Support Houston Food Bank at Empty Bowls Houston

Empty Bowls HoustonI love the concept of Empty Bowls Houston to help feed the hungry in our area. For a $25 donation, enjoy a simple lunch Saturday, May 16, 11 am – 3 pm, and select your choice of a one-of-a-kind handcrafted bowl to take home. 100% of the proceeds benefit Houston Food Bank.

This event is such a great way to teach kids about helping others. I attended with my girls a few years ago, and we really enjoyed it. The hardest part was selecting our bowls from the hundreds of unique and beautiful handmade bowls! These are two of the bowls we selected as part of our simple lunch.

In addition to the lunch, the event features live music and art demonstrations. The collections of bowls are made and donated by Houston area craft artists and ceramists.

Whole Foods Market has graciously donated the soup lunch, which is then prepared by Houston Food Bank Community Kitchen. All the festivities will be held at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main Street.

Dating on the Cheap: Root for the Home Team

Dating on the Cheap shares inexpensive outings in Houston that will impress your date without breaking the bank. Please welcome our new partnership with Trip Chandler, a service that creates customized guides to Houston for visitors and residents.

 

With a league of our own, taking in a Houston Astros game at Minute Maid Park downtown makes for a banner outing while spring is still in the air. Here’s some “inside baseball” to make sure you knock it out of the park.

Houston Astros

The Astros offer affordable tickets if you don’t mind a bird’s eye view of the field. Check out their promotional schedule for ticket deals and special giveaways, like the Coca-Cola Value Days.

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Hall of Fame Tip: Plan for a Friday night outing and you can take in the sunset from the seats and enjoy fireworks after the game.

Pre-Game Warm Up

Be sure to view the commemorative bricks before the game where Astros’ supporters have set their names in stone with special messages left behind for family and fellow fans.

TGIF: Local brewer St. Arnold’s hosts Friday evening happy hours at the ballpark with a usual start time around 4:30 pm. Enjoy $5 Saint Arnold beers at their bar in left field and show off your throwing arm with their custom cornhole boards. Discounted tickets are also offered on St. Arnold happy hour nights.

In the Stands

Buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks or bring your own! The Astros allow baseball fans to bring food that fits in a one-gallon Ziploc bag, along with one unopened water bottle per person.

Spice up the traditional bleacher eats with Chef Hugo’s spicy peanuts sold at Revival Market or a bag of Indian snack mix from Masala Munchies. Pack retro sweets like Charleston Chew and Double Bubble from Candylicious.

Candylicious

Make the main course fried chicken with Houston fave Frenchy’s, Filipino import Jollibee, or crowd-pleaser Popeyes, which all offer 8-piece meals that fit nicely in a 1 gallon bag. Don’t forget the wet wipes!

If you don’t want to pack your own, every Wednesday night is $1 hot dog Wednesdays!

Extra Innings

If it’s the first or last Friday of the month, head next door to Joystix for Pacman Fever Fridays. $15 at the door gets you unlimited free play on their 200+ arcade games and pinball machines.

Joystix

Splurge for a behind the scenes ballpark experience with the Early Bird Tour of Minute Maid Park. The tour includes prime viewing of the Astros pre-game batting practice.

Pair America’s Game with the World’s Game:  make it a Saturday double-header cheering on the Astros in the day followed by an evening of soccer at a Houston Dynamo match with start times around 8 pm as summer temperatures rise.

Road trip: Watch nearby minor league, Sugar Land Skeeters, play at Constellation Field in Sugar Land. Snag some free Skeeters tickets online (+ service fee) with dates through July.

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Joni & Dana

Trip ChandlersJoni is a Houston transplant via Kansas, North Carolina, Scotland and New Orleans. Dana is a native Texan who grew up in Houston but considers New Orleans a second home. They have joined forces as Trip Chandler to personalize the city whether you’re here for a short stay or a permanent move.

