Thursday, May 25, 2006

Memorial Day Weekend in Houston

This holiday is not just another good day off from work and school. Discuss the importance of Memorial Day with your family. Ask a veteran family member or friend to explain how he/she served in the military to ensure our freedoms today. You can have fun and still honor those who have protected us in the past as well as those who serve today.

Here are some fun activities to do on Memorial Day weekend in Houston with your kids.

Head to the Houston Heights World War II Memorial. Planned, financed and constructed by Reagan High School alumni, this small memorial is a good visual reminder of the sacrifices others have made to maintain our freedom. There is also a grassy area, where your family can have a picnic and enjoy the holiday.
Recommended age: 1+ years
Admission: FREE
Time: Dawn to dusk
Physical location: intersection of Heights Blvd. and 11th Street

Besides the regular exhibits available, the Children’s Museum of Houston celebrates this holiday with the kids. Children can make their very own flag to take home and will hear a short presentation on the meaning of Memorial Day. Help your child make a Memorial Day flag to give to a veteran in your life.
Recommended age: 3+ years
Admission: $5; Kids under 2 are FREE
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
Physical location: 1500 Binz in the Museum District 713-522-1138
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Enjoy a FREE day at the Houston Zoo! What a fun way to start your summer.
Recommended age: 1+ years
Admission: None today
Physical location: 1513 N. MacGregor 713-533-6500