ULTIMATE RECAP {Hoppin’ Around H-Town Summer Play Date Series 2016}

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Here we are again…  Wrapping up the summer in total and complete amazement at just how wonderfully successful our Hoppin’ Around H-Town summer play date series turned out to be!  We are humbled to the core at the support that was poured over us by the community, and to be honest, we are having to pick our jaws up off the floor because our Facebook Event Group reached over 147k people this year {yes, you read that number right!} – most of which being local mamas who were simply looking to stay up-to-date with this series and the countless other summer resources we had to share too.  And the play dates?  Oh, the play dates!  All of them completely sold out again this year, most of which within mere minutes of opening ticket sales. As you can tell by the pictures and recaps below, we had an absolute ball at each and every one, and we encourage you to connect with all of our gracious hosts below.  And to all of you who joined us and supported us this summer — thank you!  Thank you for spending your summer hoppin’ around H-town with us.  There is no way we could have done it without YOU!!

Now, before we dive into all of the recaps, we have to call out one local business in particular…  Our title sponsor Neighbors Emergency Center!  Y’all, this entire series would not have been possible without their generous support.  From helping with check-in, to providing fun swag, to over-the-top giveaways, they knocked it out of the park this summer, and we could not be more thankful for all that they do for us — and all of the families in our community too!  When a medical emergency happens, it can be scary for us mamas.  But we love knowing that Neighbors Emergency Center provides exceptional medical care from local board certified physicians for us and our family, 24/7, 365 days a year, with little to no wait time. Take a tip from our personal play books, and visit NEC24.com for more info and to find the Houston area location closest to you.  While we hope you won’t need to visit any time soon, it’s so very comforting to know that they are always there!


Hoppin’ Around H-Town with Bach to Rock

Y’all… We had SO much fun at our very first Hoppin’ Around H-Town play date! For starters, the kiddos had an absolute blast making music and moving their bodies to the beat, and us mamas {and dads!} loved watching our little ones learn and play with new friends. Bach to Rock was buzzing with music and smiles all morning long, and we were excited to learn that they offer SO much for Houston families to enjoy – from music classes, to summer camps, to birthday parties, and more. Can’t you just imagine a rock ‘n roll themed party?!? So fun!

9079 Katy Freeway, Suite A
Houston, TX 77024
[email protected]

Hoppin’ Around H-Town with PDQ

Play Date #2 was an absolute BLAST!!! As you can see, the kids LOVED all that our friends at PDQ had planned for this one-of-a-kind play date! From a behind the scenes fresh tour where we got to see all of the food being made, to the salad station where we got to make our own mixes and do a little taste test of the sauces, to the chicken station where they got a lesson in how those golden delicious tenders are made… It was fantastic, and of course – we loved diving into our lunches to top it all off! YUMMM!!!

PDQ Cinco Ranch
2703 Cinco Ranch Blvd.
Katy, TX 77494

PDQ Cypress
25686 NW Freeway
Cypress, TX 77429

Hoppin’ Around H-Town with Pinot’s Palette

As soon as we showed up for Play Date #3, the studio was prepped and the kiddos were eager to dive in! From cupcakes to beaches, there were lots of choices and step-by-step directions so that the kiddos could get creative with a little bit of guidance steering the way. Everyone’s personalities definitely came to life through their paintings, and the kids were so persistent and focused once their brushes hit the canvas. Between the moms, we heard lots of chatter about signing up for summer camps, birthday parties, open paint, and of course – MOMS NIGHT OUT! We will definitely be back ourselves, and they are eager to host all of you as well!!

5539 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77056

Hoppin’ Around H-Town with Jana Brown’s Centerstage Dance Studio

Princesses, and super heroes, and games – oh my! We did so much moving and grooving at Play Date #4 and rounded our morning off with fun crafts and yummy snacks too. We love that Centerstage provides such professional and high quality instruction – with an emphasis on keeping it fun and positive as well. Plus, their staff was so kind and patient with all of the littles who were in the studio, and their creativity and enthusiasm was simply contagious!

