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Houston Thanksgiving Parade Route 2018

The Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade is on November 22, 2018, at 9:00 am!  Parking will get tight, so consider going early or taking METRORail!

The parade is on the City Hall side of Downtown and the route is… Lamar at Smith, north on Smith, east on Walker, south on Milam, west on Pease, north on Louisiana, west on Clay, north on Smith and concludes on at Smith at Dallas.

See the map here:


Christmas Trains at Second Baptist for 2018!

One of our favorite things to do during the holidays is to visit the trains at Second Baptist!

This year the main location at Woodway is under construction… so the trains won’t be coming out… but it looks like you can find them at the South, West, North, Cypress AND 1463 campuses!

South – Beginning November 25, 2018
West, North, Cypress & 1463 – Beginning December 2, 2018

ANd the storytimes are coming back again!

Cypress: December 3, 12, 20, 2018
1463: December 5, 12, 19, 2018

Get all the details and addresses, HERE!


Things to do in Houston today, and this Thanksgiving weekend, with kids! November 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 2018

Make your plans for things to do in Houston, with kids, this Thanksgiving weekend!

On Thanksgiving Day, you can run the Turkey Trot, attend the HEB Thanksgiving Day Parade , skate on the ICE at Discovery Green and see lots of holiday lights!

All week long you can go to Magical Winter Lights in La Marque, Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo, Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens, Sugar Land Holiday Lights at Constellation Field and more!  And you can ride the Ride the Holiday Train at Hermann Park’s Kinder Station!

Or go see a show!  Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Main Street Theater is at MATCH, A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas is at Alley Theatre (save 20% with Discount Code SNOW) and The Nutcracker at the newly reopened Wortham Theater!  (And look for more discounts on shows HERE!)

For the full list of things to do, look below.

Things to Do Any Day:

Plan ahead for the holidays!  Here are all the shows, lights and festivals!
Houston Zoo Lights 2018: Beat the Crowds & Save Money at Houston’s Popular Holiday Event!
Trains Over Texas at the Houston Museum of Natural Science
Discount Tickets to Houston Holiday Shows for 2018
FREE Indoor Playplaces around Houston – There are a lot of FREE indoor places to play… with no memberships required!
Find a New Houston Area Park!
Houston Citywide Map: Things to do in Houston, with kids
Texas Roadtrips – Pack up the family and head towards Austin, San Antonio, Corpus Christi or Dallas… and stop at these parent recommended spots!

Thursday, November 22, 2018:

Turkey Trot– 7:30am – Galleria
HEB Thanksgiving Day Parade – 9:00am – Downtown Houston
Festival of Lights – 10:00am-9:00pm – Moody Gardens
Zoo Lights – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Houston Zoo
ICE – 11:00am-11:00pm – Discovery Green
Magical Winter Lights – 5:00pm-11:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Santa’s Wonderland– 6:00pm-11:00pm – College Station

Friday, November 23, 2018:

Texas Renaissance Festival Todd Mission, Texas
Festival of Lights – 10:00am-11:00pm – Moody Gardens
Mr. Popper’s Penguins – 11:00am & 2:00pm – Main Street Theater at MATCH
ICE – 11:00am-10:00pm – Discovery Green
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre (Save 20% with Discount Code SNOW)
Ride the Holiday Train – 5:00pm-7:00pm –  Hermann Park Kinder Station (Hours change, check pagefor extended hours.)
Holiday Market – 5:00pm-10:00pm –  Hermann Park (by Kinder Station)
Zoo Lights – 5:00pm-11:00pm – Houston Zoo
Magical Winter Lights – 5:00pm-11:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Sugar Land Holiday Lights – 6:00pm-10:00pm – Constellation Field
Santa’s Wonderland– 6:00pm-12:00am – College Station
The Nutcracker– 7:30pm – Wortham Theater

Saturday, November 24, 2018:

[Click HERE… for things to do Saturday through Wednesday]


Things to do in Houston today, and this Thanksgiving weekend, with kids! November 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 2018

Make your plans for things to do in Houston, with kids, this Thanksgiving weekend!

On Thanksgiving Day, you can run the Turkey Trot, attend the HEB Thanksgiving Day Parade , skate on the ICE at Discovery Green and see lots of holiday lights!

