Flash Giveaway: Family 4 Pack to Sunday Showing of “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse” at Main Street Theater!

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse F
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse is now at Main Street Theater, and  I have tickets to give away THURSDAY!  The flash giveaway starts now!

Two will win a family 4 pack to Main Street Theater’s “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse”, for Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 1:00pm or 4:00pm.

Main Street Theater – NOW at Talento Bilingue de Houston at 333 S. Jensen Drive, Houston, Texas, 77003

UPDATE: Congratulations to Vanessa P an Jilu G!

Kids must be 3 or older to enter the theater.
Giveaway closes on September 28, 2014 at 7:31pm.
For September 28, 2014 1:00pm or 4:00pm show only.  No substitutions!
Official Rules: http://wp.me/P2efXF-5Jh



Join the Club… Get your Hands on a 3D Printer, Minecraft & Robots… WonderSpace Technology Club!

WS Tech Camp3F
Most people have only heard of the 3D printer and the amazing things it can create… You kids can actually take your first steps in learning to use this revolutionary technology! At WONDER-SPACE TECHNOLOGY CAMP‘s new Saturday Tech Club, kids 7-13 can learn about 3D printing, robotics, Minecraft Modding, coding… and dream up their own project in the “Dream-It” sessions, designed to help all kids tap into their creativity and problem-solving abilities.

In addition to hands-on experience, kids can be part of live link link-ups with real tech inventors and entrepreneurs working in Silicon Valley – the kids will be able to hear their stories and pick their brains. What a great way to get kids inspired and thinking about the all the exciting possibilities their futures hold.

Be part of a fun and friendly tech community, getting together every Saturday morning (9-1) to induce ideas and explore technology.

Every week at Saturday Tech Club:

  • Explore a new tech theme; 3D printing comes to Wonder-Space for the first time
  • Uncover your creativity in an idea-generating Dream It session
  • Collaborate on a variety of tech projects
  • Absorb, wonder and discuss in a live tech seminar
  • Take the world’s favorite game to the next level in a Minecraft Modding challenge
  • Meet inspiring tech inventors and entrepreneurs via live-links to our Silicon Valley HQ
  • Ages 7-13, all levels welcome. Don’t worry if you can’t make every week as each week offers a stand-alone learning experience.

The Saturday Tech Club starts on Oct 4th for 8 Saturdays, at $399 for the 8 week membership. Learn more and register for the club, here!  Once you register, email fallclub@wonder-space.com, with your order number, and get a free tshirt! 



Kids Love Tuesdays at Discovery Green… Now through October 28, 2014!

Toddler Tuesday Foam Party for Button5
Toddler Tuesdays, presented by Amerigroup RealSolutions, is at Discovery Green through October 28, 2014.  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.  On Tuesdays through October 28, 2014, be at Discovery Green at 10:30am.  The themes, character visits and activities change each week!

2.  Want to skip the line and be first to meet the characters?  All you need to do is volunteer for the event!  You can bring your kids and help Discovery Green with the event.  This gets you a fast pass to meet the characters.

On average, four volunteers will be selected for each event and Discovery Green will coordinate the activities.  If you are interested this, email me at Jill @ BigKidSmallCity .com!

3.  Want to be a VIP?  Each week, one person will win a Discovery Green Tshirt and a VIP Meet-and-Greet pass!  No waiting in line!  You must enter to win the VIP prize for each Toddler Tuesday.  Just click the links below!

4.  After you attend, fill out THIS SURVEY!  You will help improve this great event and be entered to win a $50 gift card to The Grove restaurant!

5.  Look for the BigKidSmallCity Booth! On Tuesdays, I will be out snapping pictures and hosting giveaways.



Labyrinth at Faith Lutheran – Visiting Houston’s Parks (& Labyrinths!), One Week at a Time

Faith Lutheran Labyrinth Bellaire
Address: Avenue B and Cedar Street in Bellaire

This week’s Houston park of the week isn’t a playground park. It’s not even a trail or tree climbing park. It’s a maze made from rocks, designed to clear your mind for meditation. It’s a labyrinth!

I’ve been walking by Faith Lutheran for years and this small green lot north of the church has been empty.  There were a few benches but it was not a place to spend time.  That’s changed with the addition of the labyrinth!

