What to Expect: Applying to HoustonISD Magnet Schools for the NEXT 2018-2019 Year

HoustonISD will be accepting 2018-2019 Magnet Applications on September 22th, 2017… so if you want to send your kids NEXT year, you need to apply THIS fall!

To get you ready for the process, here are the key points that you need to know.

  • Find the comprehensive “what you need to know” post HERE.
  • The 2018–2019 HISD magnet application will be available online or through a paper application on September 22, 2017.  They are accepted until December 8, 2017… and families hear back by March 22, 2018. (Of course, Harvey could change these dates!)
  • It only takes 10 minutes to complete… but deciding on which schools to apply to can take longer.  There are a lot of open houses and school tours that help you decide: These are October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 30, and December 7.  All Magnet Campuses will offer tours to interested parents.
  • Your favorite school is likely the favorite school of hundreds of other families.  To see the popularity of the HISD programs, go HERE.  (This is a very cool resource from last year… and lets you know what to expect.)
  • Chances are, you will not get into many of the schools you apply to.  THIS is why I said it’s okay (after 5 years of being heartbroken by my favorite school).
  • The process and the programs and generally (mostly) the same each year.  Read THIS for an overview of zoned schools, vanguard schools, magnets schools and the process.
  • Most likely, this is what will happen starting September 22, 2017:
    • You apply to up to 5 schools for the 2018-2019 school year.
    • You will rank you favorite schools… for example: #1 River Oaks Vanguard, #2 Wharton Dual Language, #3 Poe Fine Arts, #4 Wilson Montessori…
    • In March, you will learn which schools have accepted our application (through the lottery).
    • If you got a spot at #2 Wharton, you would stay on the waitlist for #1 River Oaks, but be dropped from the waitlists from #3 Poe and #4 Wilson…
  • The official HoustonISD resources can be found HERE.

For parents that are brand new to HoustonISD, look HERE to learn about zoned schools and your options within the school district.

If you have tips or questions, let us know.  And remember that this is meant to be helpful because I found the process very confusing 7 years ago… and have since been through it 3 times.  This is not the official HoustonISD Magnet resource… that can be found HERE!


Top 8 Things to Do this Week & Weekend, in Houston, with Kids – September 18-24, 2017

Make plans for another great week in Houston, with kids!  These top things to do for Monday through Sunday, September 18-24, 2017 are brought to you by our sponsor, Mosaic Dermatology Houston!

You can also find the full list of events HERE!

1.  On Tuesday, go to Toddler Tuesday: Noisy Night at Discovery Green.  The free weekly event includes a storytime and activity.  Bring a gently used book and swap for a new one!

2.  On Wednesday, go to the Nature Storytime at the Nature Discovery Center.

3.  On Thursday, enjoy Free Museum Entry in the museum district!  With school back in session, the crowds might just be better!

4.  On Thursday, try out the Park After Dark Night Hike at the Nature Discovery Center.  (Reservations required)

5. On Friday, go to Discovery Green for Circo Avenida and then to watch Hidden Figures on the lawn.

6.  On Saturday, go to the Houston Maritime Museum for the Family Day: Celebrating Houston.

7.  On Saturday and Sunday, head to the farm to kick off the fall season!  Blessington Farms is opening up their Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festivities this weekend!

8.  On Sunday, enjoy some theater with Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Main Street Theater. All youth performances are done by professional actors… but are meant for families. A little wiggling or giggling won’t be a problem at this Midtown theater!


Things to do in Houston today, and this weekend, with kids! September 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 2017

Have a great week and weekend in Houston, with kids!

Enjoy some theater with Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Main Street Theater. All youth performances are done by professional actors… but are meant for families. A little wiggling or giggling won’t be a problem at this Midtown theater!

Head to the farm to kick off the fall season!  Blessington Farms is opening up their Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festivities this weekend!

Or go to Discovery Green for Circo Avenida and then to watch Hidden Figures on the lawn.  Or go to the Houston Maritime Museum for the Family Day: Celebrating Houston.

Next week, go to Toddler Tuesday: LMNOPeas at Discovery Green.  The free weekly event includes a storytime and activity.  Bring a gently used book and swap for a new one!

For the full list of things to do, look below (and click each link check for changes since Harvey).

