Spring Break at the Children’s Museum of Houston

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MARCH 7 – 22, 2015: AMAZINGLY IMMATURE SPRING BREAK IN HOUSTON FOR KIDS


ALL EVENTS. ALL DAY. ONE PRICE. ONLY $10.

Quirkiness and genius are taking over this Spring Break in Houston! America’s No. 1 children’s museum will roll out the antics with thrills, surprising performances and the national debut of KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature exhibit during the Amazingly Immature Spring Break, March 7 – 22, 2015. Embrace your zany side then tumble, cartwheel or unicycle to Houston’s top spring break family destination! Kids can –

  • Spin out of control in any of our two Human Hamster Balls
  • Let loose in any of our four Bungee Trampolines
  • Enjoy entertainingly immature and interactive performances
  • And so much more!

Plus, it’s ALL included with the price of admission!

DAILY SPRING BREAK ITINERARY FOR FAMILIES:

  • 10 a.m. Immature Giveaways: Leave your maturity at the door and embrace your zany side with a different giveaway every day! Limited to first 100 kids. (Sunday time: Noon) 
  • 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. Immature Happenings: Plastic fusion fashion, gooey boogers, immature makeovers and more! Clown around with a new Klutzy surprise every day. (Sunday time:  3 p.m.) Check out our daily blockbuster activities.
  • 1:30 p.m. Spotlight Performance: Enjoy entertainingly immature and interactive performances! (Sunday time: 2 p.m.) See online calendar for complete lineup.
  • 2:30 p.m. Immature Contest: Put your Amazingly Immature Spring Break experience to the test and compete for the top Immaturity spot with new contests each day!(Sunday time: 3 p.m.) 

5th Annual Kemah Crawfish Festival

March 16, 2015 by  
Filed under Entertainment, Events, Kid's Corner

The 5 Annual “Kemah Crawfish Festival” will be held March 20,21,22, 2015 in the Famous Lighthouse District in the heart of Kemah! 604 Bradford Street, Kemah Texas 77565

The festival will quickly have your mouth watering for some of the best Crawfish and Cajun food in the country. Life Zydeco and Country music all weekend with special guest star Grammy Award winner Wayne Toups in concert Saturday at 7pm. on the Baytown Stage!

There will be plenty Ice cold Dos Equis beer and soft drinks to quench your thirst! Plenty of seating and vendors of all kinds will be there to handle all your shopping needs! Tickets to the 5th Annual Kemah Crawfish Festival are $8.00 for adults and children under 12 FREE!

For more information, visit our web site: www.gulfcoastfestivals.com or email to: gulfcoastfestivals@aol.com

Japan Festival Houston

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Now in its twenty-second year, Houston’s much beloved Japan Festival returns to Hermann Park on Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19, 2015.   One of the most attended events of its type across the entire United States, this year’s Japan Festival brings about a reaffirmation of the Festival’s commitment to Japanese and Japanese American traditions, both old and new.

This free, family-friendly event will feature the Saturday Sushi Roll-Off, (a competition among some of Houston’s best sushi chefs,) children’s activities, anime and cosplay, arts and crafts, martial arts, traditional Japanese song and dance, cutting edge technology, and of course wonderful food!

For more information: www.houstonjapanfest.org

2nd Annual Hermann Park Kite Festival

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Sunday, March 29, 2015
10 am – 5 pm
Miller Hill and Jones Reflection Pool

Join us for the Second Annual Hermann Park Kite Festival on Sunday, March 29, 2015. Everyone is invited to this free festival as kites in all shapes and sizes set sail in the spring sky on Miller Hill and around the Jones Reflection Pool. There will be entertainment for kids including kite making, friendly kite flying, face painting, and more!

Throughout the Park will be performers, ribbon dancers, musicians, jugglers, and more. Pedal boats will be available on McGovern Lake and the train will run throughout the day. Food trucks will be stationed around the park with creative culinary delights for all.

Click here to join the host committee and enjoy benefits such as reserved parking and access to the VIP tent.

 

Valentine’s Day

February 11, 2015 by  
Filed under Holiday

If you’re looking to make plans this Valentine’s Day we have a few suggestions for you to start with!

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Eventbrite has pages and pages of events that you can get tickets to (some are free!) for Valentine’s Day in Houston.  There are things for singles and couples!
Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/d/tx–houston/valentines-day-ideas/

The Official Visitors Site for Houston has some great ideas too!
www.visithoustontexas.com

For Couple:
For the Adventurous type:

Glide!
The extreme sport of soaring uses sailplanes for motor-less flight so people can experience the feeling glide through the air. Located just east of Wallis, Texas, the Greater Houston Soaring Association offers gliding every weekend, weather permitting.  Today’s sailplanes can fly for hours and cover great distances.
Go Fish!
The experts at Galveston Fishing Guides have been casting lines in the waters of Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico for years. They know the hotspots for everything from redfish and trout to giant tarpon and sharks. Available for half day, full day and evening trips. While you’re down in Galveston check out Gaidos, a landmark for fantastic seafood, or Gumbo’s for Louisiana-style poboys.

