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Parents: Some programs require tickets and/or reservations, always contact event locations to confirm times and requirements. May 1 • Free First Tuesday Afternoon at the Zoo • The Houston Zoo will offer free admission to guests on the first Tuesday of every month from 2 p.m. until closing • houstonzoo.org • 713-533-6500

Grounds • lcisd.org /leafgrants.org • and two meal tickets. Registration will be May 5 • 3rd Annual Disco Green 832-223-0334 available the morning of the walk Please Electronic Music Festival • 12:00pmcontact Neiki at 832-736-4532 • Kitty 10:00pm • This exciting electronic May 4 • Girl’s Night Out • 7:00pm- Hollow Park • 9555 Hay 6 S • Missouri City • urban house music festival returns 9:30pm • Includes: Party Up-do, make- alayaministries.com with internationally renowned up, nails, runway show, dancing, games, DJs. • Discovery Green in & pizza! Space is limited. • $25/girl • May 5 • Build a Planter Downtown Houston • May 2 • Join us for a Garden Sweet & Sassy, Sugar Land Town Square • Box • 9:00am- 12:00pm discoverygreen.com • sweetandsassy.com • 281-240-2060 Tea Party! • 5:30pm- 7:30pm • Chick• Learn to build their very 713-400-7336 Find even more fil-A Sugar Land • cfasugarland.com • May 4 • Giving Spirits Concert own planter box while 281-494-3800 May 6 • Spring family friendly Series • 7:30pm- 9:30pm • Enjoy live learning tool safety. • At Concerts in the your local Home Depot • events at May 3 - 9 • Fiction, Fantasy and Fun music in the Plaza by Rock Candy. • Sugar homedepot.com Park - Cinco de • Celebrate the enchanting world of reading Land Town Square • 713-313-7587 • Mayo • 5:00pmin observation of National Children’s Book. sugarlandtownsquare.com 7:00pm • Caricature May 5 • Annual Join the Children’s Museum of Houston as we May 5 • New Territory’s 4th Annual artist, funny clown celebrate the adventures of summer reading Kid Fish Rodeo • 8:00am- 11:00am • Cinco de Mayo Fiesta performances, magic acts, and children’s literature • cmhouston.org • Free • 14 yrs & younger • Pecan Park • • 11:00am- 7:00pm • and tattoo spray station, Free Admission & Parking!! 713-522-1138 New Territory • newterritory.org interactive activities will vary Live Conjunto & Tejano Bands and as will walk around performers. • May 4 • Parents Night Out • 6:30pm- May 5 • The Elevated Technologies additional music by DJ Ray. Included are Oyster Creek Park • 4033 Hwy 6 South • 11:00pm • An evening of action packed fun. Panther Fest presented by the a Jalapeno and Tamale eating contest and sugarlandtx.gov • 281-275-2885 We provide food, fun, and entertainment. • Sienna Running Club • 8:00am$20/1st child & $15/siblings • Iron Cross 3:00pm • Proceeds will benefit the a Cumbia dance contest. A wide variety of May 6 • Target’s Free First Sunday Gymnastics • ironcrossgymnastics.com • general school fund and support Ridge cultural exhibits, arts and craft vendors and • 12:00pm- 6:00pm • Visit the Children’s 281-342-4766 Point High kids. A fun day for the whole authentic “south of the border” foods. Plenty Museum of Houston for free every family filled with entertainment, food, of kid’s activities and much more! • Knights first Sunday of the month! • Childrens May 4 • Surf’s Up, School’s Out carnival games, marketplace shopping of Columbus Grounds • 1007 Kaycee Dr. • Museum of Houston • cmhouston.org • with the Triumphs • 6:30pm • Oak and more! • Ridge Point High School • Rosenberg • hispanicheritageforum.org 713-522-1138 Bend Medical Center is the presenting 500 Waters Lake Blvd. • Missouri City • sponsor this year for the annual end of pantherfest.com • 281-594-3749 May 5 • Learn how to select a dog May 7 • Balloonology: Making school bash for the adults. Dinner served • 2:00pm • Professional dog trainer Sara Balloon Animals • 4:00pm • Learn from 6:30-8pm with a live desert auction May 5 • Empty Sella Syndrome following. The dance starts at 8:30pm. Awareness Walk • 9:00am- 1:00pm • Komenda will give tips on determining basic balloon-twisting techniques to create Funds raised will underwrite educational A.L.A.Y.A Ministries will host its inaugural the best dog for your family. • Sienna various animal shapes. • Mamie George grants benefitting Lamar Consolidated Empty Sella Syndrome (ESS) Awareness Branch Library • fortbend.lib.tx.us • Branch Library, Stafford • fortbend.lib.tx.us • 281-238-2880 ISD campuses • Fort Bend County Fair Walk. Entry fee is $20 which includes t-shirt 281-238-2900

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May 7 • Free French Class • 5:00pm- 6:00pm • mingle! • Chick-fil-A Greatwood • cfagreatwood.com • Please call to reserve your spot. • Language Factory • 281-342-7800 languagefactory.org • 281-261-2302 May 11 • Literacy Council of Fort Bend County’s May 8 • Free Spanish Class • 5:30pm • 25 Years of Wine & Music 2012 • 6:00pm- 10:30pm Please call to reserve your spot • Language Factory • • Literacy Council is marking the occasion in a big way languagefactory.org •281-261-2302. at the beautiful and spacious Stafford Centre. Delicious food, fabulous music and incredible wines. • The Stafford May 8 • Greatwood Kid Night Strawberry Centre, 10505 Cash Rd. • Stafford • ftbendliteracy.org • Shortcake • 5:30pm- 7:30pm • Fun night with 281-240-8181 Strawberry Shortcake and face painting with Sara Beth!!! • Chick-fil-A Greatwood • cfagreatwood.com • May 11 • Music in the Plaza • 7:30pm- 9:30pm 281-342-7800 • Sugar Land Town Square • sugarlandtownsquare.com • May 9 • Family Night with Gymboree • 5:30pm- 713-313-7587 7:30pm • Chick-fil-A Sugar Land • cfasugarland.com • May 12 • Build & Grow Clinic - Picture Frame 281-494-3800 Planter • 10:00am- 11:00am • Free • At your local May 10 - 16 • Wild About Wildflowers • Lowes Store • buildandgrow.com Children’s Museum of Houston celebrates the sights and sounds of springtime. If you’ve ever had the opportunity May 12 • Family Movie Day • 2:00pm • 2008 to experience the magnificent wildflowers which cover the fantasy adventure film. • Sienna Branch Library • Texas landscape in the spring, you know what a sight that fortbend.lib.tx.us • 281-238-2900 is to behold! Now here’s your chance to get a little taste of that Texas spring time beauty. Nature’s most beautiful May 12 • Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea • 3:00pminventions in CMH’s EcoStation exhibit. • cmhouston.org • 4:00pm • Experience a true Victorian event this year. 713-522-1138 Learn about 1890s Victorian tea etiquette while snacking May 11 • Blood Drive • 1:00pm- 7:00pm • Fort on delicious period finger foods. Weather permitting, Bend Toyota is hosting a blood drive benefiting the Gulf this event will be held in the beautiful Davis yard. While Coast Regional Blood Center. Schedule an appointment, historical dress is not required, participants are encouraged visit giveblood.org and login to Digital Donor. Enter to wear their Saturday best. Cost is $20 for adults ages 16 sponsor code B240 or contact Nick Landoski at nlandoski@ and older and $15 for children ages 6-15. Recommended mccallgroup.com If this time date and location do not for adults and children age 6 and up and reservations are work with your schedule, please call Nick Landoski at required. • George Ranch Historical Park • 10215 FM 762 281-341-5900 to make arrangements • 20465 Southwest • Richmond • georgeranch.org • 281-343-0218 Freeway (Hwy 59 & 99). May 12 • Paralympic Experience • 4:00pmMay 11 • Greatwood Deaf Social • 5:00pm- 7:00pm • Memorial City Mall will be hosting a Paralympic 9:00pm • Join the Deaf Community Social to meet and Experience at Ice Skate USA. Try out sled hockey, practice

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skills and drills and watch a competitive sled hockey game. They will also have opportunity to meet US Gold Medalist Andy Yohe and former Houston Oilers quarterback Dan Pastorini. Great opportunity for disabled members of the community to discover a fun, recreational activity to participate in to stay active. • Memorial City Mall Ice Rink • Katy Freeway & Gessner • Houston May 12 • Greatwood Mother/Son Date Nite • 5:30pm- 7:30pm • Seating times: 5:30pm and 6:30pm. RSVP by 5pm on Friday the 11th. • Chick-fil-A Greatwood • cfagreatwood.com • 281-342-7800 May 12 • Rosenberg Mother/Son Date Nite • 5:30pm- 7:30pm • Seating times: 5:30pm and 6:30pm. RSVP by 5pm on Friday the 11th. • Chick-fil-A Rosenberg • cfarosenberg.com • 281-342-9898 May 12 • Mother and Son Date Knight • 6:00pm8:00pm • Reservations required •Chick-fil-A Sugar Land • cfasugarland.com • 281-494-3800 May 12 • Movie Under the Moon • 8:00pm10:00pm • Bring lawn chairs and enjoy a free movie. • Sugar Land Town Square • sugarlandtownsquare.com • 713-313-7587 May 13 • Spring Concerts in the Park Mother’s Day • 5:00pm- 7:00pm • Caricature artist, funny clown performances, magic acts, and tattoo spray station, interactive activities will vary as well walk around performers. • Oyster Creek Park • 4033 Hwy 6 South • sugarlandtx.gov • 281-275-2885 May 14 • Mother - Daughter Social • 4:30pm • Mothers, daughters, grandmothers, aunts, and girlfriends of all ages are invited to enjoy an afternoon

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of fun and pampering. • Albert George Branch Library • to reach toward their future with hope • Methodist Sugar hosts annual invention competition. Fun-filled day Land Hospital • methodistsugarland.com • 281-274-7164 celebrating the 24th Annual Young Inventors’ Showcase of fortbend.lib.tx.us • 979-793-4270 Houston. Children from Kindergarten through 8th Grade May 14 • Evening La Leche League Meeting May 17 • Peace, Hope, Survive • 6:00pm- 8:00pm will take imagination to the next level by showing off their • 7:00pm • Mothers wishing to find out more about • Cancer survivors and their families are invited to inventions. There will be winners in each age category breastfeeding are invited to attend a meeting. Babies celebrate life at the “Peace, Hope, Survive” at the University and the Grand Prize winner will receive a free patent are always welcome at meetings. Leaders are available of Houston Sugar Land. Musician and cancer survivor application! • cmhouston.org • 713-522-1138 by phone for anyone who needs more information • Charlie Lustman, as part of his Musical HOPE Campaign, Memorial Herman Sugar Land Hospital • lllhouston.org • will be the special entertainment at a free concert. The May 19 • Special Exhibition-Animal Secrets event is sponsored by Texas Oncology, Memorial Hermann Opens! • 9:00am • Using imaginative role-play and Lisa 281-710-7171 or Erin 281-325-0618 Sugar Land Hospital, University of Houston-Victoria School hands-on activities, children will discover nature from an May 15 • New Parent Meeting • 7:00pm • Holy of Nursing, American Cancer Society, and Amgen. • animal’s point of view in naturalistic environments, including Rosary Catholic School • 1408 James St. • Rosenberg • Free • All ages • texasoncologynews@gmail.com • a stream, woodland, meadow, cave and naturalists tent. 713-222-2273 holyrosary-school.org • 281-342-5813 • Houston Museum of Natural Science Sugar Land • hmns.org • 281-313-2277 May 16 • How to Find the Best Educational May 18 - Jun 3 • The Fantasticks • Follow this Setting for your Child • 8:45am- 11:45am • age-old story of romance and maturity as two teenagers May 19 • FREE Make a Splash Water Safety Evaluating educational or treatment settings; Evaluating overcome their feuding father and a wall to find true love! Festival • 10:00am- 12:00pm • Learn how to wear a individualized programs; Defining target behaviors • Free Fri & Sat at 8pm and Sun. at 3pm. • $12-$15 • Fort Bend lifejacket, CPR, Free Swimming lessons, Free food, free • Texana Children’s Center for Autism • 4910 Airport Ave, Theatre • fortbendtheatre.com • 281-208-3333 goodie bags. More info call Cynthia Stubbins 281-391Bldg G • Rosenberg • texanacenter.com • 281-239-1497 May 18 • Parents Night Out • 6:30pm- 11:00pm 7200. Learn how to keep your children safe around water • Bring your child/children for an evening of action May 16 • An Evening with BUGS!!! • 5:30pm- packed fun. We provide food, fun, and entertainment. • and reduce the risk of youth drowning - Free Swim Lessons 7:30pm • An Evening with Bugs with Merry Makers and $20/1st child & $15/siblings • Iron Cross Gymnastics • conducted by KATY Aquatics Coaches - Kayak Rides and Water Contests for Children- Meet Princess Ariel and Prince Houston Museum of Natural Science Sugar Land • Chick- ironcrossgymnastics.com • 281-342-4766 Eric- Free Bounce House (provided by Katy Jumps)- Free fil-A Sugar Land • cfasugarland.com • 281-494-3800 May 18 • Fort Bend Family YMCA Splash Goody Bags for the first 350 Participants- Free Food, Raffle May 17 • Greatwood Kid Night Strawberry into Summer Family Pool Party and Movie Prizes and More! Must pre-register online at katyaquatics. Shortcake • 5:30pm- 7:30pm • Join us for a fun night Night • 6:30pm- 9:30pm • Family fun, pool org to guarantee a spot. If registering for Stroke Clinic, with Strawberry Shortcake and face painting with Sara games, hot dogs and a movie. Also, music, games swimmers must be able to swim 25 yards Freestyle Beth!!! • Chick-fil-A Greatwood • cfagreatwood.com • and so much more! • Fort Bend Family YMCA, 4433 and Backstroke unassisted • Cinco Ranch High School 281-342-7800 Cartwright Rd., Missouri City • ymcahouston.org • Natatorium • 23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd • Katy 281-499-9622 May 17 • Survivors Offering Support • 5:30pm7:30pm • Helps women and men understand that breast May 18 • Music in the Plaza • 7:30pm- 9:30pm May 19 • Happy 10th B’day Kids R Kids North cancer affects them emotionally and spiritually as well as • Sugar Land Town Square • sugarlandtownsquare.com • Sugar Land. You’re Invited to the Party. • 10:00am- 1:00pm • Games, rides, water activities, and physically, and provides a roadmap for achieving a happier, 713-313-7587 more. Free. • Preschool- School age • Kids R Kids North healthier future after cancer. By encouraging them to share their own experiences and support one another, the group May 19 • 24th Annual Young Inventors’ Sugar Land • 11118 S, Hwy 6 • kidsrkidssugarland.com • instills a belief in the power of healing and encourages them Showcase • 8:30am • Children’s Museum of Houston 281-575-0011

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The Fun-Time Calendar May 19 • Constellation Field Citywide Open House • 10:00am- 2:00pm • Open House at the new home of the Sugar Land Skeeters’ professional minor league baseball team. Features an opportunity for fans to see the ballpark up close and learn more about it. Self-guided tours of the ballpark’s facilities from the field to the locker rooms, media center and other behind the scenes spots. Free hotdogs and commemorative items, plus music, entertainment, free fan photos, prizes and more. Plus, arrival of the Skeeters’ Mascots Swatson and his brother, Moe! There will be numerous exhibits and fun interactive activities. • One Stadium Drive • Sugar Land • sugarlandskeeters.com • 281-240-4487

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• Medical Office Bldg. Room 410 • lllhouston.org • May 26 • FutureVet Clinic • Children’s Museum Lisa 281-710-7171 or Erin 281-325-0618 of Houston shows you the truths, tricks and “tails” of pet ownership and pet care. Sponsored by Banfield Pet May 22 • Greatwood Princess Night • 5:30pm- Hospital. Get a head start on becoming a vet and have 7:30pm • Greatwood is calling all princesses to join us for a tail wagging good time! Come out to the Children’s a delightful night of tiaras and treats! Special appearance Museum of Houston for an interactive demo which will and pictures with Miss Houston and other special guests! show you the responsibilities which come with owning a Come dressed in your royal attire! • Chick-fil-A Greatwood pet. • cmhouston.org • 713-522-1138 • cfagreatwood.com • 281-342-7800 May 26 • Memorial Day Celebration • 9:00am5:00pm • Join us for a special Memorial Day remembrance. Get a taste of solider life in three different eras, learn about this conflicts that helped shape this one Texas family and complete the day with a historic meal in the 1930s George Ranch yard. It’s sure to be a day to remember. Cost for the meal is $12.50 for adults ages 16 and older; $9 for children ages 5-15 and $4 for children 4 and under. Please call (281) 343-0218 to make reservations for the historic meal. For more information, call (281) 343-0218 or e-mail May 23 • Family Night with Gymboree info@georgeranch.org. • George Ranch Historical Park • 5:30pm- 7:30pm • Chick-fil-A Sugar Land • • 10215 FM 762 Rd • Richmond • georgeranch.org • cfasugarland.com • 281-494-3800 281-343-0218 May 24 - 30 • Gear Up for Summer Bash • Children’s Museum of Houston invites you to kick off summer May 26 • Build & Grow Clinic - Ice Cream Truck in high gear. It’s finally here! Kick off summer in style at • 10:00am- 11:00am • Free • At your local Lowes Store • your ultimate vacation destination, the Children’s Museum buildandgrow.com of Houston. We have all the fun you need to get ready for the best summer ever. • cmhouston.org • 713-522-1138 May 26 • Kids Night Out • 6:00pm- 10:00pm • Free pizza and drink if you register and pay by Wednesday May 25 • Kids Night Out • 6:00pm- 11:00pm • at 7pm. $25, $20 for second child. Reservations The Club offers adult supervision, movies, and activities required • Gymtex, 4502 Hwy.6, Ste. C, Sugar Land • while parents enjoy a night out. Register at The Club or gymtexgym.com • 832-876-9888 online, drop-ins welcome. Resident $20, Non-resident $25, Resident sibling $10, Non-resident sibling $15 • 4-12 yrs. May 26 • 5th Annual World Yuanji Day • • The Club • newterritory.org 6:30pm- 9:30pm • Experience Yuanji Dance which began May 25 • Dancing Under the Stars • 7:00pm- one thousand years ago, during the Yuan Dynasty. • 8:30pm • Sugar Land Town Square • 713-313-7587 • Sugar Land Town Square • sugarlandtownsquare.com • sugarlandtownsquare.com 713-313-7587

May 23 • Open Auditions for 2012 Sugar Land Superstar • 5:00pm- 7:00pm • Sugar Land’s American Idol-like competition, Sugar Land Superstar, is kicking off a new summer of local talent with open auditions. All participants should be prepared to sing for 90 seconds May 19 • 4th Annual Sugar Land BASH • without musical accompaniment. In addition, contestants 12:00pm- 6:00pm • Concessions, face painting, contests must be over 14 years of age and residents of Fort Bend and demonstrations, plus live music, and much more! • County to be eligible for competition. • Sugar Land Town Square • sugarlandtownsquare.com • 713-313-7587 Sugar Land Town Square • sugarlandbash.org May 20 • Fort Bend Symphony Closes Season with Broadway Hits • 2:00pm • Experience the magic of Broadway as the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra presents award-winning show tunes. Children 12 & under are free when accompanied by an adult, but need a reserved ticket. • Stafford Centre, Cash & Murphy Rd • fbso.org • 281-276-9642 May 20 • Spring Concerts in the Park - Peace, Love and Classic Cars • 5:00pm- 7:00pm • Caricature artist, funny clown performances, magic acts, and tattoo spray station, interactive activities will vary as well walk around performers. • Eldridge Park • 2511 Eldridge Rd. • sugarlandtx.gov • 281-275-2885 May 21 • La Leche League Morning Meeting • 10:30am • Mothers wishing to find out more about breastfeeding are invited to attend a meeting. Babies are always welcome at meetings. Call for more information • Methodist Sugar Land Hospital

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The Fun-Time Calendar May 28 • 2012 Memorial Day Ceremony • 10:00am • The City of Sugar Land will remember those who have shown bravery and honor while serving our country. • Sugar Land Memorial Park • 15300 University Blvd. • Sugar Land • sugarlandtx.gov May 30 • Transportation Family Night • 5:30pm- 7:30pm • Chickfil-A Sugar Land • cfasugarland.com • 281-494-3800 May 31 • Swing, Jive & Pop Into Dance • 11:00am- 12:00pm • The company dances through the eras of the 1930’s Lindy Hop, bops into the 1950’s, grooves into the 1970’s and ends into the Hip Hop music of today. • Miller Outdoor Theatre • milleroutdoortheatre.com

Ongoing Weekly Children’s Programs take a Break in May • In preparation for the Summer Reading Club, which begins May 29, the regularly-scheduled children’s and teen’s programs at all locations in the Fort Bend County library system will Not take place in May. The weekly children’s programs – such as Toddler Time, Story Time, and the After-School Breaks – will

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resume their summer schedule in June. For more information, call the library’s Public Information Office at 281-341-2677. • Fort Bend County Libraries • fortbend.lib.tx.us

Children’s Art Class • 3:30pm- 5:30pm • Classes include drawing, painting, and multi-media crafts. • 4 yrs. & up • The Club • New Territory • newterritory.org • 832-474-9079

Instructables: Made In Your Mind • Children’s Museum of Houston encourages innovation with its new DIY exhibit inspired by Instructables website. You can do it! Anyone can build and create; all you need is a little initiative, teamwork and a DIY attitude. Strap on your thinking cap and put your problem-solving skills to the test in Instructables: Made in Your Mind, a new hands-on, do-it-yourself exhibit. From a duct tape wallet to an indoor kite, creating your own projects is fun as long as you have a can-do attitude! • cmhouston.org • 713-522-1138

TUESDAY Toddler Tuesdays • 10:30am • Enjoy story time and activities with your favorite look-a-like characters! • Discovery Green in Downtown Houston • discoverygreen.com • 713-400-7336

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classes, where you can instill a love of science at an early age through games, crafts, stories and songs. • $13, $5 child; Members $10, $5 child • 2-5 yrs. • Houston Museum of Natural Science Sugar Land • hmns.org • 281-313-2277 Urban Harvest Farmers Market at Sugar Land Town Square • 4:00pm7:00pm • Vendors will have a variety of fresh and local produce and other items available for purchase. The market runs weekly. For more information, visit www. UrbanHarvest.org. • Sugar Land Town Square • sugarlandtownsquare.com • 713-313-7587

Children’s Art Class • 3:30pm- 5:30pm • Classes include drawing, painting, and Free Family Nights at The Children’s multi-media crafts. • 4 yrs. & up • The Club • New Territory • newterritory.org • Museum • 5-8pm • cmhouston.org 832-474-9079

Family Night • 5:30pm- 7:30pm • Bounce Free on your Birthday! Chick-fil-A Sugar Land • cfasugarland.com BounceU SW, 10601 S. Sam Houston • 281-494-3800 Pkwy. West • bounceUhouston.com • 281-988-0202 Free Class for New Students • 6pm7pm• One free class for new students, all ages. Reservations required. • Gymtex, MONDAYS 4502 Hwy.6, Ste. C, Sugar Land • gymtexgym.com • 832-876-9888 Free Class for New Students • 11:00am- 11:45am • One free class for THURSDAY new students age 10 months to 2 years old. Reservations required. • Gymtex, Little Critters! • 9:30am- 11:00am • 4502 Hwy.6, Ste. C, Sugar Land • Keep your little critter developmentally gymtexgym.com • 832-876-9888 on track! Join us for our “parent and me”

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Fitness in the Plaza • Join us each Friday morning for Fitness in the Plaza featuring FREE Boot Camp with Jon Hood from Rush Fitness and Zumba with Abby Dorsey! Boot Camp from 9 – 10 a.m. followed by Zumba from 10 – 11 a.m. • Sugar Land Town Square • sugarlandtownsquare.com • 713-313-7587

SATURDAYS Classic Car Show • 5:00pm- 9:00pm • Weather permitting • Chick-fil-A Greatwood • cfagreatwood.com • 281-342-7800

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did...that’s neat...yes, I’m so proud “Really?” I said, wondering what to of you - what? (Pause) Wow! - You do next. Should I give him a high-five? Share the news with the guy standing even hit the Cheerio? ” behind me?  ‘Hey, this kid up here I glanced over at my wife, perplexed.  went potty - pass it on.’ I wasn’t sure so I gave him a nickel. “Cheerio?”

Have you noticed that potty training My kids have been out of diapers for awhile, but I never went for a child is like a spectator sport? publicizing the process. I’ve always When moms and dads start the belonged to the school of thought that momentous task of transitioning toilet discussions belonged in the their kids from diapers to alhome, or between a plumber and me. fresco, parents like to make a really big deal about it — they Not so in the case of my sister. Last clap loudly, call the relatives, m o n t h m y m o m w a s i n t h e c a r with m y w i f e a n d I . Her cell make posters. phone rang. It’s a huge event — carried out with the enthusiasm of pro football “Hello?” she answered. cheerleaders.  “Yes..REALLY...okay, put him on the I h a l f ex p e c t o n e o f t h e s e phone. (Pause). days to see dads holding up Hi sweetie, mommy says you went ballpark foam fingers that read: potty on the BIG BOY CHAIR...you “My Son Went #1!”

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She nodded. “Parents now put them Of course I’m glad this kind of stuff in the toilet so their kids can try to doesn’t happen in the adult world. hit them with their...their...” Frank: Ken, I went potty in the Executive Bathroom for the very first “Oh,” I said. “With their...their...” time!” “Exactly.” Me: Wow, Frank.  I’d like to recognize I’m glad neither of us had to say it. you during the staff meeting.  “Thanks for calling me,” my mom said Can I tell them you hit the Cheerio?” finishing up her call. But, I shouldn’t really complain, I “Here, tell your Uncle Ken what you did.” suppose.  Even if it’s not the way I did it, there’s nothing wrong with “Mom!” encouraging young people to set I suppose you can’t really blame goals and accomplish them. most moms and dads, or grandmas, for being excited. After two to four So, I’ve tried to be supportive of my years of changing diapers, a little sister by doing my part to get excited about my nephew going to the encouragement is WELL in order. bathroom.  Just yesterday, the family But some parents go over the deep was gathered at my mom’s house end, I think.  Like Monday. when my sister and her son came “Jimmy, tell the nice man what you bursting in the room, smiling from dimple to dimple. did this morning.” I looked at the woman with her son “Well, tell them,” my sister prodded. standing ahead of me in the 10 items “I just went potty in the potty chair,” or less line at the grocery store and my nephew announced. raised my eyebrows. “I went potty on the potty chair, mister.” I led ‘The Wave.’

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