AROUND HOUSTON

 

Are you curious about all the best parts of Houston? Don't worry, we've got you covered! We've compiled a list of our members' recommendations for everything from neighborhoods to schools to where to grab a bite to eat!

Where do you live?

Recommended neighborhoods near the Med Center:

  • Rice Village

  • Upper Kirby

  • West University

  • Braes Heights

  • Bellaire

  • Meyerland (ask about flooding)

  • Westbury

  • Willowbend

  • Midtown (more in the center of urban life)

  • Pearland (a little further)

Specific apartments:

  • Broadstone Toscano

  • Braeswood Place

  • Verdir at Hermann Park

  • University Housing (the official student housing for UT)

What schools and day cares do your kids attend?

​Recommended Preschools and Day Cares:

  • A Children's Village @ West University Baptist Church

  • Meadows Preschool @ Willow Meadows Baptist Church

  • School for Little Children @ Bellaire Methodist Church

  • St. Philip's UMC Day School

  • Westbury UMC Day School

  • Faith Lutheran

  • St. Luke's Day School

  • Rice Temple Baptist Church Mother's  Day Out

  • Becker Emmanu El, School for Little Children

  • Westbury Baptist Preschool 

Recommended HISD elementary schools:

  • Mark Twain Elementary

  • Horn Elementary

  • Parker Elementary

  • Kolter Elementary

  • Herod Elementary

Where do you go to church?

Churches:

  • Crosspoint Church Bellaire

  • Grace Bible Church

  • St. Luke's United Methodist Church

  • St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church

  • Houston's First Baptist

  • First Presbyterian

  • Christ the King Presbyterian Church

  • Corpus Christi Catholic Church

  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

  • St. Vincent de Paul

  • Redemption

  • City of Refuge Church

 

What other activities do you do regularly throughout the week?

Bible Study or Christian Fellowship:

  • MOPS at Crosspoint Church Bellaire

  • Bible Study Fellowship (BSF)

  • Community Bible Study (CBS)

  • Oasis Christian Fellowship 

  • Awana Clubs @ College Park Baptist

 

Other activities:

  • Weekley YMCA

  • International Voices Houston (choir)

  • The Little Gym

  • Agape Development Ministries (volunteer opportunities)

  • Houston Public Library and Bellaire City Library children programs 

  • Houston Zoo

  • The Children's Museum (free for those on WIC or SNAP)

 

Where are the best places to eat?​

We think the restaurant scene is one of the best things about our city! There are so many amazing places to eat. Here are some of our members favorites, but the list doesn't end here! Have fun exploring!

Kid-friendly restaurants:

  • Little Matt’s (VERY kid-friendly; includes arcade and free adult beverages)

  • Christian’s Tailgate (outdoor kids play area)

  • Hopdoddy (burgers in Rice Village with corn hole out front)

  • The ‘401 in Bellaire (games for the table and kid room with TV and babysitter for the older kids)

  • Punk’s (outdoor turf for kids to play on)

  • Betsy's at Evelyn's Park (very kid-friendly)

  • Shiva Indian Restaurant 

  • The Original Ninfa's 

  • Killen's Barbecue 

  • The Rustic

  • Local Foods

  • Blood Bro's BBQ 

  • 85C Bakery

  • Tiny Box Woods

  • Les Noodle

  • The Breakfast Klub

  • Pit Room BBQ (limited seating)

  • Kata Robata

  • House of Bowls

  • Lupe Tortilla

  • Istanbul Grill 

  • FLO PARIS Bakery

  • Common Bond

  • Buffalo Grille

  • Roostar Cafe

  • Barnaby's Cafe

  • El Tiempo

  • Snooze 

  • Torchy's Tacos

  • The Burger Joint

  • Mia's Table

  • Lucille's (semi-kid friendly)

  • Lucy's Ethiopian Restaurant (semi-kid friendly)

  • Thai Cottage (semi-kid friendly)

  • Taqueria Arandas (semi-kid friendly)

  • Campesino Coffee House (semi-kid friendly)

Other restaurants:

  • Houston's 

  • Les Givral's

  • Wanna Bao

  • MF sushi

  • Benjy’s

  • Hugo’s

  • Xochi

  • Caracol 

  • North Italia

  • Gus' Fried Chicken
  • Sorrento
  • Coltivare
  • Grace's

 

Dessert places:

  • The Chocolate Bar
  • Amy's Ice Creams

What's on your Houston bucket list?

Indoor: 

  • Majestkids in Sugarland 

  • Memorial City Mall Play Area

  • The Children's Museum 

  • Houston Rodeo 

  • Museum District (free on Thursdays)

  • Houston Symphony 

  • Johnson Space Center (NASA)

  • Open gym at Evelyn Rubinstein Jewish Community Center 

  • Phoenicia Foods (international Food Market)

  • Visit the shops and restaurants in Chinatown

Outdoor: 

  • Levy Park (Splash pad)

  • Houston Arboretum

  • Houston Zoo

  • Nature Discovery Center

  • Trip to Galveston

  • Visit the hill country of Texas, including Fredericksburg (wine country) and Boerne 

  • Visit Hermann Park (pretty gardens, picnic tables, paddle boats, a train, a water area for kids to play in, a playground, the zoo, and Miller Outdoor Theater are all here!)

  • See a show at Miller Outdoor Theater 

  • Waugh Bridge Bat Colony

  • Brazos Bend State Park (known for having a lot of alligators!)

  • Explore the local playgrounds and parks, especially Fire Truck Park, Jack Pitman/Evergreen Park, Weir Park, Fleming Park, Colonial Park, and Levy Park

  • Discovery Green 

  • The Houston Bean 

  • Camping at Lake Houston Wilderness Park 

  • Walk the Buffalo Bayou trails

What doctors , practices, & hospitals do you recommend? 

*This section is under construction! More recommendations to come later!

Family medicine:

  • UT Physicians Family Practice (Bellaire - Dr. Burdine & Dr. Zubair) 

OB/OBGYN and Hospitals for deliveries: 

  • The Woman's Specialist of Houston (Dr. Hall, Dr. Longerot, & Dr. Perez)

  • Texas Children's (Dr. Beth Davis) 

  • Pavilion for Women at Texas Children's Hospital (Dr. Timmons, Dr. Bump, Dr. Piegari, & Dr. Hall)

  • Complete Women's Care Center

  • Woman's Hospital of Texas

Pediatricians: 

  • Texas Children's (Bellaire location - Dr. Dickason & Dr. Rosenfeld)

  • Texas Children's (Kirby location - Dr. Injac, Dr. Koush, & Dr. Ho)

  • Texas Children's (Fannin location - Dr. Hirsch)

  • Bootin and Savrick Pediatrics 

Pediatric Ophthalmologists:

  • Houston Eye Association

Pediatric Dentists:

  • Dentini Pediatric Dentistry

Dentists:

  • Cambridge Dental

  • Montrose Advanced Dentistry 

  • Dr. Wedemeyer

  • Dr. Jordan Stirneman

Chiropractors:

  • Dr. Ventura

Psychiatrists:

  • Dr. Angela Partida 

  • Dr. Skefos

Therapists:

  • Linda Talbot