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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Cinco de Mayo Deals in Houston May 5

Cinco de Mayo in Houston 2014Cinco de Mayo is May 5! Don’t miss these Cinco de Mayo food and drink deals in Houston:

  • Cadillac Bar: Specials May 5 on margaritas, beer buckets and tequila shots; DJ (5 pm – 10 pm), giveaways, and taco truck at Shepherd location
  • Cafe Adobe: Enjoy $5 house ritas and $5 Cinco Nachos all day Thursday, May 5.
  • Chili’s: Get a $5 Presidente Margarita and $3 Dos Equis bottle or 16oz. draft.
  • Cyclone Anaya’s: Get $5 house margaritas May 4 as a warm-up to Cinco de Mayo — and May 5!
  • Gringo’s Mexican Kitchen: Get $3 bottled imports, $9 Corona Ritas all day May 5 + $25.99 Fajita combo for 2. Plus a photo booth!
  • Hot Toppings Pizza: All make-your-own pizzas are $5 Thursday for Cinco de Mayo. Located at 7705 Westheimer.
  • Los Cucos Mexican Cafe: Enjoy $5 margaritas, $3 domestic draft beer, $5 Bud Light (16oz. aluminum bottle) + $5 appetizers.
  • Lupe Tortilla: Get $5.50 original margaritas, wine, and well drinks May 5 + $3 draft pints during Happy Hour 11 am – 6:30 pm.
  • Moderno Tacos and Tex-Mex: Enjoy happy hour drink specials from 11 am – 6:30 pm May 5
  • Molina’s Cantina: Enjoy $5 Molina’s Margaritas, $6 Sauza Blue Silver Tequila Shots, $1 off wells, bottled beer and glasses of wine  + live music 6 pm – 10 pm. All day happy hour!
  • Pappasito’s Cantina: Enjoy a Reserva Rita in commemorative Cinco de Mayo keepsake glass, only available May 5.
  • Sonic: Enjoy half-price Boneless Wings (6 or 12-piece ) May 5 — it’s actually for Wingman Day!
  • Soto’s Cantina: Free appetizers all day + $7 hand-crafted margaritas (16oz). featuring Watermelon, Guava Jalapeno, Chili Rita, Kiwi, Strawberry and more! And the usual margs…
  • Willie’s Grill & Ice House: $1 from every margarita sold May 5 will be donated to the American Red Cross Texas Relief Fund.

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Teacher Appreciation Day Deals & Freebies

teacher appreciation dayWe owe teachers so much thanks and gratitude for their daily encouragement and interaction teaching our children. Several Houston businesses are recognizing Teacher Appreciation Day with deals or freebies this week.

Chick-fil-A — Houston-area locations are spoiling teachers with a free Chick-fil-A Sandwich May 3, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. No coupon required. No purchase necessary. Valid ID required.

Chipotle — It’s a buy-one, get-one free deal at Chipotle May 3 for teachers, faculty and staff members. From 3 p.m. to close, educators can get a free burrito, bowl, taco or salad with purchase of another. Valid ID required. One per person.

Salata — On May 3, teachers can get half off any salad or wrap at Salata with a valid school ID.

Catfish Station — Teachers can enjoy a buy-one, get-one free Catfish Basket as a thank you for their dedication. Coupon required in link. This is valid at two locations: 9522 Huffmeister, Ste. 500 and 18416 Kuykendahl in Spring. Valid through May 7 with teacher ID.

PDQ — Teachers will be celebrated May 3 at PDQ with a free combo meal (3-piece tenders, salad or sandwich). Valid school ID required.

Houston Astros — Educators will be recognized at Houston Astros game May 3, 7:10 p.m., for Teacher Appreciation Night. Teachers will receive an Astros navy tote bag. Ticket packages are available for $25 in mezzanine and $30 in Field Box IV.

SeaWorld — Texas teachers can play at SeaWorld with free unlimited admission through December 31, 2016, thanks to the Teacher Appreciation Fun Card. This is for Pre-K through 12th grade active and certified teachers. New this year: a third-party company ( will provide online verification of Pre-K – 12th grade Texas school teachers. A Department of Education number is required. Sign up online at SeaWorld.

Starbucks Frappuccino Happy Hour: May 3-15

starbucks smores frappMy favorite Starbucks’ sale is back! If you love Frappuccinos, don’t miss the Frappuccino Half-Price Happy Hour May 3-15, from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Get half off any Frappuccino at participating Starbucks’ locations. Don’t miss returning flavor, S’mores Frappuccino, which will be available all summer.

This deal is available at participating locations in the United States. Licensed locations, like grocery stores, are not included in the promotion. As usual, My Starbucks Rewards members get an extra hour of savings from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

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:

NW Houston Warehouse
May 9-May 21
7400 Security Way

May 16-17
Merrell Center
6301 S. Stadium

May 16-17
Rosenberg Civic Center
3825 Hwy. 36 S.

May 18-19
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.

Discount Houston Summer Camp Guide 2016

Summer Camp Guide 2016

Kids in Houston have about two months left of school. But don’t despair, parents! There are lots of options around Houston thanks to community groups, churches, art studios, museums, and sports organizations — sometimes even on the cheap!

This 2016 Discount Summer Camp Guide in Houston shares nine organizations offering an exclusive discount to readers of Houston on the Cheap. I’ve also compiled other inexpensive options to keep your kids engaged and you less stressed. Here is an outline:

  • Camp Discounts
  • $100 or Less Weekly Day Camps
  • Free

3Hues Summer Art Camp

3 hues logoDuring our fun weekly themed sessions, such as “It’s a Slumber Party!,” “Legend Has It…,” and “Comics & Pop Art,” our friendly experienced 3Hues staff members will guide campers through creating and exploring various arts and crafts. This is for ages 5 -14. Campers will paint on canvases, make crafts, paint ceramics, build, play games, make friends, and more. We aim to provide our campers with the most positive engaging artistic education experience yet. Ask about our public and private painting parties for kids and adults!

Location: 3Hues, 17702 W. Little York Rd., Ste. 300, Houston, TX 77084 (Katy/Cy-Fair area)

Cost: $135/week (sessions are 9:30 am – 12:30 am or 1 pm – 4 pm depending on the week); $95/week for Kid Club members

Dates: June 6 – August 5

Contact: (281) 224-1205;

Discount Offered: $30 off first week, $45 off second week. Enter code CHEAP for the initial discount.

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Club SciKidz Houston

Club Sci Kidz logoClub SciKidz Houston (CSKH) is Sugar Land’s premiere summer day camp. With  more than 30 weeklong offerings from June 13-July 29, CSKH can provide your child with loads of engagement, fun, and hands-on science (S), technology (T), engineering (E), art (A), and mathematics (M) opportunities.

CSKH offers a variety of subjects for ages 4 – 15. Summer 2016 classes include instruction about coding in Minecraft, rocketry, paleontology, chemistry, veterinary science, anatomy/physiology, animation, movie special effects and more! Club SciKidz Houston has two components: camps for ages 4-11 and 12-15 year olds.  The camps for ages 12-15 are titled Tech Scientific and emphasize application of such 21st Century Skills as collaboration, technology integration, communication, presentation, and problem solving. The camps for ages 4-11 offer similar introductory skill building opportunities.

Club SciKidz Houston is the first Houston location, joining the family of CSK franchisees in Atlanta, Dallas, Maryland, and Virginia. Club SciKidz Houston curriculum is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards. Along with summer camps, CSKH offers in-school field trips and semester long after-school programs. Wanting more information about Club SciKidz Houston? Email [email protected] or visit the website:

Location: Sugar Land — Fisher’s of Men Lutheran Church, 2011 Austin Pkwy & Faith Lutheran Church, 800 Brooks St.

Cost: $285 (9 am – 4 pm) Monday through Friday. Pre-camp is available for an additional $25 (8 am – 9 am) and post camp is an additional $35 (4 pm – 5:30 pm)

Dates: June 13-July 29

Contact: [email protected];

Discount Offered: Save $35 with discount code CLUBHOC3516

summer camp Club Sci Kidz


Camp Quillian

Camp QuillianCamp Quillian is the only American Camp Association accredited day camp in the city of Houston, and is the preferred summer camp of the Westchase District. Camp Quillian is designed for campers age 5-14. Campers at Camp Quillian will play sports, organized games, climb the rock wall, enjoy special events, swim in Quillian’s two swimming pools, see exciting guest speakers, and take part in many different specialty camps.

Specialty camps include swim lessons, cooking, lacrosse, basketball, water polo, flag football, pre-k sports, tennis, golf, rock climbing, soccer, drama, art, dance, and much more. Camp Quillian has some of the finest facilities in the area including the famous Noah’s Ark pool, a competition swimming pool with diving boards and slides, gymnasium, game room, indoor climbing wall, a new playground, and more! Teen campers ages 13 and 14 will take part in a camp designed just for them with field trips and service projects, as well as normal camp activities.

Quillian Center is the sports and recreation ministry of First Methodist Houston and has been providing summer camp opportunities for more than 30 years.

Location: 10570 Westpark Dr, Houston

Cost: $195 for each session 1-12

DatesMay 31 – August 19

Contact: (713) 781-9195;

Discount: $25 discount off a single week of camp. Call and mention Houston on the Cheap for this discount.

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Crossing Borders Spanish Summer Camp

crossing borders logoOur camps are FUN and ACADEMIC! We accept children 2.5 years old-12 years old. Our instructors are native speakers of Spanish who provide dynamic, interactive classes in an atmosphere of total immersion. Your child will learn the language and culture through theme-based crafts, activities, music, and games.  You will be amazed at your child’s progress in a short amount of time.

Location: 2040 Louetta Rd., Suite I, Spring

Cost: $425 (minimum purchase: 2 week program). $180 each additional week. We provide before and after care options at no additional cost.

Dates: June 6 – August 19, 9 am – 3 pm

Contact: (281) 288-9480;

Discount: $25 off


Houston Sudbury Summer Day Camp

Houston Sudbury School logoPlay. Learn. Grow… Giving Houston parents a bold new choice in education, Houston Sudbury School is a non-profit private school that offers children aged 5-18 the rich benefits of self-directed learning in a mixed-age environment. Our students are fully empowered to spend their days as they choose and have an equal voice and vote in all matters involved in running their school, journeying to independence in a safe environment that balances freedom with responsibility.

Join us for our HSS Summer Program. Participants will experience the Sudbury model of education first hand. Current students are excited to extend their school year for a bit longer, while introducing others to the best kept secret. Freedom with responsibility. Campers will have the opportunity to live Sudbury without interfering with their traditional school schedule. Warning: They may never want to leave!

Locations: 220 E. 34th, 77018 (610/Yale)

Cost: $150/wk.

Dates: June 6 – July 1

Contact: (832) 696-0626;

Discount Offered: $25 special discount on 2nd week (mention HOTC at registration); $100 discount for all four sessions. Sibling discount available.


Idea Lab Rock Your Grey Matter Summer Missions

Idea Lab Summer CampIdea Lab provides camps ranging from Cooking School, Robotics, 3D Design and Printing, Art, Engineering and Science.  Classes are divided by ages 4 – 5, 6-9 and 10-14 and run Monday – Friday.

At Idea Lab – Rock Your Grey Matter Summer Missions, children learn through inquisitive, hands-on activities utilizing Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics to enhance critical-thinking skills and their imaginations!

What makes Idea Lab camps the best? Each weekly camp is carefully constructed to provide the ultimate critical-thinking environment while providing a great time.  From figuring out mechanics of spaceship engineering using recycled materials, to creating scrumptious desserts in our culinary camp series, our campers are provided the necessary tools to question, learn and invent “out-of-the-box” solutions through Arts, Sciences, Technology, Creativity and Natural Play.

Locations: Memorial, Heights, Energy Corridor, Sugar Land, Missouri City, Bellaire, New Territory, West University

Cost: half-day camp $155-$175; full-day camp $195-$225

Dates: May 30 – August 22

Contact: (832) 987-1445;

Discount Offered: Free registration and free t-shirt. Use code HOU16 for this discount.

Idea Lab summer camp


Pop Shop Houston Craft Camp & TXRX Labs Tech Camp

Pop Shop HoustonJoin Pop Shop America and TXRX Labs Hackerspace for the best summer yet! If you’ve got a budding artist, a young maker, a crafty kid, or someone that’s fascinated with tech projects bring them to Craft and Tech Summer Camp. These summer day camps are co-hosted by Pop Shop America and TXRX Labs Hackerspace to jet propel students to the next level of creativity!
Some of the things that kids will get to do at Craft Camp & Tech Summer Camp include: learning about the tools and equipment at TXRX Labs, learning and using CAD, making 3D Models with laser cutters, learning about how to build an Etsy Shop, how to sell handmade goods, making photo transfer prints, making modern designed goods, learning how to program arduinos, and tons more.

Location: TXRX Labs Makerspace, 205 Roberts near Downtown Houston and Dynamo Stadium

Cost: $489 for Full 1 Week Camps, $225 for Half-day Camps in Printmaking or Sewing

Dates: Half-day Camps — June 13-24 (morning and afternoon programs); Full-day Camps — June 27-July 15

Contact: Brittany Bly of Pop Shop America (713) 659-9491 or [email protected];

Sign up online here

Discount Offered: $25 off Full-day Camps or $10 Off Half-day Camps using coupon code funsummer at checkout

Pop Shop Houston



Alley Theatre Play Makers Summer Camp

Is someone in your home running around dressed up like a knight or princess? Is their imagination overflowing with characters and stories? It may be time to sign up your growing young actor for the Alley Theatre’s Play Makers camp! Play Makers participants join their peers for a full rotation of group activities designed to help even the most timid child find the confidence to step onto the stage. Alley Master Teaching Artists guide fun and informative lessons that teach theatre skills in improvisation, dance and movement, visual story-telling, and character development.


Houston Summer Location: Carnegie Vanguard High School – 1501 Taft Street, Houston
Fort Bend Summer location (Session A only): Quail Valley Elementary School – 3500 Quail Village Dr., Missouri City

Cost: Two-week session — $575 – $655, based on extended care options

Dates: Houston (2 week sessions from June 6 – August 5); Fort Bend (2 week session June 6 – June 17)

Contact: (713) 315-5424;

Discount offered: 20% discount on base camp price. Enter promo code CHEAPPM when registering on


City ArtWorks Imagination Camp

At City ArtWorks, we focus on “Art for Life:  giving children the ability to create, interpret, and explore through art.”  Every summer, City ArtWorks offers programs that include sculpture, clay, printmaking, drawing, painting, mixed media and other visual art mediums. We encourage creative problem solving, we help develop critical thinking skills, and we expose children to visual arts concepts and history. But most of all, City ArtWorks’ Imagination Classes are fun, and a great way for kids to connect with other young artists while developing skills they can use in all areas of their life!

Location: 1330-R Wirt Rd, Houston

Cost: $155 – $455 per week, half and full day options are available

Dates: June 6 – August 12

Contact: (713) 681-1331,

Discount offered: $25 off with the promo code 2016SUMSES



Bellaire Parks & Recreation Department
Fast Forward Kids camps are for children ages 4 – 12 for one week. Choose from a range of topics: LEGOs, Camp Barbie, Fashion Designer, Survival Tactics, Hot Wheels World of Discovery, and more. Get more info here.

Cost: $100
Date: June 27 – July 1 (9:30 am – 11:30 am, 10 am – 12 pm, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, 2 pm 4 pm)
Location: Bellaire Recreation Center, 7008 5th Street, Bellaire. Sign up in person.

Blaffer Summer Art Workshops
Blaffer Art Museum’s Summer Art Workshops offer kids ages 6-12 a variety of fun, creative projects in a variety of mediums. These sessions include projects such as batik, collage, photography, watercolor, clay, and more. As a bonus, kids can take advantage of museum tours focusing on contemporary art.  Get more info here.

Cost: $80 ($60 for UH employees, students and Blaffer members)
Date: June 20-30 (9:30 am – noon)
Location: University of Houston, Blaffer Art Museum, Fine Arts Building, 4188 Elgin, Rm 120

Camp Hope Day Camp
This summer day camp at Messiah Lutheran Church features bible stories, crafts, science, worship, games and songs. This is for children age 5 through 6th grade (grade just completed). Get more info here.

Cost: $85 (first child), $80 (additional); Before care is available for $20 extra/week (7:30 am – 9:30 am) and After Care is available for $20 extra/week (3:30 pm – 6 pm).
Dates: July 11-15, July 18-22, July 25-29; 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Location: Messiah Lutheran Church, 11522 Telge Road, Cypress

Covenant Lutheran Day Camp
The Lutherhill counselors from La Grange, Texas, will be onsite at Covenant Lutheran Church for a week to provide kids with an exciting Day Camp where they focus on being a child of God. High-energy fun activities as well as reflective time will round out the experience for kids. Head online here for more info.

Cost: $60 (first child), $35 (additional)
Dates: June 27-July 1, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm for Kindergarten – 5th grade
Location: Covenant Lutheran Church, 3785 Barker Cypress Rd.

Legends Sports Complex
Legends Sports Complex in The Woodlands offers a number of summer camp options. But its All-Sports Camp is the one priced at $125/week ($100/wk at Open House) for half-day sessions. Kids will play a variety of traditional sports including soccer, volleyball, basketball, dodgeball, and capture the flag. The camp focuses more on play and fun rather than teaching skills and fundamentals. For boys and girls ages 5-13.  Get more info here.

Its Summer Camp Open House is Sunday, April 17, 1 pm – 4 pm. There are many other camps ranging from $150 – $200/week. Pay in full at Open House and get the lowest price all year!

Cost: $125/wk ($100/wk if you register at Open House April 17)
Dates: June 6 – August 26, 9 am – 12 pm or 1 pm – 4 pm (Monday – Friday)
Location: 602 Pruitt, The Woodlands

Lone Star College Discovery Kids
Lone Star, a local community college, offers an amazing program for kids over the summer — for ages 6-14. Priced at $97/week for half-day sessions, kids can take classes ranging from cooking to robotics, digital photography, art, math, sports and more. The six campus locations offer their own programming. Find the campus course flyers here.

Cost: $97/wk Monday – Thursday; 8:30 am – 12:30 pm or 1 pm – 5 pm
Dates: June 13-July 14
Locations: LCS-CyFair, LCS-Montgomery, LCS-Kingwood, LCS-University Park, LCS-Tomball, LSC-Creekside Center

Neighborhood Centers

This Houston non-profit offers two summer programs: Young Leaders and Little Leaders.

Young Leaders (high schoolers) visit colleges, learn money management and leadership training skills, explore careers, and go on fun and educational fieldtrips. Breakfast, lunch and a snack are provided. Neighborhood Centers accepts NCI.

Cost: $35 membership + $25 program registration fee
Dates: June 6 – August 12, 9 am – 6 pm
Contact: (281) 768-1639, Neighborhood Centers online
Locations of Neighborhood Centers: Baker-Ripley, Leonel Castillo, Cleveland-Ripley, Harbach-Ripley, Ripley House

Little Leaders (elementary and middle schoolers) visit colleges, go on fun and educational field trips, participate in arts and crafts, practice their reading skills, hear from guest speakers and learn STEM skills. Each week has a different theme: animals, the outdoors, Christmas, athletics, outer space and more. They also partner with the Children’s Museum, Chinese Community Center and Wesley Community Center for STEM activities at the Children’s Museum. New this year is a partnership with Aerospace Academy at San Jacinto College where Little Leaders will get to play with and create robots and rockets. Breakfast, lunch and snack are provided. Neighborhood Centers accepts NCI.

Cost: $300/month for June and July; $150 for 2 weeks in August
Dates: June 6 – August 12, 7 am – 6 pm
Contact: (281) 768-1639, Neighborhood Centers online
Locations of Neighborhood Centers: Baker-Ripley, Cleveland-Ripley, Harbach-Ripley, Ripley House

Mark Kistler’s Summer Art Camp
Emmy-award winning artist Mark Kistler leads a one-week 3D art camp for kids in several locations around Houston. He has written nine books teaching kids how to draw. Mark explores a different theme each day from under sea adventures to medieval castles, to lunar moon modules and drooling dinosaurs. Sign up for a one-hour, 4-day art camp — or more sessions and stay half the day! Get more info here!

Cost: $99 for 4 days, one-hour session. Session times are divided by age group.
Dates: June 7-10 (Spring), June 13-16 (Texas Art Supply: Montrose), June 28-July 1 (Sugar Land), July 5-8 (Texas Art Supply: Friendswood), July 18-22 (The Woodlands/Spring)

Preschool Camps at The Foundry
Three summer camps are open to preschoolers at one of The Foundry’s two locations, 9 am to noon, $85.

  • Preschool Art Camp (July 11-15) at Fry Rd. campus
  • WOW! Jr. Science Camp (July 18-22) at Jones Rd. campus
  • Tiny Dino’s Camp (July 25-29) at Jones Rd. campus

Upward Basketball & Cheerleading Summer Skills Camp at The Foundry
Kids who have completed K-6th grade can learn basketball and cheer skills at The Foundry and practice them. Each player will receive a t-shirt.

Cost: $100
Dates: July 25-29, 9 am – noon or 1 pm – 4 pm depending on age
Location: 8350 Jones Road


Destiny Sports Camp
StoneBridge Church is offering a free 3-day sports camp for kids entering 1st through 6th grade in Fall 2016. This sports-specific camp is led by local coaches or collegiate athletes. Kids can choose from one of many sports.The camp concludes with a Family Awards Celebration with live music, huge water slides, kid activities and the awards. Go online here for more info. Registration begins April 17 at noon.

Date: June 7-9, 8:45 to noon
Location: One StoneBridge Church Drive, The Woodlands

Camp Spike ‘N’ Wave®
Camp Spike ‘n’ Wave® offers a safe and fun residential camping experience for children and teens (ages 8-14) living with epilepsy.  The Epilepsy Foundation Texas provides this unique opportunity at no cost to families of children with epilepsy.

At Camp Spike ‘n’ Wave® campers build self-esteem, create life-long friendships, participate in team building, and learn more about living with epilepsy.

Download an application here to apply. Registration is now open. Get your applications in as soon as possible to reserve your camper’s spot. Paperwork deadline is May 15.

Date: June 12-18
Location: Camp For All, Burton, TX

Camp Neuron
Camp Neuron offers a safe and fun residential camping experience for children and teens (ages 8-14) living with epilepsy.  The Epilepsy Foundation Texas provides this unique opportunity at no cost to families of children with epilepsy.

At Camp Neuron campers build self-esteem, create life-long friendships, participate in team building, and learn more about living with epilepsy.

Download an application here to apply. Registration is now open. Get your applications in as soon as possible to reserve your camper’s spot. Paperwork deadline is June 4.

Date: July 3-9
Location: Texas Lions Camp, Kerville, TX

Kamp Kaleidoscope®
Kamp Kaleidoscope® offers a safe and fun residential camping experience for teens (ages 15-19) living with epilepsy.  The Epilepsy Foundation Texas provides this unique opportunity at no cost to families of teens with epilepsy.

At Kamp Kaleidoscope® campers participate in activities promoting independence, self-confidence, competency, and social interaction.

Download an application here to apply. Registration is now open. Get your applications in as soon as possible to reserve your camper’s spot. Paperwork deadline is June 4.

Date: July 3-9
Location: YMCA Collin County Adventure Camp, Anna, TX

If your organization would like to offer a discount and be included in this summer camp guide, contact Vicki Powers for more info: [email protected]

Dollar Day: Sam Houston Race Park March 26

Sam Houston Race Park

photo: Sam Houston Race Park

Dollar Day returns to Sam Houston Race Park, Saturday, March 26!

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. 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.

What to Do for Spring Break in Houston: Free & Cheap

Our favorite Houston venues always plan plenty of free and cheap Spring Break fun for families. Here is my list of free and cheap fun for Houston Spring Break March 14-18.

Houston spring break: free and cheap

Houston Museums

The Health Museum — Don’t miss Health & Wellness Week March 14-19 at The Health Museum. Each day features different activities including science shows, organ dissections, hands-on activities, arts and crafts, health screenings, CPR, nutrition info, Improv Puppet Theater, and games. Lots of fun with Houston organizations including Houston Rockets, Houston Ballet, Yoga One Studios, and Houston Food Bank. Don’t miss Free Family Thursday from 2 pm – 5 pm with free admission March 17, plus the annual UT Brain Night, March 17, 6 pm – 8 pm. Families can see a real brain and ask questions to doctors. Admission is  $9 adults and $7 kids (3-11). 1515 Hermann Drive.

Childrens Museum of HoustonThe Children’s Museum of Houston — This kid-friendly favorite does it up big for spring break every year. This year’s theme, Xtreme Spring Break, is set for March 12-20. It’s dubbed the “ultimate family destination” with hands-on activities, , and loads of entertainment featuring an exotic bird show, wild magic show, human hamster balls, Drone Flight demo, Xtreme BMX Block Party, and more. Don’t miss the annual Shaving Cream Pi(e) Fight March 14 for Pi Day! First 100 each day at 10 am will enjoy an Xtreme Giveaway. Go free Thursday March 17 for Free Family Night from 5 pm – 8 pm. Admission is $12 per person with hours 10 am – 6 pm. Located at 1500 Binz.

Asia Society Texas — This cultural mecca for all things Asia presents a couple of activities during Spring Break. First, families can enjoy a Family Writing Workshop March 15, 10 am – noon. Attendees will learn from children’s author Melissa Williams, who penned Iggy the Iguana and Little Miss Molly picture books. Cost is $5. Another fun event is Screen Asia: Kung Fu Panda and Food Workshop Thursday, March 17, 1 pm – 4 pm. Cost is $5 each or $15 for family of 4 and $20 for family of 5. Located at 1370 Southmore.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston — {Kids 12 and under are always free at MFAH}. This Houston museum is offering special family activities for Spring Break March 9-22 such as Sketching in the Galleries, investigating works of art, free film The Love Bug, and family packs. Don’t miss Free Family Thursday all day March 17. Admission is $15 for adults, $7.50 for youth age 13-18, and kids 12 and under are free. Located at 5601 Main Street.

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens — {Kids 18 and under are free during Spring Break}. Spring break activities are March 9-20 with garden tours, scavenger hunt, arts and crafts, historic games and toys, open house tours, Colonial Campsite, and more. Adult admission is $10. Get ready for tons of fun at its huge Free Family Day celebrating 50 years of Bayou Bend, Saturday, March 19, 10 am – 5 pm. Located at 6003 Memorial.

bayou bend gardens

Rienzi — {Kids 12 and under are always free at Rienzi}. The MFAH house museum offers several kid-friendly options during Spring Break including Storytime Tours and Sketching in the Galleries. Adult admission is $8, youth 13-18 $5, and kids 12 and under free. Located at 1406 Kirby.

Rosenberg Railroad Museum — This railroad-themed museum in Rosenberg is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm and 1 pm – 5 pm Sundays. Folks can tour the gallery and enjoy special exhibits such as Tower 17, model trains, garden railroad, 1972 Mopac Caboose, the 1879 Quebec, and Education Station. Get free admission Sunday, March 20, for its Discovery Day, 1 pm – 5 pm. Located at 1921 Avenue F in Rosenberg. Admission is $5 adults, $3 kids.

Houston Museum District – Enjoy seven museums for free each Thursday in Houston’s Museum District.

  • Houston Museum of Natural Science: 3 pm – 6 pm
  • Children’s Museum of Houston: 5 pm – 8 pm
  • The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: 10 am – 9 pm
  • The Health Museum: 2 pm – 7 pm
  • Holocaust Museum Houston: 2 pm – 5 pm
  • Houston Museum of African American Culture: 6 pm – 8 pm
  • Buffalo Soldiers National Museum: 1 pm – 5 pm
Outdoor Fun

Discovery Green — Houston’s downtown park, Discovery Green, is always the site of free family fun. Spring break is no different March 14-18, noon – 4 pm. This year families can enjoy a variety of free activities powered by Girls Inc. featuring a daily hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education program for kids. The schedule includes Mad Science Monday, Workshop Wednesday, Theatrical Thursday, and FUNomenal Friday with a foam party! Find the activities online here. Discovery Green is located downtown at 1500 McKinney.

Houston Zoo — College students in these local schools get FREE admission any day with a valid ID: University of Houston, Rice University, St. Thomas University, and Texas Southern University. Students at these colleges save $2 off admission with ID: Houston Community College, Houston Baptist University and South Texas College of Law. There is no special programming during spring break at the zoo, but this college deal is too good not to share! Admission: $17 adults, $13 kids age 2 – 11. Discover tips about getting to the Zoo during Spring Break here with live traffic updates.

blessington farms strawberryBlessington Farms — Kids will enjoy outdoor fun at Blessington Farms such as playing on Sand Mountain, hay rides, animal encounters, barrel train rides, Jump Pad, Tire Mountain, and more. Participate in Blessington Pick your Own Strawberries for just $5 per pound (no admission free required). Blessington Farms is located in Simonton about 40 miles west of downtown Houston. Spring break hours are 9:30 am – 3:30 pm Monday – Saturday. Admission is $10 for Farm Funland.  photo: Blessington Farms

George Ranch Historical Park — This historical park in Richmond is offering learning and fun over Spring Break Tuesday – Saturday, March 15-19. Kids can explore life as a Texas settler and learn chores, make butter, plant a spring garden, brand an animal, throw a cow chip, and more. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 5-15. Hours are 9 am – 5 pm Tuesday – Saturday. Located at 10215 FM 762 in Richmond.

**Enjoy a special Spring Break BBQ Lunch at the park served daily 12:30 pm – 2 pm March 15-19. Adult meal is $14, kid’s meal is $11, and children 4 and under are $4. Tickets can be purchased online here. Reservations highly recommended at least one day in advance.

Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center — Spring Breakout returns to this wonderful park in Humble March 14-18 with free daily classes. Limited spots are available with reservations. Reservations open March 2! Call to reserve a spot: (281) 446-8588.

Monday, March 14: Fangs (10 am)
Tuesday, March 15: How Big is Your Tree? (10 am)
Wednesday, March 16: Texas Bound (9 am – 2 pm) for ages 7-12
Thursday, March 17: Jr. Angler (9 am – 2 pm) for ages 8+
Friday, March 18: Jr. Canoe Training (9 am – 2 pm) for ages 10-15

HPD Mounted Patrol Barn & Houston Rodeo

Mounted Patrol Barn — Visit the Houston Police Department stables and feed the horses for free! This is available year-round Monday – Friday, noon to 2 pm.

HPD Mounted Patrol Barn

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Currently there are 37 horses and two mules. Don’t forget to bring apples, carrots, or peppermints to share with the horses. Located at 5005 Little York Rd.

Houston Livestock Show & RodeoValue Wednesday is the day to save money on Houston Rodeo fun (March 16 during spring break). Select seats are just $10 to the rodeo and concert with Jake Owen March 16. Check out the livestock show, AGventure, carnival and shopping at Reliant Park for just $5 for adults. Kids and seniors are free! Don’t miss the $2 games and $2 food bites from 11 am – 4 pm in Kids’ Country Carnival. Purchase tickets online.

Movies, Theater & More

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema — Take advantage of free movies for Houston-area school and university employees over Spring Break, March 12-20. This is available for all movies before 6 pm at the Vintage Park and Katy locations with a valid ID. This freebie is only valid at Houston locations, so we are lucky!

Studio Movie Grill — Enjoy an SMG Classic movie, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, for just $1 Monday through Thursday during Spring Break. This screening will be at Studio Movie Grill CityCentre and Copperfield. The Family Rewind movie in March is Free Willy, March 16, 7 pm, for just $3 at both Copperfield and City Centre locations.

