Spring Break in The Woodlands

March 4th, 2016

Spring Break in The Woodlands is coming up – yes! Already! If you’re stuck in town for work, or just don’t have any plans but don’t want the kids laying around, staring at their phones and iPads all day, The Woodlands has your answer. Here are some options, all held at the Recreation Center.


Engineering for Kids – Daily sessions are broken down into two halves. The morning session crews design uses engineering and imagination to solve real-world problems. The afternoon session students explores robotics and computer programming with Da Vinci EV3 Robots, designing and programming LEGO® robots to solve challenges. Students ages 9 – 13 use LEGO® Mindstorms® Education EV3 software to program and control a robot with Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi.


Science Mysteries Camp – Your kids will solve science mysteries using everything they learn about nature, robotics, chemistry and electronics. Campers ages 6 – 12 use daily documentation to create a movie they can take home at the end of the week. Camp is a full day, children must bring their lunch.


Spanish Camp – This is an immersive language class for students age 7-12. It teaches the Spanish language as well as exploring culture, music, dance, and traditions. Students experience an immersive language learning journey! Taught by native-speaking teachers from around the world. Camp will be held from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM at the Recreation Center, March 16 – 20. Fee: $290 per child for residents, $300 for non-residents.




The Woodlands Children’s Museum also has a program called Spring BreaK-ation, affordable educational activities for children ages 4 through 11. Workshops can include ARTrageous, Sizzlin’ Science, WeDo Robotics, or, for 7-11 year olds only, E.A.R.L.Y Robotics.

Sessions are available for morning, noon, or the full day with the Lunch Bunch option.

For more information about Spring BreaK-ation, and The Woodlands Children’s Museum in general, visitWoodlandsChildrensMuseum.org, or call 281 465-0955. Spaces will fill up fast!

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

February 26th, 2016

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

It is that time again, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo returns to NRG Center for three weeks of nonstop cowboy and cowgirl thrills, fun, entertainment and food. If you are new to The Woodlands, the Houston Rodeo is THE event of the year and should not be missed. There is so much to do and see!


Over the next three weeks, you’ll be treated to concerts featuring national headlining acts as well as local talent, a carnival, horse and livestock shows, all sorts of youth competitions and children’s activities. Plus, a parade, a race, horticultures, Ladies’ night, dancing, a wine garden, educational programming, shopping and auctions.


For the kids, there’s a petting zoo, a Kids’ Pedal Tractor Pull, Muttin’ Bustin’, Pig Races, pony and camel rides. The AGventure area brings farm life to the big city with a birthing center, fisheries, honey bees, and milking demonstrations.


Every day the grounds to the rodeo and livestock show opens at 8am, and you will find something for everyone. The daytime features horse shows where handler shows his abilities at ranching and herding, and livestock shows that exhibit the prowess of the most majestic of animals. There are educational seminars on ranching and wildlife.


Every day, the Statoil Stars over Texas Stage features animal acts, musicians, and other entertainers, including an introduction to Houston’s Up & Comers.


Every afternoon, the Hideout and the Wine Garden open for hanging out and listening to live music.


Every evening features the star of the show – the Rodeo – which is then followed by a different headlining act every night, with musicians representing the very best of popular and country music today.


Every day, the Carnival opens at 11am and closes at Midnight.


There is just so much to do at the Houston Livestock and Rodeo Show, the best thing to do is log on to their website at www.rodeohouston.com and download the visitor’s guide. This comprehensive guide is filled with daily schedule information and includes mapping of the entire event area.


World’s Championship Bar-B-Que

February 19th, 2016

World's Championship Bar-B-Que

It’s getting to be that time of year and we are all chomping at the bit (get it?!) for the Houston Rodeo to start, but don’t let this mouth-watering pre-party pass you by. It’s the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que. And the name doesn’t lie. This is the throw-down between over 300 teams of barbecue aficionados competing in a traditional Texas cook-off. And, it may be the best damned BBQ you’ll ever eat in your life.


The team tents are invitation only, but there are plenty of tents for the public to meander, and just about every tent has an open bar and this party attracts a LOT of people! You can expect to find upwards of 50,000 people per day, eating, drinking and partying the night away. There’s no party like this anywhere else in the world.


The cost of admission to the Contest buys you general admission to the contest as well as a chopped barbecue beef sandwich plate with chips and beans in the public food tent, The Chuck Wagon, located inside the Rockin’ Bar-B-Que Saloon.


