Things to Do With Kids in Houston


From boat tours on Buffalo Bayou to one of the top children’s museums in the U.S., Houston offers endless attractions that appeal to adults and children alike. Plan a visit and treat your family to one of the city’s fun-filled, action-packed adventures that are as entertaining as they are educational.

For families looking to stretch their vacation budget, Houston offers many money-saving perks.

Houston CityPASS This thin booklet offers tickets to Houston’s top attractions and museums at a fraction of the cost, $56 for adults and $46 for children ages 4-11 (a savings of more than 47%). With CityPASS, you can explore the workings of mission control at Space Center Houston; experience the wonder of the underwater world at Downtown Aquarium; walk on the wild size at the Houston Zoo; or stop by the Children’s Museum for ultimate kid-friendly fun!

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Children’s Museum of Houston: This world-class museum is crazy fun for all kids, featuring 90,000 square feet of interactive and bilingual exhibitions in the areas of science and technology, history and culture, health and human development, and the arts. Kids can run their own city and compile their own TV news reports at Kidtropolis, make their own gadgets in the Invention Convention exhibit, and check out the forces of hydropower at FlowWorks. And for children three years and younger, Tot Spot provides a fun-filled wonderland of invigorating activities for infants and toddlers.

Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS): This extremely kid-friendly museum consistently ranks as one of the most visited museums in the country for a reason. HMNS features a paleontology hall towering with prehistoric critters, a groovy planetarium, a 3D IMAX Theater, a magnificent butterfly exhibit, plus more than a dozen permanent exhibit areas. And make sure to check out the museum’s all-new, massive Paleontology Hall.

The Health Museum: It’s anatomy and physiology come to life! The Health Museum takes kids on an interactive, Magic School Bus-like exploration through the human body, letting them identify their personality, view their internal organs, see what they will look like in 30 years and much more.

Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH): Families can discover a world of art at MFAH with exciting weekly family programs–including Creation Station, Family Packs, Target Free First Sundays, Story Time and Family Tours–designed especially for children and adults to explore art together.

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens: This historic home-turned-museum loves kids so much it dedicated the third Sunday of every month to family fun. Bayou Bend Family Days are an amazing day of free entertainment and learning for kids, featuring different outdoor and indoor activities, demonstrations and performances.

Space Center Houston: Here, kids can experience the rich history and the awe of space through Kids Space Place, created for children of all ages who have always dreamed of experiencing the same things astronauts do in space. From the popular Build-A-Rocket to Mission Kidtrol, children will explore, learn the concepts of space and see how these fun activities can be applied to the space program. For a real behind-the-scenes look at NASA, take your kids (ages 14+) on the exclusive Level Nine Tour.


Express Children’s Theater and the Main Street Theater are Houston’s two performing arts organization’s dedicated specifically to children’s performances like Junie B. Jones and Stuart Little.

Houston Grand Opera’s Opera to Go! series presents shortened versions of traditional and new repertoire for more than 50,000 children and families throughout greater Houston.

Enjoy the sweet sounds of the Houston Symphony’s Family Concerts series (every June).


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