Posted on Dec 31, 2012 | Tagged in: Holiday , family , events
Mayor Annise Parker said, “This won’t be your typical Auld Lang Syne!” KC and the Sunshine Band will help Houston ring in 2013 and celebrate their 40th anniversary. The king of disco will be the cherry on top of a fun, fantastic celebration open to the community.
Events include fireworks at Midnight, “GlowParade” by Art Cars of Houston, Ice Skaters, Bubble Garden, and Electric Go-Go Dancers to name a few on December 31 from 7pm to 12:30 am at Discovery Green. The “GlowParade” is art on wheels, brilliantly lit and blowing fire at 8:00 p.m. This route circles Discovery Green so that all patrons can experience the beauty.
Relax in the Bubble Garden as sip champagne until close with great views of the main stage, plenty of room for dancing, and a lounge area where you can rest your boogie shoes. A Silent Disco will offer an opportunity to dance to three diverse genres of music under the lights of Maconda’s Grove.
Posted on Dec 31, 2012 | Tagged in: sports , family , events , Cypress
Cypress Ranch Key Club has had a very special relationship with Special Olympics throughout the years. The club has been very busy this fall volunteering at Special Olympics events, both practices and competitions.
Student Kenzie Golladay said, “I love doing Special Olympics swimming because it gives me a way to connect and interact with the kids by doing something that I am good at and love.”
Volunteer coaches are in the water with our school district swimmers encouraging them and helping them learn different techniques and strokes to use in competition. Dozens of Key Club members worked the swim practices, all in the water alongside the athletes. Many volunteers were also Cy Ranch swimmers.
Posted on Dec 31, 2012 | Tagged in: family , events , Cypress
Cypress Creek FACE invites kids in preK through grade 5 to a magic and puppet show at 10 am at The entrum, 6823 Cypresswood Drive in Spring on Saturday January 19, 2013. Open to the community the event will be “fun, engaging, magic; hilarious puppets; a dynamic, professional presenter; all lead to one thing: your child having the time of their life”!
Franklin began performing magic shows and puppet shows in his childhood years. During his career, which includes teaching 8 years in the private sector and 8 years in the Texas public schools; he continued his performing in faculty plays and as a semi-professional dancer with The Woodlands Civic Ballet.
In 1999 he decided to combine his love of performing with his passion for education and Julian Franklin Productions was born; providing educational and motivational programs to schools and public libraries. Franklin quickly expanded and continue to offer services through a growing staff of performers and presenters. Franklin, “the man behind the company” continues to direct strategic operations and marketing efforts, though most of his stage time now is spent fulfilling the demand for his speaking services.
Posted on Dec 04, 2012 | Tagged in: Holiday , family
Come experience Santa’s Ranch Express and enjoy an unforgettable day celebrating the Christmas season. Enjoy a hayride with the family then take a train to the North Pole to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Order Hot Chocolate or Coffee at the General Store, take lots of pictures with Decorated Christmas Trees. Relax and celebrate the holidays at Oil Ranch! Open December 1st, December 6th-8th, and December 13th-15th. Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus from 11:30am – 12:30pm on weekdays and 2:00 – 3pm on weekends.
General activities include pony rides, the Dairy Barn where a new baby longhorn recently joined the family, a petting zoo, the stockyard maze and much more! For more information on Oil Ranch and visiting with Santa go to Oil Ranch online.
Posted on Dec 04, 2012 | Tagged in: Holiday , family , events
Looking for a fun event for you & your friends or an activity to get the kids out of the house? Painting with a Twist® is the answer! The "twist" is you can bring your favorite bottle of wine or beverage to enjoy during the class. Come alone or invite your friends. Paint, canvas, and brushes are provided, as is an experienced and enthusiastic local artist who can lead you step by step through the process of recreating the featured artwork. At the end of the class, you’ll have a one-of-a-kind creation and a newfound talent you’ll want to explore. This is not your average art class, this is art entertainment!
