Free Weekend Fun in Houston August 28-30

Get ready for a weekend of free fun! Here is a snapshot of 11 Free Things to Do in Houston this weekend, August 28-30:

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 FRIDAY

Bike Houston — Grab your bike and join Critical Mass, a group of bikers that ride the last Friday of each month from Market Square Park. Its goal is to advocate for a bike-friendly urban environment. Ride begins at 301 Milam downtown at 7 pm.

Party with Chubby — Legendary Chubby Checker & the Wildcats hits the stage Friday, 8 pm at Miller Outdoor Theatre with his rock-n-roll favorites. Free reserved seats are available performance day from 10:30 am – 1 pm at the Miller Box office.

Catch a movie under the moon — Don’t miss Hotel Transylvania, a free outdoor movie Friday, 9 pm, at GreenStreet downtown, 1201 Fannin.

SATURDAY

Enjoy yoga in the park — Head to Hermann Park for Savasana into Summer, thanks to Namitzi Yoga. The free weekly yoga class is open to all skill levels each Saturday through September 1. Meditation is at 8:15 am with yoga from 8:30 am – 9:30 am. This is located near the Reflection Pond at Hermann Park.

Relax with yoga — Don’t miss free Yoga on the Mezzanine at Whole Foods Post Oak every Saturday from 9 am – 10 am through September. Located at 1700 Post Oak Blvd.

Enjoy free yogurt at CUPS — Head to the grand opening of CUPS Frozen Yogurt in The Woodlands Saturday, 4 pm – 6 pm. Enjoy free yogurt + the chance to win prizes, discounts and even free frozen yogurt for a year! This is the first CUPS location in Texas with 24 flavors and 50 toppings! Located at 1950 Hughes Landing Blvd.

Play dress up — Kids (and adults!) are encouraged to dress up as what they want to be when they grow up, thanks to the Dream Big Festival Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm. It’s all part of the grand opening of The Learning Experience in Spring. The festival also features arts & crafts, a bounce house, food, games, prizes, and opportunities for families to save on tuition. Located at 9554 Louetta Rd. in Spring.

Jam in Tomball — Don’t miss the Tomball Texas Music Festival Saturday, noon – 6 pm. Live music from “Two Tons of Steel” plus regional greats Jesse Raub, Jr., Silverado, and Darbi Shaun. Food, music and free parking! Located at 201 S. Elm in Tomball.

Be amazed with Royal Fireworks — Artistic Director Antoine Plante and Mercury perform Handel’s classic Music for the Royal Fireworks. A fireworks show follows in celebration of Mercury’s 15th anniversary season. Free reserved seats are available on performance day from 10:30 am – 1 pm at the Miller Box Office. Located at Miller Outdoor Theatre beginning at 8 pm.

Watch The Avengers under the moon — It’s another fun outdoor movie night at WFDD’s Central Green Park in Katy. This Saturday bring your chairs or blankets to catch The Avengers. Movie begins at dusk. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

SUNDAY

Engage with Houston theater — Theater District Open House is one of my favorite days in Houston when downtown district theaters are open to the public for free tours, kid-friendly fun, one-day only ticket discounts, live performance sneak peeks, and more! Don’t miss the free 30-minute boat rides thanks to Buffalo Bayou Partnership. Venues include Jones Hall, Wortham Theatre, Hobby Center, the newly renovated Alley Theatre, and more! A free Houston Symphony concert kicks off at 4 pm at Jones Hall. Get the full schedule online.

Free Theater District Open House + Discount Tickets

August 30 marks the 22nd annual Theater District Open House featuring Houston’s nine performing arts organizations in the downtown Theater District. Experience Houston’s fabulous Theater District completely free! It’s one of my favorite days in downtown Houston!

pippin houstonCatch a sneak peek of upcoming TUTS and Broadway Across America seasons through live performances (such as Pippin), meet-n-greet with costumed performers, free trolley rides, tango lessons, and backstage tours. The venues open for tours and performances are Wortham Theater, Alley Theater, Jones Hall, Revention Music Center (formerly Bayou Music Center), and Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Experience theater, dance, and music, Sunday, August 30, noon to 4 pm. The day concludes with a 4 pm Houston Symphony concert at Jones Hall.

