Beat the Heat!

1996 Summer Guide

Summer jazz workshop Middle and high school students have the chance to work with pros. Musical arrangements, improvisation, orchestra and rehearsal techniques and master jazz classes will be offered, 12:304:30 p.m. daily, June 17July 19 at Texas Southern University/Willowridge High School. For information or to register, call 227-8706. $250.

Museums and Parks
Armand Bayou Nature Center The 2,500-acre wildlife preserve has three unique habitats. 8500 Bay Area Blvd., Houston, 474-2551.

Battleship Texas The Texas Freedom State Park store is now open. Mon.Sun., 10 a.m.5 p.m. The San Jacinto State Historical Park is 22 miles east of downtown off Hwy. 225. When you hit Hwy. 134 (Battleground Rd.), head north for a few miles, 479-2431.

Bayou Bend Ima Hogg's lovely home and gardens are a testament to a great Texas lady, and the museum has regular free family days with craft demonstrations and exhibits. Regular hours: Tue.Fri., 10 a.m.4 p.m.; last admission at 3:30 p.m. 1 Westcott St., 639-7750. $10; $8.50, seniors & students; $5, children ten18; $1.50 audio tour charge under ten.

Children's Museum June opens with a National Family Day Wonder Weekend celebration, June 1 & 2. All Wonder Weekend activities and Spotlight Performances are free with museum admission. Summer Sizzler activities are held most weekdays at 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m. The facility is open Tue.Sat., 9 a.m.5 p.m.; Sun., noon5 p.m. 1500 Binz, 522-1138. $5; kids under two free. Free family night, Thursdays, 58 p.m.

Houston Fire Museum Has Rescue 911 piqued the kiddies' curiosity about firefighting? Then bring them down to this real-world room. Tue.Sat., 10 a.m.4 p.m. 2403 Milam (at McIlhenny), 524-2526. Free.

Moody Gardens Moody Gardens has nature trails, a Japanese garden and a Rainforest Pyramid -- be sure to visit the butterfly hatching hut. Palm Beach is an Yber-swim experience with white sandy beaches, fresh water, paddleboats and a Yellow Submarine for kids. Palm Beach is open Memorial Day through Labor Day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. $6. Sun.Thu., 10 a.m.6 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.9 p.m. 1 Hope Blvd., Galveston, (800) 582-4673.

Museum of Fine Arts A Place for All People sponsors community events throughout the summer. MFA docents will read illustrated stories two mornings a week throughout June and July. Stories chosen will pertain to items in the museum's permanent collection so that kids can hear a story and then learn about art. Reservations required. Regular museum hours: Tue.Sat., 10 a.m.5 p.m.; Thu., 10 a.m.9 p.m.; Sun., 12:156 p.m. 1001 Bissonnet, 526-1361. $3; $1.50, students, children six18 & seniors; free, children under five and everyone on Thursdays.

Museum of Health & Medical Science Kids can learn all about the body in the Amazing Body Pavilion any day. Throughout July, "The Body Colorful," an interactive all-about-diagnostics exhibit, will be up and running. Regular hours: Tue.Sat., 9 a.m.5 p.m.; Thu., 9 a.m.7 p.m.; Sun., noon5 p.m. 1515 Hermann Dr., 521-1515. $4; $3, seniors, students & children under 12; free, Thu., 47 p.m.; group rates available.

Museum of Natural Science Dinosaurs -- drawings, models and fossil bones -- are all over the main floor, next to the Native American artifacts. Up in the new wing of the second level, "Birds and Beasts of Ancient Latin America" gives kids a peek at the pre-Columbian world of the Americas. Mon.Sat., 9 a.m.6 p.m.; Sun., noon6 p.m. Houston Museum of Natural Science, 1 Hermann Circle Dr., Hermann Park, 639-4600. $3; $2, children under 12.

HMNS, Burke Baker Planetarium "Journey to the Giants," a tour of Jupiter, Neptune and Saturn, will be shown daily, 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. June 3July 18. "Destination Mars" is a virtual space trip, daily 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. July 19August 30. Stargazers' Guide, a star identification show, will be held daily, 5 p.m., June 3August 30. Houston Museum of Natural Science, Hermann Park, 639-4600. $2; $1.50, seniors and children under 12.

Six Flags AstroWorld The new big thing in the sprawling, ever-changing theme park is the Batman the Escape water adventure. Open daily, 10 a.m. Kirby at Loop 610, 799-1234. $29.95; $18.95, children less than 48 inches tall; $14.98, seniors and handicapped.

Six Flags WaterWorld Beat the heat at one of our largest pool complexes. WaterWorld has a 30,000 square foot wave pool, at least half a dozen water slides and a kiddy pool. Opens daily at 10 a.m. Right next door to Six Flags AstroWorld, 799-1234. $13.95; $10.95, children less than 48 inches tall; free, children under three; multi-visit ticket (two visits to either park or one admission to each), $31.95.

Splashtown The 40-acre park has pools and wild slides all over, and room for concerts, classic car shows and other events. The Wednesday Kids Koncert series begins May 29. Gates open at 10 a.m. Getting to Splashtown is easy: take the Louetta Rd. or FM 2920 exit off I-45 N. For more information, call 355-3300. $16.95: $10.95 children less than 48 inches tall; free for children three and under. After 4:30 p.m., $8.95 plus tax for everyone. $99.99, family season pass ("family" means of three); $34.95, individual season pass.

Space Center Houston "Lasers and Holograms: Discovering the Splendid Light" is an interactive exhibit that shows how lasers work. Through June 2. SpaceWeek '96, an activity-packed celebration of the moon landing, is July 2027. Space Camps, June 1014, 1721; July 15, 812, 2226; July 29August 2, August 59. Hours: weekdays, 10 a.m.5 p.m.; weekends, 10 a.m.7 p.m. Space Center Houston, 1601 NASA Rd. 1 (20 miles south of downtown, on I-45 at the Johnson Space Center), Clear Lake, 244-2105. $11.95; $10.75, seniors; $8.50, children four to 12 years old; free, children under four.

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