Free Weekend Fun in Houston April 24-26

Get ready for a weekend of free fun! What are your plans? Here is a snapshot of 14 Free Things to Do in Houston April 24-26:

Discovery Green in Houstonphoto: Katya Horner

FRIDAY

Watch a movie under the moonGreenStreet: Friday Flicks on the Lawn returns to GreenStreet Friday! This week’s movie is Pitch Perfect beginning at 8 pm. GreenStreet is located at 1201 Fannin.  Whole Foods Market: Don’t miss free outdoor movies at Whole Foods Market. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory kicks off at 7:30 pm at the Champions store, 10133 Louetta.

Learn improvTake a free Improv class, thanks to Station Theater’s Intro to Improv every Friday, 7:30 pm. All Intro students are then invited to stay to watch Supernova Armando show for free ($6 value) at 8:30 pm, a fast-paced comedy show with a guest monologist. Register for a free ticket online. Located at 1230 Houston Ave.

 Jam to the tunes — Head to Sugar Land Town Square Friday for PJ and the Flyers, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm. The band, entertaining Houston crowds since 1983, plays a wide variety of rock and roll, Top 40, and 60s and 70s music. WFDD Central Green Park: Or hit the road to Katy for Sheila Marshall, a local country singer, who made it to the top 10 of Nashville Star. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

SATURDAY

Explore the outdoors — Exploration Green, a local nonprofit, is hosting Kites and Bikes! Earth Day fun. Enjoy outdoor games, geocaching, kite flying, bike riding, tree info, and more. Located in Clear Lake near its newest park. Vehicles can be parked near the Clear Lake City Rec Center at 16205 Diana.

Play at the YMCAHealthy Kids Day is a free community event at all YMCA Houston locations Saturday. This free event features games, sports, health screenings, and more. Activities begin at 10 am and vary by location. New members will pay no joining fee on Healthy Kids Day, a $100 value. Search for the Y location online near you for specific hours and activities.

Engage with scienceNanoDays is a free science education event sponsored by National Science Foundation each year. From 1 pm – 4 pm, enjoy family-friendly activities, interactive games, and demonstration experiments about nanoscience. This event, geared to 4-12 year olds, is located at Houston Methodist Research Institute, 6670 Bertner Ave. NanoDays is free to attend, but registration is required.

willow waterholeParty to the music — If you love music, Willow Waterhole Music Festival is the place with 11 hours of fun! It’s a free day of music plus food trucks and performances by area schools. Rock & Shop Craft Fair is open from 11-6pm. Willow Waterhole Conservation Reserve is located in SW Houston at 5304 Gasmer Dr.

Celebrate education — Cypress-Fairbanks ISD is celebrating 75 years Saturday at its 75th Anniversary Festival. Beginning at 5 pm, the community can enjoy food trucks, activity booths, amusements, games, student performances and more. The stadium show begins at 7:40 pm followed by a fireworks display. This is located at Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress.

Love on pooches Tails and Trails is a free event sponsored by Montgomery County Animal Shelter (MCAS). The day from 11 am – 5 pm features agility dog demonstrations, educational booths, activities for kids, dogs for adoption, vendors and a silent auction and raffle. Located at Rob Fleming Park in The Woodlands.

Celebrate kids — Don’t miss Conroe Kidzfest Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm, with tons of free family fun. The day includes water activities, game booths, live entertainment on three stages, climbing walls, inflatables, and activity villages. A free movie screening of Maleficent begins at 8 pm. Located at downtown Conroe.

 Free outdoor movies in HoustonWatch a screen on the green — It’s another weekend of Bank of America Screen on the Green Saturday night. Head downtown for The LEGO Movie at 8:30 pm. Arrive an hour early for games and giveaways.

Dance, dance, dance — Enjoy the latest choreography from China at East Meets West XIII Saturday, 8:15 p.m. Several dance companies plus the Houston Ballet will present an evening of mesmerizing dance moves including contemporary and modern dance. East Meets West will be held at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park. Free reserved covered seats are available on performance day at the Miller Box Office, 10:30 am – 1 pm.

SUNDAY

Walk the streets — It’s another Sunday of walkable streets thanks to Cigna Sunday Streets HTX. This month’s open roadway to pedestrians will be W. 19th from Heights to Shepherd in the Heights. Closed to vehicles, folks can walk, bike, dance and socialize their way down the road.  The next monthly event is May 17 on Navigation.

