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Favorite Houston Events for this Weekend (and Week): September 18-24, 2014

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Minute Maid from Discovery Green

Things to do in Houston today, and this weekend, with kids! September 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 2014

What are your plans for this week and weekend? Look below for the full list of things to do, in Houston, with kids! On Saturday, watch a … [Read More...]

Dr. Jemison in Action with Science Experiments

Expo INSPIRE! Inspire young children to accomplish extraordinary feats, for free, this weekend

  Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9:30am-4:00pm George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall B3 Free for kids/students and $5 for adults EXPO … [Read More...]

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Kids Love Tuesdays at Discovery Green… Now through October 28, 2014!

Toddler Tuesdays, presented by Amerigroup RealSolutions, is at Discovery Green through October 28, 2014.  Every Tuesday at 10:30am, parents and kids … [Read More...]

Faith Lutheran Labyrinth Bellaire

Labyrinth at Faith Lutheran – Visiting Houston’s Parks (& Labyrinths!), One Week at a Time

Address: Avenue B and Cedar Street in Bellaire This week's Houston park of the week isn't a playground park. It's not even a trail or tree climbing … [Read More...]

Pedal Cars at Dewberry Farm

What is your favorite fall farm activity? Where do you like to pick pumpkins, take hayrides & walk through corn mazes? You asked us!

The weather is cooling off, Fall is on it's way, and BigKidSmallCity readers are asking where to find some farm fun! I had a few ideas, but went to … [Read More...]

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What is your favorite fall farm activity? Where do you like to pick pumpkins, take hayrides & walk through corn mazes? You asked us!

Pedal Cars at Dewberry Farm
The weather is cooling off, Fall is on it’s way, and BigKidSmallCity readers are asking where to find some farm fun! I had a few ideas, but went to the panel or Houston’s best advisers for things to do in Houston with kids… the BigKidSmallCity community!

I asked, and this is what you told me what YOUR favorite things to do in Houston!  Click the links before you go for open dates, hours and prices!

  • Dewberry Farm (Brookshire)- Corn Maze, Pumpkins, Train Ride, Slide Mountain, Zip Lines, Pedal Cars and so much more!
  • Blessington Farm (Simonton)- Pumpkin Patch & Fall Harvest Festival
  • Old MacDonalds Farm (Humble) – Year round outdoor fun!
  • Oil Ranch (Hockley) – All activities are included with admission price… milk a cow, ride a horse, climb the hay bales and so much more.  Free pumpkins for kids.
  • Froberg Farms (Alvin) – Corn Maze and Hayride.  Follow with a trip to Bayou Wildlife Park!
  • P-6 Farms (Montgomery) – Pumpkin patch and fall festival.  Follow with a visit to the Brazos Valley MAiZE amd with a treat from the Blue Bell Ice Cream!
  • TGR Exotics (Spring) – 100 animals representing over 25 species.
  • Matt Family Orchard (Tomball) – Pumpkins, Hay Ride & Actives
  • Spring Creek Growers (Magnolia) – Watch for updates on the website.  Currently it says: “Due to construction delays, we are temporarily suspending our annual Pumpkin Patch this year in order to prepare for a fantastic 2014 Christmas season.”.
  • Berryland (Winnie) -
  • Old Time Christmas Time Farm (Spring) – Pumpkin Patch and Activities (Followed by Christmas tree cutting in the winter).
  • 7 Acrewood (Conroe) – Pumpkins, petting zoo, mini golf, pony rides and play town.
  • Caninos Market (Houston) – Pick out pumpkins and ghords and go inside to get veggies for the week.

Sushi King – Our Search for Houston’s Best Restaurants for Kids!

Sushi King Lobster Okinawa
Location: 3401 Kirby Dr, Houston 77098
Age Appropriate: All ages!
Price: $-$$

Hi, I’m Juliette! My husband, my 7-year-old and I love going out to eat and we are sharing our restaurant finds with you.

