WHAT'S YOUR PICK THIS WEEKEND?
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” under “In Your Newsfeed.” Thanks!
Ah, road trips! I’m getting ready to go on a business one to Ann Arbor (my birthplace) for my IGNITE YOUR LIFE! art project – follow my adventures on my IYL Facebook page. I’m very excited! If you’re hitting the open road with your family, the first thing I recommend that you do is read this article for some great travel safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics and this one for some family-friendly travel apps -- you can find everything from parks to rest areas to packing lists. Speaking of packing lists, make one (or several, depending on who is doing the traveling!) – if you have any kids heading off to camp, tape their packing list inside their trunk so they’ll return with everything they brought. And if you encourage family members to pack themselves, everyone will be happier.
Now that you’re ready to head out the door, here are some day trips ideas in two interviews from the radio show “Houston Matters” – in this one, I spoke with host Craig Cohen and Houston Press writer John Nova Lomax about day trips from Houston and in this one, Kristin Finan and Laurie Roddy give Craig even more great suggestions.
And if you’re looking for fun close to home, Galveston is a most excellent get away. Before your wheels even get rolling, you can rent a beach house through Vacation Rental by Owner, get some great ideas from the Galveston Island Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, and you can even enjoy art on the water with Artist Boat, a groovy nonprofit that conducts guided kayak tours to Galveston Island’s Coastal Heritage Preserve for just $10/person. And a great way to enjoy the Island is to drive against traffic patterns: head out super early in the morning and come back in the afternoon or head down in the afternoon and come back late evening.
If you still need summer camp help, many camps still have openings. Click here to access THE SUMMER BOOK® ONLINE: A GUIDE TO HOUSTON DAY CAMPS AND CLASSES FOR KIDS AND TEENS, a guide I’ve been producing since 2003. Or you can remember my new web page: www.daycampshouston.com – pass it on and tell your friends. I’ll also be highlighting CAMP PICKS on my Facebook page so be sure to check in there for ideas. My guide is the largest and most accurate online searchable database in Houston and you’re gonna love it when looking for camps! And, best of all, you can surf it from anywhere.
This week’s VIDEO PICK is a lovely song, “Everything’s Possible,” from the now defunct acapella group, The Flirtations, that is about accepting everyone no matter who they are. In this post-Orlando world, it seemed right for this week. Enjoy!
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Have a great week, love one another, please share this, and GO.FIND.FUN.