This is a guest post by Darla Bell, manager of Strategic Analysis in Communications & Marketing.
The weather gurus are forecasting temps in the 80s and no rain this weekend, so let's enjoy outdoor activities before it gets too hot. Two of these activities are free and family-friendly – comedy wrestling on Friday evening and a kite festival on Sunday afternoon. Depending on the event, you can tell the kids "Don't you dare try that at home," or "Go fly a kite." I'm also recommending a dramatic play for those who prefer more serious and thought-provoking entertainment.
We may not all agree on the type of entertainment that's the best fit for our weekend, but we can agree that METRO is the best way to get to whatever we choose to do. Parking can be impossible at some of these event locations, and if you choose theater, you might want dinner and a lovely beverage as part of the evening, so driving isn't a good option. It's easy to use the Trip Planner; just type your starting address and destination to receive the routes and times to suit your needs. Your METRO chariot awaits…have another good weekend.
Event: Doomsday Wrestling Live. Kids of all ages will cheer and boo these costumed wrestlers in a purposely comedic wrestling match at Market Square Park. Like WWE but intentionally funny, Doomsday Wrestling was named "Best Comedy Show" by the Houston Press, and these wacky guys have been entertaining Houston in their over-the-top style since 2003. It's a free event, and there will be DJ music and lawn games before the performance.
When: Friday at 7 p.m. for DJ and lawn games, 8 p.m. for wrestling
Where: Market Square Park, 301 Milam St.
Bus – 30 Clinton/Ella, 32 Renwick/San Felipe, 48 Market, 82 Westheimer, 85 Antoine/Washington, 102 Bush IAH Express, 160 Memorial City Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial Express
METRORail – Red Line (exit Preston Station), Green and Purple lines (exit Central Stations)
Event: The Exonerated. It's the final weekend to see this drama that reflects on the American criminal justice system and the inspiration that helped six wrongly-convicted persons survive time on death row before their eventual exoneration. Based on true stories, you'll learn about the creativity, inventiveness, spirituality, internal strength, meditation, connectivity, and other qualities cultivated by the protagonists that allowed them to survive death row and then recover in the outside world. Tickets can be purchased online.
When: Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.
Where: MATCH, 3400 Main St.
Bus – 9 Gulfton/Holman
METRORail – Red Line (exit Ensemble/HCC Station)
Event: Fifth Annual Hermann Park Conservancy Kite Festival. You won't be alone if this time of the year makes you feel like kite-flying. There will be lots of people doing just that at Hermann Park on Sunday, and it sounds like a terrific outing for the family. In addition to emulating Charlie Brown of Peanuts, you can enjoy music and entertainment, interactive activities and crafting in the H-E-B Kids' Zone, face painting, and food trucks. You'll find all this in the area surrounding Miller Hill and the Jones Reflection Pool, rain or shine. The festival is free, but you'll want some money for concessions. Also, if you run out of time to find a kite before Sunday, there will be kites for sale at the event.
When: Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Hermann Park Conservancy, 6100 Hermann Park Dr.
Bus – 56 Airline/Montrose
METRORail – Red Line (exit Hermann Park/Rice U Station)
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