Give Away: Family 4-Pack of Tickets to ICE LAND, Festival of Lights & More!

Moody Gardens is open 365 days a year with the Aquarium, Rainforest and Discovery Pyramids, Colonel Paddlewheel Boat, Ropes Course, Zip Line, 3D and 4D Theaters, SpongeBob SubPants Adventure and Discovery Museum…

And through January 7, 2018, Moody Gardens also has eight holiday attractions!  This includes:


  • ICE LAND: Rainforest Holiday
    • Prepare for a spectacular journey through the wonders of rainforests from around the world this holiday season as Moody Gardens debuts ICE LAND: Rainforest Holiday.
    • Take in monkeys, beautiful birds, colorful butterflies, orchids and so much more as leaf cutter ants carry Christmas lights and other decorations to a magical place – all hand-carved from ice.
    • A team of 25 skilled master ice carvers from Harbin, China created this wonderland by hand from two million pounds of ice!
    • Guests can even grab a big blue parka and soar down the 36-foot Giant Ruins Ice Slide! Moody Gardens keeps the ICE LAND tent at a chilly 9 degrees so be sure to dress warm. Guests are given a parka to wear before they enter the ICE LAND tent.
  • Festival of Lights
    • Kick off the holidays like never before with more twinkling colored lights, ice skating and breathtaking views sparkling across Galveston Bay.
    • Guests can enjoy the one-mile Festival of Lights trail, featuring more than 100 sound-enhanced light and animated displays themed to their favorite holiday music.
    • Food Drive Thursdays lets guests bring a non-perishable food item every Thursday throughout the festival and receive a two-for-one admission to Festival of Lights. The food will be donated to the Galveston County and Houston Food Banks.
    • Tickets to Festival of Lights also includes admission to the area’s only outdoor ice skating rink.
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4D
    • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and his friends are back at Moody Gardens this holiday season to spread a little cheer and give guests a fully immersive experience, complete with falling snow.
    • The beloved animated holiday classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4D returns this year as a magical experience inside the 4D Special FX Theater.
    • Other holiday attractions include Cirque Joyeux Noel Dinner and Show running Dec. 15-25 at the Moody Gardens Convention Center, the area’s only outdoor ice skating rink, 100-foot long Arctic Ice Slide, holiday movies in the MG 3D Theater and train rides this season with the spectacular views from Moody Gardens Hotel located right on the property.

AND, I am so excited to be able to give away a family four-pack, which includes admission to all of the attractions at Moody Gardens, including ICE LAND and Festival of Lights, plus so much more!

To win, register below (or HERE).

Update: Congratulations to Amanda F!

Contest Ends:  Friday, December 15, 2017
Official Rules:

Play at the Beach without the Mess… Palm Beach at Moody Gardens

Moody Gardens Palm Beach Lazy River
Address: One Hope Boulevard, Galveston, Texas 77554
Cost: $23.95, $17.95 kids, 3 and Under are Free, Free for Members (Get the latest prices HERE.)

Sometimes we want to cool off and play in the sand, but are not up for playing in the ocean.  This Galveston destination includes sand and pools… it’s Palm Beach at Moody Gardens!

Palm Beach, open during the summers, includes a lazy river, wave pool, slides, water playground, splashpad, sandy beach and volleyball court.

The water park is not huge, but it’s a good size for little kids.  Teens (and probably tweens) may not love it, but for little kids, there is enough to do… and it’s not really hard for the parents to keep track of them.

Moody Gardens Palm Beach Play Area
There are 2 slides for kids over 48″ (that end in a contained “tray” and not in a big pool), 2 slides for little kids, a small wave pool (that does not get as big as Wet’n’Wild), a splashpad (in it’s own area for young children), and a lazy river that is fun for everyone.

Moody Gardens in Galveston Palm Beach Slides
My kids are still pretty young and I like that it’s not too hard to watch them. I also like that they can play in the sandy beach… and swim in the pool water… so we do not leave all messy like when we are at the ocean.

We usually arrive mid-day with everyone else, but I’m told that at the 9:00am opening time, there are fewer crowds.

Moody Gardens in Galveston Palm Beach Boat at Splashpad
Besides this water park being small, be aware that only water is allowed in.  Coolers must be parked in the picnic spot outside the gates.

Also, lockers must be rented.  If you want to swim with the kids, I’d leave most of the stuff in the car or at home.  As for car keys… I’m thinking of getting a (affiliate) waterproof case to hang on my neck.  (I saw a lot of bags and strollers around… but I would get a locker or hold on to the valuable stuff!)

