UPCOMING EVENTS

Feb
20
Tue
2018
10:00 am Downtown Aquarium Home School Day @ Downtown Aquarium
Downtown Aquarium Home School Day @ Downtown Aquarium
Feb 20 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Downtown Aquarium Home School Day @ Downtown Aquarium | Houston | Texas | United States
Downtown Aquarium Home School Day RSVP and Payment required by Friday, February 16th, 2018 at 4 p.m. PRICING $21.65 per participant (when you purchase a session an all day wrist band is included); For ages 6-17 $10.83 All Day Adventure Passes for siblings and parents $6.50 per lunch for the optional picnic lunch SESSIONS Check In: 10-10:45 a.m. Morning Session: 11 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Ages 6-8: Awesome African Animals & Suncatcher craft Ages 9-12: Marine Math-Mania! and Stingray Reef Ages 13-17: Exploring Terrestrial Invertebrates & Arthropod Origami Break: 12 – 1:45 p.m. Afternoon Session: 1:45 – 2:45 p.m. Ages 6-8: Creatures of the Night and Paper PlateRead More →
10:00 am Space Center Home School Day @ Space Center Houston
Space Center Home School Day @ Space Center Houston
Feb 20 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Space Center Home School Day @ Space Center Houston | Houston | Texas | United States
Space Center Home School Day This incredible event provides the opportunity for home-schooled families to learn about space exploration and engage in an unforgettable day of education and inspiring entertainment. The center offers the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see modules from both the first and last lunar landings under one roof for the first time. Students will experience the once-in-a-lifetime exhibit Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission. The Apollo 11 spacecraft and artifacts from the first lunar landing are on a traveling tour for the first time since 1971. The Apollo 17 command module from the last lunar landing is in the museum’s permanent collection. MeetRead More →
Feb
21
Wed
2018
7:30 pm TUTS – Memphis: The Musical @ Theatre Under the Stars - Hobby Center
TUTS – Memphis: The Musical @ Theatre Under the Stars - Hobby Center
Feb 21 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
TUTS - Memphis: The Musical @ Theatre Under the Stars - Hobby Center | Houston | Texas | United States
TUTS – Memphis: The Musical Memphis is a musical by David Bryan (music and lyrics) and Joe DiPietro (lyrics and book). It is loosely based on Memphis disc jockey Dewey Phillips, one of the first white DJs to play black music in the 1950s. It played on Broadway from October 19, 2009 to August 5, 2012. This production won four 2010 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The show was previously staged at the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, Massachusetts and TheatreWorks in Mountain View, California during the 2003-04 season, as well as the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle during the 2008-2009 season. Recommended for HighRead More →
  • Sunday Sale: Our Favorites for the Garden

    Sunday Sale: Our Favorites for the Garden

    Who’s ready to clean up those yards! Me too! I am just itching to go crazy with the pruning shears.  Now I need some time… Books 1. 2. 3. These books are great references to return to year after year.  You can usually get a good deal on used copies, especially if you beat the spring rush! Neil Sperry’s Complete Guide to Texas Gardening, by Neil Sperry, 2. Plants for Houston and the Gulf Coast, by Howard Garrett, 3. Texas Bug Book: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, by Howard Garrett Gloves 1. 2.3. Gloves are important and very much a scenario of you get what youRead More →Read More »
  • 25 Simple Ideas for Random Acts of Kindness Day

    25 Simple Ideas for Random Acts of Kindness Day

    Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day. A day completely devoted to being kind – what could be better?! Plus, people are generally awesome when given the chance so here is your chance to shine. Random Acts of Kindness Day evolved from “a Sausalito, California, restaurant in 1982 when Anne Herbert scrawled the words “practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty“ on a placemat….Random Acts of Kindness, true stories of acts of kindness, was published in February 1993 and set off a chain reaction….Toward the end of 1993, a Bakersfield, California, professor gave a class assignment to do a random act of kindness–unleashing yet anotherRead More →Read More »
  • The Perfect Parenting Day

    The Perfect Parenting Day

    Yesterday I had the perfect parenting day. No, we didn’t go to Disney World. Yes, my kids fought.  No, I didn’t even read them a book before bed. As I was getting ready for bed I began brushing my teeth, like an adult, and thought to myself, “Today was a pretty good day.” And, then I thought some more and I realized it was pretty much as close to perfect as they come. Everyone woke up in a good mood.  No drama, no hangriness. I made myself and husband a real breakfast. I had enough food to pack my elder child’s lunch without even beingRead More →Read More »
  • This Weekend in Houston: Feb. 15-18, 2018

    This Weekend in Houston: Feb. 15-18, 2018

    Come hang out with us to find some fun things to do around Houston, this weekend, Feb. 15-18, 2018. We have a great list of things to do in Houston with kids.Read More →Read More »
  • Book Club: “The Perfect Nanny”

    Book Club: “The Perfect Nanny”

    “The Perfect Nanny” “The baby is dead. It only took a few seconds. The doctor said he didn’t suffer.”  The Perfect Nanny, by Leila Slimani, begins with this bold statement and from there delves into a literary study of mothers, fathers, guilt, happiness, class, and racism. I made the horrible mistake of reading Shutter Island one month post-partum with my second child.  The horror of that story waited until the last pages to unleash its emotional fury on my new-mommy brain.  For years after my children’s births, I avoided Dateline-esque shows involving the awful things done to children.  It just isn’t something I could stomach.  And now,Read More →Read More »
  • SeaWorld Overnight Program for Scouts and Groups

    SeaWorld Overnight Program for Scouts and Groups

    We participated in the SeaWorld Overnight program in San Antonio and it was a blast! Check out all the details and our tips to have a great experience.Read More →Read More »
  • This Weekend in Houston: Feb. 8-11, 2018

    This Weekend in Houston: Feb. 8-11, 2018

    Happy Weekend Houston! – Feb. 8-11, 2018 This is the weekend before Valentine’s Day!  It’s a great opportunity to sneak in an early celebration.  Reservations this weekend may be easier to get than on Wednesday as lots of places are booking up already. We’ve highlighted some Valentine’s Day events below in red! Or, spend some time crafting helping the kids craft an awesome Valentine box or create their own Valentines.  This is never fun to do Tuesday night when you suddenly realize the kids have in class parties and need to make a heart-laden box!  If you need some help we have a great pin board full of ideas! For some fun things toRead More →Read More »
  • Jerry Matheson Park (a.k.a. Tomball’s Tire Park)

    Jerry Matheson Park (a.k.a. Tomball’s Tire Park)

     Old School Park Big Time Fun Matheson is one of our favorite parks! It is named for Jerry Matheson, Tomball’s longest-serving councilman. The play structures have an old school vibe since they are all built out of wood but the park is very well updated and maintained.  At first, you make think typical castle but on closer examination, you’ll see an oil derrick and drilling tower have been incorporated into the design – very Houston! We call it the tire park because there are tires incorporated into the structure all over.  There are tire swings, tire climbing structures, event giant tires used as the launch pointRead More →Read More »
  • This Weekend in Houston: Feb. 1-4, 2018

    This Weekend in Houston: Feb. 1-4, 2018

    Happy Weekend Houston! – Feb. 1-4, 2018 This weekend in Houston has so many options for family fun! Check them out below and get out in the city, this weekend, Feb. 1-4, 2018.  Be sure to check out our guide to Houston Area Spring Break Camps. And, take a gander at the complete GHM Calendar! P.S. we’re so cool we have a book club – join us as we start a new season’s Book Club! Happy weekend! Thursday, Feb. 1 Free Museum Thursdays Hello, Trees! A Walking Serenade (Downtown), Free – until Feb. 25 Space Exploration Educators Conference (Space Center Houston) Toddler Time (The Woodlands) Friday, Feb. 2Read More →Read More »
  • 10 Awesome Pictures of the Super Blue Blood Moon

    10 Awesome Pictures of the Super Blue Blood Moon

    …In Case you Slept Through It Did you get up and take a gander at that lunar event – the Super Blue Blood Moon?  Here in Houston the best times to view it were 6:15 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. – which, for an astro event is a pretty reasonable time.  I still opted for sleep.  My little family got up and said it was pretty neat-o but, from our house, since it was low in the Western sky, it was hard to see. Why it’s Cool Every month there is a “supermoon.”  A supermoon simply refers to the coincidence of a full moon occurring when theRead More →Read More »
  • This Weekend in Houston: Jan. 26-28, 2018

    This Weekend in Houston: Jan. 26-28, 2018

    Happy Weekend Houston! – Jan. 26-28, 2018 This weekend in Houston has so many options for family fun! Check them out below and get out in the city, this weekend, Jan. 26-28, 2018.  Be sure to check out our guide to Houston Area Spring Break Camps. And, take a gander at the complete GHM calendar! P.S. we’re so cool we have a book club – join us as we start a new season’s Book Club! Happy weekend! Thursday, Jan. 25 Free Museum Thursdays George Ranch Home School Program Days (Richmond) Hello, Trees! A Walking Serenade (Downtown), Free – until Feb. 25 Houston Auto Show (NRG Center) Open House —Read More →Read More »
  • HISD Proposed Changes to Magnet Programs – What it Means for Your Family

    HISD Proposed Changes to Magnet Programs – What it Means for Your Family

    Recently sweeping changes were proposed to HISD’s magnet programs.  Changes that were unexpected and largely unwelcome.  Like most things involving the government, there is a lot of information to wade through.  Is it purposefully bloated or just the way of government, who knows?  Unfortunately, it is up to you to become the expert. The headlines loom about the magnet program, but in reality, all of HISD is looking at an unprecedented belt-tightening. Why change? HISD says the changes are necessary due to a poor financial outlook – they need to cut $200 million dollars from the 2018-2019 budget. Recapture payments are a statewide mandate that requiresRead More →Read More »
  • Book Club: Murder on the Orient Express

    Book Club: Murder on the Orient Express

    Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie, is the heyday of murder-mysteries. Reading this classic novel is like reading murder-mystery's origin story.Read More →Read More »
  • This Weekend in Houston: Jan. 19-21, 2018

    This Weekend in Houston: Jan. 19-21, 2018

    Things to do this weekend in Houston, Jan. 19-21, 2018, be sure to check out the full calendar to find places to go, people to see, and things to do with kids in Houston - this weekend!Read More →Read More »
  • Brrr! It’s Cold! How to Rock Your “Snow” Day

    Brrr! It’s Cold! How to Rock Your “Snow” Day

    It’s not often we have a real snow day in Houston and, I think, we’re up to three for the year!  So when school’s out what to do?  Crafts and cooking and reading and snuggling and…okay, I might have just started listing thing Buddy the Elf loves, but they work either way. 1. Read Cold weather is great for read alouds. Some of our cold weather favorites are: Katy and the Big Snow, by Virgina Lee Burton, Owl Moon, by Jane Yolen, The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats. And, for older kids, this might be a good time to start The Lion, the Witch,Read More →Read More »

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