March

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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Grab Your Calendar ~ March 2013

IMG_0641Looking for something interesting to do this March?  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.)

2nd ~  NatureFest at Jesse Jones Park  is a fast-growing favorite among festival goers. 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.

2nd ~ Birding Hike at Stephen F. Austin State Park.  8 a.m. ~ short and easy walk beginning at our RV restrooms and through our excellent forest habitat. Please bring water, binoculars, bug spray, and an inquisitive mind (no pets please)!  Park admission is $4 for adults 13+, children 12 & under are free.

2nd & 3rd ~ Texas Independence Day Celebration at the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site.  Celebrate 177 Years of Texas Independence! This is the one weekend a year that there are no entry fees for park sites; Independence Hall, Barrington Living History Farm and the Star of the Republic Museum. See historic re-enactors, award winning exhibits, period craft demonstrations, book signings, early Texas army encampments and live music.

9th ~  “Tree Walk” activity 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.

16th ~ The Convention and the Revolution – A look at the Interaction of the Two at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park.  How did the Independence Convention view the revolution and how did those in the field view the goings on of the Convention? Presentation times are 11:00 AM, 1:00PM and 3:00PM and the program will last approximately thirty-five to forty minutes. This program is open to all ages but children must be accompanied by an adult.  Admission to the park is free.

16th, 23rd, & 30th ~ Stephen F. Austin State Park will have afternoon classes on March 16th, 23rd, and 30th that will teach visitors geocaching.  Geocaching is a free real-world outdoor treasure hunt. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using a smartphone or GPS and can then share their experiences online, earn prices, and get outside.  Please sign up at the park office or call (979) 885-3613 to reserve your spot today.

17th ~ Reading the Clouds: weather forecasting in the 19th century at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park.  Before the days of the Weather Channel and 24 hr news broadcasts people had to observe the world around them for signs of storms or other changes in the weather.  One of the most common ways to do this was by studying the clouds. Participants will learn to read the clouds, predict the weather and have some fun.  Presentation times are 11:00 AM, 1:00PM and 3:00PM and the program will last approximately thirty-five to forty minutes. This program is open to all ages but children must be accompanied by an adult.  Admission to the park is free.

23rd ~ Texas Wildlife & Woodland Expo in Conroe is designed to help families learn a little about the land on which they live — and how to best take care of it — through hands-on clinics, live demonstrations and children’s activities.  Admission is Free.

23rd ~ Fort Bend Museum presents “Children’s Day” from noon-5pm.  Activities include: Archeology Dig, Cookie Decorating, Spinning Demonstrations, Face Painting, And more… The InterActive Theater presents “The Story of the Lone Star State” at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

23rd ~ “Deep in the Art of Texas” family festival presented by Katy Visual & Performing Arts Center.  Free.  Located at La Centerra at Cinco Ranch.  Live music, face painting, professional performances, games, make-n-take art projects, artist demonstrations, bounce slide, student presentations, exhibitions, & art market.

24th ~ “The Essence of Spring”, a Bayou Bend Family Day.  Family Days are always free and open to the public.

All month:

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.

Through June 2nd, 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.

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.  Check their website or Facebook Page for details on whether or not there is picking on a particular day.

Fabergé: A Brilliant Vision at the Museum of Natural Science.  An additional $5 with a general admission ticket.  FREE for Museum members.  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.  Through April 6th 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.

March 17th through April 14th, Schlitterbahn Galveston is offering discounts to homeschool families that prepay for tickets.  Groups also receive free tickets for every 20 people registered.

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

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