Disney’s Little Mermaid, Top Picks for Family Entertainment at the Children’s Film Festival


Carla Woods stars as Sebastian and Mark Ivy as Chef Louis in the TUT production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”.

Photo: Mélissa Taylor

Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”

The beloved story comes to life, following the adventures of Ariel the Mermaid, who trades her voice for a sea witch in the hopes of finding true love. This Broadway gem includes the songs “Under the Sea”, “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World”.

When: Until December 24

Or: Performing Arts Recreation Center, 800 Bagby

Details: $ 40 to $ 136; tuts.com

Real snow at the Houston Children’s Museum

Experience the magic of the ice skating parties around the Galleria’s 55-foot Christmas tree, with snowfall.

When: 10 am-6pm Dec 18-29

Or: 1500 Binz

Details: $ 10 to $ 12; cmhouston.org

Santa Stearman

The Lone Star Flight Museum welcomes Santa Claus, visitors can see him arrive and take a taxi to the museum. Guests will be able to take photos with Santa Claus and the Stearman plane, enjoy a special story hour with Mrs. Claus, tinker and explore the museum.

When: 11 a.m. on December 18

Or: 11551 Aeronautics

Details: $ 9.95 to $ 14.95; lonestarflight.org/news/stearman-santa-flights

Very happy POPS

Broadway’s Rodney Ingram joins the Houston Symphony for heartwarming favorite songs and treasured Christmas carols, complete with sparkling decorations and a visit from Santa. The 8 p.m. performance on December 18 will also be broadcast live.

When: 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on December 18, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on December 19

Or: Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana

Details: $ 20 to $ 149; houstonsymphony.org

Top of the H-Town sneakers

The event serves as a meeting point for sneaker enthusiasts to buy, sell, trade, display, browse and discuss rare and fashionable sneakers, clothing and accessories in a great party atmosphere.

When: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. December 19

Or: NRG Center, 1 NRG Park

Details: $ 25 to $ 65; sneakersummit.com

Sunday Drum Jam

This informal drum circle is a jam session for all ages and levels of experience. Participants are encouraged to bring drums, percussion instruments or other objects to create a rhythmic sound.

When: 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. December 19

Or: Levy Park, 3801 Eastside

Details: free; levyparkhouston.org

Children’s film festival

Asia Society Texas celebrates the winter holidays with a film festival that highlights Japanese cartoons, children in the United States, and adventures stretching across the Asian continent. Each day includes fun activities and free entry to the “Divine Spark: Kana Harada” exhibition.

When: 10 am-3pm Dec 20-22

Or: 1370 Southmore

Details: free, registration required; asiasociety.org/texas

Twelve hours of ‘Elf’

The Rooftop Cinema Club Uptown hosts several screenings of the classic holiday movie “Elf” starring Will Ferrell and Zoeey Deschanel.

When: 11 am-10pm 23 Dec

Or: 1700 Post Oak

Details: $ 17.50 to $ 24.25; rooftopcinemaclub.com

Santa on ice

Children of all ages are welcome to visit and skate with Santa on ice at Discovery Green.

When: 7-8 p.m. 23 December

Or: 1500 McKinney

Details: $ 15; greendiscovery.com


Jingle on the promenade

Hear holiday tunes, visit Santa’s Workshop, learn about the balloon artist, and enjoy hot chocolate and live entertainment at Kemah Boardwalk.

When: Until December 19

Or: 215 Kipp

Details: kemahboardwalk.com


Invitation to automotive culture

Head to the Plaza in Sugar Land Town Square to see some of the hottest cars on display, including a wide variety of makes and models from across the Houston area.

When: 8-10 a.m. on December 18

Or: 2711 Plaza Drive

Details: free; Sugarlandtownsquare.com


Gerald R. Schneider