Things to Do in Houston, with Kids… Posts on BigKidSmallCity, Published May 20-26, 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, May 20-26, 2017!

Weekend Events:

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

Things to Do in Houston:

Houston Restaurants:

Favorite Fully Fenced & Easy to Watch Parks in Houston!

Houston has hundreds of parks and a hundred amazing parks… but not all are fully fenced or easy to watch. I often get asked which parks I would recommend for parents with small multiples or kids that like to run off or just playgrounds that are easy to watch over.

Here are 11 parks to get you started… and at the bottom, some to avoid!  The map is below.  (And always, tell us which ones to add!)

Fully-fenced, easy-to-watch, small-in-size parks:

Fire Truck Park: This Southside park is small, fully fenced and has great equipment.  There is a fire truck play structure for the little kids and some challenging ladders, bridges and spinners for big kids!


River Oaks “Pumpkin” Park: Not only does this park have a pumpkin carriage… but the playground is fenced in and has challenging equipment, swings, picnic tables and big trees.


Nottingham Park:  The play structure and splashpad are fenced in… plus there is a restroom.  Outside the fence you can find a jogging trail and a kid fit playground.


Evergreen Park: This Bellaire park is small and fenced in.


Feld Park: This is another Bellaire park with big trees, swings, equipment for big and little kids and a restroom.  (The fence was added in the last couple of years… there is no gate… but the kids will certainly be slowed down!)


Judson Park:  This West University park has a fenced in area for little kids an another one for big kids.  And big kids really need to see the boulder slide!

Wier Park:  This is another West University park with a full fence and great equipment… but it gets very busy!


Carol Fox Park: Located in Jersey Village, this park has play structures, giant sand boxes and a mommy-and-me swing!


Hedwig Park:  In the Memorial area, this fenced in park is right next to the Spring Branch Library.  There are big trees, lots of play structures and an area just for toddlers.


Travis Spark Park: This park is bigger than most on the list… but it is fully fenced in and has great equipment… including dinosaur bones and a rock wall!


Quillian Center Playground: Located next to the popular Noah’s Ark Pool, this playground is free and fully fenced in.


Playgrounds that can be hard to watch:

Levy Park:  I LOVE Levy Park… but if have a runner, it’s hard to watch with all the mounds and tunnels.

Discovery Green:  I LOVE this park too… but if you have someone that likes to run off, this space is really big and there is a lake you need to avoid.

Donovan Park: Another AMAZING park… but it can be hard to see the kids in the fortresses.

Playgrounds for All: I love the ramps for little kids and for kids in wheelchairs or walkers and I love that they usually have rubber mats… but they can be hard to watch without following the kids.


Want more Houston parks, look here:

Audio: Favorite Houston Family Events for this Weekend: May 25-31, 2017

Listen to my favorite events for the weekend (and week) of May 25, 2017, or watch the video HERE! To help you navigate, below are the posts mentioned in the audio clip:

The Woodlands Resort… Family Staycation with Smores and Movies Every Night All Summer!

I did NOT know this about my favorite Houston area staycation.  At The Woodlands Resort, the smores, dive in movies and family activities are EVERY NIGHT OF THE WEEK!

We have always gone on the weekend for swimming, crafts, dancing, contests and smores… but it turns out we could have been going on the less busy week days!

Find the summer schedule of events HERE.  And see our TIPS for visiting HERE!

(If you do go over Memorial Day weekend, HERE are the activities.  Also, here’s a great promo code… it’s just ending soon:
“Don’t miss the chance to receive 50% off your second night. Be sure to book your summer stay before May 31st. Good for stays Sunday-Thursday all summer long. Some restrictions apply. Use Discount code SUMFUN when making your reservation.”)

Two for Tuesdays Return to the Downtown Aquarium – Buy One Get One Free Admission for Summer 2017

Here’s the good news… Two for Tuesdays are returning to the Downtown Aquarium in June, July and August 2017. Just print out the coupon, or pull it up on you phone, for every 4 people in your group and get buy one get one free access to everything at the Aquarium… the rides, the aquarium and the sting ray tank!  (In the past, you have been able to use multiple coupons.)

Here’s the trick…. Two for Tuesdays is on the Downtown Aquarium calendar, but you need a new coupon every month.  Usually it is in on the bottom of the homepage in one of the rectangles (and shows up on the first of the month).  You will need a new coupon each month.

For June’s coupon, go HERE!
For July’s coupon, check back!
For the August coupon, check back!

For the complete events list for Memorial Day through Labor Day, go HERE!

Movie Theater Kids Movies for $1 or Less, All Summer Long 2017!

Movie theater, kids films and air conditioning… for $1 or less, all Summer 2017!

See the many options below and tell us what other reasonable movie tickets you’ve seen around Houston.  (And if you are looking for free bowling, free reading programs and more summer resources, go HERE!)

1.  Alamo Drafthouse – Choose your own ticket price – $1-$3-$5
100% of ticket sales are donated to local nonprofits.

June 9-15: Sing
More movies should be added soon.

