Outdoor Roller Rink at Discovery Green! March 3-25, 2017

DG Roller Rink SmallThis year when the ICE is closed for the season, we get to see something brand new at Discovery Green… a roller rink!

I used to go to a small town roller rink, every Friday night, as a tween… and I am so excited to take the kids to Houston’s first outdoor roller rink.  For more information, go HERE!

When: March 3-March 25, 2017

Opening Night: March 3 from 6-10 pm
Celebrate the opening of Houston’s First outdoor roller rink featuring favorite roller rink tunes from the ‘50s through the ‘90s. Catch performances by The Allen Oldies Band, Light Rock Express, Xanadudes, an energizing Roller Derby Girls skating demo & more!

Prices: $12 per person on-site (Roller skating tickets include skate rental, or you can choose to bring your own four-wheel or in-line skates.)

Where: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney, Houston, TX 77010


Kid Friendly Houston Super Bowl Activities – January 28 – February 5, 2017

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Houston has been buzzing with Super Bowl talk for months… and suddenly the big event is here!

The city will certainly be busy for the next couple weeks and there are parties, concerts and events all over the place.  If you want to be a part of the excitement, many of the events are family friendly.

Here are family friendly Super Bowl events (and HERE are all the Houston events!):

NFL Experience – January 28-February 5, 2017 – George R Brown – $25+
Interactive games, youth football clinics, merchandise from NFL Shop, player autograph sessions and more.  This is pro football’s interactive theme park and your chance to be a part of the game… without having to purchase game day tickets.

Super Bowl Live – January 28-February 5, 2017 – Discovery Green – FREE
A FREE nine-day fan festival in downtown Houston celebrating Super Bowl LI. It features live music and performances, interactive exhibits, great food and a 90-foot tall virtual reality trip to Mars. With so much to do and so many great performances, there is something for everyone who visits.

Budweiser Clydesdales – January 30-February 5, 2017 – Anheuser-Busch Tour Center – FREE
The brewery will host the iconic Budweiser Clydesdales as part of Super Bowl celebrations. Guests will have daily opportunities to see these gentle giants up-close and take photos. The Budweiser Clydesdales hitch team, with red wagon in tow, will parade around the brewery grounds Feb. 4 and 5.

Budweiser Clydesdales Photo Opportunities: Monday, Jan. 30 through Sunday, Feb. 5: 11 a.m. to Noon & 3 to 4 p.m. (except Friday Feb. 4)
Hitch Team Parade on Brewery Grounds: Saturday, Feb. 4 and Sunday, Feb. 5: Noon to 2 p.m.

Super Bowl Opening Night –January 30, 2017 – Minute Maid Park – $20+
Super Bowl Opening Night is the first time the players and coaches meet with the media in Houston.  Fans are invited to watch media from all over the world interview the Super Bowl players. There is also live musical performances from premiere talent, special appearances and autographs by NFL Legends, cheerleaders and team mascots and a Red Carpet fan photo opportunity.

In It To Win It – February 4, 2017– Children’s Museum of Houston – Included in General Admission ($12)
The Children’s Museum of Houston will score a win for Houston families in celebration of Super Bowl LI. You’re invited to tackle tough numbers and celebrate football along with its well-played calculations.

Super Bowl LI – February 5, 2017 – NRG


Rodeo Houston 2017: Things to Do with Kids, Entertainment, How to Beat the Crowds & Save Money

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I love when Houston starts buzzing with Rodeo Houston excitement!  Whether you go for the rodeo, the concert, the livestock show, the carnival, the food or the shopping… here are the the insider tips we’ve collected over the years!

As we get updates on any 2017 changes, we’ll post them.  If you have updates, let us know!