YWCA Houston Youth Empowerment Zone Camp —  Girls age 12-17 can attend this free research-based Youth Empowerment Zone Camp March 14-18 created to equip teen girls with skills needed for Leadership & Service, Healthy Lifestyles, and Career Exploration. Some of the topics include Financial Literacy, Social Media Mistakes, Goal Setting, Character Building, and Health Fitness. The day also includes games, activities, gift card giveaways and more. Hours are 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. Register online for the free camp. Located at YWCA of Houston, 6309 Martin Luther King Blvd.

Main Street Theater — Main Street Theater is offering 10:30 am and 1:30 pm matinees during Spring Break, March 14-18. Kids will love seeing a beloved book character come to life at Junie B. Jones: The Musical. Tickets are $16-$20 each. Performances are at the new Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston (MATCH), 3400 Main.

Blue Willow Bookshop — This West Houston independent book store hosts free weekly storytime each Thursday at 10 am. It’s generally geared to toddlers and preschoolers by reading books, singing songs and making a craft. The bookstore also is hosting Page to Stage Book Club Saturday, March 19, which brings a Main Street Theater production to life. March features characters from Junie B. Jones, a reading from the book, and craft. Located at 14532 Memorial Drive.

Alley Theater — The Sunflower County Freedom Project is sharing a free performance of their original civil rights play Echoes Monday, March 14, 2 pm. The student actors (in grades 7th – 12th) are traveling from Mississippi.

Echoes civil rights play

photo: Sunflower County Freedom Project

The play’s theme addresses the challenges black families have faced in the United States in the last 75 years and their strategies for staying strong and safe. The 35-minute play will be followed by a student-led discussion. Stick around for the free reception! This play is suitable for all ages. Email Kate Gluckman (SCFP Director of Operations) at [email protected] to RSVP for your free tickets. Located at 615 Texas Avenue.

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CitySolve Urban Race Houston Discount for April 9

Think you know everything Houston has to offer? Gather a few friends for the ultimate urban race — and save nearly $40 off $60 registration!

citysolve urban race

CitySolve Urban Race Houston is a unique urban adventure that takes a lot of brain, a bit of brawn, plus tons of fun. More than a scavenger hunt — but less physical than a 5K — this unique race combines trivia with a team-oriented adventure. Add in the occasional checkpoint challenge throughout Houston, and you’ve got the best of CitySolve Urban Race. Top three finishing teams win cash or prizes: $300 cash, $150 prize and $50 prize. Or try for Best Costume or Best Tweet.

CitySolve Urban Race Houston
Saturday, April 9, 11 am
Celtic Gardens, 2300 Louisiana
$20 ($60 retail)

Best of all, a portion of each donation is given to local charity, H.E.A.R.T. Houston.

Register online here and get your free Urban Race t-shirt.

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National Margarita Day Deals in Houston

molinas margaritaYes, there is actually a National Margarita Day. Every February 22, fans celebrate the beloved frozen or on-the-rocks concoction. Here are a few spots in Houston offering margarita deals Monday:

Cadillac Bar: Cadillac Bar is offering $3 house margaritas all day. Offer valid only at Houston location.

Cafe Adobe: It’s Happy Hour pricing Monday with $3.75 house margaritas and $4 fruit margaritas. This deal is every Monday, so lucky thing National Margarita Day falls on Monday!

Chili’s: Get $5 premium margaritas February 22 at Chili’s. These include Tropical Sunrise, Presidente, and Triple Berry Infused.

Chuy’s: Take advantage of $1 floaters all day February 22 for National Margarita Day. They tout it makes their amazing margaritas even better!

Molina’s Cantina: Enjoy $5 margaritas all day at Molina’s Cantina. Located 3801 Bellaire Blvd., 4720 Washington and 7901 Westheimer.

Sherlock’s Baker St. Pub and Baker St. Pub: It’s hard to pass up $2 rocks margaritas or $3 frozen margaritas Monday! Located in Katy, Cypress, Sugar Land and Houston (Baker St. Pub) and Clear Lake and on Westheimer (Sherlock’s).

Sylvia’s: Don’t miss $4 margaritas (house and flavored house) at Sylvia’s today for National Margarita Day! Located at Woodway, Westheimer, and Eldridge Parkway.

El Big Bad: Score $5 fresh squeezed margaritas at El Big Bad + the largest National Margarita Day party with crawfish, DJ and more. Located at 419 Travis.

Feel free to leave a comment for any other margarita deals you have heard about!

photo: Molina’s Cantina