Give Away: Even More Tickets to the ICE at Discovery Green!

I have EVEN MORE tickets to the ICE… and I will give them away each week through New Years Eve!  (Register to win below!)

The ICE at Discovery Green powered by Green Mountain Energy uses recycled water from Kinder Lake to create the largest outdoor skating rink in the Southwest.

Here you can also find the ICE Box, for kids 4 and under.  Here the little kids can skate while parents hold their hands from the side.

Also, if you are a non-motorized wheelchair user, you are welcome to enjoy the rink in your own wheelchair.

The ice is open every day and you can get all the details HERE.  Of course, Houston winter’s are hot and wet, and the ICE might need to close.  You can also ways see schedule updates on the Discovery Green website.

Regular admission is $14 and includes tax and skate rentals.   AND 1 family will win 4 tickets to the ICE (for Monday through Thursday)!  To win, register below (or HERE).

Contest Closes:  Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Official Rules:  https://goo.gl/13F2Ui


Give Away: 4 Tickets to A CHRISTMAS CAROL – A GHOST STORY OF CHRISTMAS at Alley Theatre

A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas has returned to Alley Theatre, despite Harvey’s havoc, with a re-telling of Charles Dickens’ classic story, which follows Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey with the three ghostly spirits who visit him on Christmas Eve. A Christmas Carol instills a powerful message about redemption and the spirit of the holiday season.

You can take the family to see the show now through December 30, 2017… and I have four tickets to give away to one lucky family!

To win, register below (or HERE).

Contest Ends: Monday, December 18, 2017
Official Rules: https://goo.gl/521YKP
Winner can select any available show on Wednesday, December 27 at 2:30 PM, Wednesday, December 27 at 7:30 PM, Thursday, December 28 at 7:30 PM, Friday, December 29 at 2:30 PM


Brunch with Santa at Phoenicia Foods Downtown on December 16, 2017, 11am-3pm

Head to Phoenicia Downtown for festive family event where kids and adults alike can enjoy holiday activities and tasty seasonal brunch menu!

At our sponsor’s Brunch with Santa at Phoenicia Foods Downtown, on December 16, 2017, you can take photos with Santa and Ms. Claus, decorate Christmas cookies, enjoy classic holiday cartoons and more.  Entrance is free for all.

The things you need to know are below… and scroll the bottom to enter the contest!

  • Brunch with Santa is December 16, 2017, 9am to 3pm.  Activities start at 11am.
  • The Houston Fire Department will have a truck on site for Operation Stocking Stuffer Toy Drive (new unwrapped toys encouraged)
  • Santa & Ms. Claus will be visiting with families and taking photos with the lil’ one.
  • Purchase of Yule-tide brunch specials including Gingerbread waffles with lemon curd optional
  • Children’s Holiday Cookie decorating included with the purchase of a kid’s meal
  • Enjoy Classic Holiday Cartoons and Festive Balloon Twister on-site

Get all the details about the event HERE!


Discounts to Holiday Shows & Activities in Houston, 2017 (and Beyond)!

It is time for the holiday shows around Houston… but with lots of kids, the ticket prices add up quickly! Below are the discounted shows and activities we’ve found so far… and will keep updating it as we find more. Just know that some of these deals and dates sell out quick!

Affiliate links included.

Admission for Two, Four, or Six to Festival of Lights and the DaVinci Exhibit at Moody Gardens (Up to 44% Off)

Choice of:

Admission for Two to Festival of Lights and the DaVinci Exhibit
Admission for Four to Festival of Lights and the DaVinci Exhibit
Admission for Six to Festival of Lights and the DaVinci Exhibit

 

Great Wolf Lodge Grapevine – Grapevine, TX

Daily water park passes for each registered guest, up to the standard room occupancy, are included in all options. (Additional guests up to the maximum occupancy may be added for $50 per person per night.)

 

Best Christmas Pageant Ever: Delinquent Kids Put On a Chaotic Christmas Show – A.D. Players Theater (Houston, TX) – November 30, 2017-December 23, 2017

Christmas is a time to be good and spread holiday cheer — unless you’re a part of the Herdman clan, in which case your goal is to partake in enough delinquent behavior to end up on a permanent naughty list. When the rowdy and rambunctious Herdman children show up at a local Sunday school in search of free snacks, they wind up getting cast in the annual snooze-fest of a Christmas pageant. The kids wreak havoc on the show, scaring off other cast members, offending the congregants and even setting fire to the church. But one way or another, the Herdman herd is determined to put on “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”.

 

Frosty the Snowman: A Family Musical – Salem Lutheran (Houston, Texas) – December 2, 2017-December 23, 2017

Frosty and his young friends learn valuable lessons about the true meaning of friendship when family musical “Frosty the Snowman” comes to Salem Lutheran in Houston. You and your family can watch the magical hat in action this holiday season.

 

Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight: Modern Take on Fairy Tale With Pop Music, Magic & More – The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts – Sarofim Hall (Houston, TX) – December 12, 2017-December 23, 2017

A storybook kingdom of beautiful princesses, evil fairies and infectious pop tunes — the whole family will be delighted by this updated version of the classic European fairy tale. “Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight” follows the princess Aurora, who has been cursed into a 100-year sleep by a dark fairy named Carabosse. Under the protection of her beloved companions Silly Billy and Nanny Tickle, Aurora waits in slumber until she is awakened by true love’s kiss. This interactive show features plenty of magic, humor and contemporary pop music — including songs by Blondie, Bruno Mars, Jessie J, Katy Perry and more — that’ll have audiences of all ages cheering and singing along

 

Lone Star Flight Museum – Lone Star Flight Museum (Houston, TX) – Any Available Date Through Dec 31, 2018

Take a tour of man’s greatest aerial feats at the state-of-the-art Lone Star Flight Museum in Houston, boasting a 130,000 square-foot facility with a renowned flying collection of historic aircraft, a high-tech Aviation Learning Center and dynamic hands-on exhibits. The museum is all about preserving and honoring the history of Texas aviation, featuring everything from a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and North American T-6 Texan to an anti-tank attack helicopter. The museum displays over 40 historically significant aircraft and over 1,500 artifacts that demonstrate the quantum leap in technology over the past century. The museum’s collection of award-winning aircraft annually logs more than 40,000 cross-country air miles to participate in flying displays and air shows. The museum’s P-47 Thunderbolt participates in the United States Air Force “Heritage Flight” program.

 

Harlem Globetrotters: Insane Hoops & High Comedy – NRG Arena (Houston, TX) – January 27, 2017

With their amazing athletic, acrobatic and clowning skills, the team of insanely talented men and women known as the Harlem Globetrotters is sort of like the greatest circus troupe you’ve ever seen — but with way more slam dunks. And Hi-Lite, Too Tall, El Gato and the others know how to do more than just shoot hoops — they’ll wow you with ball-handling wizardry, rim-rattling jams and four-pointers shot from 30 feet away, not to mention their clever comedy bits.

 

The Texas Tenors: Deep in the Heart of Christmas – The Grand (Galveston Island, TX) – Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

With their Emmy Award-winning PBS special now airing across the country, and Billboard chart-topping albums, it’s easy to see why The Texas Tenors are America’s favorite tenors. Since their whirlwind debut on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”, The Texas Tenors have accumulated a long list of awards, accolades and excited fans. They have performed more than 1000 concerts around the world, including a 24-city tour in the United Kingdom, Shanghai, China and collaborations with some of the most prestigious symphonies in the US. Now they make their way to The Grand in Galveston Island.

 

The Sound of Music – Jones Hall for the Performing Arts (Houston, TX) – Friday, June 1, 2018 – Sunday, June 3, 2018

The hills are alive in this brand-new production of “The Sound of Music”. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony-, Grammy- and Academy Award-winning score, including unforgettable songs like “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and more. Enjoy “The Sound of Music” at the Jones Hall for the Performing Arts in Houston.

