Colorful Tanabata Festival comes to The Woodlands Children's Museum

By: Susan Love Fitts
| Published 07/06/2018

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THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- Children are invited to wish upon a star – two stars, actually – when The Woodlands Children’s Museum celebrates the Japanese holiday, Tanabata, on Tuesday, July 10.

Activities, including live entertainment, are set for 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Suite 280.

Tanabata is inspired by an ancient legend about the weaver star (Vega) and the cowherder star (Altair), who traverse the Milky Way once a year to renew their bond of love. In Japan, people celebrate Tanabata every July by writing their wishes on narrow strips of colored paper and hanging them on bamboo branches.

A number of Japanese cities host Tanabata festivals as well. These events traditionally feature elaborate decorations, lights and performances.

“Tanabata festivals are filled with color, excitement and music – children love them,” said Angela Colton, executive director of The Woodlands Children’s Museum. “We embrace opportunities like Tanabata that introduce children to other cultures and support our mission to educate, empower and excite families.”

Throughout the Tanabata celebration at The Woodlands Children’s Museum, children will be able to write their wishes on strips of colored paper and hang them on a tree in the MUSE, the museum’s art bar area.

Japanese dance performances by Risa Tallent will take place at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.

Tanabata activities are included in the museum’s regular daily admission, which is $6 for visitors age 1 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The Woodlands Children’s Museum is recommended for ages 7 and younger.

For more information, visit woodlandschildrensmuseum.org or call 281-465-0955.

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