Wave Action

Want to test your wakeboarding skills? You don’t have to hit the open water for a thrilling experience, just head south of Houston to Wake Nation. Set on a man-made lake, this attraction boasts 35-foot steel towers carrying a unique overhead cable system that allows riders to wakeboard, water skate, water ski, and kneeboard without a boat. Novices can start out on a practice pond while the pros take to the lake outfitted with custom-built jumps, grind rails, and sliders.

Fast Fall
Located on a 134-acre airpark 25 minutes south of the 610 Loop,Skydive Spaceland offers classes, tandem and individual skydiving experiences with some of the best instructors in the industry. Do a first-time jump with a tandem instructor or spend a week in training and get your skydiving license. Skydive Spaceland is open seven days a week and can handle as many as 300 first-time jumpers each day. The facility also welcomes large groups.

Ready, Aim, Fire
Whether you’re an expert marksman or a novice, shooting sporting clays is a great time. A game designed to simulate wing shooting of various game birds, sporting clays is set up a lot like golf, with various stations around a course where clay targets are thrown in pairs. This is just one of the activities available at American Shooting Centers in West Houston’s George Bush Park, which also offers skeet shooting and rifle and pistol bulls-eye shooting.

Paint Wars

Ever want to see who would fare better in a combat situation, you or your buddies? Well whether you’re a paintball pro or a complete novice, you’ll get a full-throttle experience at Urban Warzone–and figure out who can really hack it in war. As you navigate the field and the various bunkers, you’ll get that adrenaline rush you crave.

Rock the Cradle
If you dream of riding bowls, grinding rails, or cutting and sweeping through the largest cradle in the world, don’t miss the Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark. Designed by the premiere skatepark firm Gridline, this state-of-the-art, public 30,000 square-foot in-ground skate park is the first world-class, in-ground skatepark in the Houston region. If bigger is better, head north to Spring and conquer the United States largest free skate park,Greenspoint Spring Skatepark. At 72,000 square-feet, the park includes a competition-scale Texas bowl featuring a full pipe, a 12-foot vertical ramp, a 10-foot bowl, banked walls and speed hips. In addition, there is a section designed to emulate the street-skating experience and will have ledges, rails, benches, banks, quarter pipes and stair obstacles.

Climb High
With 42 top rope stations and a dedicated bouldering area, Texas Rock Gym draws climbing enthusiasts from across the region to its West Houston facility. Texas Rock Gym offers a wide assortment of classes and clinics for climbers as well as team building activities and organized programs for schools, companies and other groups. Visitors can access Texas Rock Gym on a day pass or an ongoing membership. A series of packages and add-on extras such as shoe rental are also available.

Play with the Ponies
For a little open air fun on horseback, head north to Humble’s Cypress Trails stables. This established equestrian center is open seven days a week for endurance and pleasure riding and offers rides by the hour or for longer periods and also provides lessons in general horsemanship and competitive riding.

For the Romantic in you:

Picnic in the Park: (Feb. 13) – Take a stroll in Hermann Park and enjoy live music, a catered three-course picnic and even a pedal boat ride. Tickets are limited and reservations are needed.

Dining by Candlelight: Love means never having to say “I’m hungry.” At least that’s the takeaway from the many Houston restaurants offering mouth-watering menus for Valentine’s Day this year. Whether it’s seafood you’re craving or steak, Italian or Mexican, there’s something for every couple’s taste on the table

For the Big Spender:

Fly high-helicopter ride: See the city like you’ve never seen it before with Helicopter Services Inc.

Wine before dine: Skip the trip to Napa and head for the hills-Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail offers oenophiles spectacular views and award-winning wines not far from the heart of Houston. Located between I-45 and U.S. Highway 290, visitors will find seven wineries spread out over the state’s beautiful landscape.

Award winning restaurants: The best of the best- But don’t take our word for it. Houston’s restaurants are consistently being recognized by Bon Appetit and beyond. Read on for some of the city’s most-loved spots.

Haute hotels in the city: Houston’s spoiled when it comes to stylish hotels–from modern properties with a hopping social scene to the innovative and eco-friendly. Read on for the scoop on those with a fresh new look and even more that we have to look forward to.

