Trains, Trucks and Wildflowers at The Prairie at M.D. Anderson in the Medical Center!

Bluebonnets at MD Anderson at TMC Transit Center
Address: At Fannin and Holcomb, near the Mays Clinic and Duncan Building, at METRORail TMC Transit Center

This week’s park is more of an adventure than our typical picnic and playground posts… and not everyone is going to love it.  But for those kids that like trains, trucks and, in the Spring, wildflowers… The Prairie at M.D. Anderson is great!

Located right at the TMC Transit Center METRORail Station, is a 2 acre native prairie with winding trails, trees, benches and birds.  Public parking is tricky in the Medical Center, so take the METRORail to start the adventure off right.

Wild Flowers at TMC Transit Center Houston
When you step off the train, you can see The Prairie and a pedestrian bridge to get you over the busy street.  According to two little boys, this bridge is actually the very best part of the trip.

They call it “The View” and from this clean, video-monitored, entirely enclosed, well maintained bridge, trains, garbage trucks, fire trucks and ambulances race below you.  You see them come on one side and then race to the other to see them emerge.  (It is very simple, not at all fancy, very easy for mom and super fun for silly little truck and train lovers.)

Bridge at TMC Transit Center Houston
Once we made it off the bridge (which has elevators and stairs), we were able to wander around The Prairie.  And since it’s Spring, we found a small patch of bluebonnets.  (And just a block south, across a private parking lot, we found a field of yellow wildflowers too.)

This was my favorite part… but I soon had two boys asking to go back to “The View”.  So off we went to watch the trucks and eventually catch the train back home.

See the pictures below… and go HERE to see how to ride METRORail and go HERE to find lunch just a few stations north.

TMC Transit Center Houston Green Park
 

Boys Pedestrian Bridge at TMC Transit Center
 

Pedestrian Bridge at TMC Transit Center
 

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Video: Gearing Up for the Houston Baby + Kid Show on April 2, 2017

We’re at Baby and Kids 1st gearing up for the Houston Baby + Kid Show on April 2!

Here, parents will learn all about the latest baby trends for baby and child gear, the latest technology for all things baby and child, meet the experts behind the most popular baby and child brands, enjoy seminars from Houston’s top parenting experts and doctors, and receive exclusive discounts at Baby’s and Kid’s 1st pop-up shop on the best baby brands.

There will be huge giveaways AND all the stroller, carrier and gear for you to test out side by side!

AND you can use code “BIGKID” to get $5 off any ticket!

Watch the video HERE or below:


Naturally Wild Families: Botanical Dyeing at the Houston Arboretum – April 1, 2017

Houston Arboretum Trail
Bark, berries, leaves, flowers, seeds, and roots can be used for all kinds of beautiful and fun crafts. At the Houston Arboretum, kids will use items found outdoors or in the produce department to naturally dye eggs, make their own recycled paper for greeting cards, and make botanical prints.

Each family that attend the Botanical Dyeing event will take home a dozen eggs, one greeting card per person, and one botanical print. (Wear an apron, or clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty!)

Saturday, April 1, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
$25 member / $50 nonmember – per family
Ages 6 and up
Notes: Pricing includes up to 4 family members, $5 per additional family member.

Get all the details HERE!


Easter Egg-stravaganza at Blessington Farms, April 8, 9, 14 &15, 2017

Easter Egg-stravaganza is returning to Blessington Farms.

Enjoy picking your own strawberries and fun in Farm Funland that includes hayrides, barrel trains, giant slides, animal encounters (chickens, goats, camels…yes, camels!!), Jump Pad, Fossil Dig and much more. Come interact with the birds in the Aviary where you can feed the Quaker Parrots or see the new Reptile Grotto.

While at the farm join a fun Easter egg hunt where children will hunt for 10 eggs and exchange them for candy and treats.

Blessington Farms Egg Hunt
Strawberries are $5/lb. (no admission cost to pick)

Farm Funland is $15 per person (children 18mos. and under are free).

Egg hunt is $3 per child with paid admission to Farm Funland and is continuous throughout the day.

