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10 Reasons to Visit Houston with Kids

visithoustonTraveling with children isn’t always fun, especially when you’re in a city that seems to have a dearth of activities and destinations for kids. Thankfully, Houston is definitely not one of those cities. This vibrant, exciting locale is filled with things for kids to do, from the Theater District to the Galleria.

1. Miller Outdoor Theatre

Theaters can be boring to kids, seeming stuffy or like something that’s only for grownups, but Miller Outdoor Theater turns it into an exciting new venture your kids will enjoy as much as you do. In addition to the outdoor location that eliminates any trace of stuffiness, Miller Outdoor Theatre’s offerings are often geared towards children.

2. Discovery Green

If your kids love playing in the outdoors, be sure to take them to Discovery Green. It’s a 12-acre wonderland of parks, playgrounds, fountains and more. Concerts, dance performances and festivals make this a necessary stop on your next trip to Houston.

3. Children’s Museum of Houston

What better place to take your kids than the Children’s Museum of Houston? Walk through Kidtropolis, USA, an indoor, miniaturized town made just for the smaller set to explore. Your kids can even help run the town by becoming workers, shoppers and business owners, which helps to teach lessons in civics and social studies while providing plenty of big-time fun.

4. Houston Museum of Natural Science

The Houston Museum of Natural Science has a little something for everyone in your family to enjoy. A butterfly house brings you all a little closer to a beautiful part of nature, while the giant screen theater teaches about different groups of animals that are either extinct or still alive in the world today. The staggering array of installations and exhibits makes HMNS a great place to while away an afternoon or two.

5. Galleria Mall

Shopping with the kids doesn’t have to be a burden. Bring them along to the Galleria Mall in Houston. Give them a chance to burn off excess energy at the indoor skating rink before hitting the mind-boggling array of stores. Be one of the 26 million annual visitors to this epic location.

6. Johnson Space Center

If you’ve ever wondered where the commanders were when they heard the words, “Houston, we have a problem,” wonder no more; they were located at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Learn about the technology used to put humans in outer space and to return them safely home, while you marvel at the wonders humanity has developed.

7. Houston Zoo

As if a zoo wasn’t enough of a draw, there is a children’s area inside of the Houston Zoo, where kids can get up close and personal with some of their favorite animals. On top of having a petting zoo, the children’s zoo also has its very own bat cave. Learn about all the different species along with your kids. You’ll pick up on some interesting new facts alongside your children!

8. Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Kids are drawn to animals and action. There’s nothing that brings those two things together like a rodeo. The events themselves may sound like they should be for adults only, but there are some little cowboys and girls that participate in events such as barrel races (with stick horses), steer roping (with straw as the steer) and bull riding (with the bull being a seesaw).

9. The Orange Show

The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art hosts an annual Art Car Parade and Festival, which showcases more than 250 vehicles. If you don’t happen to be in town while the parade is taking place, head over to their location for hands on activities for all ages, including adults. Aside from the parade, they host a seemingly unending amount of events sure to awe and inspire.

10. Downtown Aquarium

More than your average, run-of-the-mill aquarium, Downtown Aquarium is an interactive restaurant experience. Watch fish and other aquatic wildlife while enjoying your dinner. Then, move on to look at other exhibits before ending the day in the gift shop. Want to stay longer than a meal will allow? Sign your young ones up for educational programs offered year round. There are even programs for the entire family to experience together.

These locations are only the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to kid-friendly destinations in Houston. In such a large and sprawling city, you’re sure to find even more that will tickle the individual fancies of each member of the family!


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