1. Cheap tickets. Sit up high for not much money.
2. Baseball! We love to watch the game.
3. It’s air conditioned. On warm days, the roof is closed and the baseball game is nice and cool.
4. Dance your way onto the jumbo-tron. Really. Your moves might make it on the big screen.
5. Minute Maid Squeeze. There is a playground IN THE STADIUM!
6. Run the bases. After Sunday games, kids 5 and older can run on the field!
7. Be a Buddy! For $20, kids can get a membership that gets you 4 free tickets, a backpack, baseball cap, VIP access to running the bases, autograph sessions and a press conference. It’s a really really good deal.
8. See the train! After each home run, the train heads down track!
9. Be a part of the excitement. Being in the stadium on game day is exciting. Baseball, music, food vendors, competitions and more. Pull up a (stadium) chair and watch all the fun.
Whether you love baseball or just the fun of the adventure, be sure to visit Minute Maid Park this season! Opening day is April 6, 2015 and you can find (often discounted) tickets HERE. The season goes through September, so you’ll have a chance to visit many times.
If you want to get your own season tickets, contact Gordon Bowen, Houston Astros. 713.259.8788, email@example.com. If you are serious about the tickets, he might just give you a VIP tour. Tell him Jill at BigKidSmallCity sent you.
This week’s park is just north of Houston, in one of the quaintest little towns around. Old Town Tomball is full of little shops, restaurants, old buildings and an old train depot!
Look below for the 6 Steps to a great DisneyLAND vacation!
Disneyland resort in Anaheim, California is made up of two theme parks. Disneyland Park is the first Disney park ever built and is home to the iconic Cinderella’s Castle as well as 8 themed lands for you to explore. You’ll find MainStreet U.S.A, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Mickey’s Toontown, Frontierland, Critter Country, New Orleans Square,and Adventureland.
The second of the two parks is Disney California Adventure Park which also has 8 unique lands! You’ll find Buena Vista Street, Cars Land, Grizzly Peak, Grizzly Peak Airfield, Paradise Pier, Pacific Wharf, “a bug’s land”, and Hollywood Land.
2. Stay Close:
The three Disneyland Resort Hotels (the Disneyland Hotel, Paradise Pier, the Grand Californian Hotel and Spa) are all the most conveniently located and put you right inside the magic! There are also some great “Good Neighbor” hotels that are within blocks of Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. There is a property for every budget and plenty of suite options for larger families!
3. Get There Early:
Arrive just prior to park opening and get your day started out right! Less crowds in the early morning means your family can see and do more in less time. Also take advantage of the Magic Morning hours that can get you into the parks even earlier if you are a guest of a Disneyland resort hotel or Good Neighbor property!
The current* fastpass system for the Disneyland Resort parks consists of machines that give you a paper “ticket” with a return time. You return to the designated ride during your assigned timeframe and enjoy the benefit of skipping the regular (standby) line. This is a great way to save time and not spend your whole day standing in line!
5. Take a Break:
I always suggest taking an afternoon break to swim, rest, and just get refreshed before heading back out for some evening magic! If you’ve purchased park hopper tickets you can start your day at one park and then head to another after your mid day recharge!
6. My #1 Disneyland Tip…..BE PREPARED
When people ask me what I do as a travel agent that specializes in Disney Vacations I tell them “I help people do Disney the prepared way”! I assist my clients in building the perfect vacation package, guide them through dining and fastpass choices, and make sure they have the latest and greatest Disney information.
Things are always changing and there is a LOT of outdated information on the internet. My clients are given the most updated information to make sure they save time and money while making memories!
*The fastpass system mentioned as a tip above is slated to change over to the new Fastpass+ system (currently at Disneyworld in Florida). No date has been set for these changes, but they are coming.
Head over to MouseTrip to keep up to date on the latest and greatest Disney information and let me help you save time and money by doing Disney the prepared way!
Hours: 10:00am-5:00pm, Tuesday-Saturday
Admission: $8 (of $10 with a tour), 12 and under are free. Parking is free.
Now what I’m going to tell you next will make sense if your kids have seen Liberty’s Kids approximately 5,000 times. This is an AWESOME series about the revolutionary war and my kids know more US history at age 5 and 7 than I do right now. In this story, the kids work at Ben Franklin’s print shop on the “Pennsylvania Gazette”. We love the story so much, that my son was Ben Franklin for the last school project and the last 2 Halloweens.
Well, at the Printing Museum, there is a room with a bust of Ben Fran, framed copies of the “Pennsylvania Gazette” and big, old and working printing presses. When we saw this, we almost fell over. No joke. It made our day.
Are we a little goofy? Absolutely. Do my kids want to print a paper the same exact way that Ben Franklin did? You better believe it.
So even if you don’t fall over at the sight of the “Pennsylvania Gazette”, your kids might just fall over at the chance to help print using giant equipment and messy ink.
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Admission: $5 for adults and $3 for kids 3+, Parking is free
It was a day when we got a late start, missed the event we had been planning on and were debating fighting crowds at another venue or just heading home. It was at this moment that we drove by the Maritime Museum sign, made a quick turn, and had our day saved.
Our trip to the Houston Maritime Museum was AWESOME. No crowds to fight, a guided tour that was customized just for us and a play room for the kids.
Houston Police Officer Memorial at Buffalo Bayou Park – Visiting Houston’s Parks, One Week at a Time!
The memorial is to honor Houston’s police force and the officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
My kids enjoyed climbing up the steps and learning about the significance of the memorial. I also liked this “bigger” (or “more meaningful”) park visit.
To make it even better, the memorial is guarded 24 hours a day by on-duty police officers, making the sunken park feel safer.
This week’s Houston library is in a quaint little brick building with Eatsie Boyz and the Black Lab Pub… It’s the Freed-Montrose Neighborhood Library. This means that after your trip to the library, you can eat some of the craziest flavors of ice cream (like sweet corn, black pepper, curry or donut) and play a game of giant chess next door!
One thing I can’t leave out is that this library often has patrons that are homeless and need a place to use the computer or hang out. This is usually no problem, but one time we visited and there was a minor altercation and the police were called. So, this is why I mention that only families can sit in the kid area.
This hasn’t kept us away… it’s just something to keep in mind.