Family Travel in Houston, TX
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.
With a half a million gallons of water, the Houston Downtown Aquarium is one of the biggest of its kind in Texas. Various types of exhibits can be found on a year-round basis, from a Louisiana swamp exhibit to a shipwreck display, so there is sure to be a theme that your family can all enjoy. No matter what, don't forget to see the sharks! If you don't feel like walking, there are trains that tour the entire complex. And if your family gets hungry, there are two restaurants and a bar on the property.
The Houston Zoo is the perfect place for your family to have fun while also experiencing hands-on learning. Camp Zoofari is a day camp filled with action for children ages 4-12. Special programs are in place for teenagers, plus there are classes, workshops and events for the entire family. If your family just wants to see the animals, there's everything from gigantic Asian elephants and ferocious African wild dogs to a the famous Kipp Aquarium and a special children's petting zoo. In the summer months, go early in the day to see the most animals out and about.
For a day of family fun, Space Center Houston is a place where people of all ages can enjoy themselves. The Martian Matrix is a designated play place for elementary-aged kids and younger. Adults can take a look at the number of interesting artifacts or visit the IMAX theater. If your family wants to stay together, you can pay a few extra dollars to take an all-inclusive tour to see everything. The extra money is certainly well worth it!
For over 100 years, families from far and wide have flocked to the Houston Museum of National Science. In fact, the HMNS is one of the 10 most visited museums in the U.S. If your family includes small children, the Fondren Discovery Place is highly recommended. This hands-on exhibit encourages kids to actively learn about science in action. Also popular, the Foucault's Pendulum was first shown at the 1851 World's Fair in Paris and physically demonstrates the rotation of the earth. The Houston Museum of Natural Science also offers an IMAX theater, an amazing planetarium, monstrous dinosaur replicas and a living butterfly habit that you can walk through.