The Children's Museum of Houston

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Invention Convention Exhibit, Houston

Founded 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 (PDF)

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:

0-2 years old, Tot*Spot exhibit0 – 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
Cyberchase exhibit, HoustonCyberchase Based on Cyberchase,™ the Emmy Award-winning PBS KIDS cartoon, Cyberchase—The Chase Is On! presents math in a fun, action-packed environment where you will have to use your critical thinking skills to save the day! Just like the show, you’ll enter Cyberspace through a special portal, get greeted by Motherboard, and explore your favorite Cybersites! You’ll work with the CyberSquad: Matt, Inez, Jackie and Digit, to protect Cyberspace from the evil Hacker while exploring concepts like algebra, geometry, fractions and probability.
11 exhibits for this age group including:

  1. FlowWorks
  2. Heart and Seoul 
  3. How Does It Work?
  4. Invention Convention
  5. Inventor’s Workshop
  6. Matter Factory
  7. Genius Station (4+)
  8. Sights Unseen (4+)
  9. Challenge Course (5+)
  10. Power Play (5+)

Secret Spy Game for 6-plus year olds6 – 8+ 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 – 8+ age group, then 2 that are “Age All”

  • Maker Annex
  • Power Science Lab
  • Everyday People
  • 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 link takes you to the homepage

Hours (current hours as of June 30, 2020)
Wednesday – Saturday: 10 AM – 6 PM
Thursday: 10 AM – 8 PM (Free Family Night on Thursdays from 5 – 8 PM)
Sunday: 12 PM – 6 PM 

This FAQ offers answers to many common questions!