Favorite Houston Events for this Weekend: July 24, 2014

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Things to do in Houston today, and this weekend, with kids!  July 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 2014

Houston Zoo Giraffes
Plan on another great weekend in Houston!

Beat the heat  at the Houston Zoo.  On Friday evening, the zoo is open late for Holidays in ZOO-ly!  On Saturday morning , go back for a real Snow Day!  There will be 2 snow fields for little and big kids to build snowmen and play.  Just go early before it melts!

Saturday is the Museum Experience at the Museum of Fine Arts, Jung Center and Contemporary Arts Museum.  The best part is that the Museum of Fine Arts is open for free all day!

Join BigKidSmallCity for Pippi Longstocking: The Family Musical on Saturday at 2:00pm.  We will have the special opportunity to meet the actors before the show!  If you can’t make it then, get tickets for Saturday at 5:00pm or Sunday at 2:00pm.

Finally, be sure to print your buy one get one free coupon and visit the Downtown Aquarium on a Tuesday in July!  This place is twice the fun when it’s half the price.

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!  For Summer 2014 Resources, go HERE!

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

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More fun than video games: Let kids “play” all day with coding, game design & graphics at Wonder Space Tech Camp! (Coupon Code Included!)

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Your kids can develop the technical skills that many parents wish they had themselves. At Wonder Space Tech Camp, Houston kids ages 7 to 17 years old can learn to code, design games and build a computer!

Kids come with all level of skill sets and counselors customize the program to work for the campers.  All camps have a 6:1, kid to counselor ratio, giving every camper the chance for lots of guidance and collaboration with an inspiring tech enthusiast.

All camps activities develop problem-solving skills and critical-thinking abilities, and foster curiosity, a love of learning and a collaborative and adventurous spirit. The program is in it’s 13th year and kids keep returning for the fun!

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Each camp explores a new area of the tech world, using innovative activities that give campers the chance to discover and enjoy their creativity:

  • 7 and 8 year olds begin with the Fundamentals of Programming and Game Design, experiencing the basics of programming logic and creating exciting games.
  • Pre-teen camps from age 9 to 12 expose campers to an exciting array of tech experiences, from designing 2D games, websites and apps to digital video and photography. Campers get hands-on, creating desktop Lego robots and even building computers.
  • Teen camps from age 13 give campers a fun, focused and challenging environment in which to collaborate with their peers and expert counselors. Developing skills to enjoy now and in the future, teen campers are learning coding languages Java and C++ and evolving from gamers into creators; in Minecraft Modding, Minecraft becomes a visual learning tool full of possibilities. Campers become 3D modelers in the booming world of animation, and create ever-more-ambitious 3D games.

What makes this camp even better is that Wonder-Space was launched by 2 Rice University students, Emmie and Josefa, in 2002 to give boys and girls a space for fun, exploration and collaboration in technology.

“On beginning my degree in Electrical Engineering, I realized I really hadn’t been exposed to much technology or engineering and that hands-on problem-solving was new to me… Wonder-Space gives kids really valuable experiences that stand them in great stead for the future; whatever their passions we help them to be tech-savvy, inquiring and solution-focused. We also give them the most fun summer imaginable!” Emmie.

As an electrical engineer myself, and having also felt a little behind when I got to college, I am very excited to teach my own kids these skills.  And it looks fun too!

Sign up for now for camp in Houston and get 25% off*!  Use code BKSC25.

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*Terms and conditions apply. Offer may be used where space allows, for new bookings only, for more than one child and for multiple camps in the summer of 2014. Offer does not apply to lunch or extended hours. Camps described below are subject to availability.

Houston  (2900 Weslayan #545, Houston, TX 77027):
  • 21-25 July - Fundamentals of Game Design (7/8yrs), Web design (9-12yrs), App Game Design (9-12yrs), C++ Programming (teen), 3D Animation Maya (teen)
  • 28 July – 1 Aug - Fundamentals of Programming (7/8yrs), Digital Photography and Editing (9-12yrs), App Game Design (9-12yrs), Java Programming (teen), Advanced Game Modding (teen)
  • 4-8 Aug - Fundamentals of Game Design (7/8yrs), 2D Game Design (9-12yrs), Advanced 2D Game Design (9-12yrs), Digital Video and Special Effects (9-12yrs)  
  • 11-15 Aug - Fundamentals of Game Design (7/8yrs), Fundamentals of Programming (7/8yrs), Digital Video and Special Effects (9-12yrs), Digital Photography and Editing (9-12yrs), Web Design (9-12yrs), 3D Game Design (teen)
The Woodlands (Main Event, 19477 I-45 South, Shenandoah, TX 77385):
  • 21-25 July - Fundamentals of Game Design (7/8yrs), 2D Game Design (9-12yrs), Digital Photography and Editing (9-12yrs), Roboworks:Mindstorms (9-12yrs), C++ Programming (teen)
  • 28 July – 1 Aug - Fundamentals of Programming (7/8yrs), 2D Game Design (9-12yrs), Digital Video and Special Effects (9-12yrs), Digital Photography and Editing (9-12yrs), App Game Design (9-12yrs), Advanced Java Programming (teen), 3D Game Design (teen), Minecraft Modding (teen)
  • 4-8 Aug - Fundamentals of Game Design (7/8yrs), 2D Game Design (9-12yrs), Advanced 2D Game Design (9-12yrs), Web Design (9-12yrs), Roboworks:Mindstorms (9-12yrs), Build a Computer (9-12yrs), Java Programming (teen), Advanced Java Programming (teen), C++ Programming (teen), Advanced Game Modding (teen), 3D Animation Maya (teen)


Free this Weekend: Fireworks, Bounce Houses, Reptiles & More!

Check out Patricia Lopez’s Free Stuff Friday on ABC13!  It includes fireworks in Kemah, bounces houses and splashpads at Ervan Chew Park and reptiles at Discovery Green!

For BigKidSmallCity’s full list of things to do this weekend, go HERE!



Favorite Houston Events for this Weekend: July 17, 2014

Listen to my favorite events for the weekend of July 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!  July 17, 18, 19, 20 21, 22, 23, 2014

Downtown from the Aquarium
Plan on another great week and weekend in Houston!

Discovery Green is always a sure bet for fun.  This weekend there is a Hands-On Reptile Show, the weekly Young Writers Workshop and my favorite Flea by Night.  Browse the booths of local vendors, listen to live music, people watch and enjoy the urban oasis in the middle of Downtown’s skyscrapers.

For fun on a slightly smaller scale, check out Summer Fun Squad at Ervan Chew Park on Saturday morning.  The free event includes a bounce house, games and the park’s splash pad!

Next week, Miller Outdoor Theatre has a week of children’s shows.  Watch Mulan, Jack and the Beanstalk and more!  Shows are always free.  Seats are for those that arrive first, but there is always space on the hill!

Finally, be looking for Pop Shops all over Houston.  On Tuesday, this free event is popping up at the Vinson Library and kids can make pom pom burgers and mountains!  The craft and location changes weekly, so go here to find an event near you!

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!  For Summer 2014 Resources, go HERE!

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

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Free This Weekend: Movies, Dinner & More!

Head to ABC13 to see Patricia Lopez‘s report on Free Stuff for this Weekend in Houston! It includes outdoor movies, meals at Chick Fil A and more!  For a full list of things to do this weekend, go HERE!



Favorite Houston Events for this Weekend: July 10, 2014

Listen to my favorite events for the weekend of July 10, 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!  July 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 2014

Downtown from Preston Street Bridge
Plan on another great weekend in Houston, with kids!

The Pop Up Library is returning to Hermann Park on Friday!  Stop by between 10:00am and 12:00pm and listen to a story, make a craft and get a backpack full of goodies, including a free pass to the Children’s Museum of Houston!

Keep on reading (and writing) at 3 Saturday events.  At Discovery Green, join the free Young Writers Workshop at 10:30am.  At Brazos Bookstore, enjoy the weekly storytime at 10:30am or the new book discussion group, for kids ages 7 to 10, at 1:00pm.  You can also watch  Mad Science’s presentation of Fire &  Ice at Discovery Green on Saturday!

Enjoy art at Pippi Longstocking: The Family Musical, on Saturday and Sunday and at the Houston Symphony’s Free Day of Music on Saturday!  Spend 10 hours immersed in music and activities!  (Thanks Mandy for this tip!)

Finally, consider getting a Hermann Park family membership for free unlimited train rides on the second Saturday of each month.  This weekend is the second Saturday so you will be able to jump to the front of the line and ride all day for free!

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!  For Summer 2014 Resources, go HERE!

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: July 3, 2014

Listen to my favorite events for the weekend of July 3, 2014!  To help you navigate, below are the posts mentioned in the audio clip: