Looking for something interesting to do this February? Here are a few events, field trips, and concerts in the greater Houston area that would be of interest to homeschool/unschool families. (In date order. Events that run for the entirety or majority of the month are listed at the bottom.)
1st & 2nd ~ Catch one of the last performances of AD Players’ “Thumbelina”. Our children really enjoy seeing their favorite books and fairy tales come to life. A new musical adaptation of the classic story follows Thumbelina’s adventures as she is kidnapped by a toad and begins a journey to discover the true meaning of beauty. 10:30am. Cost is $12/pp. Groups receive a discount.
2nd ~ Mercury, the Orchestra Redefined performs Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons”. Each season Mercury performs a special concert for families designed to introduce young children to classical music in a fun and engaging way. Adults and children alike will enjoy learning about the instruments of the orchestra and how Vivaldi used them to create the voices and sounds of nature. 10:30am. Tickets may be purchased online – $25/adults & $10/children.
4th ~ “Engineering Day” at the Children’s Museum of Houston. Closed to the general public, home school students will explore science, technology, history, culture, health, environment and engineering hands-on at the ultimate Playground for your Mind™! Pre-registration is required. The museum is open from 10am-2pm. Cost is $8/pp or $6/pp for groups of 15 or more. The Cafe nor the “Tot Spot” are open on Homeschool Days.
7th, 8th, 9th, & 10th ~ Live Birds of Prey Program with Doris Mager at Brazos Bend State Park (Needville). Don’t miss this special engagement! See these birds up close. Birds include an American Kestrel, Eastern Screech Owl and Great Horned Owl. All four days offer the program from 3-4:30pm. An additional program will be Saturday morning at 11am. Saturday’s presentation will be in high demand & the park recommends selecting another day if possible. While the event is free, admission to the park is $7/pp for ages 13+. Children 12 & under are free. State Park Passes are also available ~ giving you free admission to all state parks & reduced camping fees.
9th ~ Homestead Heritage Day at the Redbud Hill Homestead from 10am-4pm. This FREE event showcases the many aspects of pre-1900 Texas history including American Indian, Anglo settlement, Texas Revolution, Mexican/Spanish heritage, Civil War, and cattle drive times.
16th ~ Houston Museum of Natural Science is hosting GEMS – “Girls Exploring Math & Science”. While presented by the San Jacinto Girl Scouts, this event is open to ALL girls, their families, & friends. The Museum will be filled with hands-on science and math for everyone to experience. Local professionals will be at the Museum to answer questions about their careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. GEMS is free with general admission to HMNS. Click here for a $7 admission coupon.
17th ~ From 1-5pm Bayou Bend Family Days presents, “Inventions and Innovations”. Find out about inventions from the cotton gin to the light bulb, and more! Admission is FREE and open to the public. This is also an opportunity for families with children under 10 to participate in house tours. (Normal operating days limit house tours to children 10+)
18th ~ Sensory Friendly Day at the Children’s Museum of Houston. From 10am-2pm, the CMH is creating an environment sensitive to the needs of children with sensory concerns, including: Doors closed to the general public, no music, and sound reducing headphones will be available. If your child is sensitive to bright lights, they are welcome to wear sunglasses for duration of your visit. Only $5/pp.
23rd ~ Sea Center Texas (Lake Jackson) hosts Nature Day. Enjoy educational programs and activities that will introduce you and your family to the wonders of nature. Walk-through exhibits, activities, and crafts will be offered by a variety of nature based organizations. Youth activities will include a nature scavenger hunt from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM and catch and release fishing from 1:00-3:00. Admission is FREE, but donations are appreciated. Click here for general information about Sea Center Texas.
25th+ ~ Running through March 17th, the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo offers numerous hands-on experiences. AGventure gives children (and parents) the opportunity to learn about agriculture. Nearly every species of livestock can be found inside this fun and educational area, with several live animal exhibits. Additional interest to homeschooling families is “Fun on the Farm”, “Pedal Tractor Pull”, and the petting zoo. Prices vary depending on whether you will just be visiting the grounds or including the Rodeo &/or a concert as well. The most budget-friendly options are on “Value Wednesdays”. Don’t forget, there’s an additional cost for parking as well.
The Art Car Museum hosts “full circle“ ~ a collage and assemblage exhibition of five artists whose works involve the appropriation and repurposing of materials. Logos, religious imagery, newspaper clippings, or found objects are employed in these intricately designed works. The exhibition considers purpose and intent and examines social responsibility. Not all exhibits are appropriate for younger children. See HFT’s review of our visit to the museum last month.
Pick your own Strawberries at Blessington Farms. In addition to berries, the farm offers animal encounters, educational tours, & rides. Currently there is no cost for admission. Strawberries are $5/pound.
Fabergé: A Brilliant Vision at the Museum of Natural Science. Opens February 1, 2013. Included in general admission. Simply hearing the name Fabergé evokes the splendor and extravagance of late 19th and early 20th century Imperial Russia. The House of Fabergé designed the renowned Imperial Easter Eggs for the Romanov family, as well as an array of objets d’art, luxurious gifts, and practical items for the wealthy patrons of Europe.
Main Street Theater regularly offers children’s shows throughout the year. Until February 16th you can see “A Wrinkle in Time” based on the book by Madeleine L’Engle. Beginning February your family can enjoy “Miss Nelson Is Missing” based on the book by Harry Allard. School day performances are $5.50. Weekend rates are higher. Children under the age of 3 (including sleeping babies) are not allowed in the theater.
If you have any events you’d like to recommend, please contact us.
Cover image courtesy Donna Bonilla Photography.