 

The Beloved on a Budget:

Things to do: Spend your day exploring Houston’s hotspots, while saving big with a well-edited list of the city’s most-loved free things to do. Fortunately, for locals and visitors alike, several of Houston’s most memorable attractions won’t break the bank, in fact they won’t even cost a dime.

Cheap Eats: Meals that won’t break the bank. No matter what you’re craving, there are plenty of affordable options to choose from in Houston. Check out these wallet-friendly stand outs in a neighborhood near you.

For the Singles:

Take a cooking class: Dinner for one? Make it a delicious one. Be a star in the kitchen and learn the secrets to preparing fabulous dishes from some of Houston’s culinary masters.

Athena Golf Club & American Shooting Centers: Grab your single friends and set your sights on something other than Valentine’s Day. While Cupid’s busy taking aim at hearts, you and your friends can take aim at a bullseye.

Spa Day: Rest, relax and rejuvenate this Valentine’s Day at one of the city’s many top-notch salons and spas. From blow-dry bars and hotel retreats to nail spas and make-up salons, Houston is chock-full of beautifying escapes and stress-relieving sanctuaries. Want to know where to go to unwind? The possibilities are endless so sit back, relax and just say spaaaah…

Your missing link: Mixers & Elixers (Feb. 13) – Mingle with other smart hearts while enjoying music and drinks at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Who knows, you might just find your missing link.

For the Family:

Kid Friendly restaurants: With more than 8,000 restaurants to choose from in the Houston area, it can be daunting trying to find a spot that’s kid tested and parent approved. While plenty of well-known, national chains dot the city’s landscape-Chili’s, Rainforest Café and iHop, among others-there are just as many uniquely-Houston options that are certain to please. Check out the local spots that score big in H-Town.

Kids incorporated: There are endless attractions that appeal to adults and children alike. From boat tours on Buffalo Bayou to one of the top children’s museums in the U.S., Houston offers endless attractions that appeal to adults and children alike. Plan a visit and treat your family to one of the city’s fun-filled, action-packed adventures that are as entertaining as they are educational.

Anti-Valentiners:

Chocolate? Flowers? Romance?!? Yuck. If you’re not a fan of the traditional trappings of datings, try one of these ideas. The city is jam-packed with unique, must-see sites and experiences to enjoy. Think you’ve got Houston figured out? Think again. Spend your Valentine’s Day off the beaten path.

Love Sux Party: The theme speaks for itself. Head to Howl at the Moon with a picture of your ex-boyfriend (in pieces) and admission is free.  Singletons and couples alike are welcome to join in for great Anti-Valentines drink specials and Love Sux games with $500 in cash and prizes for the taking!

Food trucks: No reservations necessary at these laid back food joints. From cupcakes to chicken and waffles, crepes to pocket pies, just about anything your taste buds desire is being served on wheels, and without the uncomfortable trappings of relationship defining Valentine’s Day dinners.

Bowling: Group dates take the pressure off the “love stuff”. So gather a league of friends for an upscale approach to bowling with large, flat-screen TVs, a VIP cocktail lounge, premium stereo system and a well-heeled catering menu.

Bayou City Music Center

January 16, 2015 by  
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Open since 1997, Bayou Music Center has been home to countless events over the years, including Coldplay, Nickelback, Etta James, James Brown, Robin Williams, Velvet Revolver and Steely Dan just to name a few. Known for it’s incredible sightlines and superior soundsystem, a concert or special event at Bayou Music Center is not to be missed.

Where: 520 Texas Ave Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 713-230-1600
Email: juliejohnson@livenation.com
Website: http://www.bayoumusiccenter.com/

Toyota Center

January 16, 2015 by  
Filed under Live Music

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 Toyota Center is dedicated to enhancing the concert-going experience for our VIP customers. We understand that waiting in line for concessions, tour merchandise or restrooms can detract from your evening. We know that relaxing with friends in a comfortable environment before the concert is important to you. That is why we are offering you the opportunity to purchase passes to the WOODFOREST CLUB, LEXUS LOUNGE or PLATINUM LOUNGE for select concerts!

Where: 1510 Polk Street Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 713-758-7200
Website: http://www.houstontoyotacenter.com/
Events: http://www.houstontoyotacenter.com/events/all

Warehouse Live

January 16, 2015 by  
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Just beyond the gleaming office buildings of Downtown Houston lies Warehouse Live, a 1920’s era warehouse repurposed as a one-of-a-kind concert and event venue. From the moment guest arrive, Warehouse Live features a vintage, 20 foot neon marquee welcoming and branding your event from the start.

With its prime location, just three blocks from Minute Maid Park and directly behind the George R. Brown Convention Center, Warehouse Live has quickly become one of Houston’s signature multipurpose facilities, offering the versatility to accommodate groups as small as 50 and as large as 1,500.

Warehouse Live has been configured to offer unrivaled flexibility in layout and production. The complex encompasses two fully independent spaces – the Ballroom and the Studio – each with their own entrances and exits, restrooms, bars, flat screen LCD and Plasma TVs, stages and sound and lighting systems. In addition, the entire facility is wired for high-speed internet access.

While parking can often be a problem downtown, Warehouse Live benefits from ample non-metered street parking throughout the Warehouse District and has access to three dedicated surface lots adjacent to the facility. Additional lots are nearby, and valet parking can be arranged for specific events. Outside caterers are always welcome at Warehouse Live.

Where: 813 St. Emanual Street  Houston, TX 77003
Phone: 713-225-5483
Website: http://warehouselive.com/
Event Calendar: http://warehouselive.com/calendar#2015-01

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion

January 16, 2015 by  
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Surrounded by lush forests, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, presented by Huntsman, is an outdoor amphitheater that provides the Greater Houston region with an array of performing arts events, educational outreach programs and contemporary entertainment. The picturesque venue is the Summer Home of the Houston Symphony and Home Away from home of Houston Ballet. The Pavilion is also known as The Center for the Performing Arts at The Woodlands, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization, and is governed by a volunteer board of directors

Where: 2005 Lake Robbins Drive  The Woodlands, Texas 77380
Phone: 281-363-3300
Website: http://www.woodlandscenter.org/welcome.html
Events: http://www.woodlandscenter.org/events.html
Email: info@woodlandscenter.org

House of Blues

January 16, 2015 by  
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The House of Blues grew out of founder Isaac Tigrett’s love for the unique American art form known as the “the Blues”. Weaned on this music during his early childhood in Tennessee, one of Isaac’s goals was to introduce the world to the music of the rural south, including the Blues, Rhythm and Blues, Gospel, Jazz and Roots-based Rock & Roll.

The very first House of Blues opened its doors in a converted historical house in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1992 and is home to live music, original folk art, and delta-inspired cuisine.

The House of Blues is dedicated to educating and celebrating the history of Southern Culture and African American artistic contributions to music and art.

Where: 1204 Caroline Street  Houston,TX,77002
Phone: (888) 402-5837
Website: http://www.houseofblues.com/houston
Concerts: http://www.houseofblues.com/houston/#calendarsearch
Gospel Brunch: http://www.houseofblues.com/houston/promos/GospelBrunch

Galveston Restaurant Week: Jan. 10-24

January 10, 2015 by  
Filed under Dining, Foodie Events

Join us and celebrate delicious at Galveston Restaurant Week from January 10-24!

For a full list of participating restaurants and more details, visit www.galvestonrestaurantweek.com.

Don’t forget to also vote for your favorite restaurants!

Christmas

December 9, 2014 by  
Filed under Events, Parents' Place

Here are just a few things to do around town this holiday season! We are sure these will get you into the Christmas spirit!

Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo

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TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights is back and more spectacular than ever this year – now with more than 2 million lights! There are new and exciting additions around every corner at this year’s most anticipated holiday tradition. From a completely lit-up African Forest with larger-than-life, glowing, rotating ornaments to a walk-in snow globe, TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights will be sure to delight the entire family. Bring your camera to capture all the special moments!

When: Friday, November 21, 2014 to Sunday, January 4, 2015. Closed December 24 and 25.
Time: 6pm to 10pm daily; last entry at 9pm
Where: Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX ‎77003
Admission: Prices range from $10.95 to $14.95
Parking: Parking is very limited at the Houston Zoo.
Website: www.houstonzoo.org/zoolights/

Houston Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker

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Journey with Clara as she dances on the arm of the Nutcracker Prince to the stunning Land of Snow and the delectable Kingdom of Sweets. There are so many reasons to delight in The Nutcracker: the giant Christmas tree, the dancing dolls, Mother Ginger and her adorable clowns, the lavish sets and the iconic Tchaikovsky score. Ben Stevenson’s production of The Nutcracker has entertained children and their grown-ups for more than 25 years.

When: Friday, November 28 through Sunday, December 28, 2014
Times: 2pm and 7:30pm performances on various nights. Click here to check exact times by date.
Where: Wortham Theater Center, 500 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002
Parking: Paid garage and surface lots are available to the East and South of the theater
Admission: Tickets start at $55, but you may find cheaper or better tickets on TicketNetwork’s resale site.
Click here for full price tickets.

 

A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas

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Houston’s seasonal favorite is described by the Houston Press as having “Spectacular London sets … the inimitable Dickens’ tale – spiced with the usual fog and an unusual twist on the ghosts past, present and future.” A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmasreturns this year with a re-telling of Charles Dickens’ classic story, which follows Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey with the three ghostly spirits that visit him on Christmas Eve. A Christmas Carol instills a powerful message about redemption and the spirit of the holiday season.

When: Friday, November 21 to Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Times: Tuesdays through Fridays 7:30pm; Saturdays and Sundays 2:30pm, 7:30pm
Where: Alley Theatre @UH, Wortham Theatre, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston, 4116 Elgin Street, Houston, TX 77004
Parking: Click here for parking details at University of Houston.
Admission: Tickets range from $25 to $55.

Field of Lights at Discovery Green

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Discovery Green is proud to host Field of Light, a dazzling art installation by internationally-acclaimed artist Bruce Munro. The vivid, temporary, site specific installation is now on display along the Brown Promenade through Feb. 8, 2015 and it is illuminated from 3 to 11 p.m. daily. The prime viewing hours of the exhibit are after dusk.

When: Saturday, November 22, 2014 through Sunday, February 8, 2015
Times: Dusk to 11pm
Where: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney, Houston, TX 77010
Parking: Street, surface lot and garage parking are available.
Admission: Free

Frozen Bikini Bottom in Galveston

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A skilled team of 31 internationally-acclaimed professional ice carvers from Harbin, China will dive into 900 tons of ice and transform them into majestic marvels featuring holiday scenes with the beloved Bikini Bottom inhabitants from Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants. Chilled and held at a temperature of 9 degrees, you can witness these works of art as Galveston makes its holiday transformation into a Winter Wonder Island.

When: Saturday, November 15, 2014 through Sunday, January 4, 2015
Times: Noon to 10pm
Where: Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd, Galveston, TX 77554
Parking:  Free in designated lots
Admission: $26.95; $21.95 seniors; $15.95 children
CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

Other Events

  • Sand Mandala at the Menil | FREE | Thursday through Saturday – Observe Tibetan monks from the Drepung Gomang monastery in South India create an intricate sand mandala in the Menil foyer.
  • Alley Theatre presents A Christmas Carol at UH | Daily – Follow the classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by ghosts of the past, present and future in the Alley Theatre presentation of A Christmas Carol. Tickets range from $25 to $55. 7:30pm Thursday and Friday; 2:30pm and 7:30pm Saturday and Sunday.
  • The Radio City Christmas Spectacular at the Hobby Center | Daily – Experience the Rockettes high kicks as New York City’s holiday special comes at the Hobby Center this holiday season. Tickets start at $40, but you may find cheaper or better tickets on TicketNetwork’s resale site. 7:30pm Thursday; 8pm Friday; 11am, 2pm, 5pm and 8pm Saturday; noon, 3:30pm and 7:30pm Sunday.
  • Campfire Christmas at George Ranch | Friday and Saturday – Escape the hustle and bustle of a modern Christmas and go on a festive journey into Christmases past at the George Ranch Historical Park’s annual Campfire Christmas. $50; $45 for ages 15 and under, seniors and groups of ten or more. 6pm to 10pm both nights.
  • Tomball German Christmas Market | Friday to Sunday | FREE – Celebrate the holidays the way the Germans do – with beer! Enjoy street vendors, biergartens, Gluhwein and Dutch Santa during this family friendly market. 6pm to 10pm Friday; 10am to 10pm Saturday; 10am to 6pm Sunday.
  • Houston Symphony presents A Very Merry Pops at Jones Hall | Friday to Sunday – Enjoy a yuletide evening of traditional standards like “We Need a Little Christmas,” “Angels We Have Heard On High” and “O Holy Night. $25 to $135. 8pm Friday and Saturday; 2:30pm and 7:30pm Sunday.
  • Houston Ballet presents The Nutcracker at Wortham Theater Center | Friday to Sunday – For more than 25 years, the Houston Ballet has been telling the story of Clara and the Nutcracker Prince as they fight the Mouse King, travel to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. Tickets start at $55, but you may find cheaper or better tickets on TicketNetwork’s resale site. 7:30pm Friday; 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday and Sunday.
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas at the Kaleidoscope Theater | Friday to Sunday – Relive the classic Charlie Brown Christmas special with Snoopy, Schroeder, Linus, Sally, Lucy and, of course, Charlie Brown himself. $30; $20 ages 10 and under. 8pm Friday; 2pm and 8pm Saturday; 2pm Sunday.
  • Holiday Market at San Jacinto Mall | Saturday and Sunday | FREE to attend – Pick up some stocking stuffers at the Holiday Market booths near Santa’s Workshop at San Jacinto Mall. 10am to 9pm Saturday; 10am to 8pm Sunday.
  • Rice Village Flea | FREE – Find a unique treasure at the Rice Village Flea Holiday Market. 11am to 6pm.
  • Family Activities inside the Loop from BigKidSmallCity | Daily – Find events, recommendations and family-friendly activities from our favorite Houston mom-in-the-know Jill Jarvis of BigKidSmallCity.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas on the Brazos

November 10, 2014 by  
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The historic Christmas traditions of Texas in the 1800s will transport visitors into the past at the day-long Christmas on the Brazos celebration at the Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site—the very spot Where Texas Became TexasonSaturday, December 13, 2014.  Free and low-cost holiday activities for all ages include period music, craft making, readings, food samplings and sale of artisan gifts, culminating in the park’s popular Candlelight Christmas event at the Barrington Living History Farm featuring vignettes of Texian frontier festivities with music, musket firing, dancing and a candlelit tour of the farm.

Many holiday activities occur throughout the day at the historic site, including:

  • Independence Hall: Christmas stories will be read in the Hall by staff in period clothing at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m.,2 p.m., and 3 p.m.
  • The Star of the Republic Museum will host “make-and-take” period crafts in its Discovery Room from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  (regular admission fees; no charge for the crafts); museum open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The site’s Visitor Center will be open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and will offer music, merchandise made by Texas artisans and samplings of local Texas fare.  In a nod to the 21st century, a Christmas tree and Santa Claus will be there for photo opps (all free).
  • Barrington Living History Farm will be open from noon until 4 p.m. and then will close for one hour to prepare for its Candlelight Christmas event that starts at 5 p.m. and lasts until 9 p.m. (with the last tour leaving at 8 p.m.)

Candlelight Christmas at the Barrington Farm welcomes its guests into the 1850s and fills their senses with the sights, sounds and smells of yesteryear against the backdrop of a star-filled night sky:  smoke and flames from the wood fireplace and bonfire in the field; flickering lanterns and candlelit paths; gunfire and cheers from a rowdy band of Texian revelers.   The evening includes a tour of the historic home of the last president of the Republic of Texas, Dr. Anson Jones, as interpreters recreate how that family would have enjoyed Christmas, including an 1850s Santa.  The slave quarters will also be decorated in typical style for the 1850s.  Each tour culminates in a barn dance where visitors are welcome to join in.

The Candlelight Christmas evening event consists of guided tours for small groups that each last approximately an hour, with tours leaving every 15 minutes starting at 5 p.m.; last tour leaves at 8 p.m.  Advance reservations are strongly recommended at Barrington.Farm@tpwd.texas.gov or 936-878-2214, ext. 246.  Regular admission fees will apply.  Visitors should dress appropriately for the weather and uneven walking surfaces since the event will take place throughout the farm.

Christmas on the Brazos” and Candlelight Christmas will be held Saturday, December 13, 2014, at Washington on the Brazos State Historical Park, 23400 Park Rd, Washington, TX – off Highway 105 between Navasota and Brenham on FM 1155 at Park Road 12.  Visitors are welcome to bring food and drink into the park, but no glass bottles or alcoholic beverages are allowed.  As always, parking is free.

Leashed pets are allowed in park, but are NOT allowed onto farm site or inside buildings.  Sites are accessible for the mobility impaired.   For additional details call (936) 878-2214 ext 246. The park grounds open at 8 a.m. and close at 10 p.m.

Lego Movie at Miller Outdoor Theatre – November 9

November 5, 2014 by  
Filed under Entertainment, Kid's Corner, Parents' Place

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When: November 9, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Miller Outdoor Theatre
6000 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, Texas 77030

Join Community Health Choice for a special, one-night-only viewing of The Lego Movie. Boasting beautiful animation, a charming voice cast and laugh-a-minute gags, this 2014 smash hit is colorful fun for all ages.

FROGZ – November 8th

November 5, 2014 by  
Filed under Entertainment, Kid's Corner, Parents' Place

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When: November 8, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm
Where:  Miller Outdoor Theatre 6000 Hermann Park Drive Houston, Texas 77030

Since 1979, the wildly inventive, Oregon-based Imago Theatre has produced tantalizing, transformative theatre that crosses boundaries traditionally associated with language, age and the physical realm. Drawing inspiration from a wide variety of artistic mediums — vaudeville, comedy and illusion, to name a few — Imago is able to construct surreal landscapes through movement and sound.

The troupe’s kaleidoscopic approach to its art is unparalleled; of their work, the New York Times has stated, “Theater like this opens the eyes to the possibilities of exploration in the vast realm of imagination.”

Not easily pigeon-holed, Imago has repeatedly proven unique in its ability to create critically acclaimed, family-oriented productions — their smash hit, FROGZ, effortlessly weaves mime, dance and acrobatics into a must-see spectacle for the entire family.

This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30am-1pm.  If tickets remain at 1pm, the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill.

The Perfect Sales Job

November 3, 2014 by  
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Fall Trends – It’s Makeover Time!

October 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Beauty & Fashion

City Glitz & Glam


City Glitz & Glam

FRAGRANCE Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme Perfume, $77.19; www.fragrancenet.com. EARRINGS Plum Linear Drop Earring, $30; www.whitehouseblackmarket.com. TOP White Metallic Panel Angel Sleeve Top, $60; www.riverisland.com.PANTS Mango Slim-Fit Cotton Trousers, $40; www.mango.com. SCARF Dark Red Faux Fur Snood, $50;www.riverisland.com. WATCH Anne Klein Black Glossy Dial and Crystal Watch, $85; www.lordandtaylor.com. LIPSTICKMAKE Matte Lipstick in Jakarta, $25; www.barneys.com. GLOVES French Connection Helina Leather Gloves, $98;www.frenchconnection.com. SHOES Okala Pump Burgundy Suede, $110; www.jildorshoes.com. CLUTCH Glint Metallic Tweed Clutch, $88; www.nordstrom.com.

Girly Street Style

Girly Street Style

FRAGRANCE Lanvin Jeanne Lanvin Couture Perfume, $38.50; www.fragrancenet.com. EARRINGS Jeweled Clustered Stud Earrings, $6; www.charlotterusse.com. NECKLACE Zara Interwoven Chain Necklace, $26; www.zara.com. TOP H&M Short Scuba Top, $49.95; www.hm.com. SKIRT Paneled Flippy Skirt by Boutique, $160; www.topshop.com. NAIL POLISH OPI Nail Lacquer You’re Such a Budapest, $9.49; www.ulta.com. BAG Saint Laurent Duffle 3 Mini Leather Bowling Bag, $1,450;www.mytheresa.com. SOCKS Forever21 Ribbed Over-the-Knee Socks, $6.80; www.forever21.com. SHOES Converse Lavender Chuck Taylor All Stars, $50; www.net-a-porter.com.

Twilight Theater

Twiight Theater

FRAGRANCE Tresor Midnight Rose Perfume by Lancome, $55.19; www.fragrancenet.com. HAT Croft & Barrow 3-D Flower Felt Cloche Hat, $25.20; www.kohls.com. EARRINGS H&M Rhinestone Earrings, $7.95; www.hm.com. DRESS Dorothy Perkins Plum Lace Chiffon Swing Dress, $59; www.dorothyperkins.com. COAT H&M Textured Woven Coat, $59.99;www.hm.com. LIPSTICK NARS Audacious Lipstick Anna, $32; www.beauty.com. BRACELET Express Curb Chain Stone Clusters Bracelet, $29.90; www.express.com. TIGHTS H&M 2-Pack Tights 20 Dernier, $5.95; www.hm.com. CLUTCHJessica McClintock Flora Minaudiere, $39.99; www.6pm.com. SHOES Report Signature Iliana Wedge Booties, $130;www.macys.com.

Sweet & Sharp

Sweet & Sharp

FRAGRANCE Parisienne Perfume by Yves Saint Laurent, $75.19; www.fragrancenet.com. COAT H&M Light Beige Short Coat, $79.95; www.hm.com. BLOUSE H&M Sleeveless Blouse, $24.95; www.hm.com. NECKLACE Crystal Mesh Statement Necklace, $26; www.nordstrom.com. SKIRT Zara Crepe Skirt with Front Buttons, $49.90; www.zara.com. RING Erickson Beamon Amethyst Collage Ring, $50 (to rent); www.renttherunway.com. NAIL POLISH Zoya Nail Polish in Charisma, $9;www.zoya.com. LIPSTICK Kevyn Aucoin Matte Lip Color in Persistence, $33; www.neimanmarcus.com.SHOES GUESS Abaih Two Piece Ankle Strap Pumps, $59.99; www.macys.com. BAG Zara Zipped Bucket Bag, $79.90; www.zara.com.

Fabulous Gift Ideas

October 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Beauty & Fashion

Forget about playing it (completely) safe this season, at least when it comes to your beauty routine. Color is in for fall and the holidays! Bold liners and shadows brighten your face, just in time for the dreary cold; thanks to modern advances, makeup actually stays put and lasts longer than ever. Plus, don’t miss my best beauty gift-giving suggestions. Happy glamorous holiday!

