What in the world is “Mommie & Me”? Part workshop, part fitness and part Snow Sisters.

What the heck is this “Mommie & Me” Event and should I attend?  Well, if you are Mom, Dad or Kid, then it IS for you.  AND if you know someone that ADORES Elsa and Ana, you most certainly need to be there at noon.

Date:  Saturday, August 9, 2014
Time: 10:00am-6:00pm
Location: NRG (Reliant) Convention Center
Tickets: $5 Early Bird, $10 at the Door OR $5 with Donation 

The event is full of activities for kids, classes for parents and lots and lots of giveaways.  This is what you need to know:

  • The “Snow Sisters”, hosted by The Royal Court Princess Parties, will be there 12:00-1:00pm and 2:00-3:00pm!
  • The Fitness & Activity Zone will keep everyone moving!  Activities include Yoga for Youth, Strength Training and Toning, Parachute Time and a Princess Fashion Show.
  • Workshops happen every hour!  These include “Healthy Diets”, “Car Seat Safety”, “How do I get my baby to latch?”, “Sleep Sniffles & Everything in Between”, “Preparing your home for a new baby”, “Babywearing 101″, “Infant Massage”, “The Power and Inspiration in Play”.
  • BigKidSmallCity will have a booth.  Be sure to come introduce yourself because there is nothing I love more than meeting members of the community!

AND you can get in for half price!

Admission is $10 at the door. HOWEVER, if you bring a new or gently used donation for The Source for Women, you get in for $5!  They are looking for:

Gently used or brand new:
1. Maternity wear
2. Baby clothes sizes: newborn through 18 months
3. Diaper bags

New:
4. Diapers sizes newborn through size 5
5. Wipes
6. Feminine products (maxi pads & tampons)
7. Baby toiletries: lotions, powder, shampoo, baby wash etc….

So grab your extra baby gear, drop it at the door, and join me at Mommie & Me!  I promise to wait patiently while you meet your favorite Snow Sisters!

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Favorite Houston Events for this Weekend: August 7, 2014

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Things to do in Houston today, and this weekend, with kids!  August 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 2014

MetroRail Train in Mid Main
This events post, for August 7-13, 2014, is going up early so you can plan on the best August ever!

On Thursday you can support Young Texans Against Cancer, just by eating, shopping and rocking on Mid-Main.  This is one of my favorite strips along the train tracks and includes Natachees, the sandbox and kids meals in old school metal lunch boxes.

The popular Pop Up Library returns to Hermann Park on Friday.  Kids can enjoy a story and activity and go home with a backpack full of goodies, including a free pass to the Houston Children’s Museum.

On Saturday, Hermann Park Members can ride the train all day for free.  The annual membership is $50/family and allows you to skip the train line, get the train seats your kids really want, and ride for free on every 2nds Saturday.  AND it supports one of my favorite parks!

Saturday is also the free Phenology Hike at the Houston Arboretum and the free Summer Fun Squad at Ervan Chew Park.  At park, you can run through the splashpad, play games and jump in the bounce house!

For some indoor, air conditioned fun, join me at the NRG Center (Reliant) for the Mommie & Me event all day on Saturday.  There will be activities for kids and parents and a BigKidSmallCity booth.  Be sure to come introduce yourself to me because I love meeting members of the community!

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 31, 2014

Listen to my favorite events for the weekend of July 31, 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 31, August 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 2014

Train Tracks at Hermann Park
It’s August and time to get every single drop of fun out of summer break!  This is the list of things to do in Houston, with kids, for July 31-August 6.  For things to do August 7-13, 2014, go HERE.  For things to do August 14-20, go HERE.

Have you found Waldo all over town?  On Thursday you can celebrate with the party at Brazos Bookstore!

Saturday is one of my favorite Houston events: Hands-On Houston. This month you can make a free BraceLED… a light up bracelet!  Just stop by between 11:00 and 3:00pm to make your simple circuit!  Saturday is also White Linen Nights.  Find your cool white clothes and head to the streets of the Houston Heights for music, shopping, eating and people watching.

This weekend is your LAST CHANCE to see Pippi Longstocking: The Family Musical.  You need to go Saturday or Sunday to see this show that had my son, Mr. Serious, bent over, head on his knees, laughing.  It is 1.5 hours that you will talk about for a long time.

Finally, be sure to grab your little engineers and come join me for George Hermann’s 171st birthday on Wednesday.  There will be $1.71 train rides for kids, $1.71 ice cream for everyone, free birthday cake and lots of fun at the Hermann Park Kinder Train Station.

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 24, 2014

Listen to my favorite events for the weekend of July 24, 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 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

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