Halloween Montster Mayhem at the Children’s Museum of Houston… Now through October 31, 2018!

Something spooky this way comes to the Children’s Museum of Houston!

There are spine-tingling experiments, spirit-lifting activities and slime-filled fun during the Halloween Monster Mayhem, now through October 31, 2018.

Meander your way through the Museum in search of goblins, goodies and goo!

Set out on a trick-or-treat quest every day from 4:00pm to 6:00pm on weekdays, 4:00pm to 8:00pm during Free Family Night Thursdays and all day on weekends through Halloween night!

We went trick-or-treating on a Friday at 5:00pm and it was not very busy at all.  We got through all the stations in 20 minutes and were able to play until closing.

You can also get slime-soaked during the 2nd Annual Slime-Off! on October 27, 2018.  (Space is limited and pre-registration is required.)  We did it last year and it was a messy and fun!

And go back on October 31, 2018 to the Halloween Monster Mash Bash (open till 8:00pm)!


Sign up for a FREE gymnastics class at H-Town Elite… & win a FREE month of classes!

At H-Town Elite Gymnastics, girls and boys can participate in recreational and competitive gymnastics in a brand new gym and with great coaches.

We have taken lots of classes at H-Town Elite and my kids (both boys and girls) love it.  My big girl wants to be Simone Biles, my boys like tumbling and learning stunts for their own kid produced movies, my and my toddler just likes jumping and rolling and being just like the big kids.

NOW you can take a FREE class at H-Town Elite AND be entered to win a month of free preschool classes.

Preschool programs are available to boys and girls ages 2 plus and are taught by a patient and understanding Coach. Classes range from 30 – 50 minutes long and meet once a week.

Your child will learn important lessons such as how to coexist in a class setting with other children, how to take and wait for their turns and get stronger and more confident at the same time. Students will use scaled down versions of Olympic Gymnastics equipment, and learn basic versions of skills learned by the best gymnasts in the world with the flexibility in curriculum to allow each student to progress at their own pace.

If you have a preschooler, sign up here for a FREE class the week of October 22, 2018. AND, for those that register will also be entered to win a month of free classes!

(Weekend classes and classes for older kids are also available with a free trail, but you need to contact H-Town Elite directly to see what is available! Reach them at 713-955-5427 or contact@htownelite.com!)

Sign up for your free class below (or HERE!).

 


Zoo Boo at the Houston Zoo… Beat the Crowds and Find Parking

Zoo Boo started today!  On Friday, Saturday and Sundays through Halloween, you can take your costumed kids to trick-or-treat, play games and decorate (tiny) pumpkins at the zoo.

Zoo Boo is included with zoo admission… and can get crazy busy.

To beat the crowds, try to go on Fridays during the school day… or arrive right at opening on any day.

If you are a Zoo Member, you can enjoy an extra hour of Zoo Boo on Saturday, October 20, 2018. The Houston Zoo will open at 8:00am so Members can get an early start on your favorite Zoo Boo activities, including the Whataburger Pumpkin Patch, the Monster Mural, and, course, candy!

On any day after 9:00am, parking will be a problem.  If you get there after 9:00am, skip the zoo parking lot (G & H).  Cars are circling and you need to win the lottery to get a spot.

Go straight to the parking lot by the Centennial Gardens and Health Museum (C).  The Lot C entrance is farther from the zoo (so most people don’t see it) but once you park, walking to the zoo is easy.

If Lot C is full, try paid street parking by the Health Museum or even by the Museum of Fine Arts.  In my opinion, pushing a stroller from the museums is much more pleasant than fighting the traffic right by the zoo entrance.

 

 


Fry Road Park… Playground, trail and a police station right next door.

Address: 19818 Franz Rd, Katy, TX 77449

How about a park with a playground, trail and restrooms… and a police station right next door? That’s what we found at Fry Road Park.

See the pictures from Fun2Go Misters!

This playground has some traditional play structures, monkey bars, swings, bucket swings and a fun hippo (like at the zoo).

The park has a lot of trees but the playground is in full sun. Also, right next to the park is a police station, so it felt safe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Free Indoor Playground at Humble First Baptist

Address:  19901 Townsen Blvd, Humble, TX 77338

Fun2Go Misters has been searching all over the Houston area for FREE indoor playgrounds… and this is on the list!

Humble First Baptist‘s playground was damaged by Harvey… but it has reopened!  The playground is free for kids 12 months to 5th grade, but you have to reserve a spot.

From September through May, the playground will be available for open play on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons from 1-4 p.m (but check the hours before you go!).

Thirty spots are available per session and reservations can be made one week ahead of time.

Check out the pictures and find more FREE indoor Playgrounds HERE!

 

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Give Away: 4 More Tickets to Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festivities at Blessington Farms!

Blessington Farms is open for the fall season… AND BigKidSmallCity has MORE tickets to giveaway!  If you want to win 4 tickets to the farm, good for any day during the 2018 Fall season, sign up below!

Enjoy hay rides, giant slides, barrel train rides, pedal cars, pumpkin patch and animal encounters.  Dig for fossils, pick flowers, swing into the hay, go fishing and more!

