Do Not Miss a Post! Things to Do in Houston, with Kids… Posted on BigKidSmallCity for September 10-16, 2016!

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There is a lot of information on BigKidSmallCity and sometimes it can be hard to find!  To help you locate the new posts from last week, here are the updates from September 10-16, 2016!

Weekend Events:

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

Things to Do in Houston:

Kid Friendly Restaurants:

Houston Resources:

More:

If you want all this emailed to you each week, go HERE!



Race as a Family at the 2016 Child Advocates Superhero 1K and 5K Run!

A year ago, a crazy thing happened, my husband decided he wanted to start racing in triathlons. He trained a ton and now has a fine collection of medals hanging in our bedroom from all of his efforts. The kids love to look at each one and talk about the race and I am happy he has become such a good role model for them in keeping active and trying hard things, even if they seem nuts (and some of them are).

I’m not much of a runner myself. I was on the track team in high school, but that was mostly so I could leave school early every Friday to drive to the meets. Anything to get out of the small town we lived in for a few hours! After dragging our kids around to a few of my husband’s races, I decided to try a few 5Ks myself. I wanted them to see that their mom was also capable of achieving some fitness goals and finishing something I set out to do. Running is still not my most favorite thing, but if the 5K has a twist like the Insane Inflatable 5k with bounce houses, a Color Fun Run or the Wicked Wine Run, then I am game. I am pretty sure there is some sort of 5k or 10k race happening every weekend in Houston.

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After competing in her school’s Boosterthon run in kindergarten last year, our 6 year old started asking when she could race. There are a number of fantastic runs and tri races for little ones like the Houston Kids Triathlon, but she was not a strong enough swimmer yet. Then a friend told me about the Child Advocates Superhero 1K and 5K Run and I knew we had to sign up.

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Here’s why I liked it:

~There are 1k and 5k distances and it is family friendly
~Everyone is encouraged to dress up in their favorite superhero attire and there is a costume contest!
~The 5K race is a timed one, but people do walk and run it, so your 6 year old could try
~You have to register strollers for the 1k race, but not the 5k
~It’s something we can do together as a family
~I like the idea of doing active things together and showing our kids just how strong even little bodies can be
~There is food and other activities after the race
~The race starts at City Centre Plaza and goes through the beautiful Fonn Villas neighborhood. There is a great park there if you want to plan a picnic after the race.
~Best of all, it raises awareness and funds for the Child Advocates group, a non-profit devoted to connecting court appointed volunteers to children in need to break the vicious cycle of child abuse.

We all signed up for the 5K. My race-loving husband can attempt the 5k with a double stroller (always trying to up the difficult rating if he can) and I will walk/run with the 6 year old. She cannot wait to be in a real race and we cannot wait to experience it with her. She wants to know is she can write her number down her arm. Racer in the making, that one.

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Sign ups are still open. Registration is $25 for the 5k and $15 for the 1K.

Details:
Saturday, October 15th
8am -11am
City Centre, 800 Town & Country Boulevard, Houston, TX 77024
Sign up HERE!

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About Amanda:

She and her husband moved to Houston from California in 2009 and are now raising three freshly minted Texans. When she is not chasing around her elementary schooler and preschooler twins, Amanda freelances as a publicist and contributor to Mommy Nearest. She loves good food and the sound of silence. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @KismetSorena.



Audio: Favorite Houston Family Events for this Weekend (and Week): September 15-21, 2016

Listen to my favorite events for the weekend (and week) of September 15, 2016, or watch the video HERE! To help you navigate, below are the posts mentioned in the audio clip:



Video: Favorite Things to Do in Houston, with Kids, September 15-21, 2016!

Here are my favorite things to do in Houston, with kids, for September 15-21!  Watch the clip below, or go HERE.

To help you navigate, here are some links mentioned in the video:



Things to do in Houston today, and this weekend, with kids! September 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 2016

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Make plans for a great weekend in Houston, with kids!

Spend the Evening with the Owls (or Owl Butterflies!) at the Cockrell Butterfly Center on Friday and Saturday. Watch hundreds of butterflies whirl and tumble at twilight and learn more about their behavior.

At Discovery Green, participate in the Young Writers Workshop , Spanish ClassSTEM Workshop and Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic and Lawn Games .  Or, go on Saturday evening for Flea by Night for shopping, music, food and people watching.

On Sunday, older kids might enjoy an afternoon with bestselling middle-grade author and illustrator Nathan Hale!  He will make a presentation about the latest book in his Nathan Hale Hazardous Tales series, Alamo All-Stars!

On Tuesday, join me back at Toddler Tuesday for this week’s If You Give a Mouse a Cookie storytime.  This event is free and no registration is needed.  Just show up and, if you want, bring a gently used book to swap for a new one.

On Wednesday, go see Princess and the Pea at Miller Outdoor Theatre.

Look below for the full list of things to do.  And for the full list of Fall activities in Houston, go HERE!

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!  Affiliate links included.

