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July 2020 | Vol. 32 | Issue 7

BACKYARD RETREATS

CELEBRATE IN STYLE THIS SUMMER

what you need to know

HOMESCHOOL, PRIVATE OR PUBLIC

summer road trippin

FAMILY FRIENDLY VACAY IDEAS

hurricane preparedness

GET YOUR FAMILY READY

HELLO NELSON

EDUCATION DIRECTORY OPEN


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The Houston Zoo is open and ready family back to reconnect with the a See many of your favorite animals in including elephants, gorillas, lions,

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Extended through September 27!

This summer guests of all ages are invited to experience the thrill of seeing these mythical beasts move and roar. Come face to face with massive, mythical creatures—the first exhibit of its kind in the U.S.—only at the Houston Zoo.

Now FREE with general Zoo admission!

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Now offering COVID-19 testing! Use our virtual care platform to see and speak directly to one of our providers from the comfort of your own home. We know that when your child is sick, having immediate access to a trusted and convenient after-hours resource is critical. You can now access the same care your little one experiences in our clinics straight from your phone. NightLightPediatrics.com/Telemed Convenient locations across Houston — we're right in your neighborhood.

COVID-19 Clinic Hours Weekdays 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Weekends 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Telemedicine Hours* Weekdays / Weekends 6 a.m. - midnight *Telemedicine is available for newborns to 21-year-old patients all across Texas.

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Shelby Henry is a fun loving 8 year old who loves meeting new people, aspires to be famous when she grows up and also wants to work at the zoo.

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Plan the perfect family backyard gathering

back yard cinema

Here we go again!

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book Bites

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i am houston

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mind, body, soul

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Texas Travel

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family tech

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4th of july summer bash

Things you need to know about

Summer reads for motivation Get to know Emmy Award winning journalist Linda Lorelle Elizabeth Irvine discusses poetry

Out of the ordinary Summer Road Trip Ideas Summer apps to keep kids entertained

Read us on the go! Download our app in the app store or google play.

Create a new family movie night tradition

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions Preparing for the 2020-21 school year

Summer Fashion Trends

The best in summer fashion trends for mom

hurricane season

How to prepare yourself during the pandemic

A dose of cuteness

Babies abundant at the Houston Zoo

resources

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Photographer: Kimberly Davis Guerra Location: Houston Zoo

follow us on soial media

Education directory the big to-do

Activities for Families

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family fyi MENTAL HEALTH WELLNESS FOR MOMS AT THE MENNINGER CLINIC We all know moms are under tremendous stress, often juggling demanding work schedules, caring for little ones, volunteering and navigating household responsibilities, then along comes the COVID-19 pandemic, and now those stressors have grown exponentially. The Menninger Clinic just launched Texas’s first moms’ maternal mental wellness program. The Menninger Moms Program is a virtual program designed by moms, for moms, offers a customized care package, a la carte services, and a “Mothering during a Pandemic” therapy group. The eight-week “Mothering During a Pandemic” group offers therapy and education lead by a psychologist and tackles topics like managing guilt and crisis survival. This program is a first-of-itskind virtual offering for moms in Texas designed to help moms cope and develop a long-term healthy self-care regimen. “We want moms to know they’re not alone. The services we offer focus on wellness and are intended to support women along their journey as mothers,” says Elisabeth Netherton, MD, psychiatrist and physician, The Menninger Clinic. “Our goal is to provide a warm, open and inviting space as well as cultivate a community for moms to support each other beyond this program.” If you are a mom who would like to learn more, or a physician who would like to refer a patient, please call us at 713-275-5400. www.menningerclinic.org houston family magazine

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PARANORMAL ACTIVITY DETECTED ON THE STRAND, GALVESTON Storm on the Strand Ghost Tour plans for Fourth of July tourists seeking different types of sparklers People fascinated with paranormal phenomena take the Storm on The Strand Ghost Tour to find out more about ghosts in downtown Galveston. Some just enjoy the storytellers who share tales from the past. Many of them have commented on social media and tourist rating sites. Texas leaders earlier this year called for social distancing in efforts to contain the spread of COVID 19, and the Storm on The Strand Ghost Tour operates within those guidelines. In these casual strolls in the open air, tour guides observe social distancing. Participants are not in an enclosed space like a bus. “We offer contact-free walking tours,” owner John Kowalski said. “Feel free to wear a mask. Feel free to enjoy our spooky adventure.” PLAN YOUR GHOSTLY ADVENTURE! • The Storm on The Strand Ghost Tour begins every night at 6 p.m., 8 p.m., and 10 p.m. at 2411 A Market St. in front of Patrick’s Bar. • The cost of the tour is $20 for adults and $15 for children 12 years old and younger. • Book tours online at www.stormonthestrandtour.com. Kowalski suggests it is a good idea to arrive 15 minutes early to Patrick’s Bar. • Bring some water, bring some friends, and bring a charged cell phone to document any paranormal activity the moment it happens.

FREEDOM OVER TEXAS ‘RE-IMAGINED” Mayor Turner has stated that the Freedom Over Texas Fireworks Display will still happen, but the concerts will be broadcast online and on TV. There will not be a live audience or formal event for the fireworks display. The Houston Symphony Orchestra and various entertainers from multiple genres will perform for the broadcast. This will be the first performance for the Symphony since the pandemic started. Other performers include: Pat Green, Trae Tha Truth, Bun B, Mariachi Imperial de America, Los Luzeros de Rioverde For specific information, please visit http://www.houstontx.gov/july4/

HOUSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY RESOURCES FOR KIDS Did you know that our very own Houston Public Library system is offering great online resources for kids this summer? You and your kids can check out: • Digital Entertainment & Streaming • Online Tutoring • Virtual Storytime and Craft time • Gaming • Learning Link For more info on fun activities and to curb the summer slide, visit houstonlibrary.org


PUBLISHER’S NOTE

publisher/editor

Kimberly Davis Guerra kim@houstonfamilymagazine.com

online editor Latesa Guerra

ENJOY SUMMER FUN AT HOME!

associate editor

Chantal Lemieux calendar@houstonfamilymagazine.com

creative director/ production

Casey Johnson casey@houstonfamilymagazine.com

event director

Mary Sue Kent marysue@houstonfamilymagazine.com

contributing authors Kimberly Davis Guerra Houston Zoo Casey Johnson Valerie Kohler Elizabeth Irvine

contributing photographers MISO Fotography

ABOVE// HFM Ambassador Elvis P. practices his grill master skills from his backyard.

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Houston Family is published monthly by Houston Family Magazine, LLC. Houston Family is distributed free of charge, one copy per reader. Only Houston Family authorized distributors may deliver or pick up the magazines. We reserve the right to edit, reject or comment editorially on all submitted material. We cannot be responsible for the return of any submitted material. Houston Family is ©2020 by Houston Family Magazine,LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without express permission is prohibited.

THE BIG TO DO Did you know our online calender is packed with even more great family friendly events? Check it out at houstonfamilymagazine.com. FIND US ON FACEBOOK @houstonfamilymagazine FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM @houstonfamilymagazine CONTACT US Let us know how we’re doing. kim@houstonfamilymagazine.com

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s we go to press, COVID-19 cases in Houston are on the rise again. We do not know where the latest news will take us, but one thing is for sure, the idea of ‘normal life’ has drastically changed over the past few months. In an attempt to find some normalcy, this issue is compiled with information to try to offer ways and suggestions of things to do with your families that will make it feel like summer for the kids and give your family a little fun & relaxation. Most of the articles are centered around the backyard and finding ways to create your own little oasis of fun. Whether it’s setting up a backyard movie night with your kids or hosting your own backyard bash for you and family, we hope that these ideas give you something to look forward to and keep you semi-sane! If you are feeling the stress, our columnist Elizabeth Irvine always supplies us with great ways to reduce that anxiety. If you are looking for more than what we feature in HFM, be sure to check out her blog. It’s chock full of great ideas, suggestions and practices for you to put in place in your life top offer yourself some peace. Her blog is at www.truewellbeing.com I personally never feel better that when I am traveling the open road. I love a good road trip! In these crazy times of social distancing, my car offers a valuable tool for us knowing that we can stay safe and get out of the house. This month, in our Summer Road Trippin’ article, we highlight several unusual destinations if you just need to get out of town. Personally, I think the Llama Farm is my favorite! Whether you choose to shelter in place or shelter somewhere else, we hope that you are able to do it as a family. Keep you loved ones close, keep things simple, enjoy your time together before school kicks back in next month! Then the crazy times are going to really start again!! Be sure to sign up for our daily newsletters and follow us on social media for the latest information and support tools for you and your family! Be safe and be well!

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4th of july Summer Bash written by Kimberly Davis Guerra

Lazy, hot summer days fill my childhood memories. Being a product of the 70’s, I recall eagerly waiting until that final school bell to ring to release us for the summer break. We didn’t normally get out until later in July, so it seemed like the 4th of July was our big deal that made the summer feel official!

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ackyard or beach barbecues, popsicles melting down your arms, music and fireworks blasting and lots of friends and family gathered to celebrate fill my thoughts these days. With everything being what it is, how do we recreate this feeling for our families while staying safe? Here are some thoughts to get you started:

BACKYARD BASH Most of us have spent time with family or close friends during the pandemic. As long as everyone is still healthy, invite them over for a backyard bash. Plan the whole 9 yards. Instacart or Shipt everything you need for a great afternoon/ evening of celebrating. (Suggested menu in side bar)

GET THE KIDS INVOLVED THROUGH MUSIC If your kids are anything like mine, they love music. Have them help create the playlist for the party. Suggestions could be: Mainstream: • Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA • George Michael’s Freedom

• Yankee Doodle

• Lee Greenwood God Bless America

• Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy

• 4th of July Shooter Jennings

• You’re a grand ole flag

• John Mellencamp Rock in the USA Traditional: • This Land is Your Land Woody Guthrie

• God Bless America • America the Beautiful You get the picture – possibilities are endless!

CREATE OUTDOOR DÉCOR AND GAMES • Think flags made out of popsicle sticks. Have the younger kids color and glue popsicle sticks together to make flags to place around the backyard. • Pick up bags of red, white &/or blue balloons to fill July 2020

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with water for a good water balloon fight. • Take a couple of pieces of wood, cut a hole in the center, paint it with a big star around the center hole and make yourself a corn hole game. https:// awonderfulthought.com/ diy-cornhole-boards/ • Pick up red white &/or blue glow sticks, crack them and throw them in the pool. Kids will love diving and retrieving!

FIREWORKS Fireworks are super fun, but not recommended for most backyards. Fortunately, there are many alternatives available. Throw firework celebrations on the TV, crank up the tunes and pop some of the sparkle poppers or confetti cannons (order online from WalMart or Amazon) • Order a 12 pack of confetti poppers for $15.00. www. walmart.com/ip/PARTYhouston family magazine

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CONFETTI-POPPERSPRING-LOADED-4-INCH12-PACK/940496428 • If you have confetti eggs left over from Easter, those will work, too! Don’t have any, here’s a great DIY: https://www. happinessishomemade. net/4th-of-july-confettieggs-cascarones/ • Need the ‘pop’ of fireworks, how about blowing up a bunch of red, white and blue balloons. You can pick up a helium tank, add some confetti inside to each balloon before you blow it up and the once they are inflated, hang them around the porch &/ or backyard low enough for the kids to run around

and ‘pop’ all at the same time! It will be fun, loud and they will get some exercise!

FASHION: Want to look the part? Tie-dye is really popular look right now. Grab some plain white t-shirts, rubber bands, buckets, gloves and dyes to start. There are many kits to choose from, or you can do it yourself. Either way you go, it’s a process, so if you want your party guests to wear the shirts that day, you are going to need to start early. Plan on at least an hour for the creative process, then it needs to cure for about 4 hours. You are probably going to need to wash them, too, so another hour to wash & dry.

Here’s a great How-to guide: www.wikihow.com/Tie-Dye-aShirt Or, if this sounds like too much work, just color coordinate everyone. Think dads in Red, moms in white and all the kids in blue. It will make for some awesome photos with everyone color coordinated!

ZOOM IT If you aren’t feeling comfortable having a big bash, just scale this back to just your family and have a virtual celebration!! Schedule time to catch up with friends and family through Zoom, Skype or FaceTime! It won’t be the same, but it is the next best thing! No matter how you decide to spend your 4th of July, with a little brain power and ingenuity, you’re sure to make it one to remember.


backyard bash menu Go Traditional with Hot dogs and Hamburgers! Have a buffet of toppings and buns for guest to choose from Grilled Corn on the Cob Grill these in the husks for that true bbq taste Mac & Cheese with or w/out ham www.southernliving.com/food/holidays-occasions/fourthof-july-party-recipes?slide=c057791d-f47f-4ed8-a2b033fea89df300#c057791d-f47f-4ed8-a2b0-33fea89df300 Tomato Salad with bacon vinaigrette www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/a28608689/tomatosalad-with-bacon-vinaigrette-recipe/ Spicy Peach & Avocado Salad www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/recipes/a43551/spicypeach-avocado-salad-recipe/

SUMMER CAMPS AT THE LONE STAR FLIGHT MUSEUM

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Cherry Pie https://www.thepioneerwoman.com/food-cooking/ recipes/a32098700/cherry-pie-recipe/ Blueberry Cobbler www.thepioneerwoman.com/food-cooking/meals-menus/ g32109085/fourth-of-july-desserts/?slide=12 Blue Bell Vanilla Ice Cream Top it with red, white & blue sprinkles Red, White & Blue Rice Krispie Treats www.lilluna.com/fourth-of-july-rice-krispies-treats/ Old Fashioned Ice Tea and Homemade Lemonade Add in some fresh strawberries and blueberries for a festive flare and a refreshing taste!

WEEK-LONG CAMPS FOR KIDS AGES 8 TO 14 PILOT MAKER, CRAFTY AIRCRAFT FLIGHT ENGINEERING & MORE!

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

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create a new summer family tradition...

BACKYARD CINEMA written by Casey Johnson

As we enter into the long days of summer, Houston is still on high alert due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Families are looking for fun and exciting ways to create entertainment at home. A family movie night is always a great idea but why not kick it up a notch. While heading out to your local movie theater may not be a safe option, you can easily create the experience in your own backyard! We’ve put together a list of products and movie suggestions to make your new family movie night a regular occurrence. Happy Watching!

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WHAT YOU NEED TO GET STARTED: FLAT SHEET OR PORTABLE SCREEN A portable screen is obviously the easiest and best choice since it will not have wrinkles, but you can also use a flat bed sheet. Make sure to pull the sheet taut when you secure it. PROJECTOR The main key to a perfect cinema night will be your projector. There are several options on the market, many have built in speakers as well. We tried out the kid-friendly and portable CINEMOOD 360. This projector is a small 3-inch wonder! It’s rechargeable, has built in speakers, connects to wi-fi and allows you to stream Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, YouTube or you can download your own content to use when offline. Did I mention it also comes loaded with 120+ hours of kid-friendly entertainment, including Disney, cartoons, e-books, shadow puppets, bedtime stories and more! The Cinemood offers 5 hour of rechargeable battery life and connects to any Bluetooth speaker for a better sound experience. Check it out at cinemood.com. The price starts at only $399. SPEAKERS Sound makes the movie and you’re going to want to make sure your sound system is in place. Many projectors on the market connect easily to Bluetooth speakers. I picked up the Altec Lansing Baby Boom XL Bluetooth Speaker at Academy for $30 • www. academy.com. This small speaker boasts large sound and can be paired with an additional speaker for added sound. It’s also waterproof and rechargeable for up to 6 hours of battery life.

THE EXTRAS:

MOSQUITO SPRAY Being in Houston, you don’t want to forget your mosquito spray or citronella candles to help keep the pests at bay.

nachos or even order some pizzas! Don’t forget to stock a cooler full of ice-cold drinks. Want something sweet? Head over to Walgreens to pick up their movie sized candy boxes. They have a great assortment of options for every sweet tooth. Another option is one of these variety snack care packages from CraveBox available to order on amazon.com for only $24.

SMALL TABLE OR STOOL You’re going to need something stable to sit your projector on during your movie. If you can’t find a small table laying around, you can use a bucket, box from a recent Amazon purchase or even a pot from the kitchen, just get creative with it.

ADD A LITTLE ROMANCE AND GLAM Maybe you want to enjoy an adult night without the kids. Spice things up by adding string lights or lanterns, burn some incense sticks for a little aroma therapy and add some chilled wine and strawberries to the cooler.

SEATING OPTIONS Time to get comfy for your feature presentation. A few options are blankets and pillows, an outdoor rug, or lawn or folding chairs. I picked up this Big Joe Bean Bag Pool Float Chair for $50 at Costco (note: You have to find the float in store, they’re not available online). I love that it’s dual purpose and perfect for when the kids just want to lounge around in and out of the water.

No matter how you decide to spend your movie night, make it memorable!

Now that you’ve got the basics out of the way, you’ll need to style your night with a few accessories for your viewing comfort. Let’s get cozy!

SNACKS What’s a movie night without those finger licking goodies. Make your own popcorn,

FAMILY FAVORITE!

Share photos of your family movie night set up with us. Email chantal@ houstonfamilymagazine.com and we will feature them on our social media pages or tag us on Instagram and Facebook @ houstonfamilymagazine.

movie picks CLASSICS • • • • • • • • •

STAR WARS THE SANDLOT THE GOONIES E.T. THE EXTRATERRESTIAL ROCKY THE WIZARD OF OZ BIG BACK TO THE FUTURE THE KARATE KID

ANIMATED • INSIDE OUT • FINDING NEMO • FROZEN (SINGALONG EDITION) • THE LEGO MOVIE • UP • SHREK • TROLLS FANTASY • LORD OF THE RINGS • HARRY POTTER • THE NEVER ENDING STORY • THE PRINCESS BRIDE ROMANCE • LEGENDS OF THE FALL • THE NOTEBOOK • A STAR IS BORN • MOULIN ROUGE

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DECISIONS, DECISIONS, DECISIONS. WHICH WAY TO GO WHEN IT COMES TO THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR written by Kimberly Davis Guerra

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f any of you had a last semester of the 2019-2020 school year like we had at my house, I know this thought has crossed your mind. ”If my kids are learning at home, why not just home school? It would probably be easier to manage and more organized, which would make our lives easier. Bonus, they might actually learn something.” The other opinion I have heard is, ‘I’m not feeling really comfortable sending my kids back to a school filled with 1,000 other students. I’d feel more comfortable in a private environment with smaller classrooms/school setting. One that offers more control and flexibility.” With the turbulent times and the roller coaster ride that COVID-19 has caused in our lives, it is wise to consider all your options. The fact remains, that as we go to press, the TEA and Governor Abbott have not come to terms with what the requirements will be for the 2020-21 school year. In fact, even if decisions are made today, they may change due to rises in cases or outbreaks. So, it stands to reason that you need to be prepared either way. Knowing what your options are is the first step.

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TEXAS HOMESCHOOL LAWS 2019 On June 15, 1994, after a nine-year court battle, the Texas Supreme Court in TEA v. Leeper issued a 9-0 decision guaranteeing the right of Texas parents to teach their children at home without fear of prosecution. The court held that homeschools are exempt from compulsory attendance because they are considered a type of private school. The compulsory attendance statute is currently found in Section 25.085 of the Education Code. In accordance with the Leeper decision, homeschools are exempt from the compulsory attendance statute because they are considered a type of private school under Section 25.086(a) (1) of the Texas Education Code. According to the Leeper case, the only legal requirements to homeschool in Texas are: • The instruction must be bona fide (i.e., not a sham). • The curriculum must be in visual form (e.g., books, workbooks, video monitor). • The curriculum must include the five basic subjects of reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics and good citizenship.