Fishing is catch and release…bring your own pole and tack….$6 per pole.

Bring a picnic lunch and come enjoy a great day on the Farm

April 8th and 9th, 14th, 15th from 10am.-5pm. each day. Strawberry picking is between the hours of 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. or while they last. Come EARLY if you plan to pick.

Get all the details HERE!


Dia @ Discovery: Diversity in Action Celebration on April 4, 2017 at 9:30am

Dia at Discovery
Discovery Green’s Toddler Tuesday Spring season kicks-off the Houston Public Library’s annual Diversity in Action (Día) Celebration filled with interactive cultural storytimes and activities. Kids can visit Jamaica, England and Mexico without leaving Discovery Green, as we read, sing, and play our way around the world.

Location: Discovery Green

Date: April 4, 2017

Schedule:
9:30 AM | Jamaica
Book | One Love by Cedella Marley
Activity | Steel drum player/singer
10:15 AM | England
Book | The Queen’s Hat by Steve Antony
Activity | Paper Hat
11 AM | Mexico
Book | Off We Go To Mexico by Laurie Krebs
Activity | Trackless train and camera coloring sheet

Día de los Niños Children’s Book Author Visit:
To highlight Día de los Niños and culturally diverse literature, the Houston Public Library will host children’s author, Cynthia Leonor Garza and her book, Lucia the Luchadora.

Go HERE for details!!


Houston Baby + Kid Show on April 2, 2017 + Coupon Code!

Mark your calendar for the Houston Baby + Kid Show on April 2!

Here, parents will learn all about the latest baby trends for baby and child gear, the latest technology for all things baby and child, meet the EXPERTS behind the most popular baby and child brands, enjoy seminars from Houston’s top parenting experts and doctors, and receive exclusive discounts at Baby’s and Kid’s 1st pop-up shop on the best baby brands.

AND you can use code “BIGKID” to get $5 off any ticket!

Bayou City Mamas Houston Baby and Kid Show Car Seat
General admission is $10/person. (Children are free.)

Plus, you can sign up for a seminar for $15/person.  Here you will receive a gift bag loaded full of baby products, enjoy expert advice from Houston’s top parenting experts and doctors, and be entered to win the big giveaways!

The most popular seminars are Swim Safety presented by Houston Swim Club, Bay Area Breastfeeding and Education, Hottest Products for Houston Parents with Nina Bassett, The Baby Chick, Pediatric Allergies (What You Really Need To Know) and Newborn Care presented by Kelsey-Seybold Clinic… so be sure to sign up for these soon!

Top exhibitors include Britax, Bugaboo, UPPAbaby, Cryo-Cell International, Kelsey-Seybold, Houston Swim Club!

Go HERE to learn more!


Hermann Park’s Biggest Secret… Bayou Parkland at Brays Bayou!

Bayou Parklands Bluebonnets
Address:  6532-6538 Almeda Rd, Houston, Texas 77021

You know about the trails, the train, the pedal boats, the gardens and the playground at Hermann Park, but did you know about Bayou Parkland? For the hundreds of times we’ve been to Hermann Park, we only just discovered this 80-acre part of the park… nestled along Brays Bayou!

Along the bayou are trails, wetlands, an urban forest… and a new swing set! Plus, in Spring, it’s full of bluebonnets!

Bayou Parkland Hermann Park Swings
This part of Hermann Park was once cut off from the rest of the park, but now you can access it from the pedestrian underpass below North and South MacGregor and over the Bill Coats Bridge. You can also drive and park in the free lot (south of South MacGregor on Almeda).

Bayou Parklands Hermann Park Picnic Tables
While the main part of Hermann Park is full of people… this “secret spot” is a lot more secluded. Almeda does run right along the edge, but with the bayou and the big mossy trees, it feels less like the busy city.

We went on a weekday afternoon and there were just a few other people.  There was enough foot traffic to feel safe, but with the limited eyes on this part of the park, be sure to do your own safety check when you arrive!

