Things to do in Houston today, and this weekend, with kids!  October 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 2014

Fire Station 8 View of Skyline
Gear up for another great week and weekend in Houston!

This Saturday is my absolute favorite Houston event of the year: Houston FireFest!  This free event is at the Val Jahnke Training Facility, near Hobby Airport, where the real firefighters train.  You will know you are there when you see the smoke in the sky.  The firefighters fight tanker fires, repel down buildings and show their fans exactly what the do at work.

Not only are there demonstrations, but there is a kid zone (usually with real fire hoses to spray!), trucks for “driving” and a BBQ cook off.  Bring your sunscreen and bug spray, and find me at my favorite event of the year.

Also this Saturday is one of my favorite monthly Houston events: Hands-On Houston!  This time it’s a Hands-On Houston Family Festival.  This free event is at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft celebrates glass art with hands-on activities.  Learn about glass processes, like glass blowing, flame working, cold working, etching, sand blasting, fusing and casting.

Saturday also brings us the rescheduled water parade: Afloat!  Head to Allen’s Landing in Downtown to see this unique parade float down the bayou!

On Sunday, take the kids to see Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse.  It’s for kids 3 and older… and is another great Main Street Theater production!

On Tuesday, join the new group for parents that like to get outside and hike with their kids!  Hike it Baby will meet at Hermann Park at 9:30am.  Stay for the 11:00am Swing Jive & Pop! Into Dance show at Miller Outdoor Theatre, or join me at Discovery Green.

This week’s Toddler Tuesday brings Elephant and Piggie to Discovery Green!  Come to the storytime, meet the giant characters and say “hello” at the BigKidSmallCity tent!

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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Favorite Houston Events for this Weekend (and Week): September 25-October 1, 2014

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Join the Club… Get your Hands on a 3D Printer, Minecraft & Robots… WonderSpace Technology Club!

WS Tech Camp3F
Most people have only heard of the 3D printer and the amazing things it can create… You kids can actually take your first steps in learning to use this revolutionary technology! At WONDER-SPACE TECHNOLOGY CAMP‘s new Saturday Tech Club, kids 7-13 can learn about 3D printing, robotics, Minecraft Modding, coding… and dream up their own project in the “Dream-It” sessions, designed to help all kids tap into their creativity and problem-solving abilities.

In addition to hands-on experience, kids can be part of live link link-ups with real tech inventors and entrepreneurs working in Silicon Valley – the kids will be able to hear their stories and pick their brains. What a great way to get kids inspired and thinking about the all the exciting possibilities their futures hold.

Be part of a fun and friendly tech community, getting together every Saturday morning (9-1) to induce ideas and explore technology.

Every week at Saturday Tech Club:

  • Explore a new tech theme; 3D printing comes to Wonder-Space for the first time
  • Uncover your creativity in an idea-generating Dream It session
  • Collaborate on a variety of tech projects
  • Absorb, wonder and discuss in a live tech seminar
  • Take the world’s favorite game to the next level in a Minecraft Modding challenge
  • Meet inspiring tech inventors and entrepreneurs via live-links to our Silicon Valley HQ
  • Ages 7-13, all levels welcome. Don’t worry if you can’t make every week as each week offers a stand-alone learning experience.

The Saturday Tech Club starts on Oct 4th for 8 Saturdays, at $399 for the 8 week membership. Learn more and register for the club, here!  Once you register, email fallclub@wonder-space.com, with your order number, and get a free tshirt! 



Things to do in Houston today, and this weekend, with kids! September 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, October 1, 2014

Wings by George R Brown
Have another great week and weekend in Houston!

Fall is here and the farms are open!  The Corn Maze & Hayride is open at Frobergs Farm and the Pumpkin Patch & Fall Festivities is open at Blessington Farms.  Find the BigKidSmallCity reader’s favorite fall activities HERE.

This weekend is also Dog Days at Discovery Green.  Canines will compete in the South Central Regional Championship and in a costume contest.  Do you remember the Olate Dogs from America’s Got Talent?  They will be there performing their famous pet-tricks routine!

