MAY CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

By Bernadette Verzosa

 

Dinosaurs are taking over the Bayou City. The Houston Zoo's Dinosaurs! exhibit is back with more of the animatronic prehistoric creatures. Meanwhile, the Museum of Natural Science is putting the finishing touches on its new 30,000 square-foot Hall of Paleontology - members can preview starting May 25, it opens to the public on June 2.  

What else is happening this month? Many families are anticipating the last day of school, and the beginning of summer vacation. Strawberry-picking season is wrapping up and blueberry-picking season is revving up. Some live theater performances that started running in April continue through May. Add to the mix: Mother's Day, Lemonade Day, the Houston Art Car Parade, and a Swap Meet just for kids.    

 

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 want listings for the months ahead, check our CULTURE CALENDAR section.

 

MAY 1 - 4: THE CLEVER WIFE - A CHINESE FOLKTALE

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

Produced by Houston Grand Opera Opera to Go! A woman - a young wife, is the heroine in this world premiere opera based on an ancient Chinese folktale. She rescues her husband from a Magistrate with her quick thinking and wisdom. "Opera to Go! is a perfect introduction to opera for audiences of all ages," says Kade Smith, Houston Grand Opera Director of Opera To Go!

 

MAY 2 - 25: CINDERELLA

Grace Theater, A.D. PLAYERS, 2710 W. Alabama, 713-526-2721 

Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.

The performance is about one hour long. This is the classic story of Cinderella. Kevin Dean, Director of A.D. Players' Children's Theater says he chose to stage Cinderella because of the concepts the plot teaches. "At the beginning we are offered two very important insights: Life is not always fair and difficult circumstances befall good people. The Cinderella story teaches us that we can make good choices when faced with tough circumstances."  

 

MAY 3 - 9: FICTION, FANTASY AND FUN

Children's Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz, 713-522-1138

Families are encouraged to read together, and create literature-inspired crafts, in celebration of National Children's Book Week. Parents and kids can sign up for a Houston Public Library card at the museum's Parents Resource Library.       

 

MAY 4 - SEPTEMBER 3: DINOSAURS!

Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive, 713-533-6713
The Houston Zoo is featuring 19 animatronic dinosaurs in this show that will stay through the summer. Prehistoric reptile fans can see several more species than was presented in the 2010 dinosaur exhibit. These dinosaurs move, roar and even spit water. T-rex and the Brachiosaurus are back. The Protahodros and Edmontonia are making their debut.

 

MAY 5:  BOOKS ALIVE! CHILDREN'S BOOK CELEBRATION  

Central Library, 500 McKinney, 832-393-1313

Third annual Houston Public Library festivities begin with a book signing, with Tom Angleberger, author of The Strange Case of Origami Yoda. Art, crafts, as well as Mad Science of Houston activities will be available. Also on the schedule: demonstrations by the Alliance Fencing Academy and Crocodile Encounter.  

 

MAY 5 & 6: CINDERELLA (MUSICAL)

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

This original adaptation of Cinderella is the fairy tale with a twist.  Cinderella and her friends are brought to life with music and humor.

 

MAY 5, 12 & 19: SUPERFUDGE

Main Street Theater, 4617 Montrose Blvd, 713-524-6706, 1 p.m. & 4 p.m.

A musical adapted from the book by Judy Blume. 4-year-old Fudge and his 11-year-old brother, Peter, are bracing for big changes. Their family is moving, and their mom is pregnant so they're expecting a new sibling. The show captures humor with the sibling antics and family adjustments that go on during times of transition. Recommended for Kindergarten and up. 

 

MAY 6: LEMONADE DAY HOUSTON

Various sites. Lemonade Day Houston, 713-400-9332

This educational program empowers youth with entrepreneurial skills. Children go through the process of starting and operating their own lemonade stand.

 

MAY 12: 25TH ANNUAL HOUSTON ART CAR PARADE

The parade route is Allen Parkway from Waugh to Bagby, and back again. 250,000 people are expected to come out to view the transformed automobiles of about 250 artists.

 

MAY 13: HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

 

MAY 13, 20 & 27: SUNDAY FAMILY ZONE & STUDIO

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet, 713-639-7300

May's theme is Make It Modern: Latin American Art Today.

 

MAY 19: ARTSPLORATION

Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney, 713-400-7336

The Young Audiences of Houston presents an arts preview, performances and workshops, designed for families and educators. The works of more than 20 artists and ensembles will be featured. Educators may receive free Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit hours.  

MAY 20: BAYOU BEND TEXAS LEGENDS DAY

Bayou Bend, 713-639-7750

Free admission. A celebration of the Lone Star State, honoring Miss Ima Hogg and other Texas Legends. Families can enjoy live entertainment, demonstrations and Texas history themed craft stations. Light snacks are provided.

 

MAY 26 & 27: BUILDING OUR FUTURE – A CELEBRATION OF KID POWER

Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney, 713-400-7336

The Australian interactive theater troupe, Polyglot Theater, presents performances of WE BUILT THIS CITY. The show uses thousands of cardboard boxes to build an imagined city with participants.   

DISCOVERY KIDS SWAP MEET will be held from noon- 6 p.m. Children can learn about the marketplace, and earn money from the sale of old toys, books, etc. Kids must purchase space to enter.

 

MAY 31: SWING, JIVE & POP INTO DANCE  

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

The Houston Metropolitan Dance Company moves through the decades, presenting dances from the 1930s, 1950s, 1970s and today.

    

 

 





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