Free Family Boat Ride in Houston

Not Houston

Note: The photos above and below are courtesy of and is not an actual picure of the boat you would be riding on.

The Port of Houston offers free boat tours including a free beverage at the Houston Ship Channel.

The vessel, M/V Sam Houston, is available for a 90 minute boat tour Tuesday-Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m not a three-hour tour.
You can register online at anytime or call 713-670-2416.

Click here for more information.

You and your family will get the opportunity to tour one of the busiest international ports in the world in a air-conditioned enclosed viewing area of the boat.

I have not had the opportunity to take the tour but I will put it on my short list of family things to do in the fall when the Houston weather cools down. If you and your family do get a chance to take the tour, please drop me a comment or a line about your experience.

Also, the Port of Houston plans to open a cruise terminal next year for the big boats.


Blackberry Jam…You-Picks and Farmer’s Markets in Houston

A couple of weeks ago my kids and I visited a you-pick farm and picked blackberries. We picked close to 8 lbs of blackberries. I packed 1/2 of the berries in ziploc bags and froze them with a sprinkle of sugar. The other 1/2 of the berries I turned into jam this past weekend.

I was able to can 8 jars of blackberry jam! My daughter noticed that she had spelled “farms” fars” on this photo. Ha ha!

My kids were so proud of themselves when they saw the jars of jam. My daughter designed and printed the labels. My son was so excited to see the finished product that he wanted to immediately go out in the neighborhood and start selling the jam for $15! This fruit picking/canning experience was really good for the kids. If you want to know how I made the jam, feel free to email me and I will send you the steps.

My family got the chance to see how their effort created something wonderful and that to this mom is priceless!

Here is a website that lists the you-pick farms around Houston.

Speaking of fresh produce check out the following farmer’s markets in Katy:

La Centerra Farmer’s Market

(located next to Cinco Ranch High School on the Grand Parkway)

has a farmer’s market at the shopping plaza on Saturdays or click here for more information.

CrossPoint Community Church Farmer’s Market on Saturdays


where the Texas Gardening Sanctury is offering a pre-select product packages for pick-up.

Check out the website for more information and what they have to offer. Click here.

LEGO Store Grand Opening In Houston Texas..Pictures

On Friday, my family and I visited the new LEGO store in Friendswood at Baybrook Mall. Lines, lines and more lines. The store is not as big as I hoped. They do have pick-a-brick where you choose a container and stuff it with as many bricks as you can for $7.99 and $14.99. We bought the train track set and the $7.99 pick-a-brick container. We stuffed 90 pieces of legos in that little container.

Check out the pictures:

LEGO Store Grand Opening Today in Houston Texas Baybrook Mall

LEGO Store grand opening today in Houston at Baybrook Mall! 

See the posts below for details or click the Baybrook Mall link to the right.

Free Golf Lessons For Houston Kids…Be A Tiger

The First Tee of Houston   offers free golf lessons for kids aged 7-18 years at 8400 Mykawa Rd, Houston, TX, 77048, 713-264-2100. 

My daughter, Miss Tigerette Woods,  learned to hit a golf ball last summer while attending golf classes at the First Tee of Houston.  

 The First Tee requires registered parents and kids to attend all 6 sessions plus parents must attend an orientation prior to the start of class.

 The First Tee teaches kids about respect for yourself, respect for others and respect for your surroundings.  

The class we attended was on a Saturday morning and everyone was very hot but the kids did not seem to mind.  I think that when kids are having fun they are able to block out minor inconveniences and focus. 

WARNING:  The sessions are most likely full for the summer but you can check with them about fall sessions or even about next year’s summer session.

Free Art For Kids at Houston Museum of Fine Art…Families Stay Cool and Cultured This Summer

The Houston Museum of Fine Arts or has free admission on Thursdays. Stay cool this summer!

Last summer my kids and I not only got a chance to tour the MFAH for free but we also participated in Creation Station where they made clay animals.

Park behind one of the other museums in the district, save money and walk across the street.

The museum is located at

1001 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005

The admission does not include the Pompeii exhibit ticket which costs $8 to $10 for a ticket.

Creation Station is a drop-in art-making activity from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Thursdays and Sundays where families can drop-in and create art inspired by the museum exhibits. Kids can create sculptures, paintings, prints and photography in the studio located inside the museum.

This Thursday, June 19th the kids will be making scrolls and learning Chinese brush-strokes in the Beck building. Click here for a schedule of Creation Station activities.

Kids can also obtain free admission to the museum with a Houston Public Library Card.

$1 Kids Movies AMC Summer Movie Camp on Wednesdays at 10:00am

AMC Movie Theatres will be having kids $1 movies on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. All the movies have been released within the last year.

The kids can have a good time and donate to a worthy cause.

All AMC Theaters in the Houston area are participatiing including the Katy Mills Theatre where someone took these fabulous photographs (me).

The fist movie starts on Wednesday, June 25th.

All movies are rated G.

Also, a $3.00 AMC Kids Pack which includes a popcorn, drink and a kid-sized snack [are there ever really kid-sized snacks anywhere?] will be available during movie times.

My kids loooooove “Alvin and the Chipmunks”!

June 25th: Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium

July 2nd: The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep

July 9th: Alvin and the Chipmunks

July 16th: Shrek The Third

Jully 23rd: Bee Movie

August 6th: TMNT

Click Here For More Information