Things to do in Houston today, and this Thanksgiving weekend, with kids!  November 27, 28, 29, 30, December 1, 2, 3, 2014

Ice at Discovery Green from the Side
It’s a long holiday weekend in Houston!

On Thanksgiving day, watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade and then head over to Discovery Green for ice skating!  In the evening, wonder through Zoo Lights or be a part of the annual Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting!  For more Thanksgiving day activities, look below.

Main Street Theater has added shows of Madeline’s Christmas for this long weekend.  The family friendly show is funny and sweet and great for kids 3 and older.  You can also see Little ScroogeThe Nutcracker, and A Christmas Carol.

Head to  Friday Night Flicks at Discovery Green to see Maleficent.  On Saturday, join BigKidSmallCity at the ICE and Skate with Santa.  Come see me near the hot chocolate, for crafts, a giveaway and to say hello!  On Monday, join HoustonOnTheCheap for Cheap Skate Nights.  Skating and rentals are just $6!

Look below for the full list of things to do.  If you are planning for the holidays in Houston, go HERE for the list of Houston Holiday Events!

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

Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 27, 2014:
Turkey Trot – 7:00am – Galleria
Thanksgiving Day Parade – 9:00am – Downtown
ICE at Discovery Green – 11:00-11:00pm – Discovery Green
Festival of Lights, Ice Land – 12:00-10:00pm – Moody Gardens
Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting – 4:00-8:00pm – Uptown
Zoo Lights – 6:00-10:00pm – Houston Zoo
Santa’s Wonderland – 6:00-11:00pm – College Station

Friday, November 28, 2014:
Festival of Lights, Ice Land
– 10:00-10:00pm – Moody Gardens
Madeline’s Christmas - 10:30am & 1:30pm – Main Street Theater
ICE at Discovery Green – 11:00-11:00pm – Discovery Green
Pop Shop Houston – 12:00-8:00pm – Silver Street Studios
North Pole Express Train – 2:00, 3:30, 5:00, 6:30, 8:00pm – Grapevine, Texas
A Christmas Carol – 2:30 & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
Polar Express Train Ride – 3:30, 5:00, 6:30, 8:00pm – Palestine
Zoo Lights – 6:00-10:00pm – Houston Zoo
Santa’s Wonderland – 6:00-Midnight – College Station
The Nutcracker - 7:30pm – Wortham Theater
Friday Night Flicks: Maleficent – 8:30pm – Discovery Green
Free Photo with Santa – Bass Pro Shops

Saturday, November 29, 2014:
Festival of Lights, Ice Land
– 10:00-10:00pm – Moody Gardens
Classic Christmas Story Hour – 10:30am – Brazos Bookstore
Young Writers Workshop - 10:30am – Discovery Green
Reptiles & Raptors - 11:00, 12:30, 2:00 & 3:30pm – Houston Arboretum
ICE at Discovery Green – 11:00-11:00pm – Discovery Green
North Pole Express Train – 11:00, 12:30, 2:00, 3:30, 5:00, 6:30, 8:00pm – Grapevine, Texas
Pop Shop Houston – 12:00-8:00pm – Silver Street Studios
Little Scrooge – 2:00pm – Express Children’s Theatre
Teddy Bear Tea – 2:00-4:00pm – St. Regis
The Nutcracker- 2:00 & 7:30pm – Wortham Theater
A Christmas Carol – 2:30 & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
Santa’s Wonderland – 3:00-Midnight – College Station
Polar Express Train Ride – 3:30, 5:00, 6:30, 8:00pm – Palestine
Skate with Santa – 4:00-5:00pm – Discovery Green
Zoo Lights – 6:00-10:00pm – Houston Zoo
Free Photo with Santa – Bass Pro Shops

