Looking for something interesting to do in the Houston area this November? Here are 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 ~ Last day to see “Cat in the Hat” at Main Street Theater. “The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house. All that cold, cold, wet day.” So begins the wildly popular Dr. Seuss classic that generations of children have read growing up. But never fear, the Cat in the Hat appears, with Thing One and Thing Two (bringing mayhem and fun!), to take Sally, her brother and the fish on a madcap adventure! Homeschooling families can sign up for day time performances without having to be part of a group. $6 per person. No children under 3. Contact the theater to register.
5th & 6th ~ Texas Renaissance Festival “School Days”. Students step back in time as they enter the sights and sounds of New Market Village, an authentic recreation of a 16th century English Village. Students will interact with King Henry VIII and his queen, as well as William Shakespeare and hundreds of other costumed characters representing the culture, art, science and literature of the Renaissance Period. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the gate.
7th-10th ~ Children’s Festival at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. 7th & 8th are School Days and require pre-registration. Pricing varies based on number of shows registered for. Weekend tickets are $8/pp in advance or $10 at the door. The focus of Children’s Festival is on the performing and visual arts for children, including award-winning children’s performers that are a must-see with their unique ability to inspire children with programs that not only amuse, but also communicate positive messages. Children’s Festival is an exciting way to help young children broaden their horizons, tap into their talents, ignite their creativity, appreciate other cultures and develop a love and appreciation for the performing arts. Children’s Festival is designed for children ranging from pre-K to intermediate, but kids of all ages are encouraged to join the fun. Bring the whole family!
8th-10th ~ Houston Gem & Mineral Society has a wonderful show at the Humble Civic Center and Arena Complex. Homeschool groups can register for “School Daze”, participate in a scavenger hunt, and explore the exhibits ~ for FREE! Registrations are due by this Friday, November 1st. If Friday doesn’t work for you, visit their website to print discount coupons for General Admission on Saturday or Sunday. Here’s what we enjoyed last year.
9th ~ Pioneer Day at Jesse H Jones Park & Nature Center. Volunteers and re-enactors demonstrate settler life in Stephen F. Austin’s colony during the 1820s and early 1830s. Old-fashioned crafts, demonstrations, and period re-enactments bring the homestead to life. Free
9th ~ World Art Car Day. Bring the kids to the Art Car Museum from 12-3pm for the annual Children’s Mini-Art Car Workshop. Museum will provide a toy car and all of the paint, glue and decorating essentials for your child to create their very own miniature art car. Also, you can check out the Texas Sculpture Group exhibition “in-DEPTH” and some cool art cars while there.
16th & 17th ~ Republic of Texas Militia Muster – A Living History Encampment at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. The local militia offered not only protection for the colonists, but also an excuse for a social gathering. Join reenactors and interpreters as they recreate a typical militia muster as would have been seen in the Republic. The encampment is open on Saturday from 10:00 AM thru 5:00 PM and on Sunday from 10:00 AM thru 1:00 PM. This program is open to all ages but children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is Free.
17th ~ Building Community is the theme of this month’s Bayou Bend Family Day. Celebrate citizenship by learning about early U.S. settlers as well as station-guided house tours of the first floor (children under 10 are welcome!), access to Bayou Bend’s remarkable historic gardens, Craft activities suited for young children, and more. Presented with Rienzi (both houses open for programs; complimentary shuttle between the two locations). FREE.
22nd-24th ~ Civil War Weekend at Liendo Plantation. The Living History Day at the Historic Liendo Plantation is a unique way to experience the grandeur and passion of the Victorian era versus the harsh reality of the war fought between States and Brothers. Friday is “School Days” and admission is $5/per person. Weekend admission is $10/adults & $5/Senior Citizens & Children. Cash Only.
Through November 15th see “in-DEPTH” at the Art Car Museum. Texas Sculpture Group Exhibition. Admission is free.
Opening to members on November 18th and to the general public on the 22nd ~ see Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo. For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.
Through December 15th see “Edgar Degas: Private Impressionist Works on Paper by the Artist & His Circle” at the Stark Gallery on the Texas A&M University Campus. Discover a deeper appreciation of the art of Edgar Degas and his circle of friends–Mary Cassatt, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Paul Cézanne–among other noteworthy artists. The exhibition was organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA in association with Denenberg Fine Arts, West Hollywood, CA. Generously supported by the Division of Student Affairs. Free.
The Pass-it-On Christmas, performed by A.D. Players, begins on November 22nd and runs through December 21st. A zany troupe of actors enacts the adventures of a shepherd boy and his lamb as they cross the countryside telling anyone they can about the birth of Jesus. Tickets are $10 each or $6/pp for groups of 10 or more. Our experiences with AD Players are here.
“Uprooted” at Holocaust Museum Houston is on display through February 2, 2014. The exhibition includes numerous artifacts and documents on view for the first time. The Abramowicz-Mescherowsky-Teixidor and Levenback-Bielitz collections permit the examination of the difficult choices faced by these particular Jewish families – choices like placing a child alone on a Kindertransport or whether to remain in hiding and, in some cases, join the resistance or having to flee to foreign countries. The exhibition exemplifies the hope that safety could be found and lives re-established elsewhere, despite the annihilation policies of the Nazi government. Admission is free.
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