Blanket Bingo at Market Square Park, Tacky Sweater Edition! December 12, 2013

Niko Nikos at Market Square ParkBingo gets trendy at Market Square Park in Downtown Houston. On December 12, 2013, park visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy a night filled with music, fun and bingo for a historic night out.

And this Blanket Bingo is special… it’s the Tacky Sweater Edition!  Attendees are encouraged to wear their tackiest sweater (think Bill Cosby) for an ugly sweater contest, enjoy a chance to win $500 cold, hard cash, and have an official photo taken with their four-legged friend under Texas’ largest mistletoe!

General admission is $10 and includes a packet of bingo cards (approximately ten games) along with chances to win a number of great prizes.

Participants are encouraged to spread out on the lawn or utilize the park’s existing tables during the game.

All proceeds will help support local nonprofit Buffalo Bayou Partnership.

 


Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade and Route Information – November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving Day Parade TurkeyThe Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade will be on Thursday, November 28, 2013, at 9:00am, in Downtown Houston!

Go HERE for the parade route!  The parade starts and stops near City Hall and the Central Library.  It goes up Smith, across Walker, down Milam to Pease and then back up Louisiana and Smith to Dallas.

Often times the east(ish) side by the train tracks is the most crowded.  If you can, try to get a spot on the west(ish) side of the street!

After the parade, head to Discovery Green for Ice Skating (startinga t 11:00am)!

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Ice Skate at Discovery Green, November 22, 2013 through February 2, 2014!

KidsSkatesThe Ice Rink is getting ready to open at Discovery Green! We love the Ice at Discovery Green!

We go multiple times each year and enjoy this winter activity in the mild Houston temperatures.  As I mentioned HERE, the kids can rent double bladed skates and practice in the toddler-rink.  The kids have always skated while I watched from dry land, but this year, I’m going to teach myself to skate.

And by “skate”, I actually mean I am going to put on skates and cling to the side of the rink.  You really don’t want to miss this show, or the fun to be had at Discovery Green!

The rink is open daily, Friday, November 22, 2013 and continue through Sunday, February 2, 2014.  Always check the website before going, just in case there is a special event or Houston is just too hot for the ice.

Admission is $12 per person, which includes tax and skate rental.

Weekly events at The ICE:
Monday – Cheap Skate Nights, skate for $5 per person.
Tuesday – Jazz on Ice, live jazz by ice-skating Jawad.
Thursday –Chill with friends while grooving to music by a DJ.
Friday – Silver Screen, family-friendly movies.
Saturday – Skate with Santa


Blanket Bingo at Market Square Park November 14 and December 12, 2013

Niko Nikos at Market Square ParkBingo gets trendy at Market Square Park in Downtown Houston. On November 14 and December 12, 2013, park visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy a night filled with music, fun and bingo for a historic night out.

Juliette went in September with her 6 year old and had a great time.  They came home and decided to plan their own bingo party!

General admission is $10 and includes a packet of bingo cards (approximately ten games) along with chances to win a number of great prizes donated by area businesses and partners including a private pontoon boat ride down Buffalo Bayou for 21, a luxurious one-night staycation at Hotel Icon and $500 hard, cold cash.

Participants are encouraged to spread out on the lawn or utilize the park’s existing tables during the game.

All proceeds will help support local nonprofit Buffalo Bayou Partnership.

 


Ice Skating to Return to Discovery Green on November 22, 2013! Things to do this winter in Houston!

KidsIceI really really really love when the ice rink opens at Discovery Green.  I love this outdoor activity in the mild winters of Houston.

Each year, Discovery Green‘s model boat basin is transformed into an outdoor ice rink using renewable energy and water recycled from Kinder Lake.

We go multiple times each winter and the big kids (now 6 and 4) love it.  And, I’ve never had to step on the ice.

The rink rents out double bladed skates, in kid sizes, making it easy for the kids to learn.  The rink also has a small area for the youngest skaters to practice.

Each year I’ve been carrying a baby and have just stood close by, on dry land, while the other kids have had a blast.  But I think my baby excuse is gone this year.

Baby James is now 2 and I see a pair of double bladed skates in his future.  And if James is skating, I should probably teach myself to skate.

If you go, I will be the adult clinging to the side of the rink while 3 kids skate circles around her.  Feel free to come give me a lesson or just join in the fun!

The rink is open daily, Friday, November 22, 2013 and continue with an extended skating season through Sunday, February 2, 2014.  Always check the website before going, just in case there is a special event or Houston is just too hot for the ice.

Admission is $12 per person, which includes tax and skate rental.

