The weekend is almost here! What are your plans? Here is a snapshot of a few free activities and events to enjoy with your family and friends:
Mingle with the Clydesdales – It’s a three-day, free festival at Discovery Green this weekend, thanks to Budweiser. The Budweiser Experience at NBA All-Star February 15-17 features games, music, fun, autograph sessions and photo opps with NBA legends, and visits from the famous Budweiser Clydesdales, Houston Rockets, Power Dancers and Clutch. Don’t miss the basketball court on Jones Lawn to get in the spirit of the NBA weekend. The Clydesdales will be at Discovery Green both Saturday and Sunday from noon – 5 pm. Hours are Friday, 4 pm – 8 pm and noon to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday. For more free NBA All-Star Weekend fun, read my previous post “Free and Cheap Ways to Enjoy NBA All-Star Weekend 2013 in Houston“. photo: Anheuser-Busch
Celebrate the Lunar New Year — The fun continues this weekend at Lunar New Year Houston. It’s a jam-packed weekend featuring food, fun, dance, music, martial arts, and firecrackers. Lunar New Year will be located at Viet Hoa Center 8388 W. Sam Houston Parkway at Beltway Plaza. Hours are noon to 7 pm both days. [NOTE: Texas Lunar Festival February 16 is not free so I removed it from this listing. Sorry.]
Celebrate innovation — Inventions and Great Innovators is the theme of this month’s Bayou Bend Family Day, Sunday, February 17, 1 pm – 5 pm. Enjoy music, demonstrations, performances, crafts, activities, giveaways, and more. Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens is at 6003 Memorial. photo courtesy Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
Watch a family flick — Catch a free screening of Who Framed Roger Rabbit at Alamo Drafthouse’s brand new theater at Vintage Park Saturday, February 16, 11 am, featuring the voices of Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, and Bob Hoskins. The theater is located near Louetta and Hwy 249. As a bonus, the Alamo Drafthouse will donate $1 to YMCA scholarships for each guest that attends this screening.
Explore the world of omelettes – Williams-Sonoma offers free technique classes each Sunday. This week’s focus is all about omelettes.Technique classes are free, but reservations are recommended to reserve your spot. Times vary by location: Sundays at 11 am, Town & Country Village (713.827.8056); Sundays at noon, Highland Village (713.212.0346); Sundays at 2 pm, The Woodlands Mall (281.298.6915); Sundays at noon, Baybrook Mall (281.480.1705); plus 11 am Saturday and 1:30 pm Sunday at First Colony Mall (281.313.1180). Participants get 10% off same-day purchases.
Browse for summer fun — It’s not too early to start thinking about summer plans for your kids. The 17th annual Camp Fair will be held this weekend: First Colony Mall (Friday, February 15, 2 pm – 8 pm) and The Woodlands Mall (Sunday, February 17, noon to 5 pm). The event features more than 40 different organizations representing overnight, day camps, sports camps and more for Houston-area kids. Don’t miss the prize drawings through the day and goodie bags full of information. Located near jcpenny. Head online to Houston Family Magazine for a complete listing of representative camps.
Meet cartoonist for Big Nate — Lincoln Peirce, writer and illustrator of the Big Nate comic, will be at Barnes and Noble in The Woodlands Sunday, February 17, 2 pm – 4 pm signing autographs and sharing his experiences. His latest book, Big Nate Flips Out, was just released February 5. Barnes and Noble is located at 1201 Lake Woodlands Drive.