The Dr. Seuss Experience Brings Iconic Books to Life for Houston Kids
After a year when "we sat in the house and did nothing at all," we were all about ready for the Cat in the Hat to turn up—thank goodness Dr. Seuss is paying a visit to Houston!
Almost every child has read at least one Dr. Seuss book, so every child is likely to love visiting The Dr. Seuss Experience. Familiar characters and settings make up the colorful and zany installations themed on some of Dr. Seuss’ most iconic tales. It’s as if the books have come to life; and our family had an amazing time walking through them.
The attraction gives kids a chance to see, hear, feel, and experience their favorite settings from nine of Dr. Seuss’ stories as they go from room to room to interact with each installation. Keep your eyes open while you’re there—you might even bump into the Lorax strolling around the grounds.
What Are the Installations Like?
If you want to be surprised, then skip over this section! However, if you're curious what the installations at the Dr. Seuss Experience entail, read on:
Oh, the Places You'll Go: When first entering the installation space, visitors are welcomed with a maze of faux balloons inspired by Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Surrounding this maze are eight other rooms that form a journey through Dr. Seuss’ delightful world.
The Cat and the Hat: Here guests find a Cat in the Hat replica in the corner, tempting kids to make a great big mess while Mother is away. Meanwhile, the sensible goldfish in the fishbowl tries to dissuade them.
Wocket in My Pocket: Explore this colorful room and find all the hidden creatures from the book There’s a Wocket in My Pocket. My kids loved looking for the Jertain in the Curtain and the Nook Gase in the Bookcase. Don’t forget to snap a photo with the Bofa on the Sofa.
Circus McGurkus: Spin the giant wheel to find out what your circus talent should be, then perform it while waiting in line to get on the (slowly rotating) swinging carousel for a quick ride.
Horton Hears a Who: Stroll through the clovers and get lost in the field of fluff while listening for a Who!
The Lorax: Put your ears to some cool-looking tubes to hear the story, then make your away among the Truffula Trees. Find a place to swing for a bit or grab a friend to enjoy a swing made for two.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Pick up one of the fishing poles and try your hand at fishing out some wrapped Christmas presents from a conveyer belt going round and round.
The Sneetches—both with and without stars.
The Sneetches: Step into this little mirrored space and be part of a fun illusion. When they shut the door behind you, you'll see yourself multiplied. It will also look like there are Sneetches as far as the eye can see!
Throm-dim-bu-lator: Funky gears and widgets seem to have jumped off a page from Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? Kids can play with the different components, turn gears, and catch the fluffy balls shooting out of the machinery.
Searching for a Who in Horton Hears a Who.
What Age Is the Dr. Seuss Experience Fun For?
Dr. Seuss is not just for little kids!
Surprisingly, even my older elementary school-aged kids really enjoyed the experience, because they connected it with all the Dr. Seuss books that are so familiar to them. There are lots of whimsical things to look at and plenty of opportunities to interact with in the different installations.
Toddlers enjoy all the colors and the novelty of discovering new rooms, but there will be some interactive portions that they won’t be able to participate in without help. Some require kids to be taller, or more dexterous. No matter what your age, though, those vibrant and creative installations are really well done and fun to look at, so plan on taking lots of photos!
More Info: Strollers, Bathrooms, and Gift Shop
If you have a stroller, the attendants will ask you to park it in the stroller parking area right before you enter the attraction. Many of the individual installations are not quite big enough to have a stroller pass through comfortably, especially if there is a crowd. On the way out, kids can't help noticing the colorful and well stocked gift shop, with T-shirts, stuffed toys, books, and other branded merchandise. The items are cute and displayed attractively, so prepare for some pleading as you exit. If anyone needs to use the restrooms, those are located right past the gift shop. There's a family bathroom available there as well.
What about Covid Safety Precautions?
All attendants are wearing masks, and all visitors age 5+ must wear masks as well. There are hand sanitizer stations located throughout the space, since this is a high-touch attraction. Though the exhibit is likely to get crowded during peak times, the convention center has very high ceilings, meaning it still feels airy even though it's indoors. If you’re concerned about potential crowds, check out the tickets for limited capacity days.
How Much Are the Tickets, and How Do I Buy Them?
Prices vary depending on the type of ticket you plan on purchasing, but there is no charge for infants 12 months and under.
General Admission: Tickets are sold for entry times 15 minutes apart. Prices range from $23 to $33, depending on age—child (age 1-13) or adult (13+)—and whether you want a peak admission time. The best value is the 4-pack ticket package, available for General Admission only, valid for kids and adults.
VIP Anytime Tickets: These tickets have no timed entry restrictions. Guests can enter at any time during opening hours on the day of the ticket. Be aware that opening hours are different each day. Each VIP ticket costs $50, regardless of whether it’s a child or adult ticket.
Super Stoo-pendous Hours: Although you still have to select a time slot for these tickets, the organizer limits capacity during Super Stoo-pendous days, so you’ll be paying for a less crowded experience. Each ticket costs $50, regardless of age.
Where Is the The Dr. Seuss Experience?
The Dr. Seuss Experience is located in downtown Houston, at the George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida De Las Americas. The entrance to Exhibit Hall A is right at street level, facing Discovery Green.
What Is Parking Like?
Downtown parking can be intimidating, but there are several parking garages nearby, as well as metered street parking all around the convention center. Plan ahead by visiting the George R. Brown Convention Center’s parking information page for all the details. There's even a link on the page to a Downtown Houston Interactive Parking Map that shows where to park.
What Else Can I Do with Kids Downtown?
If you want to spend a little more time in the area, explore Discovery Green right outside the doors of the George R. Brown Convention Center! There’s a lake, a playground, walking paths, art installations, and more at this popular city park.
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