• Good citizenship is similar to civics. Public schools teach one semester of civics, usually in the senior year of high school. Teaching U.S. and Texas history, government (theoretical and practical), the Pledge of Allegiance, and similar activities will also help meet this requirement. THSC provides several ways to help you meet this requirement (see resource box below). There is no need to register or in any way contact the local school or the state government prior to homeschooling, unless your student is currently in public school https://thsc.org/ sending-a-withdrawal-email/ If your child has never been enrolled in public school, simply obtain curriculum and begin. It is also to your advantage to find a local support group to help you in this endeavor.

MANY CHOICES AVAILABLE If you decide to look into options other than the traditional public school route, there are many options to choose from. According to latest stats, there are over 1,200 private

schools to choose from in the Greater Houston area alone. Depending on your affiliations or preference, you can narrow down your options. Here are some of the categories to consider. Private Schools:

• All Girl/All Boy • Religious Affiliation (Christian, Lutheran, Methodist, Jewish, etc) • Hybrid (Part home school / part on campus) • Traditional Nondenominational • Online only Once you have an idea of the type of campus environment you are interested in, then you have to look at the curriculum and student to teacher ratios. If you have a kid who is really focused on sports and they don’t offer any, that will be a problem for your child. If they are really into robotics, make sure they have a killer computer lab and programs to keep them growing in the right direction. Last, you want to be sure that they are in a small class environment, given the recent outbreaks. They will be less likely to be exposed if they are surrounded by fewer kids on campus. The other benefit afforded by the private schools is, let’s


face it, greater resources. Many are already equipped with state of the art facilities. With the current outbreaks, you can bet that they are upgrading webcams and streaming services to offer more online teaching environments for students, depending on their needs and comfort levels. *Check out the education directory following this article for more information on stand out schools in our community

HOMESCHOOLING, IS IT RIGHT FOR YOUR FAMILY If you are still concerned about exposure for your family, you may want to go with the homeschooling option. Before COVID-19, I never considered it. However, with the continuing ups & downs our city is facing, it only seems prudent to strongly consider making the change. Did you know there are over 300,000 homeschoolers in Texas? Once I started

researching, I was blown away at all of the options available. Not only are there private online programs there are also free, public online programs available! There seems to be price points and benefits for every type of family. The curriculum seems to be extremely well-balanced, straight forward and easy to access. Oneon-one relationships are available for students to enhance learning, as well as group opportunities to meet classmates. Clubs are available for kids who have specialized interests to interact with like-minded students. There are even groups for parents to interact with other parents to discuss issues they are facing. All in all, it seems like a strong platform to consider. As always, we recommend doing your due diligence. Research the options, talk with friends and family who have tried it and make the right decision for your family. Here are just a few websites of programs to check out for more information:

FREE:

Texas Connections Academy

www.connectionsacademy.com/ texas-virtual-school

DiscoveryK12

www.discoveryk12.com

Ischool Virtual Academy of Texas www.ischoolvirtual.com

IUniversity Prep

www.iuniversityprep.com

Texas Virtual School www.txvs.org

K12 Academy

www.k12.com

CHRISTIAN:

Alpha Omega Acdemy www.aoacademy.com

United Christian Home School www.unitedchristianschool.org

Enlightium Acacademy

www.enlightiumacademy.com

Paratus Academy

Abeka

www.abeka.com

Time4Learning

www.Time4learning.com

Whether you choose to go with a private, homeschool or public education program for your child, it is going to take time and research to decide which path to take. We encourage you to begin your research early, so that you have time and are not stressed out before the kids go back to school. As with any start of a new school year, children are anxious enough. We do not need to add to it if we are going to make any big changes to their future. Look to Houston Family’s daily E-newsletters throughout the month of July & August for more tips and information on education and support information. We are here to help provide you with answers to your questions!

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ARCHDIOCESE OF GALVESTONHOUSTON CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

11123 Cypress N. Houston Rd. Houston, TX 77065

As the largest private school system in Texas, our 60 Catholic Schools serve students in grades Pre-k through 12. Actualize your child’s potential and choose a Catholic school.

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www.choosecatholicschools.org

BAY AREA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Bay Area Christian is accredited for academic excellence and has been serving kindergarten through 12th grade students in the Bay Area with Christian values and leadership for over 40 years. It is their joy to have a school ministry that provides quality education and Christian education. The entire school staff is dedicated to helping each child reach his/her greatest God-given potential with the belief that well-educated Christian youth will have a great influence on our future communities and nation. Bay Area Christian School prepares students for college and offers extracurricular activities including competitive music and sports!

www.bacschool.org 281-332-4814 4800 West Main Street League City, TX 77573

CYPRESS CHRISTIAN SCHOOL The mission of Cypress Christian School is to provide students and education based upon academic excellence and biblical values. Serving grades K-12 throughout northwest Houston since 1978.

Houston Christian High School engages students to become impactful leaders through an empowering, dynamic education within a spiritual worldview. Houston Christian is an independent, nonprofit, coed day school accredited by Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS) and serves nearly 500 students in ninth through twelfth grades.

www.houstonchristian.org 713.580.6000 2700 W Sam Houston Parkway N Houston, TX 77043

LIFESTYLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL LCS is a Christ-centered, fully accredited school serving students from Kindergarten through 12th grade. With a strong history spanning more than 35 years and a clear vision for the future, LCS is leading the way for Christian education in the north Houston area. Learn more about LCS and experience the difference!

lifestylechristian.org 936-756-9383 3993 I-45 North Conroe, TX 77304

www.CypressChristian.org 281.469.7745

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RAINARD SCHOOL

ST. ANNE CATHOLIC SCHOOL

Rainard School for Gifted children addresses students unique academic and social needs. Since 1986, Rainard school has provided Gifted students with an individualized, supportive, and rigorous learning environment.

The mission of St. Anne catholic school is to develop each student academically, spiritually, culturally, physically, and interpersonally in a catholic environment.

www.rainard.org 713.647.7246 11095 Timberline Road Houston, TX 77043

ST. FRANCIS EPISCOPAL SCHOOL

ROSEHILL CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Our goal at Rosehill Christian School is to partner with families and lead children both spiritually and academically. The growing faculty and facilities enable Rosehill Christian School’s student/teacher ratio to remain low, and classroom technology is rapidly advancing to keep pace with the changing instructional needs and learning styles of today’s youth.

www.rcseagles.org 281.351.8114 19830 FM 2920 Tomball, TX 77377

Serving Houston since 1962 as a leading Montessori education resource, School of the Woods offers a diverse learning community at all grade levels from preschool through college preparatory.

www.schoolofthewoods.org 713.686.8811 1321 Wirt Road Houston, TX 77055

www.stfrancishouston.org 713.458.6100 335 Piney Point Road Houston, TX, 77024

Celebrating nearly 30 Years of Excellence in Education. SLCS serves students in PreK-8th grade and is conveniently located in the heart of Sugar Land, TX. Twice recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of excellence. Learn more at wwww. stlaurenceschool.org.

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St. Francis offers an inspired education with rigorous academics, thoughtful religious instruction, competitive athletics, robust fine arts, advanced technological instruction, and compassionate service learning.

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S P E C I A L A D V E R T I S I N G | E D U C AT I O N D I R E C T O RY

ST. MARK LUTHERAN SCHOOL

WESTBURY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

Set your child up for success with an education from St. Mark. With a NEW K-8 school building and a dedicated staff, it’s a great time join this growing community!

Westbury Christian School, a private institution that serves students from grades K-3 through 12, offers an affordable, challenging, and unique private education experience taught from a biblical perspective.

www.gostmark.org 713.468.2623 1516 Pech Road Houston, TX 77055

THE BRANCH SCHOOL The Branch School is a private school inspiring PK3-eighth grade students to love, learn, and lead. Our STEAM-infused, project-based curriculum taps students’ creative energy for deep and lasting learning.

www.thebranchschool.org 713.465.0288 1424 Sherwood Forest Houston, TX 77043

THE KIPLING SCHOOL Our childhood programs focus on cognitive, emotional and social growth, while our kindergarten through 8th grade curriculum will challenge your child to build self-confidence, good citizenship and friendship.

www.thekiplingschool.com 713.880.3318 600 Shepherd Drive Houston, Texas 77007

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www.westburychristian.org 7135518100 10420 Hillcroft St. Houston, TX 77096

XPLOR PRESCHOOL & SCHOOL-AGE Xplor’s preschool curriculum prepares children for elementary school by developing important academic, social and emotional skills. Our robust school-age programs include B&A care and camps.

XplorPreschool.com 877-959-3743

YORKSHIRE ACADEMY Yorkshire’s primary goal is to create an environment in which children can develop to their fullest potential at their own individual rate. Students range in age from 18 mos-Grade 5. Yorkshire invites you to visit to see for yourself why its tagline, “A Little School Making a Big Impact” rings so true.

www.YorkshireAcademy.com 281.531.6088 14120 Memorial Drive Houston, TX 77079


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In August Rainard will offer classes in-person and online. Our On-line Classroom: • One on one virtual time daily with their teachers • Virtual platform is easy to use, even for our youngest learners • Core disciplines taught daily • At home science projects and labs • Weekly interaction with the Head of School FOR MORE INFORMATION

In-Person Classroom: • Classrooms will be live streamed through Google Meet/ Google Classroom • All classes will be recorded • Able to Triage all students before they enter the campus • More details to come before school starts August 25th

E-mail: info@rainard.org or bspringer@rainard.org Online: www.rainard.org • Phone: 713.647.7246 Address: 11059 Timberline Rd, Houston, TX 77043

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EDITORIAL | BOOK BITES

BOOK BITES

Valerie Koehler, owner of the Blue Willow Bookshops, shares her favorite motivational books. See more at BlueWillowBookshops.com

EARLY CHILDHOOD Photo: Katie Wnukoski

Kindness Makes Us Strong by Sophie Beer

Kindness is a friendly hello. A roaring cheer. A quick boost. Kindness is what makes us strong! This joyful board book shows various children as they extend kindness in all kinds of situations.

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3 and 4 year-old Preschool also infant to 2 year-old care available

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When You Need Wings by Lita Judge

This is a wonder-filled exploration of a child’s imagination, with a gentle suggestion of how to shine with courage in the real world.

I Believe I Can by Grace Byers

Celebrating every child’s potential, this message affirms for boys and girls of every background that they should love and believe in themselves.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

1. Accredited Christian education that nurtures your child’s faith

Wonder

2. Hands-on exercises in relationship-building, problem-solving, innovation and leadership

by RJ Palacio

Now considered a modern classic, this novel is about acceptance and kindness. Augie will fill your heart and never leave.

3. Family engagement in the learning process 4. Curriculum that promotes Upbring’s five markers of every child’s well-being: safety, health, education, vocation and life skills 5. Highly secure campus

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TEENAGER I’m Not Dying With You Tonight by Gilly Segal

Atlanta high school seniors Lena and Campbell, one black, one white, must learn to understand and rely on each other to survive after a football rivalry escalates into a riot.


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W

e caught up with Linda to learn more about her work, her passions and what drives her to make a difference in our city.

TELL US WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN UP TO SINCE YOU HAVE LEFT THE NEWS ANCHOR DESK. “After a brief foray into real estate, I re-embraced my journalism roots and my passion for telling stories. In 2009, I started my media production and communications consulting firm, Linda Lorelle Media. My team and I produce a variety of compelling video content for clients across industries who understand that it’s not about the message, it’s about the story. I carry the focus on story into my work as an executive coach on presentation skills in a virtual or in person arena, as well as working with teams and individuals on key messaging.”

YOU STARTED THE LINDA LORELLE SCHOLARSHIP FUND BACK IN 1991. CAN YOU TELL US WHAT PROMPTED THAT DECISION?

interview by Kimberly Davis Guerra

i am houston

LINDA LORELLE

I AM HOUSTON | EMPOWERED HOUSTONIANS

LINDA LORELLE IS BEST KNOWN AS AN EMMY AWARD WINNING JOURNALIST WHO ANCHORED THE EVENING NEWS FOR NEARLY 17 YEARS AT HOUSTON’S NBC AFFILIATE, KPRCTV. THESE DAYS THE STANFORD GRADUATE IS A HIGHLY SOUGHT KEYNOTE SPEAKER, USING HER WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE TO SPEAK ON A VARIETY OF TOPICS, FROM CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY TO REINVENTING OURSELVES AS LIFE THROWS US CURVE BALLS. AS CEO OF LORELLE MEDIA, LINDA AND HER TEAM PRODUCE COMPELLING, ORIGINAL VIDEO CONTENT FOR CORPORATE CLIENTS, AS WELL AS THE POPULAR PODCAST, OUR VOICES MATTER, DEDICATED TO RETURNING CIVILITY TO OUR NATIONAL DISCOURSE BY SHARING OUR STORIES.

“Shortly after being promoted from weekend to prime time anchor at KPRC-TV, I wanted to use that increased visibility to give back to the community. My husband, Lou Gregory, and I are both passionate about education, so we decided to help a population of students who are normally overlooked by other scholarship funds; those who may have average grades because of the challenging circumstances they were born into. In addition to college scholarships, we provide seminars on how to be successful on campus and in the workforce. And now, in collaboration with the Greater Houston Partnership’s UpSkill Houston initiative, we’re helping students connect the dots between what to study in school and the required skills to


of each other as humans. The recent protests and national dialogue on race have prompted many of our listeners and viewers to reach out with their stories. I am honored that they are trusting me to share those stories with the respect and attention they deserve.”

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE PODCAST? YOUR MOST CONTROVERSIAL?

fill current and future jobs. To date, we have awarded more than $4.5 million in college scholarships to more than 370 Houston area students.”

WHAT HAS BEEN A STAND OUT MOMENT FOR YOU WITH THE LLSF? “Seeing so many Lorelle Scholars come back for our 25th anniversary celebration was truly special, but what I’m most proud of is the fact that 5 of our former scholars are now on our Board of Directors. So is our daughter, Lindsey. Our goal has always been to hand over the organization to those students we have helped. Lou and I aren’t ready to retire just yet, but it is heartening to know that what we have built will continue to help a new generation of students achieve their educational and life goals.”

BACK IN 2018, YOU STARTED YOUR PODCAST, “OUR VOICES MATTER”. GIVEN THE TURBULENT TIMES, THIS IS A WONDERFUL PLATFORM TO PROMOTE IMPORTANT TOPICS. WHAT HAVE YOU FOUND TO BE THE MOST INTERESTING ASPECT OF HOSTING THESE PODCASTS? “Hosting and producing the podcast is truly my passion and feeds the journalist in me. I started conceiving the idea shortly after the 2016 election as my way of trying to help bridge our divides. I love talking to people from all walks of life with a variety of perspectives, and having meaningful conversations that have the potential to spark dialogue and understanding

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“That’s almost like asking which child is my favorite. I love them all! But if I have to choose, I’d say it’s the interview with Dr. Brene Brown. I am her #1 fan and I couldn’t believe she said “Yes” when I asked her to be on the show! Since then she has launched her own podcast which is truly phenomenal. Our world needs her now more than ever. As for the most controversial podcast, before this week I would have said, “The Ivy League Terrorist”. That’s an interview I did with a former recruiter for Al Qaeda. But now I would have to say it’s the one I posted on Juneteenth about the Tulsa Race Massacre. I interviewed a filmmaker who did a documentary with first person accounts from survivors. That one has definitely touched a nerve and sparked some heated social media debate.”

YOU COULD HAVE MOVED ANYWHERE AFTER YOU LEFT THE NEWS. WHY HAVE YOU CHOSEN TO STAY IN HOUSTON? “Our family is deeply rooted in the Houston community, not only through the Linda Lorelle Scholarship Fund, but through many other non-profits that we support in a variety of ways. Our daughter was born here,

our friends are here and we truly love living here. It’s home.”

WHY DO YOU THINK HOUSTON IS A GREAT CITY TO RAISE A FAMILY IN? “One of the things we love most about Houston is that it’s a welcoming city. Couple that with a great cost of living, a can-do attitude and some of the nicest people on the planet, and you’ve got a great place to raise a family.”

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO IN HOUSTON? “Dining out at our fabulous restaurants across the city and exercising in Memorial Park to burn off all those calories!” Linda is also a two-time winner of the prestigious national Gracie Award, given by the American Women in Radio and Television. Linda is an accomplished emcee and panel moderator, skilled at media training and uses the art of storytelling to coach C-Suite executives who want to brush up on their presentation skills. As co-founders of the Linda Lorelle Scholarship Fund, Linda and her husband, Lou Gregory, have awarded $4.5 million+ in college scholarships over the last 29 years to more than 350 Houston area students. Its new SmartUp Houston program, in partnership with the Greater Houston Partnership’s UpSkill Houston initiative, helps educate students and parents about the full scope of job opportunities available in the Houston region, and connects them directly with employers.

Our Voices Matter Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/ podcast/our-voices-matter-podcast/id1441703387 Linda Lorelle Scholarship Foundation: www.lindalorelle.org Linda Lorelle Media: https://lorellemedia.com July 2020

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EDITORIAL | MIND BODY & SOUL

Invictus: A Poem to Inspire

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written by Elizabeth Irvine

n these uncertain times of unrest, I often call to mind things that inspire me. Ways to help bring a sense of hope and perspective, to look beyond the uncertainty— the ‘new normal’ in social distancing and the stand against racism, with a bigger perspective, more confident view. To open up a wider understanding— as we respect the distancing, as we listen to one another, and learn from one another—we ultimately grow with one another. My hope is that through all of these unsettling times we can ultimately come together and stand strong as Americans, united. I looked back to this past December, when I wrote this piece. I have a morning ritual of drinking coffee, reading a couple chosen articles from the newspaper and if I’m lucky enough time to journal a few pages. This morning was one of those mornings. I probably came into this habit through observing my dad for so many years. He was an academic who was a fierce reader. Today, is the 5th anniversary since he went to heaven. And today, I feel he gave me a gift from one of his favorite newspapers to read, the Wall Street Journal.

A Prescription of Poetry was the article I read today. It talks about how poetry can help patients spark a stream of consciousness through the written word of poetry. How patients can process what is going on in their life and perhaps help with the healing. The article quotes a famous poem, Invictus (which unbeknown to me) was written by William Henley back in the 1800’s. I was so inspired that I had to look up the poem and learn more. I was excited to also find that the poem was published on the day of my birth, Nov 26th, 1888 (13 years after he wrote it). I feel a special connection to this poem and feel perhaps my dad’s birthday gift to me, of courage. And, so I pass the gift on to you.

INVICTUS By William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed. Beyond this place of wrath and tears Looms but the Horror of the shade, And yet the menace of the years Finds and shall find me unafraid.

Elizabeth Irvine: nurse, educator and award-winning author. She is the founder and owner of Truewellbeing Inc— you can purchase her books, jewelry and sign up for soulful workshops and retreats around the world.

It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.

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F E AT U R E | FA M I LY L I F E

DURING A PANDEMIC

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lanning for hurricane season and other potential disasters can be stressful, and because the 2020 hurricane season comes during the COVID-19 Pandemic, it may be especially so. This article contains advice to help you safely prepare, evacuate, and shelter for severe storms while protecting yourself and others from COVID-19. Here are some tips to help you and your family stay safe during hurricane season this year.

