GHFEDS Events

    • April 17, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • Lake Friendswood Park - 2533 Davis Prairie Ln. Friendswood, TX 77546
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    SUMMER PROGRAM

    Family Fishing

    April 17th from 10am-12pm
    Lake Friendswood Park
    2533 Davis Prairie Ln.
    Friendswood, TX 77546

     We will have multiple fishing trips to multiple parks throughout the year.

    Fishing trips are limited to 4 families due to limited TPWD volunteers.

    The TPWD will be providing fishing gear and bait, if you have your own you can bring it as well. The TPWD will be teaching how to fish and learn about different types of fish.

    We are going to have our first fishing trip with the adults with Down syndrome because this park does not have a playground.  After the group is finished with fishing you can enjoy a picnic lunch (bring your own food and drinks) and enjoy the park. Please bring lawn chairs, bug spray, and sunscreen.

    The park has 2 fishing docks, 1 kayak/canoe launch, 1 pavilion with 4 picnic tables, 1 restroom building, multiple fitness workout stations along a 1 mile hiking/jogging/biking trail, picnic tables, benches, and small barbeque pits. The lake is stocked 4 times a year by Texas Parks & Wildlife. 

    We will have a Waiting List for you to register so we know how many families are interested in fishing and we can plan other trips to accommodate 4 families at a time. We will have fishing trips at parks that do have playgrounds for those who have younger kids, when they are through with fishing they can play on the playgrounds.

    **A fishing license is required at this park, you must abide by the Texas Freshwater Fishing Regulations, those 17 and older must have a fishing license, those with Ds are not required to have a license but must be accompanied by a parent with a license. A one day license costs $11, see links below. 

    Freshwater Fishing Regulations

    Find a fishing license retailer on the TPWD website.

    **You must have a current Annual Membership to register for summer programs.**

    • April 21, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom
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    GHFEDS would like to invite you for our Parent Educational Meeting

    HCS and TXHL Services
    April 21st from 7-830pm
    Zoom Meeting

    Amanda Vazquez with Amandole Dayhab Facility in Texas City will describe HCS and TXHL services under the HHSC Medicaid Waiver programs, how to enroll through Gulf Coast Center and what to expect on the waitlist, when enrolling, and after enrollment, she will also answer questions after the presentation

    Zoom link will be sent to those who registered.

    • April 30, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • June 18, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • Armand Bayou Nature Center - 8500 Bay Area Blvd, Pasadena
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    SUMMER PROGRAM

    Firefly Hike at Armand Bayou Nature Center

    Choose 1 date only:

    April 30th from 745-945pm
    May 21st from 750-950pm
    June 18th from 815-1015pm
    Times are scheduled due to sunset times.
    Please arrive at the front gate 15 minutes before the start of your hike time and our guides will meet you there.

    Armand Bayou Nature Center
    8500 Bay Area Blvd
    Pasadena

    This event is for ages 6 and up due to ABNC policy.

    Guests are limited to 8 people for each event, due to limit these events will be for the child/children with Ds and 1 parent only, no siblings. There will be a Parent Fee for $8 which is non-refundable if you cancel.

    PLEASE READ ABNC POLICY'S BELOW

    FIREFLY HIKES, A WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE

    • Twinkling lights will soon be seen within the prairie and forest of ABNC.

    • Certainly, a delight for those of us who remember the warm summer nights of chasing fireflies through our neighborhoods.

    • Our evening will begin with a brief presentation on our beloved lightning bugs followed by a walk in the darkness.

    Know before you go

    • To allow for social distancing, the maximum capacity of the hike is 8 people

    • Our guides will maintain a social distance of 6 feet between themselves and your group

    • To protect our guests and volunteers, masks will be required during the hike

    • We recommend that you bring water, insect repellent, and hand sanitizer

    • If you have red lights, feel free to bring them with you

    • We recommend that you wear long pants for the hike

    • Please wear closed-toe shoes

    • These hikes are for ages 6 and up

    • The hike will be approximately 1.5 to 2 hours

     ***Bring plenty of water, there is NO water fountain or water to purchase.

    **You must have a current Annual Membership to register for this summer program.**

    • May 01, 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CDT)
    • Main Event - 1125 Magnolia Avenue Webster, TX 77598
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    Sibs Social

    Bowling

    Saturday May 1st from 2-4pm

    Main Event
    1125 Magnolia Ave
    Webster 77598

    This social is for SIBLINGS ONLY ages 8 and up, will include 1 hour of bowling, 2 slices of pizza and drinks, and a game card. This social is for the sibs to socialize and discuss the joys and challenges of having a sibling with Down syndrome. You may drop off for this event.

