This weekend before Thanksgiving offers lots of family-friendly activities – from the kick-off of an ice sculpture festival to an annual street painting festival. Cap off your weekend with one of the most successful musicals of all time – a tale of love, longing, obsession and revenge. If this weekend is the beginning of a weeklong break for your kids, these are great picks.
The weather should be perfect for getting out and about after our freeze warning earlier this week – sunny skies on Friday and mostly cloudy on Saturday and Sunday – but little chance for rain.
Wherever you go to have fun, take METRO. You'll be able to do more, drive less in heated – or air conditioned – comfort. (We know how the weather can change on a dime here.) Check out our Google-powered Trip Planner to find your specific bus or train from your starting point.
Event: Frostival. The winter season opens today with a fun-filled night, celebrating the opening of the ICE at Discovery Green. Enjoy live ice battles, interactive ice sculptures and tunes from DJ Caps. Lots of photo ops with some amazing ice sculptures.
When: Friday, 6 to 10 p.m.
Where: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney
METRORail: Green and Purple Lines – exit Convention District Station
Bus: 40 Telephone/Heights, 41 Kirby/Polk
Event: Houston Via Colori Street Painting Festival. This 13th annual festival is a colorful fundraiser for the Center for Hearing and Speech, a nonprofit that teaches children with hearing loss to listen, speak and read. It features more than 200 local, national and international artists who create impressive chalk murals on the streets of downtown Houston.
When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Hermann Square at City Hall, 901 Bagby St.
METRORail: Green and Purple Lines, exit Theater District Station
Bus: 160 Memorial Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial City Express, 85 Antoine, 44 Acres Homes, 30 Clinton/Ella
Event: "The Phantom of the Opera." Come catch this spectacular, new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical. This production features new scenic design, new choreography and new staging – overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh. Favorite tunes, including "Music of the Night" and "All I Ask of You," will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52.
When: Sunday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Broadway at the Hobby Center, 800 Bagby St.
METRORail: Green and Purple Lines – exit Theater District Station
Bus: 160 Memorial Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial City Express, 85 Antoine, 44 Acres Homes, 30 Clinton/Ella, 48 Market
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