Discount Ticket Offers

The bonus I love about attending Theater District Day is taking advantage of discount ticket offers for the Houston Symphony, Houston Ballet, TUTS, and all the others. For example, save $60 on a six-season subscription to TUTS, 50% off select subscriptions to Houston Ballet, 20% off Houston Grand Opera single tickets, or $15 off select performances of Pippin. All the discount offers are listed online here.

Houston BalletThis is a perfect family-friendly event, too. New this year are free 30-minute boat rides from Buffalo Bayou Partnership. Kids will love the arts & crafts and Instrument Petting Zoo at Wortham Theater Center. Other highlights feature free Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera performances at Wortham Theater Center + backstage/behind the scene tours. Check out the schedule here.

Visit HoustonTheaterOpenHouse.com for more info on Theater District Day. Get parking info online, including free trolley rides to different venues.

Pippin photo: Terry Shapira

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September 1: Free Houston Zoo Returns 12pm-7pm

GiraffeFree Houston Zoo afternoon is a great way to spend your afternoon for free! Tuesday, September 1, noon to close, is the next first Tuesday with free admission. They’ve added two extra hours to this free day! Last entry is 6 pm with closing at 7 pm.

Free tickets are now required. Get them in advance online or at the gate.

This is the first free Zoo Day after summer break, so it will be fun to enjoy this freebie again!  photo: © Vicki Powers

8 Free Things to Do in Houston August 24-28

Don’t miss these 8 options for free fun in Houston August 24-28 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

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Monday (8/24) — Take advantage of free admission to Czech Center Museum Houston, offered the last Monday each month. The Museum includes antique furniture from European castles, folk art toys and dolls, Bohemian crystal, Czech porcelain, pottery, and costumes. Genealogy research is another aspect of the Center as well a chapel. Located at 4902 San Jacinto. Open noon – 4 pm. {Don’t forget Houston’s 10 museums that are free every day.}

Tuesday (8/25) — Classic Movies at Miller returns this week to Miller Outdoor Theatre. Tuesday’s movie features American Grafitti beginning at 8 pm. Located at 6000 Hermann Park Drive.

Wednesday (8/26) — Enjoy a free beginners adult tap class in Cypress each Wednesday, 10:30 am. The class is held at Juergens Hall, 26026 Hempstead.

Wednesday (8/26) — Central Library downtown continues its series “Four Books for Houston” with a lyrical novel by Rene Steinke, who grew up in Friendswood. Steinke and Houston Chronicle journalist Lise Olsen share “From Fact to Fiction in Friendswood, the Art of Storytelling and the Science of Research & Reporting” from 6 pm – 8 pm. A book sale and signing will follow. Located downtown at Julia Ideson Building, 550 McKinney.

Thursday (8/27) — The American Girl Store is hosting a free 1950s celebration with new character Maryellen Larkin Thursday, 6 pm – 8 pm. Kids will enjoy a ’50s-themed craft, photos with a diner backdrop and more. Girls will get a free gift, while supplies last. Located at Memorial City Mall, I-10 at Gessner.

Thursday (8/27) — Don’t miss this monthly play day downtown, Games on the Green, from 5 pm – 8 pm! Head to the Lawn at GreenStreet for outdoor fun such as bocce ball, giant Jenga, live music and more. Lucky Strike Houston will be onsite with its interactive booth of giveaways, games, and prizes. Located at 1201 Fannin.

Thursday (8/27) — It’s the 60th anniversary tour of Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers at Miller Outdoor Theatre. This talented group released more than 15 albums and accumulated 30 #1 hits in the 1980s. Free reserved seats are available on performance day from 10:30 am – 1 pm at the Miller Box Office.

Thursday (8/27) — Don’t miss Open Mic Comedy Night Thursday, 6 pm – 8 pm, at downtown Houston Public Library! The free evening welcomes local comedians, puppeteers, ventriloquists, and impressionists to share their clean comedy. It also features a local version of Hollywood Game Night with audience help. Seating is limited with doors open at 5:30 pm. Comedy Night is held Fourth Thursday each month, 500 McKinney.

