Things to Do in Beaumont, TX with Kids

Play a round of mini golf at Colorado Canyon, enjoy family game night at Crossroads Bowling Center or explore Beaumont's many parks & playgrounds. For the must-have family vacation photo, check out Beaumont's unique list of roadside attractions where you'll find plenty of Texas-sized family fun. 

Beaumont bowling and skating options make for a perfect family game night.

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Beaumont has an extensive system of parks and playgrounds for families to enjoy.

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Enjoy a round of miniature golf, experience the thrill of bumper boats, play arcade games & more.

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We understand that sometimes you just want to relax and take in a movie with the family. No worries, we have that covered too.

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You've heard the saying, "Everything is bigger in Texas." Here in Beaumont, we hold that to be true.

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Where to Take Kids Trick-or-Treating in Southeast Texas 2018

Halloween is just around the corner and considering I have yet to decided on the kid's costumes, I am less than prepared. While I love all things fall – cool air, pumpkins on & in everything, food galore – it also comes with a fair amount of stress. From finding the perfect costume to deciding where to take the kids trick-or-treating, it can get overwhelming when you remind…Continue Reading

Lamar Homecoming 2018

* Head out to the Lamar University Campus for Homecoming on September 21, 2018 for the Homecoming Bonfire and game day festivities on September 22, 2018. * Pep Rally and Bonfire 6:30 p.m. (9/21) Get your Red on an join Lamar University for the Pep Rally lighting of the Homecoming Bonfire at Spindletop Field and meet your winners and finalists for Homecoming Court! Cardinal FanFest…Continue Reading

The 4 Best Ways to Enjoy Beaumont Outdoors

Look no further than Beaumont to get a wide variety of chances to enjoy the outdoors. From botanical gardens to nature preserves, there is something for everyone who want to take advantage of all that the season has to offer. Check out these fun ways to enjoy Beaumont Outdoors this weekend:   1. Big Thicket National Preserve Known as the first Preserve to be established in the National Park…Continue Reading

7 Things To Do on a Rainy Day in Beaumont

Living or visiting in Southeast Texas, you know that the weather can change in a flash. Don’t let a rainy day put a damper on your plans! There are plenty of things you can do indoors to enjoy everything the great city of Beaumont has to offer. (This is also a great resource for things to do to escape the hot dog days of summer.) Bowling, Skating or Arcade Play What kid doesn’t like…Continue Reading

Celebrating July 4th in Beaumont

Red, White & Blue - and fireworks and music too! Celebrate America the good ole fashioned way with a parade, music, food and fireworks. Preparations are underway for The City of Beaumont’s Fourth of July Celebration and the annual community parade July Fourth morning. These family friendly events are free and fun! Calder Place 1929 Fourth of July Parade BISD Administration…Continue Reading

4 Ways to Spoil Your Mom on Mother's Day

Although we appreciate our mother's every day, on Mother's Day we get to celebrate them a little extra! Lucky for those of us who live in Beaumont, there are plenty of opportunities to make Mother's Day special. Whether brunch or terrific shopping opportunities, you do not have to go far to spend a fantastic day with your mom. 1. Brunch MCM Elegante For Mother’s Day,…Continue Reading

YMBL South Texas Fair Foodie Guide

Best Fair Food When it comes to fair food, there is nothing too extreme for your taste buds. In fact, the bolder, the better. Who needs fast rides with all these thrilling flavors? With the arrival of the YMBL South Texas State Fair, all diet restrictions go out the window. This is the one time a year that locals come out in droves for unique items such as deep-fried Oreos and grilled pork kabobs.…Continue Reading

Spring Event Round-Up

With the warm weather making its way into the area, there isn't a better time to be outdoors and enjoying festivals with family in Beaumont. Lucky for you, there are some exciting events coming up this spring that are guaranteed fun for everyone!   Easter Egg Hunt at the John Jay French House - March 31 Join the Beaumont Heritage Society for the fourth annual Easter Egg Hunt at…Continue Reading

