Discount Code for the Harlem Globetrotters at NRG or Berry Center, July 8-9, 2017!

The Harlem Globetrotters are playing NRG Arena on July 8 and Berry Center on July 9, 2017… and I have a discount code!! (And I just found discounted tickets on affiliate Goldstar HERE and HERE!)

The games are:
NRG Arena (Houston)
Sat., July 8, 2017 @ 2pm
Sat., July 8, 2017 @ 7pm

Berry Center (Northwest Houston/Cypress)
Sun., July 9, 2017 @ 3pm

SAVE $7 with Code: COURT! Find tickets HERE.  Or try these discounted tickets on affiliate Goldstar HERE and HERE!


Nature Connects at the Houston Zoo… Open Now through September 4, 2017

Have you seen the Lego bricks at the Houston Zoo?  At Nature Connects, you can see giant animals made from more than 770,000 LEGO bricks!

Members can enter Nature Connects for $3.95 per person (includes unlimited Texas Direct Auto Wildlife Carousel & Nature Connects All-Day Pass).  Others can purchase a special ticket at the front gate:

Adult $19.95 – Includes Zoo admission, all-day Nature Connects entry, and a conservation bracelet
Child $19.95 – Includes Zoo admission, all-day Nature Connects entry, a conservation bracelet, and unlimited Texas Direct Auto Wildlife Carousel rides

 

My kids are big Lego fans, so they really liked to see the sculptures and read about the number or bricks and hours it took to build.  As we walked through we saw the Hummingbird, Dodo Bird, Snow Leopard, Chameleon, Rhinoceros, Whooping Crane, Coral Reef, Polar Bear, Monarch Butterfly, Sea Turtle, Wildebeest and Zebra.

See our pictures below!

 

 

 

 


Easy Houston Day Trip or Staycation… Visiting the Kemah Boardwalk with Kids!

Are you heading to Kemah for some waterside family fun?  If you are like me, you’d rather get advice from another parent than from advertising pamphlets…  So when Houston mom Ashley came back from her little roadtrip, we asked her to tell us about it!

In her own words, here are Ashley’s tips for visiting Kemah, with kids!

My family (husband and 2 sons, Patton 4 and Crosby 2) went to Kemah on Sunday and stayed at the Kemah Boardwalk Inn.  We bought a Groupon for 2 all day ride passes and a $50 meal card to any Landry’s.  ($172 = 4 all day ride passes + $100 meal card). Let me tell you, it was AMAZING!)  Be watching Groupon for when it pops back up!

It was a mellow rainy off and on kind of day. We requested early check in with not problem. So instead of checking in at 4pm, we checked in at 11am! (Being nice goes a long way!)

We had lunch at the Cadillac Grill. The food was good, the staff was okay. But let’s face it, you only eat outside on a patio for the view, not the service.

After a brief nap in the hotel, we rode rides until around 4pm. The carousel and the train were the only things I brought Crosby (2) on but they do have a small ferries wheel as well. My husband and Patton (4) rode almost all the rides he was tall enough to ride (over 48″).

We had dinner at the Aquarium Restaurant with a great view of the tank and by a window so we could see the rain and the waves. The food was great and our server was very accommodating and attentive. Patton decided he didn’t want to pet the stingrays because rides were more important.

So round two of the rides included more train and carousel rides for Crosby and myself, and more of everything else for Patton and my husband. We ended the night at the ice cream shop located a few doors down from the hotel entrance. We sat outside on the patio and listened to the band finish up for the night.

On a side note of extra goodness in Kemah…..There was an attendant sweeping by the ferris wheel while Crosby and I watched my husband and older son Patton ride. The attendant saw Crosby was interested in the broom, so the man said hello. I apologized and explained that Crosby is autistic and nonverbal and probably wouldn’t acknowledge him.