 

TAO: Drum Heart – Jones Hall for the Performing Arts (Houston, TX) – Saturday, April 14, 2018

Direct from Japan, the performance group TAO will get your heart pumping with their intense choreography and extreme athletic prowess. A massive international sensation, the group’s toured all over the globe, combining thousands of years of traditional Japanese drumming with high-energy martial arts movements. Their all-new spectacular, “TAO: Drum Heart”, is the perfect display of their otherworldly precision, energy and stamina. Find out why they’ve performed hundreds of sold-out shows in front of millions of people when “TAO: Drum Heart” comes to Houston’s Jones Hall for the Performing Arts.

 

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Jones Hall for the Performing Arts (Houston, TX) – Friday, March 16, 2018

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, one of the world’s most beloved dance companies and a favorite with Houston audiences, returns for another exciting performance. The company is celebrated not just for their exquisite performance of beloved classics, but also for their commitment to bold, new dance styles, offering something for every taste. Artistic director Robert Battle has created a program that spans pulse-racing contemporary favorites to spirit-lifting beloved classics, serving as America’s cultural ambassador to the world. Don’t miss these dynamic and artistic dancers hailed by “The New York Times” as “sleek, athletic masters of the universe” in this special pre-sale opportunity.

 

Cirque du Soleil: CORTEO – Toyota Center (Houston, TX) – March 8, 2018-March 11, 2018

Clowns have gotten a bad rap in the last few years, but they aren’t all bad! Some are just lovable humans looking for hope — like the main character of “Cirque du Soleil: CORTEO”. In the company of flying angels, a beloved entertainer imagines his own funeral procession in the form of a festive and lavish parade. They say write what you know, so as he passes from this life, the comedian imagines what he already knows and adds a little heaven to it. His dreaming creates a spellbinding world brought to life under the bigtop by dazzling costumes and sets. The drama of the real lives of traveling performers merges with the surreal to create “Cirque du Soleil’s” trademark visuals and a mysterious journey you can’t forget. This amazing show is packed with “Cirque”‘s seemingly impossible acrobatics, “for a display of human physicality that defies the laws of physics” (“LA Weekly”), as well as lyrical and playful music that will fill the Grand Chapiteau, bringing you into the mystical borderlands where illusion teases reality at the Toyota Center in Houston.

 


Give Away: Family 4-Pack of Tickets to ICE LAND, Festival of Lights & More!

Moody Gardens is open 365 days a year with the Aquarium, Rainforest and Discovery Pyramids, Colonel Paddlewheel Boat, Ropes Course, Zip Line, 3D and 4D Theaters, SpongeBob SubPants Adventure and Discovery Museum…

And through January 7, 2018, Moody Gardens also has eight holiday attractions!  This includes:

 

  • ICE LAND: Rainforest Holiday
    • Prepare for a spectacular journey through the wonders of rainforests from around the world this holiday season as Moody Gardens debuts ICE LAND: Rainforest Holiday.
    • Take in monkeys, beautiful birds, colorful butterflies, orchids and so much more as leaf cutter ants carry Christmas lights and other decorations to a magical place – all hand-carved from ice.
    • A team of 25 skilled master ice carvers from Harbin, China created this wonderland by hand from two million pounds of ice!
    • Guests can even grab a big blue parka and soar down the 36-foot Giant Ruins Ice Slide! Moody Gardens keeps the ICE LAND tent at a chilly 9 degrees so be sure to dress warm. Guests are given a parka to wear before they enter the ICE LAND tent.
  • Festival of Lights
    • Kick off the holidays like never before with more twinkling colored lights, ice skating and breathtaking views sparkling across Galveston Bay.
    • Guests can enjoy the one-mile Festival of Lights trail, featuring more than 100 sound-enhanced light and animated displays themed to their favorite holiday music.
    • Food Drive Thursdays lets guests bring a non-perishable food item every Thursday throughout the festival and receive a two-for-one admission to Festival of Lights. The food will be donated to the Galveston County and Houston Food Banks.
    • Tickets to Festival of Lights also includes admission to the area’s only outdoor ice skating rink.
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4D
    • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and his friends are back at Moody Gardens this holiday season to spread a little cheer and give guests a fully immersive experience, complete with falling snow.
    • The beloved animated holiday classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4D returns this year as a magical experience inside the 4D Special FX Theater.
    • Other holiday attractions include Cirque Joyeux Noel Dinner and Show running Dec. 15-25 at the Moody Gardens Convention Center, the area’s only outdoor ice skating rink, 100-foot long Arctic Ice Slide, holiday movies in the MG 3D Theater and train rides this season with the spectacular views from Moody Gardens Hotel located right on the property.

