Houston Childrens Museum

Houston Childrens Museum
Houston Childrens Museum  Image: Greater Houston CVB

The Houston Children's Museum, officially known as the Children's Museum of Houston, is located in the city’s Museum District and just a bit southwest of Downtown Houston. It is one of the largest and finest of the museums of its type in the United States and is a very popular Texas travel destination for local and visiting families alike.

Popular exhibits at the Houston Children's Museum include Kidtropolis, where youngsters can start their own businesses, hold down one of 25 different jobs, and run for election into city government positions. They can spend their “Kid” money or choose to bank it into a savings account. Power Play is a large, interactive play station with a three-story high climbing tower. Invention Convention allows children to create their own gizmos, gadgets, and widgets, and to test them alongside real scientists and engineers. The Tot Spot provides an interactive and supervised learning and play area for the youngest in the family—from birth to three years old. This is one of the museums that will keep everyone in the family fascinated and occupied for hours.

Tickets to the Houston Children’s Museum cost the same reasonable price for everyone aged one year and older, with a small discount for seniors and military personnel. If you are a frequent visitor to the city, you might consider a yearly membership, which varies in cost depending on the number in the family. Only a couple visits will more than pay for the membership, and there are other benefits, including a members-only Saturday morning (meaning fewer crowds). More expensive memberships allow more visitor passes and can provide free admission to nearly 300 affiliated museums and institutions across the United States, from the Boston Museum of Science and the Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire to the Alaska Imaginarium and the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Houston Childrens Museum discounts are available in a number of ways. The Houston CityPass provides discounts on tickets to the Houston Children’s Museum as well as to several other city attractions, including the Space Center, the Museum of Natural Science, the Health Museum, the Houston Zoo, and the Houston Aquarium. Or, you can choose to have your CityPass gain you admission to the George Ranch Historical Park (a 48-acre living history museum located about 25 miles southwest of the city) and the Museum of Fine Arts. The CityPass is similar to other passes offered by major tourist cities from New York and London to Amsterdam and San Francisco. It also includes maps, directions and other discounts on shopping at the Galleria, and at many restaurants owned by Landry’s (who own the Kemah Boardwalk).

The best Houston Children's Museum discounts are those providing completely free admission. This is available on Family Nights from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday evenings. You may find the museum is more crowded on these nights, but you can’t beat the price of admission! On these evenings, parking at the Houston Children's Museum is also discounted. Other ways to find Houston Children's Museum discounts include purchasing the Houston Entertainment Book, which provides discounts and some of the same attractions as well as many others, including several of the region’s golf courses and some sporting events like Astros games at Minute Maid Field.

Tickets to the Houston Children’s Museum are sometimes included as features of vacation packages, which may include other features such as flights, hotels, some dining, and tours.

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