A Houston Mom’s Guide to March 2017

Hands down, March is one of my absolute favorite months in our wonderful Bayou City. Not only do we kick off the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo season in high-style, but we also have the lazy days of Spring Break for those who opt for a staycation. The weather is typically mild and gorgeous {save for those allergy days – pollen and cedar, I’m glaring at you!}, and there is certainly no lack of outdoor events to partake in. We invite you to peruse this list and choose 1 or 10 activities to enjoy some quality fam bam time! And if you’re heading to the rodeo, don’t forget to check out our super helpful guide for all the things YOU need to know this year. Break out those boots, dust off those hats, and let’s show Houston what good times look like. Yee-haw!

Now through March 31st | {check website for times} :: Main Street Theatre’s Ramona Quimby

Adapted from the beloved novels by Beverly Cleary, prepare to be delighted by the hilarious Ramona antics along with the rest of the Klickitat gang. Ramona will learn that being a grown up is hard work indeed when her father loses his job. Of course, there will be appearances by the always irreverent Beezus as well. Recommended for ages Kindergarten and up. {Note :: children under the age of 3 are not permitted in the theatre.} Purchase tickets in advance here

March 2nd – 4th | 5 – 11pm {Thurs}; Noon – 11pm {Fri}; 9am – 11pm {Sat} :: World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest

One of the most highly anticipated events of the Houston Rodeo season is the acclaimed bar-b-que contest. Sample world-famous BBQ from the biggest names on the circuit, take in live music from some of the best names in Texas Country Music at The Garden, and play games and enjoy wild rides in the carnival. If you don’t have connections for the private tents, not to worry! The public venue tickets will buy you entry into all of the above, plus complimentary sliced beef sandwiches at The Chuckwagon — and don’t forget to save room for all of the over-the-top rodeo food offerings. Grab your tickets here for this boot stompin’, good eatin’, great ol’ Houston time. {2 and under are free!}

March 3rd – 25th | {check website for times} :: The Rink: Rolling at Discovery Green

As we slide into spring, Discovery Green has packed up their infamous ice skating rink and will be open for business as Houston’s only outdoor roller rink. Kick off the season on March 3rd as you move and groove under the Houston skyline with classic roller tunes and experience derby battles from top teams from our area. Ticket prices are $12 and include skate rental, or you may bring your own. For those on a budget, check out the $6 “Cheap Skate Nights” on March 6th and 20th. 

March 4th | 9am – Noon :: Rodeo Run 2017
Before you dust off your boots, grab those running shoes and kick off RODEOHOUSTON with the 30th annual Rodeo Run in downtown Houston. Choose between either the 5k walk/run or 10k run. All proceeds go to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Educational Fund, which has raised $4.8 million since 1988. Afterwards, hang around in the Family Fun Zone with food, entertainment, and more. Register here

March 4th | 10am – 2pm :: Cultural Kite Festival in Sugar Land

When we think March, we always think kite flying! The City of Sugar Land brings you their 9th annual Kite Festival this spring. From creative kite contests, chalk art, and even kite-making workshops for the kids, the entire family will enjoy this cultural experience. Did we mention the best part? Kite flying is open to the public and admission to the event is completely FREE!

March 4th | 10am :: Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Celebration with the Children’s Museum of Houston

Hats off to reading on this most magnificent Dr. Seuss’ Diffendoofer Day! Rumor has it that there will be special appearances from acclaimed characters like Cat in the Hat along with Thing 1 and Thing 2, so bring your camera. Cap off the event with special storytimes, a DJ Dance Party, and an epic rhyming battle. Hint :: Wear your fave Dr. Seuss accessory and receive $2 off your admission price.  Plus, the first 100 kiddos get a free Dr. Seuss bookmark. 

