Houston ranks as a top relocation destination for families, according to Houston Business Journal. Chalk it up to job growth and a strong real estate market—Forbes says last year and nearly 50,000 Americans became Houston residents, the influx was mainly made up of young professionals, including moms, with a median age of 33.
If you find yourself in this group of family-focused newcomers, you can easily find friends for you and your kids and get involved—we’ve decoded the resources you’ll need as a new mom in Houston.
Raise active kids. Houston’s Parks & Recreation Department website is your source for scouting parks (over 37,832 acres of them), playgrounds, after-school care, recreational programs and more. If your young one has a sporty side, the department offers youth sports for kids ages 4 to 18. Soccer, tee ball, tennis and track are just a few of the courses listed. YMCA Houston is another hot spot for kid-friendly activities. Whether you’re looking for a day camp, holiday camp, martial arts, cheerleading, cooking or science camp, youth sports or dance classes—the local YMCA has you covered.
Meet more moms. Whether you’re still researching your move to Houston or have been here for a while, the national online network Café Mom is a place to pose local questions you may have—from “Does Houston have a baby food making service?” to “Where’s the perfect baby shower location?” It’s also an ideal site to meet other in-area moms—you may even be able to find a few friends in your own neighborhood. Finding Houston is another resource newbies. Founded by two Australian mothers who became Houstonians, the site includes a list of mom groups in the area.
Support yourself. If you’re a parent seeking support, Psychology Today offers a list of Houston support groups, from parents of children with ADHD which meets every Wednesday at lunchtime, to a three-hour parenting workshop with a horse as your partner. Peruse the list of local groups to see if any apply to you—it could be a great way to get support and meet like-minded moms in the process.
Explore Houston as a family. Plan your weekend activities with the help of Downtown Houston magazine–the publication lists Houston’s daily activities by the hour. There’s plenty to do in town on a budget, whether it’s story time at your local library, local farmers markets or a visit to Discovery Green. Before you plan any city outing, check out Visit Houston Texas for coupons—here you’ll find discounts to museums, historic tours, plays and local restaurants.
Feel great, look great. Post-baby, most moms want to get their pre-pregnancy shape and energy back. Thankfully, there’s a boot camp for that. Houston moms can join Baby Boot Camp, a stroller fitness program that helps moms get back to their pre-pregnancy fitness levels in a supportive environment. Choose from one of four Houston locations —west Houston, northwest Houston, Cypress and Katy. The best part? You can try out your first class for free and see what you think—unlike having a baby, this is minimal commitment.