This is a guest post by Darla Bell, manager of Strategic Analysis in Communications & Marketing.
The weather forecast says that this rain should be gone by Friday, so it's safe for us to plan some outdoor activities. I've got two fun outdoor events for you this weekend – playing in the snow at the zoo and a free movie on a giant outdoor screen. I said the rain would be gone; I didn't say anything about snow – but that's expected only at the zoo. If you don't feel like taking your chances with inclement weather, the Alley Theatre's new play opens this weekend, and it looks very intriguing.
Sometimes the weather's not very dependable around here, but if you plan your travels with public transit, you know you can depend on METRO to get you where you're going. The Trip Planner will guide you to the right routes and times for your needs. Be sure that all the kids are enrolled in the Summer of Fun program so they ride free until September 1, and save your money for the activities I'll suggest every weekend. It's definitely summer now – get out there and make it memorable.
Event: Evening Chill: Snowin' in the South. It's the first weekend of Evening Chill at the zoo, and they're making it snow! The zoo will be open until 8:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday from this weekend through Aug. 18. The animals are more active in the cooler evening weather, and there will be added music and fun family activities. Later hours and extra fun is included in your admission fee. You can save $4 on admission for one visit by ordering a ticket online and arriving after 4 p.m. This weekend, not only can you make snowmen and snow angels, you can learn how the zoo is helping to save animals here in Texas.
When: Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Dr.
Bus – 56 Airline/Montrose
METRORail – Red Line (exit Memorial Hermann Hospital/Houston Zoo Station)
Event: Holmes and Watson. It's opening weekend for the Alley's new play, and everyone loves a Sherlock Holmes story (well, I do…). Three patients in an asylum are claiming to be Sherlock Holmes, but Watson knows he died three years ago at Reichenbach Falls. Is one of these men really Holmes? Watson is determined to find out. Buy your tickets online, and discover the truth. Something else for all you Sherlockians – the Houston Museum of Natural Science is hosting "The International Exhibit of Sherlock Holmes" through September 30, and I hear from a trusted source that it's well worth experiencing.
When: Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Where: Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave.
Bus – 20 Canal/Memorial, 30 Clinton/Ella, 32 Renwick/San Felipe, 82 Westheimer, 85 Antoine/Washington, 102 Bush IAH Express, 160 Memorial City Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial Express
METRORail – Green and Purple lines (exit Theater District Station)
Event: Despicable Me 3. The whole family will love a free, outdoor movie on the giant screen – it's Despicable Me 3 at Discovery Green. Bring your blankets and chairs; food and beverages can be purchased. Come early for photo booth pictures, face painting, coloring and chalk art – and free cookies while they last.
When: Saturday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (activities), 8:30 to 10 p.m. (movie)
Where: Discovery Green Conservancy, 1500 McKinney St.
Bus – 6 Jensen/Greens, 11 Almeda/Lyons, 40 Telephone/Heights, 41 Kirby/Polk, 51 Hardy-Kelley, 52 Hardy-Ley, 137 Northshore Express
METRORail – Green and Purple lines (exit Convention District Station)
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