The man smiled, said that was okay, and went along with his business. I looked up to watch the ferris wheel again and when I looked back down, the man was on his knees talking to Crosby. They played and made sounds at each other while giggling. It was a wonderful feeling to have a stranger take the time to not only acknowledge Crosby, but to go out of his way and play with him.

We woke up Monday morning and walked next door to the little restaurant and had a wonderful breakfast, loaded the car, and set off for our next adventure, NASA!

We spent more money than we do on a typical day, but but it was our one night staycation splurge… And pretty small splurge for a vacation. We are already planning our next trip to Kemah in the fall after school gets back in session!


Give Away: Family Plus Membership to the Children’s Museum of Houston!

The Children’s Museum of Houston’s “Sci-Fi Summer” will take you to infinity and beyond!

Now through Labor Day weekend, take off on an out-of-this world adventure where imagination and reality collide. Come to the Children’s Museum of Houston to explore the endless possibilities of time, space and mind-boggling discoveries where there are no limits to where you’re going, even if it means doing it all over again.

AND you could visit all year for FREE with our Children’s Museum Family Plus Membership Give Away!  Just register to win below!

The Family Plus Membership includes free admission for up to six individuals living in the same household ages 1 and older. Plus..

  • Members’ First Friday – No reserved school groups the first Friday of the month.
  • FREE admission to more than 300 participating ASTC (Travel Passport Program institutions nationwide).
  • Your membership will also be honored at the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center.

Get the membership details HERE!

Update:  Congratulations to Patricia V and Olivia G!

Contest Ends: June 27, 2017
Official Rules: http://www.bigkidsmallcity.com/official-contest-rules-141/


Discount Code for the Harlem Globetrotters at NRG or Berry Center, July 8-9, 2017!

The Harlem Globetrotters are playing NRG Arena on July 8 and Berry Center on July 9, 2017… and I have a discount code!!

The games are:
NRG Arena (Houston)
Sat., July 8, 2017 @ 2pm
Sat., July 8, 2017 @ 7pm

Berry Center (Northwest Houston/Cypress)
Sun., July 9, 2017 @ 3pm

SAVE $7 with Code: COURT! Find tickets HERE.


Give Away: Family Four Pack to Sugar Land Skeeters Game!

Who wants to go see the Sugar Land Skeeters?  Games are family friendly and Constellation Field even has a playland and splashpad… plus tickets start at just $9!

Not only that, but one family will get to go for free!  To win four tickets to any game this season, register below.

Update:  Congratulations to Caleb R!

Contest Ends: June 20, 2017
Official Rules: http://www.bigkidsmallcity.com/official-contest-rules-140/


Give Away: Tickets to Garbage Island 3.0!

Garbage Island 3.0 is the only original live sketch comedy show in Houston for children ages 2 –6 years old (with lots of laughs for Mom and Dad, too!)… and I have tickets to give away!

July 8 – 29
10:30 am, Saturdays
Rec Room, 100 Jackson Street, Houston, Texas 77002
$10 per ticket, includes drink (mimosa, coffee, juice box)
Get all the details HERE.

If you want to win 4 tickets to any available show, register below!

Update:  Congratulations to Georgia C!

Contest Ends: June 23, 2017
Official Rules: http://www.bigkidsmallcity.com/official-contest-rules-139/


ALL the Kids Agree: Dolphin Tours in Galveston are Great!

My kids don’t always agree. In fact, they probably disagree on what to do for fun more than they agree… but we found something that everyone liked to do!

 

After seeing a segment on Houston Life, we decided to head down to Galveston for the Bay  Watch Dolphin Tour!

This 45 minute tour heads out from Galveston’s Pier 21 and is for all ages. Adults are $10, kids are $5 and babies are free.

We rolled up, parked in the paid lot ($4/hour), bought our tickets and were on the boat a few minutes later. (The boat leaves on the hour, every hour.)

It wasn’t long until we were in the bay and dolphins were swimming by our boat! I don’t know what it is like every day, but we saw a lot of them close to us!

On this boat, you could sit on the front, inside in the middle or on the back. On the front you are in full sun and cannot stand up. In the middle, you are sheltered and can probably hear the tour guide clearly and in the back, where we sat, there was some shade, a great view of the dolphins and a lot of noise. It was hard to hear the tour guide… but I think we got the best look at the dolphins!

I also noticed other tours that were all outdoor shaded seating. These were slightly more expensive ($12 and $8… but some had kids under 5 were free… so do the math for your family and decide which is best).

All of the tours see the same bay, the dolphins and get to learn more about the places you see along the shore.

For us, it was a great hour of dolphin watch and EVERYONE was pleased with the trip!


Sweaty, Gritty Houston Summers Call for Mosaic Dermatology Houston

We’re wrapping up a long little league season and it’s been three months of sweaty boys in my car.

As they piled out last week, I realized something awful.  They were out of the car, their equipment was with them, the windows were open… and I was the one that stunk.

And not only that, but the same red dirt that stains our white baseball pants had coated my sweaty face.  I was gritty and stinky… and summer had just begun.

I love summer break in Houston, but man, it sure is something special.  Baseball games, beach trips and even running to the car take a toll on my skin and my clothes!

This is where our sponsor Mosaic Dermatology Houston comes in.  Not only do they have cosmetic services from Botox to under arm sweat and odor reduction but the have a new gentle cleanser!

This cleanser is aggressive on acne but gentle on skin.  To learn more, check out this FREE Benzoyl Peroxide guide from Mosaic.  You can also get FREE shipping on Mosaic Cleanser to use as a wash for the face and other affected areas.

Mosaic also has an unique non-invasive underarm treatments that can produce immediate results. A significant reduction to near elimination of armpit sweat and odor is achieved in many patients… which is great for Houston summers!

Dr. Rashid of Mosaic Dermatology Houston has urgent walk-in appointments AND has Saturday hours for those that cannot miss work or school. More than this, he is thorough, caring and gives patients enough time to answer all their questions.

See for yourself… HERE are hundreds of 5 Star Reviews from verified patients!

Check out the Mosaic Clinic Dermatology offices in Upper Kirby and Tanglewood.  Learn more on MCDermatology.com or by calling 281-941-5556.

 


NOW FULL! Summer Break Kick Off Party at Gallery Furniture! June 13 (North Freeway) & June 20 (Grand Parkway)

These events are NOW FULL!!!

Summer Break is here… so bring the kids to Gallery Furniture for crafts, lunch and fun!  We have TWO free events coming up… you just need to reserve a spot!

One party will be on June 13, 2017 at at 6006 North Fwy, Houston, TX 77076 and the other will be June 20, 2017 at 7227 West Grand Parkway South, Richmond, TX 77407! Both are 11:00am-1:00pm.

At North Freeway on Tuesday, June 13, kids will get to see the monkeys and exotic birds, make crafts, race down the giant slides, jump on mattresses and eat lunch!

At Grand Parkway on Tuesday, June 20, kids will get to see the serval (wild cat) and birds, make crafts, watch little sharks swim, jump on mattresses and eat lunch!

And both are FREE!

If you want to join us on June 13 and/or 20, you must:

1. Fill out the form below.  (This form will CLOSE when spots are GONE. Until then, sign up and attend on the date you pick. No confirmation emails needed!)
2. Be one of the first 200 to respond at each location.  (We will close when they are full… so we have crafts and food for everyone!)
3. Understand that the animals usually do not come out of their rooms to see the guests.
4. Understand that food is prepared onsite and cooked as fast as possible for all the guest. Please do not complain about the free lunches… it reflects badly on me as your host.
5. Bring your kids to Gallery Furniture! (June 13 at 6006 North Fwy, Houston, TX 77076 or June 20 at 7227 West Grand Parkway South, Richmond, TX 77407) The events are FREE.
6. 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 @ BigKidSmallCity.com.


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