Free Weekend Fun in Houston July 25-27

The weekend is almost here! What are your plans? Here is a snapshot of 16 Free Things to Do in Houston this Weekend (July 25-27) with your family and friends.

Free fun in Houston

FRIDAY

Watch free family flick, RIO — Don’t miss the free Kids’ Camp family-friendly movie each weekend at Alamo Drafthouse’s Vintage Park and Mason Road locations. Catch RIO July 26-28 at 10:05 am (Vintage Park) and 11:30 (Mason Park). Movie plays through July 31. Seats are first-come, first-serve.

Watch a movie under the stars — Catch a free screening of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Friday night at the new Whole Foods Market Champions. The event kicks off at 7:30 pm with the movie starting at dusk thanks to Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow. Located at 10133 Louetta.

houston aquariumLearn to salsa dance — Enjoy free salsa dance lessons at Latin Beats every Friday night at the Downtown Aquarium. From 7 pm – 10 pm you can learn salsa dancing from professional dance instructors. Enjoy live music since it’s the last Friday of the month. The Aquarium is located at 410 Bagby at Memorial.

Enjoy outdoor music — The free Sizzling Summer Concert series continues Friday at Central Green Park with Prophet and Outlaws. The concert kicks off at 7:30 pm. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

SATURDAY

Learn about fish of Spring Creek — Don’t miss this free hands-on event Fish of Spring Creek Saturday, held in Humble at Jesse J. Jones Park and Nature Center. This event is geared to kids 10+. Be ready to get wet and dirty as you learn what’s in the park’s waterways using dip-nets and seines. You must register in advance by calling the Center at 281.446.8588.

Play outdoors — Head to Kingwood Free Kid’s Fest Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm, for a day of free fun: attractions, games, pony rides, contests, carnival rides, bungee jumps, character appearances, performances and more. Located at Kingwood Town Center Park, 4300 Town Center Place.

Museum of Fine Arts, HoustonTour a museum — Join in Houston’s Museum Experience Day Saturday with free admission to the Zone 3 museums: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and The Jung Center of Houston. Programming includes gallery talks, family art-making activities, Smilebooth photos and food trucks! Hours are 10 am – 7 pm. The next quarterly Museum Experience Day is September 27.

Tour a fire station — Folks in The Woodlands can participate in Good Neighbor Day Saturday at two different local fire stations. Families can tour the fire station, meet their firefighters and deputies, get crime info, and register bicycles. 10 am – 11:30 am — Fire Station #4 at 7900 Bay Branch Road. 1 pm – 2:30 pm: Fire Station #7 at 26722 Kuykendahl Road.

Get healthy — Neighborhood Centers presents a free Walmart Back-to-School Community Health Fair Saturday, 8 am – 11 am, at Ripley House Neighborhood Center. The event features free health screenings, immunizations, cooking demos, games, school supplies, entertainment and prizes. Located at 4410 Navigation.

Swap, recycle and reuse Houston Re-Market returns July 26, 4th Saturday of each month (11 am – 4 pm), as an opportunity for Houstonians to practice responsible consumerism. And this month it’s at a new location: Station Museum of Contemporary Art. Participate in the swap (bring a gently used item) and take something else home for free, shop at vendors who use recycled and resused materials in their crafts, enjoy live entertainment and a BBQ food truck. Houston Re-Market is located at 1502 Alabama.

Learn about weather with Anthony — Head to the Bellaire City Library Saturday for an afternoon talk about Weather and the Water Cycle presented by KPRC’s Anthony Yanez. The free event is 3 pm – 4 pm at 5111 at Jessamine.

Learn about diabetes and more — If you struggle with diabetes, don’t miss the free American Diabetes Association Houston EXPO. The Saturday event features health screenings, cooking demonstrations, exhibitors + experts sharing knowledge around diabetes management and prevention. This is 9 am – 3 pm at NRG Center.

Free outdoor movies in HoustonWatch a movie under the moon — Lots of options for free outdoor movies! Discovery Green: Watch Wall-E on the jumbo screen for IKEA Houston Screen on the Green. The movie kicks off 9 pm but arrive an hour early for contests and activities. It’s a Rolling Roadshow thanks to Alamo Drafthouse. Central Green: Watch the 1993 classic Jurassic Park at Central Green Park in Katy. The movie kicks off at dusk. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Dance under the stars — Dance at CityCentre’s Dancing Under the Stars event Saturday, 7 pm – 10 pm. This month’s event features the Legendary River Bandits. City Centre is located near I-10 and Beltway 8 at 800 Town and Country Blvd.

