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Enjoy August with These Family-Friendly Art Experiences

A roundup of Houston’s must-attend art events—for kids this time.

By Alexia Partouche

With the Texas summer boiling on, escaping the sun with indoor activities is the way to go. That’s why there’s no better time to enjoy the best of Houston’s art and culture—even with kids. This month has everything you need to keep your artsy family satisfied, from theater performances to handmade puppets to interactive art museums. 

Here’s our family-friendly arts guide for this August:

Exploring Identity: CAMH Drop-In Experience

Saturday, August 6 | 14 p.m. | Contemporary Art Museum Houston | Free

Inspired by artist and filmmaker Mariah Garnett’s new exhibit, Dreamed This Gateway, the Contemporary Art Museum Houston’s latest drop-in experience welcomes you to create your own abstract self-portrait. Focusing on the use of symbols and color, kids will have no problem jumping in to create unique expressions of self out of the different materials. Bring the whole family, and you’ll have an incredible family portrait to hang up on the fridge.

HCCC Hands on Houston: Fantastical Creature Puppets

Saturday, August 6 | 11 a.m.3 p.m. | Houston Center For Contemporary Craft | Free

The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft invites you to come learn from Chenlu Hou, its resident artist and puppeteer. Guests of all ages will get to explore Chenlu’s studio, observe her artistic process, and watch some of the unique stop-motion videos she creates with her puppets. Then, they’ll become puppeteers themselves, creating their very own intricate paper puppets of creatures pulled straight from their imagination. Plus, stop by again in late August to see more of Chenlu’s art in the gallery’s In Residence: 15th Edition exhibit.

Stageworks Theatre: Young Artist Performances

August 1221 | Various times | Fischer Studio | $20

With family-friendly performances and casts made up entirely of young acting students, Stageworks Theatre’s Young Artists Performances are the place to go to introduce your young ones to theater. This August, families can look forward to Alienated, an alien mystery put on by actors ages 7 to 11, and Legally Blonde Jr., the kid-friendly musical version of the beloved movie. As another benefit, kids in the audience will get to practice their theater etiquette, better preparing them for the more refined performances you’d like to take them to.

Children’s Museum Houston: Hip Hop Hooray

Saturday, August 13 | 10 a.m.5 p.m. | Children’s Museum Houston | $15

Why listen to music on the radio when you can hear it live? That’s what the Children’s Museum Houston’s Hip Hop Hooray is for: stacked with performances by local rappers and dance groups, the event promises to be a kid-friendly introduction to the world of rap and DJing. Your kids will start the day off learning to line dance while DJ Ryan plays the best in hip-hop music; then, they’ll be privy to a series of incredible performances—with a DJ dance break in between, of course.

Family Studios at the MFAH

Sunday, August 21 | 12:30 p.m. | The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston | $10 + General Admission

Touring an art museum might sound like a bad idea for those with excitable, fickle kids, but the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is here to prove you wrong. The museum’s galleries become a source of inspiration for your kiddos with the museum’s Family Studios, which invite children to create their own masterpieces with high-quality materials and professional tools. Guided by teaching artists, the workshop teaches kids all about the techniques artists use and encourages them to pursue their artistic interests, even once the visit is over.

Color Factory

All year long | 9 a.m.8 p.m. | Color Factory Houston | Starting at $36

Where most museums insist on a hands-off policy, Color Factory stands apart, inviting you to immerse your senses in art, touch and all. Interactive installations doused in bright colors will keep your kiddos' attention the whole duration of your visit, with new ways to play in every room—like the moon-inspired ball pit, created to honor the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, or the blue balloons that float suspended in air. Plus, every trip includes tasty treats like rainbow popcorn from Make Your Life Sweeter and black ice cream from Aqua S, so you can end your visit on a high note.

Seismique

All year long | Various times | Seismique | Starting at $28

Technology and art combine in Seismique, a 40,000-square-foot museum filled with more than 40 interactive galleries, each with a unique style and story held within. Visit an extraterrestrial forest, travel through a tunnel of light, and climb giant yarn creations—all in one trip. The fantastical worlds contained in each gallery will keep your kids on their toes, excited for the next unpredictable installation coming up just around the corner.

 

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