Just Like Winter

Ice skating glides outside at Moody Gardens

SAT 11/22

In the past, the only ice to be seen in Galveston during winter was floating in the cocktail glasses of moms watching their kids emerge from heated swimming pools. Not so this year. The folks at Moody Gardens have moved their indoor ice rink to an outdoor tent for their annual Festival of Lights. The rink isn't huge, so you may not have room for that triple toe loop you've been itching to try, but it's fun for the kids.After a skate, you can grab a hot chocolate and take a walking tour of the lighted exhibits, listen to a holiday choir or pop inside the Visitors Center, where the little munchkins can tell St. Nick how nice they've been this year. Dusk to 9 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays from Saturday, November 22, through December 14; open daily from December 15 through January 3. Moody Gardens, One Hope Boulevard, 800-582-4673. $4.95; $2.50 skate rental. -- Greg Barr

The Game Is Afoot

Moody Gardens' "winter" skatepark
Courtesy of Moody Gardens
Moody Gardens' "winter" skatepark
Royal Hanneford Circus
Courtesy of Ford Park
Royal Hanneford Circus
Royal Hanneford Circus
Courtesy of Ford Park
Royal Hanneford Circus
Disney's Baby Simba
Courtesy of Feld Entertainment Inc
Disney's Baby Simba

SUN 11/23

When we heard that the Royal Hanneford Circus was founded more than three centuries ago by a foot juggler, we wondered just how great a circus starring a hacky sacker could've been. But after years of growth, the Royal Hanneford is now one of the greatest shows on"well, you know where. 1 p.m. Sunday, November 23. Ford Park, 5115 I-10 in Beaumont. For information, call 713-629-3700 or visit www.fordparktx.com. $9 to $20. -- Keith Plocek

Jungle Boogie

WED 11/26

Kids must enjoy the bizarre, or we would've seen the last of that hyperactive sponge long ago. Disney's jungle characters may seem tame by comparison, but put 'em on skates, and there's definitely a wacky factor. Disney's Jungle Adventures On Ice: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 26. Compaq Center, 10 East Greenway Plaza. For tickets and a full schedule, call 713-829-3700 or visit www.ticketmaster.com. $8 to $50. -- Lisa Simon

 
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