Houston Cirque du Soleil “Amaluna” Discounts Feb 2015

cirque du soleil amalunaI’m so thrilled to share that Cirque du Soleil is returning to Houston in February under the Big Top Tent — and I have discount tickets available!

Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna hits Houston February 13-February 26 at Grand Chapiteau at Sam Houston Race Park. My favorite Cirque du Soleil performance is the one I saw under the tent. Every seat is fantastic and intimate-feeling with performers all around the air and aisles.   photo: Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna
February 13-February 26
$50 – $90 ($76.50 – $116.50 reg)
Grand Chapiteau at Sam Houston Race Park

The magical romance in Amaluna is inspired by Shakespeare’s Tempest. The night features incredible imagery, high-flying feats, aerial performers, dancers and more. As a bonus, this ticket includes a concessions package complete with popcorn and drink.

Save 25% – 35% on ticket prices, thanks to Goldstar. Go online here to purchase your tickets to this epic love story.

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3 Ways to Save on Halloween Costumes

waldo.wendaHalloween is 7 days away — plenty of time for procrastinators like me to pull together a costume. Curious what’s trending this year in the costume world? The Top 5 Costume Searches in 2014, according to Yahoo, are:

1. Frozen
2. Star Wars
3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle
4. Monster High
5. Captain America

Here are a few ways to get your costume on the cheap:

1) Use your creativity: Pinterest is an amazing place to browse for cute DIY Halloween costumes. You can find inspiration on my creative Halloween costumes Pinterest board. I’ve had fun browsing for cute and creative homemade costumes for kids, adults — and don’t forget the pets! Google says searches for dog costumes are up 15% this year! Here are some of my favorites:

Cheap Halloween CostumesFind these and more on Houston on the Cheap’s Pinterest.

2) Shop sales: New sales are popping up as it gets closer to Halloween:

3) Browse thrift stores: Goodwill and other thrift stores can be a goldmine for pulling together creative, yet inexpensive costumes. Families often donate costumes to Goodwill after Halloween, so it can be a great place to find a gently-used costume for kids — who grow quickly anyway. Here are a few costume ideas from an article on Goodwill’s site. And some tips: keep an open mind, find a starter piece, and think characters.

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Disney on Ice Discounts in Houston

Disney on Ice HoustonA new Disney on Ice show hits Houston next month, Disney on Ice: Princesses & Heroes, featuring Disney princesses, a few princes plus Anna, Elsa, and Olaf from the mega hit Frozen.

There are a couple of ways to save:

1) Attend November 12 and get the Opening Night discount. Tickets are $14 on opening night plus a service fee of $9.20 per ticket for $23.20 (versus $17 + fee = $27.34). No promo code needed. Go online to Ticketmaster here to get Opening Night discount.

2) Save $5 per ticket with promo code SAVE5. Enter the code on the first page (after you select your date) in the box labeled Offer Code near the top. It does not get used at the end during check out. Offer ends November 11. Buy tickets online here.

Disney on Ice discount

Disney On Ice: Princesses & Heroes will be at NRG Stadium. November 12-16. Parking is $10.

Katy Budget Books $1 or Less Semi-Annual Sale

BooksIt’s a book lover’s dream! Katy Budget Bookssemi-annual sale returns October 16 – November 2. This fabulous independent retailer is discounting more than 50,000 overstock used books for $1 or less. Find children’s books for 40¢, paperback books for 75¢ or less, and hardcover books for $1. All sale books will be marked on the bottom.

More books will be added to the shelves each night, so you might need to visit several times! Katy Budget Books is located at 2450 Fry Road (north of I-10) in Katy.

Wings Over Houston Airshow Discount Tickets & Free Flights for World War II Veterans

Wings Over HoustonIf you plan early, you can save money on some of Houston’s favorite annual events.

Wings Over Houston Airshow returns to Ellington Airport November 1-2 for its 30th year, produced by Commemorative Air Force. It’s a jam-packed weekend adventure featuring U.S. Navy Blue Angels, vintage warplane demonstrations, civilian acrobatic pilots, Tuskeegee Airmen Traveling Exhibit, Legends and Heroes autograph tent, Vietnam Demonstration and Tribute, Freedom Flyers, displays of modern and vintage aircraft, along with kids’ zone, food, and vendors.  photo: Wings Over Houston Airshow

World War II veterans can receive a free flight on Ward’s P-51-D Mustang “Pecos Bill,” Friday, October 31. Contact Freedom Flyers at 512.756.6163 or email Cowden Ward at cw@cwsky.net to request a flight and make arrangements. Requests over the six slots will be honored and scheduled for different dates.

Beat the lines and save a bit of cash with online advance purchase:

  • adults: $25 + $2 fee ($30 at gate)
  • kids (6-11): $4 + .50 fee ($5 at gate)
  • kids under 6: free
  • Family Pack: $60 + $5 fee. Admission for 2 adults and up to 4 kids (6-11). Available online only.

Purchase your discount tickets online here. Discount tickets also are available at Kroger for $25 and $4, adult and child, respectively.

Free Admission

Vietnam Wall traveling exhibitFree admission Friday, October 31, 8 am – 5 pm, for folks interested in the Vietnam Demonstration and Traveling Wall exhibit, a 3/5 scale of the Vietnam Memorial Wall located in Washington, D.C. The wall honors those who gave their lives during Vietnam War at 300 ft. long and 6 ft. tall.

