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BEST Things To Do In Houston

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  • Frensley/Graham Hall of African Wildlife

    Houston Museum of Natural Science
    5555 Hermann Park Dr
    Houston, TX 77030
    Frensley/Graham Hall of African Wildlife

    Unlike the traditional “menagerie” approach, this hall focuses on well-integrated themes of African wildlife ecology and conservation. Additionally, state-of-the-art interactives and video films enhance the experience.

    Explore seven biomes, each of which highlights a different theme relating to African Wildlife Ecology.

    Congo Basin: Explore uncharted wilderness in search of new species.

    West African Tropical Forest and Ethiopian Realm: Examine how primates and antelope co-exist.

    Serengeti Grassland: Observe intricate dynamics between predators and prey at many levels.

    Lowveld region: Survey the ecosystem and food chain, using the full complement of predators, prey and scavengers.

    Saharan Desert: Witness incredible birds migrations.

    Okavango Delta: Learn about the importance of water for organisms to survive.

  • Dinosaurs

    6200 Hermann Park Drive
    Houston, TX 77030
    Dinosaurs

    Travel back in time and come face to face with a lifelike Tyrannosaurs Rex, Stegosaurus, Utahraptor, and more!

  • Dinosaurs

    6200 Hermann Park Drive
    Houston, TX 77030
    Dinosaurs

    Travel back in time and come face to face with a lifelike Tyrannosaurs Rex, Stegosaurus, Utahraptor, and more!

  • Vintage Texas Wildlife Dioramas

    Houston Museum of Natural Science
    5555 Hermann Park Dr
    Houston, TX 77030
    Vintage Texas Wildlife Dioramas

    The new dioramas in the Education Wing have been a regular part of the museum for several decades. When their occupied space was deemed essential for renovation, museum staff was unable to simply throw away these dioramas with their rich and fine detail. Instead we decided to make an effort to do what museums do best – conserve these precious historical antiquities, preserving them for future generations to enjoy and appreciate.

    With research, we were able to determine when these incredible murals were painted. The Texas Gulf Coast scene is the oldest diorama on display. It was painted in the mid 1940s when the museum was located on its former grounds at the Houston Zoo. Initially this diorama was perhaps one-third its current depth; the walls were added in later years to match those of the other three. Travis Keese painted both the Prairie (1965) and Davis Mountains (1967) scenes during his tenure as museum staff artist (1964-71). The Big Thicket scene was done around 1969 by an artist name Harry Wortham. Keese was then contracted in 1996 to do conservation work on all of the murals, and also at that time painted the High Plains mural that is framed on the left. The murals were again touched-up by artist fabricators Brian Zievert and Robert Shuttlesworth during the 2014 reinstallation.

  • Boot Camp in the Plaza

    2711 Plaza Drive
    Sugar Land, TX 77479
    Boot Camp in the Plaza

    Stay fit with our free weekly Boot Camp class with Cida Fitness.

  • Wiess Energy Hall

    Houston Museum of Natural Science
    5555 Hermann Park Dr
    Houston, TX 77030
    Wiess Energy Hall

    Dubbed Wiess Energy Hall 3.0, the third iteration of this popular hall has been enlarged from its previous 8,500 square feet to an expansive 30,000 square feet—almost the size of a football field. Joining the completely redesigned “classic” displays is a bonanza of entirely new exhibits, making the new hall the most contemporary, comprehensive and technologically advanced exhibition on the science and technology of energy anywhere in the world.

    Entering the new Wiess Energy Hall, visitors step off of the elevator into a dynamic floor of a 21st century offshore drilling rig populated by a motley crew of sci-fi robots. Near the center of the cavernous new hall, a replica of a tricone rotary drill bit—fourteen feet in diameter—spins vigorously overhead.

    Not far away, the completely reinvented Geovator takes visitors on a reimagined fantastic voyage plunging down through the Museum floors into the earth, then back in time to the Cretaceous Period for an attack by hungry pteranodons and a meteor strike.

    The new hall also features “Energy City,” a 2,500-square-foot 3-D landscape representing Houston, the surrounding Gulf coastal waters and the terrain of southeast and central Texas. This vibrant “white model” uses bleeding-edge projection mapping technology to bring to life the energy value chain.

