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BEST Things To Do In Houston

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Mapa Wiya (Your Map's Not Needed): Australian Aboriginal Art from the Fondation Opale

    1533 Sul Ross St
    Houston, TX 77006
    Mapa Wiya (Your Map's Not Needed): Australian Aboriginal Art from the Fondation Opale

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples are advised that this document mentions names of deceased people.

    This fall, the Menil will present Mapa Wiya (Your Map’s Not Needed): Australian Aboriginal Art from the Fondation Opale. Meaning “no map” in the Pitjantjatjara language of the Central Australian desert region, the exhibition title is drawn from a recent drawing by artist Kunamara (Mumu Mike) Williams (1952–2019), the first showing of his work in an American art museum. His recuperation of official government maps and postal bags is a pointed response to the foreign cartographies of the country that Australian Aboriginal peoples embody.

    Country is the foundation for the autonomous ways of the Aboriginal peoples. Vast deserts and rainforests with their distinctive rock formations and water holes, and other meaningful spaces, including the land on which cities have been built—these are the diverse terrains of their lives. They are places in which the laws and primordial creations of ancestors are always present, where painfully violent colonial histories are memorialized, and potential futures are reclaimed in song and dance. Knowing the land, moving through it, and living with its deeply embedded storylines animate the rich visual expression of Aboriginal artists.

  • 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

  • Ceramics Studio

    2127 Strand st.
    Galveston, TX 77550
    Ceramics Studio

    An ongoing program with Cristal Aldrete for beginners or experts! Learn hand-building techniques in pottery, figurative sculpture, and glazing with earthenware clay. Create sculptural relief tiles, full 3-d sculpture, functional pottery and tableware, figures, and more. This course uses ancient methods that don’t require a potter’s wheel, including coil construction and slab-construction. Students will learn how to securely join corners and handles, make lids fit properly, and various kinds of surface treatments, textures and glazes.Bisque and glaze firings are scheduled at an off-site kiln regularly.

  • 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!

  • Vietgone

    Alley Theatre
    615 Texas Ave
    Houston, TX 77002
    Vietgone

    It’s 1975. Saigon has fallen. He lost his wife. She lost her fiancé. But now in America, a strange new land of cowboys, hippies, and bikers, these two Vietnamese refugees just might find each other. Remixing history and culture into a funny and energetic fantasia, playwright Qui Nguyen creates a contemporary twist on the boy meets girl story that The New York Times hails as “a raucous, immensely moving comedy.” Using his irreverent, infectious style, Nguyen takes audiences on a hilariously rip-roaring ride across 1970s America with a hot soundtrack that serves up hip-hop, sass, and revolution.  

  • Cabaret

    10760 Grant Rd
    Houston, TX 77070
    Cabaret

    Winner of eight Tonys (including Best Musical) with an unforgettable score by Kander and Ebb, Cabaret sits on the seedy cusp of the Nazi’s rise to power in 1931 Berlin. Decadent chorus girl Sally Bowles is determined to live a life of carefree ignorance. An American writer dreams that he can save Sally and change the course of events, but he is powerless in the face of Nazi brutality.

    Parental guidance highly suggested for ages 17 and younger due to strong adult themes and sexuality.   Note: This powerful, dark musical is written, produced and directed by well-respected Jewish and Christian theatre professionals whose sole purpose is to remind  the world not to let the Holocaust and extremism happen again. It is “edgy” no doubt, but performed with extreme care regarding the writer’s original purpose to shed light on a theme still relevant today.

  • CATS

    The Hobby Center, 800 Bagby St,
    Houston, TX 77002
    CATS

    Come one, come all!

    After an exciting revival on Broadway in 2016 - the first since its marathon 18-year run - the Cats is finally heading out on tour, bringing the feline frolics to a town near you! Full of musical theatre classics (Memory, MaCavity, The Rum Tum Tugger to name a few), spectacular and instantly recognizable costumes, and dance numbers and bursting with cat-itude, this iconic show is purrfect for newcomers and old-timers.

    Created by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh in 1981, Cats is based on poet T.S Elliot's 1939 anthology, Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, a guide to all kinds of cats from the streetwise stray to the pampered lap cat. This revival retains direction from Trevor Nunn and revised choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler after Gillian Lyne.

  • 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!