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It’s holiday light season in Houston!
There’s not enough time or money to do everything in Houston during the holidays. If you are thinking about going to a big light display this season… but aren’t sure which one to try… here’s a quick (and rough) overview of the big Houston area shows.
Prices vary, so always check before you go. Also, if you have more to add, let us know!
And for more Houston holiday resources, go HERE!
|Light Display||Description & 2 Cents|
|Santa’s Wonderland |
in College Station
|Biggest Christmas attraction in the state of Texas! |
It’s a drive from Houston but it’s a holiday tradition!
We have NOT been this year.
|Magical Winter Lights |
at Gulf Grayhound Park
|This is a 20-acre lantern festival with themed lantern sections, nightly acrobatic performances, carnival rides and games, an interactive dinosaur area and lots of holiday fun! |
Around $13-$22. Look for some discounts online, at Costco and at affiliat Groupon.
This is our favorite because it’s unlike any other display. There are hundreds of lanterns and there is so much to see.
I don’t love carnivals, so I’d personally skip it… but my boys disagree.
See our post HERE.
|Galaxy Lights |
at Space Center Houston
|Embark on a festive adventure and start a new Space City tradition this holiday season during our all-new experience Galaxy Lights. |
Around $20. On Reliant Wednedsays, take a canned good for $5 off.
This is brand new and I always am happy to see new lights. Space Center fans will be happy to see most of the exhibits open, just after dark.
We liked the kinetic light display the best. (See the video in our post!)
People keep asking for comparisons, so I’d say it’s a lot like Zoo Lights… you get to see a cool venue lit up for the holidays.
See our post HERE.
|Festival of Lights |
at Moody Gardens
|Eight attractions in one location. |
Find more than 1 million lights, live entertainment, ice skating, pictures with Santa and the Arctic Slide.
There is a lot going on at Moody Gardens. Ice Land is different and cool (pun intended!).
We have NOT been this year.
|Sugar Land Holiday Lights |
at Constellation Field
|Enjoy a night at Constellation Field surrounded by beautiful light displays! |
The field is all lit up and the lights move to music. Plus, the stadium has a playground. There is also a carnival, but we did not go last year.
We have NOT been to the lights this year.
|Zoo Lights |
at Houston Zoo
|Stroll through the beautiful Houston Zoo grounds and take in the sights and sounds of the season. |
It’s always fun to walk through the Zoo at dark. You don’t get to see the animals… but we like the lights.
They add to it each year, but it’s also a lot the same. So if you went last year, maybe try somewhere new. Or do it again… up to you!
|Trail of Lights |
at Dewberry Farm
|Hop on a wagon for a ride through the woods to see over one million light displays and music. |
This is also one of our favorites because it is so different.
You take a tractor ride through lots of lights… plus you get to play at the farm (many attractions are open) without all the crowds and without the fall heat!
See our post HERE.
Longtime Houston professional theater artists Shannon Emerick and Rebecca Greene Udden have come together to present Every Brilliant Thing, Emerick’s production as part of the 2019 Houston Equity Festival. Emerick is acting in the solo piece; Udden directs.
Every Brilliant Thing is an honest, resilient, sometimes sad, often funny, hopeful, and joyful look at life and the lengths we will go for those we love.
This is not really a family show, but a meaningful show for adults and parents.
It is the story of a person who’s reliving pieces of her life relating to her mother’s suicide – and how she herself has sought out everything worth living for… That being said, “lightness, humor, and joy are peppered throughout,” shares Emerick. “And it’s a very personal reminder that we are not in this life alone. And that joy can be anywhere.”
Emerick is partnering with the AFSP-Southeast Texas (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) as well as NAMI Greater Houston (National Alliance on Mental Illness) for the production. She is also hosting several post-show discussions.
“The fight against suicide begins with the willingness to have a real conversation about it,” offers Wykesha McKinney, Board Chair of AFSP-Southeast Texas. “Only then, when we make it safe to ask for help, will we be able to make an impact. Every Brilliant Thing opens the door to engage in a very important discussion about mental illness and suicide in a way that is so intimate and so heartfelt that it is bound to change lives.” Ms. McKinney will be leading the post-show discussion on September 25.
“NAMI Greater Houston is proud to be a production partner to bring the powerful play Every Brilliant Thing to life,” shares Jessica McDaniel, Director of Development for NAMI GH. “In keeping with our commitment to mental health, the play highlights the difficulties of living with mental illness and the effects of suicide. As September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, we are more mindful than ever of the need to end the stigma associated with mental health.” The partnership culminates with NAMI Night on October 5 at 3:00pm, where NAMI GH Programs Director Angelina Hudson will be leading a post-show discussion.
Join me in supporting this one woman show!
There are 7 performances which are being held at Main Street Theater in Rice Village, 2540 Times Blvd:
Wednesdays and Sundays at 7:30pm: September 18, 22, 25, 29 and October 2; and Saturdays at 3:00pm: September 21 and October 5.
Tickets are $25 (student, senior & group discounts available).
There is a new parent/toddler series in Houston… Barefoot Beginners focuses on healthy, holistic development, socialization and independent & group play… and it starts in late September!
If you and your toddler want to garden, cook, make art together, sign up for the 8 week series.
AND one lucky parent and toddler will WIN a spot at Barefoot Beginners! The winner can select their preferred class time (Tuesdays at 3:00pm or Thursdays at 10:30am). Classes start the week of September 23, 2019.
The series will be at Serenity Studios in the Heights and field trips are to separate announced locations. Limit 12 in each class – first come, first serve!
Register to win below (or HERE).
Update: Congratulations to Noralba J!
Official Rules: https://www.jillbjarvis.com/official-contest-rules-216/
Contest Ends: September 6, 2019
Address: 700 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007
This park in the Houston Heights does not have your average playground. It has a wooden fortress!
Donovan Park is a great place for imaginative play with trains, castles, bridges, bars, swings and more!
The whole area is fenced with one gate at the front and one gate at the back. There are lots of little nooks for hide and seek (but if you have little kids, you might need to follow in order to watch them).
The Houston Heights Association has done a great job creating and maintaining this unique playground. In 1996, the Heights community came together to build this fantasy land in 5 days of hard manual labor. Go HERE to learn more.
The playground is in the Heights neighborhood but the information at the park says it’s open to everyone.
There are no restrooms, but this park is right across from Cloud 10 Creamery, Melange Crêperie and Local Foods!
See more pictures below!
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Address: 1848 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098
As they say at Milk + Sugar, life is too short for plain vanilla!
This little Montrose ice cream shop is the brainchild of two ice cream enthusiasts, turning their favorite flavor combinations into ice cream.
Here you can find “Recess”, which has sweet cream base + chunks of house-made peanut butter and chocolate. Or you can have “Rain or Shine”, which has earl grey + lemon + lavender base.
See all the cool flavor combinations HERE!
I took the kids on a weekday, after school. The ice cream shop is right on Westheimer in Montrose… and there is free parking in the parking lot and on the side street.
Inside the shop is sleek and cool… with the ice cream mural you may have seen on Instagram.
At the counter the staff was friendly and let us sample all the not-typical ice cream flavors… and we ordered Recess and Rain or Shine.
The ice cream is not cheap… but it was one of the more memorable spots we’ve been to recently!
Look at the pictures!
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