  • 2017 Dates:  Rodeo Houston – March 7-26, 2017
  • Insider Tips: Where to park, where to find the least busy attractions, where to find the best deals and where to find the best restrooms!  (And NEW in 2016:  Portable restrooms around the park!)
  • The Best Deals on Food at Rodeo Houston:  You can get a hotdog for $3.00… and also a bottle of water for $4.00.  See the eating overview HERE.
  • How BKSC does the Rodeo (daily), without spending a fortune: Here’s our past review of the Rodeo… Season Pass, Value Wednesday, Cheap Transportation, Lots of Free Activities and the Most Reasonable Refreshment at Rodeo.
  • Indoor Activities: The rain keeps the crowds away… so go see THESE indoor activities on wet days!
  • Free Activities: Once inside the gates, there are A LOT of free things to do with kids!
  • General Admission: You only need one ticket… Either a concert ticket or general admission ticket.  So, if you are attending the concert, do not buy these general admission tickets. Adult (Ages 13 & over): $10, Child (Ages 3 – 12): $5
  • Season Pass: If you plan to go several times, check out the season pass for general admission.  This is $25 for anyone older than 2 years old and is good for general admission for all 3 weeks.
  • Value Wednesday: Save money by going on Wednesdays!  $10 Value Wednesday Rodeo/Concert Ticket (includes NRG Park admission), $5 Value Wednesday NRG Park General Admission, Free Value Wednesday NRG Park Admission (for seniors, 60 and over, and children, 12 and under).  On Wednesday, kids carnival rides are $2.00.  (The tickets at the rodeo are $0.50 each. On value Wednesdays, the discounted (kids) rides will be changed to “4 tickets” – presale tickets and/or onsite tickets.)
  • Half-Price Carnival TicketsIf you plan to go crazy on the rides, this can get expensive.  Pre-order carnival tickets for half price!
    • If you have questions about half-price tickets or would like to purchase them, contact Rodeo Houston Volunteer, Cathy, at Herricane05 @yahoo.com or go HERE.
  • METRORail:  METRORail is only $1.25 and free for kids 5 and under.  This is a lot cheaper than parking at NRG, and, my favorite part is, it drops you off right at the front door of NRG!
  • Entertainment Lineup: The rodeo takes place right before the concert… and strollers are allowed!

Memorial Park Green Ridge Trail

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Address: Memorial Dr & S Picnic Ln, Houston, TX 77007

I thought we had checked Buffalo Bayou off the to-do list with Buffalo Bayou Park… but it is really really long… and there are so many trails along it.

A few weeks ago we hiked the Memorial Park Green Trail… and we LOVED it.  Unlike the wide jogging trail along Memorial Drive, this one follows Buffalo Bayou and goes up and down, through trees and over water on log bridges.

So we headed back to try the Memorial Park Green Ridge Trail.  (See the map below.)

Memorial Park Multi Use Park
This one starts close to the street and then goes closer to the bayou (but not on the water).  It’s multi-use, so there were some bikes, some hikers… and on the day we went… a whole lot of mud.

We had to tip-toe around several spots, but it was still easy enough for an adventurous 5, 7 and 9 year old… and I could do it with a baby on my chest.  (But a stroller would be tricky here, even without the mud!)

Memorial Park Wood Path
We did a lot of walking, climbing, tip-toe-ing and then we stopped for a little picnic.  (My kids had decided we needed to bring a bag full of snacks for this hour long hike.  I almost tried to talk them out of it, but I do like snacks.)

Memorial Park Pepper Picnic
The green trail was well marked and was a little easier to follow than the blue trail.  The hike was not quite as adventurous (and there was no log bridge over water), but still a lot of fun.

Like the last trip, I suggest bringing the trail map on your phone or paper.  Also, since there is no viability from the street, I would bring another adult with you.

Memorial Park Trail Mud
We parked close to the Memorial Park picnic area (for free, on the south side of the Memorial Drive).  Also, because of a past trip to Memorial Park (with broken car windows), we were certain to not leave any jackets or blankets or anything that looked valuable in the car.

Check out the pictures… and check out this hiking in the middle of Houston!

 

Memorial Park Jill and Baby
 

Memorial Park Trail by Street
 

 

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Discount Tickets to Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story at Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land

This one might not be for kids… but I bet some parents would like to see Dirty Dancing, on stage in Sugar Land!

Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story On Stage is January 20-22, 2017 at Smart Financial Center in Sugar Land.  Tickets are $45-$100… but affiliate Goldstar has tickets for $34.08 – $71.51.

Dirty Dancing
Get all the details HERE!

