How To Plan A Kid Birthday Party In The Houston Area In 20 Easy Steps

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My son’s birthday party was today and I am too pooped to upload pictures.  Here is my homemade  milk chocolate cake from last Friday night. 

 It was a great party.  You know cake, moonwalk with a slide (Big Ups to Lonestar Moonwalks and Party Supply), sherbert party punch(did not go over well), pinatas (one of the best things about the party), pizza, goody bags, party website..the usual stuff.

This week I will give you the tips you need to save money and throw a party that looks like tons of trouble but is not really that darn much.  During this economic slowdown in the country parents are looking to save money on a birthday party but they are not willing to just not have a party.  People will always scrap together two cents to either pay for a kids birthday party or pay for a wedding (of course in Texas I will include the Quinceañera party for young ladies too) no matter how broke they are or what bill needs to be paid.

By the way,  Lonestar Moonwalks and Party Supply is offering a 10% discount to parents in the Houston area who mention they saw this post on the web.  More about my pleasant experience with this company later.

Coming on Monday, April 20th.

Best Houston Family Magazines

Houston Family Magazine

Houston Family Magazine

Parents, if you are looking for daycare, after-school activities or family fun resources then run down to Kroger’s or Fiesta and pick up “Houston Family Magazine” and “Katy Parent”  Magazine.  The magazines are free and the content also can be accessed online at Houston Family Magazine and Katy Parent Magazine.

Every month in Houston Family Magazine there is a contest sponsered by the magazine to win the month’s in-demand children’s item.  This month the magazine features a contest where families can enter for a chance to win two DVD movies.  Go to http://www.houstonfamilymagazine.com for your chance to win “The Great Wall’ and “The Chinese Market” DVDs.   In addition, there is the opportunity to win a family four-pack of passes to a special screening of “Monsters Vs. Aliens”.     The February issue of HFM also includes a camp directory for those parents who are already thinking about activities for their kids during the summer months.  If you do not have time to run by a grocery story and pick up a free copy, you can purchase a subscription for 12 months or 24 months.

Katy Parent Magazine

Katy Parent Magazine is also a free magazine packed with tons of fun family stuff to do in Katy as well as the Houston area.  I found my children’s dentist Dr. Ingrid Duebbert of Kingsland dental group, P.A.  in the Katy Parent.  Every month the magazine lists a Fun-Time Calendar with events, prices, times and locations around town.  There are plenty of discounts for parents with the “Mention This Ad” tag for activities like “Times Square Entertainment” on the Grand Parkway.  The magazine does a great job of listing events and daycare centers that are located  in and near the Katy area.

Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Galveston Trip

Schlitterbahn Pictures

Schlitterbahn Pictures

I am so exhausted from our family trip to Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Galveston.  We saved $10.00 on tickets by picking up a $2.50 off each ticket coupon at the Galveston Visitors’ Center.  Sam’s Club also sells a family fun pack with 2 adult, 2 children and lunch for 4 pack for $139.99.    Also check out http://www.Freckletown.com  for money-saving coupons to Schlitterbahn and other fun activities in the Houston area.

  We took in a cooler full of Gatorade, Capri-Sun’s and waters plus snacks.  The kids did not want to stop to eat at all anyway.

We had a great time and I highly recommend this place for a quick stay-cation.  Once you get wet, you forget the heat and just enjoy the park.  Schlitterbahn is very family-oriented plus they have free parking.

Here is the link:  http://www.schlitterbahn.com/gal/

More about this trip later……. meanwhile enjoy the pictures (No, there are no pictures of me with my pork hams out for the world to see.:

River Floating

River Floating

 

Schlitterbahn

Schlitterbahn Schlitterbahn Frog In Kiddie Area

Schlitterbahn

Schlitterbahn

 

Picnic Tables Everywhere

Picnic Tables Everywhere

Coupons For Kids, Toys and Food…Check Out FreckleTown

FreckleTown website

has a bunch of money-saving coupons for the Houston/Katy area along with a long list of kids activities.

Check out the Target Coupon for a $5 discount on a toy purchase of $25 or more.

Click here.