Faith Lutheran Labyrinth
Made from rocks, the labyrinth is a maze for people to wonder and clear their minds.  Or, if you are like my 2 year old, it’s a place to play with rocks.

Wondering through the maze won’t take long, but it is an unusual destination.  Stop by the labyrinth and then visit the nearby Feld Park, Evergreen Park or Nature Discovery Center!

Go HERE to find more labyrinths in Houston!



What is your favorite fall farm activity? Where do you like to pick pumpkins, take hayrides & walk through corn mazes? You asked us!

Pedal Cars at Dewberry Farm
The weather is cooling off, Fall is on it’s way, and BigKidSmallCity readers are asking where to find some farm fun! I had a few ideas, but went to the panel or Houston’s best advisers for things to do in Houston with kids… the BigKidSmallCity community!

I asked, and this is what you told me what YOUR favorite things to do in Houston!  Click the links before you go for open dates, hours and prices!

  • Dewberry Farm (Brookshire)- Corn Maze, Pumpkins, Train Ride, Slide Mountain, Zip Lines, Pedal Cars and so much more!
  • Blessington Farm (Simonton)- Pumpkin Patch & Fall Harvest Festival
  • Old MacDonalds Farm (Humble) – Year round outdoor fun!
  • Oil Ranch (Hockley) – All activities are included with admission price… milk a cow, ride a horse, climb the hay bales and so much more.  Free pumpkins for kids.
  • Froberg Farms (Alvin) – Corn Maze and Hayride.  Follow with a trip to Bayou Wildlife Park!
  • P-6 Farms (Montgomery) – Pumpkin patch and fall festival.  Follow with a visit to the Brazos Valley MAiZE amd with a treat from the Blue Bell Ice Cream!
  • TGR Exotics (Spring) – 100 animals representing over 25 species.
  • Matt Family Orchard (Tomball) – Pumpkins, Hay Ride & Actives
  • Spring Creek Growers (Magnolia) – Watch for updates on the website.  Currently it says: “Due to construction delays, we are temporarily suspending our annual Pumpkin Patch this year in order to prepare for a fantastic 2014 Christmas season.”.
  • Berryland (Winnie) -
  • Old Time Christmas Time Farm (Spring) – Pumpkin Patch and Activities (Followed by Christmas tree cutting in the winter).
  • 7 Acrewood (Conroe) – Pumpkins, petting zoo, mini golf, pony rides and play town.
  • Caninos Market (Houston) – Pick out pumpkins and ghords and go inside to get veggies for the week.


Paul Carr Jogging Trail on Heights Boulevard – Visiting Houston’s Parks, One Week at a Time

James on Heights Blvd Path
Location:  Heights Boulevard, I10 to 20th Street

The Houston park of the week doesn’t have a playground.  It has a path, trees and lots of quirky art.  Grab your sneakers and jog stroller, and head out to Heights Boulevard!

Starting just north of I10, and running almost 2 miles to 20th Street, is the Paul Carr Jogging Trail in the middle of Heights Boulevard.  Park anywhere along Heights Boulevard, for free, and see what you might find on the trail.

Chairs on Heights Blvd Path
You can make this exercise for you, or just a little adventure for everyone. Whatever your speed, you will find a lot of fun along the trail.

Paper Airplane
Find the giant paper airplane, the big chairs, the emerging church, gazebos, benches, WWII monument and more.  You need to cross a street a few times on your trip, but there are stop signs and usually there is not too much traffic.  As an added bonus, there are grand Victorian houses up and down Heights Boulevard for you to gaze at on your adventure.

World War Memorial
There is a lot of shade, several water fountains and many little shops that would probably trade the use of a restroom for the purchase of a cup of coffee.  The trail is well used, but not usually crowded, and the cars on Heights Boulevard help to watch over the park.

Church
 So go for a little jog, take the kids on a little “hike”, or just drive around and around Heights Boulevard until the kids have seen all the art!

Dog
 

Heights Blvd Gazibo
 



NOW FULL – BigKidSmallCity Meet Up: HPD Mounted Patrol Stables – 10:00am or 12:00pm – October 3, 2014

Horse
We’ve seen the Houston Fire Stations… We’ve seen City Hall… Now we get to see the Houston Police Departments Mounted Patrol Stables!  Bring your carrots, apples and peppermints and join us as we talk to Houston’s Mounted Patrol Officers, feed the horses and learn about their jobs!

