Free Chick-fil-A Coffee in February {Hot or Iced}

free Chick-fil-A coffeeDon’t miss this freebie at Chick-fil-A kicking off February 2!

Chick-fil-A restaurants nationwide will give customers a free cup of hot or iced coffee all day — no purchase necessary! What a great way to try its new specialty-grade THRIVE Farmers coffee — a first for the quick-service industry.

Chick-fil-A worked with THRIVE Farmers to create a unique blend that complements the chain’s breakfast menu. As a bonus, the sale of each cup of coffee provides direct revenue to THRIVE Farmers network of family farmers in Central America, which enables them to earn up to 10 times more than other farmers.

Beginning February 2, customers can get the 12 oz. hot coffee or 16 oz. iced coffee. One cup of coffee per customer, per visit, while supplies last. No purchase necessary.

Free Special Needs Screening at SMG January 31

Studio Movie Grill Special Needs ScreeningEach month, Studio Movie Grill offers free movie tickets for special needs children and their siblings.

Strange Magic (PG) is this month’s Special Needs Screening Saturday, January 31, 11 am. This animated fairy tale is inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream featuring an elf, goblin, fairy and imp characters.

The environment is adapted for these children by having the lights up and the sound down so kids can play, laugh, sing or even dance! Adult tickets are matinee-priced at $6 each. Tickets are available only at the box office. Seating is first come, first serve.

In Houston, Studio Movie Grill is located at CityCentre (822 Town & Country Lane) and Copperfield (8580 Highway 6 N).

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Free Weekend Fun in Houston January 30-February 1

Houston is full of free fun every weekend!  Check out the latest collection with Free Things to Do in Houston January 30-February 1.

Discovery Green in Houstonphoto: Katya Horner courtesy Discovery Green

FRIDAY

Watch a movie under the moon — It’s another Friday Night Flick at Discovery Green featuring Oz the Great and Powerful. Movie begins at 7:30 pm on the giant outdoor screen oriented towards the hill. Bring blanket or lawn chairs. Located at 1500 McKinney downtown at Discovery Green.

Support a good cause — Enjoy live music from local Katy bands at Concert for a Cause, benefiting the Cancer Foundation of your choice. Performances include Unchained Prophecy, Something Else, Two Dollar Pistol, and headliner Point Blank Society. Bring a canned good to benefit Katy Christian Ministry. Located at Willow Fork Drainage District’s Central Green Park, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Devour a free croissant — Enjoy a free croissant at La Madeleine, thanks to Friday’s National Croissant Day! This freebie (regularly $1.99) is available all day. Find locations online.

SATURDAY

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 31 include The Menil Collection (Cy Twombly, Richmond Hall), Rothko Chapel, and Houston Center for Photography. All three museums are free Saturday — and free every day! There are lots of free events and activities for the day at each museum. 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. Come at 10:30am for the instrument demonstrations and talk with the orchestra members. Concert begins at 11 am. The Shepherd School Chamber Orchestra performs selections from Schumann Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61.

Meet children’s book authorsBookworm Book Festival is 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 January 31, with author signing at 11:15 am. Participating authors include Deborah Freedman, Tad Hills, Jennifer Hamburg, Dan Hanna, and Dan Santat. Located at Spring Oaks Middle School, 2150 Shadowdale.

Introduce kids to opera — Houston Grand Opera presents Opera to Go: The Pastry Prince in two morning performances: 9:30 am and 11:15 am. The free performances will be located at Houston Community College downtown campus in The Heinen Theater, 3517 Austin St.

Engage in Japanese songs — Asia Society Texas presents a free solo concert with Akiko Sakurai presenting narrative songs from Japan’s medieval period. Tickets are free but you must make a reservation online. Located at 1370 Southmore.

Decorate with houseplants — Learn how to decorate your home with houseplants, thanks to Cornelius Nursery. Learn of new and unusual plants as well as their required conditions. Saturday, 10:15 am at 2233 S. Voss.

SUNDAY

Explore the great outdoors — Enjoy a free afternoon in nature at Armand Bayou Nature Center Sunday noon – 4 pm with the special program from 1 pm – 3 pm. Each month features a different topic. Free admission is offered the first and third Sunday each month, thanks to Dow Wetlands. Located at 8500 Bay Area Blvd. in Pasadena.

