Houston’s Best Stuff For Young Kids (5-8)

May 26, 2011 12:42 AM

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Houston offers plenty of things to keep kids of any age entertained. Young kids have vivid imaginations and seemingly boundless energy, which makes taking them out on the town fun for both parent and child. Houston’s best stuff for young kids ages five to eight is both entertaining and educational (and in many cases, quite affordable). – Amber Hilton
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The Children’s Museum of Houston

1500 Binz
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 522-1138
www.cmhouston.org

Located in the city’s Museum District, the Children’s Museum of Houston is a great place to take younger children. Kids ages five to eight will love the exhibits here, which include a kid-friendly “Building Zone” that helps teach engineering and physics while indulging kids’ desire to construct (and demolish) things. Kids that love math and computers are sure to enjoy the Cyberchase exhibit, based on the popular PBS cartoon series. Stop by on Thursday nights from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. to take advantage of free admission. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. The museum is closed on Monday, with the exception of certain holidays and school breaks.

The Houston Zoo

6200 Hermann Park Dr.
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 533-6500
www.houstonzoo.org

Kids in this age group tend to get really excited about animals, so what better place to take them than the Houston Zoo? This popular area attraction offers plenty of animal exhibits, including the new African Forest, which features rhinos, chimps and giraffes, among other species. Aquarium and bird exhibits are also on site, as well as a wildlife carousel and water park. Younger kids enjoy the McGovern Children’s Zoo, which allows them to get up close and personal with farm animals such as goats and sheep in the petting zoo, or literally crawl inside the prairie dog exhibit via protected pop-up domes. There is so much to do at the Houston Zoo that you could easily spend many hours here, and several dining options provide fuel to keep your family going throughout the day. General admission pricing is free for children younger than age two; $7 for children ages two to 11; $11 for those ages 12 to 64; $6 for seniors ages 65 and up. Free admission for the whole family is offered from 2 p.m. until close on the first Tuesday of the month. The zoo is open year round, with the exception of Christmas Day. Hours: March 14 through November 6, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; November 7 through March 12, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Final admission is accepted one hour before closing time.

BounceU

Houston Southwest Location
10601 S. Sam Houston Pkwy West, Suite 190
Houston, TX 77071
(281) 716-JUMP (5867)

Houston West Location
14900 Westheimer Rd., Suite B
Houston, TX 77082
(281) 716-JUMP (5867)
www.bounceu.com

If you’re looking for a place to take young kids where they can get some exercise and burn off some energy, BounceU is the place to go in Houston. With two locations in the city, this is a popular venue for birthday parties and other events, as well as a fun afternoon destination on a rainy day. Open bounce sessions offer music, snacks and games, in addition to plenty of fun, bouncy inflatables. Options include an All-Ages Bounce, Family Bounce Night and Preschool Playdate. The latter is a perfect activity for children up to age seven, which not only provides opportunities for fun and exercise, but some socialization as well. Programs and sessions vary by location and season, so call or visit the Web site for more information on open sessions, pricing and hours.

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