March 4th & 5th | {check website for times} :: Opening Weekend for Blessington Farms

If you’ve never made a trip out to Simonton {just a hop, skip, and a jump from Katy}, this hidden gem is not to be missed! Besides being able to pick some delicious strawberries, the entire family will enjoy all of the activities the farm has to offer. New this year is a rope maze, fossil dig, trolley swing, and a walk-through aviary where you can feed parrots. Check out all of the farm time fun here, and we highly recommend checking their Facebook page for all of the updated opening time information. {Bonus :: They will be open special Spring Break hours and all Sundays in March & April!}

March 7th – 26th :: Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Begins
Well, for this epic Houston event, there’s just WAY too much information to include in a small paragraph here. So, just for you, our team has compiled everything you need to know about the basics of rodeo season, the top 10 things you don’t want to miss in 2017, and all sorts of other helpful preparation details. Check out our comprehensive family-friendly rodeo guide, and get ready to RODEO!

March 10th – 23rd | 10am – 6pm {Tues – Sat} :: XTreme Spring Break WonderWeek at the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center

Looking for a creative way to get out all of that Spring Break energy? Head out to create explosive works of art with our friends at the FBCDC. Make one-of-a-kind comic book graphics in their Art Academy or make a spin art mobile in the Junktion. Wham! Zow! Spring Break is going to Pop! this year. 

March 10th – 19th | 10am – 6pm :: Xtreme Spring Break with Children’s Museum of Houston

You can’t beat this all day fun for just one low price of $12 at The Children’s Museum! From DJ’s to block parties, American Ninja Warrior-style shows and shaving cream fights, it’s the perfect place to land during your staycation over Spring Break. Check their website for specific details on timing of shows and activities. 

March 10th & 18th | 6pm – 9am :: Wild Winks – Houston Zoo Overnights

Experience the Houston Zoo like never before with this unique after hours experience with your children. From an on grounds tour with the zoo staff, dinner, a special snack and craft, and touchable animal experiences, it will be a night to remember. Please note it is for children 7 and up and prior experience sleeping away from home is recommended. Online registration will close the Sunday night prior to each date. Cost is $55 per participant for the family nights. Register here

March 11th | 10am – Noon :: FREE Carnival Soiree with Children’s Learning Adventure – Cypress

Join Houston Moms Blog at the Cypress Children’s Learning Adventure {24130 NW Freeway, Cypress, TX 77429} for a morning packed full of fabulous and FREE fun! Activities will include bowling, cooking in a professional grade kitchen, arts & crafts, dancing, sports, and so much more. While this event is completely free, we do ask that you register so that CLA can adequately prepare enough of the activities and the yummy carnival-style snacks. Make sure you join the Facebook Event Group for all the latest and greatest updates here!

March 11th | 2 – 4pm :: Katy’s LaCenterra 10th Anniversary Celebration

In honor of its 10th Anniversary, LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch invites all to come celebrate the milestone at a fun-filled and family-friendly event in the Courtyard on Saturday, March 11th. 104.1 KRBE’s On-Air Personality Freddy Cruz will emcee the day’s festivities, which will include a live music performance by Chris Boss, a photo booth, face painting, balloon artists, and much more! Freddy Cruz and the KRBE Squad will also host a scavenger hunt spanning 10 stores at LaCenterra with the chance for one lucky winner to receive a pair of tickets to see Ariana Grande! The 10th Anniversary bash festivities are free for all to attend, with food and beverages available on-site for purchase.

March 18th | 1 – 10pm :: 2017 Zydeco Fest at Jones Plaza

Well known as the hottest Zydeco event in Texas, you won’t want to miss this gathering of great people, fabulous food, yummy drinks, and of course, the biggest names in Zydeco bands. Expect the perfect fusion of crawfish, BBQ, and creole dishes to boot! Tickets are $15 purchased in advance and $20 at the gate. Better yet, children 12 and under are FREE. Get ya’ groove on, Houston!

March 21st | 11am – 5pm :: Rainforest Day with the Houston Aquarium

A perfect event for homeschoolers or those still on Spring Break, join the Downtown Aquarium as your children learn all about rainforests, the animals that inhabit them, and conservation methods to keep them thriving. Kiddos will be able to interact with both the animals and the keepers, become “plant protectors,” and participate in rainforest-themed crafts and activities. 

March 24th – 25th | 4pm Friday to 10am on Saturday :: Katy Community Campout

Looking for a way to get back to nature with your family without having to travel a long distance? The Katy Community Campout, specifically geared towards families with young children, and conveniently held at the VFW Park is the perfect weekend activity for you. Hot dogs and fixins’ will be provided, but plan to bring your own tents, sleeping bags, and other camping gear. Activities will include campfires and an outdoor movie. This event is free, but you must register in advance by this form here.

