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living in gratitude
adopting foster kids
forty-four random acts of kindness
holiday gift guide
on the cover Theresa Hill is a 12-year-old aspiring model. The oldest of four girls, she participates in gymnastics and cheer, loves art, and likes to shop and Snapchat, Instagram and Pinterest with her friends. Photographed for Houston Family Magazine by Laura Chiles Photography
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LIVE IN GRATITUDE Living in gratitude will open up your life in ways you could never imagine by Nadine J. Larder
‘TIS THE SEASON TO BE A FAMILY Change a child’s life through adoption by DeJuana Jernigan
44 RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS How to encourage your family to spread that kindness to the people who cross their paths by Pam Molnar
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FAMILY TRAVEL xxxxx xxxxxx xxxxxxx by xxxxxxxxxx
FAMILY FINANCE Go College! Now by Darryl Montgomery
NOVEMBER ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES
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FYI Facts and tips you need to know
TALK TO THE DOC Bite into a healthy lifestyle this holiday season by Kristi King
HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE The perfect gift for everyone on your list
BOOK BITES Recommendations from Blue Willow on books your kids will want to gobble up
I AM HOUSTON Angel: people person by Sara G. Stephens
HE SAID, SHE SAID Appreciating what we have by Sam and Pam Middleton
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PUBLISHER Kimberly Davis Guerra
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Dana Donovan
MANAGING EDITOR Sara G. Stephens
CONTRIBUTING AUTHORS DeJuana Jernigan Kristi King Nadine Larder Pam Molnar Darryl Montgomery
ADVERTISING SALES Tish Petty Karen Craft Beverly Davis
ART DIRECTOR Patricia M. Young
giving thanks. It seems like such a simple thing to
do, yet I can’t go a day without seeing a post on social media or an email encouraging me to be thankful for my life. Why do you think it is that we have to constantly be reminded to be thankful for all that we have been given? Whether it is for our family, our health or just being alive, I know I struggle to remember that I am truly blessed in my life. It is not that I am not appreciative, I am. More than you could possibly realize. It’s just that I have a hard time slowing down long enough to reflect.
So, this month, I am challenging myself to take 5 minutes at the start and end of my day to do just that. It is a daily challenge that I have found to be very soothing and empowering. What have you found to help you remember to be thankful? How are you teaching that lesson to your kids? Need ideas? Check out Nadine Larder’s article on Living in Gratitude. It will open up your world! Speaking of opening your world, November is National Adoption month. If you have room in your world and your heart, have you thought of adoption? How about foster care? There are so many children out there in need! Speaking as the proud mother of an adopted son, I can’t imagine my life without him. Why not take the leap and make the difference to a child today? They will thank you for the rest of your life! And I want to thank all our readers, clients, staff, friends & family for all you do! I do not know how I found you, but I am so thankful to have you as a part of my life.
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Why do you think it is that we have to constantly be reminded to be thankful for all that we have been given?
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way to go, hermann park! The American Planning Association (APA) named Houston’s Hermann Park as one of six Great Public Spaces on the organization’s annual Great Places in America list. The Great Neighborhoods, Great Streets, and Great Public Spaces of 2015 are places that are unique and exemplary in their amenities and infrastructure, cultural identity, and use of sustainable and innovative practices. Picnic, anyone? For details visit planning.org/greatplaces.
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ow there’s an easy way for family members to join their budgets for that perfect gift. GiftStarter. com provides a simple way to divide the cost of an item
between any number of people. Ideal for friends and family looking to combine their budgets, GiftStarter.com is a good way to reduce stress of shopping during the holidays.
ouston Police Department‘s Sgt. Anthony Turner and recent TAPS graduate Stephanie M. participated as panelists in the Criminal Justice Legal Issues Forum “Strengthening Relationships and Bridging Gaps between Law Enforcement and Minority Communities” at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 45th Annual
Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. Stephanie is currently a student at Beechnut Academy, and hopes to return to Waltrip High School in Houston where she is set to graduate in the spring of 2016. TAPS was invited to present at the yearly event by program advocate, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of the 18th Congressional District in Texas.
mindful triathalon comes to houston Wanderlust 108, the world’s first and only “mindful triathlon,” is coming to Houston on November 7, 2015. The triathlon consists of a five-kilometer run, a large-scale 90-minute yoga class and a guided meditation led by top teachers. Mindful triathletes will also enjoy live music, acroyoga, slacklining, hooping, crafts, and healthy, organic food. All proceeds from Wanderlust 108 in Houston will support the Sonima Foundation. For the complete lineup and ticketing information, please visit wanderlust.com.
hurricane junior golf tour offers free membership to texans The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) is expanding into the state of Texas and will kick off Texas events in the spring of 2016. For 2016, the HJGT is offering free memberships to all Texas residents. Valued at $159, members will receive access to register for member pricing ($50 savings), a full set of Lamkin golf grips ($89 value), 1 set of replacement Champ spikes, a 12-month subscription to Golf Digest, an HJGT club brush, and a 2016 member bag tag. Call the HJGT’s main office at 904-379-2697 or enter promo code: TX16 online at checkout to redeem your free membership 8 . houston family magazine . november 2015
talktothedoc health and wellness bite into a healthy lifestyle by kristi king, senior clinical dietitian at texas children’s hospital another person because what is right for them, may not be right for you. Know the facts.
Reading labels is important in finding the right foods for you. Be sure to look at food labels focusing on the serving size, calories, fat, sugar and salt. These label components can help you determine if this is a food that will work for your personal needs. Get daily exercise.
committing to a healthy lifestyle does not mean you have to turn your back on the seasonal feasts. Just keep things in check with these three guidelines.
t’s that time of year again when families gather for football, fun and food. Earlier this year, we celebrated National Nutrition Month and this year’s theme is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle.” Doing so can help you and your family achieve and maintain a healthy weight, reduce the risk of chronic diseases and promote overall health and wellbeing. While it can be difficult to take these steps, especially during the holiday’s, this is a great time to remember that being healthy is a lifelong commitment; it’s not just a particular moment in time, a specific weight goal or a strict diet. So, what exactly does this mean for you and your family?
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60 minutes daily of physical activity. Physical activity strengthens bones, muscles and fosters overall well-being. Physical activity has also been found to be helpful in stress relief, improve quality of sleep and improve the mental outlook amongst many. actually play an essential role in helping to keep up your energy throughout the day, not to mention, for kids, snacks help to provide calories for growth and development. Planning your snacks out in advance can help to prevent mindless eating on highly processed foods. Make ½ of your plate fruits and veggies. This will ensure you will consume adequate fiber, (which will help to fill you up), as well as provide you a variety of vitamins and minerals. Make informed food choices.
Make it fun!
Physical activity doesn’t have to be just an elliptical machine or treadmill, find activities you and your family enjoy. You can do 5K walk/runs for your favorite causes, have a dance party in the house, go to the park and play tag or even make a competition out of completing various numbers of sit-ups, jumping jacks, high knees, lunges, etc. With the tips above, I hope you and your family will take a few minutes to examine your health habits and “Bite Into a Healthy Lifestyle.”
Learn your needs and your family’s needs. Age, gender, healthy conditions and physical activity levels are all going to play a part in determined calorie and protein needs of each person. It’s important not to compare yourself (or your child) to www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com
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live in gratitude.
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Pssst…Living in gratitude will open up your life and life’s opportunities in ways you could never imagine. It’s like someone shining a bright light on the hope and potential in your life. The more you appreciate, the brighter the light becomes, and the more things show up to be appreciated. It’s like magic, and the power it has over your experience is magical. Exclusive chapter excerpt from “The Secrets I Share With My Friends: Life Lessons from an Imperfect Woman,” by Nadine J. Larder
o me a favor, will you? Close your eyes for a moment and imagine a life where you get up every morning and feel overwhelmed at how wonderful it is. Imagine the warmth of an abundance of blessings. A life where everything is exactly as it should be and things are simply perfect. How does that feel? Not what do you see, but how does it feel? How do you experience it? How do your spirit and your soul experience it? Does it feel free, exhilarating, fabulous, happy, calm, relaxing and wonderful? Once you’ve had time to experience that feeling... read on. (Until you’ve really felt it, please stop and focus until you do.) Now that you’ve experienced the bliss of what your life could feel like, I want you to open your eyes, look at your own life and consider everything that is fabulous about it. Keep that warm, comfortable feeling with you as you look at the abundance in your own life and realize you CAN feel the same in the life you’re living. It’s a choice, and we just proved that by using your imagination and realizing what you’re capable of feeling. You can CHOOSE to feel the same about the life you’re living with a simple paradigm shift, a CHOICE to see your life for the blessings in it vs. what’s missing or what could be better.
Things can always be better, but that doesn’t mean that now isn’t great or even, dare I say, “perfect!” It is! You’re here, I’m here, we’re living and breathing and dreaming and being. It’s wonderful and amazing. Every day has the possibility to be better than the one before, even when things are at their best. When you live in gratitude nothing can get you down, because you appreciate everything--even traffic jams. Just this morning, I got the opportunity to appreciate having two dogs as I cleaned up the glass from the bowl they broke in my backyard, where we walk barefoot because we have a pool. I wasn’t skipping around thrilled about picking up tiny pieces of glass--that was so not fun. Rather, I appreciated the fact that I even have two dogs to break the stupid bowl, without which I would never feel the love given by such amazingly sweet pups. How blessed am I to experience the love of my dogs, so pure and real. It made the broken glass bowl so insignificant. By shifting my perspective, I completely altered my own perception of what could have frustrated me, had me cursing, raising my voice, yelling at my sweet dogs and all that nonsense does to my blood pressure (yes, it’s absolute nonsense--I speak as an expert, having
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gratitude experimented many times with “nonsense”). You can do the same. Try it. It’s liberating. I find it super frustrating and aggravating when my daughter misses her bus in the morning. I consider it disrespectful of my time and of her responsibility to make sure she is ready in time to catch the bus. She is responsible for her education--I certainly can’t show up for her. I want her to realize she is privileged to live in a country where she is granted an education. And I expect she would demonstrate her appreciation of this privilege by showing up on-time, with whatever materials are needed, ready to learn. Missing the bus does not demonstrate respect of her education, and education is a huge hot button for me with my kids. Don’t get me started on that! Now, I have good days and bad days when this happens. Sometimes I can respond with, “What would love do?” and sometimes I respond with, “What would frustration do?” When I respond and show up in a place of frustration, we end up arguing, mad at each other and stuck in a car for 10-15 minutes while I drive her to school, lecturing her while she’s likely completely tuned out, giving me the “yes moms” at the appropriate time to keep from adding fuel to my fire. The experience is not good for either of us. On my good days, I respond in appreciation of the additional time we will have together as I drive her to school. We get to chat about her friends, her music, her this and her that. It’s one-on-one time I wouldn’t otherwise get with her. She still has to deal with my lectures about respecting the teacher’s time, respecting and disrupting the rest of class, respecting herself and her education, but it is far more pleasant than the alternative. My son and I had some really fun and memorable times when I drove him to and from school every day and it was just the two of us. We’d have Queen, Prince or Michael Jackson concerts as loud as I could stand it and have a grand 16 . houston family magazine . november 2015
old time! One-on-one time. It’s a simple shift in perception and what you choose to see. I did not enjoy the task of driving my son to and from school, I enjoyed the time I’d have with him as a result of having to drive him to and from school every day. I’m about 50% this week on “What would love or gratitude do” when my daughter missed the bus two out of three days. What can I say? I’m a work in progress. There’s hope for me to do better next time, based on her track record, and I’ll get another chance this week to test my abilities to live in gratitude for that particular situation. It makes me laugh at myself. It’s not like I’m going to have her miss school, and I’m certainly not going to have her walk, it’s too far, so I may as well choose to make the best of it and see the blessing vs. the irritation. I get to choose what station I to tune in to and so do you. Give it a try, it’s super empowering, and the view is so way better from here. I mean waaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy better! A simple shift in your own thinking has the power to turn your life around in this very moment, if you aren’t feeling like your life is blessed and abundant. You, in this moment, have a choice to see all that’s great about your life and focus on that, or you can choose to not to. Again, it’s a choice, and it’s all yours, which means you’re empowered to make a difference for yourself...right now. Not in a few minutes, a few days, months or years. Right now, at this very moment in time. Some people need more formal training to make such life altering changes. If you’re one of those people, try this exercise: Close your eyes. Decide your life is fabulous. Now open your eyes. Enjoy your new view. Want to exercise that part of your brain little more? Get a journal, and every day take a few moments to write down 10 things for which you’re thankful. Don’t hurt yourself in the process. It’s easy. Start with oxygen! What a blessing that is, www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com
right? When’s the last time you had gratitude for the sun? What about the stars, the darkness that allows you to notice the light? Food, water, shelter, love, knowledge, patience, a smile, your eyes, your teeth, etc. I could go on and on, and I hope you get the idea. When you’re focused on what’s good, you can only see what’s good. That leads to more good. You can’t lose! Did I mention the view? It’s spectacular! And the price is right….it’s absolutely free and freeing. The words you use to speak the life you’re living CREATE the life you’re living. You create your own reality based on what you speak about, decide to tune in to, see, hear and live. If you can get and understand the power in the above statement and live it, it will change your life dramatically. Choose the words and thoughts you have about your life carefully. They’re powerful in the way they’re navigating you down the path your life is on. Create an amazing story about your life using words that are empowering, encouraging, loving and beautiful, then live that story every day. Living in service
While we were on the subject of good bargains, I would like to stress one of the best bargains life has to offer each and every one of us: serving others. It goes hand in hand with living in gratitude, especially with the impact it has on your spirit. People far wiser and more educated than I have recognized the power of living in service of others since the beginning of time. The greatest leaders of our time and the times before ours are the ones who show up to serve the people they lead, tuned in, tapped in and turned on! I wonder if they’re great leaders because they’re so filled up spiritually by the act of living in service of others. Maya Angelou described the benefits of living in service brilliantly when she said, “I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” And it does! As a reminder to myself, www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com
one of the quotes I have on my wall in my home is “When you feel helpless, help.” Now, if Maya were the only person to suggest this idea, we could dismiss it as opinion. But the idea that giving and serving benefits us as the givers and the servers has been uttered by the greatest, smartest, most interesting minds, across all disciplines, and spanning the distance of time. That many people couldn’t be wrong and I probably don’t have to say I wholeheartedly agree. If you want to test it for yourself, experiment with the idea as suggested by Gordon B. Hinckley, author of Standing for Something: 10 Neglected Virtues that Will Heal our Hearts and Homes. Hinckley said, “The best cure for weariness is the challenge of helping someone who is even more tired. One of the great ironies of life is this: He or she who serves almost always benefits more than he or she who is served.” The next time you feel physically, emotionally, intellectually or spiritually tired, turn around and find someone is even more tired than you: a colleague inundated with work, your spouse, a hungry homeless person, a senior citizen, a frazzled parent struggling to keep it together or anyone else you can find who needs a helping hand. Help that person. And take very careful note of how you feel afterward. I’m reminding you to make sure you take note, because you will absolutely forget your troubles in lifting up someone else from theirs. You will forget how tired you were in your own life before you stepped in to serve someone else. You will be recharged, refreshed, and renewed. What a gift to yourself and to the person you served. We all win when we serve one another, and that’s a fact! “The Secrets I Share With My Friends: Life Lessons from an Imperfect Woman,” by Nadine J. Larder, is due to publish in December 2016. Look for it at NadineLarder.com. november 2015 . houston family magazine . 17
â€˜tis the season to be family With the holiday season just around the corner, families and individuals should thoughtfully consider giving the ultimate gift to a child this year: the gift of family.
