Our Favorite Place to Eat & Play in Tomball: Frey’s Backyard Cafe

Address: 14441 Farm to Market 2920, Tomball, TX 77377

This is one of our very favorite spots in Tomball. Very often, we’ll visit one of the great parks, cool off at the city pool and head to Frey’s Backyard Cafe for lunch. Not only does Frey’s have good food, but they have a huge, fenced in yard for the kids!

At Frey’s, you order at the counter, fill your drink and take a seat. You can sit inside or on the covered patio… with a view of the big backyard. The backyard is fully fenced, covered in turf and full of footballs and soccer balls.

The kids play like crazy until the food arrives. Then they eat their big kids meals and head back out again.

Not only do the kids love going here, but I like that the servings are big and my Santa Fe Salad is actually a really good salad and my iced tea is never empty. The kids also get plenty to eat and we all leave happy.

If you are in Tomball, check out Frey’s Backyard Cafe. Also stop by Matheson Park and the Train Depot!

 

 

 

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Video: Favorite Things to Do in Houston, with Kids, June 29-July 5, 2017!

Here are my favorite things to do in Houston, with kids, for June 29-July 5!  Watch the clip below, or go HERE.

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


Discount Code for the Harlem Globetrotters at NRG or Berry Center, July 8-9, 2017!

The Harlem Globetrotters are playing NRG Arena on July 8 and Berry Center on July 9, 2017… and I have a discount code!! (And I just found discounted tickets on affiliate Goldstar HERE and HERE!)

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Sat., July 8, 2017 @ 2pm
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Berry Center (Northwest Houston/Cypress)
Sun., July 9, 2017 @ 3pm

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Things to do in Houston today, and this 4th of July weekend, with kids! June 29, 30, July 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 2017

Happy 4th of July!  Celebrate big at Freedom Over Texas at Eleanor Tinsley Park or celebrate in style with the ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights: A Star-Spangled Salute at Miller Outdoor Theatre or celebrate with one of the other family friendly 4th of July Events around Houston!

This weekend you can also cheer on the Astros as they take on the Yankees… and then cheer for the Dynamo as they play the Impact.  You can also watch The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe at The Jeannette and L.M. George Theater and The Wizard of Oz at Main Street Theater.

For the full list of things to do, look below. And to plan you summer, go HERE for all the events scheduled in Houston!

Also, go HERE to get this list delivered to your inbox each week and HERE to get daily event updates on Facebook!

Things to Do Any Day:
Stay Cool this Summer… FREE Houston Splashpads, Pools & Air Conditioned Venues!
Free Summer Camps & Classes for Houston Kids for 2017
$1 Move Theater Movies, all over Houston, all summer long.
FREE Houston Area Summer Reading Programs (and earn really good rewards)
Kids Bowl Free All Summer.
Explore Houston like an Insider
Visit a new Houston Park
Find Kid Friendly Restaurants in Houston

Thursday, June 29, 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.
Stories Under the Sun with Houston Public Library – 10:00am – Levy Park
The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe – 10:30am – The Jeannette and L.M. George Theater
Summer Art Explorers: Look, Discover, Create! – 11:00am – 2:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Astros vs Athletics – 1:10pm – Minute Maid Park
Skeeters vs Ducks – 7:05pm – Constellation Field

Friday, June 30, 2017:
Berry Picking & Farm Funland – 9:00am-3:00pm – Blessington Farms
Children’s Story Hour – 10:00am-11:00am – Hermann Park
The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe – 10:30am – The Jeannette and L.M. George Theater
Cool Nights – 5:00pm-8:00pm – Houston Zoo
‘90s Day and Dive-In Movie: Toy Story – 10:00am-8:00pm – Wet’n’Wild Splashtown
Astros vs Yankees – 7:10pm – Minute Maid Park
ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights – 8:30pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

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


Top 10 Things to Do this Week & Weekend, in Houston, with Kids – June 26-July 2, 2017

Make plans for another great week in Houston, with kids!

So you can look forward to the events, posted prior to the full list going live, here are the top things to do for Monday through Sunday, June 26-July 2, 2017!

1.  Monday through Thursday, go see the Sugar Land Skeeters play at Constellation Field.

2.  On Tuesday, bring your coupon for the buy one get one free Two for Tuesday at the Downtown Aquarium.  This gets you access to the aquarium, stingray touch tank, shark tank train and rides.

3.  Wednesday through Saturday, watch The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe at The Jeannette and L.M. George Theater.

