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!

Brunch:
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

 



Things to do in Houston, with kids, for Summer Break 2016! Houston Events for May 26 – September 5, 2016

Splashing Out of Lazy River Slide
Look forward to the best Houston summer break ever!

So you can plan ahead, here are the events scheduled all summer long… May 26, 2016 through September 5, 2016.  As events pop up, we’ll add them to the list… and since this is being posted so early, be sure to click the links and check before you head out to each venue.  For a calendar view, go HERE.  (And we’ll keep on posting the weekly events lists so you won’t miss a thing this summer!)

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Thursday, May 26, 2016:
Free Museum Entry
Children’s Museum of Houston FREE 5:00-8:00pm
The Health Museum FREE 2:00-7:00pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science FREE 3:00-5:00pm
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston FREE 10:00-9:00pm
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.
Thursday Night Concerts: The Last Bandoleros. Tex-Mex Pop-Rock – 7:00pm – Discovery Green
Astros vs Orioles – 7:10pm – Minute Maid Stadium
Dancin’ In The Street – 8:15pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Friday, May 27, 2016:
Houston Dash vs Washington Spirit – 7:30pm – BBVA Compass Stadium
Dancin’ In The Street – 8:15pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Saturday, May 28, 2016:
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Discovery Green
Storytime – 10:30am – Brazos Bookstore
Learn a Language – 11:30am – Discovery Green
STEM Saturdays – 12:30pm – Discovery Green
Dancin’ In The Street – 8:15pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Sunday, May 29, 2016:
Sunday Family Zone + Studio – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts
Dancin’ In The Street – 8:15pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Monday, May 30, 2016:
Explore Houston like an Insider!
Children’s Summer Series, $1 Movies: Over the Hedge – 11:00am – Studio Movie Grill

Tuesday, May 31, 2016:
Children’s Summer Series, $1 Movies: Over the Hedge – 11:00am – Studio Movie Grill
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Sugar Land Skeeters vs New Britain Bees -7:05pm – Constellation Field

Wednesday, June 1, 2016:
Mommy Mingle – 10:00-12:00pm – Children’s Museum Tot Spot
Children’s Summer Series, $1 Movies: Over the Hedge – 11:00am – Studio Movie Grill
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Nature Storytime – 4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center
Sugar Land Skeeters vs New Britain Bees -7:05pm – Constellation Field
Astros vs D-Backs – 7:10pm – Minute Maid Stadium

Thursday, June 2, 2016:
Free Museum Entry
Children’s Museum of Houston FREE 5:00-8:00pm
The Health Museum FREE 2:00-7:00pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science FREE 3:00-6:00pm
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston FREE 10:00-9:00pm
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.
Children’s Summer Series, $1 Movies: Over the Hedge – 11:00am – Studio Movie Grill
Summer Art Explorers – 11:00-2:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts
Astros vs D-Backs – 1:10pm – Minute Maid Stadium
Thursday Night Concerts: Robert Ellis – 7:00pm – Discovery Green
Sugar Land Skeeters vs New Britain Bees -7:05pm – Constellation Field

Friday, June 3, 2016:
Little Artists – 10:30am – Museum of Fine Arts
Children’s Summer Series, $1 Movies: Over the Hedge – 11:00am – Studio Movie Grill
Astros vs Athletics – 7:10pm – Minute Maid Stadium
Sizzling Summer Dance – 8:30pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Saturday, June 4, 2016:
Noah’s Ark Anniversary Celebration – 10:00-4:00pm – Quillian Center
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Discovery Green
Storytime – 10:30am – Brazos Bookstore
Hands On Houston – 11:00am – Craft Museum (Link to be added when it’s on the calendar!)
Learn a Language – 11:30am – Discovery Green
STEM Saturday – 12:30pm – Discovery Green
Astros vs Athletics – 3:10pm – Minute Maid Stadium
Screen on the Green: Jurassic World – 8:30pm – Discovery Green

Sunday, June 5, 2016:
Sunday Family Zone + Studio – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts
Astros vs Athletics – 1:10pm – Minute Maid Stadium

Monday, June 6, 2016:
Explore Houston like an Insider!
Children’s Summer Series, $1 Movies: Madagascar 3 – 11:00am – Studio Movie Grill

Tuesday, June 7, 2016:
Two for Tuesdays (BOGO Free Admission) – Downtown Aquarium
MFAH Playdate – 10:45am – Museum of Fine Arts
Children’s Summer Series, $1 Movies: Madagascar 3 – 11:00am – Studio Movie Grill
Find more $1 Movies
Family Storybook Circle – 11:30am – Museum of Fine Arts
MFAH Playdate – 11:45pm – Museum of Fine Arts
Sugar Land Skeeters vs Southern Marilyn Blue Crabs -7:05pm – Constellation Field

Wednesday, June 8, 2016:
Children’s Summer Series, $1 Movies: Madagascar 3 – 11:00am – Studio Movie Grill
Find more $1 Movies
James and the Giant Peach, Jr – 11:00am – Miller Outdoor Theatre
Nature Storytime – 4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center
Family Nature Night: Slithery Snakes – 6:30pm – Nature Discovery Center
Sugar Land Skeeters vs Southern Marilyn Blue Crabs -7:05pm – Constellation Field

Thursday, June 9, 2016:
Free Museum Entry
Children’s Museum of Houston FREE 5:00-8:00pm
The Health Museum FREE 2:00-7:00pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science FREE 3:00-6:00pm
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston FREE 10:00-9:00pm
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.
James and the Giant Peach, Jr – 11:00am – Miller Outdoor Theatre
Children’s Summer Series, $1 Movies: Madagascar 3 – 11:00am – Studio Movie Grill
Summer Art Explorers – 11:00-2:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts
Thursday Night Concerts: The Quebe Sisters Texas Fiddle Phenoms – 7:00pm – Discovery Green
Sugar Land Skeeters vs Southern Marilyn Blue Crabs -7:05pm – Constellation Field
James and the Giant Peach – 8:15pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Friday, June 10, 2016:
James and the Giant Peach, Jr – 11:00am – Miller Outdoor Theatre
Children’s Summer Series, $1 Movies: Madagascar 3 – 11:00am – Studio Movie Grill
Sugar Land Skeeters vs York Revolution -7:05pm – Constellation Field
James and the Giant Peach – 8:15pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Saturday, June 11, 2016:
Free Unlimited Train Rides – 10:00-5:00pm – Hermann Park (Members)
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Discovery Green
Storytime – 10:30am – Brazos Bookstore
Learn a Language – 11:30am – Discovery Green
STEM Saturday – 12:30pm – Discovery Green
Sugar Land Skeeters vs York Revolution -6:05pm – Constellation Field

Sunday, June 12, 2016:
Sunday Family Zone + Studio – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts
Sugar Land Skeeters vs York Revolution -6:05pm – Constellation Field

Monday, June 13, 2016:
Explore Houston like an Insider!
Children’s Summer Series, $1 Movies: How to Train Your Dragon 2 – 11:00am – Studio Movie Grill

Tuesday, June 14, 2016:
Two for Tuesdays (BOGO Free Admission) – Downtown Aquarium
MFAH Playdate – 10:45am – Museum of Fine Arts
Summer Neighborhood Concert – 11:00am – Miller Outdoor Theatre
Children’s Summer Series, $1 Movies: How to Train Your Dragon 2 – 11:00am – Studio Movie Grill
Find more $1 Movies
Family Storybook Circle – 11:30am – Museum of Fine Arts

Wednesday, June 15, 2016:
Children’s Summer Series, $1 Movies: How to Train Your Dragon 2 – 11:00am – Studio Movie Grill
Find more $1 Movies
Nature Storytime – 4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center

Thursday, June 16, 2016:
Free Museum Entry
Children’s Museum of Houston FREE 5:00-8:00pm
The Health Museum FREE 2:00-7:00pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science FREE 3:00-6:00pm
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston FREE 10:00-9:00pm
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.
Children’s Summer Series, $1 Movies: How to Train Your Dragon 2 – 11:00am – Studio Movie Grill
Summer Art Explorers – 11:00-2:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts
Thursday Night Concerts: Havana NRG & Mango Punch – 7:00pm – Discovery Green

Friday, June 17, 2016:
Children’s Summer Series, $1 Movies: How to Train Your Dragon 2 – 11:00am – Studio Movie Grill
Astros vs Reds – 7:10pm – Minute Maid Stadium
A Bollywood Night – 8:00pm – Discovery Green
Summer Symphony Nights – 8:30pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Saturday, June 18, 2016:
Shrek The Musical – 10:00, 1:00 & 4:00pm – Main Street Theater
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Discovery Green
Storytime – 10:30am – Brazos Bookstore
Learn a Language – 11:30am – Discovery Green
STEM Saturday – 12:30pm – Discovery Green
Astros vs Reds – 3:10pm – Minute Maid Stadium
Houston Dynamo vs DC United – 7:45pm – BBVA Compass Stadium
Summer Symphony Nights – 8:30pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Sunday, June 19, 2016:
Sunday Family Zone + Studio – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts
Astros vs Reds – 1:10pm – Minute Maid Stadium
Houston Dash vs FC Kansas City – 7:30pm – BBVA Compass Stadium
Juneteenth Celebration – 7:30pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Monday, June 20, 2016:
Explore Houston like an Insider!
Children’s Summer Series, $1 Movies: Shrek – 11:00am – Studio Movie Grill
Sugar Land Skeeters vs Southern Marilyn Blue Fish -7:05pm – Constellation Field
Astros vs Angels – 7:10pm – Minute Maid Stadium

Tuesday, June 21, 2016:
Two for Tuesdays (BOGO Free Admission) – Downtown Aquarium
MFAH Playdate – 10:45am – Museum of Fine Arts
Children’s Summer Series, $1 Movies: Shrek – 11:00am – Studio Movie Grill
Find more $1 Movies
Sugar Land Skeeters vs Southern Marilyn Blue Fish -11:05am – Constellation Field
Family Storybook Circle – 11:30am – Museum of Fine Arts
Astros vs Angels – 7:10pm – Minute Maid Stadium

Wednesday, June 22, 2016:
Free Hula Hoop Building Craft Workshop for Kids – 11:00am – Meyer Library (RSVP for a spot)
Children’s Summer Series, $1 Movies: Shrek – 11:00am – Studio Movie Grill
Find more $1 Movies
Astros vs Angels – 1:10pm – Minute Maid Stadium
Nature Storytime – 4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center
Sugar Land Skeeters vs Southern Marilyn Blue Fish -7:05pm – Constellation Field

Thursday, June 23, 2016:
Free Museum Entry
Children’s Museum of Houston FREE 5:00-8:00pm
The Health Museum FREE 2:00-7:00pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science FREE 3:00-6:00pm
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston FREE 10:00-9:00pm
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.
Children’s Summer Series, $1 Movies: Shrek – 11:00am – Studio Movie Grill
Summer Art Explorers – 11:00-2:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts
Thursday Night Concerts: Airwave 80’s and The Swatchmen – 7:00pm – Discovery Green
Sugar Land Skeeters vs Somerset Patiots -7:05pm – Constellation Field

Friday, June 24, 2016:
Our Youngest Artists – 10:30am – Museum of Fine Arts
Children’s Summer Series, $1 Movies: Shrek – 11:00am – Studio Movie Grill
Sugar Land Skeeters vs Somerset Patiots -7:05pm – Constellation Field
Self Taught Artists and Music -Menil Collection – 7:30pm – Discovery Green
Summer Symphony Nights – 8:30pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Saturday, June 25, 2016:
Shrek The Musical – 10:00, 1:00 & 4:00pm – Main Street Theater
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Discovery Green
Storytime – 10:30am – Brazos Bookstore
Learn a Language – 11:30am – Discovery Green
STEM Saturdays – 12:30pm – Discovery Green
FUNomenal Family Festival – 1:00-6;00pm- Discovery Green
Sugar Land Skeeters vs Somerset Patiots -6:05pm – Constellation Field
Summer Symphony Nights – 8:30pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Sunday, June 26, 2016:
Sunday Family Zone + Studio – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts
Sugar Land Skeeters vs Somerset Patiots -6:05pm – Constellation Field