Top 18 in 2018 - Things To Do in Beaumont, Texas

  Whether you’re heading straight for Beaumont, Texas, or passing through, the city has plenty to keep you busy. In fact, there’s so much to do, you might need to adjust your plans to stay a little longer.  Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, an art lover , a history buff, a shopaholic or a foodie, you’ll find plenty of reasons to make Beaumont your destination of…Continue Reading

Charles Duit and Debbie Bando - Duit Named as 2018 Honorees for 35th Annual Taste of the Triangle

The Sabine Area Restaurant Association has named Charles Duit and Debbie Bando-Duit as its 2018 honorees for 35th Taste of the Triangle, Feb. 13 at the Beaumont Civic Center. The annual fundraiser showcases the diverse cuisines of Southeast Texas and benefits local charities as well as support students in the hospitality and food service industry. In what has become a Fat Tuesday tradition in…Continue Reading

Things To Do Checklist: Southeast Texas Edition

  1. Fire Museum of Texas Looking for a unique picture opportunity? Visit the Fire Museum of Texas and take a picture with the giant fire hydrant and learn about the local history of the Fire Department and stories of the different trucks and supplies used over the years. 2.  Cattail Marsh and Beaumont Botanical Gardens Head out to Tyrrell Park to enjoy the sights of the birds…Continue Reading

2018: The Year of the Bird

2018 brings a big year for birds and those who appreciate them. Especially since it is the Year of the Bird, marking the 100-year anniversary of the passing of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, protecting migratory birds from any harm, transport or sell. Why is this important you may ask? Southeast Texas is home to two major migratory flyways, harboring high bird counts throughout the area. Our…Continue Reading

Holiday Recipes

There has been no busier year than 2017. Sometimes it seems like 24-hours doesn’t leave enough time in the day for work, errands, and quality time with the ones you love. Interestingly, when it comes to feeding you family, most baked goods and dinner items you see these days often come from local grocery stores or neighborhood restaurants due in large part to time constraints and pure…Continue Reading

Ready to (Turkey) Trot

This year, the Sea Rim Striders host the 27th Annual Turkey Trot 5K, 10K, Kids and Special Needs 1K on Thanksgiving Day. The proceeds will benefit the Beaumont Rainbow Room, an in-house emergency supply center located within the Jefferson County Department of Family Services. In order to help out this organization, people need to register , so the Convention and Visitors Bureau is going to fill…Continue Reading

Savor your Summer

YOLO (You Only Live Once) Savor the rest of your summer and indulge in a true Southeast Texan experience Whether you're looking for a last minute escape before school starts, or seeking a thrill that may venture into uncharted territory, Beaumont has plenty of options . While the days of summer have flown by and classes will soon be back in session, I encourage you to take the…Continue Reading

Make Some Waves: Swamp & River Tours in Southeast Texas

Rivers, bayous, marshes, the Gulf of Mexico, salt - and freshwater lakes. The communities of Southeast Texas grew up around water. Our area offers some of best fishing on the Gulf Coast with plenty of shore fishing, boat launches and fishing charters. You can also kayak the region's multiple paddling trails or venture offshore into the Gulf. But if you're looking for the best way to get up…Continue Reading

Gala of the Royal Horses Comes to Beaumont

Gala of the Royal Horses "Carousel of Dreams" comes to the Ford Park Entertainment Complex August 11, 2017. Buy tickets online through Ticketmaster here . Follow a young girl and her fairy godmother into an equine dreamland and experience the majesty, splendor, and amazement of the Gala of the Royal Horses as they've never been experienced before. Brought to you by…Continue Reading

Paw Patrol Live! Wags its Way Into Beaumont

X barks the spot in the new tour PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure” ! Ryder and his team of pirate pups will have all paws on deck at Ford Park Entertainment Complex , November 14th and 15th. Don’t miss your chance to hang out with Ryder and the gang as they patrol through Beaumont, TX for the first time! Show times are Tuesday, November 14 at 6:00 p.m. and…Continue Reading

