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BEST Things To Do In Houston

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  • Hall of Ancient Egypt

    Houston Museum of Natural Science
    5555 Hermann Park Dr
    Houston, TX 77030
    Hall of Ancient Egypt

    Safely ensconced in the Sahara desert, and drawing its lifeblood from the river Nile, ancient Egyptian civilization flourished for more than three millennia. A quintessential example of what archaeologists call a primary civilization,” ancient Egypt did not rely on inspiration from others to develop its own architecture, writing and religion—all of Egyptian culture was developed “in house.”

    The themes of writing, religion, natural resources and—of course—mummification will be explored in this new permanent exhibition hall.

    Ever since the late 18th century, the Western world has been exploring Egypt. This hall will present artifacts collected during these early days of investigations, and will also compare old-style archaeology with 21st-century approaches, such as using satellite imagery and remote sensing to locate and map ancient settlements. The Museum’s own mummy, Ankh Hap, has been moved to his new surroundings.

  • Hamman Hall Of Texas Coastal Ecology

    Houston Museum of Natural Science
    5555 Hermann Park Dr
    Houston, TX 77030
    Hamman Hall Of Texas Coastal Ecology

    The Texas coast is a natural treasure to many Texans, but few know about its ecologic and economic importance. The Hamman Hall of Texas Coastal Ecology shows visitors how a healthy environment is paramount to maintaining and sustaining a healthy economy. With about 2400 square feet of floor space and a 120 foot wall space adjacent to the new Farish Hall of Texas Wildlife, guests learn about the environmental characteristics of the Texas coast, as well as critical habitats, iconic species, concerns and impacts, recreation, and opportunities for conservation and restoration.

    “The Texas coast provides seemingly unlimited resources of many kinds for business, industry, education, recreation, and simply, personal enjoyment,” said Wes Tunnell, HMNS Curator of Marine Biology. “Consequently, many people want to live, work, and play on the Texas coast. Therefore, it is important to balance what we take from and how we use the coast. We now know that a healthy coastal environment leads to a healthy and sustainable coastal economy, so it is important to protect the natural environment which in turn protects the economy.”

  • Farmers Market at Imperial

    234 Matlage Way
    Sugarland, TX 77478
    Farmers Market at Imperial

    In addition to a wonderful selection of vendors, the Farmers Market brings you family fun! Each week, the Market features live music, cooking demonstrations or other seasonal entertainment. Presented by the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce.

  • Farish Hall of Texas Wildlife

    Houston Museum of Natural Science
    5555 Hermann Park Dr
    Houston, TX 77030
    Farish Hall of Texas Wildlife

    The Houston Museum of Natural Science has had Texas Wildlife diorama displays since the early days when the museum was located across the street at the zoo. In 2014 several of the older murals underwent a renovation of supporting habitat and species, and today these vintage treasures can be viewed in the basement of the Education wing.

    Today’s version of the Farish Hall of Texas Wildlife is located on the 2nd floor, and showcases the remarkably diverse biomes of our beloved Lone Star State. Dioramas highlighting Piney Woods, Oak Motte, Coastal Prairie and Wetland are included as nearby regions, whereas South Texas Dry Forest, Guadelupe Mountains, and High Plains are further afield in other parts of the state. There are also kiosks focusing on extinct and vanishing species, invasive species in our state, and aberrantly colored individual animals.

    In total over 425 specimens representing approximately 250 species will be on display. Emphasis for this exhibit is placed on rare, endangered and extinct species. Over 50 species, more than 20% of those on display, are classified under some level of threat.

  • Cyberchase

    1500 Binz St
    Houston, TX 77004
    Cyberchase

    It is the classic tale of good vs. evil as the dastardly Hacker attempts to overtake Cyberspace. Yet, he’s continuously outsmarted by three curious kids and one cyberbird pal who are determined to stop him. Join forces with the CyberSquad: Matt, Inez, Jackie and Digit, in their quest to save Cyberspace as they zoom into Cyberchase – The Chase Is On!, an out-of-this-world, math adventure!

  • KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature

    1500 Binz St
    Houston, TX 77004
    KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature

    Immaturity is NOT a four-letter word – literally and metaphorically. In fact, the Children’s Museum of Houston is out to prove that immaturity and genius go hand in hand with KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature on February 2, 2019. Based on KLUTZ® Encyclopedia of Immaturity Vol. 1 and 2, the KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature exhibit will offer you the opportunity to embrace your inner zany genius, while exploring what these behaviors can teach you about science, engineering, math, and literacy. Produced by the Children’s Museum of Houston in partnership with KLUTZ®, KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature returns to Houston for the first time in four years!

  • FlowWorks

    1500 Binz St,
    Houston, TX 77004
    FlowWorks

    Dive into the forces and properties of water through waves, vortices and rapids, exploring the fascinating concept of hydropower!

    FlowWorks is an interactive exhibit, which requires kids to “dip” their hands into it to make it work!

    An 18 feet tall Cauldron stands in the middle of it all! The more you play, the more it gets filled up with water. Once it’s full, water comes crashing down, making an unstoppable wave of fun and allowing other exhibit components to break their course!

  • An American Visual Language: Specimens of Historic Wood Type

    1324 W. Clay Street
    Houston, TX 77019
    An American Visual Language: Specimens of Historic Wood Type

    The use of wood as a tool for printing text has been employed for centuries. The Chinese first carved their alphabetical characters into individual pieces of wooden type in 868 CE. However, history, technology, and resources combined in an interesting way in nineteenth-century America, creating an aesthetic trend in printing that drew on historic type style and designs, but also innovated in news way that had not been seen before. As westward expansion brought Americans to settle across the country, the demand for printers and new printing technology also grew. The routing and pantograph machines allowed the forested land to be converted into wood type, which could be produced as a less expensive alternative to metal type. This new technology enabled new fonts to be developed around historiated letters that were typically used as display type. Now, entire alphabets of new fonts were created in a distinctly American aesthetic and in sizes not previously available.

    John Horn was first introduced to printing in high school in the mid-1960s. He would go on to work as a commercial printer for most of his life. After retiring in the 1980s he began collecting historic printing equipment and type and immersed himself in the history of printing and typography. He now is the owner of his own letterpress studio, Shooting Star Press, in Little Rock, Arkansas. He owns 2,700 fonts of metal type, 1,200 fonts of wood type, hundreds of fonts of line casting matrices and over 200 presses.  He draws largely from American Wood Type: 1828-1900, Rob Roy Kelly’s seminal text from 1977, for identifying and dating the wood type in his collection—situating American manufacturers as innovators in style.

    On display are selections of type specimens from The Printing Museum’s collection, which were printed in 2001-2002 by John Horn on his Vandercook Universal I Press.  The specimens consist of fonts that were produced by five type manufacturers:  Hamilton Manufacturing Company; William H. Page and Company; Vanderburgh, Wells & Company; Morgans & Wilcox; and Tubbs Manufacturing Company (also referred to as Tubbs & Company). These examples depict serif and sanserif fonts, including primary faces of Roman, Antique, and Gothic; secondary designs, such as Clarendon and Tuscan; and new families of type designs, such as Antique Tuscan. Further derivations can be seen in the condensed and expanded fonts, as well as Italic and outlined versions.

    On view in the Hallway Gallery. All prints on display are from the permanent collection of The Printing Museum.

  • Matter Factory

    1500 Binz St
    Houston, TX 77004
    Matter Factory

    Step into a whimsical factory and stare straight into the future! The Children's Museum of Houston's Matter Factory offers a glimpse into the concepts of materials science, including properties of matter and potential uses for different substances and smart materials.

    With 1,350 square feet of exhibit space, explore how matter matters in our daily lives. Experiment with different properties of matter, test and sort materials based on their properties, and examine unique properties of emerging materials recently developed by scientists.

  • Saturdays in Smither Park

    2402 Munger Street
    Houston, TX 77023
    Saturdays in Smither Park

    Enjoy Saturdays in Smither Park and watch Houston's newest and most creative green space evolve as local artists hand-place reused and repurposed material to mosaic the park's many structures. Spend time gazing at all the whimsical mosaics that have been completed including the rocketship, octopus, goldfish, and crazy cat lady. Bring a picnic lunch and hang out under the Vinson & Elkins Pavilion, start a spontaneous drum circle or performance in the Lindley Fish Amphitheater, or just enjoy relaxing on the swings. Bring family and friends to spend Saturday outdoors enjoying this unique, creative environment - and while you're there, make sure to visit The Orange Show Monument, located next door!Every Saturday, weather permitting.

  • Dixie's Never Wear a Tube Top...

    800 Bagby St #300
    Houston, TX 77002
    Dixie's Never Wear a Tube Top...

    Put on your cowboy boots and stroll into one of Dixie’s favorite honkytonks and get ready to enjoy the incomparable Ms. Longate---as she shares her hysterical life-lessons learned after a hard night of drinking. What do a jeweled crown, a cardboard cutout of Julie Andrews and a box of moon pies have in common? Spend the night with Dixie and find out!

    For the last 11 years, theatre-goers and critics around the globe have hailed “Dixie’s Tupperware Party” as a non-stop laughter hit----so it’s no surprise that Ms. Dixie dreamed up a follow-up show that has reviewers cheering and audiences on their feet begging for more fun! Developed by Denver Center for the Performing Arts in the spring of 2014, “Never Wear A Tube Top While Riding A Mechanical Bull…” has hit the road.

  • Panto Hansel & Gretel

    3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 101
    Houston, TX 77019
    Panto Hansel & Gretel

    Follow the breadcrumbs into an outrageous reimagining of the tale of Hansel and Gretel as two selfish Houston parents pursue their dream to be stars of the theatre after leaving their social-media-obsessed children in the woods. It’s going to take Buttons to save the day, but he’s busy battling an ambitious wood-nymph determined to take his place as comic sidekick. Come ready to laugh, cheer and boo as all your Panto favorites join a new cast of characters to sing, dance and make joy for the whole family!

  • Elf the Musical

    The Hobby Center, 800 Bagby St
    Houston, TX 77002
    Elf the Musical

    The Hilarious Modern Holiday Classic

    If the thought of oversized manchild Will Ferrel squeezed into bright yellow tights immediately fills you with Christmas cheer, then TUTS' holiday production of Elf The Musical is sure to put a festive spring in your step! Based on the ever popular 2003 comedy film Elf, which has become a modern holiday classic in its own right, the stage adaptation first warmed the cockles during 2010 and 2012, winning over audiences with high spirited song and dance numbers, zany onstage gags and a few adult-aimed jokes for good measure. 

    Elf follows the fantastical story of Buddy, a young orphan who somehow manages to crawl into Santa's sack of presents and is accidentally whisked away to the North Pole. With seemingly no family to return to, Buddy is raised by Santa and his helpers as an elf, which proves problematic when he grows up and is distinctly different to the pint-sized toymakers. When Buddy learns the truth, he undertakes a hijink-filled journey to New York City in search of his birth parents.

  • Invention Convention

    1500 Binz St
    Houston, TX 77004
    Invention Convention

    Step into a workshop of gadgets and gizmos where kids create, concoct and construct contraptions and use their imagination to become inventors!
    Dream-up and design in a workshop filled with half-finished contraptions, bins of spare parts, project tables, schematics and various instruments from floor to ceiling.

    Experiment with LEGO® bricks, propellers, magnets, batteries, switches and buzzers through facilitated, hands-on experiments and mini-workshops.