Adventure Kids Playcare Memorial – Grand Opening

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I took the kiddos to Adventure Kids Playcare‘s Grand Opening today. I have heard of Adventure Kids; however, this was our first visit, and this location is the closest to our place. Upon arriving, I was given a very detailed and informative tour of the facility. I appreciate the time the employees took in showing me around and answering all of my questions.

Socks are not required, but shoes are not allowed. Parents can choose to enter barefoot, with socks only, OR they provide shoe covers.

For the grand opening, play time was free. I think normally it is $11/per hours (and $40 per family membership fee). It is designed as a drop off childcare service, but parents can stick around and relax in the parent’s lounge, which has wifi and a television. They offer the kids breakfast, lunch, and dinner for an additional $4. Parents select food choices from a menu or they are welcomed to send the kids with meals from home (no peanuts allowed).

There were plenty of employees around to supervise the kids, but I am not certain I would feel comfortable leaving my kids there. It was overly crowded to the point where I could barely navigate through the building. I couldn’t find my oldest son for about 15-20 minutes, and that put me in an extreme panic mode. The employees were very helpful, especially Tyriek, and we were able to find him hiding in the toddler room. I am not sure if because it was the grand opening and the food and activities were free, and that’s why it was so crowded? I’ll have to visit at another time and access. I’d imagine they have a maximum capacity.

The facility has a parent’s lounge, a birthday/events room, a separate area for toddlers, an area for babies, a pretend-play section, soft playscape, basketball game, air hockey, and a ping-pong table. They also have a kitchen where they prepare the meals and snacks.

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I found the staff to be quite pleasant. The grand opening was wonderful. We arrived right at 1pm when the event started and stayed for a few hours. There were two face-painters, balloon animals, characters from Black Panther, an animal exhibit (although we didn’t stay long as the room got too hot and crowded, but my son got to hold a snake around his neck and also hold a tortoise), and lots of food (chicken, fish, pizza, hotdogs, burgers, salad, cookies, cotton candy, and MUCH more).

My kids really enjoyed themselves so I may add it to our “things to do around Houston” list. I could see myself having to finish up on work and taking them while I sit in the parent’s lounge with my laptop.

Krispy Kreme!!

Today was the grand opening of Krispy Kreme in Houston. Yes, before today there was no Houston location! RaShad and I set out early this morning to pick up a dozen, but we were definitely NOT prepared for the massive crowd. There were hundreds and hundreds of people and traffic like crazy! We were in the drive thru line for a little over 40 minutes. Was it worth it? 100%!! From the first bite, I knew I made the right decision. Pure bliss! 

 hot and free donuts 

Check out the line from around 6:15PM 

Still insane!! 

Day Trip to Splashtown

This year I opted to buy season tickets to Splashtown and oh what a great investment it was! Thursday was the first time we have been this season, but we will be certain to get as much use out of them as possible. The kids had an amazing time!

The last time we went to Splashtown, we spent around $180 (ouch!). This year, I was much more prepared. 

 Tips to save time, money & headaches:

Buy season tickets! We paid $70/each and can visit as much as we want this season. Single visits are $40 for adults & $31 for kids–not to mention the $10 for parking (season ticket holders get free parking). If you go two times, you might as well get season passes. Plus there are other perks like coupons and guest tickets.

Bring 3 ziplock bags–one for your cell phone, one for money+keys+etc, and a large one to hold wet clothes. 

Dress kids in their swimsuits. When we arrived, we were all dressed and ready to enter. The only thing we needed to do was put on sunscreen.   Go early. My goal was to be there at 11am to avoid crowds, but we didn’t make it until around noon. This was perfect for us because there was absolutely no lines! There were no lines to pick up our season passes and no lines for the rides. Plus, we got a parking spot right near the entrance. Oh yeah! It also helped that we went on a Thursday. I assume most kids still had school and parents were working. 

Eat lunch before arriving. Lunch at any theme park can get quite expensive and isn’t worth it. 

Pack light. The only thing in my tote was a towel, a cup for Jayden, and two bags (one for money and other for phone). That’s all you really need. Everything else can be left in the car. 

Buy the souvenir cup. Yes, it’s $11.99 BUT you get free refills on the day of purchase and .99 refills all season long. I bought one cup and we all shared 🙂

*We will keep it in the trunk so we don’t forget or misplace it. 

 Pack a snack bag to eat on the way home. After splashing around for 3 hours, I knew the kids would be hungry so I packed each one a labeled sandwich sized ziplock bag with their names (RaShad loves seeing his name lol) and filled them with snacks. They each had a juice box, crackers and a fruit snack. *When we went to buy the cup, Jayden spotted cookies and had to have one so I gave in a bought one cookie for $3 ugh!

When we left, I changed the kids into dry clothes and placed the wet suits in a ziplock bag and gave them their snacks. They sat quietly in the backseat for the entire ride home :))