January 2013 Houston Family Activities

by Bernadette Verzosa

       Happy 2013!

     The arrival of a new year often inspires reflection on the year past - memories and milestones rush through our minds. Here at ParentsPost.com, we are thrilled to look back at 2012 as our birth year - the year we launched our service for Houston families.

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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.

 

JANUARY 1:  HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

JANUARY 5:  ICE CARVING COMPETITION

Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney, 713-400-7336, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Families can watch seven artists from around the country compete using chainsaws, chisels and blow torches to transform blocks of ice into fantastic sculptures. Everyone attending can cast a vote for the People's Choice Award. At Noon, Reverend Butter takes the stage for a kid-friendly carving demonstration. DJ CapsOne will provide musical entertainment throughout the day. More than 1,500 gallons of recycled rainwater were used to form the ice slabs for the competition. After the event, the ice will be used to water the park's landscaping. 

 

JANUARY 5:  HANDS-ON HOUSTON

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 713-529-4848, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Free admission. Project: Accordion Mini Books. Children and parents can make accordion books that can be used as a sketchbook, keychain, necklace pendant or decorative art.

 

JANUARY 5:  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: Thay Alaffita, Stephen Gros, Jonathan Moody and Oscar C. Pena. The audience will have an opportunity to meet and greet the poets.

 

JANUARY 15-FEBRUARY 2:  THUMBELINA

A.D. Players, 2710 W. Alabama, 713-526-2721, Various times – consult our CULTURE CALENDAR.

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.

JANUARY 13:  HOUSTON MARATHON

 

JANUARY 19:  ALADDIN AND THE ARABIAN NIGHTS

Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana Street, 713-224-7575, 10 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.

Conductor Robert Franz and the Houston Symphony orchestra feature music from Disney's Aladdin, Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade and Adventures of Sinbad. Families can arrive early before the 10 a.m. concert or stay late after the 11:30 a.m. concert to participate in activities including an instrument petting zoo and arts and crafts.

JANUARY 21:  MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY

 

JANUARY 20:  BAYOU BEND'S FREE FAMILY DAY

Bayou Bend, 6003 Memorial Drive, 713-639-7750

Free admission. Families can learn about African American heritage 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.


JANUARY 23-FEBRUARY 16:  A WRINKLE IN TIME

Main Street Theater, 4617 Montrose Blvd, 713-524-6706, Various dates and 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.  

JANUARY 26:  DEBUSSY-REVUELTAS FAMILY CONCERT

Alice Pratt Brown Hall, Rice University, 6100 Main Street, 713-348-8000, 11 a.m.

Free admission - Recommended for children ages 5 and older. The Shepherd School of Music presents the music of Debussy and Revueltas. Families can arrive by 10:30 a.m. for instrument demonstrations in the Grand Foyer. Children can talk with members of the orchestra and observe instruments up close. Rachel Buchman, Head of the Young Children's Division, will narrate, leading families in the audience on a musical journey evolving images of nature, city life and festive traditions.  

 

JANUARY 26 & 27:  HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

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

Kids love to watch all the basketball tricks and hijinks at a Harlem Globetrotters game. The athletic and entertaining team's 2013 tour is titled "You Write The Rules." Fans attending each game can vote and decide the game rules that can affect the outcome. Rules choices include playing with two basketballs at once or getting double points for each basket. 

 

JANUARY 27:  SUNDAY FAMILY ZONE & STUDIO

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

This week's theme is "Opening Weekend in Arts of the Islamic World." 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. 

 





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