Looking for something interesting to do this October? 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-4th ~ “Strega Nona” is at Miller Outdoor Theatre each day this week. 11am. Strega Nona has a magical touch. With a song and three kisses, she can create a delicious pasta meal. Her new helper, Big Anthony, is an enthusiastic young man with a short attention span. Can he resist the temptation to try his own hand at magic when Strega Nona leaves town? Big Anthony learns a big lesson about respect for other people’s property and the importance of paying attention. Produced by Houston Grand Opera. All Miller Outdoor Theatre Performances are FREE!
2nd ~ Homeschool Day at Space Center Houston. This fun-filled day is designed especially for home school and virtual school students and their families. Many exciting events planned for students of all ages, including: Mad Science experiments, robotics workshops, and fun and informative speakers. $12.95/pp
3rd-5th ~ Festival Chicano at Miller Outdoor Theatre. 7pm each night. A cultural celebration of 34 years of Chicano music from Tejano and Conjunto, to Mariachi and Orchestra in one of the oldest ongoing events of its type in the world. The event is FREE, but it is a “ticketed” event: please see the website for more details.
3rd-6th ~ Greek Festival at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Dance Programs, Live Music, Kids Area, Food, Drinks, & Desserts! Cathedral Tours ongoing. Variety of ticketing options available via the website.
5th ~ “Amanecer Colombiano” at Miller Outdoor Theatre. 11am. Showcasing the beauty and traditions of Colombia, lively and rhythmic Colombian music will have performers and audience dancing to the beat. Produced by Ambassadors International Ballet Folklorico. All Miller Outdoor Theatre Perfromances are FREE!
9th ~ “Swing, Jive, & Pop into Dance” at Miller Outdoor Theatre. 11am. Houston Metropolitan Dance Company 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 Performances are FREE!
10th ~ “PUSH! – Push Physical Theater” at Miller Outdoor Theatre. 11am. PUSH has been called “a cross between fine art sculpture and the hit movie The Matrix,” but its co-founders (with tongue firmly in cheek) describe it “like regular theatre, but more painful.” The dancers’ physical feats are awe-inspiring, but the cherry on top of this acrobatic sundae is PUSH’s ability to engage their audience through vibrant visual storytelling. All Miller Outdoor Theatre Performances are FREE!
12th ~ CreekFest is a Festival of the Arts & Adventure Race held in the Cypress Creek Cultural District in Spring, Texas. The one-day festival is organized by the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce to promote the parks, museum, library, visual and performing arts, and other community resources in the Greater Cypress Creek Area. Through events such as hands-on art projects, artist demonstrations, concerts, and literacy activities, families can learn about the fine arts at the Centrum, Barbara Bush Library, and the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts.
12th ~ Astronomy Day at George Observatory in Brazos Bend State Park. This annual October event is free with state park admission, open to the public and includes activities for all ages. Festivities begin in the afternoon, but this event really comes to life after dark when the stars begin to shine. Dozens of telescopes—including our large research telescopes—will be available to give everyone a chance to enjoy the delights of the night sky, including star clusters, planets and galaxies.
12th ~ Chemistry Open House at Texas A&M University. Every year Texas A&M’s Department of Chemistry hosts a free, open to the public, Chemistry Open House to celebrate National Chemistry Week. This year’s participants include the Departments of Biology and Physics & Astronomy, students from the Dwight Look College of Engineering and SACNAS, and the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History. The Chemistry Open House features the popular Chemistry Road Show, guided lab tours, hands-on and computer activities, door prizes and science goodie bags. The Chemistry Road Show is recommended for all ages and includes demonstrations of popular science.
12th ~ Cy-Fair VFD Fire Fest allows the community a glimpse into the life of a fire fighter by providing demonstrations on vehicle fires, vehicle extrications, and landing the Life Flight helicopters. Children can get an up-close look at the fire trucks, play with an actual fire fighting hose, and help put out simulated fires. Families can see some history about each station through story boards depicting the evolution of our fire department. 10am – 2pm. FREE.
12th-13th ~ Katy Rice Harvest Festival is two big days of excitement and family fun with two stages of continuous live entertainment, craft and food booths, carnival and more.
19th ~ Houston Fire Fest is an annual fun, family event, hosted by the Houston Fire Museum, and is one of the fund-raising events of the Fire Museum. We help raise awareness among children and their parents about fire and life safety – while having a lot of fun! 10am-5pm. FREE.
20th ~ Hispanic Heritage is the theme of this month’s Bayou Bend Family Day. Explore contributions to U.S. culture by Spanish-speaking nations 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.
23rd ~ “Ransom of Red Chief” at Miller Outdoor Theatre. 11am. Children’s Express Theater brings O’Henry’s literary classic to life with this hilarious musical adaptation. This is the story of two crooks who plan a get-rich quick scheme to kidnap the very energetic son of a local banker. But, the kidnappers get much more than they bargained for with the rambunctious Red Chief. All Miller Outdoor Theatre Perfromances are FREE!
30th ~ “Swing, Jive, & Pop into Dance” at Miller Outdoor Theatre. 11am. Houston Metropolitan Dance Company 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 Perfromances are FREE!
“The Story of the Lone Star State” is performed October 1st – 26th at Interactive Theater. The play begins in pre-Columbian Texas and flies through 600 years of History in 60 minutes. The play covers tales of the Indians, Spanish Exploration, Mexico’s race for independence from Spain, the Texas Revolution, the origin of the Cowboy and more than one reference to bluebonnets! Purchase your tickets here.
Running through November 1st, the Art Car Museum presents “in-DEPTH”. Texas Sculpture Group Exhibition. Admission is free.
Childhood in Early Texas at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. Every Thursday in October. An interactive, hands-on program for the entire family, targeting students ages 5-12. Discover what life was like for a child in the mid-19th century. In the museum, learn about childhood chores, clothes, and schools, and then make some old-fashioned toys to take home. At Barrington Farm, experience life on an 1850s era farm to learn more about the crops, livestock, and daily life of early Texans. $8/child, $6/adult. Lunch not provided, picnics welcome! Reservations and payment in advance required.
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.
Through November 1st 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.
“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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Cover & Post images courtesy Donna Bonilla Photography.