JULY & AUGUST 2012 CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

By Bernadette Verzosa

 

       Hope you and your family are having a Super Summer of 2012! Consult our CULTURE CALENDAR and ADVENTURES sections for ideas on summer activities.

      
       Planning a family vacation? Check our Top Twelve Travel Tipsheets. These are lists of FAMILY-FRIENDLY places and activities in cities and vacation spots many Houston families like to visit like AUSTIN, SAN ANTONIO, DALLAS, NEW ORLEANS, ATLANTA and NEW YORK CITY.

         As we enter Houston's months of deep heat and humidity, keep in mind the 20 water spray grounds around town operated by the Houston Parks and Recreation Department. Worth noting: the Houston Zoo has opened the Kathrine McGovern Water Play Park. It's 13,500 square feet of fountains, falls, jets and misters, located near the carousel. You can keep an eye on your kids from the comforts of a "seating wall" which was incorporated into the design.

      For other summer splashing options, check our PARENTS' PICKS: SWIM CLASSES AND SWIMMING POOLS. For ideas on Houston summer camps, check our PARENTS' PICKS: SUMMER CAMPS. If you prefer a month-at-a-glance format, rather than this chronological listing, or if you would like to see listings for the months ahead, check our CULTURE CALENDAR.

  

JULY 2-JULY 29:  PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL

Main Street Theater, 4617 Montrose Blvd, 713-524-6706, Various dates and times – consult CULTURE CALENDAR

A musical based on the popular book by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann. When Pinkalicious eats too many pink cupcakes, she catches Pinkititis and turns pink from head to toe. No children under 3, including sleeping babies, are allowed in the theater.

 

JULY 4:  BAYOU BEND 4th OF JULY

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, 6003 Memorial Drive, 713-639-7759

FREE Admission. Families can enjoy performances, historical recreation, house tours and hands-on activities including crafts. The entertainment includes the Paragon Brass Ensemble performing Great American Brass Songs, the Mark Seale Trio, Susan Kelm with Early American Fiddle Songs, Constance O'Brien as "Betsy Ross: American Hero," the Texas Army Fife & Drum Corps and a John Keahey reading of "The Declaration of Independence." 

 

JULY 4:  FREEDOM OVER TEXAS  (FIREWORKS)

Buffalo Bayou and Eleanor Tinsley Park, 500 Allen Parkway, 4 p.m.-10 p.m.

Children can play in the "All American Kids Zone," an area filled with historical costumed characters, rides, games and face painters. Family can enjoy magic shows and a variety of dance performances . Headliners include country music stars Billy Currington and Sara Evans as well as the Ernest Walker Band. The grand finale is the spectacular fireworks show. *PARKING NOTE: For those willing to pay for covered parking, the Hobby Center Parking Garage, which is walking distance from the festival, is charging $10 for parking. The garage opens at 3 p.m.   

 

JULY 4:  STAR-SPANGLED SALUTE: HOUSTON SYMPHONY (FIREWORKS)

Miller Outdoor Theatre, 281-373-3386, 8:30 p.m.

ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Night: Conductor Michael Krajewski and the Houston Symphony present patriotic American music including the "1812 Overture" complete with booming cannons. Simon & Garfunkel tribute artists Jonathan Beedle and AJ Swearingen join the performance. The Fourth of July celebration concludes with a fantastic fireworks display.   

 

JULY 4:  CITY CENTRE (FIREWORKS)

City Centre Plaza, 800 Town and Country Boulevard, 713-629-5200

The Texas Unlimited Band takes the stage at 6:30 p.m. The fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m.

 

JULY 5,12,19, 26 & AUGUST 2, 9:  MFAH SUMMER ART DETECTIVES

Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet, 713-639-7300, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

FREE Admission. Families can investigate different works of art through thought-provoking activities and interactive programs.


JULY 6:
 JOURNEY THROUGH CHINA

Miller Outdoor Theatre, 281-373-3386, 11 a.m.

Learn about China's ethnic groups, culture, traditions and history through dance performances. Produced by Dance of Asian America.

 

JULY 7 & AUGUST 4:  SUMMER SERIES POETRY READING

McGovern-Stella Link Neighborhood Library, 832-393-1313, 2 p.m.

The Houston Public Library and Public Poetry present four local poets and a talented student with Writers in the Schools. The audience will have an opportunity to meet and greet the poets after the hour-long program.

  

JULY 7: HANDS-ON HOUSTON: CHINESE PAPER LANTERNS

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 713-529-4848, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Create your own Chinese lantern using paper and ribbons. This project is presented in partnership with Asia Society Texas.

 

JULY 10-AUGUST 12:  DISNEY'S THE LION KING

Hobby Center, 800 Bagby Street, 713-315-2400, Various dates and times, consult our CULTURE CALENDAR

Audiences marvel at the amazing costumes, masks, head dresses and puppets as they follow the story of Simba, the young lion destined to be king. The show's memorable and moving music created by Elton John and Tim Rice include the Academy Award winning song Can You Feel The Love Tonight, Circle of Life, Hakuna Matata and I Just Can't Wait to Be King. Since its Broadway premiere in 1997, more than 63 million people have seen this musical in 19 productions around the world.   

 

JULY 11,18:  STORYTIME TOURS AT RIENZI

1406 Kirby Drive, 10 a.m., 713-639-7800.
Free admission but space is limited - call to reserve a spot. Wednesdays are fun and interactive story time days, as educators link literature to art, choosing stories related to themes in Rienzi's art collection. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the Rienzi Gardens after story time.

 

JULY 8, 15, 22, 29 & AUGUST 12,19, 26:  SUNDAY FAMILY ZONE & STUDIO

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet, 713-639-7300, 1 p.m.- 4p.m.

Create an art project inspired by a "focus work of art." The gallery designated as the family zone changes monthly. 

 

JULY 12-29:  RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS

Reliant Stadium, 1 Reliant Park, 832-667-1400, Various dates and times, consult our CULTURE CALENDAR

"Fully Charged" features the animal trainer Tabayara who performs with elephants, tigers and stallions. The fearless Fernandez Brothers also perform daring stunts, while Brian Miser (a.k.a. The Human Fuse) is propelled through the air from a human crossbow. In classic circus style, clowns delight the crowd throughout the show. 

 

JULY 15:  ASIA SOCIETY TEXAS FAMILY DAY

Asia Society Texas, 1370 Southmore Boulevard, 713-496-9901, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Families can learn about Chinese culture through performances, storytelling and crafts. Activities include block printing, t'ai chi for children and a gallery hunt.


JULY 18-22:  35TH ANNUAL RELIANT PARK WORLD SERIES OF DOG SHOWS

Reliant Center, 8400 Kirby Drive, 713-824-4968

Pet lovers can watch relay races, obstacle course races, performance events and conformation judging. Families can attend Meet the Breed, training, grooming and health seminars.  
 

JULY 18, 25 & AUGUST 1, 8,15,22,29:  REDCAT INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL

Asia Society Texas, 1370 Southmore Boulevard, 713-496-9901, 1 p.m.

Different "mind-expanding" short films are featured each Wednesday from July 18 to September 5. Consult our CULTURE CALENDAR for the film themes and age recommendations for specific dates. Age recommendations vary from "All Ages" to "Ages 4 and Up" and "Ages 9 and Up." This collection of short films is carefully selected to inspire and appeal to the next generation of movie-lovers. It's curated by the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) and Elizabeth Shepherd of Northwest Film Forum. This award-winning festival is making its Houston debut at Asia Society Texas.  

 

JULY 24:  THE THREE LITTLE PIGS

Miller Outdoor Theatre, 281-373-3386, 11 a.m., 281-373-3386

A bilingual (Spanish/English) show about three brothers who are Pig Scouts and are setting up camp. The first is messy, the second is a daydreamer, and the third is a planner. Produced by Express Children's Theater.
 

JULY 25-AUGUST 4:  2012 AAU JUNIOR OLYMPIC GAMES

George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, 713-853-8000

About 15,000 athletes ages 8-18 are competing in the 2012 AAU Junior Olympic Games. The athletes, who come from all 50 states and the U.S territories, are competing in 18 sports. Many events including Gymnastics, Table Tennis, Karate and Weightlifting are at the George R. Brown Convention Center downtown. Swimming and diving events will be held at the Pearland Natatorium in Pearland. Field Hockey games will be at the Kinkaid School. Track and Field events will be at Turner Stadium in Humble. 

  

JULY 25:  HANSEL & GRETEL

Miller Outdoor Theatre, 281-373-3386, 11 a.m.

Hansel and Gretel get lost in the woods and stumble upon a gingerbread house and the witch inside. This play becomes a lesson in jumping to conclusions. Produced by Express Children's Theater.

 

JULY 26:  GOLDILOCKS

Miller Outdoor Theatre, 281-373-3386, 11 a.m.

Goldilocks on a computer? The classic childhood tale is updated with modern twists in this bilingual show (Spanish/English). Goldilocks tries to use the Bear family's computer and learns about the danger of the internet. Produced by Express Children's Theater.

 

JULY 27:  PINOCCHIO

Miller Outdoor Theatre, 281-373-3386, 11 a.m.

Pinocchio's dream is to become a real boy, but at what cost? This story is a favorite among kids with Gepetto and the Blue Fairy helping the talking puppet. Produced by Express Children's Theater.

 

JULY 29-AUGUST 19:  KOOZA

The Big Top at Sam Houston Race Park, 7575 N. Sam Houston Parkway West, 281-807-8700, Various dates and times – Consult our CULTURE CALENDAR

KOOZA is a classic Cirque du Soleil show in their famous tents. KOOZA tells ParentsPost.com that this production may be more appropriate for children ages 8 and up, depending on the child. Cirque du Soleil says while almost all Cirque shows are considered family-friendly, KOOZA has a slightly darker theme. It explores themes of fear, identity, recognition and power while telling the story of The Innocent, a loner in search of his place in the world. KOOZA combines acrobatic performance with the art of clowning.


AUGUST 26:
  THEATER DISTRICT OPEN HOUSE

Wortham Theater Center, Hobby Center, Jones Hall, Alley Theatre, 12 p.m.- 4 p.m.

FREE Admission. Families can enjoy a variety of performances and backstage tours at the participating Theater District venues. In past years, children have been able to sample a little Houston Grand Opera, a little Houston Ballet, a little Broadway all in one casual and leisurely afternoon. Pick up a schedule for the different performance halls upon arrival.    

 

 





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