Rolled Ice Cream at Class 502 in Chinatown!

Address: 9889 Bellaire Blvd d220, Houston, TX 77036

Roll up your ice cream!

Chinatown does a very good job with fun and unusual ice cream shops… and Class 502 Ice Cream is no exception!

This shop actually rolls up your ice cream and tucks them in a cute little cup.  There are lots of flavor options… and they all taste good… but the best part is the show!

On our last trip we shared the cookies and cream option… which is covered with cookies and fruit.  It was too big for just one, so we all shared.

The restaurant is sleek and fun with old desks for tables.  The menu is on a chalkboard and some post-it art on the walls.  They serve ice cream and teas.

It is expensive at about $6 each, but we were happy with the show!

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Where in Houston? Houston Zoo!

Yesterday I asked where in Houston this picture was taken. It’s a big bug from the Houston Zoo!


Visit the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum in Galveston!

Address: Pier 19, Galveston, TX

One of our very favorite things to do in Galveston is to visit the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum.  It’s a great museum focused on the offshore oil and gas industry… but the best part is that it’s housed on a retired jackup drilling rig off Pier 19!

You buy tickets in the gift shop and then walk across the long pedestrian bridge to the Ocean Star.

Kids get a passport to fill out and there are several hands-on activities for them.  On the first floor there is a basket to climb on and on the top floor, there is a whole corner for kids to play and dress up.

In addition to this, there is a film to get you started with your tour, displays, actual examples of equipment and exhibits about careers.

The tour of Ocean Star usually takes about an hour.  We stop by, enjoy the air conditioned tour on the oil rig and head to our next Galveston stop.  Check out the pictures… and for more to do in Galveston, with kids, go HERE!

 

 

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Video: Favorite Things to Do in Houston, with Kids, July 19-25, 2018!

Here are my favorite things to do in Houston, with kids, for July 19-25!  Watch the clip below, or go HERE.

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


Beach, Shells, Fishing & Boating at the Texas City Dike!

The Texas City Dike was built to protect the Texas City Channel from cross currents. It’s over 5 miles and has boat ramps, picnic shelters and beach!

After visiting the Texas City Museum, we always drive over a few blocks to find shells on the beach.  We pay the $5 cash (because we are not Texas City residents) and drive out past fishermen, boaters and families.  The long slow road has water on both sides and areas with rocks, with piers and with beach.

What we like about the dike is that we get to see a whole lot of cargo ships up close… and they push a lot of water onto the beach, leaving behind lots of shells, hermit crabs, and often, jellyfish.

What we’ve learned on our past visits is to not park to close to the water… and to wear shoes.

The Texas City Dike has drive-on beaches, with packed sand so any vehicle can do it.  Last year we backed up to the water… and thought we were a good distance away… until a giant ship pushed the water up way past our car!  Now we decide where to park and add 15 feet to it!

Also, the ships seem to push up a lot of jellyfish, so when we are searching for shells, we’ve learned to wear shoes!

In Texas City, we always find a lot of shells and tons of hermit crabs.  We’ve even found full sized crabs!  We return the live animals to the water and collect the rest for our favorite Swap Shop!

Other families do splash in the water, but we are scared of the jellyfish and just spend our time looking for treasure!

If you plan to go, know that there are only portapotties along the street.  Also, this year there seemed to be a whole lot of mosquitoes along the street… but the area by the water was fine.

There is a lot of room to park (or to park on the beach) and there are picnic tables to use all along the dike.  Check out the pictures!

 

 

 

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Tour Battleship Texas and the San Jacinto Battle Monument!

Want to know what I like less than heights? Using a tiny elevator to get to them…

But my kids insisted and look at the view of Battleship Texas from the San Jacinto Battle Monument!

The San Jacinto Monument is a tall tower located on the Houston Ship Channel. It is topped with a 220-ton lone star that commemorates the site of the Battle of San Jacinto, the decisive battle of the Texas Revolution.

For a fee, you can take the little elevator to the observation deck for a view of USS Texas and, on a clear day, Houston. At the top there is also a view on the history of the historic site.

I was not thrilled about the little elevator ride, but it went fast and there was a guide inside, distracting me with facts about the monument.  The top is closed in with windows and we were able to look out in all directions.

When the kids were ready, we took the elevator back to my favorite place (ground level).

The San Jacinto Museum of History is located inside the base of the monument, and focuses on the history of the Battle of San Jacinto and Texas culture and heritage.

Close by is Battleship Texas, which took part in significant battles during both world wars. You can tour the ship (for a fee), going one level down and several levels up!  There are a lot of ladders so make sure you wear good climbing clothes and shoes. (Also, I can tell you that it’s a little challenging with a toddler in your arms!)

My kids like the monument, but they really really like the battleship! Check out all the pictures!

 

 

 

 

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Where in Houston?

Where in Houston was this picture taken?


Galveston Children’s Museum… Small, fun, not crazy busy & housed in the Moody Mansion!

