Things to do in Houston today, and this weekend, with kids! December 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 2018

Plan out your weekend, in Houston, with kids!

See a show! Go to Home Alone—Film with Live Orchestra at Jone Hall, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at Theater Under the Stars, The Nutcracker at Wortham Theater or A Christmas Carol at Alley Theatre.

See the lights! Go to the Christmas Village at Bayou Bend, Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo, Magical Winter Lights at Gulf Greyhound Park or Sugar Land Holiday Lights at Constellation Field.

Or go skating! Go to the ICE at Discovery Green on any day… or Skate with Santa on Saturday.

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

Things to Do Any Day:

All the holiday shows, lights and festivals!
Full list of things to do in Houston, with kids, November 2 – January 7
This is the time to visit Discovery Green… ICE, Art & Giant Gingerbread!
Magical Winter Lights in La Marque… Now through January 6, 2019!
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
Schlitterbahn Galveston Indoor Waterpark… Play All Day without the Summertime Crowds!
Good Places to Take Family Photos in Houston
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, December 13, 2018:

Free Museum Entry
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.
Festival of Lights – 10:00am-9:00pm – Moody Gardens (Value Day)
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
Christmas Train– 6:30pm-9:30pm – Alvin
A Nightmare Before Christmas – 7:00pm – Discovery Green
Rockets vs Lakers – 7:00pm – Toyota Center
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 7:30pm – Alley Theatre (Save 20% with Discount Code SNOW)
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast– 7:30pm – Theater Under the Stars
Potted Potter – The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff – 7:30pm – Hobby Center (Look for discount tickets HERE!)

Friday, December 14, 2018:

Festival of Lights – 10:00am-9:00pm – Moody Gardens
ICE – 11:00am-10:00pm – Discovery Green
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
Christmas Village at Bayou Bend – 5:30pm-10:00pm – Bayou Bend
Sugar Land Holiday Lights – 6:00pm-10:00pm – Constellation Field
Christmas Train– 6:00pm-10:00pm – Alvin
Santa’s Wonderland– 6:00pm-12:00am – College Station
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 7:30pm – Alley Theatre (Save 20% with Discount Code SNOW)
The Nutcracker– 7:30pm – Wortham Theater
Home Alone—Film with Live Orchestra – 7:30pm – Jone Hall
Potted Potter – The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff – 7:30pm – Hobby Center (Look for discount tickets HERE!)
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast– 8:00pm – Theater Under the Stars

Saturday, December 15, 2018:

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


Top 15 Things to Do this Week & Weekend, in Houston, with Kids – December 10-16, 2018

Make plans for another great week in Houston, with kids!  Here are the top things to do for Monday through Sunday, December 10-16, 2018.

You can also find the full list of events HERE!

1.  On Monday, be a Cheap Skate at Discovery Green!  (Skating is discounted.)

2.-5.  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 Sugar Land Holiday Lights at Constellation Field.

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

7.  Tuesday through Saturday, go see Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at Theater Under the Stars.

8.  Tuesday through Sunday, go to Potted Potter – The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff at Hobby Center.  The last time we saw it, my kids laughed so hard their sides hurt. (Look for discount tickets HERE!)

9.  Wednesday through Sunday, go to the Christmas Village at Bayou Bend.  There are thousands of lights and activities for all ages throughout the 14-acre estate

10.  On Thursday, enjoy free admission in the  Museum District!

11.  Thursday through Sunday, go to  A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas at Alley Theatre (save 20% with Discount Code SNOW).

12.  On Friday, go to Home Alone—Film with Live Orchestra at Jones Hall.

13.  On Saturday, watch Santa Land at Lone Star Flight Museum.

14.  On Saturday, go to  Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Main Street Theater at MATCH!

15.  On Saturday, Skate with Santa on Saturday.  You’re probably not surprised to learn that the man in red is a pretty good ice skater.


Give Away: Family 4 Pack of Tickets to the ICE at Discovery Green!

Discovery Green has an outdoor ice rink! The ICE powered by Green Mountain Energy uses recycled water from Kinder Lake to create the largest outdoor skating rink in the Southwest.

Skates come as small as size 8 and there is a ICE Box for kids under 4 to give skating at try!  (My toddler is a size 6, but we made the size 8 skates work for some time in the ICE Box.)

Also, if you are a non-motorized wheelchair user, you are welcome to enjoy the rink in your own wheelchair.

The ice is open every day and you can get all the details HERE.  You can also find schedule updates on the Discovery Green website, in the banner across the top, or call 713.434.RINK (7465).  (Know that the rink will close when it’s too hot or too wet!)

Regular admission is $15 and includes tax and skate rentals.   AND 1 family will win 4 tickets to the ICE (for Monday through Thursday)!  To win, register below (or HERE).

After you skate, go see the interactive art and giant gingerbread around the park!

Contest Closes:  Friday, December 14, 2018
Official Rules:


850 Pounds of Sugar, 800 Pound Gingerbread, 1,000 Pounds of Dark Chocolate and 725 Pounds of White Chocolate… The Gingerbread House at Hilton Americas Houston!

