Kids learn best when they don’t know they’re being taught, which is why clever parents simply stir shredded encyclopedias into their children’s pudding. Mix education and recreation with today's Groupon to the Children's Museum of Houston. Choose between the following options:
- For $8, you get admission for two (up to a $16 value).
- For $15, you get admission for four (up to a $32 value).
To make the best use of your Groupon, note that the museum hosts free nights every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and children younger than 1 year old are always admitted for free.
Named Click2Houston’s Best Museum of 2010 and ranked No. 1 among the 10 best children's museums in the nation by Parents magazine, the Children's Museum of Houston earns acclaim by stoking lifelong learning with 90,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits. The museum crams its cavernous quarters with 15 interactive exhibits designed to engage the minds of children up to age 12. Kids can splash their way to a degree in hydro engineering at the FlowWorks exhibit’s aqueduct maze and simulated floodplain stations, or they can tinker with gizmos and gadgets such as Legos, propellers, and batteries at the Invention Convention workshop. The city of Kidtropolis is run entirely by tots, who wield pretend debit cards as they steer through a simulated economy that requires them to spend responsibly and take jobs as vets, store clerks, newscasters, and full-time stamp lickers.
In addition to its permanent exhibits, the Museum hosts activities, guided workshops, special occasions, and story times, all listed on an events calendar so that visitors don’t have to tap the museum’s phone system for information. While outside food is not permitted in the museum, a café stocks healthful snacks and vegetarian items (not included in today's Groupon). Check out the FAQ page for more tips on the museum.
Children’s Museum of Houston
While many children learn by performing hands-on tasks, school systems have yet to figure out how to incorporate gardens, imagination workshops, and towering aqueduct mazes into their budgets. With 90,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits, the Children's Museum of Houston sparks creativity by allowing kids to explore 14 learning stations. Named one of the 12 best children's museums in the country according to Forbes.com, ranked No. 1 among the 10 best children's museums in the nation by Parents magazine, and voted Best Museum 2012 and 2013 by the Houston A-List Poll; Children's Museum of Houston encourages children to explore their curious nature with a variety of interactive exhibits. Exhibits include the interactive EcoStation, a solar-powered outdoor utopia with activities such as stream creation and leaf rubbing that inspire kids to think about environmental responsibility. At the Invention Convention workshop, kids can explore engineering possibilities with building blocks, propellers, and even basic robotics. The sprawling cityscape of Kidtropolis invites children to participate in a simulated economy. The experience requires them to earn paychecks, budget money on pretend debit cards, vote for political candidates, and learn how to obsessively check milk expiration dates at the onsite grocery store.