Summer Fun in Houston, TX

Summer is almost over, but there are still a few more weeks to have a little fun.  In fact, there’s still a lot to do in Houston in August.  Here are just a few events and things to do.

Visit Moody Gardens.  There’s always something to do at the beautiful gardens.  Currently, there’s a special exhibit running called “Dinos Alive!” that runs through August 11.  If your kids love dinosaurs, they’ll love this exhibit.

For museum lovers, how about visiting the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston or the Houston Museum of Natural Science?  Both feature some very interesting permanent and visiting exhibits, and admission is fairly cheap.  There are even some exhibits that children will find interesting.

Of course, for a day outdoors with the kids, nothing beats the Houston Zoo.  There are many different animals featured at the zoo.  One of the cool exhibits at the zoo this summer, however, features a different type of animal: ones made out of Lego bricks.  The Animals Assembled exhibit features huge animals created by certified Lego Master Builders.  The Lego creatures will be at the zoo through Labor Day.

After you visit the past at the zoo, you can blast off to the future at the Space Center Houston.  Family members of all ages will enjoy the usual space center activities, but fans of the original Star Trek series will want to visit the center to check out the Shuttlecraft Galileo set piece.  featured in several episodes of the series, the set piece and props have been restored by Star Trek fans and will be available for viewing following its unveiling on July 31.

No matter what you choose to do, make the most out of these last few weeks of summer.  If nothing else, at least head outdoors and take a walk around the local park or even your neighborhood.  Enjoy the sunshine!

Bring some sunshine inside with an arrangement of beautiful summer flowers delivered in Houston, TX.

Christmas Lights in Houston

Looking for some amazing holiday light displays in the Houston area?  Well, you can drive around your neighborhood and check out what others have done, or you can hit some of the large displays.  There are even some limo tours you can book if you want to see the lights in style.  Here are some of the subdivisions and neighborhoods that have huge annual light displays:

•    Prestonwood Forest
•    Woodland Heights (their Lights in the Heights event takes place on December 8, but the light displays will be up until Christmas, at least)
•    Timber Lakes
•    Graystone Hills
•    Firethorne
•    Pin Oak Village
•    Fairwood Subdivision

A number of the homes in these areas may have entered the annual Houston Area Christmas Light Display Contest.  In order to win, you’ve got to go big, so be on the lookout for some giant displays!

There are a number of other displays, of course.  Check out the Winter Wonderland in The Woodlands.  Produced by the Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau and presented by Donoho’s Jewellers, this event features a huge light display.  You’ll find a giant Christmas tree, lighted toy soldiers, angels, snowmen, and much more.  If you donate non-perishable food items at Donoho’s, you’ll get a $2 off coupon to the nearby Ice Rink.

Another great walk-through event is the Dickinson Festival of Lights at Paul Hopkins Park.  Admission, parking, and shuttle service are all free, which is great for your holiday budget.  There are thousands of lights on display here, plus there are a few activities, too.  For a small fee, you can decorate cookies, eat some great food, or get a picture with Santa (which is free if you use your own camera).

Moody Gardens is hosting their Festival of Lights once again.  There are more than a million lights used in these amazing displays.  There’s also live entertainment, an outdoor skating rink, and a ice slide.  Admission is $6.95 for the Festival of Lights trail, and fees vary for the other activities.

These are just some of the amazing light displays in the Houston area.  Do you decorate your home?  If not, maybe you should start this year!

Don’t forget to decorate indoors as well. We’ve got some great Christmas flowers in Houston, TX, that will help bring the holiday atmosphere into your home.

Christmas Events in Houston Updated

The Christmas tree at the Galleria Mall in Houston

Can you believe it’s almost December?  That means Christmas is just around the corner!  Before the holiday season hits and brings with it all that craziness, take a moment to look over some of these upcoming events and decide if you want to attend any of them.  Houston has a lot to offer during the holidays, and while you’ll probably be too busy to do everything, you should be able to fit a few events into your busy schedule.

Every night between December 5 and January 5, the Houston Zoo will light up with thousands of Christmas lights.  You and your family can take a tour through this magical wonderland and check out some amazing decorations, sing carols, and drink hot cocoa.

One Christmas tradition is seeing the Nutcracker ballet.  While some people prefer to watch the ballet on TV, there really is nothing like seeing it performed live.  The ballet will be performed by Houston Ballet every weekend from November 23 to December 30.  The ballet will also be performing the Jubilee of Dance on Friday, November 30.  This special performance will serve as a send-off to principle dancer Amy Fote, who is leaving the Houston Ballet after seven years.

You might also want to attend a performance of the Winter Wonderettes show at the Stages Repertory Theatre or catch the Santaland Diaries at the Alley Theatre.  Both shows run through December.

Another thing you don’t want to miss is ice skating outside at Discovery Green.  While some places have indoor skating areas during the Christmas season, skating outdoors is much more fun. If you like indoor skating, though, you can always visit the Ice Galleria Skating Rink.

If you enjoy seeing holiday displays, go driving around Houston.  Load the family up in the car, pack some snacks, and crank up the Christmas carols on the radio.  There are many great festival displays in the area.  If you want to do a little walking, you might want to take the Heritage Society’s Annual Candlelight Tour in the Park.  While you will have to walk in the cold instead of riding in the warm car, it’s certainly worth it.  The tour features some of Houston’s oldest buildings decorated in the traditional 19th century holiday décor, plus there’s live music and Santa!

Don’t forget to decorate your home with some of our gorgeous Christmas flowers in Houston, TX!

Easter Events in Houston

There are a lot of different Easter events going on this weekend in Houston. Here are just a few of them.

Cypress United Methodist Church will hold an egg hunt from 9:00 to 12:00. In addition to the egg hunt, enjoy photos with the Easter bunny, live music, and various arts and crafts.

The Orange Show Monument will host its Easter Orange Hunt on Saturday. Kids can search for hidden eggs, oranges, and other treats. The Men of Houston Morris Dancers will also perform. Refreshments will be provided.

Sur la Table is offering an elegant Sunday brunch on Sunday from 12:00 to 2:00. The meal included parmesan and ham quiche, leek, roasted asparagus salad, and orange-scented French toast. Note that children are not allowed—you must be 18 or older. The cost is $75 per person.

The Way Church of Montgomery County will hold its Easter Egg drop on Sunday. Over 5,000 eggs will be released from a helicopter. Some lucky egg gatherers will win ipods or digital cameras!

The High Meadows Branch of the Houston Library is holding an egg hunt on Saturday at 11:00.

The 18th Annual Houston Easter Invitational is Friday and Saturday at Bear Creek Park. This soccer tournament is open to teams of players between 8 and 18.

Moody Gardens in Galveston will host Easter in the Gardens on Sunday from 11:00 to 3:00. This free event includes arts and crafts, music, games, and a petting zoo in addition to an egg hunt.