Houston Bicycle Museum Grand Opening February 26

houston bicyle museumHouston’s newest museum — devoted to bicycles — is opening February 26 in temporary quarters in the Museum District. Houston Bicycle Museum‘s mission is to display antique and classic bicycles as well as cycling memorabilia. It also covers history of bikes from 1850s – today.

It’s currently at 1313 Binz while it raises funds for a permanent location on Crawford. The museum is the brainchild of Joy Boone, owner of Houston’s oldest bicycle shop Daniel Boone Cycles.

GRAND OPENING: February 26, 6 pm – 9 pm

** Free fun, prizes, food, and silent auction

Museum’s regular hours are:

Tuesday & Wednesday — 10 am – 5 pm
Thursday — 10 am – 9 pm
Friday & Saturday — 10 am – 7 pm
Sunday — 12:15 pm – 7 pm

Admission is currently free for another week, but will cost $6 and kids under 9 free.

El Pollo Loco Healthy Kids’ Meals

This post is sponsored by El Pollo Loco. All opinions are my own.

El Pollo Loco is a great destination for families, with its healthy food options, Family Meals to go, and its variety to please all tastes. So why does it feel like the Kids’ Meals are on a secret menu?

El Pollo LocoThey’re not! But you certainly have to ask what’s available for kids. You might be surprised with the answer, because it doesn’t involve french fries. That’s certainly a bonus for those looking for healthier options.

Kids’ Menu
  • Double drumstick, tortillas with 1 side
  • BRC Combo (beans, rice, cheese) with 1 side
  • Mini bowl and tortillas

Kids’ meals are $3.99 and include a small drink. Side options include charro beans, black beans, rice, corn, mashed potatoes, broccoli, macaroni & cheese, coleslaw, or a side salad.

El Pollo Loco

El Pollo Loco

El Pollo Loco

Chicken legs from El Pollo Loco are the best — and that’s always a favorite for kids. So I was pleased to see healthy chicken as a choice for kids. Chicken is, after all, the centerpiece of El Pollo Loco’s menu — marinated in special herbs, spices, garlic and fruit juices, and then fire-grilled to perfection. Grill Masters are trained and certified through a four-stage, slow-grilling process that takes nearly an hour.

What’s New

el pollo loco shrimpBaja Shrimp — now available across the menu: bowls, salads, tacos, enchiladas, burritos, quesadillas

3 Course Family Meal — now with Bacon Avocado Salad

 Katy celebrated El Pollo Loco’s third Houston-area location with a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting in January at 390 S. Mason. Future locations are planned in Spring and Humble later this year.

Don’t forget to sign up online for My Loco Rewards eClub to get a free chips and guacamole! Plus you get a freebie on your birthday — and whenever they feel a little crazy!

I am compensated to be a brand ambassador for El Pollo Loco. All opinions are my own.

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Discount Houston Rodeo Tickets 2015

Houston rodeoDiscount tickets are available to the 2015 Houston Rodeo!

The average savings is 25% – 60% depending on the performer, thanks to ScoreBig. Here are the options:

Best of all, there is NO ADDITIONAL FEE added per ticket. This saves a bundle, too! ScoreBig is similar to Priceline — but in the ticket industry. You suggest a price, and watch the graphic bar to see how likely you will get it.

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Save an additional $10 off $30 with code THANKS, through February 28 (first-time customers only). Purchase through the performer’s name above. The ticket savings and seat options can change quickly or sell out. These are current as of February 25.

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photo by kim via flickr/creative commons

Discount Tickets to Rice University Basketball February 26 for Houston on the Cheap Night

Rice UniversityDiscount tickets are still available to Houston on the Cheap Night Thursday, February 26, at Rice University.

Tickets to the Men’s Basketball game against Old Dominion are $8 each for kids and adults ($15 regular). Tip off is 7 pm at Tudor Fieldhouse. Come early and help us make pink ribbons for Susan G. Komen!

The special night features:

  • Owl craft by Splash Kids art studio at the Houston on the Cheap table
  • Owl towels for the first 300 fans
  • Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness Night

The $8 ticket features seats in upper sections 201-204 and 209-212. Purchase tickets online with promo code cheap. The $15 pricing will change to $8 at checkout.

Tudor Fieldhouse is located at Rice University, 6100 Main on Loop Road off University Blvd.