The Garden is a general public area, located smack in the middle of the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, complete with three days of live music.


The Rockin’ Bar-B-Que Saloon is on the north side of the contest area, where you and your friends will dance all night to live music and DJs. If you’d rather relax, grab a seat on the outside patio area to enjoy a cold beverage. Either way, this venue is a must for the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest visitors. Free admission to the public once you are on the Contest grounds – no tent pass needed.


Hope you’ve been saving up your appetite for this one! Visit their website for more details:


Valentine’s Day

February 12th, 2016


What does Valentine’s Day mean to you? A box of chocolates and a card? A dozen roses? Oysters and champagne? Or taking your beloved out? Sunday is Valentine’s Day, and there are so many ways to celebrate right here in The Woodlands. Here are just a few suggestions:


A Romantic Carriage Ride

Knock her off her feet and turn your Valentine’s weekend into a real-life fairy tale with a horse-drawn carriage ride down Market Street courtesy ofPlatinum Horse & Carriage. Packages are available. Check their website for the schedule of availability and to make reservations, email Platinum Carriage at platinumcarriageco@yahoo.com.


Valentine’s Day Care

The Little Gym and VillaSports are both offering programming over the weekend for Mommy & Daddy to have grownup time. Check their websites for schedules, details and pricing. http://www.thelittlegym.com/TheWoodlandsTX/Pages/psn-schedule.aspx




If you haven’t made reservations for Sunday yet, put down your laptop and call RIGHT NOW to ensure a table. Here are some suggestions for romantic Valentine’s dinners.

Amerigo’s Live music and chef-inspired Valentine’s Day specials on their a la carte menu, with no set pricing for the evening. A credit card number is required to secure the reservation, call them at 281 362-0808. http://amerigos.com/

Crescent Moon Wine Bar Great location for the wine lover in your life. Call 281 364-9463 for more information. http://www.crescentmoonwinebar.com/home

Hubbell & Hudson Bistro Special Valentine’s prix-fixe menu. Call 281 203-5641 for your reservation today. http://hubbellandhudson.com/bistro/


Celebrating Being Single

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to just be about romance! Here are a couple of ways to celebrate your independence.

Baker Street Pub & Grill Wear the glo-stick that suits your status – green for ‘go’, yellow for ‘it’s complicated’, red for ‘taken’. http://sherlockspub.com/

Bar Louie At Bar Louie, we say screw Valentine’s Day! Come have fun and cocktails with us! http://www.barlouieamerica.com/locations/Woodlands.aspx

Things To Do This Weekend

February 5th, 2016

Lunar New Year

It’s the weekend before actual Mardi Gras and you’ve already been to a few parades, already got thousands of beads, and you want to do something fun that’s not Mardi Gras, or you’re just looking for something to tie you over until Tuesday night when the insanity ends and Lent begins. To be honest, there isn’t a lot going on, but we were able to find a few interesting things to do this weekend.


Chinese New Year

Firecrackers, money in red envelopes, dragon parades. This weekend is the Lunar New Year, marking the beginning of the year of the Sheep. Lunar New Year is celebrated by many Asian cultures, but China cornered the market in Houston by having its celebration down at Discovery Green. Check http://www.texaslunarfest.net/ for details. Or, if you’d like to see how the Vietnamese celebrate Lunar New Year, visit http://lunarnewyearhouston.com/.


Cheer Bowl Nationals

This is the largest, most prestigious, and independent cheer National Championship in Texas. This is Cheer America’s world bid for both cheer and dance, with a total of 17 bids to the 2016 USASF Cheerleading Worlds!!! That’s 3 Fully-Paid and 6 At-Large Bids for CHEER and 3 Partially-Paid and 5 At-Large Bids for DANCE! It’s the chase for the jackets, cash prizes, along with a ton of other prizes that makes this event a blast! http://cachampionships.com/events/cheer-bowl-freedom-dance-nationals-prep-nationals


International Piano Festival

The University of Houston’s Moore School of Music hosts a weekend of recitals and master classes with three of the world’s most renowned keyboard performers, Kirill Gerstein, John O’Conor, and Abbey Simon. Join the masters for an informal luncheon on Sunday, to discuss their lives and careers, or attend one of three recitals, 1 each day for each artist. http://www.uh.edu/class/music/events-performances/piano-festival/
See? Told you they were interesting!

