SEPTEMBER 2012 CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

By Bernadette Verzosa

 

        Ready, Set, here's September!

       The days after Labor Day hold a flurry of fresh starts for many families – new friendships, new extracurricular activities, new routines. Many parents start sorting out the school year and organizing the family calendar - structuring their weeks and committing their time. 
       Should we do art or music, soccer or swim? Check our PARENTS' PICKS lists. These Parent-Tested, Parent-Approved lists are based on surveys. The places featured in our Parents' Picks lists are recommended by moms and dads who have personally checked them out with their kids. Here are links to some family favorites: 

 

PARENTS' PICKS - HOUSTON SOCCER LEAGUES AND CLUBS

PARENTS' PICKS - HOUSTON BALLET CLASSES & GROUP DANCE LESSONS

PARENTS' PICKS - HOUSTON MUSIC CLASSES

PARENTS' PICKS - HOUSTON ART & CRAFTS CLASSES 

PARENTS' PICKS - HOUSTON CHILDREN'S THEATER CLASSES

PARENTS' PICKS - HOUSTON PIANO LESSONS AND GROUP CLASSES

P.S. Happy Grandparents Day (September 9)!

 

       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, consult our CULTURE CALENDAR.

 
          

SEPTEMBER 1:  END OF SUMMER SNOW BASH

Houston Zoo, 713-533-6713, 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.

Kids can make snowballs at the End of Summer Snow Field on the Okapi lawn from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Singer Leah White performs at the Houston Zoo Reflection Pool from 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

 

SEPTEMBER 1:  HANDS-ON HOUSTON

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main Street, 713-529-4848, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Project: Wire-wrapped jewelry. Children and parents can create pieces of jewelry using wire, stones and sea glass.

 

SEPTEMBER 1:  SUMMER PUBLIC POETRY READING SERIES

McGovern-Stella Link Neighborhood Library, 7405 Stella Link, 832-393-2630, 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: D.F. Brown, Erica Lehrer, Thad Logan and Karyna McGlynn. The audience will have an opportunity to meet and greet the poets.

  

SEPTEMBER 2:  HOUSTON BRAZILIAN FESTIVAL

Jones Plaza, 601 Louisiana Street, 1 p.m.-10 p.m.

Families can enjoy interactive demonstrations, educational booths and games at this celebration of Brazil's culture, music and food. Bands from Brazil, Austin and Houston will perform.

 

SEPTEMBER 5:  REDCAT International Children's Film Festival

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

The final screening of this award-winning festival is titled Fright Delight - perfect for thrill-seeking kids who enjoy creepy stories of ghosts and vampires. Each screening has featured a series of short films from around the world. The festival is curated by the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) and Elizabeth Shepherd of Northwest Film Forum.  

 

SEPTEMBER 9:  HAPPY GRANDPARENTS DAY!

 

SEPTEMBER 9, 16, 23, 30:  SUNDAY FAMILY ZONE & STUDIO

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

Families can create artwork inspired by the featured piece or series. September's theme is "Patterns at Play: Exploring a Work of Art by Edouard Vuillard." The gallery designated as the family zone changes monthly. 

 

SEPTEMBER 11:  MEET THE U.S. PRESIDENTS

Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Drive, 281-373-3386, 11 a.m.
Four actors play the 44 Presidents, and families will meet them all in just one hour. It starts off with the first four Presidents as superheroes, and then it's a rapid journey through American history. Produced by InterActive Theater.

 

SEPTEMBER 12 & 13:  CINDERELLA

Miller Outdoor Theatre, 281-373-3386, 11 a.m.
This is the classic tale of Cinderella, the beautiful and kind girl who must deal with her evil stepmother and stepsisters to get to the ball. Of course, the plot unfolds with her fairy godmother, the glass slipper and the prince. Produced by A.D. Players.

 

SEPTEMBER 15:  MUSEUM DISTRICT DAY

FREE ADMISSION to 18 Houston Museums, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Free pedicabs will be available for those who want to museum-hop throughout the day. Many museums will host special events, interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities and exhibits.    

          

SEPTEMBER 15:  ASIA SOCIETY TEXAS FAMILY DAY

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

Families can learn about Central Asia and the Silk Road through crafts and demonstrations, even a special percussion workshop.

 

SEPTEMBER 15:  LIBROFEST – HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

Central Library Plaza, 500 McKinney Street, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

FREE Admission. This festival is a celebration of Hispanic writers, culture, music and art. The Houston Public Library is organizing various activities including storytelling, writing workshops, book giveaways and crafts. Families can also enjoy performances by local folkloric dancers and musicians.

 

SEPTEMBER 16:  BAYOU BEND'S FREE FAMILY DAY: AMERICA'S FORGOTTEN WAR

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

FREE admission. Families can enjoy musical performances and historical demonstrations while learning about the War of 1812. Volunteers will be available to provide guided tours of both floors of the historic home. Children can enjoy craft activities including creating an 1812-era American flag and a replica of Old Ironsides.

 

SEPTEMBER 22:  MENIL'S 25TH BIRTHDAY PARTY

The Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross, 713-525-9400, 3 p.m.-5 p.m.

Families can go on a scavenger hunt while listening to musical performances by the Kashmere Reunion Stage Band and the TSU Jazz Ensemble. There will be birthday cake and ice cream.  

 

SEPTEMBER 24-28:  HANSEL & GRETEL

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

This fully staged opera tells the popular story of Hansel and Gretel – the brother and sister who get lost in the woods and stumble upon a mysterious gingerbread house. Produced by Houston Grand Opera's Opera To Go!

 

SEPTEMBER 25-30:  DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Hobby Center, 800 Bagby Street, Various times – consult our CULTURE CALENDAR.

This is a spectacular musical production of the classic fairy tale. Belle, a beautiful young woman, crosses paths with the Beast. The Beast is actually a prince whose appearance was transformed by an enchantress. The Beast knows the only way he can break the spell is by loving someone who loves him in return.

SEPTEMBER 29: FUNOMENAL FAMILY FESTIVAL ***CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN***
Discovery Green, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Families can enjoy music, crafts, story time and character appearances. At noon, the teeny ones can participate in the Second Annual Baby Olympics which include a crawling race and obstacle course. Characters that are scheduled to appear include Blue and Magenta, Berenstain Bears and Curious George. Houston Grand Opera presents an interactive opera experience "Fairy Tale Blasts!" Several DJs will keep the young crowd entertained throughout the day. Authors Andrea White and Mimi Vance will read their book, "Fountain," about Discovery Green's Gateway Fountain.          
 

 

SEPTEMBER 29-OCTOBER 27:  DUCK FOR PRESIDENT

Main Street Theater, 4617 Montrose Blvd, 713-524-6706, Various dates and times – consult our CULTURE CALENDAR.

This delightful musical is based on the book by Doreen Cronin. Duck is unhappy with the working conditions on Farmer Brown's farm and campaigns to put himself in charge.





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