AND, I am so excited to be able to give away a family four-pack, which includes admission to all of the attractions at Moody Gardens, including ICE LAND and Festival of Lights, plus so much more!

To win, register below (or HERE).

Contest Ends:  Friday, December 15, 2017
Official Rules:  https://goo.gl/8EVoZF


Santa Makes 5 Stops in Downtown Houston on Saturday, December 9, 2017!

Santa will be all over Downtown Houston on Saturday, December 9, 2017!  Find him at these 5 spots… and scroll to the bottom for a map!

1. Heartmade Holiday Art Market – Event from 11:00am to 6:00pm – photo opps with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 1:30pm to 4:30pm – admission is FREE

This outdoor urban market takes place at Main Street Square, in the heart of Downtown Houston, and features the work of 55 local artists who sell wares ranging from jewelry and apparel to home goods and art. Also expect food truck fare, a children’s imagination station, strolling Christmas carolers and more.

2. 9th Annual Gingerbread Build-Off – Event from 9:00am to 4:30pm – See Santa from 12:00pm to 2:00pm – Admission is FREE

3. Breakfast with Santa at Downtown Aquarium – 8:00am to 10:00am – Reservations required

4. Breakfast with Santa at Hilton Americas-Houston – 9:00am to 1:00pm – Reservations required

5. Skate with Santa at The ICE at Discovery Green – 5:00pm-6:00pm – Tickets are $14 onsite and $17 online
Children of all ages are invited to skate with Santa Claus each Saturday through Dec. 23.


Give Away: 4 Tickets to Panto Cinderella at Stages Repertory Theatre

In honor of the 10th anniversary of its highly acclaimed Panto series, Stages Repertory Theatre proudly presents a new production of Panto Cinderella, with music and lyrics by Gregg Coffin (Five Course Love) and book by Paul Witworth.

Stages was the first theatre to introduce the Panto form to Houston with the original Panto Cinderella in 2008, and has continued each holiday season to produce a Panto variation. Several of the original 2008 cast return for this production, including Genevieve Allenbury, Ryan Schabach, Tom Prior, and Calvin Hudson, and they are joined by Stages’ favorites Holland Vavra, Kay Allmand, Zachary Reeves, Jeremy Gee (Winner of a 2017 Houston Press Theatre Award), and Joe Daniels.

Allmand and Thomas Prior in Stages Repertory Theatre’s production Panto Cinderella. Photo by Os Galindo.
 

Traditionally performed during the holiday season for family audiences, British Pantomine, or Panto, traces its roots all the way back to Greek and Roman Times, incorporating elements of commedia dell’arte, harlequinade and vaudeville. Panto has long been a holiday staple throughout the UK, characterized by a combination of song, dance, buffoonery, slapstick, cross-dressing, topical reference and audience participation.

Stages is only one of a handful of theatres in the US that produce Panto productions during the holidays, and audiences can expect to come ready to laugh, cheer and boo along with a crazy cast of fairy tale favorites, tailored to be enjoyable for the whole family. For this year’s production, Panto’s madcap storytelling style breathes new life into the familiar tale of humble Cinderella, her fairy godmother, her prince charming and her hideous (and hilarious) stepsisters.

