7 Free Things to Do in Houston February 8-12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday (2/11) — Enjoy seven museums for free each Thursday in Houston’s Museum District. {The Weather Museum is relocating and temporarily closed, but is usually an 8th free museum on Thursdays.}

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

{Don’t forget Houston’s 10 museums that are free every day.}

Free Weekend Fun in Houston February 5-7

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

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FRIDAY

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

SATURDAY

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

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

WWII hangarBrowse historic planesTour the WWII Museum and visit the Hangar of the Houston Wing of the Commemorative Air Force 10 am – 3 pm. It’s a great chance to get up close to the Wing’s five flyable WWII military aircraft: climb into a cockpit of a WWII trainer or go inside a WWII Paratroop aircraft. Located at West Houston Airport, 2 miles north of I-10 east off Barker Cypress on Groschke Rd.

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUNDAY

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

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

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

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Houston Humane Society: Fix Felix for Free Event

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

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

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

Learn to Save a Life: Free Statewide Hands-Only CPR February 6

It’s called the Texas Two Step — but it’s not what you’re thinking!
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Learn how to save a life in only 20 minutes this weekend! A Texas-based campaign is offering Texas Two Step: free Hands-Only CPR training Saturday, February 6, in Houston as well as Austin, College Station, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Galveston, Lubbock, and San Antonio. Event coordinators are hoping to set a Guinness World Record with more than 20,000 participants — in addition to helping save lives! So share the info with your Texas friends and family!

Twelve locations throughout Houston are offering the free training — spots like The Health Museum, Rice University, select Babies”R”Us locations, and Sharpstown High School. Find all the Houston locations online.

The 20-minute session covers how to save a life in two steps:

Step #1: Call 911.
Step #2: Begin hands-only CPR by pushing hard and fast on the center of the chest. Reps from all nine Texas medical schools will teach the process.

Many volunteers are required to make this event a success, as well. Sign up online if you’d like to volunteer.

Free Movie Screenings at ReelAbilities: Houston Film & Arts Festival

reel abilities houston film 2016ReelAbilities: Houston Film & Arts Festival returns to Houston for a fourth year February 14-18 in collaboration with Houston’s Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities. The citywide film, music, and art festival features award-winning films, art exhibits, music, and speakers.

New this year: all movie screenings and events are free! Tickets are required. Space is limited. so advanced registration is required to reserve your seat. Here is a round up of the free film screenings:

UP Abilities — February 11, 7 pm (HCC West Loop S)
Opening Night: All You Need is Reel Love: Keep the Change & Mimi and Dona — February 14, 7 pm (HCC West Loop S)
No Ordinary Hero: The Superdeafy Movie — February 15, 1 pm (President’s Day)
Bipolarized — February 15, 7 pm
Fixed — February 16, 4 pm
Short and Sweet: Coaching Coburn, Hear This!, One Year Later — February 16, 7 pm
Body and Soul — February 17, 4 pm
The Finishers— February 17, 7 pm
Autistic Like Me: A Father’s Story — February 18, 4 pm
Come As You Are — February 18, 7 pm

Movies will be screened at Edwards Greenway Grand Palace, 3839 Wesleyan, with free parking. For a complete description of movies and to register for a free ticket, head to the ReelAbilities website.

Free February Fun at WFDD’s Central Green Park

There are lots of free events at Willow Fork Drainage District’s Central Green Park in Katy. This month we’re spotlighting a few — including four outdoor movies and free Valentine’s Date Night!

WFDD Central Green Park

February 6
Art in the Park — 2 pm
Enjoy a live performance by local indie artist Wasi Townsend — singer, songwriter and guitarist — performing soulful jazz rock rhythms and melody based guitar.

February 9
Tai Chi — 9 am
Engage in Tai Chi Tuesday mornings in Katy. This slow and gentle exercise — perfect for all levels– is a Chinese exercise system that uses slow body movements to achieve a state of relaxation.

central green park tai chi

February 12
Outdoor Movie: Inside Out — dusk
Enjoy a free outdoor movie at Central Green Park. Bring blankets or chairs for the perfect seat!

February 13
Live Music: Alejandro Miramontes —  2 pm
Enjoy a free outdoor concert with composer and songwriter Alejandro Miramontes. A local Katy graduate, Miramontes has earned first through third place awards in talent shows and Battle of the Band competitions.

February 14
Date Night on the Green: My Big Fat Greek Wedding — 6 pm
It’s the 3rd year of Date Night on the Green for Valentine’s Day! This year follows a Greek theme with Olympian Greek dancers, ice sculpture demonstration, and a free screening of My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

central green movies

February 19
Outdoor Movie: Pan — dusk
Enjoy a free outdoor movie at Central Green Park. Bring blankets or chairs for the perfect seat!

February 20
Tai Chi — 8:30 am
Engage in Tai Chi Saturday mornings in Katy. This slow and gentle exercise — perfect for all levels– is a Chinese exercise system that uses slow body movements to achieve a state of relaxation.

February 26
Abrakadoodle Home School Art Class — dusk
Kids will love to get creative at this home school art class. There are two age groups this month: children ages 2-5 will do oil pastels with Patrick Benson, and children 1st – 5th grade will learn watercolor featuring John Singer Sargent. This is held the last Friday each month.

February 27
Outdoor Movie: Pete’s Dragon — dusk
Enjoy this free 1977 Disney classic at Central Green Park. Bring blankets or chairs for the perfect seat!

This is sponsored by WFDD’s Central Green Park.

7 Free Things to Do in Houston February 1-5

Don’t miss these 7 options for free & cheap fun in Houston February 1-5 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

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Monday (2/1) — Enjoy a free 6oz cup of frozen yogurt at Menchie’s between 4 pm – 7 pm. No purchase necessary and no coupon required! Valid at all Houston locations.

Tuesday (2/2) — Free Houston Zoo afternoon is a great way to spend your afternoon for free! Tuesday, February 2, noon to close, is the next afternoon with free admission. Last entry is 5 pm with closing at 6 pm. Register online to get your free ticket.

Wednesday (2/3) — Enjoy a free noontime concert downtown with Da Camera’s A Little Day Music. This month features the Da Camera Young Artists performing Mahler, Schumann, Brahms, and Mozart. Located in the Grand Foyer of Wortham Theater Center. This is held the first Wednesday each month at noon.

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

Thursday (2/4) — The Culinary Institute of LeNotre hosts free movies the first Thursday each month at both 1:15 pm and 6:15 pm in Crump Amphitheater. This month features Le Chef. Located at 7070 Allensby.

Thursday (2/4) — Enjoy seven museums for free each Thursday in Houston’s Museum District. {The Weather Museum is relocating and temporarily closed, but is usually an 8th free museum on Thursdays.}

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

{Don’t forget Houston’s 10 museums that are free every day.}

Thursday (2/4) — Catch a free outdoor movie at Discovery Green, Thunder Soul, as part of Bank of America Screen on the Green. Movie kicks off at 7 pm, 1500 McKinney.

Free Weekend Fun in Houston January 29-31

Houston is full of free fun every weekend!  Check out these 10 Free Things to Do in Houston January 29-31.

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FRIDAY

Watch a movie under the moonEnjoy a free outdoor movie at Central Green Park in Katy, 6 pm. Despicable Me is the next feature. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Watch live painting in action — The next Friday Night Sights features live painting by Aerosol Warfare, Houston low rider cars, and DJ music. The fun kicks off at 7 pm. Located at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

SATURDAY

Celebrate trees — The city is hosting the 30th Annual Arbor Day Celebration January 30, 8:30 am – 11 am, with an official ceremony and tree planting event at Blackhawk Park. Trees will be planted in the esplanades of Hiram-Clark Road, West Orem Drive, and Buffalo Speedway. Located at 9401 Fuqua St.

Introduce kids to opera — Houston Grand Opera presents Opera to Go: The Puffed-Up Prima Donna in two morning performances: 9:30 am and 11:15 am. This original opera addresses the topic of social cruelty and bullying. The free performances will be located at Houston Community College downtown campus in The Heinen Theater, 3517 Austin St.

Browse the museum district — Don’t miss The Museum Experience’s Zone 1 museums Saturday for free admission and activities. It essentially divides the district’s 19 museums into four zones and features different museums each quarter to inform and educate Houstonians. Zone 1 museums January 30 include The Menil Collection, Rothko Chapel, and Houston Center for Photography. There are lots of free events and activities Saturday including music, photography scavenger hunt, art exhibitions, and more! Check the schedule online. All three museums are free Saturday — and free every day! Hours are 9 am – 6 pm.

Enjoy classical music for the family — The Shepherd Society’s Family Concert is a free annual concert at Rice University geared to kids ages 6 and up. Concert begins at 11 am, but arrive at 10:30 am for instrument demonstrations in the foyer. The Shepherd School Chamber Orchestra performs selections from Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet suites. Located at 6100 Main.

Help create a masterpiece — The Houston community is invited to help local artist Patrick Renner prep his wood strips for his upcoming sculpture, Trumpet Flower. Renner’s sculpture is the inaugural piece in Downtown District’s “Art Blocks” public art project at Main Street Square. The come-and-go painting party Saturday is from noon to 4 pm. All supplies are provided. No minimum age or time commitment required to participate. Located at 301 Milam, Market Square Park.

Explore a winter wonderlandFrozen Winter Wonderland Festival (11 am – 4 pm) has free admission with crafts, games, and activities including music and story time with the Snow Queen! Don’t miss the snow covered play area for kids. Soft drinks, snacks, and raffle tickets will be available for purchase. Bring new or gently used coats to donate to the Coats for the Cold collection drive.  Located at Asbury United Methodist Church, 5354 Space Center Blvd, Pasadena.

Celebrate Mardi Gras on the waterYachty Gras Grand Boat Parade is a Kemah tradition! Decorated boats parade down Clear Creek Channel by the Kemah boardwalk and revelers will be showered with beads and doubloons. It’s America’s largest Mardi Gras boat parade! Parade viewing is free. The fun begins at 7 pm at Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp.

SUNDAY

Enjoy Mardi Gras family style — Head to Galveston Sunday for Family Gras celebration, with free admission to the entertainment district. The Sunshine Kids Parade kicks off at 1 pm, which pays tribute to children with cancer. The parade begins at Strand Street at 20th and goes west to 25th Street, then Ship’s Row Mechanic back to 20th and Strand.

BONUS: Free Chick-fil-A January 27 at Select Locations

free Chick-fil-A breakfast HoustonA few Chick-fil-A locations in Houston area are offing a bonus Free Breakfast Wednesday January 27. Guests can get a free 3-count Chick-n-Minis 6 am – 10:30 am. Here are the locations I’ve heard of:

I-45 & Wayside
I-10 & Silber
Sawyer Heights
Kingwood
Pearland
Humble
Lake Houston

No purchase necessary. One free breakfast item per person.

Feel free to share other participating locations in the comments.