Top 12 Things to Do this Week & Thanksgiving Weekend, in Houston, with Kids – November 20-26, 2017

Make plans for another great week in Houston, with kids!  Here are the top things to do for Monday through Sunday,  November 20-26, 2017.

You can also find the full list of events HERE!

1.  All week, Trains Over Texas is open at the  Houston Museum of Natural Science.  This model train display is included with museum admission.

2.  All week, Magical Winter Lights is open at Gulf Greyhound Park.  This giant lantern festival takes you around the world in lights!

3.  All week,  Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo is open!  The zoo closes at 5:00pm and reopens at 6:00pm and requires a separate ticket.  (Zoo Lights opens a couple days earlier for members.)

4.  On Tuesday, cheer on the Dynamo as they play the Sounders in the post season!

5.  On Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, go see A Charlie Brown Christmas at Main Street Theater at MATCH.

6.-10.  On Thanksgiving, run the Turkey Trot (and use code 17BIGKID to save $5), watch the HEB Thanksgiving Day Parade , tour the Magical Winter Lights or go see Zoo Lights.  For restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner, go HERE!

11.  Friday through Sunday, go see A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas at Alley Theatre.

12.  On Friday and Saturday, head to Galveston for Christmas Wonderland Holiday Spectacular at The Grand Galveston.

 

 


Things to do in Houston today, and this Thanksgiving weekend, with kids! November 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 2017

Things to do in Houston, with kids, this weekend!  This events list is brought to you by our sponsor, Ronald McDonald House Houston’s Trafigura Run for the House.

On Thanksgiving, run the Turkey Trot (and use code 17BIGKID to save $5), watch the HEB Thanksgiving Day Parade , tour the Magical Winter Lights or go see Zoo Lights.  For restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner, go HERE!

After the big day, go see A Charlie Brown Christmas by Main Street Theater at MATCH, A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas at Alley Theatre or Christmas Wonderland Holiday Spectacular at The Grand Galveston.

For the full list of things to do, brought to you by Ronald McDonald House Houston’s Trafigura Run for the House, look below.

You can also find all the holiday events and shows HERE!

Things to Do Any Day:
Plan your HOLIDAYS! Here are all the events through January 2!
Find discounts to Houston Holiday Shows!
Explore Houston like an Insider
Visit a new Houston Park
Find Kid Friendly Restaurants in Houston

Thursday, November 23, 2017:
Turkey Trot – 7:00am – Galleria (Use Code: 17BIGKID to save $5)
HEB Thanksgiving Day Parade – 9:00am – Downtown Houston
ICE at Discovery Green – 11:00am-11:00pm – Discovery Green
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo

Friday, November 24, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Texas Renaissance Festival – Todd Mission, Texas
Children’s Story Hour – 10:00am – Hermann Park
A Charlie Brown Christmas – 11:00am & 2:00pm – Main Street Theater at MATCH
ICE at Discovery Green – 11:00am-11:00pm – Discovery Green
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo
A Scheherazade Thanksgiving – 8:00pm – Jones Hall
Christmas Wonderland Holiday Spectacular – 8:00pm – The Grand Galveston

Saturday, November 25, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Texas Renaissance Festival – Todd Mission, Texas
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Discovery Green
A Charlie Brown Christmas – 11:00am & 2:00pm – Main Street Theater at MATCH
ICE at Discovery Green – 11:00am-11:00pm – Discovery Green
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
Christmas Wonderland Holiday Spectacular3:00pm & 8:00pm – The Grand Galveston
Skate with Santa – 5:00pm-6:00pm – ICE at Discovery Green
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo
Rockets vs Knicks – 7:00pm – Toyota Center
A Scheherazade Thanksgiving – 8:00pm – Jones Hall

Sunday, November 26, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Texas Renaissance Festival – Todd Mission, Texas
ICE at Discovery Green – 11:00am-8:00pm – Discovery Green
Sunday Family Zone – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
A Scheherazade Thanksgiving – 2:30pm – Jones Hall
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo

Monday, November 27, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Cheap Skate – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green
Rockets vs Nets – 7:00pm – Toyota Center

Tuesday, November 28, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
ICE at Discovery Green – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo

Wednesday, November 29, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Nature Storytime – 4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center
ICE at Discovery Green – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green
Magical Winter Lights – Opens at 5:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Zoo Lights – Opens at 6:00pm – Houston Zoo
Rockets vs Pacers – 7:00pm – Toyota Center

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


Wiess Energy Hall 3.0… Now Open at the Houston Museum of Natural Science!

We have been waiting and waiting for the Wiess Energy Hall to return to the Houston Museum of Natural Science… and it is now open and better than ever! (Members can see it this weekend and it opens to everyone on November 20, 2017!)

This football field sized exhibit is included in general admission and is packed with hands on activities for adults and kids.

This new hall is the “most contemporary, comprehensive and technologically advanced exhibition on the science and technology of energy anywhere in the world”. You really need to see it!

Get all the details HERE and look at the pictures below:

 

 

 

 


Things to Do in Houston, with Kids… Posts on BigKidSmallCity, Published November 11-17, 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 last week, November 11-17, 2017!

Weekend Events:

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

Things to Do Around Houston:

Family Friendly Restaurants:

Give Aways:

 


Dragon and Phoenix Spark Park at the Mandarin Immersion Magnet School!

Address: 5445 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77056

Just blocks from the Houston Galleria is a brand new Spark Park… the Dragon and Phoenix Spark Park at the Mandarin Immersion Magnet School!

Spark Parks are open to the public after school hours and on weekends and holidays… and this one is unique! This park has swings, bucket swings and ninja warrior style climbing structures.

You can start on one end and climb, scale and swing to the other side of the dragon. The phoenix has some spinning features and some slides… including the “broken slide” or “arm pit slide” (as named by the kids). This includes two bars you have to slide down!

The MIMS Spark Park is a cooperative venture of HISD and MIMS parents and has been a long time in the making.  They did a great job creating a unique and fun park!

Right now the park is in full sun… but the second phase of construction will add some shade and more equipment.

The park is fenced in and there is free parking in the lot.  (The lot is crazy during drop off and pick up, but there is space during other times.)  You won’t have access to the restrooms… but there is Subway across the side street.

Also, right behind the Mandarin School is the School at St. George Place Spark Park… so you have two parks to visit at one stop.  Plus, both schools have a dragon for a mascot… so you’ll see dragon play structures at both spots.

Check out the pictures below and visit next time you are in the Galleria!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find more Houston area parks:


Give Away: Magical Winter Lights Tickets, Carnival Wristband and Parking Pass!

Oh friends, I have a big holiday give away for you!

Magical Winter Lights is at the Gulf Greyhound Park and is a giant lantern festival with lights, carnival and entertainment.  It is open through January 2, 2018… and I have tickets to give away!

Not only will the winner get 4 general admission tickets to the Magical Winter Lights (good any one day), but they will also get 4 Unlimited Carnival Ride Wristbands and 1 Parking Pass!  AND I will pick 3 winners!

Learn all about the lights HERE… and register to win HERE or below!

Contest Ends: November 24, 2017
Official Rules: https://goo.gl/4vbymw


Give Away: 4 Tickets to “The House Without a Christmas Tree” by the Houston Grand Opera!

The whole family can enjoy “The House Without a Christmas Tree” by the Houston Grand Opera, November 30-December 17, 2017. The Wortham Theater was damaged by Harvey… but the show will go on at the Resilience Theater in the George R. Brown Convention Center!

I never would have thought to take the kids to the opera… but we went a couple years ago and had a great time. And for kids that can read, the words are projected above the stage, making the show easy to follow.

And what’s even better… I have 2 sets of family 4 packs to give away! (Tickets are for December 17 at 2:30pm.) Just register HERE or below to win!

Contest Ends:  Friday, November 24, 2017
Official Rules:  https://goo.gl/XXTv9m


Via Colori Street Painting Festival is November 18 & 19, 2017!

This weekend, 200 artists will converge on the streets by City Hall to celebrate the artistic spirit of Houston and to benefit The Center for Hearing and Speech, a local non-profit that serves children with hearing loss…. at Via Colori Street Painting Festival!

In 2016 the festival attracted more than 25,000 attendees with its diverse art, music, activities and food and drinks. In 2017, you have a chance to experience for yourself!

Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, November 19, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Hermann Square at City Hall and the surrounding streets of McKinney, Bagby and Walker.

General admission is $10.

Get all the details HERE!


Give Away: 4 Tickets to That Escape Place!

I told you about the best time we had at That Escape Place… The hour in the room was intense, entertaining and required a whole lot of problem solving and team work between siblings.

For a limited time, you can book the Thanksgiving/Christmas themed Raiders of the Lost Art!

There are new puzzles but the same great escape experience.  (If you have done the original Raiders of the Lost Art room, you can do this and will find yourself with new puzzles to perplex you while the clock is ticking down!)

AND, I have 4 tickets to give away to That Escape Place!  Just register below (or HERE) for a chance to win:

Update:  Congratulations to Rebecca L!

Contest Ends: Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Official Contest Rules: https://goo.gl/YKPpZs


Give Away: 4 Tickets to Beauty and the Beast – A Christmas Rose

Sooooo… This Lythgoe Family Panto is coming to Houston.  And I have tickets to give away.

BUT the tickets in THIS post are the wrong ones.  When they were offered to me, I figured they were for Pasadena, Texas… but I was wrong!  They are for Pasadena, California!

Everyone that entered will be entered in the HOUSTON give away!

 

Lythgoe Family Panto, in association with Pasadena Playhouse, presents Beauty and the Beast – A Christmas Rose, December 13 -24, 2017 at Pasadena Civic Center.

This is an updated version of the classic tale, in the style of a traditional British family Panto, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – A CHRISTMAS ROSE features family-friendly magic, with a comedic twist, dancing (with “So You Think You Can Dance” alumni), contemporary music and more.

AND I have 4 tickets to the show on Thursday, December 14, 2017 performance at 7:30pm! To win, register below!

Pictured (L-R) are Kelli Berglund as “Belle,” Jonah Platt as “The Beast,” James Snyder as “Gus” and Gedde Watanabe as “Marcel.

If you have not heard of this show before, it includes a lot of names you might recognize!

Book by Kris Lythgoe
Choreographed by Mandy Moore (La La Land)
Music Direction and Arrangements by Michael Orland (American Idol)
Directed by Sheldon Epps

Starring:
Kelli Berglund (Disney XD’s LAB RATS) as Belle
Jared Gertner (Broadway’s The Book Of Mormon) as Pierre
Jonah Platt (Broadway’s WICKED) as The Beast
James Snyder (Broadway’s IF/THEN) as Gus
John Tartaglia (Broadway’s Shrek The Musical) as Louis Vuitton
Gedde Watanabe (Broadway’s PACIFIC OVERTURES and John Hughes’ SIXTEEN CANDLES) as Marcel
Harrison White (Broadway’s The Lion King) as Dame Chanel

Tickets are available online at Ticketmaster.com/PantoPasadena or by calling 626-449-7360. Group discounts (for groups of 8 or more) are available by emailing groups@americanpanto.com.

To win the tickets, register below (or HERE)!

Contest Ends: Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Official Rules: https://goo.gl/M8xeKU


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