Kids Eat Free (or Almost free) in Southeast Texas

Treat your kids to something free and tasty this summer! Going out to lunch or dinner with the family is always a special treat, but it can really add up. We’ve collected all of the places around town that offer “kids eat free” specials during the week. Bonus: we couldn’t pass up a few places that have kids meals for less than a dollar. Check out these free meal locations…Continue Reading

Coming Up: The Peddler Show & Great Outdoors Expo

Shopping for mom, outdoor goodies for dad and fun activities for the kids: it’s a summer weekend in Beaumont packed with action for everyone in the family. “His and Hers Weekend” at Ford Park is a combination of the popular Peddler Show summer market and the Southeast Texas Great Outdoors Expo, where couples and families can shop together and there is plenty planned for the kids…Continue Reading

10 Ways to Celebrate Summer in Beaumont's Great Outdoors

Whether you call Beaumont home or are planning your first visit to this Texas gem, summer here is a season you definitely don’t want to miss. The temperatures may be warming up, but Beaumont offers a variety of cool options for distraction, learning and exploration. From outdoor activities to roadside attractions to summer camps and more, adults and kids of all ages will find something to…Continue Reading

Coming Up: Bubble Days in Beaumont

Pull out bubbles around kids and everyone is happy and having fun, right? Kids love bubbles! That’s the motivation behind the popular “Bubble Days” in Beaumont. The free event is an effort by the Texas Energy Museum to get kids interested in science by using something kids can really get into! “What we are trying to do is to introduce kids to sciences,” said Executive…Continue Reading

Spring Soirée: McFaddin-Ward Community Picnic

Spring in Beaumont means getting outdoors and enjoying the beautiful weather. Bring your blanket and pack your favorite food for the annual McFaddin-Ward House Spring Picnic. It’s a popular event at the historic mansion that includes live music, games, food trucks and plenty of other family friendly entertainment. The best part..it’s free! “People from all walks of life are now…Continue Reading

Easter in Beaumont

It’s not Easter in Beaumont without an egg hunt or visit with the big bunny, but there are other ways you can celebrate the season. The Southeast Texas Faith Trail  recognizes the significant places of worship in our area. These are beautiful buildings with eye catching architecture and notable historical significance that you may drive past all the time without taking time to stop,…Continue Reading

5 Ways to Enjoy April in Beaumont

Spring is one of our favorite seasons in Beaumont (and for good reason)! Mild temperatures means two things: It's crawfish season and events are in full swing. From carnival rides and cowboys to art exhibitions and weekly trail runs, April is full of things to do with events the whole family will enjoy. Here are 5 ways to enjoy April in Beaumont, Texas. 1) Things to Do with Kids YMBL…Continue Reading

Big Thicket Spring 2017 Ranger-Led Programs

The staff of Big Thicket National Preserve invites everyone to explore the thicket by taking advantage the many ranger-led programs being offered in the months of March, April and May. From canoe trips on the Neches River to a black bear presentation and night hikes through the thicket, park ranger will offer a variety of free programs. Some programs require participants to pre-register, and…Continue Reading

What's Your Rodeo IQ?

Spring in Southeast Texas means the start of rodeo season! This year, the YMBL South Texas State Fair and Rodeo runs March 30 - April 9th, 2017 at Ford Park in Beaumont. From tickets to parking and all the events, we’ve got everything you need to know about this year’s fair! But first, let’s have some fun! It’s time to test your Rodeo IQ with a few random rodeo facts! Q.…Continue Reading

10 Ways to Enjoy March in Beaumont

From dancing and dining to carnival rides and Cowboys, March in Beaumont is packed with plenty of things to do! Whether your idea of a perfect time is enjoying art or relaxing with the family at an old fashioned movie experience, you don’t have to go far to find fun. We’ve got your Top 10 List of events and experiences for March 2017! Beaumonts Farmers Market Every Saturday 950 Langham…Continue Reading

Family Entertainment: What's New in Southeast Texas

It’s a question that plagues every family. “What are we going to do?!” There are several new family entertainment options in the Beaumont area and exciting updates to a few favorites! From an escape room adventure to an up close and personal experience with animals, we’ve got great ideas for entertainment in Beaumont and Southeast Texas! Cinemark Tinseltown: Luxury Loungers…Continue Reading