2. Studio Movie Grill – $1.00 Children’s Summer Series
May 29-June 2: Monsters vs Aliens
June 5-9: How to Train Your Dragon
June 12-16:  Rio
June 19-23: Turbo
June 26-30: Trolls
July 3-7: Horton Hears a Who!
July 10-14: Kung Fu Panda
July 17-21: Shrek the Third
July 24-28: Madagascar
July 31-August 4: The Peanuts Movie
August 7-11: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
August 14-18: Chicken Run
August 21-25: Home
August 28-September 1: Monsters vs Aliens

3.  Cinemark Theatres – $1 Summer Movie Clubhouse (or $5 for 10 movies)
Times, dates and movies vary by location, but many are on 10:00am on Tuesday and Wednesday! Adults are also $1 per movie.

4.  Regal Entertainment – $1 Summer Movie Express
Family movies playing on Tuesdays & Wednesdays for the summertime!  Dates/start dates vary by location… find your location HERE.

Tickets available for purchase at the box office and all movies start at 10:00 am. Each week both movies play on both days.

5.  Santiko’s IMAX Theaters – Free Summer Movies
Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10 am, from June 6 through August 2, for a FREE summer movie. Kids Summer Snack Packs are $4 if you decide to buy them.

6.  Show Biz Cinemas – 50¢ Movies

The Very Best Dinner at Russo’s New York Pizzeria

Address: 5727 Westheimer Rd., #B, Houston, TX, 77057 (and more locations)

Four out of four (of my) kids agree… dinner at Russo’s New York Pizzeria is the best dinner they’ve had in their entire lives. Entire lives you ask? Well apparently the answer is “yes”.

Russo’s invited us out to try their salads, pastas and pizzas… and each thing they brought out was better than the last.  Really, it probably was the best meal my kids can remember.

The Russo’s we went to is located near the Galleria Mall on Westheimer and Chimney Rock, but is much easier to access than the mall.  There is a big parking lot and there’s no delay to getting to the restaurant.

Once inside, you order at the counter, find a seat and the food comes to you (making it fast and easy with kids).

Russo’s has a kids menu and a lot of pasta dishes, sandwiches and pizzas.  At lunch, there are specials… and I’ve had them in the past… but on this night, we got a little of everything!

No really, we had something from each menu… Mozzarella Fritti, Chicken & Kale Pesto Pasta Salad, Greek Pizza, New York Village Pizza, Kid’s Pizza, Chicken Marsala and Kid’s Spaghetti and Meatballs… and Tiramisù, Big Chocolate Cake and Cheesecake!

This was a serious meal.  (And school lunches the next day.  And dinner the next day.  And…)

The portion sizes are big and the kids meals can feed a hungry 9 year old (which is not always true of kids meals).

We ate it all.  And shared some with the security guard in the parking lot.  And brought plenty home.  If we had to pick, our favorites were…

Me: Kale Salad
9 year old: Greek Pizza
8 year old: Spaghetti and Meatballs
Picky 5 year old: The entire basket of bread that comes with the meal
Baby: Bread stolen from the picky 5 year old
(Unless we are counting dessert, then we are all changing our answers.)

See the pictures below and check out Russo’s New York Pizzeria!







Russo's New York Pizzeria Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Give Away: Admission to the Houston Zoo + Nature Connects LEGO Bricks + Wildlife Carousel + Giraffe Feeding!

Reliant has once again teamed up with the Houston Zoo to help families have a fun summer, with an unforgettable experience in the heart of Houston!  AND they have provided tickets for our give away!

The Houston Zoo has a new exhibit for the summer –Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks! You’ll be able to see 12 of your favorite animals unlike ever before, built with more than 770,000 LEGO bricks!

These unique art sculptures will be on display starting May 27 through September 4.  (This usually costs $19.95 – Includes Zoo admission, all-day Nature Connects entry, a conservation bracelet, and UNLIMITED Texas Direct Auto Wildlife Carousel rides OR, for members, $3.95 UNLIMITED Texas Direct Auto Wildlife Carousel & Nature Connects All-Day Pass exclusively for Zoo Members.)

Plus, the Giraffe Feeding Platform is open daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. (depending on weather and giraffe participation). You’ll have a unique opportunity to closely interact with the giraffe family while offering them a crunchy lettuce leaf snack! (This is usually $7.)

AND thanks to Reliant, we are giving this all away!

You can win Four (4) all-day passes to the Houston Zoo, which includes admission, all-day Nature Connects LEGO exhibit entry, a souvenir conservation bracelet and UNLIMITED carousel rides for kids AND four (4) Giraffe Feeding Platform vouchers.

To win, register below.

Contest Rules: Monday, May 29, 2017
Official Rues:

Where in Houston? Houston Zoo/Memorial Hermann METRORail Station

WIH Doctor

Yesterday I asked where in Houston this picture was taken. It’s from the Houston Zoo/Memorial Hermann METRORail Station!

Metrorail train at Memorial Hermann Houston Zoo Station

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!!

The games are:
NRG Arena (Houston)
Sat., July 8, 2017 @ 2pm
Sat., July 8, 2017 @ 7pm

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

SAVE $7 with Code: COURT! Find tickets HERE.

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