Give Away: 4 Tickets to “The House Without a Christmas Tree” by the Houston Grand Opera!

The whole family can enjoy “The House Without a Christmas Tree” by the Houston Grand Opera, November 30-December 17, 2017. The Wortham Theater was damaged by Harvey… but the show will go on at the Resilience Theater in the George R. Brown Convention Center!

I never would have thought to take the kids to the opera… but we went a couple years ago and had a great time. And for kids that can read, the words are projected above the stage, making the show easy to follow.

And what’s even better… I have 2 sets of family 4 packs to give away! (Tickets are for December 17 at 2:30pm.) Just register HERE or below to win!

Contest Ends:  Friday, November 24, 2017
Official Rules:  https://goo.gl/XXTv9m


Via Colori Street Painting Festival is November 18 & 19, 2017!

This weekend, 200 artists will converge on the streets by City Hall to celebrate the artistic spirit of Houston and to benefit The Center for Hearing and Speech, a local non-profit that serves children with hearing loss…. at Via Colori Street Painting Festival!

In 2016 the festival attracted more than 25,000 attendees with its diverse art, music, activities and food and drinks. In 2017, you have a chance to experience for yourself!

Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, November 19, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Hermann Square at City Hall and the surrounding streets of McKinney, Bagby and Walker.

General admission is $10.

Get all the details HERE!


Give Away: 4 Tickets to That Escape Place!

I told you about the best time we had at That Escape Place… The hour in the room was intense, entertaining and required a whole lot of problem solving and team work between siblings.

For a limited time, you can book the Thanksgiving/Christmas themed Raiders of the Lost Art!

There are new puzzles but the same great escape experience.  (If you have done the original Raiders of the Lost Art room, you can do this and will find yourself with new puzzles to perplex you while the clock is ticking down!)

AND, I have 4 tickets to give away to That Escape Place!  Just register below (or HERE) for a chance to win:

Update:  Congratulations to Rebecca L!

Contest Ends: Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Official Contest Rules: https://goo.gl/YKPpZs


Give Away: 4 Tickets to Beauty and the Beast – A Christmas Rose

Sooooo… This Lythgoe Family Panto is coming to Houston.  And I have tickets to give away.

BUT the tickets in THIS post are the wrong ones.  When they were offered to me, I figured they were for Pasadena, Texas… but I was wrong!  They are for Pasadena, California!

Everyone that entered will be entered in the HOUSTON give away!

 

Lythgoe Family Panto, in association with Pasadena Playhouse, presents Beauty and the Beast – A Christmas Rose, December 13 -24, 2017 at Pasadena Civic Center.

This is an updated version of the classic tale, in the style of a traditional British family Panto, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – A CHRISTMAS ROSE features family-friendly magic, with a comedic twist, dancing (with “So You Think You Can Dance” alumni), contemporary music and more.

AND I have 4 tickets to the show on Thursday, December 14, 2017 performance at 7:30pm! To win, register below!

Pictured (L-R) are Kelli Berglund as “Belle,” Jonah Platt as “The Beast,” James Snyder as “Gus” and Gedde Watanabe as “Marcel.

If you have not heard of this show before, it includes a lot of names you might recognize!

Book by Kris Lythgoe
Choreographed by Mandy Moore (La La Land)
Music Direction and Arrangements by Michael Orland (American Idol)
Directed by Sheldon Epps

Starring:
Kelli Berglund (Disney XD’s LAB RATS) as Belle
Jared Gertner (Broadway’s The Book Of Mormon) as Pierre
Jonah Platt (Broadway’s WICKED) as The Beast
James Snyder (Broadway’s IF/THEN) as Gus
John Tartaglia (Broadway’s Shrek The Musical) as Louis Vuitton
Gedde Watanabe (Broadway’s PACIFIC OVERTURES and John Hughes’ SIXTEEN CANDLES) as Marcel
Harrison White (Broadway’s The Lion King) as Dame Chanel

Tickets are available online at Ticketmaster.com/PantoPasadena or by calling 626-449-7360. Group discounts (for groups of 8 or more) are available by emailing groups@americanpanto.com.

To win the tickets, register below (or HERE)!

Contest Ends: Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Official Rules: https://goo.gl/M8xeKU


Give Away: Tickets to the Children’s Museum of Houston!

Houston has an amazing Children’s Museum… and November and December are big months for family fun!

AND I have 10 Family 4 pack of tickets to give away!  Fill out the form below to win!

UPDATE:  Congratulations to Min Y, Calista U, Thi D, Janina B, Marcie H, Lisette S, Vicky S, Angela V, Shannon G, Lauren B

Contest Ends:  Friday, November 17, 2017
Official Rules: https://goo.gl/wRsVZf


Trains Over Texas at the Houston Museum of Natural Science!

The Houston Museum of Natural Science has brought back Trains Over Texas!

You can “Travel Across Texas” by model railroad. It passes through Galveston, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio and more. And right now, there are lots of Christmas trees and holiday decorations.

