A Fun & Adventurous Staycation For The Kids At The Woodlands Resort

The Woodlands Resort at duskTimes are tough but the kids (and you adults) still need an adventure, so why not go on a fun, adventurous, and action packed staycation. A staycation is defined as a "vacation that is spent at home or close to home." Thanks to the economy, high gas prices, and a strong desire to save some money, staycations have become very popular and as much fun for a lot less money than a trip to Disney World. Kids and adults will love an action packed weekend away from, but close to home. Promise a staycation as a reward for good behavior, a way to get some extra chores done, or for good grades, or an escape from the house for you and your spouse.

One of the keys to making it an exciting staycation is planning - do some research before you leave, build a grid loaded with activities and events for each day, and then stick to it. Otherwise, you may find the kids watching TV, playing electronic games, or moping around the room saying "let's do something." With a little research, you can find lots of free or relatively inexpensive things to see and do during your staycation. Below is our recommendation for a fun and adventurous staycation at The Woodlands Resort just north of Houston.

The Woodlands Resort

sits on 350 acres of natural forest with over 200 different species of trees and the Resort has done a fantastic job of weaving the facilities into the natural setting. Hopefully, you won't stay in your room much but when you're there you'll find standard hotel type rooms or executive suites that are comfortable and have everything that you would expect to find in a Resort style room - large screen TV (don't turn it on, get outside!), internet, coffee maker, bath and shower, kitchenette, patios, and enough room for four. Kids will enjoy the rooms at Fairway Pines which are standard rooms surrounding the Forest Oasis Waterscape - in fact, get a room on the first floor that has a patio 30 feet from the pool.


In addition to nice rooms, The Woodlands Resort has a restaurant serving three tasty meals a day - with buffets for each meal and an outdoor patio that overlooks a lake with a huge water fountain. The Resort is clean, well maintained and manicured, very kid friendly, and the service is fast, friendly, and efficient. And they have a variety of packages and promotions, one of which is the Family of Four Fun Package some of which includes: deluxe accommodations, full breakfast daily for four in The Woodlands Dining Room, half day bicycle rental for 4, family welcome cookie, unlimited access to sauna, steam room, whirlpool, fitness center and Forest Oasis Waterscape. Read our review of The Woodlands Resort to learn more. We are not staying at The Woodlands to eat or stay in our room, we're here for the activities and adventures both at the resort and nearby.

The Woodlands Resort Activities & Events

So, here we go with a list of lots of fun things to see and do during your staycation at The Woodlands Resort - fill your grid with events before you arrive and get the kids involved in the planning to get them excited. Start by checking with the front desk to find what activities are planning during your visit - throughout the year and specifically during the summer, spring break, or the holidays, The Woodlands Resort sponsors a number of kids activities ranging from breakfast with Santa to live music, face painting, balloon art, clowns, poolside games, s'mores and dive-in movies. Check out the Woodlands Website to find what's happening during your visit.

Entertainment for kidsFacepainting at The WoodlandsLive music

You will definitely need to build in some time at the The Forest Oasis Waterscape which has with 3 pools, a zero grade entry recreation pool and toddler pool, hot tub, splash pad, two story double helix water slide, pool side cafe (with frozen specialty drinks for you!), water volleyball and an in the water basketball hoop. During the summer the kids will love floating in the pool and watching the dive-in movie.

Watching movies in the PoolForest Oasis WaterscapeBasketball at the pool

Here are some other activities to add to your activity grid:

  • for golfers, adjacent to the lobby are two excellent private courses (read our review of The Oaks and Panther Trial) that you can play as a guest of The Woodlands Resort or take the kids to the range or putting green for some practice
  • bring a tennis racquet or rent one for a couple sets of tennis or some lessons on one of the 21 tennis courts
  • if you didn't bring your bikes you can rent one at The Resort and ride (or walk) the 145 miles of trails in and around The Resort - they are all flat to very gently rolling and good for kids of all ages and The Woodlands boasts over 100 parks and several lakes to ride around including the more than 200-acre Lake Woodlands
  • let the little kids play in the sandbox while you and the bigger kids play some tetherball or badminton with is just outside the Forest Oasis Waterscape
  • if you still need some exercise then head over to the fitness center or better yet, after all that exercise you may be in need of a pampering or muscle relaxing massage at The Woodlands Resort Spa

Biking in the WoodlandsPanther Trail Golf Hole

Fun Activities Close To The Woodlands Resort

If you still have room on your activity grid, you've got lots of choices for things to see and do that are within minutes of The Woodlands Resort, some of which include:

  • Visit The Woodlands Mall & Market Center - Shortly after dinner and maybe some s'mores and a dive-in movie at The Resort, the kids willSplashTown be ready for bed. If you've still got the energy, why not arrange for an in room babysitter and you and the spouse can drive, bike, or take the free shuttle to The Woodlands Mall to enjoy some time alone at a good restaurant or some fun nightlife. Or if you don't need to escape, take the kids to The Woodlands Mall for dinner, a movie at one of the 2 movie theaters, a special event, a run in the splash pad, a special treat at one of 460 shops, or for a scenic ride on water taxi or waterway trolley.
  • Bike or Kayak - we've enjoyed riding bikes around the canal with stops at some of the stores, restaurants, or nightclubs. You can also rent kayaks at the Mall for a fun paddle on the lower waterway and into Lake Woodlands.
  • Listen to Some Music - check out what's happening at the stunning Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion and maybe plan your trip around an event the kids would love
  • Go for a Hike or a Bike Ride - explore the George Mitchell Nature Preserve which is part of the Montgomery County Spring Creek Greenway with miles of trails through 12,000 acres of forest on both sides of Spring Creek
  • Get Soaked - just down the road is SplashTown that is loaded with thrilling rides for kids of all ages
  • Hit The Links - there are lots of great courses to play after you've played The Oaks and Panther Trail - here is a Woodlands Golf Map map to find some of the nearby courses and our reviews of some excellent courses
  • Enjoy The Lake - Lake Conroe is less than 30 minutes up the road and it has boat rentals, fishing guides, and more - use our Lake Conroe Map to find things to see and do
  • Take a Trip to Houston - Houston is loaded with lots of things kids and adults will love from aquariums to museums to zoos and this Houston area Staycation Website has several other ideas on staycations and things to do.

Water taxi at the WoodlandsCynthia Woods Mitchell PavillionKayaks at the WoodlandsHiking through the preserve

That should be enough to do on a staycation and the kids will love you forever, always be on their best behavior, get straight "As," do their chores without being told, and ride back home after the staycation tired and sound asleep. Have fun.

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