16566 SW Freeway
Sugar Land, TX 77479
[email protected]

Hoppin’ Around H-Town with Me2 Beauty Bar

For Play Date #5, we traded play date for pampering party, and we have to admit — we ended up a bit green with envy over the royal treatment that our tweens and teens received! Our friends at Me2 Beauty Bar totally outdid themselves with the make-up lessons, manicures, sips and snacks, and more. They made each of the girls in attendance feel confident and celebrated, and they even sent everyone home with a “waterless” manicure set which is safe for younger nails. Our favorite part? We had the pleasure of celebrating a very special 13th birthday with one of the attendees! How neat that she chose a Hoppin’ Around H-Town event for her special day?!? {But really…we can’t think of a more perfect place for tweens and teens to feel special and pampered!}

2031 Post Oak Blvd.
Houston, TX 77056
[email protected]

Hoppin’ Around H-Town with Pump It Up

Our gracious hosts at Pump It Up were absolutely amazing for Play Date #6! We all loved jumping, snacking, and visiting with friends — both old and new. Mamas, if you’re looking for a birthday party venue, this is the place! We love that you get your very own bounce house arena and a private party room all to yourself. {Score!} Oh, and they’ve got Open Jump every Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm so your kiddos can burn off their energy and let their imaginations run wild. {Yes, please!}

923 South Mason Rd.
Katy, TX 77450

Hoppin’ Around H-Town Royal Play Date

Y’all – Play Date #7 was so. much. fun!!! Kingdom and Wheels graciously opened their doors and allowed us full reign of their skating rink, indoor playground, and arcade area! The kiddos had a blast trying their skates on the roller rink, and they climbed and crawled up and down the playground over and over again. Meanwhile, Princess & Tiaras was set up right out front, where three separate groups of girls were able to get their hair and make-up done – all while singing along to their favorite songs and dressing up in the cutest little costumes. It was adorable! Oh, and the snacks?!? Those little cups of deliciousness were provided by The Popcorn Shop and packed with yummy goodness. It was the perfect treat to end such a fun morning!

Kingdom and Wheels

25757 Westheimer Pkwy, Ste. 190
Katy, TX 77494

Princess & Tiaras

[email protected]

The Popcorn Shop

25757 Westheimer Pkwy
Katy, TX 77494

Hoppin’ Around H-Town with Neighbors Emergency Center

For Play Date #8, we had an absolute ball at the Teddy Bear ER with our gracious title sponsors Neighbors Emergency Center! As soon as the kiddos walked in the brand new Bellaire center, they were greeted with their very own teddy bear “patients” to take care of for the morning…and then take home at the end of the play date too! From x-ray machines to stethoscopes, each of the little “doctors” learned all about what happens in a real life emergency center, and the staff was beyond friendly and fun throughout the entire morning which helped ease any doctor’s office fears some of the kiddos had. It’s true… Our friends at Neighbors Emergency Center really are the Best. Neighbors. Ever!!!

9 Houston Area Locations
{Baytown, Bellaire, Copperfield, Crosby, Kingwood
Pasadena, Pearland, Porter, & Texas City}

As you can probably tell, we had an absolute blast this summer hoppin’ around H-town with all of YOU! And while this play date series may be wrapping up, we strongly encourage you to subscribe to our weekly newsletter and follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter so you can stay connected with us all throughout the year. Oh, and if you have a business or brand that is interested in getting involved in next year’s series, contact our Project Coordinator Meagan – meagan {at} houstonmomsblog {dot} com – to get your name on the list too!

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Kelly D
Kelly is the founder of Houston Moms Blog and has lived in this beautiful city nearly all of her life. She has a degree in education from Texas State University and was honored to teach special education for eight years to some of the cutest little kiddos you could ever meet. While teaching, Kelly met Cody – a tall drink of water and country boy to the core – and together, they fell in love, got married, and decided to start a family. In March 2011, they welcomed Hayes into the world, a silly but smart little boy with a story you have to read to believe. And in April 2013, their family was complete with the addition of Hadley, a super gregarious and oh-so-cute baby girl. Now, Kelly devotes her days to caring for her own little ones…and would not trade this new job of hers for the world! In her not-so-spare time, Kelly loves meeting up with her girlfriends for margaritas, failing miserably at Pinterest projects, and exploring this big old city with her two favorite little side-kicks in tow.


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