50% Off Papa John’s Pizza on Rockets’ Wednesdays

papajohnsIt’s no April Fool’s joke! Papa John’s is offering a special half-price deal tied to its partnership with the Houston Rockets. Customers can get 50% off their pizza every Wednesday when the Houston Rockets play. April is a great month to enjoy this deal since Houston Rockets play April 1, April 8, and April 15.

Head online to papajohns.com and use promo code ROCKETS. This is valid at participating Houston-area Papa John’s.

Discounts to Houston Children’s Festival March 28-29

McDonald's Houston Children's Festival

Houston is proud to boast the largest Children’s Festival in the United States.

The McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival is back — and bigger than ever! This fantastic family event is March 28-29 in downtown Houston, benefiting Child Advocates, an agency that serves abused and neglected children.

McDonald's Houston Children's FestivalThe weekend features 9 family adventure zones and 5 stages of entertainment with more than 300 activities. The jam-packed weekend features arts and crafts, live music, petting zoo, Circus fun, Houston sports teams, science experiments, celebrity appearances, inflatable obstacle course, Radio Disney stage, pony rides, face painting, and more. Meet Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Universal Pictures’ Minions, Ronald McDonald, Hamburglar, Grimace, and more. Find the complete schedule online here. Take advantage of $10 haircuts by Visible Changes and SportsCuts, benefiting McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival.

This year’s celebrities feature Olivia Holt (Disney Channel’s I Didn’t Do It), live performances by popular young recording artists Jessica Sanchez, Jordan Fisher, and Radio Disney’s Alex Angelo Saturday 1 pm – 3 pm, and rising country star Kaylee Rutland. Get all the scoop on celebrity appearances here. There is an Olivia Holt Public Meet & Greet at 2 pm plus the On Stage “Q&A Chat” Sunday at 1:30 pm and 3 pm. Wristbands are required and will be passed out beginning at 10:45 am at the Autograph Tent.

The concert features performances include by popular young recording artists Jessica Sanchez, Jordan Fisher and Radio Disney’s Alex Angelo, hosted by Radio Disney’s Candice.

Tickets are $12 person at the gate, with kids 3 and under free.

Houston Children's FestivalTicket Discount Options:

  • Save $2 per person with a McDonald’s receipt from 2015. {Simply provide one McDonald’s receipt per admission ticket and save $2 at the gate.}
  • Buy advance tickets online for $10 plus a $1.49 fee per ticket (savings of 51¢ per ticket). Purchase online here. Food, beverage and game coupons are 9 tickets for $10.
  • Military members can attend for $10.

Many activities are free, but some rides require tickets, which cost $10 for 9 tickets. The event is located in downtown Houston in the area around City Hall, Tranquility Park, and Sam Houston Park at 901 Bagby.

The Houston Children’s Festival has raised more than $5 million for Child Advocates. Support a great cause and have a blast at the same time!

photos courtesy McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival

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Value Wednesday at Houston Rodeo Today

houston rodeoToday is the last Value Wednesday at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo! A $10 bill can get you in the livestock show, rodeo, and musical performance in the upper level of NRG. Today’s Value Wednesday performer features Florida Georgia Line.

If you’re heading to NRG just for AGventure and Kid Country fun, it’s $5 Value Pricing for adults on Wednesdays, with kids and seniors free. Count on $2 rides, $2 games, and $2 food bites from 11 am – 4 pm in Kids Country Carnival. Check out value pricing at various food and merchandise vendors as well. Have fun and go save money!

Check out my original post on more ways to do Houston Rodeo on the Cheap!

photo: flickr/kim alaniz

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

One more week of Spring Break in the Houston area. Here is my list of free and cheap fun for Houston Spring Break March 16-22, 2015.

