Outdoor Roller Rink at Discovery Green! March 2-25, 2018

The ICE at Discovery Green is closed for the season… but it is turning into an outdoor roller rink!

I used to go to a small town roller rink, every Friday night, as a tween… and I am so excited to take the kids to Discovery Green. For more information, go HERE!

When: March 2-March 25, 2018

Prices:
$8 per person on-site with $4 skate rental
$8 on Cheap Skate Nights, Mondays 3/5 and 3/19 (includes skates)
$10 Fast Pass online tickets with $4 skate rental – click here to purchase

Customers of George R Brown Restaurants – $2 discount for customers of GRB restaurants (Proof of same day purchase at participating restaurant required. Maximum 4 discounts per household per visit. This discount will apply to any regular admission ticket and is not available at Cheap Skate or in combination with other discounts.)

Hours:
Mondays – Thursdays 5 – 10 pm
Fridays 5 – 11 pm
Saturdays and School Holidays* 11 am – 11 pm
Sundays 11 am – 9 pm

School holidays are March 12 through March 17.
Weather permitting.

Where: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney, Houston, TX 77010

 


Holidays 2017: Things to do around Discovery Green, with kids!

There is a lot to do in Houston for the holidays… and there is a lot to do just around Discovery Green in downtown!

If you are going to head out after dusk, find parking and celebrate the holidays, you might as well check all your must-dos off the bucket list.  Look before for the things to do right around Discovery Green… and scroll to the bottom for a map.  Do a couple or do them all!

Also, check the roads before you go!  The highways near downtown have a lot of construction closures.  Once you are there, find metered parking along the street (free after 6:00pm), paid parking in the lots and a paid parking garage under the park (with the entrance on the George R. Brown side).

 

1.  Hello, Trees! at Discovery Green (Free)

If you just see it with no one around, it looks pretty boring. It’s just white arches over the promenade. BUT if you go up and speak into the tube, the lights and sounds serenade you! AND if others do the same on the other side, it’s even better!

Go any night through February!

 

2.  Giant Gingerbread House at Hilton Americas (Free)

What is 7.6 Million Calories and includes 950 Eggs, 625 Pounds of Butter, 726 Pounds of Sugar, 750 Pound Gingerbread, 1,200 Pounds of Dark Chocolate and 725 Pounds of White Chocolate? And took 1,850 Man Hours to build?

It’s the giant gingerbread house at Hilton Americas next to Discovery Green… and it’s up now!  The display is free and in the lobby!

 

3.  Starbucks at Hilton Americas

The hot chocolate at the ICE is $4… so if your kids are going to insist on it, I’d bring your own or stop by Starbucks in the Hilton Americas.  The small size won’t be much cheaper, but you can get a steamed milk or hot chocolate and enjoy it by the Hilton Christmas tree or Giant Gingerbread House.

 

4.  ICE at Discovery Green ($14/person, $8/person on Cheap Skate Nights)

Each November, Kinder Lake is drained and replaced by the ice.  There is a large rink for all to enjoy, as well as a toddler rink for the littlest ones to practice.  Parents can hold the little hands from the edge… so you only have to wear skates if you want to!

Skates come as small as size 8. (It used to be smaller!) If your kids want to skate and you don’t want to… you only have to pay for the kids.

Ice skating at Discovery Green will be open through January 21, 2018.  Look for weekly events, including Cheap Skate Nights and Skate with Santa, on the BigKidSmallCity Events List, HERE!

ICE Rink Admission is $14 and includes skate rental and tax.  Cheap Skate is $8.  (Find discounts HERE.)

 

5.  Horse and Carriage at Discovery Green (Around $25)

During the holidays, there is frequently a horse and carriage taking riders around downtown.  It’s about $25 for everyone to ride (and if it’s not busy, I bet you can negotiate.)  You can find them near the ICE rink and splashpad.

 

6.  Art at Avenida Houston at the George R Brown (Free)

This street was a construction zone for a long time… but since the Super Bowl, it is the coolest strip of art and restaurants.  Go see the musical fountain, the icicles over the road and all the lights that change with the music.

