HMNS at Sugar Land to Celebrate 10 Years of Jingle Tree

“Dino Diplomats” Tim and Patti Kaminski helped host “Jingle Mingle” event on May 25th for guests to pledge support and preview new TreeHouses exhibition

Bringing “Tree-Rex” to her forever home at HMNS at Sugar Land where she belongs: Donors Tim and Patti Kaminski with “Tree-Rex” creators Susie and Doug Goff.

When Tim and Patti Kaminski first got involved in the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) at Sugar Land’s first Jingle Tree event in 2013, they were excited at the prospect of bringing new patrons into the historic building to expand the museum’s mission of science education for all and to have the holiday spirit on full display within the museum’s exhibit halls. Fast forward ten years and that level of excitement hasn’t waned one bit. Tim and Patti even donated “Tree-Rex” – a holiday display of a dynamic dino dressed in twinkling lights from head to toe, designed by Susie and Doug Goff – to HMNS at Sugar Land in 2022, for kids and adults alike to enjoy for many holiday seasons to come.

The Kaminski’s continued their tradition of Jingle Tree support by recently helping HMNS at Sugar Land host “Jingle Mingle” on May 25th, a way for friends and supporters of the museum to pledge their financial backing for the event happening in November, while also previewing the museum’s newest exhibition: TreeHouses.

Jingle Mingle’s “Dino Diplomats”
Tim and Patti Kaminski gearing up for the
10th anniversary of HMNS at Sugar Land’s Jingle Tree.

The event was well-attended, and in addition to planting a seed for Jingle Tree’s 10th anniversary, guests got a chance to explore the important roles that trees play in providing homes for all sorts of animals with TreeHouses. A fully hands-on exhibit, TreeHouses allows visitors to roam from tree to tree to discover different habitats; explore, design, and build their own treehouse; stomp on the forest dance floor to listen to the sounds of the forest; and much more. “Jingle Mingle” guests learned first-hand about responsible forestation and wildlife ecology as they explored the forest canopy – indoors!

Helping to inspire scientific curiosity among guests at the event is precisely what brings Tim and Patti Kaminski back to help with Jingle Tree, presented by Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, year after year, and the “Dino Diplomats” are excited about what’s to come. They’ve seen the event grow considerably, with the generous contributions raised each year helping to fund field trips, empower innovation and transform lives within the community.

So, are there any signs of slowing down their involvement in HMNS at Sugar Land’s annual holiday tradition? “Every year our participation has grown just like Jingle Tree.  Over the years, we’ve bought eight trees, five auction items, we’ve sponsored three times, I’ve decorated six trees, we’ve served as a member of the host committee and we’ve been very fortunate to serve as honorary chairs,” said Patti Kaminski. “I think we’ve done just a little bit of everything when it comes to Jingle Tree, and this year we get to serve as the honorary ‘Dino Diplomats!’ That’s a ‘dinomite’ compliment, and we’re thrilled.” For Tim and Patti Kaminski, it really is the most wonderful time of the year.

Jingle Tree will be held from November 10th thru 16th at HMNS at Sugar Land. TreeHouses is on exhibit through September 4th at HMNS at Sugar Land. This exhibition is proudly supported by Fort Bend Junior Service League. Visit for tickets and information.