    **You must have a current Annual Membership to register for this event.**

    • May 01, 2021
    • 6:00 PM (CDT)
    • Life Church Student Center - 9901 Windmill Lakes Blvd, Houston 77504

    **Please do not share, this is for GHFEDS members only, register with the link below.**

    Born Beautiful Pageant

    When: May 1st, 2021 at 6:00pm

    Where: Life Church (9901 Windmill Lakes Blvd Houston, TX, 77505)

    What: The Faye's Favorite Friends Born Beautiful Pageant isn't your typical pageant. It is a celebration of your child and your family! 

    Upon arrival, your child will walk down the red carpet and then have the opportunity to get their hair and make-up done. Then the pageant happens and everyone gets their crowning moment on stage. Following the pageant is a catered reception for the participants and their families and after dinner is a glow-in-the-dark dance party. 

    There might be slight changes this year, due to COVID-19, but we are still determined to give your child a night where they know they are "Born Beautiful"

    REGISTER HERE

    • May 08, 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM (CDT)
    • Resoft Park - 349 CR 281, Alvin, TX 77511
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    Family Spring Fling


      Join GHFEDS for our annual Family Spring social at Resoft Park in Alvin, Pavilion closest to the playground, on Saturday May 8th from 11am-2pm. 

    Resoft Park
    349 CR 281
    Alvin 77511

       Kids will enjoy the playgrounds, volleyball (bring your own volleyball), horseshoes, dancing, pinata, bubbles, games, fishing, Sunny Sue the Clown will be doing face painting and balloon art. The park has basketball courts, please bring your own basketball.

     The Skittles Band will be performing, if your child is sensitive to noise please bring noise cancelling headphones. 

    BBQ with all the fixings, snacks and drinks will be provided. 

    We will have a raffle for 2 rods and reels.

    The park has a lake on the property with fishing piers, there are ducks on the property and alligator signs are posted around the lake. Do Not feed the wildlife. Parents are responsible to watch your own children, GHFEDS is not responsible to watch your children around the lake.

    The TPWD will be providing limited fishing gear and bait, you can bring your own fishing gear/bait as well. Bring your lawn chairs so you can sit around the lake, sunscreen and bug spray.

    Fishing is allowed but you must abide by the Texas Freshwater Fishing Regulations, those 17 and older must have a fishing license, those with Ds are not required to have a license but must be accompanied by a parent with a license. A one day license costs $11, see links below. 

    Freshwater Fishing Regulations


    • June 02, 2021
    • 9:00 AM (CDT)
    • July 07, 2021
    • 11:00 AM (CDT)
    • Armand Bayou Nature Center - 8500 Bay Area Blvd, Pasadena
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    SUMMER PROGRAM

    Armand Bayou Nature Center

    Choose 1 date only:

    June 2nd - Pond life and hike
    July 7th - Reptiles and trails
    Time: 9-11am

    Armand Bayou Nature Center
    8500 Bay Area Blvd
    Pasadena

    ABNC Policies

    This event is for all ages, guests are limited to 10 guests/5 families, due to limit this event will be for the child/children with Ds and 1 parent only, no siblings. There will be a Parent Fee for $8 which is non-refundable if you cancel.

    **You must wear masks, closed toe shoes, comfortable clothes, bring bug spray and sunscreen, and plenty of water, there is NO water fountain or water to purchase.

    You can stay after the events for a picnic at their picnic tables, bring your own food and drinks if you plan to have a picnic. In an effort to maintain our natural environment
    (the animals get into the trash and spread it everywhere), we request
    that you "PACK IT IN " and "PACK IT OUT" after having your picnic
    lunch.

    Pond Life
    Search for signs of nocturnal animals, observe turtles basking in the sun, or catch a tadpole.  In this hands-on program students will use aquatic dip nets to identify many of the inhabitants of Armand Bayou Nature Center's ponds.  Students will learn all about the critters that make the water their home.

    Reptiles and Trails

    Learn about the attributes of snakes, turtles, and alligators and discover why these often misunderstood animals are important.  See live reptiles up close and have an opportunity to touch them.  Also, hike our trails and look for reptiles in their natural environment.

    **You must have a current Annual Membership to register for this summer program.**

    • July 10, 2021
    • 10:00 AM (CDT)
    • July 31, 2021
    • 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • Main Event - 1125 Magnolia Avenue Webster, TX 77598
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    SUMMER PROGRAM

    Bowling Camp
    Dates: Saturday's - July 10, 17, 24, 31
    Time: 10am-12pm
    Location: Main Event in Webster

    The Bowling Camp is for all ages

    Siblings are welcomed and will be charged $28 per sibling, this fee is non-refundable.

    Includes 1 hour of bowling, $20 FunCard, and 2 slices of pizza and drinks. Parents are on their own for food and drinks.

    **Registration closes July 5th**

    **You must have a current Annual Membership to register for Summer Programs.**

    • September 17, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • September 19, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • Great Wolf Lodge Grapevine
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    GHFEDS will be offering 2 types of reimbursements for your attendance to the Lumind IDSC Great Wolf Lodge Family Weekend on September 17-19. 

    You must register through Lumind/IDSC for their event, it is not associated with GHFEDS, we will only be reimbursing you for your attendance. Please click on the link for more info and the registration process for the Great Wolf Lodge Family Weekend. IDSC ANNUAL FAMILY WEEKEND  

    After attending the event you will need to email your receipt to us for reimbursement.

    You must have a current Annual Membership to register for the reimbursement.

    Type 1 - reimbursement of $100 for members
    Type 2 - reimbursement of $150 for 2020 Step Up Walk Team Captains who raised $150 or more

    Each type is limited to 4 families each.

    We hope you and your family enjoy the IDSC Family Weekend!




    We listened to our members' request to host the event at more locations and in 2014 we will host a kick off at ALL the Great Wolf locations! All 1
    Mark your calendars for March 7-9 2014. We hope you can join us!


    Here are the details:

    Rates: $169.00 a night plus tax. {Minimum 2 night stay required}

    Plus $9.99 for resort fees. {these fees cover internet, towels, life jackets and parking} 

    In the United States, the cost of the room WILL INCLUDE 6 water park passes.
    You can make your reservation by calling toll free at 1-800-559-WOLF (9653) by January 20, 2014.

    Identify yourself as a member of the IDSC with the following group codes.

    Wisconsin Dells:1403IDSCME
    Sandusky:1403IDSC
    Traverse City:1403IDSC
    Kansas City:1403INTE
    Williamsburg: 0314INTE
    Cincinnati/Mason: 1403INTE
    Grapevine: 1403IDSC
    Grand Mound:1402INTE
    Charlotte/Concord:1403IDSC

    *Pocono Mountains: First block is filled. They are extending a new block, with a new rate at $279.00 the code for this is 1403INTE.

    The Niagara location WILL INCLUDE 4 water park passes, the hotel will sleep 4 people per room (Max 6). Water park passes can be purchased for $40.00 per room/ per night (maximum 2)
    you can make your reservation for this location by calling the toll free number 1-800-605-9653 by January 20, 2014

    Niagara Falls, ON: 1403IDSCME

    There will be a Pizza Party at all locations on Saturday night. Purchase your tickets by February 25, 2014. Tickets can be purchased here.


    CANCELLATION POLICY: All rooms must be guaranteed by the individual and accompanied by a first night room deposit. Each individual has 72 hours prior to arrival date to cancel the individual room with a $30.00 cancellation fee per room. If the individual cancels the room within 72 hours of the arrival date, 100% of the first night's room rate plus tax will be charged to the individual's credit card or taken from the deposit.

    If you are interested in sponsoring our IDSC Kick Off to World Down Syndrome Day Meet Ups, please click here for more information. 
    - See more at: http://www.theidsc.org/p/this-year-we-celebrated-at-5-great-wolf.html#sthash.4jCNmuSC.dpuf

GHFEDS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit support organization serving the Greater Clear Lake area, including South Houston, Pearland, Pasadena, League City, Galveston, and other surrounding areas.

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