Wild Animals & Giant Volcanoes… at Rainforest Cafe!

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Address: 5015 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77056 (and other locations)

We do not go here very often, but every time a birthday rolls around, I can be pretty sure I’ll get a request for a giant volcano cake at the Rainforest Cafe.  Not only is the restaurant wild with animated animals, trees, stars and sound… but the cake comes out with a big sparkler candle and a whole bunch of people singing “Happy Birthday”!

We just celebrated a fifth birthday in our family, so on a school day afternoon, we took our wild bunch to the Rainforest Cafe in the Galleria.

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Week days are much less crowded at the Galleria and the restaurant.  We walked right in and had a seat next to the tigers and under the snake.  At this location, one side is open to the mall and the ice rink… so it’s not as dark and wild as some.  (This is probably good for some kids and not as fun for others!)

The kids get a coloring sheet and menu… where they can pick one entree, one side and one drink.  These meals are pretty reasonable (considering the location) and have a lot of choices for about $7/8 each.  The kids ordered the shrimp and dinosaur chicken nuggets.

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The adult meals are more expensive… which you might expect at a Laundry’s Rainforest Cafe.  I skipped the meal since we were there at 3:30pm… but they options are in the $15 range.

The food was out very quickly… but we were really in no hurry.  We have the activity sheet and every so often, the room would dim, a storm would roll in and the animals would get noisy.  (Note that my kids have always loved this… but we’ve been with several toddlers that hated this!)

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After the kids finished their food, the waiter brought out our giant volcano cake… along with all the restaurant’s staff singing “Happy Birthday”.  Once the sparkler went out… we all dug in.  This cake is a once-a-year kind of thing for us (at $15), but it feeds more than the 5 at our table.  The chocolate brownie is stacked up like a volcano and is full of ice cream and whipped cream.

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Note that we have a Laundry’s Club card… which is $25 but you get a $25 gift card and gift cards at your birthday and special deals during the year.  It also gets you priority seating when any of the Laundry’s restaurants are busy.  It’s not required… but you can go HERE to learn more.

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 Our birthday afternoon at the Galleria Mall was enjoyed by all… especially the birthday boy.  We did not do a party this year… but lunch at Rainforst Cafe, skating at the ice rink and a quick stop at the Lego Store (all close by) was just perfect.

 

 

Rainforest Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
 

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Rainforest Cafe – $15 Gift Card for $7.50

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Rainforest Cafe – Galleria Location

Rainforest Café (Galleria Location)

Address: Galleria Mall, 5015 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77056

Cost:   Not cheap… but worth it every now and then. Check out the MENU.
Appropriate Age:   Any age… but it is dark and there are loud noises
Our Review:   My son loves The Rainforest Café.   It probably helps that they have a marketing campaign on PBS during morning cartoons.   He asks weekly to go there.   We had only been twice, but before our third visit, I learned of the following program on TheDealyo.

If you join the Landry’s Select Club, for all Landry’s restaurants, including The Rainforest Café, for $25 and you’ll receive a $25 credit on your membership card to use towards your next restaurant visit.  I joined the club (which is just a one time fee of $25) and took my kids to the restaurant.   Just as advertised, I presented my card an received $25 off my bill. Since I was going to Rainforest Café anyway, I consider this a free membership. Additional benefits are:

Welcome Reward– $25 Reward added to your account at registration
Birthday Reward– $25 Reward for your birthday month
Earn Points– 1 point for every dollar spent. 250 points equals a $25 credit
Priority Seating– Receive seating privileges, seven days a week
Gift Cards- Earn points when you purchase gift cards.
Rewards are added to your card. No more paper gift certificates!


The restaurant is very exciting for kids. The ceiling is covered with leaves and the kids think they are in a real rainforest. There are life sized animals and stampedes and a periodic “rain storm” where the lights dim and the lighting flashes. Do note that my three year old nephew is sensitive to loud noises and is scared of the rainstorms. My six year old niece, 4 year old son and two year old daughter think they are great.

The kids can watch the animals and color while the food is prepared. There are a lot of kid’s meal options, all around $6.00. I ordered the China Chicken Salad and it was more than enough to eat (and very good). My son ate the Castaway Kid’s Pizza and my daughter had the Rainforest Rascals (mini burgers). There were no complaints about the food.

In summary, we’ll go back for sure. I just might wait for my $25 birthday reward!

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