Spring is officially here! And although many students around town are returning to their studies, there are still plenty of fun (and cheap or free!) things to do in Houston. Events this week include kite festivals, art markets, girls pint out, Easter egg hunts, Improv comedy, and more. Read more about the top free and cheap Houston events coming up this week.

Family Fun

Junior Scientists at Nature Discovery Center  
What: Kids aged 6-10 will engage with hands-on investigations as well as lessons enriched with crafts, games, and more at the Nature Discovery Center.
Why: Explore the natural world and encourage the love of learning and science with the fun-filled, engaging Junior Scientists program. This week’s theme is Prehistoric Animals.
When: March 22, 4- 5:30 pm
Where: 7112 Newcastle, Bellaire, TX 77401
How much: $15 for members/ $20 for non-members.
Find out more information here.

Children’s Story Hour at Hermann Park
Every Friday morning, children gather around in the Family Garden for a storytelling event. Afterwards, they can participate in activities such as coloring pictures or learning how to plant seeds and take them home.
 The event takes place in the Family Garden, an interactive, edible garden allows children to experience the touch, scents, colors, and tastes of fresh vegetables and herbs.
March 23, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
McGovern Centennial Gardens, 1500 Hermann Drive, Houston, Texas 77004
How much: 

Easter EGGStravaganza at Blessington Farms
What: Blessington Farms is putting it on with an egg hunt and an appearance by the Easter Bunny along with all of their usual attractions in the Farm Funland, bluebonnet photo ops, and strawberry picking. The egg hunt is $3 per child with paid admission.
Why: Go for the games and playgrounds, stay for the Animal Encounters, free fishing, and gem mining. This event recurs next weekend as well, the 30th and 31st. As always, check their website for weather picking info before you go.
When: March 24-25, 10 am- 5 pm
Where: 510 Chisolm Trail, Wallis, TX 77485
How much: $20 General Admission/ $3 Egg Hunt
Find out more here.

Port City Links 13th Annual Health, Education, and Science Fair and Carnival
What: Each year, this fair is held on the Opening Day Ceremony for South Central Sportz Baseball, now in its 17th season. So join the team for the parade, then head over to the fair and carnival for free games and activities as well as educational booths on science, health, education, and summer camps. 
Why: Along with catching a game, kids can enjoy free rock climbing, carnival rides, a mobile engineering museum, face painting, pony rides, hands-on science exhibits, free health screenings, and more!
When: March 24, 10 am- 1:30 pm
Where: Sunnyside Park- 3502 Bellfort St., Houston, TX 77051
How much: Free

Hermann Park 5th Annual Kite Festival
What: Thousands of Houstonians will descend on Hermann Park to fly kites of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Also enjoy the free festival with entertainment and activities.
Why: Along with kite flying, kids of all ages can participate in hands-on activities and crafts in the HEB Kids’ Zone, face painting, live music, food trucks, and more. Bring your own kite and picnic for a completely free events- one of the best in Houston this week.
When: March 25, 10 am- 5 pm
Where: 6100 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030
How much: Free entry

Spring Fest and Open House at the Abiding Word Lutheran School
What: Get a tour of the school, meet the staff and their families, and stay for a fun family festival.
Why: The festival includes food, carnival- like games, a bounce house, and more.
When: March 25, 3-5 pm
Where:  17123 Red Oak Dr., Houston, TX 77090
How much: Free

Community Easter Egg Hunt at Kitty Hollow Park  
What: Sponsored by The Promise Church of Fresno Texas, East Fort Bend’s biggest Easter egg hunt ever will have over 6,000 eggs hidden for children of all ages to find.
Why: This is a free community event also featuring health and wellness programs, a bounce house, games, music, and more. Best of all, adults are encouraged to participate in all events!
When: March 24, 11 am- 1 pm
Where: 9555 Hwy 6, Missouri City, TX 77459
How much: Free
Find your free tickets here.

Eat & Drink

Girls Pint Out at Saint Arnold Brewing
What: An evening of fun, special beer, and behind-the-scenes tours by the Brewery’s awesome female staff. Food will be available from the kitchen for purchase and two special kegs will be tapped for the event.
Why: Tickets include beer for the evening, a commemorative pint glass, and a $5 donation to the Houston Area Women’s Center in your honor. Get together for a girls night and benefit one of Houston’s best charities for women.
When: March 21, 6- 9 pm
Where: 2000 Lyons Ave., Houston, TX 77020
How much: $25
Find more information here.

Work Out

Just Dance Live at the Revention Music Center 
What: This may just be the nation’s largest video game dance party and it’s right here in Houston, Texas this week. Walk the red carpet, get glammed up, and dance the night away with a live, 90 minute stage performance
Why: Can’t dance? That’s okay! Take in the show, admire the costumed party-goers, or follow along with the crowd and dancers on stage. Houston On The Cheap readers get exclusive access to free or discounted tickets for most shows.
When: March 22-25th, times vary
Where: 520 Texas St., Houston, TX 77002
How much: FREE tickets available to select showtimes for Houston On The Cheap readers!
Find your FREE and discounted tickets here.

