Christmas Activities, Festivals, Shows, Lights & Family Fun… Things to Do in Houston, with Kids, During the Holidays 2017!


Happy Holidays, Houston!  This list of holiday festivals, lights and shows is sponsored by Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.

Here’s what’s happening November 1, 2017  through January 2, 2018.

As events pop up, we’ll add them to the list… and since this is being posted so early, be sure to click the links and check before you head out to each venue. (And for Fall Festivals, go HERE!)

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Quick Links:

Full list of things to do in Houston, with kids, November 1 – January 2
Discounts to Holiday Shows in Houston, 2017!
Free Photos with Santa
Things to do around Discovery Green, with kids, for the holidays
Trains Over Texas at the Houston Museum of Natural Science
Stories by the Trains at Second Baptist (Free)
Hello, Trees! A Walking Serenade at Discovery Green
Giant Gingerbread House at Hilton Americas Houston!
Magical Winter Lights in La Marque
Nutcracker for Under $25
Houston Zoo Lights – Beat the Crowds!
Good Places to Take Family Photos in Houston

Holiday Lights:

Go HERE for the best neighborhoods and destinations! (We’ll update for 2017 when we get it together)

Zoo Lights – Dates TBD for 2017 – Houston Zoo (See our review HERE!)

Magical Winter Lights – November 10, 2017 – January 2, 2018 – Gulf Greyhound Park (See our review HERE!)

Festival of Lights – November 11, 2017  – January 7, 2018 – Moody Gardens

Lights in the Heights – December 9, 2017 – Woodland Heights
Tour the beautiful, lit up, neighborhood!

Dickinson Festival of Lights – through December 23, 2017 – Dickenson

 

Shows/Concerts:

As we find discounts, we’ll post them.  Also, not all shows are for little kids… Click the links and decide for yourself!

A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – November 17 – December 23, 2017 – Alley Theatre

A Charlie Brown Christmas – November 21-December 21, 2017 – Main Street Theater at MATCH

Christmas Wonderland Holiday Spectacular – November 24–25, 2017 – The Grand Galveston

A Scheherazade Thanksgiving – November 24-26, 2017 – Jones Hall

Houston Grand Opera: The House without a Christmas Tree – November 30-December 17, 2017 – HGO Resilience Theater (at George R Brown) {Wortham Theater was damaged by Harvey and will not reopen until next year.}  See our post HERE!

Panto Cinderella – November 29 – December 31, 2017 – Stages Repertory Theatre

Very Merry Pops – December 1-3, 2017 – Jones Hall

A Christmas Carol – December 1–2, 2017 – The Grand Galveston

Houston Symphony: A Grinch Christmas – December 2, 2017 – Jones Hall

The Nutcracker – December 10-January 6, 2018 – Smart Financial Centre (December 10-23, 2017), The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts (December 30, 2017-January 6, 2018) {Wortham Theater was damaged by Harvey and will not reopen until next year.}

Sleeping Beauty And Her Winter Knight – December 12-24 – Theater Under the Stars

The Texas Tenors: Deep in the Heart of Christmas – December 15, 2017 – The Grand Galveston

Handel’s Messiah – December 15-17, 2017 – Jones Hall

Trans-Siberian Orchestra – December 21, 2017 – Toyota Center

SHEN YUN – December 22-27, 2017 – Jones Hall

Christmas Under the Big Top – December 15-19, 2017 – Second Baptist Woodway Campus

 

Festivals/Family Fun:

Texas Renaissance Festival – Weekends, through November 26, 2017 – Todd Mission, Texas 
Ticket deals can usually be found on coupon websites.  Kids are free on Sundays.
The world’s largest Renaissance Festival has themes that change each weekend.

Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market – November 9-12, 2017 – NRG Center – N Stadium Dr, Houston, TX 77054
This is not really a kid event… but it’s a fun shopping/people watching event for moms or dads.  Kids can come, but no strollers are allowed!

Trains Over Texas – Starting November 10, 2017 – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Create holiday memories by travelling across Texas by model railroad in this scratch built “O” scale model.

Santa’s Wonderland – November 10, 2017-January 7, 2018 – 18898 Hwy 6 South, College Station, 77845 
Biggest Christmas attraction in the state of Texas!  Several ticket options are available.

Home for the Holidays – November 11-December 23 , 2017– Old Town Spring – 403 Main St, Spring, TX 77373
The local shops come alive and visitors encountered strolling performers and festive exhibits!

Polar Express Train Ride – November 11-December 27, 2017 – 789 Park Road 70, Palestine, Texas 75801
Ride on the Polar Express!  Find the best pricing in November and early December… and book all tickets before they sell out!

Festival of Lights – November 11, 2017  – January 7, 2018 – Moody Gardens – 1 Hope Boulevard Galveston, Texas 77554
Find more than 1 million lights,  live entertainment, ice skating, pictures with Santa and the Arctic Slide.

Ice Land Ice Sculptures – November 11, 2017 – January 7, 2018 – Moody Gardens – 1 Hope Boulevard Galveston, Texas 77554
A new rain forest theme… all carved out of more than 2 million pounds of ice!

Lighting of the Doves – November 18, 2017 – Town Green Park at The Woodlands Waterway 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, Texas 
This festival has snow, sledding, shopping, entertainment, fireworks… and Santa arriving on the water!  See the Doves light up along The Woodlands Waterway!

Via Colori Festival November 18 & 19, 2017 – Streets Surrounding City Hall – 900 Smith St, Houston, TX 77002
200 artists paint the streets surrounding City Hall!  Watch the artists work, enjoy music, activities and food!  Via Colori is a fundraiser for The Center for Hearing and Speech.

Zoo Lights – November 18, 2017 – January 14, 2018 – Houston Zoo – 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, Texas 77030
Tour the Zoo after dark!  The Zoo closes at 5:00pm and reopens at 6:00pm for this event.  Check their website for “value” nights and “prime” nights.  “Value” nights are less busy and cheaper!

 ICE at Discovery Green – November 18, 2017 – January 21, 2018 – Discovery Green 1500 McKinney, Houston, Texas 77010  
All ages are invited to skate at Discovery Green.  There is a small toddler rink for the littlest ones to practice.

Turkey Trot – November 23, 2017 – Galleria 4925 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas 77056
The largest Thanksgiving Race in Houston and it takes place in the Galleria area. The event benefits children and seniors Neighborhood Centers serves every year. There’s opportunity to participate as a walker, runner and also volunteer. Use Code: 17BIGKID to save $5.

HEB Thanksgiving Day Parade – November 23, 2017 – Downtown Houston – Starts at Smith at Lamar
Thanksgiving Day Parade in Downtown Houston.  Arrive early for parking!