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Free Texas Children’s Art Festival at Bayou Bend

mfah kidsCelebrate art at Texas Children’s Art Festival Sunday, May 17, at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. Drop by to this free event between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to explore Texas heritage through art-making activities, interactive games, musical performances, and a group watercolor project. You’ll also get to see silversmiths, quilters, wood turners, and more. Admission is FREE for all ages with no reservations required! Get more details online.

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, 6003 Memorial Drive, is the house museum for American decorative arts of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Kroger: Earn Double Fuel Points Through August 2

kroger fuelKroger is helping Houstonians enjoy summer savings each weekend through August 2 by giving customers double fuel points on all grocery purchases Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

It’s easy to take advantage of this deal: just load the fuel savings digital coupon to your Kroger card one time, and you’ll automatically earn double fuel points through August 2. Every $1 spent on the weekend equals two fuel points. Download the digital coupon here.

{This offer excludes Pharmacy, Gift Cards, prepaid wireless phones and airtime, and The Little Clinic. See Kroger.com/Fuel for details.}

7 Free Things to Do in Houston May 11-15

There’s never a dull moment in Houston. Here are 7 options for free fun in Houston May 11-15 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

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Tuesday (5/12) —It’s a big day at Toddler Tuesday this week. Beginning at 10:30 pm, kids will love all the free fun featuring a Spongebob story read by KHOU’s Chita Johnson, character appearances by Spongebob and Patrick, plus the foam party fun! Located at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

Wednesday (5/13) — Head to the beach! Get ready for summer fun at Southwest Airlines City Hall Beach Bash Wednesday, 5 pm – 8 pm. Enjoy live music, free food, entertainment, and the chance to win a trip to one of its new destinations!

Wednesday (5/13) — Head to Katy for Ladies Night at Multiplicity! The free monthly craft event, held the second Wednesday each month, includes a surprise craft, light bites and more. Large groups are encouraged to RSVP online. Located at 1306 Avenue A.

Thursday (5/14) — Free live music at Discovery Green continues Thursday with Sounds Like Houston! Thursday Concert Presented by UHD. Music this week performed by Shinyribs (Kevin Russell formerly of The Gourds) and Austin-based Wrenfro. Located at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

Thursday (5/14) — The first day of Houston Greek Fest is completely free for all! Attend 4 pm – 9 pm Thursday to enjoy Greek culture, family fun, and a 6 pm tour of St. Basil the Great Greek Orthodox Church. Located at 1100 Eldridge. Limited free street parking or $5 on festival grounds.

Thursday (5/14) — Participate in the 11th annual Bike to Work Day celebration Thursday, 6:30 am – 7:30 am in the Energy Corridor District. Enjoy music, a light breakfast provided by Shipley’s Do-Nuts, giveaways, raffle prizes and fun! Not sure of the best bike route? Explore and download cycling route maps online. Located at Terry Hershey Park gazebo (15423 Memorial Drive).

Friday (5/15) — It’s Bike to Work Day Friday! Enjoy a celebratory ride with Mayor Annise Parker and friends for National Bike to Work Day. Festivities begin at 7 am around City Hall with the ride starting at 7:30 am. HPD and bike wranglers will lead different routes. Celebrations continue post-ride at Hermann Square with free breakfast, music and giveaways.

Free Admission Times: Houston Greek Festival 2015

Houston Greek FestivalGreeks like to celebrate in a big way, and Houston Greekfest is no exception! Houston Greekfest is a fantastic community event in West Houston May 14-17.

Take advantage of free admission times throughout the festival: Thursday, May 14 (4 pm – 9 pm) and Friday, May 15 (11 am – 2 pm), with no coupon required.

Admission is $3 for adults, with kids 10 and under free. Discount tickets are available, thanks to Groupon. Check out the savings here.