Address: 2618 Broadway Avenue J, Galveston, TX 77550

I like this children’s museum!

The Galveston Children’s Museum is small, not crazy busy, housed in the Moody Mansion and has lots of fun things to do.

My big kids loved the Lego car ramps and the little woodworking station. My little kids love just about everything.

The museum is air conditioned, easy and entertaining!

The Galveston Children’s Museum is for kids 18 months to 12 years.  Exhibits includes…

  • Our Town: Fishing boat, lifeguard stand and restaurant.
  • Kid’s Clinic:  Treat you baby dolls and stuffed animals.
  • Building Zone:  Lots of building options with lots of materials.
  • A Stroke of Genius:  Paint, clay, textiles and more.
  • Tinker Workshop:  Take apart broken toys, build new things with recycled materials.
  • Explore and Discover:  Marble ramps and much more.
  • Now Starring You:  Puppet theater, stage and musical instruments.
  • Room to Grow:  For 2-5 year olds.
  • Lego Ramp: Build your vehicle and race it down the ramp.

Look at all the picture below… and find more to do around Galveston, HERE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Things to do in Houston today, and this weekend, with kids! July 19, 20 ,21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 2018

Plan out your weekend, in Houston, with kids!

Go to the Lone Star Flight Museum for a whole series of events.  Watch Planes in the hanger, see the World Series Trophy on Display and view the star at Astronomy Night!

Or take the kids to Pinkalicious The Musical at Main Street Theater at MATCH.  It’s a great show… and it’s air conditioned!

For more cool things to do, find FREE splashpads, pools and AC venues HERE!

For the full list of things to do, look below. To plan out your summer, HERE are all the events planned through August!

Things to Do Any Day:

All the Houston Events – Things to do in Houston, with kids, for June 1 – September 3, 2018.  Here’s what’s on the local Houston calendars!
Stay Cool this Summer… FREE Houston Splashpads, Pools & Air Conditioned Venues – Look here for FREE Splashpads, Pools, Beaches and Indoor Air Conditioned Venues!
FREE Indoor Playplaces around Houston – There are a lot of FREE indoor places to play… with no memberships required!
Get Rewarded… Just for Reading – FREE Summer Reading Programs with Great Rewards.
Movie Theater Kids Movies for $1 or Less, All Summer Long 2018 – No really. $1 movies for kids and adults!
Houston Citywide Map: Things to do in Houston, with kids
Things to do in Galveston, with kids – Beaches, museums, parks and restaurants to visit in Galveston!
Texas Roadtrips – Pack up the family and head towards Austin, San Antonio, Corpus Christi or Dallas… and stop at these parent recommended spots!

Thursday, July 19, 2018:

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.
Express Theatre’s Hilltop Festival for Children:  Let’s Make a Play Today – 11:00am – Miller Outdoor Theatre
Summer Art Explorers: Look, Discover, Create! – 11:00am-2:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Skeeters vs Road Warriors – 7:05pm – Constellation Field

Friday, July 20, 2018:

Fly in for Storytime – 9:30am – Lone Star Flight Museum
Express Theatre’s Hilltop Festival for Children: The Adventures of Santa Claus – 11:00am – Miller Outdoor Theatre
Hangar Movie Screenings: Planes – 6:30pm – Lone Star Flight Museum

Saturday, July 21, 2018:

[Click HERE… for things to do Saturday through Wednesday]


Top 10 Things to Do this Week & Weekend, in Houston, with Kids – July 16-22, 2018

Make plans for another great week in Houston, with kids!  Here are the top things to do for Monday through Sunday, July  16-22, 2018.

You can also find the full list of events HERE … and ALL the Summer Break Fun, HERE!

1.  All week long, Stay Cool with FREE Houston Splashpads, Pools & Air Conditioned Venues.

2.  Monday through Thursday, cheer for the Skeeters at Constellation Field.

3.  On Tuesday, bring your coupon to Two for Tuesday at the Downtown Aquarium.  Get buy one get one free admission to the aquarium, the stingray tank and all the rides.  (Our favorite is the train that goes through the shark tank!)

4.  On Wednesday, head to the Itty Bitty Beach Party at Pirates Bay Baytown.  Early in the morning, only some of the attractions are open… but families with young kids can get discounted admission.

5.  Wednesday through Friday, enjoy the Express Theatre’s Hilltop Festival for Children at Miller Outdoor Theatre.

6.  On Thursday, enjoy the Free Museum Day in the museum district.  This includes Summer Art Explorers: Look, Discover, Create! at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston!

7.-9. On Friday and Saturday, go to the Lone Star Flight Museum for a whole series of events.  Watch Planes in the hanger, see the World Series Trophy on Display and view the star at Astronomy Night!

10.  On Saturday and Sunday, go see Pinkalicious The Musical by Main Street Theater at MATCH.  This professional show is meant for families… so a little wiggling and giggling is perfectly fine!