Free Texans Slush Returns to Sonic After Texans Win

free Texans slushIt’s officially back!

Don’t miss your free Texans Slush Tuesdays all season at Sonic when the Texans win! So that would be today, September 1!

Each Tuesday after a Houston Texans’ win, head to Sonic for a free 20 oz. Texans slush (cranberry/cherry slush). I’m so happy it’s back for Houston-area locations.

According to the promotion, get one free slush per person present. Some locations last year said just one per car, so hopefully they will be more consistent. Find a list of participating Sonic locations online.

Search Cheap Gas in Houston – $2.03 in Cypress

Gas prices continue to drop in Houston, which is great for our wallets but not our local oil & gas jobs.

I saw it for $2.03 at the Kroger Marketplace in Cypress. But $2.99 inside the loop at Shepherd & Feagan? That’s a huge difference. Be sure to follow the Cheap Gas widget at Houston on the Cheap to save on your next fill up.

If you’re not familiar with the widget, you can search by zip code to find the cheapest gas in your neighborhood or city. The gas widget [labeled Fuel Up] on the top navigation bar is your go-to source for saving money on gas. Just search by zip code here.

gas prices sept1 2015Just quickly browsing the gas map, I also found high pricing at $2.74/gallon at Holcombe & Kirby and $2.79/gallon at Richmond & Montrose. Then I found two stations downtown priced at $2.29/gallon & $2.79/gallon just blocks apart. Big difference! It definitely pays to do some research.

Head online for the interactive map here. Then click on the price to see the gas station name and address.

photo: flickr/Robert S. Donovan

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Houston Discounts: Great Wolf Lodge, Peter Pan, TUTS’ Little Mermaid, SeaWorld, FREE Skeeters & more

Don’t miss these discounts to Houston area fun. Here are a few that caught my eye:

great wolf lodgeGreat Wolf Lodge in GrapevineSave 35% at Great Wolf Lodge Grapevine in Texas with water park passes and resort credit. Dates into November.

Peter Pan —  $27.50 – $58 to see Peter Pan, an immersive high-flying hit at Threesixty Theater ($50 – $90 value)

Houston Dynamo — $17 – $33 to see Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium ($33 – $61 value)

Rice Owls $10 – $35 to see Rice Owls at Rice University September 5 and October 3 ($20 – $50 value)

little mermaid TUTSDisney’s The Little Mermaid with TUTS– $27 – $64 for TUTS’ The Little Mermaid ($37 – $89.50 value)

Texas Contemporary Art FairFREE tickets for Texas Contemporary Art Fair + fee ($25 value)

Studio Movie GrillOne, Two, or Four Movie Tickets at Studio Movie Grill (Up to 50% Off)

Seaworld San AntonioSeaWorld San Antonio — Single-Day Admission for an Adult or Child to SeaWorld San Antonio (Up to 54% Off)

Voca People$14 for Voca People at Wortham Theater Center ($28 value)

Lend Me A Tenor$11.50 to see Houston Family Arts Center’s Lend Me A Tenor ($23 value)

The Rat Pack is Back$21.50 for The Rat Pack Is Back at Jones Hall ($43 value)

Sugar Land SkeetersSugar Land SkeetersFREE tickets to Sugar Land Skeeters + $3.50 fee ($8 value). Dates through September 20.

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7 Free Things to Do in Houston this Week

Don’t miss these 7 options for free fun in Houston August 31-September 4 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

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Tuesday (9/1) — Free Houston Zoo afternoon returns this week after a summer hiatus. Tuesday, September 1, noon to close, is the next first Tuesday with free admission. They’ve added two extra hours to this free day! Last entry is 6 pm with closing at 7 pm. Free tickets are available online. Located at 6200 Hermann Park.

Tuesday (9/1) — Enjoy free weekly Tai Chi at Willow Fork Drainage District’s Central Green Park. This exercise class centers the body, mind and spirit and maintains overall health and well-being. Located in Katy at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Tuesday (9/1) — It’s a new fall season and Toddler Tuesday returns to Discovery Green! This week’s theme is Love Your Neighbor with a storytime with KSBJ’s Reyna Reyna + appearance by Veggie Tales Bob and Larry. The story begins at 10:35 am at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

Tuesday (9/1) — Enjoy a free Blue Bell ice cream social Tuesday, 6 pm – 9 pm, thanks to Gallery Furniture! The local retailer is providing a free scoop of Blue Bell ice cream to celebrate the return of this Texas favorite. All three locations are participating: Grand Parkway, I-45 North, and Post Oak Blvd.

Thursday (9/3) — Culinary Institute LeNôtre hosts free culinary movie screenings at 1:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. in the Crump Amphitheater the first Thursday of each month. Kings of Pastry is the free movie September 3, where 16 French chefs endure three days of intense competition to be awarded the best Craftsmen in France. Located at 7070 Allensby St.  

Thursday (8/20) — Enjoy seven museums for free each Thursday in Houston’s Museum District. {The Weather Museum is relocating and temporarily closed, but is usually an 8th free museum on Thursdays.}

  • Houston Museum of Natural Science — free Thursday 3 pm – 6 pm
  • Children’s Museum of Houston — free Thursday 5 pm – 8 pm
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston — free Thursday 10 am – 9 pm
  • The Health Museum — free Thursday 2 pm – 5 pm
  • Houston Museum of African American Culture — 6 pm – 8 pm
  • Buffalo Soldiers National Museum — 1 pm – 5 pm
  • Holocaust Museum Houston — 2 pm – 5 pm

{Don’t forget Houston’s 10 museums that are free every day.}

Thursday (9/3) — Dancin’ in the Street… Motown & More revue is back for a soul-filled Labor Day weekend at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Dancin’ in the Stree covers the timeless classics of legendary Motown artists and many more soul music greats. This kicks off Thursday at 8 pm for three nights.

Free Weekend Fun in Houston August 28-30

Get ready for a weekend of free fun! Here is a snapshot of 11 Free Things to Do in Houston this weekend, August 28-30:

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 FRIDAY

Bike Houston — Grab your bike and join Critical Mass, a group of bikers that ride the last Friday of each month from Market Square Park. Its goal is to advocate for a bike-friendly urban environment. Ride begins at 301 Milam downtown at 7 pm.

Party with Chubby — Legendary Chubby Checker & the Wildcats hits the stage Friday, 8 pm at Miller Outdoor Theatre with his rock-n-roll favorites. Free reserved seats are available performance day from 10:30 am – 1 pm at the Miller Box office.

Catch a movie under the moon — Don’t miss Hotel Transylvania, a free outdoor movie Friday, 9 pm, at GreenStreet downtown, 1201 Fannin.

SATURDAY

Enjoy yoga in the park — Head to Hermann Park for Savasana into Summer, thanks to Namitzi Yoga. The free weekly yoga class is open to all skill levels each Saturday through September 1. Meditation is at 8:15 am with yoga from 8:30 am – 9:30 am. This is located near the Reflection Pond at Hermann Park.

Relax with yoga — Don’t miss free Yoga on the Mezzanine at Whole Foods Post Oak every Saturday from 9 am – 10 am through September. Located at 1700 Post Oak Blvd.

Enjoy free yogurt at CUPS — Head to the grand opening of CUPS Frozen Yogurt in The Woodlands Saturday, 4 pm – 6 pm. Enjoy free yogurt + the chance to win prizes, discounts and even free frozen yogurt for a year! This is the first CUPS location in Texas with 24 flavors and 50 toppings! Located at 1950 Hughes Landing Blvd.

Play dress up — Kids (and adults!) are encouraged to dress up as what they want to be when they grow up, thanks to the Dream Big Festival Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm. It’s all part of the grand opening of The Learning Experience in Spring. The festival also features arts & crafts, a bounce house, food, games, prizes, and opportunities for families to save on tuition. Located at 9554 Louetta Rd. in Spring.