What is 7.6 Million Calories and includes 990 Eggs, 650 Pounds of Butter, 850 Pounds of Sugar, 800 Pound Gingerbread, 1,000 Pounds of Dark Chocolate and 725 Pounds of White Chocolate? And took 1,850 Man Hours to build?

It’s the giant gingerbread house at Hilton Americas next to Discovery Green… and it’s up now! The display is free and in the lobby!

Stop over for a hot chocolate at the Starbucks in the lobby and enjoy the Christmas tree and giant gingerbread house.  Then walk to Discovery Green and Avenida Houston for the Loop and Gust (interactive art displays) and skate at the ICE!

 

 

 


Things to Do in Houston, with Kids… Posts on BigKidSmallCity, Published December 1-7, 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, December 1-7, 2018.

Weekend Events:

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

Things to Do Around Houston:

Give Aways:


Reserve Your Free Voucher Now… for Astros FanFest on Saturday, January 26, 2019!

On Saturday, January 26th, you can go to Astros FanFest from 11:00am-4:00pm where you can find your favorite players, alumni and broadcasters!

FanFest is the official kick off to the 2019 season and has something fun for the whole family including autograph sessions, photo opportunities, games and more!

Astros FanFest is FREE, however, all fans must have an admission voucher to enter FanFest.  Get it HERE!


This is the time to visit Discovery Green… ICE, Art & Giant Gingerbread!

I love Christmastime around Discovery Green!

There are art installations, a giant gingerbread house, the ice rink and lots of places to eat.  We park once and spend the evening at the park.

If you head downtown during the holidays, here are the things to do… and look below for a map:

 

1.  Gust at Discovery Green (Free)

Walk along the promenade and see a whole lot of pinwheels.  You can “be the wind” and make them all spin.

There are four stations where you can play with the art. Each one has a single pinwheel on top of it, and if you blow it you will activate a powerful fan which will spin all the pinwheels in front of it. At night, the installation is illuminated by patterns of light, which respond in real-time to the changing direction of the breeze.

 

2.  Giant Gingerbread House at Hilton Americas (Free)

What is 7.6 Million Calories and includes 990 Eggs, 650 Pounds of Butter, 850 Pounds of Sugar, 800 Pound Gingerbread, 1,000 Pounds of Dark Chocolate and 725 Pounds of White Chocolate? And took 1,850 Man Hours to build?

It’s the giant gingerbread house at Hilton Americas next to Discovery Green… and it’s up now!  The display is free and in the lobby!

 

3.  Starbucks at Hilton Americas

The hot chocolate at the ICE is $4… so if your kids are going to insist on it, I’d bring your own or stop by Starbucks in the Hilton Americas.  The small size won’t be much cheaper, but you can get a steamed milk or hot chocolate and enjoy it by the Hilton Christmas tree or Giant Gingerbread House.

 

4.  ICE at Discovery Green ($15/person)

Each November, Kinder Lake is drained and replaced by the ice.  There is a large rink for all to enjoy, as well as a toddler rink for the littlest ones to practice.  Parents can hold the little hands from the edge… so you only have to wear skates if you want to!

Skates come as small as size 8. (It used to be smaller!) If your kids want to skate and you don’t want to… you only have to pay for the kids.

Ice skating at Discovery Green will be open through January 2019.  Look for weekly events, including Cheap Skate Nights and Skate with Santa, on the BigKidSmallCity Events List.

 

5.  Art at Avenida Houston at the George R Brown (Free)

This street was a construction zone for a long time… but since the Super Bowl, it is the coolest strip of art and restaurants.  Go see the musical fountain and LOOP!

 

6.  Where to Eat by Discovery Green

If you’re hungry, HERE are kid friendly restaurants by Discovery Green!

 

7.  Lights on Main Street (Free)

The streets along Main Street are all lit up with holiday lights… so as you drive out of downtown, take a look!

 

8.  City Hall Christmas Tree (Free)

This would be a long nighttime walk from downtown… but as you leave downtown, drive by to see the tree by City Hall!

 

Find more lights, shows and events around Houston, HERE!


Sign Up for Winter Break Camp at Main Street Theater!

In a couple of weeks, schools will be out… and if you need something fun and constructive for the kids, sign up for Main Street Theater camps.  Sign up for one, two or three days!

In these turbo camps, you will create a play in a day! Starting at 9:00am with their best brainstorming, students will create an original play (plus all their props and costumes) to share with their classmates before carpool.

Ages: 7 – 12
Days: Dec. 21, 2018; Jan. 2, 3 & 4, 2019
Hours: 9am – 3:30pm
Location: MST – Rice Village
Daily Fee: $70/day

Get all the details HERE!


Video: Favorite Things to Do in Houston, with Kids, December 6-11, 2018!

Here are my favorite things to do in Houston, with kids, for December 6-11!  Watch the clip below, or go HERE.

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


Where in Houston? Cockrell Butterfly Center at Houston Museum of Natural Science!

Yesterday I asked where in Houston this picture was taken. It’s from the Cockrell Butterfly Center at the Houston Museum of Natural Science (n the stairwell up to the top floor)!