NOW FULL – BigKidSmallCity, The Scone Artist & Houston Mother’s Blog Meet Up: Fancy Tea Party – August 15, 2014 – 10:00am – At Gallery Furniture

Gallery Furniture Horse Ride
**UPDATE: NOW FULL.  To get an email announcing future Meet-Ups, go HERE.***

The Scone Artist, HoustonMothersBlog and BigKidSmallCity are SO EXCITED to meet at Gallery Furniture for an ALL NEW event.  Bring your FANCIEST LITTLE FRIENDS to the FANCY TEA PARTY Meet-Up on Friday, August 15, 2014 at 10:00am.

Wear your FANCIEST costume, outfit or (costume) jewelry, or just come make a FANCY crown at the event.  Your FANCY kids will get to make their own FANCY place card, decorate their own FANCY crown, sit at the FANCY table and enjoy FANCY Scone Artist scones and tea (or juice).  After their FANCY tea party, they can take a ride in the ROYAL buggy behind FANCY FRAENZY the horse.

Since we’ll be at our favorite Gallery Furniture, kids are also invited to play in the giant playplace, meet the monkeys and exotic birds and eat unlimited free lunch, cookies and ice cream!

Our last meet ups at Gallery Furniture were WILDLY popular and we have the great opportunity to do it again!  

Would your kids like to be FANCY on Friday August 15?   Gallery Furniture is hosting this giant tea party Meet-Up for the BigKidSmallCity, The Scone ArtistHoustonMothersBlog communities.  AND IT’S FREE!

Grab your kids and meet us at Mattress Mack’s I45 Gallery Furniture location, at 6006 North Fwy, Houston, TX 77076, on Friday, August 15, 2014 at 10:00am.  If you want to join us you must:

1. Fill out the form below. (Or HERE.)
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, August 15, 2014, at 10:00am. 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.



What can toddlers and preschoolers look forward to, in Houston, once school starts? You asked us!

Dicovery Green Toddler Tuesday
What can Houston’s preschoolers and toddlers look forward to with the big kids back in school?

By Labor Day, the big kids will be back in school and the toddlers and preschoolers can rule Houston during the day.  This usually means fewer lines at venues around town and events geared just for the little ones.

Some things to look forward to are:

  • Toddler Tuesday will return to Discovery Green in September. It’s not posted to their website yet, but Toddler Tuesdays should return on September 2 and last for about 10 weeks.  Get ready for another series of story times, crafts and characters at Discovery Green.
  • Free Entry Thursday in the Museum District will become manageable again.  With few people around, take some time on Thursdays to explore the museum district!
  • Miller Outdoor Theatre has posted their Fall schedule.  There are many 11:00am children’s performances that are free to attend!
  • BigKidSmallCity Meet Ups – If all goes well, we’ll continue a series of BigKidSmallCity Meet Ups.  Sign up if you want to be notified!


Beyond the Beltway: Bayou Wildlife Zoo in Alvin, Texas

Camel at Bayou Wildlife Park
Address: 5050 FM 517, Alvin, TX 77511
Cost: Adults: $20, Kids: $10, Free Under 2, Call for Group Rates

Our Beyond the Beltway adventure for this week was actually the BigKidSmallCity meet up at Bayou Wildlife Zoo in Alvin! Thanks so much to everyone who came out for this; we had a great time and hope you did too!

Osterich Eating
For those of you who missed it, the main attraction at Bayou Wildlife is the tram ride through the 86-acre property where exotic wildlife is allowed to roam. Not only do you get to see these animals up close, but you can even feed most of them. Buckets of food are available for purchase and many of the animals will come up and stick their heads right into the tram looking for food!

Feeding Animals at Bayou Wildlife Park
We saw a rhino, zebras, deer, water buffalos, wildebeests, camels, llamas, Watusi cattle, giraffes, ostriches and emus as well as many more types of animals on our safari-like trip. Watch out for those ostriches though, they really like their food! Also be sure to check out the tongues on some of those cattle; they are huge!

Osterich at Bayou Wildlife Park
[Read more...]



Exotic Birds (on heads), Monkeys (eating our popcorn), Horse & Buggy Rides, Beads, Crayons, Markers, 5 Slides, 75 Pizzas, 200 kids & 5,000 Selfies (on a giant chair).

A big thank you to Houston Mother’s Blog and Gallery Furniture for organizing another giant meet-up! The BigKidSmallCity community had the great opportunity to play big with Gallery Furniture today. We had exotic birds on our heads, monkeys eating our popcorn, horses pulling our buggy, tables of crafts, tons of pizza, ice cream, cookies and a load of fun.  Check out the video below and look at the Houston Mother’s Blog for more pictures!

To be notified about the next Meet-Ups, via email, go HERE.

 

Gallery Furniture Bird on Heads
 

Gallery Furniture Bouncing
 

Gallery Furniture Birds and Smile
  [Read more...]



