Polar Bear Plunge, Houston Astros Caravan Jam: 9 things to do in The Woodlands area this weekend, Jan. 12-14


Between Shenandoah’s annual Polar Bear Plunge, a Houston Astros Caravan Jam and the last weekend of skating at The Ice Rink at Town Center, there is plenty to do in The Woodlands area this weekend, Jan. 12-14.

1. The Ice Rink at Town Center
Dec. 12-14

Housed in its new 21,000-square-foot permanent location in The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion multi-purpose building, the Ice Rink at Town Center is open daily until Jan. 15. The venue features ice-skating, state-of-the-art lighting and sound system, tables for parties and concessions for purchase. 3-11 p.m. (Dec. 12), 10 a.m.-11 p.m. (Dec. 13), Noon-7 p.m. (Dec. 14). $12.50 (per adult), $5 (per child age 5 and younger). The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2055 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 281-419-5630. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/icerink

2. Houston Astros Caravan Jam
Jan. 12

Astros Players Carlos Correa and Forrest Whitley will make a 30-minute appearance at this event and answer fan questions during interactive games. The event will also feature live music, inflatables, food trucks, face painters and caricaturists. 5-7 p.m. Free. The Woodlands Waterway, 31 Waterway Square Place, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

3. Family Game Night: Bunko
Jan. 12

The Woodlands Township Parks and Recreation will begin hosting monthly family game nights at The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming in 2018. This month families can play bunko together, while snacks and water will be provided. Pre-registration is not required, however those who do will receive a door prize upon check-in. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $5 (per person). The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park, 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-516-7348. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

4. Polar Bear Plunge
Jan. 13

Jump into the New Year with this Shenandoah tradition. Participants take a winter plunge into the Shenandoah City Pool and afterwards can enjoy coffee, cocoa and cookies provided by the Shenandoah Civic Club. Participants must fill out a release form and bring it with them to the event to participate.10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Mary Pat Case Municipal Pool, 1619 Wellman Road, Shenandoah. 281-465-8768. www.shenandoahtx.us

5. Corks & Confections
Jan. 13

Two local businesses have teamed up to provide babysitting and a night out for parents during this special event. While children can enjoy time with friends at We Rock the Spectrum, parents can enjoy time together making wine-inspired cookies at Over the Top Cake Supplies. Parents must register their children at We Rock the Spectrum first and then Over the Top Cake Supplies will give them a discount on registration for the evening. Online registration closes 48 hours prior to the event. 6-8 p.m. Contact venue for pricing. Over the Top Cake Supplies, 453 Sawdust Road, The Woodlands. 832-458-0995. www.overthetopcakesupplies.com

6. Intro to Yoga for Absolute Beginners
Jan. 13

The Woodlands Yoga Studio offers a free yoga class for beginners with Instructor Sue Brooks. Participants will learn the flow of a typical class, modifications, breath and body awareness and relaxation techniques. Participants can register online in advance. 1 p.m. Free. 25126 Grogans Park Drive, The Woodlands. 936-271-1485. www.thewoodlandsyogastudio.com

7. Smarter About Water Workshop
Jan. 13

Attendees will learn about water conservation and irrigation during a brief classroom session, followed by a hands-on demonstration of the parts, materials and methods to install a timer-controlled drip system to an outside facet or convert an existing sprinkler head. Participants will also learn about creating, installing and maintaining rainwater harvesting barrels. Registration is required by Jan. 11 at 5 p.m. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Parks, Recreation and Environmental Services, 8203 Millennium Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

8. Can you dig it? Gardening 101 Workshop: Improve Overall Soil Health
Jan. 13

Keynote speaker Scott Snodgrass, cofounder of LOAM Agronomics, will provide an overview of the work performed by his farm and Community Supported Agriculture, while also providing tips and resources to improve soil condition. Attendees will also learn how to test their soil and can take home a free sample of compost to begin improving their garden’s health. Registration is required by Jan. 11 at 5 p.m. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Whole Foods at Hughes Landing, 1925 Hughes Landing Blvd., Ste. 100, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

9. Wilderness Survival
Jan. 14

Participants will learn key outdoor survival skills including conventional and alternative fire methods, signaling, water collection and protection from the elements in this afternoon-long course. The event is geared for ages 14 and older and all equipment is provided. 1-5 p.m. $55 (per resident), $65 (per non-resident). The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park, 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-516-7348. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov


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Hannah Zedaker
Born and raised in Cypress, Texas, Hannah Zedaker graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and a minor in political science. She began as an intern with Community Impact Newspaper in 2015 and was hired upon graduation as a full-time reporter for The Woodlands edition in May 2016. She covers business, transportation, health care and other local news, specializing in Shenandoah City Council and Montgomery County nonprofit organizations.
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