We plan for the unexpected so you don’t have to. We know when you’re expecting, unexpected things can happen. That’s why from the second you find out you’re going to be a mother to the moment you’re holding your baby, we’re right there with you. Located within the Texas Medical Center, The Fetal Center is affiliated with McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston, UT Physicians, and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, and provides specialized care personalized to you and your baby, well before your baby’s first breath.
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Lindsay and Kendall’s Story:
Finding help for their unborn baby’s spina bifida
Lindsay and Kendall were living a nice life in Temple, Texas, in the spring of 2017. They had careers they loved—she’s a dermatologist; he’s an ophthalmologist. They had a 15-monthold boy named Hays and a new baby on the way. Still, the couple felt that this pregnancy was going to be different.
An ultrasound at 18 weeks confirmed their suspicions
Their baby had spina bifida. A portion of her lower spinal cord was exposed. The long-term effects could be seizures, bowel and bladder control issues, and difficulty walking. She might also need a special shunt to regulate her brain’s fluid levels. “It was gut-wrenching,” said Lindsay. But she knew in her heart they would find their way through. Early in-utero spinal repair offered hope. Lindsay and Kendall met with specialists at two prominent centers in Houston, including The Fetal Center at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. The Fetal Center is a national referral center and an international leader in fetal diagnosis, fetal intervention and comprehensive fetal care for infants with congenital anomalies or genetic abnormalities. In collaboration with affiliated pediatric sub-specialists at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston, the team offers patients a complete range of prenatal testing and fetal interventions with a coordinated program for mother and child before, during and after birth.
The Fetal Center team
During their visit to The Fetal Center, the couple met with KuoJen Tsao, MD, Stephen Fletcher, DO, and other members of the team to learn about their approach to performing spina bifida repair in utero. Dr. Tsao is The Children’s
Fund, Inc. Distinguished Professor in Pediatric Surgery at UTHealth Houston, a co-director of The Fetal Center and a pediatric surgeon at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. Dr. Fletcher is a professor in the Department of Pediatric Neurosurgery at UTHealth Houston and a pediatric neurosurgeon at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. Dr. Tsao and Dr. Fletcher were part of the physician team affiliated with The Fetal Center that was the first in Texas to perform fetal surgery for the repair of myelomeningocele, the most severe form of spina bifida, in May 2011. This procedure followed the published results from the seven-year multicenter clinical trial, the Management of Myelomeningocele Study (MOMS), in March 2011, which aimed to improve outcomes in fetal spina bifida patients. Overall, The Fetal Center’s patient outcomes data mirrored or were better than those reported in the MOMS trial.
Life-altering surgical decisions
After exhausting interviews, tests and scans, the couple chose The Fetal Center’s approach, which involved two C-sections, one to repair the spinal cord defect, the second to deliver their baby girl, Eliza. It would be difficult on Lindsay, but she accepted that. “Children’s Memorial Hermann felt more comfortable to us, more like home,” Lindsay said. “They spent so much time with us, answering all our questions,” Kendall added. At 21 weeks, the results of a fetal MRI, extensive 3D ultrasounds, echocardiograms, EKGs and blood tests were more encouraging than expected. Eliza’s brain growth was still an issue, but she was moving her legs a lot and showed no signs of club feet, which was very promising.
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“While none of this is a guarantee, she may be able to walk!” Lindsay blogged to friends and family.
Praying for courage and life
At a day shy of 25 weeks into Lindsay’s pregnancy, Dr. Tsao, Dr. Fletcher and the affiliated surgical team performed the repair procedure at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital on what Lindsay describes as the “single scariest day of her life.” The surgery went smoothly. Lindsay spent the next 77 days on bed rest. Eliza made steady progress. On August 24, 2017, mere hours before Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, Eliza was delivered, weighing 5 pounds, 9 ounces. After 13 days in the Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and 10 days recovering in Houston, all four members of the family headed home to Temple, eager to enjoy their miraculous “new normal” together, something they could hardly imagine when their journey began.
Five years later
Five years later in 2022, the family is doing great. Eliza started Kindergarten this year and is thriving. Not only is she walking independently, but she is also running and jumping. While she does face some challenges, she has never needed a shunt to regulate her brain’s fluid levels and she continues to meet her milestones. “You would never know Eliza has a special story,” Lindsay says. “She is a smart, happy kindergartener, has many friends and loves her big brother. We are incredibly grateful to The Fetal Center team for all they did to help her and our family.”
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9:30 a.m. $30 Adults - $20 Kids (ages 2-12) 10% off for Museum Members.
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And don’t forget… Santa will return in our Stearman, watch him taxi in: Sat., Dec. 5, 10, 17 Visit online for the holiday schedule. lonestarflight.org
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You may notice the days getting shorter and the air crisper, but November weather in Houston usually offers mellow sunny days for strolling through any of the city's many parks and by the end of the month, enjoy the unveiling of spectacular holiday window displays and dazzling lights and decorations as they begin to sparkle across the city.
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NOVEMBER 1 Lift up thy Cares at the Texas Renaissance Festival (weekends through Nov. 27 and Thanksgiving) Bring family and friends to the magical kingdom, an enchanted world filled with kings and queens, knights and nobles, fairies and elves, pirates and peasants, and other fanciful delights. texrenfest.com
21778 Farm to Market 1774, Todd Mission 9am-8pm All ages, $13+
Texas-sized fun at Dewberry Farm! You’ll find old favorite attractions (the Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch!) and some delightful new ones — plus a whole lotta good things to eat and drink!
Family Storytime & Craft
Enjoy a literary experience! Spend the morning with a story followed by a craft that accompanies the reading. All craft supplies are included. Levyparkhouston.org Levy Park
10am. Age: 2-5
La Traviata (until Nov. 6)
When the glamorous courtesan Violetta and the young Alfredo fall for each other, it’s as if nothing can tear them apart. But as tragedy unfolds over three sublime acts, family, classism, and deceit plague their relationship. https://www.houstongrandopera.org/ events-tickets/2022-23-season/la-traviata/ Brown Theater
Every Day. All ages
Teach You Tuesday: Make a wreath Are you looking for classes that inspire, motivate, and teach you? This month we partner with Pop Shop America to create a fall foliage wreath in time for the holidays. https://midtownhouston.com Bagby Park
5:30pm. Age: 21+
Solstice by Studio Irregular with programming
Solstice is comprised of a series of mirrored and LED arches that reflect the transformation of Earth when the sun is at its closest and furthest from the equator. Guests will be able to experience the longest day of the year to the shortest in an explorative and interactive format. https://www.discoverygreen.com/solstice Discovery Green
Daily until 11pm. All ages
Screening: Decision to Leave
Go out to the movies. In the thriller Decision to Leave, a detective is assigned a murder case in the mountains. While investigating the crime, he meets the victim’s mysterious wife (and can’t help but both suspect and be intrigued by her.
Venture out for a family-friendly hike through the Houston Arboretum. Explore the ecosystems to learn about the local wildlife, plants, and natural history.
$5 Thursdays at the Lone Star Flight Museum
The admission includes all the hangars.
NOVEMBER 4 Kristin Wolfe Jensen, bassoon
houstonarboretum.org All day. All ages.
St John the Divine
Join us for a kamishibai reading of "Issunboshi” or “One-Inch Boy" as we celebrate Shichi-go-san.Shichi-go-san, which literally means seven, five, three in Japanese, is a rite of passage celebrating the healthy growth and development of young children. Levyparkhouston.org
7:30pm. All ages
Japan Junction: The One-Inch Boy” and Chitose Candy Bag
Levy Park. 4:30pm. All ages
Museum Fine Arts Houston
ROCO’s Principal Bassoonist, curates a program centered around our gratitude for educators across the world, featuring chamber music for double reeds, and an interactive Q&A
Houston Arboretum and Nature Center
Two men occasionally steal babies from a church’s baby box and sell the children for adoption on the black market. When a young mother has a change of heart and returns to the church, she invites herself to join the men on a road trip to interview her baby’s potential parents.
7pm. Age: recommended for a mature audience
All day. All ages
Nature Hikes at the Arboretum
7pm. Age: recommended for mature audiences. Admission $10.