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There is no better way to make a difference in a child’s life than by adopting him or her into your family. Although many families and individuals travel to foreign countries to adopt, more than 1,300 children in the Greater Houston area are just waiting for a forever family. These are children who have been removed from abusive homes, placed into foster care and have become legally free for adoption when parental rights are terminated. Many of these children have suffered from trauma and desperately need the care of a permanent, loving home.
By DeJuana Jernigan, Director of Child Welfare and Residential Treatment Services, DePelchin Children’s Center
DePelchin Children’s Center believes every child deserves a forever family and supports couples and individuals wanting to adopt children who are in the custody of Child Protective Services. Last year, 180 children were welcomed into their forever families through DePelchin, alongside its affiliate Caring Family Network. However, there are still more children in need. We invite you to meet some of DePelchin’s families who adopted children from foster care. Read how they gave these children the ultimate gift of family--and got so much more in return! By DeJuana Jernigan, Director of Child Welfare and Residential Treatment Services, DePelchin Children’s Center
Scott and Jennifer Lester Tell us about the children in your family. Mya is 13, and we adopted her when she was 1 ½ years old. DeRenee is 10, and we adopted her when she was 3. Owen is our biological son, and he is 5 years old.
and energy - there is truly never a dull moment! We have had great opportunities along with our challenges, and we are overwhelmed and amazed to see how each of our children has grown. We are blessed and grateful to be able to raise these children.
How has adoption changed your family? Before we had these kids, our lives felt very empty. Now we can say our lives are anything but empty. Our family is full of life
What would you tell other families about adopting? Do it! Everyone emphasizes what parents bring to adopted children, but our kids have brought so much more to us.
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Donnie and Barbara Holiday Tell us about the children in your family. We have adopted siblings - Jermaine, who is 6 years old, and Mikeen, who is 4 years old. What was your family like before kids, and how have these two boys changed your lives now? Before it was quiet and still, but now full of love and chaos! We are busy constantly, especially with baseball activities. What would you tell other families beginning the process of adopting? You definitely need to take your time and be realistic that it is a process of matching kids with families. Sometimes it is not easy, but in the end, it is so worth the wait. These are our kids, and we know that with every ounce of our heart.
Ray and Sally Griffiths wanted to know if we would like her sister Summer too. What was your family like before kids and what is it like now? Our girls have enriched our lives. We still do a lot of the same activities, but everything we do now is more child-focused. We really feel like we are giving back to others now instead of just living for ourselves.
Tell us about the children in your family. We adopted two girls who are actually siblings. We adopted Leanne, who is now 10 years old, when she was 11 months old and Summer, who is now 9 years old, when she was 5 days old. After we went through the process of adopting Leanne, we got a call the next day that her biological mom was pregnant with a second child, and they 20 . houston family magazine . november 2015
What would you tell other families about adopting? It is the best way to change someone elseâ€™s life. If you are interested in making a difference in a childâ€™s life and joining the DePelchin family, we invite you to attend an informational orientation session which occur weekly at DePelchin locations throughout the Greater Houston area. Visit www. depelchin.org or call 713-8026200 to learn more or email us at email@example.com. www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com
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feature Make Someone’s Day
make our world a better place: 44 random acts of kindness If you have ever experienced a random act of kindness, you know what joy a simple act can produce. This month, encourage your family to spread that kindness to the people who cross your paths during the holiday season and beyond. by pam molnar
Simple Enough for a Child
1. Collect stray carts outside the grocery store and put them back in the corrals. 2. Send a note of appreciation to a coach, teacher or neighbor. 3. Do a chore without being asked. 4. If you see something out of place at the store, put it back where it goes.
5. Start the day on the right foot. Smile and say good morning to everyone you see. 6. Bring in a neighbor’s garbage cans or mail on a cold day. 7. When you received prize tickets from arcade games, give them to someone else so they can get a bigger prize. 8. Hand out a refreshing bottle of water to the mail carrier.
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1. Let someone ahead of you in line at the store. 2. Compliment someone on her hair, clothes, nail polish, or new car. 3. Ask a friend about his day and let him vent. 4. Give up a great parking spot to the person behind you. 5. Send a silly ecard to a friend and let her know you are thinking of her. 6. Give another parent a break. Offer to babysit while she catches up on sleep or shopping. 7. Write a hand-written letter to an older family member. Show him that he is worth the time. 8. Share a word of encouragement with a parent who has her hands full. 9. If you have to run out to the store on a cold or rainy day, be sure to ask your neighbor if he needs something. 10. Pull a shy partygoer into the conversation by asking her about herself. Share the Wealth
1. Buy hot cocoa for the Salvation Army bell ringers. 2. Hand out $5 gift cards at the gas station, donut shop or fast food restaurant. 3. Tape coins to the machines at the Laundromat or hand out boxes of detergent. 4. Place singles on items at the dollar store – the toy aisle might be the best place. 5. Pay for the order of the person behind you in the drive up window, subway station or toll booth. 6. Purchase a buy-one-get-one item and share it with a friend. 7. Leave a generous tip for a small bill. We have all worked for tips at one time in our lives. 8. Buy lunch for the service man working at your house. Pizza goes a long way when there is more than one. 9. If you have an extra ticket,
give it to someone who is waiting in line. Do Something Together as a Family
1. Order a gift card for Red box and hand out codes to visitors along with a bag of popcorn. 2. Tape coins to the gum ball machines 3. Play board games with residents at the nursing home. Bring a plate of cookies with you. 4. Collect old towels and blankets for the animal shelter 5. Help someone load groceries into their car and take their cart back to the corral. 6. Make twice as much dinner as your family needs and give it to a neighbor – just because. 7. Attach coupons to items in the grocery store Help your fellow man
1. Leave a used book at the dentist office, coffee shop or auto repair waiting room. 2. Give of yourself. Sign up to be an organ, bone marrow or blood donor. 3. Offer your seat to someone who needs it more on the bus, train or waiting area. 4. Say “Bless you” when a stranger sneezes. 5. If you find a stray dog with a collar, call him over so you can reunite him with his owner. 6. If a store or restaurant employee has been kind or helpful, be sure to tell his or her boss. 7. If you follow a blog, leave a comment and let the blogger know why you enjoy the blog. 8. Leave a package of baby wipes in a public bathroom changing area. 9. Clean off a dirty park bench or swing if a bird has been there. Pam Molnar is a freelance writer and mother of three. She is blessed to be on both the giving and receiving end of random acts of kindness. www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com
holidayguide something for everyone on your list
Meiya the Mouse--great for teething. Deluxe Gift Set $40. greatpretenders.ca. Cute fabric medical kit. $29.99. habausa.com
Build-A-Scooterâ„˘, over 250 combinations! From $49.99. radioflyer.com
get a head start on holiday shopping for the whole family with these fun and fabulous finds! Thereâ€™s a Rubba Duck for every interest. $14.99. rubbaducks.net
Feltman Brothers vintage-style clothing. $48.50. feltmanbrothers.com
Personalized book about holiday traditions around the world. $39.95. myheritagebook.com
*Bugaboo wool seat liner. $109.95. bugaboo.com 24 . houston family magazine . november 2015
Prettie Girls! Tween Scene multi-cultural fashion dolls. $23.74. walmart.com
Colorforms Big Wall Sets. $29.99. toysrus.com
“Softy” puppets, made from recycled plastic bottles. From $20. cateandlevi.com/.
toys and books, gadgets and games, threads and thrills-and don’t forget the stocking stuffers!
