Source: Summer is a great time for family fun. You don’t have to go far to have a great time however. As you begin to make your vacation plans for the summer, be sure to check out this list we’ve compiled of great things to do right here in the Houston area.
1513 N Macgregor Dr, Houston, TX
A whole “wild” world of adventure awaits you. The Houston Zoo provides a fun, unique, and inspirational experience fostering appreciation, knowledge, and care for the natural world.
With Over 4,500 permanent wildlife residents 55 acres of lush zoological gardens and special exhibits a visit to the Houston Zoo is truly like traveling the far corners of the world—without leaving home!
<strong>Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark</strong>
2026 Lockheed Dr, Galveston, TX 77554
Make the short drive to Galveston and visit Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark. The park is a family-owned, family-friendly attraction featuring daring speeds slides, endless rivers, uphill water coasters, waves for surfing, splashing and relaxing, plus kid-friendly water playgrounds.
4100 Bagby Street, Houston TX
Tour the marsh and bayous of the Gulf Coast, enjoy wild encounters, step inside the sunken hell of a 17th century Spanish galleon in our Shipwreck. Be amazed at the living coral reefs, explore the lush environment of the worlds tropical rainforests and the life inside the rivers.
Come see our incredible white tigers lounge and play in the ruins of the ancient Maharaja’s Temple and learn about our conservation efforts.
Once you enjoy your expedition through the Aquarium Adventure Exhibit, you can take a thrilling ride on the CP Huntington train for a journey through Shark Voyage. The blacktips, whitetips, sandtigers, and sawfish in this 200,000-gallon underwater world will cure your curiosity about these incredible creatures.
215 Kipp Ave, Kemah, TX
The Kemah Boardwalk, located just southwest of Houston, is an exciting entertainment district that combines restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and a famous boardwalk style midway. Enjoy amusements such as the Carousel, a Ferris Wheel and the legendary Boardwalk Beast high-speed adventure cruise or a meal at one of the Boardwalk’s signature restaurants. This is an incredible experience for the entire family!
<strong>Children’s Museum of Houston</strong>
1500 Binz Houston, TX
Rated a 5-star nationwide children’s museum by Citysearch.com and the only one in Texas to receive such accolade, the Children’s Museum of Houston is the highest-attended youth museum in the country for its size and is dedicated to its mission of transforming communities through innovative, child-centered learning. The Children¹s Museum of Houston offers a multitude of exhibits bursting with action-packed fun that engage kids in the ultimate learning experience.
Union Station at Minute Maid Park
501 Crawford, Houston, TX
A jewel in the crown of the majestic downtown Houston skyline, Minute Maid Park has become a welcome home for the Houston Astros and has ushered in a new era of Major League sports in the city.
One Hope Boulevard, Galveston, TX
Looking for island fun? Work or play, this tropical destination is ideal for families and groups alike. Delve into the oceans depths at the Aquarium Pyramid® to see penguins, sharks and thousands of tropical fish. Explore the mysteries of science at the Discovery Museum or experience the action of the IMAX® 3D, 4D or Ridefilm theaters. Cruise aboard the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat or enjoy beautiful white sand beaches and blue lagoons at Palm Beach. And, whether it¹s a weekend retreat or an extended stay, the spectacular Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center has the accommodations and service for an ideal getaway.
<strong>Space Center Houston</strong>
1601 Nasa Pkwy, Houston, TX
Space Center Houston is a place where people can experience space -- from its dramatic history and exciting present to its compelling future. Space Center Houston is the only place on Earth that gives guests an out-of-this-world journey through human adventures into space.
Space Center Houston’s unparalleled exhibits, attractions, special presentations and hands-on activities tell the story of NASA’s manned space flight program. SCH is the only place in the world where visitors can see astronauts train for missions, touch a real moon rock, land a shuttle, and take a behind-the-scenes tour of NASA.
At Space Center Houston, guests can understand the past, experience the present, and be a part of the future of the space Program.
Dedicated to working collaboratively with 18 museums within a 1.5 mile radius of the Mecom Fountain to promote the Houston Museum District as a destination and maximize the use of artistic, scientific and educational resources of its institutions.
3523 Highway 134
Permanently anchored in the busy Houston Ship Channel, Battleship Texas became the first battleship memorial museum in the U.S. The Texas was presented to the State of Texas and commissioned as the flagship of the Texas Navy. The 1,200-acre San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site consists of the Battleground, Monument and Battleship Texas. Come and experience history first hand through living history at the San Jacinto Battleground and Battleship Texas.
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Politics and Religion: A Fruit Inspection
Source: It is important to understand that we live in a time when even professing Christians are confused and many of them buy the lie that “truth is hate speech.” Nothing could be further from the truth (no pun intended). Scripture says “you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” We are to expose the deeds of darkness, “make a righteous judgment,” and to judge the “fruit” (though not the person). Unfortunately, most people can’t distinguish the difference, and thus default to secular tolerance.
Truly knowing the God Who IS Truth implies knowing His Truth, His “opinion” on every kind of Truth that exists, for the God Who IS Truth KNOWS all truth, and we do well to seek His truth in every aspect and on every issue lest we be deceived by anti-Christ in these last days. I’m increasingly convinced that the “mark of the beast” happens between the ears before it is accepted on the forehead or the hand. A big start in that direction is the subtle belief that government is god (the essence of liberalism).
The idea that there is no absolute truth, that everything is relative, and the highest virtue is to be tolerant of “others’ truths” is an intentional lie from the pit of hell. It is a “gross darkness covering the peoples.”
There is absolute truth about every issue. Judging the “fruit” of a person’s actions is not the same as passing judgment on the person. This is also true of our political leaders and their political agendas. Indeed it is required stewardship. Pastors from the era of our founding fathers would excoriate such ignorance and passive irresponsibility as we have in the church and nation today.
So let’s inspect the “fruit” of President Obama and his performance so far. And again, these comments regarding President Obama have to do with his policies that the Bible clearly condemns and which the Constitution prohibits, not with the person. He and his family are loved by God and it is His earnest desire (and my earnest prayer) to save them. It is God’s job to judge the character of the man and his heart; what I address are the fruits of his policies and the resulting damage being done to our nation.
Most mature Christians who believe the Bible and its principles will have little difficulty discerning that his pro-abortion, pro-homosexual, anti-church positions and other anti-Christian, anti-Biblical, and anti-constitutional policies of Obama’s are wrong and should opposed. Yet, astonishingly, massive numbers of not-so-mature Christians who knew these truths still voted for him. If ever there was a wolf in sheep’s clothing, Obama qualifies. And six months into his administration, his “coat” is beginning to shed.
Not only did he support infanticide as an Illinois state Senator, he supports abortion on demand, and is now working to make it illegal for doctors to refuse to perform an abortion because of their Christian beliefs and/or personal conscience.
His “stimulus bill” prohibits funds from going to any school or university that allows their facilities to be used by Christian organizations although such activities have been upheld as constitutional by the Supreme Court – an intentional slap at Christianity. His “stimulus bill” is itself a massive Socialist/Marxist coup d’état against the free enterprise/capitalist economy through which the poorest among us live a veritable “lifestyle of the rich and famous” compared to most other countries.
His firing of private business leaders (talk about audacity), the refusal to take back “stimulus money” from businesses who have thought better of it, and the recent bankruptcy of General Motors is disastrous, but more importantly, an assault on the constitutional limits of the federal government. Especially since Obama structured it via destroying most of the private investment in GM–including those of the elderly and the average worker’s retirement plan–and giving it away to the UAW. Shameful! The shutting down of dealerships that contributed to Republicans (only one “democrat” dealership is being closed) is frightening if not illegal, and certainly revealing about his ACORN mentality and “Chicago gangster” approach. “You give-ah allegiance to me, we take-ah care of you; you don’t, we take-ah you out at the knees.” The “trickle-down” economic damage will be broad and long-lasting as GM is not an island.
Beyond his long-term destruction of our economy, the interest on the debt he has incurred (more than all the annual debt incurred in the history of our nation combined) is nothing less than child abuse and theft against our children and grand-children. It would be bad enough if this entire “stimulus bill” had any positive effect, but it hasn’t. Its money borrowed only to be burned.
Then there is his half-hearted pseudo-support of Israel. Talk about speaking with a forked tongue. He’s telling Israel how to run their business to such an extent he’s now “ordering” them to build no new settlements - not even for population growth. This is on top of his genuflecting before a Saudi King, and now we have his recent statements that Iran has a right to nuclear power.
What Socialist/Marxist re-make of America would be complete without an overtly activist judge on the Supreme Court? Judge Sonia Sotomeyer certainly fits the bill with her admission that the Appellate Court is “where policy is made.” Pardon this tidbit of truth, but according to the constitution (I know what a drag that outdated and mostly ignored document is to “progressives” like Obama) the Congress is where policy is supposed to be made, not in the imagination of one who believes that by virtue of her “Latina” experiences, she would make a better judge than a white male. If the reverse had been stated by a white male, liberals would have been apoplectic, and the offender would have been rightfully disqualified. But such a comment gets a pass by virtue of the fact that she is a “Latina.” The brazen hypocrisy of liberals is mind boggling, but alas, it is increasingly the norm in our nation of dumbed-down sheep.
Then there are the more subtle things that are happening that don’t really make much news, but which have profound implications. One example is Obama’s Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s appointment of Kevin Jennings, founder of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GSLEN), to be Assistant Deputy Secretary for the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools. GSLEN promotes affirmation of homosexuality in schools starting at the Kindergarten level. According to the Family Research Council, “Jennings wrote the foreword for a book, “Queering Elementary Education” which among other things praises teaching masturbation to a 7-year-old girl.” And, “in a speech in a New York church in 2000, he declared, “We have to quit being afraid of the religious right….I’m trying not to say, “(F---) ‘em!” which is what I want to say, because I don’t care what they think! Drop dead!” Thank you, President Obama and all you Obama-voting “Christians” for this assault on our children.