If you’ve never been to Houston Greekfest, just imagine the amazing food, dancing, and Greek music at this four-day festival! The schedule is jam-packed with dancing plus lots of family fun for the kids, such as a giant slide, swing ride, spinning apple, turtle train, ferris wheel, rock climbing and more. Don’t miss the World Gyro Eating Championship Sunday, 2 pm and church tours throughout the weekend.

Houston Greekfest is located at St. Basil The Great Greek Orthodox Church , 1100 Eldridge Parkway. The event is open till 10 pm Friday and Saturday and 6 pm Sunday. Parking is free on the street or $5 at the festival parking lot.

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photo: Houston Greek Festival

Free Weekend Fun in Houston May 8-10

Get ready for a weekend of free fun! What are your plans? Here is a snapshot of Free Things to Do in Houston May 8-10:

Free Weekend Fun in Houston

FRIDAY

Free music and movie night — The Chipotle Music & Movie series returns Friday night to Discovery Green! Watch “Growing Cities: A Flim About Urban Farming in America” on the giant outdoor screen. The first 250 can enjoy free chips and salsa from Chipotle! Live music with Buxton begins at 7:30 pm and movie begins at 8:30 pm. Located at 1500 McKinney.

Enjoy classical musicDon’t miss the free classical concert by the Houston Symphony at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion  Friday at 7:30 pm. Free mezzanine seats. The program features music of Beethoven and Bartok.

Watch movies under the moon — Two outdoor movies Friday night: 1) Market Square Park: Enjoy 1980s classic Terms of Endearment Friday, 8:15 pm. 2) Miller Outdoor Theatre: Catch the Houston Ballet’s documentary Sons de L’ame, which returns for a free 8:30 pm show outdoors at Miller. 

SATURDAY

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

Visit Bayou BendMoms and grandmothers get free admission at Bayou Bend for Mother’s Day Saturday and Sunday, 1 pm – 5 pm. Children 9 and under are free. Bayou Bend’s gardens and two floors of the house are open for audio tours from 1 pm – 5 pm. Bayou Bend is located at 6003 Memorial Drive at Westcott.

Let the good times roll — Don’t miss the 2nd annual Bayou Jamboree and Gumbo Showdown! Enjoy live music and gumbo tasting at this free outdoor event sponsored by Downtown District and Saint Arnold. The event is 2 pm – 6 pm with tasting for the public from 3 pm – 5 pm.

Celebrate a birthday — There is so much free fun to celebrate Saturday at WFDD’s Central Green Park’s 2nd Birthday Bash from 6 pm – 10 pm: Curt Miller Walk Around Magic, face painting, kids crafts, giant slide, bounce house, live music, book signing, Houston Astronomical Society, and more.

Watch movies under the moonTwo free outdoor movies this Saturday night: 1) Sugar Land Town Square: watch Planes, Fire and Rescue outdoors at Sugar Land Town Square. Movie begins at 7 pm. 2) Tomball: Watch a free screening of Dennis the Menace on the giant inflatable screen in downtown Tomball. It’s all part of Second Saturday at The Depot. Movie begins at dark. Located at 201 S. Elm.

SUNDAY

Visit Bayou BendMoms and grandmothers get free admission at Bayou Bend for Mother’s Day Saturday and Sunday, 1 pm – 5 pm. Children 9 and under are free. Bayou Bend’s gardens and two floors of the house are open for audio tours from 1 pm – 5 pm. Bayou Bend is located at 6003 Memorial Drive at Westcott.

Mother’s Day Freebies & Deals in Houston

Mother’s Day is around the corner, so don’t forget to spoil your mom Sunday, May 10. Here are a few Houston-area Mother’s Day freebies and deals to enjoy with your mom:

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Fogo de Chao — Moms who dine on Mother’s Day at Fogo de Chao will receive a card towards a complimentary lunch or dinner on their next visit. In Houston, Fogo de Chao is located at 8250 Westheimer.

Grub Burger Bar — Moms get a free burger on the house at Grub Burger Bar. This is dine-in only. Located at CityCentre at 799 Town and Country Blvd.