March 24th – 26th | 10am – 6pm :: Bayou City Art Festival

One of Houstonians favorite spring events returns to Memorial Park with over 300 acclaimed artists representing 19 different disciplines. Be inspired by the sights and sounds of creativity and incredible talent while also enjoying local foods and live music alongside a vibrant crowd of 30K. Your kids will also have a blast with the Children’s Creative Zone specially designed just for them. Make sure you check out the maps and Metro routes beforehand for easiest parking access, and don’t forget your lawn chairs, blankets, bug spray, and sunglasses. General admission tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, and under 5 are free. 

March 25th | 10am – Noon :: FREE Carnival Soiree with Children’s Learning Adventure – Cinco Ranch

Once again, join Houston Moms Blog at Children’s Learning Adventure for a morning packed full of fabulous and FREE fun … but this time in Cinco Ranch! Activities will include bowling, cooking in a professional grade kitchen, arts & crafts, dancing, sports, and so much more. Stay tuned because the Facebook Event Group and registration link is launching SOON!

March 25th | 8 – 10am :: Katy Color Run 5K

Running with your family for a great cause? Yes, please! Hope Impacts, Clothed by Faith, and Christ Clinic are partnering together for this color chalk filled event. Even better? There is a special Kids Dash 1k to start the festivities, followed by a chip-timed 5K at 8:30am. In addition to all of the exercise, expect chalk art, fitness demonstrations, healthy food vendors, and Kid Fun Zone. Must register by March 24th. 

March 25th | 8:15am :: Living Water International’s “Story of the Thirsty” Water Walk

At this unique event at the Houston Sports Park, families will have the opportunity to take a simulated journey through a Liberian jungle, as if they were on a walk to collect water. Along the way, walkers will try to fill up their water container as they encounter various obstacles and learn facts about children living in communities without proper hygiene, sanitation, or clean water.  It’s a high-impact, hands-on way for children and their families to become educated about and engaged with an issue facing millions of people. The walk is free, but registration is required by March 24th. 

March 25th | 10am – 2pm :: Heights Kids’ Day of Music

Celebrate local music in the historic Heights with this 3rd annual musical festival. With main stage rotating performances every 40 minutes, along with a secondary stage highlighting businesses and non-profits centered around music and the arts, this afternoon is promised to be 100% fun for all involved. Your kids will love the instrument “petting zoo” and getting to interact with live opera singers to learn all about vocal range. Highly recommended to bring blankets and lawnchairs, as well as have cash on hand to purchase featured food from local eateries along with CDs and merchandise of the local bands.

March 30th & 31st | 8pm ::  FOOTLOOSE, The Musical at Miller Outdoor Theatre

Don’t miss this heartfelt and finger-snapping version of Footloose on stage this March! With the Oscar and Tony nominated scores, along with new songs specifically for this production, your family will love this rendition of the cult classic. This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area, however, free tickets are available {4 per person over age 16 while they last} at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30am – 1pm.

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Please Note :: While we make every effort to crosscheck current links and event details on our guides, we always encourage you to do the same before making final plans. If details are missing or incorrect, please let us know so that we can make every attempt to correct them.  And if you know of any other events happening this month, include them in the comments to keep the list going!

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Meagan is a Dallas native who has lived in the Katy area for over a decade. She kicked a soccer ball all the way to Louisiana to attend college at her family’s alma mater of LSU, where she promptly fell in love with a Texas Aggie in Baton Rouge for an internship. After swimming back to Texas following Hurricane Katrina, Matt and Meagan fell in love with the Houston area and now couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. Following several years of infertility, their miracle twins Ryan and Quinn were born in June of 2010. She believes there is nothing better than a chilled glass of Pinot Grigio, a large Sonic Diet Coke, sushi take-out, Girls Nights Out, and a mindless book to curl up with. Besides playing chauffeur and catering to the whims of her children, Meagan also is the Co-Owner of Houston Moms Blog. You can keep up with Meagan at The Clanahan Fam and on Instagram @meaganclanahan!


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