Where in Houston? Buffalo Soldiers National Museum!


Yesterday I asked where in Houston this picture was taken. It’s from the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum!

Video: Tips & Tricks for Visiting Rodeo Houston, with Kids… Beat the Crowds & Save Money

Rodeo Houston is here!

If you are planning to take kids, here are our tips and tricks…. including how to get there, how to beat the crowds and how to save money.

See the video HERE or below… and get even more tips HERE!

Video: Favorite Things to Do in Houston, with Kids, February 22-28, 2018!

Here are my favorite things to do in Houston, with kids, for February 22-28!  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?

Give Away: Family Four Pack to Taco Cabana!

For a limited time, Taco Cabana has three loaded grilled shrimp tacos!

The Pina has seasoned shrimp and pineapple pico de gallo, the Rancho has seasoned shrimp with creamy jalapeno ranch, lettuce and pico de gallo and Diabla has seasoned shrimp, spicy chipotle diabla sauce, jalapeno-pickled red onions, crumbled queso fresco and cilantro.

To celebrate, we have four $5 guest appreciations cards to give to one family (for a total of $20)! To win, register below (or HERE).

Contest Ends:  Friday, February 23, 2018
Official Rules: https://goo.gl/pXXM9p

Things to do in Houston today, and this weekend, with kids! February 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 2018

Are you ready to rodeo? Rodeo Houston starts early this week!

Friday is Go Texan Day and when Trail Riders come through Houston, Saturday is Rodeo Houston Run and the Rodeo Parade and Tuesday is the big Rodeo Houston!   For the tips and tricks for saving money and beating the crowds, go HERE!

This weekend you can also watch Secret Life of Pets at Levy Park or take the kids Fishing at Sea Center Texas.  Or go to the Houston Maritime Museum for Family Day: Stranded.  This is the last family day until they move to a new (and improved) location!

For the full list of things to do, look below.  Or plan ahead for Spring Break with THIS list of things to do with kids!

Things to Do Any Day:
Explore Houston like an Insider
Visit a new Houston Park
Find Kid Friendly Restaurants in Houston
Rodeo Houston: Save Money & Beat the Crowds

Thursday, February 22, 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.
Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera – 7:30pm – Opera in the Heights

Friday, February 23, 2018:
Go Texan Day
Watch the Trail Riders
Children’s Story Hour – 10:00am – Hermann Park
Movie Night: Secret Life of Pets – 6:30pm – Levy Park
Rockets vs Timberwolves – 7:00pm – Toyota Center

Saturday, February 24, 2018:
[Click HERE for things to do Saturday through Wednesday!]

Outdoor Roller Rink at Discovery Green! March 2-25, 2018

The ICE at Discovery Green is closed for the season… but it is turning into an outdoor roller rink!

I used to go to a small town roller rink, every Friday night, as a tween… and I am so excited to take the kids to Discovery Green. For more information, go HERE!

When: March 2-March 25, 2018

$8 per person on-site with $4 skate rental
$8 on Cheap Skate Nights, Mondays 3/5 and 3/19 (includes skates)
$10 Fast Pass online tickets with $4 skate rental – click here to purchase

Customers of George R Brown Restaurants – $2 discount for customers of GRB restaurants (Proof of same day purchase at participating restaurant required. Maximum 4 discounts per household per visit. This discount will apply to any regular admission ticket and is not available at Cheap Skate or in combination with other discounts.)

Mondays – Thursdays 5 – 10 pm
Fridays 5 – 11 pm
Saturdays and School Holidays* 11 am – 11 pm
Sundays 11 am – 9 pm

School holidays are March 12 through March 17.
Weather permitting.

Where: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney, Houston, TX 77010


Top 10 Things to Do this Week & Weekend, in Houston, with Kids – February 19-25, 2018

Make plans for another great week in Houston, with kids!  Here are the top things to do for Monday through Sunday, February 19-25, 2018.

You can also find the full list of events HERE!

1.  On Monday, the Children’s Museum of Houston is closed to the general public… but is open for Sensory Friendly Day.

2.  On Tuesday, attend the free Rodeo Round Up at City Hall.

3.  On Wednesday, enjoy the Nature Storytime at the Nature Discovery Center.

4.  On Thursday, go to the museum district for Free Museum Entry.

5.  Friday is Go Texan Day and when Trail Riders come through Houston.  See where to watch them HERE!

6.  On Friday, watch Secret Life of Pets on the lawn at Levy Park.

7.  On Saturday, run in the Rodeo Houston Run or watch the Rodeo Parade.

8.  On Saturday, take the kids Fishing at Sea Center Texas.

9.  On Saturday, go to the Houston Maritime Museum for Family Day: Stranded.  This is the last family day until they move to a new (and improved) location!

10.  On Saturday and Sunday, celebrate Lunar New Year Houston at the Viet Hoa Center.

Houston Rodeo Parade, February 24, 2018, Route Information & Tips for Viewing and Parking

Every February, the Houston Rodeo comes to town! Before the month-long celebration at at NRG Park, families can find floats, horses and marching bands in Downtown Houston. For 2018, the parade is on February 24 at 10:00am.

The route is:

  • Starts at Bagby and Walker (By City Hall)
  • Walker Street to Travis Street, Right on Travis
  • Travis to Bell Street, Right on Bell
  • Bell to Louisiana Street, Right on Louisiana
  • Louisiana to Lamar Street, Left on Lamar
  • Ends at Lamar and Bagby (By the Central Library)

Find the map HERE or below:


If you plan to go Downtown, here are some tips:

  • Arrive early!  Traffic and parking will be tough just before the 10:00am start time.
  • Take METRORail to avoid the traffic.  The parade is near the Main Street Square Station on the Red Line.
  • If you drive, I would come in to downtown from the I59/Discovery Green side of Downtown.  Park when you see a spot and walk over.  (So you have a guide, Discovery Green is approximately 5 blocks from the train tracks on Main Street and 10 blocks from City Hall.)
  • According to Rodeo Houston, the best places to view the parade are on Louisiana, from Bell to Lamar, Lamar, and from Louisiana to Smith.  Bagby and Walker streets, from Sabine Street to Bagby, will be off limits for viewing.
  • According to Rodeo Houston, these are the recommended parking spots:  Alley Theater Garage, Lyric Center, 1100 Smith Garage, Theater District Parking, Street Parking, Texas and Smith, Smith and Preston, Smith and Dallas, Smith and Clay, Walker and Main.  (But I would still park closer to Discovery Green and walk over… just to avoid the mess!)

For more Rodeo Houston tips, go HERE!  Or to watch the Trail Riders, go HERE!

Where to Watch the Rodeo Houston Trail Riders, Friday, February 23, 2018

The Trail Riders are on their way to Houston!  By Friday, they will be on our local city streets and headed to Memorial Park!

Here is the official map, the routes AND their break locations (where you might just be able to say hello to the riders)!

If you want to find them, here’s the plan:

  1.  Find the official map HERE.
  2.  On the map, look for the Trail Riders in your part of town.
  3. On the left of the map, click on the name of the Trail Riders near you.
  4. Then click on “Daily Schedule” or “Map”.  Here you can see the route and the break locations!
  5. Or, skip #1-#4 and scroll down for the routes.

If you want a quick look at the routes, below are the routes of all the Trail Riders!  (To see the breaks, each map has a square in the top left corner.)





Old Spanish:


Prairie View:


Salt Grass:


Sam Houston:




Southwestern Trail Riders:

Texas Independence:


The Spanish:


Valley Lodge:

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