This is a guest post by Darla Bell, manager of Strategic Analysis in Communications & Marketing.
School's out, so summer has officially begun for many of us. Let's make this a season of family fun by taking advantage of the bounty of entertainment that Houston offers. This weekend, I'm recommending a free farmers market, a boating expedition on a downtown lake, and a play (in air-conditioned comfort). Don't forget that students K through college ride for free until Sept. 1.
I had my heart set on sending you on a boat tour to view the Waugh Avenue bat colony at sundown, but this weekend's tour is all sold out. So, save the date – check the website now to register for the June 23, July 14, or July 28 tour. You leave from 1001 Commerce St. Several bus routes (11 Almeda/Lyons, 20 Canal/Memorial, 30 Clinton/Ella, 48 Market, 51 Hardy/Kelley, 52 Hardy/Ley, 102 Bush/IAH Express, 137 Northshore Express, 413 Greenlink Orange), and the Red Line (Preston Station) is about two blocks away.
Wherever you go in our area this summer, METRO will get you there in comfort and for very little money. The Trip Planner will give you the lowdown on which routes and rail lines to catch. I'm looking forward to seeing all of you all around town this summer, smiling and waving from the buses and trains.
Event: The Graduate. It's the last weekend to see this theatrical interpretation of the novel-turned-movie that many of us recall so fondly. Spend an evening with Benjamin, a new college graduate with lots of insecurity about what to do with his future. I wonder if anyone today would advise a young man to go into plastics? Tickets can be purchased online, but you may find limited discounted tickets for $14 here.
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: Urban Havest Farmers Market. Have the kids ever visited a farmers market and met the people who actually grow the food you eat? This is something free and fun to do on a Saturday morning. The market helps support family farms and boost the incomes of small area growers, while providing you and your family with nutritious and delicious foods, plus flowers and plants. The website lists more than fifty vendors, so you're sure to find a good variety of products.
When: Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon
Where: 3000 Richmond Ave.
Bus – 25 Richmond
Event: Kayak on Kinder Lake. Here's an outdoor activity the whole family can enjoy – right in the middle of downtown Houston. Discovery Green's Kinder Lake is now open for kayaking seven days a week, weather permitting. Watch the fish, get some sun, and take a kayak ride with a guide. Life jackets are provided, but wear clothes you don't mind getting wet.
When: Friday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Discovery Green Conservancy, 1500 McKinney St.
Bus – 40 Telephone/Heights, 41 Kirby/Polk, 412 Greenlink Green (weekdays), 413 Greenlink Orange
METRORail – Green and Purple lines (exit Convention District Station)
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