Our family has moved on to a new season in life and away from regularly taking field trips. We’re no longer regularly monitoring this blog or updating/adding information.
I’m excited to announce that Texas Unschoolers will now be home to all these resources. Not only does this allow me to preserve all the information I’ve gathered over the years, but I will be periodically blogging for them in the future on a variety of topics of interest to our family.
Thank you for all of your support and I hope you’ll join us over there!
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Express Children’s Theatre has been entertaining, educating and inspiring young audiences throughout Texas since 1991. They offer multicultural theatre performances created specifically for children and their families.
Houston Field Trips has been chatting with their Marketing Team Leader, Charita, the past few weeks. I inquired about how they handle registrations for homeschool families. Up until this point, to receive a group discount ~ home educators had to gather a fairly large group together and prepay for the entire performance OR pay the list prices at open performances.
I’m excited to announce that they have opened a performance date specifically for home educators, extending the discounted group rate, while allowing individual family registrations!
Three Little Pigs
Tuesday May 6, 2014
For reservations All homeschool families should contact Cherita at the box-office. Weekdays. 713-682-5044. Payments may be made by phone with a credit/debit card or in-person at Express Theatre. The tickets will be $6.00/person for any pre-paid tickets. This is a discount of $2/per ticket.
Three Little Pigs Synopsis: A bilingual (English/Spanish) show about three brothers…one a prankster, one a dreamer, and the last an intellectual. They are Pig Scouts. There Scout Master is none other than The Big Bad Wolf himself. With his guidance, the Pig Scouts will set out to earn their merit badges. Can Scout Master Wolf lead this squad without losing his temper? This musical adaptation is a lesson on achieving goals through cooperation. It also teaches responsibility and the importance of following instructions.
This event is not posted to their website. Please share this blog post with your home educating friends, post to Facebook, & within homeschooling groups. If this event is well attended, home educators will likely see more opportunities provided!
We attended our first performance by InterActive Theater Company this morning. We decided to take advantage of Homeschool Happenings ~ discounted performances for Homeschool families. Tickets were $6/per person.
We registered online and within 24 hours received an e-mail confirmation. This morning we were greeted at the entrance by the box office manager (who also happened to be in the cast) and paid for our tickets. We headed upstairs and found a seat. One of the cast members gave an informative talk about how the performances run. The cast encourages audience participation during the entire performance. Sometimes via all responding, pointing to a certain audience member and asking for their response, or inviting various audience members onstage to take part in the show. Today’s performance was “Fantastic Four Founding Fathers”. In sixty minutes they covered the birth of our nation and gave a quick introduction to “key players” in the colonization, American Revolution, and early government. A mixture of slapstick, puns, literary & historical reference, and general zaniness ~ we spent the entire time laughing. After, the cast took questions from the audience.
We are definitely looking forward to their next performance and would recommend InterActive Theater to our friends.
Recommended ages: All ages. Family friendly. Many families had infants/toddlers. Stage is on the second floor and there is an elevator available for wheelchair & stroller access.
Anything we wish was different? One of the actors had a heavy accent that could sometimes be difficult to understand if he wasn’t directly facing the audience or he was speaking quickly. Also, perhaps we’re a little spoiled by A.D. Players, but we missed having the opportunity to take pictures with the cast after the performance. It’s also nice to have a Playbill &/or cast photo for our scrapbook. However, none of these recommendations would keep us from attending in the future. Updated: We contacted the Theater and were told that taking pictures during the performance is OK.
How do I set up a trip? Homeschool Happening rates are already discounted from standard admission, so no need to organize a group (but you’re more than welcome to). Reserve your tickets via the website and pay at the door. They accept cash & credit cards.
A note about parking. Homeschool performances are held at the Church of Christ at 1548 Heights Boulevard. I highly suggest you use the directions posted to the website as we heard from others and experienced ourselves that smartphone mapping programs do not give accurate directions. The parking spaces are very close together ~ aim for the middle! Parking is free.
What else is there to do nearby? You’re only 2 miles North of the Art Car Museum, which is also on Heights Boulevard (just South of I-10).