A must-see if you’re in the Museum District with kids is the Children’s Museum of Houston (1500 Binz St., 713/522-1138, www.cmhouston.org , 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Tues.–Sat., noon–5 p.m. Sun., noon–8 p.m. Thurs., $5 adults and children 2 and up, $4 seniors). The building itself is a sight to behold—an appropriately playful take on classical architecture with giant colorful details.
The fun continues inside, where nine galleries engage children’s minds through various subjects including science, geography, performing arts, and history. One of the most popular and informative attractions is the multi-level exhibit “How Does It Work?”. Parents may even pick up a few pointers on how mobile phones function and how turning a key gets an engine running.
Younger kids will relish the opportunity to sit in a model car with the freedom to push and pull every button and lever in sight. Other fun activities include an interactive Mexican village, art stations, live shows, and a café with healthy snacks.
An added bonus: The Teacher and Family Resource Center has loads of books and items related to child development and parenting for the grown-ups who may need a break from all the incessant noise and questions.