We realize we had not gone to a Japanese restaurant for quite a while and so we went to one of our favorite: Sushi King on Kirby Dr. Sushi is really popular and there are a lot of good places in Houston, however we feel good at Sushi King.

We are NOT sushi experts so we are quite overwhelmed whenever we look at a menu! The staff there has always been friendly and eager to help us without making us feel… inadequate!

Sushi King
The decor is beautifully sleek, modern and in cool hues. There is a bar on the right as you enter and then a very bright dining room with white linen tables and a sushi bar of course. You can sit along the bar or at one of their comfortable booths or tables. The patio is spacious and green with a beautiful fountain, and it is fenced, so perfect for little ones. They have a small private dining room if you are having a party. Their restrooms are as clean as expected and kid-friendly.

Sushi King Tempura Chicken from Kids Menu
Now, the menu!! It is very exhaustive and you have a lot of options to choose from. They have a coloring place mat for the children with a special menu: my son picked the tempura chicken and it came with fries and shredded lettuce. The tempura chicken was delicious and crunchy. He loves eating with chop sticks and we realized early on that going to an Asian restaurant meant that my husband and I could linger over our meal leisurely while our son ate his dinner one small, small bite at a time.

Sushi King Shaggy Dog
My husband ordered the Shaggy Dog with shrimp tempura. It was delicious just a bit spicy but the soft and crunchy taste was delightful. Our waitress told her her favorite one was the Fantasy so we tried it and it was a success! Our son is a little explorer when it comes to food so he tried all the sushi we had. His favorite was this one: it had crawfish, tuna and crab. And finally we had the Lobster Okinawa with mangoes and it was a delicious surprise as the sweet and salty tastes melted together perfectly.

Sushi King Robata
I chose the Robata with 3 skewers of chicken, shrimps and lamb. Everything was cooked perfectly and the taste was delightful. Every plate looked gorgeous and we looked at the sushi chef prepare little works of art we promised ourselves we will try later!

Sushi King Fantasy Sushi
The calm and beautiful atmosphere at Sushi King will enchant your family and the delicious food will make you all feeling happy as your mouth and eyes will both be satisfied!

See you next week for another culinary adventure!

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Where in Houston? Houston Weather Museum!

Houston Weather Museum
Yesterday I asked where in Houston this picture was taken. It’s from the Houston Weather Museum! Have you been to this small museum in the museum district?

Things to do in Houston today, and this weekend, with kids! September 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 2014

Minute Maid from Discovery Green
What are your plans for this week and weekend? Look below for the full list of things to do, in Houston, with kids!

On Saturday, watch a mini-submarine regatta at the Hermann Park reflection pool.  Afterwards, head to Discovery Green for the free Young Writers Workshop, and then in the evening, Flea by Night.  The monthly flea market is not a “kid’s event”, but it’s great for families to browse the booths, listen to music, grab dinner and people watch.

Also on Saturday, you can get half price admission to the Downtown Aquarium.  Print the buy-one-get-one-free admission coupon, for access to the aquarium, to all of the rides and to touch the stingrays.

On Tuesday, join me at Discovery Green for Toddler Tuesday.  This week the kids can be circus stars and walk a real tight rope!  Be sure to also stop by the BigKidSmallCity tent!

Look below for the full list of things to do.  Go HERE to get this list delivered to your inbox each week and HERE to get daily event updates on Facebook!  Looking for grown-up things to do? Check out 365 Things to Do in Houston!

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Expo INSPIRE! Inspire young children to accomplish extraordinary feats, for free, this weekend

Dr. Jemison in Action with Science Experiments
 

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9:30am-4:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall B3
Free for kids/students and $5 for adults

EXPO INSPIRE! is a one-of-a-kind interactive learning experience designed to inspire and encourage young children to accomplish extraordinary feats in the future of space exploration. Students will engage in a variety of hands-ons experiments and activities that captivate their imagination while also educating them about the wonders of space travel so that the students leave the expo with a new understanding for the breadth and width of space exploration, and its impact on the world as a whole.