All week long you can go to Magical Winter Lights in La Marque, Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo, Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens, Sugar Land Holiday Lights at Constellation Field and more!  And you can ride the Ride the Holiday Train at Hermann Park’s Kinder Station!

Or go see a show!  Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Main Street Theater is at MATCH, A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas is at Alley Theatre (save 20% with Discount Code SNOW) and The Nutcracker at the newly reopened Wortham Theater!  (And look for more discounts on shows HERE!)

For the full list of things to do, look below.

Things to Do Any Day:

Plan ahead for the holidays!  Here are all the shows, lights and festivals!
Houston Zoo Lights 2018: Beat the Crowds & Save Money at Houston’s Popular Holiday Event!
Trains Over Texas at the Houston Museum of Natural Science
Discount Tickets to Houston Holiday Shows for 2018
FREE Indoor Playplaces around Houston – There are a lot of FREE indoor places to play… with no memberships required!
Find a New Houston Area Park!
Houston Citywide Map: Things to do in Houston, with kids
Texas Roadtrips – Pack up the family and head towards Austin, San Antonio, Corpus Christi or Dallas… and stop at these parent recommended spots!

Thursday, November 22, 2018:

Turkey Trot– 7:30am – Galleria
HEB Thanksgiving Day Parade – 9:00am – Downtown Houston
Festival of Lights – 10:00am-9:00pm – Moody Gardens
Zoo Lights – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Houston Zoo
ICE – 11:00am-11:00pm – Discovery Green
Magical Winter Lights – 5:00pm-11:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Santa’s Wonderland– 6:00pm-11:00pm – College Station

Friday, November 23, 2018:

Texas Renaissance Festival Todd Mission, Texas
Festival of Lights – 10:00am-11:00pm – Moody Gardens
Mr. Popper’s Penguins – 11:00am & 2:00pm – Main Street Theater at MATCH
ICE – 11:00am-10:00pm – Discovery Green
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre (Save 20% with Discount Code SNOW)
Ride the Holiday Train – 5:00pm-7:00pm –  Hermann Park Kinder Station (Hours change, check pagefor extended hours.)
Holiday Market – 5:00pm-10:00pm –  Hermann Park (by Kinder Station)
Zoo Lights – 5:00pm-11:00pm – Houston Zoo
Magical Winter Lights – 5:00pm-11:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Sugar Land Holiday Lights – 6:00pm-10:00pm – Constellation Field
Santa’s Wonderland– 6:00pm-12:00am – College Station
The Nutcracker– 7:30pm – Wortham Theater

Saturday, November 24, 2018:

Santa Surfs – Schlitterbahn Galveston
Texas Renaissance Festival Todd Mission, Texas
Art in the Park – 10:00am-12:00pm – Evelyn’s Park
Festival of Lights – 10:00am-11:00pm – Moody Gardens
Mr. Popper’s Penguins – 11:00am & 2:00pm – Main Street Theater at MATCH
ICE – 11:00am-11:00pm – Discovery Green
The Nutcracker– 2:00pm & 7:30pm – Wortham Theater
Santa’s Wonderland– 3:00pm-12:00am – College Station
Ride the Holiday Train – 5:00pm-7:00pm –  Hermann Park Kinder Station (Hours change, check pagefor extended hours.)
A Mozart & Brahms Thanksgiving – 7:30pm – Jones Hall
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre (Save 20% with Discount Code SNOW)
Skate with Santa – 5:00pm-6:00pm – ICE at Discovery Green
Holiday Market – 5:00pm-10:00pm –  Hermann Park (by Kinder Station)
Sugar Land Holiday Lights – 6:00pm-10:00pm – Constellation Field
Zoo Lights – 5:00pm-11:00pm – Houston Zoo
Magical Winter Lights – 5:00pm-11:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park

Sunday, November 25, 2018:

Santa Surfs – Schlitterbahn Galveston
Texas Renaissance Festival Todd Mission, Texas
Festival of Lights – 10:00am-9:00pm – Moody Gardens
ICE – 11:00am-8:00pm – Discovery Green
Sunday Family Zone – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
The Nutcracker– 2:00pm & 7:30pm – Wortham Theater
A Mozart & Brahms Thanksgiving – 2:30pm – Jones Hall
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre (Save 20% with Discount Code SNOW)
Santa’s Wonderland– 3:00pm-11:00pm – College Station
Ride the Holiday Train – 5:00pm-7:00pm –  Hermann Park Kinder Station (Hours change, check pagefor extended hours.)
Zoo Lights – 5:00pm-11:00pm – Houston Zoo
Magical Winter Lights – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Holiday Market – 5:00pm-10:00pm –  Hermann Park (by Kinder Station)
Skating with the Stars – 6:00pm-6:45pm – ICE at Discovery Green
Sugar Land Holiday Lights – 6:00pm-9:00pm – Constellation Field

Monday, November 26, 2018:

Festival of Lights – 10:00am-9:00pm – Moody Gardens
Ride the Holiday Train – 5:00pm-7:00pm –  Hermann Park Kinder Station (Hours change, check pagefor extended hours.)
Zoo Lights – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Houston Zoo
Magical Winter Lights – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Cheap Skate – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green
Holiday Market – 5:00pm-10:00pm –  Hermann Park (by Kinder Station)
Santa’s Wonderland– 6:00pm-11:00pm – College Station

Tuesday, November 27, 2018:

Festival of Lights – 10:00am-9:00pm – Moody Gardens
Mystery Book Club – 12:00pm – Library at Discovery Green
Ride the Holiday Train – 5:00pm-7:00pm –  Hermann Park Kinder Station (Hours change, check pagefor extended hours.)
Zoo Lights – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Houston Zoo
Magical Winter Lights – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
ICE – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green
Holiday Market – 5:00pm-10:00pm –  Hermann Park (by Kinder Station)
Sugar Land Holiday Lights – 6:00pm-9:00pm – Constellation Field
Santa’s Wonderland– 6:00pm-11:00pm – College Station

Wednesday, November 28, 2018:

Festival of Lights – 10:00am-9:00pm – Moody Gardens
Ride the Holiday Train – 5:00pm-7:00pm –  Hermann Park Kinder Station (Hours change, check pagefor extended hours.)
Zoo Lights – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Houston Zoo
ICE – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green
Magical Winter Lights – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Holiday Market – 5:00pm-10:00pm –  Hermann Park (by Kinder Station)
Sugar Land Holiday Lights – 6:00pm-9:00pm – Constellation Field
Santa’s Wonderland– 6:00pm-11:00pm – College Station
Rockets vs Mavericks – 7:00pm – Toyota Center

Looking for more to do in your part of town? Check out…

365 Things to Do in Houston for grown-up things to do.
Fun2Go Misters for things to do near Humble.
Mac Kid SW Houston for things to do in SW Houston, Missouri City, Sugar Land.
Woodlands Mommy for things to do around The Woodlands.
Gish Picks… Curated Culture for Kids and Adults


Top 12 Things to Do this Thanksgiving Week & Weekend, in Houston, with Kids – November 19-25, 2018

Make plans for another great week in Houston, with kids!  Here are the top things to do for Monday through Sunday, November 19-25, 2018.

You can also find the full list of events HERE!

1.-4.  All week long, see the lights!  Go to Magical Winter Lights in La Marque, Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo, Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens or Santa’s Wonderland in College Station.

5.  All week long, skate on the ICE at Discovery Green!

6.  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, go to  Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Main Street Theater at MATCH!

7.  Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, go to  A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas at Alley Theatre (save 20% with Discount Code SNOW).

8.-9. On Thanksgiving Day, you can run the Turkey Trot, attend the HEB Thanksgiving Day Parade , skate on the ICE at Discovery Green and see lots of holiday lights!

10.  Friday through Sunday, ride the Ride the Holiday Train at Hermann Park’s Kinder Station!

11.  Starting Friday, go to The Nutcracker at the newly reopened Wortham Theater!

12.  Starting friday, go to Sugar Land Holiday Lights at Constellation Field.

Or find the LONG list of holiday shows, events and lights HERE!

 


Things to Do in Houston, with Kids… Posts on BigKidSmallCity, Published November 10-16, 2018!

There are a lot of things to do in Houston, with kids, each week… and it can be hard to keep track of it all!

