WHAT'S YOUR PICK THIS WEEKEND?
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It’s 12.12.12. Even if you’re a skeptic, you have to admit that the numbers are REALLY COOL for this day. It’s also “Día de La Virgen de Guadalupe”, so take a moment and look for some miracles as you whiz through your day. They are plentiful in this season of joy and caring – and as hokey as it may sound, I’m with Tinkerbelle when she says “I do believe in miracles, I do, I do!” May you enjoy many.
‘Tis the season but it ain’t always easy. I hadn’t thought about what it would be like to experience the holidays with a child on the autism spectrum until I read my friend Cynthia Singleton’s piece, “Running the Christmas Gauntlet”. Reading about her family’s holiday that ranged from “exhaustion” to “magic” was touching and heartbreaking all at once and it made me very grateful for people like Cynthia and my other friend Carol Streatfeild who not only struggle through the tribulations of living with autism but who also raise awareness for it in our community and in government. The Children’s Museum of Houston is doing their part to support families with autism: they host regular “Sensory Friendly Days” in which the doors are closed to the general public and the music is turned off. Brilliant!
Every year in GISH PICKS, I recommend The Children’s Museum’s annual exhibition, “Seasons of Sharing,” because it’s the best way to introduce kids to holiday traditions around the world. Be sure to check it out before January 6, 2013. Speaking of the CMH, I’m pleased as punch to announce that I’ll be celebrating TEN YEARS OF FUN with Gish Picks and The Summer Book®: A Guide to Houston Day Camps and Classes for Kids and Teens in 2013 and the Children’s Museum is helping me celebrate in a big way by opening their doors for a good-n-rowdy, DECADE-nt, kid-friendly party on Saturday, March 23. Mark your calendars now and plan to join us – we’ll have nonstop entertainment from the finest cultural orgs in the city, information for families, and lot of treats and news.
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Enjoy the 12’s, have a great week, be kind to others, and GO.FIND.FUN.