I just love this time of year, seeing those gorgeous bluebonnets popping up all along the roadways makes our already beautiful state even more “purdy”. This time each year Texans search for the best little field of bluebonnets to plop their loved ones down for a few photo ops with our beautiful state’s flower. That’s why I decided to share a couple of great locations to find bluebonnets in Houston.
Houston is really flat, y’all. We don’t get to enjoy the picturesque hills filled with bluebonnets like our neighbors in the hill country. But, there are a couple of spots around town with mini inclines that help provide the illusion of that hill country feel.
If you live in north Houston, Spring or The Woodlands area The Montgomery County Memorial Library has a beautiful little field of bluebonnets right outside of their building at the Lone Star Circle Park.
Also in the Conroe area is a beautiful bluebonnet field off of Highway 105 near Ransom’s Steakhouse & Saloon next to Fernland Historical Park.
Rob Fleming Park located in the Creekside area of the Woodlands has a small field of bluebonnets each year. The only issue with this area is that it’s encompassed by ropes so it won’t be mowed, this makes it difficult to take pictures without catching the ropes in the background. Luckily our amazing photographer, Angela Renae Photography was able to edit all of those ropes out.
The above picture was taken at Herman Park, right across the street from the Hermann Park Golf Course.
If you are looking for more bluebonnet locations in the greater Houston area be sure to check out this awesome list by Mommypoppins.com.
There is SO MUCH that goes into planning a Walt Disney World vacation with toddlers! There are 4 major parks with endless amounts of entertainment and great restaurants at each one so it’s hard to know exactly where to start when you’re trying to plan a trip to “Mickey’s House” as my daughters like to call it. We decided to go ahead and take a family trip this past February since the girls are still in preschool and we thought the parks would be a little less crowded than during their peak seasons. Little did we know Disney is ALWAYS crowded year round, apparently school age kids go there at all times of the year so we did not beat the crowds but we did manage to have a great time at Disney World with toddlers.
We decided to commit one full day to each park and not bother with getting any park hopper passes. I think this strategy worked pretty well because it’s a lot of work to transport young kids anywhere so going to more than one park per day just seemed way too ambitious to us. Rating our experience of all 4 parks in order from the best to worst is as follows:
We absolutely loved our time at Magic Kingdom and Epcot! These parks definitely have the most rides and character experiences for toddler/preschool age children. There are things for toddlers to do at every park but we enjoyed our experience at Magic Kingdom and Epcot the best.
Favorite Attractions at Magic Kingdom
A few of our favorite rides at Magic Kingdom included:
Definitely get FastPasses for all of these rides if you can! Dumbo and the Magic Carpet rides are very similar so you really only need to FastPass one or the other. You can start booking your FastPasses up to 60 days in advance if you are staying onsite at a Disney resort or if you have a regular ticket you can book up to 30 days in advance. Our kids also enjoyed the Swiss Family Tree House, you do not need a FastPass for this and there was never much of a line or crowd when we walked by. They also loved Tom Sawyer Island which we did not need FastPasses for either. I will include lots of dining recommendations and character experiences for Magic Kingdom in a later post.
Favorite Attractions at Epcot
We were really surprised at how much we enjoyed Epcot, there are lots of attractions for toddlers and we had some of our best character dining experiences here.
Our favorite rides & attractions at Epcot:
Frozen Ever After is a slow moving indoor boat ride with no height requirement, I was amazed that I was even allowed to bring our 5 month old daughter on this one. They have lots of special effects that the girls really enjoyed!
My husband and I both loved Soarin’ Around the World but our kids were not tall enough to go on this one with us, they have to be at least 40 in for Soarin.’ My husband and I also really enjoyed The World Showcase at Epcot which is mainly a bunch of restaurants & bars featuring cultural food from countries worldwide.
Favorite Attractions at Hollywood Studios
Some of the best attractions for toddlers at Disney are the shows! At Hollywood Studios our favorite attractions were:
Beauty and The Beast – Live on Stage – the show only lasts about 30 minutes and there are lots of bright colored costumes, loud music and characters on stage to keep them fully entertained.
They surprisingly also liked seeing the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular show that included lots of explosions, fire, a gigantic rolling stone, and a car flip over.
We wanted to check out everything Toy Story Land has to offer but we ended up heading back to the room early for naps that day 🙂 I have heard it’s perfect for preschool aged kids too.
Favorite Attractions at Animal Kingdom
Overall we enjoyed our time at Animal Kingdom but it was not the best park for toddlers compared to the other 3 parks. At Animal Kingdom we did enjoy the following attractions:
I had so much fun over the weekend at TFTI Houston! My parents offered to babysit so I could finally have a MUCH needed mom break and my friend and I were looking for something fun to do for an hour or two before going to a Christmas party that night. We decided to check out Thanks For The Invite and I’m so glad we did! This was pretty much the ultimate Instagram-able pop-up shop and overall we loved our TFTI experience. There are several different rooms with lots of unique photo ops in each including a love themed room with lots of pretty faux roses everywhere and a large light up sign.
The upside down Christmas room was definitely my favorite. Everything in the room is upside down so when you stand in it and take your picture flipping the image upside down makes it look like you are hanging from the ceiling. This worked out perfectly because we were going to an ugly Christmas sweater party afterwards so I happened to have my sweater in my bag and threw it on for the picture.
There is also a cloud themed room with some pretty sweet origami, a neon sign, and a swing with lots of boomerang potential!
I loved this rainbow wall room that had lots of pillows and a feather blowing machine which made for some pretty hilarious videos!
I would definitely recommend checking out TFTI for a fun hour of entertainment. The cost is $30 per ticket. This is a pop-up photo experience so it will only be in the Houston area until the end of this month, December 30th so go while you can! They are open Thursday through Sunday. As mentioned I had a babysitter for my kids but I did see a lot of kids there which would be really cute to get some unique pictures with your kiddos. If you are from the Houston area you will probably remember going to the once popular DRINK Houston, TFTI is now in that same building so we had fun reminiscing about our wild and crazy DRINK Houston days…. from about 100 years ago 🙂