See live theater, visit the woods, learn about nature: 6 things do to this weekend in Spring and Klein, Feb. 23-25

Two area theater groups present family-friendly events this weekend, and opportunities abound for kids and adults to learn about nature at county parks. Here are some ideas for things to do this weekend in and around Spring and Klein.

Old West Melodrama returns to Old Town Spring, Feb. 23-24
The Old West Melodrama theater company performs "The Insurance Man Cometh" at Puffabelly's Depot Restaurant in Old Town Spring. Attendees are required to purchase a meal. 7 p.m. (dinner). 8 p.m. (show). $14-$19. 100 Main St., Spring. 713-364-9190.

Nature educator workshops at Big Stone Lodge, Feb. 24
The Arbor Day Foundation, Dimensions Educational Research Foundation and Mercer Botanic Gardens present two Nature Explore workshops designed to help children reconnect with nature. Advance registration is required. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $40. Big Stone Lodge, 709 Riley Fuzzel Road, Spring. 713-274-4160.

Learn winter woods orienteering, Feb. 24
Worth the trip: Enjoy the winter forest in a Harris County Precinct 4 park and learn to follow an off-trail course using a compass. Participants must provide their own compass. The program is for ages 8 and up. Reservations are required.
10 a.m.-noon. Free. Jesse H. Jones Park, 20634 Kenswick Drive, Humble. 281-446-8588.

Senior living facility hosts open house, Feb. 24
Avanti Senior Living of Augusta Pines hosts an open house with tours available for visitors to learn more about the senior living community. Prizes and children's activities are available at the event. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. 24520 Community Center Drive, Spring. 281-205-2600.

See 'Madagascar' musical for kids, Feb. 24-25
Playhouse 1960 presents "Madagascar, a Musical Aventure" on its youth stage. 3 p.m. $8-$10. Playhouse 1960, 6814 Gant Road, Houston.

Mattress fundraiser benefits booster club, Feb. 25
The second annual Klein Collins High School Band Booster Mattress Fundraiser provides an opportunity for attendees to purchase a mattress with a discount of $50 off any set over $299. Proceeds benefit the booster club program.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Klein Collins High School, 20811 Ella Blvd., Spring.

By Vanessa Holt
A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of that paper in March 2017 and editor of The Woodlands edition in January 2019.


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