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OISS is happy to organize events and activities during the summer and winter breaks. All international students and scholars as well as their family members are welcome to attend any and all of our activities. For more information, please see our Event Calendar.
For a printer friendly version of the full Winter 2019-2020 event schedule, please click on the image below. More information about all the events may be found below the picture.
Celebrate Old Holiday Traditions - Tuesday, December 17, 3 - 5 pm
We’ll kick off this year’s winter events with a “come&go” traditional open house to celebrate the season, so stop by the OISS between 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. to decorate and eat a cookie, listen to some holiday music or get a travel signature if you still need one. We’ll also have hot chocolate, tea, popcorn and look forward to seeing you there! No registration needed.
Volunteer at Rice Holistic Garden - Wednesday, December 18, 1:30 - 4 pm
We will visit this garden for the first time (https://garden.rice.edu/), and invite all internationals to join us in giving back this holiday season by helping sow tomato, pepper and eggplant seeds and if weather permits work outdoor together to make this special place even more beautiful. Time: 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. We’ll meet at Sallyport at 1:30 p.m. and walk to the garden together. Please let us know in advance if you are able to come by registering here.
Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern - Thursday, December 19, 1 - 4 pm
We will visit the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern (https://buffalobayou.org/visit/destination/the-cistern/) for the first time, and learn about the architecture of this unique space and the history of Houston’s water system. Before the tour we will have time to explore the park a little more since it offers gorgeous downtown views, many art works, waterfalls, and beautiful plants and trees all year round. It has boat and bike rentals, dog park, skatepark, picnic and play areas, and we may spot water birds, turtles, snakes and others. We’ll leave from Sallyport at 1:00 p.m. and take the Metro rail to the Park. The Cistern is free but the Metro ride costs $1.25. We regret that children under 9 years old are not allowed in the Cistern. Please register electronically here.
Ice Skating @ Discovery Green - Friday, January 3, 1:45 - 5 pm
Join us for an ice-skating fun at Discovery Green (https://www.discoverygreen.com/ice). We will enjoy downtown sights as we glide into the New Year with holiday cheer! This dynamic place is a popular destination for families that offers many events throughout the year, and is called “downtown’s new backyard” which includes 2 restaurants, kids play area, man-made lake, dog runs, amphitheater, and more. We will meet at the Sallyport at 1:45 p.m., and take the Metro rail to Downtown (the Metro ride costs $1.25). Tickets for this event are $15.38 a person which includes admission & skates rental. Space is limited, so purchase your tickets electronically today at https://signup.rice.edu/oisswinter.
NASA Space Center - Tuesday, January 7, 9 am - 3 pm
Join OISS for a fun day at NASA Space Center!! We will meet at the Lovett Hall Sallyport at 9:00 a.m. and return to campus by 3:00 p.m. Tickets will be available for purchase starting December 2nd, and may be purchased in OISS or online:
Cost: Early bird rate is $23 for tickets purchased on or before December 20th. Tickets purchased after December 20th will be $28. This event typically sells out, so get your tickets quickly!
For more information about Space Center Houston, please see http://spacecenter.org.
Zoo Lights - Wednesday, January 8, 5 - 7 pm
We’ll visit the Houston Zoo and (https://zoolights.houstonzoo.org) which transforms into a dazzling light display to host the 8th annual “Zoo Lights”! This is one of Houston’s holiday traditions and the sights are absolutely amazing. Gather with OISS and friends for great photo opportunities and stroll through the beautiful Houston Zoo grounds and take in the sights and sounds of the season. Fifteen miles of earth-friendly LED lighting illuminate our ancient oak trees and decorate the paths to light your way.” We’ll meet at Sallyport at 5:00 p.m. and walk to the Zoo together. Please (1) register electronically here, and (2) purchase your ticket(s) in advance through the Houston Zoo website here. The current online ticket price is $12.75. Tickets purchased at the Zoo entrance will have a higher price and long line.
Museum of Fine Arts Houston - Thursday, January 9, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Once again we will visit the oldest art museum in Texas which is also one of the largest in the US with a free guided tour. The MFAH (www.mfah.org) has a diverse collection of Italian Renaissance painting, French Impressionism, photography, American and European decorative arts, African and pre-Columbian gold, American art, and post-1945 European and American painting and sculpture just to name a few, so bring your friends and family and meet us at the Lovett Hall Sallyport at 1:30 p.m. to walk or take the light rail (depending on the weather) to the museum together. The museum is free, but feel free to bring some money for snacks and drinks, and bring your Metro Q card or cash of $1.25 for transportation (if needed). Please register here.
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