Things to Do in Houston, with Kids… Posts on BigKidSmallCity, Published September 15-21, 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, September 15-21, 2018.


Weekend Events:

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

Things to Do Around Houston:

Houston Area Restaurants:

Playground, Trails and Fishing at Easton Commons Nature Park!

Address: 8440 Easton Commons Dr, Houston, TX 77095

Easton Commons Nature Park has a mile of trails, shaded playground, fishing and lots of flowers and trees.

At the playground, there are lots of slides and monkey bars.  At the pond, you can fish, with a limit of three.

All are welcome (according to the website)… check out the pictures from Fun2Go Misters!







Find more Houston area parks:

House of Bowls in Chinatown

Address: 6650 Corporate Dr, Houston, TX 77036

I always want to eat in Chinatown… but I am always overwhelmed by all the options.  If you walk just one block and you will pass 10 restaurants.

Lucky for us, friends have recommended House of Bowls so this is where we went back.

The restaurant has always been busy but on a Sunday afternoon, it was packed. We were seated quickly but the waitress did let us know that it would take at least 30 minutes to get the food.

I appreciated the information and we put our order in quickly. Fried rice, beef and noodles and rice cakes.

The waitress was nice enough to tell my daughter that the rice cakes were an acquired taste… just to be sure we really wanted them. Apparently we really did and we sent the order in.

The food came and the entrees were huge. They all could have been shared two or three ways.

In the past we had always gone with a huge group and I had never realized how far the food went… but the orders are really big, making the price pretty reasonable!

The restaurant is nice but not especially fancy. Parking is free in the lot (but it can get full!).

Find more to do in Chinatown, HERE!

Find more Houston area restaurants:

Where in Houston? Reptile & Amphibian House at the Houston Zoo!

Yesterday I asked where in Houston this picture was from. It’s from the Reptile & Amphibian House at the Houston Zoo!

Scholarship Opportunity Young Women Energized 2018!

Young Women Energized!

The Women’s Energy Network of Houston sponsors five $2,000, one-time awards to exemplary high school senior girls from the Greater Houston area. WEN is committed to introducing high school students to careers in energy through its programs, helping to fuel the industry’s need for top talent in the future.

Eligible applicants are female, graduating high school seniors from the Greater Houston area with exemplary academic records and demonstrated leadership potential. Eligible applicants must plan to attend an accredited four-year university in the Fall after the award is made.

Winners will be notified via phone and mail by WEN’s Scholarship Panel, and acknowledged at WEN’s Annual Young Women Energized event to be held November 13, 2018, at Houston Baptist University, Morris Cultural Arts Center, 7502 Fondren Road, Houston, Texas 77074, from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Get the details HERE!

Video: Favorite Things to Do in Houston, with Kids, September 20-26, 2018!

Here are my favorite things to do in Houston, with kids, for September 20-26!  Watch the clip below, or go HERE.

To help you navigate, here are some links mentioned in the video:

Where in Houston?

Where in Houston was this picture taken?

East End Street Fest – Saturday, October 20, 2018

The East End Improvement Corporation announces the 2018 East End Street Fest. This colorful Houston community festival will be FREE of charge and promises to continue to draw thousands to Houston’s birthplace.

Throughout the day, festival goers will experience a Craft Beer Garden and two music stages with more than a dozen bands of various genres including GRAMMY Award winners Flaco Jimenez and Augie Meyers and their original TEX MEX Band. Also, the highly-acclaimed Spanish Rock band from Houston, The Glass!

Multiple food, arts and crafts vendors will fill the three-block area of the Navigation Esplanade. Artists will showcase dance, music, fitness and martial arts exhibitions in the Heritage Zone.

Other activities will feature a large kid zone with rock climbing, mechanical bull rides, moonwalks, a petting zoo and more. Additional festival features include a charging zone for mobile devices, a bike valet for cyclist and a food court with plenty of local eatery options.

All are encouraged to attend.

WHERE: 2800 Navigation Boulevard (Between St. Charles Street and Delano Street)

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. 12pm-10pm.

Visit the website for more information:

Things to do in Houston today, and this weekend, with kids! September 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 2018

Swing into hay bales, slide down hills, race around the pedal bike course, feed the animals, go fishing and more.  The Fall Festivities and Pumpkin Patch open this weekend at Blessington Farms!

Take your train lovers to Fall Fun Fest at the Rosenberg Railroad Museum.  See the museum, ride the trackless train, see the model steam engine displays and enjoy the bounce house, games, face painting, music and crafts.

This weekend is also the Smithsonian’s Free Museum Day.  There are several participating Houston museums… just print a free ticket HERE.

Next week, take the little kids to Toddler Tuesday: Cooking with Henry and Ellibelly at Discovery Green.  Listen to the story and stay to play at the park!

For the full list of things to do, look below.  And get ready for FALL with ALL the festivals, farms and pumpkin patches planned for September and October, HERE!

Things to Do Any Day:

Fall Festivals and Farms!
FREE Indoor Playplaces around Houston – There are a lot of FREE indoor places to play… with no memberships required!
Houston Citywide Map: Things to do in Houston, with kids
Things to do in Galveston, with kids – Beaches, museums, parks and restaurants to visit in Galveston!
Texas Roadtrips – Pack up the family and head towards Austin, San Antonio, Corpus Christi or Dallas… and stop at these parent recommended spots!

Thursday, September 20, 2018:

Free Museum Entry – Museum District
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.
Family Storytime – 10:00am – Levy Park

Friday, September 21, 2018:

Children’s Story Hour – 10:00am-11:00am – Hermann Park
Astros vs Angels – 7:10pm – Minute Maid Park
River Oaks Chamber Orchestra: Season 14 Opening Concert – 8:00pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre
Freedom Division Series – Constellation Field

Saturday, September 22, 2018:

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

Curious George: The Golden Meatball at Main Street Theater, September 30 – October 27, 2018

Everyone’s favorite curious little monkey and his friend in the yellow hat are coming to Main Street Theater in a delightful musical!

All-You-Can-Eat Meatball Day comes just once a year, and George always helps his friend, Chef Pisghetti, cook delicious meatballs and serve them to the hungry crowd. But this year, the crowd has vanished!! Determined to help his friend, George leads the audience through a fun-filled adventure where he learns about Rome, friendship, and the “secret ingredient” to cooking!

MATCH, Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston, 3400 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Weekend Family Performances:
Sundays at 12:30pm and 3:30pm
September 30 & October 7, 2018
Saturdays at 11am and 2pm
October 13, 20 & 27, 2018
Open to the Public

Sunday, September 30 at 3:30pm
Sensory-Friendly Performance

Saturday, October 27 at 11am
Audio Described Performance

Saturday, October 27 at 2pm
ASL Shadow Interpreted Performance

Kids must be 3 or older to enter the theater.