FREE WEEKEND FUN

Houston is full of free fun every weekend!  Check out the latest collection with Free Things to Do in Houston January 30-February 1.

Discovery Green in Houstonphoto: Katya Horner courtesy Discovery Green

FRIDAY

Watch a movie under the moon — It’s another Friday Night Flick at Discovery Green featuring Oz the Great and Powerful. Movie begins at 7:30 pm on the giant outdoor screen oriented towards the hill. Bring blanket or lawn chairs. Located at 1500 McKinney downtown at Discovery Green.

Support a good cause — Enjoy live music from local Katy bands at Concert for a Cause, benefiting the Cancer Foundation of your choice. Performances include Unchained Prophecy, Something Else, Two Dollar Pistol, and headliner Point Blank Society. Bring a canned good to benefit Katy Christian Ministry. Located at Willow Fork Drainage District’s Central Green Park, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Devour a free croissant — Enjoy a free croissant at La Madeleine, thanks to Friday’s National Croissant Day! This freebie (regularly $1.99) is available all day. Find locations online.

SATURDAY

Browse the museum district — Don’t miss The Museum Experience’s Zone 1 museums Saturday for free admission and activities. It essentially divides the district’s 19 museums into four zones and features different museums each quarter to inform and educate Houstonians. Zone 1 museums January 31 include The Menil Collection (Cy Twombly, Richmond Hall), Rothko Chapel, and Houston Center for Photography. All three museums are free Saturday — and free every day! There are lots of free events and activities for the day at each museum. Hours are 9 am – 6 pm.

Enjoy classical music for the family — The Shepherd Society’s Family Concert is a free annual concert at Rice University geared to kids ages 6 and up. Come at 10:30am for the instrument demonstrations and talk with the orchestra members. Concert begins at 11 am. The Shepherd School Chamber Orchestra performs selections from Schumann Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61.

Meet children’s book authorsBookworm Book Festival is an amazing free event for young book lovers! The morning features a keynote plus sessions with nationally known authors of picture books and early chapter books. The event begins at 9:30 am January 31, with author signing at 11:15 am. Participating authors include Deborah Freedman, Tad Hills, Jennifer Hamburg, Dan Hanna, and Dan Santat. Located at Spring Oaks Middle School, 2150 Shadowdale.

Introduce kids to opera — Houston Grand Opera presents Opera to Go: The Pastry Prince in two morning performances: 9:30 am and 11:15 am. The free performances will be located at Houston Community College downtown campus in The Heinen Theater, 3517 Austin St.

Engage in Japanese songs — Asia Society Texas presents a free solo concert with Akiko Sakurai presenting narrative songs from Japan’s medieval period. Tickets are free but you must make a reservation online. Located at 1370 Southmore.

Decorate with houseplants — Learn how to decorate your home with houseplants, thanks to Cornelius Nursery. Learn of new and unusual plants as well as their required conditions. Saturday, 10:15 am at 2233 S. Voss.

SUNDAY

Explore the great outdoors — Enjoy a free afternoon in nature at Armand Bayou Nature Center Sunday noon – 4 pm with the special program from 1 pm – 3 pm. Each month features a different topic. Free admission is offered the first and third Sunday each month, thanks to Dow Wetlands. Located at 8500 Bay Area Blvd. in Pasadena.

Feed the fish — Kids will love the Fish Feeding Frenzy each Sunday, 1 pm, at Bass Pro Shops. Lots of fish in the 20,000 gallon aquarium need food! Learn info from the gentleman that feeds the fish. Two Houston-area locations: Katy and Pearland.