A Houston Moms’ Guide to June 2020:: Re-Opening and Virtual Event Info


Quarantine guidelines have relaxed a little bit, allowing for businesses to open up with 25% or 50% occupancy. All around the country, doors are opening. Virtual events are still happening, for those not ready to venture out of the house. In order to cover the great happenings around Houston, we are breaking this month’s event calendar into two sections:: Re-Opening Information and Virtual Events.

Social distancing measures are still in effect. Staying 6 feet away from others not in your family and wearing face masks are still guidelines for re-emerging from quarantine. Practicing good hygiene and washing your hands after touching “high touch areas” will always be in effect. 

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Re-Opening Information 

Governor Abbott has started the re-opening process for Texas businesses. At the point of this post being published on June 1st, we are in Phase 2 of the re-opening. On May 1st, Phase 1 opened retail businesses for online or pick up orders and restaurants for 25% of occupancy. Movie theaters, shopping malls, museums, and libraries were able to open at 25% occupancy. May 8th, hair salons and nail salons were allowed to open at 25% occupancy. Gyms were able to open at 25% occupancy May 18th. On May 29th, water parks were able to open at 25%. Many of these services require face masks. Public playgrounds are not open yet. 

 Check out Houston Moms’ Guide to Summer Camps for updated summer camp info! 

Many of our popular Houston hot spots are opening up. Here is a round up on that information:: 

Texas State Parks:: All state parks that can be are currently open for day use and limited camping. Day pass reservations are required – reserve day passes online or by calling (512) 389-8900.

Houston Zoo:: The zoo is re-opening June 3rd! Online reservations are required and can be found here. Health and safety are their highest priority, so follow these guidelines:: 

  • As recommended by the Houston Health Department and the CDC, and for the safety of our animals, staff and other guests, visitors are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering while visiting the Zoo.
  • All Zoo staff are required to wear masks.
  • The Zoo has visual social distancing reminders placed to ensure guests maintain a safe social distance along the pathway.
  • Free hand sanitizer stations are positioned at the entry, exit, restrooms, and food locations.
  • Zoo staff is continuously cleaning high-touch surfaces like vending machines, tables, chairs, and more.
  • If a guest feels sick before their reservation, we ask that they not visit the Zoo.

Houston Museum of Natural Science:: HMNS opened on May 15th. They are currently operating at 25% capacity or less and will be monitoring the number of visitors in and out. They are currently emphasizing reservations and online ticket purchasing, including timed tickets for the Butterfly Exhibit and the main exhibits. They box office is open to assist with printing pre-purchased  tickets. They currently require face masks for all staff and visitors over the age of 10. Hands-on exhibits, like the experiences in Weiss Energy Hall are currently closed. The Burke Baker Planetarium, Wortham Giant Screen Theatre and our satellite locations (HMNS at Sugar Land and the George Observatory in Fort Bend) will remain closed at this time. Opening dates to be determined at a later date. 

For the full list of museums open, check out the Houston Museum District website

The Children’s Museum of Houston:: The CMH will be opening to Members on June 3 and 4 and to the general public on June 5, 2020.    Tickets are on sale now.  Visitor flow will be maintained through timed entry tickets. Timed entry tickets for 2.5-hour visit will ensure a consistent flow of families at a 20-percent reduced capacity. They will check your temperature before entry using thermal scanners like in airports.  Proceed to the hand sanitizing bars and then scan your online reservation at the box office.  It’s all contactless!  Plus, remember to rock the mask!  Grownups, children ages 2+, and Museum staff must wear masks that cover the nose and mouth to enter the Museum.  And now, let your mind come out to play!

Houston Downtown Aquarium:: The Downtown Aquarium and Restaurant are open and ready for business. 

Space City Houston:: Re-opening July 1st, Space City Houston will require guests to wear face masks, assist in social distancing practices, and will have self-scan turnstiles, sanitizing stations, plexiglass shields at ticket counters; and a one-directional experience through our galleries. There will also be special hours for vulnerable populations. Guests will book a timed admission ticket for entry to the museum, and daily capacity will be limited. The timed admission tickets on-sale date will be announced, along with a thorough visitor guide, here on our website in the coming weeks. Following current state guidelines, their theaters will be temporarily closed, however, the center is adding new live shows in open spaces to bring science and space to life for people of all ages.

Virtual Events

Each Weekday | 11am :: Houston Zoo’s Facebook Live

Each weekday, the zoo is hosting an 11:00 a.m. CST Facebook Live to bring the Zoo to YOU! They will be sharing daily updates of what our furred, flippered, and feathered friends are up to and how our zookeepers are caring for them while we are closed. Follow along and check out the fun at-home-learning activities below!

Daily | 11am :: Children’s Museum of Houston’s Virtual Learning 

If you cannot or do not wish to visit the Children’s Museum during their first days back, they completely understand and look forward to welcoming you when you feel more comfortable returning to the Museum.  In the meantime, keep visiting, connecting, and learning with their online stars by tuning into their Forbes-approved Daily Virtual Learning Broadcast Schedule on their social media pages.  So far, their Virtual Learning has generated nearly 3-million views on all platforms combined!  And Forbes said, “the warm personalities of their employees and community members jump right off the screen and make for an engaging and informative experience.” If you haven’t already, you can find all of their content on their YouTube channel.

Every Tuesday Morning | 10:00am :: Health Care Worker Support Group

Are you a healthcare worker on the front lines of the COVID-19 battle? Join Jody and Janet for a weekly support group to strengthen your self-care and stress relief during this time. Email [email protected] to sign up.

Every Wednesday Morning | 10:00am :: Levy Park On-Demand: Houston Museum of Natural Science 

Join us ONLINE for these educational and diverse programs courtesy of the Houston Museum of Natural Science! Links to these videos, along with a password, will be made available on this website listing and on the Levy Park Facebook page for 24 hours from the premiere date (listed below). 

Every Thursday :: Facebook Live with March of Dimes

Join us for a conversation on the science behind what many may be experiencing, and some suggestions for coping. This program is online-only on March of Dimes Facebook Page. 

Every Thursday Morning | 11:00am :: Virtual Storytime with Pearland Library

Join the Pearland Library on Facebook Live for storytime each Thursday at 11 am!

Every Friday Morning | 10:30am :: Online Superhero Story Time at Discovery Green

Hang out with kid celebs like Spider Man and Cinderella with Discovery Green for very special online story times and dance-offs. Get ready to shake your sillies out and watch a childhood hero tell a story. There’s also a letter of the day and a coloring sheet that goes with it on their Facebook page. 

Every Saturday Morning | 1:00pm – 4:00pm :: Virtual Drop In Experience at the Contemporary Art Museum

CAMH’s Virtual Drop-In Experiences feature instructions for pop-up activities you can do at home. Each hands-on activity provides creative opportunities to experience current exhibitions from a distance in a unique and meaningful way. Led by their FAQ Team (Frequently Asked Questions), a group of artists and historians who assist with contextualizing CAMH’s dynamic exhibitions for diverse audiences. Virtual Drop-In Experiences are released on our website at 1PM every Saturday. All ages, always free.

Every Saturday Morning | 10:30am – 11:00am :: Online Creative Movement Classes with Houston Ballet

Online Creative Movement will take your child into a world of creativity, music and movement. Students will use their imagination as they work on fine and gross motor skills, strength building, flexibility, coordination and musicality.
This five-class series is geared towards children ages 2-6 and their families. Classes will be held via Zoom on May 30th, June 6th, June 13th, June 20th, and June 27th and the cost is $10 per class. Sign up for 1 class or all 5 in the series!

June 1st | 10:00am :: Creating Art with Dots with Young Audiences of Houston Teaching Artist, Danny Russo with Levi Park

Follow alongside Young Audiences of HoustonTeaching Artist, Danny Russo, in this guided online video on creating art with dots! For more Arts for Learning videos, visit their website

June 2nd | 10:00am :: Creating Art with Dots with Young Audiences of Houston Teaching Artist, Danny Russo with Levi Park

Join the party and sweat with Tiny Fitness to rhythms from around the world! This 45-minute Zumba fitness class will have you grooving, shaking, and toning to salsa, hip hop, samba, and bhangra beats – and so many more. Open to all fitness levels and recommended for ages 16+, no equipment needed. Always move to your own beat and consult your health team before beginning or modifying your exercise program. To learn more about Tiny Fitness Studio visit their website. Tune in ONLINE on the Levy Park Facebook page and YouTube channel

June 3rd | 10:00am :: Earth Science on Wheels: Dinosaur Discovery

This popular program explores some of the most famous prehistoric animals and teaches you about a few fossils you may not have heard of. Combined with footage from our very own Morian Hall of Paleontology, this presentation looks at what a dinosaur is, how they ate, how they hunted, and how we learn about these extinct animals. This program is available for two different age groups, so you can let us know if you’d like the presentation geared towards younger learners, Kindergarten and below, or one that’s geared for a more general audience.

June 4th | 10:00am :: Books Alive: Princess Penelope’s Parrot with the Harris County Library

Follow alongside Young Audiences of HoustonTeaching Artist, Danny Russo, in this guided online video on creating art with dots! For more Arts for Learning videos, visit their website

June 9th | 11:00am :: The Amazing Magical Balloon Show with the Harris County Public Library

Balloons, Magic, Puppets, Books, and Crazy Wacky Fun! Balloon expert Robb Holladay is going to take you on a Fun Magical Journey this summer! Don’t miss it. For 20 years, Robb has amazed audiences young and old with his magic, message, and balloon characters. Robb loves to read, Robb loves the library, and by the time the show is over, you will too!

June 10th | 11:00am – 12:00am :: Docents to Go: Myths & Legends

Explore the cultural origins of myths and legends by investigating museum specimens and the stories behind them. Understand the power of storytelling in passing down a culture’s history and traditions.

June 13th | 10:00am :: Virtual Story time with Jonathan E Jacobs – The Secret Rhino Society and the Brazos Bookstore

Join us for a fun story time hosted by author Jonathan Jacobs as he reads us his new book, THE SECRET RHINO SOCIETY! Perfect for kids ages 1-8!

June 17th | 10:00am :: Bugs on Wheels: Amazing Arthropods

Discover insects and learn about the anatomy of an arthropod with this presentation featuring live arthropods from our Cockrell Butterfly Center. Audiences will learn about their native habitats and unique adaptations for survival while by examining these different arthropods up close.  This program is available for two different age groups, so you can let us know if you’d like the presentation geared towards younger learners, Kindergarten and below, or one that’s geared for a more general audience.

June 18th | 5:00pm – 7:00pm :: Virtual Blanket Bingo

It’s time for everyone’s favorite quarantine pastime! No, not making another sourdough starter kit — VIRTUAL BLANKET BINGO! They are not letting a pandemic get in the way of their daubing action.  They are hosting their famous “blanket” bingo with host Mills McCoin, fun surprises and the chance to win a $50 gift card to some of your favorite restaurants in Downtown Houston.

June 24th | 10:00am :: ConocoPhillips Science on Stage: Chemistry & Density

Explore chemistry through demonstrations of combustion, color changes, polymers, and density. This dynamic presentation takes an in-depth look at chemical changes and lets audiences observe different types of reactions and the byproducts created. Discover the fascinating ways we use chemistry in our daily lives as we show you how fireworks get their color and why diapers are so absorbent. Finally, watch as we create a layered density column to find out why oil and other household liquids float on water.

Need more quarantine resources, including things to do with your kids, how to talk to your kids about what is going on, or a great at-home work-out?

Check out Houston Moms’ Ultimate Guide to Quarantine Resources! 

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Please Note :: While we make every effort to crosscheck current links and event details on our guides, we always encourage you to do the same before making final plans. If details are missing or incorrect, please let us know so that we can make every attempt to correct them. And if you know of any other events happening this month, include them in the comments to keep the list going!

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Jennifer is a native outside-the-loop’er growing up and living in the Richmond/Rosenberg area. She has a Bachelors in theology and political science from Texas Lutheran University and a Masters in Liberal Arts from Texas Christian University. She and her husband Greg met in 2010 through Match.com and fell in love on their first date. They married exactly one year later and have fought lovingly and constantly since. They have two amazingly brilliant girls, Kaitlyn {June 2013} and Elizabeth {June 2015} who Jen stays home with during the day. When Jen is not curled in a little ball rocking back and forth with Peppa Pig on in the background, she can be found crafting with her Silhouette and/or binge watching The Office for the millionth time. Jen has an uncanny ability to be comfortable in almost any situation put in front of her, thanks to growing up in politics and on the debate team. Before having kids of her own, she had the opportunity to help other kids through teaching, youth ministry, and generally being a helpful, kind soul. You can check out more about Jen on IG @themommymiddle.


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