PREPARE FOR HURRICANE SEASON • Understand that your planning may be different this year because of the need to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. • Give yourself more time than usual to prepare your emergency food, water, and medicine supplies. Home delivery is the safest choice for buying disaster supplies; however, that may not be an option for everyone. If in-person shopping is your only choice, take steps to protect your and others’ health when running essential errands. • Protect yourself and others when filling prescriptions by limiting in-person visits to the pharmacy. Sign up for mail order delivery or call in your prescription ahead of time and use drive-through windows or curbside pickup, if available. • Pay attention to local guidance about updated plans for evacuations and shelters, including potential shelters for your pets. • If you need to evacuate, prepare a “go kit” with personal items you cannot do without during an

emergency. Include items that can help protect you and others from COVID-19, such as hand sanitizer, or bar or liquid soap if not available, and two cloth face coverings for each person. Face covers should not be used by children under the age of 2. They also should not be used by people having trouble breathing, or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or unable to remove the mask without assistance. • When you check on neighbors and friends, be sure to follow social distancing recommendations (staying at least 6 feet, about 2 arms’ length, from others) and other CDC recommendations to protect yourself and others. • If you need to go to a disaster shelter, follow CDC recommendations for staying safe and healthy in a public disaster shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic.

STAY SAFE AFTER A HURRICANE In addition to following guidance for staying safe and healthy after a hurricane, note that: • You should continue to use preventive actions like washing your hands and wearing a face covering during clean up or when returning home. • It may take longer than usual to restore power and water if they are out. Take steps to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning if you use a generator. • If you are injured or ill, contact your medical provider for treatment recommendations. Keep wounds clean to prevent

infection. Remember, accessing medical care may be more difficult than usual during the pandemic. • Dealing with disasters can cause stress and strong emotions, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is natural to feel anxiety, grief, and worry. Coping with these feelings and getting help when you need it will help you, your family, and your community recover. • People with preexisting mental health conditions should continue with their treatment and be aware of new or worsening symptoms. Additional information can be found at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration page at www.samhsa.gov/disasterpreparedness.

STAY INFORMED • Register for AlertHouston at houstonemergency.org/ alerts, the city’s official emergency alert system, to receive real-time weather alerts and post-storm recovery information.

PREPAREDNESS CHECKLIST IN 4 STEPS The disaster preparedness guide provides helpful information to help you be ready when a hurricane strikes.

1. MAKE AND PRACTICE YOUR FAMILY EMERGENCY PLAN 2. BUILD AN EMERGENCY KIt 3. STAY INFORMED 4. KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS

DOWNLOAD THE GUIDE

• More information about how to prepared for this year’s hurricane season is available at www.houstonoem.org/ hurricaneprepweek20 • Visit www. houstonemergency. org/covid19 for more information about the city’s COVID-19 response. • Recovery information is available at www. houstonrecovers.org. Prepared by Houston Office of Emergency Management https://www.houstonoem.org/ preparedness-are-you-ready/

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SUMMER ROAD TRIPPIN’ E

As we roll into July, COVID-19 cases are on the rise and we are dealing with the possibility of more restrictions in place in Houston. With the stress that this brings, many families are looking for ways to add a little normalcy to their lives. SUMMER ROAD TRIPS may be the answer!

TEXAS STYL

written by Kimberly Davis Guerra

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NEW BRAUNFELS TREEHOUSE

ast month, we focused on a lot of coastal destinations and day trips. This month, we are looking at unusual Texas destinations that will allow you are your family to social distance and still have a good time. Just far enough away to feel like you are on vacation, but not too far that you have to spend too much time in the car!

TREEHOUSES FROM $655 A NIGHT This has recently been a trend we’ve seen and I have to say I’m in! I love the idea of staying up in a tree for my vacation. In New Braunfels is Treehouse not only surrounded by nature, but it is also located near the water! Boasting 5 beds, this houston family magazine

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place can accommodate up to 8 guests for a weekend of fun! You better book early, patrons are already stating they are ready to book trip #2 as soon as they leave! https://bit.ly/31qbQuA

CABIN IN THE WOODS FROM $175 A NIGHT If you are looking for a more traditional feel, how about a cabin in the hill country? With a beautiful view of Cypress Creek, 3 beds, a wrap-around porch and fully equipped kitchen, you may never want to leave! Perfect for a small family or a few friends, this idyllic spot in Dripping Springs is just around the corner! https://bit.ly/2YFy6Pv

LA LUNA AT BUZZARD’S ROOST

TIPI’S IN TERLINGUA FROM $115 A NIGHT If you have always imagined sleeping under the stars, but didn’t really want to rough it too much, this is the place for you! Located just outside Big Bend National Park, this tipi is located on the far end of the 3-acre property with views of the Chisos Mountains. If you are looking for something different and a place to get away from all of the chaos, this

is the one for you. buzzardsroostterlingua.com/ la-luna

LOVE LLAMAS FROM $130 A NIGHT This just proves that there is something for everyone! Enjoy The Silo House at Laughing Llama farm, secluded and private, conveniently located within 25-30 minutes to everything Waco, Temple & Belton have to offer. The Silo House is a renovated grain bin


THE SILO HOUSE AT LAUGHING LLAMA FARM

KEMAH HOUSE BOAT moved from a family farm 50 miles away to The Laughing Llama Farm in Troy. Plan for a weekend of fishing, rocking, grilling and watching the llamas graze as your cares melt away. **Follow at Silo House Instagram: @ silohouselaughingllamafarm www.thesilohouseatlaughingllamafarm.com

SAIL AWAY FROM $125 A NIGHT Always dreamt of living on the open sea? Well, how about a houseboat in Kemah for the

weekend to see if you have sea legs? Check out this 52’ remodeled houseboat berthed in a natural bird sanctuary. With all the water amenities you can think of, fishing, kayaking, swimming, canoeing, the days will fly by. End you days watching beautiful sunsets as you grill your catch! Now that sounds like a little bit of paradise to this Florida girl! https://bit.ly/3eIaFKO

ZEN SPACE FROM $149 A NIGHT Don’t need a lot of room, but want all the comforts of

SERENDIP TINY HOUSE OF ZEN IN MAGNOLIA

a resort, this is a find! The home is situated on a 14 acre property in Magnolia with a fruit orchard, organic garden, bass stocked fishing pond, and lush floral gardens with breathtaking scenery. They have all the luxury amenities of a 5-star hotel yet in the most beautiful scenic outdoor setting with the perfect night sky where truly the stars are as big as Texas. With over 15 species of birds on property, bass stocked

fishing, freshly picked flowers and you can eat off the fruit trees, this is a nature lover’s paradise with something for everyone of all ages to enjoy. https://bit.ly/3dJG4LA Wherever you choose to roam, or not, please be sure to check the latest guidelines and restrictions before you hit the road. Be smart. Be safe and be well! Happy Summer! July 2020

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a dose of cuteness AT THE HOUSTON ZOO

The Houston Zoo is open for business and there are some definitely some new additions to see! If being cooped up for months wasn’t enough motivation to get you and the family outside in the fresh air perusing through our beautiful Houston Zoo, they have five new reasons for you to make the trek across town! The Zoo has welcomed a pair of clouded leopards, a baby giant anteater, a red-tailed monkey and the latest, largest addition, a baby boy Asian elephant!

Some of our HFM Kid Ambassadors and their siblings were able to welcome baby Nelson to the world. Photos by MISO Fotography

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uesday, May 12 at 6:30 a.m., 29-yearold Asian elephant Shanti gave birth to a 326-pound male calf after a short labor. Immediately following his birth, the elephant team and veterinary staff saw that he was hemorrhaging severely from his umbilicus. Upon further investigation, they determined that he tore a vessel in his umbilical cord during birth. The

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team acted quickly to sedate the one-hour-old calf and get him into emergency surgery. The Houston Zoo veterinarians preformed the 30-minute procedure to find the torn vessel, stop the bleeding, and close the hole in the calf’s abdomen. At the same time, the elephant team worked quickly to collect whole blood from the rest of the herd in the event the new calf needed to have

a transfusion. The team’s skill, and training paid off and they were able to quickly and calmly collect three bags of blood. Luckily, a transfusion was not necessary, and the collected blood will be saved for any future needs. Shortly after surgery, the team reunited the calf with Shanti. The calf was soon standing and walking on his own and began to nurse before the day ended.

The calf has been named Nelson by the team who have dedicated their lives to the care, well-being, and conservation of these incredible animals. This is the sixth calf for Shanti, who is also mother to Baylor (10), Duncan (6), and Joy (2). Nelson raises the number of elephants in the Houston Zoo herd to 11--five males and six females.


peter rabbit

In the early hours of April 10, a male Schmidt’s red-tailed monkey was born to mother Njeri and has been named Peter Rabbit in honor of Easter weekend. Schmidt’s red-tailed monkeys are known for their distinctive heart-shaped markings on their nose and are native to central Africa. The Houston Zoo is home to six red-tailed monkeys including the new baby. The species is vulnerable to habitat loss and hunting, and to help save them in the wild, Houstonians can recycle old cellphones and handheld electronics. Cellphones and other small electronics often contain coltan, a material mined in the parts of Africa redtailed monkeys rely on for habitats.

nova & luna In the wee hours of Nov. 12, the Houston Zoo’s female clouded leopard, Suksn, gave birth to two tiny cubs. After months of special care, they made their (short) public debut this spring. Clouded leopards are vulnerable to extinction because of deforestation and hunting. Since this species is

so rare, it is important to do everything possible to ensure the health and well-being of every clouded leopard born at a zoo which means sometimes it’s necessary to hand-raise newborn clouded leopards. Following best-practices from successful breeding programs at other Association of Zoos

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Traci the anteater was born on the evening of March 31 to mom Olive. Olive has been very attentive to the baby, carefully nursing and transporting the pup on her back. Giant anteaters face threats resulting from habitat loss and agricultural expansion. The Zoo’s anteaters serve as ambassadors for their wild counterparts, helping zoo guests understand this unique species. The Houston Zoo is proud to support the Giant Armadillo Conservation Program, a group working to protect giant armadillos and anteaters in the wild.

Zoo Baby Photos by Stephanie Adams and John Register from the Houston Zoo

and Aquariums accredited organizations, and the Houston Zoo’s own successful handrearing of cubs Senja and Koshi in 2014, the Houston Zoo’s keepers and veterinary staff are extremely well-equipped to ensure these cubs receive the best care possible. Part of the clouded leopard’s natural habitat includes the island of Borneo. To help save clouded leopards in the wild, the Houston Zoo partners with multiple organizations throughout the region, including Danau Girang Field Centre, HUTAN and Seratu Aatai to ensure all wildlife in the region, including clouded leopards, have a healthy, adequate habitat in which to thrive. Every visit to the Houston Zoo helps save animals, like clouded leopards, in the wild.

VISIT THE ZOO

The Zoo is ready to welcome you & your family back! At this time, online reservations are required to keep everyone safe. Please visit the www.houstonzoo.org website for specific dates and times. You have (3) time slots to choose from: 9am – 11am, 11am – 2pm, or 2pm-5pm Note: Your reserved time slot is your assigned arrival time. Once you arrive, you are welcome to stay until the Zoo closes at 5pm. For the safety of our staff, guests and animals, and in accordance with new Harris County orders, visitors 10 years and older are required to wear masks. This change is effective June 22, 2020. Visit the Zoo’s website for the latest information prior to visiting the Zoo. The Zoo closes at 5pm, last entry is at 4pm. Get out and have some fun! July 2020

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ON THE GO | CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Photo by MISO Fotography | Location: Houston Zoo

the big to do

Summer is here! Whether you’re a local, new in town, or just passing through, you’ll be sure to find something to do in H-town. All events listed are FREE unless otherwise noted.

JULY 1 Summer Nature Series: Herbs: Your Own Scratch n’ Sniff Garden with Mercer Botanic Gardens Explore the colors, textures, and fragrances of an assortment of herbs during this hands-on exploration. Learn about cultural requirements, culinary inspiration, and historical aspects of herbs that grow well in the Texas Gulf Coast region. Levyparkhouston.org Levy Park 10am. Age: 10+

Virtual Family Music Concert Catch a Baby in Tune music concert hosted by award winning family musician Vered every Wednesday. Sing along houston family magazine

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to favorite original kid-friendly songs, dance, shake, and jump. facebook.com/babyintune 2:30pm. Age: 0-5

Houston Zoo Live every Wednesday Visit your favorite hooved, flippered or furry zoo friend with a zookeeper from the comfort of your own home. Houstonzoo.org 11am. All ages

Texas Bound! Children are invited to a fun-filled, oneday camp. Using props and hands-on activities, team up in “families” for a journey to Texas. Find out what it takes to survive the hardships of earlier times and then recreate a homestead. hcp4.net/jones.

Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center 9am. All ages

JULY 2 Downtown Aquarium Two For Tuesdays: Buy One Aquarium Adventure Pass, Get One FREE on Tuesdays! Must present coupon at ticket booth.

Museum Free Family NightChildren’s Museum of Houston (repeat July 9) Enjoy hands-on exhibits but to a wide variety of programming that extends from the cultural arts to science and math. cmhouston.org/plan-a-visit Children’s museum of Houston 5pm. All ages

2020 First Thursday Free Concert Series- Conroe Find your groove at Heritage Place! Invite your friends, bring the family to relax to a variety of bands in this concert series held every first Thursday until September. cityofconroe.org Heritage Place, Conroe 7pm. All ages

Junior Canoe Training Children can hit the water to earn a Jones Park Paddler’s card. This bi-annual course offers kids the rare opportunity to learn paddling techniques, safety precautions, and play in the Canoe Equipment Relay. hcp4.net/jones. Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center 9am. All ages


July 2 02 0 JULY 3 Virtual family dance party Sing and dance with Houston-based children’s music-maker Uncle Jumbo at this virtual family-friendly dance party. discoverygreen.com 10:30am. All ages

Virtual reading of The Ickabog by JK Rowling The book was written as a read-aloud to her children, and until recently relegated to attic storage. She has decided to release it for free as a gift to children in lockdown. Kids are encouraged to come up with the illustrations for the new book; each day a different chapter prompt will be shared as inspiration for drawings that Rowling hopes kids will share with her. theickabog.com/read-the-story/ various times. Age: 10+

Children’s story hour Bring your little one to hear stories, sing songs and learn every Friday. After the reading, children are invited to participate in a fun activity like coloring a picture or planting a seed to take home. hermannpark.org/calendar/ Hermann Park 10am. Age: 0-7

Full Moon Labyrinth Walk: Buck Moon The public is invited to participate in Full Moon labyrinth walks. Each walk begins approximately 1/2 hours after sunset. Galveston.com To access the beach labyrinth, use the seawall steps located at 17th and Seawall Boulevard. 8:15pm. Age: 10+

VIRTUAL Chalk on the Block Experience local artists creating pavement art on their driveways and neighborhood sidewalks, without leaving your house! midtownhouston.com 10m. all ages

Virtual Freedom over Texas Live Broadcast Freedom Over Texas is presenting a modified July 4th celebration with performances by the Houston Symphony, Pat Green, Trae the Truth and other live and virtual guests. The big finale includes a fireworks show by Reliant. In light of Covid-19, there will be no live festival this year, and instead guests will be able to safely watch the performances from their own homes. Freedom Over Texas will be broadcast live on ABC13 Houston. houstontx.gov 7pm. All ages

JULY 4 Happy 4th of July H-town. See side bar for festivities both in-person or virtual.

Galveston Island 4th of July Parade Galveston Island will host its annual 4th of July Parade on Saturday, July 4, beginning at 10am. The parade will begin at 25th Street and Santa Fe Place, continue south on 25th Street, then east on Postoffice Street, then north on 21st, and continue west on The Strand back to 25th Street. Galveston.com 10am. All ages

Sandcastle Building Lessons (thru August 22) Enjoy a family-friendly event series to help beachgoers create spectacular sandcastles with tips from the pros. Galveston.com Stewart beach, Galveston All day. All ages

Movie Nite on The Strand: “Spider-Man: Into the SpiderVerse” Grab your chairs, blankets and pillows, and head to downtown Galveston for a free family-friendly movie under the stars. Saengerfest Park, Galveston

JULY 5 Waugh Bridge Bat Colony There is something amazing going on underneath the Waugh Drive Bridge near Buffalo Bayou. The Waugh Bridge Bat Colony consists of Mexican free-tailed bats that emerge nightly to stretch their wings and feed on area insects. houstontx.gov Waugh Bridge Every day at sundown. All ages

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july 4th festivities This year, community safety is the city’s No. 1 priority, and due to COVID-19 concerns please double-check the websites before heading out.

Friendswood’s 125th Annual July 4th Celebration

Celebrate the 4th of July with a unique twist this year; instead of one parade, there will be seven simultaneous smaller parades happening around Friendswood. In light of Covid-19, there will be no night activities or fireworks this year. ci.friendswood.tx.us/july4th 10am Various locations. All ages

2020 Baytown July 4th Celebration

Come out for an evening of live music and entertainment and a fireworks extravaganza at this 4th of July celebration. baytown.org/activities-events/events/3rd-4th-of-july 4pm. All ages

Rosenberg’s Family 4th Celebration

Spend the evening celebrating your patriotism at the Family 4th Celebration in Rosenberg. The evening has live music, local food vendors, and a fireworks show. Don’t forget to bring your blankets, lawn chairs and bug spray. facebook.com/events/946858065767415/ Seabourne Creek Park 6pm. All ages

2020 Fulshear Fireworks Show

Come out to the 2020 Fulshear Fireworks Show for an evening of socially distanced Independence Day fun. The night kicks off with music and ends with a fireworks extravaganza. mms.fulshearkaty.com/FulshearKaty/docs/Fulshear_Fireworks_Show_2020.pdf 7:30pm. All ages

Katy Freedom Celebration Fireworks

The 4th of July fireworks display at Katy Mills Mall is going forward this year! Note that the daytime Freedom Celebration at Katy Heritage Park will not take place in 2020.

Bird watching & survey at the Hogg bird sanctuary

cityofkaty.com 9pm. All ages

The Houston Audubon conducts a monthly survey at Hogg Bird Sanctuary. Beginners and experts are welcome. Please bring binoculars. memorialparkconservancy.org

Tomball’s July 4th Celebration

Meet at the parking lot at the dead-end on the south end of Westcott Street. 7:30am. Age: 10+

Storytime in the Gardens Storytime garden locations may vary each week. www.facebook.com/ events/245459263341510/ Mercer Botanic Gardens 10am. Age: 5-7

Celebrate America’s independence at Tomball’s annual July 4th Celebration with an evening of fireworks and a special tribute to our nation’s veterans, active duty military and first responders.Tune into 95.3 KTTF FM before the fireworks for some of the greatest hits throughout the decades, then patriotic tunes once the fireworks begin. tomballtx.gov 9:30pm. All ages

July 4th Parade and Festival in Bellaire

The Parade will start at the Bellaire Triangle and go down Bellaire Blvd, to South Rice and end at Jessamine St. Be sure to stay and enjoy the Fourth of July Festival in Bellaire Town Square and Loftin Park immediately after the parade. The Festival will have live music plus lots of attractions, games and food for everyone to enjoy! bellairetx.gov Bellaire Town Square 9:30am. All ages

7pm. All ages

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ON THE GO | CALENDAR OF EVENTS JULY 7 VIRTUAL Brunch & Books Join us for our virtual Brunch & Books literary series. July’s book of the month will be But Where Do I Put the Couch by KariAnne Wood and Melissa Michaels and features guest Aryn with Oyster Creek Studios. midtownhouston.com 11:30am. All ages