Performance times are Wednesdays through Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays at 2:00pm and 7pm, and Sundays at 2:00pm. Additional matinee performances are available on December 21, 22, 28 and 29.

Panto Family Fun Days, which include activities and refreshments with the cast following the matinee performances, are offered December 2, 9, 16, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30 and 31.

Regular tickets start at $25 with savings for groups of 6 or more To purchase, call the Stages Box Office at 713.527.0123 or reserve online at www.stagestheatre.comAND I have 4 tickets to give away to 1 family for the Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 7:00pm.

To win, register below (or HERE).

Update:  Congratulations to Shivani S!

Contest Ends:  December 10, 2017
Official Rules: https://goo.gl/h11cVA


Brunch with Santa at Phoenicia Foods Downtown on December 16, 2017, 9am-3pm + Gift Card Give Aways

Head to Phoenicia Downtown for festive family event where kids and adults alike can enjoy holiday activities and tasty seasonal brunch menu!

At our sponsor’s Brunch with Santa at Phoenicia Foods Downtown, on December 16, 2017, you can take photos with Santa and Ms. Claus, decorate Christmas cookies, enjoy classic holiday cartoons and more.  Entrance is free for all… AND 4 lucky families will win $25 Phoenicia Gift Cards!

The things you need to know are below… and scroll the bottom to enter the contest!

  • Brunch with Santa is December 16, 2017, 9am to 3pm.  Activities start at 11am.
  • The Houston Fire Department will have a truck on site for Operation Stocking Stuffer Toy Drive (new unwrapped toys encouraged)
  • Santa & Ms. Claus will be visiting with families and taking photos with the lil’ one.
  • Purchase of Yule-tide brunch specials including Gingerbread waffles with lemon curd optional
  • Children’s Holiday Cookie decorating included with the purchase of a kid’s meal
  • Enjoy Classic Holiday Cartoons and Festive Balloon Twister on-site

Get all the details about the event HERE!

To win a $25 Gift Card to Phoenicia, enter below (or HERE)…

UPDATE: Congratulations to Katie P, Carye, Jackie G, Robin M!

Contest Ends:  Monday, December 11, 2017
Official Rules:  https://goo.gl/SNQXJ3


Houston Zoo Lights 2017: Beat the Crowds at Houston’s Popular Holiday Event!

Each night through January 14, 2018, the Houston Zoo closes at 5:00pm… only to reopen with millions of lights at 6:00pm. When I ask Houston parents for their favorite holiday event, Zoo Lightsis usually what they tell me!

Open each night, except December 14, 24 & 25, families can walk through the zoo until 10:00pm/11:00pm. The least busy days are “value nights”, which are usually school nights. If you can swing it, go on a “value night” to have more room to move around and enjoy. If you cannot make a “value night”, go on a “prime night” instead!

Value Nights: Member $11.95 Non-Member $16.95
Prime Nights: Member $16.95 Non-Member $19.95
Children 1 and Under – FREE

Buy tickets online or at the gate.

Right at 6:00pm there is usually a (fast moving) line to get in. If you buy your ticket online, you have a jump start. Also, I’ve noticed that if you go at 8:00pm instead of 6:00pm, many of the families have gone home.

Food and drink is for sale… but remember that you can bring your own food in to the zoo… so if you bring your own popcorn and hot chocolate, that could save you some money.

Whenever you go… have fun and send us your pictures!

 

 

 

 


Create a Play Each Day at Main Street Theater’s Winter Break Camp!

The kids will soon be out for winter break… for HoustonISD, the last day of school is December 21, 2017!

If you do not have the full 2 weeks off of work, or if your kids want to have some extra fun over the holiday, Main Street Theater has a Winter Break Camp for you…  kids get to create a play in a day… so sign up for one day or all the days!

Ages: 6 – 11
Days: Dec. 18, 19, 20, 21 & 22, Dec. 27, 28 & 29, Jan. 3, 4 & 5
Hours: 9:00am – 3:30pm
Location: MST – Rice Village
Daily Fee: $65/day

Get all the details HERE!


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