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This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Houston Summer Boat Show and the WoodenBoat Show in Mystic, Conn.

The Houston Summer Boat Show, which started Wednesday, runs through the weekend at the Reliant Center.

In addition to boat displays, the show also features family activities such as Bubble Runners, a giant human hamster ball that tumbles across the water, and Fish-O-Rama, a popular way for children to catch a rainbow trout. There's also the Bass Tub, where attendees can learn how the professionals catch a prize bass, and the Blue Dolphin Beach Club, a Caribbean-style place to socialize with fellow boaters.

On Saturday, attendees can adopt a four-legged first mate at the Operation Pets Alive Pet Adoption Booth.

Houston Boat Show president Ken Lovell said he expects a big turnout this year.

“When travel prices are up like we are seeing this year, many people choose to stay close to home,” he said in a statement. “And with so many bodies of water within an hour or two of our doorsteps, local boaters can experience a real getaway without going far away.”

Lovell said boat dealers are offering more affordable and energy-efficient selections this year.

“It's not uncommon for someone to walk in the Houston Summer Boat Show just to look around and walk out with a beautiful new boat, especially since our exhibitors offer boat show specials and it's so easy to pick out a boat, finance it and insure it — all in one location,” he added.

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WoodenBoat magazine announced that People’s United Bank will sponsor Family BoatBuilding at the 20th Annual WoodenBoat Show, which runs June 24-26 in Mystic, Conn.

Family BoatBuilding has been offered in several forms as a boat show event during the last several years. Thirteen families competed last year and the bank’s sponsorship will allow for even greater family participation by covering some of the costs of the boat kits the families purchase, organizers said.

Kits are opened at the show on Friday morning, and tools are put down about 3 p.m. Sunday, leaving finished boats, some of which are launched at the show.

“This is a perfect opportunity for families to work together on a fun and satisfying project,” Carl Cramer, publisher of WoodenBoat and founder of the Family BoatBuilding concept, said in a statement. “Many of the participating families have never built a boat before, and they are surprised and pleased with their accomplishments under the expert instruction of the kit designers.”