Eat at the Fresh Café at the Children’s Museum of Houston

Address: 1500 Binz St, Houston, TX 77004

Here’s the truth… we haven’t spent much time at the Fresh Café at the Children’s Museum of Houston.  We are at the museum all the time, but despite the cafe’s name, I did not realize you could get anything fresh or healthy.

The Children’s Museum of Houston invited us out to prove us wrong… and they did.

Located right in the main hallway, the cafe is open almost all day.  You order at the counter, take your seat and the food comes to you.

There are hamburgers, veggie burgers, chicken tenders and fries… but there are also items like salads, sandwiches and wraps.

I had the red quinoa spinach salad and the kids had a little of everything… including some ice cream.

The food was all very good, the service was fast and the restaurant was clean.  The restaurant was very busy but service was quick and the guests all seemed happy.  And, this was probably the easiest museum district lunch we’ve had.

It turns out that the Fresh Café does have fresh and healthy (and vegetarian and kid friendly and…) options!



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Video: Favorite Things to Do in Houston, with Kids, August 16-22, 2018!

Here are my favorite things to do in Houston, with kids, for August 9-15!  Watch the clip below, or go HERE.

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

Your S.E.C.R.E.T. Mission Awaits at the Children’s Museum of Houston

Address:  1500 Binz, Houston, Texas 77004

Can you spot the S.E.C.R.E.T. Agent?

We were saving the Children’s Museum of Houston by picking  up codes and restoring order to the Children’s Museum!

Use critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity to uncover clues and solve puzzles… as a Secret Agent on a mission! The museum “hired” my secret agents to defeat the evil scientist Vex… and we completed the S.E.C.R.E.T. Mission last week.

The Museum was under siege and R.I.V.A.L. was attempting to steal the power from our crystals.  The kids took on the challenge and uncovered clues, cracked codes and outsmarted the villains!

If your kids want to be secret agents, here is what you need to know:

  • You can learn about the museum-wide “exhibit” HERE.
  • S.E.C.R.E.T. is designed for kids 8 and older.
  • You need to wear comfortable shoes.  These missions take you all over the museum!
  • We’ve now done three missions… and they seem to change a little each year.  There were new problems to solve this summer.
  • The Children’s Museum is INSANELY busy over the summer.  The cool thing about the Mission is that it’s a good way to visit the museum and to BEAT THE BUSY.  The mission control headquarters is only open to the Secret Agents, so it is not crowded.  Also, as you run around the museum collecting clues, you have very specific tasks and are not trying to compete with the other visitors and field trips in Kidtropolous, the rock wall or the other exhibits.
  • There are several different missions, so even if there are lots of secret agents at the museum, you do not bump into too many of them.
  • Each mission comes with book, museum map and gear.  The kids really do feel like spies, with a special wrist codex that unlock doors and log the agents into computers… plus other gear depending on the mission.
  • The missions are a good way to get the big kids interested in the museum again.
  • Each mission takes about one hour to complete.  We stopped for $1 ice cream bars, by the playground, so it took us a little longer!
  • General museum admission is $12 and free for members.  The first time you do a mission, it costs $20 to get the gear and do the mission.  If you go back for more, the new mission is $10 if you reuse your wrist codex.

If you have a secret agent that wants to uncover clues, crack codes and outsmart the villains, check out S.E.C.R.E.T.!


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Things to do in Houston today, and this weekend, with kids! August 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 2018

Make your plans for a great weekend in Houston, with kids!

Take the family to Game Night at the Houston Zoo.  This is the last Evening Chill of the summer!

Cheer for the DashDynamo and the Texans.  Or go see Park People, which has moved to the other side of downtown.

Next week, get Buy One Get One Free Admission to the  Downtown Aquarium.  Bring your coupon to Two for Tuesday and get access to the aquarium, the stingray tank and all the rides.

For the full list of things to do, look below. To plan out your summer, HERE are all the events planned through August!

