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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Favorite Houston Events for Labor Day Weekend: August 28 – September 3, 2014

Listen to my favorite events for the weekend (and week) of August 28-September 3, 2014!  To help you navigate, below are the posts mentioned in the audio clip:



Things to do in Houston today, and this Labor Day weekend, with kids!  August 28, 29, 30, 31, September 1, 2, 3, 2014

Flowers at Discovery Green
The big kids are back to school and Houston venues are taking a minute to breathe.  The events list is much lighter this week, but there is still plenty to do in Houston!

Labor Day weekend is the last time to see the super popular Soto, Houston Penetrable at the Museum of Fine Arts.  Go on Thursday when it’s free or go over the weekend.  Either way, go by September 1!

Saturday is the Young Writers Workshop at Discovery Green and Toddler Tuesdays return this week.  On September 2, join BigKidSmallCity for the Thomas the Tank Engine storytime, character visit and trackless train!

On Wednesday, take the littlest ones to the Children’s Museum Tot Spot for a Mommy Mingle.  It’s free with admission and includes coffee, breakfast and conversation!

This is also the perfect week to do some exploring of your own:

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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You Made Summer 2014 Awesome… Thanks for the BigKidSmallCity Meet Ups!

We’ve had a great summer exploring Houston with you.  The kids met Houston’s finest firemen, spun in the Mayor’s chair, crafted crowns, masks and bracelets, fed camels with their bare hands, shared their lunch with giant tortoises, had exotic birds in their hair and had a 800 pound, 12 foot alligator hiss until they left him alone.  See the pictures below!

These Meet-Ups have been a great way to explore Houston with our kids so we’re going to keep them going through the school year.  All events are uniquely Houston and small in scale.  If you want to be notified as they are scheduled, sign up HERE!  They generally fill too quick to be advertised on social media, so sign up to see the opportunity first.

Our BigKidSmallCity Summer, in pictures:

We toured 4 fire station tours.
 

Fire Station Tour6
 

Trying on Fire Gear at Fire Station 16
 

And spun in the Houston Mayor’s Chair. (Really, this is her chair.)
 

City Hall Mayor's Chair6
 

Joe at City Hall
 

And we met Pippi Longstocking.
Pippi of Pippi at Main Street Theater
 

And had Bayou Wildlife Park ostriches come in the car window. And zebras eat from our hands.
 

Osterich Eating
 

Zebra at Bayou Wildlife Park
 

And we had a super fancy tea party with The Scone Artist.
 

The Scone Artist Tea Party
 

The Scone Artist Scones
 

And we fed gentle, and not so gentle, giants at The Crocodile Encounter.
 

Crocodile Encounter Feeding Tortoises1
 

Crocodile Encounter Feeding1
 

And we had the most unexpected fun at… a furniture store. We took horse and buggy rides, held birds, played with monkeys, made crafts, ate pizza and played like crazy at Gallery Furniture.
Gallery Furniture Bird on Heads
 

Gallery Furniture Horse Ride
 

Gallery Furniture Bouncing
 

Gallery Furniture Monkey
 

Thank you for making Summer 2014 one to remember!!



Favorite Houston Events for this Weekend: August 21-27, 2014

Listen to my favorite events for the weekend (and week) of August 21-17, 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!  August 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 2014

Downtown from Minute Maid Park
Let’s get ready for back-to-school with a week jam packed with Houston fun! First, take the kids on a Journey Through China at Miller Outdoor Theatre on Thursday morning.  Then on Friday evening, party at the Houston Zoo’s End of Summer Luau and don’t miss the Snow Day on Saturday!  Also on Saturday, meet some Frogs & Salamanders at the Nature Discovery Center.

Sunday is a day we look forward to all year, with the Theater District Open House.   It is a free family day full of learning about Houston’s 9 major performing arts organizations.  There are live performances, activities, backstage tours, an instrument petting zoo, costumed performers and trolley rides between venues.

For the sports fan, the University of Houston is hosting a free community day. Stop by on Sunday afternoon to tour the new TDECU Stadium, meet the football players, play at the kid zone and eat $1 hot dogs and popcorn.

Finally, on Wednesday evening, head out for a special moms night out with Bayou City Mamas.  Learn about “Hot Spots for Tots”, eat dinner and get your swag bag.  BigKidSmallCity will be on the panel talking about things to do in Houston with kids… but I really want to hear YOUR ideas.  I learn new things from Houston Moms each day.   Get tickets HERE and use code “CITY” for $5 off!

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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Join Me for a Mama’s Night Out – Hot Spots for Tots

Bayou City Mamas
Join BigKidSmallCity on Wednesday, August 27th at 6:30pm for Mama’s Night Out where we talk about things to do in Houston with kids!

Kelly, founder of Houston Moms Blog, and I will join the Bayou City Mama panel to share our insider tips on where, when and what to visit.

I also want to hear from you. I always learn new things to do, and how to do them better, from members of the BigKidSmallCity community.

The event includes dinner, a gift bag and giveaways. Tickets are $30 each and you can get $5 off by using code CITY.

The event is at Happy Playland, 9801 Long Point Rd, Houston TX 77055. Nursing infants welcome.

Go HERE to get your tickets.



Favorite Houston Events for this Weekend: August 14-20, 2014

Listen to my favorite events for the weekend of August 14-20, 2014!  To help you navigate, below are the posts mentioned in the audio clip: