Best Culture On A Budget In Houston

April 9, 2012 6:00 AM

There’s no shortage of great cultural events in the Houston area. Here, find five great ways to experience the city without breaking the bank.

One thing is certain: there’s no shortage of great cultural arts events in the Houston area. But hitting the theater district every weekend or paying for museum tickets can get pricey at times. There’s no need to fret over breaking the bank. The city is full of inexpensive ways for the whole family to get out, have fun and even gain a little culture along the way. Here are some of the best ways to see what Houston has to offer without hurting your pocketbook.
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Children’s Museum of Houston
1500 Binz St.
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 522-1138

Price: Free on Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m.; $8 per person, discounts available
Hours: Tues-Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Thanks to the generosity of benefactors, your family can enjoy the Children’s Museum of Houston free of charge from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Explore Kidtropolis, a city entirely run by kids, where you can play newscaster, mayor, bank teller or even veterinarian. In the summer, spend time in the outdoor splash area and learn all about water works, as well as traveling seasonal exhibits.

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The Rothko Chapel
1409 Sul Ross St.
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 524-9839

Price: Free
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Rothko Chapel is a combination of meditative space, religious sanctuary and art museum. Fourteen commissioned works of art line the inside of the space, while the famous “Broken Obelisk” statue and reflecting pool are featured outside. The chapel is open 365 days a year and is free to the public. It also plays host to a number of speakers on peace and religious tolerance.

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Houston Art Car Parade
Allen Pkwy. between Waugh and Bagby streets
(713) 926-6368

Price: Free
Date: May 12, 2012
Hours: 9 a.m. car lineup, 1 p.m. parade

Celebrating its 25th year, the Houston Art Car Parade is the largest show of its kind in the world. What started as a parade of 40 painted cars has since turned into a weekend-long event with hundreds of elaborately sculpted pieces of automotive creativity. Set up along the parade route with your lawn chair and packed lunch, and prepare to be amazed!

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Suchu Dance 
Barnevelder Theatre
2201 Preston St.
Houston, TX 77003
(281) 685-1059

Price: $15-25
Dates: April 13-15 and 20-22, 2012
Hours: 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. showtimes

This modern dance troupe’s April performance, “A Circle of Perpetual Apparition,” features a strange thing on stage – the audience. A circle of chairs defines the performance space–or does it? Talented dancers will weave in and out of the circle of perpetual apparition, an astronomical term for a location on a globe where the stars never set. Don’t miss this intriguing and affordable modern dance experience.

Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at

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