Free Weekend Fun in Houston August 21-23

Get ready for a weekend of free fun! Here is a snapshot of 10 Free Things to Do in Houston this weekend, August 21-23:

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FRIDAY

Watch a movie under the stars — Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow brings its jumbo screen downtown to Market Square Park. This month’s free movie is the 1984 comedy, This is Spinal Tap, beginning at 8:30 pm. Located at 301 Milam.

SATURDAY

Enjoy yoga in the park — Head to Hermann Park for Savasana into Summer, thanks to Namitzi Yoga. The free weekly yoga class is open to all skill levels each Saturday through September 1. Meditation is at 8:15 am with yoga from 8:30 am – 9:30 am. This is located near the Reflection Pond at Hermann Park.

Relax with yoga — Don’t miss free Yoga on the Mezzanine at Whole Foods Post Oak every Saturday from 9 am – 10 am through September. Located at 1700 Post Oak Blvd.

Learn about hummingbirds — Curious about hummingbirds? Join a Texas Parks & Wildlife Information Specialist Saturday, 10 am, to learn about local hummingbirds, their migration patterns and how you can help track their numbers. Located at Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center, 20634 Kenswick in Humble.

Chill outEnjoy complimentary frozen treats this Saturday thanks to Smoosh and Frost Bank. This yummy freebie is at Frost Bank, 1001 Broadway, noon – 2 pm. 

Catch the creative spirit — Don’t miss Summer Studios Opening and Third Ward Community Market. The free event from 4 pm – 7 pm features community performances, unique arts and crafts and more. Located at Project Row Houses, 2521 Holman.

Watch movies under the moon — 1) WFDD’s Central Green Park: Enjoy a free outdoor screening of The Princess & the Frog Saturday at Central Green Park in Katy. The movie kicks off at dusk. Central Green Park is located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. in Katy. 2) Pearland Town Square presents Strange Magic Saturday, 7:30 pm, on the big outdoor screen. Located at 11200 West Broadway in Pearland.

SUNDAY

Catch a family movie — Not free, but cheap! See Matilda for $3 at Family Rewind movie series, Sunday, 2 pm. Located at both Studio Movie Grill locations.

Free Texans Slush Returns to Sonic After Texans Win

free Texans slushIt’s officially back!

Don’t miss your free Texans slush at Sonic when the Texans win all season! Each Tuesday after a Houston Texans’ win, head to Sonic for a free 20 oz. Texans slush (cranberry/cherry slush). I’m so happy it’s back for Houston-area locations.

According to the promotion, get one free slush per person present. Some locations last year said just one per car, so hopefully they will be more consistent. Find a list of participating Sonic locations online.

7 Free Things to Do in Houston August 17-21

Don’t miss these 7 options for free fun in Houston August 17-21 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

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Monday (8/17) — Enjoy an evening at the Houston Public Library commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII with author Clifton Truman Daniel, grandson of former President Harry Truman. He will be sharing from his book, Growing Up With My Grandfather: Memories of Harry S. Truman. Located at Julia Ideson Building, auditorium, 550 McKinney.

Tuesday (8/18) — Enjoy a free writing workshop Tuesday, 2 pm – 3 pm, at IKEA Houston sponsored by Writers in the Schools (WITS). The class is for kids ages 7-15. Located at IKEA, 7810 Katy Freeway.

Tuesday (8/18) — Enjoy a new fitness opportunity that’s loads of fun! Circus Arts, presented by Cirque la Vie, is Tuesdays at Discovery Green, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. It’s a combination of ground arts and acrobatics such as contortion/flexibility, Low Tight wire, juggling and hand balancing. Located at 1500 McKinney each week.

Thursday (8/20) — The Fish Gallery shares a Summer Reading Program each Thursday, 3:30 pm– 4:30 pm, with story time, fish feeding, touch tanks, crafts, games, and prizes. This week is the final week — celebrating with a Summer Reading Party. Located at 2909 Fountain View.

