Free Weekend Fun in Houston May 27-29

Get ready for a weekend of free fun! Here is a snapshot of 13 Free Things to Do in Houston this weekend, May 27-29:

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Houston Grand Opera, photo: Lynn Lane

FRIDAY

Engage in opera — Don’t miss Houston Grand Opera’s Tosca at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Friday, 8 p.m. Enjoy free mezzanine and lawn seating. This will be a full production with English subtitles. Free tickets must be picked up at the box office. This is located at 2005 Lake Robbins Drive in The Woodlands.

Watch a free outdoor classic movieFriday Flicks on the Lawn returns to downtown GreenStreet Friday with When Harry Met Sally at 8 p.m. GreenStreet is located at 1201 Fannin.

Love that MotownDancin’ in the Street: Motown & More returns this weekend to Miller Outdoor Theatre Friday – Sunday. Enjoy a Stevie Wonder Tribute and other soul favorites. This music kicks off at 8:15 p.m.

Jam to tunes — 4 Bands in 4 Nights paying tribute to some of the country’s best bands! Memorial Day Weekend Plaza Music Series is Friday through Monday at CityCentre. May 27 features a Classic Rock tribute from the ’60s and ’70s with Legendary Rhythm Bandits from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Located at 800 Town and Country Blvd.

SATURDAY

Chill with some pups — Head to GreenStreet Saturday for its Mutts and Melodies, a fun adoption event offered the first and fourth Saturday each month by PupSquad. Play with some puppies on the Lawn and listen to music by The Matchsticks. Located at 1201 Fannin.

Sample some chili — The Memorial Day Chili Challenge hits downtown Tomball May 28, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., to benefit veterans. Enjoy live music plus a kids zone and more. Pro cookers from Texas, local businesses and kids’ teams will battle it out for “Best Chili in Tomball.” Free admission and free parking. Located at 201 S. Elm in Tomball.

Create your own patriotic hat — Lakeshore Learning continues its free crafting each Saturday from 11 am – 3 pm at all stores. This Saturday, kids can create their own patriotic hat out of a paper plate. Lakeshore Learning has locations near the Galleria, in Friendswood and Conroe.

Kick off summer — Kick off summer at the Big Summer Fun event at Cypress Creek Lakes Saturday, 4 pm – 9:30 pm. The free afternoon features live ’80s cover band, bungee trampolines, bounce houses, face painting, balloon art, with a fireworks finale around 9:10 p.m. Don’t miss out on free food from 15 food trucks! Cypress Creek Lakes is located in NW Houston at 10080 Cypress Creek Bend Lane.

Watch a movie under the stars — Central Green Park shares another free outdoor movie Saturday at dusk featuring Wreck It Ralph. Central Green Park is located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. in Katy.

fireworks in HoustonBe patriotic – Celebrate Memorial Day weekend with live music, kid fun, and fireworks in The Woodlands Saturday and Sunday, May 28-29. Don’t miss the nightly live music kicking off at 6 p.m. Plenty of kid-friendly fun including children’s activities, strolling entertainers and more. A special fireworks show begins around 8:55 p.m. Located at Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Road.

Jam to tunes — 4 Bands in 4 Nights paying tribute to some of the country’s best bands! Memorial Day Weekend Plaza Music Series is Friday through Monday at CityCentre. May 28 features a ZZ Top tribute band with ZZ Roxx from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Located at 800 Town and Country Blvd.

SUNDAY

Jam to tunes — 4 Bands in 4 Nights paying tribute to some of the country’s best bands! Memorial Day Weekend Plaza Music Series is Friday through Monday at CityCentre. May 29 features a Drew Essen and Friends (Inspirational) from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Located at 800 Town and Country Blvd.

Be patriotic – Celebrate Memorial Day weekend with live music, kid fun, and fireworks in The Woodlands Sunday, May 29. Live music kicks off at 6 p.m. Plenty of kid-friendly fun including children’s activities, strolling entertainers and more. A special fireworks show begins around 8:55 p.m. Located at Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Road.

Houston Zoo Discount: $4 Off Summer Admission

Looking to save some money this summer on Houston family fun? Chill Out at the Houston Zoo is a promotion offering $4 off Houston Zoo admission when you arrive after 4 p.m. this summer. This promotion kicks off Saturday, May 28, for the whole summer. Last entry is 6 p.m. with the zoo open till 7 p.m.

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Not only can you save money with this Houston Zoo discount but also stay cool at indoor Chill Zones. Watch the animals enjoy Chill Out enrichment like ice pops, elephant baths, and water sprinklers. Plus it’s a great time to check out the new dinosaur exhibit!