Main Street America — Spoil mom with a free mimosa at Main Street America Sunday when she dines for lunch at their MAIN Restaurant. This is located at 18750 I-45 in Spring.

McCormick & Schmick’s — Moms get a complimentary chocolate-dipped strawberry at McCormick & Schmick’s on Mother’s Day. This seafood and steak restaurant has Houston locations at Town & Country, GreenStreet, and Uptown Park.

Mom’s Eats and Sweet Things — This local shop in Katy is offering moms a free Lil’ Things Sundae (one scoop & one topping) Sunday for the fifth year in a row. No purchase necessary. Located at 1251 Pin Oak in Katy.

Orange Leaf — Moms will get up to 8 oz. free of frozen yogurt at Orange Leaf Sunday.

Pollo Tropical — Enjoy a special Mother’s Day deal at Pollo Tropical featuring a 2 for $9.99 Meal Deal. Simply text MOM2015 to 52198 to snag this deal. This is a savings of $5-$6.

Spaghetti Warehouse — Moms who eat at Spaghetti Warehouse Sunday get a free Strawberry Lemonade + a surprise gift. Moms will randomly get one of five amazing surprises: $25 Spaghetti Warehouse gift card, free “Make it a Feast” entree, a buy-one-get-one free Spaghetti or Incredible 15-Layer Lasagne, a free Brownie Sundae, a free Spaghetti or Lasagne entree. Located downtown at 901 Commerce.

Starbucks — Sunday marks the last day of the Half-Price Frappuccino Happy Hour at Starbucks from 3 pm – 5 pm. Not truly a Mother’s Day deal, but you can certainly indulge.

Zoës Kitchen — Moms get a free slice of Yaya’s Made-From Scratch Chocolate Cake at Zoës Kitchen with the purchase of an entree Sunday.

ACTIVITIES

Bayou Bend Collection & Garden — Moms and grandmothers get free admission at Bayou Bend Saturday and Sunday, 1 pm – 5 pm, for Mother’s Day. Family can receive discounted admission both days: $10 for adults, $5 for children 10 to 17, and free for ages 9 and younger. Bayou Bend’s gardens and two floors of the house are open for audio tours from 1 pm – 5 pm. Bayou Bend is located at 6003 Memorial Drive at Westcott.

Evita at Houston Family Arts Center — Take advantage of a Mother’s Day deal Sunday for HFAC’s production of Evita: buy one ticket and get one free. According to HFAC, “Evita explores adult themes of sexuality and power. Children may not be as captivated as adults by Evita, but parents can determine whether the musical is suitable for tween-age theatergoers.” The theater is located at 10760 Grant Road.

Studio Movie Grill — Catch a $5 screening of Mary Poppins on the big screen at Studio Movie Grill at 1 pm for a special Mother’s Day event. Located at both CityCentre and Copperfield.

Free May Events at WFDD’s Central Green Park

As always, there are lots of free events at Willow Fork Drainage District’s Central Green Park. This month we’re spotlighting the three biggest events you don’t want to miss!

May 9

Central Green Birthday Bash — 6 pm – 10 pm
So much free fun to celebrate the park’s 2nd birthday! You’ll find Curt Miller Walk Around Magic, giant slide, bounce house, kids’ crafts, live music by Cooper Wade, live art, Houston Astronomical Society, children’s performance, princesses and more!

Central Green Park

May 16

KatyRocks Music Fest — 11 am
KatyRocks Music Fest celebrates 4 years in Katy! The outdoor festival provides music, fun, activities and vendor booths.

May 30

Macaroni Kids Fest— 11 am – 3 pm
It’s a big outdoor play day for the family! This free festival provides an opportunity to celebrate the hard work kids have done this school year. Enjoy a variety of booths featuring interactive activities, games and giveaways. Local family-oriented businesses will offer performances and demonstrations.

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

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Willow Fork Drainage District’s Central Green Park.