 

7.  Houston Grand Opera, at Resilience Theater, at George R Brown ($25+/person)

This opera is family friendly… and the words are projected above the screen.  This is a good spot for kids that like performances and even better if they can read the words to follow along.

The Wortham Theater was damaged by Harvey… but the show will go on at the Resilience Theater in the George R. Brown Convention Center, November 30-December 17, 2017!

8.  Where to Eat by Discovery Green

If you’re hungry, HERE are kid friendly restaurants by Discovery Green!

 

9.  Holiday Events at Discovery Green

Discovery Green has tons of free events… almost every day of the week.  Find them HERE!

 

10.  Lights on Main Street (Free)

The streets along Main Street are all lit up with holiday lights… so as you drive out of downtown, take a look!

 

11.  City Hall Christmas Tree (Free)

This would be a long nighttime walk from downtown… but as you leave downtown, drive by to see the tree by City Hall!

 


From Toddlers to Adults-that-Never-Learned-to-Skate… Everyone Can Enjoy the ICE at Discovery Green! Now through January 21, 2018

The ICE at Discovery Green!

For years I took my young kids to skate at the toddler rink while I stood on dry land.  Then a few winters ago, I was brave enough to try the ICE.  We all did a lot of wall-holding… but now the entire family looks forward to winter at Discovery Green!

Each November, Kinder Lake is drained and replaced by the ice.  There is a large rink for all to enjoy, as well as a toddler rink for the littlest ones to practice.  Parents can hold the little hands from the edge… so you only have to wear skates if you want to!

Skates come as small as size 8. (It used to be smaller!) If your kids want to skate and you don’t want to… you only have to pay for the kids.

Ice skating at Discovery Green will be open through January 21, 2018.  Look for weekly events, including Cheap Skate Nights and Skate with Santa, on the BigKidSmallCity Events List, HERE!

ICE Rink Admission is $14 and includes skate rental and tax.  Cheap Skate is $8.  (Find discounts HERE.)

Hours of Operation:
Monday–Thursday 5–10 p.m.
Friday 5–11 p.m.
Saturday & School Holidays 11 a.m.–11 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m.–8 p.m.
Thanksgiving Day 11 a.m.–11 p.m.
Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Christmas Day & New Year’s Day 1 p.m.–7 p.m.
Martin Luther King Day 11 a.m.–10 p.m.

*School holidays include: Nov. 20–24, Dec. 25–29, Jan. 1–5 and Jan. 15
**The ICE will be closed to the public after 4 p.m. on Dec. 10 and Jan. 21
Tickets

Also, while you are skating, stop by the awesome “Hello, Trees!” and the Giant Gingerbread House at the Hilton.  Find all the Houston holiday events, HERE!


Hello, Trees! A Walking Serenade at Discovery Green 2017

Whatever you planned to do at dusk tonight, cancel it.  Hello, Trees! at Discovery Green is the coolest holiday art installation the park has ever had!

Now, if you just see it with no one around, it looks pretty boring. It’s just white arches over the promenade. BUT if you go up and speak into the tube, the lights and sounds serenade you! AND if others do the same on the other side, it’s even better!

(And if you can’t go tonight… go any night through February!)

This was created by the Montreal art collective Daily tous les jours specifically for Discovery Green… and it transforms your voice messages into light and music, inspired by the inaudible connections and processes that exist in nature.

The original voice input is gradually transformed into a musical melody as the light reaches the base of each arch. When two messages meet, a special light and sound effect is triggered.

Learn all about it HERE! The exhibit is free and is open through February 25, 2018!  (And go see the giant gingerbread house next door at Hilton Americas!)


From Discovery Green: TODAY’S TODDLER TUESDAY (APRIL 18, 2017) IS CANCELLED DUE TO THE WEATHER

From Discovery Green: TODAY’S TODDLER TUESDAY (APRIL 18, 2017) IS CANCELLED DUE TO THE WEATHER.