4.  On Thursday, head to the Museum District for free admission. This includes The Museum of Fine Arts and Summer Art Explorers: Look, Discover, Create!

5.  On Friday, go the Houston Zoo… at night!  At Cool Nights you can play your favorite backyard games and enjoy an ocean-friendly fish fry. Meet and great with some of the Zoo’s most popular residents, Rainbo the parrot, Fiesta the llama and Winston the pig.

6.  On Friday and Saturday, enjoy the Houston Symphony… for free.  ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights is at Miller Outdoor Theatre.

7.  On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, watch the Astros play the Yankees at Minute Maid Park.

8.  On Saturday, see The Wizard of Oz at Main Street Theater.

9.  All week, be sure to also check out the MANY free classes at your local Houston Public Library location.

10.  Any day of the week, stay cool with these free Houston Splashpads, Pools & Air Conditioned Venues!

 


Things to do in Houston today, and this 4th of July weekend, with kids! June 29, 30, July 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 2017

Happy 4th of July!  Celebrate big at Freedom Over Texas at Eleanor Tinsley Park or celebrate in style with the ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights: A Star-Spangled Salute at Miller Outdoor Theatre or celebrate with one of the other family friendly 4th of July Events around Houston!

This weekend you can also cheer on the Astros as they take on the Yankees… and then cheer for the Dynamo as they play the Impact.  You can also watch The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe at The Jeannette and L.M. George Theater and The Wizard of Oz at Main Street Theater.

For the full list of things to do, look below. And to plan you summer, go HERE for all the events scheduled in Houston!

Also, go HERE to get this list delivered to your inbox each week and HERE to get daily event updates on Facebook!

Things to Do Any Day:
Stay Cool this Summer… FREE Houston Splashpads, Pools & Air Conditioned Venues!
Free Summer Camps & Classes for Houston Kids for 2017
$1 Move Theater Movies, all over Houston, all summer long.
FREE Houston Area Summer Reading Programs (and earn really good rewards)
Kids Bowl Free All Summer.
Explore Houston like an Insider
Visit a new Houston Park
Find Kid Friendly Restaurants in Houston

Thursday, June 29, 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.
Stories Under the Sun with Houston Public Library – 10:00am – Levy Park
The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe – 10:30am – The Jeannette and L.M. George Theater
Summer Art Explorers: Look, Discover, Create! – 11:00am – 2:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Astros vs Athletics – 1:10pm – Minute Maid Park
Skeeters vs Ducks – 7:05pm – Constellation Field

Friday, June 30, 2017:
Berry Picking & Farm Funland – 9:00am-3:00pm – Blessington Farms
Children’s Story Hour – 10:00am-11:00am – Hermann Park
The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe – 10:30am – The Jeannette and L.M. George Theater
Cool Nights – 5:00pm-8:00pm – Houston Zoo
‘90s Day and Dive-In Movie: Toy Story – 10:00am-8:00pm – Wet’n’Wild Splashtown
Astros vs Yankees – 7:10pm – Minute Maid Park
ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights – 8:30pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Saturday, July 1, 2017:
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Discovery Green
The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe – 10:30am – The Jeannette and L.M. George Theater
The Wizard of Oz – 11:00am & 2:00pm – Main Street Theater
Young Audiences of Houston – 1:00pm – Levy Park
Happy the Clown – 1:00pm – Houston Public Library at Discovery Green
Astros vs Yankees – 6:15pm – Minute Maid Park
ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights – 8:30pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Sunday, July 2, 2017:
Family Zone – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts
Astros vs Yankees – 1:10pm – Minute Maid Park

Monday, July 3, 2017:
Village People – 8:30pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Tuesday, July 4, 2017:
Fourth of July in The Woodlands – The Woodlands (Activities all over town!)
Kidpendence Day – 10:00am-6:00pm –  Children’s Museum of Houston
Freedom Over Texas – 4:00pm-10:00pm – Eleanor Tinsley Park
Pasadena’s Annual 4th Fest Event – 4:00pm-10:00pm –  Pasadena Convention Center
LaCenterra’s 4th of July Celebration – 4:30pm-9:30pm – LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch
Fourth of July Fireworks – 7:00pm-9:00pm – Wet’n’Wild SplashTown
ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights: A Star-Spangled Salute – 8:30pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Wednesday, July 5, 2017:
Dynamo vs Impact – 7:30pm – BBVA Compass Stadium

Looking for more to do in your part of town?  Check out…
365 Things to Do in Houston for grown-up things to do.
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 June 17-23, 2017!