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:
Harvey Resources
Plan your FALL!  Here are all the events through October 31!
Explore Houston like an Insider
Visit a new Houston Park
Find Kid Friendly Restaurants in Houston

Thursday, September 21, 2017:
The Color Condition – Avenida Houston/Discovery Green
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.
Blanket Bingo – 6:00pm-9:00pm – Market Square Park
Thursday Night Concerts – 7:00pm – Discovery Green
Astros vs White Sox – 7:10pm – Minute Maid Park
Park After Dark Night Hike – 7:30pm – Nature Discovery Center

Friday, September 22, 2017:
The Color Condition – Avenida Houston/Discovery Green
Children’s Story Hour – 10:00am – Hermann Park
Circo Avenida – 7:00pm – Discovery Green
Astros vs Angels – 7:10pm – Minute Maid Park
H-E-B Movie Night: Hidden Figures – 8:00pm – Discovery Green

Saturday, September 23, 2017:
Super Saturday (Buy One Get One Free) – Downtown Aquarium
The Color Condition – Avenida Houston/Discovery Green
Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festivities – 10:00am-5:00pm – Blessington Farms
Food Detectives – 10:00am – Nature Discovery Center
Take Me Outdoors Houston – 10:00am-3:00pm – Discovery Green
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Discovery Green
Garbage Island 4.0 – 10:30am & 1:00pm – Rec Room
STEM Saturdays – 12:30pm – Discovery Green
Family Day: Celebrating Houston – 2:00pm-5:00pm – Houston Maritime Museum
Retro Spectacale – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Avenida Houston
Astros vs Angels – 6:10pm – Minute Maid Park
Dash vs Red Stars – 7:30pm – BBVA Compass Stadium

Sunday, September 24, 2017:
The Color Condition – Avenida Houston/Discovery Green
Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festivities – 10:00am-5:00pm – Blessington Farms
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type – 12:30pm & 3:30pm – Main Street Theater at MATCH
Sunday Family Zone – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts
Astros vs Angels – 1:10pm – Minute Maid Park

Monday, September 25, 2017:
The Color Condition – Avenida Houston/Discovery Green
Dr. Kaboom – 11:00am – Miller Outdoor Theatre
Play 60 – 4:00pm-7:00pm – Levy Park

Tuesday, September 26, 2017:
The Color Condition – Avenida Houston/Discovery Green
Toddler Tuesday: LMNOPeas – 10:30am – Discovery Green

Wednesday, September 27, 2017:
The Color Condition – Avenida Houston/Discovery Green
Nature Storytime – 4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center
Dynamo vs Galaxy – 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 September 8-15, 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 Houston resources, weekend events, Houston parks, kid friendly restaurants and things to do… here are all the updates from the last two weeks, September 8-15, 2017!

Weekend Events:

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

Things to Do Around Houston:

Houston Resources: 

Harvey Resources:


I’m not the only mom that recommends Dr. Carlos Ramos at OGA Houston.

This summer I ran into a pregnant mom at the library. She said she saw my post last year and switch to Dr. Ramos at Obstetrical & Gynecological Associates, next to The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, in the Medical Center.

She said she was not sure she’d see the same level of care as a new patient… but guess what? She was equally as pleased.

Just like me…

  • She sees Dr. Ramos every single visit (not another doctor or an assistant).
  • She gets quick ultrasounds every single visit (in the office, not in another lab).
  • She has the direct phone and email access to the doctor. (And gets answers to all her questions!)
  • Her appointments are on time.

And when her baby turns one years old, I bet she will get a Happy Birthday phone call as well.

Read the original post HERE… and if you want my recommendation for a doctor, learn about Dr. Ramos HERE.


Swim, Slide & Splash Year Round… at the Angleton Recreation Center Natatorium

Address: 1601 N. Valderas Street, Angleton, TX 77515

Just look at this Angleton pool!  The indoor Angleton Recreation Center Natatorium has a beach entry, water play structure, slide, spa and not-so-lazy river that pulls you through!  It costs $4+ and is open to non-residents.  (Just check the hours and fees HERE!)

If you will be at Crocodile Encounter, this is a good spot to cool off afterwards.  The water is really cold (but watching from the bleachers is really hot… so you might just want to jump in with the kids).

This little pool has a whole lot to do but is not overwhelming.  Thanks to Deissy for telling us about it and thanks to Fun2Go Misters for the pictures.

Take a look and decide if it’s a good fit for you!

 

 

 

 

 

Find more to do in Houston, with kids:

 


Where in Houston? American Legion Post 521 in Pasadena!

Yesterday I asked where in Houston this picture was taken. It’s from the American Legion Post 521 in Pasadena!


Video: Favorite Things to Do in Houston, with Kids, September 14-20, 2017!

Here are my favorite things to do in Houston, with kids, for September 14-20!  Watch the clip below, or go HERE.

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


Where in Houston?

Where in Houston was this picture taken?


Kids Camps in Houston for September 11-22, 2017… Until the Kids Get Back to School

Some students need to wait a bit longer before their schools are ready after Harvey.  In case you need a camp through September 22, here are some options in Houston.  If you know of more, please let us know!


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