in operation from 10:00am to 6:00pm April through October. Location: The Houston Zoo {near the giraffes and the Wildlife Carousel}, 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, Texas 77030

Downtown Aquarium – Heading to the aquarium to ride the Ferris wheel or just need to cool off while you’re downtown? Bring along the kids’ swimsuits {or just let them have at it in their play clothes like a lot of kids you’ll see there} and they can cool off in the small splash pad located outside the aquarium. It’s free, and there are restrooms to change before you head inside, a win win if I do say so myself. This is yet another one on our list for the summer. Location: 410 Bagby St @ Memorial Dr., Houston, Texas 77002

Kemah Boardwalk – This one beats the heat in every which way and I love playing in it, now to introduce LilMissK to it, I can’t wait!! There is so much fun to be had at the Kemah Boardwalk, it’s never ending and the best is that there is something fun for all ages! Also, there’s no entry fee to walk the Boardwalk. Location: 215 Kipp Avenue, Kemah, Texas 77565

Here in Katy, the one closest to us, and most frequented by us (even on the weekdays sometimes) is the Mud 71 splash pad at Directors Park. Location: 21437 Clay Road.

I am working on putting together a list for Katy parks and splash pads more specifically, so stay tuned for that.

Tell me what’s your favorite splash pad around town?!

Until next time, stay cool…

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~ Top 10 Places on my 2019 Travel Wishlist!! And my top 5 picks for you…

HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

2019 is here and I am oh so excited! A new year brings with it new opportunities and new horizons to achieve, and this year won’t be any different. While I am still working on my New Years resolutions list, I do have a travel wishlist ready! Tells you about my priorities, right, LOL!!

Every year end the hubby and I talk about our travel wish list for the next year and work towards budgeting it. We choose some domestic (within the US) places and then some do-able places and then some “I really wish” places – which for now are just drooled upon but for cost and visa purposes along with travel time and other constrains are set on the back burner for the following year. Because we know those are “difficult to achieve” I wont be sharing these in this post, but if you want to know which are those places for us, lemme know in the comments section below and I’ll write a post about it.

Today, I am sharing our top 10, but in reality not all 10 will be done in 2019. Hence the name “travel wishlist”. So without further ado, in no particular order, here goes:

Our Top 10:

Home: India and Kuwait 🙂 No points for guessing this would be on our list.

Petra, Jordan: Coz it doesn’t require a whole lotta days to witness this beauty and is perfect to squeeze in if you are planning a visit to that side of the world.

Amarillo and surrounding area: Having lived in Texas for so long, we haven’t explored as much as we’d like to, so this year, we are hoping to change that and go about and explore/enjoy what the 2nd largest state in US has to offer!

– A relaxing getaway at a resort in Texas Hill Country: This one is always on my list, coz a relaxing getaway close to home sounds blissful to me, and having seen quite a bit of Texas Hill Country, we don’t feel compelled to be out and about exploring, instead can focus on relaxing!

Port Aransas / Corpus Christi: Coz trust me, not all Texas beaches suck!! Infact even Galveston has improved so much in the past few years! I’m working on a Galveston post and promise to have it your way well before spring break 🙂

Europe!! Somewhere, anywhere! LOL!! JUST TAKE US!

PCH: This won’t be doable though – thanks to the recent natural destruction on that side. Basically quite a bit got washed off, and though they have rebuilt quite a bit of it, it’s still work in progress. Hoping to go if this gets fixed.

Mount Rushmore: How cool would it be to celebrate July 4th here?!

New Mexico: Those White Sand Dunes are calling my name!!! Or maybe the Hot Air Balloon festival… Or maybe skiing in the Taos this winter?!

Some National Parks: We want to be more outdoorsy this spring/summer, so hoping to visit some national parks around Houston.

My top 5 picks for you guys would be:

Domestic within US:

– ~ West Coast: San Fran!!

~ National Parks: Yellow Stone National Park (YSNP)!!

– Utah for those magical National Parks it has to offer: Blog post coming soon.

– Miami: Blog post coming soon.

~ West Coast: South Lake Tahoe…

Around Houston:

~ Around Houston: Fredericksburg!!

~ Around Houston: South Padre Island…

~ Around Houston: San Antonio!!

– Waco: Blog post coming soon.

~ Around Houston: New Orleans!!

Outside of continental US:

~ The Perfect Vacation: San Juan, PR!

~ Cruise to Bahamas…

– Hawaii: ~ Maui, Hawaii…

– India and Dubai!!

~ Our 6 day Western Caribbean Cruise to Mexico!

And here are the other travel posts I have done till now, in case one of these tickle your fancy!

~ Oahu, Hawaii!!

~ The Big Island of Hawaii…

~ West Coast: Seattle!!

~ Colorado (Winter Special)…

~ Viva Las Vegas!!

~ Around Houston: Austin!!

~ Chicago!!

And here are some helpful travel related links:

~ Road Trip Ready!

~ Why Travel??

~ Carry-On Essentials when flying with a baby!

~ What’s in my Carry-on!!

~ Cruising Tips & Tricks!!

So, where are y’all planning to travel this year? I’d love to hear, please let me know in the comments section below. And I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed putting it together.

Until next time… Ciao!