February 2013 Houston Family Activities

by Bernadette Verzosa

 

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     February is African American History Month and the Houston Public Library is offering a range of free programs for children of all ages. Preschool children can enjoy drums and enchanting stories at Baba Alafia and the Magical Story time presentations. Elementary school children have several options including: Dream of Doors, a musical by Express Children's Theatre that explores the Civil Rights Era; the Jazz and Poetry Series presented by a four-piece band and a poet; and performances by KoumanKe'le' African Dance and Drum Ensemble.              

      CLICK HERE for events times and locations of the AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION.

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      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.

 

FEBRUARY 1 & 2:  THUMBELINA

A.D. Players, 2710 W. Alabama, 713-526-2721, 10:30 a.m.

This is a new musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Thumbelina is a tiny girl who emerges from a flower. She is so small, she uses a walnut shell as a cradle. One night, a toad takes her away from her home, and her adventures and discoveries begin.

FEBRUARY 1-16:
 A WRINKLE IN TIME
Main Street Theater, 4617 Montrose Blvd, 713-524-6706, Various times – consult our CULTURE CALENDAR.
Recommended for Third Grade and older, this play is based on the book by Madeleine Engle. The classic fantasy adventure tells the tale of Meg Murry and her little brother Charles Wallace Murry as they set out on a mission through space and time to save their father. On their journey, they encounter the three eccentric sisters Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which and Mrs. Whatsit.

FEBRUARY 2:  HANDS-ON HOUSTON

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 713-529-4848, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Free admission. Project: Ceramic Tea Light Holders. Learn about clay slab construction and coil building. Children and parents can shape their own ceramic tea light holder and add color with underglaze. The pieces will be left at the HCC so they can be fired in the kiln. Families can pick them up the following Saturday. Hands-On Houston is a free craft activity open house on the first Saturday of every month.         

 

FEBRUARY 2:  LUNAR NEW YEAR

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

Celebrate the start of the Year of the Snake with a traditional Lion Dance! Other musical performances include Asian dances in the Polynesian, Vietnamese, Korean and Chinese cultures. Kids can design dragon costumes and puppets and create Chinese door hangers and fans. Families can learn and play the Chopsticks Game.


FEBRUARY 2:
 MAIN STREET AMERICA FAMILY FUN DAY

Main Street America, 18750 Interstate 45, Spring, 281-825-4429, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Families can enjoy a full day of fun activities including inflatable games, scavenger hunts, dancing, sing-alongs and entertainment by Radio Disney. A portion of ticket sale proceeds will benefit Texas Children's Hospital. Main Street America is a year-round home theme park.

 

FEBRUARY 2:  PUBLIC POETRY READING SERIES

Henington-Alief Regional Library, 7979 South Kirkwood, 832-393-1820, 2 p.m.

The Houston Public Library and Public Poetry present four local poets and a talented student with Writers In Schools. This month's featured poets are: Amanda Auchter, Kurt Heinzelman, Joseph "JoeP" Palmore and Jane Creighton. The audience will have an opportunity to meet and greet the poets.

 

FEBRUARY 7, 8, 9 & 10: 
SESAME STREET LIVE: CAN'T STOP SINGING

Reliant Arena, 832-667-1400, Various times – consult our CULTURE CALENDAR.

Reliant Arena. In this fun family musical, Elmo waves Abby Caddaby's magic wand and everyone on Sesame Street can't stop singing. The kids can sing along and dance along with their favorite characters including Grover, Baby Bear, Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie.

 

FEBRUARY 10 & 17:  SUNDAY FAMILY ZONE & STUDIO

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

This month's theme is "Knock, Knock, said the Lizard: Exploring a Bamana Door in the Arts of Africa Gallery." Story time is at 1:30 p.m. Families can explore the exhibition and create artworks at Creation Station. The gallery designated as the family zone changes monthly. 

 

FEBRUARY 14:  HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY

 

FEBRUARY 17:  BAYOU BEND'S FREE FAMILY DAY

Bayou Bend, 6003 Memorial Drive, 713-639-7750, 1 p.m.- 5 p.m.

Free admission. Families can learn about "Inventions and Innovations" from the light bulb to the cotton gin through musical performances, storytelling, demonstrations and art and crafts stations. Volunteers will be available to provide guided tours of the first floor of the historic home.

 

FEBRUARY 19:  RODEO ROUNDUP

City Hall, 901 Bagby, 832-667-1000, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  
Free admission and Free lunch for cowboys and cowgirls of all ages. Rodeo Roundup kicks off the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Families can enjoy musical performances by the Rodeo Choir and the Jamie Richards Band. Guests can take photos atop a longhorn steer and learn about Houston's rich Western heritage.   


FEBRUARY 24:  STORYTELLING AND PORTRAITURE

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

Children can experience how stories can come in numerous forms including dance, poetry and theater. Presentations include Chinese Zodiac Reading, Polynesian Dance, Storytelling through Yoga, South Indian Music and Blind Contour Drawing.

FEBRUARY 25-MARCH 17:  RODEO HOUSTON

Reliant Park, 8400 Kirby Drive, 832-667-1000

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a three-week period packed with fun family activities. The annual event features old-fashioned rodeo competition, concerts, agricultural attractions and amusement park rides. Kids Country exhibits and activities include camel rides, pig races, petting zoos, pony rides, pedal tractor pull, even mutton bustin'. The Kids Country area is open from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Demonstration times vary daily. 
 

 





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