Tai Chi at Jesse Jones Park & Nature Center 
What: Every Wednesday, you are invited to join Doug Ebeling to join the class based on the 24-step Yang form of Tai Chi. For one hour, focus on low-impact stretching, breathing techniques, and range of  motion exercises.
Why: No experience or equipment is needed to try something new, get or stay fit, and relax.
When: March 21, 9-10 am
Where: 20634 Kenswick Dr., Humble, TX 77338
How much: Free


Bayou City Art Festival at Memorial Park
What: Hosted by Art Colony Inc., and benefiting local Houston non-profits, you can support the arts while browsing the market then catch a few live shows.
Why: No art market would be complete without live music and food trucks. Bring the kids for a fun-filled Children’s Creative Zone featuring caricature artists, spoken word poetry performances, and more.
When: March 23-25, 10 am- 6 pm
Where: Memorial Park Drive on South Picnic Lane
How much: $12
Find ticket information here.

ART IS AN Outdoor Market at Republic Square
What: A European-style outdoor market with a Houston flare, featuring an array of local artists from jewelers, leather-workers, florists, multi media artists, candle-makers, and more.
Why: Support local Houston artists and artisans at this biannual event in the Energy Corridor’s lakefront, picturesque Republic Square. This is one of the most diverse art markets around and one of the best free events this weekend.
When: March 24, 11 am- 6 pm
Where: 13501 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77009
How much: Free entry


The Merry Wives of Windsor at Queensbury Theatre
What: Thursday through Saturday this week, join the Boiling Point Players for the Shakespearean comedy. “The Merry Wives of Windsor” is the story of Falstaff, who tries to seduce two wealthy married women in the hopes of getting his hands on their fortunes. The ladies cleverly outwit him and bring the town of Windsor to the verge of chaos while they’re at it.
Why: Support local theater and watch as the Players turn the table on traditional theater roles with a hilarious all-female cast. HOTC Readers can recieve half off ticket prices, regularly $20.
When: March 22, 8:30 pm
Where: 12802 Queensbury Ln., Houston, TX 77024
How much: $10
Find your discounted tickets here.

Bright Star at the Hobby Center
What: This five-time Tony-nominated musical by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell is being called “a shining achievement” by The New York Times. Directed by Tony winner Walter Bobbie and inspired by true events, Bright Star tells the story of love and redemption set in 1920s American South. 
Why: Houston on the Cheap readers can enjoy discounted tickets for all performances, all week long. Check it out before showings end on Saturday!
When: March 20-25, times vary.
Where: 800 Bagby St., Houston, TX 77002
How much: $43 for HOTC readers (regularly $60+)
Find discounted tickets here.

Crimes of the Heart at Stageworks Theatre
What: Set in Mississippi, three sisters reunite to await the fate of the ailing family patriarch, their grandfather. The three exceedingly different sisters resolve their troubled lives with light- hearted humor and infectiously high spirits.
Why: With tickets regularly $25, Houston on the Cheap readers enjoy 50% off by using the link below. This is sure to be the funniest cheap events in Houston this week.
When: March 23-25, times vary.
Where: 10760 Grant Rd., Houston, TX 77070
How much: $12.50
Find your discounted tickets here.

Sherlock Holmes and the Spinsters of Blackmead at Theatre Suburbia
What: The all-female academic community of Blackmead is reluctant to seek help when women are being murdered on the manor. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are finally drawn into the case but can they prove to be useful?
Why: With one show only, and a HOTC 50% off discount, there’s no reason not to get your Holmes and Watson on.
When: March 23, 8:30 pm
Where: 4106 Way Out West Dr., Houston, TX 77092
How much: $8
Find your discount information here.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame Musical at Art Factory
What: Now through the first week in April, catch the musical version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame featuring songs from the Disney film.
Why: Art Factory follows closely the original text of the novel by Victor Hugo for a stunning musical rendition of Quasimoto’s struggle with his love for Esmerelda while secluding himself from society’s cruelty. With the HOTC discount, this is the cheapest Disney-related theatre event in Houston this week.
When: March 24, 8 pm
Where: 1125 Providence St., Houston, TX 77002
How much: $12.50
Find your discount information here.

ComedySportz Houston
What: Do you like Who’s Line Is It Anyway? If so, you’ll love ComedySportz. A fun-filled tag-team comedy show brings laughs as the teams battle to win points by making up scenes, games, and songs on the spot with audience participation.
Why: Tickets are regularly $20 but HOTC readers can enjoy $6 off using the link below. Check out the longest running improv comedy show in Houston.
When: March 23 and 24, 8 pm
Where: 2201 Preston, Houston, TX 77003
How much: $14
Get discounted tickets here.


Spot something you can’t miss this week? Let us know in the comments below where you plan on being this week!