City Hall Farmers Market Returns February 25

city hall farmers marketCity Hall Farmers Market makes its spring return February 25 after a short winter hiatus. This downtown market, run by Urban Harvest in partnership with the City of Houston, features more than 30 local vendors each Wednesday through June 24, 11 am – 1:30 pm, along City Hall’s reflection pool at 901 Bagby.

The variety ranges from farmers, food trucks, to top local chefs performing a special demo. This week, Recipe for Success Foundation will be launching its VegOut Challenge at the market — encouraging Houstonians to eat 30 different veggies for 30 days in March. There are prizes, so sign up online!

The Market continually provides the best local lunch downtown with farmers’ fresh produce, cheeses, coffee, made-to-order and pre-made meal offerings, desserts, and a number of vegan and vegetarian options. On a pretty day, it’s perfect to eat lunch outdoors!

If you’re coming from outside downtown, street parking is limited. Park underground at nearby Tranquility Park garage (400 Rusk) for $3 up to one hour or $6 for 1-2 hours or just $2/hour at the Hobby Center garage (800 Bagby).

photo courtesy Mayor’s Office of Special Events

7 Free Things to Do in Houston February 23-27

There’s never a dull moment in Houston. Here are 7 options for free fun in Houston February 23-27 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

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Monday (2/23) — Participate in a free local community art project, 360 Degrees Vanishing Beading Project, Monday 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, at Central Library downtown. Houston and South African beaders will make decorative tapestries complete with 350,000 beads. These beautiful works of art will hang in Art League Houston’s main building.

Tuesday (2/24) — Kick off the Houston Rodeo this year downtown at Rodeo Roundup! The free annual event features free lunch, live music, the opportunity to learn from Rodeo committees, and a photo on a live longhorn. 11 am – 1 pm at City Hall, 901 Bagby.

Tuesday (2/24) — Learn the ins and outs of your fitness technology with this free class at REI Galleria, Training with Fitness Technology: Garmi Vivofit and Fitbit Flex. Instructors will share features through hands-on instruction. The group also will learn practical aspects outdoors, so bring your device. From 7 pm – 8:30 pm. Register online. Located at 7538 Westheimer.

Wednesday (2/25) — Lunch with the Birds returns Wednesday through mid-May. The free weekly event with Nature Discovery Center, noon – 1:15 pm, features free guided walks through Russ Pitman Park during migration season. You just might see warblers, vireos, thrushes, flycatchers, orioles and buntings. Located at 7112 Newcastle.

Wednesday (2/25) — The next weekly LIFE Workshop (Learning, Inspiration, Fellowship, Enrichment) in Cypress is a Chocolate Lover’s Dream. The group for adults and senior adults will learn the history of chocolate and taste plenty! From 10 am – 11 am at Lone Star College–Cy Fair, 9191 Barker Cypress.

Thursday (2/26) — Catch Musiqa Loft Concert free Thursday, 6:30 pm, at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. The program, inspired by the current exhibition, Double Life, includes four works including a world premiere by an intern. Located at 5216 Montrose.

Friday (2/27) — Celebrate Go Texan Day Friday! The annual citywide event encourages folks to don their Rodeo garb all day. Frost Bank is celebrating by providing its annual Frost Bank Chuckwagon Lunch complete with brisket sliders, sides, cobbler and drinks, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. Located at its neighborhood centers in Westchase, Sugar Land, Pearland, and Rice Village.

Houston Rodeo Roundup Kicks Off 2015 Houston Rodeo

Houston Rodeo RoundupGrab a partner and two-step down to City Hall steps tomorrow for Houston’s Rodeo Roundup 2015 February 24. Enjoy a free lunch and drink outdoors at City of Houston’s annual rodeo kick-off party. The festivities feature live music, food, games and free admission 11 am – 1 pm in front of City Hall. Pose for a photo on a Texas Longhorn steer if you dare, like I did! Meet and mingle with volunteers from more than 100 rodeo committees. Mayor Annise Parker will be on hand to proclaim the city’s Go Texan Day.

Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo fun continues with citywide Go Texan Day February 27 and Downtown Rodeo Parade February 28. Official rodeo and entertainment kick off March 3 with Eric Church.

Follow Houston on the Cheap for ways to save at the Houston Rodeo this year!

