NOW FULL – Meet Up: St. Patrick’s Day Party as Unique as Houston, Gallery Furniture, March 17

Horse at Gallery Furniture Meet Ups
Join BigKidSmallCity and HoustonMothersBlog for a St. Patrick’s Day Party as Unique as Houston!  Mattress Mack has invited us back out to the wild Gallery Furniture.  

Here kids will get to ride the horse and buggy, meet the monkeys, take pictures with the exotic birds, make St. Patrick’s Day crafts, race down the giant slides and eat as much pizza, ice cream and cookies as their parents allow!  Check out the great time we’ve had at past events HERE!

And it’s all FREE to those that get a spot!

Gallery Furniture Bouncing

UPDATE: This event is now FULL.  To be the first to be notified about future meet ups, go HERE!

If you want to join us on Tuesday, March 17, at 3:30pm, you must:

1. Fill out the form below.
2. Be one of the first 100 to respond. Spaces are limited! 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 kids to Gallery Furniture on Tuesday, March 17, at 3:30pm. Gallery Furniture is at 6006 North Fwy, Houston, TX 77076. The event is FREE.
4. Make every effort to attend. Since spaces are limited and we want as many kids to get a chance as possible. If you need to cancel, email me at Jill @

Audio: Favorite Houston Events for this Weekend (and Week): March 5-11, 2015

Listen to my favorite events for the weekend (and week) of March 5, 2015, or see the video HERE! To help you navigate, below are the posts mentioned in the audio clip:

Video: My Favorite Things to Do in Houston, with Kids, March 5-11, 2015

Here are my favorite things to do in Houston, with kids, for March 5-11!  Watch the clip below, or go HERE.  To help you navigate, here are some links mentioned in the video:

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!

Things to do in Houston today, and this weekend, with kids!  March 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 2015

Discovery Green Fair and Buildings
It’s going to be a great week and weekend in Houston! Spring Breaks are starting this week (and next) and there is a lot to do around town!

The Houston Rodeo is in full swing. Take the kids to the Livestock Show and Carnival, or see it all with a Rodeo and Concert ticket.

On Saturday, join me at the Discovery Green FUNomenal Festival. This event has baby olympics, bounce houses, rock walls, foam parties and much much more… and it’s all free. No ride tickets needed. Be sure to come say “hi” at the BigKidSmallCity booth!

Saturday is also my favorite Hands-On Houston.  Stop by between 11:00-3:00pm to make your free Origami cup!  All ages are welcome and no reservations are ever needed.

Cirque du Soleil Amaluna is still under the big top at the Sam Houston Race Park.  Take the kids or make it a parents night out.  This show is high flying and is exciting from start to finish.

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!

To make your Spring Break plans for March 7 through March 22, go HERE.  Before you head out on your adventure, check out the 4 items I suggest taking with you!

Looking for grown-up things to do? Check out 365 Things to Do in Houston!  

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Houston Rodeo, Entertainment Line Up 2015

Headed to the Houston Rodeo? It’s going to awesome AGAIN this year. If you plan to visit the rodeo and concert, and not just the livestock show and carnival, this is what you need to know:

1. Only one ticket is needed. If you buy a concert ticket, you do not need a general admission ticket. (And if you don’t want to go to the concert, you can buy a cheaper general admission ticket.)
2. The rodeo takes place before the concert. If the start time is 6:45pm, the rodeo will be first and the concert will be a couple hours later.
3. Strollers are allowed in the stadium, but no outside food. (Outside food is allowed in to the livestock show.)
4. It’s a little loud.  If you are taking kids, consider some Ear Protection.
5. Wednesdays are Value Days… so concert tickets are $10 (and if you only want general admission, it’s $5!)
6.  For Tips on Taking Kids to Rodeo, go HERE!  Margaret is a Houston Mom that has volunteered at Rodeo for 13 years… and knows all the secrets!
7. Find (often discounted) tickets HERE.  There is a new entertainer every night:

