Top Upcoming Exhibits For Kids In Houston

July 20, 2015 7:00 AM

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When people think of museums, often they imagine quiet, echoing rooms with priceless artwork on the walls and a very cold, sterile environment. But there’s so much more than that in Houston! With a large museum district and many other museums and organizations with interactive exhibits around town, finding exhibits that are kid-friendly and fun for the whole family is no problem! Many locally-focused museums have education outreach programs and other activities specifically designed to help kids learn about something related to Houston or Texas history or current events. Make sure to check out some of these great upcoming exhibits for kids in Houston!
American Cowboy Museum
11822 Almeda Road
Houston, TX 77045
(713) 478-9677
www.americancowboymuseum.org

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.

Rosenberg Railroad Museum
1921 Ave. F
Rosenberg, TX 77471
(281) 633-2846
www.rosenbergrrmuseum.org

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.

Fire Museum Of Texas
400 Walnut St.
Beaumont, TX 77701
(409) 880-3927
www.fmotassn.com

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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Houston Museum Of Natural Science At Sugar Land
13016 University Blvd.
Sugar Land, TX 77479
(281) 313-2277
www.hmns.org

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.

Children’s Museum Of Houston
1500 Binz St.
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 522-1138
www.cmhouston.org

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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Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.