If summers in Houston make you want to draw the blinds and turn up the air, you’re not alone. The summer heat may be miserable, but Precinct 4 staff have a plan to keep you cool. Whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, we offer a variety of activities to keep you entertained and away from the heat.
T’ai Chi at Jones Park
Visit Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center for a relaxing morning of T’ai Chi. This centuries-old martial arts class has been shown to reduce osteoarthritis pain and improve quality of life, reasoning ability, balance, and stability. John Spencer, a volunteer T’ai Chi instructor, leads this class based on the 24-step Yang form of T’ai Chi. The one-hour class includes low-impact stretching, breathing, and range of motion exercises. Class begins Wednesday, July 3, at 9 a.m. in the outdoor classroom near the Nature Center.
Art of the Hunt and “Moon” Exhibits at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
Cool off indoors at the Houston Museum of Natural Science during this Precinct 4 Encore! trip on Friday, July 5, at 10:15 a.m. Adults above 50 are invited to view more than six centuries’ worth of firearms. From finely chiseled steel to intricate wood carvings, the antique firearms in Art of the Hunt illustrate 16th, 17th and 18th century decorative art. Also, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, the museum brings Luke Jerram’s sculpture of the moon to HMNS. Lunar features, such as Tycho, Apollo 11’s landing spot and even the elusive “dark side of the moon” are displayed in stunning resolution on this unique sculpture.
Watch Frozen Under the Stars During Summer Movie Nights
Watching Frozen is even better in July! Catch a showing of Frozen on the following dates and locations:
• Tuesday, July 16, at Bane Park
• Wednesday, July 17, at Matzke Park
• Thursday, July 18, at Burroughs Park
• Friday, July 19, at Collins Park
Blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics are welcome! Popcorn and drinks will be provided. The movie begins at dusk. Be sure to arrive early to enjoy the pre-movie special activity for all ages. For more information, visit www.hcp4.net/p4movies or call Harris County Precinct 4’s Special Events Division at 281-893-3726.
Park After Dark
As the sun sets, a new world awakens. Explore bats, spiders, and other nocturnal creatures during these unique nighttime activities with Precinct 4’s Trails As Parks program. Close-toed shoes required. A flashlight is recommended.
• Bat Chat: June 28 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Treaschwig Bridge.
• Spider Sniffing: July 11 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Fritsche Park.
• Full Moon Hike: July 16 from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Pundt Park.
• Bat Chat: July 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Participants should meet at Dennis Johnston Park to be shuttled to Waugh Bridge.
• Herp Hunt: July 29 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Pundt Park.
Reservations are required at www.hcp4.net/tapevents.