Canterbury Park – Visiting Houston Parks, One Week at a Time

Canterbury Park South Houston
Address: 12822 Northumb Houston, TX 77047

On the trip that took us to Brentwood Park and Townwood Park… we also found Canterbury Park.

This was a well kept neighborhood, with several adults walking mid-day, with a big green park… with just swings and a basketball court.  It was a good little spot, but if you are in the area, the nearby Townwood Park has a lot more to do!

But not to worry… Houston has hundreds of more parks and a lot of places to play with the kids. See the map of all our park reviews below!

Canterbury Park Basketball Court

Find lots of Houston parks:

Now Full: Reserve Your Spot for the End-of-the-School-Year Party at Gallery Furniture! May 11, 2016

Join BigKidSmallCity and KatyMomsBlog for a Party as Unique as Houston!  Mattress Mack has invited us back out to the wild Gallery Furniture on Grand Parkway

The party will be on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 5:00pm-7:00pm, at 7227 West Grand Parkway South, Richmond, TX 77407 .  Those that attend will get to see the monkeys and exotic birds, make crafts, jump on mattresses and eat as much dinner and ice cream as their parents allow!

And it’s all FREE!

Now FULL!  We will have an event on May 18 at NORTH FREEWAY.  Join us there!

Gallery Furniture Grand Parkway Atrium
If you want to join us on May 11, 2016, you must:

1. Fill out the form below.  Now FULL!  We will have an event on May 18 at NORTH FREEWAY.  Join us there!
2. If you get a spot, join us at 5:00pm on May 11.  (You will get a confirmation email within 24 hours.)
3. Understand that the animals will only come out to meet the kids if they are in good moods. If they are too overwhelmed, they will stay in their cages/rooms! Kids will be able to see them no matter what.
4. Bring your kids to Gallery Furniture on May 11, 2016 at 7227 West Grand Parkway South, Richmond, TX 77407.   Come and go as you like between 5:00pm and 7:00pm. The event is FREE.
5. Make every effort to attend. If you need to cancel, email me at Jill @
6. Feel free to share your pictures on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook with @GalleryFurniture and @BigKidSmallCity !

(Go HERE if you cannot see the form on your device.)

Virtually Explore the Inside of Houston Parks and Trails with Google Maps “Street Views”!

Explore at Buffalo Bayou Park
We love to explore Houston’s parks… but we’re not always sure what we will find when we arrive (with kids and bikes and strollers and circus that follows me around).  But NOW we can  virtually explore miles of Houston’s trails and parkland, from the phone or computer!

Just like you can see Google Street View when you type in most Houston street addresses… now you can see the inside of many of the Houston parks.   Houston Parks Board personnel carried the Google “Trekker” approximately 150 miles to collect images of Houston parks!

Find the parks and views HERE!  These include Bayou Trails, Hermann Park, Memorial Park, Keith Weiss Park, Terry Hershey Park, Tom Bass Park (and many more)!

As Seen on Mommy Nearest: 20 Free Things to Do with Kids in Houston

Noah and Mom at Mounted Patrol Stables
Have you seen Mommy Nearest? It just launched in Houston, with more things to do in Houston with kids!

Contributors include Raised on the Rail, Amanda Sorena, Houston Mom and Public Relations Specialist… and BigKidSmallCity.

See my second article: 20 Free Things to Do with Kids in Houston!

Movie Theater Kids Movies for $1, All Summer Long!

Move theater, kids films and air conditioning… for $1 all Summer 2016!

See the many options below (starting at $1/person… including adults) and tell us what other reasonable movie tickets you’ve seen around Houston!  (And if you are looking for free bowling, free reading programs and more summer resources, go HERE!)

1. Studio Movie Grill – $1.00 Children’s Summer Series

May 30-June 3: Over the Hedge
June 6-10: Madagascar 3
June 13-17: How to Train Your Dragon 2
June 20-24: Shrek
June 27-July 1: Wallace & Gromit
July 4-8: Horton Hears a Who
July 11-15: The Peanuts Movie
July 18-22: Chicken Run
July 25-29: Rio
August 1-5: Kung Fu Panda 2
August 8-12: Home
August 15-19: Megamind

2.  Studio Movie Grill – $3.00 Retro Family Series Rewind
June 15 & 19: The Neverending Story
July 20 & 24: Mrs. Doubtfire
August 17 & 21: Jumanji

3.  Cinemark Theatres – $1 Summer Movie Clubhouse (or $5 for 10 movies)

Times, dates and movies vary by location, but many are on 10:00am on Tuesday and Wednesday!  Movies include Paddington, Alvin, Pan, Home, Boxtrolls and Sandlot.  Find your Houston area theater (and schedule), HERE!

Adults are also $1 per movie.

4.  Regal Entertainment – $1 Summer Movie Express

Family movies playing on Tuesdays & Wednesdays for the summertime!  Dates/start dates vary by location… find your location HERE.

Tickets available for purchase at the box office and all movies start at 10:00 am. Each week both movies play on both days.

Week 1: The Lego Movie, Max
Week 2: Goosebumps, The Iron Giant: Signature Edition
Week 3: Pan, The Smurfs 2
Week 4: Despicable Me 2, Home
Week 5: Minions, The Peanuts Movie
Week 6:  Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Road Chip, Curious George
Week 7: The Book of Life, Hotel Transylvania 2
Week 8: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, Shaun The Sheep
Week 9: The Croods, Dr. Suess’ The Lorax

5.  Alamo Drafthouse – $1-$3 Kids Camp

Kids Camp is an affordable way for families to watch great films together all summer. Choose your own ticket price – $1-$3 and buy your tickets online to reserve your seats in advance. 100% of ticket sales are donated to local nonprofits working to make our community a better place.

Details still to be posted!

Kids Bowl Free Every Day, All Summer 2016 Long

Bowling at Incredible Pizza Conroe
There are a couple options for bowling free this summer in Houston!  (If you know of more, let us know!)

1.  Kids can Bowl Free, 2 games per day, every single day, all of summer 2016.

It’s Monday – Friday, 8:00am-4:00/6:00pm (and varies by location).

This option is completely free.  So what’s the catch?  There are a lot fewer participating locations… but still several in the Houston area.  Also, parents need to pay to participate.  Go HERE for all the details.

2.  Kids can Bowl, 3 games per day, every single day, all summer 2016 with a one-time $27 Pass.

It’s Monday – Friday, open to 8:00pm and Saturday and Sunday, open to 4:00pm.

Bowlero, Brunswick Zone, AMF, BowlMore & Brunswick’s are participating… and you get get all the details HERE.

Get Rewarded for Reading! Houston Summer Reading Programs Summer 2016

Read and get rewarded!  At several spots around town, you can earn prizes, just for picking up a book!

Below is a preview of what to expect around Houston… and we’ll update the details as they are posted.  If you know of more reading programs, let us know!


1.  Houston Public Library:

The prizes are still need to be listed for this year… but reading books can usually get your kids restaurant coupons, a free book and museum tickets.  For 2016, the program will open to the public on June 1 (or you can sign up onsite on May 14 at the Books Alive Festival).

Note that there will NOT be Circus tickets this year… so look for your discount coupons from Chick Fil A instead.

Read or listen to 30 books (or for 30 hours) this summer, and get all these rewards.

All you need to do is:

1. Start to read and write down the titles.
2. Once the HPL website is ready, sign up HERE.
3.  Read more.
4.  Record your hours or books.
5.  Get rewarded!!


2. Houston Public Library:

We looking HERE for the summer program updates.


3. Barnes and Noble:

Earn a free book!

1. Read.
2. Fill out THIS form.
3. Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N store.
4. Choose a FREE BOOK.


4. Brazos Bookstore:

Watch HERE for updates for their summer reading program!

Kids Rule at Discovery Green! Toddler Tuesdays, presented by Gallery Furniture, Now-May 24, 2016, 10:30am

Discovery Green Toddler Tuesday Playground
Toddler Tuesdays is at Discovery Green through May 24, 2016.  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 through May 24, 2016, be at Discovery Green at 10:30am.  The themes, character visits and activities change each week!

May 3 – The Day the Crayons Quit
May 10 – The Little Mermaid
May 17 – Happy!
May 24 – Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses


2.  Want to be a VIP?  Each week, two families will win VIP Meet-and-Greet Access (for the entire Spring 2016 Season!), Discovery Green shirt and special gifts!  You must enter to win the VIP prize for each Toddler Tuesday.  Just click the links below!

3. Looking for more fun? Check out the Learn A Language program on Saturdays this Spring

Every Saturday, through June 25, 2016 , head to Discovery Green at 11:30am to learn Spanish and French!  Lessons taught each week are independent of one another and are targeted at toddlers through 9 year olds!

Things to do in Houston, with Kids, Bucket List!

Christis Creations Bucket List
Learning about primitive medicine at George Ranch Historical Park
Good news!  Houston Mom and Photographer, Christi, has UPDATED her Houston Summer Bucket List… and wants you to use it and add to it!

It’s organized by air conditioned, wet, outdoor and roadtrips… with websites, addresses and hours.  Find the Bucket List HERE!

So, this is what you do:

1.  Open up the Summer Bucket List.
2.  Check off items with your kids.
3.  Tell us what else to add to the list or links or information that needs to be updated.
4.  And check out Christi’s Creations, her custom albums, and give her big hug for doing all this research for Houston parents!  (And learn all about Christi HERE!)

For more Houston Summer things-to-do, go HERE!  Also, for Houston events, for May 26 through September 5, 2016, go HERE!

Things to Do in Houston, with kids, for Mother’s Day Weekend! May 7 & 8, 2016

Hermann Park Pedal Boats Mom and Kids
Celebrate mom this weekend! If you are looking for family friendly activities for Mother’s Day… no matter how small your kids are… look below!

Mother’s Day Brunch – Hungry’s Cafe
Mother’s Day Breakfast – Hermann Park
Or visit any of these Kid Friendly Restaurants

Mother’s Day Celebrations:
Mother’s Day Weekend at Bayou Bend – Bayou Bend Collection
Mother’s Day Boat Ride & Breakfast – Hermann Park

More Family Friendly Activities:
Houston Symphony: Dreams Can Come True – May 7 – Jones Hall
Houston Ballet – May 7 & 8 – Miller Outdoor Theatre
Screen on the Green: Mulan – May 7 – Discovery Green
AsiaFest 2016 – May 7 – Asia Society of Texas
Harriet the Spy – May 7 – Main Street Theatre
Dragon Boat Festival – May 7 – Tony Marron Park
MenilFest – May 7 – Menil Collection
Sunday Family Zone – May 8- Museum of Fine Arts
Meet the Animals – Frogs & Friends – May 8 – Nature Discovery Green
Sugar Land Skeeters vs Somerset Patriots – May 7 & 8 – Constellation Field
Astros vs Mariners – May 7 & 8  – Minute Maid Stadium
Houston Dynamo vs Sporting Kansas City – May 7 – BBVA Compass Stadium


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