Dickinson Festival of Lights – November 25, 2017 – December 23, 2017 – Dickenson – Paul Hopkins Park
See the lights and Santa!  Free Parking and shuttle service is provided on busy nights at Dickinson Plaza Shopping Center.

Skate with Santa – November 25, December 2, 9, 16, 23, 2017 – ICE at Discovery Green – 1500 McKinney, Houston, Texas 77010  
The man in the jolly red suit is on hand to skate with kids

Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting – Post Oak Boulevard – Uptown Park
From the website: “Due to the construction of Post Oak Boulevard, the Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting event, annually held on Thanksgiving evening, is being postponed until 2019.”

Mayor’s Holiday Celebration – December 1, 2017 – City Hall – 901 Bagby Street, Houston, Texas 77002
Tree lighting, music, Santa and family fun in Downtown Houston!

Dickens on the Strand – December 1-3, 2017 – Galveston – Strand National Historic Landmark District
Victorian holiday festival!  Six stages, strolling carolers, musicians, bagpipers, jugglers and  even more entertainers. Costumed vendors peddle their wares from street stalls and rolling carts laden with holiday food and drink, Victorian-inspired gifts.

Christmas Train – December 1-23, 2017 – 1407 Victory Lane, Alvin, Texas 775711
Old-fashioned train ride through our winter wonderland of lights and religious scenery. Over 300,000 lights sparkle along the 3/4 mile track.

An Old Fashioned Christmas – December 2, 2017 – Jesse H. Jones Nature Center – 20634 Kenswick Dr, Humble, TX 77338
Experience traditions of earlier times as the homestead comes to life with 19th century holiday customs. Enjoy music, a holiday craft, tree lighting, wassail and cookies, and an early visit from Saint Nicholas. Reservations required.

Santa to Land at the Lone Star Flight Museum – December 2, 9 and 16, 2017 – Ellington Field – 11551 Aerospace Ave, Houston, TX 77034
Santa’s got a new sleigh! Houston-area families are invited to watch Santa as he arrives in a Stearman PT-17 and taxis into the Lone Star Flight Museum at Ellington Airport. Santa arrives in style on December 2, December 9 and December 16. Photo opportunities with Santa and the PT-17 are available and will be taken inside the museum’s Waltrip Hangar. A general admission ticket is required and children age three and under are free.

Candlelight Tour December 5-16, 2017 – Sam Houston Park – 1000 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002
This Houston holiday tradition will take you and your loved ones back in time, to an open-hearted world filled with families gathering in cozy homes to count their blessings over a warm hearth.

Stories at the Trains – December 6, 13, 20, 2017 – Second Baptist at Woodway – 6400 Woodway Drive, E Building, Houston, Texas 77057
Listen to the Christmas stories by the giant model train layout!  It is open to everyone!

Tomball German Christmas Market & Festival – December 8-10, 2017 – Tomball Train Depot – 201 S Elm St, Tomball, TX, 77375
Great family festival just outside Houston.

Trees & Stars Winter Celebration – December 9, 2017 – Houston Arboretum – 4501 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77024
Enjoy festive food, Saint Arnold beer, Katz Coffee, and a hot chocolate bar inside. Outside, hike through the winter woods and look through telescopes to see the moon and stars.
Wear walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing.  Ages 5 and older.  Registration required.

Breakfast with Santa – December 9, 2017 – Hermann Park – 1700 Hermann Drive, Houston, Texas
Celebrate the holiday season with your family with a fun day including breakfast, ride on the Hermann Park Railroad, pedal boat ride, and pictures with Santa!

Holiday Party at Kinder Station – December 9, 2017 – Hermann Park Train Station – 1700 Hermann Drive, Houston, Texas
Come and enjoy free crafts and face painting.  Park members also enjoy free train rides.

Gingerbread Build Off – December 9, 2017 – Hermann Square by City Hall – 900 Smith St, Houston, TX 77002
Architecture Center Houston will host the Annual Gingerbread Build-Off at City Hall’s Hermann Square. Competing teams will create their masterpieces using 100% edible materials.

Homestead Holiday – December 9, 2017 – Jesse H. Jones Nature Center – 20634 Kenswick Dr, Humble, TX 77338
Enjoy homemade cookies and wassail as the homestead comes to life with old-fashioned Christmas traditions, including jolly old Saint Nicholas

Teddy Bear Check Up & Breakfast with Santa – December 9, 2017 – Health Museum – 1515 Hermann Dr. Houston, Texas 77004
Bring your children and their favorite teddy bear for an annual check-up at The Health Museum. Kids get hands-on experience checking their Teddy’s health while learning proper oral hygiene, how to listen to the heart with a stethoscope, keeping Teddy fit with stretches and moderate exercise and administering a band-aid for the occasional boo-boo. Enjoy a visit from Santa Claus who will be onsite for photos plus holiday and science themed activities and crafts.  Teddy Bear Check-up is included in regular admission price. Breakfast and photos with Santa are free to members.

Christmas Village at Bayou Bend – December 15-30, 2017 – Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens – 6003 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77265

Discover an immersive Christmas experience at beautiful Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. A dazzling bridge brings visitors into a winter wonderland featuring thousands of lights and activities for all ages throughout the 14-acre estate.

Fun, holiday-themed tours of Ima Hogg’s historic mansion crafted by Todd Waite feature live actors, theatrical effects, and Christmas decorations.

Brunch with Santa – December 16, 2017 – Phoenicia Foods Downtown – 1001 Austin St, Houston, TX 77010
The Houston Fire Department will have a truck on site for Operation Stocking Stuffer Toy Drive, Santa & Ms. Claus will be visiting with families and taking photos with the lil’ ones, there will be a Yule-tide brunch specials including Gingerbread waffles, Children’s Holiday Cookie decorating and more!

Rockin’ New Year’s Noon Bash – December 31, 2017 – Children’s Museum of Houston – 1500 Binz, Houston, Texas 77004
The end-of-year bash rings in the New Year at the stroke of noon with a parade and shimmering ball drop.  9:00am-3:00pm

High Noon Countdown – December 31, 2017 – The Woodlands Children’s Museum – 4775 W Panther Creek Dr #280, The Woodlands, TX 77381
Celebrate making New Year hats and creative art projects. 10:00am-12:00pm.

Sharkey’s New Year’s Eve Celebration – December 31, 2017 – Downtown Aquarium – 410 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002
Balloon Drop, Buffet and all day adventure pass.  11:00-2:00pm & 3:30-6:30pm

New Year’s Eve Family Celebration – December 31, 2017 – Kemah Boardwalk – 215 Kipp Ave, Kemah, TX 77565
Live music and fireworks at 10:00pm.

New Year’s at Splashway Campground – December 31, 2017 – Splashway Sheridan – 5211 Main St, Sheridan, TX 77475
This New Year’s Eve, bring the family to Splashway and escape the hustle and bustle of your daily lives. Take some time before school and work start again to unwind and relax, as a family. We’ve got outdoor activities, comfortable lodging options, and plenty of amenities for the whole family. On New Year’s Eve, we’ll be hosting an exclusive celebration for our guests, with music, fireworks*, and a grand countdown!


Fall Festivals, Farms & Pumpkin Patches – Things to Do in Houston, with Kids, during Fall 2016!

The kids are back to school, the weather is cooling down and it’s time for Fall Festivals, Farms & Pumpkin Patches.  Find the fall events below and get to celebrating!

Also, for the FULL LIST of Houston events, September 6 through October 31, go HERE!  You can also get updates to your inbox HERE.

Scroll to the very bottom for the map!

St James Pumpkin Patch
Do you know of other family friendly fall events in the Houston area?  Email me!  Jill @ BigKidSmallCity . com.

(And if you are looking for holiday shows and festivals for 2016, go HERE!)



 

Fall Festivals & Events:

Texas Renaissance Festival – Weekends, October 8-November 22, 2016 – Todd Mission, Texas 
$26 Tickets (and deals can usually be found on coupon websites).  Kids are free on Sundays.
The world’s largest Renaissance Festival has weekend themes of Oktoberfest, 1001 Dreams, Pirate Adventure, All Hallows Eve, Roman Bacchanal, Barbarian Invasion, Highland Fling and Celtic Christmas.

Zoo Boo – October 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, 31, 2016 – Houston Zoo – 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030
Free with zoo admission.  Wear your costumes and stop by the stations throughout the zoo.  Pumpkins, candy, mazes and more.  If possible, go on Friday mornings and beat the crowds!

Scream on the Green – October 28, 2016 – Discovery Green – 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010
Free. Citywide costume contest and Halloween celebration for the whole family! Prizes, music and more!

Howl-o-ween Fest – October 29, 2016 – Bridgeland Oak Meadow Park
With performances from “America’s Got Talent” finalists, Christian Stoinev and his dog Scooby, Panfilov’s Performing Pets, visits from Dr. Aubrey Ross and Dr. Diarra Blue of Animal Planet’s “The Vet Life,” a pooch fashion show/costume contest and more, Bridgeland’s 8th Annual Howl-O-Ween Fest promises to be the best pet-friendly party of the season.

Houston Egytpian Festival – October 29, 2016 – Discovery Green – 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010
Egyptian dishes, desserts, beers and wine served by Phoenicia Specialty Foods. Ride/pet exotic camels, learn Egyptian history and pick up your own Papyrus art with Hieroglyphics.

Day of Dead Festival – October 29, 30, 2016 – MECA – 1900 Kane Street Houston, Texas 77007
Free.  Learn how countries throughout the Latin American world celebrate this day!

Ghostly Gardens – October 30, 2016 – Moody Gardens – One Hope Boulevard, Galveston, Texas 77554
Free trick-or-treating at various locations throughout the complex, Creepy Crafts, face-painting and a costume contest for guests in the Garden Lobby with prizes for the best costume. Families with at a member in a Halloween costume will receive a special discount and pay just $5 per attraction per person to Moody Gardens attractions.

Monster Mash October 31, 2016 – Memorial City Mall – 303 Memorial City Way, Houston, TX 77024
Trick or treating courtesy of Children’s Memorial Hermann, a Beetlejuice DJ, arts and crafts, and more.

Halloween Monster Mash Bash October 31, 2016 – Children’s Museum – 1500 Binz St, Houston, TX 77004
Let the ghoul times roll as you boogie to the hauntingly hip tunes of a wicked DJ along with monstrous characters during the Monster Mashup at 4:30 p.m. Move your bones in the Thriller Dance Party at 5 p.m. Encapsulate Glow in The Dark Monster Slime. Then, trick-or-treat the night away. Be sure to come dressed in your most boo-tiful or frightfully freaky costume!

Pumpkin Carving Workshop October 31, 2016 – Orange Show – 2401 Munger St, Houston, TX 77023
An annual event for the whole family! It will be under the Vinson Elkins Pavilion in Smither Park and expert pumpkin carvers will be on hand to teach you the tricks and treats of creating a masterpiece. At dusk, trick or treating will start and take place throughout The Orange Show and Smither Park, with volunteer stationed throughout giving out candy to the kids. Come costumed and enjoy a fun, free Halloween evening! BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin).

West End  Kids Fall Festival October 31, 2016 – West End Church – 802 Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77007
Candy, Food Trucks, Games & Hayride. Wear your costume! Free admission!

Retail Trick or Treating -Find the list on Houston on the Cheap!

Via Color Street Painting Festival – November 19, 20, 2016 – Streets Surrounding City Hall – 900 Smith St, Houston, TX 77002
200 artists paint the streets surrounding City Hall!  Watch the artists work, enjoy music, activities and food!  Via Colori is a fundraiser for The Center for Hearing and Speech.

Past Dates:

Family Day: Mid-Autumn Festival – October 1, 2016 – Asia Society – 1370 Southmore Blvd, Houston, TX 77004
Taiwanese art activities, storytelling, performances, mooncakes, and more!

Greek Festival – October 6,7, 8, 9, 2016 – Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral – 3511 Yoakum Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77006
$5.00 (adults), Children 12 and under admitted free, Friday 11:00am – 3:00pm Free Admission
Enjoy performances, food, shopping and a kid zone.  If possible, go Friday mid-day for free admission.

Fiddle Festival – October 7 & 8 – Discovery Green – 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010
Daniel Bernard Roumain and the Villalobos Brothers headline concerts also featuring Two Star Symphony, Lost and Nameless Orchestra, and Fiddle Witch.

Oktoberfest – October 8 – First Evangelical Lutheran Church – 1311 Holman St, Houston, TX 77004
$5 wristband gets you everything… a plate of food, craft beer, (rootbeer for kids & minors), unlimited bouncy house/obstacle course play, carnival games and prizes, live entertainment.

Bayou City Art Festival – October 8 & 9Streets Surrounding City Hall – 900 Smith St, Houston, TX 77002
Over 300 Artists working in 19 different media, Non-Profits, Music, Food, Beverages, Children’s Creative Zone.  Purchase discounted tickets online.

