Grab Your Calendar ~ March 2014

March 2014 ~ HoustonFieldTrips.comLooking for something interesting to do in the Houston area this March?  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 ~ Nature Fest at Jesse H Jones Park & Nature Center.  This event is ideal for visitors of all ages and highlights local nature-related  topics, guided tours, lectures, pontoon boat tours, crafts, and a variety of  exhibitors.  Free.

1st & 2nd ~ Texas Independence Day.  10am-5pm.  Two-day celebration on the expansive 293-acre park grounds of the Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site between Brenham and Navasota.  The birthday celebration features live music, food, traditional crafts, living history presentations, firing demonstrations, historical encampments and commemorative programs—all with no park entrance or parking fees.

8th ~Wildflower Walk from 9am – 12pm at the Edith L Moore Nature Sanctuary.  This is a ‘whole family’ program. Parents should participate with their children.  Guided Nature Walks at 10 AM and at 11 AM.  Visit Ecology Stations! — Make a Family Craft! — Explore the Trails!  Explore Our Log Cabin! — Meet Live Animals!  FREE!  Donations encouraged. No reservations needed.

Through the 9th ~  “Uprooted” at Holocaust Museum Houston is on display.  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.

11th ~ Goldilocks & the 3 Plays by Interactive Theater.  This is one of their “Homeschool Happenings” performances where admission is greatly reduced.  $6/pp.  HFT’s review

15th ~ Battleship Texas Centennial Celebration.  12pm-10om.  The Battleship Texas Foundation in partnership with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will host a public festival to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the commissioning of the Battleship Texas. The Texas served in both world wars and is the last remaining “dreadnought,” or big-gun battleship. The festival will feature Robert Earl Keen’s “A Texas Uprising” and will be held on the grounds of the San Jacinto Battleground Park adjacent to the ship.  General admission tickets are $14 in advance and $20 on the day of the festival. A discounted price is available for veterans:  $8 in advance and $15 at the gate. VIP tents and ship access are also available.  State Park Passes do not give free entrance to this special event.

16th ~ Bayou Bend Family Fun Day for March is “Bayou Bend in Bloom”.  1-5pm.  Enjoy spring in the city with programs celebrating nature.  Presented with Rienzi (both houses open for programs; complimentary shuttle between the two locations).  Free.

22nd ~ Texas Wildlife & Woodland Expo at Lone Star College – Montgomery in Conroe.  10am-4pm.  Hands-on clinics and live demonstrations that will teach you how to nourish your plants, trees and wetlands, attract wildlife to your property and protect yourself from wildfire.  And don’t forget to take your little ones to the Family Adventure Zone, where they can climb a rock wall, take a peek at a live screech owl and learn how to kayak.  At Expo & Spring Fling, you’ll play for a day but learn for a lifetime.  Free.

22nd ~ Physics and Engineering Festival at Texas A&M University.  10am-5pm.  This may be a bit of a drive for some folks, but we’ve attended before and can tell you it is worth it!  The Department of Physics & Astronomy and the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University invite the public to an entertaining and informative event. People of all ages will find funny, puzzling, and fascinating hands-on experiments. Everyone is invited to participate.  Free.

27th ~ Goldilocks & the 3 Plays by Interactive Theater.  This is one of their “Homeschool Happenings” performances where admission is greatly reduced.  $6/pp.  HFT’s review

29th ~ Veterinary Open House at Texas A&M University.  9am-4pm.  A massive day of animal-related fun incorporating the entire veterinary complex coordinated by hundreds of vet students and undergrads for people from all over the state. We open all the doors to the college and both hospitals and let the public see exclusively behind the scenes of Texas A&M’s premiere veterinary school. There are tours through both the small and large animal hospitals, many different exhibits for rescues and organizations, tons of demonstrations by all kinds of animal groups (agility dogs, trick horses, etc.) and animal exhibits galore! There’s a petting zoo, a reptile room with hundreds of scaly friends, even fistulated cows! We’ll also feature a Q&A panel with both vet students and the admissions committee so you know how to prepare for vet school if that’s in your future.  Free.

29th & 30th ~ Houston Children’s Festival benefiting Child Advocates, Inc.  The exciting line-up of fun includes the Sunday appearance of DEBBY RYAN, star of Disney Channel’s hit series, JESSIE as well as 11 Big Family Adventure Zones including McDonald’s Dream Discovery Zone, Baker Hughes Circustown, H-E-B Healthy Kids Zone,  SABIC Super Science Zone,  Nightlight Pediatric Urgent Care Tot Spot, Green Mountain Energy Zone, TAM International Giant Lego Zone, Kids R Kids Zone, Radio Disney Zone and EP Energy Tile Painting Corner and Child Advocates Under the Sea Zone.  Pricing varies.

Main Street Theater regularly offers children’s shows throughout the year.  Through April 5th your family can enjoy “A Year with Frog and Toad” based on the books by Arnold Lobel.  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.

March 4th – 23rd.  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.

March 15th – June 8th ~ “This is the Life” at the Art Car Museum.  Ken Hoge – “Austin Music Scene of the late 70’s & early 80’s”, Owen Fisher – “Cuba Today”, and Terry’s Swinson’s “Picture This: Homelessness through the Eyes of the Homeless”.  Admission is Free.  HFT’s review.

March 16th through April 13th, Schlitterbahn Galveston is offering discounts to homeschool families that prepay for tickets.  Groups also receive free tickets for every 20 people registered.

March 18th hrough April 5th.  Magician’s Nephew by AD Players.  Adapted from the exciting first story in The Chronicles of Narnia series, the play follows Digory and his friend Polly as they battle the evil Queen Jadis.

If you have any events you’d like to recommend, please contact us.

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