Baby's Day Out in Houston, TX
If you are thinking of something to do with your baby, don’t forget about the Houston Zoo. The zoo actually has activities specifically aimed at babies. For example, the Wild Wheels program includes a tour in addition to special hands-on activities. Wild Wheels costs extra but it’s we highly recommend it. If you’re heading to the Houston Zoo, you don’t have to bring your stroller since they have rentals available starting at only $8. Regular admission is $13 for adults, however babies get in for free! To avoid the crowd, head to the zoo when it opens at 9 a.m.
The Children’s Museum of Houston is 90,000 square feet of wonder. For babies, the Tot Spot is the place to be. From birth to 36 months, babies and toddlers can have fun with the many wacky mirrors, the ball and pillow pit, and the countless switches, knobs and bells. The Children’s Museum of Houston also offers Toddler Story Time and a Tot Spot Discovery Area for interactive learning. Admission is $9 but babies under 12 months get in free of charge. As your child grows, there are numerous other areas within this museum that will have them begging to come back for more.
Located in Downtown Houston, Discovery Green is a beautiful public park that was opened in 2008. Situated on nearly 12 acres, there’s seemingly always something going on. In addition to the endless greenery, there’s a lake, public stages, bandstands and a children’s playground. For babies and their mothers, Discovery Green is a great place to visit to enjoy some time outdoors. On Toddler Tuesdays, there’s story time plus fun crafts. If you’re looking for exercise, there are plenty of walking trails that are stroller-friendly. Perhaps best of all, both park admission and parking is always completely free when you are visiting Discovery Green.
Located in Woodlands, Wonderwild is a lively play area for small children that features three levels of fun. There are soft toys, an obstacle course, an inflated slide and much more. Admission is very reasonable -- adults get in for free, as do babies younger than nine months. For kids older than nine months but who don’t walk yet, admission is $8. While Wonderwild doesn’t have a snack bar, you are allowed to bring in your own food and drinks and eat in their party rooms. Open play is during the week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The weekends are usually reserved for birthday parties.
Take your baby to the A.D. Players Children’s Theater and begin building an appreciation for the arts. The children theater takes place inside of the St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, which is located in West Houston. Each year, A.D. Players Children’s Theater has a handful of plays to choose from, each of which is appropriate for children of all ages. The theater doesn’t allow food or drinks (only bottled water) so be sure to feed your baby prior to heading to the theater. We recommend going to their official website to purchase tickets because the prices tend to be cheaper than what you’d be charged at the door.