Free Weekend Fun in Houston April 22-24

Get ready for a weekend of free fun! What are your plans? Here is a snapshot of 10 Free Things to Do in Houston April 22-24:

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FRIDAY

Enjoy movies under the stars — Don’t miss these free outdoor movies Friday night! 1) GreenStreet: Catch a screening of The Breakfast Club at GreenStreet downtown. Movie begins at 8 pm. 2) Hobby Center: Enjoy a free outdoor movie of Heathers, thanks to Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow and Theater Under the Stars. Movie will be shown outdoors in the breezeway of Hobby Center beginning at 7 pm. Located at 800 Bagby.

Learn about saving lives in the pool — USA Swimming Foundation is hosting a free Town Hall Friday with Olympic gold medalists Cullen Jones and Rowdy Gaines. Jones will host an in-water instruction and USA Swimming Foundation will give an out-of-water presentation to spread the message of saving lives through swim lessons. Registration begins at 5 pm and Town Hall at 5:30 pm. Jones and Gaines will host a meet-n-greet and autograph session after the assembly. This is located at Tompkins High Schook, 4400 Falcon Landing Blvd., in Katy.

SATURDAY

Engage in Texas history — It’s the 180th year of Texas Independence! Go back in history Saturday at the San Jacinto Day Festival and Reenactment at San Jacinto Battleground State Park. From 10 am – 6 pm, folks can enjoy live music, visit Mexican and Texian camps of 1836, watch demos of 19th century craftsmen plus enjoy kid’s entertainment, camel rides, snakes, and more. Catch the Battle of San Jacinto Reenactment beginning at 3 pm as Texas wins its independence. It’s a day of fun set against living history. New parking this year: Event parking will be in the Shell Contractor parking lot at 4400 Block Hwy 225, Deer Park, located on the north side of the feeder road of Pasadena Freeway (HWY 225).  Free shuttles between the festival and this lot run from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm. Located at 3523 Independence Parkway in La Porte. photo: BFSMan

Celebrate musicHeights Kids’ Day of Music is a free day of live music and outdoor fun from 10 am – 2 pm featuring instrument petting zoo, educational demonstrations, live performances, a chance to meet opera singers at the Singing Station and more. 

Enjoy STEM Saturdays — Kids can enjoy a free STEM Saturday each week at Discovery Green, 12:30 pm. Girls Inc. hosts a Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics program for 60 kids. First come, first serve. Located at 1500 McKinney.

houston arboretumCelebrate the earthEarth Day is a free celebration at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center packed with fun activities for the whole family, 10 am – 2 pm, including earth-conscious activities, demonstrations, crafts, face painting, guided nature hikes, and live Texas reptiles.Located at 4501 Woodway.

Party at the festival — Don’t miss Willow Waterhole Music Fest, a free two-day music festival Saturday and Sunday. The variety of music includes blues, Latin, zydeco, big band, R & B, rock, Cuban and more plus performances by area high schools. The Rock & Craft Fair is open till 6 pm each day. Located at Willow Waterhole, 5304 Gasmer, 11 am – 10 pm.

SUNDAY

Enjoy free yogaBreakfast Yoga Club returns Sunday at Rienzi, 9 am – 11 am. Enjoy a free morning of yoga. Guests are invited to stay for refreshments and a tour of Rienzi’s house and gardens. Located at 1406 Kirby.

Party at the festival — Don’t miss Willow Waterhole Music Fest, a free two-day music festival Saturday and Sunday 11 am – 7 pm. The variety of music includes blues, Latin, zydeco, big band, R & B, rock, Cuban and more plus performances by area high schools. The Rock & Craft Fair is open till 6 pm each day. Located at Willow Waterhole, 5304 Gasmer, 11 am 7 pm.

Love classical music — Classic masterworks by Rossini, Puccini, Delibes and Vaughan Williams will fill Nora’s Home to serve as a celebration for National Donate Life Month. More than 30 musicians from the non-profit organization Houston’s Orchestra on Call will assemble to present a free classical concert to Nora’s Home patients, families and caregivers. Free and open to the public. Complimentary food and beverages will be provided. For more information or to RSVP, email Natalie at natalie.lencion[email protected] or call 832-831-3721.

Captain America: Civil War Premiere May 6 Benefits K9s4COPS

captain america movie K2s4COPSSee the premiere of Captain America: Civil War and help K9s4COPS at the same time!

The big event kicks off Friday, May 6, 7 pm, at Santikos Theaters in Richmond.

For $25, guests will receive a movie ticket, popcorn, drink and a photo with a K9. Don’t miss the special drawing to win a framed Iron Man poster signed by Stan Lee. Money from the movie event will help K9s4COPS purchase additional canines, which cost $10,000 – $15,000 for the purchase, training, and placement.