Things to Do Any Day:

Stay Cool this Summer… FREE Houston Splashpads, Pools & Air Conditioned Venues – Look here for FREE Splashpads, Pools, Beaches and Indoor Air Conditioned Venues!
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, August 16, 2018:

Park People – Houston Center Downtown
Free Museum Entry – Museum District
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.
Skeeters vs Patriots – 7:05pm – Constellation Field

Friday, August 17, 2018:

Park People – Houston Center Downtown
Fly in for Storytime – 9:30am – Lone Star Flight Museum
Family Game Night – 5:00pm – Houston Zoo
Dash vs Spirit – 7:30pm – BBVA Compass Stadium

Saturday, August 18, 2018:

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

Top 10 Things to Do this Week & Weekend, in Houston, with Kids – August 13-19, 2018

Make plans for another great week in Houston, with kids!  Here are the top things to do for Monday through Sunday, August 13-19, 2018.

You can also find the full list of events HERE … and ALL the Summer Break Fun, HERE!

1.  All week long, Stay Cool with FREE Houston Splashpads, Pools & Air Conditioned Venues.

2.  All week long, go see the Park People at Houston Center.  The monochromatic, interactive Lego brick sculptures are seated on benches, waiting for you to sit next to them.

3.  Monday through Thursday, cheer for the Skeeters at Constellation Field

4.  On Tuesday, bring your coupon to Two for Tuesday at the Downtown Aquarium.  Get buy one get one free admission to the aquarium, the stingray tank and all the rides.

5.  Tuesday and Wednesday, cheer for the Astros at Minute Maid Park.

6.  On Thursday, enjoy the Free Museum Day in the museum district.

7.  On Friday, Fly in for Storytime at the Lone Star Flight Museum.  When you arrive on time for storytime… you get a big discount on museum admission!

8.  On Friday, cheer for the Dash at BBVA Compass Stadium.

9.  On Friday and Saturday, take the family to Game Night at the Houston Zoo.  This is the last Evening Chill of the summer!

10.  On Saturday, cheer for the Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Things to Do in Houston, with Kids… Posts on BigKidSmallCity, Published August 4-10, 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, August 4-10, 2018.

Weekend Events:

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

Things to Do Around Houston:

Houston Restaurants:

Ice cream scoops at the Blue Bell Creamery and swimming at the Blue Bell Aquatic Center!

Address: 1101 S Blue Bell Rd, Brenham, TX 77833 & 1800 E Tom Green St, Brenham, TX 77833

Ice cream scoops at the Blue Bell Creamery and swimming at the Blue Bell Aquatic Center!

The best part about this pool was that with a quick swim test, all the big kids (even the one under 48″) could do the big slide!

The ice cream themed pool also has monkey bars (rope), little slides, beach entry, indoor pool and more.

Oh, and there is a big Buc-ee’s Travel Center between Houston and Brenham!

The City of Brenham’s Blue Bell Aquatic Center has three pools and one playground.  All can swim (including non-residents) for a fee.  For us, everyone was $5 except the one year old was $3.

The complex has an indoor six lane pool (which is open to all until lap swim hours), a heated therapy pool and a great outdoor pool.

Outside there is a lot of shaded seating, concession stand and a lot of fun activities.  And kids over 48″ can do it all… and kids over 42″ can do it all with a quick swim test by the head guard.

Right by the pool is a shaded playground!  See more pictures below!

Just down the street from the pool is the Blue Bell Creamery.

Here you can stop by the visitor center, see the factory from the observation deck and get $1 scoops of ice cream! Check the hours before you go… because they change by season and day of the week.

See more pictures below!  And while you are in the area, go to Fireman’s Park.  There is a beautiful shaded playground and a carousel (with limited hours).





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Recommended by the locals and away from the tourists… Mosquito Cafe Galveston

Address: 628 14th St, Galveston, TX 77550

Recommended by the locals and away from the tourists is Mosquito Cafe in Galveston!

The restaurant is in the East End of the Historical District in a resorted 1870 building.

At Mosquito Cafe, they have fresh, homemade food and a lot of gluten free options.  You order at the counter, select a table and the food comes to you.

We went on a Friday evening and the restaurant was full.  There was a quick moving line to the cashier, a friendly woman taking our order and when our group was too big for the small tables of 4, the staff gave us the reserved table in the corner.  (Apparently it was just waiting for our big group to come through!)

Our chicken sandwich, veggie burger and kids meals came pretty quickly and was very good.  My kids even commented on how fresh the vegetables were.

The restaurant was way too crowded for too many pictures…  just know that the food was very good and the restaurant was casual, clean and inviting!

The only thing to know is that it gets crowded and for big families, you might want to call to reserve a table at peak times.

And while you are in Galveston, find lots of things to do with kids, HERE!



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