I can’t believe next week is already Thanksgiving! I don’t know where the year has gone. This time of year always seems to go by with the blink of an eye. Be sure to take a break from all of the rushing around, and take time to enjoy the season. To help with that, I’ve added a section to this weekly blog with a list of ongoing holiday events. My family always loves looking at Christmas lights- whether we’re going to the Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens, or just driving around the neighborhood with popcorn and hot chocolate. This weekend is the opening weekend of the Ice Skating Rink at Discovery Green, and the lighting of the lights at City Centre. Also this weekend is the Via Colori street painting festival which is a giant outdoor art gallery. If you want to take a break for yourself, We have our colorful pumpkins acrylic painting workshops on Friday and Saturday evenings this weekend.

If you’re needing something for the kids to do next week when they are off of school, we have our school’s out art workshops in the mornings from 9-12 and Bricks 4 Kidz is having workshops at the studio in the afternoons from 1-4. This gives you the option to build your child’s workshops around your schedule.

Wednesday, November 14th

Hello Fall – Acrylic Painting Workshop | 7-9PM
Creative Edge Art Studio | 2975 Kingsley Dr. #137, Pearland
Join us on to paint beautiful fall pumpkins! Customize your pumpkins with your own phrase.
Take a break and come to explore your creative side at our acrylic painting workshop for all levels. Over the course of 2 hours, you’ll play with color, composition, light, and texture to create your own, one-of-a-kind piece of art. This workshop is designed to support creative growth for artists of all levels (really – no experience necessary!) Whether you have painted for years, or if this your first time picking up a paintbrush, you’ll receive personalized guidance to help you through the artistic process.
All materials for painting are provided. Just bring yourself and any snacks or drinks (and yes, that includes alcohol for those 21+) to enjoy (we’ll supply the utensils!)
Workshop $40- Must pre-register.
Click here for more info.

City Hall Farmers Market | 11AM-1:30PM
City Hall/Hermann Square | 901 Bagby, Houston
“It’s a food-lovers delight at Urban Harvest’s City Hall Farmers Market. The public can enjoy a variety of locally prepared, ready-to-eat or packaged to-go foods, pick up farm-fresh weekly groceries and at the same time support sustainable food, all amid Houston’s dramatic Downtown urban setting. The farmers market features more than 30 vendors including fresh produce grown by local farmers, cheeses, breads, roasted coffees, and a variety of prepared meals, as well as food trucks.”
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Lego Mania | 3PM
Central Library | 500 McKinney, Houston
“Bring the little ones out to Houston Public Library- Central Location for playtime with Legos!”
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Storytime | 10:30AM-1:30PM
Manvel Public Library | 20514 Highway 6, Manvel, Texas 77578
Stories, Songs, & Crafts for Preschoolers
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Inner City Nutcracker| 7-8PM
Miller Outdoor Theatre | 6000 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, Texas 77030
“Inner City Nutcracker is a true holiday treat! In this production, children from the community audition and then train to appear alongside elite youth and professional dancers in the full-length production of the Nutcracker ballet.”
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Coffee with a Cop | 9-10AM
Discovery at Shadow Creek Ranch | 2526 Business Center Dr, Pearland, Texas 77584
“Join Pearland residents and Pearland Police Officers for coffee and conversation on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 9a-10a, at Discovery at Shadow Creek Ranch apartment homes located at 2526 Business Center Dr. Pearland, Texas. Hope to see you there!.”
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Toys for Tots Annual Toy Drive | 12AM-12PM Daily through December 13th.
Pearland Police Department | 2555 Cullen Pkwy, Pearland, Texas 77581
“The Pearland Police Department has once again partnered with the Brazoria County Marine Corps League Detachment 982 in the annual Toys for Tots toy drive. You can help by donating a new unwrapped toy for a family in need. Donations can be dropped off at the Pearland Police Department, 2555 Cullen Pkwy., Pearland, TX 77581, between November 1, 2018 – December 13, 2018 24 hours a day.
If you have a business and you would like to help collect toys as a designated drop off location, please contact Officer Z. Davis, 281-997-4176, for more information. Help put a smile on a child’s face this holiday season.”
Click here for more info.