EXPO INSPIRE! will consist of numerous hands-on, interactive activities with mathematicians, engineers, rocket scientists, biologists, and astronauts, such as:

— Live Stage for Science Talks, NASA Demonstrations, and Musical Performances
— Inflatable Planetarium
— Scholastic Book Fair
— Weather Station
— Food in Exploration
— Science Experiments
— Sticky Icky (Polymer)
— Chromatography Experiments
— Art and Drawing Stations
— NASA Displays
— Starship Quest!

These hands-on experiments and activities are designed to capture student’s imagination and focus while seamlessly educating them on concepts from engineering, science, design, space, and social responsibility. EXPO INSPIRE! will be run concurrent with the 100 Year Starship 2014 Public Symposium and is FREE for children and students.

Quick & Easy Dinner Idea: Pork Pita Burgers with Spiced Yogurt Sauce!

Hi this is Pranika! It’s Mediterranean night! Our family usually likes falafel and pitas, but I wanted to try something different instead of the “same old, same old.” I ended up making pork burger patties that could be crumbled into the pitas.

Beans, Pita Bread, Tomato and Spinach
I bought ground pork because the ground chicken was out and the burger patties came out great. Condiments included the yogurt sauce, tomatoes, arugula/spinach mix, and sambal for the “I like it spicy” people.

Bean Salad for Pitas
On the side, I served a mixed vegetable cold salad with green beans, corn, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, peas, cannellini beans and homemade lemon/olive oil vinaigrette seasoned with salt and pepper. The frozen green beans and corn were steamed first, then cooled in cold water/strainer and combined with the other ingredients.

Dad and Daughter Enjoying Dinner
The meal was very fresh and flavorful, plus my Mom liked it too, which is always a nice compliment! Happy cooking and eating!

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Paul Carr Jogging Trail on Heights Boulevard – Visiting Houston’s Parks, One Week at a Time

James on Heights Blvd Path
Location:  Heights Boulevard, I10 to 20th Street

The Houston park of the week doesn’t have a playground.  It has a path, trees and lots of quirky art.  Grab your sneakers and jog stroller, and head out to Heights Boulevard!

Starting just north of I10, and running almost 2 miles to 20th Street, is the Paul Carr Jogging Trail in the middle of Heights Boulevard.  Park anywhere along Heights Boulevard, for free, and see what you might find on the trail.

Chairs on Heights Blvd Path
You can make this exercise for you, or just a little adventure for everyone. Whatever your speed, you will find a lot of fun along the trail.

Paper Airplane
Find the giant paper airplane, the big chairs, the emerging church, gazebos, benches, WWII monument and more.  You need to cross a street a few times on your trip, but there are stop signs and usually there is not too much traffic.  As an added bonus, there are grand Victorian houses up and down Heights Boulevard for you to gaze at on your adventure.

World War Memorial
There is a lot of shade, several water fountains and many little shops that would probably trade the use of a restroom for the purchase of a cup of coffee.  The trail is well used, but not usually crowded, and the cars on Heights Boulevard help to watch over the park.

Church
 So go for a little jog, take the kids on a little “hike”, or just drive around and around Heights Boulevard until the kids have seen all the art!

Dog
 

Heights Blvd Gazibo
 

Meet Jeremy Kennedy of Kennedy Artworks – Houston Dad & Photographer

At BigKidSmallCity, we believe the more we know about the people of Houston, the smaller our city feels. And who better to meet than a Houston dad that is helping you capture the feelings, the awesomeness, and the love that surrounds us?!

Jeremy Kennedy of Kennedy Artworks
Meet Jeremy Kennedy of Kennedy Artworks! In his own words, he tells us about his family, his business and what he loves about Houston!

My wife, Kristin, and I met at Baylor and you know how the story goes…we fell in love and married and will soon be celebrating our tenth anniversary. My wife is an excellent cook and makes a killer lasagna and amazing meatballs to name just a few.