Mardi Gras

January 29th, 2016

Mardi Gras Galveston

Can you believe it’s that time again already? Get your catching arm ready, update your parade costume and Laizzez les bon temps rouler! It’s MARDI GRAS!!! And what better place to celebrate than in Galveston.


At Mardi Gras Galveston, there will more than 3 million beads thrown!


Whether it’s Mystic Krewe of Aquarius or Krewe Gambrinus or any of the other 16 that participate every year, come cheer and be a part of the fun for all your favorite Mardi Gras parades as they come to the Entertainment District.


Live the high life at one of the balcony parties. Balcony parties include admission into the Entertainment District, the balcony party with cash bar, music and a VIP view of the festivities below.


Check out nonstop live entertainment on the Budweiser and Jagermeister Electric Mardi Gras stages. General Admission tickets are available and grant access to all the concerts.

If running is your thing, register for the the 105th Mardi Gras! Galveston Official 5k Run. The first 300 runners registered receive a FREE 1/2 day Balcony Party Ticket!!!

Want to be IN the parades? Dress up your golf cart and register for the 4th Annual Zaniest Golf Cart Parade! You get FREE entry into the Entertainment District & the Best Decorated Golf Cart gets FREE Balcony Party Passes! Or get a ticket to ride one of the floats. They provide the float, beads, driver and balcony party you provide the Krewe! Gather your friends and contact info@yagaspresents.com to sign up today and ask about ALL the ways to PLAY!


If you want to enjoy all the Mardi Gras fun without the Mardi Gras craziness, there are several parades just for kids.


Bring out the entire family for a day full of Sunshine at the Sunshine Kids Parade, a non-profit organization that provides activities and emotional support for young cancer patients in hospitals.


Or support the Shriners Hospitals for Children at their parade. Patients, families and friends of Shriners Hospital for Children will become a part of the Mardi Gras! Galveston festivities with floats, and Shriners Clowns and Mini-Cars!


There’s also the Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Parade and the Mardi Gras Children’s Parade.
For a full schedule, ticket information and more, visit their website at http://www.mardigrasgalveston.com/.

Martin Luther King Jr. Grand Parade

January 15th, 2016

MLK Parade

22 years ago, a parade to celebrate and commemorate the legacy and message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. began in Houston. Seven years later, in this same spirit, a new tradition was added on to the parade – a battle of marching bands. Five years after that began the tradition of a parade just for youth participation. Today, these traditions take up an entire weekend, with the Martin Luther King Jr. Grand Parade as the crown jewel.


The weekend begins Saturday, with the 10th Annual MLK Youth Parade. This parade features musicians from around the country who are lead by The Stephen F. Austin High School Marching Band-Houston, Texas, floats, over 100 performance groups, special dignitaries and community organizations. The MLK Youth Parade is produced to promote racial and cultural harmony. The parade steps off in Mid-Town at San Jacinto & Elgin N/B.


On Sunday afternoon, Rice Stadium becomes the battleground for over 20 nationally acclaimed high school marching bands, to determine who takes home bragging rights for the best overall performance. Categories include small, medium, large sized bands, and a middle school category. Among them will be the best high school marching bands from Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, as well as Texas. The music and the stepping cannot be beat.


The festivities culminate on Monday with the largest single day multicultural activity in the US, in honor of Dr. King, to promote racial and cultural appreciation and in keeping with his doctrines of inclusion and oneness. The parade is marked by professionally designed floats, over 30 marching bands, more than 150 performing groups and a host of dignitaries and community leaders. The televised parade attracts upwards of 300,000 spectators lining the streets of Houston and hundreds of thousands more watching from home. The parade follows the same route as Saturday’s Youth Parade.


Visit their website for updates and information http://www.mlkgrandeparade.org/.

International Boat, Sport & Travel Show

January 8th, 2016

The 61st Annual Houston International Boat, Sport & Travel Show (Houston Boat Show) opens this weekend, taking over the entire floor of NRG Center. This is the largest and longest running show of its kind, featuring over 1,000 powerboats, luxury cruisers, fishing boats and watercraft. For the person who loves boating, fishing and camping, this is the place to be.


In addition to all the shopping there is to do, come check out the regular attractions.


BASS TUB – This 5,000 gallon aquarium, standing nine feet tall and over 40 feet long, is filled with rocks, stumps and plants to recreate the natural habitat of the bass fish for the 30-40 fish that live in it. This aquarium gives guests a chance to see the fish in action during lure and casting and retrieval technique demonstrations. It is a sight for anyone to behold.


