11822 Almeda Road
Houston, TX 77045
Come by this ranch tucked away just south of downtown to see what it was like to be a cowboy in the Old West. The museum is on the Taylor-Stevenson Ranch, a working ranch that has been in operation for 150 years and has seen seven generations come through. The family history is a compelling tale of race relations and Civil War history in the South, as Edward Taylor, a white man, and his black wife Ann, were the first to establish the farm and were uncommon for the time for living openly and raising their children together. Their legacy is kept alive on the farm and at the museum, where families and children can learn about the history of ranching in Texas and just what it took to be a cowboy in the old West! Tours are by appointment only.
1921 Ave. F
Rosenberg, TX 77471
Almost every little boy or girl at some point wonders what it would be like to be a train conductor. The Rosenberg Railroad Museum tells the story of the railroads in Texas and how trains, and the people who work with them, have changed over the past 160 years. The museum is right on the rail line, so you can watch modern trains pass while learning about the trains of the past! The museum has special Wig Wag events Wednesday mornings in the summer for children with docent-led tours and educational crafts.
400 Walnut St.
Beaumont, TX 77701
The first thing you see when you arrive at the Fire Museum of Texas is a giant fire hydrant — the world’s largest working fire hydrant at 24 feet tall! Kids can run around and learn all about what it takes to be a firefighter today, as well as see the crank ladders, manual nozzles and hoses and other equipment from firefighting history. This August, a special exhibit will open about how firefighters helped in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks — a nice way to remember those lost and talk to your kids about a delicate time in our nation’s history. If you’re lucky, when you visit, you may get to see Smokey the Bear!
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13016 University Blvd.
Sugar Land, TX 77479
Ever wanted to build a tree house? This special exhibit will provide fascinating information about the kinds of animals that live in trees, how to determine what animals are in the trees around you and offer a glimpse into the lives of people who live in tree houses! Some tree houses have been constructed for children to play through while they learn. Anyone who’s ever wished for a fun tree house of their own won’t want to miss out on this.
1500 Binz St.
Houston, TX 77004
Find your inner genius with the Klutz Amazingly Immature exhibit premiering at the Children’s Museum of Houston this summer. Full of games and activities that will get your kids’ creative juices flowing and teach them about science and math without even realizing it, this new exhibit is giving Houston kids first access before it travels to 15 other cities nationwide. Try to pull a tablecloth out from under your dishes, or just find the best way to fold a paper airplane — either way, you can be amazingly immature!
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