A Houston Moms’ Guide to July 2020:: Re-Opening and Virtual Event Info

Quarantine guidelines have relaxed a little bit, allowing for businesses to open up with 25% or 50% occupancy. All around the country, doors are opening. Virtual events are still happening, for those not ready to venture out of the house. In order to cover the great happenings around Houston, we are breaking this month’s event calendar into two sections:: Re-Opening Information and Virtual Events.

Social distancing measures are still in effect. Staying 6 feet away from others not in your family and wearing face masks are still guidelines for re-emerging from quarantine. Practicing good hygiene and washing your hands after touching “high touch areas” will always be in effect. 

Re-Opening Information 

Governor Abbott has started the re-opening process for Texas businesses. At the point of this post being published on July 1st, the Governor has held the re-opening phases, put restaurants back to 50% occupancy, and closed bars and clubs. Many counties across our readership area have mask ordinances in place until the end of July or end of August. ABC 13 has a comprehensive list of the surrounding counties and cities with mask ordinances. 

 Summer camps are opening! Check out Houston Moms’ Guide to Summer Camps for updated summer camp info! 

Many of our popular Houston hot spots are open! Here is a round up on that information:: 

Texas State Parks:: All state parks that can be are currently open for day use and limited camping. Day pass reservations are required – reserve day passes online or by calling (512) 389-8900.

Houston Zoo:: The zoo re-opened June 3rd! Online reservations are required and can be found here. Health and safety are their highest priority, so follow these guidelines:: 

  • As recommended by the Houston Health Department and the CDC, and for the safety of our animals, staff and other guests, visitors are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering while visiting the Zoo.
  • All Zoo staff are required to wear masks.
  • The Zoo has visual social distancing reminders placed to ensure guests maintain a safe social distance along the pathway.
  • Free hand sanitizer stations are positioned at the entry, exit, restrooms, and food locations.
  • Zoo staff is continuously cleaning high-touch surfaces like vending machines, tables, chairs, and more.
  • If a guest feels sick before their reservation, we ask that they not visit the Zoo.

Houston Museum of Natural Science:: HMNS opened on May 15th. They are currently operating at 25% capacity or less and will be monitoring the number of visitors in and out. They are currently emphasizing reservations and online ticket purchasing, including timed tickets for the Butterfly Exhibit and the main exhibits. They box office is open to assist with printing pre-purchased  tickets. They currently require face masks for all staff and visitors over the age of 10. Hands-on exhibits, like the experiences in Weiss Energy Hall are currently closed. The Burke Baker Planetarium, Wortham Giant Screen Theatre and their satellite locations (HMNS at Sugar Land and the George Observatory in Fort Bend) will remain closed at this time. Opening dates to be determined at a later date. 

For the full list of museums open, check out the Houston Museum District website

The Children’s Museum of Houston:: The CMH opened to Members on June 3 and 4 and to the general public on June 5, 2020.    Tickets are on sale now.  Visitor flow will be maintained through timed entry tickets. Timed entry tickets for 2.5-hour visit will ensure a consistent flow of families at a 20-percent reduced capacity. They will check your temperature before entry using thermal scanners like in airports.  Proceed to the hand sanitizing bars and then scan your online reservation at the box office.  It’s all contactless!  Plus, remember to rock the mask!  Grownups, children ages 2+, and Museum staff must wear masks that cover the nose and mouth to enter the Museum.  And now, let your mind come out to play!

Houston Downtown Aquarium:: The Downtown Aquarium and Restaurant are open and ready for business. 

Space City Houston:: Space City Houston will not reopen July 1st as previously advertised. They will continue to monitor the latest updates from state, local and CDC officials and will continue to adjust its plans and protocols accordingly to ensure it can offer the safest experience possible for everyone.

Continuing Virtual Events

Each Weekday | 11am :: Houston Zoo’s Facebook Live

Each weekday, the zoo is hosting an 11:00 a.m. CST Facebook Live to bring the Zoo to YOU! They will be sharing daily updates of what our furred, flippered, and feathered friends are up to and how our zookeepers are caring for them while we are closed. Follow along and check out the fun at-home-learning activities below!

Daily | Various Times :: Virtual Events at Harris County Public Library

Harris County Public Library is hosting so many different events, like virtual play dates, tea times, and cooking classes. Check out their website for all of the fun virtual events. 

Daily | 11am :: Children’s Museum of Houston’s Virtual Learning 

If you cannot or do not wish to visit the Children’s Museum during their first days back, they completely understand and look forward to welcoming you when you feel more comfortable returning to the Museum.  In the meantime, keep visiting, connecting, and learning with their online stars by tuning into their Forbes-approved Daily Virtual Learning Broadcast Schedule on their social media pages.  So far, their Virtual Learning has generated nearly 3-million views on all platforms combined!  And Forbes said, “the warm personalities of their employees and community members jump right off the screen and make for an engaging and informative experience.” If you haven’t already, you can find all of their content on their YouTube channel.

Every Wednesday Morning | 10:00am :: Levy Park On-Demand

Join us ONLINE for these educational and diverse programs! Check out the Levy Park Facebook page for more!

Every Thursday Morning | 11:00am :: Virtual Storytime with Pearland Library

Join the Pearland Library on Facebook Live for storytime each Thursday at 11 am!

Every Friday Morning | 10:30am :: Online Superhero Story Time at Discovery Green

Hang out with kid celebs like Spider Man and Cinderella with Discovery Green for very special online story times and dance-offs. Get ready to shake your sillies out and watch a childhood hero tell a story. There’s also a letter of the day and a coloring sheet that goes with it on their Facebook page. 

Every Saturday Morning | 1:00pm – 4:00pm :: Virtual Drop In Experience at the Contemporary Art Museum

CAMH’s Virtual Drop-In Experiences feature instructions for pop-up activities you can do at home. Each hands-on activity provides creative opportunities to experience current exhibitions from a distance in a unique and meaningful way. Led by their FAQ Team (Frequently Asked Questions), a group of artists and historians who assist with contextualizing CAMH’s dynamic exhibitions for diverse audiences. Virtual Drop-In Experiences are released on our website at 1PM every Saturday. All ages, always free.

Every Saturday Morning | 10:30am – 11:00am :: Online Creative Movement Classes with Houston Ballet

Online Creative Movement will take your child into a world of creativity, music and movement. Students will use their imagination as they work on fine and gross motor skills, strength building, flexibility, coordination and musicality.
This five-class series is geared towards children ages 2-6 and their families. Classes will be held via Zoom on May 30th, June 6th, June 13th, June 20th, and June 27th and the cost is $10 per class. Sign up for 1 class or all 5 in the series!

Every Saturday Morning | 10:30am :: Virtual Story time at the Brazos Bookstore

Our Children’s Specialist, Laura G, will be livestreaming story time. Tune in on our Facebook page at 10:30am to join in the fun!

Story time is a Saturday morning tradition at Brazos, perfect for kids ages 2 to 9! Each week, we invite a rotating cast of great readers/performers to read both classic and contemporary picture books. And don’t forget about the snacks and great crafts. Story time is a great family activity, with books uniting kids and adults alike!

Second Saturday of the Month| 10:30am :: Second Saturday at Spring Street

Sawyer Yards is part of history as one of the largest creative communities in the nation and on the Second Saturday of every month, Sawyer Yards invites the public to tour more than 350 open art studios, explore an outdoor makers market and grab a craft brew with friends and family. We are excited to welcome you back. Please note that while we are not requiring masks to be worn in order to enter the premise, many of our studio artists participating in Second Saturday will require visitors to wear a mask in their studio. Signs will be posted at the entrance of each studio requiring masks. We ask that you practice social distancing within our buildings and respect tenants that are following city or state guidelines

Every Sunday | 10:00am – 3:00pm :: Montrose Morning Market – Indoor & Outdoor Local Vendor Market

Shop local vendors, enjoy live music, + complimentary mimosas each Sunday at the Montrose Morning Market. Find local talented artisans, farmers, and entrepreneurs in a unique indoor & outdoor space at 501 Lovett Blvd.

Every Sunday | 10:00am :: Namaste Sundays: Free Outdoor Yoga

Namaste Sunday is entering its second year! Until all businesses return to normal, join us online on the YOUniverSOUL Fest Facebook page for a free yoga flow by yoga instructor, chiropractor, and anatomy professor, Al Jameson.

Virtual and In Person Events

July 1st | 10:00am :: Herbs: Your Own Scratch n’ Sniff Garden with Mercer Botanic Gardens with Levi Park

Explore the colors, textures, and fragrances of an assortment of herbs during this hands-on exploration. Learn about cultural requirements, culinary inspiration, and historical aspects of herbs that grow well in the Texas Gulf Coast region. This program is in-park at the Levy Park event pavilion.

July 2nd | 10:00am :: Bollywood & Bhangra Dancing Class with Levi Park

This vibrant and entertaining fitness dance class is suitable for all ability levels. It gives a whole body workout while dancing to the rhythm of joy with the powerful nature of Bollywood music. This program is in-park at the Levy Park event pavilion.

July 3rd | 10:30am :: Uncle Jumbo Dance-Along with Discovery Green Online

Sing and dance with Houston-based children’s music-maker Uncle Jumbo at this virtual family-friendly dance party. 

July 4th | 6:30pm – 10:00pm :: Shell Freedom Over Texas on ABC 13

Houston’s signature patriotic celebration is back with a 2020 approach. Shell Freedom Over Texas will feature a vigorous line up of live and virtual entertainers via broadcast and live streaming on Saturday, July 4th from 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Mayor Sylvester Turner’s mission is to uphold the health and safety of all Houstonians. This year, guests will not gather for the annual festival on Buffalo Bayou in Eleanor Tinsley and Sam Houston Parks, but will honor the City’s cherished tradition under a new format.

