HOUSTON HAS AN ABUNDANCE OF PLACES FOR FAMILIES to explore. From museums with fun and educational exhibits to underrated parks, the city has it all, and with so many options all around town, it can be hard to narrow down places to visit with the kids.
We've compiled a list of some of our favorite destinations.
Anyone who is a fan of abstract art and sculptures will absolutely love visiting this park. The park is constantly a work in progress, where those who visit get to see artists in action. This urban space has developed over time, but has a focus on promoting self-taught artists. The park also serves as a venue for performances and other special events.
Smither Park is open to the public every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. It’s located at 2441 Munger St. For more information, visit the website.
Children’s Museum Houston
Does your child want to explore the wonders of what it's like to be an adult, or do they like solving mysteries? The Children’s Museum Houston has so many options for kids to enjoy, allowing them to put their thinking cap on and explore. The museum has a tot spot, an EcoStation, an inventor’s workshop, a challenge course, Kidtroplis, and so much more.
Children’s Museum Houston is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. It’s located at 1500 Binz St. For more information, visit the website.
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
In the heart of the museum district, it’s a perfect place to teach kids about art. The museum also provides a free art guide in both English and Spanish. These guides help families with kids slow down and absorb the artwork. Plus, more family programs are offered throughout the year, and can be found on the museum's website.
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is open Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. It’s located at 5216 Montrose Blvd. For more information, visit the website.
Houston Museum of Natural Science
This museum has tons of learning experiences for children within their 17 permanent exhibitions. From interactive simulations and games, to dinosaur fossils, pictures of nature, a hall of gems, an energy hall, and more. It’s nothing short of a good time. The HMNS also has a butterfly center, the perfect place for a child to get close to the beauty of nature, but indoors.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science is open Monday through Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s located at 5555 Hermann Park Dr. For more information, visit the website.
Brick Fest Lego Fan Experience
This might not be here to stay, but it’s definitely a pop-up experience worth checking out. For anyone who is a huge Lego fan, this will be the place to be. Guests will be greeted with “hands-on attractions and activities engineered to inspire, educate, and entertain,” according to NRG’s website.
The event will take place February 5-6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at NRG Center Hall B. For more information, visit NRG’s website.
It's “Houston’s art experience of tomorrow,” and the kids will love this immersive museum. It’s technology-fueled with different rooms created by different artists. You'll see more than 40 unique “galaxies,” and it’s the perfect place for children to explore as they exercise their brains. The museum offers educational workshops for anyone interested in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.
Seismique is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from noon to 9 p.m., Fridays from noon to 11 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. It’s located at 2306 S. Texas 6. For more information, visit the website.