**For the 2014 Rodeo Post, go HERE!**
There is one more week of Rodeo! Take advantage of the kids being home for Spring Break, and make your way to Reliant (through March 18). There will certainly be crowds but it’s a big place and is big enough for everyone.
The kids and I went in the pouring rain last night to see the rodeo and Reba. Here are our tips…
1. Take METRORail. For Spring Break, the city of Houston has added extra parking lots near the train stations. Check it out HERE. METRORail is only $1.25 and free for kids under 5. This is a lot cheaper than parking at Reliant, and, my favorite part is, it drops you off right at the front door of Reliant. If you park, you will pay a lot of money and then have a long walk or shuttle ride to the gates.
2. Strollers are allowed in Reliant Stadium for the rodeo and concert. You can take the elevators or push your strollers up the ramps. It’s a bit of a work out, but easier than carrying a tired toddler. Once near your seat, there are stroller checks. Or, if there is room, you can wheel the stroller to the wheelchair section and watch from there. You can also take strollers in the livestock show and carnival area. If you ride the carnival rides, you will need to park your stroller outside the gate. (This always makes me nervous… but our stuff was untouched.)
4. The rodeo and concert are very loud. After 30 minutes, my big kids were ready to go see the livestock show.
5. The Verizon VIP tickets are probably worth the money. I usually buy the cheapest tickets available but last night a friend gave me tickets in the Verizon VIP area. The price said $36 each. The advantage is that outside of the stadium seating is a giant lounge with couches, food stands, bars and seats right next to the glass. The show was just too loud for baby, but we were able to sit outside the concert and watch it from behind the glass.
7. We found a few kid rides for 4 tickets, but most are 6. If you buy a book of tickets, it will go pretty fast.
8. Most rides require the kids to be 36 inches. For many of them, they will let the parent ride with the smaller child.
9. Check out all the FREE things to do! There is a lot to at the rodeo, and it does not cost anything (except general admission). Kids can check out the animals in the Livestock Show and the great kids area. Outside the petting zoo is free (but there is a charge if you want to buy food for the animals). Fun on the Farm is also a great place. Here the kids “work” on the farm and feed the chickens and pick the vegetables, sell the food at the farmers market and then get to use their money to buy a treat (like a rice crispy treat).
10. Get your drinks from Borden inside the Livestock Show. My kids remembered this from last year, and it was their special request. I didn’t mind, because I think the Borden booth, in the kids part of the Livestock Show, has the cheapest drinks in the entire rodeo. For $2.00, you can get a big milk or sweet tea and money goes a scholarship fund.