This is a guest post by Darla Bell, manager of Strategic Analysis in Communications & Marketing.
Easter weekend is here, and the outdoor events are popping up like wildflowers. There's a lot to enjoy, in addition to the community egg hunts and baskets filled with chocolate bunnies. This week, I'm recommending the zoo's Easter event, an outdoor theater production featuring a singing and dancing ogre, and lots of dress-up and imagination at the Anime Matsuri convention. All these events are family-friendly, and the outdoor theater production is free.
The best way to reach all this fun and frivolity is to hop on down to your nearest bus stop or rail station and let METRO whisk you away. You can relax on the trip and enjoy your traveling companions, or just look at the spring scenery. Use the Trip Planner before you go, and you'll have all the information you need to find the right route and time to easily reach where you want to go, when you want to get there. It's going to be a beautiful weekend – METRO wishes you a happy Easter.
Event: "EGG-stravaganza." Watch the animals celebrate Easter at the zoo with their own egg hunt. They'll be hunting, eating and playing with eggs of all sizes. Check the schedule on the zoo's website for the times that various animals will receive their egg-type treats. There's an egg-themed scavenger hunt for the kids, too, so don't forget to stop at the front plaza for information. The kids will have a great time learning about eggs in the animal world. The event is included with your paid zoo admission and free to zoo members.
When: Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Dr.
Bus – 56 Airline/Montrose
METRORail – Red Line (exit Memorial Hermann Hospital/Houston Zoo Station)
Event: Anime Matsuri – Japanese Culture Convention. This annual event is billed as a family-friendly celebration of everything Japanese in terms of today's music, art, anime, and fashion. The fashion to be seen includes lots of cosplay, and there's even an exhibit of Game of Thrones costumes. You'll find vendors, panels, workshops, celebrities, live concerts and much more. The website will give you all the information about when to experience the variety of things to see and do, and tickets can be purchased online.
When: Friday from 11:30 to 4 a.m., Saturday from 9:30 to 4 a.m., and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas
Bus – 40 Telephone/Heights, 41 Kirby/Polk, 412 Greenlink Circulator (Friday), 413 Greenlink Orange (Saturday and Sunday)
METRORail – Green and Purple lines (exit Convention District Station)
Event: Shrek the Musical. It's time for another season of outdoor performances at Miller, and "Shrek" is the first offering. You may have seen the Shrek story as a movie, but this production features all-new songs and great dancing along with your favorite ogre, princess and donkey. I love the online description – "part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone!" That sounds like a fun evening to me. Free tickets are available for the covered seating area (see Miller's website for how to get these), and there's open seating on the hill.
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m.
Where: Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Dr.
METRORail – Red Line (exit Hermann Park/Rice U Station)
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