Free Weekend Fun in Houston February 20-22

Houston is full of free fun every weekend!  Check out the latest collection of Free Things to Do in Houston February 20-22.

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FRIDAY

Watch a Lion Dance — Houston Premium Outlets celebrates “Year of the Green Sheep” February 20, 4:30 pm, with traditional Lion Dance performances. The Lion Dance is believed to bring good luck and fortune in the coming year. VIP Shoppers also can take advantage of special offers in celebration of Spring Festival. The Outlets are located at 29300 Hempstead Road (Hwy 290 near Fairfield) in Cypress.

SATURDAY

Love a book — Book lovers will gather at the Montgomery County Book Festival Saturday. The free annual event includes panels and keynote sessions with a variety of authors. Keynote speakers feature Andrew Smith and Ellen Hopkins. Informative panels focus on topics such as mystery genre, writing children’s literature, graphic novels, censorship, fantasy and magic, romance, contemporary, paranormal, and more. Located at 3200 College Park Dr.

Celebrate “Year of the Goat” — Lunar New Year Houston near Chinatown lasts two days, February 21-22. The weekend features food, fun, Lion and Dragon dances, music, martial arts, 1 million lucky red firecrackers and more. Admission is free, located at Viet Hoa Center 8388 W. Sam Houston Parkway at Beltway Plaza. Hours are 11 am to 7 pm both days.

See WWII planes — Tour 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.

field of lightExplore Field of Light — It’s the last weekend to enjoy the special art installation at Discovery Green, Bruce Munro’s Field of Light. Hit the park after dusk to enjoy the 4,500 glass spheres connected by fiber optic cable. The exhibit is lit 3 pm – 11 pm nightly through February 22.

Get kids writing — Families can take advantage of a free Young Writers Workshop each Saturday, 10:30 am at Discovery Green. This special opportunity is a joint partnership between Writers in the Schools, Discovery Green, and HPL Express. Located at 1500 McKinney.

See a Monster truck — A monster is heading to Cypress this weekend! The Raminator (Ram monster truck) will be onsite at the Berry Center in Cypress, courtesy of Northwest Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Folks can take a photo and grab an autograph with the driver as well as get up close to the huge truck. Test drives will be available with the Ram 1500. The dealer will give a donation for each test drive to Cy Fair Education Foundation. Hours are 7 am – 7 pm Saturday and 10 am – 6 pm Sunday. Located at 8877 Barker Cypress Road in Cypress.

Watch a Lion Dance — Houston Premium Outlets celebrates “Year of the Green Sheep” February 21 (noon) with traditional Lion Dance performances. The Lion Dance is believed to bring good luck and fortune in the coming year. VIP Shoppers also can take advantage of special offers in celebration of Spring Festival. The Outlets are located at 29300 Hempstead Road (Hwy 290 near Fairfield) in Cypress.

Touch a truck — Kids love the Touch a Truck events to get up close to all kinds of big trucks. This event returns to The Woodlands Saturday morning at Rob Fleming Park. A sensory-friendly version begins at 9 am and the regular Touch a Truck is 10 am to noon. Don’t miss the giant sandbox and the Construction Zone. Located at 6535 Creekside Forest Drive in The Woodlands.

Enjoy family time — Experience Mel Chin Rematch exhibit with your family at Family Day, Contemporary Arts Museum Saturday, noon – 4 pm. Located at 5216 Montrose.

Browse for summer fun — The 19th annual Camp Fair & Summer Vacation Expo continues this weekend Saturday at First Colony Mall (10 am – 4 pm). The event features 60 different organizations representing overnight, day camps, sports camps and more for Houston-area kids. Head online to Houston Family Magazine for a complete list of exhibiting camps.

SUNDAY

raminator truckSee a Monster truck — A monster is heading to Cypress this weekend! The Raminator (Ram monster truck) will be onsite at the Berry Center in Cypress, courtesy of Northwest Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Folks can take a photo and grab an autograph with the driver as well as get up close to the huge truck. Test drives will be available with the Ram 1500. The dealer will give a donation for each test drive to Cy Fair Education Foundation. Hours are 7 am – 7 pm Saturday and 10 am – 6 pm Sunday. Located at 8877 Barker Cypress Road in Cypress.

