It’s the last long weekend of summer, or the end of summer, depending on your idea of when the sweaty season ends. Regardless, Labor Day weekend means there’s an extra day of trying to figure how to entertain the kids. Just in case you need planning for the entire three-day run, we’ve pasted together some things to keep families entertained. Just know, we can’t control the weather.
There are two free, al fresco movie screenings Friday night. Kids can dress as their favorite jungle animal when the 2016 version of “The Jungle Book” is projected from the pavilion at Levy Park (3801 Eastside) at 8 p.m. Bring your own blanket or borrow a park chair for the film. Food trucks will be on-site beginning at 5 p.m.
At 8 p.m., Memorial City Mall (303 Memorial City Way) hosts a screening of “Avengers: Infinity War.” Bring lawn chairs or a blanket to The Square. Superhero costumes are optional.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science (5555 Hermann Park Drive) debuts its new Fossil Preparation Laboratory Saturday. Located in the Morian Hall of Paleontology, visitors can watch as volunteers and staff clean and prepare Permian-era fossils that will become part of the museum’s permanent collection. They can also ask the paleontologists behind the glass wall questions via a microphone. Moving forward, the Fossil Preparation Laboratory will be open during regular museum hours and is included with admission.
If the kids aren’t into dinosaur bones, they can make nature artwork using foliage and an embroidery hoop at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston’s Open Studio from 2-4 p.m. Saturday. Or, head outside to the tents near the fountain from 1-4 p.m. to make a nature collage or nature rubbing. Both free events are inspired by artist Bucky Miller’s photographs, which are currently displayed on the museum’s lawn (5216 Montrose).
And Blue Field Market in EaDo has free snow cones for all from 6-7 p.m. to kick off its weekly Night Market, which runs from 6-10 p.m. The market features Houston-area artisans and vendors who display their wares on the blue turf soccer field, where kids can play soccer, ladder golf, pingpong, badminton and giant games of Jenga and Connect Four. There will also be live music by singer-songwriter Nathan Quick at 7 p.m. (2619 Polk).
It’s the first Yoga Sunday at the Children’s Museum of Houston this weekend. Taking place the first Sunday of each month from 2:30-3 p.m. in the Brown Auditorium (1500 Binz), kids will practice basic breathing techniques, experiment with balance and learn poses. Ongoing hands-on learning opportunities that take place that day include the chance for kids to launch a soda can using their breath in the Science Station. Included with museum admission.
An $8 ticket includes a hot dog and soda during Mason Road Skate Center’s Labor Day family skate day in Katy, from 1-7 p.m. Sunday. Skate rental is an additional $2 (535 Applewhite).
Meanwhile, Stevenson Park in Friendswood hosts the free, 3rd annual Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social from 3-5 p.m. in the gazebo (1100 S. Friendswood Drive). And while listening to live music from the Wild River Trio, families can cool off with complimentary ice cream, root beer, lemonade and cookies. This year’s event includes a Hurricane Harvey remembrance and a “Harvey Release” releasing of bubbles.
Allison Bagley is a writer in Houston.