Join Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts In the Katy/Houston Area

Sign In My Dead Grass Yard

Sign In My Dead Grass Yard


Have your kids join scouting today.   Here are the websites for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in the Katy ISD/Houston area:

Boy Scouts 

September 30th, La Centerra Membership Event

Girl Scouts

Due to Katy ISD’s policy restricting fliers in the school weekly take-home folders, many parents do not know where to find out information on scouting which means enrollment has decreased in the area.  The schools will not tell you about local activities for kids in the area.  Check out Katy ISD’s Parent link for more information about after-school activities.

I am trying to find/form a pack for my 6-year-old son in the north Katy area.  If your child attends school  north of I-10 and you would like him (your family) to get involved in scouting, please leave a comment or reach me here:  plummymom1 at s b c g l o b a l (dot) n e t.


Houston-Katy Area Prepares For Animal Planet Event August 9th and 10th

Today we passed Cullen Park on Saums Road and my kids started squealing about the Animal Planet Expo tents going up in the park.
The free Animal Planet Expo opens this weekend at 10am on Saturday and Sunday at Cullen Park. The park is located on the west side of Houston.
Here is the address for those who use Google:
19008 Saums Road
Houston, TX 77084
Here are a few websites you can check out for more infomation about the local event:
Hopefully, the weather will hold up and there will not be the isolated thunderstorms in the area as predicted by the weather people. Not that my kids care about a little bit of water standing in the way of a moonwalk.
The last picture is a shot of the road that leads from Mayde Creek High School to Cullen Park on Saums Road.
You might want to park your car at the school and bike to the event.
Be careful about parking at the new, empty strip center located south of the park on Barker Cypress because they towed cars last year.
Cullen Park On Saums

Cullen Park On Saums

Cullen Park Cullen Park

Pecan Trees  At Cullen ParkPecan Trees At Cullen Park

Road From Mayde Creek High To Cullen Park

Road From Mayde Creek High To Cullen Park

Animal Planet Expo Coming To Cullen Park In Katy Texas On August 9th and 10th

Photo Courtesy of Animal Planet Expo
Photos Courtesy of Animal Planet



Animal Planet Expo is coming to Cullen Park (I-10 West/Barker Cypress) on Saturday, August 9th and Sunday, August10th out in west Houston.  

Animal Planet Expo is free.

Animal Planet Expo is a big family pet festival with lots of shows, hands-on activities, games, pet adoptions and neat freebies for the kids.

The hours are 10 am to 4pm both days.

Courtesy of Animal Plant 


Cullen Park
19008 Saums Rd, Houston, TX 77084


My family and I attended the fun event last year since it was only 3 miles from our house.   You are allowed to bring your dog or cat to the park as long as it is on a leash (no cat with any self respect would ever be on a leash).  This is the kind of event where kids will have a good time and you get to save money.  Bring your backpack with snacks and lots of cool water.

 The parking is free but the trick is to find a parking spot.  Your best bet is to  drop off an adult with the kiddies, park at Mayde Creek High School and walk/bike through the park to the event.  Be careful where you park because last year cars were towed.  Also, the event takes place on grass so bring your big wheeled stroller.

 Cullen park is located  on Barker Cypress about 25 minutes from downtown Houston on I-10 right after you pass the exit for Highway 6 heading out towards Katy.

Check-out the following websites for more information about the event:

Courtesy of Animal Plant

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.

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.

LEGO Store Opening in Houston Texas at Baybrook Mall Grand Opening June 20th-22nd

My daughter built this house.  Two years ago we visited LEGOland in San Diego, Ca and we have become big lego fans at our house.

LEGO Store Grand Opening Celebration at Baybrook Mall, Houston, TX
June 20 – 22, 2008

On Friday, June 20, the first LEGO store in the state of Texas, and the retailer’s 21st location in the nation, will open at Baybrook Mall in Friendswood. The new store will feature a consumer-friendly design with room for interactive play, and the retailer has planned a variety of events to entertain shoppers throughout the weekend.

LEGO events scheduled Friday, June 20 through Sunday, June 22 including:


  • Friday, June 20: Yoda™ Build. Beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 20, LEGO Master Builder Dan Steininger will use LEGO bricks to construct an eight-foot tall Yoda™, the famous little green Star Wars character. Held in Center Court, the Yoda build is free and fun for LEGO enthusiasts of all ages. Everyone who participates will receive a LEGO Star Wars™ Certificate of Achievement, while supplies last, and a LEGO store coupon. Construction for the day will end at 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 21: Yoda™ Build continues. The Yoda build on Saturday begins at 10:00 a.m. and continues through 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 21: special Houston LEGO set contest. Throughout the day on Saturday, June 21, customers can enter to win an exclusive LEGO set that’s been designed just for Houston. Every hour, the LEGO store will pick 10 winners who will receive the collectible, limited edition LEGO Space Shuttle set. (The Space Shuttle set is designed for ages 6+.)
  • Sunday, June 22: commemorative t-shirt giveaway. The first 250 customers at the new LEGO store on Sunday will receive a commemorative children’s LEGO store t-shirt with a purchase. 






    6/20/2008 – 6/22/2008 Mall Hours Grand Court
    LEGO   281.282.1302
  • Baybrook Mall
    500 Baybrook Mall
    Friendswood, Texas 77546

    Join in a Yoda™ Master Builder Event!
    Help a LEGO Master Builder create a giant LEGO Yoda model! Children of all ages are invited to help build this 8-ft tall model, and everyone gets a free Certificate of Achievement for helping! Don’t forget your camera for a picture-perfect opportunity!