Monday, June 27, 2016:
Explore Houston like an Insider!
Journey Through China VI – 11:00am – Miller Outdoor Theatre
Children’s Summer Series, $1 Movies: Wallace & Gromit – 11:00am – Studio Movie Grill

Tuesday, June 28, 2016:
Two for Tuesdays (BOGO Free Admission) – Downtown Aquarium
MFAH Playdate – 10:45am – Museum of Fine Arts
Fantasia: Music from Disney’s Beloved Fantasia Films – 11:00am – Miller Outdoor Theatre
Children’s Summer Series, $1 Movies: Wallace & Gromit – 11:00am – Studio Movie Grill
Find more $1 Movies
Family Storybook Circle – 11:30am – Museum of Fine Arts

Wednesday, June 29, 2016:
Hear the Artists of Tomorrow! – 11:00am – Miller Outdoor Theatre
Children’s Summer Series, $1 Movies: Wallace & Gromit – 11:00am – Studio Movie Grill
Find more $1 Movies
Kids: Handmade Men’s Salve and Aftershave Workshop – 2:00-4:00pm – Smith Library (RSVP for a Free Spot)
Nature Storytime – 4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center

Thursday, June 30, 2016:
Free Museum Entry
Children’s Museum of Houston FREE 5:00-8:00pm
The Health Museum FREE 2:00-7:00pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science FREE 3:00-6:00pm
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston FREE 10:00-9:00pm
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.
Hear the Artists of Tomorrow! – 11:00am – Miller Outdoor Theatre
Children’s Summer Series, $1 Movies: Wallace & Gromit – 11:00am – Studio Movie Grill
Summer Art Explorers – 11:00-2:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts
Thursday Night Concerts: Kermit Ruffins & the Barbeque Swingers and Swingin’ NOLA Jazz – 7:00pm – Discovery Green
Movies at Miller: Starwars : The Force Awakens – 8:30pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

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Two for Tuesdays Return to the Downtown Aquarium – Buy One Get One Free Admission for Summer 2016

Downtown Aquarium from JP Morgan Chase Tower
Here’s the good news… Two for Tuesdays are returning to the Downtown Aquarium in June, July and August 2016. Just print out the coupon for every 4 people in your group and get half-price access to everything at the Aquarium… the rides, the aquarium and the sting ray tank!  (In the past, you have been able to use multiple coupons.)

Here’s the trick…. Two for Tuesdays is on the Downtown Aquarium calendar, but the coupon is not on the website yet.  Usually it is in on the bottom of the homepage in one of the rectangles (and shows up on the first of the month).  You will need a new coupon each month.

As soon as I see the actual coupons, I’ll post the link here!



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

Townwood Park South Houston
Address: 3402 Simsbrook Dr, Houston, TX 77045

Located on Sims Bayou, this is the park I was searching for when I had the police follow me out of Brentwood Park.  Not too far away, and bustling with activity when we visited, is Townwood Park!

Townwood Park Rock Climbing
This park has a playground, trail, pool and community center.  The playground has some cool features, like a rock wall, curving ladders, tunnel and swings.  It is in full sun, so be ready with the sun screen (or to visit the pool in the summer!).

Townwood Park Community Center
When we visited on a weekday morning, but park was pretty full of people exercising, dogs being walked and crews mowing the lawn.

I really do not know this Houston neighborhood, so do your own safety check if you go. When we were there, there were plenty of people watching over the playground and enough activity that we felt comfortable.  (If you visit this park… let us know how it is most days!)

Townwood Park Sims Bayou
Take a look at the pictures below… and the hundreds of Houston parks in the map below!

Townwood Park Pool
 

Townwood Park Playground
 

Townwood Park Swings
 

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As Seen on Mommy Nearest: 10 Things Every Houston Kid Should Do Before Age 10

Hermann Park Train Conductor for a Day1
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 first article: “10 Things Every Houston Kid Should Do Before Age 10“!



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

Brentwood Park South Houston
Address: 13220 Landmark, Houston, TX 77045

This is the Houston park from which I had the police escort me out of.  No joke.  I was the suspicious looking van driving slow by Madison High School and Brentwood Park.

