History museums’ acquisitions always instill wonder in children who have become bored with their own closets full of skeletons. Discover a body of knowledge with today’s Groupon to the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land. Choose between the following options:
- For $12, you get a museum outing for two (up to a $29 total value), which includes:
- Two admissions to the Exhibit Hall (up to a $12 value each)
One admission to the Dig Pit (up to a $5 value)
- For $15, you get an extended museum outing for two (up to a $35 total value), which includes:
- Two admissions to the Crime Lab with complimentary admission to the Exhibit Hall (up to a $15 value each)
- One admission to the Dig Pit (up to a $5 value)
Once home to a prison, the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land now locks up knowledge with interactive exhibits that shuttle minds into such far flung realms as outer space and the Cretaceous Period. Open Thursday through Sunday, with extended holiday hours, families can bond over a learning experience that has nothing to do with the mulching of a Christmas tree. Exhibit Hall admission includes access to a number of exhibits, including Dino Mummy, Science on a Sphere, Earth Science, Space Science, Discovery Works, and more. Those who select the second option can venture into the Crime Lab, where they help solve the Johnson Family mystery. By examining tire marks, cloth fibers, and other forensic clues, novice sleuths aim to bust the burglars who stole the titular clan’s collection of antique hamster wheels.
Inside the Dig Pit, children younger than 11 can sift through stone for cast fossils of dinosaurs and late ‘90s cell phones. Parents further engross dino savants in the paleontology exhibit, where Stan the T. Rex and nine other species roam. Learn about what may have prompted the great beasts’ demise in the space science exhibit. Eyes and ears can also marvel at the planetarium’s 30’x18’ full-dome digital theater, which casts more than 10 shows with curve-mirror projection technology, mimicking the perspective at the bottom of a fishbowl big enough for a whale.
Children age 3 and younger are admitted to the Exhibit Hall for free with a paying adult.
Houston Museum of Natural Science
Seven days a week, the Houston Museum of Natural Science cultivates knowledge with interactive exhibits that shuttle minds into such far-flung realms as tropical rainforests and outer space. Permanent exhibit halls house everything from the skeletons of brachiosauruses in the recently expanded Morian Hall of Paleontology to artifacts from ancient Egypt and the Americas.
Housed inside three stories of glass, the museum's Cockrell Butterfly Center habitat teems with more than 1,500 winged wonders from around the globe, which frolic around a 50-foot waterfall, and flutter through exotic plants. Visitors can also gaze skyward in the Burke Baker Planetarium, which casts more than 10 daily shows with curve-mirror projection technology. Eyes marvel at the planetarium's 30'x18' full-dome digital theater, capable of transporting families to the aurora borealis in the Arctic Circle or to the nougat-flavored center of a black hole.
13016 University Blvd.
Sugar Land, Texas 77479