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July 11-15, July 18-22 - DayJams
John Paul II Catholic School, 1400 Parkway Plaza Dr., 800-295-5956, www.dayjams.com
DayJams is a rock music day camp for beginners and experienced players ages nine to 15 (July 11,15). Kids get to join a rock band, make new friends, write and perform an original song, record a CD, and design a poster, T-shirt and CD cover for their new band. You'll even make a music video and participate in outdoor activities. No experience necessary. One week for $525 per student. Another session happens July 18,22.
July 17 - Jeff and Brede's Intergalactic Triathlon
Peckham Pool, 5597 Gardenia Lane in Katy, 713-516-8427, www.houstonracing.com
This sprint-distance triathlon includes a 300-meter pool swim, a 12-mile flat-and-fast bike and three-mile flat run. This is a great race for first-time triathletes. There will be a post-race party at the race site with Saint Arnold beer. Race is limited to the first 400 entrants.
July 23 - Twilight Wilderness Tour
Buffalo Bayou, www.buffalobayou.org/ canoetours.html
Canoe the bayou and experience the greenbelt's unique flora, fauna and geology. In the past, lucky canoeists have glimpsed two-foot turtles and graceful herons while listening to the music of dozens of birds.
Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, comes back to Houston this summer with a brand-new show. Master clown Bello and his hilarious antics will have you rolling in the aisles, along with Asian elephants, acrobats, Arabian horses and more.
July 30 - The Quest Urban Adventure Race
Teams will paddle, run, bike and possibly even crawl above, below and around the city of Houston. Choose from two courses: Quest or Quest Extreme. Activities include scootering, mountain biking, running/trekking and other urban adventures. The event starts on the field at Minute Maid Park just prior to an Astros game.
This program is for the beginner athlete who wants to get into triathlons or the new triathlete who wants to improve his or her performance. Sign up today and begin your training on August 6. This 12-week program is designed to prepare athletes for the Ironstar Tri on October 22. All programs include specific training geared to swimming, biking and running, along with a bike fit, running-gait analysis and seminars. $125.
August 7 - Kemah's 37th Annual Blessing of the Fleet
Shrimp fisherman know how dangerous it can be to fish for a living. The custom of blessing the shrimp boats started in Kemah in 1968. The Christian "blessing" tradition dates back to 325 AD.
More than 100 hot-air balloons will take to the sky around Johnson Space Center. Balloons of all shapes and sizes compete in events and exhibitions all weekend, in addition to the skydiving, hang gliding and model rocket demonstrations.
One of the highly anticipated exhibitions on view at the MFAH this summer is "Baseball As America." This exhibit showcases 500 of the sport's most precious artifacts, ranging from historic uniforms to musical recordings and films, revealing how baseball serves as both a medium and a record for the evolution of America. Through August 14.
Bayou Wildlife Park
5050 FM 517, Alvin, 281-337-6376, www.alvintexas.org
A variety of exotic creatures in natural settings roam freely through prairies and woods, and guided tram rides allow visitors to meet and feed animals.
The Gulf Coast, Galveston
Longing for the coast this summer? The beaches of Galveston are just a short drive from downtown Houston. Visitors to Houston can take a day trip to the coast or choose from a variety of hotels and bed-and-breakfasts.
More than 2,500 of Houston's most creative and competitive architects and designers pack up their buckets and shovels each year to participate in the annual American Institute of Architects Sandcastle Competition, June 4 on East Beach of Galveston Island. Enthusiastic participants from more than 75 teams build extravagant sand sculptures and castles utilizing wit, imagination and their finest sand-sculpting skills.
Art lovers unite for a stroll through galleries, antiques shops, designer clothing stores and many of the exclusive boutiques located in the heart of the beautifully restored Historic Downtown Strand District during Galveston Artwalks. Organized by the Galveston Arts Center, these monthly events are free and take place on June 4, July 16 and August 27.
And while in Galveston, you have to stop by...
On Dino Island-The Ride, join the Earth Science Team on a thrill-packed exploration of Alpha Island, a formerly uncharted land mass formed by an undersea volcano. Discover volcanic canyons, rivers of lava and, thundering across this primeval landscape, the unexpected presence of living, breathing dinosaurs. If you can't get enough of dinosaurs, make sure to visit the "Dinosaurs Alive" exhibit, which runs from June 11 through August 7 and features 21 robotic dinosaurs with everything from an Allosaurus to a full-size Tyrannosaurus rex.