Little Cosmetics feel and look like the real thing. Gift sets from $19.99. littlecosmetics.com
Adventures of the animals who live in Central Park. $19.42. thecentralparktales.com
Vivitar HD Action Camera with Waterproof Case, Bike Mount and Helmet Mount. $19.99. vivatar.com
Dancing Cabbage Patch Kid jams to “I Feel Good.” $37.99. toysrus.com Zoonicorns. $9.99 each, or get the entire family plus children’s book for $49.91. zoonicorn.com. www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com
Girl Scouts Cookie Oven. $59.99. Refill packs $6.99. wickedcooltoys.com
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holiday gift guide Dr. Who Sonic Screwdriver. $28.50. http://underground-toys.com/
Joe Journeyman search adventure book for football fans. $24.99. joejourneyman.com
The waterproof Kelsey Boot. $90. keenfootwear.com
mCookie, magnetic stackable Arduino microcontroller, lets budding programmers transform their LEGOs. Kits from $98. microduino.cc
Maxi Pins, an elegant way to cinch up a maxi dress. $19.99. fabodina.com Ask Amy talking, interactive doll. $120. askamy.com Electrohome Archer Record Suitcase Player play vinyl and digital tunes. $99.95. electrohome.com Faux Fur Sleeping Bag W/ Hood, Snow Leopard. $189. pbteen.com
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holiday gift guide
Fringed, boho chic, crossbody purse. $78. olivia + joy.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera. $69.99. crutchfield.com
DIY Smartphone Projector. $31.95. uncommongoods.com
Vew-Do balance boards, geared for off-season snowboard and skateboard training. From $139.95. www.vewdo.com 28 . houston family magazine . november 2015
The definitive book for preparing teens to live on their own. From $4.99 (Kindle version). amazon.com
94Fifty Smart Sensor Basketball for iPhone and Android. $199.95. amazon.com
Cardboard iPad Retro TV Stand. $30. uncommongoods.com
Kooba Magnetic Target Game. $69.95. thegrommet.com www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com
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holiday gift guide
Exotic Dinner Kit gift set. $49.00. destinationdinners.com
Royal Silk Scarf, purchase offers sustainable income to Vietnamese village crafters. $95. donate. worldvision.org
SCHOSCHE Hyper-accurate armband heart rate monitor. $79.99. scosche.com/
Recipes for Healthy Thanksgiving sides MoMENts: The Quiet Thanksgiving 10 Reasons Why My Son Won’t Eat His Dinner Trains and Model RailroadingFun For Girls and Boys Using Humor to Help Toddlers Learn
Shapies, 3d printed figurines of the family. Mention “Houston Family Magazine” when you sign up for your scan at Memorial City Mall to get 15% off your Shapie! 3dmakery.com
TEEN TAKE: HFM’s Advice
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Cooper & Kid kits pack all dad needs to make fun stuff with his kids. $65 per quarter. CooperandKid.com
SCOSCHE boomBOTTLE+ portable Bluetooth speaker. $179.99. SCOSCHE.com
Beer of the Month Club. From $36.95. amazingclubs.com
Real billiard action with less space. 20.25” x 12.75” x 4”. $24.99. calendars.com www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com
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holiday gift guide
The Grandfather sweatshirt. $53.20. zazzle.com
From You to Me journals get kids writing and engaged grandparents. $24.99. fromyoutome.us
Legends Of Aviation” Commemorative Chronograph Watch. $199.99. bradfordexchange.com
Removable wallpaper you create with your photos or artwork. From $59.99. Type in promo code “HFM” to get a 20% discount! wemontage.com 32 . houston family magazine . november 2015
Hatch N Heroes. $6.99. toyrsus.com
Zubits magnetic shoe closures replace laces. From $19.99. www.zubits.com.
Artisanal copperkettle-cooked popcorn. $35.88 12ct/7.5oz. www.GHCretors.com
Great for creative teaching and decorating classrooms. $27.99. www.chalkink.com www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com
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bookbites book reviews
for the love of reading valerie koehler, owner of the beloved blue willow bookshop, and her staff hand-pick the best reading selections for kids.
baby toddler: i love to gobble you up by sandra magsaman (lbkids, october, 2015)
Babies, toddlers, and adults will gobble up this board book--complete with felt turkey feathers--especially since it begins with “If kisses were gobbles, I’d gobble you up!” Perfect for Baby’s first Thanksgiving!
one today by richard blanco (little, lrown looks for young readers, october, 2015)
der her bedroom door, reading: “WHAT IS THE UNBELIEVABLE FIB?” This card sends her to the local museum, which in turn, leads to a friendship with Abe, the new student at school. Together they find themselves in the middle of a mystery involving Norse Gods and the future of their small town.
Richard Blanco’s inaugural poem, read from the steps of the Capitol for President Obama in 2013, is illustrated by Dav Pilkey in this lovely book. It highlights the many wonders of our land and of our people during the course of one day.
by stephanie meyers (little, brown books for young readers, october 2015)
This is the book series that transformed the teen section of bookstores ten years ago. Now Meyers turns the tables, writing Bella as the vampire and Edward as the teenage boy.
how machines work: zoo break! by david macCauley dk publishing, october 2015) emerging reader: sharing the bread by pat zietlow miller & jil mcelmurry (schwartz & wade books, september 2015)
With simple rhyming verse, we go back to the 19th century to celebrate a family Thanksgiving. Charming illustrations highlight both the formality of another age and the clear love a family shows on our American holiday.
the entirely true story of the unbelievable fib by adam shaughnessy (algonquin young readers, september 8, 2015)
Eleven-year-old Prudence “Pru” Potts finds a card is slipped un-
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If you’ve perused the wonderful How Machines Work book, you know that MacCauley’s intricate illustrations have taught generations about our machinery. Now, for a younger audience and with the sly machinations of some intrepid zoo inhabitants, we can enjoy it all over again. teens: twilight, tenth anniversary edition: life and death dual edition
omnivore’s dilemma: young reader’s edition by michael pollan (dial books, september 2015)
Working from the award-winning adult edition of his book, Michael Pollan succinctly and convincingly sheds light on the American food industry: the good, the bad, and the awful. www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com
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iamhouston people who represent all that is good about houston
angel: people “person” interview (of trish herrera, angel’s owner) by sara g. stephens
FM: Tell us a little about Angel--her age, her home life, and family. TH: Angel is 6 and a half years old and lives in the Montrose area of Houston. She goes for walks every day and loves to swim. She also loves to watch TV, especially the Animal Planet or anything about puppies. HFM: Angel had a rough start as a puppy. Can you tell us about her early days? TH: Angel was born with one eye and three legs. The veterinarian advised her breeder that it would be best to euthanize her, but the breeder chose to save her life. When I got Angel, she was almost 6 weeks old, and she had already learned some hand signals. HFM: How did Angel find a place as a therapy pet? TH: I had some clients who had therapy dogs and they were telling me that Angel’s personality was suited for a therapy dog. She received her first certification in obedience at just 4 months old. She began working as a therapy dog when she was
3 years old. She’s certified and registered in the AKC Therapy Dog program. In about a year she’ll reach AKC Therapy Dog Distinguished--the highest level. HFM: Describe what Angel does as a therapy pet. TH: Each hospital is a little different because of the different types of patients at each hospital. Sometimes the patient will ask if Angel can come up on the bed or put her paws on the bed. What she is able to do depends on where we are in the hospital or what types of patients we’re visiting. Even the doctors and nurses in the hallways will stop to visit with Angel and the other therapy pets. Everybody smiles, and that’s the best part. HFM: How do patients respond to her? TH: The patients just love her. You can see a person’s demeanor change immediately when Angel enters the room. Sometimes even a person who’s not a dog person will end up with a smile on his face. The patient is happy, their family is happy, and Angel is happy. It’s a win, win, win!
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as a therapy pet for faithful paws, angel is a frequent visitor to memorial hermann southwest hospital and children’s memorial hermann hospital, where she warms, consoles and delights patients with her angelic presence.
photo courtesy: Robyn Arouty
don’t let what you think might be a limitation in life keep you from your passion.
HFM: Mayor Annise Parker officially proclaimed July 21 as “Angel the Therapy Dog Day” in Houston. What prompted that? TH: Our Mayor loves animals. She’s a cat person, and we have cats in the Faithful Paws program, too. I think the Mayor understands the value of therapy pets. Councilman David Robinson met Angel during a parade and just fell in love with her. Councilman Robinson worked very closely with Mayor Parker to recognize therapy dogs for what they do.
HFM: What are Angel’s favorite things to do when she’s not helping patients? TH: She loves visiting the beach at Galveston and her godmother’s house in San Antonio because they have a big yard. She loves to swim and visit the multi-service center near her home, where she likes to meet and hang out with people who have special needs or who may be handicapped. She really just loves spending time with people. HFM: If Angel could speak, what do you think she would say she’s learned in her life? TH: “This therapy dog gig is really cool and I love every part of it. Don’t let what you think might be a limitation in life keep you from your passion.” www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com
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Victorian charm and family-friendly festivals bring merry-making visitors to Galveston every holiday season. This yearâ€™s line-up of fun is more magical than ever.
Galveston hasn’t been dubbed the “Winter Wonder Island” of Texas without reason. Although tropical and unconventional as one might think for a holiday escape, Galveston is surprisingly full of tradition. From Victorian Christmas celebrations to the largest holiday lighting festival on the Gulf Coast, Galveston offers all the cheer the winter season brings. Plus, the island’s newest holiday attraction, ICE LAND, will return for its second year in 2015. Here’s a preview of what to expect in Galveston this holiday season: “ICE LAND” Returns to Moody
Gardens for 2nd Year This holiday season, Moody Gardens will be home to the coolest experience on the Gulf coast where visitors can explore a 28,000-square-foot “ICE LAND.” A skilled team of professional ice carvers will transform 2 million pounds of ice into majestic displays ranging from 100-foot ice slides to undersea characters from SpongeBob SquarePants. Some of these sculptures will stand up to 30 feet tall! Chilled and held at a temperature of nine degrees, guests can witness these works of art daily Nov. 14 through Jan. 10 at Moody Gardens. Visit www.moodygardens. org for details.
Festival of Lights, Ice Skating & Snow Tubing
Brighten up the wintry season at the 14th annual Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens. Open Nov. 14 through Jan. 10, guests will enjoy the largest holiday lighting event on the Gulf Coast, featuring a milelong trail of more than 100 sound-enhanced animated light displays. Visitors to the festival www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com
can also take photos with Santa, go ice-skating at the Moody Gardens outdoor ice rink or snow tubing on the Arctic Ice Slide. Santa will parachute in on opening day to kick off festivities. Visit www.moodygardens. org for details. Victorian Christmas Attractions
With one of the largest collections of Victorian architecture in the country, Galveston offers the charm of a traditional Christmas with the benefit of island weather. Visitors to Galveston will be amazed by the beauty of the 1895 Moody Mansion, which will be decked in elaborate holiday décor Thanksgiving weekend through Jan. 1 and open daily for tours. Visitwww.moodymansion. org for details. On Dec. 4, the island’s East End Historical District hosts its annual Victorian Holiday Homes Tour featuring a variety of private historic homes. Dickens on The Strand
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Moody Gardens Ice Land tival will transform Galveston’s historic Strand Street into the Victorian London of Charles Dickens Dec. 4-6. Characters from Dickens novels walk the streets and costumed vendors peddle their wares from street stalls and rolling carts laden with holiday food and drink, Victorian-inspired crafts, clothing, jewelry, holiday decorations and gifts. Strolling carolers and roving musicians will fill the area with enchanting sounds from another era as “steam punks” entertain the crowds. Visit www. dickensonthestrand.org. Santa Sightings
On Galveston Island, Santa doesn’t just travel by sleigh! At Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, you can go surfing with Santa Nov. 27 – Dec. 23 as part of the park's many holiday festivities. Santa will surf several times a day at the indoor park, which is open throughout the winter. On Nov. 27, visitors can see Santa at the annual Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration at Hotel Galvez and throughout December at the award-winning Hotel Galvez Sunday Brunch. Or, they can take pictures with Santa at Santa on The Strand Dec. 12 and Dec. 19 in downtown Galveston. On Dec. 12, kids can also take a train ride with Santa on the “Santa Train” at the Galveston Railroad Museum. On Dec. 19-20, kids can have “Breakfast with Santa” at Rainforest Café. On Dec. 20, 4,000 “Santas” will race along 40 . houston family magazine . november 2015
Galveston’s beachfront in the Santa Hustle Half Marathon and 5K. For a full list of Santa sightings, visit www.galveston. com/holidaymagic. Holiday Shows at The Grand 1894 Opera House
The Grand 1894 Opera House has an exciting lineup of holiday shows and events this season. Choose from a world of holiday entertainment Nov. 17 – Jan. 9, including performances by Asleep at the Wheel, Tony Bennett and Jerry Jeff Walker as well as classic shows like Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol; Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Musical; The Nutcracker Ballet and more. For details, visit www.thegrand.com. A Magical Christmas Dinner & Show Starring Curt Miller
Experience the magic at Moody Gardens this holiday season as it hosts A Magical Christmas Dinner and Show starring Master Illusionist Curt Miller and Friends. This performance will combine dazzling magic, family comedy, music and dance to celebrate the wonderment of Christmas. Witness people floating and vanishing right before your eyes, and enjoy many of your favorite Christmas songs performed live. Shows will be held Dec. 17-27. Visit www. moodychristmasshow.com for details. For more information on holiday experiences in Galveston, visit www.galveston.com/holidaymagic. www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com
camp directory 2012
SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION
WINTER CAMPS DIRECTORY
How will you know which camp is the best fit for your child? There are a number of factors to consider. 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 winter camp directory for a list of camps available.
Alliance Fencing Academy: Winter Camp 4141 Directors Row, Ste E, Houston, TX 77092 27326 Robinson Road, Ste 110, Conroe, TX 77385 713-410-6655, www.alliance-fencing-academy.com Our fencing camps are an incredible opportunity for your child to have tremendous amounts of fun while learning skills that will last them a lifetime.
Biron Gymnastics Winter Camp 12163 Katy Freeway, Houston, 77079 281-497-6666, www.birongym.com Come celebrate the end of this remarkable year and the start of an even better one with floor games, arts and crafts, gymnastics, and much more! Sign up by the day or the week.
Camp Allen: Holiday in the Pines
Biron Gymnastics Winter Camp 12163 Katy Freeway, Houston, 77079 281-497-6666, www.birongym.com Come celebrate the end of this remarkable year and the start of an even better one with floor games, arts and crafts, gymnastics, and much more! Sign up by the day or the week.
HITS Theatre 311 W. 18th Street , Houston, TX 77008 713-861-7408, www.hitstheatre.com Our classes are taught by skilled professionals specializing in the disciplines of acting, dancing and singing. Each class culminates in a full production where every student performs on stage. Our classes are divided into three semesters: fall, spring, and summer. In the fall and spring, the class lasts the entire semester.
18800 FM 362, Navasota, Texas 77868 936-825-7175, www.campallen.org Load your sleighs and head to Camp Allen for an old-fashioned, country Christmas! Enjoy hotel lodging, delicious meals, and activities the whole family will love! Some of the activities include: playing in the snow, sledding, canoeing, horseback riding, holiday crafts, guided nature hikes, gingerbread houses, campfire & s’mores, train rides, zip line, fishing, discover dome theatre, photos with Santa, wagon rides, skeet shooting, and much more!
Houston SPCA Winter Critter Camp 7007 Katy Rd, Houston, TX 77024 713-869-7722, www.HoustonSPCA.org At the Houston SPCA’s Winter Critter Camp, your kids will learn about the Houston SPCA, make winter crafts and spend time with our animals! Join us for an exciting animal adventure December 21 - 23 and 28 - 30. Pay by the day. After care is available.
D-BAT West Houston 4310 Brittmoore Road, Houston, TX 77041 713-460-3228, www.dbatwesthouston.com At D-BAT West Houston, our Camps and Clinics provide a great opportunity for players to improve as players while having fun at the same time. Our Spring Break and Summer Camps are very popular with parents who are looking for something constructive to keep their ballplayers busy when school is out.
Humphreys School of Musical Theatre 800 Bagby, Houston, TX 77002 713-558-8801, www.tuts.com/hsmt Take up to four days, a new musical saluted each day! Students rehearse songs, dances and scene excerpts from Broadway musicals in one day! Each day culminates in an informal showcase presentation.
WINTERCAMPSDIRECTORY Ice at the Galleria 5015 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77056 713-621-1500, www.iceatthegalleria.com Thanksgiving & Holiday Camps available. Camp includes: ice skating lessons, games & activities on & off the ice, & much more! Slots fill up fast so don’t wait to register!
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Winter Camp Zoofari Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030 713-533-6500, www.houstonzoo.org
Camp Zoofari is an action-packed, day camp where kids learn about the natural world, wildlife conservation, and the animals that call the Zoo home.
Mad Science Kids Lab: Holiday Camp 6300 Westpark Ste. 500, Houston, Texas 77057 713-663-7623, www.madscience.org/houston In-class discovery and exploration, outdoor games and physical activities and hands-on applications of the scientific principles. Campers create a variety of take-home projects and participate in snack-tivities while exploring how science affects the world around us.
Tech It Out - Robotics South East Houston & Suburban South East Houston 281-773-4664, www.BotShopRocks.com 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. We are committed to using the motivational value of robots to offer challenging yet fun hands on minds on learning experiences that increase learner’s skills and content in science and mathematics.
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Sam Houston Equestrian Center 13551 Lew Briggs Rd, Houston, TX 713-256-0779, www.samhoustonequestrian.com Camps for children and teenagers! Riders learn hands on horse and equipment care: groom and saddle their mounts. Classroom studies include videos and activities. Riding skills: Inside arena riders guide horses learning balance and control.
YMCA Holiday Camps Visit our website for a location near you! www.ymcahouston.org The YMCA offers a positive environment for kids to stay active and healthy during the holiday breaks. The Y’s holiday camp will have a scavenger hunt, arts and crafts, indoor activities and a variety of sports. Each YMCA has varying dates and times. Visit www.ymcahouston.org to register and find information on the YMCA nearest you.
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calendar of events
The Woodlnad’s Children’s Festival.
Houston Family Magazine’s Fall Fun Fest.
houston family magazine’s 2015 fall fun fest. Come out and enjoy face painting, fun activities under every tent, inflatables, arts and crafts, door prizes, music, performances on stage, HFM swag bags and more! All ages. Free. 12pm-4pm. La Centerra at Cinco Ranch. 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Katy. www.houstonfamilyfunfest.com. P-6 farms corn maze and fall festival. The fifth annual corn maze and fall festival will run weekends
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during November with lots of fun family activities. All ages. $10.50, $8.50 grandparents (children 3 and under free). 12pm-5pm. P-6 Farms. 9963 Poole’s Rd., Montgomery. 936597-6062. www.p-6farms.com. texas renaissance festival. This interactive event features live entertainment, food, fun and professional actors who stay true to character for eight themed weekends. All ages. $29 adults, $14 children ages 5-12 (children 4 and under free). 9am-8pm. Texas Renaissance Festival. 21778 FM 1774,
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Todd Mission, TX. 800-4583435. www.texrenfest.com. day of the dead/día de los muertos celebration. This event educates Houstonians on the customs in the Latin community in honoring those who have passed, complete with fun activities and treats for kids, including a special story time and costumed characters. All ages. $10 adult, $9 senior, $7 children age 11 and under (children 2 and under free). 12pm-5pm. National Museum of Funeral History. 415 Barren Springs Dr., Houston. 281-876-3063. www.nmfh.org.
20th annual children’s festival. Children’s Festival is an exciting way to help young children broaden their horizons, tap into their talents, and ignite their creativity.
via colori street painting festival. Watch eye-popping 3D art come to life, rock out to musical performances on three stages and enjoy activities for all ages and tasty concessions.
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onthego bayou bikers. Bayou Bikers meet at Market Square Park on the first Sunday of the month for 25- to 40-mile bike rides exploring the bayous of Houston. All ages (mountain bikes or bikes with fat tires required). Free. 8am. Market Square Park. 301 Milam, Houston. www.marketsquarepark.com. zoo boo 2015. All little ghouls and goblins are invited to celebrate Halloween at the Houston Zoo with activities that are fun for the whole family. Kids are encouraged to come dressed in their spookiest or prettiest Halloween costume! All ages. $16 adult, $12 child age 2-11 (children under 2 free). 9am-1pm. The Houston Zoo. 6200 Hermann Park Dr., Houston. 713-533-6500. www.houstonzoo.org. howlerween. As part of Zoo Boo, kids will follow the adventures of Zoe the Zookeeper as she helps wildlife officials rescue, rehabilitate and release howler monkeys, sea turtles, Attwater’s prairie chickens and Houston toads back into the wild. All ages. $16 adult, $12 child age 2-11 (children under 2 free). 9am-1pm. The Houston Zoo. 6200 Hermann Park Dr., Houston. 713-533-6500. www.houstonzoo.org. dia de los muertos. Traders Village and Univision celebrate “Dia De Los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) by offering a variety of activities including a parade. All ages. Free admission (parking $4). 10am-5pm. Traders Village Houston. 7979 North Eldridge, Houston. 281-890-5500. www.tradersvillage.com/houston. houston fine art festival. Treat yourself to a journey through
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. Ages 18-36mos. Free. 11:30am. Central Library. 500 McKinney St., Houston. 832-393-1313. www.houstonlibrary.org.
jump session for kids with special needs. On the first Tuesday of every month, Sky High Sports turns 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 www.hou.jumpskyhigh.com.
day of the dead/día de los muertos celebration. This event educates Houstonians on the customs in the Latin community in honoring those who have passed, complete with fun activities and treats for kids, including a special story time and costumed characters. See November 1.
an extraordinary outdoor gallery of original art created by artisans from across America. All ages. Free admission. 11am-5pm. Discovery Green. 1500 McKinney St., Houston. 713-400-7336. www.discoverygreen.com.
mondays with mommy – fall at the farm. Mondays with Mommy takes children on a monthly fun, educational journey while utilizing music and movement. Ages 0-5 with adult. Free. 10am11am. La Centerra at Cinco Ranch. 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Katy. www.lacenterra.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 6-18 months, and their caregivers. 10:30am. Free and open to the public. Central Library, 500 McKinney, Houston. 832-393-1313. www.houstonlibrary.org. preschool storytime. Stories, songs and crafts for children ages 3-5 years old and their caregivers.
open door. Open Door is an arts and crafts program offered at Crosspoint Church on Tuesday mornings. All ages. $15 registration fee. 9am-12pm. Crosspoint Church. 4601 Bellaire Blvd., Bellaire. 713-668-2319 or www.cpointchurch.org. toddler yoga. Toddler Yoga is a fun, active way to interact with your child as they become a lot more mobile. For children under 3 years of age. 10:30am. Free and open to the public.Central Library, 500 McKinney, Houston. 832-393-1313. 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.
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Lyle the Crocodile at Main Street Theater.
preschool story time.
Read books, sing songs and do a craft project. Ages 3-6. Free. 10:30am. Northwest Branch Library. 11355 Regency Green Dr., Cypress. 281-890-2665. www.hcpl.net.
centerstage 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. Goodnight Moon Main Street Theater Brought to life with such characters as the 3 bears and the dish and the spoon, this classic short story is expanded to a fully realized musical production. Oct. 5-Nov. 6, see website for showtimes • Tickets: $18 Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston. 3400 Main St., Houston. 713-524-9196. www.mainstreettheater.com. Silent Sky Main Street Theater A new play about Henrietta Swan Leavitt and the real women “computers” working at Harvard Observatory at the dawn of modern astronomy. Nov. 7-29, see website for showtimes • Tickets: $36 Main Street Theater-Rice Village. 2540 Times Blvd., Houston. 713-524-9196. www.mainstreettheater.com. Lyle the Crocodile Main Street Theater When the Primm family moves into their apartment they find a crocodile in their bathtub, and nobody knows quite what to do. Nov. 17-Dec. 23, see website for showtimes • Tickets: $18 Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston. 3400 Main St., Houston. 713-524-9196. www.mainstreettheater.com. Into the Woods Houston Family Arts Center The fairy tale classics of Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood are weaved into an original, charming, musical tale of a couple’s journey to break a wicked witch’s curse. 46 . houston family magazine . november 2015
a little day music. A Little Day Music is a series of free concerts presented at noon on the first Wednesday of the month in the Grand Foyer of the Wortham Center. All ages. Free. Noon. Wortham Center Grand Foyer. 550 Prairie St., Houston. www.dacamera.com. legos and duplos at the library. Join our block party Wednesday and show us your creations! LEGOS and DUPLOS provided. 3pm. Free and open to the public. Central Library, 500 McKinney, Houston. 832-393-1313. www.houstonlibrary.org. 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. www.cmhouston.org. teen game frenzy. Come unwind after a long, stressful day of school. Play video games, eat snacks and have fun. Teens. Free. 4:00pm. Northwest Branch Library. 1355 Regency Green Dr., Cypress. 281-890-2665. www.hcpl.net.
the class act tour. The Class Acts tour hits Houston as authors Tim Green, J.A. White, Tom Watson, Nate Ball, Annabeth Bondor-Stone and Connor White play games and talk about their books. All ages. 5pm. Outreach Center of West Houston. 725 Bateswood Dr., Houston. www.oc-wh.org. www.bluewillowbookshop.com. lone star rally. The largest four-day biker event in the country brings visitors to downtown Galveston who can enjoy live entertainment, juried bike and car shows, vendors and a variety of special events. All ages. Free admission. Times for weekend events vary. Saengerfest Park. 2302 Strand, Galveston. www.lonestarrally.com. wild wheels. Enjoy the wild outdoors at the Houston Zoo with your infant or toddler with Wild Wheels. Ages 0-3. $25 per child (includes 1 adult admission) for non-members; registration required. 9:15-10:15 am. The Houston Zoo. 6200 Hermann Park Dr., Houston. 713-533-6500. www.houstonzoo.org. blue willow bookshop storytime. Bring your child to Blue Willow to enjoy stories, songs and an art activity. 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. All admission fees are waived and families are able to come to the museum and experience everything it has to offer. www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com
onthego 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. free thursday at museum of fine arts, houston. 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. free family thursday at the health museum. Visitors enjoy free general admission. All ages. Free. 2pm-5pm. The Health Museum. 1515 Hermann Dr., Houston. 713-521-1515. www.mhms.org. 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. 6pm-9pm. Bad Wolf Trading Company. 16911 Old Louetta Road #3, Houston. 832-717-4298 or www.badwolftrading.com.
baby boot camp’s freebie friday. The first Friday of every month, Baby Boot Camp is free to moms with stroller-aged children. Free. 9:30am-10:30am. Memorial City Mall (by the www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com
entrance to Beck’s Prime). 303 Memorial City Way, Houston. summer.maura@ babybootcamp.com.
P-6 Farms Corn Maze and Fall Fesival
teen lounge. Talk, snack and play on the computer in the Teen Section’s After School Zone Lounge. Teens. Free. 4-5pm. McGovern-Stella Link Library. 7405 Stella Link, Houston. www.houstonlibrary.org. lone star rally. See Nov. 5.
zac brown band. A rockin’ night of music under the stars. All ages. $35+. 7pm. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. 2005 Lake Robbins Dr., The Woodlands. 281-364-3010. www.woodlandscenter.org. screen on the green: cinderella. Catch a free flick in the shadow of Houston’s skyline. All ages. Free. 7pm. Discovery Green. 1500 McKinney, Houston. www.discoverygreen.com. 10th annual ifest live! The 10th annual International Festival celebrates the tremendous diversity of cultures in our school district by highlighting their unique traditions, arts, and foods. All ages. Free. 10am-5pm. Sugar Land Town Square. 2711 Town Center Blvd., Sugar Land. 281-276-6000. www.sugarlandtownsquare.com. pumpkin patch and fall festival. A great outing for the entire family, with fall festivities including hay rides, giant slides, pedal cars, hay maze, barrel train rides, animal encounter, sand mountain and lots more.
Photo courtesy of P-6 Farms.
ead on out to Montgomery and enjoy a day of fun and games for the whole family! P-6 Farms hosts their annual Lone Star Maize and Festival every weekend (Saturday - Sunday) through November 14. During the festival, visitors can walk through the 8 acre corn maze, ride on tractor-drawn hayrides and in the cow train, play on the jumping pillow, tire mountain and tubes slides, visit the pumpkin patch, participate in duck races and wheel barrow races, play in the water cannon or with friendly fire (paintball but without the mess - foam balls used instead), enjoy concessions and the country store - and so much more! The last day for the third annual Corn Maze and Fall Festival will be Saturday, November 14, and the farm is not open during the week of Thanksgiving (Monday - Friday). Hours are Saturday 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM and Sunday Noon - 5:00 PM in October; Saturday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM and Sunday Noon 5:00 PM in November. Maze grounds close at 9:00 on Saturday night, and at 6:00 PM on Sunday evenings, with last admittance to the corn maze 45 minutes prior; the listed closing time is when the ticket window closes. Guests may remain on the property for one additional hour! Admission charges are $10.50 for children and adults (ages 4 and up); grandparents (age 65+ with grandchilden present) are $8.50; and children 3 and under are free! Other packages and specials are available. Check out the P-6 website for more information and pricing. And remember, P-6 Farms is a real, working farm! Please don’t bring your pets to the farm, and please remember to dress appropriately for an outdoor environment in which you might get dirty (think camping - no sandals or open-toed shoes)! P-6 Farms is located at 9963 Pooles Road, Montgomery 77356. For more information, contact them at 936-597-6062 or visit their website at http://p-6farms.com. november 2015 . houston family magazine . 47
centerstage Oct. 16-Nov. 8, Fridays and Saturdays 7:30pm, Sundays 3pm Tickets: $26 adults, $22 seniors, $15 students The Garza Main Stage. 10760 Grant Road, Houston. 281-587-6100. www.houstonfac.com. It’s a Wonderful Life Houston Family Arts Center Enjoy a holiday classic as George Bailey spends his life giving up big dreams on behalf of his community, but in the end discovers “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Nov. 20-Dec. 20, Fridays and Saturdays 7:30pm, Sundays 3pm Tickets: $23 adults, $20 seniors, $15 students The Garza Main Stage 10760 Grant Road, Houston. 281-587-6100. www.houstonfac.com. Tosca Houston Grand Opera A story of deceit set in Rome during one of history’s most turbulent times. Oct. 23-Nov. 14, 11am Tickets: $18-$322 Brown Theater Wortham Center. 501 Texas Ave., Houston. 713-546-0200. www.houstongrand opera.org. Potted Potter The Hobby Center Foundation Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into seventy hilarious minutes.
All ages. $10 (children under 18mos. free). 10am-5pm. Blessington Farms. 510 Chisolm Trail, Simonton. 832-444-8717. www.BlessingtonFarms.com. 13th annual book fair. Houston Book Fair at The Printing Museum will delight visitors with a wide range of items from moderately priced used books to rare and collectible volumes. All ages. $5 admission. 10am-5pm. The Printing Museum. 1324 West Clay St., Houston. 713-522-4652, ext. 207. www.printingmuseum.org. HTX bikefest. This year’s festival will include a variety of demos from various bike sports such as bike polo, bmx/fixed gear freestyle, various cycling contests, sprint contests hosted by Texas Gold Sprint’em and a new featured sprint competition called the Big Ring King Challenge. All ages. Free. 10am-6pm. Market Square Park. 301 Milam St., Houston. www.htxbikefest.com. family day fiesta. Lawndale’s 28th annual Día de los Muertos celebration concludes with a Saturdayfiesta for families and children honoring participating teachers and students whose artwork can be viewed in the Cavnar and Horton galleries. All ages. Free. 12pm-4pm. Lawndale Art Center. 4912 Main St., Houston. 713-528-5858. www.lawndaleartcenter.org. 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. 6pm-10pm. Wind Water Gallery parking lot. 548 West 19th St.,
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into the woods presented by houston family arts center. The fairy tale classics of Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood are weaved into an original, charming, musical tale of a couple’s journey to break a wicked witch’s curse. See Center Stage on page 46.
Houston. 713-802-1213 or www.firstsaturdayartsmarket.com. galveston beach hike. Beach hikes start at the park’s Nature Center; we’ll orient ourselves, and then move to the beach to look for beach treasures and explore why this place is so special. All ages. Free to park visitors ($5/adult entrance fee, anyone under 13 years is free). 10am-11:15am. Galveston Island State Park 14901 FM-3005 Galveston, TX. www.galveston.com/ calendarofevents or Lisa.Reznicek@ tpwd.texas.gov. 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. P-6 farms corn maze and fall festival. See Nov. 1, 10am-7pm. texas renaissance festival. See Nov. 1. lone star rally. See Nov. 5.
artist boat kayak adventure: coastal heritage preserve. This destination occurs at the natural and restored marshes protecting one of the most pristine examples of a dune/swale complex on Galveston Island. www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com
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centerstage Oct. 27-Nov. 8, see website for showtimes Tickets: $39.99-$99.99 The Hobby Center/Zilkha Hall. 800 Bagby, Ste. 300, Houston. 713.315.2400. www.thehobbycenter.org. Forever Tango The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts Forever Tango celebrates the passionate music and dance of Argentina, with Six world-class Argentine Tango couples (plus Anna and Dmitry from Dancing with the Stars), a traditional Argentine 1930s style vocalist and eleven piece orchestra featuring the instrument of the tango, the bandoneón, a 19th century German accordion. Nov. 8, 3pm • Tickets: $29-$129 Hobby Center. 800 Bagby, Ste. 300, Houston. 713.315.2400. www.thehobbycenter.org. Diana Krall: The Wallflower Tour Live Nation By any standard this five-time Grammy® winning jazz pianist and vocalist is one of the most accomplished and distinctive musicians in the world today. Nov. 13, 8pm • Tickets: $39.50-$99.50 The Hobby Center/Sarofim Hall. 800 Bagby, Ste. 300, Houston. 713.315.2400. www.thehobbycenter.org. The Phantom of the Opera Broadway at The Hobby Center Hailed by critics as “bigger and better than ever before,” this production boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier, new scenic and lighting designs, new staging and choreography. Nov. 18-Nov. 29, see website for showtimes Tickets: $45-$155 The Hobby Center/Sarofim Hall. 800 Bagby, Ste. 300, Houston. 713.315.2400. www.thehobbycenter.org. Celebrating 20! Old-New-Borrowed-Blue MET Dance Spanning the genres of jazz to contemporary, ballet to modern, come and celebrate the diverse repertoire of METdance in “Old-New-Borrowed-Blue”. Nov. 19, 8pm • Tickets: $15-$35 The Hobby Center/Zilkha Hall. 800 Bagby, Ste. 300, Houston. 713.315.2400. www.thehobbycenter.org. One Man, Two Guvnors Alley Theater In the heart of 1960’s England, charming and doltish Francis, fired from his pop band, unexpectedly finds himself with two new jobs and two new bosses, who are connected to each other in wildly improbable ways. Nov. 1, see website for showtimes Tickets: $26-$66 Hubbard Theatre. 615 Texas Ave., Houston. 713-220-5700. www.alleytheatre.org.
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nutcracker market. Almost 300 merchants from across the country will come out to sell unique gift items, including home décor, gourmet food, clothing, toys, candles, jewelry, novelties, accessories and more. See November 12. Ages 5+. $10. Artist Boat. 2627 Ave. O, Galveston. www.artistboat.org. houston youth symphony: fall concert. Featuring the finest young musicians from the region performing various musical compostions. All ages. $15. 4pm. Rice University Shepherd School of Music, Stude Concert Hall. 6100 South Main St., Houston. 713-785-2422. www.HoustonYouthSymphony.com. P-6 farms corn maze and fall festival. See Nov. 1. texas renaissance festival. See Nov. 1, children under 12 free on Sundays. lone star rally. See Nov. 5.
inprint margarett root brown reading series: salman rushdie. Salman Rushdie–for whom “the pen is a magician’s wand” (Financial
Times)–is the internationally celebrated author of 11 novels, including Midnight’s Children, which won the Booker Prize and the “Best of the Booker” and was called “one of the most important books to come out of the English-speaking world in this generation” (The New York Review of Books). All ages. $5. 7:30pm. Cullen Theater/Wortham Center. 550 Texas Ave., Houston. www.inprinthouston.org. boo-hoo moo. This family-friendly performance is adapted from the popular children’s book Boo-Hoo Moo, written by Margie Palatini. Hilda Mae Heifer is a cow who loves to sing, but lately her melody is sounding a little melancholy. Recommended for ages 3-7. Free. 6:30pm. University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd., Sugar Land. 281-633-4734. baby bounce. See Nov. 2. www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com
onthego baby time. See Nov. 2.
preschool storytime. See Nov. 2. toddler time. See Nov. 2.
serious fun presents “spot”. Based on the books by Eric Hill, Theater Terra brings Spot to life through the use of puppets and actors on stage. Pre-K2 and up. See website for ticket prices. 10am. The Grand 1894 Opera House. 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston. www.thegrand.com. ROCO brass quintet. The Brass Quintet performs at The Centrum as part of the Cypress Creek FACE’s series. All ages. $12 adult, $10 senior (60+), $6 student. 3pm. The Centrum. 6823 Cypresswood Dr. Spring. www.rocohouston.org. open door. See Nov. 3. toddler yoga. See Nov. 3. toddler time. See Nov. 3. preschool story time. See Nov. 3.
houston salutes american heroes. The City of Houston will show support for our Armed Forces and celebrate the annual “Houston Salutes American Heroes” Veterans Day Celebration which will be followed by the Veteran’s Day Parade. All ages. Free. 9am-1pm. Houston City Hall. 901 Bagby, Houston. www.houstontx.gov. 832.393.0868. disney on ice: treasure trove. Discover endless riches when Disney On Ice presents Treasure www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com
centerstage Sinatra’s Centennial The Houston Symphony Since “Ol’ Blue Eyes” would have turned 100 this year, Principal POPS Conductor Designate Steven Reineke has created a program in true Sinatra style—reflecting the timeless songs that this American legend popularized Nov. 1, 7:30pm Tickets: $25-$140 Jones Hall. 615 Louisiana. Houston. 713-224-7575. www.houston symphony.org. Ina Garten “The Barefoot Contessa” Society for the Performing Arts Ina Garten shares her natural approach to food; entertaining tips, stories, and maybe even some recipes. Nov. 4, 7:30pm Tickets: $52.50-$78.50 Jones Hall. 615 Louisiana. Houston.713-227-4772. www.spahouston.org. Daniil Simkin’s INTENSIO In this much-anticipated dance and multimedia performance to live piano accompaniment, Simkin is joined onstage by fellow stars of ABT Isabella Boylston, Alexandre Hammoudi, Blaine Hoven, Calvin Royal III, Hee Seo, Cassandra Trenary and James Whiteside – as well as special guest Céline Cassone of Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal. Nov. 6, 8pm Tickets: $33-$85 Jones Hall. 615 Louisiana. Houston.713-227-4772. www.spahouston.org.
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centerstage David Sedaris One of America’s pre-eminent humor writers, David Sedaris returns to Houston to share readings of new and unpublished works. Nov. 7, 7pm Tickets: $23-$73 Jones Hall. 615 Louisiana. Houston. 713-227-4772. www.spahouston.org.
Trove Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt comes to Houston. All ages. $17+. 7:30pm. NRG Stadium. Reliant Parkway, Houston. www.disneyonice.com/ treasure-trove.
Accordion Virtuosi of Russia
The Accordion Virtuosi of Russia thrills audiences around the globe with a diverse repertoire ranging from folk music to arrangements of rock songs.
joelle charbonneau. Joelle Charbonneau will discuss and sign her new novel for young adults, NEED. All ages. Free. 7pm. Blue Willow Bookshop. 14532 Memorial Dr., Houston. 281-497-8675 or www.bluewillowbookshop.com.
Nov. 14, 8pm. Tickets: $23-$58 Cullen Theater Wortham Center. 501 Texas Ave., Houston. 713-227-4772. www.spahouston.org.
Imago Theatre’s ZooZoo Miller Outdoor Theater
Imago Theatre, best known for FROGZ and internationally acclaimed for its special brand of vaudeville, comedy, acrobatics, and illusions, presents its latest family hit, ZooZoo — a masterful combination of mime, dance, music, and special effects. Nov. 7, 6:30pm. Tickets: Free Miller Outdoor Theatre. 6000 Hermann Park Drive, Houston. 832-487-7102. www.milleroutdoor theatre.com.
Recycled Percussion Miller Outdoor Theater
Formed in 1994 in New Hampshire at their high school talent show, Recycled Percussion’s first performance gave birth to the style of music now known as junk rock. Nov. 13, 7:30pm.
legos and duplos at the library. See Nov. 4. teen game frenzy. See Nov. 4.
KLUTZFest. Embrace your inner zany genius during KLUTZ® Fest in celebration of the KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature exhibit. All ages. Free with museum admission. 10am-6pm. Children’s Museum of Houston. 1500 Binz St., Houston. www. cmhouston.org. 713-522-1138. katy gardening club. On the 2nd Thursday of the month, join other gardeners in your area to learn new ways to grow. Free. 11am. Katy Library. 5414 Franz Rd., Katy. 281-391-3509.www.hcpl.net. nutcracker market. Almost 300 merchants from across the country will come out to sell unique gift items, including home décor, gourmet food, clothing, toys, candles, jewelry, novelties, accessories and more. All ages. $20 (children under 2 free). 10am-8pm. NRG Center. NRG Park, Houston. 713-535-3231. www.houstonballet.org.
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20th annual children’s festival. Children’s Festival is an exciting way to help young children broaden their horizons, tap into their talents, ignite their creativity, appreciate other cultures and develop a love and appreciation for the performing arts. See November 14.
connections: “shakuhachi duo”. East meets West as “Pacific Crossings” celebrates ROCO’s partnership with Asia Society Texas. All ages. $10. 7:30pm. Asia Society Texas. 1370 Southmore Blvd., Houston. www.asiasociety.org/texas. disney on ice: treasure trove. See Nov. 11. free family thursday at the health museum. See Nov. 5. blue willow bookshop storytime. See Nov. 5. free thursday at museum of fine arts, houston. See Nov. 5. museum free family night children’s museum of houston. See Nov. 5. holocaust museum family free thursdays. See Nov. 5. table top game night. See Nov. 5.
theta charity antiques show. In its 63rd year, the Theta Charity Antiques Show is considered one of the top three antiques shows in the country and the highest caliber show in the South. All ages. $10. 10am-6pm. Bayou City Event Center. 9401 Knight Rd., Houston. www.thetacharityantiquesshow.com. KLUTZFest. See Nov. 12. nutcracker market. See Nov. 12. disney on ice: treasure trove. See Nov. 11, 10:30am, 7:30pm.
authors from pelican publishing. We celebrate 4 Houston-based authors from Pelican Publishing. All ages. Free. 11am. Blue Willow Bookshop. 14532 Memorial Dr., Houston. 281-497-8675 or www.bluewillowbookshop.com. www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com
onthego 20th Annual Children’s Festival
hildren are invited to come out and play as The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is transformed into a giant playground filled with fun and adventure. The 19th Annual Children’s Festival, presented by ExxonMobil takes place Nov. 14 and 15, 2015. Admission is $8 per person in advance or $10 per person at the door. Children age 2 and under are free of charge. Picnics are welcome, but beverages cannot be brought into the venue. Designed for kids ages Pre-K- 5, Children’s Festival is packed with interactive fun for all kids. Unlike most festivals, every activity is free of charge once inside the festival. Enjoy everything the festival has to offer including bubble runners, petting zoo, kite making and flying, parachute races, train rides, panning for gold, face painting, kids games and more! Some of the Activities include Certified LEGO Master Builder where kids can enjoy watching LEGO® Master Builder, Brandon Griffith as he constructs artfully inspired sculpture from the classic childhood toy. Children will have the opportunity to build models of their own along side Griffith as he builds a replica of The Pavilion and other exciting pieces. Straight out of her hit PBS television show, Janet from Janet’s Planet will be on site to teach kids all about our solar system. The rising king of “kindie rock,” Riff Rockit is rock ‘n’ roll that will keep your little ones dancing while teaching them about important life skills. Riff Rockit performs on the Pepsi Main Stage Saturday, Nov. 14 and Sunday, Nov. 15 at 2 pm. Grab your tool belt and hardhat! Join Bob the Builder as he constructs projects using a foundation of determination and teamwork.
Bob the Builder performs on the Pepsi Main Stage Saturday, Nov. 14 at 12 pm and Sunday, Nov. 15 at 4 pm. Barbie® will be visiting The Pavilion Saturday, Nov. 14 at 10:30 am and Sunday, Nov. 15 at 3 pm to meet with you! Bring your biggest smile and get ready to make your dreams come true! Come meet all four of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Saturday, Nov. 14 at 3:30 pm and Sunday, Nov. 15 at 12:30 pm Costumers of the 501st Legion dressed as your favorite Star Wars characters will be here where the force is strong! Come meet some real life stormtroopers as they invade Children’s Festival on Saturday, Nov. 14. There’s so much excitement surrounding Children’s Festival you won’t want to miss it. For more information about Children’s Festival, please visit www.woodlandscenter.org or call 281-364-3010.
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centerstage Tickets: Free Miller Outdoor Theatre. 6000 Hermann Park Drive, Houston. 832-487-7102. www.milleroutdoor theatre.com.
William Close and the Earth Harp Collective Miller Outdoor Theater
Experimental musician and innovator William Close turns Miller into a musical instrument with help from dancers, aerialists, artists, and the Earth Harp — the largest stringed instrument on the planet. Nov. 14, 7:30pm Tickets: Free Miller Outdoor Theatre. 6000 Hermann Park Drive, Houston. 832-487-7102. www.milleroutdoor theatre.com.
Dvorak’s Serenade for Strings The Houston Symphony
Frank Huang leads the Houston Symphony from the Concertmaster’s chair in this program of favorite works for chamber orchestra and strings. Nov. 12-15, see website for showtimes Tickets: $25-$129 Jones Hall. 615 Louisiana. Houston. 713-224-7575. www.houston symphony.org.
Tapestry The Houston Symphony
Infused with incredible melodies and unforgettable lyrics, Carole King’s Grammy Award®-winning album Tapestry remains a gold standard in pop music. Nov. 20-21, 8pm; Nov. 22, 7:30pm • Tickets: $25-$135 Jones Hall. 615 Louisiana. Houston. 713-224-7575. www.houston symphony.org.
20th annual children’s festival. Children’s Festival is an exciting way to help young children broaden their horizons, tap into their talents, ignite their creativity, appreciate other cultures and develop a love and appreciation for the performing arts. All ages. $8 in advance, $10 at door. 10am. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. 2005 Lake Robbins Dr., The Woodlands. 281-364-3010. www.woodlandscenter.org. houston 24th turkish festival. The 24th HoustonTurkish Festival will celebrate all things Turkish, including authentic Turkish food, coffee, music, traditional folklore dancing including the famous whirling dervishes, a kids’ corner filled with fun activities, arts & crafts, cultural exhibitions as well as a very colorful Grand Bazaar. All ages. $6 (children 12 and under free). 11am-11pm. Jones Plaza. 601 Louisiana St., Houston. www.houston turkishfest.com.
the woodlands ice rink preview weekend Be one of the first to step out onto the largest seasonal outdoor ice rink in the southwest during a special Preview Weekend. See November 14. Photo courtesy of The Woodlands CVB.
(bring your own skates or rentals available for $7), try out the new Arctic Ice Slide or take pictures with Santa. Event runs through Jan. 10, 2016. All ages. $10.95; additional fee for Ice Slide. Moody Gardens. One Hope Blvd., Galveston. 1-800-582-4673. www.moodygardens.com.
moody gardens “ice land”: it’s a spongebob party! A skilled team of professional ice carvers has transformed 6,000 300-pound ice blocks into majestic displays ranging from holiday sculptures to undersea characters from SpongeBob SquarePants. Event runs through Jan. 10, 2016. All ages. $26.95 adult, $21.95 senior and child. 12pm-10pm. Moody Gardens. One Hope Blvd., Galveston. 1-800-5824673. www.moodygardens.com.
memorial city lights holiday celebration. The fourth annual Memorial City Lights will once again be emceed by KPRC Local 2’s Rachel McNeill. The entertainment lineup this year is headlined by the Houston Symphony, TUTS A Christmas Carol The Musical cast and everyone’s favorite, Memorial City Reindeer Drumline. All ages. Free. 6pm-7pm. Memorial City Mall. 303 Memorial City Way, Houston. 713-464-8640. www.memorialcitymall.com.
moody gardens 14th annual festival of lights. Enjoy more than 1 million lights within 100 sound-enhanced animated light displays and nightly live entertainment. You can also skate around on the area’s only outdoor ice skating rink
the woodlands ice rink preview weekend. Be one of the first to step out onto the largest seasonal outdoor ice rink in the southwest during a special Preview Weekend. Rink is open for the season Nov. 14mid-Jan. 2016.
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All ages. 10am-11pm. $10.50, $6 children 5 and under. Northeast corner of Lake Robbins and Six Pines Dr., The Woodlands. 281-419-5630. www.thewoodlandscvb.com. 27th annual ice spectacular at the galleria. The Galleria will kick off the holiday season with the lighting of its 55-foot Christmas tree, featuring 450,000 twinkling lights and 5,000 ornaments in a variety of colors and shapes. The 45-minute tree-lighting show will also feature dynamic ice and musical performances, culminating with the lighting of the tree. All ages. Free. noon-7pm. The Galleria – Ice at The Galleria. 5085 Westheimer, Houston. 713-622-0663. www.simon.com/mall/the-galleria. zoo yoga. We will travel the globe discovering different habitats and explore animals’ unique characteristics through the use of animal inspired yoga poses. Ages 4-10 years old with parent. $25 adult for non-members (includes admission) and $20 per child (includes admission); registration required. 9:15-10:15 am. www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com
onthego The Houston Zoo. 6200 Hermann Park Dr., Houston. 713-533-6500. www.houstonzoo.org. texas championship native american pow wow. A two-day Native American Pow Wow with colorful tribal dance contests, an arts & crafts show, tipis, honoring ceremonies, singing and much more. All ages. Free. 10am-5pm. Traders Village Houston. 7979 North Eldridge, Houston. 281-890-5500. www.tradersvillage.com/houston. 21st annual american girl fashion show. Houston-area girls from the ages of six to thirteen will bring the dolls to life as they walk the runway in American Girl fashions. Proceeds benefit HITS Theatre. All ages. $50+. 10am & 1pm. The Junior League of Houston. 1811 Briar Oaks Ln., Houston. 713-861-7408, ext. 6. www. hitsfashionshow.com. creation station: natural artwork from asia. Design art projects with recycled, found, and natural materials in celebration of the exhibition Drawn from Nature. All ages. Free with reservation. 12:30pm-2:30pm. Asia Society Texas. 1370 Southmore Blvd., Houston. www.asiasociety.org/texas. theta charity antiques show. See Nov. 13. P-6 farms corn maze and fall festival. See Nov. 7. texas renaissance festival. See Nov. 1. nutcracker market. See Nov. 12, 10am-6pm. pumpkin patch and fall festival. See Nov. 7. KLUTZFest. See Nov. 12. www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com
disney on ice: treasure trove. See Nov. 11, 11:30am, 3:30pm, 7:30pm. young writers workshop. See Nov. 7. galveston beach hike. See Nov. 7.
juan gabriel. The top-selling Latin music artist who attracted nearly 200,000 fans during his emotional return during the first leg of his Volver tour will take his extravagant shows to thirteen additional venues with the kick-off of Volver 2015. All ages. $56.50+. 7pm. Toyota Center. 1510 Polk St., Houston. www.houstontoyota center.com. 20th annual children’s festival. See Nov. 14, noon-5pm. theta charity antiques show. See Nov. 13.. 11am-5pm. houston 24th turkish festival. See Nov. 14, 11am-9pm. nutcracker market. See Nov. 12, 10am-6pm. texas championship native american pow wow. See Nov. 14. 21st annual american girl fashion show. See Nov. 14, 1pm-4pm. P-6 farms corn maze and fall festival. See Nov. 1. texas renaissance festival: opening weekend. See Nov. 1, children under 12 free on Sundays. KLUTZFest. See Nov. 12, noon-6pm.
disney on ice: treasure trove. See Nov. 11, 1:30pm, 5:30pm.
STEAM camp! We’ll combine fun with science with Children’s Museum activities including floating boats, building bridges, domino’s, hoop gliders and invent-a-color! Ages 6+. Free. 6pm. North Channel Branch Library. 15741 Wallisville Rd, Houston. www.hcpl.net. KLUTZFest. See Nov. 12.
baby time. See Nov. 2. preschool storytime. See Nov. 2. toddler time. See Nov. 2.
ikea family workshop: holiday fire safety and prevention with the red cross. We’ll learn what areas of the home are most at risk, how to eliminate potential hazards and what to do in the event there is a fire in your home. All ages. Free. 6-8pm. IKEA. 7810 Katy Fwy., Houston. www.ikea.com/us/en/store/ houston.
his masterful portrayal of the greatest professional coach in football history has won five-star reviews and unanimous raves from the National Football League! Nov. 21, 8pm Tickets: $20-$58 The Grand 1894 Opera House. 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston. 800-821-1894. www.thegrand.com.
Start your holiday season with 60s pop sensation Peter Noone and Herman’s Hermits! Enjoy a great mix of Christmas favorites and memorable solid-gold classics including “There’s a Kind of Hush,” “I’m Into Something Good,” and “Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat.” Nov. 28, 8pm Tickets: $39-$125 The Grand 1894 Opera House. 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston. 800-821-1894. www.thegrand.com.
The Nutcracker The Houston Ballet
A wonderful ballet for the entire family, The Nutcracker is the perfect way to introduce young children to the power and beauty of classical dance.
open door. See Nov. 3. toddler yoga. See Nov. 3. toddler time. See Nov. 3. preschool story time. See Nov. 3. KLUTZFest. See Nov. 12.
Joe Pinero in VINCE: The Life and Times of Vince Lombardi The Grand 1894 Opera House
An Olde English Christmas: With Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone The Grand 1894 Opera House
baby bounce. See Nov. 2.
coffee cake book club. Enjoy a morning discussing books and making new friends.
Nov. 27-Dec. 27, see website for showtimes Tickets: $44-$149 Brown Theater Wortham Center. 501 Texas Ave., Houston. 713-227-2787. www.houstonballet.org.
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Spies, Traitors, Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America at HMNS.
Adults. Free. 11am. Blue Willow Bookshop. 14532 Memorial Dr., Houston. 281-497-8675 or www.bluewillowbookshop.com. KLUTZFest. See Nov. 12.
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 Spies, Traitors, Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America SPIES, TRAITORS, SABOTEURS reveals nine major events and periods in U.S. history when Americans were threatened by enemies within its borders. Sept. 25 -Jan. 17, 2016 Tickets: $25 adult, $20 child and senior 62+ Out of the Amazon: Material, Culture, Myth and Reality in Amazonia Sharing the story of thirteen tribes, spectacular feather art and other rare artifacts are complemented by photographs, videos and animals that live side by side with these indigenous communities. Tickets: see website Opens Oct. 23 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. The Health Museum The Bone Zone The 1500-foot carnival-themed interactive exhibit features nine informative, interactive displays that engage children and adults to help them develop lifelong, healthy habits. Sept. 19-Jan. 3, 2016 Siege of the Skeletons Kids learn about the skeletal makeup while building Franken-skeletons, zombies and mummies representing historical figures. Museum Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. 12pm-5pm Admission: $9, $7 child and senior (65+), children under 2 are free The Health Museum. 1515 Hermann Dr., Houston. www.thehealthmuseum.org. 56 . houston family magazine . november 2015
legos and duplos at the library. See Nov. 4. teen game frenzy. See Nov. 4.
houston interfaith thanksgiving service. This annual service brings together leaders and members of nine faiths to offer prayers of thanksgiving and read sacred texts on thankfulness. All are welcome. A reception on the plaza follows the program. All ages. Free. 7pm-8:30pm. Rothko Chapel. 3900 Yupon St., Houston. 713-524-9839. www.rothkochapel.org. free family thursday at the health museum. See Nov. 5. blue willow bookshop storytime. See Nov. 5. free thursday at museum of fine arts, houston. See Nov. 5. museum free family night children’s museum of houston. See Nov. 5. holocaust museum family free thursdays. See Nov. 5. table top game night. See Nov. 5.
the rolling roadshow presents: “west side story”. Watch as two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, and tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.
All ages. Free. 7pm. Market Square Park. 301 Milam St., Houston. www.marketsquarepark.com. READ to peter the dog. Children who are reluctant readers will be able to read aloud to Peter - a black lab therapy dog. Younger children. Free. 3:30pm. West University Branch Library. 6108 Auden St., Houston. www.hcpl.net. houston rockets viewing party. Come hang out and watch the Rockets take on the Memphis Grizzlies in the Plaza! All ages. Free. 6:30pm-10pm. Sugar Land Town Square. 2711 Town Center Blvd., Sugar Land. 281-276-6000. www.sugarlandtownsquare.com. zoo lights. The Houston Zoo transforms into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music from November 20th-January 9, 2016. All ages. See website for ticket prices. 6pm-10pm. Houston Zoo. 6200 Hermann Park Dr., Houston. 713-533-6500. www.houstonzoo.org. magical winter nights. Magical Winter Lights, which is running November 20th-January 10, 2016, is a spectacular, largerthan-life attraction with a fresh take on the traditional holiday light show. All ages. See website for ticket information. Mon.-Thurs. 5pm-10pm; Fri.-Sat. 1pm-11pm; Sun. 1pm-10pm. Sam Houston Race Park. 7575 North Sam Houston Parkway West, Houston. www.magicalwinterlights.com.
angleton market days. Join over 200 vendors from across the state of Texas for a great weekend of shopping! www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com
onthego All ages. Free. 9am-5pm. Brazoria County Fairgrounds. 901 S Downing St, Angleton. www.angleton.tx.us/tourism. discovery green flea. Food trucks, live music and vendors selling vintage clothing, antiques, jewelry, art and more under the stars and twinkle lights! All ages. Free admission. 11am-5pm. Discovery Green. 1500 McKinney St., Houston. 713-400-7336. www.discoverygreen.com. holidays in the plaza. Bring your friends and family to the Plaza for an evening of holiday entertainment and festivities from The Freedom Center Church. All ages. Free. 6pm-8pm. Sugar Land Town Square. 2711 Town Center Blvd.,
Sugar Land. 281-276-6000. www.sugarlandtownsquare.com. 33rd annual lighting of the doves and 8th annual iWOW festival. Lighting of the Doves presents children’s activities, snow play areas, live music, ice carvers, vendor booths and Santa’s arrival aboard a specially decorated sleigh and fireworks. All ages. Free. 3pm-9pm. Town Green Park. 2099 Lake Robbins Dr., The Woodlands. www.visitthewoodlands.com. 2015 houston via colori street painting festival. Watch eye-popping 3D art come to life, rock out to musical performances on three stages and enjoy activities for all ages and tasty concessions. Benefits Center for Hearing and Speech.
All ages. Free admission. 10am6pm. Hermann Square at City Hall. 901 Bagby St., Houston. www.centerhearingandspeech.org. P-6 farms corn maze and fall festival. See Nov. 7. texas renaissance festival. See Nov. 1. young writers workshop. See Nov. 7. galveston beach hike. See Nov. 7.
9191 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress. www.hcpl.net. messiaen’s “quartet for the end of time”. Join us for this very special performance of Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, featuring ROCO clarinetist Maiko Sasaki. All ages. $25 ($15 student). 5pm. Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston. 3400 Main St., Houston. www.rocohouston.org. angleton market days. See Nov. 21, 11am-4pm.
sunday classic for everyone book clubmacbeth. Grab your copy of Macbeth, and come discuss it at the library! Ages 11-18. Free. 2pm. Cy Fair College Branch Library.
P-6 farms corn maze and fall festival. See Nov. 1. texas renaissance festivalopening weekend. See Nov. 1, children under 12 free on Sundays.
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nowexhibiting The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Roman Vishniac Rediscovered More than any other photographer, Roman Vishniac profoundly influenced contemporary impressions of Jewish life in Eastern Europe. Sept. 24- Jan. 3, 2016 Pleasure and Piety: The Art of Joachim Wtewael Late-Renaissance artist Joachim Wtewael was a remarkable storyteller and a great master of the Dutch Golden Age. Nov. 1-Jan. 31, 2016 Contingent Beauty: Contemporary Art from Latin America Encompassing a variety of media including drawing, sculpture, video, and interactive object- and video-based installations, the exhibition highlights contemporary artists who use seductive and engaging materials to convey their social, political, and environmental concerns. Nov. 22-Feb. 28, 2016 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. Children’s Museum of Houston Amazingly Immature Based on KLUTZ® Encyclopedia of Immaturity Vol. 1 and 2, KLUTZc ® Amazingly Immature will offer you the opportunity to embrace your inner ingenious zaniness while exploring what these behaviors can teach you about science, engineering, math, and literacy. Mar. 7-Jan. 5, 2016 Museum Hours: Tues.-Sat. 10am-6pm, Sun. 12pm-6pm, Thurs. 10am-8pm Admission: $10 (adults and children 1+), $9 seniors 65+ Children’s Museum of Houston. 1500 Binz, Houston. 713-522-1138. www.cmhouston.org. The Menil Collection Affecting Presence and the Pursuit of Delicious Experiences The exhibition highlights abstraction as an artistic means used across time, place, and culture to make present the ineffable forces that shape human experiences. July 17-Nov. 8 Museum Hours: Wed.-Sun. 11am-7pm. Admission: Free The Menil Collection. 1533 Sul Ross St., Houston. www.menil.org. Galveston Arts Center Elinor Evans The exhibition, which includes found-object collages, woven textiles and baskets, celebrates the artist’s lifelong love of
2015 houston via colori street painting festival. Watch eye-popping 3D art come to life, rock out to musical performances on three stages and enjoy activities for all ages and tasty concessions. See November 21. Photo courtesy of Via Colori.
2015 houston via colori street painting festival. See Nov. 21, 10am-5pm.
afternoon family movie at the library. This animated-adventure film is based on a children’s book written by Judi Barrett. Flint Lockwood is a young inventor, but none of his inventions have ever been useful or even made sense. All ages. 1:30-3:30pm. Free. First Colony Branch Library. 2121 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land. www.fortbend.lib.tx.us. baby bounce. See Nov. 2.
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baby time. See Nov. 2. preschool storytime. See Nov. 2. toddler time. See Nov. 2.
tough broads out at night book club. Join us for our monthly book club meeting that meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Adults. Free. 7pm. Blue Willow Bookshop. 14532 Memorial Dr., Houston. 281-497-8675 or www.bluewillowbookshop.com. open door. See Nov. 3. www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com
onthego toddler yoga. See Nov. 3. toddler time. See Nov. 3. preschool story time. See Nov. 3.
thanksgiving with santa. Ho, ho, ho! Santa, elves and giant turkey spread holiday cheer at Children’s Museum of Houston’s 10th annual Thanksgiving parade. All ages. Free with museum admission. 1pm. Children’s Museum of Houston. 1500 Binz St., Houston. 713522-1138. www.cmhouston.org. legos and duplos at the library. See Nov. 4. teen game frenzy. See Nov. 4.
and help raise money for Neighborhood Centers and Sheltering Arms Senior Services. All ages. Adults $30+, children 12 and under $10. 7am-11am. Dillard’s by the Galleria: 4925 Westheimer Rd., Houston. www.turkeytrot. neighborhood-centers.org. free family thursday at the health museum. See Nov. 5. blue willow bookshop storytime. See Nov. 5. free thursday at museum of fine arts, houston. See Nov. 5. museum free family night children’s museum of houston. See Nov. 5. holocaust museum family free thursdays. See Nov. 5.
table top game night. See Nov. 5.
holiday lighting celebration. Performances from The Nutcracker, handbells, bagpipes and Christmas carols will entertain guests at the Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration. All ages. Free. 6pm. Hotel Galvez & Spa. 2024 Seawall Blvd., Galveston. www.galveston.com. it’s blue friday weekend at IKEA! Bring the kids as you kick off your holiday shopping: we’ll have art activities, gingerbread tree house decorating, face painters and more, to keep them entertained. All ages. Free. All day. IKEA.
thanksgiving day parade. The downtown business district streets will come alive with zesty marching bands, imaginative floats and colorful balloons. Bring lawn chairs and blankets; food trucks and vendors available along the route. All ages. Free. 9am. Lamar at Smith St., Houston. www.houstontx.gov/ thanksgivingparade. uptown houston holiday lighting. This family event features festive music by local groups, holiday characters including larger than life Santa’s reindeer, a special appearance from Santa, lighting of more than a half million twinkling lighting on 80 trees and an incredible fireworks extravaganza. All ages. Free. 4pm-7pm. Post Oak Blvd., Houston. www.uptown-houston.com. TXU energy houston turkey trot. Move your feet before you eat www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com
thanksgiving with santa at the children’s museum of houston. Ho, ho, ho! Santa, elves and giant turkey spread holiday cheer at Children’s Museum of Houston’s 10th annual Thanksgiving parade. See November 25.
nowexhibiting nature and the poetic relationship she sees between people and plants. Oct. 10-Nov. 22 Museum Hours: Tues.-Sat. 11am-5pm, Sun. 12pm-5pm, closed Monday. Admission: Free Galveston Arts Center. 2501 Market Street, Galveston. www.galvestonarts center.org. Houston Public LibraryJulia Ideson Building Remembering World War II: Houston’s Latino Veterans Through archival documents and photographs held at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, and through oral histories conducted by staff and volunteers, this exhibit reflects the experiences of and pays homage to Houston’s Latina and Latino veterans of the Second World War. Sept. 1- Nov. 14 Museum Hours: Mon.-Tues. 10am-6pm, Wed. 10am-8pm, Th. 10am-6pm, Sat. 10am-5pm, closed Friday and Sunday. Admission: Free Julie Ideson Building. 550 McKinney St., Houston. 832-3931662. www.houston library.org. Holocaust Museum Houston Roman Vishniac: A Selection from the Permanent Collection of Holocaust Museum Houston In his travels through Eastern Europe, famed photographer Roman Vishniac was able to
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nowexhibiting capture rare photos of the living situations and daily lives in poverty-stricken Jewish communities there. Sept. 25-Jan 24, 2016. Museum Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9am-5pm, Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. noon-5pm. Admission: $12 adult, $8 seniors 65+, children under 6 free, students 6-18 free, college students with valid ID free. Holocaust Museum Houston. 5401 Caroline St., Houston. 713-9428000. www.hmh.org. National Museum of Funeral History Day of the Dead This exhibit explores the customs and traditions of Dia de los Muertos with full-scale models of a Mexican home and graveyard as they would typically appear on this day. Nov. 1 Museum Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10am-4pm, Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. noon-5pm. Admission: $10 adult, $9 seniors/veterans, $7 children 3-7, free children 3 and under National Museum of Funeral History. 415 Barren Springs Dr., Houston. 281-876-3063. www.nmfh.org. Discovery Green Los Trompos Mexican artists Esrawe and Cadena created this interactive exhibit of 20 largerthan-life “trompos”, or “spinning tops” of various shapes, colors, and sizes! Nov. 14-Mar. 22, 2016 Park Hours: 6am-11pm daily. Admission: Free Discovery Green. 1500 McKinney, Houston. www.discoverygreen.com
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it’s blue friday weekend at IKEA! See Nov. 27.
home for the holidays gift market. The biggest holiday shopping weekend of the year just got a little bigger with Moody Gardens third annual Home for the Holidays Gift Market. All ages. $6. 12pm-8pm. Moody Gardens Convention Center. 7 Hope Blvd., Galveston. www.moodygardenshotel.com.
pop shop houston holiday festival. See Nov. 27.
pop shop houston holiday festival. Pop Shop Houston Holiday Festival features an array of art, products, design items, vintage and antiques in a fun setting. All ages. Free admission. 12pm-8pm. Silver Street Studios. 2000 Edwards St., Houston. www.popshopamerica.com.
galveston art walk. Not a street festival, ArtWalk takes place in existing commercial galleries, non-profit arts spaces and what are called “other walls” (restaurants and retail stores, for example). Each exhibits art and welcomes viewers with open doors, later hours and refreshments. All ages. Free admission. 6pm-9pm. Galveston Arts Center & other galleries. 2501 Market St., Galveston. 409-763-2403. www.galvestonartscenter.org. home for the holidays gift market. See Nov. 27, 10am-9pm. P-6 farms corn maze and fall festival. See Nov. 7. texas renaissance festival. See Nov. 1.
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young writers workshop. See Nov. 7. galveston beach hike. See Nov. 7.
photos with santa. Enjoy a free holiday photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus courtesy of Sugar Land Town Square. All ages. Free. 1pm-5pm. Sugar Land Town Square. 2711 Town Center Blvd., Sugar Land. 281-276-6000. www.sugarlandtownsquare.com. reindeer visits. One of Santa’s reindeer has taken a wild turn to the Children’s Museum of Houston before his big journey around the world! All ages. Free with museum admission. Noon-4pm. Children’s Museum of Houston. 1500 Binz St., Houston. 713-522-1138. www.cmhouston.org. holidays in the plaza. See Nov. 21, 4pm-6pm. pop shop houston holiday festival. See Nov. 27, 12pm-6pm.
P-6 farms corn maze and fall festival. See Nov. 1. texas renaissance festival. See Nov. 1, children under 12 free on Sundays. it’s blue friday weekend at IKEA! See Nov. 27.
baby bookworms. Story Time includes songs, age appropriate stories, and playtime. Newborns through those walking with assistance. Free. 9:30am-10:30am. Lone Star College Tomball Community Library. 30555 TX-249, Tomball. www.hcpl.net. teen time. Teens, come to the library and have some fun! Watch a movie, make a craft, game, and take part in Teen Advisory Board! Teens. Free. 4pm-5:30pm. Bear Creek Branch Library. 16719 Clay Rd, Houston. www.hcpl.net. baby bounce. See Nov. 2. baby time. See Nov. 2. preschool storytime. See Nov. 2. toddler time. See Nov. 2.
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hesaidshesaid the last word appreciating what we have by sam and pam middleton
it has occurred to pam that the kids could benefit from some lessons in gratitude. sam has some ideas they can kick off right around thanksgiving.
TO: Sam FROM: Pam SUBJECT: Gratitude Last month I was biking behind Violet on our way to school and noticed she looked something like a circus monkey riding one of those miniature bikes. Her legs remained in the exact same L position as she pedaled furiously to make those tiny wheels keep pace with her big sister. Violet needed a new bike. So we shopped at three different stores for a new bike that met Violet’s one requirement: It had to look “cool”--no more Hello Kitty, Disney Princess, or Barbie bikes for this first grader. We finally found one that met Violet’s approval, and she was happy. Until, that is, I had the opportunity to ride her older sister’s bike. At 11 years old, Anna is pretty close to my height (thanks for the Mini-Me genes, Mom and Dad), so I thought the experience would be like riding my own bike. Holy medieval torture devices, was I wrong!
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The seat was hard and pointy, and my knees were practically melded to my elbows. I huffed and puffed, sweated and swore my way across the street, and I was still outpaced by a preschooler on his tricycle. Anna needed a new bike. So last night we sprinted off on another bike-buying mission. Anna liked the look of the retro pastel cruisers, but I was determined to get her a speed bike, perhaps in an attempt to make up for the painful rides she had been enduring for who knows how long. She found one she liked, and I was eager this morning to watch my two girls pedal off to school, giving myself the “I’m a good mom” pat on the back as I followed behind. What I witnessed, however, was Violet’s increasing frustration as Anna sped off a block ahead of us. With crossed brows she scowled, “Why didn’t you tell ME about the speed bikes?” then pushed off in a huff ahead of me. The dark cloud loomed over her head all the way to the bike racks and followed her into school. I think our kids need some lessons in gratitude. In the words of Frederick Keonig, “We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” In my case, well, I should consider that our kids are healthy enough to ride bikes and that we’re financially able to afford them. I’m even thankful for my vertically challenged genes. At least until I start shrinking. TO: Pam FROM: Sam SUBJECT: Gratitude I have another quote for
you: “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” The quote is from William Ward. I have no idea who William Ward is, but I’d like to express my gratitude to him for his brilliant imagery. It has inspired me. Let’s recite Mr. Ward’s quote to the girls, then give them some squares of construction paper decorated like wrapped presents. We explain that each “wrapped present” represents a potential Christmas gift. Any time either child complains, whines, or expresses ingratitude, they have to return a “present” to us (meaning they get one fewer present at Christmas). We also could give each of them a new “wrapped present” for every unprompted expression of gratitude they offer (on second thought, no--I foresee an onslaught of empty thank-you’s, shameless manipulation, and one helluva credit card bill). If you don’t like that idea, we could do one of those holiday re-enactments you are so fond of. I’m not suggesting a picnic table set with turkey and sides, inviting the neighbors for a feast, and having everyone dress up like pilgrims or Indians. No. This re-enactment would be based on the premise that, “The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts.” (Thank you, H.U. Westermayer, whoever you are, for that quote). For the week preceding Thanksgiving, we take the girls out of school and out to the country, where we emulate the lifestyle and hardships the Pilgrims endured--short of death, of course. By Thanksgiving dinner, they’ll have plenty of heartfelt gratitude for the relatively privileged lives they lead. www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com