Give Away: 4 Tickets to Sideways Stories from Wayside School at Main Street Theater

Wayside School is sideways. That’s how the builder built it. Instead of making thirty classrooms side by side, he built them one on top of the other – which explains why all kinds of crazy things happen there. Join us for high adventure at this wonderful, wacky, mixed-up school!

Sideways Stories at Wayside School is at Main Street Theater through May 19, 2018… and we have tickets to give away!

You can win one of two family four packs of tickets,  good for opening day, this Sunday, April 15, 2018.  Winners can choose between the 12:30 or 3:30pm show.

Register to win below (or HERE).

Update:  Congratulations to Melina S and Irene M!

Contest Ends: Friday, April 13, 2018
Official Rules:

Hamilton Lottery in Houston: 32 TICKETS FOR EVERY PERFORMANCE $10 EACH!

Hamilton will be at Houston’s Hobby Center from April 24 through May 20, 2018… and there will be 32 $10 orchestra tickets for each performance.

You can enter the #HAM4HAM LOTTERY two days before each show!

This is how it works:

  • Thirty-two (32) orchestra tickets will be sold for every performance for $10 each. The digital lottery will open at 11:00 AM CT on Sunday, April 22 for tickets to the Tuesday, April 24 performance. Subsequent digital lotteries will begin two days prior to each performance.
  • Use the official app for HAMILTON, now available for all iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.
  • You can also visit THIS website to register.
  • The lottery will open at 11:00 AM CT two days prior to the performance date and will close for entry at 9:00 AM CT the day prior to the performance.
  • Winner and non-winner notifications will be sent at approximately 11:00 AM CT the day prior to the performance via email and SMS (if mobile number is provided).
  • No purchase or payment necessary to enter or participate.
  • Each winning entrant may purchase up to two (2) tickets.
  • Only one entry per person. Repeat entries and disposable email addresses will be discarded.
  • Tickets must be purchased online with a credit card by 4:00 PM CT the day prior to the performance using the purchase link and code in a customized notification email. Tickets not claimed by 4:00 PM CT the day prior to the performance are forfeited.
  • Lottery tickets may be picked up at will call beginning 2 hours prior to the performance with a valid photo ID. Lottery tickets void if resold.

Get more details, more rules HERE.

Look What’s Being Installed at Evelyn’s Park! Mad Hatter Tea Party Sculpture!

Look what’s going up at Evelyn’s Park today! The Mad Hatter Tea Party is finally being installed… and is bigger than I ever imaged!




Juan Seguin Historic Park… Right by the San Jacinto Monument & The Battleship Texas

Address: 4407 Independence Pkwy. South, La Porte, TX 77571

Juan Seguin Historic Park is a 4.9 acre park with views of the San Jacinto Monument, The Battleship Texas, The Houston Ship Channel, and Lynchburg Ferry!

This park is named after Juan Nepomuceno Seguin, a political and military leader who was instrumental in the fight for Texas independence.  It has a trail, playground, picnic areas, restrooms and educational panels.

This playground is great for climbers and the park has lots of room to run… and there is a lot to learn here.

Just check out the pictures from Fun2Go Misters… and stop here on your trip to the San Jacinto Monument!









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The Kathrine McGovern Water Play Park at the Houston Zoo is Open for the Season!

Address: 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030

The Kathrine McGovern Water Play Park at the Houston Zoo is open for the season!

From April 1 through October 12, the splashpad is open daily from 10:00am to 6:00pm (as long as it’s over 70 degrees).  We stopped by this week and it’s still one of our favorite things to do.

It’s not the biggest splashpad in town, but with our frequent trips to the zoo and the hot Houston weather, we really look forward to stopping by the dragon water play park!

The splashpad is free with zoo admission and is located near the giraffes and Wildlife Carousel.

There are buckets, a water tree, jets, a sea serpent and changing rooms. There is (some) shaded seating for parents and a lifeguard on duty to keep kids from running, pushing or being too crazy. The area is also closed off from the rest of the zoo, with just one entrance, so kids are mostly contained to the area.  Restrooms are around the corner by the giraffes.

It *usually* not too crowded because the tour groups don’t usually bring swim suits and the visitors are eager to see the animals.

You do need to have on swimsuits and swim diapers (if applicable). You can also buy them there, for about $20 for a suit and $5 for a swim diaper.

Zoo members can easily drop by from just a splash. If you are buying tickets for the zoo, get your money’s worth by visiting the animals in between splashes.

Outside food is allowed into the zoo, so you can make a day of watching animals, splashing and setting up a picnic.  You can also stop by the new Wild! Nature Play Area!

Get all the details HERE!

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The coolest caterpillar and butterfly, an old school merry-go-round and a ninja approved play structure… at Buckboard Park

Address: 70 Buckboard Dr, Houston, TX 77037

Have you seen Buckboard Park?  This space used to be an old industrial site.  It was cleared long about and ten years ago it was turned into a park with mosaics, art, paths and cool play structures.

Just sent out the pictures from Fun2Go Misters!

Buckboard Park has the coolest caterpillar and butterfly, an old school merry-go-round and a ninja approved play structure.  The park is popular after school hours and everyone was friendly.

Free street parking is available.

Check out the pictures!









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Look What’s New at Grady Park in the Galleria

Address: 1700 Yorktown, Houston, TX 77056

Grady Park in the Galleria has two playgrounds, swings, a tennis court, a basketball court and lots of room to run. The equipment is nice and has some cool features, with slides, monkey bars, rock wall and unique ladders.

Our last review was years ago so our friends at Fun2Go Misters took new pictures for us… and guess what…  now their is shade on the playground!

Little kids can play on the small structure while the big kids make their own ninja course on the big play structure.  The park is big but it’s nice that all the play equipment is close together.

Grady Park has a free parking lot (but it can be full when exercise groups meet here).

This park is on a busy street, but not visible from the street. It’s also right next to Grady Middle School, but just the side of the buildings.  As I always suggest, do your own safety check when you arrive.  (I’ve never had any issues here!)

Check out the latest picture below!






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Where to find Bluebonnets, around Houston, in 2018!

Spring is here and bluebonnets are popping up around Houston. Here are the spots we’ve confirmed… with a map.

If you’ve seen bluebonnets this year… please tell us where!

Also, if you head out for photos, watch out for ants and keep it as nice as you found it.  So… no picking, trampling or littering please!

Bluebonnets at Bayou Parkland at Hermann Park and Brays Bayou
Bluebonnet patches that have been confirmed for 2018 are:

  1.  Brays Bayou at Almeda and South MacGregor, behind Hermann Park – Fudruckers and Luby’s are right across the street.  There is a flat wildflower site, plus lots of bluebonnets on the steeper banks of the bayou.
  2. Bayou Parkland at Hermann Park on Almeda, south of South MacGregor – Free public parking in the parking lot.  This is a quiet (and mostly unknown!) part of Hermann Park.  Right on the banks of Brays Bayou, you will find tons of bluebonnets… plus you might be able to get the Bill Coats Bridge in the background.  (See the picture below)
  3. Waugh Drive Clover Leaf, by Spotts Park – Stephanie spotted them!
  4. E TC Jester just south of 610.  Thanks Megan!
  5. Blessington Farms – This is a farm with strawberry picking and fun farm activities.  You pay to get in, but if you are there, there is a small hill with bluebonnets and wildflowers that is good for photos.  It’s very small (but good for close ups)… so no stomping on flowers!
  6. Willow Waterhole in Southwest Houston – Veronica found them in the green space!
  7. Hwy 105 West between Montgomery and Plantersville – Kari spotted them!
  8. TMC Transit Center – Right in the Medical Center there are yellow wildflowers and a small patch of bluebonnets.  Find them right at the TMC Transit Center METRORail stop, between the train and MD Anderson.  Take the train or bus because there isn’t much parking!  Thanks to Benton for confirming!
  9. W TC Jester and 34th at White Oak Bayou – Sarah spotted them!
  10. TC Jester at Ella-TC Jester – Teresa spotted them!
  11. On Chatham by Cornerstone Elementary in Sugar Land – Thanks Lety!
  12. Pearland, off Yost Blvd – Thanks Jessica!
  13. Mercer Botanical Gardens – Thanks Elsa!
  14. Highway 19 on the stretch between Huntsville and Trinity – Thanks Tricia!
  15. Fulshear, south of FM1093 at Fulshear Trace – Thanks Amy!
  16. Chapel Hill – Thanks Kimberly!
  17. Stephen F. Austin State Park – Thanks Kathryn!

Bluebonnet patches from 2017… Check to see if they are there for 2018:

  1. Rob Fleming Park Wildflower Meadow – Kerry found this park in The Woodlands has a meadow with bluebonnets.  It’s not huge, but good for photos!

People usually see bluebonnets in Memorial Park, TC Jester Park and Buffalo Bayou Park… and we’ll add them to the map when we get confirmation.

Also, for more bluebonnets in Texas, check out Texas Bluebonnet Sightings and Visit Brenham!  Or see the latest comments on Facebook HERE.

Bayou Greenway Day, presented by Noble Energy, March 24, 2018

Come out and play at Bayou Greenway Day, a FREE festival on the bayou hosted by Houston Parks Board.

On Saturday, March 24, enjoy family-friendly festivities, games, live music, and free food on Halls Bayou Greenway at Tidwell Park.  Event programming provided by 20+ nonprofits, neighborhood organizations and local businesses including the Houston Zoo, Nature & Eclectic Outdoors (NEO), Bike Houston, face painting and much more.

The Houston Texans and Houston Dynamo will also serve as this year’s sports partners, bringing games, coaching drills, enthusiasm, and fun for the whole family. Texans Mascot Toro, cheerleaders, and Dynamo’s Diesel will be on site for photo opportunities.

When:  March 24, 2018, 11:00am-4:00pm
Where:  Tidwell Park located at 9720 Spaulding Street

Attendees, and especially surrounding neighborhoods, are encouraged to bicycle or walk to the event in keeping with the spirit of the Bayou Greenways, since parking will be limited. Please be respectful of the surrounding neighborhoods. Map of Halls Bayou Greenway.

To learn more about Bayou Greenway Day 2018, go HERE!

Look at the Play Equipment at Tom Wussow Park!

Address: 500 Greens Road, Houston, TX 77060

Just look at the play equipment at Tom Wussow Park!

This big park has traditional play structures, boulders, tree houses, hollow logs and lots of unique features. It also has a sand volleyball court, lots of trees, picnic tables, benches and trails.

Our friends at Fun2Go Misters sent the pictures… and you need to check them out!

This popular park is big and has free parking (but it gets crazy at peak hours). Also, like Hermann Park, there some people hanging out in the pavilions and benches. But also, like Hermann Park, there is room for everyone and police do patrol the area.

Let me just be candid… parts of this neighborhood do not have a good reputation.  That said, this park was popular and seemed safe.  BUT you should ALWAYS decide for yourself!

All said, just look at the awesome equipment at this park!









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