To help you find all the Houston resources, weekend events, Houston parks, kid friendly restaurants and things to do… here are all the updates from this week, November 10-16, 2018.

Weekend Events:

And you can always find the “Weekend Events” category HERE.

Things to Do Around Houston:

Give Aways:


Run at Moritz Pech Park!

Address: 1493 1/2 Moritz Dr, Houston, TX 77055

Another park brought to us by Fun2Go Misters… This week’s park is Moritz Pech Park!

This park has a little trail (.22 miles), picnic tables, free parking spots and a playground. There are a couple small playstructures and a couple swings.

This park is good for little kids and for families looking for a monkey bars and a place to run.

Look at the pictures!

 

 

Find more Houston area parks:


Give Away: A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas Family Four Pack!

Photo by John Everett

Houston’s seasonal favorite returns!

A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas at Alley Theatre is a family-friendly re-telling of Charles Dickens’ classic story, which follows Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey with the three ghostly spirits who visit him on Christmas Eve. A Christmas Carol instills a powerful message about redemption and the spirit of the holiday season.

You can see the show on November 16 through December 30, 2018 and it is suitable for general audiences (Age 6+).  The run time is 2 hours with a 15 minute intermission.

And we have a Family Four Pack to Giveaway!  One winner can select from the following shows:

Thursday, December 6, 2018 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 9, 2018 7:30 PM
Friday, December 28, 2018 2:30 PM
Friday, December 28, 2018 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 29, 2018 2:30 PM
Saturday, December 29, 2018 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 30, 2018 2:30 PM

Register to win below (or HERE)!

Contest Ends: Friday, November 23, 2018
Official Rules:


Houston Zoo Lights 2018: Beat the Crowds & Save Money at Houston’s Popular Holiday Event!

November 17, 2018 through January 13, 2019, the Houston Zoo closes at 4:00pm… only to reopen with millions of lights at 5:00pm.  Every evening, except December 19, 24 & 25, families can walk through the zoo until 10:00pm/11:00pm!

The earlier start time is new this year… along with a new route. The Wetlands, in the middle of the zoo, is still under construction so the lights weave a new way through the zoo.

Also, Santa is there this year (on select dates). Get you picture with him at the Twiga Cafe in the African Forest.

Go on November 26 for a special sensory-friendly Zoo Lights night for guests with sensory sensitivities and their family. On this night guests can expect a smaller crowd, quieter music, limited flashing lights and two designated quiet areas.

The least busy days are “value nights”, which are usually school nights. If you can swing it, go on a “value night” to have more room to move around and enjoy. If you cannot make a “value night”, go on a “prime night” instead!

Value Nights: Member $12.95 Non-Member $17.95
Prime Nights: Member $17.95 Non-Member $22.95
Children 1 and Under – FREE

Look for a discount with Groupon, HERE! Also scroll down for more discounts.

Buy tickets online or at the gate.

Right at opening there is usually a (fast moving) line to get in. If you buy your ticket online, you have a jump start.  Also, I’ve noticed that if you go at 8:00pm instead of 5:00pm, many of the families have gone home. (I know this is late for school nights!)

Food and drink is for sale… but remember that you can bring your own food in to the zoo… so if you bring your own popcorn and hot chocolate, that could save you some money.

Finally, know that the animals are sleeping so you won’t see many of them.  We just spotted some sleeping flamingos while we were there!

Whenever you go… have fun and send us your pictures!

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More Savings:

Group Ticket Discount: Purchase tickets for groups of 20 or more for a special price of just $15 each. (See your discount in your shopping cart.)

Military Mondays – December 3, 10, 17: Members of the military get special $12 admission. Purchase tickets online and use code Military18 and show your military ID when you arrive.

First Responder Tuesdays – December 4, 11, 18: Police, fire, and rescue professionals can enter for $12 on these nights. Purchase tickets online and use code Responder18 and show your professional ID when you arrive.

College Student Wednesdays – December 5 & 12: Texas college students get $12 admission. Use discount code College18 and show your student ID when you arrive.

Educator Thursdays – December 6, 13, 20: Teachers, school administrators and other educators get $12 admission. Use discount code Educator18 and show your educator ID when you arrive. Join on us Thursday, December 20 to kick off your holiday break!