Feed the fish — Kids will love the Fish Feeding Frenzy each Sunday, 1 pm, at Bass Pro Shops. Lots of fish in the 20,000 gallon aquarium need food! Learn info from the gentleman that feeds the fish. Two Houston-area locations: Katy and Pearland.

7 Free Things to Do in Houston January 26-30

There’s never a dull moment in Houston. Here are 7 options for free fun in Houston January 26-30 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

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Monday (1/26) — 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 money with specials on craft beer and pizza. Free parking in One Park Place Garage on McKinney between Austin and LaBranch.

Monday (1/26) — Folks who want to be a U.S. citizen can take advantage of free Citizenship Classes at Houston Public Library. This class will help guide you through the naturalization process and prepare you for the interview. The first class this week is at Henington-Alief Regional Library, Monday, 6 pm – 7:30 pm. The same class also is offered Tuesday, 6 pm (6400 High Star) and Thursday, 5 pm (9002 Kingspoint Road).

Tuesday (1/27) — Grab your boots and take free Line Dancing lessons at Discovery Green Tuesday, 7 pm – 8 pm. It’s all part of Two-Step Tuesdays, where 100.3 The Bull plays country music for the ice skaters and line dancers. Located at 1500 McKinney.

Wednesday (1/28) — Gather the kids for Nature Story Time Wednesday, 4 pm, at Nature Discovery Center in Bellaire. The free afternoon event features story time for pre-schoolers, which could include crafts, live animals, puppets, short nature walks and more. Located at 7112 Newcastle.

Thursday (1/29) — Take a free self-guided tour of The Printing Museum downtown at 1324 W. Clay. Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm. Some of the permanent exhibits include a replica of the 1450 Guttenberg press, letterpress and type collection, historical newspapers, vintage equipment in four working galleries, and more. Guided tours are available for a free.

Thursday (1/29) — Opera to Go! presents a free performance of The Pastry Prince Thursday, 11:30 am, at Heinen Theatre at Houston Community Central College. A free master class of the collaborative process with the team begins at 12:30 pm. Located at 3517 Austin Street.

Friday (1/30) — Enjoy a free croissant at La Madeleine, thanks to Friday’s National Croissant Day! This freebie (regularly $1.99) is available all day. Find locations online here.

Chipotle: Buy Sofritas 1/26 for Future Free Entree

Chipotle is encouraging folks to try its new Sofritas — and making the experience even sweeter with a freebie!

–Order Chipotle’s new organic Sofritas January 26, which is a blend of organic tofu, chipotle chilies, poblanos, and spices. Then bring your receipt back over the next month (January 27-February 28, 2015) for a free burrito, taco, bowl, or salad.

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Free Weekend Fun in Houston January 23-25

Houston is full of free fun every weekend!  Check out the latest installment of Free Things to Do in Houston January 23-25.

Houston free fun

FRIDAY

Watch a movie under the moon — It’s another Friday Night Flick at Discovery Green featuring Edward Scissorhands. Movie begins at 7:30 pm on the giant outdoor screen oriented towards the hill. Bring blanket or lawn chairs. Located at 1500 McKinney downtown at Discovery Green.

SATURDAY

Play outdoorsNFL Play 60 returns to Central Green Park in Katy this Saturday, 11 am. Local students will have the opportunity to participate in an NFL Play 60 event, just like they’ve seen on TV. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Arbor Day 2015Enjoy nature – Enjoy Arbor Day this weekend at one of several venues:
**Houston: Celebrate Arbor Day at Houston Arboretum and Nature Center with plenty of free fun for kids and adults, 10 am – 2 pm. Kids can make recycled paper hats, get a free pine seedling, visit Johnny Appleseed, and enjoy the Nature Playground. Families can enjoy tree tours as well as tree planting demonstrations. Stick around for the free Bird Safari & Flight Show at 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm, and 4:30 pm with live birds of prey, photo opps, and Q&A. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center is located at 4501 Woodway Drive.

