WFDD Central Green Park August Events

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

August 20

Art in the Park — 6 pm – 8 pm  {Cancelled due to weather}

Enjoy an evening of indie music, art and more at Art in the Park featuring the Break Free Kids. This is sponsored by KCAM and WFDD’s Central Green Park in Katy. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

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August 28

School of Rock — 7:30 pm

The School of Rock Katy House Band is back at Central Green Park! It will be a great Friday night show to kick off the weekend! Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

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August 29

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

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This is a sponsored post by WFDD Central Green Park. Opinions are my own.

7 Free Things to Do in Houston August 17-21

Don’t miss these 7 options for free fun in Houston August 17-21 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

We Love Houston sign

Monday (8/17) — Enjoy an evening at the Houston Public Library commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII with author Clifton Truman Daniel, grandson of former President Harry Truman. He will be sharing from his book, Growing Up With My Grandfather: Memories of Harry S. Truman. Located at Julia Ideson Building, auditorium, 550 McKinney.

Tuesday (8/18) — Enjoy a free writing workshop Tuesday, 2 pm – 3 pm, at IKEA Houston sponsored by Writers in the Schools (WITS). The class is for kids ages 7-15. Located at IKEA, 7810 Katy Freeway.

Tuesday (8/18) — Enjoy a new fitness opportunity that’s loads of fun! Circus Arts, presented by Cirque la Vie, is Tuesdays at Discovery Green, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. It’s a combination of ground arts and acrobatics such as contortion/flexibility, Low Tight wire, juggling and hand balancing. Located at 1500 McKinney each week.

Thursday (8/20) — The Fish Gallery shares a Summer Reading Program each Thursday, 3:30 pm– 4:30 pm, with story time, fish feeding, touch tanks, crafts, games, and prizes. This week is the final week — celebrating with a Summer Reading Party. Located at 2909 Fountain View.

Thursday (8/20) — 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 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 – 5 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

Thursday (8/20) — Rock the Dock concert series continues in Kemah Thursday, 7 pm – 10:30 pm. This week features music by Rat Ranch, Houston’s favorite rock and roll. Located at 215 Kipp Ave. in Kemah.

Friday (8/21) — Get complimentary sweet frozen treats this week, thanks to Frost Bank. Friday features freebies from SweetRide, a gourmet ice cream food truck with ice cream, sorbets, Italian ice, snow cones and truffles! The truck will be onsite from 1 pm – 3 pm. Located in Westchase Financial Center, 3304 W. Sam Houston Parkway S (77042).

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College Student Guide to Discounts in Houston

Giraffe at Houston ZooWith college students moving back to Houston this week, learning how to have fun on the cheap is an important lesson outside of class. Check out my latest article, College Student Guide to Living on the Cheap in Houston on CubeSmart’s site for local venues that offer student discounts — plus others that are always free. I look forward to sharing new Houston-related articles there 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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Clear the Shelter August 15: Free/Discount Pet Adoptions

Clear the Shelter HoustonTake advantage of free and discount pet adoptions August 15 if you plan to add a furry friend to your home. It’s all part of the #ClearTheShelters event with 17 Houston-area shelters trying to get their amazing animals into forever homes. My new rescue Maisy (right) is a shelter dog! Here are a few options I found:

Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP) — This West Houston shelter is offering free pet adoptions August 15, noon – 4 pm. Located at I-10 and Barker Cypress, 17555 Katy Freeway.

Houston Humane Society — Check out the Houston Humane Society with free adoptions on select pets and half-price dog adoptions August 15, 11 am – 5:30 pm. Located at 14700 Almeda Road.

Houston SPCA — Save 20% – 50% off the adoption fee at Houston SPCA August 15. This includes dogs & puppies, cats & kittens, and small mammals. Limit 2 per household. Located at 900 Portway Drive.

Special Pals — This shelter is offering $20 adoption fees August 15, noon – 6 pm. Located at 3830 Greenhouse.

BARC — The city shelter is offering $20 dog adoptions August 15. Located at 3300 Carr.

Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services (HCPHES) — This city shelter is offering half-price adoption fees. My sweet Maisy was pulled from this shelter by K-9 Angels Rescue. Located at 612 Canino.