Thursday (8/20) — 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 3 pm – 6 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 – 5 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

Thursday (8/20) — Rock the Dock concert series continues in Kemah Thursday, 7 pm – 10:30 pm. This week features music by Rat Ranch, Houston’s favorite rock and roll. Located at 215 Kipp Ave. in Kemah.

Friday (8/21) — Get complimentary sweet frozen treats this week, thanks to Frost Bank. Friday features freebies from SweetRide, a gourmet ice cream food truck with ice cream, sorbets, Italian ice, snow cones and truffles! The truck will be onsite from 1 pm – 3 pm. Located in Westchase Financial Center, 3304 W. Sam Houston Parkway S (77042).

Free Back to School Immunizations 2015

Free shots at Children's MuseumIt’s not too early to start thinking about immunizations your child might need to start school. There are several places throughout the city to get them free!

1. Harris County Hospital District is offering free shots for kids age 2 months to 18, thanks to its Troubleshooters Mobile Unit. Parents need to bring their child’s shot record to get immunized. Find the schedule for August online here. Hours are 9 am – 1 pm unless listed otherwise. Here is the upcoming schedule:

  • August 12, Alief WIC, 5198 Aldine Mail Rt
  • August 13, Alief WIC, 12600 Beechnut
  • August 14, Jensen Elementary, 3514 Tulip, Pasadena
  • August 15, Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress, Cypress
  • August 17, Westfield HS, 1673 Ella
  • August 18, Deer Park Jr High, 410 E 9th, Deer Park, 10 am – 2 pm
  • August 20, Southlawn Palm Apts, 7006 Scott, 10 am – 2 pm
  • August 21, Greenspoint Mall, 10 am – 2 pm
  • August 22, Galena Park HS, 1000 Keene, Galena Park

2. Blue Cross Blue Shield Care Van offers free immunizations and health screenings to children age birth to 18 years at neighborhood schools and churches. Find the complete August calendar here.

3. A nonprofit community health center is hosting two Free Vaccine Drives in August with free vaccines to children 4-18 with Medicaid, CHIP or no insurance.

**August 15 (9 am – 1 pm)
West Houston Community Health Center, 19333 Clay Road, Katy (713-462-6555)

**August 29 (9 am – 1 pm)
Spring Branch Community Health Center, 8575 Pitner Rd., 77080 (713-462-6545)

4. CyFair ISD is hosting a Back-to-School EXPO Saturday, August 15, 9 am – 1 pm at Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress. Families can take advantage of free immunizations, 1,000 backpacks filled with supplies, free first aid kits to the first 1,500 folks, and $25 sports physicals. The immunizations are for children with no medical insurance or have Medicaid, Gold Card, or CHIP. Shot records are required.

5. Children’s Museum of Houston will once again offer free back-to-school immunizations for children under 18 years this summer. Each Thursday through August 27 families can get kids immunized for free during the museum’s Free Family Night. The first 100 people will be eligible for the free shots from 5 pm – 7 pm. No registration required. Parents must bring their child’s shot records to qualify for free immunizations.

6. Houston Fire Department is hosting a Free Immunizations Thursday, August 20, 4 pm – 6:30 pm. Kids age 4-18 can get free immunizations before school starts if they are uninsured or with Medicaid. This is located at the HFD Val Jahnke Training Facility, 8030 Braniff.

7 Free Things to Do in Houston August 10-14

Don’t miss these 7 options for free fun in Houston August 10-14 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

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Tuesday (8/11) — Enjoy a free summer Art Class at IKEA Houston Tuesday, 2 pm – 3 pm, sponsored by City Art Works. The theme is Back to School. The class is for kids ages 5-12. Located at IKEA, 7810 Katy Freeway.

Wednesday (8/12) — It’s the final movie of Moonlight Movies for Kids this summer. Come around 8 pm for fun and free popcorn by Sewell Cadillac. The featured movie, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day, begins at dusk (around 9 pm). Located at CityCentre, 800 Town and Country.

Wednesday (8/12) — Not free but cheap! Catch a $3 movie at Studio Movie Grill’s Girls Night Out. This month’s feature is Flashdance, 7:30 pm. This is at both locations, CityCentre and Copperfield.