Enjoy a kids’ book signing — Kids ages 8-12 are the target audience for Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young People Sunday, 3 pm – 5 pm. The afternoon features bestselling children’s author Chris Grabenstein with his latest YA novel, The Island of Dr. Libris, followed by a book signing. This is located at Johnson Middle School, 10410 Manhattan Dr.

Houston Discounts: The Music Man, Idena Menzel, Sugar Land Skeeters {Free}, BrewFest & more

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

TUTS’ The Music Man$24 – $54 for TUTS’ The Music Man at Hobby Center ($37-$88.50 value)

Idena Menzel$30 for Idina Menzel at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion ($71.44 value)

Houston Press BrewFest$21 for Houston Press BrewFest at Silver Street ($35 value)

Tales of a Fourth-Grade Nothing — $7.50 for Tales of a Fourth-Grade Nothing by Main Street Theater ($15 value)

Winnie the Pooh — $4 for Winnie the Pooh at Pearland Community Center ($8 value)

Sugar Land SkeetersFREE tickets to Sugar Land Skeeters + $3.50 fee ($8 value) Choose dates through June.

Jesus Christ Superstar$20 for Jesus Christ Superstar at The Kaleidoscope($40 value)

To Kill a Mockingbird$9 for ticket to To Kill a Mockingbird at Lambert Hall ($18 value)

Mo’nique and Friends$33.75 for Mo’nique and Friends at Arena Theatre ($67.50 value)

Studio Movie GrillOne, Two, or Four Movie Groupons, Each Good for One Movie Ticket at Studio Movie Grill (Up to 50% Off).

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Starbucks Frappuccino Happy Hour: May 1-10, 2015

Starbucks half price Frappuccino Happy Hour May 1-10, 2014My favorite Starbucks’ sale is returning this week! If you love Frappuccinos, don’t miss the Frappuccino Half-Price Happy Hour May 1-10, 2015, 3 – 5 pm.

Get half off any Frappuccino at participating Starbucks’ locations. Don’t miss its newest flavor, S’mores Frappuccino, and returning favorite Caramel Ribbon Crunch.

This deal is available at participating locations in the United States. Licensed locations, like grocery stores, are not included in the promotion.

According to a Starbucks spokesperson, My Starbucks Rewards members get an extra hour of savings from 5 pm – 6 pm.

Museum Experience Zone 2: April 25

The Museum Experience is a quarterly series in Houston’s vibrant Museum District in its third year. It essentially divides the district’s 19 museums into four zones and highlights those museums each quarter to inform and educate Houstonians.

This cultural block party will be held the last Saturday of April, July and September!

Zone 2 museums April 25 include Holocaust Museum Houston, Asia Society Texas Center, Czech Center Museum Houston, Lawndale Art Center, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston Museum of African American Culture, Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, and DiverseWorks.

The day features special programming and food trucks. Zone 2 schedule of events include exploring ancestry through fun family trees and themed art projects, craft demonstrations by local art guilds, live reenactment of the “Buffalo Soldier Story,” Design Fair 2015, dance workshops with area choreographers, Holocaust survivors sharing their stories, and more.  Some museums are free while others offer discount pricing for Zone 2 visitors.

Watch for future Museum Experience dates: April 25, July 25, and September 26.

6 Reasons to Love Houston (as CubeSmart City Guide Expert)

CubeSmart City Guide ExpertI 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. {CubeSmart is a national self-storage company with 40 locations in greater Houston.}

My first piece introduces why Houston is so great, for those who may not realize all the city has to offer!

Head over to read my first article, 6 Reasons to Love Houston, on CubeSmart’s site. I look forward to sharing new Houston-related articles each month!

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

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VertsKebap Memorial Opens April 25 w/ Free Food

verts memorial april 25VertsKebap is opening its 7th Houston location this weekend. This fast casual restaurant from Austin built its concept around the döner kepab, Germany’s favorite street food.

VertsKebap opens on Memorial April 25 at its Grand Opening, 11 am – 8 pm. Don’t miss free food all day (one full-size entree per person), live DJ music, plus  VertsKebap and 100.3 The Bull are raffling $450 of VertsKebap gift cards. The Memorial location is at 14555 Memorial.

Never been to VertsKebap? You’re in for a treat! The kebap is similar to a panini-pressed sandwich filled with vertically roasted meats, veggies, and yogurt-based sauces.