Yes, this is just a small sampling of the fruit of what so many mistakenly believe is our “messiah;” the “one.” Despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary, many will insist that Obama is a Christian sent by God to save America. Scripture suggests otherwise. Titus 1:16 says “They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient and worthless for any good deed.” (Emphasis mine.)
The question is: is all this unholy and wrong fruit born out of the ignorance of an inexperienced rookie, or, to borrow a phrase, the work of intelligent design?
Mark Williamson is the Founder and President of Foundation Restoration Ministries and Federal Intercessors, educational and intercessory ministries dedicated to the restoration of Biblical truth, righteousness and justice in the nation, and the high offices of the Federal government. The views expressed in this column are his personal opinions and observations. Learn more and join the prayer cause at www.federalintercessors.net. You may contact him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at 713-722-4301.
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What Kind of Monster?
Source: As a parent, it is hard for me to imagine ever laying a finger on an innocent child. My children are the reason that my refrigerator is overflowing with beautiful artwork and alphabet magnets. They are the justification for my cupboards being filled with fruit snacks and cereal boxes that come with prizes. My closet is filled with hand-me-down shirts and thrift store pants, while there drawers are full of crisp, new, jeans, and soft, cotton, sweaters. I cannot put into words how much I love them, and I am sure parents around the world know exactly what I mean when I say, “I couldn’t breathe without my children.” Thus, when I read the story about five-year-old Tony Adwar Shaweel, I could hardly catch my breath.
Tony Shaweel was an Iraqi, Christian, boy who was kidnapped on May 5, 2009. The unknown group who took Tony immediately demanded a ransom of $50,000 dollars for his safe return. When the fundamentalist group’s stipulations were not met, they decided to kill little Tony. His gunshot riddled body was found on May 11, 2009--his short life callously taken without remorse. What kind of monster could do this? The dwindling Christian population in Iraq is now mourning the death of this innocent child and begging for justice. Yet, Iraq is a country that continuously overlooks atrocities against its Christian citizens--justice seems like a pipe dream to many of these faithful believers.
“See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven,” (Matthew 18:10).
Sylvia Thompson is a Texas Representative for International Christian Concern. ICC is a non-profit organization that works tirelessly to help people around the world who are being persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ. To learn more about International Christian Concern please visit, www.persecution.org
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Thoughts for Fathers’ Day
Source: Fathers you are so special. You make children strong. You give them the courage to try new things. Fathers give children a sense of identity and worth. Dads, you are so powerful and influential over the next generation.
As I look around, I see that we have so many great dads in our church! Dads who are faithful to their families. Dads who work hard to provide for their families. Dads who stand in the gap for their families, their church, and their friends. Dads who help each other grow stronger in the Lord. And I wondered why? Why are we so blessed? It’s because our dads seek the Lord and hear His voice.
As a man grows in his relationship with the Lord, he is gradually molded more and more into the image of Christ, who is the image of the Father. Joseph, the dad to Jesus, must have been an awesome man of God. Father God entrusted His only begotten son into Joseph’s care. Was it because Joseph was exceedingly wealthy in money? Probably not. Did he never lose his temper? Was he never impatient or frustrated? Probably not. He was, however, a man who honored God in all he did. Can you imagine being in his position? Your fiancé is with child, but you KNOW it isn’t yours? Surely he felt anger and betrayal. Surely he felt the desire for revenge. Yet, he chose to deal with mercy towards Mary, even though he had the legal right to have her put to death. He prayed for direction and when he heard from the Lord, he was obedient, and still married her. Can you imagine what his family and friends were telling him? Surely they didn’t want him to be merciful. Certainly they were offended and outraged when he went on and married her. And aren’t we glad he did!?!
So dads, I encourage you today. You have something precious and of great treasure to give to the next generation. They are so hungry for what you have. Affirm them. Lead them by your example. Jesus had a great example of listening for God’s voice. Show them that men seek the Lord, and find Him, and hear Him.
Ride a Citi Bike every day—to my office, cross-town for after work drinks, to Brooklyn to visit my brother.
I’m all over it. I soon discovered that in addition to being my favored form of public transportation, riding a Citi Bike (or any bike) is also the perfect opportunity for a low-maintenance beauty person like myself to fake the look of “doing my hair.”
Here’s what I do: I wash and condition my hair, and then, while it’s still wet, I take a wide tooth comb and run it through. I have naturally curly hair, but if I comb it, the curls turn into waves. Then I twirl my hair (still wet) up into a bun and clip it. At this point, I let my hair dry naturally. Sometimes I do this at night, sometimes early in the morning. Once it’s dry (enough) I take it out of the bun and I use one product: Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. I spray it over my head, pretty liberally, and then work it through with my fingers. I get on my bike, and let the ride do the rest. Sometimes it works better than others, it all depends on humidity and which way the wind blows. I find that east-to-west rides are the best for getting that full, vaguely permed—but not too ’80s—look that I love.