Jam in Tomball — Don’t miss the Tomball Texas Music Festival Saturday, noon – 6 pm. Live music from “Two Tons of Steel” plus regional greats Jesse Raub, Jr., Silverado, and Darbi Shaun. Food, music and free parking! Located at 201 S. Elm in Tomball.

Be amazed with Royal Fireworks — Artistic Director Antoine Plante and Mercury perform Handel’s classic Music for the Royal Fireworks. A fireworks show follows in celebration of Mercury’s 15th anniversary season. Free reserved seats are available on performance day from 10:30 am – 1 pm at the Miller Box Office. Located at Miller Outdoor Theatre beginning at 8 pm.

Watch The Avengers under the moon — It’s another fun outdoor movie night at WFDD’s Central Green Park in Katy. This Saturday bring your chairs or blankets to catch The Avengers. Movie begins at dusk. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

SUNDAY

Engage with Houston theater — Theater District Open House is one of my favorite days in Houston when downtown district theaters are open to the public for free tours, kid-friendly fun, one-day only ticket discounts, live performance sneak peeks, and more! Don’t miss the free 30-minute boat rides thanks to Buffalo Bayou Partnership. Venues include Jones Hall, Wortham Theatre, Hobby Center, the newly renovated Alley Theatre, and more! A free Houston Symphony concert kicks off at 4 pm at Jones Hall. Get the full schedule online.

Free Theater District Open House + Discount Tickets

August 30 marks the 22nd annual Theater District Open House featuring Houston’s nine performing arts organizations in the downtown Theater District. Experience Houston’s fabulous Theater District completely free! It’s one of my favorite days in downtown Houston!

pippin houstonCatch a sneak peek of upcoming TUTS and Broadway Across America seasons through live performances (such as Pippin), meet-n-greet with costumed performers, free trolley rides, tango lessons, and backstage tours. The venues open for tours and performances are Wortham Theater, Alley Theater, Jones Hall, Revention Music Center (formerly Bayou Music Center), and Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Experience theater, dance, and music, Sunday, August 30, noon to 4 pm. The day concludes with a 4 pm Houston Symphony concert at Jones Hall.

Discount Ticket Offers

The bonus I love about attending Theater District Day is taking advantage of discount ticket offers for the Houston Symphony, Houston Ballet, TUTS, and all the others. For example, save $60 on a six-season subscription to TUTS, 50% off select subscriptions to Houston Ballet, 20% off Houston Grand Opera single tickets, or $15 off select performances of Pippin. All the discount offers are listed online here.

Houston BalletThis is a perfect family-friendly event, too. New this year are free 30-minute boat rides from Buffalo Bayou Partnership. Kids will love the arts & crafts and Instrument Petting Zoo at Wortham Theater Center. Other highlights feature free Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera performances at Wortham Theater Center + backstage/behind the scene tours. Check out the schedule here.

Visit HoustonTheaterOpenHouse.com for more info on Theater District Day. Get parking info online, including free trolley rides to different venues.

Pippin photo: Terry Shapira

September 1: Free Houston Zoo Returns 12pm-7pm

GiraffeFree Houston Zoo afternoon is a great way to spend your afternoon for free! Tuesday, September 1, noon to close, is the next first Tuesday with free admission. They’ve added two extra hours to this free day! Last entry is 6 pm with closing at 7 pm.

Free tickets are now required. Get them in advance online or at the gate.

This is the first free Zoo Day after summer break, so it will be fun to enjoy this freebie again!  photo: © Vicki Powers

Free Chick-fil-A Breakfast at Select Houston Locations

chickfilaminiChick-fil-A continues its Free Breakfast Wednesdays at select locations August 26, September 2 & 9. Guests can get a free breakfast item of the restaurant’s choice from 6 am – 10:30 am. Watch for a new surprise each week!

Check with your neighborhood restaurant to see if it’s participating. Here are a few I’ve seen:

One free breakfast item per person. No purchase necessary. Valid at participating locations only, while supplies last.