The Sporting Life

Julie Pippert - Houston
October 2, 2012

Kids love to play sports, and they’re great for kids. Soccer and baseball are popular in Houston, and it’s as fun for kids to watch pros play as play sports themselves. There are the big and obvious sports, and then there are some you may not think of but that are very family friendly. Here are the very best spots for kids to be active or watch the pros play. Remember to check for special family events, promotions, prices and discounts, too!

Kids Play

IndoorsA Bunch of Fun. Houstonians probably wish this was on every corner! It’s an indoor playground with a learning center, complete playhouse, slides and a sandbox. Plus it has a snack bar and best of all, TV and wi-fi for parents. There’s special enrichment classes, open play, and special events so check the calendar. Super cute web site too! Good deal for the lucky Katy and northwest residents! 

All-around activitiesYour local YMCA. Lucky southside residents can access the Edgar A Smith Family YMCA with swim lessons from standard to synchronized swimming, dance, gymnastics, martial arts, and every sport you can imagine: soccer, football, baseball, roller hockey, basketball, t-ball, softball, and volleyball. 

Unusual fun and kids’ night outLegends Sports Complex. Woodlands friends can take advantage of kids’ night out with glow in the dark sports at Legends Sports Complex. It also offers Lil Kickers, which is soccer fun startin gat 18 months! Kids can enjoy typical sports and also special events such as “water war” and other fun activities.

Pros Play (beyond the obvious)

Houston Motorsports Park: Kids can watch cars go fast or see talented drivers do tricks. It’s designed for family fun and if your child likes cars and things that go, this is a great activity. There are several different types of car races and drag races, too. 

Houston College Football: College football can be as exciting (if not more so) than professional, and, the tickets are usually more reasonable. It also has a festive air and is a chance to get familiar with local colleges (or support your alma mater!). Your family might like to aim for a game between two Houston teams, such as the game between University of Houston and Rice (end of September). 

Houston Aeros: Leap out of the standard Texas sports box and enjoy and exciting game of hockey! They offer a lot of special, community events, including a kid’s game where kids can watch kids play (or participate). If you happen to be a pinner on Pinterest, join in with Aeros and you might win some gear for your family to wear to watch the games! 

Rodeo: Houstonians know the famous Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo well, but local town offers smaller but still exciting rodeos too. They also often offer special kid fun, such as small carnivals. Many local rodeos, such as the truly great Pasadena Rodeo, happen in the fall. Pasadena’s is end of September so check your town for one. 

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