Bluebonnets at Brays Bayou from Bayou Parklands at Hermann Park with Bill Coats Bridge
The new swing set is just like the one near the Hermann Park train station.  There are a couple buckets and a couple belt swings.

The play area is pretty simple, but the real reason to go is for a picnic, a walk and in Spring… bluebonnet photos!

Go check out this “secret” spot at Hermann Park!

Bayou Parkland Hermann Park Swing Ride
 

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Give Away: Tickets to the Houston Baby + Kid Show on April 2, 2017

The Houston Baby + Kid Show is on April 2, 2017…. and we have tickets to give away!

Here, parents will learn all about the latest baby trends for baby and child gear, the latest technology for all things baby and child, meet the EXPERTS behind the most popular baby and child brands, enjoy seminars from Houston’s top parenting experts and doctors, and receive exclusive discounts at Baby’s and Kid’s 1st pop-up shop on the best baby brands.

Bayou City Mamas Houston Baby and Kid Show
General admission is $10/person. (Children are free.)  Plus, you can sign up for a seminar for $15/person.  (AND you can use code “BIGKID” to get $5 off any ticket!)

At the seminars, you will receive a gift bag loaded full of baby products, enjoy expert advice from Houston’s top parenting experts and doctors, and be entered to win the big giveaways!  To win 2 general admission tickets and 2 seminar tickets, register below!!  Five will win!

Houston Baby and Kid Show:
APRIL 2, 2017, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Bayou City Event Center, 9401 Knight Rd, Houston, TX 77045

Speakers + Seminar Schedule:
11:00 am – Swim Safety presented by Houston Swim Club
11:45 am – Transitioning Into Parenthood presented by The Motherhood Center
12:30 pm – Preparing with Labor + Delivery presented by Cryo-Cell International and Kelsey-Seybold Clinic
1:15 pm – Pediatric Allergies (What You Really Need To Know) presented by Kelsey-Seybold Clinic
2:00 pm – Hottest Products for Houston Parents with Nina Bassett, The Baby Chick, presented by uppaBaby
2:45 pm – Newborn Care presented by Kelsey-Seybold Clinic
3:15 pm – Breastfeeding + Sleep Solutions
4:00 pm – Body + Relationship After Baby presented by Kelsey-Seybold Clinic
4:45 pm – Car Seat Safety presented by Britax

Go HERE to learn more!  (AND you can use code “BIGKID” to get $5 off any ticket!)

UPDATE:  Congratulations to Rebecca L, Jennifer M, Valerie A, Haley J and Claudia G!

Contest Ends:  March 27, 2017, 6:00am
Official Rules: https://goo.gl/sgC0Fr


Children’s Memorial Hermann IRONKIDS Texas Fun Run on April 15, 2017

Let your kids be IRONKIDS!

Our sponsor, the Children’s Memorial Hermann IRONKIDS Fun Run offers young athletes the opportunity to feel the excitement of competition while enjoying the outdoors and promoting healthy living.

Memorial Hermann Iron Kids The Woodlands
Kids 3-13 are invited to participate in the 1 mile and 1/2 mile races meant just for kids.  (Parents, family, and friends are invited to cheer on the racers.)

Each athlete receives a race bib, finisher shirt, medal, goodie bag… and the pride of calling themselves an IRONKID!

Date: April 15th, 2017
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, TX
Ages: 3 to 13
Race Distances: 1 mile and 1/2 mile (Choose distance on race day)
Price: $20

Learn more and register HERE!

 


Give Away: Tickets to Charlotte’s Web at A.D. Players

A.D. Players is proud to present Charlotte’s Web as its first children’s theater performance at the new Jeannette and L.M. George Theater. AND we have tickets to give away!

Charlotte Cast at AD Players
Charlotte’s Web runs from now through April 1, 2017 at 5420 Westheimer. There is no minimum age for entry but the show might be best for kids 4 and older.

One family will win 4 tickets (2 adult and 2 kids) to the April 1, 2017, 10:30am performance!  Register below to win.

Update: Congratulations to Octavia S!

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Contest Ends: Friday, March 24, 2017, 6:00am
Official Rules: https://goo.gl/RiuQWq


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