Family Activities » Houston, TX

Family Activities in Houston, TX

From an afternoon at the ballpark to a day of learning and fun at the aquarium, Houston offers a wide array of family activities for kids of all ages.
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George Observatory

Located at Brazos Bend State Park just outside Houston, George Observatory is a satellite facility of the Houston Museum of Natural Science. The facility features the Challenger Learning Center, where kids and adults can blast into outer space on an amazing simulated flight. These Family Space Days are special events that are open to children 7 years and older, where they can participate in real astronaut training. The George Observatory also offers Rocket Day, Astronomy Day, weekday labs, astronomy classes, meteroite exhibits, overnight experiences and whole lot of fun for the whole family.

The Health Museum

Your kids will never think health class is boring again after a trip to The Health Museum. This interactive science learning center features a hands-on walk through the human body, real organ dissections, family science labs and other exciting exhibits. If you can, head to the museum on a weekday morning when it's not usually as crowded.

Saint Arnold Brewing Company

You might think that a brewery isn't for kids, but this one is. Saint Arnold is the oldest microbrewery in Texas. Kids love the big vats and seeing the process behind the beer. Many families come on the public tours at Saint Arnold, so they developed a special root beer recipe for everyone under 21. At the end of each tour, everyone gets a taste and a souvenir glass to take home. On Saturdays, the brewery offers tours at noon, 1:00pm and 2:00pm but they are often very crowded. Try to come during the week instead for the 3:30pm daily tour with taps open at 3:00pm. You can bring snacks or a lunch.

Children's Museum of Houston

The Children's Museum of Houston is a must-see destination for families. In addition to its numerous hands-on exhibits, the museum also offers a library, kids' cafe, special events, live performances and other programs. If you have wee ones, the TotSpot exhibit can't be beat. For the adventurous kids over five, be sure to check out the giant three-story climbing structure -- the Power Tower. The museum can get crowded on weekends; consider early weekday mornings instead. Don't miss free family night every Thursday from 5-8 p.m. All fees are waived and everyone is free to experience everything the museum has to offer. The museum is closed on Mondays.

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center. This 155-acre sanctuary has over five miles of hiking and biking trails. Kids can also learn about the natural world through Discovery classes or the Arboretum. Children and adults alike enjoy exploring the exhibits and activities available. The best part of this popular attraction is the Discovery Room. This interactive area allows you to get hands-on with nature. With lots of things to touch, puzzles to try to solve and areas to explore, it's a real opportunity to learn and discover.