During the month of December there are many art entertainment classes going on, however there are a few special ones just for children including:
- December 15, 2012 is Reindeer Games Family Art Day from 3pm to 5pm
- December 23, 2012 is Art for All from 2pm to 4pm
- December 24, 2012 is Kids Camp Christmas Trees from 10am to 12 noon.
- December 26, 2012 is Kids Camp Peace Party from 10am to 12 noon.
- December 27, 2012 is Kids Camp Reach for the Stars from 10am to 12 noon.
- December 28, 2012 is Kids Camp Baby Blue Birds from 10am to 12 noon.
Each artwork was conceptualized and executed by the instructors with the idea of being an easy to follow piece of art for the inexperienced painter. The artwork ranges from landscapes, abstracts and cityscapes, to creative renderings of seafood, animals, iconic buildings and florals. Visit them online or call 281-256-8383 to register for a class.
Posted on Nov 13, 2012 | Tagged in: Houston , family , education
The Tot Spot at the Children’s Museum of Houston is a great way to spend the day with the under 3 years old set! It’s a fun to learn, discover, explore and experiment with all the exhibits on display including:
Mirrors are used in several of the defined spaces to add to the child’s learning whether they are on their tummies gazing at themselves in the mirror in a padded area as they play or dancing with scarves in the amphitheater.
The Ball and Pillow Pit is a spot for children and their parents to explore the realm of physical knowledge by rolling, kicking and tossing a variety of balls.
Posted on Nov 13, 2012 | Tagged in: Holiday , family
Ever wonder about Santa, nutcrackers, or christmas cards? Here are some fun facts for holiday musing!
Given the different time zones, Santa has 31 hours to deliver gifts, but his reindeer really have to fly, since that means visiting 823 homes per second.
Dreaming of a green Christmas? Household waste increases by 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. In the United States, trash from wrapping paper and shopping bags totals 4 million tons.
Posted on Nov 10, 2012 | Tagged in: Holiday , family
There are several myths and misconceptions about this beloved holiday. Here is the truth on some of the myre surrounding the origins of our nation’s first settlers.
The Pilgrims Held the First Thanksgiving
To see what the first Thanksgiving was like you have to go to: Texas. Texans claim the first Thanksgiving in America actually took place in little San Elizario, a community near El Paso, in 1598 -- twenty-three years before the Pilgrims' festival. For several years they have staged a reenactment of the event that culminated in the Thanksgiving celebration. Then again, you may want to go to Virginia.. At the Berkeley Plantation on the James River they claim the first Thanksgiving in America was held there on December 4th, 1619....two years before the Pilgrims' festival....and every year since 1958 they have re enacted the event. In their view it's not the Mayflower should remember, it's the Margaret, the little ship which brought 38 English settlers to the plantation in 1619. Hardly anybody outside Virginia has ever heard of this Thanksgiving, but in 1963 President Kennedy officially recognized the plantation's claim.
Posted on Nov 10, 2012 | Tagged in: Houston , Holiday , family
We stress and rush all year long, Make Thanksgiving a family time for everyone. Take a deep breath and some time to include the whole family in the experiences of the day. These ideas will help maximize the time spent together as a family.
Small Tasks for Small Hands
Let kids fold napkins, mix juice, or fill salt and pepper shakers. They can arrange cheese and crackers or slices of pumpkin bread on a tray. Ask the kids to hand you ingredients, or even help measure and pour. They'll love rolling out leftover pie dough and cutting out shapes. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and bake for tasty treats.
Posted on Nov 03, 2012 | Tagged in: Houston , health , events
Join in the community fun to run off your turkey day feast at the inaugural Marcus Luttrell Boot Run Houston half marathon and 5k on November 25 at 1pm. Hosted by Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Sports Retreat, you will be treated to not only the rolling beautiful country roads of Northern Waller County but a one of a kind post race party!
All Race Registration includes microfiber shirt and admission. Boot Run Houston Long sleeve and Dress Shirts are available at additional cost.