Tune in on April 6 to read The Hiccupotamus and make your own hippo.

The masterminds over at beloved Upper Kirby greenspace, Levy Park, are tackling our area’s "stay home, work safe" orders in a very creative fashion.

The park team has created Levy Park On-Demand—available on Facebook and YouTube beginning Monday, March 30—which allows families to stream Levy Park grounds like you might a yule log during the holidays, and better yet to access the great family-friendly programming the park is already known for, so kids (and, fine, adults, too) can do all sorts of fun activities in the comfort of their own homes: Story times, fitness classes, at-home activities, games and more. 

Though Levy Park’s grounds do remain open at this time (as do the Woodshed Smokehouse and Love Shack eateries for delivery and takeout options, Wednesday–Sunday), due to the importance of social distancing and in compliance with our area’s shelter-in-place orders the restrooms, dog park and children's park are all currently closed until April 3. Plus, all in-park programming is suspended through the end of April. We suggest you stay home and check out this killer programming starting next week. 

Here’s the lineup (airing at 10 a.m., beginning March 30):

Monday, March 30: Young Audiences of Houston AndyRoo and the AndyRooniverse

Tuesday, March 31: Cartoon Bowling. Decorating water bottles and a ball with cartoon faces to create an indoor bowling set up. Supplies needed: six water bottles (or non-breakable cups), a ball (soft balls like a rubber or tennis ball work best), and markers (or stickers). Optional: food dye.

Wednesday, April 1: Body Barre class by DEFINE.

Thursday, April 2: Tai chi in the park.

Friday, April 3: Family Storytime, Wide-Mouthed Frog. After, learn how to make your own wide-mouthed frog using basic household items. Supplies needed: TP rolls (or cut paper towel rolls), green construction paper (or any paper), markers (or crayons, colored pencils, or pens), string (or yarn, dental floss, shoestring, or fishing line), tape (or glue, glue stick), and scissors.

Monday, April 6: Family Storytime, The Hiccupotamus. After, learn how to make a hippopotamus craft using basic household items. Supplies needed: paper plates (or construction paper), markers (or crayons, colored pencils, or pens), glue stick (or glue, tape), scissors, and cotton balls (or pom poms, marshmallows).

Tuesday, April 7:  Walking Water. Learn the concept of capillary action with this colorful DIY science experiment. Supplies needed: three or five clear glasses or cups, water, food coloring (at least two colors), a spoon (or knife or fork), and three half-sheet paper towels (or napkins).

Wednesday, April 8: Body Barre class by DEFINE.

Thursday, April 9: Tai chi in the park. 

Friday, April 10: Family Storytime, Oh My, Oh My–A Butterfly. After, learn how to make your own butterfly using basic household items. Supplies needed: coffee filter (or piece of paper cut into circle), clothing pin (or a chip clip, string, or pipe cleaner), markers (or crayons, colored pencils, or pens), water, and napkins (or paper towels).

Find even more info at levyparkhouston.org.

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