  • 1515 Hermann Dr

    The Health Museum
    1515 Hermann Dr
    Houston, TX 77004
    1515 Hermann Dr

    The Health Museum welcomes you to explore the complexity and vast impact of human microbiomes through the engaging exhibition The Secret World Inside You. The exhibition introduces the microbiome, how it is created, and how it effects the human body through interactive tables and activities. Explore your own ecosystem and learn all about the community of creatures that your immune system, digestive system and brain rely on daily. Physical health is not the only thing that microbes can affect; learn how your mental health, including conditions like depression, are impacted by your microbiome. You can also meet microbes up close through multiple projections. The McGovern Theater will showcase surprising films that reveal the wonders of the human microbiome for all ages to enjoy.

  • John P. McGovern Hall of The Americas

    Houston Museum of Natural Science
    5555 Hermann Park Dr
    Houston, TX 77030
    John P. McGovern Hall of The Americas

    The John P. McGovern Hall of the Americas celebrates the remarkable diversity and extraordinary accomplishments of the indigenous peoples of the Americas, as well as the continuity of their rich cultural traditions.

    See the Museum’s magnificent collection of rugs, pottery, bead-work, kachina dolls, pre-Colombian gold, and other objects. Representing more than 50 diverse cultures from Alaska to Peru, these superb artifacts are complemented by innovative reconstructed environments and hands-on activities.

  • S.E.C.R.E.T. Spy Game

    1500 Binz St
    Houston, TX 77004
    S.E.C.R.E.T. Spy Game

    The ultimate, interactive spy experience has landed at the Children's Museum of Houston. Kids 6 and older are invited to enlist in the Museum's Special Elite Crime Resolution and Espionage Team (S.E.C.R.E.T.) to crack codes, uncover clues and outsmart villains to solve your mission as an agent.

    Start your mission in S.E.C.R.E.T. Headquarters (HQ) armed with intel to access hidden clues. Your mission? Earn "Agent" status by using logic and problem-solving to solve puzzles and challenges.

    Fly solo or assemble your team to experience the Museum like never before! Experiment with innovative technology in this multi-faceted 1.5-hour adventure.

    Uncover hidden clues and neutralize the enemy as you discover what's hidden in plain sight all throughout the Museum and gain access to S.E.C.R.E.T. agent restricted areas including Headquarters (HQ), a laser maze and more!

    After completing six thrill-seeking missions, unlock three more to achieve the final honor of earning "Elite Agent" status.

    Are you a game-changer? A risk-taker? Then accept your mission NOW!

  • William Forsythe: Choreographic Objects

    1001 Bissonnet
    Houston, TX 77005
    William Forsythe: Choreographic Objects

    This summer, the MFAH invites visitors to engage with the fundamental ideas of dance, weight, and movement in time. The immersive exhibition William Forsythe: Choreographic Objects blurs the lines between performance, sculpture, and installation.

    American dancer and choreographer William Forsythe is known for his groundbreaking combination of choreography, staging, lighting, and dance analysis. The artist (born 1949) has changed the landscape of contemporary dance with his focus on how the human body moves through space.

  • Shooting the Moon: Photographs from the Museum’s Collection 50 Years after Apollo 11

    1001 Bissonnet St
    Houston, TX 77005
    Shooting the Moon: Photographs from the Museum’s Collection 50 Years after Apollo 11

    On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 landed on the moon. To celebrate the 50th anniversary, the MFAH presents Shooting the Moon: Photographs from the Museum’s Collection 50 Years after Apollo 11. The exhibition features images that range from documentary photographs of NASA’s mission to the moon, to fanciful pictures that include a 19th-century portrait of a man in a solar-themed costume.

    Among the notable works on view are Ansel Adams’s Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico and Garry Winogrand’s Apollo 11 Moon Launch, Cape Kennedy, Florida. Hitoshi Nomura’s ‘moon score,’ December 19, 1975 represents an intersection of Conceptual Art and stargazing. Also included are the re-creation by Cortis & Sonderegger of Buzz Aldrin’s first footprint on the moon, and a projection of Cassandra C. Jones’s Wax and Wane.