On Sunday, watch the opening of Lilly’s Plastic Purse at Main Street Theater’s new location (Talento Billingue de Houston).  Main Street Theater shows are great for kids 3 and older, plus their parents!

Before the weekend, head to Nia Moves for a Mom & Me Creative Moves Classe.  After the weekend, be sure to join me at Toddler Tuesday for Doc McStuffins & Foam Party!  Bring your swimsuit and towel so your preschooler can play in the suds.  Also be sure to stop by the BigKidSmallCity tent and say hello!

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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Favorite Houston Events for this Weekend (and Week): September 18-24, 2014

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Things to do in Houston today, and this weekend, with kids! September 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 2014

Minute Maid from Discovery Green
What are your plans for this week and weekend? Look below for the full list of things to do, in Houston, with kids!

On Saturday, watch a mini-submarine regatta at the Hermann Park reflection pool.  Afterwards, head to Discovery Green for the free Young Writers Workshop, and then in the evening, Flea by Night.  The monthly flea market is not a “kid’s event”, but it’s great for families to browse the booths, listen to music, grab dinner and people watch.

Also on Saturday, you can get half price admission to the Downtown Aquarium.  Print the buy-one-get-one-free admission coupon, for access to the aquarium, to all of the rides and to touch the stingrays.

On Tuesday, join me at Discovery Green for Toddler Tuesday.  This week the kids can be circus stars and walk a real tight rope!  Be sure to also stop by the BigKidSmallCity tent!

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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Expo INSPIRE! Inspire young children to accomplish extraordinary feats, for free, this weekend

Dr. Jemison in Action with Science Experiments
 

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9:30am-4:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall B3
Free for kids/students and $5 for adults

EXPO INSPIRE! is a one-of-a-kind interactive learning experience designed to inspire and encourage young children to accomplish extraordinary feats in the future of space exploration. Students will engage in a variety of hands-ons experiments and activities that captivate their imagination while also educating them about the wonders of space travel so that the students leave the expo with a new understanding for the breadth and width of space exploration, and its impact on the world as a whole.

EXPO INSPIRE! will consist of numerous hands-on, interactive activities with mathematicians, engineers, rocket scientists, biologists, and astronauts, such as:

— Live Stage for Science Talks, NASA Demonstrations, and Musical Performances
— Inflatable Planetarium
— Scholastic Book Fair
— Weather Station
— Food in Exploration
— Science Experiments
— Sticky Icky (Polymer)
— Chromatography Experiments
— Art and Drawing Stations
— NASA Displays
— Starship Quest!

These hands-on experiments and activities are designed to capture student’s imagination and focus while seamlessly educating them on concepts from engineering, science, design, space, and social responsibility. EXPO INSPIRE! will be run concurrent with the 100 Year Starship 2014 Public Symposium and is FREE for children and students.



Favorite Houston Events for this Weekend (and Week): September 11-17, 2014

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Things to do in Houston today, and this weekend, with kids! September 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 2014

Mist Tree at Discovery Green
UPDATE:  It’s looking like a WET weekend… but don’t worry, there is still a lot of fun to be had in Houston!  Since Afloat, a parade on water, has been rescheduled, and Finding Nemo and Rio 2 on on the lawn might be rained out… I have some new favorite things to do in Houston with kids!

Visit Mexico on Friday at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.  On Saturday, head to the Downtown Aquarium for half the price.  If it starts to rain, just head inside to pet the stingrays, see the fish or try to figure out why a white tiger lives at the aquarium.

On Saturday you can also make your own shrinky dinks at the Library Card Kick Off Party at the Montrose HEB.

Do you need kids things for a bargain?  There is a Mother’s of Multiples garage sale on Saturday morning, and it will have tons of kids items!  (I’m picturing at least 2 of everything.)

Finally, be sure to join me at Toddler Tuesday at Discovery Green.  The free storytime, activity and character visit is Alvin & The Big Art Show.  Stop by the BigKidSmallCity tent, check out the giveaway and introduce yourself!

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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Favorite Houston Events for this Weekend (and Week): September 4-10, 2014

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