Things to do in Houston today, and this weekend, with kids! September 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, October 1, 2014

Wings by George R Brown
Have another great week and weekend in Houston!

Fall is here and the farms are open!  The Corn Maze & Hayride is open at Frobergs Farm and the Pumpkin Patch & Fall Festivities is open at Blessington Farms.  Find the BigKidSmallCity reader’s favorite fall activities HERE.

This weekend is also Dog Days at Discovery Green.  Canines will compete in the South Central Regional Championship and in a costume contest.  Do you remember the Olate Dogs from America’s Got Talent?  They will be there performing their famous pet-tricks routine!

On Sunday, watch the opening of Lilly’s Plastic Purse at Main Street Theater’s new location (Talento Billingue de Houston).  Main Street Theater shows are great for kids 3 and older, plus their parents!

Before the weekend, head to Nia Moves for a Mom & Me Creative Moves Classe.  After the weekend, be sure to join me at Toddler Tuesday for Doc McStuffins & Foam Party!  Bring your swimsuit and towel so your preschooler can play in the suds.  Also be sure to stop by the BigKidSmallCity tent and say hello!

Look below for the full list of things to do.  Go HERE to get this list delivered to your inbox each week and HERE to get daily event updates on Facebook!  Looking for grown-up things to do? Check out 365 Things to Do in Houston!

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Favorite Houston Events for this Weekend (and Week): September 18-24, 2014

Listen to my favorite events for the weekend (and week) of September 18-24, 2014!  To help you navigate, below are the posts mentioned in the audio clip:



Things to do in Houston today, and this weekend, with kids! September 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 2014

Minute Maid from Discovery Green
What are your plans for this week and weekend? Look below for the full list of things to do, in Houston, with kids!

On Saturday, watch a mini-submarine regatta at the Hermann Park reflection pool.  Afterwards, head to Discovery Green for the free Young Writers Workshop, and then in the evening, Flea by Night.  The monthly flea market is not a “kid’s event”, but it’s great for families to browse the booths, listen to music, grab dinner and people watch.

Also on Saturday, you can get half price admission to the Downtown Aquarium.  Print the buy-one-get-one-free admission coupon, for access to the aquarium, to all of the rides and to touch the stingrays.

On Tuesday, join me at Discovery Green for Toddler Tuesday.  This week the kids can be circus stars and walk a real tight rope!  Be sure to also stop by the BigKidSmallCity tent!

Look below for the full list of things to do.  Go HERE to get this list delivered to your inbox each week and HERE to get daily event updates on Facebook!  Looking for grown-up things to do? Check out 365 Things to Do in Houston!

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Expo INSPIRE! Inspire young children to accomplish extraordinary feats, for free, this weekend

Dr. Jemison in Action with Science Experiments
 

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9:30am-4:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall B3
Free for kids/students and $5 for adults

EXPO INSPIRE! is a one-of-a-kind interactive learning experience designed to inspire and encourage young children to accomplish extraordinary feats in the future of space exploration. Students will engage in a variety of hands-ons experiments and activities that captivate their imagination while also educating them about the wonders of space travel so that the students leave the expo with a new understanding for the breadth and width of space exploration, and its impact on the world as a whole.

EXPO INSPIRE! will consist of numerous hands-on, interactive activities with mathematicians, engineers, rocket scientists, biologists, and astronauts, such as:

— Live Stage for Science Talks, NASA Demonstrations, and Musical Performances
— Inflatable Planetarium
— Scholastic Book Fair
— Weather Station
— Food in Exploration
— Science Experiments
— Sticky Icky (Polymer)
— Chromatography Experiments
— Art and Drawing Stations
— NASA Displays
— Starship Quest!

These hands-on experiments and activities are designed to capture student’s imagination and focus while seamlessly educating them on concepts from engineering, science, design, space, and social responsibility. EXPO INSPIRE! will be run concurrent with the 100 Year Starship 2014 Public Symposium and is FREE for children and students.



Favorite Houston Events for this Weekend (and Week): September 11-17, 2014

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Things to do in Houston today, and this weekend, with kids! September 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 2014

Mist Tree at Discovery Green
UPDATE:  It’s looking like a WET weekend… but don’t worry, there is still a lot of fun to be had in Houston!  Since Afloat, a parade on water, has been rescheduled, and Finding Nemo and Rio 2 on on the lawn might be rained out… I have some new favorite things to do in Houston with kids!

Visit Mexico on Friday at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.  On Saturday, head to the Downtown Aquarium for half the price.  If it starts to rain, just head inside to pet the stingrays, see the fish or try to figure out why a white tiger lives at the aquarium.

On Saturday you can also make your own shrinky dinks at the Library Card Kick Off Party at the Montrose HEB.

Do you need kids things for a bargain?  There is a Mother’s of Multiples garage sale on Saturday morning, and it will have tons of kids items!  (I’m picturing at least 2 of everything.)

Finally, be sure to join me at Toddler Tuesday at Discovery Green.  The free storytime, activity and character visit is Alvin & The Big Art Show.  Stop by the BigKidSmallCity tent, check out the giveaway and introduce yourself!

Look below for the full list of things to do.  Go HERE to get this list delivered to your inbox each week and HERE to get daily event updates on Facebook!  Looking for grown-up things to do? Check out 365 Things to Do in Houston!

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Favorite Houston Events for this Weekend (and Week): September 4-10, 2014

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NOW FULL – BigKidSmallCity Meet Up: Fire Station 16 Tour – September 20, 2014 – 10:00am

James Spraying Fire Hose
**UPDATE: NOW FULL.  To get an email announcing future Meet-Ups, go HERE.***

Who’s ready for another Houston Fire Station Tour?  BigKidSmallCity is touring Fire Station 16, in Montrose, on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 10:00am.  On our last tour, we had the opportunity to meet the fire fighters, sit in the truck, spray the fire hose and tour the station!  Join us as we do it again!

Since this is an active station, keep in mind that: “If for any reason the assigned station is unable to participate due to an emergency response call, you may not receive advance notice of their absence. If the station receives an emergency response call during the scheduled activity, they are required to proceed to the emergency, but will make every effort to return upon completion.”

During the last tours, the trucks left and came right back. All the kids got to see the fire fighters suit up and head out! Just be ready to have the outing not go perfectly as planned!

If you want to join us on September 20, 2014 at 10:00am, you must:
1. Fill out the form below.
2. Be one of the first 25 to respond. Spaces are very limited! The last tours filled very quickly.  You will receive an email saying you have a spot or you are on the waiting list.
3. If you get a spot, bring your little fire fighters to Fire Station 16 in Montrose on September 20, 2014 at 10:00am. (at Richmond and Dunlavy, 1700 Richmond, 77098)
4.  The event is FREE. Feel free to bring a homemade card or some goodies if you want to thank the fire fighters.
5. Make every effort to attend. Since spaces are so limited, we want as many little fire fighters to get a chance as possible. If you need to cancel, email me at Jill @ BigKidSmallCity.com right away.



Things to do in Houston today, and this weekend, with kids! September 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 2014

Buffalo Bayou from Preston Street Bridge
What are you doing this weekend and week? Houston events are back in full swing so find something fun below!

One of my favorite events is back on Saturday. At this month’s Hands-On Houston, make your own Indigo-Dyed Handkerchiefs. The event is always free and open to everyone. Just stop by the Craft Museum between 11:00 and 3:00pm!

Super Saturday also returns to the Downtown Aquarium this weekend.  Print out your coupon for Buy-One-Get-One-Free Admission to the aquarium, stingrays, carousel and all the rides.

I am excited to check out the Ship Channel Centennial Family Festival on Saturday at the Bayport Cruise Terminal in Pasadena.  This is a free event, but requires RSVP, so grab a spot before you go.  Entry, food, drinks, and parking are free and the event includes a festival, maritime exhibition and entertainment.

At Discovery Green, you will find the No Limits CityFest on Saturday, with live music, food and free activities for kids.  Be sure to also look for the bronze sculptures, Wings of the City, on display starting this weekend.  And finally, go back on Tuesday for a very special Toddler Tuesday.  On September 9, kids can meet real hometown heroes, including the K-9 patrol, Mounted Patrol, fire fighters, EMTs and more!  For this Toddler Tuesday only, the start time is 11:30am and not 10:30am.

Look below for the full list of things to do.  Go HERE to get this list delivered to your inbox each week and HERE to get daily event updates on Facebook!  Looking for grown-up things to do? Check out 365 Things to Do in Houston!

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FUNdamentally Toys: A toy store with great products and fun events!

Fundamentally Toys Circle Time1
If you haven’t yet been to FUNdamentally Toys in Rice Village, you should go! This locally owned toy shop was started because Debbie Scholl, the owner, became frustrated looking for good quality toys that were also fun and educational. And that is just what this toy store provides!

Not only does FUNdamentally Toys have great products, they also host great, free events! Some of the ones that will be happening soon are Crafternoon Activities (for ages 8 & up); a Frozen Meet & Greet with Elsa, Anna, and Olaf ; a Prelude Music Class; and a Pirate Night Magic Show. Visit the store’s website for dates, times and to RSVP for these events. They can fill up fast, so RSVP soon! As a bonus, while your kids are fully engaged in the activities you can probably take a look around the store without the kids clamoring for you to buy everything they see!

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