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Any Day Above Ground Is a Good One at the Quirky National Museum of Funeral History

September 20, 2018 | By

For the past eight years, the treasury of exhibits about the cultural practices and traditions surrounding death has hosted a haunted maze during the month of October. The president and curator of the museum, Genevieve Keeney, says it takes great pains to make sure the event is a good time for all ages.

Dive Deep into the Water Cycle at the Laredo Water Museum

May 23, 2018 | By

What do I look like?” my 5-year-old daughter, Ana, asked when she emerged from her bedroom dressed in blue stretch pants and a sparkly violet T-shirt. I shrugged my shoulders, and she crinkled her brow in disapproval at her father’s lack of with-it-ness. “I’m a water droplet!” she proclaimed. “Now let’s go to the water museum.”

Take a Train Ride with Santa on Austin Steam Train’s North Pole Flyer

November 8, 2017 | By Cynthia J. Drake

North Pole Flyer
Austin Steam Train’s holiday-themed rides start Nov. 25 at the Cedar Park Depot, 401 E.

Pet and Feed Donkeys at Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue in San Angelo

October 15, 2017 | By Eric Moreno

Mark and Amy Meyers, the founders of Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue near San Angelo, have made it their mission to change perceptions about donkeys one person at a time.

Medina’s Great Hill Country Pumpkin Patch

September 18, 2017 | By Bob McCullough

As a young city slicker, I eagerly anticipated summer visits with my grandmother and other kinfolk in their tiny, two-gas-station town southwest of Fort Worth.

Cowboy up at Bandera’s Rancho Cortez

July 14, 2017 | By Cynthia J. Drake

Even the quality of light looks different here, I think, watching as my boys amble down from a rusty wagon, whooping and hollering among the horses, donkeys, and a lone pot-bellied pig at Rancho Cortez in Bandera.


March 20, 2017 | By Stephen Hunt

The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame in Arlington captures the enduring appeal of the sport so well that it could compel famous TV bowler Al Bundy to say “stee-rike!”

A New Zoo Review

November 13, 2016 | By Heather Brand

My 15-year old was skeptical when I told her we were going to see the Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo for New Year’s Eve.

Navigating the Past

August 1, 2016 | By Daniel Blue Tyx

The first words out of my son Byrdie’s mouth when I pick him up from school are usually, “Did you know that… ?”, followed in turn by the latest astonishing facts he’s discovered in kindergarten that day.

Hey Boo Boo!

July 18, 2016 | By Cynthia J. Drake

When I was a kid growing up in the Midwest, my family vacations were mainly of the s’mores-and-sleeping-bags variety.

Finding your thrill

May 11, 2016 | By Clayton Maxwell

I sat cross-legged in the sandy dirt at the foot of a blueberry bush at a pick-your-own farm called Blueberry Hill Farms in Edom.

Cabin Fever

January 11, 2016 | By Daniel Blue Tyx

“But won’t it be cold?” my in-laws asked, when I first proposed the idea of a February getaway to Garner State Park.

Immeasurable Fun

September 16, 2015 | By Cynthia J. Drake

Now that my son August is on the cusp of turning five years old, he’s stumbled upon the concept of “infinity” to express a world that is becoming larger and more awe-inspiring by the day.

DART Hopping

June 15, 2015 | By Dan Koller

If your kids are like mine, they’re fascinated by trains. Perhaps it’s the powerful sound of the horn at crossings, the rumble of locomotives chugging alongside the highway, or the magic of an unusual sight found mostly in cartoons, movies, and storybooks.

A Texas Bucket List

April 12, 2015 | By Michelle Burgess

In a few weeks, I’ll become a first-time grandmother when my daughter gives birth to a son, who will go by the name of Bowen.

Birds of a Feather

March 17, 2015 | By Daniel Blue Tyx

As soon as he sees the boardwalk, my four-year-old son Benjamin Byrd—“Byrdie” for short—takes off at a sprint, binoculars jiggling around his neck, while his sister Ana waddles behind him as fast as her two-year-old legs will carry her.

Round Top Holiday

November 17, 2014 | By Terri Schexnayder

My family of 12 was once referred to as “a small country.” Growing up in a four-bedroom house in Houston with six sisters, four brothers, and two parents fostered close ties among my siblings.

Boot Camping

October 13, 2014 | By Jennifer Babisak

I’ve explored many remote locales across Texas, so most people assume that I’m a seasoned camper.

Underground Wonderland

September 10, 2014 | By Helen Anders

As the smallest of the college students exploring a Hill Country cave on March 27, 1960, 19-year-old Orion Knox found himself elected to wriggle first into a previously unexplored crevice.

Gone Fishing

August 18, 2014 | By Terri Schexnayder

Casting my line into the water, I smiled to think I was no bigger than the little girl across from me when I last tried my hand at fishing.

Horse Sense

May 21, 2014 | By Clayton Maxwell

Old Gonzo doesn’t want to trot. At first we thought it was because he didn’t like walking behind Chili Bean, my daughter’s horse, who apparently is suffering mild gastrointestinal woes.

Bloomin’ Fun

February 24, 2014 | By Diane Geiser

My husband and I fell in love with the Dallas Arboretum through years of snapping photos of our four kids tucked among tulips and propped on pumpkins.

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