Up to 80% Off: Scholastic Book Warehouse Sale

scholastic booksJust in time for summer! Scholastic Warehouse Sale is returning to the Houston area. What a great time to stock up on reading for the kids — with prices up to 80 percent off.  Thousands of books are marked down 50 percent! Check out hundreds of items $2 or less. Here is the schedule:

University of Houston, Clear Lake
April 20-23
Early Childhood Hawk Organization
2700 Bay Area Blvd., Bayou Building, Atrium 1

NW Houston Warehouse
May 7-May 23
7400 Security Way

Katy
May 18-19
Merrell Center
6301 S. Stadium

Sugar Land
May 18-19
Sugar Land Conference Center
12999 Jess Pirtle Blvd.

Conroe
May 19-20
Lone Star Convention & Expo Center
9055 Airport Rd.

Technically, warehouse sales are exclusively for school employees, librarians, teachers, principals, homeschool personnel, and book fair volunteers. They take you at your word when you register as a volunteer.

Get extra savings when you sign up online. Print out a fast pass to get in quicker and provide $10 savings if you spend $50 or $25 off $100.

7 Free Things to Do in Houston April 20-24

There’s never a dull moment in Houston. Here are 7 options for free fun in Houston April 20-24 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

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Tuesday (4/21) — This week’s Toddler Tuesday at Discovery Green features an engaging storybook A Hot Dog Day plus character appearances by Mickey and Minnie Mouse! The free fun begins at 10:30 am. Located at 1500 McKinney.

Wednesday (4/22) — Visit City Hall Farmers Market Wednesdays through June 24, 11 am – 1:30 pm. This market is run by Urban Harvest in partnership with the City of Houston and features more than 30 local vendors. Shop local produce, eat a healthy to-go lunch outside, watch chef demos and more. This is located along City Hall’s reflection pool at 901 Bagby.

Wednesday (4/22) — It’s a unique combination of Houston Symphony and Chinese acrobats! The Peking Acrobats will be paired with classical Chinese music by the Houston Symphony Wednesday at 8 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Free mezzanine and lawn seats are available courtesy of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. Located in The Woodlands at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

Thursday (4/23) — A.D. Players present kid-friendly The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Thursday and Friday mornings, 11 am, this week. In this entertaining adaptation of C.S. Lewis book, two characters play many different characters on stage. Located at Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Drive.

Thursday (4/23) — Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month in April at Da Camera JAM with Da Camera and Discovery Green.  This week’s free outdoor concert features saxophonist David Caceres Quartet at 6:30 pm and pianist/organist Bobby Lyle Trio featuring Patrick Williams and Brennen Nase at 7:30 pm. Located at 1500 McKinney.

Thursday (4/23) — The downtown Central Library presents Throwback Thursday movie nights each week. Catch a free screening of Clueless Thursday, 5:30 pm, at 500 McKinney.

Thursday (4/23) — Catch a free outdoor movie screening of Casablanca at Market Square Park, Thursday, 8 pm. Located at 301 Milam downtown.

69% Off Sam’s Club Membership Package

Sam's Club membershipI always love when this deal comes around.

Sam’s Club$45 for One-Year Sam’s Club Plus membership + $20 gift card, fresh food vouchers ($142.94 value) and more.

Here’s the scoop:

  • one-year Sam’s Plus membership (new members only)
  • $20 gift card
  • fresh food vouchers for one free Rotisserie chicken, Italian Rose fresh salsa, eight gourmet cupcakes, and
  • complimentary spouse or household member

This deal is available for new members only, not Sam’s Club membership renewal. Available for purchase through May 4, 2015. Purchase online here. Must join by July 27.

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McDonald’s: Free Breakfast 4/21 for STAAR Students & Teachers

mcdonalds oatmealHouston-area teachers and students in 3rd – 8th grades can receive free breakfast from McDonald’s April 21, 2015, in preparation of the STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) Test. Between 6 am – 9 am, students can choose an Egg McMuffin or Fruit and Maple Oatmeal, apple slices, plus either 1% low fat milk or apple juice box. The free breakfast items are all 300 calories or less — and registered dietitian approved.

Coupons are not needed for the free breakfast, but a parent or guardian must be with them. Siblings (not in grades 3-8) and parents will need to pay for their breakfast.

All locations in greater Houston are involved in the free breakfast from Livingston to Galveston, Sugarland to Conroe, and everything in between.

Teachers are included in the free breakfast offer, with a valid teacher ID. Last year, nearly 25,000 Houston students received a free breakfast from area McDonald’s in prep for the STAAR test. This offer also is available in Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio.