Address: 2800 S. Post Oak Boulevard in the Galleria.
Appropriate Age: Any age
Our Review: In the Galleria, across from The Williams Tower and connected to a large green space and Texas live oaks, is the 64 foot tall Water Wall. The wall of water is huge, loud and a great spot to check out.
I parked at in the Nordstrom’s parking garage at The Galleria Mall and my kids and I walked across the empty lot to the park. I told my kids it was a big water surprise and the park did not disappoint.
My kids stood in the semi-circle of water and were amazed. They thought it was great fun to run around in the mist. My son, sometimes known as Diego, pretended he was at a huge waterfall and he was rescuing animals.
This park is great for a little adventure with the kids and would make a fun picnic location. We plan to check it out at night time when it is all lit up. I hear it is very romantic and a lot of marriage proposals happen there. Maybe my husband should come along…
I had read several reviews on the the Insect Lore Butterfly Garden and had been watching the price on Amazon for a while. When a deal popped up on GROUPON, I grabbed it. For $10, I purchased the butterfly garden, with live caterpillars. I schedule the delivery for late August, just before school was to begin.
The kit arrived the week of August 29, and fortunately I was home to rescue the caterpillars from the Houston heat. (The package is labeled as having live insects, so I do think Fed Ex would have found a shady spot for them… still, do you remember how terribly hot August was?)
Our kit had 5 caterpillars, with everything they needed to survive. Within a week, they started to form chrysalides. My kids were really excited about it and we rushed it to preschool to share with our friends.
After all caterpillars had formed chrysalides, I carefully moved them from the original jar to the butterfly garden. Only one stayed on the “lid” as the instructions said they would, so I was a little unsure of how successful we would be. (Did I mention we have not had the best luck with little creatures? I had to tell my kids that the poor tadpoles were released into the wild. And that poor guinea pig went to Heaven.)
To my surprise, the caterpillars have started to turn into painted lady butterflies. It’s really quite amazing and my4 year old son is absorbing all the facts I am reading from the paperwork. Did you know that the darker the chrysalid, the closer it is to emergence? And did you know that as a butterfly emerges, it will pump its wings to full size, and they will be full sized and hardened within a couple hours? Joe does now.
Also, did you know that these guys are quite tough? We’ve transported them back and forth to preschool several times, and had little people being very gentle and just looking with their eyes (I mean just poking the net sometimes). I’m amazed at the butterfly transformation and how successful we have been with the experiment.
So far we have been feeding our little guys with orange slices and sugar water. Once all butterflies have emerged, we’ll release them outside.
Address: Multiple. Check WEBSITE.
Cost: Not McDonald’s cheap, but a darn good burger. Check the MENU.
Appropriate Age: Any age.
My 2 year old, 4 year old and I went to Smashburger at 12:30 on a weekday. It was busy, but service was quick. We ordered at the counter, filled up our drinks, and picked our table. Within 5 minutes, our food was delivered.
I ordered 2 kids meals, one Smashburger with fries and a milk, and one chicken strips with fries and a fountain drink. Each was $3.99. For myself, I ordered the Classic Smashburger (American cheese, ketchup, yellow mustard, onion, pickles, and smash sauce on an egg bun) for $4.99. With my GROUPON, I paid $1.55. (Although I had paid $6 for the GROUPON, so the total out of pocket expense was $7.55 for the three of us.)
The food was really good. In fact, I’d say it was an awesome burger. But what struck me the most was how polite and outgoing the staff was at Smashburger. It was like we were at Chick-Fil-A with the staff coming over to be sure our meal was okay and asking if we needed anything else. It’s always nice to be treated well… and especially at a fast food restaurant.
The restaurant was well suited for kids (and no one noticed that my 2 year old ate all the cheese off her cheeseburger, with her fingers, before eating the burger) and my meal was fantastic, so we’ll be going back again… even without my Groupon savings!
Address: 2517 Airline Drive, Houston, TX 77056 (and others)
Appropriate Age: Any Age
Instead of “Kid in a candy store”, the saying should be “Kid in El Bolillo Bakery“. This bakery in The Heights is just simply beautiful. The walls are lined with breads and pastries and the smell is amazing.
Address: 1928 Bissonnet, Houston, TX 77005
Cost: Slightly expensive… but good food and not outrageous.
Appropriate Age: Any age.
We went right at 12:00 on a weekday and business was hoping. The parking lot was full, but lots of cars were coming and going and we found a spot right away. Inside, the restaurant was nice, clean and casual. You order at the counter and sit at a private table or at a big shared picnic table. My kids chose the picnic table.
My son’s favorite part was the bathroom. I am also a fan of a clean public bathroom, especially with little kids. It was large, nicely decorated, had a stool for the kids to wash their hands and the soap smelled nice. My favorite part was the casual restaurant with good food and nice atmosphere for all people (including moms with kids).
Address: 21920 Hwy 290 West, Cypress, TX 77429
Cost: Reasonable. Check the MENU.
Appropriate Age: Any age.
Address: Multiple. We visited the Shepherd Plaza Freebirds at 3745 Greenbriar Houston, TX 77098
Cost: Reasonable… but not McDonald’s cheap.
Appropriate Age: Any age (that will eat a burrito or quesadilla and doesn’t mind the noise).
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Cost: Reasonable (for dine-in restaurant)
Appropriate Age: Any Age (but they do not have a kid’s menu)