Things to do in Houston today, and this weekend, with kids! March 30, 31, April 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 2017

Bluebonnets in Texas Medical Center
Make plans for a great week and weekend in Houston with kids!

Head to Hands On Houston: Un-Be-Weavable! at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft to make your own  hand-woven bookmarks.  This monthly event is free… just stop by!

Get Naturally Wild with Botanical Dyeing at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center.  Use items found in nature to dye eggs and more botanical prints.

Take the family to Ramona Quimby at Main Street Theater or to Charlottes Web at– A.D. Players!  Or just go find Bluebonnets!

If you have a new baby or are expecting one soon, go to the Houston Baby and Kid Show to learn all about the latest baby trends for baby and child gear, the latest technology for all things baby and child, meet the experts behind the most popular baby and child brands, enjoy seminars from Houston’s top parenting experts and doctors.

Next week, Toddler Tuesdays at Discovery Green starts again!  Kick off the season with DIA @ Discovery Green… kids can visit Jamaica, England and Mexico without leaving Discovery Green, as we read, sing, and play our way around the world.

For the full list of things to do, look below.

Also, 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! 

Things to Do Any Day:
Explore Houston like an Insider
Plan ahead for things to do through May!
Find Bluebonnets!
Visit a new Houston Park
Find Kid Friendly Restaurants in Houston

Thursday, March 30, 2017:
Free Museum Entry
Children’s Museum of Houston FREE 5:00pm-8:00pm
The Health Museum FREE 2:00pm-7:00pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science FREE 3:00pm-5:00pm
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston FREE 10:00am-9:00pm
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.
Charlottes Web – 10:30am – A.D. Players
Footloose, The Musical – 8:00pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Friday, March 31, 2017:
Farm Funland & Strawberry Picking – 9:00am-3:00pm – Blessington Farms
Charlottes Web – 10:30am – A.D. Players
Circo Avenida – 7:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green/George R. Brown
Footloose, The Musical – 8:00pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Saturday, April 1, 2017:
[Click HERE… for things to do Saturday through Wednesday]


Top 7 Things to Do this Week & Weekend, in Houston, with Kids – March 27-April 2, 2017

Have a great week in Houston, with kids!

Each week, we publish the list of things to do for the weekend.  So you can look forward to the events, posted prior to the full list going live, here are the favorites for Monday through Sunday, March 27-April 2, 2017!

Houston Arboretum Playground Tube Tunnel
1.  On Monday, while the big kids are at school, take the little kids to the Tyke Hike at the Houston Arboretum.

2.  Wednesday through Saturday, go see Charlotte’s Web at the brand new A.D. Players Theater!

3.  Thursday through Saturday, go see Footloose, The Musical at Miller Outdoor Theatre.  Shows at Miller are always free!

4.  On Saturday, head to Hands On Houston: Un-Be-Weavable! at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft to make your own  hand-woven bookmarks.  This monthly event is free… just stop by!

5.  On Saturday, get Naturally Wild with Botanical Dyeing at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center.  Use items found in nature to dye eggs and more botanical prints.

6.  On Saturday, take the family to Ramona Quimby at Main Street Theater

7.  On Sunday, if you have a new baby or are expecting one soon, go to the Houston Baby and Kid Show to learn all about the latest baby trends for baby and child gear, the latest technology for all things baby and child, meet the experts behind the most popular baby and child brands, enjoy seminars from Houston’s top parenting experts and doctors.

Or just go find Bluebonnets!


Things to do in Houston today, and this weekend, with kids! March 30, 31, April 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 2017

Bluebonnets in Texas Medical Center
Make plans for a great week and weekend in Houston with kids!

Head to Hands On Houston: Un-Be-Weavable! at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft to make your own  hand-woven bookmarks.  This monthly event is free… just stop by!

Get Naturally Wild with Botanical Dyeing at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center.  Use items found in nature to dye eggs and more botanical prints.

Take the family to Ramona Quimby at Main Street Theater or to Charlottes Web at– A.D. Players!  Or just go find Bluebonnets!

If you have a new baby or are expecting one soon, go to the Houston Baby and Kid Show to learn all about the latest baby trends for baby and child gear, the latest technology for all things baby and child, meet the experts behind the most popular baby and child brands, enjoy seminars from Houston’s top parenting experts and doctors.

Next week, Toddler Tuesdays at Discovery Green starts again!  Kick off the season with DIA @ Discovery Green… kids can visit Jamaica, England and Mexico without leaving Discovery Green, as we read, sing, and play our way around the world.

For the full list of things to do, look below.

Also, 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! 