**The Woodlands: Don’t miss the 39th annual Arbor Day Celebration January 24, 10 am – 2 pm, at Rob Fleming Park in The Woodlands. The celebration is giving one of eight varieties of free tree seedlings to guests. Puffy Pine Cone mascot will celebrate his birthday at 1 pm with free birthday cupcakes. Kids will love the giant inflatable rides, rock wall, pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, and more. Puffy’s mascot friends will be at the party! 

Plant a treeVolunteer to plant trees at Hermann Park Saturday 9 am – noon. Trees are donated by CenterPoint Energy and Apache Corporation. Tools provided.

Get healthy — It’s a free Healthcare Enrollment and Wellness Fair Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm, with free bags of healthy groceries, free hot dogs and refreshments, free music, free medical screenings, free flu shots, and free help with insurance enrollment. Special guests include Little Joe from Little Joe y la Familia, Toro – mascot of the Houston Texans, and the USA Men’s Rugby Team giving rugby lessons. Located at Chancellors Family Center, 6535 Dumfries.

astros fanfestEngage with the Astros — Baseball fans will love attending Astros FanFest Saturday, January 24, 11 am – 3 pm. The day features all kinds of fun including Fan Forums, Run the Bases, free kid’s autograph session (14 and under), Story Time with Milo Hamilton, and more. Admission to FanFest is free, but you must get your free general admission voucher online here. Autograph sessions require an extra fee ($10-$15 per session) as well as ballpark tours and some activities. FanFest is located at Minute Maid Park, 501 Crawford St.

Experience life in another country — Compassion International is bringing back its The Compassion Experience to Houston. It offers a free interactive tour of life in a developing world. In Spring, find this experience at Northside Christian Church, 20250 Kuykendahl. In Tomball, featuring Kenya and the Philippines. this experience is at The Brook Church January 23 – 26, 11416 Spring Cypress features Kenya and Bolivia.d

Get organizedGet organized in 2015 with these free organizing workshops at IKEA Houston. New session each hour. Located at 7810 Katy Freeway.

SUNDAY

Photograph the gardens — Indulge in an amazing backdrop for photographs! Rienzi offers free Sunday Garden Photography 1 pm – 5 pm. Select from a variety of scenes featuring colorful flowers, green space, architectural details and sculptures. Located at 1406 Kirby.

Free January Events at WFDD’s Central Green Park

This is a sponsored post by Willow Fork Drainage District’s Central Green Park. All opinions are my own.

central green moviesThe weather didn’t cooperate for much of the free outdoor fun earlier this month at Willow Fork Drainage District’s (WFDD) Central Green Park in Katy. But here are the remaining activities on the January calendar for free family fun!

January 24
Tai Chi — 8:30 am
Tai Chi is a slow and gentle exercise perfect for all levels– beginner to advanced. This Chinese exercise system uses slow body movements to achieve a state of relaxation.

Kaia Fit — 10 am
If you love Zumba, you’ll love this high energy class, Kaia Jam! Participants will sign a waiver before the class.

NFL Play 60 — 11 am – noon
Local students will have the opportunity to participate in an NFL Play 60 event, just like they’ve seen on TV. This NFL campaign encourages kids to be active at least 60 minutes a day to tackle childhood obesity. Play 60 Katy is part of the Amobi Okoye Foundation and Kickoff 4 Kids, a local Katy nonprofit.

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January 30
Concert for a Cause — 6 pm
Enjoy live music from local Katy bands at Concert for a Cause, benefiting the Cancer Foundation of your choice. Performances include Unchained Prophecy, Something Else, Two Dollar Pistol, and headliner Point Blank Society. Bring a canned good to benefit Katy Christian Ministry.

central green point blank socity

January 31
Tai Chi — 8:30 am
Tai Chi is a slow and gentle exercise perfect for all levels– beginner to advanced. This Chinese exercise system uses slow body movements to achieve a state of relaxation.

WFDD’s Central Green Park is located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. in Katy.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by Willow Fork Drainage District’s Central Green Park. All opinions are my own.

The Museum Experience: Zone 1, January 31

The Museum Experience is a quarterly series in Houston’s vibrant Museum District in its third year. It essentially divides the district’s 19 museums into four zones and highlights those museums each quarter to inform and educate Houstonians.

