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Favorite Houston Events for this Weekend: July 31, 2014

Listen to my favorite events for the weekend of July 31, 2014!  To help you navigate, below are the posts mentioned in the audio clip: Full List … [Read More...]

Train Tracks at Hermann Park

Things to do in Houston today, and this weekend, with kids! July 31, August 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 2014

It's August and time to get every single drop of fun out of summer break!  This is the list of things to do in Houston, with kids, for July 31-August … [Read More...]

MetroRail Train in Mid Main

Things to do in Houston today, and this weekend, with kids!  August 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 2014

This events post, for August 7-13, 2014, is going up early so you can plan on the best August ever!  For things to do July 31-August 6, go HERE.  For … [Read More...]

Downtown from Preston Street Bridge

Things to do in Houston today, and this weekend, with kids!  August 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 2014

School might be starting soon, but we are determined to get every ounce of fun out of Summer 2014.  This is the list of things to do in Houston, with … [Read More...]

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Favorite Houston Events for this Weekend: July 24, 2014

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Adair Kitchen Shrimp and Goat Cheese Salad

Adair Kitchen – Our Search for Houston’s Best Restaurants for Kids

Location: 5161 San Felipe St Houston TX 77056 Age Appropriate: All ages! Price: $-$$ Hi, I'm Juliette! My husband, my 6-year-old and I love going … [Read More...]

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Beyond the Beltway: Dairy Ashford Roller Rink

Address: 1820 S. Dairy Ashford, Houston, Texas 77077 When a friend told me she was going to the Toddler Skate session at the Dairy Ashford Roller … [Read More...]

Hermann Park Train in Trees Close

Skip the line… Get the seats your kids are clamoring for… All for free with a standard Hermann Park Membership.

On the second Saturday of each month, we march past all the antsy kids waiting for the Hermann Park train, show our membership card and ride for free. … [Read More...]

Brummerhop Park Fish Monkey Bars

Brummerhop Park – Visiting the Houston Area Parks, One Week at a Time!

Address:  2520 Repsdorph, Seabrook, TX 77586 When the kids and I were down in Seabrook on our Pelican Path Scavenger Hunt we stumbled upon … [Read More...]

Brooke at Gallery Furniture Playground

Where can we cool off this summer? What indoor play places, pools & splashpads do you recommend? You asked us!

A reader asked where to keep cool in Houston and I knew that the BigKidSmallCity community would have a lot of great ideas. I opened up the discussion … [Read More...]

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Where in Houston? Art League Houston!

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Yesterday I asked where in Houston this picture was taken. The umbrellas are in the trees behind Art League Houston!

Things to do in Houston today, and this weekend, with kids!  August 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 2014

MetroRail Train in Mid Main
This events post, for August 7-13, 2014, is going up early so you can plan on the best August ever!  For things to do July 31-August 6, go HERE.  For things to do August 14-20, 2014, go HERE.

On Thursday you can support Young Texans Against Cancer, just by eating, shopping and rocking on Mid-Main.  This is one of my favorite strips along the train tracks and includes Natachees, the sandbox and kids meals in old school metal lunch boxes.

The popular Pop Up Library returns to Hermann Park on Friday.  Kids can enjoy a story and activity and go home with a backpack full of goodies, including a free pass to the Houston Children’s Museum.

On Saturday, Hermann Park Members can ride the train all day for free.  The annual membership is $50/family and allows you to skip the train line, get the train seats your kids really want, and ride for free on every 2nds Saturday.  AND it supports one of my favorite parks!

Saturday is also the free Phenology Hike at the Houston Arboretum and the free Summer Fun Squad at Ervan Chew Park.  At park, you can run through the splashpad, play games and jump in the bounce house!

For some indoor, air conditioned fun, join me at the NRG Center (Reliant) for the Mommie & Me event all day on Saturday.  There will be activities for kids and parents and a BigKidSmallCity booth.  Be sure to come introduce yourself to me because I love meeting members of the community!

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!  For Summer 2014 Resources, go HERE!

Looking for grown-up things to do? Check out 365 Things to Do in Houston!

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Things to do in Houston today, and this weekend, with kids!  August 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 2014

Hard Rock Cafe from Preston Street Bridge
School might be starting soon, but we are determined to get every ounce of fun out of Summer 2014.  This is the list of things to do in Houston, with kids, for August 14-20.  For things to do July 31-August 6, go HERE.  For things to do August 7-13, 2014, go HERE.

Summer Fun Squad is still going strong on Saturdays at Ervin Chew Park.  Take your kids for some free bouncing, games and splashing.  Afterwards, head to Brazos Bookstore for the End of Summer Celebration!  There will be prizes, games and snacks!

