Friday, December 24, 2010
We're so happy for Kevin Peterson, a featured Houston artist at Wonderwild since Day One. Everyone at Wonderwild has been so enamored with his artwork (the term obsessed is more like it!). You can find more about Kevin here.
Here's what Kevin has to say about his own work:
My work is about the varied journeys we take through life. It's about growing up and living in a world that is broken. These paintings are about trauma, fear and loneliness and the strength that it takes to survive and thrive. They each contain the contrast of the untainted, young and innocent against a backdrop of a worn, ragged, and defiled world. Support versus restraint, bondage versus freedom, and tension versus slack are all themes that I often visit. My work deals with isolation, loneliness and longing teamed with a level of optimistic hope. Issues of race and the division of wealth have arisen in my recent work. This work deals with the idea of rigid boundaries, the hopeful breakdown of such restrictions, as well as questions about the forces that orchestrate our behavior.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Heights got a little cooler with the addition of Kraftsmen's new bakery on 22nd and Lamar. Chef Scott Tycer and his wife Annika have made the Kraftsmen in Montrose (outside dining area) and this new location two of the best places to eat with your kids in Houston. The place is airy and open, sort of like a hip place you'd find in Brooklyn, NY. This is a great place to bring the kids as they have a small area dedicated to the little ones. But better than that are their selection of baked goods that appeal to all ages. One tip: try the monkey bread. It's darn good. And if you have to share it with your kids, it breaks off easily into bite-sized pieces and doesn't get crumbs everywhere like muffins or croissants.
The last time I went to visit, two staff members were on the dock next to the bakery refurbishing old chairs. Like I said, it reminds me of the cool places in Brooklyn, NY.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Wonderwild wanted to put out a hearty welcome to Green Plate Kids. They will be one of our preferred birthday party caterers, along with Zoe's Kitchen, Freebirds, and Papa John's Pizza.
If you haven't heard of Green Plate Kids, they provide fresh, nutritious meals for families on the go. They also cater parties. You can find a selection of their foods at SmartMeals on Shepherd. Or go to their website for more information: http://www.greenplatekids.com.
Try their new turkey sliders and their amazing oatmeal cookies! Good for you and yummy, too!
Occasionally at Wonderwild we will have our staff face painter, Anita, get out her brushes and start painting away during open play. Here are two very lovely models at Wonderwild who look like beautiful butterflies.
Open play is Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm. See you soon!
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
The first Jedi Warrior Training Club meeting was a supreme hit! We had over twenty-five boys show up with their light saber (some with two). Master Jedi Obi Wan Aaron showed the boys some basic light saber techniques. While practicing their steps, who should show up--DARTH VADER! The kids had a blast (literally) and so did the adults watching.
The next event features a guest appearance by the indomitable green one (Yoda) and is by RSVP only and is on Tuesday, May 25 at 4pm! Reserve your spot today! We only have a few training positions left! May the force be with you!
Sunday, April 11, 2010
And just yesterday, we were at Discovery Green for the electronic music festival and who should we see on the lawn of the green? But Daniel! His beautiful tree was done on a donated portion of a billboard!! Go Daniel!!!
Friday, March 26, 2010
Get ready, get set for some FUN!!! April is coming up and we're excited to let you know what's coming up!!
April Calendar of Events
Free with paid general admission except where noted.
Tuesday April 6 11:15am STORYTIME
Join us for a fun half hour of storytime. Appropriate for all ages.
Wednesday April 14 5:30pm MOVIE NIGHT
We’re popping popcorn and watching an animated movie.
(We don’t know which one yet...there’s so many to choose
from... ) Come join the fun! Appropriate for all ages.
Friday April 16 4:15-5pm TEA PARTY
Bring your favorite doll or stuffed animal to our tea
party! We will learn how to be good friends and
carry on scintillating conversations!
Tuesday April 20 4-4:30pm JEDI WARRIOR TRAINING CLUB
Light saber is required for this activity. Kids are lead by our trained
Jedi Master in a variety of exercises to help them become a better Jedi.
A special appearance by Darth Vader is imminent.
Thursday April 22 ALL DAY EARTH DAY COLORING CONTEST
Kids have fun coloring and then we’ll post the best of the best on our blog! (http://www.gowonderwild.blogspot.com)
*Events subject to change without prior notice. Please call ahead to confirm.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Friday March 12, 5:30pm Songwriting Workshop with Jerome - Back by popular demand! Kids learn how to create their own songs with the help of artist and poet Jerome Vielman.
Monday March 15, ALL DAY A member's only art project: each child will receive a white tile to paint and personalize all their own. Afterwards, the tile will be an art installation at Wonderwild.
Tuesday March 16 , 4:30pm Artist Pop In Studio: Clarence Chun - A special treat for all of our guests. Artist Clarence Chun presents a colorful slide show of his work and then leads us in a fun project for the kids. Clarence's incredible work is currently displayed in the "tunnel" leading to the play area.
Wednesday March 17, ALL DAY St Patrick's Day Coloring Contest - With plenty of green crayons on hand, kids have fun coloring and then we'll post the best of the best on our blog!
Thursday March 18, 11am Tea Party with Friends - Bring in your favorite friends (bring in your favorite doll or stuffed animal) and have a tea party with us! We'll sip pretend tea and enjoy each other's company.
Thursday March 18, 5-6:30pm BACK TO SCHOOL CONCERT WITH TOM'S FUN BAND!!! Celebrate the end of Spring Break with our favorite musical dude and dad of multiples, Mr. Tom of Tom's Fun Band!!!!!
Come join the fun!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday!
Thursday, March 4 at 4pm
with SONGS FROM BOOKS’ Mike Tauser!(http://songsfrombooks.blogspot.com)
at Wonderwild Indoor Party Playground
Mike Tauser is a dad who started off singing for kids in classrooms. Now, he's sharing his musical talents of singing, playing the guitar and songwriting at Wonderwild! We're excited to be celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday with song and books!
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Art is an important part of everyone's lives, especially our kids at Wonderwild. We embrace art and artful living. We have professional artists showing in our reception--including Kevin Peterson, Tim Spencer, and Clarence Chun (in the hallway).
A look at our party room--a blank canvas for you to decorate with balloons, tablecloths and centerpieces if you so desire. During the weekdays, it's open for families to bring in their own food and drink and eat after a hard work out of playing.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Brrrr! It's so cold outside in January! Here's your chance to warm up with us at Wonderwild.
On Thursday, January 28, we're hosting Tom of Tom's Fun Band, from 5-7pm. General admission is only $5 a kid (free for adults, members, and kids under 9 months) if you RSVP to email@example.com. Or you can pay $10 for walkers, $8 for pre-walkers at the door. Price includes general admission to the play area.
Tom was our main attraction at our grand opening Halloween party. An educator, licensed counselor, and a dad of twins, his usual musical performances specializes in science education. We're so glad to have him back for our January Jam!
Have you noticed the new art hanging in the "tunnel" leading to the play area at Wonderwild? Some people thought it was decorative strips of wall paper artfully cut into a collage, but no. It's a painting by fine artist Clarence Chun. He's Yale educated, but also graduated from the University of Houston's School of Art. With an MFA from New York's prestigious SVA, he's extremely well-rounded. Check out his work at Wonderwild closely the next time you are in. In the meantime, here's a taste of Clarence's other works and his artist statement below.
It's official! Our Ultimate Super Duper Hero parties are a hit! Girls and boys get to create a SUPER SILLY FACE cape which they keep as party favors. Others added stars, hearts or glittering gems on to their capes.
The birthday boy or girl also gets a very special cape to run around and save the day with!
Up up and away!!!