Saint Patrick’s Day comes and goes every March 17th with millions of people celebrating by parading around in green clothing, sporting leprechaun hats, and four-leaf clovers. The pubs and bars are full of those partaking of the festivities and live, cultural musical celebrations. Does anyone really know what it all represents?
Saint Patrick himself dates back to the fourth century where the Saint was born into a Roman British family. Irish marauders invaded his home when he was just 16 years old and he was forced into slavery back in Ireland. During this time he had six years to think about who he was and what he believed. He decided to find God and follow in the footsteps of his grandfather and father who were both priests in the Christian church of the time. It is recorded that the Lord spoke to Patrick and helped him escape by boat to return home. Once safely home he also became a priest and decided to return to Ireland and convert the Irish Pagan people to Christianity.
His name goes down in history as a Priest who brought thousands to Christianity and spent his life in the service of the Irish people, freeing them from the oppressive Pagan religious leadership that was imposed on their lives. Saint Patrick’s death, March 17th, 461 AD, continues to represent a spectacular celebration in his honor. It is a public holiday in Ireland and a few provinces of Canada. However, it is the most widely celebrated holiday outside of its country of origin by all of those who have immigrated to foreign lands and taken the traditional with them.
Local St. Patrick’s Day Festivities are booming this year in big cities around Texas. Here are two events that are focused on family entertainment and have long-standing traditions with plenty of Gaelic heritage to go around.
Austin -St. Patrick’s Day Festival – Saturday, March 17th Pioneer Farms 12:00 to 7:00 pm
Family friendly at it’s finest this Irish festival is hosted by the Celtic Cultural Center and is a traditional way of participating in St. Patrick’s Day events. There will be a wide array of musical performances from traditional Irish dancers to authentic Irish music. With something for everyone, this party will be one you don’t want to miss. Food, games, displays, educational booths and so much more. Check out the official website for directions and details, http://www.stpatricksdayaustin.com/.
Houston St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Saturday, March 17th 12:00 pm
The 59th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade rolls downtown Houston this Saturday! Don’t miss this chance to gear up in your green and join the Irish celebration! Starting at the clocktower at Minute Maid Park, the parade will move westward through downtown. Lucky’s Pub is hosting an after party for the adults. For details and information check out this link http://hsppc.org/parade-info/.
San Antonio St. Patrick’s Day River Parade – Saturday, March 17 4:00-6:00 pm
Partying on the River Walk has never been better! This St. Patrick’s Day Parade features delightfully decorated floats that actually float along the famous San Antonio Riverwalk. A free event that everyone will truly enjoy, it features live music, Irish food, and entertainment for the whole family. Information about this parade can be found at https://www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com/events/st.-patricks-day-river-parade.
A new Texas law requires public elementary schools to notify parents within five days if lice are discovered on someone in their child’s class.
The law, which was implemented on Sept. 1, requires schools to send home a notice to parents but they may not identify which child in the class has a lice infestation. This makes parents aware of the lice infestation while protecting the child from potential embarrassment or harassment.
The Law Is Written Under Senate Bill 1566
According to Senate Bill 1566, schools must also notify the parent of an infected child within 48 hours once a school nurse or administrator becomes aware of lice on the child.
The notice must also include head lice treatment recommendations, provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Even with the new requirements in place, The Texas Department of Health and Human Services says lice are not a public threat and do not carry diseases.
Most of us look forward to summer all year long and then the time comes and many of us struggle to pull our kids away from their video games or get them off the couch. Looking for some ways to keep your kids active? Here are 6 summer activities to do in the Houston area.
Nature Story Time
Come to Nature Discovery Center Every Wednesday at 4 p.m. for a free story time. This is a great way to keep your kids reading and listening during their summer break and this particular story time goes beyond the typical book reading as it includes live animals, puppets, short nature walks, crafts or songs and nature stories. It’s located at 7112 Newcastle and kids love it.
What kid doesn’t love a day at the Zoo? The Houston Zoo is a great place to take your kids as a reward for good grades during the school year or to celebrate a birthday or just have a family day. This is a fun place for toddlers or teens. Check out their website for prices and additional details.
Splashway Family Waterpark
Texas has some blazing hot summer days and sometimes you just want to be in the water all day. Splashway is a perfect place to do that as you enjoy water slides, a lazy river, and even has a campground. A day in the water and a night at the campfire sounds like a pretty amazing family outing to us. What do you think?
Children’s Museum Of Houston
The Children’s Museum of Houston is said to be a “playground for your mind.” It is filled with interactive exhibits and lets them step into the shoes of their dream career such as inventing things, programming robots, anchoring the news, running a business, getting elected as mayor and much more! Thursday nights are free for families.
Brazos Bend State Park
At Brazos Bend State Park you can bike, fish, hike, camp, stargaze and more. There are opportunities to take guided hikes and learn about the natural history around you.
Does your child have an interest in crocodiles? Then the Crocodile Encounter might be a place to visit this summer. It is the home to the largest group of Nile crocodiles in the country. You can see some pretty cool animals and get close to them. It’s a unique experience and one that can’t be passed up!
Whether you spend a day with the zebras or soak up the sun at a water park, we hope you create some amazing memories with your children. Happy Summer!