Mardi Gras season encourages us to "laissez les bon temps rouler" or, simply put, "let the good times roll!" Unfortunately, work and study can easily consume our schedule with little to no time for adulting, much less fun. So, what's the answer? Protect time!

Protecting time for activities that keep connections alive and refuel you is necessary to your well-being. You can start today by revisiting old hobbies, like playing an instrument and charming snakes OR try something new.

A few suggestions:

Cidarcade Houston | $10 admission for unlimited play on 275+ arcade games

Cockrell Butterfly Center | The Cockrell Butterfly Center and Brown Hall of Entomology provide entertainment and education for the whole family. Walk through a living butterfly habitat, marvel at spectacular live and preserved specimens of some of the world’s largest and weirdest arthropods, and enjoy interactive games and quizzes.

Houston Zoo | Free admission days

Ice Skating | Discovery Green or Galleria

Momentum Indoor Climbing | With over five enormous walls and climb-over boulders in the gym, you are sure to never get bored in this gym. One part of the gym gets new routes every week, with the whole gym getting a turnover every month or two. Additionally, Momentum has excellent training facilities for cross-training, including a weight room and yoga. The gym also offers a moon board, hang bars, and pegs to improve your climbing skills.

PanIQ Escape Room | Your next great adventure is a lot closer than you think. PanIQ Escape Room Houston is located right between Midtown and the Museum District, making the perfect addition to your next group excursion. An escape room is a game where players are immersed in a unique setting with one hour to complete a mission by solving puzzles, searching for clues, breaking codes, and taking on a number of other challenging tasks. Sounds fun, right? This is what escape rooms are about!