Fine Arts Museum Houston
Lone Star Flight Museum
8pm. All ages
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This 45-minute program invites children 4 and younger, with their adult caregivers, to join a Museum educator for a multi-sensory experience in the galleries. Participants sing songs, listen to storybooks, and join in fun games and activities, all while being introduced to ideas and themes found in the art on view at the MFAH. https://www.mfah.org/
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This performance tells the story of the birth of the tango in 19th century Argentina where thousands of men, having abandoned a disintegrating Europe to emigrate to South America, found themselves in the crowded abattoirs, the bars and street corners of the arrabales, and in the enramadas. https://www.milleroutdoortheatre.com/ monthly-schedule/ Miller Outdoor Theater 7pm. All ages
NOVEMBER 5 The Novelist’s Film
A novelist is disenchanted with her writing. When she runs into the filmmaker whose project to adapt one of her novels fell through, she resolves to make a film starring a popular actress. https://www.mfah.org
Museum of Fine Arts Houston 3:00-4:40pm. All ages
Chalk on the block
Enjoy the interactive 3D sidewalk chalk art that will make you feel as if you have stepped into another dimension. This month, artists’ designs will be inspired by the fall. https://midtownhouston.com/ events/2022-10/ Bagby Park
10am-noon. All ages.
HANDS-ON HOUSTON FAMILY FESTIVA Join HCCC for the return of our HANDSON HOUSTON FAMILY FESTIVAL, a free community event for families and visitors of all ages.
https://crafthouston.org/events/hands-onhouston-family-festival/#more-22142 Houston Center for Contemporary Craft 11am-3pm. All ages
Art in the Park
Learn Spanish while exploring different art techniques! Students, ages 3 to 12 will create a unique art piece while improving their speaking and listening skills en español.
https://www.discoverygreen.com/5433782 Discovery Green Noon. All ages
Diggin’ Old Stuff
A family friend dig at Kleb Woods Nature Center. Participate in an archaeological dig, forge your own keepsake, and tour the 1896 Kleb house! All are welcome to attend this free family-friendly event. https://apps.hcp4.net/med/Event/ Detail/9110
On selected Sundays, families are invited to visit the MFAH Family Zone. You’ll find engaging gallery activities with coloring sheets, colored pencils, books, and more. Knowledgeable staff members are on hand to help answer questions about the works of art on view.
Movie under the stars: The Secret Life of Pets
Figure out what our pets do while we aren't home! Who knows... maybe you'll find a new movie buddy amongst the adoptables! https://apps.hcp4.net/med/Event/ Detail/9167 Ray Miller Park, Elridge Parkway 5:30pm. All ages
The resolute Thirza whose husband, the preacher Pascoe, declares to the coastal community that shipwrecks along their shore are meant to be pillaged—and meant to be premeditated by leaving the lighthouse dark. But Thirza’s heart and conscience are not with her husband or with his dangerous methods. https://www.houstongrandopera.org/ events-tickets/2022-23-season/thewreckers/ Brown Theater
7:30pm. Age: 13+
Majic Under the Stars Do you believe in Magic?
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
This indie horror film takes inspiration from the folk belief seire, which protects newborn babies from bad luck—as long as they are isolated from visitors. Following the birth of their baby, a husband is more skeptical than his wife about the custom.
MOVIES UNDER THE STARS: PITCH PERFECT
The Jet Setters Ball
Museum of Fine Arts Houston
4pm. Age: recommended for a mature audience. $10 admission
NOVEMBER 7 Take in a show or explore an exhibit
NOVEMBER 8 Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary
Escape to this small but enchanting nature sanctuary for a reprieve from the city. Within its 17.5 acres of hardwood and pine forest and freshwater habitats, the Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary provides an important home for native wildlife. houstonaudubon.org
Edith Moore Nature Sanctuary 7am-7pm. All ages
Miller Outdoor Theater 7pm. All ages
NOVEMBER 6 Fall Festival “Dream with Alebrijes”
You are invited to this family-friendly festival that features the unveiling of temporary sculptures by six Houston Latinx artists. The artists have created large-scale, fantastical figures inspired by the Mexican folk-art tradition of alebrijes. https://www.mfah.org/calendar/fall-festivaldream-with-alebrijes/202211061300 Museum of Fine Arts Houston
1-6pm. All ages. Free admission for all activities with the purchase of a regular entry ticket.
Forget about trekking to the theater for your movie fix and head to Market Square Park for a free outdoor movie under the stars. Market Square 7pm. All ages
Houston Cinema Arts Festival (Nov. 10 -17)
The 14th Annual Houston Cinema Arts Festival will take place virtually and at driveins across Houston. The festival will feature over 20 films, Q&A sessions, performances, and workshops. https://www.cinemahtx.org/ Various times. Age: 15+
The Nutcracker Market (Nov. 10-13)
Shop for some amazing treasures to set under your tree this holiday season. https://www.houstonballet.org/about/ nutcracker-market/tickets--events/ nutcracker-market-tickets-and-events/ admission/
11am-2pm. All ages
This year’s event will take you back in time to the decade of air travel grandeur. Think Howard Hughes, Frank Sinatra, Audrey Hepburn, Jackie and Ari Onassis, Liz Taylor and Richard Burton in their chic cocktail attire, sipping their favorite vodka gimlet, while crossing the sky. Guests will have plenty of time to mingle, enjoy delicious 60s-themed drinks, experience the museum’s stellar collection of vintage to present day aircraft, and even step aboard one or two of them.
https://lonestarflight.org/events/jet-settersball/ Lone Star Flight Museum
6:30pm. Age: 21+ Black tie attire is required.
Children's Festival: Under the Sea (Nov. 12 & 13)
Dive into fun all weekend long November 12th and 13th with high energy shows, hands-on activities and adventure for all ages - all activities and live performances for just $10 a ticket! https://www.woodlandscenter.org/cf-22 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Noon-5pm. All ages
NOVEMBER 9 Shell-ebrate Turtles
All are welcome at this program designed especially for school-aged children. Each class includes a 30-minute presentation followed by an activity. Registration is required and space is limited. Email email@example.com or call 713-2743131 to sign up. https://apps.hcp4.net/med/Event/ Detail/9108 John Paul Landing Environmental Education Center
Nature Story Time and Discovery Center
Learn how to create a wonderful centerpiece for the holiday season. First, cut and weave slabs of clay to create a ceramic vessel, and then drape your woven clay over a shallow form to create the shape of a bowl or vessel. Vessels will be fired after the workshop and glazed by HCCC staff to make sure the vessel is food safe.
7-9pm. Age: 16+
4:30pm. All ages
An egotistical young lawyer, Gordon Bombay, convicted of drunken driving is sentenced to coach a kids’ hockey team made up of misfits.
1-4pm. All ages
Museum of Fine Arts Houston
2-3pm. All ages
Movie under the stars: the Mighty Ducks
https://www.woodlandscenter.org/events Cynthia Woods Michell Pavilion
WOVEN CLAY BASKET WORKSHOP
Learn a popular Brazilian dance style during this exciting class. Samba is a partner dance from Rio de Janeiro that evolved as a ballroom dance to the Brazilian samba musical rhythms. Bringing a dance partner is not necessary to participate. The class is free and open to all skill levels. Instruction is provided by the Brazilian Cultural Institute.
Kleb Woods Nature Center in Tomball 9am-3pm. Age 7+
Enjoy storytime on the front lawn of the nature discovery center. Please bring your own blanket. naturediscoverycenter.org Nature Discovery Center 4pm. Age: 0-5
NOVEMBER 10 František Kupka’s “The Yellow Scale”
More than any other canvas, The Yellow Scale represents a turning point as Kupka was about to embark on a path that would ultimately lead to pure abstraction. This talk places the unforgettable painting in the context of Kupka’s contributions to the Czech avant-garde, his exploration of music and color, and the portrait’s philosophical underpinnings. https://www.mfah.org
Museum of Fine Arts Houston 6:30pm. All ages
All day until 5pm or 7pm. All ages
NOVEMBER 11 Veterans Day We Remember
Holst’s The Planets (Nov. 11-13)
Fasten your seatbelts and blast off to the stars when acclaimed conductor Gemma New leads Holst’s sonic, celestial showpiece, which vividly portrays each planet’s astrological persona, from menacing Mars to jolly Jupiter and beyond. https://houstonsymphony.org/tickets/ concerts/holsts-the-planets/ Jones Hall
2pm or 8pm. All ages
NOVEMBER 12 Fortune
Be there as ROCO’s In Concert series continues with “Fortune”, on November 12 at The Church of St. John the Divine! Conductor Delyana Lazarova makes her ROCO debut in a concert inspired by fantasy and fortune Roco.org
The Church of St John the Divine 7:30pm. All ages
Studio Saturday at Rienzi “Drawing Architecture”
Zeroing in on Rienzi’s building and the beautiful shadows that it casts, participants focus on contour drawing and the use of negative space while using charcoal drawing pencils to create shadows and silhouettes. Supplies are provided. https://www.mfah.org
Museum of Fine Arts Houston 10am-noon. Age: 8+
NOVEMBER 13 Botanic Garden
Take the family on a stroll among beautiful plants and trees as you engage your senses while discovering the unexpected in Houston’s new living museum for plants and discover an oasis of learning. hbg.org
Houston Botanic Garden
9am-5pm. All ages. Weekdays: $12.50 adults, $8 students & children
Weekends: $15 adults, $10 students & children
NOVEMBER 14 Book Reading and discussion The Invisible Spy by Lisa McMann
Lisa McMann will be at Blue Willow bookshop to celebrate her new book, The Invisible Spy. https://www.bluewillowbookshop.com/ event/lisamcmann22 Blue Willow Bookshop 5pm. All ages
NOVEMBER 15 Take in a show or explore an exhibit
NOVEMBER 16 Coffee Cake Book Club
Coffee Cake Book Club meets the third Wednesday of each month to discuss contemporary and classic authors with like-minded individuals. Email Valerie at firstname.lastname@example.org for an invitation. bluewillowbookshop.com 11am. Age: 15+
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Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Bank of America Screen on the Green®
The Polar Express (runs from November 18 – December 31)
Pack a picnic and a blanket to enjoy a family movie under the stars. Discovery Green 7pm. All ages
The magical story comes to life the minute the train departs the Palestine Depot for the journey to the North Pole on select days in November and in December. Texas State Railroad. Palestine Depot
Select days and times. All ages. Ticket prices vary.
Decoding Animal Communication
All are welcome at this program designed especially for school-aged children. Each class includes a 30-minute presentation followed by an activity. Registration is required and space is limited. Email email@example.com or call 281-357-5324 to sign up. https://apps.hcp4.net/med/Event/ Detail/9111 Kleb Woods Nature Center
Zoo Lights Grand Opening! (November 18-January 8, 2023)
Sip hot chocolate as you stroll through the beautiful Houston Zoo. Interact with Candy the Zoo Lights Zebra presented by HEB, take a selfie on a giant ice throne, and take a socially distanced photo with Santa in his workshop. Houstonzoo.org Houston Zoo
10am. All ages
5:30-10:30pm. All ages. Admission tickets are required.
Sip & Sparkle
Movies under the Stars: The underdog The Kurt Warner Story
Stroll through the zoo wine sipping along the way or if you prefer beer, Saint Arnold beer will be offered until closing. https://www.houstonzoo.org/events/sipand-sparkle/ Houston Zoo
Until 10pm. Age 21+ for wine tasting
The story of the American Football hero who went from supermarket employee to two-time Most Valuable player! Based on a true story.
NOVEMBER 21 The Nutcracker (Nov. 21 & 22)
Family Capoeira class is a unique AfroBrazilian martial art that develops discipline, coordination, strength, and rhythm. Instruction is provided by the Brazilian Cultural Institute and is open to families of all sizes and skill levels. https://midtownhouston.com/ Midtown Park
10am. All ages
Flea by Night
Flea by Night is an open-air market featuring local artisans and small business owners selling vintage, handmade, recycled, repurposed and local goods.
This fairytale ballet boasts an enchanting Tchaikovsky musical score and a timeless story of a child’s belief that good triumphs over evil and that dreams really can come true. Our young cast of dancers invites you to share their journey to the magical Kingdom of Sweets. woodlandscenter.org
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 2pm & 8pm. All ages
NOVEMBER 22 Baytown Nature Center
Great place to spend the morning, bring the whole family for a fun educational adventure. Then stay to picnic, hike, or fish.
6-10pm. All ages
Baytown Nature Center. 6213 Bayway
baytown.org Dr. Baytown
10am-noon. All ages
NOVEMBER 20 Take in a show or explore an exhibit
Tough Broads Out at Night Book Club
Tough Broads Book Club meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. This month's book will be The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K Le Guin.
7pm. All ages
7pm. Age: 21+
Miller Outdoor Theater
Blue Willow Bookshop
NOVEMBER 23 Take in a show or explore an exhibit
NOVEMBER 24 Happy Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving Weekend Pass
Get down to the weekend for a long weekend of fun! Weekend Adventure Pass Valid for FOUR days instead of three! Thursday – Sunday for $49.99 www.kemahboardwalk.com Kemah Boardwalk All day. All ages
NOVEMBER 25 Disney’s Fantasia (Nov. 25-27)
This Thanksgiving weekend, treat the entire family to the classic that’s captivated generations—Disney’s Fantasia! Stunning animation fills the giant screen at Jones Hall while the Symphony brings the soundtrack to life, including favorites like Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Pomp and Circumstance, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, and, of course, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. https://houstonsymphony.org/tickets/ concerts/thanksgiving-weekend-disneysfantasia/ Jones Hall
2pm or 8pm. All ages
Houston Ballet: The Nutcracker
A classic tale of adventure for the holiday season. https://www.houstonballet.org/ seasontickets/pdps/2022-2023/thenutcracker/ Jones Hall
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2pm or 7:30pm. All ages
NOVEMBER 26 MOVIES UNDER THE STARS: LIGHTYEAR Forget about trekking to the theater for your movie fix and head to Market Square Park for a free outdoor movie under the stars. https://marketsquarepark.com/calendar/ Market Square Park 7pm. All ages
NOVEMBER 27 Houston Grand Opera presents HGO Digital: Bon Appetit! Renowned mezzo-soprano and HGO Studio alumna Jamie Barton stars as Julia Child in Lee Hoiby’s one-woman opera. Based on an episode of Child’s TV program, The French Chef, brings audiences into the chef’s storied kitchen as she bakes a chocolate cake. houstongrandopera.org/events-tickets/hgodigital/bon-appetit/ virtual
7:30pm. All ages
NOVEMBER 28 Take in a show or explore an exhibit
NOVEMBER 29 Waugh Bridge Bat Colony
An estimated 300,000 Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from the Waugh Bridge every evening at dusk to find food. Buffalobayou.org Waugh Bridge Dusk. All ages
Holiday in the Gardens (Nov. 19 – Jan. 7)
Dickens on the Squares (Dec. 2-4)
Stroll through Festival of Lights, a milelong trail of illuminated holiday displays, live music, festive food and more. Other attractions include an Arctic Ice Slide, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4D experience, Holiday 3D films and train rides. Moodygardens.org
A Railroad Christmas (Nov. 27 through Dec. 23)
Visitors will have the opportunity to get a photo with Santa as Mr. Claus. On Fridays and Saturdays, guests can enjoy Movies at the Museum in the courtyard. galvestonrrmuseum.org
NOVEMBER 30 Galveston Holiday Events
The holiday season on Galveston Island is full of tradition. This year, the island’s family friendly festivities will continue with new guidelines for social distancing and health safety.
Brush off your bowlers and prepare your petticoats as Galveston Historical Foundation presents the 49th annual Dickens on The Strand. Held the first weekend in December, the annual festival is a holiday tradition with great family programming, live entertainment, special events and more.
Holiday with the Cranes (Dec. 10-11)
Bird lovers can learn about them and see them up close. A presentation and selfguided field trips on the island’s West End is included. galvestonnaturetourism.org
Polar Express in Galveston (Nov. 11 – Dec. 23)
This immersive family-oriented experience makes a great gift.
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Christmas Tree Lighting Festivities
Museum of Fine Arts Houston www.mfah.org
Tues.-Wed. 10am-5pm., Thurs. 10am-9pm., Fri.-Sat. 10am-7pm., Sun. 12:15-7pm.
Reliant Lights Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular (Nov. 30)
$19 adult; $16 senior 65+, $12 children 13-18 and students (19+) (children 12 and under free). FREE every Thursday 10am-9pm
Ring in the season with the Mayor's Holiday Spectacular in the heart of downtown Houston. The spectacular event is a holiday tradition of music, lighting the official tree, Santa, and family fun which will be reimagined this year to follow health and safety guidelines.
The Sugar Shack
Barnes painted two versions of The Sugar Shack, which depicts dynamic, elongated figures dancing in a crowded Black music hall in segregated mid-century North Carolina.
Through December 31, 2022
photo credit: Houston Zoo Lights
Houston Museum of Natural Science www.hmns.org
$25 adult, $16 children 3-11, senior 62+ and college students
Zoo Lights (November 18-January 8, 2023)
FREE every Thursday 2-5pm
King Tut’s Tomb Discovery Experience
300,000 LED lights illuminating more than 50 animal-themed light displays, 15 miles of tree-lighting, and seasonal songs and stories. Sip hot chocolate as you stroll through the Zoo and take in the whimsical colorful projections over 15 feet tall, life-size lighted animal sculptures.
Experience the dark and winding tunnels that led to Tutankhamen’s burial chambers, explore the countless golden treasures he took with him into the afterworld, and explore the brightly colored, floor-toceiling hieroglyphics that detail his life and offer prayers to the gods to ensure a blessed life after death. Through November 30, 2022
The Health Museum www.thehealthmuseum.org
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9am-5pm., Thurs. 9am-7pm., Sun. 12-5pm
Admission: $10 adult, $8 senior 65+, free for children under 2 FREE on Thursdays 2-7pm
Gaylord Texan’s Lone Star Christmas (November 13 - January 3)
DeBakey Cell Lab
Gear up with a lab coat, gloves and goggles and travel through experiment stations.
Enjoy the magic at Gaylord’s winter wonderland with 2 million lights, a 54- foottall Christmas tree, family events of snow tubing, gingerbread decorating corner and build-a-bear workshop.
Holocaust Museum www.hmh.org
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9am-5pm., Sat. 10am-5pm., Sun. 12-5pm
photo credit: Dewberry Farm, Brookshire
Admission: $22 adult, Seniors (age 65 and above) $16, $16 for active-duty military and AARP members. Free for children, students and college-level students with valid ID FREE admission on Sundays
Uptown Holiday Lighting (November 24)
This fun-filled family event kicks off the holiday season with more than half a million twinkling lights, a sparkling electric light parade, an exciting holiday stage show and a special appearance by Santa Claus. The annual festivity will be adapted to follow new health guidelines. uptown-houston.com
Christmas Tree Farms Dewberry Farm
High Star Christmas Tree Farm
7705 FM 362, Brookshire
Spring Creek Growers springcreekgrowers.com
23803 Decker Prairie-Rosehill Road, Magnolia
Holiday Lighting Celebration (November 24)
The historic Hotel Galvez & Spa invites guests to celebrate the start of the holidays with the official City of Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration, a special appearance by Santa Claus, and live holiday entertainment by local performers. hotelgalvez.com
Red Caboose Christmas Tree Farm 14558 Tree Farm Road, Magnolia
HOPE: Stories of Houston Survivors This annual exhibition offers a video introduction of Houston Holocaust Survivors featuring family members’ testimonies and clips of Survivors telling their stories. Family artifacts will also be showcased throughout the exhibition.
Through November 30, 2022
Old Time Christmas Tree Farm
Charlotte Salomon: Life? Or Theatre?
19020 Becker Road, Hockleyl
7632 Spring Cypress Rd. Spring
Double Creek Farm doublecreektreefarm.com
1288 Oakdale Loop, Livingston
Discover one of the most important and powerful achievements of the 20th century – the singular and complex artwork Life? Or Theatre? by German-Jewish artist, Charlotte Salomon – which through imagery and text tell the slightly fictionalized and theatrically imagined story of Salomon’s family. Through December 4, 2022
Lone Star Flight Museum
Visit the aerospace museum and its 25 aircrafts. www.lonestarflight.org Aerospace Museum, Houston
Holiday Acres theholidayacres.com
9029 Mustang Bayou Road, Manvel
Hours: Tues.—Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. 12-5pm Admission: $14 child, $18 adult
The Texas Aviation Heritage Gallery A chronological walk through the history of aviation in Texas.
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INCARNATE WORD ACADEMY
OPEN HOUSE: EXPERIENCE IWA DEC. 4, 2022 | 1:30 - 5:00 P.M. A special opportunity for students and parents
A Catholic college preparatory for young women since 1873 Meet IWA Teachers and Students
Learn about our unique Leadership and STEM programs
Find out how to apply for the 2023 – 2024 school year
Register Now! 609 Crawford Street
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STAGE Cypress Falls Choir Cypress Falls Choir is the performing and touring Chamber Choir of Cypress Falls High School. Audience will hear the sounds of vocal harmony in this choir performance. Selections range from pop culture to Western Choral Music. Young Audiences of Houston’s mission is to educate and inspire children through the arts, to make the arts an integral part of the school curriculum, and to advance the field of arts in education through teacher professional development training and community partnerships. https://www.milleroutdoortheatre.com/monthly-schedule/
A Texas Carol
The whole family is on the way to Mee-Maw Jane's East Texas ranch for what might be her last Christmas. The only problem--when the first group arrives, Mee-Maw is already gone! adplayers.org
A.D Players at the George Theater Nov. 30-Dec.23, 2022
A Christmas Carol Magic Music and Dickens
A Classic to get you in the mood for the holiday season. https://www.alleytheatre.org/ Through December 30, 2022
photo credit : Aili Maeve as Cinderella at Main Street Theater
Edward Albee’s Seascape
The timeless magic of the romantic fairy tale of a prince and his Cinderella, and the hilarity of the silly stepsisters and their stepmother, will enchant audiences this holiday season. mainstreettheater.com
Through December 23, 2022
With his signature wit, Albee introduces a middle-aged couple, Nancy and Charlie, taking a stroll on a deserted beach. Facing retirement, they argue with comfortable familiarity about how to spend the rest of their lives.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Charles M. Schulz’s award-winning story has been a longstanding tradition, warming the hearts of millions of fans since it first aired on television over 50 years ago.
Through November 13
ROCO In Concert: Live at The Church of St. John the Divine. Also featuring our ROCOrooters program, offering a night out for you + music education and childcare for the kids, from 4:30-10:30 pm! Conductor Delyana Lazarova makes her ROCO debut in a concert inspired by fantasy and fortune, leading two ROCO-commissioned world premieres, including William Bolcom‘s Dedication, orchestrated by Edmund Ciorek, and Judah Adashi‘s the sun begins to fade, as part of ROCO’s FIFteen Project. Also featured will be Finding Rothko by Adam Schoenberg, ROCO’s Season 18 Composer-in-Residence, inspired and accompanied by the visionary abstract paintings of Mark Rothko, along with Caroline Shaw’s elegant Entr’acte for strings. Completing the evening is Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 100, also nicknamed the “Military Symphony,” for its vivid second movement musically depicting battle. Tickets are Pay-What-You-Wish. Saturday, November 12, 2022 | 5:00 pm
The ultimate holiday tradition returns with all of the grandeur that audiences love about Stanton Welch’s The Nutcracker. The grand sets. The stunning costumes. The iconic score. From snowflakes to sword fights to the Christmas tree that reaches the sky, The Nutcracker truly is the perfect holiday experience for the whole family. Be there as Clara and Drosselmeyer make their journey to the Kingdom of Sweets and meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and her prince in the land where the real magic happens. One of the most splendid ever staged, Stanton Welch’s The Nutcracker features hundreds of roles and a myriad of exquisite details that will leave you finding something new in every performance. Tickets start at $35. November 25 - December 27, 2022. houstonballet.org
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The Story of my Success
A hysterically funny and brilliantly conceived production is a wild look at redefining what success means to you when the world around you changes. https://www.tuts.com/shows/the-secret-ofmy-success Through November 6
Bring Back the Joy Thanksgiving Camp and Winter Camp
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You can make wonder happen. There is nothing like the wonder of a young child. But not every child has the same access to education. We are working to change that by providing innovative learning opportunities for Houston’s most vulnerable 0-5-year olds. If you share our passion for making wonder happen, we invite you to support Collaborative for Children with a year-end gift by texting the keyword “QualityED” to 41444.
Together, we can usher in a future bright with possibility for every child.
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Holiday Steak Dinner - DECEMBER 7, 2022 at 6:30PM $30 per Adult $12 per Child
Kick off the holiday season at Camp Allen and enjoy a premium cut steak with side dishes and dessert. This gathering is perfect for friends, family, or clients. Advance reservations are required. Dress is casual. Cash bar available. For more info visit campallen.org or call 936.825.7175
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A GAYLORD HOTELS ORIGINAL EXPERIENCE
You can’t help but believe in the magic of Christmas at ICE! featuring The Polar Express at Gaylord Texan Resort. See the story come to life, carved out of two million pounds of ice. NOV. 11 - JAN. 1 | ChristmasAtGaylordTexan.com THE POLAR EXPRESS and all related characters and elements © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s22)
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Your health and safety are our priority. We are taking every necessary precaution to keep you safe.
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