Celebrate “Year of the Goat” — Lunar New Year Houston near Chinatown continues February 22. The day features food, fun, Lion and Dragon dances, music, martial arts, 1 million lucky red firecrackers and more. Admission is free, located at Viet Hoa Center 8388 W. Sam Houston Parkway at Beltway Plaza. Hours are 11 am to 7 pm.

Houston Discounts: Haute Wheels Food Truck Fest, Buca di Beppo, Mens Are From Mars & more

Don’t miss these discounts to Houston area fun. Here are a few that caught my eye:

Haute Wheels Food Truck FestivalHaute Wheels Food Truck Festival $35 for VIP to Haute Wheels Food Truck Festival ($70 value). VIP Ticket includes 4 vouchers for wine and craft beer, private seating in shaded VIP tent and private restrooms, early bird entry to festival, H-E-B gift bag, free soft drinks, and more. Children 12 & under free.

Pimpinela$31 for Pimpinela at Arena Theatre ($62 value)

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus Men Are from Mars Women Are from Venus February 28 at Hobby Center (Up to 49% Off)

The O’Jays and Eric Benet$33.75 for The O’Jays and Eric Benét ($67.50 value)

Red Cat Jazz FestivalUp to 40% Off Red Cat Jazz Festival May 9 – 10

Buca di Beppo$10 for $20 Worth of Family-Style Italian Cuisine at Buca di Beppo

Girls Night: The Musical$10.50 for Girls Night: The Musical ($21 value)

Complete Works of William Shakespeare$9 for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare ($18 value)

Unlimited Boot Camp$25 for 1 month Unlimited Boot Camp, 11 locations ($605 value)

FREE! —  FREE for AC/DC Tribute Band Back in Black at House of Blues ($12 value)

Children’s Museum of HoustonOne, Two, or Four Admissions to the Children’s Museum of Houston (Up to 50% Off).

Studio Movie GrillOne, Two, or Four Movie Groupons, Each Good for One Movie Ticket at Studio Movie Grill (Up to 50% Off).

Houston Ultimate Women’s ExpoCOMP for ” Houston Ultimate Women’s Expo” ($10 value)

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Lunar New Year Festivals in Houston 2015

lion dance Tet Fest 600The official Chinese New Year is February 19, but celebrations kick off this weekend and beyond. Here are 2015 Chinese New Year festivals in Houston:

February 14

2015 Lunar New Year Festival (Southwest Houston)– Celebrate the Year of the Goat at the annual Lunar New Year celebration Saturday, February 14, at the Chinese Community Center. The free fun features traditional Dragon and Lion dances, cultural performances, exhibitions, arts and crafts, carnival games, food and free parking. The festivities are 10 am – 4 pm at 9800 Town Park.  *FREE*

February 20, 21 or 22

“Year of the Green Sheep” (Cypress) — Houston Premium Outlets celebrates “Year of the Green SheepFebruary 20 (4:30 pm) and February 21 (noon) with traditional Lion Dance performances. The Lion Dance is believed to bring good luck and fortune in the coming year. VIP Shoppers also can take advantage of special offers in celebration of Spring Festival. The Outlets are located at 29300 Hempstead Road (Hwy 290 near Fairfield) in Cypress.  *FREE*

Lunar New Year Houston (near Chinatown) — The celebration lasts two days, February 21-22, at the Lunar New Year Houston. The weekend features food, fun, Lion and Dragon dances, music, martial arts, 1 million lucky red firecrackers and more. Admission is free, located at Viet Hoa Center 8388 W. Sam Houston Parkway at Beltway Plaza. Hours are 11 am to 7 pm both days.  *FREE*

Texas Lunar Festival (downtown)– The Texas Lunar Festival is moving from Alief to downtown Discovery Green this year for its annual celebration, February 21, 10 am – 5 pm. This annual festival features food, entertainment, acrobats, lion dancers, martial arts demonstrations, children’s games, and more. Admission is $8/adults and free for children 12 and under. This event is a fundraiser for International Trade Center.  *NOT FREE*

February 28

Chinese New Year Festival (Bellaire) — The Mandarin Chinese Language Immersion Magnet School PTO is sponsoring its 3rd annual Chinese New Year Festival February 28, 10 am – 3 pm. The free festival features cultural performances from the student body, Dragon Dance, cultural crafts and activities, Chinese performances, bounce house and more. Games and food are additional fees. Located in Bellaire at 6300 Avenue B at Bissonnet.  *FREE*

photo: Tet Festival