Tuesday, March 3 – Eric Church
Wednesday, March 4 – Hunter Hayes
Thursday, March 5 – Miranda Lambert
Friday, March 6 – John Legend
Saturday, March 7 – Alan Jackson
Sunday, March 8 – Fall Out Boy
Monday, March 9 – Justin Moore
Tuesday, March 10 – Tim McGraw
Wednesday, March 11 – Brantley Gilbert
Thursday, March 12 – Zac Brown Band
Friday, March 13 – Pitbull
Saturday, March 14 – Billy Currington
Sunday, March 15 – La Arrolladora Banda El Limon & La Maquinaria Nortena
Monday, March 16 – Dierks Bentley
Tuesday, March 17 – Ariana Grande
Wednesday, March 18 – Florida Georgia Line
Thursday, March 19 – Blake Shelton
Friday, March 20 – The Bandy Perry
Saturday, March 21 – Brad Paisley
Sunday, March 22 – Luke Bryan

This love story does not slow down… Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna at Sam Houston Race Park

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Photo Credit: Cirque du Soleil
Address:  Sam Houston Race Park, Under the Big Top, 7575 North Sam Houston Pkwy W, Houston, TX 77064
Dates: Through March 22, 2015

Ohhhhhhh… I have always wanted to see Cirque du Soleil… Athletes climbing poles, with their bodies parallel to the ground… Gymnasts flipping and twisting, from a sitting position… and a show that does not slow down from start to finish.

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Photo Credit: Cirque du Soleil
I finally got my chance when Cirque du Soleil hosted me at the Sam Houston Race Park’s Big Tent… I saw Amaluna, a show that celebrates women, with an almost all female cast. And I am certain I could watch this same show 50 times and not be tired of it.

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Photo Credit: Cirque du Soleil
This show does not “warm up” to a grand finale. From the very start there are amazing acts. Gymnast are flipped into the air while juggling meteors, acrobats descend from the ceiling while balancing on hoops… and then there is the high flying uneven bars, the seesaw that shoots gymnasts 20 feet in the air and a balancing act that has the entire audience holding their breath.

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Photo Credit: Cirque du Soleil
Amaluna is a love story where the queen’s daughter and her suitor are tested with many trails and setbacks.  You can read all about it HERE.

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Photo Credit: Cirque du Soleil
There were a lot of kids in the audience and the show was appropriate for them.  The music is a little loud, but no big crashes or scary sounds.  The love story is also very, uh, appropriate with only some hugs and a whole lot of acrobatics.  And all ages laughed at the hilarious serpent that started the show by stealing popcorn from the audience… and spilling it on them.

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Photo Credit: Cirque du Soleil
My own 5 year old daughter stood me up for our date so she could play at grandpa’s house.  I haven’t been able to bring myself to tell her just what she missed.  She would have loved the show and re-enrolled herself in gymnastics immediately.  As it was, I got to go with Janie from Fun2Go Misters and have a girl’s night… a rare thing for me!

Jill and Janie at Cirque du Soleil
Whether you take the family or have an parent’s night out, be assured that every single seat under the big top is amazing.

Cirque du Soleil travels with their own tent and equipment.  I’d like to see them travel down the highway because they have a giant (spinning) stage, a 6,000lb water bowl, a huge frame that supports the athletes as they fly through the air, a mobile gym for training, a giant (temperature controlled) tent and all their equipment.

Inside the tent, event the seats in the way back, are right next to the stage.  At a traditional theater, you’d still be in the high-dollar section.  Ticket prices vary by day and availability, from about $30 to over $200 each.  Look through the options and find something that works for you.

Get your tickets HERE.

Audio: Favorite Houston Events for this Weekend (and Week): February 26-March 4, 2015

Listen to my favorite events for the weekend (and week) of February 26, 2015, or see the video HERE! To help you navigate, below are the posts mentioned in the audio clip:

Video: My Favorite Things to Do in Houston, with Kids, February 26 – March 4, 2015

Here are my favorite things to do in Houston, with kids, for February 26 – March 4!  Watch the clip below, or go HERE.  To help you navigate, here are some links mentioned in the video:

As seen on ABC13: Insider Tips for Visiting Rodeo Houston!

Margaret Channel 13 Rodeo Interview
It’s officially Rodeo season in Houston!  ABC13’s Patricia Lopez spotted BigKidSmallCity’s Insider Rodeo Tips and interviewed 13-year-rodeo-volunteer, Margaret, to learn all her tips for taking kids to the Houston Rodeo and Livestock Show!

For all the tips, go HERE.  To see the video, go HERE or look below!