Sunday, November 30, 2014:
Festival of Lights, Ice Land – 10:00-10:00pm – Moody Gardens
ICE at Discovery Green – 11:00-8:00pm – Discovery Green
North Pole Express Train – 11:00, 12:30, 2:00, 3:30, 5:00, 6:30pm – Grapevine, Texas
Pop Shop Houston – 12:00-6:00pm – Silver Street Studios
Madeline’s Christmas- 1:00 & 4:00pm – Main Street Theater
Family Zone - 1:00-4:00pm Museum of Fine Arts
Teddy Bear Tea – 2:00-4:00pm – St. Regis
The Nutcracker- 2:00 & 7:30pm – Wortham Theater
A Christmas Carol – 2:30 & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
Santa’s Wonderland – 3:00-11:00pm – College Station
Polar Express Train Ride – 3:30, 5:00, 6:30, 8:00pm – Palestine
Zoo Lights – 6:00-10:00pm – Houston Zoo
Free Photo with Santa – Bass Pro Shops

Monday, December 1, 2014:
Festival of Lights, Ice Land – 10:00-10:00pm – Moody Gardens
Storytime in Candyland - 12:00-5:00pm – St. Luke’s Day School
Cheap Skate Nights – 4:00-10:00pm – Discovery Green
Zoo Lights – 6:00-10:00pm – Houston Zoo
Santa’s Wonderland – 6:00-11:00pm – College Station
Free Photo with Santa – Bass Pro Shops

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014:
Storytime in Candyland - 9:00-7:30pm – St. Luke’s Day School
Curious Kids: Texas Animals – 10:00am – Nature Discovery Center
Family Storybook Circle – 11:00am – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Festival of Lights, Ice Land – 10:00-10:00pm – Moody Gardens
ICE at Discovery Green – 4:00-10:00pm – Discovery Green
Two Step Tuesdays – 6:00-10:00pm – Discovery Green
Zoo Lights – 6:00-10:00pm – Houston Zoo
Santa’s Wonderland – 6:00-11:00pm – College Station
A Christmas Carol – 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
Free Photo with Santa – Bass Pro Shops

Wednesday, December 3, 2014:
Storytime in Candyland- 7:45-5:00pm – St. Luke’s Day School
Mommy Mingle – 10:00-12:00pm – Children’s Museum of Houston
Festival of Lights, Ice Land – 10:00-10:00pm – Moody Gardens
Nature Story Time – 4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center
ICE at Discovery Green – 4:00-10:00pm – Discovery Green
Zoo Lights – 6:00-10:00pm – Houston Zoo
Santa’s Wonderland – 6:00-11:00pm – College Station
A Christmas Carol – 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
Free Photo with Santa – Bass Pro Shops



Favorite Houston Events for this Weekend (and Week): November 20-26, 2014

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Things to do in Houston today, and this weekend, with kids!  November 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26,  2014

The Ice at Discovery Green at Night
We’re marching up to Thanksgiving and the Houston events calendar is full of family friendly activities!

The Houston Zoo is lit up with millions of lights.  Wondering through after dark makes this familiar place seem brand new and magical.  Purchase tickets to Zoo Lights online each morning, to save a couple of dollars on admission.

Head to The Woodlands on Sunday for the Lighting of the Doves on the waterway.  Santa arrives by boat, the doves over the water are lit for the season and fireworks light up the night.  In the past there has been sledding and snow patches for the kids!  Entertainment is free all day, and tickets can be purchased for food and activities.

Also on Saturday is the opening of Field of Light at Discovery Green.  There will be 4,500 illuminated glass spheres on stems.  Each evening through February, you can see the stems “bloom” with colored lights at dusk.

On Sunday, take the kids to Madeline’s Christmas at Main Street Theater.  This production is mean for families and will have the kids dancing in their seats… and the pillow fight scene had my kids doubled over with laughter!

Next Tuesday, the ICE at Discovery Green opens at Discovery Green.  Even the youngest kids can give skating a try at the small toddler rink and with double bladed skates.  My 2 year old skated, with a little help, last year… in fact, I learned to skate last year!  Be watching this events list for events on the ice, including skating with Santa, cheap skate nights, movies from the ice, and more!

Look below for the full list of things to do.  If you are planning for the holidays in Houston, go HERE for the list of Houston Holiday Events!