There will be 2 tours on Friday, October 3, 2014 at 10:00am and 12:00pm.  October 3 may be a school holiday for your big kids, so check the calendar and sign up if you want to attend!

Wear your horse barn trekking shoes and be ready to learn about the Houston Mounted Patrol!  The stables are at 5005 Little York Rd. Houston,Tx. 77016 (off of I59, NOT off of 290).

If you want to join us on October 3, 2014 at 10:00am or 12:00pm, you must:

1. There are TWO forms below.  Fill out ONE for either the 10:00am tour or the 12:00pm tour.  (When one tour is full, I will close the form.)
2. Be one of the first 25 to respond. Spaces are very limited and the last tours filled very quickly.  You will receive an email saying you have a spot or you are on the waiting list.
3. If you get a spot, bring your kids to the Houston Mounted Patrol Stables on October 3 at 10:00am OR 12:00pm. (5005 Little York Rd. Houston,Tx. 77016)
4.  The tour will be about 1 hour.
5.  The event is FREE. Feel free to bring carrots, apples or peppermints for the horses.  Apples need to be quartered (but seeds are fine).
6. Make every effort to attend. Since spaces are so limited, we want as many little police men and women to get a chance as possible. If you need to cancel, email me at Jill @ BigKidSmallCity.com right away.

UPDATE:  October 3, 10:00am Tour is NOW FULL.  To get an email announcing future Meet-Ups, go HERE.

UPDATE:  October 3, 12:00pm Tour is NOW FULL.  To get an email announcing future Meet-Ups, go HERE.



NOW FULL – For the kids that keep asking for it…. Come see the monkeys, birds, horse, beads, crowns and slides at the next Gallery Furniture Meet-Up! September 19, 2014, 5:00pm

Gallery Furniture Bird on Heads

Just before school started, I sent my kids off to grandma’s house.  When I picked them up from the airport, I got a hug and 1 request from my daughter:  “Can we go to Gallery Furniture on the way home?”.  This is how much fun our meet ups are at this out-of-this-world Houston institution.

Have your kids been asking to go back to Gallery Furniture?  Do you want to check it out for the first time?  Then, you are in luck!

On September 19 at 5:00pm, we will have the opportunity to rule the store!  We will see the monkeys, birds and horse, make crafts, slide, climb and jump in the playroom and eat pizza, cookies and ice cream for dinner!  And it’s FREE!

BigKidSmallCity and HoustonMothersBlog invite you to join us at Mattress Mack’s I45 Gallery Furniture location, at 6006 North Fwy, Houston, TX 77076, on Tuesday, September 19, 2014 at 5:00pm.  Families with a confirmed spot will get to:

1.  Meet the famous Gallery Furniture monkeys and their keeper!
2.  Meet the many exotic birds and their keeper!
3.  Ride in an Amish buggy behind Fraenzy the horse!
4.  Play on the giant indoor playground with a mini-rock wall, twisting tubes and slides for racing!
5.  Get their hands dirty at the craft station!
6.  Show us their best pose at the Gallery Furniture Selfie Wall!
7.  Eat as much dinner, ice cream and cookies as their parents allow!
8.  Meet the man they’ve seen on TV and heard on the radio: Mattress Mack!

If you want to join us on September 19, 2014 at 5:00pm, you must:

1. Fill out the form below.
2. Be one of the first 100 to respond. Spaces are limited! You will receive an email saying you have a spot or you are on the waiting list.
3. If you get a spot, bring your kids to Gallery Furniture on Friday, September 19, 2014, at 5:00pm. Gallery Furniture is at 6006 North Fwy, Houston, TX 77076.   The event is FREE.
4. Make every effort to attend. Since spaces are limited and we want as many kids to get a chance as possible. If you need to cancel, email me at Jill @ BigKidSmallCity.com.

UPDATE:  Meet Up is now full.  To get an email announcing future Meet-Ups, go HERE.



NOW FULL – BigKidSmallCity Meet Up: HEB Tour (Yes, I said HEB Tour) – October 2, 2014 – 11:00am

HEB Montrose
**UPDATE: NOW FULL.  To get an email announcing future Meet-Ups, go HERE.***

Okay preschoolers and home schoolers, we’ve got an all new BigKidSmallCity Meet-Up scheduled.  We’ve toured fire stations, city hall, wildlife parks and even furniture stores…  Now it’s time to tour our local grocery store.  You read that right…  We are touring the Montrose HEB!

