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Greetings and welcome to GISH PICKS: A GUIDE TO CULTURAL ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES, a free weekly e-newsletter/blog I created as a service to the Houston community in 2003. Please enjoy and please share. My business grows by word-of-mouth from people like YOU! In fact, here’s an easy way to spread the word in Facebook land: please LIKE my GISH PICKS Facebook page this week and you’ll be eligible to win FOUR HOURS of free childcare any upcoming Friday or Saturday night (7-11pm) at Discover Gymnastics. Congrats to GISH PICKS liker Suzanne Jarvis, who won a pair of tickets to the TUTS performance of “Man of La Mancha” last week. On your mark, get set, LIKE!

I hung out at the Children’s Museum of Houston today where I enjoyed their monthly “Mommy Mingle,” which is on the first Wednesday of each month from 10am-noon and is for kids 35 months and under. Those little munchkins are SOOO cute – and I don’t even have to change their diapers! Join them for their next “Mingle” on Wednesday, April 3. Speaking of the Children’s Museum, I am thrilled to be celebrating ten years of GISH PICKS as well as ten years of THE SUMMER BOOK: A GUIDE TO HOUSTON DAY CAMPS AND CLASSES FOR KIDS AND TEENS at their place. Come to our “DECADE-nt Party!” and mention GISH PICKS and you’ll get a $2 discount to all the fun. Several groups are coming to perform including the Houston Ballet; Main Street Theater; Houston Grand Opera; Salle Mauro Fencing Academy; and Fly Dance Company. Plus you can try out a scavenger hunt of the Museum that my son and I created and you can get information on organizations such as summer camps and a new kids book for Houston preservation called Houston Lives On: An Adventure in Historic Preservation. Speaking of books, Houston philanthropist Lisa Holthouse of the Holthouse Foundation for Kids will also be at the Museum from 11am-1pm in the Eco-Station with her new book, It All Started with a Turtle. It’s the story of “Lemonade Day,” a global movement which she co-founded through her organization, Prepared for Life. Join us on Saturday, March 23 and you’ll be ready for life and learn how to have fun along the way!

It’s “International Women’s Day” this Friday, March 8, and there are many activities here in Houston and around the country so I hope you’ll find your special way to celebrate. A great place to start are two websites: this one and this one. Closer to home, there is a screening of “The Garden: A Film Herstory Project by Stephanie Saint Sanchez” at the Creative Women Unite event this Saturday night (March 9) at MECA. It’s a film montage about wise women in the community and my interview with my friend Betty Chapman will be included. Another exciting event has been organized by wise women and the owners of NiaMoves, Helen Terry and Kristie Bryant. The “One Billion Rising Dance” will be at the Houston Rockets pre-game show next Wednesday, March 13 at 6pm. It’s Spring Break and I know you gotta dance, so join us! I plan to be there shaking my tail feather (which means EVERYONE is welcome to dance!) so I’d love to see you too. If you’re like me and need some help learning the steps, you can participate in some of the advance practices at NiaMoves…or you can watch this week’s VIDEO PICK and dance along with Helen. I promise you’ll move just like her at the end. Really, I mean it.

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And, finally, I’m pleased to announce that THE SUMMER BOOK® 2013: A GUIDE TO HOUSTON DAY CAMPS AND CLASSES FOR KIDS AND TEENS is almost off the presses and that those of you who have placed advance orders will be getting them next week. Thanks for your support and I hope you have fun thumbing through its pages, which contain information on over 200 Houston area day camps. It’ll certainly help make your child’s summer one big ole’ fun adventure! If you’d like to order a copy, please click here.

Have a great week, be kind to each other, and GO.FIND.FUN.

Picks for the Weekend of March 8, 2013

Spring Break


It’s Spring Break and what can you do? Never fear as there are a lot of places to go, be, do. I spoke to Deborah Duncan on her GREAT DAY HOUSTON show about it recently (click here to watch me talk about my list of ideas) and below is a partial list of other places to enjoy. The weather is great, so get out there and have fun!



A few orgs in town are helping teens have more fun! The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is starting some new programs for teens – one is called “How to Look at Contemporary Art,” in which they’ll meet March 12 and March 23 from 2-3pm at the Museum. They’re also offering teen memberships and HANG@MFAH for teens who are interested in visual arts and the media. And currently, they’re showing “Eye on Houston: High School Documentary Photography” which features photos shot by kids from Cesar E. Chavez and Jack Yates High Schools.

The Contemporary Arts Museum has had a Teen Council for years. And although they’re currently not accepting applications for new members, they are hosting a whole slew of programs organized by the teens. The next event is “Poetry Reading: Students on a Soapbox” on Thursday, March 7 at 6:30pm. The event is being held in partnership with Octopus Ink, the new literary magazine for Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.

And the Houston Public Library has several programs for teens including a celebration of “Teen Tech Month” and a Reel Teen Film Festival” on Saturday, May 18 (deadline for entries is March 20, 2013).

Family Fun Day in the Park


This Saturday, March 9, all day long, there will be an entertaining “Family Fun Day” at Dupree Sculpture Park. It’s free and fun and for everyone so venture over there and check out comedians, sculpture, yummy food, and more!

This event is free and open to the public.

Glassell Junior School


The Glassell Junior School offers week-long summer art classes for children ages 4–18. Choose from Drawing & Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, Digital Art, Fashion Drawing and much more!

New to the lineup this summer are Color and Clay, Junior Fashion Designer, and Jewelry Making. Also new this summer: an extended-day program will be offered from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Registration for continuing students, scholarship students, and MFAH members at the family level and above is now open for the 2013 summer semester! New student registration begins Monday, March 18. Classes fill quickly, so register early!

Summer classes are offered weekly June 3 through August 9. For more information and to access the summer course catalog please log onto or call 713.639.7700.

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My goal is to serve as an information resource for Houston parents through my various endeavors, including:

  • GISH PICKS, which is online and emailed out to thousands of parents and caregivers;

  • THE SUMMER BOOK®: A GUIDE TO HOUSTON DAY CAMPS AND CLASSES FOR KIDS AND TEENS which comes out annually in March and is sold at bookstores all over Houston, including Barnes and Noble; and

  • OTHER SERVICES including SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS, INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS, PRIVATE CONSULTATIONS, and ART PROGRAMS that cover topics such as summertime fun, passion-finding (for adults, children and families), marketing, historic preservation, art classes, and activism. All of these services can be tailored for any audience and budget.

Sarah Gish
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Houston, Texas 77057
phone/fax: 713.482.7065

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