There are a lot of things to do in Houston, with kids, each week… and it can be hard to keep track of it all!

To help you find all the weekend events, Houston parks, kid friendly restaurants and things to do… here are the updates from this week, June 17-23, 2017!

Weekend Events:

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

Things to Do in Houston:

Houston Area Restaurants:

Roadtrips:


Nature Connects at the Houston Zoo… Open Now through September 4, 2017

Have you seen the Lego bricks at the Houston Zoo?  At Nature Connects, you can see giant animals made from more than 770,000 LEGO bricks!

Members can enter Nature Connects for $3.95 per person (includes unlimited Texas Direct Auto Wildlife Carousel & Nature Connects All-Day Pass).  Others can purchase a special ticket at the front gate:

Adult $19.95 – Includes Zoo admission, all-day Nature Connects entry, and a conservation bracelet
Child $19.95 – Includes Zoo admission, all-day Nature Connects entry, a conservation bracelet, and unlimited Texas Direct Auto Wildlife Carousel rides

 

My kids are big Lego fans, so they really liked to see the sculptures and read about the number or bricks and hours it took to build.  As we walked through we saw the Hummingbird, Dodo Bird, Snow Leopard, Chameleon, Rhinoceros, Whooping Crane, Coral Reef, Polar Bear, Monarch Butterfly, Sea Turtle, Wildebeest and Zebra.

See our pictures below!

 

 

 

 


Easy Houston Day Trip or Staycation… Visiting the Kemah Boardwalk with Kids!

Are you heading to Kemah for some waterside family fun?  If you are like me, you’d rather get advice from another parent than from advertising pamphlets…  So when Houston mom Ashley came back from her little roadtrip, we asked her to tell us about it!

In her own words, here are Ashley’s tips for visiting Kemah, with kids!

My family (husband and 2 sons, Patton 4 and Crosby 2) went to Kemah on Sunday and stayed at the Kemah Boardwalk Inn.  We bought a Groupon for 2 all day ride passes and a $50 meal card to any Landry’s.  ($172 = 4 all day ride passes + $100 meal card). Let me tell you, it was AMAZING!)  Be watching Groupon for when it pops back up!

It was a mellow rainy off and on kind of day. We requested early check in with not problem. So instead of checking in at 4pm, we checked in at 11am! (Being nice goes a long way!)

We had lunch at the Cadillac Grill. The food was good, the staff was okay. But let’s face it, you only eat outside on a patio for the view, not the service.

After a brief nap in the hotel, we rode rides until around 4pm. The carousel and the train were the only things I brought Crosby (2) on but they do have a small ferries wheel as well. My husband and Patton (4) rode almost all the rides he was tall enough to ride (over 48″).

We had dinner at the Aquarium Restaurant with a great view of the tank and by a window so we could see the rain and the waves. The food was great and our server was very accommodating and attentive. Patton decided he didn’t want to pet the stingrays because rides were more important.

So round two of the rides included more train and carousel rides for Crosby and myself, and more of everything else for Patton and my husband. We ended the night at the ice cream shop located a few doors down from the hotel entrance. We sat outside on the patio and listened to the band finish up for the night.

On a side note of extra goodness in Kemah…..There was an attendant sweeping by the ferris wheel while Crosby and I watched my husband and older son Patton ride. The attendant saw Crosby was interested in the broom, so the man said hello. I apologized and explained that Crosby is autistic and nonverbal and probably wouldn’t acknowledge him.

The man smiled, said that was okay, and went along with his business. I looked up to watch the ferris wheel again and when I looked back down, the man was on his knees talking to Crosby. They played and made sounds at each other while giggling. It was a wonderful feeling to have a stranger take the time to not only acknowledge Crosby, but to go out of his way and play with him.

We woke up Monday morning and walked next door to the little restaurant and had a wonderful breakfast, loaded the car, and set off for our next adventure, NASA!

We spent more money than we do on a typical day, but but it was our one night staycation splurge… And pretty small splurge for a vacation. We are already planning our next trip to Kemah in the fall after school gets back in session!


Audio: Favorite Houston Family Events for this Weekend: June 22-28, 2017

Listen to my favorite events for the weekend (and week) of June 22, 2017, or watch the video HERE! To help you navigate, below are the posts mentioned in the audio clip:


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