HOUSTON MUSEUMS AND ARTS
FUN PLACES FOR KIDS IN THE GREATER HOUSTON GULF COAST AREA
Air Texas Balloon Adventures – Provides hot air balloon rides in Houston, TX. and other Texas Locations. They fly year around providing that the weather is good. Flights leave out of Katy, TX. Go ballooning and watch the Gulf Coasts’ sunrise.
Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas – Located on 9,700 acres in the Big Thicket forest in between Livingston and Woodville, Texas. The Alabama-Coushatta tribe of Texas is the state’s oldest Indian reservation. Features include a museum, restaurant, tribal dance square, RV campgrounds, recreational activities . A 26-acre lake on the reservation, Lake Tombigbee is restocked annually with fish and has cabins, 131 campsites and areas for picnicking and swimming.
Art Car Museum – The Museum features the most imaginative, elaborate, and artfully constructed art cars, low riders, and mobile contraptions, as well as displaying exhibitions of art by local, national, and international artists of all media.
Celebration Station – With two locations in Houston, this entertainment venue offers arcade games, batting cages, bumper boats, go-karts, miniature golf, children’s rides and a restaurant.
Children’s Museum of Houston – The Children’s Museum of Houston is the most frequented youth museum in the country for its size and is dedicated to transforming communities through innovative, child-centered learning by providing hands-on exhibitions in the areas of science and technology, history and culture, health and human development, and the arts. A Playground for Your Mind – Houston Attractions and activities for kids
Cruises from Galveston Island – Sail on cruise from Galveston, Texas. Three cruise lines are available. The Carnical Magic, The Carnival Triumph, and Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas. Starting in the Fall of 2012 Disney Magic and Princess’ Crown Princess with land on the shores to call Galveston home!
Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals – The spectacular Cullen Hall houses the world’s finest display-quality collection of gems and minerals. See more than 450 beautifully crystallized mineral specimens, including some of the world’s rarest and most finest examples. Get stunning views and angles of these dazzling treasures via walk-around display cases illuminated by fiber-optic lighting.
Discovery Green – Discovery green is a 12 acre park created by a public/private partnership between the city and the non profit Discover Green Covservancy. The park host many private and public events and most of the are free and open to the public. the park features playgrounds, dog runs, water fountains, mist trees, lake walks, picnic areas, outside reading rooms. there are a host of events including healthy living, art and other outdoor fun.
Dave & Buster’s – Primarily an adult establishment, Houston’s Dave and Busters restaurant features tantalizing food from their excellent menu for casual dining, a bar and an awesome video game arcade filled with a variety of interactive games and simulators, pocket billiards and shuffleboard.
Downtown Aquarium – This magnificent six-acre entertainment and dining complex is a 500,000-gallon aquatic wonderland, home to over 200 species of aquatic life from around the world. With a full-service restaurant, an upscale bar, a fully equipped ballroom, aquatic & geographic exhibits, shopping and a variety of amusements, Downtown Aquarium has it all!such as the “Louisiana Swamp”, “Shipwreck”, “Rain Forest”, “Sunken Temple” and “Gulf of Mexico”. Entertaining and educational tours through exciting exhibits, video and audio.
Flying L Guest Ranch – Located in the Texas Hill Country, this 770 – acre guest ranch is a great vacation destination. Guests can fest on a meal buffet-style or have a picnic by San Julian Creek. Kids activities like Western Arts & Crafts, Junior Cowboy Olympics, Arrowhead hunting, Target Shooting, and something for everyone like horse back riding, pony rides, hayrides, golfing, waterpark, roping, hiking, fishing, putt putt, volleyball and a host of other entertainments.
FunPlex – indoor entertainment complex including bowling, skating, arcades, go-karts and more.
George Observatory – Located in Brazos Bend State Park, the George Observatory features three domed telescopes, a Challenger Learning Center for Space Science Education which simulates space missions; a meteorite exhibit featuring fragmemts of several famous meteorites. The George Conservatory is home to the 36-inch Gueymard Research Telescope-one of the largest telescopes in the nation.
George Ranch Historical Park – Step back in time at this historical ranch. Set on 23,000 acres of a working ranch and farmland, George Ranch Historical Park takes visitors through 100 years of Texas history in an authentic historical setting. The Park offers casual park tours for adult groups and curriculum-based educational programs for shool aged children. Learn about Colonial life, cattle drives, cowboys, blacksmiths and more. Other attractions include a visitor’s center with museum exhibits and a gift shop.
The Houston Zoo – Located in Hermann Park, the Houston Zoo provides a fun, unique, and inspirational experience fostering appreciation, knowledge, and care for the natural world. The Houston Zoo is dedicated to practicing exemplary animal care, delivering an outstanding guest experience, promoting the conservation of endangered species and animal habitat, and providing a forum for useful and informative educational programs.
IMAX Theater – Ranked as one of the world’s premier IMAX theaters, this 394 seat theater features the finest motion picture system in existence. Images of unsurpassed size, clarity and impact enhanced by a superb six-track sound system are projected onto a giant 60-by-80-foot screen.
Kemah Boardwalk – Food and Fun, Play, Stay, Eat and Shop; something for the whole family. The Kemah Boardwalk has quickly evolved from a waterfront dining experience to a weekend destination. Just 20 miles from downtown Houston, The Kemah Boardwalk is the perfect family get-a-way. It boasts eight restaurants, including the Aquarium restaurant, which features a 50,000-gallon aquarium filled with marine life. Retail shops, rides and ammusements. The Kemah Boardwalk is the site of many events throughout the year.
LazerRageThe Ultimate Immersed Reality Game for the lasertag, laser tag and laser game industry. In addition to laser tag games, LazerRage offers arcade, personal computer and Internet-style games. Party rooms also are available, and LazerRage is the site of many special events.
Minute Maid Field – Downtown ballpark with a retractable roof which opens up to the downtown skyline.
Moody Gardens – with 10-story glass Rainforest Pyramid and one of the world’s three 3-D IMAX theaters, aquarium, in Galveston.
Planetarium – The planetarium offers the world’s most technologically advanced and realistic views of space and the universe. Giving visitors the feeling that they are traveling in space, high-resolution video technology projects images of planets, stars, meteors, solar systems and entire galaxies on the domed surface. The planetarium is also used to train Space Shuttle astronauts in star field identification.
Port of Houston Authority M/V Sam Houston Boat Tour – Tour the Port of Houston in this 90-minute, roundtrip cruise across the Houston Ship Channel. Reservations are required, and a free beverage is offered on the tour.
Reliant Stadium – World’s first retractable roof NFL stadium
Scream World – Open from September through October, Scream World has three haunted attractions that are the main feature of this 4.5 acre theme park. Also available are concession stands, photo opportunities, palm readers, strolling magicians, scary movies and a scream contest.
Space Center Houston – Space Center Houston’s unparalleled exhibits, attractions, special presentations and hands-on activities tell the story of NASA’s manned space flight program. SCH is the only place in the world where visitors can see astronauts train for missions, touch a real moon rock, land a shuttle, and take a behind-the-scenes tour of NASA.
Splashtown U.S.A. – a 46 acre water park with 17 major water rides and attractions
Texas Renaissance Festival – The Texas Renaissance Festival is one of the nation’s largest, most acclaimed renaissance theme parks where the sights, sounds, tastes and beauty of the 16th Century come alive every Saturday and Sunday for 7 weekends October 2nd through November 14th, from 9 AM to dusk.
Wortham IMAX Theatre – Ranked as one of the world’s premier IMAX theaters, this facility seats 394. The museum is known as both a producer as well as a screening house for award-winning productions.