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For Metro Houston’s Park and Ride fares:
For things to do and free activities in Houston, http://www.visithoustontexas.com.
Visit local churches for worship services, mission trips and fun things to do with the family.
Discovery Green in downtown Houston–Summer hours are 6 a.m. -12 a.m. Water fountains are open until 9 p.m., depending on the weather. Parking is available in nearby garages or pre-paid parking on the street.
August 15 – First Day of School — Katy Independent School District, Fort Bend County ISD
August 17 (Friday) – Memorial services for former Houston First Baptist Church Pastor Emeritis John Bisagno. The service is at 1 p.m. at the 610 Loop campus of HFBC.
August 25 –Harris County Flood Control Bond Election. Visit http://www.harrisvotes.org or http://www.harrisvotes.com
August 27 –First Day of School –Houston Independent School District
September 15 – Hispanic Heritage Month begins.
Places to visit and dine in Houston
On the right, Texas’s favorite place to fuel up your vehicle and yourself. Buc-ees has food, gifts and gas at its Pearland, Katy, Houston area and Texas locations. The Galleria in Houston offers high-end retail stores, Macys, Nordstroms, restaurants, food court and a cool ice skating rink. Memorial City in west Houston also a popular shopping and restaurant area for families and visitors. Closer to the Texas Medical Center are Rice University Village and Highland Village for shopping and places to eat. Outside Houston city limits, take I-10 West for Designer Outlets at Katy Mills in Katy, Texas. Take Highway 290 in northwest Houston to the Houston Premium Outlets in Cypress, Texas.
For Texas Barbeque, foodies head to Killen’s in Pearland and Rudy’s in the outer suburbs of metro Houston. Pappas BBQ, Roegel’s on S. Voss, Spring Creek BBQ in Pearland and Katy and Brisket BBQ in Bellaire also are family favorites.
Houston families also dine at Cleburne’s Cafeteria in West University and Luby’s Cafeterias.
For Mexican food, locals and visitors head to Lopez Mexican Restaurant on S. Wilcrest off Highway 59 in southwest Houston. The original Ninfa’s Mexican Restaurant on Navigation Street in east Houston also is a popular destination. There are many Mexican restaurants and taquerias throughout Houston. Fajita Pete’s café in West University also good for close-to-home takeout or dining.
For Mediterranean food, Nikos Restaurant and Fadi’s Mediterranean Grill offer salads, humus, vegetarian and grilled entrees from gyros to lamb shanks.
Houston’s Chinatown, Vietnamese Town, Asian Town —Head to southwest Houston and Bellaire Boulevard for Asian restaurants (Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Indian, Japanese, Filipino, Thai, Malaysian) and shopping. For Chinese and Vietnamese food, there’s Fung’s Kitchen, Ocean Palace, Confucious, Crown Seafood, East Wall, Fu-Fu’s Café, Golden Dim Sum, Sinh-Sinh, Tan-Tan, Kim Son, and more on Bellaire Boulevard or along the SW Hwy 59 service road toward Sam Houston Parkway. Large Asian grocery stores like Ranch 99, Viet Hoa, Hong Kong Market, Welcome, Super H Market also offer box lunches and some have food courts. For Boba Tea, visit Star Snow Ice, Tapioca House in the Welcome shopping Center on Bellaire Boulevard and Tea House locations in Chinatown. Tapioca House also serves combo bento box meals with Boba Tea for $7-$8. Tapioca House has locations in Austin and Dallas. For Thai food, Thai Gourmet Restaurant at 6324 Richmond Avenue west of the Galleria area.
Visit national, state, local parks, beaches and indoor attractions. Visit http://www.nps.gov or http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks
Yosemite National Park Galveston, Texas
Space Center Houston
Mondays through Saturdays – Harris County Community Centers in the Houston area offer free classes with volunteer teachers. Learn Spanish, English, French, Mandarin Chinese, yoga, exercise, self defense, knitting, CPR and other things that interest you. Students may be required to pay for materials in the free classes. For monthly class schedules at Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Road, call 713- 956-0881 or at the county community center near you, visit http://www.pct3.com