If you’re looking for something to do with your kids to escape the heat of the summer I highly suggest a visit to the Children’s Museum of Houston. I took off work and spent the day there with B to avoid the weekend crowds. It really was so much fun to see his imagination come alive as we explored the different areas of the museum. There is so much to do and see but these 4 exhibits were our favorites.
- Kidtropolis – This exhibit was probably B’s favorite. We spent most of our time here. It’s a mini city where kids can learn about the systems that make a city work and try out different occupations. It’s make-believe on steroids. B stocked the shelves at the grocery store and played checker while I pretended to be a shopper.CLEAR- B got to be a paramedic. He also arrested me a couple of times while he played policeman and put me in the back of the cop car. He took care of the town animals while he played vet. Served up a tasty make-believe meal from the diner. And channeled his inner-artist at the art studio. All this and so much more. The kids get a “Kid Card” which is like a debit card that collects the paychecks they receive from doing different jobs. They can take it over to the bank and check their balance and make “purchases” at the town grocery store. I loved watching B’s “mind come out to play” -the museum’s tagline. 🙂
- Invention Convention – This exhibit includes a test track where you can create lego vehicles and race them, stomp rockets and wind towers where you can construct & launch your own flying object made from common household items. 3,2,1 Blast off!
- How Does It Work – This exhibit features a variety of hands-on experiences to teach kids about scientific concepts like how sound travels, simple machines and kinetic energy. You can also give your child a quick history lesson and teach them what a payphone is 🙂
- FlowWorks – Make sure you wander outside to see this exhibit where kids learn about the power of water. No swimsuit needed. Kids turn cranks and levers to manipulate the water and race boats.
We had a great time at the Children’s Museum of Houston and I highly suggest a visit for anyone looking to have some fun with their child out of the summer heat. If you go be sure to wear sneakers. There were some things we were not able to really do since we had on flip-flops. The Children’s Museum also has an excellent TotSpot for children under 3. B’s playgroup met up there a couple of times when he was a toddler.
Oh, and if you’re curious about what in the world is on B’s face they had a do-it-yourself face painting station.
Have you been to the Children’s Museum in your city? What is your favorite exhibit?