Also on Saturday is one of my very favorite Houston events: Flea by Night at Discovery Green.  I love to browse through the booths of local vendors, to grab dinner from the food trucks, listen to music on the stage and people watch.  After seeing it all at the Flea Market, we stop by the splashpad, playground, or even take a horse and carriage ride. 

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!  For Summer 2014 Resources, go HERE!

 

Looking for grown-up things to do? Check out 365 Things to Do in Houston!

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Skip the line… Get the seats your kids are clamoring for… All for free with a standard Hermann Park Membership.

Hermann Park Train in Trees Close
On the second Saturday of each month, we march past all the antsy kids waiting for the Hermann Park train, show our membership card and ride for free.  We get to select our seats first and I never have to hear, “But we waaaaaanted THAT seat on the train.”, because we’ve already got it.

Many Houston families have a membership to the Houston Zoo, and maybe to the Children’s Museum or Museum of Natural Science…  Why not get a membership to Hermann Park and ride the train all year long?

A family membership is $50 and pays for itself in less than 2 months.  Membership includes:

  • 4 Free Train Tickets ($13.00 Value)
  • 1 Pedal Boat Ticket ($10 Value)
  • Free Monthly Train Rides ($156 for a family of 4.  Bigger savings for bigger families!)

This is a value of $179 and it doesn’t even capture the value of being able to skip to the front of the line and select the seats you want!  You get to ride for free once a month, and have this fast pass every singe busy day, including summer, holidays and weekends!

More membership benefits include:

  • Access to the Member Express Line for the train at Kinder Station
  • 10% off merchandise in the Conservancy Gift Shop
  • 10% off orders in Pinewood Cafe

AND your membership supports a fine Houston park.  Your $50 keeps the park running smoothly (and keeps it clean and fixes what’s broken and provides the perfect urban oasis for Houston).

I receive no compensation for promoting the memberships, but as you can tell, I’m quite passionate about it.

If you purchase a family membership to Hermann Park, I’ll give you a special gift.  At the August 6 Hermann Park Celebration,  BigKidSmallCity will give your kids a conductors hat and bandanna to wear around the party and take home!  Either purchase the membership online (and come find me at the event) or purchase it there.   (Picture is below!)

If you get your family membership at the August 6 event (or online), you will get to:

  • Skip the line ever busy day of the week (including during the busy $1.71 train ride day on August 6)
  • Come back on August 9 to ride all day for free!
  • Walk around with cute little conductors wearing this hat and bandanna!

Support our fine park and get your membership!

Hat and Bandanna

Quick & Easy Dinner Idea: “Build It Yourself” Mexican Bowls

Pranika is out this week and we are lucky to have the wonderful Rachel Teichman with a great dinner idea!  Rachel is a Houston mom, avid baker and owner of the The Scone Artist!

In her own words, Rachel tells us how to make “Build It Yourself” Mexican Bowls!

Toppings for Mexican Bowls
In my experience, I have found that kids love DIY food places. Whether it is sprinkling toppings on cool frozen yogurt, squeezing ketchup on a warm burger or picking out just the right fresh veggie combo at the salad bar, kids like to be in charge! It can actually be pretty simple to replicate these experiences at home. You can set up your own salad bar, yogurt parfait buffet or trail mix bar.

Mexican Taco Bowl Night
You can also make your own Mexican bowls! This makes a quick and easy dinner. It is easy to prepare all of the ingredients, and kids have fun customizing their own bowls. You may even have enough of these ingredients to make this meal right now! You can jazz up any of the ingredients with some lime juice, salt, garlic powder or cumin.

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Where in Houston?

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Where in Houston was this picture taken?

Meet Lisa Pounds of Green Plate Foods – Houston Mom spreading the message about clean ingredients & food as medicine!

At BigKidSmallCity, we believe the more we know about the people of Houston, the smaller our city feels. And who better to meet than Houston mom that is teaching consumers that healthy can be delicious?!

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Meet Lisa Pounds of Green Plate Foods!  In her own words, she tells us about her family, her business and what she likes about Houston.

My name is Lisa Pounds, and I am a single mom to an energetic, funny and outspoken (almost) 6-year-old daughter, who is starting Kindergarten in the fall.

I graduated from Lamar High School here in Houston, followed by UT Austin. After college, I headed to New York City, where I lived and worked for five years before returning home to Houston in 2006.

In 2010, I started Green Plate Kids, which has evolved and grown into today’s Green Plate Foods. I was dissatisfied with the unhealthy options I was finding in my daughter’s day-to-day life, and I knew there must be other health-conscious moms out there looking for better options for their active children.

At Green Plate Foods, we are passionate about making quality, nutritious foods that actually taste amazing, teaching consumers that healthy can be delicious! We go to great lengths to source natural, nutrient-rich ingredients, and are constantly trying new recipes and developing products that meet our customers’ needs.  Green Plate Foods is relentless in spreading the message about clean ingredients and the importance of knowing the effects of the things that you put in your body; food is preventative medicine. We keep bodies healthy and taste buds happy!

