Located in the Houston Museum District, the Children’s Museum of Houston makes learning fun for children and families. Founded in 1980 by a group of parents who hoped to make early childhood development a priority in the community, the museum features 14 interactive exhibits that allows for myriad fun experiences. At Invention Convention kids can build robots, cars and rockets using LEGOs, magnets, batteries, switches and more, while Think Tank allows them to enhance their problem solving skills with brain teases, puzzles and optical illusions. Kidtropolis is another favorite station, as children can act like adults by governing life-sized city. Taking on the roles of city leaders, business owners and community members, children are given an ATM card with 40 Kidtropolis dollars to budget with, needing to get a job, purchase groceries and deposit wisely.
A few of the other many exhibits include How Does It Work?, where kids will learn the answers to challenging questions through investigation, Inventors’ Workshop, where kids are given a creative activity to complete relating to art, technology and/or science, and EcoStation, an outdoor/indoor exhibit showcasing hands-on environmental activities like bug collecting and identifying animal tracks. Exploring three-story mazes, viewing a live chicken hatching, learning about Gullah culture, fighting crime, climbing boulders and navigating a boat upstream in an outdoor water park area are just a few more of the many other experiences that can be had at the Children’s Museum of Houston.
The Children’s Museum of Houston is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 6pm Thursday 10am to 8pm, and Sunday 12pm to 6pm. Admission is $9 for adults and children over one, $8 for seniors over 65 and military and free for children under one years of age. Additionally, it is free for all to enter on Thursdays from 5pm to 8pm.