And, finally, there is the price.  It’s not cheap to get in… but now it’s not a whole lot more than Bellaire Town Square.  If you will go several times or visit all of Moody Gardens (including the winter lights events), there is an annual family membership.  Just plan to use the membership a lot, because the price makes the Houston Zoo and Houston Museum memberships look like a bargain.

The good news is that you can pay the admission fee, decide if you love it, and apply the ticket price to the annual membership after you swim.

Moody Gardens Palm Beach Lazy River Fountain
 I do like Palm Beach for the size of my kids… and I really like not driving back from Galveston all sandy!  Look at the pictures and see what you think.


Ropes Course (for Big and Little Kids) & Zip Line at Moody Gardens

Joe on Moody Gardens Ropes Course
Address: Moody Gardens, One Hope Boulevard, Galveston, Texas 77554
Appropriate Age: Ages 2-7 (and under 48″) for Little Kids Course, Over 48″ for Ropes Course/Zip Line
Cost: $20.00 (Big Ropes Course or Zip Line), $30.00 (Ropes & Zip Line), $5.00 (Kid’s Adventure Course), Discounts Available

Okay friends, this adventure is a little drive from Houston, and costs $5 to $30… but I’m pretty sure our day at the ropes course was one of the best of my 7 year old’s life.

Ropes Course and Zip Line at Moody Gardens
Moody Gardens has a big ropes course, a big zip line and also a ropes course for little kids. This means that kids ages 2 and older can try out the ropes.

My 3 and 6 year old were able to climb and balance on the Kid’s Adventure Course ($5), while my 7 year old (who is nearly 8 and over 48″) was able to zip line across the park and climb ropes 4 stories up ($30) while his mom tried to act calm.

Moody Gardens Tykes Ropes Course
We had seen the ropes on our last trip to Galveston and I had promised we could visit this summer.  It worked out well that we saw the “American Ninja Warrior” show the night before our trip, and my kids were certain that they could be Ninja Warriors and that Ninja Warriors probably did ropes courses.

Moody Gardens Ropes Course1
At Moody Gardens, we purchased tickets at the ropes course (and not the main visitor center), which was nice to be able to see exactly what we were getting ourselves into.

The Kid’s Adventure Course is very tame and a unique playground where the kids wear harnesses. It’s fun to do the “same thing” as the big kids… but not impossible for little bodies.

The Ropes Course and Zip Line are big. The Ropes Course and Zip Line is 60′ in the air! My son was certain this was what he wanted to do.

Moody Gardens Tykes Ropes Course1
The little kid’s course requires an adult to supervise the kids, so I sent Joe up to the zip line on his own.  He later told me his knees were a little weak at the top… but once they told him how to sit in the harness and take off, he thought it was great.  In fact, he’s been asking to go back every day since.

Moody Garden Zip Line
After the zip line, Joe did the big ropes course.  This has a 45 minute time limit, but it seems like there is no real limit as long as it’s not busy.  Joe climbed and climbed.  Some bridges looked easy. Some ropes took more concentration and strategy.

Joe could have stayed for hours… and was only forced down when the little kids were hot and tired.

Moody Gardens Ropes Course
The ropes can be expensive (especially if you have multiple kids on the big course!), but it’s half off with a membership, and there is also a discount if you have the day pass.

Moody Gardens has free parking… but lots of other ways to spend money. We made a point to just visit the ropes, but recommend looking at a membership if you plan to do it all!

Remember that there is a free playground by the water… and you’re close to the beaches as well!

Moody Gardens Playground – Visiting Houston Area Parks, One Week at a Time

Moody Gardens
Address:   7 Hope Blvd, Galveston, TX 77554

I know, I know, this is not a Houston Park.  It’s not even a city park.  But it’s free to visit, right on the water and a good addition to your visit to Galveston Island!

Right behind the Moody Garden’s Rain Forest and Discovery Pyramid is a little playground by the water.  The pyramids have admission fees, but you can walk around them without a ticket.

Moody Gardens Pryamid
Park for free at Moody Gardens, walk around the pyramids and you will find an awesome walkway by the water.  There is a butterfly garden, fountain, lots of benches and a cool ocean breeze.

Moody Gardens Playground Lillypads
In this spot you can find the playground next to the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat.

