Children's Museum Houston (CMH) is a children's museum in the Museum District in Houston, Texas. Founded in 1980 and housed in a building designed by Robert Venturi, it offers a multitude of innovative exhibits and bilingual learning programs for kids ages birth to 12 years. It serves more than 1,400,000 people annually and operates as a 501(c)(3) under the direction of a Board of Directors. It is one of 190 children's museums in the United States and 15 children's museums in Texas.
The Museum was founded in 1980 by a group of Houston parents who hoped to elevate early childhood development to a community-wide priority. The museum opened in 1984, and it originally leased space from the Blaffer Gallery of the University of Houston. Several years later, it moved to 11,000-square-foot (1,000 m2) of leased space in the former Star Engraving Company Building on Allen Parkway.
|Monday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Tuesday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Wednesday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 8:00 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Sunday||12:00 – 6:00 PM|
Andrew Stapleton | Mar 3, 2018
Great place to take your kids to get involved with kid level displays and active play areas and an enormous multi-story climbing disc playground. Also has a fun nature and water playground area outside. Food is a little pricey, admission is little pricey, but they do offer free visiting for a few hours once a week. Good place for children to get their wiggles out and learn something while they're at it.
Justin Crapps | Dec 28, 2017
The children’s museum is best suited for kids who are old enough to be showing an interest in science. There are lots of choices of science based exhibits like building your own air powered rocket or understanding how different arrangements of pulleys can make a load harder to lift. That said, this is a great place for spending time with your kids getting them interested in science. We went during the week after Christmas and while our younger kids (4 and 5) enjoyed it, it was really too crowded for me to teach them anything. I will go back when it is less crowded.
Neal Tambe | Feb 26, 2018
Bottom line: great activities for kids off all ages, largest children's museum I've seen Tip: Thursdays from 5p to 8p is free family nights! Man I wish I could have gone to a place like this when I was a kid. Came here on a trip and this place kept the kids occupied real well. Probably more educational for children older than 4, but great for all ages. Cons: no free parking, Thursday night parking is $3. Just to keep cash on hand.
Monica Piel | Mar 2, 2018
We went here for my daughters field trip. It was spectacular! I had taken her before but she didn't remember. Now she can't stop talking about it. The guide that helped us was very informative and great with kids. The gift shop had resonably priced items. We'll definitely be going back soon.
Erik Kingissepp | Feb 19, 2018
Such an amazing place to take your child for the day. We spent most of our time in the tots room upstairs for kids under 3. So much fun for our little one! The rest of the place is also amazing. There are kid versions of grocery stores, news station, art studio, bank, restaurant, ambulance and so much more. The toy store/gift shop is great too. Honestly, such a great place. There's parking too, for a max of $9 for the full day ($5 min). Don't forget to squish a penny in one of the machines near the front entrance!
Jessy Epperson | Mar 19, 2018
It was a great place to tale my kids. Took them during Spring Break, so a crowd was to be expected. All in all, it was a very enjoyable time and we will be going back. Parking is hard to find once the lot fills up. Earlier the better. Suggestion: Treat your kiddos and pull them from school early one day. Less people, better parking.
Melissa Rodriguez | Mar 10, 2018
I absolutely LOVE bringing my 4 years old son to the Children's Museum of Houston!! He has such an amazing time every time. There's so much to do, it's so involved even my 15 year old has fun here. She really enjoyed the little challenge course on the bottom floor. My son loves painting, the location with the grocery store, the outdoor area, he LOVES the giant tubes that shoot little fluffy balls around. Just so much to do and enjoy here. Your little ones will definitely tire themselves out. And the membership is definitely worth it if you live in Houston, making going there not an expensive have to spend money situation. Thanks to the wonderful staff who keep the place going, you're amazing!!
Jennafer Gelling | Apr 3, 2018
This is a great place. So many activities for the kids to play. I like that they have a spot for super little ones. I went with a 6 month old girl, a 5 year old boy, a 6 year old girl, and a 7 year old girl. They all a had a great time. My only issue is there is no real security when you leave to make sure the child/children you leave with is the ones you came with. That is the only reason I gave it a 4 star instead of a 5 star.
Barbara Vives | Apr 1, 2018
Even though the museum had high crowds due to spring break, the employees and the museum do not skip a beat. They are always friendly, professional and most importantly, kid-friendly. I recommend this place to anyone with young children, the experience each time is new and exciting for the young explorers. Every area has been carefully thought out and kid-proofed with their safety in mind. Highly recommend!
Carlos Estevez | