Safari Adventure is home to an 11,000-square-foot jungle playland, where intrepid tykes can scale the four-level Kilimanjaro playground complete with tubes, slides, obstacles, and cargo nets. Enormous inflatable bouncers introduce little ones to the wonders of gravity defiance, and more than 40 video and skill games push their dexterous digits toward thumbs-up glory (tokens not included in today's Groupon). Pre- and postexploration, starving safarians can also munch on healthy snacks—whole fruit, yogurt, salads, and more—at the Lion's Den Café.
The Long Island Science Center seeks to promote the knowledge and love of science, mathematics, engineering, and technology in people of all ages. They adopt a “learning by doing” philosophy, which results in myriad interactive exhibits that explore subjects such as volcanoes, Egyptian hieroglyphics, the planets, and crime scenes. The museum also holds regular special and seasonal events, as well as special programs for school groups.
Nearly 80 exhibiting galleries gather at the George R. Brown Convention Center for the Texas Contemporary Art Fair, a chance for the local community to get a look at dynamic creations from around the country. Installations—such as Troy Stanley's gently moving Zephyr and R.MUTT, Buster Graybill's urban escape vehicle—contribute to the vast diversity of exhibit, during which guests can simultaneously enjoy the art and shop.
And if all that art seems a bit overwhelming, you can take part in TCAFs robust weekend of events, all designed to offer additional insight, link pieces thematically, and grant access to some of the fair's most exciting artists and curators. The "Under $5,000" tour highlights some of the collection's most dynamic and affordable pieces, and the "Artist Residencies" panel brings together four experts to discuss the impact of residency programs on their communities. You can also listen in as one of Houston's top gallery owners offers insight on the contemporary-art world and top-secret sculptor handshakes in her "Insider Information" talk.
Lauded by People magazine in 2010, Children's Museum of the East End strives to promote learning through play, propelling kids throughout 4,000 square feet of classrooms and interactive exhibits designed for toddling tykes aged 0 and older. At some of the museum's 13 permanent exhibits, kids can strike a chord at the Musical Forest, crest rolling waves at a seafaring ship, paint a creative masterpiece at the drop-in art studio, and crawl up through a hollowed-out log into a tree house. Along other erudite roads, windmills spill their revolutionary secrets and potatoes metamorphose into potato chips when taunted with persistent crinkling of a cellophane bag. Outdoor mazes and gardens liberate cooped-up minds, freeing them to scamper along twisted trails and fragrant greens.
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