Pumpkin Patch – October 15 & 16, 2016 – Nature Discovery Center – 7112 Newcastle, Bellaire, TX 77401
Free Admission, Games & Food Tickets for Purchase. Pumpkins, Kids Games, Bounce Houses, Wagon Ride.  There is free street parking.

Energy Day 2016 – October 15, 2016 – Sam Houston Park – 1000 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002
Energy Day is a free, family-friendly festival that celebrates and highlights the importance of energy and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in our daily lives. There will be a variety of interactive energy exhibits and booths, live music, food, contests and fun for all ages.  Geared toward K-12 students.

KBR Kids Day on Buffalo Bayou – October 15, 2016 – The Water Works – 105 Sabine Street, Houston, TX 77007
Free. Live music, entertainment, hands on activities! You can also explore the new Barbara Fish Daniel Nature Play Area, ride in BBP’s pontoon boat Spirit of the Bayou, and rent bikes or paddle crafts.

FireFest – October 15, 2016 – Val Jahnke Training Facility – 8030 Braniff Street, Houston, TX 77061
Our favorite!  There are a lot of kid friendly activities, a lot of live fire demontrations, a parade and more!

Houston Korean Cultural Festival – October 15, 2016 – Discovery Green – 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010
Free event for celebrating the Korean culture.

Lego KidsFest – October 21, 22, 23 – NRG Center – NRG Pkwy, Houston, TX 77054
LEGO KidsFest is a giant LEGO event held over three days and filled with fun interactive, creative and educational activities for the whole family.

Wings Over Houston – October 22, 23, 2016 – Ellington Airport – 510 Ellington Field, Houston, TX 77034
$30 at gate, but family packs available.  Open admission good for Saturday or Sunday. Bring your own chair and ear protection!

ArBOOretum! – October 22, 2016 – Houston Arboretum and Nature Center – 4501 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77024
$15 for ages 3 and up.  All activities free once inside. Members Only (Free) Early Entry from 10:00 am – 12:00 p.m.
Trick or Treat Trails, Hay rides through the forest, Train rides, Live owls, Petting zoo and pony rides, Pumpkin decorating.

Tricks & Treats Among the Trees – October 22, 2016 – Jesse H. Jones Park – 20634 Kenswick Dr, Humble, TX 77338
Free.  Items for purchase.  Trick-or-treat nature trail and Halloween fun with crafts, live creepy critters, games, hayrides, a critter storybook trail, and more. Wear your costumes.

Toddler Tuesday: Mickey’s Halloween – October 25, 2016 – Discovery Green – 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010
Be sure to come in costume! On-site contest registration, prizes and treats will be awarded to each child who enters the contest.

 

Farms & Pumpkin Patches:
Check websites for prices, hours and opening days.

7 Acrewood –  4401 N. Frazier St., Conroe, TX 77303 
Pumpkins, petting zoo, mini golf, pony rides and play town.

Berryland – 2877 FM 1941 Rd., Winnie, TX. 77665
Opens every weekend in October. Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch, Hay Stack, Pumpkin Bowling, Candy Corn Hill and more.

Blessington Farm – 510 Chisolm Trail, Simonton, Texas 77476 
Come enjoy the Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festivities at Blessington Farms. A great outing for the entire family with many Fall activities that include hay rides, giant slides, barrel train rides, pedal cars and animal encounters with camels, Baby Doll sheep, goats and MANY more. Many NEW activities debuting this Fall including a new walk-thru aviary where you can feed our new Quaker Parrots, Rope Maze and Fossil Dig to name a few. All activities are included in the price of admission with the exception of fishing. Admission is $15/person (children 18 mos. and under are free) and fishing is $5/per pole. Happening every Saturday AND Sunday, September 24-October 30 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Caninos Market – 2520 Airline Dr : Houston, TX 77009
Pick out pumpkins and ghords and go inside to get veggies for the week.

Christ Bridge Pumpkin Patch – 29510 Tomball Parkway, Tomball, TX 77375
The Pumpkin Patch will open Sunday, October 16 and run through October 31.

Dewberry Farm – FM 362 & Morrison Rd, Brookshire, TX 77423
Opens late September.  Corn Maze, Pumpkins, Train Ride, Slide Mountain, Zip Lines, Pedal Cars and so much more!

Froberg Farms – 3601 TX-6, Alvin, TX 77511
Corn Maze and Fall Festival open weekends starting late September.  Follow with a trip to Bayou Wildlife Park!

Good Shepherd Pumpkin Patch – 2929 Woodland Hills Drive, Kingwood, TX 77339
Opens October 10, 2016, Admission is Free.  Children can enjoy lots of fun activities while parents check out the large selection of pumpkins.

Memorial Drive United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch – 12955 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77079
Opens October 3, 2016.  Pumpkin Patch is good for photos.

Oil Ranch – 23501 Macedonia Road : Hockley, TX 77447
All activities are included with admission price… milk a cow, ride a horse, climb the hay bales and so much more.  Free pumpkins for kids.  See last year’s post HERE.

Old MacDonalds Farm – 3203 FM 1960 East, Humble, TX 77338
Year round outdoor fun!

Old Time Christmas Time Farm – 7632 Spring Cypress Rd. Spring, Texas 77379
Pumpkin patch and activities, weekends in October. (Followed by Christmas tree cutting in the winter).

P-6 Farms – 9963 Poole’s Road, Montgomery, Texas 77356
Pumpkin patch and fall festival.

Pumpkin Patch at Ashford Houston – 2100 Eldridge Parkway, Houston, Texas 77077
Pumpkin Patch in October.

TGR Exotics – 22115 Sherrod Land, Spring, TX 77389
100 animals representing over 25 species.

Tomball Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch  – 22601 Lutheran Church Rd, Tomball, TX 77377 
Open every weekend through November 13!

 

Also, if you don’t know about it yet, learn about “We’ve Been Boo-ed” HERE!


Fall Festivals, Farms & Pumpkin Patches – Things to Do in Houston, with Kids, during Fall 2015!

Update: For 2017 Events, go HERE!

Oil Ranch Big Pumpkins
The kids are back to school, the weather is cooling down and it’s time for Fall Festivals, Farms & Pumpkin Patches.  Find the fall events below and get to celebrating!  (And between festivals, be sure to Boo your friends!)

Also, each Tuesday I post a list of events for the week.  Go HERE to check the latest.  You can also get updates to your inbox HERE.

Do you know of other family friendly fall events in the Houston area?  Email me!  Jill @ BigKidSmallCity . com.

Fall Festivals & Events:

Music at Twilight – September 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28, 2015 – Mandell Park – Mandell & Richmond, Houston, TX 77006 
Free hour long shows each week.  Hearts of Animals, Eric & Joel White, Low Keys, Folk Music, Octavio Moreno.

Take Me Outdoors Houston – September 26, 2015 – Discovery Green – 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010
Free, family festival. Celebration of getting more Houstonians to enjoy the great outdoors around them.

Greek Festival – October 1, 2, 3, 4, 2015 – Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral – 3511 Yoakum Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77006
$5.00 (adults), Children 12 and under admitted free, Friday 11:00am – 3:00pm Free Admission
Enjoy performances, food, shopping and a kid zone.  If possible, go Friday mid-day for free admission.

Justin Roberts Concert – October 3, 2015 – Reynolds Hall – 1117 Texas Avenue, Houston, Texas 77002 
$10 tickets to Grammy-nominated children’s musician Justin Roberts.  Music for the whole family!

Buffalo Bayou Grand Re-Opening – October 3, 2015 – The Water Works – 105 Sabine Street, Houston, TX 77007
Free.  Day of celebration, activities and fireworks!

Texas Renaissance Festival – October 10-November 29, 2015 – Todd Mission, Texas 
$26 Tickets (and deals can usually be found on coupon websites).  Kids are free on Sundays.
The world’s largest Renaissance Festival has weekend themes of Oktoberfest, 1001 Dreams, Pirate Adventure, All Hallows Eve, Roman Bacchanal, Barbarian Invasion, Highland Fling and Celtic Christmas.

Goodnight Moon – October 11, 18, 24, 31, November 7, 2015 – Main Street Theater at MATCH – 3400 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002
$15/person.  Based on the book by Margaret Wise Brown, this show is brought to life with such characters as the 3 bears and the dish and the spoon.  Ages 3+.

Zoo Boo – October 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, November 1, 2015 – Houston Zoo – 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030
Free with zoo admission.  Wear your costumes and stop by the stations throughout the zoo.  Pumpkins, candy, mazes and more.  If possible, go on Friday mornings and beat the crowds!

Pumpkin Patch – October 17 & 18, 2015 – Nature Discovery Center – 7112 Newcastle, Bellaire, TX 77401
Free Admission, Games & Food Tickets for Purchase. Pumpkins, Kids Games, Bounce Houses, Wagon Ride.  There is free street parking and complimentary shuttle from Bellaire UMC.
(Note that construction has been pushed back, so the pumpkin patch will take up the entire park just like in past years!)

Halloween BigKidSmallCity Storytime – October 17, 2015 – Brazos Bookstore – 2421 Bissonnet Street, Houston, Texas 77005
Free, but you must reserve a spot.  Wear your costumes and meet me at Brazos Bookstore!  BigKidSmallCity will be at Brazos Bookstore, reading 2 not-so-scary Halloween themed books: Fright Club By Ethan Long and Otter Loves Halloween by Sam Garton. After the story, there will be an activity and treats from Dixie’s Dessert Delivery.

Oktoberfest Kid’s Day – October 17, 2015 – First Evangelical Lutheran Church – 1311 Holman Street, Houston, TX 77004
$5 Admission Includes Everything (Food, St. Arnold’s Beer for the Parents, Games, Face Painting, Crafts).  Parking is easy we free church lots and ample street parking.

Energy Day 2015 – October 17, 2015 – Sam Houston Park – 1000 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002
An official City of Houston event, Energy Day is a free, family-friendly festival that celebrates and highlights the importance of energy and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in our daily lives. There will be a variety of interactive energy exhibits and booths, live music, food, contests and fun for all ages.  Geared toward K-12 students.

KBR Kids Day on Buffalo Bayou – October 17, 2015 – The Water Works – 105 Sabine Street, Houston, TX 77007
Free. Live music, entertainment, hands on activities! You can also explore the new Barbara Fish Daniel Nature Play Area, ride in BBP’s pontoon boat Spirit of the Bayou, and rent bikes or paddle crafts.

Korean Festival – October 17, 2015 – Discovery Green – 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010
Free family¬friendly event with performances showcasing the Korean culture.

Wings Over Houston – October 17, 18, 2015 – Ellington Airport – 510 Ellington Field, Houston, TX 77034
$30 at gate, but family packs available.  Open admission good for Saturday or Sunday. Bring your own chair and ear protection!

Fall Festival – October 17, 2015 – Deer Park United Methodist Church – 1300 E 13th St, Deer Park, Texas 77536
Pumpkin Patch, silent auction, book fair, food, flu shots, cookie walk, games, bounce houses, mechanical animals, and other activities for children.

Family Day at Rienzi & Bayou Bend – October 18, 2015 – Museum of Fine Arts House Museums: Rienzi & Bayou Bend – 1406 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 770196003 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77007
Free.  Art workshops, games, performances, and more.  Complimentary transportation between the two house museums. Refreshments are served.

Pumpkin Carving – October 24, 2015 – Mandell Park – Mandell & Richmond, Houston, TX 77006 
Head to Mandell Park for pumpkin carving!  The event and the street parking is free.

ArBOOretum! – October 24, 2015 – Houston Arboretum and Nature Center – 4501 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77024
$15 for ages 3 and up.  All activities free once inside.
Trick or Treat Trails, Hay rides through the forest, Train rides, Live owls, Petting zoo and pony rides, Pumpkin decorating.

Tricks & Treats Among the Trees – October 24, 2015 – Jesse H. Jones Park – 20634 Kenswick Dr, Humble, TX 77338
Free.  Items for purchase.  Trick-or-treat nature trail and Halloween fun with crafts, live creepy critters, games, hayrides, a critter storybook trail, and more. Wear your costumes.

The Orange Show’s Annual Pumpkin Carving Workshop – October 24, 2015 – The Orange Show – 2402 Munger Street, Houston, TX 77023
$5 Suggested Donation.  Supplies provided.  Limited pumpkins available, bring your own if you can.

Flick-Nic on the Lawn – October 24, 2015 – Fort Bend Community Church – 7707 TX-6, Missouri City, TX 77459 
Free food truck and movie night event starting at 6:00pm.  Big Hero 6 and bounce houses!

Howl-A-Ween Fest – October 24, 2015 – Bridgeland – House and Hahl Rd, Cypress, TX 77433
Free to attend.  Tickets and food cost money.  Performances, entertainment, pumpkin patch, activities.

Pumpkin Patch Party – October 24 & 25 – Gymboree Post Oak – Memorial – Katy – Willowbrook/Cypress
Whether your wee one will dress up as a ghoulish goblin, or be cute as a bug – come celebrate the spooky holiday at our fun and playful “Pumpkin Patch Party” at Gymboree! Parties for every age from 6 months to 5 years. Call 713.953.0444 for more info!