Houston spring break: free and cheap

1) Discovery Green — Houston’s downtown park, Discovery Green, is always the site of free family fun. Spring break is no different with Discovery STEM: Spring Break Week March 16-20, 10 am – 4 pm. This year families can enjoy an array of free activities powered by Girl Start — Empowering Girls in Math, Science and Technology. Check out the busy schedule:

March 16: Mechanical Engineering fun + Houston Rockets & Dynamo street team
March 17: Slime, Chemical Reactions, Instasnow & Foam Party
March 18: Things That Fly & more
March 19: Plastic Rescue Activities, HGO to Go First Songs and Storybook Opera
March 20: Astronomy, HGO to Go First Songs and Storybook Opera

Discovery Green is located downtown at 1500 McKinney. 

2) Houston Livestock Show & RodeoValue Wednesday is the day to save money on Houston Rodeo fun. Select seats are just $10 to the rodeo and concert with Florida Georgia Line March 18. Check out the livestock show, AGventure, carnival and shopping at NRG 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.

3) Main Street Theater — Main Street Theater is offering 1:30 pm matinees during Spring Break: March 16-20. Kids will love seeing a beloved book character come to life at The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley. {Goldstar has a limited number of half-price tickets available at $7.50 rather than $15. Buy them online.} During MST renovations, this production will be held at Talento Bilingue de Houston, 333 S. Jensen.

4) Studio Movie Grill — Catch a $3 daily 11 am matinee of SMG Toons: Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Bitty Mysteries March 16-19. This is only at the CityCentre location. The Family Rewind movie in March is The Wizard of Oz, March 18, 7 pm, for just $3 at both Copperfield and City Centre locations.

5) Alamo Drafthouse — It’s Teacher Appreciation through March 22 at Alamo Drafthouse for Spring Break: teachers, school/university admin and employees get free movie ticket to any movie any day! Valid at Vintage Park and Mason Park locations. Plus free Alamo Kids Camp movie this week, March 16-19 — Spirited Away — at both Vintage Park and Mason Park.

6) The Children’s Museum of Houston — The Children’s Museum of Houston does it up big for spring break every year. This year’s theme is Amazingly Immature Spring Break. It’s dubbed the “ultimate family destination” with hands-on activities, bungee trampolines, and loads of entertainment featuring pirates, dancers, dogs, jugglers, magicians and more. Plus two free movies each day: Big Hero 6 and Despicable Me (except March 18). First 100 at the door get a free giveaway. Go free on Thursdays March 18 for Free Family Night from 5 pm – 8 pm. Admission is $9 per person with hours 10 am – 6 pm. Located at 1500 Binz.

7) The Health Museum — Families can participate in Health & Wellness Week 2015 March 9-21. {Save money with this special coupon for Buy One Admission Get One Half Off}. Each day features different activities including science shows, organ dissections, hands-on activities, arts and crafts, health screenings, CPR, nutrition info, healthy snacks, and games. Lots of fun with Houston organizations including Houston Rockets and Houston Ballet. Don’t miss Free Family Thursday from 2 pm – 5 pm with free admission March 19, plus the annual UT Brain Night, March 19, 6 pm – 8 pm. Families can see a real brain and ask questions to doctors. One current museum exhibit is Beyond the X-Ray through May 3. $9/adults and $7/children. 1515 Hermann Drive.

8) The Museum of Printing History — Kids can attend a free workshop, Kids Springing into Publishing, March 17-19 from 10 am – 2 pm. Kids can create content and learn to make their own zine. This is sponsored by ZineFest and Houston Book Arts Group. Located at 1324 W. Clay.

9) IKEA Houston — Writers in the Schools (WITS) is offering a free Children’s Creative Workshop Tuesday, March 17, 6 pm – 7 pm. It’s also a Kids Eat Free day! Located at 7810 Katy Freeway.

10) Katy Contemporary Arts MuseumAdmission is free every day (Wednesday – Sunday) at this new Katy museum. Or for just $5 per family, enjoy Night (Sounds) at the Museum Wednesday, March 18, 6:30 pm – 8 pm. Learn the sounds of night wildlife and create an in-class spring symphony. Located at 805 Avenue B in Katy. Register online.

11) Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens — FREE: 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, and more. Adult admission is $10. Located at 6003 Memorial.

12) RienziFREE: 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.

13) Houston Museum District – 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: 2 pm – 5 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 – 5 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

14) Blessington Farms — Kids will enjoy outdoor fun at Blessington Farms such as playing on Sand Mountain, hay rides, giant slide, and encounters with heritage chickens. 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 10 am – 3:30 pm Monday – Saturday. Admission is $10 for Farm Funland or $8 for Farmland Lite.

15) George Ranch Historical Park — The park is offering learning and fun over Spring Break with its “Farm to Table” Spring Break Celebration Tuesdays – Saturdays, March 17-21. Explore the history of food over 100 years. Kids can get a chance to plow, explore a 1860s Chuckwagon, learn about food preservation in 1890s Sharecropper Farm, learn basics of ranching, and 1930s cattle production. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 5-15. Hours are 9 am – 5 pm Tuesday – Saturday.

Discount: Enjoy a special Chuckwagon Lunch served daily at 12:30 pm during Spring Break. Houston on the Cheap readers can Buy One Historic Meal ticket and get another 50% off. Valid March 17-21. Adult meal is $14 and kids meal is $11. Children 4 and under are $4. Limit one per customer. Guests need to call to purchase meal tickets Tuesday – Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm at 281-343-0218. Reservations highly recommended at least one day in advance. George Ranch Historical Park is located at 10215 FM 762 in Richmond.

16) 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 not special programming during spring break at the zoo, but this college student freebie is too good not to share! Admission: $16 adults, $12 kids age 2 – 11.

17) Space Center Houston {not cheap, but special Spring Break programming}— Lots of fun is planned this year for Spring Break at Space Center Houston, March 14-22. Enjoy Pi Day, Space Scavenger Hunt, Meet the Meteorite Hunters, Curiosity Expo, and a special premiere of Journey to Space March 14. Take a NASA Tram Tour for a behind-the-scenes journey. Buy tickets online and save $3 here. Or visit one of Space Center Houston’s promotional partners for a half-price admission coupon. Online admission is $20.95/adults and $15.95/kids 4-11. Space Center Houston is located south of downtown Houston near Webster, 1601 NASA Parkway.

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Texas Junk Co.: Houston Classic for Vintage, Bargain Cowboy Boots

004Since 1979, Texas Junk Company is the destination for Houston folk looking to score a deal on cowboy boots and other random oddities. It’s definitely a go-to spot before and during rodeo season! Owner Robert Novotney stocks the store with boots he finds at Goodwill, flea markets, consignment stores and the like. It’s truly his passion. For example, he often drives to San Antonio, spends the night in his car, hits the San Antonio flea market at dawn and finishes up by 9 am, with plenty of good finds.

Just like other thrift stores, it’s definitely hit-or-miss — which adds to the element of fun. Sometimes you can find top-brand Lucchese boots, which retail in stores for $300-$1,200. I went one Saturday with mytexas junk co collage girls looking for boots. The women’s department was picked over in our size, but we remained focused and found our treasures. My boots were $50, my daughter’s Justin Ropers were $45, and a pair of Dan Post stove tops were $60. Best part: they are already worn in and ready for the rodeo!

I have never been at 11 am, but wonder if there is a line to get in! Novotney remarked that he had done a day’s worth of sales Saturday by noon — just an hour after opening! In addition to boots, you can score old albums, wooden picture frames, jean jackets, vintage sleeping bags, crutches, and other random things!

032Novotney opens his store Fridays and Saturdays only, 11 am – 6 pm. Cash or check only. If you’re not prepared with cash, he directs you 8 blocks down to an ATM. The store is located in the Montrose/Fourth Ward area at 215 Welch.

Follow his Texas Junk Co. Facebook page where he shares his travel adventures and store finds. Or listen to the recorded message at 713-524-6257.  photos © vicki powers

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Discount Tickets to Rice University Basketball February 26 for Houston on the Cheap Night

Rice UniversityDiscount tickets are still available to Houston on the Cheap Night Thursday, February 26, at Rice University.