Things to Do Any Day:
Explore Houston like an Insider
Plan ahead for things to do through May!
Find Bluebonnets!
Visit a new Houston Park
Find Kid Friendly Restaurants in Houston

Thursday, March 30, 2017:
Free Museum Entry
Children’s Museum of Houston FREE 5:00pm-8:00pm
The Health Museum FREE 2:00pm-7:00pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science FREE 3:00pm-5:00pm
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston FREE 10:00am-9:00pm
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.
Charlottes Web – 10:30am – A.D. Players
Footloose, The Musical – 8:00pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Friday, March 31, 2017:
Farm Funland & Strawberry Picking – 9:00am-3:00pm – Blessington Farms
Charlottes Web – 10:30am – A.D. Players
Circo Avenida – 7:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green/George R. Brown
Footloose, The Musical – 8:00pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Saturday, April 1, 2017:
Farm Funland & Strawberry Picking – 10:00am-5:00pm – Blessington Farms
Health Fest – 10:00am-6:00pm – Discovery Green
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Discovery Green
Houston Children’s Festival – 10:30am-6:30pm – City Hall
Charlottes Web – 10:30am – A.D. Players
Hands On Houston – 11:00am-3:00pm – Houston Center fot Contemporary Craft
Ramona Quimby – 11:00am & 2:00pm – Main Street Theater
Houston Baby and Kid Show – 11:00am-6:00pm – Bayou City Event Center
STEM Saturdays – 12:30pm – Discovery Green
Naturally Wild Families: Botanical Dyeing – 1:00pm-3:00pm – Houston Arboretum and Nature Center
Dynamo vs Redbulls – 7:30pm – BBVA Compass Stadium
Footloose, The Musical – 8:00pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Sunday, April 2, 2017:
Farm Funland & Strawberry Picking – 10:00am-5:00pm – Blessington Farms
Houston Children’s Festival – 10:30am-6:30pm – City Hall
Family Zone – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Space City Grand Slam – 3:00pm-5:00pm – Discovery Green

Monday, April 3, 2017:
Tyke Hike – 9:30am – Houston Arboretum
Astros vs Mariners – 7:10pm – Minute Maid Park

Tuesday, April 4, 2017:
Toddler Tuesday: DIA @ Discovery Green (HPL) – 9:30am – Discovery Green
MFAH Playdate – 10:45am – Museum of Fine Arts
Astros vs Mariners – 7:10pm – Minute Maid Park

Wednesday, April 5, 2017:
Mommy Mingle – 10:00am-12:00pm – Children’s Museum of Houston
Nature Storytime – 4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center
Rockets vs Nuggets – 7:00pm – Toyota Center
Astros vs Mariners – 7:10pm – Minute Maid Park

Looking for more to do in your part of town?  Check out…
365 Things to Do in Houston for grown-up things to do.
Raised on the Rails for adventures near the METRORail line.
Fun2Go Misters for things to do near Humble.
Mac Kid SW Houston for things to do in SW Houston, Missouri City, Sugar Land.
Gish Picks… Curated Culture for Kids and Adults


Things to Do in Houston, with Kids… Posts on BigKidSmallCity, Published March 18-24, 2017!

There is a lot of information on BigKidSmallCity and sometimes it can be hard to find. To help you locate the new posts from last week, here are the updates from March 18-24, 2017!

Bayou Parkland Hermann Park Swing Ride
Weekend Events:

And you can always find the “Weekend Events” category HERE.

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Houston Resources:


Hermann Park’s Biggest Secret… Bayou Parkland at Brays Bayou!

Bayou Parklands Bluebonnets
Address:  6532-6538 Almeda Rd, Houston, Texas 77021

You know about the trails, the train, the pedal boats, the gardens and the playground at Hermann Park, but did you know about Bayou Parkland? For the hundreds of times we’ve been to Hermann Park, we only just discovered this 80-acre part of the park… nestled along Brays Bayou!

Along the bayou are trails, wetlands, an urban forest… and a new swing set! Plus, in Spring, it’s full of bluebonnets!

Bayou Parkland Hermann Park Swings
This part of Hermann Park was once cut off from the rest of the park, but now you can access it from the pedestrian underpass below North and South MacGregor and over the Bill Coats Bridge. You can also drive and park in the free lot (south of South MacGregor on Almeda).

Bayou Parklands Hermann Park Picnic Tables
While the main part of Hermann Park is full of people… this “secret spot” is a lot more secluded. Almeda does run right along the edge, but with the bayou and the big mossy trees, it feels less like the busy city.

We went on a weekday afternoon and there were just a few other people.  There was enough foot traffic to feel safe, but with the limited eyes on this part of the park, be sure to do your own safety check when you arrive!

Bluebonnets at Brays Bayou from Bayou Parklands at Hermann Park with Bill Coats Bridge
The new swing set is just like the one near the Hermann Park train station.  There are a couple buckets and a couple belt swings.

The play area is pretty simple, but the real reason to go is for a picnic, a walk and in Spring… bluebonnet photos!

Go check out this “secret” spot at Hermann Park!

Bayou Parkland Hermann Park Swing Ride
 

Find more Houston area parks:


Give Away: Tickets to the Houston Baby + Kid Show on April 2, 2017

The Houston Baby + Kid Show is on April 2, 2017…. and we have tickets to give away!

Here, parents will learn all about the latest baby trends for baby and child gear, the latest technology for all things baby and child, meet the EXPERTS behind the most popular baby and child brands, enjoy seminars from Houston’s top parenting experts and doctors, and receive exclusive discounts at Baby’s and Kid’s 1st pop-up shop on the best baby brands.

Bayou City Mamas Houston Baby and Kid Show
General admission is $10/person. (Children are free.)  Plus, you can sign up for a seminar for $15/person.  (AND you can use code “BIGKID” to get $5 off any ticket!)

At the seminars, you will receive a gift bag loaded full of baby products, enjoy expert advice from Houston’s top parenting experts and doctors, and be entered to win the big giveaways!  To win 2 general admission tickets and 2 seminar tickets, register below!!  Five will win!

Houston Baby and Kid Show:
APRIL 2, 2017, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Bayou City Event Center, 9401 Knight Rd, Houston, TX 77045

Speakers + Seminar Schedule:
11:00 am – Swim Safety presented by Houston Swim Club
11:45 am – Transitioning Into Parenthood presented by The Motherhood Center
12:30 pm – Preparing with Labor + Delivery presented by Cryo-Cell International and Kelsey-Seybold Clinic
1:15 pm – Pediatric Allergies (What You Really Need To Know) presented by Kelsey-Seybold Clinic
2:00 pm – Hottest Products for Houston Parents with Nina Bassett, The Baby Chick, presented by uppaBaby
2:45 pm – Newborn Care presented by Kelsey-Seybold Clinic
3:15 pm – Breastfeeding + Sleep Solutions
4:00 pm – Body + Relationship After Baby presented by Kelsey-Seybold Clinic
4:45 pm – Car Seat Safety presented by Britax

Go HERE to learn more!  (AND you can use code “BIGKID” to get $5 off any ticket!)

 

Contest Ends:  March 27, 2017, 6:00am
Official Rules: https://goo.gl/sgC0Fr


Audio: Favorite Houston Family Events for this Weekend: March 23-29, 2017

Listen to my favorite events for the weekend (and week) of March 23, 2017, or watch the video HERE! To help you navigate, below are the posts mentioned in the audio clip:


Magic Soup (and Sandwiches) at Central Market

Central Market Salad
Address: 3815 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77027

A few years ago, my entire family was sick.  A friend insisted on bringing Central Market soup, dropping it on the step and running from the germs.

Well, this soup turned out to be the magical cure to our week long flu… and since then, I’ve loved Central Market.

Central Market Soups
I don’t often review grocery stores in our weekly restaurant review… but, well, this one has magic soup.

So, let me tell you about this popular, and casual, lunch spot.

At the side of the store, there are several counters for you to pick up food.  You can make a sandwich, salad or grab that magic soup.  Once you get your food, you pay at the counter.

Central Market Build Your Own Sandwich
So, we grabbed some soup and “built our own” sandwich… and it was giant.  Since it was vegetarian we could add 6 toppings, and it could have fed two.  (Meat sandwiches get 4 other toppings.)

They also have kid sandwiches for a little less… and with fewer toppings.

Central Market Kids Meal Sandwich
Once we got our food, paid at the counter, we headed upstairs to sit on the balcony (by the cooking school).  There is also seating downstairs (inside and out), but upstairs as pretty quiet and more restaurant-like.

One thing to note is that Central Market is doing a lot of renovations right now… but the cafe area is open and there is still a lot of free parking.

Central Market Sandwiches
 

 

Central Market Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
 

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Give Away: Tickets to Charlotte’s Web at A.D. Players

A.D. Players is proud to present Charlotte’s Web as its first children’s theater performance at the new Jeannette and L.M. George Theater. AND we have tickets to give away!

Charlotte Cast at AD Players
Charlotte’s Web runs from now through April 1, 2017 at 5420 Westheimer. There is no minimum age for entry but the show might be best for kids 4 and older.

One family will win 4 tickets (2 adult and 2 kids) to the April 1, 2017, 10:30am performance!  Register below to win.

Update: Congratulations to Octavia S!

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Contest Ends: Friday, March 24, 2017, 6:00am
Official Rules: https://goo.gl/RiuQWq


Video: Favorite Things to Do in Houston, with Kids, March 23-29, 2017!

Here are my favorite things to do in Houston, with kids, for March 23-29!  Watch the clip below, or go HERE.

To help you navigate, here are some links mentioned in the video:


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