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!
Are you still needing summer camp help? Doncha worry -- many camps still have openings as you can see in our latest curated guide to camps, here. If you want a list of over 200 camps to choose from, 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 (I also recommend CULTURE PICKS for kids!). 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.
I always suggest that families take some time in the summer to be a “Tourist in Your Own Town” -- there are so many things to do and see in our fine city, it can be overwhelming (and this, my friends, is why I created GISH PICKS – so that I could break it down a little for you!). But if you’re having that “overwhelm me anyway” feeling, here are some places for local family fun:
- The Greater Houston Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has a comprehensive list of family fun ideas.
- Want to learn about hidden Houston gems? Check out these ideas from the Houston Chronicle, Big Kids Small City and J-Vibe.
- One of my favorite things for field trip ideas is Placenotes Houston -- it’s a box which contains several cards, each with a photo and information about different sites in Houston.
- Get Out Here Houston is a website chock full of ideas to get you OUTSIDE – and they have a super cool app.
- Looking for more about the wilds of Houston? Check out the list of Houston’s ten (yes ten!) eco-regions here.
- If it’s picking fruit you’re interested in, there are still plenty of places to hit in the summer – check out this site for all the scoop.
- I was on the “Houston Matters” radio show a few years back talking about Houston bucket lists (mine, his, theirs, others’) and we had a blast talking about all that makes Houston cool. Listen to the interview here and then head out the door with your kids and your own bucket lists and see what kind of fun you can find.
A round-up of field trip ideas is not complete without a conversation about Pokémon Go. I am generally anti-electronic so was skeptical about it – I then observed, talked to kids, used it a little – and here is my take on it: I don’t like it. Sorry, I just don’t. Yes, the game gets people outside and to a variety of places – and that’s good – but EVERYONE that uses it is glued to their screens. And…this is something no one is really talking about: Pokémon Go turns our real world into a video game. Do we really want our kids looking at our world like a video game, with a digital intermediary? And my last criticism is that I wish they had information about each site (or at least a link to websites) instead of just sending people to the sites. There are plenty of parents who think differently about it (there are a handful of reviews here) but I’m against it.
This week’s VIDEO PICK is the rendition of “What the World Needs Now is Love” that was sung at the Democratic National Convention. It was performed by a large line of singers each taking turns and it was absolutely lovely. Enjoy!
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Have a great week, love one another, please share this, and GO.FIND.FUN.