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a lifetime of fitness for your family

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on the cover Jackson, 10 loves playing football, basketball, running, eating Mexican food and hanging out with family and friends. Photographed for Houston Family Magazine by Yvette Michelle Portraits.

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BENEVOLENT NEGLECT Preparing your kids for life’s realities by Dr. Ehrin Weiss

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FAMILY FITNESS Get your family on board for a lifetime of fitness by Marye Audet

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VALENTINE CRAFTS Craft ideas to do with your kids for Valentine’s Day

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FROM CAMPER TO COUNSELOR by Sara G. Stephens 4 . houston family magazine . february 2015

depa r tments 5 PUBLISHER’S NOTE

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FAMILY FYI Facts and tidbits you need to know

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FAMILY FINDS FOR VALENTINE’S DAY Must haves for the family

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TALK TO THE DOC Congenital heart disease by Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery Experts at Texas Children’s Hospital

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FINANCE CDs 101: the perfect introduction to saving and investing by Jennifer Cotten

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BOOK BITES Recommendations from Blue Willow on books your kids will want to gobble up

on the go 48

FEBRUARY ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES

real life guide 70

HE SAID, SHE SAID Making the most of our time by Sam and Pam Middleton

resources 26 CAMP DIRECTORY

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Next Month: • Abundant Living • Newcomer’s Guide to the Rodeo • Surviving & Thriving this Spring Break • St. Patrick’s Day Fun with the Kids www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com


publisher’snote share the love Three simple words, yet so often overlooked. Why is it that we so often ignore those in our lives that could benefit from a little love and tend to smother those who do not? Where do your children fall in this category? Your spouse? Your community? I would imagine that ‘smother’ tends to be the word used with your children and ‘neglect’ may be the one that comes to mind for your community and/or spouse. In this issue, we tackle a little of all three. Check out “Benevolent Neglect” by Dr. Ehrin Weiss, who addresses the issue of preparing our children for life’s realities, not protecting them from them. It is a great article and reminds me of my parent’s parenting style. What do you think? If you are looking for a way to share the love with the entire family, what is a better gift than the gift of health. In Marye Audet’s, “Get the family on board with a lifetime of fitness” article, she offers suggestions on how to make this a reality for your family starting today. Looking to share the love with your community, what better way than preparing future generations of campers for life by becoming a camp counselor. Sara Stephen’s article offers valuable lessons and tips from kids who turned their love of camp into a way to make their futures richer in monetary value & life experience. Last, but not least, we have a plethora of ideas on our HFM Pinterest board for crafts & recipes for special gifts and dinners for the upcoming Valentine’s holiday. Browse through our ‘Family Finds’ items, seek out a fun night out in our Calendar of Events or enter to win one of our fabulous giveaways in our “Share the Love” contest with daily drawings Mon. - Fri. throughout the entire month of February to make the month complete! We thank you for your continued support and ‘love’ for Houston Family Magazine.

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PUBLISHER Kimberly Davis Guerra

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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Dana Donovan

ART DIRECTOR Patricia M. Young

MANAGING EDITOR Sara G. Stephens

PRODUCTION Gayle Wheeler-LeSueur, Graphic Designer Yvette Michelle Portraits Alisa Murray, Photographer

CONTRIBUTING AUTHORS Marye Audet, Jennifer Cotten Pediatric Cardiology and CardiovascularSurgery Experts at Texas Children’s Hospital Dr. Ehrin Weiss, Tonya Kerr ADVERTISING SALES Tish Carabajal, Karen Craft Beverly Davis, Kiesha Upshaw

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familyfyi news, events and entertainment

astros’ craig biggio hits baseball hall of fame Craig Biggio first donned his Astros uniform in 1988 at the age of 22. He retired in 2007 and has now been elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame, a first for any Astros player. Besides his skills on the field, Biggio is known for giving back to the Houston community, most notably to The Sunshine Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to children with cancer.

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krispy kreme comes back! Strike up the band! Krispy Kreme doughnut shops is returning to Houston, courtesy of Sun Holdings, LLC and its subsidiary Dulce Restaurants. The Bayou City will welcome six or seven shop locations in 2015, with the first opening at 5611 Highway 6 on Feb. 17. Ultimately, the company plans to have 20 Krispy Kreme locations in the Houston area.

ChildBuilders needs Englishspeaking and bilingual volunteers to present non-threatening, developmentally appropriate information to children, adolescents and adults in the Houston community. The organization welcomes adults of all ages, school professionals, non-profit staff members, childcare workers, and anyone interested in the organization’s mission to prepare, protect and empower Houston’s youth. For details, visit www.child builders.org.

8th grader building airline for pets Lincoln Dow, a 14-year-old student at St. John’s School in River Oaks, is creating an airline that caters to dogs and cats. He already has purchased the first plane of his airline fleet, a single-engine Cessna that Lincoln bought online for $17,000. The plane is based at the West Houston Airport. Now to find a pilot…(no, seriously!) 6 . houston family magazine . february 2015

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familyfinds the good stuff The Chocolate Bar Eye Palette: This eye shadow SMELLS like cchocolate! No kidding! A sweetly tempting array of 16 matte and shimmer shadows scented with real cocoa powder. It’s all encased in a playful chocolate bar tin, with a rich selection of the perfect browns, neutrals, and little pops of color. $49 http:// www.sephora.com

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I Heart Cake Mold: The way to anyone’s heart is through their stomach! This fanciful cake mold bakes 6 heart shaped cakes at once. Suitable for gelatin and other desserts! The whole family will love this cake mold all year long! $19.99 www.perpetualkid.com

sweet items that say “I love you” today… and every day.

Personalized Glitter Heart PJ’s for Mom, Daughter & Doll: Your little one will be begging for a slumber party. This website has tons of Valentine’s Day gifts for everyone in the family- check it out! Starting at $24.50 chasing-fireflies.com

Vintage Marquee Lights Bring color and light to your home with Vintage Marquee Lights this Valentine’s Day! Vintage Marquee Lights are created with a rustic antique look in a variety of sizes. www.vintagemarqueelights.com

Kids' Conversation Heart Crayons: Brighten any child’s day with a set of five (5) handmade conversation heart-shaped crayons. These eco-friendly crayons are available in assorted colors and a variety of shapes for your choosing. Ivy Lane Designs on Etsy $8.95 http://etsy.me/1hIYOfI 8 . houston family magazine . february 2015

Valentine's I Love You Bean Kit: A suspenseful treat for the kid with a vivid imagination. This kit comes with everything needed to grow a plant that reveals a secret, magical message. $7, lillianvernon.com

9Months: A portion of proceeds benefits The March of Dimes. $16.50 www.9monthslove.com

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Fuzz Therapy: Give a box full of love this Valentine’s Day from Fuzz Therapy. Start by selecting a super soft, plush teddy bear. Then add a gift set and personalized greeting card. Fuzz Therapy will package it all up in an elegant keepsake gift box and ship it directly to the recipient. Fuzz Prices start at $89. www.sendfuzz.com.

We love this Wisdom Over Fame t-shirt, perfect for showing your kids you love them exactly the way they are. $10 at www. youngwisdomclothing.com

For the person who is near and dear to your heart, this Leala necklace features a custom aluminum charm, and has the words “near” and “dear” stamped into either side, for a fun, reversible appeal. $40 at www.lainieline.com/

A Stunning and practical, , the collapsible Butterfly Bag, by The Second Suitcase, is made ofItalian pebble leather, offset by a bamboo handle. A vintage 1950 French passementre charm completes the statement with absolute grace. She will love it. $450 at My London Flat, 2600 Persa, in River Oaks, or online at shopmylondonflat.com.

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talktothedoc health and wellness what parents should know about congenital heart disease in children by pediatric cardiology and cardiovascular surgery experts at texas children’s hospital

from wellness visits, to screenings, to treatment, kids born with a heart condition will benefit from various forms of special care,

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ccording to the National Institutes of Health, congenital heart disease is responsible for more deaths in the first year of life than any other birth defect. This is why it’s vital for parents to be aware of the screening tools and standard of care available to help identify potential heart issues their children may have. Congenital heart disease is the phrase used to describe any heart condition a child is born with. Though usually diagnosed after birth, some defects can be detected in utero. There are screening practices in place as part of the standard of care for pregnant women. If you test positive during these screenings, or if there is another reason that

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indicates further evaluation, your physician will conduct appropriate testing or refer you to a specialist. After birth, an echocardiogram (which is a term used to describe an ultrasound of the heart) is used to identify heart abnormalities and a pediatric cardiologist can then work with you to determine a treatment plan for your child. The good news is most heart abnormalities are treatable. Since most heart conditions in children are identified after birth, it is critical to follow the suggested well child visit schedule. During these visits your pediatrician will conduct a physical exam on your baby which can help to identify potential issues early on. In addition to a physical exam where your child’s physician listens to their heart via stethoscope, both electrocardiograms (ECG) and echocardiograms are used to diagnose children with heart problems. An ECG measures the electrical activity and rate of the heart while the echocardiogram provides imagery physicians use to detect structural and mechanical abnormalities and assess heart function. Many parents have heard of heart murmurs, which describes an atypical heart sound, and are concerned about this for their child. It’s important to know not all children with heart murmurs have a cardiac disease; there are many instances when children may have innocent murmurs. For others, heart murmurs can indicate structural

heart problems. In either case, a pediatric cardiologist will follow up on any abnormal findings and work with your family on an appropriate follow up or treatment plan should that be needed. If your child is diagnosed with a heart problem it is important to seek out at an institution with extensive experience in treating pediatric heart conditions and one with proven successful outcomes. Texas Children’s Hospital pioneered many of the now-standard procedures and therapies related to the diagnosis and treatment of children with cardiac problems and pediatric heart surgery has been performed at Texas Children’s since it opened in 1954. Parents should know that to some extent, heart diseases in children are preventable. It’s important to avoid alcohol, tobacco and drugs while pregnant as these can increase your child’s risk of developing a heart complication. Regardless of the precautions you take, heart disease can still affect some children. It is also important to keep in mind a healthy lifestyle protects the heart and it starts in infancy and childhood, leading to prevention of heart disease that typically occurs in adult life. Keeping scheduled checkups are critical to identifying issues early on. Ask your pediatrician if you have any questions.

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familyfinance money matters CDs 101: a simple introduction to saving and investing by jennifer cotten, wells fargo district manager higher interest rates than they do on accounts from which money may be withdrawn on demand. Typically, CDs are held until maturity, and when cashed-in or redeemed, the consumer receives the money originally invested plus accrued interest. CD terms vary in length, with the average range between one and two years. It’s important to note that if a CD is redeemed before it matures, an “early withdrawal” penalty may be assessed. What makes a CD right for you?

the safety and guaranteed return offered by CDs make them an attractive option for people of any age.

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n today’s economic environment, many Americans are focused on fine-tuning their financial management and finding the most effective and secure methods of investing their earnings and saving for the future. And, considering recent market volatility, many folks are turning to certificates of deposit, more commonly referred to as CDs, as a low-risk investment for their hard-earned cash. What exactly is a CD?

A CD is a special type of deposit account offered by a financial services institution that typically pays a higher rate

of interest than a regular savings account. CDs are similar to savings accounts and differ from other investment options, such as stocks and bonds, in that they are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), up to applicable limits, and are virtually risk-free. CDs differ from savings accounts in that they have a specific, fixed term. Generally, CDs also have a fixed interest rate, yet some institutions offer variable rates. By purchasing a CD, the consumer is agreeing to keep his or her savings on deposit for an agreed-upon term. Because of this, the financial institution issuing the CD usually pays

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There are a number of reasons a CD may work for you. Many people begin their savings plan by establishing an emergency savings fund, and once that’s complete, they look to the market to begin investing funds. However, when the market is volatile, and you are looking to avoid riskier investments, a CD may be the right fit for you. When considering opening a CD, there are a few key factors to keep in mind… • Financial goals Before you make any investing decisions, sit down and take a holistic look at your entire financial situation, especially if you’ve never made a financial plan before. The first step to successful saving and investing is determining your goals and risk tolerance (the amount of risk that you are willing to accept regarding your finances). It is a good idea is to have the help of a financial services professional as you make your financial plan. CDs and cash equivalents, such as savings deposits, money market deposit accounts, money market

funds and treasury bills can be an important part of a diversified portfolio. • Maturity timing Be sure the term of your CD matches potential cash needs you may have in the future. That way you avoid having to pay a penalty to close the CD early if you need the funds. • Rate and payment method When opening a CD, you should receive a disclosure document with information including the interest rate on your CD and whether the rate is fixed or variable. Be sure to ask how often the financial institution pays interest (for example, monthly or semi-annually) and confirm how the interest will be paid. • Early withdrawal penalties Be sure to find out how much you’ll have to pay if you cash in your CD before maturity. The best bet for determining whether a CD is right for you is to be thorough in researching your savings and investment options. It’s important to be upfront about your risk tolerance and have a good savings foundation before venturing into investments that may be higher in risk. And, know that CDs are for investors of any age. They are a financial tool to accumulate funds by earning a guaranteed interest rate on your investment. CDs allow you – at a declared interest rate and a term – to save and grow your savings. Jennifer Cotten is a district manager for Wells Fargo in Houston. www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com


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benevolent neglect? caring for your kids by preparing them for—not protecting them from—life’s realities by dr. ehrin weiss

Your child forgot their lunch at home for the third time this week...what do you do? Your child is having a problem with a friend...what do you do? Your child wore a t-shirt instead of a sweater, despite your reminder that it was cold out, and then called and asked you to bring something warmer to wear... what do you do? Before you answer, consider the long-term consequences. As a parent, you love your children and want only what’s best for them. There’s nothing wrong with that, right? After all, isn’t it your job as a parent to protect and provide for your child? The answer isn’t as www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com

straightforward as you might think. Protecting and providing for your children are, of course, two of your most important jobs as a parent. But what’s in your child’s best interest may not always be for your child to have only the best. In fact, it probably isn’t. In recent years, professionals have increasingly noticed the impact “over-parenting,” or what has come to be colloquially termed “helicopter parenting.” Helicopter parents are over-protective. They want to make sure their children never experience discomfort. They rush to their children’s rescue whenever an unpleasant situation arises, whether at school, with friends, or in public. Sometimes they even go so far as to try to protect their adult children by running interference with their “unfair” bosses.

They do everything in their power to make sure that all obstacles are removed from their children’s way, preferably before their children have to deal with them. They take their jobs of protecting and providing very seriously. But they’re forgetting one of the most important tasks of parenting, and it’s having long-term negative effects. Perhaps the most important task parents face is to help their children grow into competent and effective adults. When children are protected from everything, they do not have the opportunity to learn the skills they need to become competent adults--skills such as problem solving, tolerating distress, and persevering in the face of adversity. They may grow up believing that they should never experience negative emotions and that life should always be

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benevolent neglect fair, and they shouldn’t have to deal with unpleasant situations. In other words, they become adults who don’t know how to handle their own problems and don’t think they should have to, who believe life should be easy, and they should always be happy, and who wonder what’s wrong with them that their lives are not easy and they are not always happy. These unreasonable expectations of the world can lead to anxiety, depression, and problems with work and relationships. I was just introduced to the term “benevolent neglect” as an alternative to helicopter parenting. While I’m not a fan of the term, the idea behind it is one that I frequently promote in my work with parents; let your children learn from their own experiences. The word “neglect” implies a lack of attention, while this parenting technique, when applied appropriately, is quite deliberate. A more appropriate term may be “choice;” children benefit from having choices about things that will not cause long-term permanent harm to themselves or others. When children have the opportunity to deal with mildly distressing situations, especially within a safe environment, they learn that they can handle distress and be okay. They build their own defenses against negative emotions, much like the immune system builds defenses against pathogens; a safe level of exposure builds immunity. This process, known as “emotional inoculation,” builds psychological immunity. Here’s how choice works. Remember that people (yes, even children) learn best from their own experiences. Let’s say your child wants to make a decision you do not necessarily agree with, and that it’s a choice they are old enough to reasonably make. First, determine whether the potential consequences will cause permanent damage to them or others. If not, make it clear to your 16 . houston family magazine . february 2015

child that the decision is “their choice,” or “up to them.” You may tell them what you think the consequences might be, but then allow them to make their decision and live with whatever consequences follow. Avoid the urge to rescue them from the consequences or to say, “I told you so,” or the closely related, “What did you think would happen?” If your child does not like the consequences, it’s important to empathize rather than dismissing their feelings (e.g., “It sounds like you’re pretty upset about that”) and remind them of their choice (e.g., “Maybe you’ll make a different decision next time”). Your job as a protector is still important. Continue to protect your children from truly dangerous situations and situations that have the potential for longterm negative consequences, but don’t protect them from every minor road-block. So what do you do about the forgotten lunch? There’s no one right answer, but it is important that your child sees a consequence to his actions--maybe he buys a school lunch, maybe he waits until he gets home to eat, or maybe you bring the lunch, and he pays you back for your time by doing extra chores. What about the problem with the friend? Try working with your child to generate solutions she can attempt herself before you step in and try to fix it. And the wrong clothes for the cold day? You could consider bringing it in exchange for extra help around the house or let them be cold for the day. Maybe your child gets to choose which of these options he prefers. And maybe next time he’ll make a different choice. Dr. Ehrin Weiss is a Clinical Psychologist with Houston Family Psychology (www. houstonfamilypsychology.com), specializing in child, adolescent and adult psychology. Her office is located at 9525 Katy Fwy, Suite 200 . www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com


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early everyone one makes New Year’s resolutions, and one of the most common resolutions has to be, “This year I will seek a healthier lifestyle.” The gyms are overflowing with clients in workout gear ready to take on the world – or at least the treadmill. Healthy recipes fill food blogs, magazines, and television shows and yet by March the gym is nearly empty and junk food is flying off the shelves.

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how can parents encourage their children to follow a healthy lifestyle when they have trouble motivating themselves? Hints from a Personal Trainer

Dietrk Green has some ideas. As a personal trainer for over ten years, he has seen firsthand what it takes to motivate people, especially kids, to follow a healthier lifestyle. Parents are in control of what kids eat, he says with a smile. If you don’t bring junk food in the house how are they going to get it? The whole family has to change the way they eat. It’s important to add more fruit, fresh vegetables, and meats to the menu. Cut out the processed sugars and snack foods and let kids snack on fruit instead. It isn’t just eating habits, however. According to Green, people need to get moving. While he cautions against children under 12 doing any weight training, he does have some suggestions for family fitness and it doesn’t require a lot of effort either. Have a family day once a week and go skating, go to the zoo, or go to an amusement park. Anything that gets you walking and moving helps. Once a week is not enough, though. You need to get your 18 . houston family magazine . february 2015

body moving every day. Some things he suggests are: • Bike riding • Miniature golf • Take a walk • Join a gym with a family plan • Yard work Some kids are less apt to be active than others. For these, Green suggests scheduling TV and video time. Allow them to earn it by finishing up their chores around the house or tell them they have to play outside for a while before they can head for the electronics. If they are into video games let them pay the ones where they have to be active, to get their whole bodies involved. It Begins with You

Even before you start trying to change your family’s habits you need to work on yours. Take a look at your lifestyle and begin to implement changes before you approach your family about the changes you want them to make. Begin serving more complex whole grains rather than highly processed carbs. Stop buying junk food and begin buying www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com


more fruit and vegetables for snacking on. Get Everyone Involved in the Planning

Certainly your kids are not going to suddenly decide to give up Twinkies one their own. Call a family meeting and talk about what fitness is and why itís important. Get your kids ideas about things that you can do together to be more active. By letting them be a part of the planning process they’ll feel more like theyíre a part of what you’re doing rather than being coerced into doing it. Use a Rewards System

It can be anything really, but probably shouldn’t be a food reward. Let your children earn their TV and video game time by completing chores, outside activities, or exercise. Friendly competition is good, too. A family football game, miniature golf, or throwing a Frisbee around will bring up your heart rate as much as the elliptical machine will and it’s a lot more fun. The Family that Cooks Together

Kids that are involved with the cooking of their meals are more likely to try new foods than those children who sit down to a fully cooked meal. Let kids do what they can do safely. Your younger children can toss salads while older kids can peel vegetables. Let them help plan meals and explore new foods together. As you are more adventurous with what you eat your children will learn to be more adventurous, too. Cut Back on Fast Food Meals

Fast food is part of the culture. Families rely on fast food for meals on the go several times a week. If you’re running late for school then grab a breakfast taquito. Are you headed to a soccer game? Grab burgers for everyone. Fast food is most often high in calories, sodium, and saturated fat. Sure, it’s convenient but www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com

so is a peanut butter sandwich on whole grain bread! Rather than making fast food your go to try making it a once a week, or better yet once a month, treat. Get Enough Sleep

Create routines that encourage regular sleep times. After dinner have everyone get in pajamas and cuddle while you watch a light movie or television show. Maybe you can use that after dinnertime to read aloud. Whatever it is that you do make sure that it signals to everyone that the day is winding down and it’s almost time to sleep. Set Goals

Finally, set goals both individually and as a family and reward yourselves when those goals are met. For example, you might want to set a goal of losing 15 pounds total as a family. When your family has reached that goal have a reward that everyone can look forward to doing. — maybe you could go to an amusement park or enjoy an afternoon at a movie that everyone would enjoy. Be sure to set individual goals, too. Celebrate in some way every time a goal is reached. It’s motivation for continuing to attempt to meet those goals. It’s a Lifestyle

The bottom line is that changing your diet for a week or working out in the gym for a month will not really make a difference. The key to weight loss, increased endurance, and a healthy life is consistency. Too many times people create harsh regimes that they can’t follow for more than a few weeks. Kids will rebel if you tell them they can never eat a candy bar or drink a soda again. When you are living a healthy lifestyle having some potato chips or a fast food meal once in a while won’t hurt you. Make your plan something the whole family can live with by making it a natural part of your life. february 2015 . houston family magazine . 19


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to counselor stories from campers who decided to extend their love of summer camp by becoming camp counselors. by sara g. stephens

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last year at Long Lake Camp for the Arts (www. Longlakecamp. com), he sat down for a conversation with his counselor to talk about becoming a theatre camp counselor. The conversation stuck with him over the years as he graduated high school and joined the army. He was so moved, in fact, that after a tour in Iraq, Keller traveled back to America, where he talked with the performing arts camp director about returning to camp as a counselor. He started that summer. “At first I was nervous about my new job at camp, because I didn’t want to tarnish Long Lake Camp’s great image,” Keller admits, “but after I settled in I realized that the kids looked up to me, and I was able to touch their lives just as my counselor had touched mine.” Keller appreciated being able to share his story of service in Iraq with the kids. For months following camp, campers continued sending him emails expressing gratitude for Keller’s service in the army. But for Keller, one of the best parts of being a counselor was that he liked camp more as a counselor than as a camper. “As a kid I loved it, and it was

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great, but you don’t really get to appreciate it as much as when you are there for the whole summer and are a little older,” Keller explains. He adds a cautionary note for those newbie counselors who might have trouble forgetting they’re no longer campers. “I told the kids some stories of pranks I did when I was at camp, and then they would do them, so I had to be careful about what I told the kids.” For Jonah Rosenberg, the decision to become

a camp counselor did not come easily. As a camper, he enjoyed seven summers at Camp Timberlane for Boys (www.camptimberlane.com). “My summers were filled with endless fun alongside friends from around the country,” he recalls. “Camp quickly became an integral aspect of my identity. It provided me with a haven where I could safely define myself and expand my comfort zone.” After seven years as a camper, however, Rosenberg was hesitant to sign the counselor contract that would allow me to spend another summer at camp. He was (and admittedly still is) intimidated by the time commitment the job demands. But the choice to continue in this new capacity soon became quite clear.

“I would rather spend the summer in the north woods with friends I only see for two months out of the year than sleep late and binge watch television at home,” Rosenberg explains. “Since becoming a counselor, I have continued to grow individually and reap the benefits of camp.”

Austin Teague’s

relationship with Sports Quest (www.sportsquesttraining.com/) started when he was a 9-yearold, budding, soccer player. The summer before he started playing competitive soccer, Austin attended the first of many Sports Quest soccer camps. At age 15, he was given the opportunity to volunteer at a Sports Quest camp. “I was immediately impacted not only by the quality of the staff, but also by the top-notch instruction they provided on a daily basis,” Austin says. “The following year I gladly volunteered again, and the experience was something I’ll never forget.” Austin continued his Sports Quest training throughout high school. “By the end of my senior year, I was wearing their jerseys year round,” he recalls. Before heading off to the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor to play soccer, Austin was able to make one final appearance as a camp staff member.

“I worked every camp the summer of 2007, and enjoyed every minute of it.” From 2008 onwards, Austin interned for the Houston Dynamo, but still took every available opportunity to work at Sports Quest. “After graduating from UMHB I was able to work one last summer for Sports Quest and give back to the ministry that had poured so much into me,” Austin says. He not only worked as a camp trainer, but also helped to launch and promote Sports Quest through social media. “Hardly a week goes by when I don’t think about Sports Quest,” Austin comments. I continually look for opportunities to support their efforts by utilizing my Master’s Degree in Business Marketing.”

Michael Atmar was a Kamper at Kanakuk (kanakuk. com), and he still remembers looking to his counselor and directors as mentors after whom he could model his own life. “Even the little things like reading their Bibles on the front porch of the cabin had an impact on me as a young boy,” Michael says. As he got older, Michael says he benefitted from leadership-development programs such as K-Equip, which taught him how to face high-school

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camper to counselor issues with wisdom, so he could be “a light for Christ.” During his last year as a camper, Michael was given the opportunity to be the “chief ” (student-leader) of his tribe, which was another valuable program that taught him about Christian leadership. Then he served as a counselor and had a chance to put into practice what was modeled for him at Kamp. “Hearing the directors’ motivation for doing ministry and learning valuable coaching and teaching techniques helped equip me to lead my Kampers,” Michael says. As a camper at City of Sugar Land Day Camp, (www.imperialparkrecreationcenter.org), Jake Langerud knew he would one day follow in the footsteps of his camp counselors. “I loved being able to be in a position to inspire and motivate children as I was during my time as a camper.” Jake sees day camps as a great source of motivation and inspiration for both campers and counselors. “I cherish my role within the day camp and look forward to every summer when I can share my journey from camper to counselor and the positive effects it has had upon my life,” Jake says. For Arlo Bujosa, 14, that journey will be a new one. Arlo will be returning to his beloved Blackwood Nature Camp (blackwoodland.org) this year as a counselor in training (CIT), because this camp, for him, is a home away from home. “I always anticipate seeing new faces of campers and old faces that have slightly changed. I look forward to seeing how things will be different and how they will be the same. I look forward to reuniting with counselors after not seeing them for a whole year,” Arlo says. Arlo had other cues nudging him that Blackwood was a place he wanted to continue to spend his time as a CIT. Throughout the year, little experiences would remind him of camp and make 24 . houston family magazine . february 2015

him feel nostalgic. “I carried a bit of Blackwood throughout the year,” Arlo explained. “Some of these memories would make me laugh and some, like my mom reminds me, reinforce responsibilities at home.” Arlo hopes other campers will likewise consider making the transition to counselors. “It’s not as intimidating as it might seem,” he advises, “try to be open.”

Maggie Raines, for one, needed no prompting. For this 8-year veteran camper at Frontier Camp (frontiercamp. org), deciding to become a camp counselor was “as natural as starting the next grade in school each year,” she says. “It was just something that happened effortlessly and without thought.” Maggie liked the idea of transitioning from being the one who nervously walked into the cabin on a Sunday afternoon wondering who would be leading our cabin, to the one on the other side, anticipating what little girls would walk through the door. Would they be sweet, or clingy and needy? Would they talk a lot or would she need to draw them out of their shells? Most of all, she wondered if they would like her as much as she adored her counselors all the previous years. “Seeing those first girls excitedly enter the cabin, my anticipation turned to excitement,” Maggie recalls. “Kids love camp, and they love their counselors. They come to camp ready to have fun. “I didn’t even need to put on a show as they walked in,” she marvels. “They were ready to love and accept me as their parent for the week, and all I had to do was join in the fun!” Allie Denton, says that attending Camp Hollymont for Girls gave her confidence, independence, and a network of friends who went from strangers on the first day of camp to sisters by the end of the session. “While daunting in the weight www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com


of responsibility, I joined the Hollymont staff because there were few people in the world whom I looked up to more than my camp counselors,” Allie says. “They were great role models — patient, fun, and selfless.” Allie says her camp counselors showed her that life is about friendship, adventure, and growth. The growing did not stop at her camper years. “Being a counselor taught me compassion, patience, leadership, and how to put the well-being of others before myself,” she explains. “Being a part of changing lives has been my greatest achievement and joy.” Since her days as a camp counselor Allie has taught at a high-poverty school in South Africa, been a nanny in Turkey, and currently works in Tennessee at a special needs school. “Working for camp gave me not only a passion for working with youth but also the experiential wisdom to know how to do that effectively,” she says. “Every time I enter an interview, I am confident, not just because of my degree but because of the real life in Asheville, North Carolina.”

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camper who is now a counselor at Hermann Sons Youth Camp (www.hermannsons.org), also was drawn to counseling as an opportunity to impact others. “As a counselor, I realized that the camper’s imagination and vulnerability is a precious thing to nurture,” she explains. “Whether it is wearing a funny costume, star gazing, or getting a camper to break out of his or her shell, counseling is endlessly rewarding.” Natalie shares an essential tip for counselors, based on her experiences: “Have a clear vision of what you want the campers to get out of their summer camp experience,” she advises. “Counselors are the ones who have the most direct interactions with campers, and their visions and goals will impact how they handle those opportunities. www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com

do you have what it takes to be a camp counselor? 1. You must care about others without hesitation. 2. You need to be able to listen and really hear what someone is saying, not what you think they are saying. 3. A smile and a warm heart will surprise, delight, and be infectious. 4. A “never say never” attitude is perfect. 5. Enthusiasm towards helping others achieve their goals will in turn reward you. 6. Making sure the campers know you are there for them and not yourself will help you in every regard at camp. 7. Patience, calmness and an ability to rise above noise and distraction. 8. Your sense of humor is crucial as not every day is easy and the hours are long. 9. Stamina and good health make it all easier. 10. Remembering that children are amazing, special, and deserving of our immediate respect, trust, and dignity. –Jonathan Keller, Long Lake Camp for the Arts

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DIRECTORY How will you know which camp is the best fit for your child? There are a number of factors to consider, including cost, distance, session lengths and hours, staff expertise and ratio to campers, age range, facilities and philosophy. Among the most important questions to ask, however, are whether the camp will have activities that appeal to your child, and how comfortable you both are with the camp environment. When it’s the right one, kids have a great time and come home with many happy memories. Check out our summer camp directory for a comprehensive guide to camps available here in Houston, as well as throughout Texas and the nation. 3D CAD Afterschool Class Greater Houston Area 832-464-5884 www.3DCADafterschool.com

Alley Theatre 615 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002 713-315-5424 www.alleytheatre.org/Alley/ Education_Theatre_Programs.asp

Alliance Fencing Academy 1212A Cedar Post Lane, Houston 27326 Robinson Road, Conroe 713-410-6655 www.alliance-fencing-academy.com

American Robotics Academy Greater Houston area including Katy, Sugar Land, Bellare, Kingwood and The Woodlands, 281-599-7626 www.roboticsacademy.com

Artist Boat 409-770-0722 Galveston, Texas www.artistboat.org

Aussie Summer Camps Queensland, Australia +61(0)455500849 www.aussiesummercamps.com

Birons Youth Sports Center 12163 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77079 281-497-6666 www.birons.net

Bowlmor Lanes 925 Bunker Hill Rd. Houston, TX 77024 713-461-1207 www.bowlmor.com/houston

Type of Camp: Academic, Technology, Afterschool Enrichment Ages: K-12th grade Type of Camp: Day Camp, Theatre Ages: Depends on the program

Type of Camp: Sports, Health Ages: 6-14 years

Type of Camp: Education, Enrichment Ages: 6 years and up

A live online class designed for the mechanically-inclined students in K-12 (5th-12th graders). Students learn to apply spatial thinking skill, draw technical sketches and simulate engineering 3D CAD models using FREE student-edition Creo software. Give your K-12th child a head start and an advantage in life! Our Education and Community Engagement department offers classes led by professional theatre arts Teaching Artists and nationally recognized Alley Theatre Company artists. Alley Play Makers (Grades K-5); Advances Play Makers (Grades 6-8); Alley Conservatory (Grades 9-12); Junior Conservatory (Grades 6-8) We’re focused on providing a rewarding experience that will build confidence, reinforce teamwork and inspire the personal growth necessary for your child to take the next step in life.

Our mission is to excite, inspire, and motivate young people about the fun, importance and impact of robotics technology in today’s world. Our classes teach students to understand “how things work” through hands-on activities that demonstrate the principles of simple and motorized machines.

Type of Camp: Half-day, Enrichment, Arts Ages: 5 and above

Kayak adventures for adults and children over 5 to areas of natural significance on Galveston Island and Galveston Bay.

Type of Camp: Travel, Adventure Ages: 12-16 years

An amazing International Summer Camp for young teens in Australia, exploring The Great Barrier Reef, surfing, kayaking and immersing in cultural activities. Growing Global Citizens.

Type of Camp: Day Camps, Full-Day, Half-Day, Sports Ages: 3-14 years

With a program for every child and the convenience of full or half day care at one location, Birons is the best camp destination in Houston this summer. With over 25 years of summer camp experience, join our incredible staff in our award winning summer day camp, gymnastics camp, cheer camp, martial arts camp, or dance camp.

Type of Camp: Day Camps, Co-ed Ages: See Website

Have fun gaining more knowledge of the game and improve bowling skills. Campers placed in different groups based on age.


C A M P DIRECTORY Building Brains LEGO Engineering Type of Camp:

S P E C I A L A D V E RT I S I N G S E C T I O N LEGO I: campers will learn math and science by building simple machines with lego and knex. Fun themes like circus fun, and transportation. LEGO II: campers will learn to build simple machines using gears, levers and pulleys and then motorize.

Over 10 Locations Across Houston 888-55-BUILD http://BUILDINGBRAINS.BIZ

Academic, Technology, Full-day, Half-day Ages: LEGO I : 3-5 years LEGO II : 6-12 years

Camp Allen

Type of Camp: Co-Ed, Overnight Ages: 3-12th graders

Located 1 hour from Houston, Camp Allen’s Summer Camping program provides over 1,900 campers with the opportunity to experience himself and God through fun, challenging and inspirational activities.

Type of Camp: Overnight, Local, Co-ed Ages: 6-16 years

A Christian summer camp located in Livingston, TX. We welcome ages 6-16 to come experience one or two life changing weeks of camp filled with exciting activities & awesome program.

Type of Camp: Academic, Co-ed, Day Camp Ages: 6-12 years

Camp Invention is where BIG ideas become the next BIG thing! Local educators lead a week of hands-on activities created especially for elementary students. Time will be spent constructing a freestyle racing cart and taking apart electronics to assemble something one-of-a-kind.

Type of Camp: Adventure Ages: 8-18 years

Camp Peniel, a place where God is known, and lives are changed. Be prepared for adventure on 382 acres of the beautiful hill country! Swim in our spring-fed lake, hike, ride horses, or challenge yourself on the zip-line.

Type of Camp: Overnight, Sports Ages: 6-16 years

Camps Rio Vista and Sierra Vista are private brother-sister camps in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, and have been positively impacting children’s lives since 1921. They offer one, two, and four week camp sessions for boys and girls ages 6-16.

18800 FM 362 Navasota, Texas 77868 936-825-7175 www.campallen.org

Camp Cho-Yeh 2200 S. Washington Ave Livingston, TX 77351 936-328-3200 www.cho-yeh.org

Camp Invention 14230 Memorial Dr., Houston, TX 77024 800-968-4332 www.campinvention.org

Camp Peniel 6716 E. FM 1431 Marble Falls, TX 78654 830-693-2182 www.camppeniel.org

Camps Rio Vista & Sierra Vista 175 Rio Vista Rd Ingram, Texas 830-367-5353 www.vistacamps.com

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C A M P DIRECTORY Challenger Sports

Type of Camp: Sports Over 20 locations across the Ages: 3-16 years Greater Houston area and a further 300 locations across TX and LA! 512-416-7706, www.challengersports.com

City Lights Theatre 4 Locations: 2 in Sugar Land, Memorial & Alief 281-772-2415 www.cltheatre.com

Cypress Community Christian 11123 Cypress N. Houston Road, Houston, TX 77065 281-469-8829 www.cypresschristian.org

Digital Media Academy Rice University 1-866-656-3342 www.digitalmediaacademy.org

Discover Gymnastics 747 N. Shepherd Dr. #400 713-680-0045 www.discovergymnastics.com

Distinct Abilities 14045 Space Center Blvd. Clear Lake, TX 77062 281-488-0436 www.distinctabilities.com

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S P E C I A L A D V E RT I S I N G S E C T I O N Challenger’s British Soccer Camps have helped hundreds of thousands of young boys and girls fall in love with the sport of soccer for the past 25 years by utilizing our fully qualified British Coaches to deliver our unique, fun and developmental soccer program.

Type of Camp: Theatre, Full-Day Ages: 5-15 years

Let you child “Act Up” in a professional, fun, creative environment. Students get training in dance, theatre, voice, and production as they work to present a Broadway musical showcase for family and friends. Space is limited register now!

Type of Camp: Academic, Sports Day Camp Ages: 6-12th grade

CCS will host academic camps for secondary students (entering grades 6-12) and sports camps (basketball, football, soccer, and volleyball camps and clinics) for all ages.

Type of Camp: Technology, Arts, Academic, Full-Day, Overnight, Co-ed, Adventure Ages: 6-18 years

Make apps, design video games; program in C++, learn Java™, create apps and games for iOS and Android™; make movies, build robots and more in this hands-on, world-class summer experience.

Type of Camp: Sports Ages: 3-14 years

Type of Camp: Academic, Full-Day, Half-Day, Special Needs Ages: 2-12 years

Choose from half-day, full day, all week or all summer! Special Themes every week - awards for best dressed! Campers enjoy gymnastics instruction, games, team-building, crafts and live Friday Entertainment! NEW Preschool (ages 3-5) camp going on all summer too! Tumbling & Trampoline Camp August 17-21. Loads of fun with our Past, Present and Future summer! Learn about items from the past, learn how they have changed, and design what they will be in the future! Field trips, cooking, math, art and science are on the menu for an awesome camp! Hurry before the spaces are gone!

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C A M P DIRECTORY Downtown Aquarium Houston 410 Bagby St. Houston, TX 713-315-5104 www.aquariumrestaurants.com/ downtownaquariumhouston/

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Prescott, Arizona 928-777-3786 www.prescott.erau.edu/summer

Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center J Camps 5601 S. Braeswood Houston, TX 77071, 713-551-7208 www.erjcchouston.org

Envision 1101 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20004 (703) 584-9513, (877) 587-9659 www.envisionexperience.com

Fun Fair Positive Soccer (FFPS) 22 locations offered city wide 800-828-7529 (PLAY) or Jack at 713-907-4907 www.ffps.org

Frozen Ropes-Katy 20000 Park Row Rd. Houston, TX 77449 281-578-9790 www.frozenropes.com/katy

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Type of Camp: Day Camp Ages: 7-12 years

Summer camps at the Downtown Aquarium offer a unique opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, hands-on environment. Each camp is a week long and offers plenty of time for games, crafts, animal interactions, and amusement rides!

Type of Camp: Academic, Overnight Ages: 12-17 years

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona offers S.T.E.M.-based, career exploration summer programs for rising middle school and high school students. Programs are available in Aerospace, Engineering, Global Security and Intelligence, Space and Flight!

Type of Camp: Jewish (not exclusive) Ages: 2-13 years

Type of Camp: Academic Ages: Elementary - College

Type of Camp: Sports, Day, Co-ed Ages: 4-18 years

Type of Camp: Sports, Half-Day, Full-Day Ages: 6-18 years

The ERJCC offers a variety of traditional and specialty camps. J Camps blend fun and skill development with an enriching Judaic experience with flexible enrollment options and experienced staff. Specialty camps include circus, equestrian, cooking, mad science, video game creator, photography, robotics, gymnastics and tennis. Envision helps students try their future in an exciting range of careers. Through unforgettable experiences, they become doctors, lawyers, video game designers, entrepreneurs and more. Envision has helped over 500,000 kids discover their passion and make informed career choices. A maximum of fun & learning with the utmost of fairness & self-esteem building in which positive behavior and positive values & friendships can be realized for every child. Spring Soccer sign up ends March 23. All 8 games on Saturdays starting April 11.

Frozen Ropes is more than just a hitting facility. We offer multi-sport camps, baseball/softball specific camps, and hosting an “EPIC� birthday party your child will never forget.

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S P E C I A L A D V E RT I S I N G S E C T I O N Girl Scouts Resident Camp 3110 Southwest Fwy Houston, TX 77098, 713-292-0300 http://www.gssjc.org/en/camps/ summer-resident-camp

The Health Museum 1515 Hermann Drive, Houston 713-521-1515 www.thehealthmuseum.org

Heights Plant Farm 2521 North Durham Drive Houston, TX 77008 713-868-7990 www.heightsplantfarm.com

Houston Center for Photography 1441 West Alabama Street Houston, TX 77006, 713-529-4755 www.hcponline.org

Houston Humane Society 14700 Almeda Rd. Houston, TX 77053 713-433-6421 www.houstonhumane.org

Houston SPCA 900 Portway Drive Houston, TX 77024 713-869-7722 ext 143 www.houstonspca.org

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Type of Camp: Overnight Ages: K-12th grade

Type of Camp: Full Day, Academic, Co-Ed, Local, Sports Ages: 5-13 years

Type of Camp: Day Camp, Art, Gardening Ages: 5-16 years

Type of Camp: Arts, Full-Day Ages: 9-12, 13-17 years

Type of Camp: Day Camp, Co-ed, Animals Ages: 7-13 years, teen week: 12-15 years

Type of Camp: Day Camp, Co-ed, Animals Ages: 8-15 years

Girls can choose from more than 10 fun-themed sessions to match her personal style. So whether she attends the Extreme Adventure session or Saddle Up, she’s having a great time and learning important life skills. Weekly sessions are held June 14-July 26, with mini sessions available for grades K-3. Tuition ranges from $125-$750. Ready. Set. Science! Pack this spring break with scientific fun! Our week-long camps from March 9 - 13 & March 16 - 20 are filled with hands-on activities, dissections and more. Lunch is included with camp registration. Extended camp days are also available.

HPF Camps are safe, fun, unique, learning and entertaining experiences for children of all ages. From plants and crystals to art cars and animals, growth and creativity are the focus!

HCP’s Summer Camp program will teach the basics of photography and beyond: learn the processing software (Photoshop and Lightroom) and how to fine tune a picture for the best possible quality.

Work hands-on with animals cared for by Houston Humane Society and enjoy workshops, games, and crafts. Register before June 1st for discounts.

The Houston SPCA’s Summer Critter Camp is a fun-filled day camp where children can learn all about their favorite animals! Each day our campers learn new animal facts, do arts and crafts and play with our adoptable shelter pets. Space is limited, sign up today!

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C A M P DIRECTORY iD Tech Camp Rice University, U Houston, throughout Texas, and nationwide www.idtech.com

iKids Inc. Camp Multiple locations in the Houston area. 713-665-5200 www.ikidsinc.com

The John Cooper School 1 John Cooper Dr. The Woodlands, TX 77381 281-367-0900 ext 2319 www.johncooper.org

Kidventure Overnight Camp

Type of Camp: Academic, Technology Ages: 6-18 years

Type of Camp: Day Camp, Co-ed, Technology Ages: 3-12 years

201 Kinkaid School Dr Houston, TX 77024 713-782-1640 kinkaid.org/summer

Language Kids 19901 Southwest Freeway Ste 243 Sugar Land, TX 77479 281-565-1388 www.Language-Kids.com

Legends Sports Complex

Type of Camp:

Since 1994, Kidventure Overnight Camp has been one of the most rewarding and dynamic summer camps in Texas. Our camp mission is simple: provide kids with the opportunities to learn important life lessons through adventure, teamwork and just pure fun!

Type of Camp: Day Camp,

Voted ‘Texas’ Favorite Summer Camp 2014’ by Campsloop, Kidventure has been providing summer camp in Houston for 21 years. 17 Locations in the Houston area provide families with a summer camp experience based on building and enriching the lives of kids.

Type of Camp: Day Camp, Co-ed, Academic, Arts, Sports Ages: 4-18 years

Kinkaid offers a variety of summer classes and camps for students entering Pre K through 12th grade. The summer program is open to all students.

Type of Camp: Academic Ages: 4-11 years

Type of Camp: Half-Day,

602 Pruitt Road Full-Day, Sports, Co-ed The Woodlands, TX 77380 Ages: 3-16 years 281-298-5700 www.TheLegendsSportsComplex.com/ Summer-Camps

The Little Gym 3 Locations: Copperfield, Katy, & Memorial www.thelittlegym.com

Lone Star College 5 Locations Across Houston LoneStar.edu/DiscoveryCollege

Mad Science Over 20 Locations! 713-663-7623 www.madscienceofhouston.com

Main Event Summer Fun Camps 4 Locations in Houston www.mainevent.com

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A summer adventure exploring Computer, Lego Robotics, and Music Technology! Every fun-filled camp theme has a technology focus plus creative activities, educational enrichment, recreation time & more! Camps 9a-noon; 1-4p; $165-$170/week. Camp dates Jun-Aug.

Join our summer program for fun filled days of activites for ages Pre-K to 5 in our Discovery camps. Academic enrichment classes are available for grades 1-12 for math, writing and reading.

17 individual Camp Locations Full-Day, Academic, Arts, Sports Throughout the Houston Area Ages: 3-16 years 713-960-8989 http://kidventure.com/summer-day-camp

The Kinkaid Summer Program

Ages 7-17 code apps, design video games, mod with Minecraft, engineer robots, build websites, produce movies and more. Available at select campuses nationwide: Alexa Café (all-girls, ages 10-15), iD Tech Mini (ages 6-9), and iD Programming Academy and iD Game Design & Development (ages 13-18).

Type of Camp: Day Camp, Academic, Sports Ages: Pre-K -12th grade

Kidventure has 2 Overnight locations: Overnight Camp Hunt, Texas and Rocksprings, Texas Ages: 8-16 years 512-263-8992 http://kidventure.com/overnight-camps

Kidventure Summer Day Camp

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Type of Camp: Sports, Half-Day Ages: 3-12 years

Type of Camp: Academic, Science, Technology, Arts, Sports Ages: 6-14 years

Give your child the gift of another language this summer! Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, French & English outstanding immersion camps. Trained and experienced teachers, low student-teacher ratio. Hands on crafts and activities in the target language. Fun & Safe. Visit our website or call us for more information. Legends Summer Camps focus on team building, leadership skills, sports, fitness and fun! Sports are played and enjoyed with the perfect blend of instruction, sportsmanship, and competition. Legends professionally trained counselors ensure that every child has a rewarding, safe, and fun experience.

Our Super Kid’s Quest Camps (3-8 years) combine physical activity, gymnastics, and games with arts, crafts, and special LEGO® building! Our Skill Thrill Camps (6-12 years) focus on learning specific skills while reviewing and practicing all-around gymnastics.

Discover exciting and rewarding ways for your child to grow this summer, with science, technology, engineering, and math-based programs, as well as performing arts, physical activity and more!

Type of Camp: Day, Local Ages: 3-12 years

Discover all the fun and unforgettable hands-on experiments in our camps this summer!

Type of Camp: Day Ages: 7-15 years

Our SUMMER FUN CAMPS include Bowling FUNdamentals, Arcade Video Game Play, Laser Tag, 1.5 hours Bowling Play, Bowling Shoes and Socks, Lunch & more! Camps taught by Main Event Staff and fully supervised.

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Houston Humane Society M

Alley Theatre M W C

The Health Museum M W C

Alliance Fencing Academy M W

Houston SPCA M W C

American Robotics Academy M W C

iD Tech Camps M W

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Camp Allen M W

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Lone Star College M W

Camp Invention M W C

Mad Science M W C

Camp Quillian M C

Pine Cove Camps M C

Camps Rio Vista & Sierra Vista M W

Primrose School M of West Houston

Challenger Sports M W C The Church of St. John the Divine M

Robots4U M W Tech It Out Robotics M W

City Lights Theatre C Digital Media Academy W Discover Gymnastics M Downtown Aquarium M FFPS: Fun Fair Positive Soccer M W C

Techno Chaos C Texas Galatasaray M W Soccer Academy TUTS’ Humphreys School M of Musical Theater

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Green Mountain Energy Company M W C

Wake Nation Houston M C

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Houston Center for Photography M

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S P E C I A L A D V E RT I S I N G S E C T I O N Main Street Theater Multiple Locations in Houston 713-524-7998 www.mainstreettheater.com

Moody Gardens

Type of Camp: Arts Ages: 4-14 years

Type of Camp: Academic,

Moody Gardens, Galveston Adventure, Co-ed, Half-Day, 409-683-4325 Full-Day www.moodygardens.com/education/ Ages: 3-14 years pyramid_kids_camp/pyramid_camps/

Pine Cove Christian Camps Columbus, TX 877-474-6326 www.pinecove.com

Primrose Schools of West Houston & Katy 2150 Eldridge Parkway Houston, TX 77077, 713-240-8314 www.primroseschools.com

Quillian Center 10570 Westpark Dr., Houston 713-458-4712 www.quilliancenter.org

Robots4U 855-740-1199 Multiple Locations www.robots-4-u.com

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A performing arts playground where imaginations are sparked as students collaborate to create an original play and dance piece. Arts and educational professionals provide guidance and know-how support to students (ages 4 – 11). One day “Turbo Camps” at the end of the summer (ages 6 - 11). Learn through story time, make a craft, have a themed snack, and visit one of the Pyramids at Moody Gardens at Preschool camps for campers 3-4 years of age. Get ready for adventure as we discover the amazing worlds of oceans, rainforests, and much more during our exciting Day Camps for ages 5-9. Ages 12-14 will have the chance to work alongside one of our biologists at Keeper for a Day camps.

Type of Camp: Pine Cove’s Youth Camps, Family Camps, and Day Camps offer crazy Day Camp, Overnight Camp theme nights and fun activities such as paintball, wakeboarding, horses, and ropes courses, but our ultimate desire and hope is for Ages: Families of all ages; people’s lives to be transformed through the love of Jesus. Overnight Youth: entering 2-12 grade; Day Camp: entering 1-6 grade

Type of Camp: Day Camp Ages: 6 weeks - 6 years

Primrose Schools is the nation’s leader in providing a premier educational child care experience in more than 270 schools in 17 states.

Type of Camp: Sports, Adventure Ages: 5-14 years

Camp Quillian is an ACA accredited camp with a rock wall, gym, game room, soccer and baseball fields, two swimming pools, and many more exciting activities to keep your child safe and active this summer. Each week has its own theme, and special events to keep children engaged.

Type of Camp: Half-Day, Local Ages: 7-17 years

Campers having a BLAST, while learning and playing in a dynamic environment. Learning about robotics, engineering and Science, in a independent and exciting way. Week-long camps. Beginners to Master Builders welcomed!

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C A M P DIRECTORY Sam Houston Equestrian 13551 Lew Briggs Rd Houston, TX 77047 713-433-PONY (7669) www.learnhorse.com

Shake It Up VBS at The Church of St. John the Divine 2450 River Oaks Blvd, Houston 77019 713-622-3600, www.sjd.org/ministries/ children/vacation-bible-school/

Stars Gymnastics 10516-G Katy Freeway Houston, TX 77043 713-464-4996 starsgymtx.com

Summer Theatre Camp at The Grand 1894 Opera House 2020 Postoffice Street Galveston, Texas 77550 409-765-1894, www.thegrand.com

Techno Chaos 7320 Hwy 90A, Suite 210 Sugar Land, TX 77478 281-410-1768 http://techno-chaos.com

Tech It Out - Robotics 10 Locations across Greater Houston 281-773-4664 www.BotShopRocks.com

Texas A&M Sea Camp P.O. Box 1675 Galveston, TX 77553 409-740-4525 www.tamug.edu/seacamp

Texas Galatasaray Soccer Academy 2511 Eldridge Rd. Sugar Land, TX 77498, 713-575-4020 www.gssocceracademy.com

TUTS’ Humphreys School of Musical Theatre http://www.tuts.com/hsmt

The Village School Summer Programs 13077 Westella, Houston, TX 77077 281-496-7900, www.thevillageschool.com/summer

Wake Nation 4411 County Road 418 Rosharon, TX 77583 281-431-4444 http://wakenationhouston.com

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Type of Camp: Local, Day Ages: 7+ years

Teaching the fundamentals of horsemanship in a fun, hands on learning environment. Spring Break Camps too! Extended day available.

Type of Camp: VBS, Half-Day Ages: Ages 4 - 5th grade

Shake it Up at Vacation Bible School 2015! Runs August 3 - 7 from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm each day.

Type of Camp: Gymnastics, Day, Sports Ages: 3-12 years

We offer a day camp for kids ages 3-12. Gymnastics, games, trampoline, arts and crafts. Full days or half days available.

Type of Camp: Theatre, Day Camp Ages: 7-17 years

Week long residency with the Missoula Children’s Theatre. This year’s production is Cinderella. When your child’s character is not in rehearsal they will be engage in different activities that are related to the book Cinderella. July 13-17; $245 per child

Type of Camp: Day Camp, Half-Day, Full-Day, Co-ed, Technology Ages: Ages 4 - College Aged

Our mission is to inspire learning and innovating in a tech-savvy community by building creative individuals. We leverage robotics, Minecraft, 3D Printing, LEGOs, programming, animations and many other technologies. We have a makerspace and club atmosphere that encourages mentoring and teamwork.

Type of Camp: Day Camp, Half-Day, Full-Day, Co-ed, Technology Ages: Ages 4 - College Aged

Tech It Out is a high tech robotics camp where kids and teens learn how to build and program a robot of their own design in small teams.

Type of Camp: Day, Overnight, Co-ed, Academic, Adventure, Marine Ages: 6-18 years

Hands on marine adventure camps at Texas A&M University at Galveston. Marine biology, marine science, oceanography and more!

Type of Camp: Sports, Soccer Ages: 5-16 years

Our goal is to teach players all the basics ,technical and tactical ways of the game, So that leads to a healthy life gives them self-confidence and teaches them what fair play really is.

Type of Camp: Day Camp, Theatre Ages: 4-12 years

TUTS’ Humphreys School of Musical Theatre (HSMT) offers weeklong summer camps that give students the opportunity to explore various areas of musical theatre. HSMT weekly camps are offered for students ages 4-12 and begin on June 8, 2015. Call (713) 558-8801 or visit www.TUTS.com/HSMT to register.

Type of Camp: Day Camp, Full-Day, Half-Day, Co-Ed, Private, Sports Ages: Pre-school through Middle School

There’s no shortage of excitement and fun with The Village School Summer Programs! We strive to offer a variety of programs and classes that will educate, entertain, and engage your child through hands on activities and proven curriculum.

Type of Camp: Sports, Adventure, Day Camp, Full-Day, Half-Day, Co-ed Ages: 7-17 years

Learn to wakeboard, wakeskate, waterski, kneeboard, and paddleboard WITHOUT a boat in a fun, supportive environment from our experienced and professional staff. Campers also enjoy our inflatable waterslide, trampoline, & jungle gym. You don’t even need your own equipment.

Type of Camp: Sports, Day Camp, Adventure, Academic, All Boy, Private, Full-Day Ages: 7-14 years

Western Academy is pleased to offer a fine array of summer day camps. Each camp features a unique way for local boys to engage and enjoy the summer. Western Academy Summer Day Camps where boys ages 7-14 COME ALIVE every summer!

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C A M P DIRECTORY Wonder-Space Tech Camp 281-968-9306 www.wstechcamp.com

Woodlands Fencing Academy 2227 Golden Road The Woodlands, TX 77380 832-482-3138 www.woodlandsfencingacademy.com

Woodlands Tree House Preschool 10240 Terramont Dr The Woodlands TX 77382 281-459-0052 www.woodlandstreehouse.com

YMCA Camp Cullen Trinity, Texas 936-594-2274 www.ymcacampcullen.org

Yorkshire Academy 14120 Memorial Drive Houston, TX 77079 281-531-6088 www.yorkshireacademy.com

Xplorations Summer Camp at HMNS 5555 Hermann Park Drive Houston Texas 77030, 713-639-4629 http://www.hmns.org

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Type of Camp: Technology Ages: 7-15 years

WSTechCamp is dedicated to building the minds of the future. WS Courses are designed with every Techie in mind and our counselors are programmers, graphic designers, website creators, game developers, and computer science enthusiasts who love to share their knowledge about technology.

Type of Camp: Sports, Co-ed, Day Camp Ages: 8-14 years

Fencing Summer Camps for Girls and Boys! Life sport that kids love. Improves fitness, self esteem and is FUN. Opportunities for college and beyond. Start now- learn to fence!

Type of Camp: Day Camp Ages: 3-6 years

WTHP is offering four different summer camp programs for preschoolers ages 3 to 6. Ocean Fun June 1st - 12th; Fiesta June 15th - 26th; 3-2-1 Blast Off! June 29th - July 10th and Fun with Science July 13th -24th. Each camp is held Monday - Friday 9:00

Type of Camp: Overnight Ages: 7-17 years

YMCA Camp Cullen offers the premier overnight camping experience in the Houston area. Located on 530 acres along the shores of Lake Livingston, Camp Cullen features horseback riding, target sports and water sports. Weekly sessions begin in June. Learn more at www.ymcacampcullen.org.

Type of Camp: Academic, Sports, Damp Camp, Full-Day, Half-Day, Co-ed Ages: 24 months-6th grade

Yorkshire Academy’s Summer Program offers a wide array of camp options for 24 months–6th gr. Offerings include: Academics, over 50 enrichment camps, and theme based camps with flexibility for half day, full day, or full time care.

Type of Camp: Academic, Science Ages: 6-12 years

Xplorations Summer Science Adventures are week-long, hands-on science summer camps featuring science activities for children ages 6 - 12. Camps are held Monday - Friday from 10 am - 3 pm. For an additional weekly fee, care is available before camp begins each day, from 8 - 10 am, and after camp ends, from 3 - 5:30 pm.

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camp directory 2012

SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

SPECIAL NEEDS CAMP DIRECTORY

Camps & Organizations specializing in catering to the needs of children & families with special circumstances and health related issues. This is a partial listing of special needs camps. For more complete, up-to-date information, please contact the organizations directly.

The Arc of Greater Houston 713.957.1600 www.aogh.org The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetime.

Bridging Lives, Houston 713.298.7679 www.bridging-lives.com Bridging Lives is offering an innovative and exciting summer social skills and recreation camp to assist elementary and secondary students with autism and other developmental disorders to engage in meaningful appropriate activities and recreation.

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Camp Star Trails/ MD Anderson Cancer Center, Burton, TX 713.792.3362 www.camps@mdanderson.org While undergoing treatment, many patients and families are restricted on what activities they can do. That’s why MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital provides opportunities for kids to be kids. Through camps, field trips and special events, we try to bring a sense of normalcy back to our patients and their families.

Camp Aranzazu, Rockport, TX 361.727.0800 • www.camparanzazu.org Camp Aranzazu provides year-round therapeutic recreation programs in Rockport, Texas designed to enrich the lives of children and adults with chronic illnesses and disabilities. Our high quality programs include unique camping, environmental studies, and retreat experiences to groups with special needs.

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Camp CAMP, Center Point, TX 210.671.5411 • www.campcamp.org Summer Camp is a series of six-day, five-night sessions for children and adults, aged 5 to 50 years, with a variety of special needs and their siblings.

Camp for All, Houston 713.686.5666 • www.campforall.org Camp For All is a unique, barrier free camp working in partnership with other non-profits to enrich the lives of children and adults with challenging illnesses or special needs and their families throughout the year.

Camp Discovery, Multiple locations 866.503.SKIN • www.aad.org

opportunity at no cost to families of teens with epilepsy. At Kamp Kaleidoscope® campers participate in activities promoting independence, self-confidence, competency, and social interaction.

Monarch School Summer Program, Houston 713.479.0800 www.monarchschool.org/curriculum/ summer-program The Monarch School offers a 5-week summer program with an emphasis on Executive Functioning, Relationship Development, Academic Competence, and Self-Regulation.

The River, Houston 713.520.1220 • www.tuts.com

Camp Discovery offers kids living with skin disease a one-of-a-kind experience. Every summer, the AAD sponsors six weeks of camp in five locations where everyone can experience activities such as fishing, swimming, archery, horseback riding, nature trails, and just plain fun!

The River, a program of TUTS Education, provides accessible, affordable fine arts education for individuals who have disabilities. Siblings are welcome to join programs for children ages 4-19. Financial aid is available.

Camp Janus, Houston 281.947.2154 • www.campjanus.org

River Oaks Academy, Houston 713.783.7200 www.riveroaksacademy.com

Camp Janus is a unique recreational, therapeutic, and educational opportunity for children who have recovered or are recovering from burns. The Camp Janus weekend is completely free for the children including local transportation from Houston and Galveston.

River Oaks Academy presents a specialized Summer Camp for children/adolescents (ages 5 to 15) with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Conduct Disorder.

Camp Social Superheroes, Houston 713.467.4696 • www.parishschool.org Founded in 2010, Camp Social Superheroes combines a full summer camp experience with intensive therapy for social cognitive difficulties. The camp offers a Social Thinking® approach for 8 to 12 year olds with daily social groups and social thinking concepts embedded throughout the traditional camp activities.

Kamp Kaleidoscoope, Anna TX 713.789.6295 • www.eftx.org Kamp Kaleidoscope® offers a safe and fun residential camping experience for teens living with epilepsy. The Epilepsy Foundation Texas provides this unique

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Sire, Houston 281.356.7588 • www.sire-htec.org The MISSION of SIRE is to improve the quality of life for people with special needs through therapeutic horsemanship activities and therapies, and educational outreach.

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bookbites book reviews

for the love of reading valerie koehler, owner of the beloved

around a burning cross. Their community has long lived with the indignities and insults of segregation. When Stella and Jojo alert their parents, their community gathers together to figure out what to do next. Based loosely on her family’s history, Draper’s prose immerses the reader in the story.

blue willow bookshop, and her staff hand-pick the best reading selections for kids. tween readers: the one and only ivan by katherine applegate (harper collins paperbacks, february 2015)

toddler: cat in the hat cloth book by dr. seuss (random house children’s books, jan 2015)

The Cat In The Hat is so beloved that we know parents will enjoy this brand new cloth version which is perfect for babies.

night owl by tony yuly (feiwel & friends, january 2015)

The little owl is trying to be brave, waiting for his mother to return. He hears many other animals and is getting anxious. The simple illustrations will entrance the youngest of listeners while reassuring all toddlers that Mommy will come home. emerging readers 28 days: moments in black history that changed the world by charles l. smith jr. (roaring brook press, january 2015) www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com

Through words and pictures, Smith and Evans capture 28 events in black history that changed the world. From sports to science, business to politics, they profile everyone from Crispus Attucks to Thurgood Marshall. Many of these events will be familiar to readers, but the execution and combination of Smith’s words and Evans’ illustrations create a spectacular book for use in classrooms and at home.

Applegate weaves the sweet story of a friendship between Ivan, a silverback gorilla, and the rest of the animals in a second rate zoo. When the zoo owner faces financial difficulties, he brings in a new baby elephant to attract the crowds. The heartwarming story uses art, compassion, and kindness to bring healing and hope to a forgotten group of loveable creatures.​ teen reads: geek girl by holly smale (harper collins children’s books, february 2015)

stella by starlight by sharon draper (simon & schuster children’s books, january 2015)

I​ n Bumblebee, North Carolina, segregation is alive and well in 1932. One night, Stella and her brother hear a noise across the lake and see men in robes gathered

Harriet Manners is, indeed, a geek. But she’s tired of being called a geek and tormented by a mean girl named Alexis. One day, she finds herself accompanying her friend Nat to Clothes Show Live, in the hopes that Nat will be discovered by a modeling agent. Of course, that’s not what happens. Instead, Harriet is discovered and is named the new face of one of the coolest fashion lines in Europe. Harriet’s voice rings true throughout the story, which is full of humor and just the right amount of romance. Check the Blue Willow Bookshop website for upcoming events and author signings:www.bluewillowbookshop.com

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onthego

calendar of events

Houston Family Magazine’s 19th Annual Camp Fair.

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bayou bikers.

Bayou Bikers meet at Market Square for 25- to 40-mile bike rides exploring the bayous of Houston. These rides are open to all. Mountain bikes or bikes with fat tires are necessary. This is an informal group whose purpose is to show Houstonians and visitors the beauty of Houston’s waterways. All ages. Free. 8am. Market Square Park. 301 Milam St., Houston. 713-650-3022 or http://downtownhouston.org.

art improv.

Families choose a work of art anywhere in the museum and make friends with it—spend

by karen harpold

time sketching it, writing about it, and talking about it together. Then they visit the studio for an assortment of materials they can use to create a work of art inspired by the new “friends” and their own imaginations. All ages. $15 adult, $10 senior, $7.50 child age 13-18 (children 12 and under free). 1pm-4pm. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Beck Building. 5601 Main St., Houston. Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet St., Houston. 713-639-7300 or www.mfah.org.

sunday family zone + studio – “drips and dots: a closer look at american art.”

Spend some time with the friendly family educators: sit on

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a pillow and read, sketch a work of art and join an investigation of an artwork. All ages. $15 adult, $10 senior, $7.50 child age 13-18 (children 12 and under free). 1pm-4pm. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Beck Building, 5601 Main Street, Houston. Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet, Houston. 713-639-7300. www.mfah.org.

scoop on poop-houston zoo.

(daily through 3/29). Fish do it, frogs do it, pythons, eagles and elephants do it, yet poop is one of those subjects we find difficult to talk about with a straight face. All ages. Free with zoo admission. Zoo hours. Houston Zoo.

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mardi gras! galveston

The island’s 104th Mardi Gras celebration is expected to draw more than 350,000 attendees for 30+ concerts, 22 parades, 20 balcony parties and several elegant balls.

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houston family magazine’s 19th annual camp fair

Plan your summer in a day.

indicates family fave pick www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com


onthego off the music and dials down the distractions for the comfort of special-needs kids and their families and friends. All ages. $5 (parent or guardian free). 3pm-6pm. Sky High Sports. 10510 Westview Dr., Houston. 713-464-5867 or http://hou.jumpskyhigh.com.

6200 Hermann Park Drive Houston, TX 77030. 713-5336500. www.houstonzoo.org.

mardi gras ball for special people.

Annually celebrated by thousands, this free event provides food, fun and live entertainment for people with special needs as well as their families. All ages. FREE admission for people with special needs, their immediate family and/or caregivers with RSVP. 12-4pm. Moody Gardens 1 Hope Blvd. Galveston, TX. http://www. galveston.com/mardigrasevents.

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open door.

Open Door is an arts and crafts program offered at Crosspoint Church on Tuesday mornings. It is a great way to make new friends, learn a craft, and have sweet time of fellowship. All ages. $15 registration fee. 9am-12pm. Crosspoint Church. 4601 Bellaire Blvd., Bellaire. 713-668-2319 or www.cpointchurch.org.

monday

jazz on ice.

Join veteran Houston musician, performer and skating Jazzman Jawad for an evening of jazz jams on the ICE. All ages. Free to listen, skating fees apply. 7-9pm. Discovery Green. 1500 McKinney St., Houston. 713-400-7336 or www.discoverygreen.com.

baby bounce.

An active storytime for infants. Ages 3-18mos. Free. 10:15am. Katy Library. 5414 Franz Rd., Katy. 281-391-3509. www.hcpl.net.

baby time.

Stories, songs, and playtime for babies. Ages 6-18 months, and their caregivers. 10:30am. Free and open to the public. Central Library, 500 McKinney, 77002, 832-393-1313. www.houstonlibrary.org.

preschool storytime.

Stories, songs and crafts for children. Ages 3-5 years old and their caregivers. 1pm. Free and open to the public. Central Library, 500 McKinney, Houston. 832-393-1313. www.houstonlibrary.org.

toddler time.

Stories, songs, crafts and playtime for toddlers. www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com

toddler yoga.

Toddler Yoga is a fun, active way to interact with your child as they become a lot more mobile. As the parent or caregiver, you will be shown simple yoga poses that you can demonstrate to your child first and then encourage your child to do the pose. For children under 3 years of age. 10:30am. Free and open to the public. Central Library, 500 McKinney, 77002, 832-3931313. www.houstonlibrary.org.

free afternoon at the houston zoo.

The Houston Zoo offers free admission to its guests on the first Tuesday of each month, September through May. See February 3. Photo by Alex Ragsdale. Courtesy of the Houston Zoo.

Ages 18-36mos. Free. 11:30am. Central Library. 500 McKinney St., Houston. 832-393-1313. www.houstonlibrary.org.

coram deo preparatory academy informational meeting.

Focus on the Family describes NAUMS (National Association of University Model Schools) as “An intentional home school/ private school blend that specifically assigns education curriculum to both the home and classroom (first Monday of every month). Adults. 7-8:30 pm. Free. Church of the Holy Apostles 1225 West Grand Parkway South, Katy, TX 77494. 832-607-1526 or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ coram-deo-information-meeting.

AARP tax aide.

Tax preparation assistance on a first come/first serve basis. Free. 1pm. Northwest Branch Library. 1355 Regency Houston.

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tuesday

free afternoon at the houston zoo.

The Houston Zoo offers free admission to its guests on the first Tuesday of each month, September through May. All ages. Free. 2pm-7pm (last entry at 6pm). The Houston Zoo. 6200 Hermann Dr., Houston. 713-533-6500 or www.houstonzoo.org.

jump session for kids with special needs.

On the first Tuesday of every month, Sky High Sports turns

toddler playtime.

Unstructured play for toddlers. Ages 17-36 months and their caregivers. Free and open to the public. 11:30am. Central Library-KIDS, 500 McKinney, 77002, 832-3931313, www.houstonlibrary.org.

toddler time.

A fun program for younger children. Ages 18mos.-3yrs. Free. 10:15am & 11am. Katy Library. 5414 Franz Rd., Katy. 281-391-3509. www.hcpl.net.

preschool story time.

Come learn at the library. Read books, sing songs and do a craft project. Ages 3-6. Free. 10:30am. Northwest Branch Library.

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cirque du soleil

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fter the remarkable success of Kooza in 2012, Cirque du Soleil returns to Houston with one of its newest touring shows, Amaluna, which will premiere on February 12, 2015 under the iconic blue and yellow Big Top at Sam Houston Race Park. Written and directed by Tony Award-winning director, Diane Paulus, Cirque du Soleil’s 33rd production Amaluna is a celebration of love and a tribute to the work and voice of women. Amaluna invites the audience to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. Their queen, Prospera, directs her daughter’s comingof-age ceremony in a rite that honors femininity, renewal, rebirth and balance which marks the passing of these insights and values from one generation to the next. In the wake of a storm caused by Prospera, a group of young men lands on the island, triggering an epic, emotional story of love between Prospera’s daughter and a brave young suitor. But theirs is a love that will be put to the test. The couple must face numerous demanding trials and overcome daunting setbacks before they can achieve mutual trust, faith and harmony. Amaluna is a fusion of the words ama, which refers to “mother” in many languages, and luna, which means “moon”; a symbol of femininity that evokes both the mother-daughter relationship and the idea of goddess and protector of the planet. Amaluna is also the name of the mysterious island where this magical story unfolds. For the first time in Cirque du Soleil’s history, Amaluna features a cast that comprises 70% women, with a 100% female band. “Amaluna is a tribute to the work and voice of women”, explains Director of Creation Fernand Rainville. “The show is a reflection on balance from a women’s perspective”, he adds. Director Diane Paulus, winner of a 2013 Tony Award (Pippin) and recently named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2014, says: “I didn’t want to build a ‘women’s agenda’ show. I wanted to create a show with women at the center of it, something that had a hidden story that featured women as the heroines.” Paulus drew from a series of classical influences when creating the concept of the show; including tales from Greek and Norse mythology, Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Tickets are now available by visiting www.cirquedusoleil.com/amaluna or by calling 1-877-9 CIRQUE.

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11355 Regency Green Dr., Cypress. 281-890-2665. www.hcpl.net.

family storybook circle.

Museum educators read a new storybook in the galleries and lead families on a brief exploration of the work of art related to the story. Ages 2-5 with family. Free with admission ($15 adult, $10 senior, $7.50 child age 13-18, children 12 and under free). 11am-12pm. Kinder Foundation Education Center. 1001 Bissonnet St., Houston. 713-639-7300. www.mfah.org.

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author discussion and book signing: tombquest: book of the dead.

Michael Northrop will discuss and sign TOMBQUEST: BOOK OF THE DEAD, the first book in his new series for middle graders. In order to go through the signing line and meet Michael Northrop, please purchase TOMBQUEST from Blue Willow Bookshop. At the time of your purchase, we will issue a signing line ticket that indicates your place in line. Your book and signing line ticket can be picked up at the event. All ages. 5pm. Blue Willow Bookshop. 14532 Memorial Dr., Houston. 281-497-8675 or www.bluewillowbookshop.com.

legos and duplos at the library.

Join our block party Wednesday and show us your creations! LEGOS and DUPLOS provided. 3 p.m. Free and open to the public. Central Library, 500 McKinney, Houston. 832-393-1313, www.houstonlibrary.org.

nature story time.

A story time for preschoolers and their parents, grandparents, or caregivers.  Story time may involve visits with live animals, puppets, short nature walks in the park, crafts or songs, in

addition to age-appropriate nature-related stories. Preschool-age children and their caregivers. Free. 4pm. Nature Discovery Center. 7112 Newcastle St., Bellaire. 713-667-6550. www.naturediscoverycenter.org.

ecokids class – pine tree.

Classes include a natural history lesson, music, story, craft, demonstrations and an outdoor activity. Reservations required. Ages 3-6. $8. 9:30am-11:30am. Armand Bayou Nature Center. 8500 Bay Area Blvd., Pasadena. 281-474-2551, ext. 10. www.abnc.org.

tadpoles club.

This interactive program introduces preschool-aged children to nature with animals, puppets, short walks, crafts and stories. Parent must accompany child; no younger or older siblings. Ages 3 & 4. Free. 10am or 1pm. Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center. 20634 Kenswick Dr., Humble. 281-446-8588. www.hcp4.net.

mommy mingle.

Bring your little ones to Tot*Spot (the exclusive exhibit for children 35 months and under), on the first Wednesday of the month, and enjoy free coffee and snacks.  Daddies, nannies and caretakers are welcome, too! Ages 35 mos and younger with adult. Free with general admission ($9, $8 senior age 65+, children under 1 free). 10am-12pm. Children’s Museum of Houston. 1500 Binz, Houston. 713-535-7238 or ldungus@cmhouston.org. www.cmhouston.org.

twelve moments of spirituality and healing.

Experience the contemplative side of the world’s great religious traditions with guided meditations offering an opportunity for healing and spiritual development. All ages. $10 suggested donation. 12pm-1pm. Rothko Chapel. 3900 Yupon St., Houston. www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com


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our feet can tell a story at express children’s theatre. This production celebrates the rich cultural legacy of African American music and dance by taking the audience on a journey through time. See Center Stage on page 52. Photo courtesy of Express Children’s Theatre.

713-524-9839. www.rothkochapel.org.

teen game frenzy.

Come unwind after a long, stressful day of school. Play video games, eat snacks and have fun. Teens. Free. 4:30pm. Northwest Branch Library. 1355 Regency Green Dr., Cypress. 281-890-2665. www.hcpl.net.

baby giggles.

Sing songs and learn movements to various children’s rhymes. Ages 0-11mos. (nonwalkers). Free. 1pm. Northwest Branch Library. 1355 Regency Houston.

baby wiggles.

Join us for songs, fingerplays and playtime. Ages 12-18 mos (walkers). Free. 2pm. Northwest Branch Library. 1355 Regency Houston.

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thursday

blue willow bookshop story time.

Bring your child to Blue Willow to enjoy stories, songs and an art activity. www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com

Toddlers & preschoolers. Free. 10am. Blue Willow Bookshop. 14532 Memorial Dr., Houston. 281-497-8675. www.bluewillowbookshop.com.

museum free family night - children’s museum of houston.

On Thursday evenings the museum hosts Free Family Nights. All admission fees are waived and families are able to come to the museum and experience everything it has to offer. All ages. Free ($3 parking in garage). 5pm-8pm. Children’s Museum of Houston. 1500 Binz St., Houston. 713-535-7264. www.cmhouston.org.

holocaust museum houston free thursdays.

Visitors to the Holocaust Museum Houston enjoy free general admission. All ages. Free. 2pm-5pm. Holocaust Museum Houston. 5401 Caroline St., Houston. 713-942-8000. www.hmh.org. february 2015 . houston family magazine . 51


Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story presented by the Society for the Performing Arts.

centerstage

free thursday at museum of fine arts, houston.

wild wheels at the houston zoo.

free family thursday at the health museum.

junior scientists.

Enjoy a full day of free activities every Thursday. All ages. Free. 10am-9pm. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. 1001 Bissonnet, Houston. 713-639-7300. www.mfah.org.

HOUSTON IS RICH WITH OPPORTUNITIES TO SEE FAMILYFRIENDLY THEATER PERFORMANCES. HERE IS A SAMPLING OF WHAT’S AVAILABLE THIS MONTH. PRESENTATIONS ARE FOR ALL AGES UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

Visitors enjoy free general admission. All ages. Free. 2pm-5pm. The Health Museum. 1515 Hermann Dr., Houston. 713-521-1515. www.mhms.org.

The Little Mermaid A Children’s play by Linda Daugherty

tai chi by the reflecting pool.

Company OnStage Based on the beloved tale by Hans Christian Andersen, the story of the little mermaid, Pearl, is brought to life for the stage is this coming of age story of family, friendship, sacrifice, and finding true love. Jan. 17-Feb. 7., Saturdays 11am & 1:30pm, two Sunday performances on January 18th and 25th at 2:00 p.m Tickets: $10 Company on Stage. 536 Westbury Square Houston. www.companyonstage.org

The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe Stages Repertory Theatre Follow Trudy, a perceptive bag lady who has appointed herself the task of showing visiting extraterrestrials the variety of life on Earth, as she introduces dozens of quirky characters who seek a deeper understanding of art, love and their place in the world. Ages 13+. Jan. 20-Feb. 15, Tues.-Thurs. 7:30pm, Fri.-Sat. 8pm and Sun. 3pm • Tickets: $21-$64 Stages Repertory Theatre. 3201 Allen Pkwy., Houston. 713-527-0123. www.stagestheatre.com.

Character Man Stages Repertory Theatre Packed with iconic songs from Meredith Willson, John Kander and Fred Ebb, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick and Stephen Sondheim, Character Man is part cabaret, part oral history and all heart. Ages 13+. Jan. 24-Feb. 15, Sat. 1/24 3pm & 1/31 8pm and Sun. 7:30pm Tickets: $21-$64 Stages Repertory Theatre. 3201 Allen Pkwy., Houston. 713-527-0123. www.stagestheatre.com.

Stargirl Main Street Theater Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli weaves a tense, emotional tale about first love, the perils of popularity and non-conformity and the acceptance of others. Children under the age of 3 not allowed in theater. Jan. 25-Feb. 13, Sun. 1pm & 4pm 52 . houston family magazine . february 2015

Tai Chi is a traditional Chinese martial art whose physical practice offers general health benefits, stress management, increased energy, and improved physical mobility. Adults and older children. $10 suggested donation. 5-6pm. Rothko Chapel. 3900 Yupon Street, Houston, TX 77006. 713-524-9839.

table top game night.

This event provides children and parents an opportunity to play board games, card games, strategy games and other types of games with one another, to try out new games before they buy them, and to make lasting friendships. All ages. Free. 6-9pm. Bad Wolf Trading Company. 16911 Old Louetta Road #3, Houston. 832-717-4298 or http://www.badwolftrading.com.

first thursday sketching.

On the first Thursday of every month, sketch works of art in the museum galleries during this informal program. An MFAH teaching artist is on hand with paper, pencils, and clipboards to get you started. All ages. Free. Museum hours. The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Beck Building. 601 Main Street, Houston. 713-639-7300. www.mfah.org.

Join us this spring as we explore animal coverings with your family! Infants/toddlers. See website for ticket information. 9:15-10:15am. Houston Zoo. 6200 Hermann Park Drive Houston. 713-533-6500. www.houstonzoo.org. Junior Scientists will explore the natural world and examine a variety of science themes through hands-on investigations and experiments and in lessons enriched with crafts, games and more! Ages 6-10. $20. 4pm-5:30pm. Nature Discovery Center. 7112 Newcastle St., Bellaire. 713-667-6550. www.naturediscoverycenter.org.

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friday

bank of america friday night flicks at discovery green-labyrinth.

Skate and watch, or just enjoy the movie! Movie is rated PG. Free to watch movie; $13 to skate. 8:30pm. Discovery Green. 1500 McKinney St., Houston. 713-400-7336. www.discoverygreen.com.

ecokids class – praying mantis.

Classes include a natural history lesson, music, story, craft, demonstrations and an outdoor activity. Reservations required. Ages 3-6. $8. 9:30am-11:30am. Armand Bayou Nature Center. 8500 Bay Area Blvd., Pasadena. 281-474-2551, ext. 10. www.abnc.org.

baby boot camp’s freebie friday.

The first Friday of every month, Baby Boot Camp is free to moms with stroller-aged children. Free. 9:30-10:30am. Memorial City Mall (by the entrance to Beck’s Prime) 303 Memorial City Way, Houston, TX 77024. summer.maura@ babybootcamp.com. www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com


onthego national gymnastics competition featuring over 3,000 of the world’s top athletes, elite & junior gymnasts in men’s and women’s gymnastics and trampoline & tumbling events. All ages. See website for ticket information and event times. NRG Arena at NRG Park Houston. www.hnimeet.org.

29th annual texas home & garden show.

Houstons’ Premier “One Stop Shopping Opportunity” for all your home & garden needs. From Windows and Doors to Ceilings and Floors over 700 experts, products, services and ideas all under one roof. All ages. See website for ticket information. 2pm. NRG Center Houston, TX. http://texashomeandgarden.com.

AARP tax aide. See February 4.

mardi gras! galveston The island’s 104th Mardi Gras celebration is expected to draw more than 350,000 attendees for 30+ concerts, 22 parades, 20 balcony parties and several elegant balls. See February 6. fitness in the plaza.

Start your Friday mornings off with Fitness in the Plaza, featuring Boot Camp with Jon Hood from Fleet Physique followed by Zumba taught by a professional instructor. Adults. Free. Boot Camp 9am-10am, Zumba 10am-11am. Sugar Land Town Square. 2711 Town Center Blvd., Sugar Land. 281-276-6000 or www.sugarlandtownsquare.com.

art walk on main.

Presented the first Friday of each month by the Main Street Business Association, this event features the works of local and regional artists displayed at businesses in the Main Street district. Refreshments and entertainment will be available. www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com

All ages. Free. 6pm-9pm. Main Street Merchants. Main Street, La Porte. 281-907-3140. http://laportetx.gov.

mardi gras! galveston.

The island’s 104th Mardi Gras celebration is expected to draw more than 350,000 attendees for 30+ concerts, 22 parades, 20 balcony parties and several elegant balls. All ages (depending on event). See website for ticket information. Times vary. Various locations. http://www.galveston.com/ calendarofevents.

ERJCC houston national invitational gymnastics.

The Houston Gymnastics Center annually hosts the Houston National Invitational, a premier

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saturday

young writers workshop.

Houston’s only free writing workshop for kids, presented by HPL Express, Writers in the Schools and Discovery Green. All ages. Free. 10:30am11:30am. Discovery Green. 1500 McKinney St., Houston. 713-400-7336 or www.discoverygreen.com.

first saturday arts market.

First Saturday Arts Market is a monthly outdoor fine arts event featuring the works of dozens of visual artists and showcasing paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry and handcrafted items. All ages. Free admission. 11am-6pm. Wind Water Gallery parking lot. 548 West 19th St., Houston. 713-802-1213 or www.firstsaturdayartsmarket.com.

minecraft madness.

Join us for an hour of Minecraft gaming and crafts. All ages. 2 p.m. Free. Central Library, 500 McKinney, Houston. 832-393-1313. www.houstonlibrary.com.

centerstage Tickets: $15-$17 Talento Bilingüe de Houston. 333 S. Jensen Dr., Houston. 713-524-6706. www.mainstreettheater.com.

Putting It Together Main Street Theater Putting It Together is the smart, funny, heart-wrenching musical revue featuring nearly 30 Sondheim tunes. Jan. 8-Feb. 1, Thurs. 7:30pm, Fri.-Sat. 8pm and Sun. 3pm Tickets: $20-$39 Main Street Theater – Rice Village. 2536 Times Blvd., Houston. 713-524-6706. www.mainstreettheater.com.

Wedding Belles: A Southern Comedy A.D. Players Garden-club ladies, a soldier about to ship out and an innocent young bride give a small Texas town nuptial nightmares. Jan. 21-Feb. 15, Wed.Thurs. 7:30pm, Fri.-Sat. 8pm and Sun. 2:30pm Tickets: $22-$27 A.D. Players. 2710 W. Alabama, Houston. 713-526-2721. www.adplayers.org.

Madame Butterfly Houston Grand Opera From the passionate Act I love duet to Butterfly’s steadfast declaration of her love, “Un bel di,” to the tender, anticipatory beauty of the “Humming Chorus,” this is opera for the ages. Jan. 23-Feb. 8, Wed. & Fri.-Sat. 7:30pm and Sun. 2pm Tickets: $18-$354 Brown Theater, Wortham Theater Center. 500 Texas Ave., Houston. 713-2286737. www.houstongrand opera.org.

Sutton Foster, Broadway’s Leading Lady Houston Symphony Famed for portraying the leading lady in the revival

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centerstage of Anything Goes and for originating roles in such hit musicals as Shrek the Musical and Young Frankenstein, two-time Tony Award®-winning Sutton Foster brings her unparalleled talent and charm to Jones Hall performing her Broadway hits and more.

recycling saturdays.

Jan. 30-Feb. 1, Fri.-Sat. 8pm and Sun. 2:30pm Tickets: $25-$134 Jones Hall. 615 Louisiana St., Houston. 713-2247575. www.houston symphony.org.

Hands-On Houston is a free craft-activity open house on the first Saturday of every month. A teaching artist will demonstrate a craft related to the current exhibitions; materials are provided. All ages. Free. 11am-3pm. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. 4848 Main Street, Houston. 77002, USA – Houston. 713-529-4848. www.crafthouston.org.

The Book of Mormon Broadway at the Hobby Center The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century.” Contains explicit language. Jan. 20-Feb. 8, Tues.-Thurs. 7:30pm, Fri. 8pm, Sat. 2pm & 8pm and Sun. 2pm & 7:30pm Tickets: $50+. The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Sarofim Hall. 800 Bagby St., Houston. 713-558-8887. www.thehobbycenter.org.

Fly The Ensemble Theatre Fly celebrates the lives of the courageous and dedicated Tuskegee Airman who flew during World War II. Rated PG-13. Jan. 29-Feb. 22, Thurs. 7:30pm, Fri. 8pm, Sat. 2pm & 8pm and Sun. 3pm Tickets: $23-$30 The Ensemble Theatre. 3535 Main St., Houston. 713-520-0055. www.ensemblehouston.org.

Frost/Nixon Company OnStage Determined to resurrect his career, Frost risks everything on a series of in-depth interviews in order to extract an apology from Nixon. Jan. 16-Feb.8, Fri.-Sat. 8pm and Sun. 2pm

Bring your glass, paper, plastic and aluminum to a recycling station at Discovery Green. All ages. Free. 11am-2pm. Discovery Green. 1500 McKinney St., Houston. 713-400-7336. www.discoverygreen.com.

hands on houston.

zoo yoga.

We will discover different types of animals and explore their unique characteristics through the use of animal inspired yoga poses. See website for ticket information. 9:15-10:15am. Houston Zoo. 6200 Hermann Park Drive Houston, TX 77030. 713-5336500. www.houstonzoo.org.

homestead heritage day at jesse h. jones park. Bring the family for a “living history” look at 19th century Texas settler life. See February 7. Photo courtesy of Jesse H. Jones Park.

homestead heritage day.

Bring the family for a “living history” look at 19th century Texas settler life. All ages. Free. 10am-4pm. Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center. 20634 Kenswick Dr., Humble. 281-446-8588. www.hcp4.net.

free crafts for kids – from the heart coupons.

Join Lakeshore Learning every Saturday as it offers free crafts for kids. Themes change weekly. Ages 3+. Free. 11am-3pm. Lakeshore Learning. 2405 Post Oak Blvd., Houston. 713-355-1893. www.lakeshorelearning.com.

galveston beach hike.

Beach hikes start at the park’s Nature Center; we’ll orient

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yourselves, and then move to the beach. Help us look for beach treasures and explore why this place is so special. All ages. Free to park; $5/adult entrance fee, anyone under 13 years is free. 10-11am. Galveston Island State Park 14901 FM-3005 Galveston. http://www.galveston.com/ calendarofevents or Lisa.Reznicek@tpwd.texas.gov.

yachty gras sails into the bay.

The 16th Annual Yachty Gras celebration “Chance of the Sea” Grand Parade will begin in the Clear Creek Channel and feature elaborately decorated yachts tossing beads and doubloons to revelers along the

route which includes a pass of Kemah Boardwalk. All ages. Free. 7pm. Clear Lake and Kemah/Seabrook Channel Clear Lake, Bay Area, Houston. www.visitbayareahouston.com.

marvel universe live!

Watch your favorite Marvel super heroes including Spider-Man, The Avengers - Iron Man, Hulk, and more, and threatening villains come to life in an action-packed arena extravaganza. All ages. Tickets start at $20. 11am, 3pm, 7pm, NRG Stadium. 1 Reliant Park, Houston. http://nrgpark.com.

mardi gras! galveston. See February 6.

www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com


onthego AARP tax aide.

See February 4. 10am.

ERJCC houston national invitational gymnastics. See February 6.

29th annual texas home & garden show. See February 6, 10am.

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sunday

frostival!

The ICE closes with a spectacular festival of winter. Featuring an ICE smackdown with four nationally known ice carvers facing off live for the People’s Choice award, plus ice skating demonstrations, interactive ice sculptures such as ice pingpong table games, ice graffiti wall, ice throne for pictures, Amerigroup snow zone, live music and ArtX Art Car glow parade. Free. 4-8pm. Discovery Green. 1500 McKinney St., Houston. 713-400-7336. www.discoverygreen.com.

national geographic photographer joel sartore.

More than half of the world’s species are threatened with extinction, and National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore is on a mission to photograph every captive species on Earth for the Photo Ark. All ages. $15 Houston zoo members. $20 Non-members. 2-3pm. The Asia Society Texas Center 1370 Southmore Boulevard, Houston. 713-5336500. www.houstonzoo.org.

sunday garden photography at rienzi.

On Sunday afternoons, visit Rienzi’s gardens and capture their oasis-in-the-city beauty from behind the lens! Snap photos of the colorful flowers, lush green spaces, interesting architectural details, and eclectic statues. All ages. Free. 1-5pm. Rienzi’s Gardens 1406 Kirby Drive, Houston. 713-639-7800.

family gras at mardi gras! galveston.

centerstage Tickets: $18, $15 senior or student The Company OnStage. 536 Westbury Square, Houston. 713-726-1219. www.companyonstage.org.

Our Feet Can Tell A Story Express Children’s Theatre This production celebrates the rich cultural legacy of African American music and dance by taking the audience on a journey through time. Suitable for all ages; recommended for elementary age+. Jan. 31-Feb. 28, Sat. 2pm Tickets: $10 (children 2 and under free) Northwest Mall. 446 Northwest Mall, Houston. 713-682-5044. www.expresstheatre.com.

La Clemenza di Tito Opera in the Heights Mozart’s last opera, written in the final year of his life, takes place during the reign of the Roman Emperor Titus around the year 79. It is the rare opera where no one dies, and the main character, a tenor no less, does not get the girl! Jan. 30-Feb. 8, Thurs.-Sat. 7:30pm and Sun. 2pm Tickets: $13-$63 Lambert Hall. 1703 Heights Blvd., Houston. 713-861-5303. http://opera intheheights.org.

The Secret Garden Houston Family Arts Center Houston Family Arts Center (HFAC) proudly announces its production of THE SECRET GARDEN, with book and lyrics by Marsha Norman, music by Lucy Simon, based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett and presented in a special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. All ages.

Family Gras at Mardi Gras! www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com

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centerstage February 6-March 1, Fri.-Sat. 7:30pm, Sun. 3pm • Tickets: $15-$26. Houston Family Arts Center 10760 Grant Road Houston, TX. 281-587-6100. www.houstonfac.com.

Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story Society for the Performing Arts Before The Beatles, The Beach Boys or The Rolling Stones, rock ‘n’ roll was forever changed by Buddy Holly, a 19-yearold kid from Texas. All ages. February 6-7, Fri. 8pm., Sat. 2pm & 8pm • Tickets: $28-$78. Jones Hall 614 Louisiana Houston. 713-227-4772. www.spahouston.org.

Rick Springfield: Stripped Down Wortham Center Zilkha Hall Rick Springfield’s Stripped Down tour includes music, storytelling and a special question and answer session with audience. February 6, 8pm • Tickets: $80+ Zilkha Hall at The Wortham Center, 500 Texas Avenue, Houston. www.thehobbycenter.org.

Perlman Plays and Conducts Houston Symphony Legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman doubly impresses as he plays violin and conducts the orchestra. All ages.

Galveston, featuring live family entertainment, two kids parades, a kids coloring contest and more. All ages. See website for ticket information. Various locations Galveston. www.galveston.com/ calendarofevents.

preschool storytime.

sunday family zone + studio – “drips and dots: a closer look at american art”.

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AARP tax aide. See February 4.

tuesday

open door. See February 3. toddler yoga.

ERJCC houston national invitational gymnastics.

toddler playtime.

See February 6.

29th annual texas home & garden show. See February 6, 11am.

marvel universe live!

See February 7, 1pm, 5pm.

mardi gras! galveston.

Kinky Boots

baby bounce.

Feb. 10-Feb. 22, Feb. 10 8pm, Tues. (except opening night) Th. 7:30pm, Fri. 8pm, Sat. 2pm & 8pm, Sun. 2pm, 7:30pm Tickets: $24+ The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Sarofim Hall. 800 Bagby St., Houston. 713-558-8887. www.thehobbycenter.org.

toddler time. See February 2.

See February 1.

February 12, 14-15, Thurs. & Sat. 8pm, Sun. 2:30pm Tickets: $35-$145 Jones Hall 615 Louisiana Houston. 713.224-7575. www.houstonsymphony.org.

Broadway at The Hobby Center

See February 2.

See February 6.

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monday

See February 2.

baby time. See February 2.

See February 3. See February 3.

toddler time. See February 3.

preschool story time. See February 3.

marvel universe live! See February 7, 7:30pm.

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wednesday

parent workshop: social skills strategies for the quirky kid.

Conversation skills, friendships, winning and losing,

Bernadette Peters Houston Symphony The seven-time Tony Award® winner Bernadette Peters, who has been headlining the Broadway stage for decades and whose screen credits include NBC’s Smash and her Golden Globe® win for Pennies from Heaven, arrives in Houston just in time for Valentine’s Day. All ages. February 13, 7:30pm • Tickets: $39-$155 Jones Hall 615 Louisiana Houston. 713-224-7575. www.houstonsymphony.org.

CIARAMELLA Houston Early Music Hear the joyful noise of shawms, recorders, bagpipes and sackbuts improvising florid polyphony over songs, dances and sacred chant. February 15, 3pm First Evangelical Lutheran Church 1311 Holman St., 77004. www.houstonearlymusic.org.

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frostival at discovery green. Nationally known ice carvers face off live for the People’s Choice award, ice skating demonstrations, interactive ice sculptures, a snow zone, and ArtX Art Car glow parade, and more! See February 8. www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com


onthego

mardi gras galveston

parade featuring high-school marching bands, Shriners clowns and mini-cars. Donations will benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children.

FEBRUARY 13, 2015 Danny Weber Memorial Fire Truck Parade, 7 p.m. (Entertainment District) This parade is dedicated to Danny Weber Sr., who served 30 years in the Galveston Fire Department. Bring the family out as fire trucks from stations across the state parade down The Strand with lights and sirens.

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f you’re looking to catch some beads this carnival season, look no further than the 104th celebration of Mardi Gras! Galveston. This year’s event, taking place Feb. 6-17, will feature 22 parades as the island’s Mardi Gras krewes prepare to throw more than 3 million beads and other trinkets to throngs of revelers. Visitors to the island can gather in Galveston’s downtown entertainment district or along the beachfront on Seawall Boulevard to see flashy floats, high-stepping marching bands and dazzling dancers. We’ve listed a handful of the parades here, but for a complete schedule or specific route information, visit www.mardigrasgalveston.com.

FEBRUARY 6, 2015 Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade, 8 p.m. (Entertainment District) Join the 5th annual Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade as Mardi Gras revelers aim to break last year’s record of 2,314 umbrella dancers. The public www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com

is invited to participate in this procession as the umbrella dancers perform the hokey pokey down the streets of Galveston. All participants with decorated umbrellas will receive free admission into Mardi Gras! Galveston on Feb. 6.

FEBRUARY 7, 2015 Mardi Gras Fun Run 5K and 1K, 10:30 a.m. (Entertainment District) Run or walk through Galveston’s Downtown Historic District and follow it up with a day of celebrations. The first 500 entrants will be given jester hats and a jester themed run shirt. There is a 5K run and a 1K walk or run for junior jesters. This is a non-competitive, non-timed event. Proceeds from the entry fees will benefit the Sunshine Kids and Shriners Hospitals for Children. Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Mardi Gras Kickoff Parade, 12 p.m. (Seawall & Entertainment District) The Mystic Krewe of Aquarius celebrates 30 years since its founding. Join the

party at the annual street pageant featuring spectacular floats and 15 marching bands. Costumed krewe members will throw anniversary beads and cups during the parade.

FEBRUARY 8, 2015 On February 8, the entertainment district will be free to the public for a FAMILY GRAS celebration sponsored by Moody National Bank. Donations will be accepted to benefit the Sunshine Kids and Shriners Hospitals for Children. Sunshine Kids Parade, 1 p.m. (Entertainment District) Bring the entire family to The Sunshine Kids Parade, a tribute to children affected by cancer. Donations from Sunday will benefit The Sunshine Kids non-profit organization. Shriners Hospitals for Children-Galveston Parade, 3 p.m. (Entertainment District) Patients, families and friends of Shriners Hospitals for Children are a part of this

Krewe d’Esprit Rosaire Parade, 11 a.m. (Seawall) This parade will feature high-stepping marching bands, bead throwing and even some food throwing. Back by popular demand is “the Battle of the Bands” competition, which will take place before the parade.

FEBRUARY 15, 2015 Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade, 1 p.m. (Seawall) Costumed pets of all sizes, shapes and species join in the fun for this parade and costume contest. Mardi Gras Children’s Parade, 2 p.m. (Seawall) Firefighters Local 571 hosts a parade dedicated to the families and children of Galveston with decorated floats and costumed kids.

FEBRUARY 17, 2015 Krewe of Aquarius Fat Tuesday Parade, 6:30 p.m. (Entertainment District) Mystic Krewe of Aquarius presents its Fat Tuesday parade in the downtown entertainment district. This grand parade, featuring marching bands, dance teams and dozens of lighted floats, will mark the final hours of Mardi Gras! Galveston 2015. Don’t miss one of Galveston’s most popular Mardi Gras parades. february 2015 . houston family magazine . 57


centerstage Rhenish, is emotive, lyrical and uplifting. All ages. February 20-22, Fri. & Sat. 8pm., Sun. 2:30pm $25-$125 Jones Hall 615 Louisiana Houston. 713-224-7575. www.houstonsymphony.org.

Salute to Educators Concert Houston Symphony Each year, the Houston Symphony honors Houston-area teachers by providing a concert to celebrate educators and the great work they do in developing the leaders of our future. Adults. February 26, 7:30pm. Free for teachers/educators and their guests. Jones Hall 615 Louisiana Houston. 713-224-7575. www.houstonsymphony.org.

Citywide Grassroots Chorus Houston Symphony Celebrate Black History Month at the Cullen Theater in Wortham Center with the Fisk University Jubilee Singers and the CityWide Grassroots Chorus.

sharing, taking turns, personal space, emotional/behavioral regulation, reacting to setbacks, and strategies for LOTS more covered in our workshop! Adults. $35 p/person. Clear Lake Children’s Center 16815 Royal Crest Dr Suite 160, Houston, Texas 77058. 281-407-5658 or info@ clearlakechildrenscenter.com.

ecokids class – quail.

Classes include a natural history lesson, music, story, craft, demonstrations and an outdoor activity. Reservations required. Ages 3-6. $8. 9:30am-11:30am. Armand Bayou Nature Center. 8500 Bay Area Blvd., Pasadena. 281-474-2551, ext. 10. www.abnc.org.

marvel universe live! See February 7, 7:30pm.

legos and duplos at the library. See February 4. See February 4.

baby wiggles. See February 4.

nature story time.

“Take Time to Dance: A Tribute to Lynette Mason Gregg”

teen game frenzy.

February 28, 2pm & 7pm. $25 - $35. University of Houston Clear Lake’s Bayou Theatre 2700 Bay Area Blvd. Houston. 281-480-1617. www.bahbt.org.

Urban Souls Dance Company will perform Whispers from the Colored Section a celebration of Black History told through dance. See February 12. Photo by George Guillen.

baby giggles.

February 28, 2:00pm FREE Wortham Center, Cullen Theater 500 Texas Avenue, Houston. www.houston symphony.org.

The Bay Area Houston Ballet Theater The Bay Area Houston Ballet Theater will pay tribute to its founder Lynette Mason Gregg in a retrospective performance of dance. All ages.

whispers from the colored section.

See February 4.

tadpoles club. See February 4.

See February 4.

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thursday

author discussion and book signing: masterminds.

Gordon Korman will discuss and sign MASTERMINDS, his new book for middle graders. In order to go through the signing line and meet Gordon Korman, please purchase MASTERMINDS from Blue Willow Bookshop. At the time of your purchase, we will issue a signing line ticket that indicates your place in line. Your book and signing line

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ticket can be picked up at the event. All ages. 5pm Blue Willow Bookshop. 14532 Memorial Dr., Houston. 281-497-8675 or www.bluewillowbookshop.com.

houston public library: express children’s theater presents freedom train.

Join the cast of Houston’s oldest and largest child and family performance arts organizations as they perform Freedom Train. All ages. Free. 11am. Houston Public Library Central Branch 500 McKinney Houston, TX. 832-393-1313.

whispers from the colored section.

Urban Souls Dance Company will perform Whispers from the Colored Section - a celebration of Black History told through dance. The work will feature choreography by Harrison Guy, music by Dr. Malcolm Rector and poetry by SEEK the poet. All ages. Adult tickets are $20,

children and senior tickets are $15. 8pm. University of Houston Cullen Performance Hall 4800 Calhoun Houston. 713-743-1000.

NACAC national college fair.

National College Fairs and Performing and Visual Arts College Fairs allow students to interact with admission representatives from a wide range of postsecondary institutions to discuss course offerings, admission and financial aid requirements, college life in general, and other information pertinent to the college selection process. All ages. Free admissionregistration required (fee to park). 9:30 am. NRG Center, Houston. www.nacacnet.org.

marvel universe live! See February 7, 7:30pm.

free family thursday at the health museum. See February 5.

www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com


onthego tai chi by the reflecting pool.

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blue willow bookshop story time.

Classes include a natural history lesson, music, story, craft, demonstrations and an outdoor activity. Reservations required. Ages 3-6. $8. 9:30am-11:30am. Armand Bayou Nature Center. 8500 Bay Area Blvd., Pasadena. 281-474-2551, ext. 10. www.abnc.org.

See February 5.

friday

ecokids class – queen bee.

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Central Library, 500 McKinney, 77002, 832-393-1313. www.houstonlibrary.org.

houston family magazine camp fair – memorial city mall.

See February 5.

marvel universe live!

holocaust museum family free thursdays.

AARP tax aide.

The goal of this 19th annual event is to expose area families and their children to various camp experts and summer vacation representatives. This enables Houston families to gather valuable information from exhibitors face-to-face in one central location. Door prizes and free goodie bags while supplies last! All ages. Free. 10am-4pm. Memorial City Mall. 303 Memorial City Mall, Houston. ww.houstonfamilymagazine.com.

fitness in the plaza.

fun with science experiments.

See February 5.

free thursday at museum of fine arts, houston. See February 5.

museum free family night - children’s museum of houston.

See February 5.

table top game night. See February 5.

junior scientists. See February 5.

www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com

See February 7, 7:30pm. See February 4. See February 6.

mardi gras! galveston. See February 6.

Create a science experiment with us! For school-age children. 3 p.m. Free and open to the public.

free practice SAT/ACT tests.

Firat Educational Solutions hosts practice tests for the SAT/ACT every second Saturday of every month. In addition, Firat is now accepting students to take full-length practice high school entrance exams. Registration required. Ages 7th-12th grade. Free. 8:30am-12:30pm. Firat Educational Solutions. 3701 W. Alabama St., Ste. 390, Houston. 713-871-1048. www.firateducation.com.

lifetime athletics boot camp demo.

Join Life Time Athletic for their Boot Camp demo on the second Saturday of each month.

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celebrate western heritage

Photos courtesy of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Parade • Feb 28, 10am

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Every February since 1938 the nation’s fourth largest city is transformed from a bustling metropolis to a down-home celebration of Western heritage. Decorative floats intermingle with thousands of men and women on horseback to fill the streets with hoof beats and marching bands. Enthusiastic Houstonians join out-of-town spectators to line the streets and sidewalks to be involved in one of Houston’s most popular celebrations!

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onthego All ages. Free. 10-11am. City Centre. 800 Town and Country Boulevard, Houston. 713-629-5200.

second saturday buffalo bayou boat rides.

Escape from the city and enjoy the cool breeze as you glide along the bayou’s waters. Look for graceful herons, jumping fish, and even the occasional alligator sunning on the bayou’s banks. Ages 4+. 10am-2pm (30-min. rides). $7 adult, $5 child (cash only). Sabine Promenade 150 Sabine Street, Houston. 713-752-0314. info@buffalobayou.org. www.buffalobayou.org.

rice village flea.

Vendors vary monthly and can range from glass artisans and antique dealers to chocolatiers and coffee merchants.

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All ages. Free admission. 11am-6pm. Rice Village. 5504 Morningside Dr., Houston. 917-664-5622. flea@thericevillage.org.

great backyard bird count.

Bird watchers from around the world will take part in this annual event between Friday, February 13, and Monday, February 16, 2015. All ages. Free. 9am-10:30am. The Nature Discovery Center (7112 Newcastle, Bellaire. www.birdsource.org/gbbc/ howto.html.

free crafts for kids – uncle sam’s US mask.

Join Lakeshore Learning every Saturday as it offers free crafts for kids. Themes change weekly. Ages 3+. Free. 11am-3pm. Lakeshore Learning. 2405 Post Oak Blvd.,

Houston. 713-355-1893. www.lakeshorelearning.com.

family day at the ocean star offshore drilling rig & museum – shaving cream creations.

Each Family Day focuses on a different theme that relates to the offshore industry. The information is presented at student’s level using a variety of activities such as word games, coloring and crafts. Ages 18 and younger with adult/ chaperone. $8; free for accompanying children. 10am-3pm. Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum. Pier 19, Harborside Dr., Galveston. 409-766-STAR. www.oceanstaroec.com.

2015 lunar new year festival.

The Lunar New Year Festival

is a marketplace of family fun, Chinese cultural awareness and community outreach. All ages. Free admission. 10am-4pm. Chinese Community Center. 9800 Town Park Dr., Houston. 713-271-6100 or anne@ccchouston.org.

marvel universe live! See February 7. 11am, 3pm, 7pm.

mardi gras!galveston. See February 6.

young writers workshop. See February 7.

recycling saturdays. See February 7.

galveston beach hike.

See February 7.

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Crystals of India at the Houston Museum of Natural Science Sugar Land.

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nowexhibiting EDUCATION CAN BE FUN WHEN KIDS GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH THE DIVERSIFIED, CULTURAL, ARTISTIC, HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY EXHIBITS AVAILABLE AT HOUSTON MUSEUMS AND ENRICHMENT CENTERS.

Houston Museum of Natural Science Shark! See what it’s like to get up close and personal with sharks at the live shark touch tank, track great white sharks swimming in the Gulf of Mexico in real time, and see what’s happening with sharks all over the world through amazing conservation efforts led by top marine biologists. Aug. 29, 2014-Mar. 22 • Tickets: $25 adult, $20 child and senior 62+

Samurai: The Way of the Warrior Among these exquisite objects related to the legendary samurai warriors are full suits of armor, helmets, swords, sword-hilts and saddles, as well as objects intended for more personal use such as lacquered writing boxes, incense trays and foldable chairs. Nov. 21, 2014-Sept. 7 Museum Hours: Mon.-Sun. 9am-5pm Admission: $20 adult, $15 child (3-11), senior (62+) and college student Houston Museum of Natural Science. 5555 Hermann Park Dr., Houston. 713-639-4629. www.hmns.org.

Houston Museum of Natural Science – Sugar Land Crystals of India This exhibition features a never-before-seen collection of almost 50 of the most beautiful and most perfectly formed natural mineral crystals ever found anywhere in the world. The crystals originate from India’s Deccan Plateau, a large geologic formation that comprises most of the southern part of the country. Dec. 12, 2014-May 10 Museum Hours: Thurs. & Fri. 9am-3pm, Sat. 9am-5pm and Sun. 12pm-5pm Admission: $12 adult, $9 child and senior (62+) Houston Museum of Natural Science – Sugar Land. 13016 University Blvd., Sugar Land. 281-313-2277. www.hmns.org.

The Health Museum Beyond the X-Ray Explore the world of medical imaging, spanning the ways

The goal of this 19th annual event is to expose area families and their children to various camp experts and summer vacation representatives. This enables Houston families to gather valuable information from exhibitors face-to-face in one central location. Door prizes and free goodie bags while supplies last! All ages. Free. 12-5pm. The Woodlands Mall. 1201 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands. www.houstonfamilymagazine.com.

legal and financial planning: estate planning, special needs trusts, public benefits, guardianship and powers of attorney.

Life planning workshop for families with children/young adults with disabilities. Adults. Preregistration costs $10 per person or $15 per couple. Registration at the door costs $15 per person or $20 per couple. 3-5 pm. Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center - 5601 N. Braeswood Blvd. 713.667.9336 or jfshouston.org/ disability_services/ or workshops@jfshouston.org.

third sundays in nature.

Hike the trails with a trained naturalist interpreter, view live reptiles, and relive the 1895 cultural history of the area by visiting the Hanson House on the Martyn Farm site. All ages. Free. 1-4pm. Armand Bayou Nature Center. 8500 Bay Area Boulevard, Pasadena. 866-417-3818.

See February 8.

sunday garden photography at rienzi. See February 8.

sunday family zone + studio – “drips and dots: a closer look at american art”. See February 1.

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monday

author discussion and book signing: big magic little hands.

Magician Joshua Jay will demonstrate amazing magic tricks for kids and sign BIG MAGIC FOR LITTLE HANDS, a great magic book for elementary-aged students. In order to go through the signing line and meet Joshua Jay, please purchase BIG MAGIC FOR LITTLE HANDS from Blue Willow Bookshop. At the time of your purchase, we will issue a signing line ticket that indicates your place in line. Your book and signing line ticket can be picked up at the event. All ages. 5pm. Blue Willow Bookshop. 14532 Memorial Dr., Houston. 281-497-8675 or www.bluewillowbookshop.com.

baby time.

See February 2.

preschool storytime. See February 2.

baby bounce. See February 2.

toddler time. See February 2.

AARP tax aide. See February 4.

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tuesday

marvel universe live!

open door.

See February 7, 4pm.

See February 3.

mardi gras! galveston.

toddler yoga.

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family gras at mardi gras! galveston.

See February 3.

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onthego free thursday at museum of fine arts, houston. See February 5.

museum free family night - children’s museum of houston. holocaust museum family free thursdays. See February 5.

table top game night. See February 5.

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junior scientists. See February 5.

Back by popular demand, Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden’s Complexions Contemporary Ballet returns to Houston, bringing the best of athleticism, lyricism, technical training and experience to the stage. See February 20.

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friday

complexions contemporary ballet.

toddler playtime.

nature story time.

toddler time.

tadpoles club. See February 4.

Back by popular demand, Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden’s Complexions Contemporary Ballet returns to Houston, bringing the best of athleticism, lyricism, technical training and experience to the stage. All ages. 8pm. $23-$70. Cullen Theater Wortham Center 501 Texas St. Houston. 713-227-4772 or spahouston.org.

teen game frenzy.

texas yoga conference.

See February 3. See February 3.

preschool story time. See February 3.

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wednesday

legos & duplos at the library. See February 5.

ecokids class – rabbits.

Classes include a natural history lesson, music, story, craft, demonstrations and an outdoor activity. Reservations required. Ages 3-6. $8. 9:30am-11:30am. Armand Bayou Nature Center. 8500 Bay Area Blvd., Pasadena. 281-474-2551, ext. 10. www.abnc.org.

See February 4.

See February 4.

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thursday

wild wheels at the houston zoo.

Join us this spring as we explore animal coverings with your family! Infants/toddlers. See website for ticket information. 9:15-10:15am. Houston Zoo. 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston. 713-533-6500. www.houstonzoo.org.

free family thursday at the health museum. See February 5.

baby giggles.

tai chi by the reflecting pool. See February 5.

baby wiggles.

blue willow bookshop story time.

See February 4. See February 4.

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See February 5.

joy intensives, yoga classes for all levels, speakers and more over this 3 day event. Fun for novies & yogis alike. All ages. 3-9pm. $108+ Iskcon Houston, 1320 W 34 St., Houston. www.texasyogaconference.com

ecokids class – racoons.

Classes include a natural history lesson, music, story, craft, demonstrations and an outdoor activity. Reservations required. Ages 3-6. $8. 9:30am-11:30am. Armand Bayou Nature Center. 8500 Bay Area Blvd., Pasadena. 281-474-2551, ext. 10. www.abnc.org.

illustration fridays.

doctors look inside the human body without surgery and highlighting the latest advances in the field. Jan. 17-May 3 Museum Hours: Tues.-Sat. 9am-5pm and Sun. 12pm-5pm Admission: $8 adult, $6 child (3-12) and senior (65+) The Health Museum. 1515 Hermann Dr., Houston. 713-521-1515. www.mhms.org.

See February 5.

complexions contemporary ballet.

nowexhibiting

An artist-mentor will introduce the Illustration Friday topic and

Experiments with Truth: Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence This exhibition presents approximately 130 works spanning several centuries and includes paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, sculptures, rare books and films by artists from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe exploring Gandhi’s ethics of nonviolence. Oct. 2, 2014-Feb. 1 Museum Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9am-5pm and Sat.-Sun. 12pm-5pm Admission: $12; $8 senior age 65+; college-level with valid school ID, students age 6-18 and children under 6 free. Holocaust Museum Houston. 5401 Caroline St., Houston. 713-942-8000. www.hmh.org.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Selections from the Museum’s Collection: Modern and Contemporary Art Conceived to highlight the Museum’s exceptional holdings and showcasing works new to Houston audiences, this installation comprises major paintings and sculptures that span the early 20th century to the present. Mar. 4, 2014-May 3

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nowexhibiting Silver: An American Art Selections from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston This exhibit showcases important new additions to the museum’s collection of silver, all created in America between 1870 and 1960. Aug. 30, 2014-Apr. 5

Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River examines Claude Monet’s abiding fascination with the Seine by tracing his life along the iconic French waterway, both chronologically and geographically. Oct. 26, 2014-Feb. 1 Tickets: $23 adult, $18 child (13-18), senior (65+) and student (19+), (children 12 and younger free); $5 audio tour Museum Hours: Tues.-Wed. 10am-5pm, Thurs. 10am9pm, Fri.-Sat. 10am-7pm and Sun. 12:15pm-7pm Admission: $15 adult; $10 senior (65+), $7.50 child (13-18) and student (19+) (children 12 and under free); discounted tickets may be purchased online The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Beck Building, 5601 Main St., Houston, and Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet, Houston. 713-639-7300. www.mfah.org.

Rienzi Comfort and the Eighteenth-Century Interior This exhibition draws from the museum’s permanent collections to showcase porcelain, silver, furniture, textiles and works on paper that demonstrate the idea of human comfort as it was developed through art and material culture.

each person picks up pencil or brush and responds however they like. As you work, enjoy the company and inspiration of your fellow doodlers, as well as music, cold drinks and snacks (and hot drinks in winter!) Bring your favorite drawing materials. All ages. Free. 4pm-6pm. Galveston Arts Center. 2501 Market St., Galveston. 409-763-2403. www.galvestonartscenter.org.

jeckyll and hydegalveston.

Based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel, this intriguing Broadway musical is the story of a genial English doctor whose lab experiment inadvertently transforms him into an evil alternate version of himself. All Ages. 8 pm. See website for ticket prices. The Grand 1894 Opera House. 2020 Postoffice St Galveston Island. 409-765-1894 or www.thegrand.com.

AARP tax aide. See February 4.

fitness in the plaza. See February 6.

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houston family magazine camp fair – first colony mall.

The goal of this 19th annual event is to expose area families and their children to various camp experts and summer vacation representatives. This enables Houston families to gather valuable information from exhibitors face-to-face in one central location. Door prizes and free goodie bags while supplies last! All ages. Free. 10am-4pm. First Colony Mall. 16535 Southwest Frwy, Sugar Land. www.houstonfamilymagazine.com.

5th annual lake houston area home & garden show.

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jeckyll and hyde at the grand 1894 opera house. Based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel, this intriguing Broadway musical is the story of a genial English doctor whose lab experiment inadvertently transforms him into an evil alternate version of himself. See February 20. community’s fifth annual Home & Garden Show; Houston’s premier consumer expo and trade show which offers the community local exhibitors, do-it-yourself home repair demonstrations, home improvement seminars and more. All ages. 9am-6pm. $8 for adults and $6 for active military and seniors age 65+. Children under 16 get in free. Humble Civic Center. 8233 Will Clayton Pkwy, Humble. www.LHAevents.com/ lakehouston.

art thing.

Learn about art and artists and make your own creation to take home. 3 p.m. Central Library, 500 McKinney, 77002, 832-393-1313. www.houstonlibrary.org.

caffeine crawl houston.

If you are a fan of pour-over brews, espresso, learning more about the coffee process, or love holding a warm cup of specialty coffee in your hands then you’ll want to be sure to get your ticket to be part of this Caffeine Crawl.

All ages (children will need a ticket). 9am-1pm. $28. Honeymoon Cafe & Bar  300 Main St., downtown Houston. 816-522-7305 or http://www.caffeinecrawl.com/ houston.html or sadie@lab5702.com.

lunar new year houston celebration.

Lions! Dragons! Fireworks! Join us to Celebrate the New Year! All ages. Free. 11am-7pm. Viet Hoa Center @ Beltway Plaza. 8388 W. Sam Houston Parkway South, Houston. http://lunarnewyearhouston.com.

free crafts for kids – roar-a-lot lion puppet.

Join Lakeshore Learning every Saturday as it offers free crafts for kids. Themes change weekly. Ages 3+. Free. 11am-3pm. Lakeshore Learning. 2405 Post Oak Blvd., Houston. 713-355-1893. www.lakeshorelearning.com.

jeckyll and hydegalveston. See February 20.

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onthego young writers workshop. See February 7.

recycling saturdays. See February 7.

galveston beach hike. See February 7.

texas yoga conference See February 20.

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sunday

sunday family zone + studio – “drips and dots: a closer look at american art”. See February 1.

sunday garden photography at rienzi. See February 8.

texas yoga conference See February 20.

lunar new year houston celebration. See February 21.

5th annual lake houston area home & garden show.

See February 21. 10am-5pm.

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monday

baby time.

See February 2.

preschool storytime. See February 2.

baby bounce. See February 2.

toddler time. See February 2.

AARP tax aide. See February 4.

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tuesday

open door. See February 3. toddler yoga. See February 3.

toddler playtime.

nowexhibiting Sept. 13, 2014-Feb. 1 Museum Hours: Docent-led tours offered Wed.-Sat. 10am, 11am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm & 3:30pm and Sun. 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm Admission: $8 adult, $5 senior, student with ID and youth age 13-18 (children 12 and younger free) Rienzi. 1406 Kirby Dr., Houston. 713-639-7800. www.mfah.org.

Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston Art on the Lawn: Joseph Havel For the third installation in CAMH’s Art on the Lawn series, Havel has created an “endless column” of books. Endless (2013), made from books cast in bronze and resin, emerges from the centerpiece of the Museum’s lawn, the Ballard Fountain. Jul. 19, 2013-Apr. 30 Museum Hours: Tues.Wed. & Fri. 10am-7pm, Thurs. 10am-9pm, Sat. 10am-6pm and Sun. 12pm-6pm Admission: Free Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. 5216 Montrose Blvd., Houston. 713-284-8250. www.camh.org.

The Menil Collection Experiments with Truth: Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence This exhibition presents approximately 130 works spanning several centuries and includes paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, sculptures, rare books and films by artists from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. Oct. 2, 2014-Feb. 1 Museum Hours: Wed.-Sun. 11am-7pm Admission: Free

See February 3.

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nowexhibiting The Menil Collection. 1533 Sul Ross St., Houston. 713-525-9400. www.menil.org.

Houston Center for Photography 2015 Print Auction Exhibition Each year, HCP holds an annual print auction where artists, galleries, and collectors from all over the world contribute high caliber photographic art that is auctioned to benefit HCP´s operating fund. Jan. 16-Feb. 16 Hours: Wed.-Thurs. 11am-9pm, Fri. 11am-5pm and Sat.-Sun. 11am-7pm Admission: Free Houston Center for Photography. 1441 West Alabama, Houston. 713-529-4755. www.hcponline.org.

Children’s Museum of Houston Heart and Seoul: Growing Up In Korea In Heart and Seoul: Growing Up in Korea, five modern-day Korean kids will open their hearts and invite you to take an intimate look into their lives through their diverse interests and customs and ambitions, including their love of K-Pop and Korean cuisine, their habit of texting to communicate and even their dreams of being accepted into a good college. Nov. 15, 2014-May 10 Museum Hours: Tues.-Wed. 10am-6pm, Thurs. 10am-8pm, Fri.-Sat. 10am-6pm and Sun. 12pm-6pm Admission: $9, $8 senior 65+ (children under 1 free) Children’s Museum of Houston. 1500 Binz, Houston. 713-522-1138. www.cmhouston.org.

toddler time. See February 3.

preschool story time. See February 3.

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wednesday

ecokids class – snakes.

Classes include a natural history lesson, music, story, craft, demonstrations and an outdoor activity. Reservations required. Ages 3-6. $8. 9:30am-11:30am. Armand Bayou Nature Center. 8500 Bay Area Blvd., Pasadena. 281-474-2551, ext. 10. www.abnc.org.

baby wiggles. See February 4.

legos and duplos at the library. See February 4.

baby giggles. See February 4.

baby wiggles. See February 4.

nature story time. See February 4.

tadpoles club. teen game frenzy.

lunar new year houston celebration.

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Lions! Dragons! Fireworks! Join us to Celebrate the New Year! See February 21.

See February 4. See February 4.

thursday

meet the author! childrens book author and illustrator don tate presents on his “two hats”.

Don Tate is known for his numerous critically acclaimed books for children, including “The Cart That Carried Martin,” (Charlesbridge); “Hope’s Gift,” (Penguin); “Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite” (Charlesbridge); “She Loved Baseball” (HarperCollins); and “Ron’s Big Mission,” (Penguin). All ages. 6 PM. Free and open to the public. Children’s Museum of Houston–

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Houston Public Library’s Parent Resource Library, 1500 Binz, Houston. www.cmhouston.org.

tai chi by the reflecting pool.

houston livestock show and rodeo world championship bbq contest.

blue willow bookshop story time.

More than 250 teams led by barbecue aficionados will compete in a traditional Texas cook-off. All ages. See website for ticket prices. 5pm-11pm. NRG Park. 8400 Kirby Dr., Houston. http://www.rodeo houston.com/Events.

See February 5.

See February 5.

free thursday at museum of fine arts, houston. See February 5.

museum free family night - children’s museum of houston. See February 5.

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onthego free family thursday at the health museum. See February 5.

table top game night. See February 5.

preschool storytime. See February 5.

junior scientists. See February 5.

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friday

ecokids class – spiders.

Classes include a natural history lesson, music, story, craft, demonstrations and an outdoor activity. Reservations required. Ages 3-6. $8. 9:30am-11:30am. Armand Bayou Nature Center. 8500 Bay Area Blvd., Pasadena. 281-474-2551, ext. 10. www.abnc.org.

critical mass.

Critical mass is an informal bike group that meets the last Friday of every month to ride around the city as an act to raise awareness and advocate a bicycle-friendly urban environment. All bikes are welcome. All ages. Free. 7:15-11:30pm. Market Square Park. 301 Milam Street, Houston. 713-650-3022.

mark twain tonight!

Hal returns to The Grand – just 10 days after celebrating his 90th – to reprise his magnificent portrayal of legendary American author, humorist, and storyteller Mark Twain. All ages. See website for tickets. 8pm. The Grand 1894 Opera House. 2020 Postoffice St, Galveston Island. 409-765-1894 or www.thegrand.com.

houston livestock show and rodeo world championship bbq contest.

See February 26, noon-11pm.

nowexhibiting Asia Society Texas Center Traditions Transfigured: The Noh Masks of Bidou Yamaguchi This exhibition focuses on recent sculptures by Bidou Yamaguchi that apply the forms, techniques, transformative spirit and mysterious elegance of Noh masks to iconic female portraits from the European art historical canon and to Kabuki actor prints of Sharaku, Japan’s enigmatic 18th century portrait master. Oct. 25, 2014-Feb. 15

Mel Chin: Rematch This exhibition is the most expansive survey of Chin’s work to date and a homecoming for one of the city’s most renowned artists. Jan. 17-Apr. 19 Museum Hours: Tues.-Fri. 11am-6pm and Sat.-Sun. 10am-6pm Admission: $5 (children 12 and under free) Asia Society Texas Center. 1370 Southmore Blvd., Houston. 713-496-9901. www.asiasociety.org/texas.

Galveston Arts Center Texas Abstract Galveston Arts Center and Ken General of Duende Art Project, in cooperation with F resco Books and Wade Wilson Art, are pleased to present TEXAS ABSTRACT, a large group exhibition showcasing 30 of the most significant contemporary Texas abstract artists working in painting and sculpture. Jan. 10-Feb. 22 Museum Hours: Tues.-Sat. 11am-5pm, Sun. 12pm-5pm Admission: Free

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sensory storytime.

Sensory Storytime is an interactive program for children with Autism Spectrum disorders, sensory integration issues, other developmental disabilities, and their typically developing peers. This program includes stories, songs and activities in a small setting. All ages. 2 p.m. Free. Central Library, 500 McKinney, Houston. 832-393-1313. www.houstonlibrary.org.

free crafts for kids – hats off pencil holder.

Join Lakeshore Learning every Saturday as it offers free crafts for kids. Themes change weekly. Ages 3+. Free. 11am-3pm. Lakeshore Learning. 2405 Post Oak Blvd., Houston. 713-355-1893. www.lakeshorelearning.com.

houston livestock show and rodeo downtown parade.

Special Offers & Giveaways Throughout the Entire Month Content Only Available on the Web Weekly Reminders of What’s Happening this Weekend

Every February since 1938 the nation’s fourth largest city is transformed from a bustling metropolis to a down-home celebration of Western heritage. All ages. Free. 10am. Parade begins at Bagby and Walker streets. www.rodeohouston.com/Events/ DowntownRodeoParade.

young writers workshop. See February 7.

recycling saturdays. See February 7.

nowexhibiting Galveston Arts Center. 2501 Market St., Galveston. 409-763-2403. www.galvestonarts center.org.

The Printing Museum Postcards from the Trenches: German and Americans Visualize the Great War The exhibit will center on ordinary soldiers, who often conveyed their experiences through “field postcards,” blank postcards distributed to soldiers at the war front on which they corresponded with their loved ones at home. Oct. 23, 2014-Feb. 14 Museum Hours: Tues.-Sat. 10am-5pm Admission: Free for self-guided tours; guided tours are $7 adult, $3 student and $5 senior. The Printing Museum. 1324 West Clay St., Houston. 713-522-4652. www.printingmuseum.org.

galveston beach hike. See February 7.

houston livestock show and rodeo world championship bbq contest.

See February 26, 9am-11pm.

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hesaidshesaid the last word making the most of our time by sam and pam middleton

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sam stands aghast at the amount of time spent watching tv, vs more self-improving pursuits. pam points out that not all “admirable pursuits” are as enlightened as they may appear.

TO: Pam FROM: Sam SUBJECT: Time Management Pam, I recently read an interesting article that puts the average human lifespan at around 75 years. I found that U.S. white males have an average expectancy of 76.3 years, and white females have an average life expectancy of 81.1 years. So the good news is I’m probably going to finish the race first and not be left here alone. But the article also shed some bad news about how Americans spend those precious 75 years: watching TV. There are 168 hours a week, 56 of which are spent sleeping, 40 are spent working and 293 minutes, nearly 5 hours a day, are spent watching TV. I know you have a show or two you watch, and I know the kids would marry Netflix if they could (even at their early age), but I am flabbergasted that 35 hours a week are dedicated to TV. That’s literally another full time job. Since learning this information, I’ve been loosely tracking my time, and it turns

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out I commit around 2.5 hours a day to online gaming. But even with that screen time and the occasional weekend movie, I’m still nowhere near the 5-hour mark. On the other hand, including the kids’ gaming would probably blow us out of the statistical water. Growing up on a ranch, my entire family had all sorts of chores to do to keep us occupied. But living in the burbs greatly restricts our options. I don’t want to just sign the kids up for another gym class. I’d rather they allocate some time to being responsible for something. What can we do to transition their full-time job of entertaining themselves into at least a parttime job of bettering themselves? Speaking of better people, we have dinner with the Andersons on Wednesday, so double up on your humility pills. TO: Sam FROM: Pam SUBJECT: Time Management Ugh. The Andersons. If time management is your family initiative d’jour, let’s recapture 4 hours of productivity this week by calling in sick to that social time suck. On the other hand, maybe we can learn something from the Anderson family. Remember how they cornered us for 45 minutes at the neighborhood New Year’s Eve party, trumpeting their total abstinence from television and impressing how their two boys don’t even miss “the boob tube,” and how they quickly filled their couch-potato time with organizing the local food pantry? The cynic in me wondered how much of the boys’ “organizing” time is actually spent “delegating,” as I recalled their award-winning entries in the school science fair. I strongly suspect Mr. Anderson

contracted a team of NASA engineers to pull those projects together. And I easily envision Mrs. Anderson burning the midnight oil, feverishly embellishing the displays with creations from her label maker and victims of her hot-glue gun. Sour grapes? Maybe a touch. But my point goes to underscore your interest in instilling responsibility in our kids—something the Anderson boys are being spared, despite of, or perhaps because of, their parents’ “best” efforts. A recent survey by the Pew Research Center asked about the importance of teaching 12 different qualities to children, from responsibility and hard work to manners, persistence, tolerance and faith. Responsibility was rated the most important of any of the traits tested. The survey also revealed that “helping others” is widely valued as an important quality. Yet “empathy for others” was inconsistent between liberals and conservatives, with 86% of liberals saying it’s important to teach children empathy, and only 55% of conservatives agreeing. I guess the Anderson’s are conservatives. The boys may help others at the food pantry, but their sense of empathy definitely wobbled as we carpooled to a field trip last week. I rolled down the window to hand over some pocket change to a homeless man. Both boys balked at the effort and spent the duration of our car ride ridiculing my economic irrationality. So, while I agree that our kids could benefit from less TV time, I think the Anderson boys could use a bit more. “Leave it to Beaver” reruns and episodes of “The Brady Bunch” helped strengthen my grip on qualities like responsibility and empathy. Maybe it will do the same for them. www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com


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