Here are some links to nearby shopping and attractions:
Rice Village - the closest shopping and restaurants.
Hermann Park - wonderful place to spend a day - you can ride the train along Hermann Park Railroad, pedal around in a pedal boat on McGovern Lake, jog along the trails, or enjoy a peaceful moment in the Japanese Garden.
Houston Zoo - a fun and educational way to spend an afternoon.
Museum of Fine Arts - touring exhibitions as well as the museum's permanent collections of world art fill the galleries with works from every era of history.
MetroRail - fast, convenient way to travel to Downtown, Midtown, the Museum District and Texas Medical Center.
Restaurant sugestions in Rice Village as well as further out.