Photo Credit: Lego Kids Fest

Photo Credit: Lego Kids Fest

May is one of the more beautiful months in Houston, when is has warmed and spring has sprung and the sun hints at summer but hasn’t yet become too hot to enjoy the outdoors. There are many exciting events this May to celebrate the spring and the beautiful weather for people of all interests. Make sure to explore your city and learn about all the great ways you can take advantage of spring in Houston!

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Bayou City Outdoors Meet And Greet
3422 N. Shepherd Drive
Houston, TX 77018
(713) 524-3567

Date: Apr. 25, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.

Come join the Bayou City Outdoors for their Spring Meet and Greet. This is a great way to see some old familiar faces and meet some new friends who also have an interest in the outdoors. Held at Cottonwood on North Shepherd, this group outing will be in a reserved portion of the outdoor area of the restaurant which features great appetizers and small bites and areas for outdoor games. This meeting will be a great way for you to learn about what Bayou City Outdoors is doing in your area of Houston this spring and summer!

LEGO Kids Fest
Reliant Center
8400 Kirby Drive
Houston, TX 77054
(832) 667-1400

Date: May 17-19, 2013
Price: Click here for pricing

Aimed at kids but fun for the young-at heart of all ages, the LEGO Kids Fest at Reliant Center is three days of all things Lego. Meet one of the Master Builders, adults who have the best job in the world — to build fantastic Lego scenes all day! Create something of your own in the Big Brick Pile (the largest pile of Legos you’ve seen!) or the Duplo Construction Zone for the younger ones. Wander through the Model Museum, where miniature and life-sized models of people, buildings, and much more can be found — along with some of the Master Builders who have created them. Don’t forget to stop by one of the Master Builder Academy classes or the Race Ramps to finish off the day! This festival will be fun for the whole family this spring.

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Russian Spring Bazaar
Russian Cultural Center “Our Texas”
2337 Bissonnet St.
Houston, Texas 77005
(713) 395-3301

Date: through May 31, 2013

The Russian Cultural Center has been a fixture of the Houston cultural scene for many years now, providing information and cultural pieces to the city of Houston. Their annual Spring Bazaar will be host to numerous artisans and hundreds of authentic Russian souvenirs crafted in the traditional style and showcased under one roof. Many of the items are rare and difficult to find outside of Russia itself, so make sure to make your way down to this spring festival and check out the hand-painted jewelry boxes, woven shawls, vintage porcelain figurines from the Imperial factory and the famous traditional Matreshka dolls.

Kayak Tours On The Bayou
Buffalo Bayou Partnership
1113 Vint St., #200
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 752-0314

Date: May 4, 2013 at 9 a.m.

Threading through downtown, uptown, and many of the neighborhoods on the western side of the city is Buffalo Bayou. Come out and enjoy spring as you explore this fixture of Houston like never before — on a kayak! Paddle your way through downtown and come out on the other side of Memorial Park as you explore the lush vegetation and beautiful waterway hidden within the city. This kayak tour is limited to 28 participants, at $60 each, so make sure to make your reservations soon! The registration fee includes shuttle service from the end of the tour back to the parking area, kayak rental, safety gear and paddling instruction.

Third Annual Make A Splash
Cinco Ranch High School
23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd.
Katy, TX 77494
(281) 391-7200

Date: May 4, 2013 at 10 a.m.

Free to the public, this annual event focused on swimming and water safety is hosted by regional swimming powerhouse Katy Aquatics. There will be demonstrations and interactive activities for families interested in learning safety tips in advance of the long summer swimming season. In addition to the above-ground safety activities, many children will have the chance to get into the pool and have a swim lesson from a certified instructor! Registration ahead of time is required for some of the in-pool activities, but there will be no charge. Come out and celebrate spring with your West Houston community and have a little dip in the pool while you’re at it!

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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