Clear the Shelters is an NBC and Telemundo public service campaign.

Free Weekend Fun in Houston August 14-16

Get ready for a weekend of free fun! Here is a snapshot of 14 Free Things to Do in Houston this weekend, August 14-16:

WWII hangar

FRIDAY

Be amazed — Enjoy games, activities and fun Sunday at the IDEA Lab Open House from 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Don’t miss Jurassic Extreme’s Walking Dinosaur on site at 6 pm. Located at 7335 Highway 6, Missouri City.

Learn to salsa dance — Take advantage of free salsa dance lessons at Latin Beats every Friday night at the Downtown Aquarium. From 7 pm – 11 pm you can learn salsa dancing from professional dance instructors. The Aquarium is located at 410 Bagby at Memorial.

Love live music — Get ready to party outside with live music from Paraiso Latino, 7:30 pm. You’ll be dancing all night with traditional and smooth Salsa, Merengues, Bachatas, Boleros, Cumbias, and even some Latin Jazz. Located at Willow Fork Drainage District’s Central Green Park, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

SATURDAY

Relax with yoga — Don’t miss free Yoga on the Mezzanine at Whole Foods Post Oak every Saturday from 9 am – 10 am through September. Located at 1700 Post Oak Blvd., #100.

Watch teen film premieres — It’s a special day for teens to watch their film premieres, thanks to Aurora Picture Show and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The Boot Camp World Premiere features a red carpet premiere where “paparazzi” snap photos of the young superstars with friends and family. The event begins at 11 am at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet.

Chill outEnjoy complimentary frozen treats this summer thanks to Kona Ice and Frost Bank. The freebie this Saturday is at Frost Bank, 1001 Broadway, noon – 2 pm. 

train ride dayRide the trainFree Public Run Day at Zube Park is Saturday, 9 am – 1 pm, thanks to Houston Area Live Steamers. Families can enjoy riding model trains large enough to ride the 3rd Saturday each month, March – November. Zube Park is located at 17802 Roberts Rd. near Hockley.  photo: Rick White

Get free bike helmets for kids — The Sloan Firm will be hosting a free helmet giveaway Saturday at it’s Houston office where they will custom-fit 250 children with free helmets. Register your child by texting 713-419-1776 with their name, the number and age of children, and a contact email address and phone number. The event is in the lobby at 3000 Smith Street.

Get ready for schoolCyFair ISD is hosting a Back-to-School EXPO Saturday, 9 am – 1 pm, at Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress. Families can take advantage of free immunizations, 1,000 backpacks filled with supplies, free first aid kits to the first 1,500 folks, and $25 sports physicals. The immunizations are for children with no medical insurance or have Medicaid, Gold Card, or CHIP. Shot records are required.

Visit WWII Planes & Museum — Tour the WWII Museum and visit the Hangar of 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.  The hangar and museum are open the 1st and 3rd Saturday each month. Located at West Houston Airport, 18000 Groschke Rd.

Movies under the moon — Enjoy a free outdoor movie Saturday featuring Annie at Willow Fork Drainage District’s Central Green Park in Katy. The movie begins at dusk. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Listen to classic rock — Get ready to rock at Classic Albums Live — the Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers. Note for note, cut for cut — you will hear the classics off of this famous album. The show begins at 8:30 pm at Miller Outdoor Theatre.

Browse Discovery Green Flea — Houston’s outdoor flea market, Discovery Green Flea, hits the evening hours during the summer as Discovery Green Flea by Night, August 15, 6 pm – 10 pm. Browse artful kitsch, vintage items, mid-century modern furniture, recycled and repurposed items and collectibles. The Footnotes will be performing live from 7 pm – 9 pm. Located downtown at 1500 McKinney.

SUNDAY

Enjoy nature outdoors — Admission is free at Armand Bayou Nature Center the third Sunday of each month thanks to Dow Chemical Co. This Sunday, August 16, visit for free from noon to 4 pm. Hike trails with naturalist interpreter, view live reptiles, relive 1895 cultural history of area. 8500 Bay Area Blvd. in Pasadena.

Be amazed — Enjoy games, activities and fun Sunday at the IDEA Lab Open House from 2:30 pm – 5 pm. Don’t miss Jurassic Extreme’s Walking Dinosaur on site at 3:30 pm. Located at 14520 Memorial Drive.