Admission: $20 (children 24 mos. and under are free).  All activities are included except flower picking, camel and bird feedings ($3 each) and gems for Gem Mining (prices vary).  Fishing is free (bring your own pole, barbless hook and bait).  Most pumpkin varieties are $0.50/lb.

Hours: September 22nd – November 10th….every Friday from 9:30-3:30 as well as Saturday AND Sunday (in October only) from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (weather permitting).

Register to win below (or HERE).

Contest Ends: Monday, October 8, 2018
Official Rules:  https://www.bigkidsmallcity.com/official-contest-rules-190/

Update:  Congratulations to Paola P!


Give Away: Thinker Membership to the Children’s Museum of Houston!

Something spooky this way comes to the Children’s Museum of Houston!  And to celebrate, we’re giving away one family Membership to the Children’s Museum of Houston!

A myriad of magic, mystery and monsters have maneuvered their way into the Museum for three weeks of Halloween!

Come partake in spine-tingling experiments, spirit-lifting activities and slime-filled fun during the “Halloween Monster Mayhem” from new extended start date Oct. 9 to 31, 2018.

Meander your way through the Museum in search of goblins, goodies and goo!

Set out on a trick-or-treat quest every day from 4 to 6 p.m. on weekdays; 4 to 8 p.m. during Free Family Night Thursdays; and all day on weekends through Halloween night!

Unleash the monsters that lurk in the walls! Go on a digital monster hunt using Augmented Reality on your mobile device every day! ($5 fee)

Get slime-soaked during our 2nd Annual Slime-Off! on Oct. 27 – Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Move your bones to funky tunes at our spooktacular Halloween Monster Mash Bash on Oct. 31 (open till 8 p.m.)

Get the details HERE… and register to win the membership below (or HERE).

Update:  Congratulations to Jimmy M!

Official rules: https://www.bigkidsmallcity.com/official-contest-rules-189/
Contest ends:  October 5, 2018


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!

 

 

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Not far from Houston… but away from it all… Thousand Trails Colorado River in Columbus, Texas!

We were celebrating something BIG in our little Petite Retreat cabin at Thousand Trails Colorado River. We had TWO birthdays last week!

We got to do all the fun camping things… but we got to come home to beds and plumbing.

We’ve now been on several camping (and glamping) trips, and this is what I’ve discovered about campgrounds:

  1.  No one looks at you like you sideways when you say you have four kids.  They are not really surprised and they don’t think you should pay for two hotel rooms.
  2. Campgrounds are generally more reasonably priced than hotels, but with a lot of things to do.
  3. Camping (and glamping) is a great way to connect.  Even with the cabin amenities, everyone is within arms reach and everyone is working together on dinner and campfires and hiking and fun.
  4.  Cabins let us do all the fun outdoor camping activities, but come home to showers and beds.

Thousand Trails invited us out and we found it right on the Colorado River… and with trails, a pool, fishing, mini golf, playground, basketball, volleyball, activity center and more.  Not only this, but there are deer everywhere and armadillos roaming around.

The activity center might have been the kids favorite spot.  It’s old and a lot like the activity centers at state parks or like grandma’s house… it needs an update but is incredibly clean and tidy.

We played a dozen games of pool, table tennis and air hockey.  In the kids room, there are games, toys and dozens of DVDs and VHS tapes.  My 9 year old was fascinated by the VCR (with tracking and rewinding and all things VHS) and watched old Disney movies.

The activity center is also where we found a little library, exercise center and staff.  The staff was very friendly and  helpful and happy to see us when we ran in during the rain storms.

The kids and I also went swimming at the pool, played mini golf went for a hike, played basketball and pickle ball and surveyed the old damage from Harvey.  (The water covered the buildings in the back half of the campground!)

At Thousand Trails, some people stay for the season and some people stay for a few nights.  The cabins are all clustered together with a common firepit and we quickly made friends with the kids next door.

(Also, there was a wood fire burn ban when we visited, but the cabin had a propane grill for our dinner.

If you want to rent the cabins, more tips are below:

  • There are two sizes.  One sleeps 4 and another sleeps 6.  Ours was the small cabin and we were cozy… but the point of the trip was to be outside anyway!
  • The mattresses and pillows are covered in a slick cleanable cover and linens are provided.
  • The cabins are air conditioned and heated with a kitchenette, bathroom and satellite TV.  A propane grill is outside.
  • Thousand Trails also has spaces for tents and RVs.
  • Soap and shampoo is provided.
  • Towels are provided.
  • The kitchen is fully stocked with pots and plates and silverware… but you need to wash and return everything you use!
  • The campgrounds have a lot of things to do!  Hiking, fishing, playgrounds, games in the activity center, basketball, volleyball, pickleball, mini golf and more!
  • If you have room in your car, bring bikes and balls so you have even more to do!
  • The really cool campers seem to bring rope lights to decorate their cabins, RVs, golf carts and bikes… and one of these days we’ll be the cool campers!
  • The campgrounds are pretty close to I10, so you can get groceries/gear if you forget anything.
  • See the video of the cabin:

If you need a list of things to bring, here’s what we packed:

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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!

Location:
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.