I was in the area, searching for Townwood Park along Sims Bayou and saw this green square on the map.  I had turned in to search for it… and was slowing driving through the neighborhood.

Brentwood Park Houston
When I found the park, there was not a whole lot to do. Lots of room to run, ball fields and swings. And by the time I found the park, I had a police car behind me, following slow.

I could have parked, taken out the kids and assured the police man that I was just a mom lost in the neighborhood… but since there were just swings, we had another park to visit and I did not know exactly why there was a police patrol… we drove slowly out of the neighborhood with the help of the police car.

And I was actually happy the police officer noticed me near the park and neighborhood and school and wanted to make sure I was not up to anything bad.

So, that’s my story about Brentwood Park.  Do not go out of your way to go there, but if you are close by, I hope the police notice your out-of-place minivan.

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Reserve Your Spot for the Spring Party at Gallery Furniture! April 27, 2016

Join BigKidSmallCity and HoustonMothersBlog for a Spring Party as Unique as Houston!  Mattress Mack has invited us back out to the wild Gallery Furniture.  

The party will be on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 5:00pm-7:00pm, at  6006 North Fwy, Houston, TX 77076.  Those that attend will get to meet the monkeys and exotic birds, make crafts, race down the giant slides, jump on mattresses and eat as much dinner, ice cream and cookies as their parents allow!  Check out the great time we’ve had at past events HERE!

And it’s all FREE!

Gallery Furniture Bouncing
If you want to join us on April 27, 2016, you must:

1. Fill out the form below. The form is now closed.. but Mattress Mack invites you out anyway.  Join us at 5pm on Wednesday, April 27!
2. Join us at 5:00pm on April 27.  (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 April 27, 2016 at 6006 North Fwy, Houston, TX 77076.   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 @ BigKidSmallCity.com.
6.  Share your pictures on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook with @GalleryFurniture and @BigKidSmallCity !

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



Kid Friendly Restaurants Near Discovery Green… Where to Eat After Visiting the Downtown Park!

So… you just went to Discovery Green for Toddler Tuesday or one of the many family friendly (and free) events… and now you are ready to eat.  Where can you eat within walking distance of the downtown park?

Look below for the family friendly options and the map.  If you have a favorite spot on the east side of downtown…  let us know!

 

Lake and Pier at Discovery Green
1.  Lake House Cafe1600 McKinney St. Houston, TX 77010 (at Discovery Green)

Located right inside Discovery Green, this is the easiest option when you are at the park.  It is fast park food… so tacos, burgers and chicken tenders.  The best part is that it is usually pretty fast (once you get through the line on busy park days) and you can sit right on Kinder Lake at Discovery Green.

Also, this restaurant has an ATM (for when you are at the Flea Market at Discovery Green but have no cash) and a restroom that is usually in better shape than the nearby Discovery Green restroom.

 

Pappasitos in Downtown Houston Hilton 6
2.  Pappasitos Cantina – 1600 Lamar Street, Hilton Americas Hotel, Houston, TX 77010 (at Hilton Americas)

If you want a kid-friendly sit-down meal, head across the street to Pappasitos.  This restaurant is located right inside of the Hilton Americas, between Discovery Green and Toyota Center, and can be accessed through the lobby or from the street.

Pappasitos has the same food you get at other locations.

 

MKT BAR at Phoenicia Tables
3.  Phoenicia Specialty Foods – 1001 Austin Street Houston, TX 77010

Also across the street from Discovery Green, but with the entrance on the far side of the One Park Place tower, is Phoenicia.  This is the foodie’s grocery store that is casual enough for the Discovery Green crowd.

Inside Phoenicia you can go shopping, pick up many freshly prepared meals at the deli counter, grab coffee and cookies, or sit down at their MKT BAR.

 

Shops at Houston Center
4.  The Shops at Houston Center – 1200 McKinney St. Houston, TX 77010

Across from Phoenicia, a block from Discovery Green, are The Shops at Houston Center.  Here you can find several little shops (like pharmacies and convenience marts) and a food court.

Choose from several options, including fast food like Chick-Fil-A, or sit down restaurants!

 

If you are looking for more Houston restaurants, look below!



My mom is one of my most favorite people in the entire world… Hungry’s Top Mom for Mother’s Day

Jill Mom and Grandma
Me, My Mom and My Mom’s Mom, Summer 2000
 

My mom is one of my most favorite people in the entire world.

When I was a kid, we lived in a small midwest town and my mom would drive me 2 hours, each way, to soccer practice every single week. I was a very good player, she saw my potential and committed to 4 years of that drive so I could play on the state team.

And it was not just soccer practice. She encouraged my brothers and me and committed her time over and over again. She drove to soccer practice, demanded we send in more college applications, sympathized when we did not get what we wanted and, against our protests, boasted to every single person in America when we accomplished our goals.

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, and now 15 years since I left home, I think it is very easy to take for granted all that my mom has done for me. As a mom myself, I know that Mother’s Day can very easily become just another day to care for others.

But this year, I want to be deliberate about telling the world how great my mom is… so I will be entering our sponsor’s #HungrysTopMom Mother’s Day Giveaway. I will tell all my social media friends about my mom by sharing a post of what makes her amazing with #HungrysTopMom and by telling Hungry’s about her HERE.

So, how does YOUR mother inspire you? What do you love about your mom? How has your mother shaped who you are?

Don’t let Mother’s Day pass you by and enter your mom by using #HungrysTopMom in social media and going to topmom.hungryscafe.com!

The winner will enjoy a 100-minute aromatherapy massage with unique blends rich in essential oils and aromatic extracts at the luxurious Trellis Spa inside The Houstonian Hotel valued at $300, a $150 gift card from Project Runway winner Chloe Dao to shop at her Chloe Dao Boutique in Rice Village, a $75 gift card to Lot 8 Salon to treat her tresses to a shampoo, cut and blow dry by Artistic Director, Christine Thai, a jewelry set valued at $250 from Kendra Scott and a Mommies and Margaritas Happy Hour from NEXTDOOR Bar & Lounge!

The giveaway will run April 18-May 8. Every week Hungry’s will randomly choose one winner of a weekly prize and will announce each winner on social media.

Weekly prices include:
The Tipsy Dessert Bar – Private Ice Cream Mixology class for two, inspired by spring flavors valued at $100, a $50 gift card to Saint Cloud Boutique and a $25 gift card to Hungry’s
WildBloom Boutique – $50 gift card and $50 in boutique prizes and a $25 gift card to Hungry’s
Lily Rain – 2 gift cards valued at $100 each and a $25 gift card to Hungry’s

On Mother’s Day, May 8th, Hungry’s will announce one Grand Prize winner!

Plus, every single mom can be celebrated with a free dessert on Mother’s Day at Hungry’s. Treat YOURSELF to a delicious Sunday Brunch (and free dessert) on Mother’s Day at both Hungry’s locations. Choose from delicious, hearty omelettes, signature Croissant French Toast and fresh-squeezed juice mimosas. Offer available at both Rice Village and Memorial locations.

Hungry’s Memorial, 14714 Memorial Drive 281-493-1520
Hungry’s Rice Village, 2356 Rice Blvd. 713-523-8652

Learn more about Hungry’s and #HungrysTopMom by going HERE!



M.C. Cullinan Park – Visiting Houston Parks, One Week at a Time

MC Cullinan Park East End Houston
Address: 5120 Polk, 77023, Houston, TX 77023

We were driving from Discovery Green to the 8th Wonder Brewery and kept on driving down Polk to explore East End.

Just past Jackson Middle School is a park I did not even see on the Google map… It’s M.C. Cullinan Park!

MC Cullinan Park East End
This park has nice equipment and a basic playground on the small piece of land.  When we visited, there were two families playing and enjoying the nice Houston winter weather.

It’s not a place to drive across Houston for, but if you live in East End or are exploring the area, swing by to play.  The playground has fun ladders, bridge, slides and more.

Just know that a local told me to avoid the after school hours when the middle school kids come out.  I guess there is a lot of tween boy impressing tween girl and tween boy kissing tween girl and visa versa!

MC Cullinan Park Slide East End
 

Bike Shop and Vintage Shop in East End Near MC Cullinan Park
 

 

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