JUNE CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

By Bernadette Verzosa

 

Happy Summer Vacation! Happy Father's Day (June 17)!

With school out, there are so many options for fun family adventures. Consult our CULTURE CALENDAR and ADVENTURES sections for all your summer planning needs.

 
There are FREE SHOWS galore this month from Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr. presented by TUTS, to the Houston Symphony's Sounds Like Fun! family concerts. The Children Museum's now open everyday through Labor Day with courtyard games and dance parties. Also, continuing through the summer and into September is the Houston Zoo's Dinosaurs! exhibit, with the moving and roaring animatronic dinosaurs delighting fans of all ages.

 

Finally, taking the kids to a major league ballpark may be easier and more fun than ever! The Houston Astros tells ParentsPost.com that this baseball season, they have a new family-friendly policy: everyone is allowed to bring in their own food and water to Minute Maid Park during Astros games. On Family Sunday Baseball Games, families can attend a pre-game carnival with inflatables, games, clowns and face painters; then ALL kids have the opportunity to run the bases after the game concludes. Nine kids are selected to join the players as they take the field at the start of the fame. The Astros offer $1 tickets for kids ages 3-14, $5 tickets for adults, and there is no admission charge for kids under 3.

   
For ideas on Houston summer camps, check 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.

 

JUNE 1: ASTROS KICK-OFF TO SUMMER PARTY

The Plaza on Crawford Street outside Minute Maid Park, 713-259-8500, 4 p.m.- 7 p.m.
Families can meet some Astros players, enjoy music, games, rock climbing, a bungee run, a Velcro wall and more.

 

JUNE 2: SPRING SERIES POETRY READING

Julia Ideson Building, 550 McKinney, 832-393-1662, 2 p.m.

The Houston Public Library and Public Poetry present an hour of elegant language, featuring poets Carolyn Tourney Florek, Ken Jones, Teresa Juarez and Rebecca Wadlinger. The audience will have an opportunity to meet and greet the poets.

  

JUNE 2: HALL OF PALEONTOLOGY GRAND OPENING

The Houston Museum of Natural Science, Hermann Park Drive, 713-639-4629

30,000 square feet filled with more than 30 dinosaurs in "action" poses. Families can go on a Prehistoric Safari, viewing about 60 large mounts and 750 fossils ranging from T-Rex to the Triceratops.  


JUNE 2:
HANDS-ON HOUSTON

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

Project: Faux Repousse Metallic Brooches. Children and parents can create a metallic brooch using soft metal, safe tools, color and a pin.

 
JUNE 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 theater.

 

JUNE 6, 12, 20 & 27: STORYTIME TOURS AT RIENZI

Rienzi, 1406 Kirby Drive, 713-639-7800, 10 a.m.
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.

 

JUNE 6,7 & 8: DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID, JR.

Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Drive, 281-373-3386, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

TUTS' Humphreys School of Musical Theatre presents the story of the beautiful mermaid Ariel and her enchanting voice. Ariel is curious to leave her home under the sea, for adventures in the world beyond. But she'll have to navigate the waters around her father, King Triton, the sea witch, Ursula, to join Prince Eric.

 

JUNE 7, 14, 21 & 28: 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. 

 

JUNE 9-24: ROBIN HOOD

UpStage Theatre, 1703 Heights Boulevard, 713-838-7191, Saturdays & Sundays, 2 p.m.

This adaptation of the classic story is presented with original music and lyrics by Arnold Richie. UpStage Theatre's Ann Richie says "I can assure you that the audiences will be thrilled and amazed at the quality of this production. It is exciting and fascinating. This production is part of the Young Audience Series, but parental guidance should be exercised in determining whether live action fight scenes and suggestions of harm will be appropriate for their child. I have certainly softened the language and some of the situations and descriptions of the events – but it is nevertheless the story of Robin Hood."   

 

JUNE 10,17 & 24: 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. 

 

JUNE 12: PINOCCHIO

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

Children must help Pinocchio learn how to become a real boy in this innovative adaptation of the literary classic. Produced by InterActive Theater. 

 

JUNE 17: HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!

 

JUNE 12: HEAR YE! HEAR YE!

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

Musical Prodigies ages 4-18 perform. Produced by Houston Young Artist's Concert.
 

JUNE 22-24: DOCK DOGS

Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney, 713-400-7336, 10 a.m.- 6p.m.
Athletic Dogs from Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana compete in high-jump and long-jump events throught the day. Both competitions are off a 20-foot dock and into a pool of water. Spectators can also enjoy a costume contest and a dog trick contest. Haute Dogs Canine Costume Contest is on Saturday, June 23, 3-4:30 p.m. Dog-Gone Talented Trick Contest is on Sunday, June 24, 3-4:30 p.m.    

 

 
JUNE 25: 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.

 

JUNE 26-30: SOUNDS LIKE FUN!: CLASSICAL JUKEBOX

FREE Houston Symphony Family Concerts. Various locations – Check CULTURE CALENDAR. 713-400-7336

Conductor Robert Franz leads the orchestra in this interactive family concert series held in churches, community centers and schools around Houston. Musical selections range from Beethoven to Puccini to the Flying Theme from E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.

 

 





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