VIRTUAL Teach You Tuesday Are you looking for classes that inspire, motivate, and teach you? Join us virtually to learn a new craft, skill, or technique. We partnered with Pop Shop America for water color painting! midtownhouston.com 5:30pm. Age: 10+

Harry Potter at Home Storytime with the magic of some of the most famous students of all time. A new chapter is read every week. www.wizardingworld.com/collections/ harry-potter-at-home Every Tuesday Various times. Age: 10+

JULY 8 Summer Nature Series: Aquatic Walk with Trails As Parks Go on a virtual walk through the water column for a close-up view of the underwater animal kingdom. facebook.com/LevyParkHou 10am. All ages

Every object humans create tells a story—about the maker, about the user, and about the place and time in which it was made. facebook.com/ events/346845119611398/ Various times. All ages

Rock the Row - The Woodlands Township Experience Hughes Landing on scenic Lake Woodlands with FREE, live music Thursday evenings. facebook.com/ events/609175009883842/ The Woodlands Township 7pm. All ages

JULY 10 Virtual Storytime: Goodnight Moon Here are over 145 different languages spoken in Houston, a special reading of the American classic: Goodnight Moon showcases our diversity. This is an event Space-City residents young and old won’t want to miss! Goodnight Moon activities for kids: www.families. com/goodnight-moon-activities discoverygreen.com 10:30am. All ages

VIRTUAL Beats & Eats Join our virtual party featuring local musical talent and great vibes live on the Midtown Park and Midtown Houston Facebook pages. midtownhouston.com 6:30pm. All ages

Bayou bikers Bayou Bikers meet at Market Square Park on the first Sunday of the month for 25- to 40-mile bike rides exploring the bayous of Houston. Rides are open to all. Mountain bikes or bikes with fat tires are encouraged. marketsquarepark.com/calendar/ Market Square Park 8am. All ages

Virtual “Come together” concert Enjoy ‘60s- and ‘70s-era hits by The Beatles tribute band The Fab 5 and a variety of activities. Learn popular dances from the era, participate in Beatlesinspired crafts, and get new ideas for tasty summer treats. facebook.com/HCPrecinct4 Noon. All ages

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Self-guided Audio Tour of Buffalo Bayou Park In-person tours are on pause, so press play on a self-guided Audio Tour of Buffalo Bayou Park! The Buffalo Bayou Revealed audio tour is presented by Houston Public Media. buffalobayou.org All day. All ages

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Family Day: Rigs to Reefs Learn what happens to platforms when they are no longer used to produce offshore oil and gas. In some cases, they apply and are accepted into the Rigs to Reef program, where they are converted into artificial reef habitats. What types of sea creatures call these structures home? www.oceanstaroec.com 10am. All ages

Music Nite on The Strand: Two Tons of Steel Don’t miss the rockabilly stylings of Two Tons of Steel. Music Nite on The Strand is a free event that takes place on the second Saturday of each month Galveston.com Saengerfest Park, Galveston 6pm. All ages

Second Saturday Settlers: Peel & Squeal Spend an afternoon around the campfire enjoying baked potatoes with all the fixings, while listening to traditional Irish music. www.hcp4.net/jones. Jesse Jones Park & Nature Center 1pm. All ages

JULY 12 Member Morning: Pantanal At The Houston Zoo Hear from an expert and gain professional insight about the featured animals. Learn from the best in the field about what it really takes to care for the diverse animals that call the Zoo home! Houstonzoo.org Houston zoo 8am. All ages

JULY 13

2nd Saturday at the Depot: Christmas in July (showing Flintstones Christmas)

The pyramids at moody gardens

From themed arts and crafts to games, music, and a movie under the stars on the giant inflatable screen, 2nd Saturday is fun for the entire family. tomballtx.gov/596/2nd-Saturday-at-theDepot

Moody Gardens All day. All ages

201 Elm, Tomball 6:30pm. All ages

Movies Under the Moon: frozen 2 Enjoy a family movie under the stars. Bring blankets and bug spray. sugarlandtownsquare.com/events

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Scientist at Home: Archaeology Encounter

Sugarland own Square 8:30pm

East End Lagoon Nature Preserve Trail Walk Join GINTC on a free morning walk at the East End Lagoon Nature Preserve ADA trail. Galveston.com

meet at the trail on the south side of Boddeker Road (the second parking lot after the bridge) 9am. Age: 10+

See it all in one of the truest replicas of a real rainforest. moodygardens.com

JULY 14 Shark Day at the Aquarium Celebrate one of the ocean’s most fascinating creatures, SHARKS! We will have education booths, arts & crafts and fun activities. aquariumrestaurants.com Downtown Aquarium All day. All ages

JULY 15 Water Ecology with KickerilloMischer Preserve Join the watch party as naturalists from Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve demonstrate how pollution effects our waterways and how water and wastewater treatment plants operate in an urban setting using a three-dimensional topographical model.

facebook.com/LevyParkHou/ 10am. All ages

Free Comic Book Day 2020 Free Comic Book Day looks a little different this year. Rather than being distributed all on a single day, the free comics will be released a few at a time, with several new titles added each week. Retailers can choose whether to make the new titles available all at once or come up with their own distribution plan. freecomicbookday.com Various locations. Various times. Age: 10+

Marvel Free Comic Book Releases: X-Men Talk about superheroes: Marvel Comics comes to your rescue with two free comic book releases in July. www.freecomicbookday.com Various locations. Various times. Age: 10+

JULY 16 Virtual concert of Genesis Blue Native Houstonian and “Raptivist” Genesis Blue delivers a new style of hip-hop by combining poetry and fire to share an uplifting message. facebook.com/events/733493870753923 7pm. All ages

Virtual blanket bingo Play a game of “blanket” bingo with your favorite host Mills McCoin, fun surprises and the chance to win a $50 gift card to some of your favorite restaurants in Downtown Houston! marketsquarepark.com/calendar/ 7pm. Age: 5+

Rock the Row - The Woodlands Township Experience Hughes Landing on scenic Lake Woodlands with FREE, live music Thursday evenings. facebook.com/ events/609175009883842/ The Woodlands Township 7pm. All ages

Craft: ‘Everybirdy’ Welcome Pinecone Feeder A pinecone bird feeder is an easy and simple project for all ages. It is a great way to add a feeding station in your yard to attract a variety of birds. Before you know it, your new bird feeder will be a hotspot for woodpeckers, chickadees, blue jays, cardinals, and other birds. hcp4.net Mangum-Howell Center 11am. All ages

JULY 17 Peace, Love & Crafts Boogie on down to Big Stone Lodge for a groovy do-it-at-home craft! Dress in your favorite ‘70s outfit and pick up your craft kit. Staff will prepare craft kits for participants to make and decorate


July 2 02 0 their own wind chime. Packages will be distributed in the parking lot. hcp4.net Big Stone Lodge 1:30pm. All ages

JULY 18 NYC Math Festival 2020 MoMath presents the fifth annual NYC Math Festival. For the first time, this NYC-based festival will be accessible to everyone around the world for math entertainment, including mathematical games, intriguing puzzles and brainteasers, music, magic, hands-on projects to do at home, and so much more — fun for the entire family. https://momath.org/upcoming-events/ nyc-math-festival-2020/ Various times. Age: 7+

Walk with a Doc Walk with a Doc is a walking program for everyone interested in taking steps for a healthier lifestyle. https://www.hermannpark.org/calendar/ Hermann Park 9am. Age: 10+

Evening Canoe Trip It can be hard to appreciate nature when summer’s heat is in full swing. Come beat the heat and watch as the sun slides towards the horizon during a leisurely

paddle on Spring Creek. hcp4.net

Jesse Jones Park & Nature Center5 pm. All ages

JULY 19 VirtualCraft time Connect with your Houston Library branch for some fun crafts to do with the family. Houstonlibrary.org Various times. All ages

JULY 20 Storytime in the GardensMercer Botanic Gardens Storytime garden locations may vary each week. https://www.facebook.com/ events/245459263341510/ Mercer Botanic Gardens 10am. Age: 5-7

JULY 21 VIRTUAL Children’s Story Time Join us on the Midtown Houston Facebook page for a virtual sing-along performance by AndyRoo & the AndyRooniverse followed by actors from The Ensemble Theatre reading their

favorite childhood books. midtownhouston.com

Levyparkhouston.org

11:30am. All ages

Levy Park 10am. All ages

Movie night: Fever Pitch

Movie night under the stars

Need an afternoon break? Come to the center to enjoy a free showcase of Fever Pitch! Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon star as Ben and Lindsey, a diehard Red Sox fan and a workaholic who begin dating and falling in love. hcp4.net

Forget about trekking to the theater for your movie fix and head to Market Square Park for a free outdoor screening. marketsquarepark.com/calendar/

Keep Cool! Get the Scoop! Ice Cream Parade

Talk about superheroes: Marvel Comics comes to your rescue with two free comic book releases in July. www.freecomicbookday.com/

Big Stone Lodge 1:30pm

I scream, you scream, we all scream for sweet ice cream and pops! Cool off Houston’s summer heat by attending the Mangum-Howell Center drive-through ice cream parade. hcp4.net Mangum-Howell Center 1pm. All ages

JULY 22 Pocket Prairies with Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center Discover how the local ecoregion has changed over time, explore native plants, and learn how to create a biodegradable pocket prairie.

8:30pm. Age 5+

Marvel Free Comic Book Releases: The Amazing SpiderMan & Venom

Various locations. Various times. Age: 10+

Online Family Program: Songwriting 101: The Blues A museum educator leads the group on Field Trip Zoom to write a song in this introductory workshop. Music professional Adam Ollendorff will teach the fundamentals of songwriting, including form, theme, and rhyme scheme. countrymusichalloffame.org/events/ online-family-program-songwriting-101the-blues-2/ 11am. Age 7+

Introducing... BLUE WILLOW BOOK BUNDLES

for Emerging Readers

@bluewillowbooks Nurture emerging readers with a selection of early reader titles, hand-picked by educators. Call (281) 497-8675 to learn more!