Big Tex Brings Big Changes to Gator Country

Gator Country’s most well-known resident, Big Tex, is getting ready for his first spring season at the sprawling ranch off Interstate 10 in Beaumont, Texas. And there will be a lot more new things to experience when you make a visit! You may remember, the nearly 1,000 pound gator gained worldwide attention last fall when he was rescued from the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge in…Continue Reading

Top 10 Things to Do in Beaumont this February

We want you to enjoy every single thing Beaumont, Texas has to offer. From festivals to movie nights and plenty of family friendly events, there is so much going on in our great city! Each month we aim to provide you with a packed list of “must do” events and experiences to try out. Check out February’s list of our top 10 things to do in Beaumont:  Events Boomtown Film and…Continue Reading

National Park Service Announces Fee-Free Days for 2017

Combine great scenery and history with great savings and visit the Big Thicket National Preserve for free during the 10 fee-free days in 2017.  The 10 entrance fee-free days for 2017 will be: January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day February 20: Presidents Day  April 15-16: National Park Week Weekend April 22-23: National Park Week Weekend August 25: National Park Service Birthday…Continue Reading

Harlem Globetrotters Return to Beaumont in 2017

The world famous Harlem Globetrotters , featuring some of the most electrifying athletes on the planet, will bring their spectacular show back to Beaumont in 2017 during their 91st Anniversary World Tour. Event Details: Harlem Globetrotters January 24, 2017 - 7:00 pm Ford Park Event Center 5115 Interstate 10 South Beaumont, TX 77705 Purchase tickets online through Ticketmaster here . New this…Continue Reading

Where to See Holiday Lights in Southeast Texas

One of my family’s favorite holiday traditions is to drive around town looking at holiday lights and decorations. We put on our PJ’s, pile in the car, crank up the Christmas music and head out! But where are the *best* places to see lights in the Beaumont area and beyond?  Here is a great list to get you started! Beaumont St Elizabeth Hospital 2830 Calder Ave Beaumont, Tx…Continue Reading

Beaumont's December Event Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! You better not pout or cry because December is the time of the year to get out and enjoy the holidays with your family! We have a complete list of 20+ holiday events and activities going on in Beaumont just this month. Share with your friends, mark your calendars and let us know about the fun you have!  Shopping Main Street Market Thursday,…Continue Reading

Top 7 Family Photo Locations in Beaumont

Family photos are something we love and something we sometimes dread. It’s not always easy to get everyone to cooperate, but getting that perfect picture is really something to treasure for years to come. It is even more special when you can take the photos in a place that really represents your family and where you live.  We talked with several photographers in the Beaumont area to…Continue Reading

Beaumont's November Event Guide

Fall in Southeast Texas is in full swing! Now that the weather is (sometimes) cooler it is time to get out and enjoy all the fun happenings going on in Beaumont. From chili dinners to football and happy hours galore, you don’t have to make a trip out of town to have a great time. We’ve got a great list packed with 15+ events going on in November in Beaumont, Texas! Family and Kids St.…Continue Reading

Classic Movie Nights: It's Showtime

It’s not very often that you get the chance to go back in time and enjoy something unique from long ago. At Classic Movie Nights at the Jefferson Theatre you can! The complete movie experience is a blast from the past for people in our area and it’s so popular there are now more chances for you to go. The historic theatre is back in business and booming with activity! “People…Continue Reading

Beaumont's Record-Setting Gator Has New Name

Beaumont is home to a new resident and this big guy is getting a lot of attention! A record breaking alligator is now living at Gator Country off of Interstate 10 in Beaumont, Texas. The catch is attracting national attention and thanks to people in the community, he NOW has a new name! “We are the only ones that take alligators out of the wild and give them a place to…Continue Reading

Beaumont's October Event Guide

From a popular haunted Halloween tour with family to Classic Movie Nights with friends, there are plenty of events going on in Beaumont this fall to keep you busy! We’ve got your complete guide to October 2016 including ideas for family fun, arts and entertainment, date night and even a few things that will get you moving! Don’t be afraid to eat a bug, try out yoga on the lawn or…Continue Reading