Corner Bakery: First 100 Get Free Coffee For a Year

Corner BakeryWatch for a new Corner Bakery Cafe next week! Houston’s seventh location will open Monday, August 17, at 6:30 am with a bang: the first 100 customers will receive a travel mug and free coffee for a year! Plus there are more options to win including free panini for a year and a large catering order. Get in line early at 19355 Katy Freeway at Greenhouse.

If you’ve never been to the other locations, Corner Bakery will continue to “wow” Houston with its made-to-order breakfast, lunch and dinner options + amazing bakery items, desserts and hand-roasted coffees. Don’t miss the new Grilled Flats!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Corner Bakery Cafe. Opinions are my own.

Free Back to School Immunizations 2015

Free shots at Children's MuseumIt’s not too early to start thinking about immunizations your child might need to start school. There are several places throughout the city to get them free!

1. Harris County Hospital District is offering free shots for kids age 2 months to 18, thanks to its Troubleshooters Mobile Unit. Parents need to bring their child’s shot record to get immunized. Find the schedule for August online here. Hours are 9 am – 1 pm unless listed otherwise. Here is the upcoming schedule:

  • August 12, Alief WIC, 5198 Aldine Mail Rt
  • August 13, Alief WIC, 12600 Beechnut
  • August 14, Jensen Elementary, 3514 Tulip, Pasadena
  • August 15, Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress, Cypress
  • August 17, Westfield HS, 1673 Ella
  • August 18, Deer Park Jr High, 410 E 9th, Deer Park, 10 am – 2 pm
  • August 20, Southlawn Palm Apts, 7006 Scott, 10 am – 2 pm
  • August 21, Greenspoint Mall, 10 am – 2 pm
  • August 22, Galena Park HS, 1000 Keene, Galena Park

2. Blue Cross Blue Shield Care Van offers free immunizations and health screenings to children age birth to 18 years at neighborhood schools and churches. Find the complete August calendar here.

3. A nonprofit community health center is hosting two Free Vaccine Drives in August with free vaccines to children 4-18 with Medicaid, CHIP or no insurance.

**August 15 (9 am – 1 pm)
West Houston Community Health Center, 19333 Clay Road, Katy (713-462-6555)

**August 29 (9 am – 1 pm)
Spring Branch Community Health Center, 8575 Pitner Rd., 77080 (713-462-6545)

4. CyFair ISD is hosting a Back-to-School EXPO Saturday, August 15, 9 am – 1 pm at Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress. Families can take advantage of free immunizations, 1,000 backpacks filled with supplies, free first aid kits to the first 1,500 folks, and $25 sports physicals. The immunizations are for children with no medical insurance or have Medicaid, Gold Card, or CHIP. Shot records are required.

5. Children’s Museum of Houston will once again offer free back-to-school immunizations for children under 18 years this summer. Each Thursday through August 27 families can get kids immunized for free during the museum’s Free Family Night. The first 100 people will be eligible for the free shots from 5 pm – 7 pm. No registration required. Parents must bring their child’s shot records to qualify for free immunizations.

6. Houston Fire Department is hosting a Free Immunizations Thursday, August 20, 4 pm – 6:30 pm. Kids age 4-18 can get free immunizations before school starts if they are uninsured or with Medicaid. This is located at the HFD Val Jahnke Training Facility, 8030 Braniff.

7 Free Things to Do in Houston August 10-14

Don’t miss these 7 options for free fun in Houston August 10-14 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

We Love Houston sign

Tuesday (8/11) — Enjoy a free summer Art Class at IKEA Houston Tuesday, 2 pm – 3 pm, sponsored by City Art Works. The theme is Back to School. The class is for kids ages 5-12. Located at IKEA, 7810 Katy Freeway.

Wednesday (8/12) — It’s the final movie of Moonlight Movies for Kids this summer. Come around 8 pm for fun and free popcorn by Sewell Cadillac. The featured movie, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day, begins at dusk (around 9 pm). Located at CityCentre, 800 Town and Country.

Wednesday (8/12) — Not free but cheap! Catch a $3 movie at Studio Movie Grill’s Girls Night Out. This month’s feature is Flashdance, 7:30 pm. This is at both locations, CityCentre and Copperfield.

