Kids sure do grow up fast! Fortunately, capturing all those priceless memories along the way is pretty easy these days thanks to digital cameras and cell phones with quality picture-taking technology. When they’re your kids, nearly every moment is picture-worthy, but when you’re looking for something special for a scrapbook or holiday card, check out the best places to take pictures of your kids in Houston. — Amber Hilton

The Houston Zoo

6200 Hermann Park Dr.
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 533-6500

Nearly every child loves animals, so your kids are sure to have smiles on their faces when visiting the Houston Zoo. What better place to grab some candid shots? Or, use the animal exhibits as a backdrop for a more planned shot. You might take pictures of your kids amongst the chimps and giraffes in the African Forest, in front of some sea creature at the Kipp Aquarium, or feeding some goats at the children’s petting zoo. Looking for something truly unique? Snap a shot of them intermingling with the prairie dog population; this interactive exhibit allows children to actually “pop-up” amongst the prairie dogs via protective plastic domes. Stop by the first Tuesday of the month from 2 p.m. to close for free admission. Regular admission: children under two, free; children ages two to 11, $8.00; adults ages 12-64, $12.00; seniors ages 65 and up, $6.50. Hours: March 14 through November 6, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; November 7 through March 12, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed on Christmas Day. Final admission is always one hour before closing time.

Dewberry Farm

7705 FM 362
Brookshire, TX 77423
(281) 934-3276

During the fall, the Dewberry Farm in the Houston suburb of Brookshire (just west of Katy) makes an ideal spot to snap some family photos. The kids will love the four-acre corn maze, and the 16-acre pumpkin patch will provide a great backdrop for some fall photos. If you want to get back to basics with some good old-fashioned country fun, this is the place to go, and you’ll walk away with some great memories. During the Christmas season, you can visit the tree farm and let the kids pick out the family Christmas tree. Depending on the season, there are plenty of other activities going on at Dewberry Farm, from hayrides, to pig races, to a 20-car corn train. As a working farm, there is always something going on here to keep the kids happy, and the beautiful countryside makes for some picture-perfect moments. Dates, hours and pricing vary; please see the Web site or call for more information.

The Children’s Museum of Houston

1500 Binz
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 522-1138

Another place designed specifically for little hearts and minds, the Children’s Museum is one of the best places to take pictures of your kids in Houston. Your children will be happy, engaged and entertained, which will make for some great candid photo ops. Also, there are colorful exhibits everywhere that make for great photo backdrops. Just be sure to take them to the Kid’s Caf・first – a well-fed child always has more patience for photo sessions. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Stop by Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for Free Family Nights.