 

Lolita Lempicka Minuit Sonne 2014

 

 

 This year’s glittery, limited-edition holiday scent represents the sensual midnight hour.LOLITA LEMPICKA MINUITE SONNE combines notes ofliquorice, iris concrete, vanilla and benzoin—perfect for your holiday party ($105; www.amazon.com).

 

 

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Tame your mane without breakage. Olivia Garden Divine Brush Collection features an ergonomic design that makes hair brushing easy and snag-free. My favorite is the Divine Wet Detangler, with memory flex bristles to detangle post-shower hair.
($24; www.oliviagarden/brushes.com).


 

 

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Cleanse, moisturize and treat your skin with the spa-strength June Jacobs Brightening Gift Set. Paraben and preservative free, this five-piece kit, which promises to deliver a glowing complexion,
is conveniently packaged in travel-safe sizes with an elegant gift box. Includes: Creamy Cranberry Cleanser, Vanda Orchid Polishing Beads, Brightening Serum, Brightening Moisturizer, Intensive Age Defying Brightening Eye Cream.
($54; www.junejacobs.com).

 

Urban Decay TEN 24-7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set

Colors were a big trend on the fall runways.
Add some color to your life with Urban Decay
Ten 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil Set. The soft pencils
go on with ease and have great staying power
($52; www.urbandecay.com).

 

 


 

RocktheParty

 

Bliss Rock the Party! Set is just the thing for an endless season of holiday parties. The head-to-toe set is complete
with rescue essentials: thigh firming cream,
high intensity hand cream, energizing mask and
a triple oxygen instant energizing eye mask
($45; exclusively at Sephora).

 

 

COCO-NOIR

Chanel Coco Noir is a modern combination of
luminous floral and sensual oriental notes; its
top notes of grapefruit and bergamot accentuate
the rose and jasmine.
($98; www.chanel.com).

 


 

 

 

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Laura Geller Beauty Book of Jewels Baked Eyeshadow Library is the most comprehensive eyeshadow collection. Each shade can be worn dry or wet for a deeper color
payoff—perfect for doubling as a liner.
($99; www.qvc.com).

 


Prefer a minimalist take on the trend?
Go for a liquid liner, which creates more of a clean, precise line; blue and violet are all the rage. Try:

Eyeko Visual Eyes Marine

Eyeko Visual Eyes Liquid Eyeliner in Marine
($19; www.eyeko.com)

 

 

 

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Napoleon Perdis Two Faced Eyeliner Duo in High Society
($35; www.napoeonperdis.com)

Maybelline EyeStudio Master Duo Glossy
Liquid Liner in Violet Luster
($8; www.ulta.com)

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Flying Saucer’s BeerFeast – November 1st

October 23, 2014 by  
Filed under Bars & Nightlife, Events, Foodie Events

beerfeast

Sugar Land Flying Saucer’s 3rd annual BeerFeast will feature over 40 breweries and 60 craft beers, all carefully selected by Flying Saucer’s resident beer gurus. In addition, very rare and limited-release beers will be tapped one at time throughout the fest. Once again a variety of Sugar Land Town Square restaurants will have food available for sale during the festival.

Tickets are $35, and can be purchased here or at the Saucer beginning at 10am CDT, Wednesday, July 16th . The day of the fest, tickets will be $45 at the door if still available. Ticket purchase includes admission to the festival, a tasting card that is good for choice of 12 samples of any of the 60 festival beers, and a 2014 commemorative BeerFeast tasting glass. There are also designated driver tickets available for $15, which includes admission to the festival and complimentary soft drinks. Additional taster cards will be available for purchase by all VIP and general admission ticket holders on the day of the festival for just $3.

In addition to general admission tickets, again this year a very limited number of VIP tickets will be available for purchase. They are expected to sell out quickly and will only be available for sale online only prior to the festival for $65. In addition to the taster glass and sampling session, VIP ticket purchase includes early admission to the festival at noon, food vouchers redeemable at any of the festival food vendors, a 2014 BeerFeast T-shirt and a BeerFeast Brew Caddy. Additionally, all VIP ticket holders will have access to the rare brew tapping VIP only line.


BeerFeast is a 21-and-up-only event and all guests must purchase a ticket to attend.
Purchase VIP Tickets Here!


For more information, call 281-242-7468. Or, click the link to visit our website.

The Best Damn Food Truck Festival – November 15th

October 15, 2014 by  
Filed under Entertainment, Events, Foodie Events

food truck

When: November 15, 2014
Location: 1902 Washington Ave.
Times: 2pm 8pm
Website: www.thebestfoodtruckfest.com

Live music, craft beer, and over 20 food trucks to choose from!

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