FISH-O-RAMA – One of the Houston Boat Show’s longest standing traditions, this is a great way to introduce anyone, especially kids, to North America river and lake native, the rainbow trout. Kids of all ages can catch a fish with an already-baited fishing pole, and take it home. Anglers are welcome to can keep or release their fish, with staff on-hand to bag it if you decide to take home. They’ll even keep your catch on ice if you’re not done at the expo.


BUBBLE RUNNERS – Another favorite at the Houston Boat Show, become a human hamster inside a giant inflatable ball. Once you crawl inside,  the ball is filled with air for you to run around on in the exhibit pool.


Whether you prefer speed out on the water with the wind in your hair, or paddling on a quiet lake at dusk, there is something for everyone at the Houston Boat Show.


For dates, ticket prices and details visit either of these websites:





New Year’s Resolutions

December 31st, 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!  Shhh!!! We shouldn’t shout so loud!! You’re probably still recovering from last night’s festivities! Now it’s time to start planning your New Year’s Resolutions. Here is a short list of some really great ideas.


Smile More – Forbes.com says “It is well known among social psychologists now that the simple act of smiling can make you happier and healthier, even if your smile is a forced one! According to thefacial feedback hypothesis, smiling activates the release of dopamine, endorphins and serotonin, neurotransmitters that help reduce stress and elicit positive emotions. It can actually influence your brain. Also, it is contagious, literally. According to aSwedish study, when people are exposed to emotional facial expressions, they tend to unconsciously mimic those expressions, positive or negative, which as just discussed may influence their emotions.


Reconnect with Friends – Health.com says that research suggests people with strong social ties live longer than those who don’t. A lack of social bonds can damage your health as much as alcohol abuse and smoking, and even more than obesity and lack of exercise, a 2010 study in the journal PLoS Medicine suggests. The best part is that with today’s technology it’s never been easier to stay in touch—or rejuvenate your relationship—with friends and family.


Visit a New Destination – Askmen.com says to take yourself outside your comfort zone and go somewhere new. Going on an adventures is a sure cure for boredom. Whether you have a dream destination in mind or you simply throw a dart at a map of the world, going somewhere new is the most important New Year’s resolution all men should make. Even if you hate traveling, you can still do this. Visiting somewhere new can even include the restaurant you walk past every day, the local museum or the next town over.


So, what will your New Year’s Resolution be?

New Year’s Eve

December 25th, 2015


By now, all the presents have been opened, the holiday feast has been eaten. Heck, you might already be loading up a plate of leftovers about now. The kids have played with all their new toys, passed out somewhere for their afternoon nap and are back up, complaining about being bored. What now? It’s time to start making your New Year’s Eve plans!! Stay here in The Woodlands? Head out to Houston? The options are truly endless, so here are just a few.



Music, food, champagne and fun are what you can expect from the options close to home.


Baker Street – Rock out on the Waterway with live music all night long, champagne toast at midnight, and party favors. Nearby and affordable!


Bar Louie – An all-inclusive ticket gets you a New York style New Year’s, with cocktails, party favors, midnight champagne toast, and breakfast/snack buffet after midnight to soak up all those cocktails!


Bowlero – Afternoon and evening hours, family friendly and a totally different way to ring in the new year. Family packages, kid-friendly buffet, unlimited shoe rental and bowling, unlimited drinks. There is also a Ball Drop Package and premium bar package for later in the evening.


New Year’s Day Resolution Workout at the Y – Sweat out your party from the night before and start the year off right with a variety of workout options on New Year’s Day morning including indoor cycling, kickboxing or nightclub cardio.



Every neighborhood and nook of Houston is having its own celebration.


Downtown – Hyatt Regency Houston – The giant atrium is home to this party, complete with 33 foot balloon drop at midnight and a variety of party theme areas filled with live music and DJs. Overnight packages are available so you don’t have to go anywhere after you’re done partying.


Midtown – Pub Crawl Starting at Midtown Drinkery – Go down the list of participating bars that will offer specials to pub crawlers, and find all kinds of New Years Eve shenanigans to get into!


West Side & Energy Corridor – New Year’s Eve at CentreCity – Come out for dinner, cocktails and shopping specials, plus DJ music and fireworks at midnight!

On behalf of myself and the entire Sartin Team, we would like to wish you and yours a very happy, safe and healthy holiday season.


For a complete list of New Year’s Eve celebrations, visit Woodlands Events at http://woodlandsevents.com/winter/new-years-eve