Presidential Election 2012: Kids' Activities in Houston

by Bernadette Verzosa
 

       Attention busy Houston parents: early voting dates in Texas are October 22-November 2. In the weeks leading up to Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, 2012, families can engage in discussions of issues and ideas. Presidential election years offer an opportunity to teach children about voting, the electoral process, the government, the political party system and American democracy. All the campaign bumper stickers and lawn signs can easily trigger conversations about the historical significance and implications of Election Day.

       The following are shows, activities or events here in Houston that can help expose kids to the meaning of civic duty and explain the race to the White House.

 

DUCK FOR PRESIDENT

Main Street Theater, Chelsea Market 4617 Montrose Boulevard, 713-524-6706, September 26-October 27, Various times – consult our CULTURE CALENDAR. This fun children's musical is based on the popular book by Doreen Cronin. Duck is unhappy with the working conditions on Farmer Brown's farm. He campaigns to put himself in charge. Duck learns valuable lessons about hard work and leadership on his silly adventures with his wacky farm friends. Cronin is also known for other books including Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type.

 


MEET THE U.S. PRESIDENTS

InterActive Theater, 1548 Heights Boulevard, Reservations required - 713-862-7112, October 2-26. Various times – consult our CULTURE CALENDAR. The audience meets 44 presidents played by four actors in this show about American history and the role of the commander-in-chief. The script incorporates the ideals of liberty, freedom, justice and truth. The story also touches on ballots and chads.

 

ELECTION DAY BASH

Children's Museum of Houston, Saturday, November 3-Tuesday, November 6. At Kidtropolis USA's City Hall, children can fill out voting ballots after watching a debate. They can fill out a voter registration card at Junktion and create an election button. They can create a Democratic Donkey puppet and Republican Elephant puppet to learn about the political party system. Create your own campaign poster at the Alexander Art Academy.
 

 

ELECTION DAY CELEBRATION

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, 6003 Memorial Drive, Sunday, November 4, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Free admission. Families can learn about the legacy of Election Day in the United States through musical performances and historic recreations including a live 19th century style debate. Guests can practice voting using the "bean and corn" method. Light refreshments will be served.

 

UNCLE SAM "YOU CAN VOTE" MAZE

Dewberry Farm, FM 362 and Morrison Road, Brookshire, 281-934-3276. The 8-acre corn maze features Uncle Sam and his "You CAN vote!" message. Kids who bring a can of food to vote for a favorite candidate will receive a one-dollar token for use anywhere on the farm. Dewberry Farm hopes to collect 25,000 cans for local food banks. The farm's fall attractions also include its 8-acre pumpkin patch, tractor-pulled wagon rides, pony rides and mile-long vintage train ride and zip lines. 





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