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


Thursday, November 20, 2014:
Free Museum Entry
Children’s Museum of Houston FREE Thursday 5:00-8:00pm
The Health Museum FREE Thursday 2:00-5:00pm
The John C. Freeman Weather Museum FREE Thursday 12:00-4:00pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science FREE Thursdays 3:00-6:00pm
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston FREE Thursdays 10:00-9:00pm
Zoo Lights – 6:00-10:00pm – Houston Zoo
Festival of Lights, Ice Land – 10:00-10:00pm – Moody Gardens
Junior Scientists: Creatures of the Beach & Shore – 4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center
Zoo Lights – 6:00-10:00pm – Houston Zoo
Santa’s Wonderland – 6:00-11:00pm – College Station
Free Photo with Santa – Bass Pro Shops

Friday, November 21, 2014:
Festival of Lights, Ice Land
– 10:00-10:00pm – Moody Gardens
Polar Express Train Ride – 3:30, 5:00, 6:30, 8:00pm – Palestine
Zoo Lights – 6:00-10:00pm – Houston Zoo
Santa’s Wonderland – 6:00-Midnight – College Station
Metropolis! – 7:30pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre
A Christmas Carol – 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
Free Photo with Santa – Bass Pro Shops

Saturday, November 22, 2014: (Check the links for the latest weather cancellations!)
Festival of Lights, Ice Land – 10:00-10:00pm – Moody Gardens
Storytime – 10:30am – Brazos Bookstore
Young Writers Workshop - 10:30am – Discovery Green
Little Scrooge – 2:00pm – Express Children’s Theatre
A Christmas Carol – 2:30 & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
Santa’s Wonderland – 3:00-Midnight – College Station
Holiday Market & Talent Showcase – 3:00-7:00pm – Project Row Houses
Polar Express Train Ride – 3:30, 5:00, 6:30, 8:00pm – Palestine
Field of Light Opens- 5:00-7:00pm – Discovery Green
Zoo Lights – 6:00-10:00pm – Houston Zoo
Metropolis! – 7:30pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre
Free Photo with Santa – Bass Pro Shops

Sunday, November 23, 2014
Via Colori - 10:00-5:00pm – Downtown Houston
Festival of Lights, Ice Land – 10:00-10:00pm – Moody Gardens
Madeline’s Christmas - 1:00pm – Main Street Theater
Family Zone - 1:00-4:00pm Museum of Fine Arts
Santa’s Wonderland – 3:00-11:00pm – College Station
Polar Express Train Ride – 3:30, 5:00, 6:30, 8:00pm – Palestine
Lighting of the Doves – 5:00-9:00pm – The Woodlands Waterway
Zoo Lights – 6:00-10:00pm – Houston Zoo
Glisten Holiday Lighting - 7:00-9:00pm – City Centre
A Christmas Carol – 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
Free Photo with Santa – Bass Pro Shops

Monday, November 24, 2014:
Festival of Lights, Ice Land – 10:00-10:00pm – Moody Gardens
Zoo Lights – 6:00-10:00pm – Houston Zoo
Santa’s Wonderland – 6:00-11:00pm – College Station
A Christmas Carol – 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
Free Photo with Santa – Bass Pro Shops

Find over 40 FREE THINGS TO DO around town.
Keep current on the list of HOUSTON EVENTS.
Find Kid Friendly RESTAURANTS in Houston.
Browse hundreds of THINGS to DO, with KIDS, in HOUSTON!
Visit a new HOUSTON PARK.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014:
Festival of Lights, Ice Land – 10:00-10:00pm – Moody Gardens
ICE at Discovery Green – 4:00-10:00pm – Discovery Green
ICE Rink Opening Event – 6:00pm – Discovery Green
Zoo Lights – 6:00-10:00pm – Houston Zoo
Santa’s Wonderland – 6:00-11:00pm – College Station
A Christmas Carol – 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
Free Photo with Santa – Bass Pro Shops

Wednesday, November 26, 2014:
Festival of Lights, Ice Land – 10:00-10:00pm – Moody Gardens
Nature Story Time – 4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center
ICE at Discovery Green – 11:00-11:00pm – Discovery Green
Zoo Lights – 6:00-10:00pm – Houston Zoo
Santa’s Wonderland – 6:00-11:00pm – College Station
Free Photo with Santa – Bass Pro Shops



Favorite Houston Events for this Weekend (and Week): November 13-19, 2014

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Things to do in Houston today, and this weekend, with kids!  November 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19,  2014

Houston Zoo Lights 2013
It’s holiday time in Houston and there is a lot to do!