Currently, we live in Katy and we are outnumbered in our house by our three girls and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Family is great. I am extremely blessed having a house full of women. In fact, our lovely dog, Ava, is the fifth lady in the house.

With a baby and toddlers, we spend a lot of our time going to parks, the zoo and the museum. There are also great farms in the Houston area too and we have a garden the girls help out with in our backyard.

We enjoy community and are active members in our church, St. Cecilia. I have helped out with their youth ministry for the past eight years.

One of our outlets are projects around the house that make life a little more simple and better organized. With a growing family, organization helps keep life fluid and not so crazy. You can’t get rid of all craziness because that won’t be much fun. Check out Kristin’s blog, MyBellaBug,  as she documents the various projects we tackle.

Kennedy Artworksfamily newborn K_A
 

How often have you looked back and wondered where did the time go? How quickly have your kids grown up or a favorite memory come to mind that seems like yesterday but was years ago?

Kennedy Artworks senior-K_A
 

Photography captures moments. It freezes them and expressions we tend to forget. When we look back on photographs, we remember the stories, the feelings, the awesomeness, and the love that surrounds us.

This is why I enjoy photography and focusing on families and engaged couples.

Kennedy Artworks toddler K_A
 

The experience with Kennedy Artworks is customized. I get to know my clients, help them choose the right location to take pictures, provide guidance on wardrobe, and share my knowledge how to best display their images in their home. There are a lot of products out there and I help clients choose what is best for them and their home. Having those memories out and on the wall is a great feeling as you live your daily life because they are like a billboard reminding you what is near and dear.

Let Kennedy Artworks photograph you today. Contact us to see how we can serve you.

Kennedy Artworks family K_A
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Favorite Houston Events for this Weekend (and Week): September 11-17, 2014

Listen to my favorite events for the weekend (and week) of September 11-17, 2014!  To help you navigate, below are the posts mentioned in the audio clip:

Why do I keep missing the Meet-Up opportunities? My kids really want to spray a fire hose! You asked us!

Fire Station 8 Brooke Fire Hose
This question has been asked A LOT recently and A LOT of people are asking for guaranteed Meet-Up spots.  I understand, because each time we venture out into Houston with our kids, we come home with wild imaginations, dinnertime conversation, ideas for our next adventure and an even greater appreciation for our city.  The trick is getting a spot on these Meet-Ups.

The Meet-Ups are designed so that instead of sitting and watching kids play, we are actively exploring with them. In addition to this, the venues we visit are something we can only experience in our great city. Because of this, the size of the Meet-Ups is always limited to what the venue can hold and what is enjoyable for the attendees supervising (chasing) young kids.

The Meet-Ups, as you know them today, will continue to be scheduled. That said, many requests have been made for an opportunity to get exclusive access to the Meet-Ups. Parents are very busy people and not always around at 7:01pm (for example) to sign up for the next tour.

For those people that are tired of missing out on the opportunities and want Meet-Ups added just for them, they can join the BKSC Members Club.  For details, go HERE.

Remember, the Meet-Ups will continue on for everyone. The Membership is for those that have requested to be added the exclusive Meet-Ups and not be required to jump on the sign up forms as soon as they are posted. Whether you sign up or not, I plan to see you at an event soon. If you do sign up, get ready for an insider’s view of Houston, without the pain of the sign up form!

The Chocolate Bar – Our Search for Houston’s Best Restaurants (& Bars?) for Kids!

Mud Pie The Chocolate Bar

Location: 2521 University Blvd, Houston, TX 77005
Age Appropriate: All ages!
Price: $-$$

Hi, I’m Juliette! My husband, my 7-year-old and I love going out to eat and we are sharing our restaurant finds with you.

Be ready for something different this week! If you recall, last Sunday was rainy, rainy and stormy! Well, we all felt like finding something to cheer us up and we decided to try The Chocolate Bar in Rice Village. It is hard to believe but we had never been!

