Memorial :: A Guide To Houston Neighborhoods

An Apartment building.
A store with a sign labeled Jardin de France.
A large park.
A restaurant with outdoor seating.
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Memorial is a very popular area, thanks to the major business district populated by the Energy Corridor and many energy corporations. This area is on the north side of I10, bounded by the Buffalo Bayou and the Barker Reservoir. This area has a rich variety of residential architecture and well-established trees. Memorial is a part of the city of Houston, which hosts tons of information on events and attractions here

Memorial has many great neighborhoods to consider, like Hedwig Shadows, Westwick, Chestwood, Nottingham, Heritage Oaks, and many more! is a great place to start to find out more about these neighborhoods and to find a house.

Why Moms Love it

Moms love Memorial because of the awesome neighborhoods and schools! It is also a quick drive down I10 or the Beltway to get to any downtown destination. Its close proximity to great parks and shopping are also important for our local moms. Memorial City Mall is centralized around shopping, great hospitals, amazing restaurants, and affordable housing. 

Local Family Favorites :: {Playgrounds, sports, activities, parks}

At HMB, we love family-friendly activities. If it’s hot outside {because, it’s HOUSTON}, we recommend these indoor play places and these awesome splash padsWe also love taking care of ourselves. We have compiled a list of mommy-favorite fitness classes around town that can help you with self care.

  • Houston Public Libraries boast quite a few family friendly activities. Find your closest location here. Your kids will love the library and all of its FREE fun things to do. A few of us may even want to move into it! A lot of neighborhoods even boast Free Little Libraries that can help your kid keep their love of reading alive.  
  • Houston Arboretum & Nature Center– This is a favorite spot for many Houstonians. Check out over five miles of nature trails, with forest, pond, wetland, and meadow habitats. There are also specialty gardens that include a Hummingbird & Butterfly Island, Sensory Garden, and Wildlife Garden. They host many events monthly. 
  • Memorial City Mall– Enjoy the toddler indoor play area, Build-A-Bear, the indoor skating rink {open year round!}, and 145 other stores and services. They have an awesome Santa Claus around Christmas time!
  • The Little Gym Memorial– Indoor gymnastics place for toddler ages
  • iFly Houston- Indoor skydiving is a great date night idea!
  • Bowlmor Houston- Great date night bowling alley. They do have an arcade for kiddos who get bored of bowling.
  • We Rock the Spectrum is a sensory-safe indoor playgrounds, classes, and birthday parties for ALL kids! They “provide a place for children of all ability levels to play and grow together.” With their sensory friendly equipment and mindset, all children are welcome and safe to play.
  • Top Golf Houston– An awesome date night idea! We also love Top Golf’s Easter Celebration with Easter Bunny pictures and lots of family fun.
  • Terry Hershey Park– 500 acres of walking/running and bike trails. This park consistently makes our list of Bluebonnet sightings in March/April
  • Monkey Joes– indoor inflatables. Great for birthday parties!
  • Hedwig Park is right by Spring Branch Public Library and is a great park nestled in the heart of the Spring Branch area. With plenty of shaded trees, it’s a comfortable place, even in the heat of summer. There’s a fenced-in area for toddlers and great options for older siblings too! This park has made our list of the BEST Parks in Houston!

Childcare and Schools

We know finding great child care and schools is a daunting task.  There are hundreds of great day care options in this area, but finding the right one for your family takes work. This area is known for its high quality school system. Memorial is served by Spring Branch ISD and Katy ISD. There are also many charter schools across Houston, like YES Prep and Harmony Schools.

Perfect Date Night/Staycation

Mommy breaks like date nights, an occasional brunch, and staycations are an important part of self care. 

A few Memorial area restaurants are on our list of the 30 Most Family Friendly Houston Patios and our list of Family Friendly Restaurants around Houston. We even know the most kid friendly breweries in this area. Interested in bringing your own alcohol and saving a bit of money? Check out our list of BYOB restaurants around town! To top your evening off, check out one of the Top Ten Ice Cream Shops in Houston!

We feel comfortable “peacing-out” and leaving our kiddos in the trustworthy hands of Best Buds Babysitting, knowing they will be taken care of {especially after we pick up one of the best pizzas in the area for everyone to enjoy}. They are happy. We are happy. Everyone wins!

Learn More

It’s important that you find the best area that fits you! We know what it means to find the right neighborhood and neighbors that fit your family! For more information on Memorial in Houston, check out the Memorial section on There are tons of great resources about moving here, photos, and more helpful details on this area. We love Houston and love that we get to raise our families here. Check out why here.

Logo: is a full service brokerage and an easy to use online real estate resource that helps people find the perfect home as well as the ideal neighborhood. We believe that the neighborhood you live in is just as important as the home you live in. The people, places, schools and amenities that surround your home have an enormous impact on your quality of life. When you’re looking for a place to live, you aren’t just picking out a house. You are also deciding who your children will play with and who you might become friends with. So while many people search for their dream house, we believe you should look for your dream home. And your neighborhood is a huge part of that dream. 

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