  • Tot*Spot

    1500 Binz St
    Houston, TX 77004
    Tot*Spot

    Mirrors are used in several of the defined spaces to add to the child’s learning whether they are on their tummies gazing at themselves in the mirror in a padded area as they play or dancing with scarves in the amphitheater.

    The Ball and Pillow Pit is a spot for children and their parents to explore the realm of physical knowledge by rolling, kicking and tossing a variety of balls.

    Walking up carefully sized steps and over rippling bumps keeps many a toddler spell-bound on the Meandering Path. Parents walk along side playing peek-a-boo or conversing with their child as he travels the well-worn path learning to maneuver around other tots.

    With knobs, switches and door bells to push and turn throughout the exhibit, tots have the opportunity to experience cause and effect their actions.

  • Ragnar Kjartansson: The Visitors

    1001 Bissonnet
    Houston, TX 77005
    Ragnar Kjartansson: The Visitors

    This summer, the MFAH presents an immersive, nine-screen video installation by renowned Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson. Each frame of Ragnar Kjartansson: The Visitors features a different musician, all of whom play together, but in separate rooms.

    Well known for his musical performances that experiment with time and repetition, Kjartansson (born 1976) uses durational performance to capture collective emotion.

    The Visitors brings together a cellist, a pianist, a banjo player, an accordionist, a drummer, and two guitarists. They perform simultaneously, in different rooms, surrounded by the faded glamour of the Rokeby Farm House in Hudson Valley, New York. A designated historic landmark, the house was built in 1815 on the 400-acre estate owned by the descendants of the Astor family.

    More than simply watching the video, viewers of Kjartansson’s work become “visitors” themselves, moving from screen to screen—or, rather, room to room. Filmed in a single take, The Visitors was created in the midst of Kjartansson’s divorce from Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir, whose poem “Feminine Ways” serves as lyrics sung by the musicians. The music echoes through the galleries, fully immersing visitors in the presentation.

  • EcoStation

    1500 Binz St
    Houston, TX 77004
    EcoStation

    EcoStation is an active, outdoor/indoor environmental exhibit where visitors engage in ecological studies and explore environmental issues by visiting a native plant garden, woodland area, pond and a research pavilion. Through these and several other areas, visitors can participate in diverse hands-on activities, such as stream bed creation, insect collecting, leaf rubbings, footprint identification and more!

    Visitors may also participate in weekly programming that includes activities such as nature journals, water quality testing, decomposition observations, soil type explorations, home environmental awareness inventory logs, bird feeders and many more activities that can be used in the exhibit areas or even taken home for further backyard experiences!

  • How Does It Work?

    1500 Binz St
    Houston, TX 77004
    How Does It Work?

    Have you ever wondered how sound travels? Or how electricity travels through a wire? Or how we use simple machines in our daily lives? This multi-level exhibit challenges you discover the answers to your own science questions with tons of hands-on, investigative experiences.

    • Challenge yourself to learn new scientific concepts at the Science Station.
    • Raise yourself five feet in the air to see how pulleys make work easier at theKid Lift.
    • Encounter Amazing Airways, a 12-foot towering pneumatic tube system of air ducts and diverter boxes that will send objects traveling at high speeds.  
    • Engineer a roller coaster using a 5-foot tower to understand kinetic energy conversions at Build Your Own Coaster!
    • Design a car, simple machine and more using pulleys, wheels, wooden planks, winged bolts and nuts at Rig-ama-jig.
  • Archaeology Now Presents: On the Trail

    5555 Hermann Park Drive
    Houston, TX 77030
    Archaeology Now Presents: On the Trail

    Calling all little cowboys and cowgirls! Join Archaeology Now, the Archaeological Institute of America – Houston Society, SABIC and the Houston Museum of Natural Science for “On the Trail” just in time for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Discover the story behind the rodeo by exploring horse cultures around the world. Learn how a beloved American tradition has roots in Bedouin and Native American cultures. Things to do for children and their families include:

    • Mock excavations

    • Blacksmithing demonstrations

    • Science activities

    • Crafts

    • Horse demonstrations

    • Tours of a Bedouin tent, Tipi and Covered wagon

  • Public Printing Tour

    1324 W. Clay Street
    Houston, TX 77019
    Public Printing Tour

    Be a printer for the day! During your guided tour, you will learn of early forms of printing, participate in the hands-on printing of a leaf of the Gutenberg Bible pulled from a replica press, print a copy of the Declaration of Independence on a 19th-century Columbian iron handpress, discover the importance of the Linotype machine, and witness advances in printing and self-publishing that came about in the 20th century. Your tours concludes with a visit to our craft studios, temporary exhibitions and an optional film.

