As the fourth largest city in the United States, Houston has no shortage of amazing fun things to do with kids. The weather is near perfect year-round, which makes the wide range of parks and playgrounds, splash pads and play spaces that much more accessible.
But Houston’s long list of incredible indoor museums aren’t to be missed either; the city has some of the best space and astronaut-themed museums for kids in the nation. Whether it’s a weekday or weekend, we’ve gathered a list of the best kids activities and attractions in Houston.
Children’s Museum of Houston
One of the top children’s museums in the country, Children’s Museum of Houston features super fun, hands-on interactive exhibits over a whopping 90,000 square feet. Favorites include Kidtropolis, where kids can run a city, earn “money” and spend it using a “debit card.”
1500 Binz St
Houston, TX 77004-7112
The Houston Museum of Natural Science
This epic museum has four floors of natural science halls and exhibits, a Planetarium, a Butterfly Center, and a Giant Screen Theatre. One of the most popular museums in the United States, online reviews for the Houston Museum of Natural Science are almost perfect. It’ll keep the kids entertained for hours.
5555 Hermann Park Dr
Houston, TX 77030-1718
Cockrell Butterfly Center
Located in the Houston Museum of Natural Science complex, the Butterfly Center is worth a visit all on its own. The three-story “rainforest” has waterfalls, tropical plants, and a crazy amount of butterflies. Pro tip: wear a brightly colored shirt, and the butterflies may land on you!
1 Hermann Circle Dr
Houston, TX 77030-1749
The Houston Zoo is known as one of the best in the United States, housing over 6,000 animals from 900 species. Conservation is a major priority for the zoo, and they do all they can for the health and happiness of all the animals. Kids will love the opportunity to get up close and personal with animals like giraffes and seals.
6200 Hermann Park Dr
Houston, TX 77030-1710
Space Center Houston
Mini Astronauts will flip over the 400+ space artifacts, exhibits, and theaters at the Space Center Houston museum. Focusing on both past and future space exploration, the Space Center is also the home of NASA Mission Control, International Space Station Mission Control, and astronaut training. Guests are taken behind the scenes to see NASA Johnson Space Center, making this destination truly unforgettable.
1601 NASA Parkway
Houston, TX 77058-3145
Lone Star Flight Museum
If space flight isn’t their thing, would-be pilots will find themselves right at home at the Lone Star Flight Museum. Focusing on the history of flight, the vast majority of the museum’s collection is still flyable. Planes are displayed in two huge hangers, and the interactive Flight Academy gallery explains how airplanes fly. Pro tip: Check their website to see when you can try their free flight simulators and special exhibits.
11551 Aerospace Ave
Houston, TX 77034-5642
The Health Museum
This small museum packs a punch with interactive exhibits on health, medical science and the human body. The whole family will learn about the human body, how it works, why it works the way it does, and how diseases can be cured. Kids will especially love the opportunity to walk through a brain and an eyeball!
1515 Hermann Dr
Houston, TX 77004-7126
Houston Fire Museum
This incredibly kid-friendly museum is housed in the 1899 Fire Station Number 7 and provides a plethora of pint-sized fun. From activities and public events to ever-changing exhibits, there’s a lot to keep kids entertained. It’s definitely worth the cost, but you can also get in for free on their Free Play Day, which is the second Saturday of each month from 12 pm to 4 pm.
2403 Milam St
Houston, TX 77006-2359
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
Known by locals as “an Oasis in the city,” this 155-acre sanctuary provides kid-friendly walking trails and education about the natural environment. Kids will love scouting for turtles! Tip: take a walk up the hill; when you reach the top, you’ll be rewarded with a waterfall and gorgeous views of Houston.
4501 Woodway Dr
Houston, TX 77024-7708
The Best Upcoming Events for Kids in Houston
If you’re looking for events and activities, don’t miss our local Houston family events calendar, which has everything from story times to seasonal activities like apple picking, pumpkin patches, and Christmas tree farms.