NOW FULL – BigKidSmallCity Meet Up: Fire Station 8 Tour – August 23, 2014 – 10:00am

Fire Station 8 Maxime
**UPDATE: NOW FULL.  To get an email announcing future Meet-Ups, go HERE.***

Calling all junior fire fighters! BigKidSmallCity is touring Fire Station 8, in Downtown, on August 23, 2014 at 10:00am. This is Houston’s biggest fire station (and maybe the nicest!).  On our last tour, we had the opportunity to meet the fire fighters, sit in the truck, spray the fire hose and tour the station!  Join us as we do it again!

Since this is an active station, keep in mind that: “If for any reason the assigned station is unable to participate due to an emergency response call, you may not receive advance notice of their absence. If the station receives an emergency response call during the scheduled activity, they are required to proceed to the emergency, but will make every effort to return upon completion.”

During the last tour, the truck left for a call and came right back. All the kids got to see the fire fighters suit up and head out! Just be ready to have the outing not go perfectly as planned!

If you want to join us on August 23, 2014 at 10:00am, you must:
1. Fill out the form below.
2. Be one of the first 25 to respond. Spaces are very limited! 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 little fire fighters to Fire Station 8 in Downtown on August 23, 2014 at 10:00am. (1919 Louisiana , 77002)
4.  The event is FREE. Feel free to bring a homemade card or some goodies if you want to thank the fire fighters.
5. Make every effort to attend. Since spaces are so limited, we want as many little fire fighters to get a chance as possible. If you need to cancel, email me at Jill @ BigKidSmallCity.com.



Main Street Indoor Park at First Methodist Downtown – Visiting Houston’s Parks, One Week at a Time

Train at Main Street Indoor Park
Address:  First Methodist Houston Downtown, 1320 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002
Cost:  Free!  Parking is also free at the designated parking lot.
Hours:  Tuesdays – Wednesdays – Thursdays, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Appropriate Age:  Kids 5 years and younger

We’re reviewed Main Street Indoor Park before, but since we’re in the middle of hot wet Houston summer, I’m reviewing it again!

Main Street Indoor Park Puppet Show
The Main Street Indoor Park is part of the First Methodist Downtown Campus and is open to the public, Tuesday through Thursday mornings.  It’s a small indoor playground and is designed for kids 5 and under.  (My older boy has been allowed the visit too, but stayed off the equipment.)

Main Street Indoor Park Shtore Fronts
The little park is one big room, surrounded by several small classrooms.  Each classroom door is decorated like a Main Street storefront and the park is the town center, complete with soft turf, lamp posts and park benches.  It is the cutest little space AND it’s closed off so kids can run off.

Main Street Indoor Park Play Structure and Slide
In the middle of the park is a small play structure that looks like a train!  There are just two small slides, but the train makes it very cool.  Kids can climb in the train, under the train and down the slides.  They can also play in the grass and play hopscotch.

Main Street Indoor Park Hopscotch
The park isn’t huge, but it is very nicely maintained, air conditioned and has bathrooms.  If you have young kids, you should try it out one morning.

Main Street Indoor Park Turf
When you go, pay the meter on the street in front of the church, or find free parking in the “reserved” spots in the lot at Travis and Polk.  When you walk in the front doors, you’ll be right by the park.

Main Street Indoor Park Slide
 



Adair Kitchen – Our Search for Houston’s Best Restaurants for Kids

Adair Kitchen Shrimp and Goat Cheese Salad
Location: 5161 San Felipe St Houston TX 77056
Age Appropriate: All ages!
Price: $-$$

Hi, I’m Juliette! My husband, my 6-year-old and I love going out to eat and we are sharing our restaurant finds with you.

If you are like me, this is our second month of summer vacation and I’m craving adult conversation! So we decided to meet my husband for lunch last Monday!

We are very pleased to say that this week’s review actually beat the odds to succeed. Adair Kitchen is located at the corner of a small shopping center at San Felipe and Sage and over the last 8 years we have seen several restaurants open and… close, Tex-Mex, Asian fusion, sandwich… Nothing seemed to work. So when my husband and I first went to Adair Kitchen, we crossed our fingers for them and 3 years later… it is doing great!

Adair Kitchen
The restaurant is country chic with a cute pig as a symbol. Your kids will love the huge, really huge pig on the wall. The dining room is spacious, bright, comfortable and welcoming. The right side has a huge board with the different menus and the bar where you order. There is a long curvy couch that is sure to make the little ones excited! Their bathroom is as spacious and clean as you would hope.

Adair Kitchen Pig
Their offerings are simple American food and all their ingredients are fresh and healthy. My husband and my son ordered hamburgers with fries (you could choose fruit) and I had the shrimp and goat cheese salad. The hamburgers came with the lettuce and tomato on the side and the condiments are on the table. Their fries were nicely seasoned. My salad was as delicious as it was appetizing. The shrimp was very tasty and the goat cheese was not overwhelming.