The Chocolate Bar
It is on University Blvd and once you open the door, you might as well be entering Willie Wonka’s chocolate factory! Actually, the doors to the (clean) bathrooms are named after Charlie Bucket and Augustus Plop and Veronica Salt and Violet Beauregard!

There are colors, chocolates and candies everywhere you look! On the left side, they have comfortable booths and nice tables, plus a corner of the restaurant is reserved for candies from Candylicious. The right wall is lined up with chocolates: dark, milk and white in all shapes and designs. In the middle, you get to decide between extraordinary cakes, fun flavored ice creams or sweet chocolates. I know, the hardest part is what to choose!

The Chocolate Bar Kitchen
Before I tell you what we ordered, let me mention the coolest part of the restaurant: one open window lets you peek into their chocolate making room. There are fountains of white, milk and dark chocolates flowing up and down in an hypnotizing and mouthwatering way.

We watch chocolate experts make some cute little cats. This is the moment when we all became kids again, parents, grandparents, aunt, uncle…! How special is that? There is even an option there where you can special order chocolate bars with your favorite mix-ins.

Teddy Camp S'mores The Chocolate Bar
So, it took several turns around the display cases but we did decide! My son ordered ice cream: Teddy Camp S’mores, and what a surprise, he loved it! My husband ordered a Bayou City Mud Pie and I picked a Chocolate Pecan Pie Slice. You can order coffee or hot chocolate to go with it, or even just plain milk!

Pecan Pie The Chocolate Bar
We loved tasting each other’s sweets and linger at the table. We had family with us and we really enjoyed catching up and the kiddos just walked around learning the names of all the candies and what chocolate they would love to eat.

The Chocolate Bar is really a wonderful option for a fun treat or celebration. You know your children will love it and you will get to feel like a child for an hour or so!

See you next week for another culinary adventure!

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NOW FULL – BigKidSmallCity Meet Up: HPD Mounted Patrol Stables – 10:00am or 12:00pm – October 3, 2014

Horse
We’ve seen the Houston Fire Stations… We’ve seen City Hall… Now we get to see the Houston Police Departments Mounted Patrol Stables!  Bring your carrots, apples and peppermints and join us as we talk to Houston’s Mounted Patrol Officers, feed the horses and learn about their jobs!

There will be 2 tours on Friday, October 3, 2014 at 10:00am and 12:00pm.  October 3 may be a school holiday for your big kids, so check the calendar and sign up if you want to attend!

Wear your horse barn trekking shoes and be ready to learn about the Houston Mounted Patrol!  The stables are at 5005 Little York Rd. Houston,Tx. 77016 (off of I59, NOT off of 290).

If you want to join us on October 3, 2014 at 10:00am or 12:00pm, you must:

1. There are TWO forms below.  Fill out ONE for either the 10:00am tour or the 12:00pm tour.  (When one tour is full, I will close the form.)
2. Be one of the first 25 to respond. Spaces are very limited and the last tours filled very quickly.  You will receive an email saying you have a spot or you are on the waiting list.
3. If you get a spot, bring your kids to the Houston Mounted Patrol Stables on October 3 at 10:00am OR 12:00pm. (5005 Little York Rd. Houston,Tx. 77016)
4.  The tour will be about 1 hour.
5.  The event is FREE. Feel free to bring carrots, apples or peppermints for the horses.  Apples need to be quartered (but seeds are fine).
6. Make every effort to attend. Since spaces are so limited, we want as many little police men and women to get a chance as possible. If you need to cancel, email me at Jill @ BigKidSmallCity.com right away.

UPDATE:  October 3, 10:00am Tour is NOW FULL.  To get an email announcing future Meet-Ups, go HERE.

UPDATE:  October 3, 12:00pm Tour is NOW FULL.  To get an email announcing future Meet-Ups, go HERE.

Where in Houston? Wings of the City at Discovery Green!

Wings
Yesterday I asked where in Houston this picture was taken. It’s of the Wings of the City exhibit at Discovery Green through February 8, 2015!

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