Friday, May 04, 2007

Weekends with the Kids Bring Fun, Relaxation

With all the rain we've had this week, we're hoping the weekend brings sunshine. Get out & stretch your legs at the Heights First Saturday event. This is a relaxing way to spend your Saturday afternoon. Stroll through the Heights shops, stop for a bite to eat, visit an art gallery or two and take a ride on the trolley. I'll be working at the Olive Anne store on 19th Street (near Yale St.) on Saturday from 2-4 pm. This shop has wonderful gifts for young kids from puzzles to dinosaurs to dress-up kits and more. Stop by to stock up on some inexpensive childrens' gifts (I keep a few gifts on hand for those b-day parties that sneak up on me!) and pick up a copy of my book 100+ Activities for Houston Kids.

Mark your calendars for really cool events. On May 12 and May 26, Get ready for Movies in the Park. Grab a blanket, pack a picnic dinner (no alchohol) and head out for a night under the stars. Time Warner Cable and the Houston Downtown Alliance host the Movies in the Park. The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie plays on Saturday, May 12 and The Sandlot plays on Saturday, May 26. Concessions open at 6 pm. Pre-movie entertainment starts at 7 pm. And the movies roll at 8 pm. This is definitely something I want our family to check out but Little K may be too young. It's held at Sesquicentennial Park in downtown Houston (at the corner of Smith & Preston).

Thursday, May 31 6:30-9:30 pm head out to Nights on Blue Bayou, celebrating the Blue Moon. The FREE evening will include stargazing, boat rides, storytelling, astrology reading and more along the Sabine Promenade. The Houston Museum of Natural Science’s Discovery Dome will be on hand as well as bayou boat rides. Plus, at 7 pm, the students from the Academy at Theatre Under The Stars’ (TUTS) Humphreys School of Musical Theatre will perform a number from its upcoming production of Schoolhouse Rock LIVE! Jr. Based on the Emmy-winning television series, the Academy’s production of Schoolhouse Rock LIVE! Jr. features memorable rock tunes including “Conjunction Junction,” “A Noun is a Person, Place or Thing” and “Interplanet Janet.” Hey, parents, don't you remember singing to these tunes as a kid? Now, your kiddos can do it too. (Juli, I know you remember this!)

Mark those calendars! Until the next nap time...