There are few things more important — or more anxiety inducing — for a child than learning to read. Sounding out and stumbling over worlds can be awkward and a little embarrassing, and adults and authority figures can compound the apprehension for little people learning to love words.
One service animal organization recognized this, and developed a program to introduce therapy animals to young readers.
The P.A.W.S. Reading Program [Pets Are Worth Sharing] pairs non-judgmental animal audiences with children of all ages and reading abilities as they build confidence and, hopefully, develop a love of books not obstructed by reading anxiety.
Each Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m., kids are welcome to pair up or read in groups with these sweet therapy dogs. They’re great listeners, though they do have a tendency to cuddle.
Join us at HMNS at Sugar Land this Friday, Nov. 16 as we celebrate our brand new, 2,000-gallon aquarium. Bring the whole family and indulge your inner kid with a museum-wide game of Go Fish. Kids will learn all about fish habitats with interactive activities, crafts and snackage for the whole family. And if you make a donation to support the maintenance of our new tank, you can choose your very own fish to release in the tank or leave your mark on a decorative tile.
Friday Family Fun Night: Go Fish! is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $15 for the public, $10 for members.
Via Colori 2011
Then on Saturday, join HMNS downtown for Via Colori, a street painting festival that’ll make you question everything you thought you knew about sidewalk chalk. We’ll be set up at the Anadarko Family Zone at the Houston Public Library Plaza. Find us on the Family Stage from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. for live chemistry demonstrations with liquid nitrogen and meet some of our creepiest, crawliest museum critters.
There is something fishy going on at the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land.
HMNS Sugar Land is celebrating a very special third birthday this Thursday, and with it, they’re unveiling a very watery gift for guests: a brand new, 2,000 gallon aquarium!
Who wants to Go Fish! in Sugar Land?
Patrons will get a peek at the just-expanded paleontology hall and release their inner kiddo with an adults-only party that’s fit for a 3-year old. Dig into a buffet full of childhood comfort food and bid on live auction items — like the chance to release the aquarium’s very first fish!
All proceeds benefit HMNS Sugar Land and its programming. Call Kristina Thompson at 281-313-2277, ext. 123 for ticket information.
What: HMNS Sugar Land Third Birthday Party
Where: HMNS at Sugar Land, 13016 University Blvd., Sugar Land, TX 77479
When: Thursday, Nov. 8, 6 to 9 p.m.
Cost: $50; advance purchase required
Flashlight tours have become a mainstay of the season and always have something new to offer. Join David Temple, HMNS Associate Curator of Paleontology, for an after-dark flashlight tour of HMNS at Sugar Land, highlighting the history of this unique building and the ghosts that may still be haunting it.
The historic brick building that now houses HMNS Sugar Land was a state prison building before being renovated and reborn as a science museum in 2009.
This special Halloween tour, geared for patrons over the age of 13, is not for the faint-hearted or those who are afraid of things that go bump in the night!
What: Prison Flashlight Tour
When: Thursday ,Oct. 18, at 7 p.m.
Where: HMNS Sugar Land
How much: $25, $20 for members
Click here for advance tickets!