About Kid Fun Houston

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About KidFun

Kid Fun Houston is a resource for those who spend time with kids...parents, grandparents, babysitters, teachers, etc.!! The website offers a variety of information including things to do in Houston with kids, free places to go, birthday party ideas, fire station tour ideas, ideas for older kids, ideas for kids under one, restaurant ideas and tips, road trip ideas, shopping tips, etc. The website also shares holiday ideas, learning lessons, organizing tips, rainy day ideas, etc. You do not have to live in Houston or the surrounding areas to get ideas from this page. Kid Fun Houston is a great resource for free and discounted events around town. I plan events and promote events around the city. If you do not live in Houston, you can get lots of event ideas that you can do in your town such as touring a fire station, your local grocery store, your vet's office, your bank, your dry cleaner, a restaurant, etc. If you would like to receive Kid Fun ideas weekly, please join through the subscription box at the bottom of the page. Thank you for following and supporting Kid Fun Houston!

About Beth Applewhite

Beth and Brad Applewhite

My name is Beth Applewhite and I am a proud mother of two beautiful children. My husband and I met, married, and grew our family here in the wonderful city of Houston, TX. I always dreamed about becoming a mom, and I am definitely living my dream!!! I have loved kids for as long as I can remember. As a child, I would run to baby strollers and have always gravitated towards children. I started babysitting at the age of twelve, followed by years of teaching swim lessons and tutoring elementary school children. Kids have always been my passion. I have a Bachelors in Education and a Master in Administration. Before becoming a stay at home mom, I worked as a teacher, instructional coordinator, and assistant principal. I believe that I was always meant to work with kids, have kids, and positively impact the lives of children. I am organized by nature, detail oriented, and a meticulous planner. My patient husband helps me with the balance of being spontaneous and planning ahead of time. My friends and family would tell you that I’ve never met a stranger, and I love trying new things every day. My husband and I are excited to transform Kid Fun from a hobby into a business. I am passionate about Kid Fun, planning events for children, and working with businesses all over town. Please come over and introduce yourself if you see me at a Kid Fun Houston event or out and about around town. I would love to get to know you better! x Beth

How it Started

During my second pregnancy, I was on bed rest for over six months.  When my daughter was born, I was anxious to get out of the house.  My son was almost two, and I felt that I had a lot of lost time to make up for due to my time on bed rest.  My son was also at an age where I felt that he was learning new words every day, understanding more, and ready to experience new things. I would overhear my friends talking about a neat event that they attended, and I would often ask, “How did you know about that?”  I was an educator in Houston, and I thought that I was very connected to kid-friendly activities.  Little did I know, I was wrong. I started a secret facebook group called Kid Fun Houston.  I added my group of friends that had children of their own.  My hope was that my friends would share their ideas, tell me about cool events coming up, and invite me to come along.  In an attempt to get the group going, I started to do my own research. My research taught me that I was quite clueless about the overwhelming number of things there are to do to with kids in Houston.  I also realized that there wasn’t one “go to” place to find everything.  I shared the places, events, and ideas as I learned about them. The group slowly started to grow as my friends added their friends, they added their friends, and so on.  Before I knew it, I had about 700 members in the group.  In the beginning, I would invite my friends over or offer to meet somewhere.  Once the group started to grow, the focus changed.  My teacher mentality kicked in, and I realized that there are probably many other parents out there who just aren’t aware of everything in our large city.  I made the decision to open the group up to everyone. During the past year, the Kid Fun Houston group has grown tremendously.  In August 2014, the group had 1,000 members.  In January 2015, the group reached 5,000 members.  In April 2015, the group reached 10,000 members.  In June 2015, the group reached 15,000 members.  By August 2015, my goal is to reach 17,000 members. The group has really evolved over the past year.  I initially started the group to share ideas.  As time progressed, I became passionate about organizing events for the group.  Before Kid Fun Houston really took off, I enjoyed planning tours for my son at fire stations, police stations, the post office, our vet, the bank, etc.  At some point, I realized that others could benefit from all of the planning.  I decided to start planning events for the group. Kid Fun Houston offers a variety of events that are fun, learning opportunities for kids.  Many of the events are free or discounted.  I really enjoy seeing the smiles on families’ faces as they attend the events that I organize.  For those who aren’t able to attend my events, I know that they are getting the ideas so that they can plan outings on their own. As an educator, I know that it takes a community to raise a child.  My goal with Kid Fun Houston is to make it easy for parents to find fun, enriching activities for their children.

KidFun Mission

The mission of Kid Fun is to be a valuable resource to other families. Kid Fun is a great way to get ideas on places to go, ways to get discounts, educational ideas, and much more. Kid Fun is Houston’s best resource for providing events around town.