Many families are still overwhelmed with Harvey’s destruction throughout Houston. For those needing a little break from the chaos, check out these 18 Free Things to Do in Houston September 8-10:

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Love live music — Susan Hickman will be playing live at Katy’s Central Green Park, 7 pm Friday. She has found her niche in a blend of rocking, uplifting country with influences from Janis Joplin and Carrie Underwood. Susan’s considerable talent allows her to segue from whisper-quiet reflections to barn-burnin’ romps with ease. Located at Central Green Park.

View the birds — Nature Discovery Center hosts Swift Night Out, Friday, 7:15 pm. Meet at the south end of Russ Pitman Park by the playground and parking lot off Evergreen Street for special activities and information about chimney swifts just before the count. Chimney swifts fly right over your head from this spot and it is easy to get a good look! Light snacks and drinks provided. Located at 7112 Newcastle. This is co-sponsored with Houston Audubon Society.

Watch a free documentary — Czech Center Museum Houston is hosting a free screening of Nicky’s Family, beginning at 7 pm, as a tie in to its exhibit on WWII. This docudrama shares the story of Nicholas Winton, an Englishman who organized the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children just before World War II. His actions would probably have been forgotten if his wife, 50 years later, hadn’t found a suitcase in the attic, full of documents and plans. Today the story of this rescue is known all over the world. Dozens of Winton’s “children” have been found and to this day his family has grown to almost 6,000 people, many of whom have gone on to achieve great things themselves. Located at 4920 San Jacinto.

Experience a musical — Stages Repertory Theatre presents the roller-skating musical Xanadu Friday and Saturday nights, beginning at 8 pm. Free reserved tickets are available on performance day from 10 am – 1 pm at the Miller Box Office. Located at Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Dr.

See a movie under the stars — Head to The Square at Memorial City for a free outdoor screening of The LEGO Batman Movie beginning at 8 pm. Located at The Square between Maggiano’s and Cheesecake Factory, 303 Memorial Way.


Relax with Tai Chi — Engage in Tai Chi Saturday mornings in Katy at 8:30 am. This slow and gentle exercise — perfect for all levels– is a Chinese exercise system that uses slow body movements to achieve a state of relaxation. Located at Central Green Park, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Encourage outdoor play — Round the kids up for outdoor play at K4K Play 60 at WFDD’s Central Green Park in Katy. Play 60 encourages 60 minutes of play daily. Sign up begins at 9 am with outdoor play from 10 am – 11 am. Kickoff 4 Kids focuses on health and fitness with a great partnership of local organizations. This is located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Play in nature — Houston is working hard on clean up and recovery. The work is incredibly stressful for our community, including our kids. Free Play in Nature is a great way to reduce their stress! This free drop-in event from 9 am to noon will be in Nature Discovery Center’s nature play area. Come and go, if you’d like! Bayou City Play will provide items such as ropes, fabric, tubes, and other construction materials. Plan to stay and play/relax with your kids. Parents or caregivers are responsible for kids throughout the play day. Located at 7112 Newcastle.

Relax with yoga — Harvey has come and gone, and now we as a city are ready to rebuild and try to find some normalcy. Brunch & Slay presents Nama’Slay Saturday, 9 am – 11 am, at CityCentre. Join Brunch & Slay by bringing school supplies and cleaning products. Your donations will be shared with those in need. Together we will create a space full of positive vibes and uplift our community. Located at 800 Town and Country Blvd.

Support Texas artists — Fresh Arts and Spring Street Studios invite the public to a disaster relief exhibition and fundraiser #TexasArtistsStrong, at Spring Street Studios, in response to the number of Texas artists impacted by Hurricane Harvey’s devastation. The one-day only exhibition will feature artwork for sale by artists from Houston and surrounding areas, with proceeds benefiting the Disaster Relief Fund for Texas Artists. 100% of proceeds raised will be given to individual artists impacted by the disaster. This event is free and open to the public and held in conjunction with Spring Street Studio’s 2nd Saturday Open Studios event. Cocktails and light bites from 2 pm to 7 pm. Located at 1824 Spring St.

Enjoy free fun in Tomball2nd Saturday at The Depot returns to Tomball 6 pm – 9:30 pm Saturday. The free monthly event features live music, games, and activities plus the movie Nut Job under the stars on the giant inflatable screen at 8 pm. Located at 201 S. Elm in Tomball.

Watch movies under the moon — Catch a free outdoor movie this weekend: 1) Central Green Park in Katy is showing Zootopia at 8 pm. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. 2) Discovery Green is hosting Alice Through the Looking Glass Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Arrive early for the character visit beginning at 6 pm. 3) Second Saturday at The Depot in Tomball is showing Nut Job as part of its free family fun the second Saturday each month. Located at 201 S. Elm.

Experience a musical — Stages Repertory Theatre presents the roller-skating musical Xanadu Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Free reserved tickets are available on performance day from 10 am – 1 pm at the Miller Box Office. Located at Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Dr.


Pick up an instrument — Kids in grades 1-8 will enjoy a new monthly event, My First Music Lesson, offering children a chance to pick up a violin and begin their musical journey. Time is Sunday, 2 pm – 3 pm. The goal is to give every participant a chance to “feel what it feels like” to play an instrument, learn the first three principles of music (rhythm, pitch and sound), and entice them to explore their own interests in music. Limited to 30 students, first-come, first-serve. Located at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

Enjoy a concert unplugged — Canned Acoustica presents some of the best musical acts in town in an unplugged concert at Discovery Green, 5 pm – 9 pm. This much-loved Houston series returns to challenge bands to rearrange and reimagine songs using acoustic instruments only. Each concert includes a mix of genres by local and regional talent. Sunday features Los Skarnales, Gio Chamba, Us., Genesis Blu and Romina von Mohr. Guests are encouraged to bring a “can-tribution” to be donated to the Houston Food Bank. Located at 1500 McKinney.