After several days of heavy rain, the forecast promises a weekend of sunny days with mild temperatures in the high 60s and 70s. We've got some fun, outdoor events for the while family – and there's a bonus. Most of the events we're recommending this weekend are free. This should help get you back on track with the family budget after the holidays.
You can also save money by taking METRO. Local bus and train tickets are only $1.25. Seniors 65 plus and students ride half price. Seniors 70 plus and children five and under ride free. Check out our Google-powered Trip Planner to find the exact bus or train from your starting point.
Event: Loop. This interactive art installation is a cross between a music box, a zoetrope and a railway handcar. Part retro and part futuristic, this machine is more than two meters in diameter. Step inside the loop, turn the hand lever, and watch black-and-white images of old movies through a strobe effect. Free.
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: Outside the George R. Brown Convention Center. The seven installations are located along the Plaza in Avenida Houston, between Rusk and Polk Streets.
METRORail: Green and Purple Lines – exit Convention District Station
Bus: 40 Telephone/Heights, 41 Kirby/Polk. The following routes require a bit more walking: 6 Jensen/Greens, 11 Almeda/Lyons, 51 Hardy-Kelly, 52 Hardy-Ley, 137 Northshore Express
Event: Open House. Artists Dan Havel and Dean Ruck transformed an abandoned house into an interactive temporary public sculpture. This 1940s-era house was originally located in Santa Fe, Tex., and was moved to Sam Houston Park last April. The artists stripped the interior and exterior, then cut circular holes for a "Swiss cheese" effect. The interior walls sport a montage of images from the city's people, places and past. Free.
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday: Dawn to dusk.
Where: Sam Houston Park, 1100 Bagby
METRORail: Green and Purple Lines – exit Theater District Station
Bus: 160 Memorial City Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial Express, 85 Antoine/Washington, 44 Acres Homes, 40 Telephone/Heights, 41 Kirby/Polk
Event: Young Writers Workshop. Take your kids to H-town's only free writing workshop for students in the second through 8th grades. Sponsored by Writers in the School, Discovery Green and the Houston Public Library, this workshop shows kids the magic of imagination when told in story form. Afterwards, treat the kids to one of downtown's many eateries - get an extra discount (most are 10 percent off) by showing your METRO Q® Fare Card at any of our Rider Rewards restaurants. Free but limited to 25 students - first come, first served.
When: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. (additional dates: Jan. 12, 19 and 26)
Where: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St.
Bus: 40 Telephone/Heights, 41 Kirby/Polk
Event: Texans playoff game. Watch our home team play against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Wild Card game. Whether you're joining a tailgate party, or you're lucky enough to have tickets, ride the train to the game and avoid traffic snarls.
When: Saturday, 3:35 p.m.
Where: NRG Stadium,
METRORail: Red Line – exit Stadium Park/Astrodome Station
Bus: 60 Cambridge, 11 Almeda
*Suggested routes by our Customer Service; individual needs may vary.
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