Listen to country music — Head to Sugar Land Town Square Saturday, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, for NOLA Nights. This music event features Leo Polk Band, who brings New Orleans-style jazz to Houston. This local treasure will share a variety of music: Blues, Jazz, R&B, Soul, Dixieland and Oldies.

SUNDAY

Houston Family Fun FestEngage in family fun — Head to Discovery Green Sunday for Houston Fun Fest sponsored by Houston Family Magazine. The event includes lots of family fun including face painting, inflatables, arts and crafts, music, door prizes, performances, food trucks, swag bags and more. Hours are noon to 4 pm. Located at 1500 McKinney. photo: Lullaby Lane Photography

Love some free music — The Caroline Sessions are free monthly concerts held in the Heights at White Space Houston. This month features 4+ bands, pot luck, community gathering and more Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Located at 2914 White Oak Drive.

Discovering Houston on the Cheap: David Brady, Houston Zoo

Welcome to Discovering Houston on the Cheap, a weekly series highlighting cheap dates, cheap
meals, Houston’s best-kept secret and more — by local chefs, media, athletes, and folks in local business.

David Brady, Houston Zoo
{David Brady, a native Houstonian, works as CMO and VP, Development at Houston Zoo. David has helped the Zoo achieve its high annual attendance — 2.1 million+ guests and 54,000+ member households. He spent 20 years in Sports Marketing and Broadcasting including stints with Houston Rockets, Houston Astros, and Houston Texans. He is in his 8th season as the stadium voice of Houston Texans!}

David Brady, Houston Zoo1) Favorite spot for a cheap mealAmazon Grille on Kirby

I love America’s and the menu that Michael and David Cordua have created there. Amazon Grille is a great alternative for lunch or dinner with the kids with the same great flavor and style. I am a vegetarian and even though they are famous for the Churrasco, there is always something great on the menu for me. Off the menu, ask for the vegetable enchiladas.

2) Favorite spot for a cheap date — Hungry’s & Museum District

Early dinner at Hungry’s and then The Museum District on Thursday for their free admission. Hungry’s daily specials are almost always right on the money plus the jalapeno hummus is outstanding. Follow that with walking around the museum district, on a free night, allows you to bounce between museums depending on your mood.

3) Houston’s best-kept secret — home gardening and “livestock”

It is amazing how much you can grow in a small space in Houston because of our weather. At our house, we have a significant backyard garden and some chickens. For me, the best place to get plants, trees, chickens, feed and advice is quality Feed and Garden Company (4428 N. Main). The owners, Ken and Chris, are among the most knowledgeable in Houston on everything from seeds to poultry. The entire staff is helpful and courteous. It is also a great throwback to the old feed stores I remember as a kid. My own kids love going there, too. Wish me luck on the avocado tree I added.

4) Best place to save money in Houston — thrift shops

I grew up going to thrift shops with my grandmother and love the abundance of them. For me personally, I get almost all of my clothes at Men’s Resale by the Village. Almost everything in the store is new with tags, and the clothes are usually name brand. Based on the location, I assume a lot of clothes brought there were purchased as gifts, for men in West U and the Village area, and are brought there to avoid telling the gift giver that it was not “what they wanted.”

5) Your favorite Houston festival or annual event — Feasts with the Beasts

I am biased, but I think the Houston Zoo’s Feasts with the Beasts is the best event in Houston. Sixty restaurants serving great food, amazing animal experiences, and great live bands (this year is Sugar Ray). Plus, it is a fundraiser so all proceeds benefit the care and feeding of the animals at the Houston Zoo.

6) My perfect day in Houston would be… 

I am a native Houstonian and believe that every day that I get to live in our amazing city is perfect. But, if I have to get specific, I would make it a beautiful October with Sunday brunch at Buffalo Grille before a Texans noon home game. Then (with help from MLB) an Astros late afternoon game, dinner at the Original Ninfa’s and then a Dynamo home game.

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Free Museum Experience Day: Zone 3, July 26

Take advantage of free admission to Museum of Fine Arts, Houston all day Saturday, July 26, as part of The Museum Experience Day.

The Museum Experience is a quarterly series in Houston’s vibrant Museum District in its second year. It essentially divides the district’s 20 museums into four zones and highlights the museums in that zone each quarter to inform and educate Houstonians.

