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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 in which I cull from the loads of activities in our city and pick three weekend events (“PICKS”) to recommend to parents, caregivers, and educators all over Houston. I’m a mom and am always looking for cultural – yet FUN! – Events for my family and I am so happy to share them with YOU.

My business grows by word of mouth so please enjoy the events and please share this blog. And be sure to tell the organizations you visit that you heard about them from me. And if you’re in Facebooklandia, please sidle over there and like our GISH PICKS Facebook page and share it with your friends and family and elsewhere on social media, too. Don’t want to miss any posts? Click on the drop-down LIKE button and then check “See First.” Thanks!

It’s SPRING BREAK (can I hear a big “Woo Hoo”!) so I know some of us are able to take some time off and hang out with our kiddos while some of us can’t and are trembling in our boots with kids underfoot. Either way, I’ve got you covered. I went beyond my usual three PICKS to create a big ole’ list for you – print it up and have a blast.

If you’re one of those organized parents who plans ahead for summer, check out THE SUMMER BOOK® ONLINE: A GUIDE TO HOUSTON DAY CAMPS AND CLASSES FOR KIDS AND TEENS. It’s the largest and most accurate guide in Houston and you’re gonna love it when looking for camps! And, best of all, you can surf it from anywhere – while at the beach, when the kids are asleep…

This week’s VIDEO PICK is my chat with Michelle Merhar of Fox News 26 about spring break fun. Enjoy!

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Have a great week, love one another, please share this, and GO.FIND.FUN.

Picks for the Week of March 14-20, 2016


Some kids are out of school while most of the private schools are still in session. This is a great list for either group as some events are weekday and some are weekend. Explore and have fun! And please note that traffic this week will be heavier in parts of the city – be sure to allow for plenty of time and it’s best to visit some of the busier sites as soon as they open.

  • RESOURCES: Start with my website’s Family Resources” page -- it’s full of information about attractions to see, restaurants that are kid-friendly, loads of information about cool events with links to local e-newsletters and blogs, and info on movie ratings for families.

  • DROP IN CAMPS: Looking for one day camps this week? Most of them are full or one week only but I found two for you. Discover Gymnastics takes drop ins and promises to keep your kids busy and send them home tired and artmix creating learning center has creative-and-fun day camps all week long.

  • MOVIES: The Asia Society is hosting a Kung Fu Panda and Food Workshop” this Thursday from 1-4pm and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is showing The Love Bug this Friday at 1pm. And as a special treat, the Showboat Drive-In Theater has extended screenings during spring break – all week long and this weekend you can see Zootopia and Kung Fu Panda 3 on the back screen – more details are here.

  • MUSEUM FUN: The Health Museum has a great exhibit about healthy eating, To My Plate and Beyond,” along with other fun activities and exhibits. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston has loads of happenings at their main campus and their two house museums – see what’s going on all week here. Of course, the Children’s Museum is fun anytime! Many Houston museums are free on Thursdays – see a list of the free ones here and then check out the entire website for more info.

  • MILLER OUTDOOR THEATRE: The 2016-2016 season opens this weekend with the GuGu Drum Group from Shanghai on Friday at 8pm and Noche Caliente” on Saturday at 8pm. Miller is a great place to play and picnic any day – and it’s close to the Houston Zoo and the Houston Museum of Natural Science for extended fun. Be sure to get there early to avoid traffic.

  • DISCOVERY GREEN: There are things going on daily at Discovery Green! I’ll be there on Friday with a table so stop by and say howdy. I’ll have my IGNITE YOUR LIFE! bracelets for sale and you can enjoy the last installment of Friday Night Sights,” which will feature MECA.

  • DOWNTOWN FUN: Downtown Houston is a great place to explore with your kids! Start by visiting the oldest tree in Houston – at Capitol and Bagby. You can then head south to see Houston’s oldest park (since 1899!), Sam Houston Park, and the Heritage Society. While in the park, you can listen to a free cell phone tour of the historic homes. And for extra fun, explore Houston’s tunnel system – it’s 6 miles of space twenty feet underground.

  • THEATRE ON STAGE: Main Street Theater has special spring break performances of Junie B. Jones: The Musical through Friday at 10:30am daily; it will be here through April 2. TUTS is presenting Mary Poppins through this Sunday.

  • RIDING THE RAIL: The METRORail has a simple-to-use route that runs between the Museum District and the Theatre District so hop on and see where it takes you! Stop anywhere along the way and use the same pass one way.

  • NATURE: My favorite website for discovering nature in Houston is this one, which is a joint project of many different outdoors organizations. You can see what’s available each day and it’s full of ideas.

  • BOATING: Yippee! The Buffalo Bayou Park is up and running! You can rent canoes and kayaks on Lost Lake each day and paddle boats at Discovery Green. All the scoop is here.

  • CITY PASS: See five attractions over nine days with the Houston City Pass! Admission includes Space Center Houston; Downtown Aquarium; Houston Museum of Natural Science; Houston Zoo or Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and Children's Museum of Houston or Kemah Boardwalk. Be sure to get early to most of those places this week – they will be packed!

  • BATS: If you haven’t experienced the Waugh Bridge bats, this is a perfect week for that. The weather is nice and the kids don’t have to go to bed early. Click here for how to do it.

  • RODEO: The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo ends on Sunday. Bring lots of money and your appetite!

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  • GISH PICKS: A GUIDE TO CULTURAL ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES, which is online and emailed out to thousands of parents and caregivers;

  • SPIRIT PICKS: A GUIDE TO INSPIRING ACTIVITIES IN HOUSTON, which is online and emailed out to seekers all over Houston;

  • THE SUMMER BOOK® ONLINE, a searchable database of over 200 Houston day camps and classes for kids and teens;

  • IGNITE YOUR LIFE!, an art project and community campaign whose goal is to inspire people around the world to light a match to their own passion;

  • INTUITIVE GUIDANCE SESSIONS, which are one-on-one consultations with me at Body Mind & Soul on personal and/or work questions. Sessions are one hour or thirty minutes;

  • Bi-monthly “WHAT’S YOUR PURPOSE?” workshops at Body Mind & Soul, check the store’s online calendar for dates and more information; and

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

Sarah Gish
Sarah Gish
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Sarah Gish
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Houston, Texas 77057
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