Buy your tickets online here (not available for purchase till May 28) to get this cool deal!

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Memorial Day Deals & Freebies 2016

Memorial Day deals in HoustonMemorial Day weekend typically signals the beginning of summer. It’s also a chance to snag some deals and freebies. Here are a few ways to save this Memorial Day, including a couple of military discounts available year round:

Boomer Houston (formerly Mountasia)– Active and retired military personnel and dependents save $10 on 4 hours of unlimited play ($29.99 instead of $39.99).  This includes unlimited golf, go carts, rock wall, and bumper boats. Located at 17190 State Hwy 249. This military deal is available year round.

Boston Market — Take advantage of 25% off a Family Meal purchase at Boston Market Monday, May 30. Up to $10 savings! Print your coupon here.

Half Price Books — The annual Memorial Day sale at Half Price Books is back, which means 20% off the entire store Friday – Monday, May 27 – 30. It’s the perfect time to stock up on used books, music, movies and more. Not valid online or for gift cards. Find Houston locations online here. No coupon needed.

Hooter’s — Current and former military with an ID receive a free entrée on Memorial Day with a drink purchase. Choose from Buffalo Chicken Salad, Buffalo Chicken Sandwich, 10-piece Wings, or Hooter’s Burger.

Houston Zoo — Military families and veterans can save 50% off Houston Zoo admission with a valid military ID. Tickets for two adults and three children can be purchased per day with the discount. The Houston Zoo is located at 6000 Hermann Park Dr. This military deal is available year round.

James Coney Island — Houstonians can celebrate Memorial Day with a 99¢ Coney from James Coney Island. No limit!

Lowe’s — Military save an extra 10% off products at Lowe’s all Memorial Day weekend to honor their service.

MOD Pizza — Military get a free salad or 11″ pizza Monday, May 30.

McCormick & Schmick’s — Active members of the military, veterans and National Guard can receive a complimentary lunch or dinner at McCormick & Schmick’s Monday, May 30. Military get to choose from 1 of 10 special entrees. Reservations are highly recommended. Military ID required for this deal. Dine-in only.

Sam’s Club — Active/retired military and spouses receive a $15 Sam’s Club gift card when you join or renew your membership to the wholesale club through July 31. Simply print this page and bring your military ID.

Spaghetti Warehouse — The Italian eatery is offering its Family Feast for 4 for just $30 (with coupon) May 28-30. The feast includes 2 Lasagna, 2 Chicken Parmigiana, plus choice of 2 Spaghetti & Meatballs or Fettuccini Alfredo. Get your coupon here.

Twin Peaks — Active military and veterans can get a free meal Monday, May 30, from the Memorial Day menu.

Wendy’s — Ask for a free small Frosty Monday, May 30, as part of Customer Appreciation Day! No purchase necessary.

Energy Star Sales Tax holiday — Texans get to avoid paying state and local sales tax when purchasing energy-efficient appliances Saturday through Monday, May 28-30. The products qualifying for the exemption include:

  • Air conditioners priced at $6,000 or less
  • Refrigerators priced at $2,000 or less
  • Ceiling fans
  • Incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs
  • Clothes washers
  • Dishwashers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Programmable thermostats

7 Free Things to Do in Houston May 23-27

Don’t miss 7 options for free fun in Houston May 23-27 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

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Tuesday (5/24) — Head downtown for Toddler Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Enjoy a morning of story time, activities, crafts and a special appearance by Pete the Cat. This is located at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

Wednesday (5/25) — Celebrate National Wine Day at Disco & Vino near Memorial City Mall. Turn back the clock to the ’70s at this fun event with complimentary beer and wine, music from Infinite Groove, and light bites from Memorial City restaurants. Located at Gateway Promenade, 947 Gessner Rd.

Wednesday (5/25) — Kids enjoy Nature Story Time each Wednesday, 4 p.m., at Nature Discovery Center. The weekly story time includes a variety of fun such as live animals, crafts, songs, short nature walks and more. Located at 7112 Newscastle.

Thursday (5/26) — Enjoy seven museums for free each Thursday in Houston’s Museum District.

  • 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 – 7 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 (5/26) — The annual Dancin’ in the Street: Motown & More Revue returns to Miller Outdoor Theatre Thursday – Sunday. The free evening features a new Stevie Wonder Tribute plus other soul music classics. Reserved seats are available on performance day at the Miller Box Office, 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Located at 6000 Hermann Park Dr.

