Children's Museum of Houston opened in 1984 and is devoted to teaching through interactive play. Nine separate galleries ... More
Children's Museum of Houston
Children's Museum of Houston opened in 1984 and is devoted to teaching through interactive play. Nine separate galleries cover history, culture, fine and performing arts, technology, science, and geography. Adults are welcome to take a break in the Teacher and Family Resource Center where extra teaching materials are available to boost those creative juices. Lots of fun, educational toys are available in the gift shop and snacks are available to satisfy your hunger.
I love the Children's Museum - I recently took my grandchildren - ages 2, 4, 5 and 10 - and we had a blast. There was something that each age group enjoyed, but I learned to take the little ones separately from the older one! My ONLY complaint - I wish the Children's Museum had the same system in place as Chuck E Cheese - marking family members with a number and verifying the child belongs to the adult upon leaving. (There were a few moments when the baby disappeared - I wouldn't have panicked QUITE so bad if I knew no one grabbed her and got away).
It's ok don't expect alot i would not recommend over age 8 yrs the last time we went the kids didn't seem to enjoy the activities etc.. lots of kids was playing among each other than the stuff they have there so it was a waste of money really kinda boring.
We love the children's museum of Houston. Ages 4,5,9. It was renovated in March '09. It has a metropolis area with different jobs kids can work at, it also has a physical activity area where kids can climb and jump. We then go to a Cyberchase room for math and scales games. Our favorite room is the inventions room. It has supplies to build paper airplanes and rockets and then wind tunnels and launch pads to test them. Also lego car parts and ramps for testing them. We then typically go outside for the water works. Launch boats and make water go through pipes, etc. Careful, kids can get wet,but not soaked. Also outdoors is a small playground for little kids and then a nature building. Some indoor exhibits change, but are always educational and fun with lots of hands on activities. They currently have a Vietnam village, an architectural exhibit, and one about matter. Most can be played with by the youngest, played with and sort of understood by the kindergartner and the 9 year old can learn things while playing, sometimes by herself, sometimes we have to help explain a little.
The website official says no outside food, but they don't check your bags, I have packed an apple per kid before and just eaten them outside so we don't have to buy the expensive food. You can easily spend three to four hours there so the kids will want a snack. How long you spend depends on your kids attention span. My kids like to actually sit and do the stuff alot. Plus my husband and I love making the rockets.
Lots of staff, the doors in and out are watched. I have had by kid run off before. I told one staff member, they got on the walkie-talkie and had him located quickly. It can get crowded and if your kid runs off from you he can get lost quickly because rooms have multiple openings, but he won't be able to get out of the museum.
You can pay $7 dollars to park in the garage, or use meters that only let you park for two hours. Meter parking is free on the weekend.
It is about $7 for all ages above 1 and below 65. The policy is no kids without and adult or adult without a kid.
We have had a yearly pass for about three years now. We find the pass well worth it. We also drive about 30-40 min to get to it and still find it worth the time and money.
I have always wanted to take my neice and nephew to the childrens museum and with a little help from a great person Mary ellen, I finally got that chance, they had the best time ever and I am so greatful to Mary ellen. It's the best Hands on museum for children and lets face adults to. We will be back, im sure we missed something and they want to go back and do it all over again, this time we will get there early.
This place was a joke! Paid almost $30 for parking and tickets for two adults and and a 3 yr old! The place was crowded and half of the play pieces to the
exhibits were missing, it just seems like a whole bunch of junk thrown in a place for kids to play with!!!!!!!!!
Even my15 yr old loved the moneyville exhibit. Money from different countries, the stock market, and lemonade stand.
The rest of the museum was amazing.
We spent 3 hours there but could have spent the day.
I thought for $5 it would be $5 worth of fun. Was I wrong; it was worth $20 per kid!. The activities are packed and the kids never stop moving, having fun and learning. There eare MANY staff available for questions and help. I wish I lived in Houston. We'd be there all the time
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