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Family Day at Rienzi & Bayou Bend

Sunday, Nov 16, 2014
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
6003 Memorial Drive Map & Directions

1406 Kirby Drive Map & Directions


Families are invited to enjoy art workshops, gallery games, performances, and more during this afternoon of fun presented jointly by Rienzi and Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. Admission is free, with complimentary transportation between the two house museums. Refreshments are served.

At Bayou Bend, "Energy: A Texas Legacy" explores the energy industry in Texas, from the Hogg Family to the present. Make an energy-saving craft, decorate the Houston skyline, and create your own charcoal drawing. Discover fossils of prehistoric animals, and learn about a prehistoric plant species that still lives in Bayou Bend's gardens. Enjoy music by the Traveling Murphys and Rickey Pittman, and stop by the historic house and the Kilroy Visitor Center to learn more.

Rienzi offers a fun-filled afternoon highlighting the decorative and fine arts of Europe. Explore the exhibition À la Mode: Fashioning European Silver, 1680–1825 to view beautiful silver objects and learn about their history. Create your own works of art modeled after fine silver vases, and make paper flowers to complete the art arrangement. Enjoy scavenger hunts on the grounds of the estate, and follow the family activity guide for further study and exploration of the European continent and all its treasures!  

Rienzi | “All the Comforts of Home”
Explore the exhibition Comfort and the Eighteenth-Century Interior with art making, music, and more.

Bayou Bend | Celebrating Community
Learn about America's early settlers, from the clothes they wore to their favorite games and food.

PLEASE NOTE At Bayou Bend, repair work has required closure of the bridge that serves as the public entrance, but Bayou Bend remains open, and Family Days go on as scheduled. A free shuttle service transports guests to the historic property, with stops at the Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center, the Bayou Bend entrance on Lazy Lane, and Rienzi. Buses run continuously throughout the duration of the program.

Bayou Bend Family Days are presented by:

Promotional support generously provided by Houston Public Media, our Official Media Partner.

Education programs at Rienzi receive generous funding from the Sterling-Turner Foundation; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; the Carroll Sterling and Harris Masterson III Endowment; and the Caroline Wiess Law Endowment for Rienzi.