From Toddlers to Adults… Everyone Can Enjoy the ICE at Discovery Green! Now through January 21, 2019

The ICE at Discovery Green!

For years I took my young kids to skate at the toddler rink while I stood on dry land.  Then a few winters ago, I was brave enough to try the ICE.  We all did a lot of wall-holding… but now the entire family looks forward to winter at Discovery Green!

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.  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 21, 2019.  Look for weekly events, including Cheap Skate Nights and Skate with Santa, on the BigKidSmallCity Events List, HERE!

ICE Rink Admission is $14 and includes skate rental and tax.  Cheap Skate is $8.
General admission: $11 admission. $4 skate rental. (Tax Included)
Members: $11 (Free skate rental)
Group Rate: $13 includes tax and skate rental (Parties and groups request)
Cheap Skate Night: $15 for 2 or $8 for 1. Not available during school holidays.
Find discounts HERE.

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 5-10 pm (Fridays open until 11pm)
Saturday & School Holidays*: 11 am-11 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 8 pm
Thanksgiving Day: 11 am-11 pm
Christmas & New Year’s Eve: 11 am-7 pm
Christmas & New Year’s Day: 1-7 pm
MLK Day: 11 am – 10 pm (Jan. 21)

School Holidays (HISD) include: Nov. 19-23; Dec. 24-28 & 31; Jan. 1-4 & 21
The ICE rink hours will be affected by private events 12/16, 1/13 and 1/20.

Also, while you are skating, stop by the awesome GUST, LOOP and the Giant Gingerbread House at the Hilton.  Find all the Houston holiday events, HERE!


Basketball, Tricks and Shenanigans… The Harlem Globetrotters in Houston, February 2019!

Have you seen the Harlem Globetrotters? Last year, I took my kids and my parents… and everyone was very entertained. Even the toddler was excited to watch the basketball and the funny interactions with the crowd.

The game is 4 quarters… but while time is running down, the players stop to pull in the crowd. There is one break at halftime and after the game, the players stay on the court for autographs.

The Harlem Globetrotters will be playing Fertitta Center at UH: February 15-17, 2019.  And you can use code SAVE30 to save 30% on tickets to see the Globetrotters.

Fertitta Center at UH
Friday, February 15 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, February 16 @ 7pm
Sunday, February 17 @ 3pm

Get tickets HERE!


Feed Giant Tortoises, Alligators & Crocodiles at Crocodile Encounter!

Address: 23231 County Rd 48, Angleton, TX 77515

Crocodile Encounter has alligators, crocodiles, tortoises and so much more. The tour guide feeds the big alligators and crocodiles, but you get to feed the rest!

Down Highway 288 and away from the big crowds is a wild experience for the whole family. We’ve been a few times, and each time it is a hit with the kids.

Crocodile Encounter is on a big plot of land that looks just like the others… until you go into the building, buy tickets, carrots and alligator food, and start your tour through the back door.

Your tour guide takes you to feed the tortoises and to throw pellets in for the alligators… and then they take care of feeding the really big alligators and crocodiles!

My favorite part is always feeding the giant tortoises… and all the kids got involved. We gave half our bag of baby carrots to the tortoises… and my toddler ate the rest. Turns out we could have saved them for the goats and other mammals at the end of the tour… but my girl was too hungry.

In the winter, some of the reptiles are indoors and some our outside… and we got to see both spots. In the summer, the gators are warmer and more active… but the tour is also hotter for the people!

Also, if you were a fan of Blanco from the Houston Zoo.. you can now see him at the Crocodile Encounter.

At the end, we got to see touch a snake, lizard and alligator… and then we got to take a picture was the baby alligator!

Look at the pictures and learn more HERE!

 

 

 

 

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Sugar Land Holiday Lights… Now through January 1, 2019!

The holiday lights are back at Constellation Field! I am so glad that Sugar Land Holiday Lights invited us out this year and we made the drive to Sugar Land at dusk.

This festival is at Constellation Field (where the Skeeters play).  The stadium walk way and the field is filled with 2.5 million lights… plus the playground and basketball courts are open, there is food and drink for purchase, Santa is onsite and there is a carnival in the parking lot.

We went on a Sunday night and at opening, there was a short line out the front door.  Within minutes we made our way in and rushed through the lights once… and then did a second lap to make sure we saw it all!

On the second trip around we played at the basketball court and playground, made s’mores ($5), played yard games, did the light maze and stopped to see Santa (pictures for $20+).

The Santa village is very well done and, to get my toddler to agree to seeing the big scary Santa (he’s not actually scary!), we all posed for a picture!  AND this is my favorite story…

We took our Santa photo as a family and bought the digital photo on the USB stick.  When we got home, the stick was empty… but there was an email address inside.  I emailed the festival… and they replied, apologized and sent the photo!  This might just be the only full family photo for Christmas 2018!

This festival has a lot of lights… and there is less of a maze than Zoo Lights but it’s also less of a zoo.  The crowds we not too crazy and we had plenty of room to play and explore.  And my baseball lover thought it was great to go down to the field (on the path around the grass) and to sit in the dugouts!

The carnival rides are extra… but the all-you-can-ride wrist band is $10 (which is cheaper than other light festivals).  We did not do the carnival, so I can’t comment more!

Strollers are okay… and there is room for pushing them.

General admission is $14 for adults, $12 for kids. Parking is free. Get all the prices HERE.  Sugar Land Holiday Lights is open daily through January 1, 2019, including holidays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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!

Update: Congratulations to Ineke M!

Contest Closes:  Friday, December 14, 2018
Official Rules: https://www.bigkidsmallcity.com/official-contest-rules-200/


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!

 

 

 


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!


Play at Marrs-Satsuma Pocket Park!

Address:  11305 Marrs Drive, Houston, Texas 77065

Another week, another park! This week’s park is Marrs-Satsuma Pocket Park from Fun2Go Misters!

This little park has a lot to do for little kids… and some good monkey bars and equipment for the bigger kids. Check out the video:

There is free parking around the park. Note that there is no restroom.

Also, closeby is Barwood Park that is only for residents… but this one is a Harris County park and is open to all.

 

 

 

 

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