What started as a kitchen operation in my home has grown into the retail and foodservice space. Around Houston, Green Plate Foods items can be found in several hospitals, select My Fit Foods and Freshii locations, HEB and Whole Foods stores and a handful of boutique eateries like Pure Healthy Eatery, Local Foods and Dish Society. We have a presence in Whole Foods stores across Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana, as well as a luxury resort. We are also so excited to announce our new partnerships with Sysco and Labatt Food Service, which will bring us into schools, camps and other foodservice clients across Texas. We are always looking for new opportunities to share our story and products.

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I love the diversity in Houston. There are so many cultures and flavors, and no shortage of fun things to do. There is always a new restaurant to try, amazing museum exhibits to see, sporting events to cheer for and music festivals or concerts to go to.

My daughter and I are frequent visitors to the Natural History Museum and the Children’s Museum of Houston, we never get tired of them, and as she gets older she develops new interests and finds different aspects of the museums interesting. We also LOVE going to the Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings to pick out fresh, colorful and beautiful fruits and veggies, listen to music and chat with the vendors. I started out selling my products at the Farmer’s Markets and it’s always a treat to catch up with the friends I made there.

It is so hard to choose just one favorite annual event! There are several great kid-friendly events that show off Houston’s culture and artistic side. We try to make it to the Art Car Parade every year, and love to go to Bayou City Art Festival in Memorial Park, we almost always bring home an interesting treasure! Another favorite is the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, where we love to watch the Mutton Bustin’!

Brummerhop Park – Visiting the Houston Area Parks, One Week at a Time!

Address:  2520 Repsdorph, Seabrook, TX 77586

When the kids and I were down in Seabrook on our Pelican Path Scavenger Hunt we stumbled upon Brummerhop Park. What a great find this was!

Brummerhop Park Fish Monkey Bars
The single play structure isn’t like any I’ve seen before. It has a lower side for younger kids and a higher side for older ones, but what makes it so unique is that the two sides are connected by a fish! As you walk through the fish the plastic is actually molded to look like fish bones! The kids quickly figured out that there are “secret” monkey bars on the underside of the fish too.

Brummerhop Park Rock Wall
A challenging rock wall is another way to get up to the top, and the kids were delighted to find that the top platform looks like the interior of a treehouse. The first time my son went up he yelled down “Mom, there is a built-in seat up here just for me!” I’m not really sure why he was excited to be sitting down after spending 45 minutes or so in the car, but he certainly liked it!

Brummerhop Park Tree House Seat
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Favorite Houston Events for this Weekend: July 24, 2014

Listen to my favorite events for the weekend of July 24, 2014!  To help you navigate, below are the posts mentioned in the audio clip:

Where can we cool off this summer? What indoor play places, pools & splashpads do you recommend? You asked us!

Brooke at Gallery Furniture Playground
A reader asked where to keep cool in Houston and I knew that the BigKidSmallCity community would have a lot of great ideas. I opened up the discussion and this is what YOU came up with!  Scan through the list, get some ideas for beating the boredom (and the heat) and tell me what else to add!

Parks/Spalshpads:

Play/Jump Places:

Museums/Zoo:

More Indoor Fun:

  • Dairy Ashford Skate Rink
  • Bowling – Even for toddlers (using ramps and gutters)
  • Tomball Train Depot – Tours on Saturdays and run through the fountain afterwards.
  • Astros Game – Tickets are reasonable and when it’s over 82 degrees, the roof is on and the stadium is air conditioned!

Storytimes/Activities:

Beyond the Beltway: Seabrook Pelican Path + Scavenger Hunt Print-able!

For this week’s Beyond the Beltway adventure, we went hunting for pelicans on the Seabrook Pelican Path! The Seabrook Pelicans remind me of Houston’s Art Cows; however, they are mostly located in a small geographic area. This makes them perfect for a scavenger hunt!

Le Jardineier the Seabrook Pelican
The morning of our hunt we jumped in the car with some water, snacks, a scavenger hunt list and a map of the pelicans’ location. The map was useful, but it is slightly out of date*. Although we didn’t try to find all of the pelicans, we did find that some have been moved since the map was created (see below for some of the changes).  Most were still in the same location!

Scuba Pelly the Scuba Diving Seabrook Pelican
As we drove through Seabrook on our (mostly!) pre-planned route, the kids had a great time searching for the pelicans and yelling out when they saw one. For the first several we actually pulled into a conveniently located parking lot and got out to inspect the pelican. After that though, we just got out for the extra special ones and otherwise the kids were content to look at them through the window. That was fine with me because it seemed like it was taking forever get back in the car and buckle seatbelts before heading to the next one!

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Common Bond – Our Search for Houston’s Best Restaurants for Kids!

Common Bond Art
Location: 1706 Westheimer Rd, Houston TX 77098
Age Appropriate: All ages!
Price: $-$$

Hi, I’m Juliette! My husband, my 6-year-old and I love going out to eat and we are sharing our restaurant finds with you.

I am so happy you enjoyed last week review of Little Matt’s and we thought hard about how to match it! We decided to treat our taste buds to some delicious pastries at Common Bond on Dunlavy and Westheimer.

Common Bond
Common Bond opened a few months ago and a friend of mine had me taste one of their baguettes and I knew it was a special place right away. Actually, I love everything about Common Bond, the sleek modern decor, the beautiful hats and denim aprons of the staff, the bright windows and obviously the mouth-watering Texas-size pastries!

Their macaroons are beautifully colored and are the perfect finish to a nice lunch. Even their to-go boxes are beautiful. They have small tables, a big one and lots of counter seats. Their bathroom is clean and in the same sleek design. They obviously put a lot of care into the decor and even more so in their food. This is world class pastry!

My son and I went there for lunch last week and had a great and delicious time. Their lunch menu is small but everyone can find something to their taste and they change every week. Please check their website for beautiful pictures and menus.

Common Bond Sriracha Chicken Wings
All the tables were taken, so we decided to sit along the coffee station and we are so happy we did! Steven was the coffee maker that day and we decided to call him “the artist” as he created designs with the cream on the coffees or lattes. Steven was very entertaining and friendly, he even brought a mini hot chocolate for my son.

Common Bond chicken mousse tartine
Our lunch was then brought to us: we had the chicken mousse tartine and the sriracha chicken wings on a bed of greens. My son loves the cornichons (french pickles) and the bread. My chicken wings were delicious, quite spicy but the blue cheese dressing tamed the spiciness of the sauce. It felt unique and well-thought out, the proportions were nice. Everything feels fresh and of the highest quality.

Common Bond Chocolate Macaroon and Brioche
We enjoyed our entrees but could not wait for our desserts! My son enjoyed his chocolate macaroon, so much so that I didn’t even get a bite and we shared the brioche that matched perfectly with my vanilla latte and my son’s hot chocolate! What a feast for our mouth and our eyes!

Everyone will find something to make them happy at Common Bond, I am definitively adding it to my list of great lunch places and as a regular pastry shop! Try it and your taste buds will thank you!

See you next week for another culinary adventure!

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NOW FULL – BigKidSmallCity & Houston Mother’s Blog Meet Up: Horse & Buggy, Monkeys & Popcorn, Birds & Shoulders, Crafts & More – August 5, 2014 – 10:00am – At Gallery Furniture

Mack, Jill and Sara
**UPDATE: NOW FULL.  To get an email announcing future Meet-Ups, go HERE.***

 

Our last meet up at Gallery Furniture was WILDLY popular and we have the great opportunity to do it again!  

Would your kids like a horse and buggy ride, an up close introduction to monkeys and exotic birds, and to have unlimited lunch, cookies and ice cream?  Gallery Furniture is hosting this giant Meet-Up for the BigKidSmallCity & HoustonMothersBlog communities.  AND IT’S FREE!

Grab your kids and meet us at Mattress Mack’s I45 Gallery Furniture location, at 6006 North Fwy, Houston, TX 77076, on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 10:00am.  Families with a confirmed spot will get to:

1.  Meet the famous Gallery Furniture monkeys and their keeper!
2.  Meet the many exotic birds and their keeper!
3.  Ride in an Amish buggy behind Franze the horse!
4.  Play on the giant indoor playground with a mini-rock wall, twisting tubes and slides for racing!
5.  Get their hands dirty at the craft station!
6.  Show us their best pose at the Gallery Furniture Selfie Wall!
7.  Eat as much lunch, ice cream and cookies as their parents allow!
8.  Meet the man they’ve seen on TV and heard on the radio: Mattress Mack!

I am so excited for this meet up! Not only is it unique, air conditioned and full of fun, but we get to take over the giant Gallery Furniture store, for FREE! If you want to join us on August 5, 2014 at 10:00am, you must:

1. Fill out the form below. (Or HERE.)
2. Be one of the first 100 to respond. Spaces are limited! 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 Gallery Furniture on Tuesday, August 5, 2014, at 10:00am. Gallery Furniture is at 6006 North Fwy, Houston, TX 77076.   The event is FREE.
4. Make every effort to attend. Since spaces are limited and we want as many kids to get a chance as possible. If you need to cancel, email me at Jill @ BigKidSmallCity.com.

Where in Houston? San Jacinto Monument!

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Yesterday I asked where in Houston this picture was taken. It’s from the San Jacinto Monument!
 

San Jacinto Monument

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