Kwanzaa WonderWeek

The Children’s Museum of Houston celebrates the African-American holiday with arts, crafts and performances

Kids can learn more about the African-American holiday Kwanzaa at the Children’s Museum of Houston’s Kwanzaa WonderWeek. During Kwanzaa’s weeklong celebration, a candle is lit every day to represent each of Kwanzaa’s seven principles, such as creativity and unity. Quick Kwanzaa quiz No. 1: What’s today’s principle? (Nia, or purpose).

During CMH’s WonderWeek, kids can make munhindi (corn) necklaces, design a kinara(candleholder), weave a mkeka (mat), learn African dance steps, or make a Kwanzaa card. An African dance group performs Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Today’s activities include a dance lesson at 1 p.m. with necklace making weaving workshops also on the schedule. Check the CMH Web site for full details.

Quick Kwanzaa quiz No. 2: Where does the word Kwanzaa come from? (“Kwanzaa” is taken from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza” which means “first fruits.”) Noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow (special holiday hours), 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays, Free Family Night every Thursday 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 1500 Binz. For information, call 713-522-1138 or visit www.cmhouston.org. $3 to $5.
Dec. 26-30, 2007

 
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