Revival Market – Our Search for Houston’s Best Restaurants for Kids

Location: 550 Heights Blvd 77007
Age Appropriate: All ages!
Price: $$

Revival Market
Hi, I’m Juliette! My husband, my 6-year-old and I love going out to eat and we are sharing our restaurant finds with you. Our weekly reviews are really a family affair: my husband is usually the one that feels like…Mexican or a hamburger, my son checks that it is kid-friendly and I take the pictures – even though I sometimes have to reconstruct plates because we have started eating!

We go out to eat once a week, maybe twice so we carefully choose where we go because we only have one go!

So last Saturday, as we are heading out for a new family-friendly restaurant, it looked like any other time BUT… in the garage, my son fell so hard getting into the car. He screamed, I held him and checked for blood. He didn’t bleed but got scared and really hurt.

We get in the car anyway and are heading to meet friends in the Heights… on the way, my poor son is still crying and suffering. As we drive by the restaurant, it looks full and it is impossible to park – so we make the only smart decision we could think of: we cancel.

But we are still hungry… and luckily we drive by Revival Market, at Heights Blvd and White Oak Bayou.  I had been intrigued by it and it looked perfect for us at that moment!

Inside Revival Market
It is a really special and unique place: a butchery, small grocer and cafe… organic and local. There is a small patio and some tables inside. The shopping carts are made of recycled water bottles.

Our son just sat down as my husband and I browsed their vegetable, cleaning products, dairy and frozen section and then ordered. I have to admit I have not checked for a bathroom, sorry about that.

Meatball Sandwich
We ordered a garden salad, a charcuterie plate and a meatball sandwich to share. It was fresh, well served and all was delicious. We ate fast…listening to the whimpers of our son, by that time we felt barely hungry… just ready to take him home.

Garden Salad
So, I really like the concept of the place, it reminded me of small shops in Europe where you go and buy what they have that day. We told each other that we will go back in happier circumstances!

Revival Market is great for a healthy lunch or dinner or even a snack, with the added bonus of a small grocery market.

See you next week for another culinary adventure!

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Miller Outdoor Theatre

Address:  6000 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, Texas

Cost:  Free

Appropriate Age:  Any Age

Our Review:  Miller Outdoor Theatre offers an 8 month season of professional entertainment for free.  Performances include music, dance, films, plays and many children’s performances.  Guests can sit in the covered seating area or sit on the hillside.  All performances are family friendly and a few squeaks from your kids won’t ruin the show. Go HERE for the performance schedule.

Miller Outdoor Theatre is located in Hermann Park with the Houston Zoo, playgrounds, pedal boats, train, trails, splash pads and more.  There is a lot of free parking, but it can fill up on nice days when all of Houston is at the park.

As much as we love Hermann Park, it took me a while to warm up to Miller Outdoor Theatre.  It seemed a little too good to be true.  I was sure that there had to be a catch… maybe the performances weren’t absolutely free, or maybe the shows were not very good, or maybe my kids would not be interested.

Still, my kids fell in love with Main Street Theater this summer and I decided it was silly not to try out the free children’s theater in the middle of museum district.

In the heat of the summer we went to see Hansel and Gretel.  To my surprise, the fans in the covered seating area kept us cool and we were very comfortable in the shade.  Even more surprising to me, my kids were mesmerized by the show.

I had guessed that the kids would watch 2 minutes of the show and then want to head to the zoo.  Instead, the kids watched the actors, giggled and whispered to each other about the story.  And then they asked to go to Pinocchio the next day.  (And so we did!)

There was no catch.  The show was free, professional and entertaining!  The only advice I’d give is to arrive early to find parking and to get a good seat.  And, if it’s impossible for you to get out of the house on time (like us), just be prepared to split up the group by a few seats.

So, if you are dragging your feet on Miller Outdoor Theatre like I was, it’s time to see a free show!  It’s perfect for families.  Go HERE for the calendar.

Miller Outdoor Theatre – Calendar of Events

Have you been to Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park recently?  All the performances are FREE and there are shows almost daily.  The full calendar of events is HERE.  This is a fun date with your kids.