Tickets to the Men’s Basketball game against Old Dominion are $8 each for kids and adults ($15 regular). Tip off is 7 pm at Tudor Fieldhouse. Come early and help us make pink ribbons for Susan G. Komen!

The special night features:

  • Owl craft by Splash Kids art studio at the Houston on the Cheap table
  • Owl towels for the first 300 fans
  • Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness Night

The $8 ticket features seats in upper sections 201-204 and 209-212. Purchase tickets online with promo code cheap. The $15 pricing will change to $8 at checkout.

Tudor Fieldhouse is located at Rice University, 6100 Main on Loop Road off University Blvd.

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 Sunday:

Chuy’s: Get $1 off select margaritas (Chuy’s Perfect Margarita and seasonal Frozen Raspberry Margarita) February 21-22.

Cadillac Bar: $3.50 house margaritas all day — or $8.99 for The Don Julio margarita. Located at 1802 Shepherd and Kemah Boardwalk.

Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen: Celebrate with $4 house margaritas (including flavored house margaritas). Located at 6401 Woodway, 12637 Westheimer, and 1140 Eldridge Parkway.

Molina’s Cantina: Enjoy happy hour pricing on margaritas all day. Located 3801 Bellaire Blvd., 4720 Washington and 7901 Westheimer.

Del Pueblo Mexican: Enjoy a Grand House Margarita for $6 Sundays (and Wednesdays) at Del Pueblo. Located at 13235 Jones Road.

Moderno Tex Mex: Indulge in a $5 pomegranate or jalapeño margarita February 22 at Moderno Tex Mex. Located at 10455 Briar Forest at Beltway 8.

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

photo: Molina’s Cantina

Houston Rodeo Discount Carnival Tickets

Houston Rodeo Carnival PacksHouston Livestock Show and Rodeo kicks off in 19 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 2015 Houston Rodeo Carnival Packs and save 60% when you buy in advance.

February 13 is the last day to buy and select mail as the delivery option.

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

  • $10 Carnival Pack ($32.50 value)
  • $50 Carnival Pack ($127.50 value)
  • $20 Discount Food Card ($30 value)

Purchase them online here. Carnival packs are available for pick up at Will Call throughout the Rodeo. FEBRUARY 28 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.

Discount Cirque du Soleil Amaluna Tickets

How would you like to save 30% on tickets to Houston’s Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna? Thanks to my partnership, I have an exclusive promo code to save big under the Big Top!

Cirque du Soleil Amaluna

Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna runs February 12-March 22, 2015. This limited engagement will be held under the blue-and-yellow Big Top at Sam Houston Race Park. The storyline follows the journey of a Queen’s daughter who is coming of age. She and her young suitor have their love put to the test with numerous setbacks. Some of the featured acts include aerial bands, Chinese pole, teeterboard, Peacock Dance and Magic Pageant.

Discount pricing for shows February 12 – March 22:

Price Level 3 = 2 for $99 ($140 reg.)
Price Level 2 = 2 for $125 ($180 reg.)
Price Level 1 = 2 for $150 ($240 reg.)

Purchase discount tickets online. The link already has the promo code HOTC plugged in, so no need to enter it. Get ready to explore the amazing world of Amaluna — and save some money in the process!

Sam Houston Race Park Dollar Day, February 7

sam houston dollar day 2015Dollar Day returns to Sam Houston Race Park, Saturday, February 7! This is a great chance to bring the family to the race track for cheap family fun. Dollar Day at the Park features tons of stuff for $1: admission, hot dogs, draft beer (4:30 pm – 10 pm), sodas, and live racing programs. General admission tickets are normally $7 each.

Live horse racing begins at 6 pm with gates opening at 4:30 pm. Sam Houston Race Park is located at 7575 N. Sam Houston Parkway West of Beltway 8.