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If you’re looking for a fun family friendly city that offers year-round sunshine and an enormous list of attractions, take a closer look at Houston. Here are the best things to do in Houston with kids.
Summer in Houston is stinking hot, so try to plan your visit between late September and early June when the climate is better suited to support human life.
Children’s Museum of Houston – 90,000 square feet of interactive STEM exhibits make this world-class museum. Kids will love Kidtropolis where they can run their own city and compile their own TV news reports. At the Invention Convention exhibit they can make their own gadgets. At FlowWorks they’ll learn all about the forces of hydropower.
Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS): is a kid-friendly museum and is one of the most visited museums in the country. Features include an immense paleontology with enormous prehistoric skeletons, a planetarium, a 3D IMAX Theater, a butterfly hall, and much more.
The Health Museum – an interactive museum all about anatomy and physiology. Kids get to see what their body looks like on the inside.
Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH) – Family friendly programs including Creation Station, Family Packs, Target Free First Sundays, Story Time and Family Tours designed for children and adults to explore art together.
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens: Bayou Bend Family Days (3rd Sunday of every month) are a fun day of free entertainment and learning for kids, featuring different outdoor and indoor activities, demonstrations and performances.
Space Center Houston: Kids Space Place, created for children of all ages to experience the rich history and the awe of space by taking part in the Build-A-Rocket and Mission Kidtrol. Kids 14 and up can get a real behind-the-scenes look at NASA on the exclusive Level Nine Tour.
Express Children’s Theater and the Main Street Theater are both dedicated to children’s performances.
Houston Grand Opera’s Opera to Go! This series presents kid-friendly shortened versions of traditional and new repertoire for more than 50,000 children and families throughout greater Houston.
Every June check out the Houston Symphony’s Family Concerts series.
Houston Zoo dedicated to saving animals in the wild by partnering with programs and organizations around the world.
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center – 155-acres of gardens including more than 5 miles of nature trails, including forest, pond, wetland and meadow habitats.
SplashTown – Houston’s largest water park with 40-acres and more than two million gallons of waterslide fun.
Houston Area Live Steamers – Take a 15-minute ride on a miniature model train. With a 4,700-foot track in Zube Park in Northwest Harris County, the group offers monthly free ride days on the third Saturday of each month.
Buffalo Bayou – Houston’s 52-mile Buffalo Bayou is a favorite outdoor recreation area near downtown Houston. Rent bikes or kayaks. West End Bicycles, North Lake Conroe Paddling Co.