This is a guest post by Darla Bell, manager of Strategic Analysis in Communications & Marketing.
The last weekend of July – summer's moving right along, isn't it? What can we do to celebrate this weekend? I'm suggesting the "Cool Nights at the Zoo" event – a little snow will be welcome in this hot weather – along with a free day exploring three of our city's renowned museums, and a theatrical trip to the Emerald City. Family members of all ages can enjoy all three of these events.
In addition, METRO has a METRONext community meeting scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Magnolia Multi-Service Center, 7037 Capitol (take the METRORail Green Line to Magnolia Park Station or the 20 Canal/Memorial, 28 Old Spanish Trail/Wayside, 50 Broadway or 76 Evergreen bus). As you know, we're working on a regional transit plan and want your suggestions about what we should include.
METRO can deliver you in air-conditioned comfort to all the events mentioned above, so don't worry about driving and parking. We all know that even weekend traffic in Houston is no fun – and weekends are for fun. Relax, reach out to METRO's Trip Planner to guide you, and have a great time this weekend.
Event: Cool Nights at the Zoo: FairyTAILS. It's going to be hot this weekend, but you'll find snow to play in at this week's Cool Nights event. FairyTAILS means that you can wear costumes, meet a princess and a pirate (and an orangutan, a Komodo dragon and a cassowary), or make your own crown or tiara. You can spend the day at the zoo, but the special activities begin at 5 p.m. – and this includes snow to play in. If you arrive after 4 p.m., you can save $4 on regular admission for adults and children, but these discounted admissions can be purchased online only.
When: Friday from 5 to 8:30 p.m. (last entry at 7:30 p.m.)
Where: The Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Dr.
Bus – 56 Airline/Montrose (exit Main & Cambridge)
METRORail - Red Line (exit Memorial Hermann Hospital/Houston Zoo Station)
Event: Museum Experience Day: Zone 3 in the Museum District. I love this idea. Here's a chance to explore three great Houston museums at no charge. Spend some time at the Contemporary Arts Museum, The Jung Center of Houston, and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston with no admission fees. They're all located within a three-block area, so pick one to start and walk to the others. Plus, there are art activities in which the family can participate and food trucks for lunch or refreshments. The museums are open during their regular hours, and the special programs will go on between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Click on the link above for all the details.
When: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd.; The Jung Center of Houston, 5200 Montrose Blvd.; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St.
Getting there*: Bus – 56 Airline/Montrose, 65 Bissonnet
METRORail – Red Line (exit Museum District Station)
Event: "The Wizard of Oz." Here's a theater treat for the kids, a chance to once again join Dorothy and the gang traveling down the yellow brick road. You know the story - good vs. evil and the joy of coming home. The production is recommended for those of kindergarten age and up, but kids under 3 aren't permitted in the theater. What a nice way to spend an afternoon. You can order tickets through the website.
When: Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Sunday at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m.
Where: MATCH, 3400 Main St.
Bus – 9 Gulfton/Holman, 82 Westheimer
METRORail - Red Line (exit Ensemble Station)
*Suggested connections as provided by our Customer Care Center; more convenient routes may vary per individual needs.
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