Ellington Airport is 15 miles south of downtown Houston.  photo: Maureen Welsh

Discount Texas Renaissance Festival Tickets

Red Knight RenFestReady for some 16th-century fun at the nation’s largest Renaissance festival in the country?  Tis the season for the 40th  Texas Renaissance Festival kicking off this Saturday, October 11, for eight consecutive weekends.

Opening weekend, this Saturday and Sunday, offers half-price tickets!

Discount tickets are still available online for opening weekend October 11 and October 12: $13 for adults and $6 for kids ages 5-12, plus a $2 fee. This is a savings of 50% off the gate prices of $27/adults and $13/kids.

Located about 50 miles northwest of Houston, Texas Renaissance Festival features the sites, sounds, and smells of a 16th-century village. With jousting matches, 200 daily performances, international cuisine, thousands of costumed characters, elephant/camel rides, human-powered rides and games of skill — there is truly something for everyone!

A Family 4-Pack is also available for $54 for any weekend, which includes 2 adult tickets and 2 child tickets — save $26! Folks who plan to attend more than one day can benefit from a $39 Weekend Pass: admission one “any day” and one Sunday during the season, though it doesn’t have to be consecutive days. Purchase the discount tickets online here. Discount tickets are available in person at Walgreens for Opening Weekend and Family 4-Pack. Kids 4 and under are free, with kids admission for ages 5-12.

Find all the schedules, maps and more online for Texas Renaissance Festival in Plantersville.

photo: Texas Renaissance Festival

Houston Italian Festival: Free & Discount Tickets

Houston Italian FestThe Houston Italian Festival returns to Montrose Thursday through the weekend, October 9-12. In its 36th year, the annual Houston Italian Festival is one of the largest festivals in town. Enjoy authentic Italian food and wine, live musical performances including the Fab 5 Beatles Tribute band, grape stomping, pasta-eating contests, Bocce competition, sidewalk art contest, Tarentella dancers, Marionette Puppet shows, and more. New this year is a Classic Car Show Sunday. The Cultural Movie Theater will show Italian movies and regional travel films.

The festival kicks off with free admission Thursday, October 9, 5pm – 10pm, and again Friday from 11 am – 4 pm. After 4 pm Friday and all weekend, admission is $8 for adults and free for kids 12 and under. The Italian Festival is located on The University of St. Thomas campus, 3800 Montrose Blvd. with parking just $2.

Save $2 each by buying online! Purchase advance tickets for just $6 through October 8. There is no extra online fee. (The print says the pre-sale ends October 5, but the “countdown clock” for sales takes it through October 8!)

photos: flickr/Festa Italiana Houston

Houston Humane Society October Discounts

Houston Humane Society is offering adoption sales Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Here is the schedule:

  • GingerMondays — Seniors age 55 and older can adopt a pet for $55. Or anyone can adopt a senior dog for $55.
  • Wednesdays — Half-price pet adoptions
  • Friday — $15 felines for cats age 6 months and older

Plus, during October, all dog adoptions are $50 ($95-$125 regular). This promotion is part of National Adopt a Shelter Dog month. My adorable shelter dog, Ginger, is pictured here!

Houston Humane Society is located at 14700 Almeda Rd. Hours are 11 am – 6 pm Monday – Friday, and 11 am – 5:30 pm Saturday and Sunday.

photo: Robyn Arouty Photography

$5 Sensory-Friendly Day at Children’s Museum

childrens museum Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) get a special day just for them at the Children’s Museum of Houston. The museum is closed to the public, Monday, October 13, and the museum is inviting families affected by Autism to its Sensory-Friendly Day. What a wonderful opportunity for these kids to explore the museum in their own way and time.

The event from 10 am – 2 pm features on-going activities relating to Halloween-themed monsters. Staff will turn down lights and limit extra sounds during this time. Extra signs will be available to ensure safety. Families are allowed to bring in extra food and drink since the Cafe will be closed. Additional Sensory-Friendly Days for your calendar:

November 17, 2014 (4 pm– 7 pm)
December. 1, 2014 (10 am – 2  pm)
February 16, 2015 (10 am – 2 pm)
March 23, 2015 (10 am- 2 pm)
April 6, 2015 (10 am – 2 pm)

Admission is just $5 for Sensory-Friendly Day October 13. Reservations are required. Contact Lydia Dungus (713) 535-7238, ldungus@cmhouston.org. The Children’s Museum is located at 1500 Binz.

Studio Movie Grill: $2 October Movies

Get ready for a new month of cheap movies! Here are $2 movies at Studio Movie Grill in October:

Studio Movie GrillBrews-n-Views: Field of Dreams (PG), Wednesday, October 1, 7:30 pm, with Kevin Costner. This is a monthly guy’s movie night the first Wednesday each month.

Girls’ Night Out: Beaches (PG-13), Wednesday, October 8, 7:30 pm, with Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey. The $2 monthly chick flick series is held the second Wednesday of each month.

Family Rewind: Share your childhood favorites with your family. The next family feature is Gremlins (PG-13), October 15 (7 pm) and October 19 (2 pm). The Family Rewind Series is held the third Wednesday.

These movies will be held at all Studio Movie Grill locations. In Houston, Studio Movie Grill is at 8580 Highway 6 N (Copperfield) and 805 Town & Country (CityCentre).