TO-DO LIST: 13 things to do in south Montgomery County in January and February

Through Jan. 20, Woodlands ice rink (Courtesy The Woodlands Township)
Through Jan. 20, Woodlands ice rink (Courtesy The Woodlands Township)

Through Jan. 20, Woodlands ice rink (Courtesy The Woodlands Township)

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Jan. 18, Lunar New Year (Courtesy The Woodlands Children's Museum)
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Jan. 25, Arbor Day (Courtesy The Woodlands Township)
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Jan. 16, Taste of the Town (Courtesy The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce)
Beginning in January

Kick off boating season

Kayak, paddle board and swan boat rentals will be offered at boat houses on The Woodlands Waterway and Lake Woodlands beginning in January. 9 a.m.-sunset (daily). Rental prices vary. Riva Row Boat House, 2101 Riva Row, The Woodlands. 281-210-3965. Lakes Edge Boat House, 1970 Hughes Landing Blvd., The Woodlands. 281-210-2065. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

Through Jan. 20

Close out skating season


The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center remains open through Jan. 20. The rink is located in the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion’s multipurpose facility and features space for skaters and spectators in addition to concessions. $5-$6 (child), $10.50-$12.50 (adult). The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 281-419-5630. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/icerink

Jan. 16

Try samples from local eateries at Taste of the Town


The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual Taste of the Town food event, featuring a variety of food and drink samples from area eateries and beverage companies. Tickets include unlimited samples and soft drinks as well as two alcoholic drink tickets. 4-9 p.m. $35-$40 (adult), $20-$25 (child). The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 281-367-5777. www.tasteofthetown.org

Jan. 18

Grow your gardening skills


Gardening experts lead a landscape gardening class, sharing specific principles to solve pest problems around the home and improve residential gardens and yards. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. The Woodlands Emergency Training Center, 16135 I-45 S., The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

Jan. 18

Celebrate the Lunar New Year


The Woodlands Children’s Museum hosts its annual Lunar New Year celebration for the Year of the Rat, featuring a performance from the Houston "Lion King" dancers and activities such as art projects, games and Chinese calligraphy. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free (with museum admission). The Woodlands Children’s Museum, 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Ste. 280, The Woodlands. 281-465-0955. www.woodlandschildrensmuseum.org

Jan. 19

Learn new survival skills


This outdoor survival course will provide information on abilities such as fire-starting methods, water collection, protection from elements and a survival mindset. 1-5 p.m. $55 (resident), $65 (nonresident). The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park, 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

Jan. 20

Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Conroe, Magnolia and Tomball ISDs will close in observation of the holiday. 936-709-7752. www.conroeisd.net. 281-356-3571. www.magnoliaisd.org. 281-357-3100. www.tomballisd.net

Jan. 24

Participate in a family date night


The Woodlands hosts an "Amazing Race"-themed mother-son date night that includes a series of challenges and clues in addition to dinner. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $45 (resident pair), $50 (nonresident pair). The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park, 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

Jan. 25

Attend a gala for medical research


St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s third annual Miracle in The Woodlands fundraising gala is open to community members and businesses. 6-11 p.m. $250 (individual), $2,500 (table of 10). The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 281-605-7600. www.stjude.org

Jan. 25

Plant a tree on Arbor Day


The Woodlands Township hosts a community reforestation event, with free native tree seedlings available for residents to plant. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Northshore Park, 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

Jan. 29

Learn about The Woodlands’ public art


The Woodlands Arts Council hosts the ARTFEEL LIVE show at Market Street, featuring an open mic night where residents can discuss their reactions and interpretations of local public art. 7-9 p.m. Free. Market Street Green, 9595 Six Pines Drive, The Woodlands. www.thewoodlandsartscouncil.org

Feb. 13-17

Attend a film festival


The annual Inspire Film Festival presents a five-day lineup of over 30 short and feature-length documentaries based on the theme of local and international visionaries. Times vary. $50-$325. Various locations in The Woodlands. www.inspirefilmfest.com

Feb. 21

Lean about The Woodlands area’s economy


The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Economic Outlook Conference features a lineup of several business and community speakers and the opportunity for local networking. 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $169 (chamber member), $199 (nonmember). The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 281-367-5777. www.woodlandschamber.org

This article ran in the January 2020 edition of The Woodlands. Read the full e-edition here.
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