If it gets rescheduled, I will let you know when I know!  For now, here is schedule for the rest of the season:

  • April 25: Brown Bear Brown Bear: The gentle rhyming and gorgeous, tissue-paper collage illustrations in this classic picture book make it a dog-eared favorite on many children’s bookshelves. On each page, we get to meet a new animal who nudges us onward to discover which creature will show up next!
  • May 2: Maisy Goes to the City: It’s another first for Maisy! The intrepid mouse is off to the big city with Charley. This book is a perfect story for young children going on an urban adventure.
  • May 9: Guess How Much I Love You: Discover a morning of fun with story time, activities, crafts and a special appearance by our surprise character!
  • May 16 : I Just Forgot ( A Little Critter Book): Discover a morning of fun with story time, activities, crafts and a special appearance by our surprise character!
  • May 23: Corduroy: Have you ever dreamed of being locked in a department store at night? The endearing story of Corduroy paints a picture of the adventures that might unfold (for a teddy bear at least) in such a situation.
  • May 30: Oh, The Places You’ll Go! Inspirational yet honest, and always rhythmically rollicking, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is a perfect sendoff for children, 1 to 100, entering any new phase of their lives. Kindergartners, graduate students, newlyweds, newly employeds–all will glean shiny pearls of wisdom about the big, bountiful future. The incomparable Dr. Seuss rejoices in the potential everyone has to fulfill their wildest dreams.

From Discovery Green: TODAY’S TODDLER TUESDAY IS POSTPONED TO THURSDAY APRIL 13 DUE TO THE WEATHER

TODAY’S TODDLER TUESDAY IS POSTPONED TO THURSDAY APRIL 13 DUE TO THE WEATHER

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Unlike the crazy egg hunt from past years (which is done in seconds and leaves some kids in tears), this year will feature an Easter parade, pictures with the Easter bunny, eggs for all kids AND pictures with the amazing ABBA Color Photography! AND it’s all FREE!

Pictures with the Easter Bunny from 9:00am to 10:15am, and again at 10:45am.


Egg-cellent Easter Parade at Discovery Green! April 11, 2017, 9:00am.

UPDATE: TODAY’S TODDLER TUESDAY IS POSTPONED TO THURSDAY APRIL 13 DUE TO THE WEATHER

Toddler Tuesday is at Discovery Green, every week through May… and next week the little kids can celebrate Easter!

ABBA Color Photography Juliet 6 months Easter
Photo by ABBA Color Photography!
 

Unlike the crazy egg hunt from past years (which is done in seconds and leaves some kids in tears), this year will feature an Easter parade, pictures with the Easter bunny, eggs for all kids AND pictures with the amazing ABBA Color Photography like this one! AND it’s all FREE!

Pictures with the Easter Bunny from 9:00am to 10:15am, and again at 10:45am.


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!!


Kids Rule at Discovery Green! Toddler Tuesdays, April 4-May 30, 2017, 10:30am

Discovery Green Toddler Tuesday Booth
Toddler Tuesdays will soon be at Discovery Green…  April 4 through May 30, 2017.  Every Tuesday at 10:30am, parents and kids enjoy a free story time and activities with their favorite characters.

If your little kids want to rule the park, this is what you need to know:

1.  Every Tuesday from April 4 through May 30, 2017, 2017, be at Discovery Green at 10:30am. (The April 4 event starts at 9:30am.) The themes, character visits and activities change each week!

