Looking for something interesting to do in the Houston area this December? 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.)
21 ~Season of Joy is the theme of this month’s Bayou Bend Family Day. Take part in holiday traditions from many cultures 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. FREE.
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. Admission to Zoo Lights is NOT included in general admission.
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 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.
“The Gun Show” is the Art Car Museum’s ninth open call exhibition topic. Each year for the past nine years the Museum has presented a topic of current interest and asked the artistic community to bring in artwork representative of their opinions. It is a unique opportunity for artists of all experience levels to present their artwork in a museum setting. There is no jury and no fee; the only requirement is that the artists be among the first 100 to respond. Their visual responses could be considered the results of a cross-section poll on these topics.“The Gun Show” is an opportunity for contemporary artists to comment on the topic of guns and gun ownership. Admission is free.
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