Lace Up to Save Lives at the 6th Annual Gift of Life Color Run

Thousands of Southeast Texans will converge on downtown Beaumont in bright splashes of neon color at the Gift of Life’s 6th Annual Julie Richardson Procter 5K Ribbon Run Color Rush which takes place on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. Register for the Color Rush here . Back by popular demand, the 5K Color Rush is a remarkable experience for the whole family with eco-friendly…Continue Reading

Haunted Beaumont

Halloween is almost here—and Beaumont does it right! As home to more than a handful of haunted places, Beaumont is the perfect place for Halloween visits to the dark side. From an old farmhouse, to dirt roads, to a local hotel, here is your guide to some of the spookiest places in Beaumont, Texas.  John Jay French Museum  One of the oldest homes in Beaumont is now the site of the…Continue Reading

Discover the Big Thicket During Ranger-led Programs this Fall

The staff of Big Thicket National Preserve invites everyone to explore the thicket by taking advantage the many ranger-led programs being offered in the months of September, October, November and December, 2016. From canoe trips to park clean-up events and night hikes through the thicket, park rangers are offering a variety of free programs this fall. Some programs require participants to…Continue Reading

Coming Up: 9th Annual Dogtober Fest

Blessings for your pet? A puppy kissing booth? Paw fortune readings? Four legs rule this Southeast Texas favorite event! The 9th annual DOGtober Fest in Beaumont plans to be bigger and better than ever before with fun happenings for kids, families and of course all of our furry friends! Event Details: 9th Annual Dogtober Fest October 8, 2016 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Julie Rogers Theatre (grounds) 765…Continue Reading

Coming Up: 3rd Annual Neches River Rally

The Big Thicket Association (BTA) will host the 3rd Annual Neches River Rally on Saturday, September 10 at the LNVA Saltwater Barrier boat launch on Bigner Road in Beaumont, Texas. Come enjoy this very unique paddling experience and help us celebrate the National Parks Centennial in the Big Thicket National Preserve.    Event Details 3rd Annual Neches River Rally September 10, 2016…Continue Reading

Paddling Southeast Texas

Grab your paddle and get ready to get on the water! Canoeing and kayaking are among the favorite outdoor activities in our area. Beaumont is surrounded by many bodies of water and makes for the perfect place for a beginner paddler or someone who has been around the lake a few times or two.  “Kayaking offers a very unique perspective here in Southeast Texas,” said Willie Nelson,…Continue Reading

NASA Exhibit "Exploring the Universe" on View Through August

Recent blockbuster movies including “Interstellar,” “Star Trek,” “Star Wars” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” show off a vast array of imaginary planets.   Audiences are fascinated by the unusual landscapes, strange weather and fantastic alien life. What would it be like to see two suns in the sky? What sort of animals would live on a water…Continue Reading

Small But Mighty: Beaumont Places Worth Stopping For

You don’t have to plan an extravagant day or spend a lot of money to make great memories with your family. Beaumont is home to several small but mighty places you can enjoy in a short amount of time. These hidden gems are around town and best of all, it’s all FREE! Babe Didrikson Zaharias Museum 1750 Interstate 10 E Beaumont, TX 77701 (409) 833-4622 Open: Monday - Saturday, 9:00…Continue Reading

Get Up Close at Gator Country

It’s hard to get kids to sit still for an educational lesson, but when the subject is alligators and they’re right at the front of the classroom, parents find their children wide-eyed and rapt with attention. These rare interactions are business as usual at Gator Country, just 20 minutes southwest of downtown Beaumont, where more than 300 alligators sprawl across the 15-acre property.…Continue Reading

Summer Bucket List: Events in Beaumont (2016)

Summer is here, which means it is time to have some fun! We’ve got your ultimate Summer Bucket List for events in Beaumont. From movie nights to summer camps the Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau has you covered when it comes to the “hot” things happening around town.  Kids / Family Library Story Time  Wednesdays, 10:30 am and 4:30 pm Theodore Johns Library 4255…Continue Reading