Where dads can take the kids to give mom a day off

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- For Mother's Day, many moms just want a day to themselves or a day where they don't need to clean up any mess. With the help of mom blogger Jill Jarvis, of BigKidSmallCity.com, we put together a list of family-friendly activities that dad can do with the kiddos this weekend.


Brunch at MKT Bar
On May 8, 9 and 10, moms are being celebrated at the kid-friendly restaurant inside the Phoenicia grocery store. There's even live music for moms on Sunday! Parking is free when you eat at MKT Bar when you park in the One Park Place garage.

Bayou Bend
Bayou Bend is free for mothers and grandmothers on Saturday and Sunday. Everyone else in the group receives discounted admission: $10 for adults; $5 for ages 10-17; free for ages 9 and younger. Visit either day from 1 to 5 p.m.


On Saturday:

Young Writers Workshop
Take the kids to Discovery Green any Saturday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for the Young Writers Workshop.

Ladybug Release
There's a ladybug release party at Mandell Park on Saturday at 10 a.m. The kids can come help release over 4,000 ladybugs into the gardens, plus they can take some home to your own garden.

Unlimited train rides at Hermann Park
If you're a member of Hermann Park Conservancy, you can take the kids to the park on Saturday for free unlimited train rides. If you aren't a member, memberships start at $50 per year, and you'll be able to do this the second Saturday of each month.

On Sunday:

Main Street Theater
"Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" is playing at the Main Street Theater on Sunday at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. The play is based on the book by Judy Blume and features professional actors, but for kid-friendly productions. The play takes place at Talento Bilinge de Houston at 333 S. Jensen Dr. Tickets are $17 for preferred seating and $15 for regular. Call (713)524-6706 for tickets.

Any day:

The SPARK School Program works with schools and neighborhoods to develop community parks on public school grounds. SPARK Parks are available for public use during non-school hours and on weekends. Each park is unique, with its design based on ideas and needs of the school and surrounding neighborhoods. While all of the parks are different, a typical park consists of modular playground equipment, a walking trail, benches, picnic tables, trees, an outdoor classroom, and a public art component.

Houston Police Department Mounted Patrol Stables
Take carrots, apples, and peppermints and feed the horses that Houston police officers use every day. The stables off 59 and Little York are open everyday except city holidays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Splash Pads
The Houston Parks and Recreation Department has 23 splash pads in the Houston area.

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