Best Zoo And Aquarium Events In Houston

July 26, 2013 7:00 AM

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Photo Credit: Downtown Aquarium

Photo Credit: Downtown Aquarium

Houston has only one zoo and two aquariums, but these are world-class animal attractions, and part of the fun of visiting these venues is the events they offer throughout the year. You can find concerts, lectures and other events at these spots. Some of these events enrich your life while others are purely for the fun of it. Even if you have not been to a zoo or aquarium since you were a child, it’s time to rethink these places. Visit one of these events to really enjoy an evening out, whether you are an adult, a kid or just a kid at heart.

Bands on the Sand
Moody Gardens
1 Hope Blvd.
Galveston,TX 77554
(800) 582-4673
www.moodygardens.com

Moody Gardens features an indoor rainforest and an aquarium, which are housed in twin pyramids. These pyramids are one of the first things you see when you reach the end of the causeway to get to Galveston Island. For relaxing fun in the sun and a great end to a long day at Moody Gardens’ pyramids, opt for the Bands in the Sand summer concert series. There are still three weekends left to enjoy the sounds of an eclectic group of bands, and it only costs $12 per person to get in. Compare that great deal to the price of a movie ticket or a concert anywhere else. The concerts are on Fridays and Saturdays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. from July 26 through August 10, 2013.

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Photo Credit: Downtown Aquarium

Photo Credit: Downtown Aquarium

Latin Beats Salsa Dancing
Downtown Aquarium
410 Bagby St.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 223-3474
www.aqauriumrestaurants.com

When you visit the Downtown Aquarium, try the spicy salsa. No, not the dip, the dance. On Fridays throughout the summer until the end of August, you can dance the night away at the Latin Beats dance nights. Don’t know how to dance? Don’t worry. You can learn while you are there and practice your newly acquired moves. This is one way the Downtown Aquarium makes Houston’s summers sizzle. Just show up ready to dance on any of the Fridays in August from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Animals Assembled
Houston Zoo
6200 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 533-6500
www.houstonzoo.org

If you have ever constructed anything with a set of Lego building blocks, you will want to catch the Animals Assembled summer exhibit at the Houston Zoo. You can see life-sized animals made entirely from Lego bricks. There are at least 24 animals in all, representing more than 10 different animal species, many of which can be seen in their living forms at the zoo. The amount of time and number of bricks it took to create these animals will amaze young and old alike. The zebra required 37,000 Lego bricks and it took workers 300 hours to piece together the tiger. It is free with your zoo entrance ticket to see this Lego exhibit, which is only at the zoo through Labor Day.

Shark Weekend
Downtown Aquarium
410 Bagby St.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 223-3474
www.aqauriumrestaurants.com

If you or your kids love sharks, you have probably already been to the Shark Encounter attraction at the Downtown Aquarium, but for one weekend in August – August 10 and 11, 2013 – you can enjoy crafts, games and educational booths dedicated to the hunters of the oceans. If you miss this event, there will be a similar one coming up at the Downtown Aquarium for International Tiger Weekend on September 28 and 29, 2013.

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Photo Credit: Moody Gardens

Photo Credit: Moody Gardens

Birding 101
Moody Gardens
1 Hope Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77554
(800) 582-4673
www.moodygardens.com

If you have ever wondered what the birds that fly over Galveston Bay really are, check out the Birding 101 class that meets at Moody Gardens in the lobby of the Aquarium Pyramid on the second Saturday of the months of September through December, 2013. This class is presented in conjunction with the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council to encourage people to come to the island and view the natural wildlife. The best part about this class, aside from the vast amount of information you will learn, is the free cost.

Crystal Hessong ia a freelance writer and a lifelong, fourth generation Houstonian. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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