Enjoy the last few weeks of summer before back-to-school season with these 8 Greater Houston area events, Aug. 2-4

Celebrate Harry Potteru2019s birthday

Celebrate Harry Potteru2019s birthday

The Greater Houston area offers various family-centric events to check out this weekend, from back-to-school drives in Katy and Spring to celebrating Harry Potter's birthday at the Children's Museum.

Aug. 2
Celebrate Tomball Night
The 47th annual event by the Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce features live music, children’s activities and rides, drawings, door prizes, raffles and cash giveaways. The evening ends with the 17th annual Parade of Lights down Main Street and a fireworks show over the Tomball Historic Depot Plaza. 5 p.m. Free. Main Street, Tomball. 281-351-7222. www.tomballchamber.org

Aug. 2
Participate in family game night
Harris County Precinct 4 hosts a Family Game Night the first Friday of each month, during which families are encouraged to bring their favorite board games to the Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve. Lawn games, ladder ball, giant Jenga and cornhole equipment will be provided. 5-8 p.m. Free. Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve, 20215 Chasewood Park Drive, Houston. 713-755-6444. www.hcp4.net

Aug. 2-3
Shop for back-to-school items
Just Be Friends Katy is hosting a back-to-school sale with toys, books, shoes, baby equipment, backpacks, uniforms, and clothes for children and expecting mothers. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.). Free (register online), $2 (fee at the door). 20212 Franz Road, Katy. 281-757-6132. www.katy.jbfsale.com/homeView.jsp

Aug. 2-3
Get dinner and a show in Spring
Old West Melodrama performs a family-friendly melodrama titled “Nickers in a Twist” on Friday and Saturday evenings Aug. 2-17. Dinner and a preshow begin at 7 p.m., and children younger than age 5 receive free admission. 8 p.m. $13-$19. Puffabelly’s Depot Restaurant, 100 Main St., Spring. 713-364-9190. www.oldwestmelodrama.com

Aug. 3
Meet Curious George
Children and parents can enjoy a live storytelling session with an in-person visit from Curious George and Pinkalicious. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Kiddie Academy of Cypress, 14918 Mueschke Road, Cypress. 281-304-2100. www.kiddieacademy.com/academies/cypress

Aug. 3
Make a wand to celebrate Harry Potter's birthday
The Children's Museum Houston is throwing an all-day Muggles birthday bash for one of the world's most popular wizards. Those who attend will have the chance to craft their own wand, meet wizards from the books and see a magic show. $12. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 1500 Binz St., Houston. 713-522-1138. www.cmhouston.org

Aug. 3
Celebrate National Watermelon Day
Thistle Draftshop and 21st Amendment Brewery will celebrate National Watermelon Day on Aug. 3 with a watermelon eating contest, watermelon bowling, a color station, a seed-spitting competition and a Break the Watermelon challenge. 1-5 p.m. Thistle Draftshop, 5210 FM 2920, Ste. 100, Spring. 832-823-0194. www.thistledraftshop.com

Aug. 4
Help underprivileged kids get ready for the new school year
The Greater Houston Section of the National Council of Jewish Women is putting on a back-to-school drive to help underprivileged children get the supplies they need for the next school year. The "Back 2 School Store 2019" event will be held at the Congregation Emanu El and is expected to outfit about 250 children. Volunteer and donation opportunities will be provided. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1500 Sunset Blvd., Houston. 281-974-6364. www.ncjwhouston.org

By Colleen Ferguson
A native central New Yorker, Colleen Ferguson worked as an editorial intern with the Cy-Fair and Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood editions of Community Impact before joining the Bay Area team in 2020. Colleen graduated from Syracuse University in 2019, where she worked for the campus's independent student newspaper The Daily Orange, with a degree in Newspaper and Online Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a degree in Spanish language and culture. Colleen previously interned with The Journal News/lohud, where she covered the commute in the greater New York City area.


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