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Virtual Vacations at Children's Museums

As we continue to honor "stay at home" recommendations to control the spread of COVID-19, we want to offer a look at other children's museums to provide new and innovative activities and also suggest vacation destinations – when we are finally FREE to travel!

Each Thursday, as our "sheltering" continues, we'll introduce a children's museum that is located relatively nearby or in a major metropolitan area you might be visiting for other reasons. Of course, ALL of these museums are also closed but their websites show photos of their exhibits and special programming.

Oklahoma offers four well-known children's museums and we're providing links to the other three below the highlight museum. Since many Oklahoma families may have already visited these museums, we're keeping this information concise.

(NOTE! All links will open a new window so when you want to return to our site, you can just close the new window and you'll see the WONDERtorium page still open):

Previously Highlighted Museums
April 9, 2020 - Scott Family Amazeum - Bentonville, Arkansas
April 16, 2020 - Exploration Place - Wichita, Kansas
April 23, 2020 - Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas, Texas
April 30, 2020 - Ft. Worth Museum of Science and History

May 7, 2020 - Thinkery in Austin, Texas
May 14, 2020 - The DoSeum, San Antonio, Texas

Highlight Museum - May 21, 2020

Invention Convention exhibit

Children's Museum of Houston logoFounded in 1980, The Children’s Museum Houston (CMH) has grown to over 90,000 square feet of interactive, hands-on exhibits. CMH is recognized as one of the world’s leading children’s museums.

Like most children's museums, CMH is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that relies on private and public contributions. The Houston region has one of the largest child populations in the United States and Children’s Museum Houston serves an audience of more than 1 million children and families each year. The Museum now operates thirteen bilingual exhibits, seven out-of-school and summer outreach programs and seven bilingual Parent Engagement programs. 

 

Exhibits

Here's a map of the interior of CMH (JPG)

With 19 exhibit areas and some temporary exhibits, there's something for everyone at the Children's Museum of Houston. The website offers great information and images of the museum's exhibits.

We're highlighting just 3 of these exhibits – based on the age levels CMH defines:

Tot*Spot0 - 2 years 
Tot*Spot
  Tot*Spot has been thoughtfully designed to address developmental milestones of children ages 0-2.  The space features many opportunities for infants and toddlers to interact and focus on language, literacy, social-emotional, motor and cognitive development.
3 exhibits for this group including:

  1. EcoStation
  2. Kidtropolis

3 - 5+  years
Constructioneering  What is Constructioneering? It’s a word we made up by mashing together “construction” and “engineering.” It’s Constructineering exhibit for 3 through 6 year oldsthe process for bringing a building to reality! Constructioneering is about tapping into your creative side while using design tools, like equations and technology, to dream, imagine, problem-solve, innovate, design and build for a purpose.
11 exhibits for this age group including:

  1. Heart and Seoul 
  2. How Does It Work?
  3. Invention Convention
  4. Inventor's Workshop
  5. Motter Factory
  6. Genius Station
  7. Challenge Course
  8. Power Play

Secret Spy Game exhibit for 6-plus ages6+ years
Secret Spy Game  The ultimate, interactive spy experience is at the Children's Museum Houston. Armed with intel and gadgets to access hidden clues, you must solve puzzles and take on challenges around the Museum.

3 exhibits for the 6+ age group, then 2 that are "Age All"

  • Kids' Hall
  • Parent Resource Library


GREAT AT-HOME ACTIVITIES, TOO!

Educator Moment on YouTube - 29 virtual learning videos.
Educator at Home on YouTube - 125 virtual learning videos.

Both of these YouTube resources offer great interactive learning experiences. From "Row, Row Your Boat," a reading in English and Spanish of the book by Annie Kubler, to making "Rain Clouds" using cotton balls to see how many droplets of water the cotton ball can hold before "raining," there are hundreds of at-home learning opportunities from CMH's YouTube channel.


DETAILS: LOCATION, ADMISSION, ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Children's Museum of Houston 
1500 Binz Street
Houston, Texas 77004
(713) 522-1138
From Stillwater to the museum's location is a drive of approximately 7.5 hours using I-35 South and I-45 South to Houston. The route does have tolls (an Oklahoma Pike Pass can be used in Texas and Kansas).

Directions & Parking Information  This link will provide a detailed map of the area around the museum.

Admission
Children Under 1: Free
Adults and Children (Ages 1+): $12
Senior Citizens (Age 65+): $11
Members of Military with Active ID: $10
SECRET Spy Game: $7 (this admission does not include general admission)
Tickets can be purchased in advance on any webpage - this button is disabled right now but will be active when the museum re-opens. 

Hours (when re-opened)
Monday – Friday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Saturday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Sunday: 12 PM - 5 PM 

This FAQ offers answers to many common questions!


Oklahoma Children's Museums

Leonardo's - located in Enid ?at 200 E. Maple Avenue (map link)

  • Exhibits
  • Cost: $9.99 per person; under 2 years old: Free; after 3pm admission: $4.99; Military discount is 10%. 
  • In addition to their 8 exhibits, Leonardo's offers Adventure Quest, a fantastic "outdoor science playground."

Jasmine Moran Children's Museum - located in Seminole at 1714 Highway 9 West (map link)

  • Exhibits
  • Cost:  Ages 3 to 59, $10 (plus tax) per person; under 2 years old: Free, with adult; 60 and over, $9 (plus tax).
  • The Jasmine Moran Children's Museum has 42,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space and a large outdoor play area, complete with miniature houses and a riding train, the SuperSONIC Express. The museum offers children an opportunity to explore the world of work through many of their career-based exhibits. 

Tulsa Children's Museum Discovery Lab - located in Tulsa at 560 N Maybelle Ave (map link)

Plan your visit.