Where can you find Santa Claus, a dreidel, a telescope and a No Room sign? At Seasons of Sharing, of course. The new Childrens Museum of Houston exhibit explores winter celebrations from around the world. Theres Christmas, Hanukkah, Ramadan, and Las Posadas. Theres also Diwali, Kwanza and the Lunar New Year celebration. The museum will have a playhouse for each tradition so children can visit each culture.
Every weekend during the exhibits run, a different culture is spotlighted, and this weekend its Ramadan. Children can make telescopes (to see the phases of the moon that mark the celebration), solve mosaic puzzles (of designs that are often found in Muslim mosques), see live musical performances, learn songs, or make calendar chains and prayer rugs. Its learning disguised as fun, but shhh, dont tell the kids.
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The museum is usually closed on Mondays; today is a rare exception. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays; and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays (with free admission after 5 p.m.). 1500 Binz. Through January 13, 2008. For information, call 713-522-1138 or visit www.cmhouston.org. $3 to $5.
Mon., Nov. 19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Nov. 19. Continues through Jan. 13, 2007