A Houston Mom’s Guide to August

Walk thru any Houston store and you will notice the summer toys and bathing suit racks being replaced with bright school supplies!  That’s right – it’s August folks!  That bittersweet time of year when we say goodbye to summer and hello to back-to-school season.   Don’t worry, it will still feel like summer for quite some time and there is still plenty of fun to be had before the school bell rings!  If your summer days are starting to drag there are many great events going on this month and ways to pass the long {hot} days.  You can even get creative with a staycation in our own beautiful city or some new playdate ideas!

August is also a great time to get organized, dust off that planner and look for ways to reset after a long summer!  I love to start fresh with my meal planning, workouts and overall health of myself and my family as we enter a new school year.  What perfect timing to be partnering with HealthCorps this month as they are putting the finishing touches on a fabulous Wellness Day here in Houston at the United Way on September 18th with a slew of local wellness experts!

HealthCorps is a national organization, founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz and his wife Lisa, dedicated to strengthening communities and making them more resilient through the most innovative approaches to health and wellness. To date, HealthCorps has impacted close to 3 million youth across the country. Now, they want to inspire a healthier YOU! Join HealthCorps for a full day of wellness so you can re-charge, re-center, AND inspire others to live well {YES PLEASE}!

On September 18, they will bring together the best of the Houston wellness community for workshops, breakout sessions, panel discussions, and a chance to experience the amazing local services & products in the area. Delphine Remy, an international healthy chef and holistic nutrition and eating psychology coach, will deliver an exciting keynote before sessions that teach you how to simplify wellness. Special guests, FitFoodieLe and The Blonde Pantry will also be there to join in on the conversation. All participants will receive lunch and a gift bag and will have the chance to win exclusive prizes.  The event will take place at the United Way, and tickets can be purchased here.

It’s your lucky day because Houston Moms Blog readers can use Promo Code HOUSTONMOMS at checkout for 15% off tickets! 

Check out the full list of August events below including a few that take us into the month September!  Don’t blink because Summer 2018 is almost in the past!

We hope you have a wonderful month soaking up those last days of summer in Houston and we wish you luck and {and lots of coffee} as school starts back for your sweet kiddos!

August 1st – September 3rd :: Houston Restaurant Weeks

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…well in Houston for all the foodies!  This is your chance to try out some of the most delectable restaurants in our area, all in support of a great cause. With proceeds benefiting Houston Food Bank, you can sample everything from brunch to dinner, mostly at price-fixed menu options.  Check out the full list of restaurants, and then don’t miss HMB’s curated list of family-friendly options too!

August 1st – September 3rd | Open until 8:30pm :: Chill Out at the Houston Zoo

Stay cool all summer long as TXU Energy presents Chill Out at the Houston Zoo! Even in the heat you can head to the Zoo for a relaxing day filled with fun, education, and amazing animals. It may be hot outside, but the Zoo is cool and open late until 8:30pm now thru September 3, 2018.

August 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th | 5pm – 7pm :: Free Immunizations at Children’s Museum of Houston + Texas Children’s Hospital 

In partnership with Children’s Museum of Houston, TCH’s Mobile Clinic will offer free back-to-school vaccinations for the first 150 participants at Thursday Free Family Night. There is no need to pre-register, however, you will need to have your child’s immunization records on hand.

August 3rd | 10am – 2pm :: PJ Masks Meet & Greet at Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center

Gear up and get ready to embark on an adventurous journey of defeating criminals, solving mysteries and learning valuable lessons with two of your favorite PJ Masks characters, Owlette and Catboy!  Enjoy a fun day at the Discovery Center and snap a selfie with the PJ Masks!

August 4th | 11am – 3pm :: Back to School Splash Bash in Sugar Land Town Square

Beat the Heat at Sugar Land Town Square’s Back to School Splash Bash! Bring your family and cool off in the FREE waterslides, have fun with the hula hoop contest, plus enjoy fun activities and live music all day with a DJ spinning summer fun beats.  The Back to School Splash Bash is benefiting the Fort Bend Rainbow Room and it’s encouraged to bring a back pack and school supplies which will be donated to the Fort Bend Rainbow Room.

August 4th | 3pm – 4:30pm :: Free Family Event at Blue Willow Bookshop 

Houston-based author Saadia Faruqi’s first children’s book MEET YASMIN! publishes on Aug. 1. The book for ages 5-8 is among the first to feature a Muslim, Pakistani-American character and her family. Faruqi will celebrate the publication of her book at a launch party hosted by Blue Willow Bookshop at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 4. Families are invited to join in the free celebration!

August 4th | 3:30pm – 6:30pm :: Breakfast Brunch Café’s 2 Year Anniversary Celebration

Join Breakfast Brunch Cafe at The Boardwalk at Towne Lake in celebrating their 2 year anniversary at their summer bash all while benefiting Cy-Hope! The event will be a family-friendly event with a two-course buffet and dessert, cupcakes from Cupcake Cowgirls (Winners on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars), Beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and a gift from Breakfast Brunch Cafe! 10% of all proceeds will go to Cy-Hope, a local charity that aims to make life better for kids in Cy-Fair.

August 4th | 6pm – 10pm :: White Linen Night in the Heights

White Linen Night in The Heights started in 2006 at the suggestion of New Orleans native and then Hurricane Katrina transplants Chris Thayer and his wife, Kay, who had opened a boutique on 19th Street when they were displaced by the storm. The event was patterned after a similar event in The French Quarter Arts district in New Orleans where residents came out dressed in their white linen finest to see local art. The Thayers and the Heights First Saturday group organized the event as a way to promote interest and traffic to 19th street so local businesses could thrive in the hot Houston summer. White Linen Night in the Heights is open to the general public with no admission fee.