Thursday (5/26) — Enjoy a live outdoor concert at Thursday Concerts Presented by UHD in downtown Houston! This week features The Last Bandoleros with a blend of Tex-Mex, Brit-Pop and Country/Rock. Located at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

Friday (5/27) — Kids will love to get creative at Abrakadoodle Home School Art Class. There are two age groups Friday at 10 am: children ages 2-5 will do a watercolor technique with Geometric Jumble, and children 1st – 5th grade will draw Laura Bryant’s Aquarium. This is held the last Friday each month. Located at Central Green Park, 23501 Cinco Ranch. Blvd., in Katy.

Houston Discounts: Houston Texans, Society for the Performing Arts, Back to the Future Unscripted, & more

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

spa family showsSociety for the Performing Arts $104.00 for Society for the Performing Arts: Family Fun Series ($150 value)

Houston Texans’ Pre-Season Games$25-$40 for Houston Texans’ Preseason Football ($45-$60 value)

Houston Museum of Natural Science$10 for Houston Museum of Natural Science ($25 value)

R&B Singers Angie Stone and Joe — $26.50 for R&B Singers Angie Stone and Joe ($53 value)

Music Box Theater’s 5-Year Anniversary Show$13.50 for The Music Box Theater’s Five-Year Anniversary Show ($27 value)

Little Women: The Musical$10 for “Little Women, the Musical” presented by A.D. Players ($20 value)

Back to the Future: Unscripted$7 for Back to the Future: Unscripted ($14 value)

ComedySportz Houston$10 for ComedySportz Houston at Queensbury Theatre ($20 value)

Faith Evans and Avant$26.50 for Faith Evans & Avant ($53 value)

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Free Weekend Fun in Houston May 20-22

Get ready for a weekend of free fun! Here is a snapshot of 11 Free Things to Do in Houston this weekend, May 20-22:

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FRIDAY

Enjoy Houston Recovers benefit concert — The City of Houston and Lakewood Church are partnering to present a free benefit concert Friday, 7 p.m., Houston Recovers with Clay Walker and Friends. The evening features a line-up of locally and nationally known musicians, celebrities, community leaders and others who care about Houston to inspire folks to contribute to Houston’s flood relief efforts. Get info about Lakewood Church parking and more online. The concert will be broadcast and streamed live on KTRK-ABC13 and SiriusXM Joel Osteen Radio, channel 128, with multiple replays all weekend. This is located at Lakewood Church, 3700 Southwest Freeway.

See live opera — Houston Grand Opera brings Tosca to life at Miller Outdoor Theatre Friday and Saturday at 8 pm. This performance is geared to mature audiences. Free covered reserved seats are available performance day at Miller Box Office, 10:30 am – 1pm. Located at 6000 Hermann Park Drive.

Pet miniature horses — Kids will love Story Time and Meet the Miniatures Friday, 6 p.m., thanks to Paloma Trails owner Paige Clough. This event is not located at her Brookshire farm but Great Southwest Equestrian Center. Paige will read from her new book, kids can watch a jumping demonstration and pet and walk the miniature horses. Please RSVP your attendance to [email protected] This is a free event. The Equestrian Center is located at 2501 S. Mason Road in Katy.

Engage with Houston Symphony — Don’t miss free mezzanine and lawn seats to Houston Symphony’s Symphonie Fantastic Friday, 8 p.m., at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands. Doors open at 7 p.m.

SATURDAY

Attend a dog fest — If you love dogs, head over to Puppies for Breakfast (outdoor dog fest) Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., at Market Square Park. This location serves as a mecca of all things pets with 40 pet vendors, product giveaways, drawings, and live music. Don’t miss the Doggie Costume Contest and food trucks! The event is free but folks are encouraged to share a $5 donation for a local dog rescue. Located at 301 Milam.

Experience kid-friendly learning — Take advantage of a free learning opportunity Saturdays with girls inc.’s STEM Saturday, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Discovery Green. This free, hands-on education program relating to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) is limited to 60 kids, first-come, first-serve. Located at 1500 McKinney.

Explore and learn — Bass Pro Shops is having lots of inside fun Memorial Day weekend with the Bass Pro Go Outdoors weekend events and sale. Families can check out the Catch and Release pond, crafts, cooking demos and sampling, giveaways, and free photo download. Bass Pro Shops is located in Katy and Pearland.

