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Feb 09
Weekend Fun with METRO: Feb. 9–11



This is a guest post by Darla Bell, manager of Strategic Analysis in Communications & Marketing. 

We're featuring family-friendly events this weekend, assuming that you're already planning something more romantic for Valentine's Day in the middle of the week.  I'm recommending a magic show that's fun for all ages, the monster truck extravaganza that's a whole different kind of fun for all ages, and a play that's geared to the older kids.  Right now, it looks like we'll have a rainy weekend, and you can enjoy all these events in dry comfort.

Rain or shine, you can take METRO to so many weekend destinations.  Lots of times, a bus or train will drop you off right in front of where you're going, and that sure beats finding parking some distance away.  The Trip Planner is an easy-to-use source of information on where our bus routes and rail lines can take you – just enter your starting place and destination, and you'll receive exact instructions on how to travel there and back again.  Now, get out your umbrella, and get out of the house. 

Event: The Magic of Adam Trent.  Adam Trent is an internationally-recognized magician who combines magic, comedy and music into his one-of-a-kind show, which blends old-school illusions with cutting-edge technology.  It's perfect for the whole family.  Houston's C Squared dance company performs free in the lobby before each show.  You can purchase tickets online, and limited discount tickets are available.

When: Saturday at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Where: Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St.

Getting there*:

Bus – 20 Canal/Memorial, 30 Clinton/Ella, 32 Renwick/San Felipe, 44 Acres Homes, 48 Market, 85 Antoine/Washington, 102 Bush IAH Express, 160 Memorial City Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial Express

METRORail – Green Line and Purple Line (exit Theater District Station)

Event: "Monster Jam."  The giant trucks are back, bringing thrills to fans of all ages.  They fly through the air, they race…they show you exactly what you shouldn't do on Houston freeways.  The pit parties prior to the show allow you to see the trucks up close and meet the drivers.  Tickets can be purchased online, but you may find cheaper or better seats on TicketNetwork's resale site.  (Ladies, if this isn't your idea of fun, the Texas Home and Garden Show is also at NRG this weekend – your party can split up!)

When: (Pit party starts) Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m.

Where:  NRG Stadium, 1 NRG Pkwy.

Getting there*:

Bus – 60 Cambridge, 83 Buffalo Speedway

METRORail – Red Line (exit Stadium Park/Astrodome Station)

Event: Holes.  This play is recommended for children in the fifth grade and up.  The plot revolves around Stanley, who has been unfairly sent to a boys' detention center where the kids spend all day digging holes exactly five feet wide and five feet deep.  He develops suspicions about the reasons for these holes, and tries to dig up the truth.  This sounds intriguing.  Tickets can be purchased online, and children under age three are not permitted in the theater.

When: Sunday at 2:30 p.m. (also next Sunday)

Where: MATCH, 3400 Main St.

 Getting there*:

Bus – 9 Gulfton/Holman, 82 Westheimer

METRORail – Red Line (exit Ensemble/HCC Station)

*Suggested connections as provided by our Customer Care Center; more convenient routes may vary per individual needs.




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