No matter where you live, it's important to teach kids about the history of the area and the native wildlife. Sometimes, it's just necessary to get out and have a good time. If you live in Humble, Texas, or plan to visit the area, there are plenty of things you can do with your children -- from visiting the local state parks and nature preserves to museums and public libraries.
Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens
The Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens is 300 acres of piney woods that sit along Cypress Creek. This living museum features a large collection of plants native to the area as well as cultivated plants. There are butterfly gardens to explore, birding areas to observe, and a playground for expending any extra energy. Fishing and canoeing are also allowed in Cypress Creek. Obtain a scavenger hunt guide from the Visitor Center, and follow the trail to help your child find everything on the list. After a long day of exploration, enjoy a picnic or light up a grill for a barbecue dinner.
Harris County Public Library
The Harris County Public Library System has three branches in Humble. The Atascocita Branch has programs for infants that include puppets, story time and songs. Toddler time features stories, fingerplays and crafts. There are reading programs for school-aged children and teenagers. The Baldwin Boettcher branch offers language lessons and a weekly family story time followed by a craft activity. Visit the Octavia Fields branch for computer lessons or a craft club for kids.
Old MacDonald's Farm
For an entertaining and educational experience, take the kids to Old MacDonald's Farm. (oldmacdonaldshumble.com) Petting zoo barns give kids a hands-on experience with cows, pigs, sheep and goats. There are also exotic animals such as llamas, emus, deer and a wallaby. Children are welcome to bring bread to feed the ducks. Additional activities include a playground, hay barn, train rides, pony rides and a seasonal pumpkin patch. Old MacDonald's is available for birthday parties and field trips as well.
Lindsey Lyons Park and Sports Complex
The Lindsey Lyons Park and Sports Complex has 10 lighted baseball fields and four softball fields. The 136-acre park is also equipped with soccer fields, two playgrounds, pavilions and barbecue grills. Restroom and picnic facilities are available. Additional amenities include a paved walking trail that circles the playground and a sensory garden for sight-impaired children.
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