August 4th | 7pm – 11pm :: 28th Houston International Jazz Festival 

The 28th Houston International Jazz Festival, featuring “international”, national, regional, and local Jazz musicians, enhances Houston’s reputation as an arts center and attracts Jazz aficionados worldwide. Featuring: Mindy Abair and The Boneshakers, Althea Rene and Ashleigh Smith at the House of Blues.  Grab a babysitter and have a fun night out!

August 10th | 6pm – 10pm :: Katy Summer Tailgate Back to School Bash

It’s a back-to-school bash like no other! Com e one come all!  Don’t miss this totally tubular 80’s party at No Label Brewery on Friday, August 10th.  Bring the whole family for a rad time!  Food trucks, playground, live ’80s music, vintage arcade, and so much more!  All proceeds benefit YMCA’s Operation Backpack!

August 11th | 9am – 3pm :: PJ Masks Visit the Children’s Museum of Houston

Calling all PJ Masks fanatics! Grab your super-masks and head on over to the Children’s Museum of Houston to meet two of your favorite PJ Masks characters Owlette and Catboy during a mind-blowing fan celebration. Gear up and get ready to embark on an adventurous journey of defeating criminals, solving mysteries, and learning valuable lessons with these two.

August 11th | 11am – 2pm :: End Summer with Color Explosion with Woodforest

This will be a fun photo op for the entire family!  Woodforest is offering a bright finish to the summer season with an End of Summer Color Festival 11 at Jackson Park.  Event-goers are encouraged to wear white shirts and be ready for an explosion of color with colored powder, paint-filled water balloons, painting activities and more. A DJ will provide music, people can learn how to tie-dye T-shirts and giveaways will be awarded. The event is free and open to the public!

August 11th | 1pm – 3pm :: Merry Muffins One Year Birthday Party

Muffin fanatics unite!!! Merry Muffins is turning 1 year old and they are hosting a muffin BIRTHDAY PARTY to celebrate!!! Join the celebration that day for the unveiling of a one-of-a-kind MUFFIN BIRTHDAY CAKE! Gluten-free cake options will be available as well! Come mingle with other muffin fans and chat with MerryMuffins owner Laura Grinstead. Bring the kiddos! This will be a kid and family friendly event!

August 11th | 7pm – 9pm :: Owl Fest

Come meet the 2018 Rice football, volleyball, and soccer teams at Owl Fest at Rice Stadium!  Head to Rice Village District before or after Owl Fest for dinner and fun family time!

August 11th | 8:15pm – 10pm :: Movie Under the Moon {Peter Rabbit}

Bring your family, friends and lawn chairs to the Plaza at Sugar Land Town Square to enjoy a free Movie Under the Moon brought to you by First Colony Church of Christ! This month’s movie is Peter Rabbit.

August 18th | 12pm – 10pm :: 2018 Houston Food Fest

Come enjoy food from over 70 different food vendors from Houston, Austin, and other surrounding cities. Everything from Tacos to Gumbo to Ice Cream to Vegan Burgers to BBQ will be available for you to snack and much on!!!  Local bands will be rocking the stage all day, so make sure you bring your dancing shoes!!

August 21st | 8:30pm :: Movies at Miller with Coco

Before school begins, head out for a fun mid-week treat for breakout hit Coco.  This event is non-ticketed, and as always, open seating on the hill.

August 25th | 10am – 5pm :: 32nd Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition

Head to Galveston for a fun day in the sun and sand to watch an epic Sandcastle Competition take place that also is one of the top five revenue generating fundraisers for the City of Galveston!  Free admission for all attendees.

August 25th | 6:05pm :: Sugar Land Skeeters Game & Jack Ingram Post Game Concert

Join the Sugar Land Skeeters for a Saturday night at the ballpark as they take on New Britain and stay for a post game concert from Jack Ingram courtesy of Silver Eagle! Gates will open at 5:00 PM and first pitch will be at 6:05 PM.

August 26th | 12pm – 5pm :: Theatre District Open House

Kick off the start of the fall performing arts season in Houston with this 25th annual favorite event. Experience the magic and excitement of our theater district, watch live performances, meet cast members, and even go backstage. This one-day only opportunity is completely free for the entire family!

August 30th | 7pm :: Texans vs Cowboys at NRG Stadium

The true sign that fall is upon us :: the kickoff of FOOTBALL season. And who could miss this epic rivalry of the game? Whether you come for the tailgating, the food, the drinks, the atmosphere, or the actual game, this is a win-win no matter which side of the coin you fall on. But seriously, BULLS ON PARADE.

September 18th | 8:30am :: Wellness Day Hosted by HealthCorps University

HealthCorps University is hosting a wellness day to bring together the best of Houston wellness community!  Special guests and industry experts will leave you feeling recharged and inspired to spread the gift of wellness. This event gives you the content and tools proven to create a culture of health through youth wellness education so together, we can shape the future. During the one-day wellness training event, participants will take part in meaningful workshops, hear from local wellness experts, and learn how to make wellness a priority.  The incredible keynote speaker is Delphine Remy, a Healthy Chef, Holistic Nutrition and Eating Psychology Coach will be discussing simplifying wellness.  Attendees will also have access local wellness vendors and receive lunch and a gift bag with wellness swag and exclusive coupons!  Register here for this special opportunity!

**SPECIAL OFFER**   HealthCorps has graciously offered a coupon code for 15% off your tickets!!!  Just enter promo code HOUSTONMOMS at check out!

Looking for more? Check out these links…

10 Kid Friendly Stops for Houston Restaurant Weeks 2018

Top 30 Family-Friendly Patios in Houston

Best Baby Registries in Houston

50 Family-Friendly Restaurants in Greater Houston

Houston’s Best Family-Friendly Brunch Spots

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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