K9s4COPS is a five-year nonprofit based in Houston that grants fully trained K9s to law enforcement agencies and schools in 31 states. Recently, K9s4COPS granted its first international K9 to Paris, France. K9 Libertè was sent to the French National Police to supplement their K9 that was killed in the line of duty during the Paris terrorist attacks.

Get your $25 tickets online here. The theater is located off Grand Parkway at 7301 West Grand Parkway South.

I love checking out all the K9s posted on the website with their names and cute pics!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by K9s4COPS.

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Baseball in Houston: Miracle League, Astros, Skeeters & more

Baseball in HoustonBaseball is big in Houston, and there’s no shortage of ways to get involved — whether you want to join a baseball league, hit up a college tournament, enjoy a Skeeters game or cheer on players at YMCA Houston’s Miracle League.

Check out my latest piece for CubeSmart, Baseball in Houston, as part of their online Newcomer’s Guide. I look forward to sharing new Houston-related articles each month!

I am proud to be CubeSmart’s City Guide Expert for its online Houston Moving Guide. I will be sharing monthly insight for folks moving to Houston looking for local perspective.

Disclosure: I’ve partnered with CubeSmart as their local expert. Articles are written by me and my own opinion.

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7 Free Things to Do in Houston April 18-22

Don’t miss 7 options for free fun in Houston April 18-22 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

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Monday (4/18) — Stay home today to be safe and dry! Crazy Houston weather!

Tuesday (4/19) — Kids will love the catchy, Latin-inspired music of Hot Peas ‘N Butter Tuesday, 11 am, at Miller Outdoor Theatre. The NYC-based multi-cultural family band has been featured on Nick Jr.

Tuesday (4/19) — Circus Arts is a new way to get fit featuring ground arts and acrobatics Tuesdays downtown 6 pm – 8 pm. Some of the fun activities include contortion/flexibility, juggling, low tight wire, partner acrobatics, juggling and hand balancing. Located at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

Wednesday (4/20) — View a special screening of Racing Extinction to celebrate Earth Day at Rice Media Center, 6:30 pm – 9 pm. Air Alliance Houston will host a Q&A panel after the movie with an actor from the movie, NASA astronaut, and Stewardship Coordinator from Armand Bayou Nature Center. This is free and open to the public. {A $5 donation is suggested for dinner and facility use.} Located at 2030 University Blvd.

Wednesday (4/20) — Central Library offers a weekly LEGO Mania activity for kids age 5-12. Kids can get creative and explore their engineering skills! Located at 500 McKinney downtown.

Wednesday (4/20) — {Not free, but cheap!} It’s April $3 Family Rewind at Studio Movie Grill! This month’s feature is The Sandlot, 7 pm. Located at Copperfield and CityCentre locations.

Thursday (4/21) — Enjoy seven museums for free each Thursday in Houston’s Museum District.

  • 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 – 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.}

Tax Day Freebies & Deals in Houston 2016 {Updated}

Tax Day Freebies in HoustonUPDATE: Call ahead regarding these deals for April 18. Many businesses are not open today due to the flooding and threatening weather. Be safe!

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Businesses are gearing up for Tax Day freebies and deals. It’s always a favorite list here at Houston on the Cheap!

NEW UPDATES

Pei Wei — Enjoy $5 off $20 purchase at Pei Wei April 15-18 only to help ease the tax burden. Show or print this link to get the deal.

Chuck E. Cheese — Order a large thin & crispy pizza and get a second large cheese pizza for free! Available April 18 only.

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Great American Cookies — Folks can get a free chocolate chip cookie at Great American Cookies April 18, thanks to its Tax Day promotion. No purchase is necessary — or proof of taxes filed! Fourteen locations in Houston.

Hard Rock Cafe — Houstonians can earn a free Legendary Burger from Hard Rock Cafe just by “singing for their supper.” Folks simply select their favorite song and perform it live on the restaurant stage. The promotion is April 18, 7 pm – 9 pm.

HydroMassage — Get a free massage at participating HydroMassage locations across the United States April 18-22, 2016. More than 10 Houston area locations are participating this year. No call ahead is needed at Planet Fitness locations. Just print this coupon for this free deal.

Kona Ice Houston — Enjoy a cup of free tropical shaved ice from Kona Ice Houston April 18 for its National Chill Out Day promotion. One confirmed location is Mytiburger (2211 W. 43rd) from 12 pm – 2 pm. Tweet your zip code April 18 to @konaice to find one near you!

Mascalzone — This Italian eatery is helping folks save on Tax Day with its $10.99 lasagna special ($16 reg.). This offer is available 11 am – 11 pm at both Houston locations.

Office Depot Office Max — The office supply retailer is helping you April 18 with 5lbs. free shredding. Print the coupon.

Schlotzsky’s — On April 18 only, get a free small The Original sandwich with purchase of a 32 oz. drink and chips. No coupon required.