Friday January 20, 2017 / 8:00pm | $34.08 – $71.51
Saturday January 21, 2017 / 2:00pm | $34.08 – $71.51
Sunday January 22, 2017 / 8:00pm | $34.08 – $71.51


Body Worlds RX: Prescriptions for Healthy Living at The Health Museum

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Body Worlds RX: Prescriptions for Healthy Living is open now through April 23, 2017 at The Health Museum and is included in general admission. Here there are more than 75 real human specimens that have been preserved through the process of Plastination.

And here’s the thing… my kids do not like scary things. They refuse to see the mummies at the Natural Science Museum and steer clear of anything spooky or gross.

So, when we packed up and went to the opening night of Body Worlds RX, I was not confident it would go well.

Body Works RX Hand
So, this is what happened…

The new exhibit is right near the entrance of the museum, but not visible from the main hall. My boys waited outside while I took the (brave) girls through.

And, Body Worlds RX is a lot more like a science lab than a cable crime show. Nothing is gruesome and you will see much worse things on most evening shows. Still, it is real… which is the trouble with the mummies at the other museum… so I still had a couple kids that chose not to walk through.

Body Works RX Projector
A lot of families had kids in the exhibit, and it was very educational… so look at the pictures below and decide if your own kids would like to visit.

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Coupon Code for Monster Jam at NRG Stadium Houston – February 11 & 18, 2017

Monster Jam Coupons
Monster Jam is coming back to NRG Stadium! If you want to see (and hear) these giant trucks, Chick-Fil-A has a coupon!

You can save “Up to $10 on Tickets”. Pick up your coupon at Houston area Chick-Fil-As or use code “SAVE10online.

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The fine print says: Savings coupon can be used towards purchase of one reserved seat ticket. Limit ten savings coupons per transactions. No double discounts. Must be redeemed at the time of ticket purchase. Savings ocupon has no cash value and cannot be sold. Tickets are subject to availability. Other restrictions and exclusions may apply. Tickets at market pricing. Offer excludes day of show. Savings will vary by price level. Savings applies only to the market price of tickets at point of purchase. Redeem offer at ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000 with offer ocde Save 10 or NRG Stadium Box office.

NRG Stadium | February 11 and 18, 2017

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Also, the January 7 show was rescheduled to February 12.  I assume the coupon code will work for this day as well… but you will need to try it out!

I don’t know what the exact savings will be, since it says “up to $10”, but if you use the coupon, please tell us how it works for you!

 

Thank you to Nicki for this coupon tip!


Tupelo Park in The Woodlands

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Address: 240 West Tupelo Green Circle, The Woodlands, TX 77389

We drove around this big water way on a brisk but sunny afternoon.  When we pulled up to the playground at Tupelo Park, we saw families playing soccer in the big lawn, big kids on the basketball court and little kids on the equipment and thought it looked like a commercial for The Woodlands.

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Tupelo is a big “area” park in The Woodlands township.  It has 2 play structures, a spider web, restrooms, ball fields and courts, pavilions and even fishing.  Parallel parking spaces are available on the street.

We love spider webs and were very happy to climb and balance and play here for a long time.  We also like monkey bars and found some on the big play structure.

Here was a group of tween boys playing video games (and apparently they did not get the notice about park being the perfect image for a commercial), but they happily moved when we came over to use the bars.

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This park is great for sports, walks, playing and picnics.  Take a look at the pictures!

Also, since this is called an “area park” by The Woodlands, I did some research to be sure we could visit. According to the park rules,  “All parks of the Township shall be open for public use under such reasonable rules, regulations and policies as prescribed by the Township.”.  Also, the pavilions and facilities can be reserved by residents and non-residents for a fee.

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Houston Marathon & Half Marathon Route Information – January 15, 2017

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Photo Credit: Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau
Find the 2017 Houston Marathon route HERE and see where to watch HERE!  If you don’t plan to cheer on the runners… still be ready for the street closures, HERE!


Discount Tickets for STOMP at Jones Hall on February 12, 2017

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STOMP is coming to Jones Hall on February 12, 2017 at 7:00pm… and some discount tickets are available!

Everyday objects — matchboxes, hubcaps, brooms, buckets, garbage cans and pretty much anything else you can think of — become vehicles for brilliant music and unique rhythms, all performed by an energetic eight-person troupe that dances and pounds their away across the stage.

Full price tickets are $30.00-$68.25, but check affiliate Goldstar for $25.50 – $40.50 tickets. Find them HERE!


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