This cultural block party will be held the last Saturday of January, April, July and September with January 31 being the first!

Zone 1 museums January 31 include The Menil Collection (Cy Twombly, Richmond Hall), Rothko Chapel, and Houston Center for Photography. All three museums are free Saturday — and free every day!

The day features special programming and food trucks. Zone 1’s schedule of events includes a photo scavenger hunt, acroyoga class at Rothko Chapel, arts and crafts inspired by Cirque du Soleil, musical performances by Da Camera Young Artists, and writing workshops and readings from Writers in the Schools. Don’t miss the live art installation at Menil Park or the last day for Ghandi’s exhibit at The Menil Collection. Museum admission still applies at other museums outside Zone 1.

Watch for future Museum Experience dates: April 25, July 25, and September 26.

7 Free Things to Do in Houston January 19-23

There’s never a dull moment in Houston. Here are 7 options for free fun in Houston January 19-23 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

We Love Houston sign

Tuesday (1/20) — Grab your boots and take free Line Dancing lessons at Discovery Green Tuesday, 7 pm – 8 pm. It’s all part of Two-Step Tuesdays, where 100.3 The Bull plays country music for the ice skaters and line dancers. Located at 1500 McKinney.

Tuesday (1/20) — Attend a free lecture and book signing Tuesday at The Menil Collection for The Red Handkerchief, a Holocaust memoir. Yvonne Ward-Hughes will share her mother’s experiences and her moral right to do the right thing while she was arrested and sent to a Nazi prison at age 22. The event is 7 pm – 9 pm. Located at 1515 Sul Ross.

Tuesday (1/20) — Catch a free Open Mic Comedy Night every Tuesday at Warehouse Live. Doors open at 8 pm. Located at 813 Saint Emanuel.

Wednesday (1/21) — Snag a free game of bowling and shoe rental at Lucky Strike downtown in January when you order any food item between 11 am – 2 pm Monday through Friday. Located at 1201 San Jacinto.

Wednesday (1/21) — Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park is offering a free screening for educators and students Wednesday, 7:30 pm, to Swedish film Force Majeure. It’s a comical film set among the French Alps that challenges social norms. The theater’s founder believes strongly in the mission of helping support the next generation of theater lovers. Proof of ID is required. {This unrated movie includes adult language and mild nudity, so this promotion is probably geared more to high school and college students.}

Wednesday (1/21) — Not free but cheap! It’s Family Rewind at Studio Movie Grill. This month’s $3 movie is The Goonies (PG), 7 pm. Located at CityCentre and Copperfield locations.

Thursday (1/22) — Enjoy six museums for free each Thursday in Houston’s Museum District. {The Weather Museum is relocating and temporarily closed, but is usually a 7th free museum on Thursdays.}

  • Houston Museum of Natural Science — free Thursday 2 pm – 5 pm
  • Children’s Museum — free Thursday 5 pm – 8 pm
  • The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston — free Thursday 10 am – 9 pm
  • The Health Museum — free Thursday 2 pm – 5 pm
  • Holocaust Museum Houston — free Thursday 2 pm – 5 pm
  • The John C. Freeman Weather Museum — temporarily closed to relocate
  • Buffalo Soldiers National Museum — free Thursday 1 pm – 5 pm

Free Educators Event @HMNS January 24

Houston Museum of Natural ScienceThe Houston Museum of Natural Science is offering a free The Educators Event @HMNS Saturday, January 24, 8 am – 1 pm. This special day is geared to teachers, school district administrators, student teachers, home school educators, and education undergraduate and graduate students. Educators can do the following:

  • receive free admission to Houston Museum of Natural Science
  • hear presentations and visit booths from cultural organizations and local museums
  • learn about educational opportunities provided by museums
  • earn 3 hours CPE credit

The free special event kicks off with keynote speaker Dr. Robert Bakker, Curator of Paleontology at HMNS.  Presentations then begin at 9:30 am in 15 different classrooms on a variety of topics from local museums. Find the complete list of topics online here.

Educators must register online to attend. Complete the free registration online. The Houston Museum of Natural Science is located at 5555 Hermann Park Drive.