  • April 4 : DIA @ Discovery Green (HPL): Toddler Tuesday will celebrate Diversity In Action through interactive cultural storytimes and activities hosted by the Houston Public Library. Kids can visit Jamaica, England and Mexico without leaving Discovery Green, as we read, sing, and play our way around the world on Tuesday, April 4th from 9:30am-1:00pm. 9:30 One Love (Jamaican) – Song: – Activity: Steel drum player/singer 10:30 The Queen’s Hat (England) – Song: – Activity: Paper Hat 11:30 Off We Go to Mexico (English & Spanish) – Song: – Activity: Trackless train and camera coloring sheet
  • April 11 :EGG-celent Easter Parade: Tons of eggs will be hidden all throughout Discovery Green for kids to hunt and find at the Egg-Cellent Parade, part of Toddler Tuesdays. The park will also offer free pictures with the Easter Bunny from 9 to 10:15am, and again at 10:45am. There will also be Easter crafts with Big Kid Small City, and fun music to bust out your best moves! From Discovery Green: TODAY’S TODDLER TUESDAY IS POSTPONED TO THURSDAY APRIL 13 DUE TO THE WEATHER
  • April 18 : The Goose Fairy and the Golden Egg: The gentle rhyming and gorgeous, tissue-paper collage illustrations in this classic picture book make it a dog-eared favorite on many children’s bookshelves. On each page, we get to meet a new animal who nudges us onward to discover which creature will show up next!  From Discovery Green: TODAY’S TODDLER TUESDAY (APRIL 18, 2017) IS CANCELLED DUE TO THE WEATHER
  • April 25: Brown Bear Brown Bear: The gentle rhyming and gorgeous, tissue-paper collage illustrations in this classic picture book make it a dog-eared favorite on many children’s bookshelves. On each page, we get to meet a new animal who nudges us onward to discover which creature will show up next!
  • May 2: Maisy Goes to the City: It’s another first for Maisy! The intrepid mouse is off to the big city with Charley. This book is a perfect story for young children going on an urban adventure.
  • May 9: Guess How Much I Love You: Discover a morning of fun with story time, activities, crafts and a special appearance by our surprise character!
  • May 16 : I Just Forgot ( A Little Critter Book): Discover a morning of fun with story time, activities, crafts and a special appearance by our surprise character!
  • May 23: Corduroy: Have you ever dreamed of being locked in a department store at night? The endearing story of Corduroy paints a picture of the adventures that might unfold (for a teddy bear at least) in such a situation.
  • May 30: Oh, The Places You’ll Go! Inspirational yet honest, and always rhythmically rollicking, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is a perfect sendoff for children, 1 to 100, entering any new phase of their lives. Kindergartners, graduate students, newlyweds, newly employeds–all will glean shiny pearls of wisdom about the big, bountiful future. The incomparable Dr. Seuss rejoices in the potential everyone has to fulfill their wildest dreams.

2.  Want to be a VIP?  Each week, two families will win VIP Meet-and-Greet Access (for the entire Spring 2017 Season!), Discovery Green shirt and special gifts!  You must enter to win the VIP prize for each Toddler Tuesday.  Just click HERE!

Winners for 4/4/17: Ida & Eneida!

Winners for 4/11/17: Jessika & Griselda

Winners for 4/18/17: Priscilla & Samantha!

3.  Want to update your home library?  Each week at Discovery Green, we have a book swap.  Bring a lightly used book and swap it for a new one!

4.  Need a lunch spot for after Toddler Tuesday?  Check out these kid friendly restaurants within walking distance of the downtown park, HERE.

 


Outdoor Roller Rink at Discovery Green! March 3-25, 2017

DG Roller Rink SmallUpdate:  See the 2018 hours HERE!

This year when the ICE is closed for the season, we get to see something brand new at Discovery Green… a roller rink!

I used to go to a small town roller rink, every Friday night, as a tween… and I am so excited to take the kids to Houston’s first outdoor roller rink.  For more information, go HERE!

Update:  See the 2018 hours HERE!

When: March 3-March 25, 2017

Opening Night: March 3 from 6-10 pm
Celebrate the opening of Houston’s First outdoor roller rink featuring favorite roller rink tunes from the ‘50s through the ‘90s. Catch performances by The Allen Oldies Band, Light Rock Express, Xanadudes, an energizing Roller Derby Girls skating demo & more!

Prices: $12 per person on-site (Roller skating tickets include skate rental, or you can choose to bring your own four-wheel or in-line skates.)

Where: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney, Houston, TX 77010