See WWII planes — Tour the WWII Museum and visit the Hangar of the Houston Wing of the Commemorative Air Force 10 am – 3 pm. It’s a great chance to get up close to the Wing’s five flyable WWII military aircraft: climb into a cockpit of a WWII trainer or go inside a WWII Paratroop aircraft. This is open to the public the first and third Saturday each month. Located at West Houston Airport, 2 miles north of I-10 east off Barker Cypress on Groschke Rd.

See live opera — Houston Grand Opera brings Tosca to life at Miller Outdoor Theatre Friday and Saturday at 8 pm. This performance is geared to mature audiences. Free covered reserved seats are available performance day at Miller Box Office, 10:30 am – 1pm. Located at 6000 Hermann Park Drive.

SUNDAY

Play in the street — It’s another weekend featuring CIGNA Sunday Streets, noon to 4 p.m. This month features White Oak Drive. This is not a street festival, but a chance to walk, bike or play in the street and meet neighbors in the community.

Explore and learn — Bass Pro Shops is having lots of inside fun Memorial Day weekend with the Bass Pro Go Outdoors weekend events and sale. Families can check out the Catch and Release pond, crafts, cooking demos and sampling, giveaways, and free photo download. Bass Pro Shops is located in Katy and Pearland.

Getting a Texas Driver’s License — with a Smile

welcome-to-texas-dmvHave you recently moved to Houston or Texas and need to get a Texas driver’s license or vehicle registration? Don’t despair, just plan ahead!

Check out my latest piece for CubeSmart, Getting Your License in Houston: How to Navigate Texas Department of Public Safety (With a Smile), as part of their online Newcomer’s Guide. I look forward to sharing new Houston-related articles each month!

I am proud to be CubeSmart’s City Guide Expert for its online Houston Moving Guide. I will be sharing monthly insight for folks moving to Houston looking for local perspective.

Disclosure: I’ve partnered with CubeSmart as their local expert. Articles are written by me and my own opinion.

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7 Free Things to Do in Houston May 16-20

Don’t miss these 7 options for free & cheap fun in Houston May 16-20 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

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Monday (5/16) — Want free Chick-fil-A breakfast this summer? Pick up your breakfast card May 16 only, with three free breakfasts loaded on the card. There will be one free item each month. The card is available 10:30 a.m. to close May 16 at Houston-area Chick-fil-A.

Wednesday (5/18) — Wellness Wednesdays return to GreenStreet downtown Wednesdays at 6:30 am. Not only will you be doing your body good but you’ll also save $1 off your next salad or wrap at Salata! Located on The Lawn at GreenStreet, 1201 Fannin.

Wednesday (5/18) — Kids can enjoy a book reading and craft at the Firethorne Little Free Library event Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. Children’s book author Cathey Graham Nickell will read her new book, “Arthur Zarr’s Amazing Art Car.” Children also can make a mixed-media art car. Refreshments will be served. This is located at the new Firethorne Little Free Library next to the playground by the Firethorne Community Center, 28128 N. Firethorne Road. Rain date is May 25! This is hosted by Katy Moms Blogger Tamara Woodard and Little Free Library Founder Meg Glenn. Please RSVP to [email protected] with your name and how many adults/kids are attending.

Wednesday (5/18) — West Ave will showcase Houston’s top interior designers at Destination Design 2016, a free event from ASID Texas Gulf Coast Chapter. The event is 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at 2800 Kirby. Complimentary valet parking to boot! Don’t miss the champagne bar and bites from West Ave. restaurants.

Wednesday (5/18) — {Not free but cheap!} It’s a $3 movie screening of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark for Family Rewind at Studio Movie Grill. Movie begins at 7 p.m. at both CityCentre and Copperfield locations.

Thursday (5/19) — 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 – 7 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 (5/19) —  Rescheduled to July 7 due to weather. Head downtown for Thursday Concerts by UHD each Thursday, 6:30 p.m. This week features Houston’s hip hop hero, Bun B. Located at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

 

Discount Houston Texans Tickets (Pre-Season)

If you’re a Houston Texans’ fan, don’t miss your chance to save up $15 each on pre-season Texans’ tickets, thanks to Goldstar.

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Discount Pre-Season Games:

August 20: Texans vs. New Orleans Saints
August 28: Texans vs. Arizona Cardinals

Tickets in the 600s section are $30 each ($45 value) + $5.25 service fee for August 20 game.  Tickets for August 28 game are $30 each ($45 value) or $40 each ($60 value) + $6.50 service fee.

Head online here to get your tickets. Some discount sections are already sold out since seats are limited.

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