Free Weekend Fun in Houston February 12-14

Houston is full of free fun every weekend!  Check out the latest collection of Free Things to Do in Houston February 12-14.

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FRIDAY

Enjoy classical music — Don’t miss a free performance at Rice University by Shepherd School Chamber Orchestra Friday, 8 pm. The program includes Bartók Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta, and Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90. The free concert is held at Stude Concert hall at Rice, 6100 Main.

Watch a movie under the moon — Enjoy a free movie screening of Inside Out (PG) Friday at dusk at WFDD’s Central Green Park. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

SATURDAY

Experience life as a Texas settlerHomestead Heritage Day returns Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm to Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center. Experience 19th-century Texas settler life with open fire cooking, blacksmithing, folk music, black powder weaponry and more.  Located on Redbud Hill Homestead at Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center in Humble at 20634 Kenswick.

Browse for summer fun — The 20th annual Camp Fair will be held this weekend and next at three different malls: Saturday, Memorial City Mall (10 am – 4 pm) and Sunday at The Woodlands Mall (noon to 5 pm). The event features 60 different organizations representing overnight, day camps, sports camps and more for Houston-area kids. Head online for a complete list of exhibiting camps.

Get heart healthy — Take advantage of a free health screening at Sam’s Club open to the public February 13, 11 am – 3 pm. The screenings, valued at $150, include blood pressure, total cholesterol, HDL, risk ratio, glucose, and body fat percentage. Valid at Sam’s Club locations with a pharmacy.

Celebrate Lunar New Year — Asia Society Texas presents a free Family Day Saturday, 1 pm – 4 pm for Lunar New Year. These festivities explore customs from the diverse cultures of China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam. The day features art projects, demonstrations, performances, and food options. 

Watch Rango — Get outdoors and enjoy time with family and friends at 2nd Saturday at The Depot in Tomball. The free monthly event features activities, games, entertainment and a movie at dark, 4 pm – 8:30 pm. Catch the free outdoor screening of Rango! Located at 221 S. Elm in Tomball.

SUNDAY

central green moviesEnjoy a night in Greece for V-Day — Make plans with your sweetie for the 3rd annual Valentine’s date night in Katy. The evening features a performance by Olympian Greek Dancers, an ice sculpture demonstration, and free outdoor movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding (PG). The fun begins at 6 pm. This is located at Willow Fork Drainage District’s Central Green Park in Katy, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. photo: Central Green

Browse for summer fun — The 20th annual Camp Fair will be held this weekend and next different area malls: Sunday at The Woodlands Mall (noon to 5 pm). The event features 60 different organizations representing overnight, day camps, sports camps and more for Houston-area kids. Head online for a complete list of exhibiting camps.

Send a Valentine to a Child at Texas Children’s

Valentine's Day for Texas Children's HospitalWhat a sweet way to brighten the day of a child. Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and many children will be in the hospital rather than exchanging Valentine cards at school.

Texas Children’s Hospital is providing a super easy {and free} way to add a smile this week. Simply head online to Texas Children’s Hospital to select your Valentine card design and message. These special cards are then printed and handed out to the children.

Get your child involved and help him or her feel like they are making a difference! Cards must be made by February 12.

 

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Oscar Mayer Wienermobile in Houston February 10-12

Get ready to spot the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile driving around Houston this week! Or even better, visit it in person.

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The 27-ft. vehicle will be parked at Fiesta and Kroger stores February 10-12 in Houston and Cypress for an up-close and personal look. There’s plenty of fun including photo ops with the big hot dog, a peek inside, and free wiener whistles.

Here’s the Houston schedule:

February 10 – Fiesta
20331 FM 529 (Cypress), 9 am – noon
4711 Airline, 1 pm – 4 pm

February 11 – Fiesta
1603 Spencer Hwy, 9 am – noon
800 S. Wayside, 1 pm – 4 pm

February 12 – Kroger
20355 Cypresswood (Cypress), 1 pm – 6 pm

Curious what it’s like to drive the Wienermobile? I got the scoop from one of the Hotdoggers driving in the South. Twelve college graduates are selected from 1,000+ applicants to drive the six Wienermobiles around the country for one year.

  • Miles driven: average 35,000 miles during the one-year job
  • U.S. tour: 35 states during the one-year job and a new city every week
  • Driving skills: Hotdoggers get more than 40 hours of behind-the-Wienermobile training by retired police officers
  • Job skills: The Hotdoggers learn how to truly run a small business from the road doing their own PR and pitching media about their tour. They also make their own travel arrangements once Kraft selects the tour.
  • Most memorable moment: Giving a family a ride in the Wienermobile from Make-a-Wish Foundation.
  • Best part of job: Being responsible for making people smile!

Share the Love with Baskin-Robbin’s Teddy Bear Cake + Online Discount!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Baskin-Robbins. All opinions are my own.

Did you know Baskin-Robbins is the first company to introduce ice cream cakes to the public years ago? But ice cream cakes in my past were never as cute as this!

I was thrilled when Baskin-Robbins invited me to share my experience with their new Teddy Bear cake  — with a special discount, to boot! It’s a perfect treat to surprise your family with for Valentine’s weekend.

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The new Teddy Bear cake features a dome of ice cream and cake covered in “fluffy” white or brown icing. What kind of bear do you want — polar bear or brown bear? The ears are made with OREO® cookies.

As a bonus, save $3 on your online Teddy Bear cake (or any $20+ order) with promo code SAVE3. This is valid through February 15, 2016, for online orders only.

Ordering a Custom Teddy Bear Cake

Baskin-Robbins Teddy Bear CakeSince I love saving money, I chose to order my cake online using the special online promo code. The ordering process is so simple with many choices to make it your own custom cake. Choose from white or chocolate cake and 16 different flavors of ice cream, such as OREO® Cookies ‘n Cream, Peanut Butter and Chocolate, Very Berry Strawberry, Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, and the February flavor of the month, Chocolate Hazelnut.

Since my family loves chocolate, I chose the brown frosting, chocolate cake, and the Cookies ‘n Cream ice cream. I then picked pink as the scarf color and wrote a custom saying for the heart: XOXO. In just 24 hours, my special cake would be ready for pick up!

The cake, which feeds 6-8 servings, is packaged in a cute container with a clear window. It’s like you’re bringing home a new pet!

Baskin-Robbins Teddy Bear Cake

The Teddy Bear cake is adorable, but a little smaller than I expected. It’s just hard to tell scale with the online photos. We definitely had more than enough servings for our family, though, so there was certainly no disappointment!

Baskin-Robbins Teddy Bear Cake

All of the accessories are edible — the white chocolate heart and eyes and the chocolate muzzle. Once we sliced into the cake, you realize how much ice cream is used to create the cake. It’s about two inch cake and the rest ice cream. Once again, we love ice cream so that was perfect for our family!

Baskin-Robbins Teddy Bear cake

If you’re looking for a sweet treat to spoil your family for Valentine’s Day, this is a fun one! You can’t go wrong with any ice cream selections, but we loved our custom cake!

Baskin-Robbins Teddy Bear Cake

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BMB/Baskin-Robbins. All opinions are my own.

7 Free Things to Do in Houston February 8-12

Don’t miss these 7 options for free & cheap fun in Houston February 8-12 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

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Monday (2/8) — Enjoy Fun & Games Night Mondays, 2 pm – 10 pm, at MKT Bar, inside Phoenicia Specialty Foods. Challenge your friends in retro board games (such as Mystery Date, Operation, Clue and Twister), ping pong, darts, and foosball. Save with specials on craft beer & pizza. Free parking in One Park Place Garage on McKinney.

Tuesday (2/9) — Celebrate Fat Tuesday at Gateway presented by Memorial City in West Houston. The free event includes zydeco music, King Cake from Three Brothers Bakery, Mardi Gras beads, and light bites from area restaurants. The free fun is 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at 947 Gessner.

Tuesday (2/9) — Enjoy Tai Chi Tuesday mornings at 9 am, an ancient Chinese martial art. This is located at Central Green Park, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Tuesday (2/9) — Enjoy a conversation at The Menil Collection featuring Rothko Chapel Director David Leslie and its curator, David Breslin. The discussion — The Precarious, The Social, the Parochial — focuses on the way art reflects and creates communities. It begins at 7 pm, 1533 Sul Ross.

wienermobileWednesday (2/10) — Visit the iconic Wienermobile while it drives through Houston this week. It’s making two pit stops Wednesday at Fiesta locations: 9 am – noon at 20331 FM 529 (Cypress) and 1 pm – 4 pm at 4711 Airline. Grab a selfie with the 27-ft. hot dog on wheels and snag a free wiener whistle. Find its complete Houston schedule here.

Wednesday (2/10) — {Not free but cheap!} It’s a $3 movie screening of Ghost for Girls Night Out at Studio Movie Grill. Movie begins at 7:30 pm at both CityCentre and Copperfield locations.

Thursday (2/11) — 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 2 pm – 5 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.}

Houston Rodeo Discount Carnival Tickets

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo kicks off in 24 days! Are you ready?!

One of my favorite mantras is planning ahead to save money. If you have kids and are attending the rodeo, take advantage of 2016 Houston Rodeo Carnival Packs and save 60% when you buy in advance.

Houston rodeo carnival

photo: Katie Haugland

February 12 is the last day to buy and select mail as the delivery option. Otherwise, purchase them through February 27 for pick up at Will Call.

Select from two different carnival discount packages and a food deal:

  • $10 Carnival Pack ($33.50 value)
  • $50 Carnival Pack ($131.50 value)
  • $20 Discount Food Card ($30 value)

Purchase them online here. Carnival packs are available for pick up at Will Call at the Rodeo. FEBRUARY 27 is the last day to save!

You must have a Reliant Park Admission ticket ($10 adults, $5 kids ages 3-12), Rodeo/concert ticket, or season pass to enter the carnival area. Save time and get your Reliant Park Admission ticket online, too. It’s not discounted, but you won’t have to stand in line to get in! Purchase these tickets online here.

Free Weekend Fun in Houston February 5-7

Houston is full of free fun every weekend!  Check out the latest collection with 13 Free Things to Do in Houston February 5-7.

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FRIDAY

Light up the night — Enjoy a short documentary Light: Bruce Munro about the artist behind Munro Field of Lights at Discovery Green. Friday Night Sights begins at 7 pm. Located at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

SATURDAY

Love a bookBookworm Book Festival returns Saturday, 9:30 am – 11 am, as an amazing free event for young book lovers! The morning features a keynote plus sessions with nationally known authors of picture books and early chapter books. The event begins at 9:30 am with author signing at 11:45 am. Mac Barnett will present the keynote, author of 18 children’s books. Located at Spring Oaks Middle School, 2150 Shadowdale.

Make a cute clothes-pin toy — Houston Center for Contemporary Crafts hosts its free Hands On Houston family craft day Saturday. This month’s free craft is decorating creative and clever clothes-pin toys. Families can drop in anytime between 11 am – 3 pm. Located at 4848 Main Street. 

WWII hangarBrowse historic planesTour 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. Located at West Houston Airport, 2 miles north of I-10 east off Barker Cypress on Groschke Rd.

Support local artists — The First Saturday Arts Market returns February 6, 11 am – 6 pm. This monthly outdoor market in the Heights features original art, music, and fun. Located at 548 W. 19th on the Wind Water Gallery parking lot.

Learn CPR, save a life — Attend a free 20-minute session to learn CPR Saturday throughout Texas with Texas Two Step: free Hands-Only CPR training. Twelve locations throughout Houston are offering the free training — spots like The Health Museum, Rice University, select Babies”R”Us locations, and Sharpstown High School. Find all the Houston locations online.

Mingle at free museums — It’s Bank of America’s free admission for Museums on Us” program February 6-7 with free admission to the Children’s Museum of Houston and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. This is for Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders only, not their children.

Explore art outdoors — Head to Katy for its Art in the Park event February 6, 2 pm. Enjoy a live performance by local indie artist Wasi Townsend — singer, songwriter and guitarist — performing soulful jazz rock rhythms and melody based guitar. Located at Central Green Park, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Craft Valentine coupons — Kids can create a Lots of Love suncatcher Saturday at Lakeshore Learning’s weekly craft time. Participate each Saturday from 11 am – 3 pm with a new craft. Houston area locations are 2405 Post Oak Blvd. in the Galleria area, 19032 Gulf Fwy. in Friendswood, and The Woodlands.

Celebrate Mardi Gras — Market Square Park downtown is having some Mardi Gras fun Saturday by kicking off live music with Bayou City Brass Band at 7:30 pm. Head over to Market on Main for food trucks and vendor trucks, between 300 and 400 blocks. Located at 301 Milam.

SUNDAY

Celebrate Year of the MonkeyCelebrate Lunar New Year downtown at Discovery Green, 6 pm – 9 pm. It features DJ Sun and musical guests Us and People Like You plus a dance performance from Dance of Asian America. Located at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

Watch Mardi Gras pet and children’s parades — There is lots going on in Galveston for Mardi Gras this weekend. Two family-friendly events Sunday feature the fun pet parade, Krewe of Barkus and Meoux at 1 pm, and the Mardi Gras Children’s Parade at 2 pm. Check out the whole Mardi Gras Parade listing online.

Mingle at free museums — It’s Bank of America’s free admission forMuseums on Us” program Saturday and Sunday with free admission to the Children’s Museum and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. This is for Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders only, not their children.

Save Money on Electricity with ElectricChoice.com

This is a sponsored story written by me on behalf of ElectricChoice.com. All opinions are my own.

ElectricChoice.comNow that we’re about a month into the new year, you might be looking for ways to save money after the holidays. One simple way is looking at your electric bill to see if you can get a cheaper rate with another reputable company. There is no fee to switch — and all electricity is delivered by CenterPoint Energy in our area — no matter the provider.

Texas-based ElectricChoice.com is one option to make that happen. This site enables homes and businesses in deregulated electricity areas (like Houston) to shop for cheaper electricity options. It features dozens of electricity rates and plans for Houston. Whether it’s using their website or calling one of their reps, they can walk you through the process of finding and switching to a new provider.

Looking for a Cheaper Price

I was curious about reducing my own bill and called them at (800) 974-3020 to get some suggestions. I talked with Wayne, residential sales manager, who shared different plans based on my zip code. This information is available online as well, but talking to a person is great for those who are looking for specific options — like plans with no deposit. Wayne said his company does well finding no deposit options for folks who need that and will contact companies directly.

My recommended plan was 8.8¢/kWh for 12 months.

My contract is not up until August so I couldn’t switch on the spot, but it would save me about $15/month from my current plan — or $180 for the year. {They encourage a 12-month plan because the three-month plans get you in cheap and then frequently raise them.}

Honestly, there are other online options for researching the best electricity rates, like the State of Texas’ at PowerToChoose.org. But what I like about ElectricChoice.com, managed by a Texas-based energy consulting firm since 2002, is their recommended providers are companies with good reputations. They don’t include start-up companies, mom-n-pop companies or those with lots of bad reviews.

According to my call with Wayne, ElectricChoice.com is not manipulative. Companies have to run a gimmick to be on the top page of PowerToChoose.org — with prices like 1.8¢/kWh. But any plan ElectricChoice.com shows is a true plan sharing “all-in” rates. No hidden fees or extra charges when usage falls below a certain threshold. I like their honesty!

This is a sponsored story written by me on behalf of ElectricChoice.com. All opinions are my own.

Dollar Day: Sam Houston Race Park February 6

Sam Houston Race Park

photo: Sam Houston Race Park

Dollar Day returns to Sam Houston Race Park, Saturday, February 6!

This is a great chance to bring the family to the race track for cheap family fun. Dollar Day at the Park features lots of stuff for $1: admission, hot dogs, sodas, draft beer (4:30 pm – 10 pm), and live racing programs. Don’t miss the pig races and kids’ photo opps with their favorite princess or superhero! General admission tickets are normally $7 each.

Gates open at 4:30 pm with the first post at 6 pm. Sam Houston Race Park is located at 7575 N. Sam Houston Parkway West of Beltway 8.

Houston Humane Society: Fix Felix for Free Event

Fix Felix for freeHouston Humane Society is opening its doors for free male neuter surgery February 17 for the annual Fix Felix for Free event. The shelter is providing 700 free cat neuters for free with a limit of five cats per household. Appointments are required.

Pet owners can request an appointment by email at [email protected] or call 713.433.6421 to make an appointment. Cats must be contained in a plastic crate or carrier. Pet owners also must show proof of rabies vaccine — or purchase one onsite for discount of $5.

Houston Humane Society and its Animal Wellness Clinic are located at 14700 Almeda Road.