Take the Kids Skydiving… at iFly Houston – Memorial!

We went skydiving!

My youngest son has kept on his bracelet all week and told everyone we met about iFly Houston!

iFly invited us out for a flight and the kids could not have been more excited.  They have been asking to go for years… and finally they got their chance!

Our iFly flight was schedule for a weekday at noon.  We arrived, signed the waivers and headed up the stairs to find the giant glass chamber where people were flying!

We watch several people fly before we got started, so we had some idea what we were able to do.  Each flyer went in with the instructor.  He stood on the ground and held the suit as the person flew.  He gave instructions through hand signals and if the flyer was straight enough, they could fly on their own.  And at the end, the instructor would fly and put on a show for everyone watching!

After this, we watched our safety video, learned the hand signs and went to suit up.  Kids 3 and older can fly, but my one year old was feeling left out.  The instructors insisted on her using an extra toddler suit and helmet, just to make her feel better.  (And they had no idea I was writing about the trip… they just offered to help!)

Soon after, the kids were in the flight chamber waiting room (and I was outside with baby… and switched with my big boy later on).  One by one they went in and flew!  They each had two minutes… but in the wind, it did feel like much longer.  We had the high flying package, so at the end, the instructor actually took his feet off the ground and flew up high with the kids!  Watch the video!

The kids (6, 9 and 11) thought this was the greatest experience and declared they wanted to come back for Flight School.  Watching them was not at all scary because the instructors were doing a great job and the kids were happy.

There was another little girl in our group (about 5 years old) that was scared after her first flight.  She wanted to quit before her second trip in, but with the mom’s permission, the instructor encouraged her, got her to try again and held her very close for another flight.  I was really impressed that they were so caring.

I did take my flight… and let me tell you that I am scared of most everything, including heights and small spaces.  Once inside, the height was really no big deal and the space was plenty big enough.  It was the giant gusts of wind on my face that I found hard to handle!  For the first few seconds of my flight I was wondering how I would be able to survive for the minute… but in the end, I was glad I did it!

If you are thinking about going to iFly, here are some things to know:

  • Kids 3 and older can fly.
  • You need to wear closed toe shoes.  A flight suit, goggles, ear plugs and helmet are provided.
  • Small lockers are available for free.
  • In the flight chamber, one person is adjusting the giant fan.  They work with the instructor (and I assume they adjust it based on your size and how high they want you to go).
  • To start the flight, you just lean into the wind and float up.  At the end, the instructor takes you to the exit, you grab on and pull your legs out.
  • The instructor stands on the mesh ground, with the giant gusts of wind coming from the floor.  The flyer floats in the air and tries to keep their body straight and chin up.
  • If you have a high flight at the end, an instructor actually flies up with you and brings you back down.
  • If you fall in love with flying, you can join Flight School.  We have not been, but accoring to Houston mom Hilary, you get more flying time and practice skills (like going up, down and spinning).

If you want to learn more about iFly, go HERE!


Things to Do in Houston, with Kids… Posts on BigKidSmallCity, Published June 16-22, 2018!

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 this week, June 16-22, 2018.

 

Weekend Events:

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

Things to Do Around Houston:

Give Aways:


As Seen on Houston Life: Cool Things To Do Around Houston with Kids

It’s HOT and we’re looking for COOL things to do around Houston, with kids!

We had the honor of being on Houston Life talking about just this.  Watch the video and get more details below:

  • Bahama Bucks: Have a snow ball fight!  Bahama Bucks sells Sno 2 Throw and you can get 50% Off at Participating Locations (I10 at Wilcrest, Fulshear, Galveston) – Use code “Houston Life”.
  • Ice Eggs: Make your own!
  • Free Splashpads: The City of Houston has 29 free splashpads… and this doesn’t even include private parks and parks outside city limits!
  • Downtown Tunnels: There are 7 miles of tunnels under downtown Houston.  They are open workdays and have restaurants and shops… and are dry and air conditioned!
  • Houston Police Department Mounted Patrol Stables:  Feed nearly 40 police horses for free during visitor hours!
  • Free Library Programs:  Read and get rewarded!
  • Free Indoor Playgrounds: 10+ free indoor playgrounds around Houston (no memberships needed)!
  • Pinkalicious at Main Street Theater: This is a professional production, meant for families!
  • Adventure Kids Playcare – If you want a cool place for the kids to play… but the parents need a break… drop off the kids!  Get 1 Hour Free at Memorial Location – Code is “BKSC1HR”


Where in Houston? Oui Banh Mi!

Yesterday we asked where in Houston this picture was taken. It’s the new mural on the side of Oui Banh Mi!


Video: Favorite Things to Do in Houston, with Kids, June 21-27, 2018!

Here are my favorite things to do in Houston, with kids, for June 21-27!  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?


Things to do in Houston today, and this weekend, with kids! June 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 2018

Plan out your weekend, in Houston, with kids!

During the day, stay cool with Splashpads, Pools and Houston Venues!

After the heat of the day, go to Park After Dark: Spiders in the Park at Nature Discovery Center.  You can learn about spiders and participate in the guided night hike.

Also late in the evening is the Summer Symphony Night at Miller Outdoor Theatre.  You can enjoy the Houston Symphony for free!

Or head inside for the fun and air conditioned Pinkalicious The Musical by Main Street Theater at MATCH!

For the full list of things to do, look below. To plan out your summer, HERE are all the events planned through August!

Things to Do Any Day:

All the Houston Events – Things to do in Houston, with kids, for June 1 – September 3, 2018.  Here’s what’s on the local Houston calendars!
Stay Cool this Summer… FREE Houston Splashpads, Pools & Air Conditioned Venues – Look here for FREE Splashpads, Pools, Beaches and Indoor Air Conditioned Venues!
FREE Indoor Playplaces around Houston – There are a lot of FREE indoor places to play… with no memberships required!
Get Rewarded… Just for Reading – FREE Summer Reading Programs with Great Rewards.
Houston Area Waterparks by Location, Cost and Amenities – A quick (and rough) overview of the Houston area parks.
Movie Theater Kids Movies for $1 or Less, All Summer Long 2018 – No really. $1 movies for kids and adults!
Houston Citywide Map: Things to do in Houston, with kids
Kids Eat Free, by Day of the Week – A list of Houston restaurants offering free meals for kids, sorted by the day of the week!
A Quick Guide to Galveston Island Beaches… and How We Take 4 Kids Without Going Crazy – To help with your summer beach trips, here is a simplified guide to Galveston Beaches and lots of details on West Beach
More Things to do in Galveston, with kids – Beaches, museums, parks and restaurants to visit in Galveston!
Texas Roadtrips – Pack up the family and head towards Austin, San Antonio, Corpus Christi or Dallas… and stop at these parent recommended spots!
Want a night out? Take the kids to Adventure Kids Playcare in Memorial.  (Use code BKSC1HR for a free 1st hour at the Memorial location!)

Thursday, June 21, 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.
Summer Art Explorers: Look, Discover, Create! – 11:00am-2:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Summer Solstice –  8:20pm – Rothko Chapel

Friday, June 22, 2018:

Astros vs Royals – 7:10pm – Minute Maid Park
Dash vs Throns – 7:30pm – BBVA Compass Stadium
Park After Dark: Spiders in the Park – 8:00pm – Nature Discovery Center
ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights – 8:30pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Saturday, June 23, 2018:

[Click HERE… for things to do Saturday through Wednesday!]


Top 11 Things to Do this Week & Weekend, in Houston, with Kids – June 18-24, 2018

Make plans for another great week in Houston, with kids!  Here are the top things to do for Monday through Sunday, June 18-24, 2018.

You can also find the full list of events HERE … and ALL the Summer Break Fun, HERE!

1.  All week, cheer for the Astros at Minute Maid Park.

2.  On Monday, take the little ones (5 and under) to Toddler Stay and Play at H-Town Elite.  The toddler equipment will be open and parents can play with their kids!

3.  On Tuesday, take advantage of Two for Tuesday at the Downtown Aquarium.  Bring the coupon for buy one get one free admission!

4.  On Wednesday, go to the Itty Bitty Beach Party, with discounted admission for families with young kids, at Pirates Bay Baytown.

5.  On Thursday, enjoy the Free Museum Day in the museum district.  This includes Summer Art Explorers: Look, Discover, Create at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston!

6.  On Friday, cheer for the Dash at BBVA Compass Stadium.

7.  On Friday, go to Park After Dark: Spiders in the Park at Nature Discovery Center.  You can learn about spiders and participate in the guided night hike.

8.  Friday and Saturday, go to  Summer Symphony Nights at Miller Outdoor Theatre.  You can enjoy the Houston Symphony for free!

9.  On Saturday, go see Pinkalicious The Musical by Main Street Theater at MATCH.

10.  On Saturday, watch Despicable Me 3 on the lawn at Discovery Green.

11.  All week long, Stay Cool this Summer… FREE Houston Splashpads, Pools & Air Conditioned Venues .

 

 


Galveston without the Sand… at Lasker Park Community Pool!

Address: 2016 43rd St, Galveston, TX 77550

Mom, I like Galveston without the sand!

This is what my son told me at Lasker Park Community Pool!

We spend a lot of time at the beach… and this new pool between Broadway and Seawall was a nice change. It has beach entry, little kid splash area, a big slide, a poolside basketball hoop and a lap pool. Non-residents can swim for a fee.

It cost us $6 for adults and $4 for kids and we needed a drivers licence for the waiver.  Parking was free in the lot.

At Lasker Pool, everything is nice and new (including the restrooms) and there is quite a lot of shade around the outside of the pool. There are lifeguards all around the pool and the patrons were friendly.

One of my kids was sad that he was 47″ and the big slide requires you to be 48″… but once he found he could jump off the side into the deep end, he decided his day was going to be pretty good.

The lap pool opens early but the rest opens later in the morning.  (Everything is closed on Mondays.)  At 1:00pm on a weekday, there were less than 10 families at the pool.  By 3:00pm, the chairs and pools were filling up.

We had a lot of fun in the water… and were able to finish our Galveston trip without so much sand in our suits!  To find more to do in Galveston with kids, go HERE!

 

Find more Houston area parks and pools:


Things to Do in Houston, with Kids… Posts on BigKidSmallCity, Published June 9-15, 2018!

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 this week, June 9-15, 2018.

Weekend Events:

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

Things to Do Around Houston:

Houston Resources:

Give Aways: