Discounts to Holiday Shows in Houston, 2016!

Houston has a lot of holiday shows… and if you are taking the whole family, it can get very expensive!  So you can stretch your dollar this holiday season, here are the shows and discounts available! Affiliate links included

Updated: 12/3/16

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Goldstar:  A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas at Alley Theatre
Full Price is $49.00-$73.00.  Check Goldstar for $26.00-$36.00 tickets.
Multiple Dates.

Goldstar:  The Nutcracker at The Grand in Galveston
Full Price is $28.00. Check Goldstar for $14.00 tickets.
Saturday December 10, 2016 / 7:30pm | $14
Sunday December 11, 2016 / 2:00pm | $14

Goldstar:  We Three Kings: An Irish Tenors Holiday at Jones Hall
Full Price is $49.25-$118.  Check Goldstar for $24 – $55 tickets.
Wednesday December 7, 2016 / 8:00pm | $24 – $55

Goldstar:  The Harlem Globetrotters: 2017 World Tour at NRG Arena
Full Price is $63.50-$103.50. Check Goldstar for $34 – $54 tickets.
Monday December 26, 2016 / 2:00pm | $34 – $54
Monday December 26, 2016 / 7:00pm | $34 – $54
Tuesday December 27, 2016 / 7:00pm | $34 – $54

Goldstar:  Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at The Grand in Galveston
Full Price is $35. Check Goldstar for $17.50 tickets.
Friday December 2, 2016 / 8:00pm | $17.50
Saturday December 3, 2016 / 3:00pm | $17.50

Goldstar:  A Very Beatles Holiday Concert at The Music Box Theater
Full Price is $27. Check Goldstar for $13.50 tickets.
Saturday December 3, 2016 / 7:30pm | $13.50
Sunday December 4, 2016 / 2:00pm | $13.50
Friday December 9, 2016 / 7:30pm | $13.50
Sunday December 11, 2016 / 2:00pm | $13.50
Thursday December 15, 2016 / 7:30pm | $13.50

Groupon: Cirque Musica: Holiday Spectacular on December 18 at 6pm at Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
$25 for one G-Pass for seating in rear loge seating or balcony seating (up to $38.97 value)
$34 for one G-Pass for seating in front to mid loge seating (up to $51.94 value)

Goldstar: Shadowland by Pilobolus at Jones Hall
Full Price is $72.25. Check Goldstar for $28.90 tickets.
Shadowland by PilobolusFriday January 20, 2017 / 8:00pm | $28.90

Groupon: Sesame Street Live “Elmo Makes Music” on Friday, February 10, at 6:30pm
$15 for one G-Pass for seating in the rear lower bowl (up to $23.93 value)
$20 for one G-Pass for seating in the middle lower bowl (up to $34.04 value)
$29 for one G-Pass for seating in the front lower bowl (up to $44.31 value)
$45 for one G-Pass for seating in the floor section (up to $61.53 value)
Get as a gift!

Goldstar: STOMP at Jones Hall
Sunday February 12, 2017 / 7:00pm | $23 – $28
Sold out (but double check for yourself!)

Groupon:  One Game of Bubble Soccer for up to 4, 6, 8, or 10 People at Urban Bubbleball (40% Off)
$59 for one game of bubble soccer for up to 4 ($99 value)
$89 for one game of bubble soccer for up to 6 ($149 value)
$119 for one game of bubble soccer for up to 8 ($199 value)
$149 for one game of bubble soccer for up to 10 ($249 value)
This could be a fun gift!

Goldstar: Dreamgirls at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
Full Price is $58.50-$91.00. Check Goldstar for $47.70-$73.70 tickets.
Tuesday April 4, 2017 / 7:30pm | $47.70 – $73.70
Wednesday April 5, 2017 / 7:30pm | $47.70 – $73.70
Thursday April 6, 2017 / 7:30pm | $47.70 – $73.70
Sunday April 9, 2017 / 7:30pm | $47.70 – $73.70
Tuesday April 11, 2017 / 7:30pm | $47.70 – $73.70
Get for a gift!

Goldstar: Annie at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts
Full Price is $60.75-$72.25. Check Goldstar for $28 – $33 tickets.
Sunday April 9, 2017 / 6:30pm | $28 – $33
Get for a gift!

Don & Sylvia Collins Park in Spring… Great 3 Story Treehouse and New Toddler Playground!

Address: 6727 Cypresswood Drive, Spring, Texas 77379

One of our very favorite Houston area parks is Collins Park in Spring!  It is right behind the Barbara Bush Library and has 55 acres of things to do!

There are 5 softball fields, 4 baseball fields, 1 soccer field, 1 basketball pavilion, 1 sand volleyball court, 2 playgrounds, a skate park, an amphitheater, a nature trail along Cypress Creek, covered picnic tables, grills, restrooms, a canoe launch, fishing… and 2 great playgrounds.

The big playground is an amazing 3 story treehouse… and you can read all about it HERE in our last post on Collin’s Park.

So why another review?  Well, there is a new toddler playground!

Before there was a wooden structure… and now there is a bright green structure with a rope bridge, group teeter totter, spinners and lots of things for little kids to do!

See the pictures below!




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Phoenicia Specialty Foods YUMMY! Wonderland International Festival… Returns December 3, 2016!

The popular YUMMY! Wonderland International Festival returns this year to our sponsor, Phoenicia Specialty Foods! This FREE event features art, music, traditions and customs from around the globe.

Entertain your family with holiday crafts, cookie decorating, cultural performances and live music. This year, you can take also take classes with Mrs. Claus and her elves!

The only trick is, you need to reserve a spot… and they usually go very quickly!

When: Saturday, December 3, 2016
Time: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free and open to the public, with option to purchase food. Tickets are limited and are available HERE.
Where: Phoenicia Specialty Foods Downtown, 1001 Austin St.
Bring a toy to donate towards the Houston Fire Department’s (HFD) Operation Stocking Stuffer and snap a photo with Santa.

An international selection of à la carte entrées, brunch plates and desserts will be available for purchase in the market providing a culinary journey of delicious global dishes that are served during the holiday, including pomegranate glazed salmon, crab quiche, spiced hash browns and warm cranberry coffee cake among other delights. Also, attendees can enjoy sampling throughout the market for further exploration of international flavors.

And, since the holidays are the perfect time for merriment and “cheer-fullness,” adults can enjoy holiday wine pairing with chocolate, cheese and other holiday treats for free.

Bring the family to enjoy a day full of food, crafts, live musical performances and shopping while snapping photos with Santa. Get your spot HERE!


The Eclectic Menagerie Park at Texas Pipe & Supply

Address: 288 South and Bellfort Street, Houston, Texas

Every time we drive south on 288, we see giant dragons, spiders and sculptures at the Menagerie Park at Texas Pipe & Supply.  And every time I say we need to slow down and get a better look at this public art display!

Finally we figured out the tangle of highways and frontage roads at this 288 and 610 connection, and got up close to the eclectic sculptures!


The collection began many years ago when Jerry Rubenstein, Chairman of the Board for Texas Pipe & Supply, purchased the hippo sculpture.  Next came a rhino and snoopy… and more and more and more!

There is an airplane, fishing rod, dragon and… well, it’s best if you just look for yourself!


Since the highways connect just north of Texas Pipe & Supply, and the frontage roads do not run right along the highways and I had not looked at a map… I made approximately one hundred u-turns to find the park.  I can now tell you that the park is along Bellfort and if you are on 288 North, approaching 610, you can take the Bellfort exit, turn left and see the park.  (See the map below!)

I did not find a great place to park the car… so I’ll call this a drive-by-and-be-amazed park rather than a playing park!  On Bellfort there is an old driveway we pulled over on, and along the 288 South entrance, there is a small shoulder by the park.

Even though we did not leave the car, this outing was pretty cool for the kids.  We picked our favorites and took pictures on this easy adventure.

Want to learn more? Check out this clip from PBS!



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Levy Park… A Renovated “Destination” Park, Perfect for Families!

Photo: Courtesy of Levy Park Conservancy
Address: 3801 Eastside, Houston, TX 77098

When I think of “destination” parks, where I can take the family, any day of the week, and find something fun… I think of Discovery Green, Hermann Park and Buffalo Bayou…

And friends, I am so excited to tell you there is about to be another park for this list.  Levy Park is getting a complete makeover and about to be an amazing place for families!

Photo: Courtesy of Levy Park Conservancy
Levy Park is located in the Upper Kirby District by Greenway Plaza. Right on Eastside (on the opposite side of Richmond from the weekly farmer’s market), this big park is about to open with a children’s play area, spalsh area, dog park, performance stage and restaurant.

AND in the spring, a weekly farmer’s market will start at this beautiful park.

Photo: Courtesy of Levy Park Conservancy
Much like our favorite downtown park, Levy Park will host a ton of free classes and activities. There will be daily yoga, music performances and kids programming.

The conservancy is bringing programming to the park through partners like Houston Public Libraries, Writers in the Schools, Young Audiences of Houston, Houston Natural Science Museum, MET dance, Tai Chi, piano concerts on Wednesdays at noon, Sahaja Yoga Meditation, and much much more.

Photo: Courtesy of Levy Park Conservancy
There is an entire acre dedicated to the children’s play area which includes that elevated boardwalk through the trees. The playground orb-like structure is called the Cosmo, and there will be a climbing mound with a 7ft wide slide on one side along with a water feature that is sure to be popular in the summer.

AND this park is shady!  The conservancy went to great efforts to save and relocated the giant trees.  See more on the website HERE.

Photo: Courtesy of Levy Park Conservancy
Parking is available on both Eastside and Wakeforest, and there are 900 spaces in the One Grove building garage available for a nominal fee.

I went by last week and there is a lot of construction happening right now… and the grand opening will be on January 7, 2017. Get all the details HERE!

Photo: Courtesy of Levy Park Conservancy

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Give Away: 1 Month of Classes at Salle Mauro Fencing Academy!

My kids have been begging to take fencing lessons, so I am very excited to tell you about Salle Mauro Fencing Academy!

At this Bellaire Fencing Academy, classes promote athleticism, critical thinking, sportsmanship and competitiveness. Plus, fencing provides children a dynamic and creative outlet for their energy.

AND I have 1 MONTH OF CLASSES to give away to 2 people!

One person will win one month of Musketeer classes (for 3-6 years old) and one person will win one month of Cavalier classes (for 6-12 years old). See the details on the classes HERE!

For a chance to win, sign up below:

Contest Ends: November 7, 2016 at 6:00am.
Official Rules:

Let go of stressful expectations at “Cook and Eat Your Way” on November 5, 2016 at IKEA Houston!

The 2017 IKEA catalog might have the best theme ever…  “Goodbye expectations, Hello you”.  I love it.

I don’t think I really hit my stride as an adult or as a parent until I threw out what was expected and just started doing what worked for me.

mega_event_250x250_gifsTo go with this theme, our sponsor IKEA is hosting an event on November 5, 2016 called Cook and Eat Your Way.  It is meant to encourage people to let go of stressful expectations around the kitchen.

IKEA FAMILY members will enjoy fun and inspirational activities to help them break a few food-related “rules,” as well as delicious treats, exclusive deals and giveaways throughout the day.

The highlights of the day are:

  • Stop by the FIKA workshop from 2-4pm and you could win a $100 IKEA gift card
  • The first 100 IKEA FAMILY members get a PRUTA food storage set
  • Food samplings and fun workshops throughout the day with prizes for participating!

Joining IKEA FAMILY is free and easy.

Come out and enjoy fun and inspirational activities to break a few food-related “rules” and enjoy delicious treats, exclusive deals and giveaways throughout the day.  Find all the details HERE!


Helen’s Garden in League City… A place for quiet, for wandering and for family photos!

Address: 701 E Main St, League City, TX 77573

In League City, we knew about the cool League Park, but last weekend, we discovered Helen’s Garden… right across the street!

Apparently we had our eyes closed on the last few trips through town, because on Saturday we found this beautiful garden, right on 518, full of brides and photographers.  When we returned on Sunday, we took a tour for ourselves.

This park does not have a playground, but it has benches, fountains and pergolas.  If you are looking for a quiet spot, for paths to wander down or a place for family photos… this is it!  (The park can also be reserved for weddings or small events by contacting the Parks Recreation Office.)

The garden is not huge, but with  League Park across the street, there is plenty to do!

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Discount Tickets for Cirque Dreams: Holidaze at Jones Hall on November 18, 2016

Oh, I love to watch Cirque Du Soleil and I love holiday shows! These two things are coming together with Cirque Dreams: Holidaze at Jones Hall!

This family friendly show has gingerbread men flipping in midair, snowmen intricately balancing, icemen sculpting, penguins spinning, puppets dancing and reindeer soaring high!

Tickets are $48.25-$71.00 but check affiliate Goldstar for $32.25-$47.25 tickets.

Cirque Dreams: Holidaze
Jones Hall for the Performing Arts
Friday November 18, 2016 / 7:30pm
Check HERE for discount tickets.

A Total Body Workout… for Moms and Kids! Fit4Mom Briargrove/Tanglewood.

Hey all you mamas! Are you wanting to workout but have guilt about leaving your little ones behind? Are you looking for an amazing group of moms who workout together and support each other through all things motherhood? Well look no further because are we are here for you and we are FIT4MOM!

FIT4MOM Briargrove/Tanglewood is currently offering Stroller Strides classes in the Galleria area of Houston, Texas. Stroller Strides is a 60 minute total body workout that moms can do with their kiddos.

Each class focuses on cardio, strength, toning and is geared towards all fitness levels. We keep our kiddos engaged throughout the workout with songs and activities. Come enjoy a FREE week pass and try it out! For information on class times and locations visit: or email Shannon McNally shannonmcnally @

Read what Houston moms are saying about Fit4Mom!

fit4mom-testimonial“Since joining FIT4MOM over a year ago I have become happier, healthier, and stronger. Stroller Strides is such an amazing program. It’s an hour of “me” time and my kids love it! Working out with fellow moms who understand your struggles and victories is the best part. My fitness level is at a point I never imagined for myself. Working out with my kids has become part of our routine. We have made some great friends and love being a part of the Fit4Mom village.”
-Jeanette Mueller-



fit4mom-testimonial-susan“After the birth of my youngest, I was diagnosed with Postpartum Depression. I loved my girls and wanted to be the best mother possible, however I yearned for support and friendship. I struggled putting myself out there and reaching to other mothers. After doing some research, I discovered a fitness group geared towards mothers called “Fit4Mom”. All the mothers were welcoming and kind, they made me feel as if I had known them my entire time as a mother. Not only did I receive an amazing workout, but the best part was my children LOVED the class too! ! I soon discovered after joining this class that not only did I have more confidence in accepting my body and the strength I gained, but also these mothers became my village. I called them my “mom tribe” and I had never felt more empowered by them.”
-Susan Del Broccolo-

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