Zone 3′s cultural block party this Saturday features three museums: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; and The Jung Center of Houston. There is free admission to all three museums Saturday, though the last two are always free. Special event hours are 10 am – 7 pm.

Saturday’s events feature special programming and food trucks. Zone 3′s schedule of events include all kinds of free fun: gallery talks, intro meditation class, family art-making activities, Smilebooth photos plus free admission all day to Museum of Fine Arts, Houston featuring Soto: The Houston Penetrable.

Watch for the final Museum Experience Day on September 27.

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Children’s Museum: Free Back-to-School Shots

It’s not too early to think about back to school — and saving money in the process!

Thankfully, the Children’s Museum of Houston will once again offer free back-to-school immunizations for children under 18 years this summer. Each Thursday (July 31-August 28) families can get kids immunized for free during the museum’s Free Family Night. The first 200 people will be eligible for the free shots from 5 pm – 7 pm. No registration required.

Texas Children’s Mobile Clinic Program will be administering the immunizations. Parents must bring their child’s shot records to qualify for free immunizations.

Free Family Night offers free admission for all visitors from 5 pm to 8 pm each Thursday. The Children’s Museum is located at 1500 Binz.

photo courtesy Children’s Museum of Houston

National Cheesecake Day: Half-Price Slice July 30-31 at The Cheesecake Factory

National Cheesecake Day 2014Half-price cheesecake is just one week away!

National Cheesecake Day is July 30, and it’s your chance to indulge in The Cheesecake Factory’s cheesecake for half price. No coupon required! And they’ve added a bonus day July 31 this year.

The Cheesecake Factory also will debut a new flavor to add to its 30+ cheesecake options –Lemon Meringue Cheesecake. Your half-price cheesecake can be any flavor, but this new one sounds and looks heavenly!

There are five Houston locations: Galleria, Memorial City, The Woodlands, Baybrook, and First Colony Mall in Sugar Land. One half-price slice per person, dine-in only.

West Oaks Urgent Care: $10 Off Sports Physicals

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7 Free Things to Do in Houston July 21-25

We Love Houston sign There’s never a dull moment in Houston. Here are 7 options for free fun this week (July 21-25) before planning your free and cheap weekend!

Monday (7/21) — Free movies continue this week at Alamo Drafthouse with Frankenweenie Monday at 11:10 am (Vintage Park) and 11:30 am (Mason Park). Frankenweenie is free each day through Thursday. Times vary each day. Don’t miss the $1 and $2 movies all summer, too, at Studio Movie Grill, Cinemark, and Regal plus free at Santikos Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Tuesday (7/22) — The 2014 Children’s Hilltop Festival kicks off Tuesday with Mulan: The Warrior Princess, 11 am. Different kids’ performances continue all week at 11 am, thanks to Express Children’s Theatre. Located at Miller Outdoor Theatre.

Tuesday (7/22) — Get ready to jam Tuesday night at NGEN radio’s BOOMIN concert downtown at Discovery Green, 7 pm. For two consecutive Tuesdays, folks can enjoy a free concert, dancing, games, and prizes. The concert features Christian hip hop/rock artists Rapture Ruckus and Canon. Pre-party starts at 6:15 pm with the concert at 7 pm. NGEN is the sister station of KSBJ 89.3.

Wednesday (7/23) — It’s the last week of Storytime Tour at Rienzi, part of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. This free event, 10 am – 10:45 am, introduces children to the magic of literature and art. This event is geared to ages 3 and up. Rienzi is located at 1406 Kirby.

Wednesday (7/23) — Enjoy an evening outdoors watching Dance Theater of Harlem, Wednesday, 8:30 pm, Miller Outdoor Theatre. America’s foremost African-American ballet company uses classical ballet to change lives. Free reserved seats are available performance day at Miller Box office, 10:30 am – 1 pm.

Thursday (7/24) — Build a free terrarium at Hip Craft Workshops sponsored by Pop Shop Houston Thursday, 1 pm. The free class is at Flores Library, 110 North Milby. RSVP directly with the library. Pop Shop America specializes in indie design, events and local workshops.

Thursday (7/24) — Don’t miss “Open Mic Comedy Night” Thursday, 6 pm – 8:45 pm, at downtown Houston Public Library! The free evening welcomes local comedians, puppeteers, ventriloquists, and impressionists to share their clean comedy. It also features a local version of Whose Line Is It Anyway with audience help. Seating is limited. Comedy Night is held Fourth Thursday each month, 500 McKinney.

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