Toddler Tuesday: It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown – October 27, 2015 – Discovery Green – 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010
Free.  Wear costumes and enjoy story time, a costume contest, crafts and activities with an appearance by Charlie Brown and Snoopy.

Scream on the Green – October 30, 2015 – Discovery Green – 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010
Free. Citywide costume contest and Halloween celebration for the whole family! Prizes, music and more!

Festival of Nations – October 30, 2015 – Northwood Montessory School – 14901 Welcome Lane, Houston, TX 77014
Free.  Kids can learn about children from around the world including their clothing, homes, schools, flag, music, transportation, food and animals. Open to the public.

Houston Symphony: Ghostbusters & Ghouls – October 31 – Jones Hall – 615 Louisiana St, Houston, TX 77002
$19+ per ticket.  Lap babies do not need tickets.  The season opener features music from Ghostbusters and Michael Jackson’s epic hit “Thriller.” Wear your costume to take part in the on-stage parade!

Mad Hatter Tea Party – October 31 – Brazos Bookstore – 2421 Bissonnet Street, Houston, Texas 77005
Free. Enjoy selections from Alice in Wonderland and other Halloween favorites.  Wear your costumes and stay for the opportunity to make your own tea cups and do other crafts, and snack on treats from Dixie’s Dessert Delivery.

Day of Dead Festival – October 31, November 1, 2015 – MECA – 1900 Kane Street Houston, Texas 77007
Free.  Learn how countries throughout the Latin American world celebrate this day!

A Celebration of Dia de Los Muertos & Halloween – October 31 – El Big Bad Pop Shop – Prairie Street between Main and Travis
Free Entrance.  A Celebration of Dia de Los Muertos & Halloween!  The block will be closed to traffic and there will be mariachi bands, art, candy, kids activities and more.

Tricks, Treats & T-Rex – October 31 – Museum of Natural Science Sugar Land – 13016 University Blvd, Sugar Land, TX 77479
$12/$15.  Bring the  family to the costume parade and enjoy the Butterfly Garden Maze where you can wrap a mummy, snap a photo or try your hand at a pumpkin toss. Costumes encouraged.

Moe’s Monster Mash Bash – October 31 – Children’s Museum of Houston – 1500 Binz St, Houston, TX 77004
Free with admission.  Moe’s Monster Mash Bash will feature Glow in the Dark Slime Making (4:00 – 8:00pm), Thriller Dance (4:00pm) and trick-or-treating from 4:00-8:00pm! Catch a late night flick at 7:00pm.

Monster Mash Halloween Spectacular – October 31 – Memorial City Mall Fireplace at West Entrance – 303 Memorial City Way, Houston, TX 77024 
Free.  Trick-or-treating at select Mall retailers, seasonal décor and a Bettlejuice-costumed DJ playing everyone’s favorite Halloween tunes, including a Thriller dance-along.

Jack & the Frankenbeanstalk – October 31 – Fort Bend Theatre – 2815 N. Main, Stafford, TX 77477
$12.  Wear your costumes to this mash up of Jack and the Beanstalk and Frankenstein! The audience will pick the winner of the kids costume contest and everyone in costume will get a treat!

Via Color Street Painting Festival – November 21, 22, 2015 – Streets Surrounding City Hall – 900 Smith St, Houston, TX 77002
Free Admission.  200 artists paint the streets surrounding City Hall!  Watch the artists work, enjoy music, activities and food!  Via Colori is a fundraiser for The Center for Hearing and Speech.

FireFest – Val Jahnke Training Facility – 8030 Braniff Street, Houston, TX 77061
Due to construction in 2015, my favorite annual event will be back in 2016!

 

Farms & Pumpkin Patches:
Check websites for prices, hours and opening days.

7 Acrewood –  4401 N. Frazier St., Conroe, TX 77303 
Pumpkins, petting zoo, mini golf, pony rides and play town.

Berryland – 2877 FM 1941 Rd., Winnie, TX. 77665
Opens every weekend in October. Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch, Hay Stack, Pumpkin Bowling, Candy Corn Hill and more.

Blessington Farm – 510 Chisolm Trail, Simonton, Texas 77476 
September 26th is opening day.  Pumpkin Patch & Fall Harvest Festival.

Caninos Market – 2520 Airline Dr : Houston, TX 77009
Pick out pumpkins and ghords and go inside to get veggies for the week.

Dewberry Farm – FM 362 & Morrison Rd, Brookshire, TX 77423
Opening September 26, 2015.  Corn Maze, Pumpkins, Train Ride, Slide Mountain, Zip Lines, Pedal Cars and so much more!

Froberg Farms – 3601 TX-6, Alvin, TX 77511
Corn Maze and Fall Festival open weekends starting September 26.  Follow with a trip to Bayou Wildlife Park!

Good Shepherd Pumpkin Patch – 2929 Woodland Hills Drive, Kingwood, TX 77339
Opens October 12, 2015, Admission is Free.  Children can enjoy lots of fun activities while parents check out the large selection of pumpkins.

Matt Family Orchard – 21110 Bauer Hockley Road, Tomball, Texas 77377
Opens in October.  Pumpkins, Hay Ride & Actives.

Memorial Drive United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch – 12955 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77079
Opens September 27, 2015.  Pumpkin Patch is good for photos.

Oil Ranch – 23501 Macedonia Road : Hockley, TX 77447
All activities are included with admission price… milk a cow, ride a horse, climb the hay bales and so much more.  Free pumpkins for kids.  See last year’s post HERE.

Old MacDonalds Farm – 3203 FM 1960 East, Humble, TX 77338
Year round outdoor fun!

Old Time Christmas Time Farm – 7632 Spring Cypress Rd. Spring, Texas 77379
Pumpkin patch and activities, weekends in October. (Followed by Christmas tree cutting in the winter).

P-6 Farms – 9963 Poole’s Road, Montgomery, Texas 77356
Pumpkin patch and fall festival.

Pumpkin Patch at Ashford Houston – 2100 Eldridge Parkway, Houston, Texas 77077
October 12-31, Open to the public from 11:00am-7:00pm; Sundays from 1:00pm-5:00pm

Spring Creek Growers – 23803 Decker Prairie-Rosehill Rd., Magnolia, TX 77355
Watch for updates on the website.

TGR Exotics – 22115 Sherrod Land, Spring, TX 77389
100 animals representing over 25 species.

Note: The Brazos Valley MAiZE is closed for 2015.  It will be back in 2016.

Also, if you don’t know about it yet, learn about “We’ve Been Boo-ed” HERE!