Our favorite youth theater has a new shop opening… Madeline’s Christmas!  Kids 3 and older will love this professional production.  No need to sit perfectly still or be perfectly quiet.  Kids wiggle, dance in their seats, laugh and giggle at Main Street.

Are you a Michael Jackson fan?  The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience will be at Miller Outdoor Theatre on Friday evening! Free tickets are available at the box office the day of the show, between 10:30am and 1:00pm.  Also feel free find your own seating on the hill at showtime.

This weekend you can take a Polar Express Train Ride, departing in Palestine, visit Santa’s Wonderland, in College Station, and wonder through the Festival of Lights and Ice Land, at Moody Gardens!  Santa also arrives to Bass Pro Shops on Saturday, for free photos and crafts until Christmas!

A Houston Mom favorite, the Nutcracker Market, is at NRG (Reliant) Center on Thursday through Sunday.  Kids are allowed in, but it’s crowded and you cannot bring a stroller.  Take the girls for a little holiday shopping and people watching!

A Houston family favorite, Zoo Lights, opens at the Houston Zoo on Wednesday evening.  This year it will be even bigger than the last two seasons.  Purchase tickets online to save a couple dollars.

Look below for the full list of things to do.  If you are planning for the holidays in Houston, go HERE for the list of Houston Holiday Events!

Go HERE to get this list delivered to your inbox each week anHERE 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): November 6-12, 2014

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Things to do in Houston today, and this weekend, with kids!  November 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12,  2014

Hermann Park Bridge and Flag
Plan on another great week and weekend in Houston!

On Saturday morning, Walk on the Wildside at Nature Discovery Center or head to the free Young Writers Workshop at Discovery Green.  Afterwards, check out the free Old Fashioned Art Fair, with kid activities and demos, in Montrose.

If you are a Hermann Park Member, your family can ride the train all day for free! Skip the line (every day of the year) and ride for free on the second Saturdays!

On Sunday, take your Lego fans to Miller Outdoor Theatre for The Lego Movie.

On Tuesday, celebrate our Veterans at the Veterans Day Parade in Downtown Houston!  Are you a Veteran?  Take your ID to Hermann Park and ride the train for free!

Look below for the full list of things to do.  If you are planning for the holidays in Houston, go HERE for the list of Houston Holiday Events!

Go HERE to get this list delivered to your inbox each week anHERE 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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Things to Do in Houston During the Holidays + Christmas Activities in November and December 2014

The Ice at Discovery Green
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!



Favorite Houston Events for this Weekend (and Week): October 30-November 5, 2014

Listen to my favorite events for the weekend (and week) of October 30 – November 5, 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!  October 30, 31, November 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,  2014

Discovery Green Mist Tree
On Friday, join me at Discovery Green for Scream on the Green!  This family friendly event will have music, prizes and a costume contest.  Watch Frankenweenie on the lawn, get your faces painted and find the BigKidSmallCity tent!  You can also stop by Phoenicia, next door, for a little urban trick or treating!

On Saturday and Sunday, head to Ellington Field for the Wings Over Houston Airshow The event is open all day and the big performances are mid-afternoon.  Take some Hearing Protection for the kids and enjoy the shows!

On Saturday, take the kids to Hands-On Houston: Beaded Wire Ornaments at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.  Stop by to make your free beaded wire ornament for the holidays.

On Wednesday, take the little ones to Mommy Mingle at the Children’s Museum of Houston.  Kids under 3 can play in the Tot Spot and the parents grab coffee and breakfast.

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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