Sonic —Sonic Drive-In is offering half-price cheeseburgers all day April 18.

Staples — Folks can get 5lbs. of free document shredding April 18 at all Staples locations nationwide. This is available all day.

Free Weekend Fun in Houston April 15-17

Get ready for a weekend of free fun! What are your plans? Here is a snapshot of 15 Free Things to Do in Houston April 15-17:

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FRIDAY

Enjoy a movies under the stars — Don’t miss these free outdoor movies Friday night! 1) Central Green Park: Catch a screening of Annie (2014) at the park. Movie begins at dusk. 2) Miller Outdoor Theatre: Enjoy a free screening of Big Hero 6 for Movies at Miller. The flick begins at 8 pm at 6000 Hermann Park.

SATURDAY

art blocks bashEngage with art — Don’t miss the grand opening fun at Art Blocks: The Big Bash Saturday, noon – 6 pm sponsored by the Downtown District. It’s weekend fun for all including a huge paint-by-number artwork, interactive Imagination Station for kids, Stella Artois beer and food truck garden, Heartmade Art Market, and live music by The Suffers. This is located at the Main Street Square 900-1100 blocks of Main Street.

Celebrate the earth — Get ready for Earth Day downtown and learn from Houston nonprofit green agencies, enjoy interactive environmental awareness activities, learn the benefits of healthy living, and entertain the kids with activities throughout the festival. Located at Sam Houston Park, 1000 Bagby, from 11 am – 5 pm.

Try your hand at kayaking — It’s the Spring Kayak Demo Days April 16-17, thanks to Austin Canoe & Kayak (ACK). Test any of the 80+ models and attend a variety of clinics on topics such as kayak fishing, paddling, and more. Demo hours are Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm, and Sunday noon – 4 pm. Plus save up to 30% off on a variety of kayaks! This is private property open for this event at The Pond at Butler, 3941 Butler Rd. in Conroe.

Enjoy family fun near Hobby Airport HobbyFest returns Saturday as an annual event to give back to the community. Enjoy free hamburgers, hot dogs, soft drinks and popcorn. Don’t miss the free activities such as moonwalk, face painting, video game bus, interactive Mad Science exhibit, vintage aircraft on display, balloon artist, live DJ and more. Get free admission with a nonperishable food item to benefit local families through Hobby Area Rotary Club. Located at 8402 Nelms near Hobby Airport.

Japan Houston FestivalLearn the culture — Get immersed in Japanese culture at Japan Festival Houston, a free two-day festival with live music, culture, games, and cuisine. Festival hours: 10 am – 7 pm Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm Sunday. Find the complete schedule online. Located at Hermann Park.

Engage with books — Cinco Ranch Branch Public Library presents Literary and Fine Arts Festival and Parade Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm, in Katy. Enjoy live music and performances by local high school students, educational scholarships awards, kids’ activities, county emergency vehicles, and a children’s book character parade through La Centerra shopping complex. Located at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd.

Support Houston art CounterCurrent is a bold festival of experiential art at venues throughout Houston this weekend. Get the Festival overview online.

Celebrate Taiwan — Enjoy the free Taiwan Festival with games, cultural activities and more. Located at 5885 Point West Dr.

Jam to the drums — Miller Outdoor Theatre presents a percussion ensemble featuring master taiko artist Kenny Endo. Some of the instruments include odaiko, taiko set, percussion, vibraphones, Western flute, Japanese koto, and more. This concert kicks off at 8 pm at 6000 Hermann Park.

SUNDAY

Enjoy family fun  — Take advantage of free admission for Family Day at Rienzi and Bayou Bend! Enjoy games, workshops, performances and more. The theme at Rienzi is Musical Motifs; theme at Bayou Bend is Nature’s Glory. Take advantage of free transportation from one venue to another. Bayou Bend: 6003 Memorial, Rienzi: 1406 Kirby.

Celebrate books — Enjoy an afternoon with an award-winning children’s author, Kate DiCamillo, at Cool Brains! Imprint Readings. She will talk about and read from her newest book coming out this month, Raymie Nightingale. She will also take audience questions and do a book sale and signing. Doors open at 2:30 pm for the 3 pm event. Located at Johnston Middle School, 10410 Manhattan Dr.

Enjoy FotoFun Family Day — Celebrate Earth Day at FotoFest! This free day of art and learning at FotoFun Family Day will empower visitors of all ages to make art from recycled materials, meet friendly Texas critters, learn how to plant and grow a garden, and so much more! Activities are inspired by the FotoFest 2016 Biennial, CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES: Looking at the Future of the Planet. Located at Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards.

Learn the culture — Get immersed in the Japanese culture at Japan Festival Houston, a free two-day festival with live music, culture, games, and cuisine. Festival hours are 10 am – 7 pm Saturday and 10 am – 5 pm Sunday. Located at Hermann Park.