The evening will kick off with a patriotic tribute by the Houston Symphony, followed by performances with guest artists Houston rappers, humanitarians and philanthropists, Bun B and Trae Tha Truth, nationally acclaimed mariachi band Mariachi Imperial De America, and Houston sibling Norteño trio Los Luzeros De Rioverde. Additional performers to be announced.

No July 4th is complete without a fireworks finale. Thanks to new sponsor, Reliant, the evening will culminate in a splash of fireworks that can be seen on ABC13 or in the skies near downtown with Cox Media radio stations simulcasting the music.

July 6th | 10:00am :: Levy Park On-Demand: Zumba

Join the party and sweat with Tiny Fitness to rhythms from around the world! This 45-minute Zumba fitness class will have you grooving, shaking, and toning to salsa, hip hop, samba, and bhangra beats – and so many more. Open to all fitness levels and recommended for ages 16+, no equipment needed. Always move to your own beat and consult your health team before beginning or modifying your exercise program. To learn more about Tiny Fitness Studio visit their website. Tune in ONLINE on the Levy Park Facebook page and YouTube channel

July 6th | 6:30pm :: Online Hip Hop Yoga: Fitness sponsored by Sproutswith Discovery Green Online

Take a moment for your body, mind and soul during this one-of-a-kind yoga class with a hip-hop beat taught by Alicia Dugar Stephenson of ApprenticeYogaSchool.org

July 8th | 10:00am :: Aquatic Walk with Trails As Parks with Levi Park

Did you know there are fish with no scales? Or camouflaged mini-predators that munch on mosquitos in the water? Join us for a virtual walk through the water column for a close-up view of the underwater animal kingdom. This program is ONLINE, please visit the Levy Park Facebook page or YouTube channel.

July 10th | 10:30am :: Discovery Green Friends Storytime with Discovery Green Online

There are over 145 different languages spoken in Houston. We showcase a wide variety of these in a special reading of the American classic: Goodnight Moon. This is an event Space-City residents young and old won’t want to miss!

July 14th | 8:00pm – 9:00pm :: Antiracism Book Club discusses Talking to Strangers

Antiracism Book Club will read and discuss books about racism, social justice, and unconscious bias, in order to give our community of readers a space to talk about hard issues with a new book each month as a guide. This month, we’re reading Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell.

July 15th | 10:00am :: Water Ecology with Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve with Levi Park

Watch as naturalists from Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve demonstrate how pollution effects our waterways and how water and wastewater treatment plants operate in an urban setting using a three-dimensional topographical model. This program is ONLINE, please visit the Levy Park Facebook page or YouTube channel.

July 16th | 7:00pm :: Discovery Green Stream Concerts presented by Bank of America: Genesis Blue with Discovery Green Online

Native Houstonian and “Raptivist” Genesis Blue delivers a new style of hip-hop by combining poetry and fire to share an uplifting message.

July 19th | 8:00pm – 11:00pm :: Adult Skate Night at Mason Skate Park

It’s the night adults have been waiting for! Leave the kids with a sitter and come enjoy some kid-free skating. $10 admission includes regular skate rental. 18 and up only. Must present ID at the door

July 22nd | 10:00am :: Pocket Prairies with Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center with Levi Park

Discover how the local ecoregion has changed over time, explore native plants, and learn how to create a biodegradable pocket prairie. This program is in-park at the Levy Park event pavilion.

July 24th | 10:30am :: Discovery Green Friends Storytime with Discovery Green Online

Everyone wants to be the prettiest fish in the ocean, but not everyone can have shiny, shimmering scales. Or can they? Drag Queen Muffy Vanderbilt III reads this heartwarming tale of sharing and caring. Rainbow Fish Craft and Activities: www.myjoyfilledlife.com/the-rainbow-fish 

July 29th | 10:00am :: Houston’s Native Mosquito Assassins with Precinct 4’s Biological Control Initiative with Levi Park

Learn how the Texas native “mosquito assassin” is helping reduce the pest mosquito population. As larvae, these unique bugs feed on newly hatched pest mosquitos and mature into colorful, flying pollinators. This program is ONLINE, please visit the Levy Park Facebook page or YouTube channel.

July 30th | 6:30pm – 8:30pm :: Bingo on the Lawn

Enjoy a fun evening of bingo on the lawn! Blankets, daubers, and lawn chairs are encouraged. All parties will be spaced out to provide proper distance between all guests. You ticket includes two bingo pads (one pad for children) for 6 rounds and two complimentary drink tickets. Guests can bring their own food and beverages, but individually wrapped snacks and beverages will be available. Small prizes will be awarded to the winners of each round. Additional bingo pads can be purchased at the event.

Need more quarantine resources, including things to do with your kids, how to talk to your kids about what is going on, or a great at-home work-out?

Check out Houston Moms’ Ultimate Guide to Quarantine Resources! 

Please Note :: While we make every effort to crosscheck current links and event details on our guides, we always encourage you to do the same before making final plans. If details are missing or incorrect, please let us know so that we can make every attempt to correct them. And if you know of any other events happening this month, include them in the comments to keep the list going!

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