Galveston without the Sand… at Lasker Park Community Pool!

Address: 2016 43rd St, Galveston, TX 77550

Mom, I like Galveston without the sand!

This is what my son told me at Lasker Park Community Pool!

We spend a lot of time at the beach… and this new pool between Broadway and Seawall was a nice change. It has beach entry, little kid splash area, a big slide, a poolside basketball hoop and a lap pool. Non-residents can swim for a fee.

It cost us $6 for adults and $4 for kids and we needed a drivers licence for the waiver.  Parking was free in the lot.

At Lasker Pool, everything is nice and new (including the restrooms) and there is quite a lot of shade around the outside of the pool. There are lifeguards all around the pool and the patrons were friendly.

One of my kids was sad that he was 47″ and the big slide requires you to be 48″… but once he found he could jump off the side into the deep end, he decided his day was going to be pretty good.

The lap pool opens early but the rest opens later in the morning.  (Everything is closed on Mondays.)  At 1:00pm on a weekday, there were less than 10 families at the pool.  By 3:00pm, the chairs and pools were filling up.

We had a lot of fun in the water… and were able to finish our Galveston trip without so much sand in our suits!  To find more to do in Galveston with kids, go HERE!

 

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Give Away: Family Four Pack of Tickets to Pinkalicous The Musical at Main Street Theater!

“Pink, Pink, Pink… Pinkalicious loves pink – especially pink cupcakes! Her parents warn her not to eat too many of them but she can’t help herself. A delightful musical based on the popular book by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann on being yourself and the importance of healthy eating!”

You can see Pinkalicious The Musical, by Main Street Theater, at MATCH, through July 29, 2018… AND I have 2 sets for family four packs to give away!  Just register below!

Shows are:
Saturdays at 11am and 2pm: June 16, 23 & 30; and July 7, 14, 21, & 28;

Sundays at 12:30pm and 3:30pm: July 15, 22 & 29

Audio Described Performance – Saturday, June 23 at 11am
Sensory-Friendly Performance – Sunday, July 15 at 3:30pm

To win tickets, register below (or HERE)!

Winner Can Pick Between Shows on July 15 at 3:30pm and July 22 at 12:30pm.
Contest Ends: June 22, 2018
Official Rules:  https://goo.gl/Nc4jLm


Five Tips for Keeping Your Family Safe This Summer from Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital

Ah, summertime is here! This time includes relaxing at backyard cookouts, enjoying longer days with outdoor playtime and celebrating summer holidays with family and friends. Summer’s outdoor activities and celebrations often involve spending more time in the sun and using fireworks.

It is no coincidence that area ERs see an increase in fire and heat-related visits during summer months. Read about 5-year old Shelby’s story and learn some simple tips from the affiliated physicians at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital to help your family avoid injuries and beat the heat this summer. Fun-in-the-sun should be just that, fun!

Burn Patient’s Mom Stresses Fireworks Safety

When it comes to celebrating the holidays with fireworks, Casey takes her daughter’s safety very seriously. “As a parent, you try to take every precaution to keep your child safe,” she says, “but unfortunately accidents happen.”

Last Fourth of July, Casey’s 5-year-old daughter, Shelby, was celebrating at home with family and friends when tragedy struck. At nightfall, the group ventured outside to participate in their own firework show. Shelby and her family members sat in the bed of a pickup truck parked a safe distance from the site where the fireworks were being lit. In the uneven field, however, one of the lit fireworks fell over, striking Shelby in the chest and catching on fire the jacket she was wearing. As a result, Shelby suffered second and third degree burns to her right arm, neck, chest, left shoulder and left arm.

Shelby was taken directly to Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, where she was treated by affiliated surgeon Todd Huzar, MD, Director of Pediatric Burn Surgery at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, and Assistant Professor of Surgery at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth. Dr. Huzar was able to repair the burns on her chest by performing multiple skin grafts, where healthy skin is transplanted to the affected area.

“Throughout our stay, the nurses, physicians and entire staff took great care of Shelby, working continuously as a team to help her get better,” says Casey. “After going through something traumatic, I was so appreciative of how attentive they were to Shelby and our entire family.”

In December 2017, Casey returned to Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital to speak about fireworks safety. “Holidays like the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve will always be bittersweet for us,” she says. “But I am grateful for my daughter’s caregivers who continue to care for Shelby. She is now active and plays like a normal kid, despite her injuries.”

Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital’s Tips for Avoiding Burns This Summer

Dr. Huzar says each summer, particularly around the holidays, as the temperatures rise, so do the number of burn cases in the ER. To help keep your child safe, follow these important tips:

  1. Leave fireworks to the professionals. Attend one of the many public fireworks displays around the city instead of hosting your own fireworks show.
  2. Avoid the sparkler temptation. They are pretty and seem harmless, but they are dangerous. Sparks from a sparkler can reach up to 3,000°F, plenty hot enough to cause severe burns or ignite clothing.
  3. Keep kids away from outdoor grills, firepits and campfires. Create a three-foot safe zone around them.
  4. Properly dispose of charcoal or ash from a grill or fire. They can ignite or, if stepped on, burn feet (as can hot pavement – remember to always wear shoes when going outside!).
  5. Limit sun exposure and liberally use sunscreen. Avoid exposure between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and apply – and frequently reapply – at the minimum, SPF 50 sunscreen on all exposed skin.

By following these simple tips, you and your family can enjoy a burn-free summer. If a burn does occur, however, the best thing to do is seek medical assistance. Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, located in the Texas Medical Center, offers the only pediatric burn program in Houston.


All Can Play at the FREE Indoor Playground at The Journey Contemporary Worship at MDUMC!

Address:  13186 Memorial Dr , Houston, Texas 77079

Fun2Go Misters has been searching all over the Houston area for FREE indoor playgrounds… and The Journey Contemporary Worship at MDUMC has one!

This church has a big structure, a slide for little kids and an outdoor playground.

The hours do change, so call or check the Facebook page before you go.

At the time of this post, the playground will be open to kids 10 and under on Mondays from 10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-3:00pm, and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:00am-12:00pm.

Check out the pictures… and find more FREE indoor Playgrounds HERE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Parent Recommended Houston Area Vacation Bible Schools for 2018

We’ve posted parent recommended camps, free camps… and now here are parent recommended Vacation Bible Schools (and most are FREE or CHEAP)!

If you have a VBS you recommend, let us know!

(And for all the things to do for summer 2018, go HERE!)

Starting Monday, June 11, 2018:

  • The Foundry, Jones Road – 8350 Jones Rd, Houston, TX 77065 – $20 – Monday-Friday – 9:00am-12:00pm – 1st-6th grade.  Get the details HERE.
  • Grace Presbyterian Church – 10221 Ella Lee Ln, Houston, TX 77042 – Monday-Thursday – 9:30am-12:30pm – Age 4-6th grade. Get the details HERE.

Starting Sunday, June 17, 2018:

  • West University Church of Christ – 3407 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005 – Sunday-Thursday, Nightly meals followed by the VBS program from 6:00pm-8:00pm – Age 2 to 6th Grade.  Get the details HERE.

Starting Monday, June 18, 2018:

  • The Foundry, Fry Road – 10203 Fry Rd, Cypress, TX 77433 – $20 – Monday-Friday – 9:00am-12:00pm – 1st-6th grade.  Get the details HERE.
  • The Pentecostals of Katy – 1941 Westborough Dr, Katy, TX 77449 – Monday-Friday – 6:15pm-9:00m – Ages 4-11.  Get the details HERE.

Starting Monday, June 25, 2018:

Starting Monday, July 9, 2018:

  • Kinsmen Lutheran Camp Hope -12100 Champion Forest Drive, Houston, TX 77066 – $100 – Monday-Friday – 9:30am-3:30pm – kinder – 7th grade.   Get all the details HERE.

Starting Monday, July 16, 2018:

  • Second Baptist – Multiple Locations – FREE – Monday – Thursday, 9:00am-12:00pm – Age 5 through 5th grade.  Get the details HERE.
  • Southway Community Church – 14011 South Freeway, Houston, TX 77047 – FREE – Monday – Friday, 11:00am-2:00pm, Ages 4-12.  Get the details HERE.
  • Kinsmen Lutheran Camp Hope -12100 Champion Forest Drive, Houston, TX 77066 – $100 – Monday-Friday – 9:30am-3:30pm – kinder – 7th grade.   Get all the details HERE.
  • Bethel Church – 825 Bering Drive, Houston, TX 77057 – Monday-Thursday – 6:00pm-8:00pm – kindergarten to 6th grade. Get all the details HERE.

Starting Monday, July 23, 2018:

  • Abiding Word Lutheran Church – 17123 Red Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77090 – $5 – Monday-Thursday, 9:00am – 11:45am – Ages 3-12.  Get the details HERE.
  • Kinsmen Lutheran Camp Hope -12100 Champion Forest Drive, Houston, TX 77066 – $100 – Monday-Friday – 9:30am-3:30pm – kinder – 7th grade.   Get all the details HERE.

Open for All: Indoor Playground at Houston’s First Baptist Church

Address: 7401 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77024

Fun2Go Misters has been searching all over the Houston area for FREE indoor playgrounds… and Houston’s First Baptist Church has one!

 

The play area in the Fitness & Recreation Center. The sign on the large structure says ages 3-11 years old. There is a smaller structure available for children under the age of 3 as well.

The playground and game room area is accessible from the Fitness & Recreation Building. There is a coffee station (available Sundays) and vending machine…. plus a restroom with a changing station. The equipment to use for the game room is available for check out at the Front Desk.

There is also a Café where you can purchase food right down the hall from the Fitness & Recreation Front Desk. It is open Monday – Friday 7:30a – 1:30p.

Call the Front Desk for more information on summer hours.

Check out the pictures… and find more FREE indoor Playgrounds HERE!

 

 

 

 

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Playground, Pool, Skate Park and Ball Fields at Sugar Land City Park!

Address:  225 Seventh Street, Sugar Land, TX 77478

We’ve spent the week playing baseball in Sugar Land… and it has been HOT!

To beat the traffic, we’ve been arriving early to visit the cool Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center… and then the Sugar Land City Park and Pool just around the corner!

This park is a big one… with lots of baseball and softball fields, playground, pavilion, covered skate park, volleyball court, trail, restrooms and a pool that is open to residents and non-residents.

When we saw the nice pool, with lifeguards, that just cost a couple of dollars, we couldn’t believe our good luck!

At the time of this post, the prices are…

Residents before 5:00pm
$2.25 Adults, $1.00 Kids

Residents after 5:00pm
$1.00 Adults, 50¢ Kids

Non-Residents before 5:00pm
$2.85 Adults, $1.25 Kids

Non-Residents after 5:00pm
$1.25 Adults, 65¢ Kids

The kids and I went in for an hour and went off the diving board about one hundred times.  Everyone was courteous and the pool was very well kept.  We did not bring anything with us… but it looks like balls and small floaties/noodles are allowed.

Also, the restrooms connect to the pool and were clean.

The playground was too hot for us… but it does look like a fun one.  Also, the Hike & Bike Trail links to Sugar Land Middle School, Lakeview Elementary School and Lonnie Green Park.

But until is cool enough to try these, go to the pool and the air conditioned Children’s Discovery Center!

 

 

 

 

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Houston Matters: Cheap Ways To Enjoy Summer In Houston with BigKidSmallCity

There’s a lot to do in Houston but it can get HOT and EXPENSIVE pretty quickly.  Yesterday I was on Houston Matters talking about COOL and CHEAP things to do in Houston, with kids!

Listen HERE & find all the details on the cool things to do HERE!


H-Town Elite Gymnastics Camps… The Ultimate Flexibility in Camp Offerings!

Do you need camp for 1 day, for half a day, for 1 week or for all summer? H-Town Elite Gymnastics has FLEXIBLE camp class offerings!

Kids ages 3 – 12 will spend the day on the state of the art gymnastics equipment to work on strength, balance and coordination with certified USAG instructors. They will also get to participate in games, arts and crafts to keep them motivated and interested all day long!

You can reserve camps by the day, by the half day and by the week. You can sign up for any combination of days and/or half days. And the more you sign up for during the week, the bigger the discount… and siblings receive a 10% discount off their camp price.

You can register for camp anytime until the camp is full or has ended. Full refunds are available up until close of business the Friday before the camp week begins.

Get ALL the details HERE!


Earn Rewards Now with the John P. McGovern Summer Reading Program!

The Houston Public Library’s John P. McGovern Summer Reading Program is open NOW!  From now through August 1, 2018, you can read, record your hours, earn rewards… and it’s all FREE.

And anything counts… books, comics, audio books, reading with your kids!  All you need to do is:

1. Visit houstonlibrary.org/summer
2. Click the registration button and follow the prompts.
3. Log in anytime to track your reading goals and activity participation.
4. Unlock badges by logging 20 minutes a day and attending library programs!
5.  Visit your local Houston Public Library location, after June 1, to pick up your prizes.

AND this year there will also be drawings:

1.  Kids (ages 5-12) that log at least 1 day will be entered into a weekly drawing for a Kids Edition Amazon Kindle Fire. 1 winner per week.
2.  Teens (ages 13-18) that log 30 days will be entered into a drawing for a pair of Skullcandy wireless headphones. 1 winner per location. Drawing will take place August 2, 2018.

AND the prizes you earn by reading are:

Level Babies, Toddlers & Pre-K (0-4) Children 5-12 Teens 13-18
Registration Book Book, lanyard and button Book, lanyard and button
10 Days Read Book & Finger Puppets Book & Button Book & Button
20 Days Read Book & Bubbles Book & Button Book & Button
30 Days Read Book & Rubber Duck Book & Button Book & Button
5 Programs Attended Button Button

 

 

 

 

 

Register and get ready to earn prizes HERE!