Thursday (8/13) — The Fish Gallery offers a Summer Reading Program each Thursday, 3:30 pm– 4:30 pm, with story time, fish feeding, touch tanks, crafts, games, and prizes. August 20 is a Summer Reading Party. Located at 2909 Fountain View.

Thursday (8/13) — Head downtown for free Argentine Tango lessons at Discovery Green. Learn basic tango steps to help you feel confident to enter any tango class or dance floor. No partner or experience necessary. Located at 1500 McKinney. 

Thursday (8/13) — It’s the final concert of Summer Sounds on the Plaza at Rothko Chapel. The monthly summer series is a tribute to the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Katrina. This week features Ed Poullard beginning at 7 pm. Located at 3900 Yupon.

Thursday (8/13) — 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 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 – 5 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

Free Weekend Fun in Houston August 7-9

Get ready for a weekend of free fun! Here is a snapshot of Free Things to Do in Houston this weekend, August 7-9:

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FRIDAY

Catch a Shakespeare play — It’s the last weekend! Houston Shakespeare Festival presents free Shakespeare in the Park at Miller Outdoor Theater. Two productions alternate nights. The Merchant of Venice performances begin at 8:30 pm Friday and Sunday. Free reserved seat tickets are available each day, 10:30 am – 1 pm, at Miller Outdoor box office in Hermann Park. This is produced by University of Houston.

Enjoy outdoor music — Head to Katy for live music featuring Chris Brade at Central Green Park. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Learn to salsa dance — Enjoy free salsa dance lessons at Latin Beats every Friday night at the Downtown Aquarium. From 7 pm – 11 pm you can learn salsa dancing from professional dance instructors. The Aquarium is located at 410 Bagby at Memorial.

SATURDAY

Relax outdoors — Attend a free session of Hatha Yoga each Saturday, 9 am – 10 am, at Discovery Green. Attendees will discover the basics of vinyasa yoga, breath and fluidity, plus the movement of energy. Located at 1500 McKinney.

Play at the homestead — This month’s Second Saturday Settlers Series is all about homestead fun including homemade ice cream, watermelon, playing horseshoes and other homestead games from 1 pm – 3 pm.  This event is located at Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center, 20634 Kenswick Drive in Humble.

 

Enjoy outdoor fun — It’s another weekend of free family fun thanks to 2nd Saturday at The Depot. The monthly event in Tomball features themed activities and games, concessions, music and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids on the giant inflatable screen. Event from 6:30 – 9:30 pm with the movie beginning at dark. Located at 201 S. Elm.

Watch movies under the moon — Families love watching movies under the moon. Here are a four this Saturday: 1) Central Green ParkPaul Blart: Mall Cop at dusk. Bring your own blanket to enjoy this family favorite. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. 2) Sugar Land Town SquareAnnie is 7:45 pm – 10:45 pm. 3) Pearland Town Square: Paddington is 7:30 pm – 9 pm. 4) Tomball DepotHoney, I Shrunk the Kids begins at dusk as part of Second Saturday at The Depot.

Catch a Shakespeare play — It’s the last weekend! Houston Shakespeare Festival presents free Shakespeare in the Park at Miller Outdoor Theater. Two productions alternate nights. Macbeth performances begin at 8:30 pm Saturday. Free reserved seat tickets are available each day, 10:30 am – 1 pm, at Miller Outdoor box office in Hermann Park. This is produced by University of Houston.

SUNDAY

Jurassic ExtremeBe amazed — Enjoy games, activities and fun Sunday at the IDEA Lab Open House from 2:30 pm – 5 pm. Don’t miss Jurassic Extreme’s Walking Dinosaurs on site at 3:30 pm. Located at 8404 Katy Freeway.

Catch a Shakespeare play — It’s the last weekend! Houston Shakespeare Festival presents free Shakespeare in the Park at Miller Outdoor Theater. Two productions alternate nights. The Merchant of Venice performances begin at 8:30 pm Friday and Sunday. Free reserved seat tickets are available each day, 10:30 am – 1 pm, at Miller Outdoor box office in Hermann Park. This is produced by University of Houston.