Adair Kitchen Burger and Fries
The decor, ambiance and great food make Adair’s Kitchen a great place for you and your family and one small bonus, parking is easy and aplenty!

See you next week for another culinary adventure!

Adair Kitchen on Urbanspoon



Beyond the Beltway: Dairy Ashford Roller Rink

Address: 1820 S. Dairy Ashford, Houston, Texas 77077

When a friend told me she was going to the Toddler Skate session at the Dairy Ashford Roller Rink I immediately decided we had to try it too! This session is only for kids ages 7 and under and adults with them, so I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to try out skating without getting run over by lots of big kids.

Dairy Ashford Roller Rink WallsF
As soon as we arrived, though, I started to have some doubts about the wisdom of our plan. Apparently Toddler Skating isn’t just for roller skates. The people in line around us had brought scooters, small tricycles, and even miniature grocery carts! Turns out that bicycles and motorized vehicles are not allowed, but pretty much anything else with wheels is fair game!

Dairy Ashford Roller Rink Stoller SkateF
Despite my concerns we paid our $5 per person and went in to get our skates. A short while later we were laced up and ready to roll! Well, sort of roll. At first it was more like inching along the wall! My friend Alex saved the day by bravely venturing out, on skates, with her 10 month old in a very stable stroller. All four big kids (two five year olds and two 7 year olds) immediately latched on to her and the stroller and it was hysterical!

Dairy Ashford Roller Rink SkatemateF
A short time (and many falls!) later the kids were starting to get a little more comfortable on their skates. They still didn’t want to get too far from me or Alex though, so I decided to rent a Skatemate for them to use. A Skatemate is a PVC pipe contraption that is kind of like a walker on wheels. The kids hold on to it as they become more comfortable balancing and it prevents most of the falls, although a few times they managed to take it down with them! After taking turns on the Skatemate all of the kids became comfortable enough to venture out a little further on their own.

[Read more...]



Skip the line… Get the seats your kids are clamoring for… All for free with a standard Hermann Park Membership.

Hermann Park Train in Trees Close
On the second Saturday of each month, we march past all the antsy kids waiting for the Hermann Park train, show our membership card and ride for free.  We get to select our seats first and I never have to hear, “But we waaaaaanted THAT seat on the train.”, because we’ve already got it.

Many Houston families have a membership to the Houston Zoo, and maybe to the Children’s Museum or Museum of Natural Science…  Why not get a membership to Hermann Park and ride the train all year long?

A family membership is $50 and pays for itself in less than 2 months.  Membership includes:

  • 4 Free Train Tickets ($13.00 Value)
  • 1 Pedal Boat Ticket ($10 Value)
  • Free Monthly Train Rides ($156 for a family of 4.  Bigger savings for bigger families!)

This is a value of $179 and it doesn’t even capture the value of being able to skip to the front of the line and select the seats you want!  You get to ride for free once a month, and have this fast pass every singe busy day, including summer, holidays and weekends!

More membership benefits include:

  • Access to the Member Express Line for the train at Kinder Station
  • 10% off merchandise in the Conservancy Gift Shop
  • 10% off orders in Pinewood Cafe

AND your membership supports a fine Houston park.  Your $50 keeps the park running smoothly (and keeps it clean and fixes what’s broken and provides the perfect urban oasis for Houston).

I receive no compensation for promoting the memberships, but as you can tell, I’m quite passionate about it.

If you purchase a family membership to Hermann Park, I’ll give you a special gift.  At the August 6 Hermann Park Celebration,  BigKidSmallCity will give your kids a conductors hat and bandanna to wear around the party and take home!  Either purchase the membership online (and come find me at the event) or purchase it there.   (Picture is below!)

If you get your family membership at the August 6 event (or online), you will get to:

  • Skip the line ever busy day of the week (including during the busy $1.71 train ride day on August 6)
  • Come back on August 9 to ride all day for free!
  • Walk around with cute little conductors wearing this hat and bandanna!

Support our fine park and get your membership!

Hat and Bandanna



Brummerhop Park – Visiting the Houston Area Parks, One Week at a Time!

Address:  2520 Repsdorph, Seabrook, TX 77586

When the kids and I were down in Seabrook on our Pelican Path Scavenger Hunt we stumbled upon Brummerhop Park. What a great find this was!

Brummerhop Park Fish Monkey Bars
The single play structure isn’t like any I’ve seen before. It has a lower side for younger kids and a higher side for older ones, but what makes it so unique is that the two sides are connected by a fish! As you walk through the fish the plastic is actually molded to look like fish bones! The kids quickly figured out that there are “secret” monkey bars on the underside of the fish too.

Brummerhop Park Rock Wall
A challenging rock wall is another way to get up to the top, and the kids were delighted to find that the top platform looks like the interior of a treehouse. The first time my son went up he yelled down “Mom, there is a built-in seat up here just for me!” I’m not really sure why he was excited to be sitting down after spending 45 minutes or so in the car, but he certainly liked it!

Brummerhop Park Tree House Seat
[Read more...]