The best part is under the table, where kids can crawl and watch Thomas the Tank Engineer chug around the secret track.

Get all the details HERE!  This is free with museum admission.

Also, if you want to be a part of the exhibit, you can purchase a train car and have your names or business printed on it… and then watch is travel along the tracks!

 

 


Magical Winter Lights in La Marque… Now through January 2, 2018!

The giant lantern festival is back for the holidays!  Magical Winter Lights invited us out again this year and we made the drive south to La Marque… and you should see the pictures!

We walked around Magical Winter Lights, we looked at the Houston Waterwall, the pyramid in Egypt, the Eiffel Tower in France and more… plus the Christmas Village and Dinosaur Land and more.

This festival is in the parking lot of the stadium (much like the rodeo takes over the NRG parking lot)… and it’s very big.  Half of it is a lantern festival with world landmarks you will recognize, mysteries of the east, dinosaurs and much much more.

New this year was the very cool light up checker board dance floor… that changes colors as you walk on it.

This is not an underwhelming display of lights, that is for sure!  We rushed through the lights once… and then did a second lap because there was something new each time we turned.

In addition to the lights, dinosaurland has motorized dinosaurs that swing their tails and make noise.  (We arrived right at opening and it was still light out… so this was a great place to explore while the lanterns were waiting for dark.)

See all the lanterns HERE.

In addition to the lanterns, there is a carnival, live entertainment and food stations.

The carnival rides are extra… and the admission is already high, so be prepared. Either get ready to buy a $25 (or $20 online) all you can ride wristband or tell the kids you are only doing the lights and entertainment.

General admission is $20+ for adults, $13+ for kids and free for kids under 4. Parking is $5 (cash only onsite). Get all the prices HERE. Magical Winter Lights is open daily through January 2, 2018, including holidays.

Strollers are okay… and there is room for pushing them. Outside food is not allowed.

Magical Winter Lights was a bit of a drive from Houston… but my kids really really liked it and there are SO many lights.

I’d say that Houston Zoo Lights is cool because of the venue and getting to see the Zoo at night.  Magical Winter Lights just has a parking lot, but the lanterns are really elaborate and there are a lot of them.  Plus, the live entertainment is good too!

So, if you really like holiday lights, learn more HERE!

 

 

 

 

 


Via Colori Street Painting Festival is November 18 & 19, 2017!

This weekend, two hundred artists will converge on the streets by City Hall to celebrate the artistic spirit of Houston and to benefit The Center for Hearing and Speech, a local non-profit that serves children with hearing loss…. at Via Colori Street Painting Festival!

In 2016 the festival attracted more than 25,000 attendees with its diverse art, music, activities and food and drinks. In 2017, you have a chance to experience for yourself!

Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, November 19, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Hermann Square at City Hall and the surrounding streets of McKinney, Bagby and Walker.

General admission is $10.

Get all the details HERE!


Try Out The Challenge Course at the Children’s Museum of Houston!

Have you seen the ropes course at the Children’s Museum of Houston? Located in the basement, The Challenge Course is free with museum admission..

Kids strap in to harnesses and then maneuver through the course. The front is relatively easy and the back is challenging even for the bigger kids.

To participate, kids must be between 5 and 15 years old, be between 42” and 64” tall and not exceed the maximum weight of 150lbs. The kids must wear closed toes and closed heeled shoes.

On a weekday after school, we jumped right on the course… BUT on weekends it can take forever to wait your turn. So, if you can swing it, go on a weekday!

My kids love ropes courses and usually ask to head to the big or little course at Moody Gardens for their birthdays.  This one is small but much closer and free… so I love it!

Check out the pictures:

 

 


Enjoy the weather, the trails and the nature play area at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center!

Address: 4501 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77024

Now that it’s not boiling hot in Houston, we’re getting back out to the urban trails! Most recently we went to the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center!

Right now the Arboretum is restoring the land on the northern portion, but there is still plenty of space open to hike and play… including in the nature playground!

The play area has moved to the east of the Nature Center and parking lot… but still has the great elements that my kids love.  There is a rope bridge, sandbox, tree stumps, rocks and blocks.

After we played we took off on the trails.  There is an inner loop and and outer loop… with trails like spokes connecting them.  It’s kind of like a wagon wheel… except it’s not round and wouldn’t roll!  See the map HERE.

The trails were well maintained and flat.  I had the baby in a carrier… but I could have used a jog stroller.  We did the loops and some of the “spokes” and stopped at just about every bench for a water and snack break (because you can never have enough water or snacks).

To make the hike a little extra fun, we found some trees to cross a dry creek bed.  (If you want a harder trail, where you have to climb over roots and ridges, try the Memorial Park trail next door.)

We saw a lot of families on the trails and we were not the only ones enjoying the nice weather.  After making the loop and playing again at the playground, we went inside to the Discovery Room and the restrooms.

The Arboretum is free to visit and there is a free parking lot.  On busy days, the parking lot will be full and you have to park at Memorial Park and walk over.

It was a great, cool, afternoon!  Check out the pictures!

 

 

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