Weekly events at The ICE:
Monday – Cheap Skate Nights, skate for $5 per person.
Tuesday – Jazz on Ice, live jazz by ice-skating Jawad.
Thursday –Chill with friends while grooving to music by a DJ.
Friday – Silver Screen, family-friendly movies.
Saturday – Skate with Santa

 


A Night at Market Square – Saturday, October 12, 2013

Market Square ParkI really want a babysitter on October 12.  I want to stroll through Market Square in Downtown Houston, and grab food and drinks along the way.

Market Square is one of our favorite parts of Houston.  And how much fun would it be to walk around and listen to a live performance from The Band of Heathens?  T

here is no age requirement, and it looks like kids are invited, but I think this would be a great girls night out or date night.

Event participants featured this year include:  Barnaby’s Cafe, Captain Foxheart’s Bad News Bar & Spirit Lodge, Char Bar, Clutch City Squire, Dean’s Credit Clothing, El Big Bad, Falafel Factory, Frank’s Pizza, Georgia’s Market, Goro & Gun, Hearsay Gastro Lounge, Heritage Texas Properties, Hotel Icon, La Carafe, Line & Lariat, , Market Square Bar & Grill, Mia Bella, Niko Niko’s, Notsuoh, The Original OKRA Charity Saloon, The Pastry War, Spaghetti Warehouse, Treebeardsand Warren’s.

On street parking is free after 6:00pm.

 


Blanket Bingo at Market Square Park October 3, November 14 and December 12, 2013

Niko Nikos at Market Square ParkBingo gets hip and trendy at Market Square Park in Downtown Houston. On October 3, November 14 and December 12, 2013, park visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy a night filled with music, fun and bingo for a historic night out.

Juliette went in September with her 6 year old and had a great time.  They came home and decided to plan their own bingo party!

General admission is $10 and includes a packet of bingo cards (approximately ten games) along with chances to win a number of great prizes donated by area businesses and partners including a private pontoon boat ride down Buffalo Bayou for 21, a luxurious one-night staycation at Hotel Icon and $500 hard, cold cash.

Participants are encouraged to spread out on the lawn or utilize the park’s existing tables during the game.

All proceeds will help support local nonprofit Buffalo Bayou Partnership.

 


NBA All-Star Weekend in Downtown Houston – The Place to Find the Most Fun this Weekend

The NBA All-Star Game has taken over Downtown Houston.  With events all weekend, the streets are buzzing.  Walking from the METRORail Station to Discovery Green, you actually feel like you are in the 4th largest city in the United States.

We love downtown, but the weekends can often leave it a little empty without much company on the sidewalks.  That has all changed this weekend.

At Discovery Green, you can catch the free fun at  The Budweiser Experience at NBA All Star and at the George R Brown, across the street, you can catch the NBA All-Star Jam Session.  

You have one more day to check it out, so go see how Downtown has come alive.  Participate in the free events or just find a bench and watch those that are out and about.

The best bet is to take METRORail to the Main Street Square station and walk 5 blocks east(ish) to Discovery Green.  If you do drive, try to park closer to the train tracks and walk to the events.  (Street parking is free on Sundays.)  The closer you get to the George R Brown, the more congested the streets get.

If you are not up for trying the many food trucks, head to Phoenicia Specialty Foods across the street from Discovery Green. (Psssst – They also have clean bathrooms.)  The front of the store is on Austin Street, so walk around the building to get in.  Either eat at Phoenicia or take a picnic to the park.

 


Chevron Houston Marathon 2013 Course Information – January 13, 2013

The Chevron Houston Marathon starts at 7:00am on January 13, 2013.  25,000 participants will take off from Minute Maid Park.  For course information, go HERE.  For road closures, go HERE.

From downtown, participants run through the Heights and Montrose neighborhoods. At approximately mile 9, half marathoners split off from the marathon course and return to finish at the George R Brown Convention Center (GRB).   Marathoners continue through Rice and West University, passing the Galleria, Tanglewood and Memorial Park areas, before returning to finish at the GRB.


Downtown Building Implosion – December 9, 2012, 12:30pm – Ben Milam Hotel at 1521 Texas + Map

Photo Credit: http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/2012/12/details-on-this-weekends-downtown-building-implosion/

Today at 12:30pm, the Ben Milam Hotel at 1521 Texas, in Downtown Houston, will be imploded.  This is a 10 story building near Minute Maid Park that be replaced with a luxury residential complex. For details, go HERE.

Whether or not you like this 80 year old building being demolished, it will be quite a show.  Head downtown to check it out, just avoid the traffic for the Jingle Bell Run at the Downtown YMCA (located at 808 Pease Street, Houston, TX).


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