Free family fun in Houston this weekend
June 12, 2009

HOUSTON-There are free or low-cost fun events for families in Houston this weekend that include a little jazz, a big parade and some "mad science."

The 36th Annual Juneteenth Parade takes place Saturday, June 13, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. in downtown Houston.

The parade begins at the corner of Texas and McKinney, next to Minute Maid Park and Discovery Green. The event is free.

If you have a hands-on kind of kid, you can check out the mad science experiments at The Woodlands Children's Museum. On Saturday kids will make lava lamps, and on Sunday they'll make art with old magazines -- and get a lesson on recycling, to boot.

The museum is on the upper level of The Woodlands Mall. Admission is $5 for everybody over the age of two. Children younger than two get in free.

Sunday afternoon, Discovery Green will cool off when The Trade Jazz Band takes the stage. It's part of the "Sundays in the Park" series. It's fun for the entire family, and - best of all - it's free.

"People need a place where they can be together and see other families and have lots of fun but the fact that it's free means even more right now," said Susanne Theis, Director of Programs for Discovery Green.

Families can bring a full picnic lunch to the park. Pets are also welcome.

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