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Exploring Houston, Texas with Children

Updated on July 17, 2014

Houston - Lots of Fun Things to Do with Kids

Houston is a fun place for kids. Houston is family-friendly. Many people don't realize that because other images spring to mind. Houston is hot. Long hot summers spring to mind. "Oil" is the cry from the past through today. Houston as the energy capital of Texas. Others hear "Houston" and immediately envision cowboys riding their horses up and down the streets of the city. Still others think of Space and NASA. Most hear the words "Houston, we have a problem." Few, if any, think Houston is family-friendly with places and events ready for children to explore. .

Why not look at Houston as an educational playground? The following attractions and activities provide entertainment but also an opportunity for family field trips. Houston is full of fascinating places to explore. You're never too old too old, too young, or too curious.

Texas Day Trips

 

Houston Skyline

Houston Skyline
Houston Skyline

Spend time in the Texas Hill Country exploring the Texas Wine Trail - Great Houston Day Trip up to the Hill Country

New Texas travel book about the Texas Wine Country in the famous Hill Country area.

Exploring the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail: Day Trips, Weekend Escapes & Vacations (Exploring Texas Trails Book 1)
Exploring the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail: Day Trips, Weekend Escapes & Vacations (Exploring Texas Trails Book 1)

Do you know that the TEXAS WINE TRAIL rivals California's Napa Valley when it comes to wine? It does and is becoming one of the fastest growing top vacation destination spots in the country. The Hill Country is gorgeous and the wineries are a great hit.

 

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Space

Get a sense of Houston history - From swamp to space, Houston's done it all

Houston Then and Now (Then & Now)
Houston Then and Now (Then & Now)

Houston has always been a vibrant city. People forget that it's really not that old, especially compared to the East Coast cities. Great way to see the early Houston compared to today.

 

Blast off into Space!

On Saturday nights volunteer amateur astronomers pack up their telescopes and go out to the Fort Bend Observatory for an informal star party. Houston has excellent space-related resources. For those bitten by the night-sky and telescopes bug, Houston is a treasure. Children will find a window to the world of astronomy at the George Observatory, experience the virtual reality of going to the moon or visiting Haley's comet through the Challenger Learning Centers, or maybe even coming face to face with an actual space station at NASA.

Exploring Space

For many people the words Houston and space are synonymous. Say "NASA" and people think Mission Control Center in Houston. Every week Houstonians look up from the Earth into a vast array of planets and stars, asteroids and meteorites, and a whole host of other celestial bodies.

Nature

Bugs, Bats, and Butterflies!

The world is an amazing place, and children are filled with curiosity. Why does a frog leap? How does a spider spin its web? Wondering and thinking is the beginning of all scientific discoveries. By nurturing your child's curiosity, you can propel him into a lifelong voyage of exploration and enjoyment.

Nature

Luckily, Houston is a city with vast resources. Although the city has a reputation for only having a landscape of freeways and overpasses and nothing more, a second look will find a city that knows the value of green.

Tranquility Park in Houston, Texas

Tranquility Park in Houston, Texas
Tranquility Park in Houston, Texas

Green

Where Fun Has No Boundaries!

Finding a blend of education and recreation is one of the more delicate modern balancing acts parents are faced with on a daily basis. It is possible for children to relax and have fun while he or she learns. The Houston Parks and Recreation Department is one of the single best resources offered to Houston families.

Like Texas, Houston is Big--Really Big

Houston's park acreage is so vast that just one of its parks, Cullen Park, could contain the entire park systems of Atlanta, Miami, Pittsburgh, and Tampa combined. Surprised? So are many Houstonions. Renowned Hermann Park is an oasis of culture, zoology, horticulture, and recreation--and it's 5 miles from downtown. There is more.

Downtown Houston

Downtown Houston
Downtown Houston

Arts and Culture

Playgrounds of the Mind!

More than anything, museums are playgrounds of the imagination. They can transport you back to the past, they can bring early civilizations to life; they can nurture your creativity; they can stir a child's wonder. Who wouldn't want to enter through the portal of a large mouth and journey through the human body or march up to the fully assembled bones of a T-Rex? Adventures await the hearty explorers.

Museums, Museums, and More Museums

Take a trip to Houston's popular Museum District and you'll find sea lions and Cezannes, ancient tribes and contemporary artists, petrified dinosaur bones and a giant brain. Houston is rich in museum wealth. Not only are there museums in the District, they're tucked away in the Heights and planted across the street from the zoo. They spread from Glaveston to Fort Bend County and their subject matter is equally vast.

Viewing the Battleship TEXAS

Viewing the Battleship TEXAS
Viewing the Battleship TEXAS

Day Trips

Day Tripping!

Feel you are in need of a mini-vacation? A day trip is in order. There are many places that are a short trek from central Houston. These places offer families a great way to spend a few hours together. You can travel back in time and explore life on a tall ship, or explore the time when Texas was first settled. Going on historical field trips is a great way for kids to learn Texas history.

Houston's Old and Houston's New

Houston's Old and Houston's New
Houston's Old and Houston's New

Geography

Magic Carpet Ride!

Children are curious. They want to explore the world. History and geography go hand-in-hand. If you want to bring history to life, Houston offers a variety of experiences. Want to make history and geography appealing to kids? Make it "up front and personsl." Tell them a good story, take them places where they can experience the time, the period, the people. As Arthur Schlesinger said, "Nothing is more fun or more fascinating than the consideration of how people lived in the past."

Civics

Learn More About Home-Town Heros

Local police and fire departments offer tours and programs

It's way too easy to take for granted all the things others do so that our lives can be better. The Houston Police Department and the Houston Fire Department have their respective museums and programs. We often only think of the work these folks do during times of intense stress but they operate every day, 365 days a year.

Starting the Houston Junior Police Academy

Fun

Where Fun is the only Game in Town!

Okay, sometimes you just have to have some fun in your life. Sure, a case can be made for educational opportunities at amusement parks--consider the matter of physics applied to roller coasters--but sometimes a child simply wants to run free. Here are several major "fun" parks in the Houston area.

Houston Cow Parade

Houston Cow Parade
Houston Cow Parade

Do you have a favorite place in Houston? Tell us about it. - I love to hear from my readers

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      Hypersapien2 5 years ago from U.S.

      Great lens! I have some of these on my own lens about fun family activities in Houston.

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      aishu19 6 years ago

      This is a nice guide that helps point out the places in Houston..Now I know where to come to if I ever plan a vacation in that side of the country.

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