On Thursday, October 2, at 11:00am, we will meet at the Montrose HEB at  1701 W. Alabama, Houston, TX 77098.  And it’s not your average shopping trip to HEB.  Kids will get to shop and sample healthy foods from each department.

They will learn about the food groups, about good food decisions, about exercise and taking care of their bodies.  They’ll get to sample fruits and vegetables as they march through the store like they own it.

The tour aligns with STEM curriculum and will be modified to fit the age level of those that participate.

My kids have been to the grocery store about a zillion times, but they’ve never ruled the place.  On October 2 at 11:00am, they will have a chance to do just this.

If you want to join us on October 2, 2014 at 11:00am, you must:
1. Fill out the form below.
2. Be one of the first 25 to respond. Spaces are very limited and the last tours filled very quickly! You will receive an email saying you have a spot or you are on the waiting list.
3. If you get a spot, bring your shoppers to HEB on October 2, 2014 at 11:00am. (1701 W. Alabama, Houston, TX 77098)
4.  The event is FREE.
5. Make every effort to attend. Since spaces are so limited, we want as many kids to get a chance as possible. If you need to cancel, email me at Jill @ BigKidSmallCity.com.



As you requested: Meet-Ups for those that are tired of missing the sign-up and the fun… Introducing BKSC Members Meet-Ups

Fire Station Tour6
Each time we venture out into Houston with our kids, we come home with wild imaginations, dinnertime conversation, ideas for our next adventure and an even greater appreciation for our city. BigKidSmallCity Meet-Ups are opportunities to explore Houston with our kids and other families. All Meet-Ups are unique to our city and all are small in scale. We have visited several fire stations, city hall, a youth theater, a couple wildlife parks and an out-of-this-world furniture store.

The Meet-Ups are designed so that instead of sitting and watching kids play, we are actively exploring with them. In addition to this, the venues we visit are something we can only experience in our great city. Because of this, the size of the Meet-Ups is always limited to what the venue can hold and what is enjoyable for the attendees supervising (chasing) young kids.

I truly love meeting the people in the BigKidSmallCity community and these Meet-Ups will continue to be scheduled. In fact, you may have noticed the frequency of Meet-Ups is increasing! We will keep up the tours and get more and more creative as we get behind the scenes looks at how Houston ticks and how local businesses/factories operate.

Many requests have been made for an opportunity to get exclusive access to the Meet-Ups. Parents are very busy people and not always around at 7:01pm to sign up for the next tour. Although we will not change our sign up procedure on the Meet-Ups as you know them today, we will offer a new service to a Members Club.

Remember, not everyone will want this and EVERYONE will still have a chance at our Houston Meet-Ups. For those people that are tired of missing out on the opportunities and want Meet-Ups added just for them, they can join the BKSC Members Club.

BKSC Members Club Opportunities:

  • 4 BKSC Members Only Meet-Ups. Including:
    • At least one “Hometown Heros” Meet Up.  This will include the popular fire station tour or EMT, fire fighter or police demonstration.
    • An opportunity for a semi-private tour. Join just a few other families for a trip on the METRORail, to the mysterious red button, to the top of the JP Morgan Chase tower or another uniquely Houston adventure!  Your suggestions will create the event.
  • Members will have the opportunity to sign up for the regular Meet-Ups as well. If you miss a spot, you will be added to the priority wait list.

In addition to this, BKSC Members will have access to:

  • One Complimentary business/blog consultation or speaking session.  This includes a 30 minute consultation on improving your blog or local business or a 60 minute speech/panel discussion to your group (church group, moms group, etc).

The Membership Term is October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015 and is $100/family.  One membership per household please.  Because of the personal attention each member will get, this group will be limited in size.  Also because of the personal attention, the price will not go down!  $100/family is an introductory rate and will go up the busier we get.

Remember, the Meet-Ups will continue on for everyone. The Membership is for those that have requested to be added the exclusive Meet-Ups and not be required to jump on the sign up forms as soon as they are posted. Whether you sign up or not, I plan to see you at an event soon. If you do sign up, get ready for an insider’s view of Houston, without the pain of the sign up form!

To sign up, submit payment and fill out the BKSC Membership Form. Both forms are below: