The Houston Museum of Natural Science is known for having a variety of both permanent and traveling exhibits to visit throughout the year. One such museum constant is the Cockrell Butterfly Center, which is an indoor exhibit that consists of the Brown Hall of Entomology and the Rainforest Conservatory. Brown Hall houses a wealth of interactive information about various insects, and conservatory is a living habitat that houses hundreds of different butterflies.
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Old MacDonald's Farm is the perfect place to take the kids when you want to get outside and experience something different. Located off FM 1960 on the northeast side of Houston, this 15-acre farm is tagged as "A Children's Paradise." And after taking a trip down there with my best friend and our two sons, I can emphatically agree. Here are a few tips we picked up from our trip to the farm to help you and your family plan the best possible visit.
Hailed as "America's pastime," baseball games are often a favorite way to spend a day or evening as a family. Houston may be famous for its major league team, the Houston Astros, but they aren't the only team in town. In 2012, the city of Sugar Land entered the baseball scene by bringing in its own minor league team, the Sugar Land Skeeters, along with Constellation Field, a stadium fit to please fans of all ages.
Tucked behind the west side of Hobby Airport is an unassuming building that houses a local treasure: the 1940 Air Terminal Museum. It's one of those buildings you'd probably miss if you weren't looking for it, but it is a stop worth visiting with your young aviation enthusiasts.
While the Houston Municipal Airport Terminal, which houses the museum, was a hotspot for commuters flying in and out of Houston in its heyday, it was eventually upstaged by Hobby Airport and gradually fell into disrepair. In an effort to prevent the art deco building from being demolished, the Houston Aeronautical Heritage Society formed in 1998 and began an extensive renovation process that included turning the terminal into the present-day 1940 Air Terminal Museum. Much of the terminal has been renovated to match its former glory giving museum-goers a glimpse into what early travelers experienced as they waited for their planes to depart or for loved ones to land.
Houston is known for being a bustling metropolis, but the city also boasts some hidden gems in the nature department. Nestled in the heart of Bellaire and surrounded by houses, the Nature Discovery Center is one such place that is ideal for reconnecting with the outdoors without venturing too far from city limits.
The Nature Discovery Center was founded in 1979 and is dedicated to educating children and adults about nature and inspiring them to spend more time outdoors. It features two Discovery Rooms, which house hands-on exhibits and displays, and Russ Pitman Park, a 4-acre property with a variety of amenities.
Since 2014, the Hermann Park Kite Festival has been bringing Houstonians of all ages - and their kites - together to enjoy a day of kite flying, live entertainment, and tons of free activities for families and children. Organized by the Hermann Park Conservancy, the festival takes place on Miller Hill and over the Jones Reflection Pool.
I knew I wanted to take my family to the Hermann Park Kite Festival because not only does my toddler love watching and flying kites, but any family oriented event that is filled with fun activities and is free always sounds like a good idea. We attended the 2016 festival on April 3, which was perfect timing in terms of weather - the annual heat wave had yet to set in. Next year's festival is set for March 26, 2017.
The Fort Bend Children's Discovery Center opened in May of this year, and it is more than a branch of the Children's Museum of Houston. Although it is sponsored by the organization, it isn't merely a replica of the popular downtown museum. Instead, it is filled with attractions that make it worth a visit in its own right.
CityCentre may be known as a happy hour hot spot, but it's also home to many family friendly restaurants as well as a green space perfect for kids to run around and play. In case you are not sure where to head with the kids in tow, look no further than our list of restaurants sure to please the whole family.