Friday, April 15, 2011

A Summary of this weekend's free and/or fun activities!!!

It seems as though as the weather gets better, the more there is to do!
Below is a list of fun and creative things going on this weekend. Enjoy, pass along.

Houston Pet Expo The theme of this year’s event sounds fun: “Play Shop Learn Adopt”.  This free event, April 16, features agility demonstrations, entertainment stage, pet talent contest, pet costume contest, discount vaccinations, microchipping, and more. Shop at more than 100 exhibitors and rescue groups. The Pet Expo is located at Reliant Center, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Pets are welcome, with shot records.

Saturday, April 16 - Waste Management Earth Day - Houston Zoo
We will have a plenty of activities, crafts, music and more to make this Earth Day memorable!
Where: Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Dr., Houston
When: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Who: All ages
How: No pre-registration required
Cost: Earth Day activities are included with the cost of zoo admission.  Children 0-1, FREE; Children 2-11, $8.00; Adults 12-64, $12.00; Seniors 65+, $6.50     
For more info:

Saturday, April 16 - Healthy Kids Day - YMCA of Greater Houston
Join us for YMCA Healthy Kids Day, held at your local YMCA on Saturday, April 16. The community-based events at YMCA Healthy Kids Day celebrate making fitness fun, and introduces kids to an array of YMCA programs that teach healthy behaviors and healthy ways to play
Where: All Greater Houston YMCA locations. 
When: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Who: All ages
How: No pre-registration required.
Cost: FREE
For more info:

Saturday, April 16 - 23rd Annual Bunny Hop
The Bunny Trail will feature thousands of colorful eggs; Bring your camera for pictures with the Bunny. Free admission and parking.
Where: Community Park, 1700 Glenn Lakes Blvd.
When: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Who: All ages
How: No pre-registration required
Cost: FREE
For more info:
Saturday, April 16 - Spring Fling - Earth Day Celebration
Join us as we celebrate Earth Day at the Nature Discovery Center. This FREE family event has something for everyone: children’s crafts and activities, nature walks, environmental exhibitors, and music on the front porch. Inside the house visitors may browse a Spring Gift Market.
Where: The Nature Discovery Center, 7112 Newcastle, Bellaire
When: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Who: All ages
How: No pre-registration required.
Cost: FREE

Saturday, April 16 - Annual Springtacular Kids Event - Borders Meyerland Saturday, April 16 - Lemonade Day! - Chick Fil A Holcombe
The Lemonade Day organization will be registering students for National Lemonade Day. We will also be handing out FREE samples of lemonade along with free face painting and balloon art for the kids!
Where: Chick Fil A - West U, 3101 Holcombe, Houston, 77025
When: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Who: All ages
How: No pre-registration required
Cost: Free
For more info:

Saturday, April 16 - Celebrate Earth Day! - Lakeshore Learning Store
Decorate a FREE kid's tote, plant a flower to grow at home, or play with products inspired by nature!
Where: Lakeshore Learning Store, 2405 Post Oak Blvd, Houston
When: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Who: Preschool and early elementary ages
How: No pre-registration required
Cost: Free

The 1960s musical, Hairspray, is on stage at Miller Outdoor Theatre, this Friday and Saturday April 15-16 at 8 p.m.  Free tickets for covered reserved seats are available at the box office on performance day from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Or just grab a blanket and enjoy seating on the big hill.  Miller Outdoor Theatre is located at 6000 Hermann Park Dr.

 San Jacinto Day Festival, celebrates the battle that won Texas’ independence in 1836.  Visit the San Jacinto Battleground State Historical Park on Saturday, April 16, for its battle re-enactment with horses and cannons, living history camps, live music, arts and crafts, period artisan demonstrations, and more.  Great family fun and learning!  Hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at 3523 Battleground Road in La Porte.

Watch creativity in motion: High school and college teams from around the world compete at the Shell Eco-Marathon April 15-17 at Discovery Green. The annual competition promotes innovation, eco-efficiency, and invention as teams build and test vehicles for maximum efficiency.  Visitors can check out the Energy Zone exhibits and practice runs.  Streets are closed around Discovery Green.  Hours are 9 .m. – 4 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday, and 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

It’s a big day on 19th Street in the Heights at its Spring Fling, Saturday, April 16. The full-day event features lots of family fun including Easter bunny photos, egg hunt, Sleeping Beauty production, pie eating contest, local school music and dance performances, and art cars on display.  Live music kicks off for adults from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Don’t miss the “egg hop” eggs at participating merchants with discounts and prizes.  Spring Fling is located on 19th Street in the Heights from Shepherd to Yale.
Bayou Bend Family Day, Things Worth Writing, ties into National Poetry Month with storytelling, art activities, music, poetry, performances, puzzles, mural making, scavenger hunt, and more. Learn about poetry, and try your hand at prose. This free event, Sunday, April 17, from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., is at Bayou Bend Collections and its sister site, Rienzi.  A complimentary shuttle runs between the two sites at 6003 Memorial and 1406 Kirby Dr.  Find the complete schedule online.

Saturday, April 16 - Bellaire Art Festival
Since its inception, the Bellaire Art Festival has provided a venue for thousands of local artists to display and sell their works - many of whom were just starting their careers as successful artists. Cultivating local talent is one of the many reasons that the Bellaire Art Festival has been so successful and is still around today. And make sure you bring the kids too - the Bellaire Art Festival has a fantastic children's area complete with petting zoo, face painting, bouncy castles, children's art, and entertainment for the young ones. If you get hungry, check out the local cuisine scattered around the park - you'll find anything from corndogs to crawfish to kettle korn!
Where: Bellaire Town Square, 7008 S. Rice Avenue, Bellaire
When: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Who: All ages
How: No pre-registration required
Cost: FREE

Saturday, April 9 through Saturday, April 23 - Easter Bunny Photo Experience
The Easter Bunny will be hopping in for a visit to the Houston Galleria.
Where: Houston Galleria,Galleria II, in front of Ann Taylor
When: n/a
Who: All ages
How: No pre-registration required.
Cost: Cost of your desired photo package.
For more info: Scrool down to Houston Galleria News and Events.

Easter Egg Hunt at Old Town Spring
Old Town Spring
Located at end of Spring Cypress, one mile east of I-45
Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m.
Merchants supply the eggs and prizes for the 10 a.m. egg hunt.  For kids 12 and under.  Sign up by 9:30 a.m. Celebration is at Thyme Square at Noble and Preston, one block north of Main Street.
Easter Egg Hunt and Open House
TGR Exotics
Saturday, April 16, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
22115 Sherrod Lane in Spring
Easter egg hunt times vary by ages: 11:30 a.m. (2-4), 12:30 p.m. (5-7) and 1:30 p.m. (8-10). No animal tours…
Community Easter Egg Hunts
Sugar Creek Baptist
Saturday, April 16 and April 23
More than 20 community Easter egg hunts are hosted by members of this church.  See list of the different community hunts at various apartments, community club houses, playgrounds, and churches in Sugar Land, Missouri City and more.
Easter Egg Hunt/Helicopter Egg Drop at the Farm
7 Acre Wood
4401 N. Frazier in Conroe
Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Free community egg hunt at 10 a.m.   A noon helicopter egg drop plus special prizes, games, music, and food.
The Orange Show Easter Egg Hunt
The Orange Show Monument
2402 Munger
Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m.
Explore the 3,000 sq. ft maze/folk monument for hidden eggs, treats, and oranges!
Easter Eggstravaganza
Clear Lake United Methodist Church
16335 El Camino Real
Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m. to noon
The egg hunt kicks off at 10 a.m. followed by petting zoo, moonwalk, Easter Bunny, train, pony rides, and free food.
Bear Creek UMC’s Eggstragavanza
Bear Creek United Methodist Church
16000 Rippling Water
Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m. – noon
Dye Easter eggs, decorate baskets, practice egg hunt, and photos with the Easter bunny.  Egg hunt for 3 and under begins at 11:15 a.m.  Another hunt at 11:45 a.m. for kids 4 through 5th grade.
Easter in the Gardens
Moody Gardens in Galveston
Sunday, April 24, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Free Easter event featuring egg hunt, arts-n-crafts, petting zoo, music, games…

Helicopter Drop, 5,000 Eggs for Egg Hunt
The Way Church
24418 I-45 N. in The Woodlands
Sunday, April 24, 11 a.m.
It’s the biggest egg drop in Montgomery County with big prizes!

Saturday, April 16 - Easter Eggstravaganza - First UMC Westchase
Join us for Easter Eggstravaganza Saturday, April 16, from 9:00am to 12:30pm,  at the Westchase Campus. This is a FREE community event and children are invited to participate in the egg hunt with candy and prizes. The event begins at 9:00am with Breakfast with the Bunny, face painting, arts and crafts projects, games, train rides, pony rides, moon walks, and a petting zoo. There will be an Easter Basket contest as special prizes for golden eggs. The egg hunt begins at noon and after the hunt children can “recycle” their eggs and redeem them for candy and prizes.
Where: First United Methodist Church Westchase - Quillian Center, 10570 Westpark Dr., Houston (map)
When: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Who: Children
How: No pre-registration required.
Cost: FREE
For more info:

Easter and the start of Spring is a time of new beginnings and opportunities. Bring the whole family to celebrate the season with a special kids event.
Where: Borders Meyerland, 570 Meyerland Plaza, Houston
When: 2:00 PM
Who: Best for ages 3 - 8.
How: No pre-registration required.
Cost: Free
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