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Houston for Families

This big city has many attractions for little kids
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 56 miles
Duration: Full day
Family Friendly

Overview :  Everything is large in Houston, from the attractions for little kids to the trucks that dwarf an economy size rental car.

But you... more »

Tips:  The Houston CityPASS is a great way to save money if you are going to all these places. It includes Space Center Houston, Houston... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Houston Children’s Museum

The gigantic Houston Children’s Museum features a huge supermarket filled with plastic food, shopping carts, and cashier stations; in the Mexican area, there is a very different, much smaller ‘open-air’ market. At the farm, kids can milk a plastic cow, gather eggs from a chicken coop and harvest pretend honey.

The courtyard has a water table,... More

The Houston Museum of Natural Science has dinosaurs, an IMAX theater, planetarium and a startling number of hands-on exhibits. The more intimate Discovery Place has interactive exhibits specially for young kids.

The 3-story Butterfly Center is a mellow place where toddlers can walk around while colorful butterflies fly freely.

Park at the garage... More

The Health Museum's Amazing Body Pavilion invites people to walk through a brain and an eyeball. At "You: The Exhibit," kids can see what they will look like in 30 years and use the Height Calculator to see how tall they'll be when they grow up.

Walk here from the Museum of Natural Science; it is less than 1/3 of a mile. Walk along Hermann Park... More

The Hobbit Café is the perfect pit stop for lovers of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the new Hobbit movie. But this venerable restaurant, open since 1972, has a lot more going for it than a cute name.

Oversized sandwiches include ones named for Hobbit characters like Frodo (turkey, roasted peppers & cheese), Bilbo the Magnificent ... More

It's a 25-mile drive to the Space Center, but it's definitely worth the trip. Besides, the time in the car will give the kids (and adults) a chance to rest up for their final adventure of the day.

The high-tech Space Center Houston has plenty of cool stuff for adults, but the Kids Space Place is just for families. Here kids can go down a huge... More