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Moody Gardens – Galveston Conservatory Outing with Rainforest Pyramid and 4D Special FX Theater Admission for One, Two, or Four (Up to 56% Off) – Groupon 12.27.11


You can still get the Groupon deal for Moody Gardens, in Galveston, for the Rainforest Pyramid and 4D Special FX Theater Admission for One, Two, or Four. The options are:

  • For $15, you get a conservatory outing for one (up to a $31.90 value).
  • For $29, you get a conservatory outing for two (up to a $63.80 value).
  • For $56, you get a conservatory outing for four (up to a $127.60 value).

Each package includes admission to the following:

  • Rainforest Pyramid (up to a $20.95 value/person)
  • 4D Special FX Theater (up to a $10.95 value/person)

Go HERE to get it. If you don’t see it on the main page, click on “all deals” at the top of the page.

Moody Gardens Entertainment Package at 56% Off – Groupon 12/16/11


One of today’s Groupon daily deals is for a Moody Gardens Entertainment Package with Entries to Rainforest Pyramid and 4D Special FX Theater, Showing “Dora & Diego’s 4-D Adventure: Catch that Robot Butterfly!” for One, Two, or Four (Up to 56% Off).

Choose from the following options:

  • For $15, you get an entertainment package for one (up to a $31.90 total value).
  • For $29, you get entertainment package for two (up to a $63.80 total value).
  • For $56, you get entertainment package for four (up to a $127.60 total value).

Each package includes admission to the following:

  • Rainforest Pyramid (up to a $20.95 value/person)
  • 4D Special FX Theater (up to a $10.95 value/person)

Go HERE to check it out. If don’t see it on the main page, go to “all deals” at the top of the page.

Festival of Lights and Rainforest Pyramid Outing for 1, 2, or 4 (Up to 58% Off) – Groupon 11/15/11


Today’s Groupon is for Moody Gardens Festival of Lights. Go HERE to check it out.

  • For $12, you get admission for one (a $26.90 value).
  • For $23, you get admission for two (a $53.80 value).
  • For $45, you get admission for four (a $107.60 value).

The Festival of Lights runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. each night, and the Rainforest Pyramid opens for admission at 10 a.m. each morning. This Groupon is valid any day during the Festival of Lights, which runs on the following schedule:

  • November 18–19
  • November 24–26
  • December 1–3
  • December 8–11
  • December 14–31
  • January 1

Houston Weekend Events – November 11, 12, 13

It’s Fall! That means there is a lot to do in Houston. You may want to checkout some of these events this weekend!

November 10 – 13 – The Houston Ballet Guild’s 31st Annual Nutcracker Market – Reliant Center

November 12 – Festival of Lights Grand Opening Moody Gardens

November 13 – Art Car: The Movie – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Weekends – Home for the Holidays –  Old Town Spring

Weekends – Dewberry FarmBrookshire

Weekends – Old MacDonalds Farm – Humble

Weekend Events in Houston – October 28, 29, 30, 31

I love all the festivals and fun that come with Fall in Houston. Below are some events you may want to check out this Halloween weekend…

Restaurant Deals

October 28 – IHOP – Free scary face pancakes

October 31 – Mission Burritos – Kids in costume eat free

October 31 – Cici’s Pizza – Kids in costume eat free (with coupon HERE)

Weekend Events

October 28 – 31 – Zoo Boo -Free with general zoo admission

October 29 – Tricks, Treats & T-Rex – Houston Museum of Natural Science

October 29 – Kids Day on Buffalo Bayou–  Free

October 29 – Scream on the Green – Discovery Green – Free

October 29 – 30 – Houston 175, Celebrate History

October 30 – Moody Gardens Ghostly Gardens -All guests (adults included) in costume receive $5 admission to each Moody Gardens attraction.

October 30 – 12th Annual Halloween Boo Bash – Traders Village- Free

Weekends in October – Fall Fun Days – Spring Creek Growers

Weekends in October – Dewberry FarmBrookshire


Moody Gardens – Houston Groupon 8/30/11

Moody Gardens - Groupon 8/30/11

Another Groupon for today is for entrance to the Rainforest Pyramid and Aquarium Pyramid attractions at Moody Gardens in Galveston. This deal is only valid from September 6 through September 30 (which is a much smaller window than most Groupons… so if you buy it… but ready to use it). Choose from the following group sizes:

For $21, you get tickets to both attractions for one person (up to a $41.90 value).
For $42, you get tickets to both attractions for two people (up to an $83.80 value).
For $84, you get tickets to both attractions for four people (up to a $167.60 value).