Thursday (8/13) — The Fish Gallery offers a Summer Reading Program each Thursday, 3:30 pm– 4:30 pm, with story time, fish feeding, touch tanks, crafts, games, and prizes. August 20 is a Summer Reading Party. Located at 2909 Fountain View.

Thursday (8/13) — Head downtown for free Argentine Tango lessons at Discovery Green. Learn basic tango steps to help you feel confident to enter any tango class or dance floor. No partner or experience necessary. Located at 1500 McKinney. 

Thursday (8/13) — It’s the final concert of Summer Sounds on the Plaza at Rothko Chapel. The monthly summer series is a tribute to the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Katrina. This week features Ed Poullard beginning at 7 pm. Located at 3900 Yupon.

Thursday (8/13) — 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 3 pm – 6 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 – 5 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

Free Weekend Fun in Houston August 7-9

Get ready for a weekend of free fun! Here is a snapshot of Free Things to Do in Houston this weekend, August 7-9:

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FRIDAY

Catch a Shakespeare play — It’s the last weekend! Houston Shakespeare Festival presents free Shakespeare in the Park at Miller Outdoor Theater. Two productions alternate nights. The Merchant of Venice performances begin at 8:30 pm Friday and Sunday. Free reserved seat tickets are available each day, 10:30 am – 1 pm, at Miller Outdoor box office in Hermann Park. This is produced by University of Houston.

Enjoy outdoor music — Head to Katy for live music featuring Chris Brade at Central Green Park. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Learn to salsa dance — Enjoy free salsa dance lessons at Latin Beats every Friday night at the Downtown Aquarium. From 7 pm – 11 pm you can learn salsa dancing from professional dance instructors. The Aquarium is located at 410 Bagby at Memorial.

SATURDAY

Relax outdoors — Attend a free session of Hatha Yoga each Saturday, 9 am – 10 am, at Discovery Green. Attendees will discover the basics of vinyasa yoga, breath and fluidity, plus the movement of energy. Located at 1500 McKinney.

Play at the homestead — This month’s Second Saturday Settlers Series is all about homestead fun including homemade ice cream, watermelon, playing horseshoes and other homestead games from 1 pm – 3 pm.  This event is located at Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center, 20634 Kenswick Drive in Humble.

 

Enjoy outdoor fun — It’s another weekend of free family fun thanks to 2nd Saturday at The Depot. The monthly event in Tomball features themed activities and games, concessions, music and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids on the giant inflatable screen. Event from 6:30 – 9:30 pm with the movie beginning at dark. Located at 201 S. Elm.

Watch movies under the moon — Families love watching movies under the moon. Here are a four this Saturday: 1) Central Green ParkPaul Blart: Mall Cop at dusk. Bring your own blanket to enjoy this family favorite. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. 2) Sugar Land Town SquareAnnie is 7:45 pm – 10:45 pm. 3) Pearland Town Square: Paddington is 7:30 pm – 9 pm. 4) Tomball DepotHoney, I Shrunk the Kids begins at dusk as part of Second Saturday at The Depot.

Catch a Shakespeare play — It’s the last weekend! Houston Shakespeare Festival presents free Shakespeare in the Park at Miller Outdoor Theater. Two productions alternate nights. Macbeth performances begin at 8:30 pm Saturday. Free reserved seat tickets are available each day, 10:30 am – 1 pm, at Miller Outdoor box office in Hermann Park. This is produced by University of Houston.

SUNDAY

Jurassic ExtremeBe amazed — Enjoy games, activities and fun Sunday at the IDEA Lab Open House from 2:30 pm – 5 pm. Don’t miss Jurassic Extreme’s Walking Dinosaurs on site at 3:30 pm. Located at 8404 Katy Freeway.

Catch a Shakespeare play — It’s the last weekend! Houston Shakespeare Festival presents free Shakespeare in the Park at Miller Outdoor Theater. Two productions alternate nights. The Merchant of Venice performances begin at 8:30 pm Friday and Sunday. Free reserved seat tickets are available each day, 10:30 am – 1 pm, at Miller Outdoor box office in Hermann Park. This is produced by University of Houston.