Looking for something interesting to do this May? 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, & 3rd ~ “Daniel and the Dreamcatcher” at Miller Outdoor Theatre. 11am. Produced by Houston Grand Opera. Daniel and the Dreamcatcher tells the story of a young boy who must confront his fears of the giant living in his closet. This show is a wonderful introduction to opera, and is perfect for students in grades 2 – 6. All Miller Outdoor Theatre Children’s Performances are free.
3rd-5th ~ General Sam Houston Folk Festival in Hunstville. Step Back In Time To The 1800s And Enjoy! The General Sam Houston Folk Festival will celebrate its 26th year on the Sam Houston Museum grounds, the grounds where Sam and Margaret lived with their children. Friday admission is $3/pp.
9th-11th ~ Houston Art Car Parade is now a weekend full of festivities. Powered by Orange Show: Center for Visionary Art, the weekend now includes a Sneek Peek, Main Street Drag, and Art Car Ball in addition to the parade itself. See the website for more details & locations.
11th ~ Mom Appreciation Day at Blessington Farms. In appreciation of moms and all they do, Blessington Farms is providing FREE ADMISSION FOR MOMS to Farm Funland on Saturday, May 11th. Families will enjoy hay rides, getting up close to heritage chickens, barrel train rides, pedal cars and Sand Mountain. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy picking fresh berries at the farm for dessert. No admission fee for picking berries (pay per pound picked). Farm Funland $5/person. Moms get in free on 5/11/2013. (Kids under 18 months are always free.) 9:30am – 2:30pm.
17th ~ “Fantastic Mr. Fox” is playing at Alamo Drafthouse Houston. 11am. Based on the popular Roald Dahl book. Free!
17th-19th ~ Pasadena Strawberry Festival is sponsored by the San Jacinto Day Foundation. The Buzzberry Kids Adventure Zone looks particularly interesting. See the website for various costs.
18th & 19th ~ R.M.S. Titanic: A Love Story by Academy Players of Houston Baptist University. 7:30 pm at the Belin Chapel on HBU Campus. R.M.S Titanic: A Love Story is a play about Christian marriage, virtue, and gentlemanly bravery aboard the ill-fated Titanic, performed by The Academy Players, a theater group of homeschool students, ages 8-18. There is no charge to attend.
19th ~ “Houston Treasure” a Bayou Bend Family Day. Family Days are always free and open to the public.
28th ~ The Green Rabbit (El conjito verde) at Miller Outdoor Theatre. 11am. Produced by Young Audiences of Houston and Teatro de la Rosa of Fort Worth. Follow the journey of Marisol, who falls in love with the Green Rabbit prince in this popular children’s Mexican folktale. Complete with colorful masks and audience participation. Bilingual (English and Spanish). All Miller Outdoor Theatre Children’s Performances are free.
29th ~ Swing, Jive and Pop! Into Dance at Miller Outdoor Theatre. 11am. Houston Metropolitan Dance Company’s “Swing, Jive and Pop into Dance” incorporates history, fashion, music and the arts into an interactive blast of excitement. The company dances through the eras of the 1930’s Lindy Hop, bops into the 1950’s, grooves into the 1970’s and ends into the Hip Hop music of today. Students, teachers and audience members have the opportunity to converse with the dancers and participate in an energy filled hour of dance while learning fun historical tidbits of information. All Miller Outdoor Theatre Children’s Performances are free.
30th & 31st ~ AD Player’s The Jungle Book at Miller Outdoor Theatre. 11am. Mowgli has been raised and protected by the Seeonee wolf pack his entire life, but his mortal enemy, the vicious tiger Shere Khan, has a plan to scatter the pack. It will take all the wisdom Mowgli has learned from his friends Baloo the Bear and Bagheera the Panther to survive the tiger’s vengeful scheme. This thrilling adventure is about growing up and the strength of true friendship. All Miller Outdoor Theatre Children’s Performances are free.
31st ~ Homeschool Day at Splashway Waterpark in Sheridan. We cannot help but recognize the great work that Homeschooling families are achieving for this cause. We would like to offer your family a break from this extremely important work, and allow you to spend a day of fun and relaxation in a quality Christian environment. In a newly expanded facility, we offer over 30 slides for children of all ages, along with a lazy river, a wave pool, and more!!! See website for pricing and pre-order discounts.
Beginning May 25th The Houston Zoo presents, “Animals Assembled” ~ Constructed by LEGO Certified Master Builders, each animal in this special limited-time exhibit is life-size and made up of thousands of LEGO bricks. There are more than two dozen LEGO brick animal sculptures, representing more than ten species. Once you’ve seen the LEGO brick animals, make sure to check out their real-life counterparts throughout the Zoo.
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.
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 objects 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 May 24th they will be performing Charlotte’s Web. 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.
Enter the world of CHOMP! where you can stand eye to eye with some of nature’s creepiest, most dangerous creatures. Starting May 25th, Space Center Houston will be hosting live animal shows every day, free with admission! Learn how NASA scientists are mimicking the traits of alligators, poison dart frogs, and other animals on display to help astronauts live in space. Kids can test their survival skills by weaving through spider webs and balancing on platforms as they navigate their way through an obstacle course. You’ll find Texas Snakes & More out there every weekend doing shows.
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