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


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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

KEMAH

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

SUGAR COUNTRY

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




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Gerald R. Schneider