Loco Family Fun Day at El Pollo Loco – Saturday, April 18, 2015 – Sugar Land

Pollo Loco Sugarland
I’ve always known this place had a funny name… but I never realized it served good food. These restaurants were all over San Diego when I was a Navy wife and lived there. Now I live in Houston, have a Vegetarian son and never thought I’d go to a crazy chicken restaurant.

Well, guess what… El Pollo Loco now has 3 locations in Houston and actually has more options for my little Vegetarian than most fast food restaurants… Bowls (minus chicken), salads, corn, beans, potatoes, broccoli, macaroni and cheese and more. And now I’m writing a blog post for them. Crazy.

What’s better, the Sugar Land location is hosting a free family fun day on Saturday, April 18, 2015 AND giving the first 100 people free chicken for a year. Come out for face painting, music and more!

Pollo Loco Sugarland free chicken
Come from 12:00-3:00pm to register for free chicken for a year… or come at 3:00pm for the fun!

El Pollo Loco
4528 Hwy 6 South, Sugar Land, Texas 77484
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Fun is 3:00-5:00pm.  Register for the free chicken from 12:00-3:00pm.


Heights Kids’ Day of Music – April 18, 10:00-2:00pm

Heights Kids Day of Music
Where: Love Park in The Heights – 1000 W. 12th St. (77008)
Date/Time: Saturday, April 18, 2015, 10:00-2:00pm

On Saturday, take the family to the free Heights Kids’ Day of Music at Love Park in the Houston Heights!   This day is all about music, Houston and kids.

From Latin to R&B to kid’s music to Irish rock, the live performances will introduce kids to all types of music.  AND there will be an instrument “petting zoo” for kids to touch and try the instruments!

There will be limited parking on the streets surrounding the park so consider riding a bike or taking a shuttle.

Shuttle parking is available at 411 W. 20th St. in the parking lot behind The Heights Floral Shop, in the parking lot just east of Gen’s Antques at 540 W. 19th St., and at Hamilton Middle School at 21st and Yale St.

Go HERE for all the details.

 


I Can’t Wait to Meet you at FUNomenal Family Festival, Discovery Green, March 7, 11:00-6:00pm

Mist Tree at Discovery Green
This Saturday is the annual FUNomenal Family Festival at Discovery Green!  Be sure to head Downtown on March 7, from 11:00-6:00pm.  I’ll be there and can’t wait to meet you!

5 Things You Need to Know:

1. This is a FREE event with A LOT going on.  This includes Baby Olympics, music, three foam parties, water balls and bounce houses.  Houston Party will also bring rides, a rockwall, obstacle course and twister swing… and more!  Go HERE for details!

2.  BigKidSmallCity’s Booth will on the Andrea and Bill White Promenade, not too far from The Lake House restaurant and the restrooms.  If you walk between the two brick buildings, towards the Hilton, you will find the booth!

3.  I want to meet you!  I love meeting the people of Houston.  Come say “hi” and tell me you follow BigKidSmallCity and your kids can pick a small prize from the super secret treasure box.

4.  It’s going to be busy!  Last year 10,000 people came to this event.  You can take METRORail to the Main Street Square station and walk ~5 blocks to the park.  You can also drive and find paid parking on the street or many lots.  There is going to be a crowd, but it will be lots of fun.  If it gets too busy for you, just come hang out in the BKSC booth!  I promise to give out free and heartfelt compliments all day long.  Just use code word I-Really-Need-Some-Encouragement and I’ll tell you how great you look and what a good job you are doing getting out of the house and having fun with the family.  Really.  Try it!

5.  Win tickets, just by stopping by! Stop by the booth to enter to win tickets to local Houston venues!

Be sure to stop by the booth between 11:00-6:00 on Saturday. Stay for 2 minutes or stay all day. I can’t wait to meet you!


Where can you find free foam parties, moon walks, rock walls and BigKidSmallCity? FUNomenal Family Festival, March 7, 2015!

Coloring Craft at BigKidSmallCity Booth
The Discovery Green FUNomenal Family Festival will be March 7, from 11:00-6:00pm.  This free event includes Baby Olympics, foam parties, water balls, moonwalks, rock walls, obstacle courses and much much more… Including a BigKidSmallCity booth!

I am so excited to host a booth at the festival and have the opportunity to meet you!  Come say “hi” and let your kids make a free craft or grab a prize.

For all the details on the event, go HERE.  Mark your calendar now for this great event celebrating Houston families!


Things to Do in Houston During the Holidays + Christmas Activities in November and December 2014

The Ice at Discovery Green
UPDATE: For the 2015 Holiday Events, go HERE!

It’s holiday time in Houston!  Find the events below and get to celebrating!

For the shows and fairs, I included some that may be best for bigger kids, just click the links to decide for yourself.

Also, each Tuesday I post a list of events for the week.  Go HERE to check the latest.  You can also get updates to your inbox HERE.

Do you know of other family friendly events in the Houston area?  Email me!  Jill @ BigKidSmallCity . com.

Festivals/Family Fun:
Home for the Holidays – November 9th – December 21st – Old Town Spring – The local shops in this old railroad town are dressed up for the holidays and the street is alive with performers and Santa’s Workshop.

Nutcracker Market – November 13-16 – NRG Stadium – This isn’t really a kid event… but it’s a fun shopping/people watching event for moms.

Polar Express Train Ride – November 14-December 30 – Palestine, Texas

Santa’s Workshop – November 14-January 4 – College Station

Photo with Santa – November 15-December 24 – Bass Pro Shops

Festival of Lights – November 15 – January 3 – Moody Gardens – Find 1 million lights, an ice skating rink and Arctic Ice Slide.

Ice Land Ice Sculptures with Sponge Bob Squarepants November 15-January 4 – Moody Gardens

Zoo Lights – November 19-January 4 – Houston Zoo – Find 2 million lights, lighting up the Houston Zoo!

 Yuletide: Holiday Time at Bayou Bend – November 20- January 4 – Bayou Bend House Museum (Festive Family Friday on December 19)

Holiday Market & Talent Showcase – November 22 – Project Row Houses

Lighting of the Doves – November 22 – Town Green Park at The Woodlands Waterway – This festival has snow, sledding, shopping, entertainment, fireworks… and Santa arriving on the water!  See the Doves light up along The Woodlands Waterway!

Field of Light – November 22-February 8 – Discovery Green – An art installation by Bruce Munro that will be illuminated at dusk each day.  4,500 glass spheres on slender stems along the Brown Promenade.

 ICE at Discovery Green – November 25-February 8 – Discovery Green – All ages are invited to skate at Discovery Green.  There is a small toddler rink for the littlest ones to practice.

Turkey Trot – November 27 – Galleria – The largest Thanksgiving Race in Houston and it takes place in the Galleria area. The event benefits children and seniors Neighborhood Centers serves every year. There’s opportunity to participate as a walker, runner and also volunteer.

Thanksgiving Day Parade – November 27 – Downtown Houston

Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting – November 27 – Post Oak Boulevard

Pop Shop Houston – November 28, 29, 30 – Silver Street Studios

Classic Christmas Story Hour – November 29, December 6, 13 – Brazos Bookstore

Teddy Bear Tea – November 29 & 30, December 6 & 7, 13 & 14, 20 & 21 – St. Regis – Tea time 2:00-4:00pm every weekend.  Puppet show, balloons, face painting & a magic show.

Skate with Santa – November 29, December 6, 13, 20 – Discovery Green ICE – Join BigKidSmallCity at the ice!

Holiday Train – December 1 – January 4 – Hermann Park Train – After dark each night, the train is lit up for the season!

Story Time in Candy Land – December 1-4 – St. Luke’s Day School

Sugar Land Tree Lighting – December 4 – Sugar Land Town Square

Mayor’s Holiday Celebration – December 5 – City Hall – Tree lighting, music, Santa and family fun in Downtown Houston!

Dickens on the Strand – December 5-7 – Galveston – Victorian holiday festival!  Six stages, strolling carolers, musicians, bagpipers, jugglers and  even more entertainers. Costumed vendors peddle their wares from street stalls and rolling carts laden with holiday food and drink, Victorian-inspired gifts.

Christmas Train – December 5-23 – Alvin, Texas

Jingle on the Boardwalk – December 6 – Kemah – Welcome the season with holiday music, a toy drive and parade.

Paint with Santa – December 6 – Young Artist Art Studio 

Christmas in the Park & Campfire Christmas – December 6-31 – George Ranch Historic Park

Tomball German Christmas Market & Festival – December 12-14 – Tomball Train Depot – Great family festival just outside Houston.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – December 13 – Market Square Park

Breakfast with Santa – December 13 – Pappasito’s Cantina – Fort Bend Theatre hosts Breakfast with Santa in Storybook Land, with your favorite storybook characters, including Frozen’s Elsa.

Candlelight Tour – December 13-14 – Heritage Society 

Yuletide Nights: Spirits of Holidays Past – December 16 – Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens 

Bayou Bend Family Day:  Seasons of Joy – December 21 – Bayou Bend Family Day – This is a great family event.  Activities, music, demonstrations, performances, craft workshops, giveaways, and more abound throughout the home and gardens.

Chanukah On Ice – December 21 – Discovery Green

Participate in the Stock the Shelves Challenge at Wesley House!

Find holiday lights all around town.  See a list HERE

 Find Gingerbread Building workshops HERE!

Make your own FREE Reindeer Feed at Keeli’s Cupcakes!

 

Shows/Concerts:
Madeline’s Christmas – November 13-December 20 – Main Street Theater (at Talento Bilingue de Houston) – This is a professional production for families!  Kids need to be 3 or older.

Little Scrooge – November 22-20 – Express Children’s Theatre – This show is for families!

A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – November 26 – December 24 – Alley Theatre 

The Nutcracker – November 28-December 28 – Wortham Theater 

A Christmas Carol – December 3-20 – InterActive Theater – This show specifically for families!

A Christmas Carol – December 5-21 – Wortham Theater

Radio City Christmas Spectacular – December 5-28 – Hobby Center

Houston Symphony’s The Night Before Christmas – December 13 – Jones Hall – This performance is for families!  Kids of all ages are welcome.

Houston Children’s Chorus – December 19, 20, 21 – Houston and Galveston 

Really Really Big Christmas Show – December 19-22 – Second Baptist

 

Looking for more holiday ideas?
Go HERE for Ideas on Houston Adventures to give your kids for Christmas!
Go HERE for Ideas on what to Give Houston Moms and Families this Christmas!
Go HERE for the list of items to order now so you are ready to relax in December!


What in the world is “Mommie & Me”? Part workshop, part fitness and part Snow Sisters.

What the heck is this “Mommie & Me” Event and should I attend?  Well, if you are Mom, Dad or Kid, then it IS for you.  AND if you know someone that ADORES Elsa and Ana, you most certainly need to be there at noon.

Date:  Saturday, August 9, 2014
Time: 10:00am-6:00pm
Location: NRG (Reliant) Convention Center
Tickets: $5 Early Bird, $10 at the Door OR $5 with Donation 

The event is full of activities for kids, classes for parents and lots and lots of giveaways.  This is what you need to know:

  • The “Snow Sisters”, hosted by The Royal Court Princess Parties, will be there 12:00-1:00pm and 2:00-3:00pm!
  • The Fitness & Activity Zone will keep everyone moving!  Activities include Yoga for Youth, Strength Training and Toning, Parachute Time and a Princess Fashion Show.
  • Workshops happen every hour!  These include “Healthy Diets”, “Car Seat Safety”, “How do I get my baby to latch?”, “Sleep Sniffles & Everything in Between”, “Preparing your home for a new baby”, “Babywearing 101”, “Infant Massage”, “The Power and Inspiration in Play”.
  • BigKidSmallCity will have a booth.  Be sure to come introduce yourself because there is nothing I love more than meeting members of the community!

AND you can get in for half price!

Admission is $10 at the door. HOWEVER, if you bring a new or gently used donation for The Source for Women, you get in for $5!  They are looking for:

Gently used or brand new:
1. Maternity wear
2. Baby clothes sizes: newborn through 18 months
3. Diaper bags

New:
4. Diapers sizes newborn through size 5
5. Wipes
6. Feminine products (maxi pads & tampons)
7. Baby toiletries: lotions, powder, shampoo, baby wash etc….

So grab your extra baby gear, drop it at the door, and join me at Mommie & Me!  I promise to wait patiently while you meet your favorite Snow Sisters!

Mommie and Me Flyer Feature


Where can you ride a camel, meet a monkey & break a world record? Nature Fest, Bridgeland, April 26, 2014

Bird Acrobats at Bridgeland Nature Fest5
If you know a little someone who would like to ride a camel and meet some reptiles, a monkey and a kangaroo, mark you calendar for Bridgeland’s annual Nature Fest!

April 26, 2014, 10:00-5:00pm
Oak Meadow Park, 17730 House Hahl Road.

Bridgeland Nature Fest Monkey
Staples Safari Zoo will return with its unique troop of rescued exotic animals. Crocodile Encounter will also perform its interactive reptile show and showcase a variety of native creatures.

There will also be pedal-powered animal art from the Austin Bike Zoo, pony and camel rides, a petting zoo, bubble runners, bounce houses, arts and crafts and gourmet food trucks.

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