FREE WEEKEND FUN

Get ready for a weekend of free fun! What are your plans? Here is a snapshot of 11 Free Things to Do in Houston April 29-May 1:

Discovery Green in Houstonphoto: Katya Horner

FRIDAY

Learn improvTake a free Improv class, thanks to Station Theater’s Intro to Improv every Friday, 7:30 pm. All Intro students are then invited to stay to watch Supernova Armando show for free ($6 value) at 8:30 pm, a fast-paced comedy show with a guest monologist. Register for a free ticket online. Located at 1230 Houston Ave.

Dance the night away — Head to Sugar Land Town Square Friday for Dancing Under the Stars, 7:30 pm. Instructors from Fred Astaire Dance Studio will be on hand to offer instruction.

SATURDAY

Play outdoorsPostponed to June 25 due to weather. Don’t miss the FUNomenal Family Festival Saturday, 1 pm – 6 pm, at Discovery Green. The free event includes Baby Olympics, dance performances and DJ music. Located at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

Explore museums in Zone 2 — The cultural block party in the Museum District returns Saturday with Museum Experience, held the last Saturday of January, April, July and September. Three museums in Zone 2 are offering free admission: Asia Society Texas Center, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, and DiverseWorks. The day features special programming and food trucks. Check out the Zone 2 schedule of events online. Four other museums charge an admission.

Enjoy nature — It’s the 9th annual Nature Fest featuring amazing shows (Wild World of Animals, Birds of Prey, Crocodile Encounter) plus crafts, train ride, petting zoo, inflatables, rock wall, food trucks and more. Money raised benefits Habitat for Humanity. Located at Bridgeland’s Oak Meadow Park.

Enjoy a family brain dayPostponed to later date due to expected weather. Head to Buffalo Bayou Park Saturday for Stomp Out Stroke Festival 10 am – 5 pm, presented by UTHealth. The family day features all kinds of fun including health screenings, live performances by local dance and music groups, pic with Rocket’s Clutch, reptile booth, Children’s Zone and more. Register online for this free event. Located at The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park, 105 Sabine.

Play at the YMCAHealthy Kids Day is a free community event at all YMCA Houston locations Saturday. This free event features games, sports, health screenings, demonstrations, and more. Activities begin at 10 am and vary by location. New members will pay no joining fee on Healthy Kids Day, a $125 value. Search for the Y location online near you for specific hours and activities.

Watch hot dog eating — Memorial City is a sanctioned hot dog-eating contest location Saturday April 30 with Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, 1 pm. The top male and top female finishers from this qualifier will compete in the 2016 Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest at the original Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island on July 4th, 2016. Located at Memorial City Mall fireplace at the West Entrance.

Celebrate kidsCancelled due to weather. Don’t miss Conroe Kidzfest Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm, with tons of free family fun. The day includes water activities, game booths, live entertainment, climbing walls, inflatables, Zip Line, and activity villages. New this year are Snow Hills! Located at downtown Conroe.

Dance, dance, dance — Enjoy the latest choreography from China at East Meets West XIV Saturday, 8:15 p.m. Several dance companies plus the Houston Ballet II will present an evening of mesmerizing dance moves including contemporary and modern dance. East Meets West will be held at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park. Free reserved covered seats are available on performance day at the Miller Box Office, 10:30 am – 1 pm.

SUNDAY

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo — Enjoy an evening with Mexico’s “Los Folkloristas,” who celebrate their 50th anniversary this year. Carrying more than 100 instruments in their collection, a performance with this seven-member ensemble is like taking a musical journey through Latin America. Performance is 7:30 pm at Miller Outdoor Theatre.