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O N T H E G O | C A L E N DA R O F E V E N T S JULY 23 Rock the Row - The Woodlands Township Experience Hughes Landing on scenic Lake Woodlands with FREE, live music Thursday evenings. facebook.com/ events/609175009883842/ The Woodlands Township 7pm. All ages

Movie night: Independence Day Need an afternoon break? Come to the center to enjoy a free showcase. hcp4.net Big Stone Lodge 1:30pm

center to enjoy a free showcase. hcp4.net Big Stone Lodge 1:30pm

JULY 29 Houston’s Native Mosquito Assassins with Precinct 4’s Biological Control Initiative Join a virtual presentation to learn how the Texas native “mosquito assassin” is helping reduce the pest mosquito population. As larvae, these unique bugs feed on newly hatched pest mosquitos and mature into colorful, flying pollinators. facebook.com/LevyParkHou/ 10am. All ages

JULY 24 Virtual storytime: Rainbow Fish Everyone wants to be the prettiest fish in the ocean, but not everyone can have shiny, shimmering scales. Or can they? Drag Queen Muffy Vanderbilt III reads this heartwarming tale of sharing and caring. Rainbow Fish Craft and Activities: www.myjoyfilledlife.com/the-rainbow-fish Discoverygreen.com 10:30am. All ages

Fun4Kids Program: Abandon Ship! All Hands-on Crafts! Ahoy Mateys! Don’t miss this opportunity to stop by the center to pick up a funfilled pirate activity kit. hcp4.net Mangum-Howell Center 11am. All ages

JULY 25 Stem at your library Connect with some innovative and engaging stem activities to do at home with your kids. Houstonlibrary.org Various times. All ages

JULY 26 Virtual Book Chat There’s nothing like chatting about a good book with like-minded literary individuals. Houstonlibrary.org Various times. Age: 15+

JULY 27 Virtual Family storytime Join in for some colorful stories, songs and activities you can do from the comfort of your own home. Houstonlibrary.org 10am. Age: 0-7

JULY 28 Movie night: Walk the Line Need an afternoon break? Come to the houston family magazine

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Tiger Day at the downtown aquarium Celebrate the largest wild cat in the world with arts and crafts and fun activities. aquariumrestaurants.com Downtown Aquarium All day. All ages

JULY 30 Rock the Row - The Woodlands Township Experience Hughes Landing on scenic Lake Woodlands with FREE, live music Thursday evenings. facebook.com/ events/609175009883842/ The Woodlands Township 7pm. All ages

Movie night: The Abyss Need an afternoon break? Come to the center to enjoy a free showcase. hcp4.net Big Stone Lodge 1:30pm. Age: 10+

JULY 31 Luau at the Lodge It’s tiki time at the Big Stone Lodge! Grab your leis and Hawaiian shirts and join staff for a fun do-it-at-home flower garden activity. Staff will prepare craft kits for participants to decorate a pot and plant their own flowers. Packages will be distributed in the parking lot. hcp4.net Big Stone Lodge 1:30pm. All ages

Craft: Seeds of Love and Wind Chime Sounds Decorate a wind chime and listen to the sounds while making a colorful garden pot. This garden pot can be used to add flowers, herbs and other plants that can be easily shifted to any location in your garden, patio area or home. Stop by the center to pick up a garden pot kit. hcp4.net Mangum-Howell Center 8am. All ages


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NOW EXHIBITING | MUSEUM CALENDAR Education can be fun when kids get up close and personal with the diversified, cultural, artistic, historical and comtemporary exhibits available at Houston Museums and Enrichment Centers.

MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS HOUSTON

HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE

mfah.org

hmns.org

Temporary Hours of Operation

9am-5pm Mon-Sun

Monday- closed except selected holidays, Tuesday – closed

Cockrell Butterfly Center

Wednesday 11am-5pm, Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday & Saturday 11am-6pm, Sunday 12:30pm- 6pm

Admission: $25 adult, $16 children 3-11, senior 62+ and college students

Admission: $19 adult, $16 for seniors, $12 students and college-level students with valid ID

Embark on a tropical adventure in a living butterfly habitat! The rainforest conservatory, complete with thousands of live butterflies, tropical plants and a zen waterfall is enjoyed by guests of all ages.

Free for children for children under 12 years old.

Radical: Italian Design 1965–1985, The Dennis Freedman Collection

State of Water: Our Most Valuable Resource

Italy’s postwar explosion of disruptive design showcases prototypes, one-of-a-kind, and limited-edition works by architects, designers, and collectives in furniture, lighting design, architectural models, paintings, and other objects drawn from the landmark collection.

The exhibition showcases the designs and architecture behind the water systems we use every day.

Through July 5

People can be inspired by the collective beauty of our planet and come away with a renewed motivation to take care it.

Gaia – Earth by Luke Jerram

Frances Bacon: Late Paintings This exhibition from the Centre Pompidou in Paris features some 40 canvases, including an array of the artist’s monumental triptychs, which are among his most celebrated works. Through August 16

Glory of Spain: Treasures from the Hispanic Society Museum & Library The traveling exhibition spans more than 4,000 years of Hispanic art and culture through some 200 objects: paintings, drawings, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, maps, textiles, porcelains and ceramics, and metalwork and jewelry.

photo by cici loo photography

LONE STAR FLIGHT MUSEUM

Through September 7

Through an African Lens: Sub-Saharan Photography from the Museum’s Collection

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10am-5pm Tues.-Sat., noon-5pm Sun.

Admission: $10 12 years and up, $5 children

The list of premier photographers from Africa is evergrowing, with artists from midcentury being given a place in the larger history of the medium. Through November 8

Virtual Experiences #MFAHatHOME

Archizoom Associati, Panel, c. 1969, paint on panel, collection of Dennis Freedman. / Kent Pell, photographer Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Log in to social media to check out the virtual museum experience on: art inspire fashion, family-art activities, MFAH film, art-in-action, at-home-workshop activities.

HOLOCAUST MUSEUM

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Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9am-5pm., Sat. 10am-5pm., Sun. 12-5pm

Admission: $12 adult, $8 for active-duty military and AARP members

Free for children, students and college-level students with valid ID FREE admission on Thursdays

Waltrip and Heritage Hangars Visit the panels detailing the history of aircraft, manufacturing and aviation training in Texas, as well propeller and engine exhibits line the. Visit the featured Norden bomb-sight, service vehicles, WWII command car, MUTT service Jeep, and interactive touchscreens with a view of cockpits.

The Book Smugglers “Would you risk your life to save a book?” That is the underlying question of Holocaust Museum Houston’s new exhibition. Through August 16

Samuel Bak Gallery and Learning Center Bak and his mother survived the Holocaust, The Bak Learning Center will help visitors understand the content of his works, as well as the rich symbolism used in his paintings.

Mikhal Kovner, brother of Partisan Abba Kovner, sorting books; Vilna, 1943 Courtesy of the Moreshet Archive, Israel July 2020

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E D I T O R I A L | FA M I LY T E C H

summer apps to keep the kids entertained

Tired of hearing about Fortnite and Minecraft? No more Call of Duty or GTA? Here are a few new apps for kids to try to keep their minds occupied:

SAMOROST 3 Cost: $4.99 (Available at: Apple Appstore, Google Play; Age range: 9+) Samorost 3 follows a curious space gnome who uses the powers of a magic flute to travel across the cosmos in search of its mysterious origins. Visit nine unique and alien worlds teeming with colorful challenges, creatures and surprises to discover, brought to life with beautiful artwork, sound and music.

Cost: FREE (Available at: Apple Appstore, Google Play; Age range: 4+) Become a swimming champion in this challenging game! Easy to play – hard to master! Who knows, it may inspire them to get out in a real pool!

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Cost: FREE (Available at: Apple Appstore, Mac App Store Google Play; Age range: 4+) Amazing drawing tools for budding artists in a completely digital format. Create styles from watercolor, acrylic, patterns and more.

BRING YOU HOME Cost: $2.99 (Available at: Apple Appstore, Goggle Play; Age range: 9+)

SWIM FOR GOLD

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No blood or gore. Bring this cute little alien, Polo home. This family-friendly, puzzle adventure will keep you intrigued for many days to come.

POKÉMON GO Cost: Free (Available at: Apple Appstore, Google Play; Age range: 9+) Get your kids out and walking while they explore the world of Pokémon and even catch a few. Requires wi-fi or mobile data to play.

GEOPALZ Cost: Free with purchase of activity tracker http://geopalz.com/index_ classic.php/kidsapp/ You have to purchase a tracker, for $25, to attach to your child’s shoe. They are then able to ‘move’ through the game and win prizes when they earn so many points. Gift cards are available from Target, iTunes, REI, PlayStation and more.

NIGHT SKY

Cost: Free (Available at: Apple Appstore; Age range: 4+) Have fun viewing the night sky and looking for your favorite constellations! It’s like having a planetarium in your pocket!

JUMP JUMP FROGGY Cost: Free (Available at: Apple Appstore, Google Play; Age range: 5-18) Kids must move their body not just their thumbs to win in this game. Fun for all ages. Upgrade to full version for only 99 cents.

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MAKE SURE SEEING A DOCTOR IS PART OF YOUR NEW NORMAL.

IT’S SAFE TO SEE YOUR DOCTOR AGAIN. Your health has never been more essential. Memorial Hermann Medical Group has put new Safe Wait ™ measures in place to protect everyone, which enforce social distancing and other safeguards. Whether you opt to see your doctor in person or through a Virtual Office Visit, you can feel good about staying healthy.

CALL YOUR PHYSICIAN TODAY TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT. houston family magazine 38 July 2020

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