  • Open Lab Fridays

    615 S Mason Rd.
    Katy, TX 77450
    Open Lab Fridays

    Every Friday it’s Open Lab at Funtastik Labs where kids choose from a variety of Science, Arts, and Engineering activities that change on a weekly basis. Let your child explore their interests and see their passions vividly expressed as they perform science experiments, create unique works of art, and tackle engineering challenges.

  • Challenge Course

    1500 Binz St
    Houston, TX 77004
    Challenge Course

    Time to harness up and hook-in to an all-new challenge! Welcome to The Ropes Challenge  Course where your physical agility, stamina, and balance are put to the test across a seven-obstacle, low ropes course!

    First, you need to conquer the Cargo Net, prevail against the Rope Bridge, and beat the Burma Buckets! Then, choose your path – either leap across 30 feet of Lily Pads OR climb over the Kelp Walk and put the brakes to the Rolling Log. Then, finish the Challenge Course by surmounting the Swinging Steps. The challenge is waiting for you!

  • The Doyle and Debbie Show

    3201 Allen Pkwy
    Houston, TX 77019
    The Doyle and Debbie Show

    After failed marriages and tabloid scandals Doyle Mayfield recruits a new singing partner – also his third Debbie – in an attempt to regain his former stardom. But when Debbie’s star starts to rise, the comeback becomes a setback for this has-been legend. Featuring original songs – “When You’re Screwin’ Other Women (Think of Me),” “Barefoot and Pregnant,” and “ABCs of Love”, this brilliant parody is a hysterical tribute to country music and its beloved iconic duos.

  • Sister’s Back to School Catechism: The Holy Ghost and Other Terrifying Tales

    3201 Allen Pkwy
    Houston, TX 77019
    Sister’s Back to School Catechism: The Holy Ghost and Other Terrifying Tales

    In this newest class, Sister puts the backbone in back to school with a host of lessons about starting anew as well as celebrating the Church’s approved tales of ghosts and goblins and a Catholic-appropriate Halloween costume contest! Don’t forget to raise your hand and start the school year with Sister’s Back To School Catechism: The Holy Ghost and Other Terrifying Tales.

  • Invention Convention

    1500 Binz St
    Houston, TX 77004
    Invention Convention

    Step into a workshop of gadgets and gizmos where kids create, concoct and construct contraptions and use their imagination to become inventors!
    Dream-up and design in a workshop filled with half-finished contraptions, bins of spare parts, project tables, schematics and various instruments from floor to ceiling.

    Experiment with LEGO® bricks, propellers, magnets, batteries, switches and buzzers through facilitated, hands-on experiments and mini-workshops.

  • PowerPlay

    1500 Binz St
    Houston, TX 77004
    PowerPlay

    Discover how your body reacts to a variety of physical challenges in PowerPlay! 
    This monumental, three-story installation lets you leap up and down different levels as you discover new ways to get active! Take it to the next level tracking your heart rate and strength, rating your experience, and comparing your performance like a real fitness athlete!

     

  • Sonic Playground

    1500 McKinney St
    Houston, TX 77010
    Sonic Playground

    Sonic Playground: Yuri Suzuki aims to surprise and delight visitors to Discovery Green’s temporary playground on the Sarofim Picnic Lawn. Consisting of several objects that twist, modify, and transmit sound in unusual and playful ways, Sonic Playground allows for serendipitous audible experiences with other visitors to create a sense of community and play.

    Sonic Playground was created by Yuri Suzuki (Japanese, born 1980), a sound artist, designer, and electronic musician whose work blurs the borders between design, technology, and sound. He established Yuri Suzuki Design Studio, based in London, in 2013. Sonic Playground: Yuri Suzuki is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.