Students at Yates Magnet School in the Third Ward used to complain that the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston was a boring place to visit. Then they started to see their own photographs on the gallery walls, and the MFAH became a standard of excellence for young artists in their inner-city neighborhood. Now in its eighth year, "Eye on Third Ward: Yates High School Photography" has become one of the museum's most admired and successful educational initiatives. Teacher Ray Carrington takes his students on a journey through the historic Third Ward neighborhood, encouraging them (and us) to see their world anew through the photographic lens. Many of his former students have gone on to graduate from college photography programs around the country. The exhibit runs from Sunday, September 7, through Monday, December 29. Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet. For hours and information, call 713-639-7300 or visit www.mfah.org. $3.50 to $7 (free on Thursdays). -- Keith Plocek
Treat Your Elf
If your kid has a short attention span, this weekend's Museum District Day is the event for you. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Children's Museum of Houston, the John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science, the Menil Collection, the Rice University Art Gallery and Harlon's at the Park are all participating. We suggest trekking to the Menil, where there will be free snow cones, or Rice, which will offer free ice cream. The cold treats will make your child feel warm toward you. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, September 6. For information and addresses, call 713-790-1020 or visit www.houstonmuseumdistrict.org. Free. -- Cathy Matusow
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Spend a safe night in the wild. With Family Wild Winks, the Houston Zoo offers families the opportunity to camp out with the animals and learn about specific habitats and species. This weekend, the focus is on Texas critters, but beware of roaming tamarin monkeys. Activities run from 6 p.m. Saturday, September 6, to 9:30 a.m. Sunday, September 7. Houston Zoo, 1513 North MacGregor. For information, call 713-533-6500. $55. -- Troy Schulze