Thursday, November 15th

Mini Musicians | 10:30-11AM
Manvel Public Library | 20514 Highway 6, Manvel, Texas 77578
Music and movement with stories for toddlers.
Click here for more info.

Circus Night featuring Cirque La Vie| 7-8:30PM
The Square at Memorial City | 602 Memorial City Mall, Houston, TX 77024
“Be amazed and delighted by Houston’s premier circus group, Cirque La Vie, with their high-flying, spectacular family-friendly performance.”
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Bollywood & Bhangra Dancing Class | 7-8PM
Levy Park | 3801 Eastside Street, Houston, TX 77098
“This vibrant and entertaining fitness dance class is suitable for all ability levels. It gives a whole body workout while dancing to the rhythm of joy with the powerful nature of Bollywood music.”
Click here for more info.

Friday, November 16th

I Am King: The Michael Jackson Experience | 8:30-11PM
Miller Outdoor Theatre | 6000 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, Texas 77030
“Featuring Michael Jackson tribute artists who can sing LIVE while mastering the intense dancing that Jackson was so famous for, I AM KING takes the audience on a musical and visual journey into the world of the KING OF POP.”
Click here for more info.

Colorful Pumpkins – Acrylic Painting Workshop | 7-9PM
Creative Edge Art Studio | 2975 Kingsley Dr. #137, Pearland
Join us to paint colorful fall pumpkins! Learn multiple techniques like blending, shading, and layering while working with acrylic paint.
Take a break and come to explore your creative side at our acrylic painting workshop for all levels. Over the course of 2 hours, you’ll play with color, composition, light, and texture to create your own, one-of-a-kind piece of art. This workshop is designed to support creative growth for artists of all levels (really – no experience necessary!) Whether you have painted for years, or if this your first time picking up a paintbrush, you’ll receive personalized guidance to help you through the artistic process.
All materials for painting are provided. Just bring yourself and any snacks or drinks (and yes, that includes alcohol for those 21+) to enjoy (we’ll supply the utensils!)
Workshop $40- Must pre-register.
Click here for more info.

Home for the Holidays Gift Market | 1-8PM
Merrell Center | 6301 S Stadium Ln, Katy, Texas 77494
“Katy’s Largest Gift Market. 11th Annual market hosting 175 vendors in two buildings! First Call Shopping will be Friday 10-1:00. Doors open for general admission Friday 1:00-8:00, Saturday 10:00-6:00 & Sunday 11:00-4:00. General admission tickets $6 good for all weekend. “First Call Shopping” $10 and includes general admissions weekend.”
Click here for more info.

Frostival | 6-10PM
Discovery Green | 1500 McKinney, Houston
“Discovery Green kicks off its winter season with Frostival, an annual park-wide celebration featuring ice carving by Reverend Butter and DLG Ice Factory, ice photo opps, interactive ice sculptures and more. Admission is free; skating fees apply.”
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The ICE powered by Green Mountain Energy | 5-11PM (Open Daily through Jan. 27th)
Discovery Green | 1500 McKinney, Houston
“This November, The ICE returns, powered by Green Mountain Energy Company. The ICE is the largest outdoor ice skating surface in the Southwest. Discovery Green uses water from Kinder Lake to freeze the ice, and all equipment runs on Green Mountain Energy’s renewable energy, ensuring The ICE is environmentally friendly and sustainable.
The ICE opens on Friday, November 16 and will be open daily through Sunday, January 27, 2019. Admission is $11 per person or $10 for the online fast past, plus $4 for skate rental.”
Click for more information on hours, and special events.

Magical Winter Lights | 5-11PM (Open Daily through Jan. 6th)
1000 FM 2004, La Marque, TX 77568
“Step into Magical Winter Lights, the largest lantern festival of its kind in the United States, and begin your enchanted journey to tour more than 100 individual lantern sets in eight unique themed sections. Find lantern renditions of landmarks of the world, a Christmas village, skylines of Houston, the mysterious East, a Dino fun zone and more!”
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Saturday, November 17th

Colorful Pumpkins – Acrylic Painting Workshop | 7:30-9:30PM
Creative Edge Art Studio | 2975 Kingsley Dr. #137, Pearland
Join us to paint colorful fall pumpkins! Learn multiple techniques like blending, shading, and layering while working with acrylic paint.
Take a break and come to explore your creative side at our acrylic painting workshop for all levels. Over the course of 2 hours, you’ll play with color, composition, light, and texture to create your own, one-of-a-kind piece of art. This workshop is designed to support creative growth for artists of all levels (really – no experience necessary!) Whether you have painted for years, or if this your first time picking up a paintbrush, you’ll receive personalized guidance to help you through the artistic process.
All materials for painting are provided. Just bring yourself and any snacks or drinks (and yes, that includes alcohol for those 21+) to enjoy (we’ll supply the utensils!)
Workshop $40- Must pre-register.
Click here for more info.

Ecology Walking Tour | 10:30-11:30AM
The Water Works | 105 Sabine Street, Houston
“The tour will highlight how the landscape and ecology of 19th-century Texas created Houston, as well as the importance of prairies in rebuilding this astonishing and all-but-vanished ecosystem.”
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Flea By Night | 6-10PM
Discovery Green| 1500 McKinney, Houston
“Discovery Green’s eco-conscious Flea is irresistible to the avid shopper. Enjoy live local music, food trucks and shopping under the stars and twinkling lights.”
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PJ’S Coffee Community Blood Drive | 9AM-3PM
PJ’s Coffee | 12640 Broadway St., Pearland, Texas 77584
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The Grinch!!! | 9-11AM
Chick-fil-A East Pearland | 1512 Broadway St, Pearland, Texas 77581
“Come take your picture and have breakfast with The Grinch!! Watch out! He might try to take your Christmas presents or cookies! Okay, not really but he does want to have breakfast with you!”
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The Divine Miss Bette | 8-11PM
Miller Outdoor Theatre | 6000 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, Texas 77030
“Fresh from her debut, sell-out tour of the US, stage sensation, Catherine Alcorn wows audiences all over the world in her hysterical stage show, The Divine Miss Bette! This your chance to become intimately acquainted with one of the greatest cabaret artists of our time, The People’s Diva, Bette Midler.”
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Blue Field Market: Shop Local, Live Music, Free Yoga, Beer | 6-10PM
Blue Field Market | 2619 Polk Street, Houston, Texas 77003
“The Blue Field Market in Downtown Houston connects talented local entrepreneurs, artists, and farmers to the community! Enjoy the market while you shop for your organic groceries, gourmet foods, and unique handmade items… all while listening to live music, relaxing with free yoga, participating in friendly yard game competitions, and enjoying craft beer!”
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Little White Oak NIGHT Market | 4-8PM
Sideout Volleybar | 2623 Keene St, Houston, Texas 77009
“This is where Houstonians can find a common culture among its community. Our city, being a collection of neighborhoods separated by major freeways, needs a centralized location to find the best of what we Houstonians can offer. We bring together local farmers, craft merchandisers, and artists from paint to performance.”
Click here for more info.

Glisten Holiday Lighting | 12-9PM
CityCentre | 800 Town and Country Blvd, Houston, TX 77024
“CITYCENTRE is ready to Glisten for the holidays. On Saturday, November 17 from 12 – 9 PM, you’re invited to share in the fun of the district’s annual holiday lighting in the plaza presented by Sewell Cadillac and Texas Children’s Hospital – West Campus!”
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Home for the Holidays Gift Market | 10AM-6PM
Merrell Center | 6301 S Stadium Ln, Katy, Texas 77494
“Katy’s Largest Gift Market. 11th Annual market hosting 175 vendors in two buildings! First Call Shopping will be Friday 10-1:00. Doors open for general admission Friday 1:00-8:00, Saturday 10:00-6:00 & Sunday 11:00-4:00. General admission tickets $6 good for all weekend. “First Call Shopping” $10 and includes general admissions weekend.”
Click here for more info.

The ICE powered by Green Mountain Energy | 11AM-11PM (Open Daily through Jan. 27th)
Discovery Green | 1500 McKinney, Houston
“This November, The ICE returns, powered by Green Mountain Energy Company. The ICE is the largest outdoor ice skating surface in the Southwest. Discovery Green uses water from Kinder Lake to freeze the ice, and all equipment runs on Green Mountain Energy’s renewable energy, ensuring The ICE is environmentally friendly and sustainable.
The ICE opens on Friday, November 16 and will be open daily through Sunday, January 27, 2019. Admission is $11 per person or $10 for the online fast past, plus $4 for skate rental.
Skate with Santa and More!
Saturdays, Nov. 17, 2018–Jan. 26, 2019, 5–6 p.m.
Children of all ages are invited to skate with Santa Claus (through Dec. 22) and other favorite characters, including Spider Man, Queen Elsa, Wonder Woman and more.”
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ArtCrawlHouston2018 | 10AM-9PM
Mother Dog Studios | 720 Walnut St, Houston, Texas 77002
“The original cluster of artists warehouses in Downtown Houston annual open studios presents Artcrawl Houston 2018 … FREE”
Click here for more info.

Via Colori Festival 2018 | 10AM – 6PM
Hermann Square at City Hall | 901 Bagby St, Houston, Texas 77002
“Massive Outdoor Art Gallery. Family Festival. Music Concert. All in one!
All roads lead to creativity when over 200 artists converge on the streets to celebrate the artistic spirit of Houston. The Via Colori® Street Painting Festival has grown into one of Houston’s signature art events and it remains the only street painting festival in the region. In 2017 the festival attracted more than 30,000 attendees with its diverse art, music, activities and food and drinks.”
General Admission Tickets $7. Children under 17- Free.
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Friendswood Art in the Park | 10AM – 7PM
Stevenson Park | 1100 S Friendswood Dr, Friendswood, Texas 77546
“Art in the Park returns to Stevenson Park, November 17th and 18th, presented by Friendswood Fine Arts Nonprofit.”
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Festival of Lights | 6-11PM (On going through Jan. 6th)
Moody Gardens | 1 Hope Blvd, Galveston, Texas 77554
“There’s nothing that better represents the festive nature of the holidays than vibrant Christmas lights brightening the dark of night.
In true Texas style, where everything has to be bigger, Moody Gardens delivers the largest holiday lighting event on the Gulf Coast.
Now in its 17th year, Festival of Lights features a one-mile-long trail with more than 100 sound-enhanced animated light displays and one million lights.
In addition to taking in all the lights, show off your balance on the outdoor ice-skating rink or get some thrills snow tubing down the Arctic Ice Slide.
Fun for the whole family, you won’t find anything else like the Festival of Lights here in the Lone Star State.”
Tickets Adult $15.95 | Children/Seniors $10.95
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Zoo Lights | 5-11PM (On going through Jan. 13th)
Houston Zoo |  6200 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030
“The Houston Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland! TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights celebrates its seventh year as one of Houston’s most well-loved holiday traditions. Sip hot chocolate as you stroll through the beautiful Houston Zoo grounds and take in the sights and sounds of the season. Fifteen miles of earth-friendly LED lighting illuminate our ancient oak trees and decorate the paths to light your way.
Sights to delight you include our giant Holiday Tree presented by TransCanada. Other features include the Holiday Train Village presented by Macy’s, the Enchanted Forest presented by King & Spalding, and Candy, the interactive talking zebra, presented by H-E-B.
Between the shopping, decorating, wrapping and baking, schedule some time to enjoy the holidays this year at TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights!”
Tickets starting at $17.95.
Click here for more info.

Sunday, November 18th

Bayou Bend Family Day: Festive Celebrations | 1-5PM
Revel in holidays past and present.
Admission is free! Enjoy:

  • Station-guided house tours of the first floor (children under 10 are welcome!)
  • Access to Bayou Bend’s remarkable historic gardens
  • Performances by fantastic musicians, puppeteers, dancers, storytellers, and more
  • Craft activities suited for young children
  • Educational themes related to aspects of Bayou Bend
  • Exhibitions, demonstrations, and workshops centered around the day’s theme

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Unplugged at Discovery Green | 5-9PM
Discovery Green| 1500 McKinney, Houston
“Unplugged at Discovery Green showcases the best musical acts in town performing in an unplugged concert series that challenges them to rethink, rearrange and deliver a unique performance of their songs using only acoustic instruments”
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East End Market Day | 10AM-2PM
East End Farmers Market | 2800 Navigation Blvd, Houston, Texas 77003
“The East End Farmers Market happens every Sunday from 10am until 2pm. Visit to find some of Houston’s freshest produce, artisan vendors, and good community fun.
Located in the heart of the Second Ward on the award-winning Navigation Esplanade (2800 Navigation)”
Click here for more info.

Home for the Holidays Gift Market | 11AM-4PM
Merrell Center | 6301 S Stadium Ln, Katy, Texas 77494
“Katy’s Largest Gift Market. 11th Annual market hosting 175 vendors in two buildings! First Call Shopping will be Friday 10-1:00. Doors open for general admission Friday 1:00-8:00, Saturday 10:00-6:00 & Sunday 11:00-4:00. General admission tickets $6 good for all weekend. “First Call Shopping” $10 and includes general admissions weekend.”
Click here for more info.

Via Colori Festival 2018 | 10AM – 5PM
Hermann Square at City Hall | 901 Bagby St, Houston, Texas 77002
“Massive Outdoor Art Gallery. Family Festival. Music Concert. All in one!
All roads lead to creativity when over 200 artists converge on the streets to celebrate the artistic spirit of Houston. The Via Colori® Street Painting Festival has grown into one of Houston’s signature art events and it remains the only street painting festival in the region. In 2017 the festival attracted more than 30,000 attendees with its diverse art, music, activities and food and drinks.”
General Admission Tickets $7. Children under 17- Free.
Click for more info.

 Friendswood Art in the Park | 11AM – 5PM
Hermann Square at City Hall | 901 Bagby St, Houston, Texas 77002
“Art in the Park returns to Stevenson Park, November 17th and 18th, presented by Friendswood Fine Arts Nonprofit.”
Click for more info.

Wanderlust Market | 11AM – 4PM
Wanderlust Market HTX | 2120 Ella Blvd, Houston, Texas 77008
“At the Wanderlust Market you can experience cultures from around the world without leaving Houston. No flights are needed to discover international foods, textiles, artisan products, and experiences representing countries from all over the world. Explore the world with us at the Wanderlust Market in Houston, Texas on Sunday, November 18th from 11am to 4pm.”
Click here for more info.

Monday, November 19th

Thanksgiving School’s Out Art Workshop | 9AM-12PM
Creative Edge Art Studio | 2975 Kingsley Dr. #137, Pearland
Let your child explore their creativity when school is out this Thanksgiving! Children will enjoy many fun activities including arts and crafts, creative play, games, snacks, story time and more! These sessions are perfect for kids ages 4-14 and offer kids the opportunity to play, socialize, and enhance their artistic side. Each day will be a different theme with various activities.
Choose the days and times that work best for you! Combine their Art Workshop experience with Bricks4Kids Lego Building Camp for a full day camp solution. We offer a 10% discount on multiple camp enrollments.
Workshop $35- Must pre-register. Early Drop Off and Late Pick Up options available.
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Bricks 4 Kidz® Thanksgiving Workshop | 1-4PM
Creative Edge Art Studio | 2975 Kingsley Dr. #137, Pearland
FAll into curiosity and creativity as your child engages in the fun and exciting model plans offered by Bricks 4 Kidz®! With an engaging platform that teaches children to learn with LEGO® Bricks it’s easy to be thankful! We will be gearing up for the holidays with fun models and including Pilgrims, Turkeys, and a spying Elf!
Choose the days and times that work best for you! Combine their Bricks 4 Kidz® Camp with an Art Workshop experience for a full day camp solution. We offer a 10% discount on multiple camp enrollments.
Workshop $35- Must pre-register. Early Drop Off and Late Pick Up options available.
Click here for more info.

Baby Storytime | 10:30AM
Central Library | 500 McKinney, Houston
Ages 6-18 Months
Click here for more info. 

Toddler Storytime | 11:30AM
Central Library | 500 McKinney, Houston
Ages 18-36 Months
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Storytime at the Square | 10-11:30AM
The Square at Memorial City | 602 Memorial City Mall, Houston, TX 77024
“Join Ms. Jana Banana as she reads and acts out some of her favorite stories.  This fun and interactive event is aimed to spark the love of reading for listeners both young and old!”
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Tuesday, November 20th

Thanksgiving School’s Out Art Workshop | 9AM-12PM
Creative Edge Art Studio | 2975 Kingsley Dr. #137, Pearland
Let your child explore their creativity when school is out this Thanksgiving! Children will enjoy many fun activities including arts and crafts, creative play, games, snacks, story time and more! These sessions a