Try your hand at kayaking — It’s the 11th annual Spring Kayak Demo Days April 16-17, thanks to Austin Canoe & Kayak (ACK). Test any of the 80+ models at  and attend a variety of clinics all day on topics such as kayak fishing, paddling, and more. Demo hours are Sunday noon – 4 pm. Plus save up to 30% off on a variety of kayaks! This is private property open for this event at The Pond at Butler, 3941 Butler Rd. in Conroe.

Bayou Bend & Rienzi Family Day, April 17

bayou bend family dayIt’s another weekend celebrating families at Bayou Bend and Rienzi — with free admission to boot! Families can enjoy art workshops, gallery games, performances, and more during this afternoon of fun presented jointly by Rienzi and Bayou Bend. Complimentary transportation shuttles guests between the two house museums.

At Rienzi, explore the theme Musical Motifs throughout the house and gardens. At Bayou Bend, the theme Nature’s Glory invites visitors to delight in the natural wonders of the gardens while learning about the plants and animals of Houston. Enjoy puppetry performances, participate in art-making activities, and learn how the natural world inspires art and design.

Admission and refreshments are FREE for all ages, no reservations needed! Rienzi is at 1406 Kirby Drive, and Bayou Bend is nearby at 6003 Memorial Drive.

Visit Family Day at Bayou Bend and Rienzi for details. Bayou Bend Family Days are presented by Occidental Petroleum Corporation.

This is a sponsored post by Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

Houston Wing Open House April 16-17

Houston WingRelive history at the 21st Anniversary Open House presented by the Commemorative Air Force’s Houston Wing. Get up close to authentic WWII aircraft including a B-17 bomber and WWII fighters. Houston Wing currently has five flyable WWII aircraft and one in restoration.

Tour the WWII museum with collections relating to Aircraft Recognition, Allied Flight Helmets and Gear, German Military, Japanese Military, Women in the War and more. Warbird rides will be available for an additional fee.

Event hours are 10 am – 4 pm April 16-17 at the West Houston Airport located at 18000 Groschke Rd., 2 miles north of I-10 between Hwy 6 and Barker Cypress.

Admission is $10 per car. This event is a fundraiser for Commemorative Air Force, a non-profit national patriotic organization.

If you can’t make it to Open House, Houston Wing opens its doors the first and third Saturday each month for free museum tours and access to WWII aircraft.

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7 Free Things to Do in Houston April 11-15

Don’t miss these 7 options for free & cheap fun in Houston April 11-15 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

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Tuesday (4/12) — Toddler Tuesday returns to Discovery Green for the spring! This first week is sponsored by the Houston Public Library with interactive story time and activities related to culture and diversity. This week only starts at 9:30 am – 1 pm. Future Tuesdays begin at 10:30 am. Located at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

Tuesday (4/12) — Snag a free ice cream cone for Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s from noon – 8 pm. There are 3 Houston-area locations: 5515 Kirby, Sugar Land Town Square, and 4408 Seawall Blvd. in Galveston.

Tuesday (4/12) — Express Theatre presents a free performance of The Emperor’s New Clothes Tuesday, 11 am, at Miller Outdoor Theatre. This bilingual musical adaption even includes Tex-Mex music! This is located at 6000 Hermann Park Drive.

Wednesday (4/13) — Don’t miss the free special exhibit at FotoFest 2016, Changing Circumstances: Looking at the Future of the Planet, on display through April 24. The featured artists address a variety of topics including climate change, waste, human migration, bio-diversity and more. Hours are 11 am – 6 pm, Wednesday – Sunday. This is located at Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards.

Wednesday (4/13) — {Not free, but cheap!} It’s April $3 Girls Night Out at Studio Movie Grill! This month’s feature is The Notebook, 7:30 pm. Located at Copperfield and CityCentre locations.

Thursday (4/14) — A.D. Players presents a free performance of The Snow Queen Thursday, 11 am, at Miller Outdoor Theatre. This is located at 6000 Hermann Park Drive.

Thursday (4/14) — Enjoy seven museums for free each Thursday in Houston’s Museum District.

  • 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 – 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.}

Friday (4/15) — Parachute Play Time returns outdoors on the CityCentre plaza Friday, 10 am to noon. This is sponsored by Gymboree Play & Music the third Friday each month. Located at 800 Town and Country Blvd.

Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s April 12

Enjoy your favorite scoop for free at Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day. What started as free ice cream for a few hundred folks in Vermont in 1979 is now Global Free Cone Day, with Ben & Jerry’s giving away a million free scoops around the world. Take advantage of this freebie April 12 from noon to 8 pm. What flavor will you choose?

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Three Houston-area locations are participating in Free Cone Day:

5515 Kirby Dr.
Houston

16155 City Walk
Sugar Land

4408 Seawall Blvd.
Galveston