Things to Do Any Day:
Explore Houston like an Insider
Plan your Fall 2016 Festivals, Farm & Pumpkin Patch Visits!
Visit a new Houston Park
Try Out 20 “Not Your Usual” Things to Do
Find Kid Friendly Restaurants in Houston

Thursday, September 15, 2016:
Free Museum Entry
Children’s Museum of Houston FREE 5:00-8:00pm
The Health Museum FREE 2:00-7:00pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science FREE 3:00-5:00pm
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston FREE 10:00-9:00pm
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.
Blanket Bingo – 6:00-9:00pm – Market Square Park
Thursday Night Concerts – 7:00pm – Discovery Green
El Grito featuring Ballet Folclórico Nacional de México Silvia Lozano – 7:30pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Friday, September 16, 2016:
Our Youngest Artists – 10:30am – Museum of Fine Arts
Evenings with the Owls – 6:30-8:00pm – Cockrell Butterfly Center
Squirrel Nut Zippers and Shinyribs – 7:30pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Saturday, September 17, 2016:
[Click HERE… for Things to Do Saturday through Wednesday!]



Top 10 Things to Do this Week & Weekend, in Houston, with Kids – September 12-18, 2016

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Each week, I provide a list of things to do in Houston with kids.  The full event lists can always be found HERE.  (Scroll through to find the dates you are looking for!)

So you can look forward to the events Houston has going on this week (posted prior to the full list going live), here are the favorites for Monday through Sunday, September 12-18, 2016.  And for the full list of Fall activities in Houston, go HERE!

1. On Monday, go to Miller Outdoor Theatre for Beto & The Fairlanes!  The songs are “magical, cross-cultural incantations of salsa, jazz, rock and Latin influences”!

2. On Tuesday, join me at Toddler Tuesday at Discovery Green.  This week we will read Good Morning Yoga! This event is free and no registration is needed.  Just show up and, if you want, bring a gently used book to swap for a new one.

3.  On Wednesday, go to Nature Storytime at the Nature Discovery Center!

4.  On Friday and Saturday, spend the Evening with the Owls (or Owl Butterflies!) at the Cockrell Butterfly Center. Watch hundreds of butterflies whirl and tumble at twilight and learn more about their behavior.

5.-9.  On Saturday and Sunday, at Discovery Green, participate in the Young Writers Workshop , Spanish ClassSTEM Workshop and Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic and Lawn Games .  Or, go in the evening for Flea by Night for shopping, music, food and people watching.

10.  On Sunday, older kids might enjoy an afternoon with bestselling middle-grade author and illustrator Nathan Hale!  He will make a presentation about the latest book in his Nathan Hale Hazardous Tales series, Alamo All-Stars!



Do Not Miss a Thing! Things to Do in Houston, with Kids… Posted on BigKidSmallCity for September 3-9, 2016!

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There is a lot of information on BigKidSmallCity and sometimes it can be hard to find!  To help you locate the new posts from last week, here are the updates from September 3-9, 2016!

Weekend Events:

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

Things to Do in Houston:

Kid Friendly Restaurants:

Houston Resources:

If you want all this emailed to you each week, go HERE!



Audio: Favorite Houston Events for this Weekend (and Week): September 8-14, 2016

Listen to my favorite events for the weekend (and week) of September 8, 2016, or watch the video HERE! To help you navigate, below are the posts mentioned in the audio clip:



Video: Favorite Things to Do in Houston, with Kids, September 8-14, 2016!

Here are my favorite things to do in Houston, with kids, for September 8-14!  Watch the clip below, or go HERE.

To help you navigate, here are some links mentioned in the video:



Things to do in Houston today, and this weekend, with kids! September 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 2016

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Let the fall fun begin!  Houston is a good place to be in September and October for fall festivals, family events and pumpkin patches.  Plan ahead by going HERE… and look below for this week’s events!

On Saturday and Sunday, go to the HPL Kid’s Book Festival at the Health Museum.  There are kids activities, a storybook  costume contest and lots and lots of books for under $3.

Also on Saturday, head to the Asia Society for the Creation Station!  Create paper craft versions of bento boxes!  Or, go to the Houston Arboretum for Naturally Wild: Geocaching Basics!

Also, all weekend go to Discovery Green for the Young Writers WorkshopLearn a LanguageSTEM Saturday and Family Yoga.  Next Tuesday, join us there for Toddler Tuesday: Good Morning Yoga!  The free event includes a storytime and activity… plus, bring a gently used book to swap for a new one!

If you are looking to volunteer with the kids, consider packing meals in Pearland!  On Saturday, you can help Dream Dinners pack 75,000 meals, 25,000 of which will stay in the Houston area and 50,000 will be transported abroad to Haiti.

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!  Affiliate links included.

Things to Do Any Day:
Explore Houston like an Insider
Plan your Fall 2016 Festivals, Farm & Pumpkin Patch Visits!
Visit a new Houston Park
Try Out 20 “Not Your Usual” Things to Do
Find Kid Friendly Restaurants in Houston

Thursday, September 8, 2016:
Free Museum Entry
Children’s Museum of Houston FREE 5:00-8:00pm
The Health Museum FREE 2:00-7:00pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science FREE 3:00-5:00pm
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston FREE 10:00-9:00pm
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.

Friday, September 9, 2016:
Honky Tonk Angels – 8:00pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre
Astros vs. Cubs – 7:10pm – Minute Maid Stadium

Saturday, September 10, 2016:
[Click HERE… for things to do Saturday through Wednesday!]



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