Pizza man has great pizza and good sides like cheesy bread. I don't think they deliver, but if you live close enough to them, it's definately worth going to. Prices are somewhat cheaper than the big chains like Dominos & Pizza Hut..
I never thought Randalls was that expensive, you just have to look for the specials.. Maybe if you're buying alot of expensive meats then it would be too expensive here, but for most basic food and drinks it's ok. They have good services (deli, flowers, bakery, etc.) and some locations even used to have little cafe/restaurants (not sure if any still do)
Eckerd Photo Labs is a very good place to take all your film, disposible film, and even digital cameras to get good high quality prints with lots of options and at low prices. I've been going here for a long time and I think it's the best place to go (any of the Eckerd's labs locations not just this one)
This is a good school that has both preschool and kindergartens if you'd rather your child wait until 1st grade to enter elementary school.. They have both AM and PM preschools and many many classrooms and friendly teachers. Good schoolyard / playground and lots of activities for your kids. Inside playroom for when it rains
I always came here and it was always the cheapest haircut you will find from a chain hair-cutters. It was a very good cut for the price. If you come often enough, you can request the person who you feel does the best job on your hair, and every time they will cut it for you the way you like it. They also have very good (cheap) hair salon products for sale here (shampoo, etc.) including several specialty ones (thin hair, dandruff, etc.)
Last time I visited here (where my grandparents were staying) the La Quinta seemed nice and clean, but it was several years ago and I'm not sure anymore. Several restaurants that used to be in this area have gone out of business (Grandy's, Kettle, etc.) but then again several more new ones have popped up (Texas Road House) and also several brand new (within last 2-3 years) hotels, like the Hampton. Try a newer one.
I always liked coming here because the theatre near my house was deserted, small ,old and dirty. This theatre is the exact opposite - clean, many screens, new, and a fun spot to hang out on a Friday or Saturday night.
Several years ago I saw "A Christmas Carol" with my school here at The Alley Theatre. I believe it is either in or near downtown and is quite an experience. Many people don't know much about downtown Houston as opposed to people in other big cities. Anyway, the play was excellent and the theatre was clean, large, and didn't seem to be aging ( I HATE old theatres). They are very accomodating of large groups and have great seating. They even offer backstage tours for some groups / people. ( With advance reservation ).
While Celebration Station is ok, FunPlex and Mountasia are much better. I wasn't that impressed with this place, it was too small and was basically deserted (on a Saturday) which is not a good sign .. meaning customers don't like it either so why should I ! They have games but not alot and the ticket prizes weren't that good at all. They have walk-around characters like Chuckie Cheese but much much more annoying
To me this place is too expensive (but then again so are all theme parks) but it is worth it. I have been here a few times and always had alot of fun. They don't actually have that many rides (maybe 15?) but most parks are like that too.. It's a huge place, lots of things to eat, lockers, tubes to rent, lazy river, water slides, Texas Free Fall, and more ..