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EventsDECEMBER 2018 HAPPENINGS
*Activities, events and times are subject to change.

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    CRACK THE HOUR OF CODE

    DEC. 1

    Calling all S.E.C.R.E.T. agents! Online chatter tells us that R.I.V.A.L. is up to no good and ready to sabotage the Children's Museum of Houston's "Hour of Code" event. "Hour of Code" is a global movement celebrated in more than 180-countries during Dec. 3 to 9. It is designed to demystify "code" and to show that anybody can learn the basics of computer science and programming. The Museum's "Hour of Code" will tackle all sorts of coding challenges including: animating your name, taking the "Flappy Bird" game to the next level, "ice-coding" to produce snowflakes and patterns, and coding magic to snatch back presents to Whoville. Undercover S.E.C.R.E.T. agents: Stay alert!

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    YOGA FIRST SUNDAY

    DEC. 2

    Get ready to settle down on the mat and explore your inner light! Zen out and "chillax" during a brand-new series at the Children's Museum of Houston. Join us every first Sunday of the month for a 30-minute children's Yoga session as we play with balance and practice stretches, poses and breathing exercises. No need to register!

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    GRINCHY WHOBILATION - WITH SPECIAL VISIT FROM THE GRINCH!

    DEC. 8

    Oh, poopsy! The "Mean One" is ready to steal the spotlight this holiday at the Children's Museum of Houston. Come join The Grinch as he makes a special appearance and disrupts the holiday "Whobilation." Listen to his classic holiday tale during story time. Build a Shrinky Dink heart three sizes too small, just like his! Then, participate in the "Mean One" relay races.

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    SENSORY FRIENDLY DAY
    Sponsored by The Stanford and Joan Alexander Family

    DEC. 10

    The Children's Museum of Houston will host Sensory Friendly Day, an opportunity for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences to explore the Museum at their own pace and time. Activities include story times, therapy dogs and much more! Doors will be closed to the public. There will be no music and sound-reducing headphones will be available. Outside food and drinks will be allowed (Fresh Café will be closed). To register, please contact Lydia Dungus at ldungus@cmhouston.org or (713) 535-7238.

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    MERRY MAKING – UGLY IS THE NEW HOLIDAY CHIC!

    DEC. 15 - 16

    Who says ugly can't be cute? The new holiday chic is what's inside! You're invited to a holiday merry making extravaganza which will include designing your own holiday wrapping paper, making classic holiday toys, using computer coding software to program a holiday tree light show, making ugly holiday vests with LEDs. Even if it's ugly, it's yours to keep! Plus, join Mrs. Claus for traditional holiday tales about our "Seasons of Sharing" exhibit houses.

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    FROZEN OVER – SNOW DAY + FROZEN CHARACTERS TAKEOVER!

    DEC. 22

    The Children's Museum of Houston in in for a chilling good time! Join, Elsa, Anna, Olaf and Kristoff for a Frozen-inspired sing-along show! Plus, watch "Frozen" all day long. Then, come out to play as the Allen Family Courtyard is transformed into a winter wonderland with real snow! Plus, make LED snowflake ornaments to add to your tree!

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    ROCKIN' NEW YEAR'S NOON

    DEC. 31

    Kids finally don't have to stay up till midnight to celebrate the New Year! The Children's Museum of Houston's Rockin' New Year's Noon is the city's longest-running New Year's Eve celebration just for kids! This end-of-year bash rings in the New Year at the stroke of noon with a parade and ball drop, just like in Times Square! Musical talents will spotlight this New Year's Eve celebration complete with noon countdown, TWO simultaneous ball drops and DJ dance after party!

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    LIGHTS, SNOW AND UGLY SWEATERS! – New this year!

    NOV. 17 TO JAN. 6

    When the holiday season rolls around, fire places light up, heaters turn on, and the pumpkin spice craze returns, it's that time of the year again – the time for "Snow, Lights and Ugly Sweaters!" The Children's Museum of Houston invites you to unwrap the holiday magic, spread the joy and bring your friends to the Museum's winter wonderland that has no end.

    Find a whole new reason for the season, come chase the Museum's ginormous new lights and expect 100-percent chance of real snow. Bring your loved ones for a warm and toasty escape. Plus, find out how wearing your ugly can save you on admission. Make sure you're on the right list this holiday season starting out by visiting the Children's Museum of Houston.

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    SEASONS OF SHARING

    Now Open!

    Did you know Houston is one of the most diverse cities in the nation? Of course, you did! The Children's Museum of Houston thinks it's a prime time to celebrate its "diverse city" under one roof with Seasons of Sharing, Houston's only multicultural holiday exhibit for children. The exhibit will celebrate cultural holidays, practices and traditions from around the world; there couldn't be a more appropriate celebration in town! With more than 100 languages spoken throughout the Houston area, many cultures from around the globe call Houston home.

    Ramadan, Diwali, Hanukkah, Las Posadas, Christmas in Norway, Kwanzaa and the Lunar New Year come together in Seasons of Sharing, where a block-long neighborhood of houses light the way through the holiday season. Each house represents a holiday many households around the world observe. Spot dipa lamps, menorahs, luminarias, kinaras, Christmas lights and the crescent moon dazzling in the most diverse neighborhood in town! Step inside each home, get cozy and experience firsthand customs and traditions from other cultures.

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    DRAGONS & FAIRIES: EXPLORING VIET NAM THROUGH FOLKTALES – New!

    Now Open!

    Enter a magical place where aspects of modern-day life in Vietnam interweave with centuries-old folktales. Created by the Children's Museum of Houston, Dragons & Fairies: Exploring Viet Nam Through Folktales will provide a profusion of hands-on, interactive experiences about the culture of people in Vietnam. Using four traditional Vietnamese folktales, Dragons & Fairies will deepen the connection between the folktale and the enduring values and traditions they represent. You're invited to appreciate the rich cultural heritage and practices of Vietnamese people, become curious and open about a different culture and learn to discover and emulate the strengths which other cultures can provide.

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    PAPER ENGINEERING – All New!
    Sponsored by Occidental Petroleum and The William Stamps Farish Fund

    Now Open!

    Paper is…well, flat. Very flat. Flat and listless. BUT, did you know that paper actually has some unique properties? In the right hands, it is a canvas of potential waiting for a creative spark to transform it into something more! In "Paper Engineering," we want YOU to be that spark. Join the Children's Museum of Houston as we unfold this brand-new exhibit. Learn to cut, roll, crease and shape that flat paper into things that spin, fly and pop!

    Help paper evolve beyond its normal flat, 2-D world by using it to:

    • Make vehicles that float and fly.
    • Build crazy towers.
    • Shape shadows into pictures.
    • Play games and shoot hoops.
    • Create rings, hats, boomerangs, and boats.
    • Tell stories through pop-ups.
    • AND SO MUCH MORE – over 50 different paper challenges and projects to try out!
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    S.E.C.R.E.T. – New missions out NOW!
    CRACK CODES. UNCOVER CLUES. OUTSMART VILLAINS.

    Permanent Experience

    You're invited to enlist in the Special Elite Crime Resolution and Espionage Team (aka S.E.C.R.E.T.) to crack codes, uncover clues and outsmart villains. S.E.C.R.E.T. is the Children's Museum of Houston's interactive spy experience. This revolutionary experience is designed to take a museum visit to the next level. Agents report to duty and are assigned to go on secret missions throughout the Museum. Using state-of-the-art technology, agents gear up to solve puzzles, discover hidden agendas and thwart the villains' schemes. They help save the Museum, protecting ordinary citizens who are unaware of their covert operations! There's currently nothing like it in Houston or in any children's museum in the world! Plus, an imminent threat has been detected. All agents must immediately report to duty and reach "ELITE" status. ELITE missions have been unleashed and can only be accessed by "ELITE" agents (agents who have completed all Initial missions).