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Jun 30
Weekend Fun with METRO: June 30 - July 2



This is a guest post by Darla Bell, manager of Strategic Analysis in Communications & Marketing. 

The Fourth of July weekend is upon us again.  I'll bet you $1 that a lot of you are taking off Monday to make it a four-day weekend (I am!).  For your weekend entertainment, I'm suggesting a Broadway play ("The Lion King" is back), a night at the zoo for the kids, and some traditional Houston Fourth of July events.  Don't forget to make some time to relax with your family and be thankful that we live in the good old USA.

It may be a holiday weekend, but METRO doesn't rest.  Our smiling bus and rail operators will be out there to transport you to your destinations (remember that buses run on a Sunday schedule and rail on a Saturday schedules on July 4).  The Trip Planner is available 24/7, so choose your destination, plan your route, and enjoy another Houston summer weekend.

Event:  "The Lion King." A lot of people have been waiting for this Broadway show to return to Houston, and it's finally here until July 23.  It's the winner of six Tony awards, including Best Musical, and the music and beauty of the production make it a favorite of more than just the kids.  Enough said – I'll see you there.

When: Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m.

Where: Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St.

Getting there*:

Bus – 30 Clinton/Ella, 32 Renwick/San Felipe (exit Travis & Rusk), 44 Acres Homes (exit Louisiana & Walker), 82 Westheimer (exit Travis & Rusk), 102 Bush IAH Express (exit Travis or Milam & Rusk), 160 Memorial City Express/161 Wilcrest Express/162 Memorial Express (exit Smith & Rusk)

METRORail – Red Line (exit Central Station), Green Line and Purple Line (exit Theater District Station)

Event:  Parents Night Out.  This is a new one on me, and what a great idea!  Want an evening out without the kids?  Just drop them off at the zoo and they can have their own night out.  They'll get to explore the zoo with guides, have evening activities, and meet some animals up-close.  The experience includes dinner and an evening snack.  What a concept!  It's for kids 6 and up, and you should register online.

When: Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m.

Where: The Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Dr.

Getting there*:

Bus – 28 OST-Wayside

METRORail – Red Line, exit Hermann Park/Rice University or Memorial Hermann Hospital/Houston Zoo Station

Event:  Fourth of July Events.  These aren't exactly weekend events, but the Independence Day holiday is on Tuesday and I wanted you to know how to use METRO to travel to a few of our favorite holiday events.

  • Freedom Over Texas – This is the city's signature big festival-and-fireworks event.  You'll find lots of live music, food, drink and vendors – and a major fireworks display.  Buy your admission tickets online.
    When:  Tuesday from 4 to 10 p.m.
    Where:  Eleanor Tinsley and Sam Houston Parks

    Getting there*:
    Bus – 40 Telephone/Heights, 41 Kirby/Polk

  • ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights: A Star-Spangled Salute – Spend your Independence Day evening with the Houston Symphony and some good patriotic music.  Of course, you'll hear the traditional "1812 Overture," and stay for the post-concert fireworks display.  You'll need tickets to sit under cover (see the website for details).
    When:  Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. (fireworks at 10 p.m.)
    Where:  Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Dr.

    Getting there*:
    METRORail – Red Line (exit Museum District Station)

  • July 4th Celebration at Bayou Bend – This is an afternoon of music, art activities and historical demonstrations celebrating American freedom.  You can sign the giant Declaration of Independence and meet some Revolutionary War soldiers. 
    When: Tuesday from noon to 5 p.m.
    Where: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, 6003 Memorial Dr.
    Getting there*:
    Bus – 20 Canal/Memorial, 27 Shepherd, 85 Antoine/Washington
    *Suggested connections as provided by our Customer Care Center; more convenient routes may vary per individual needs.





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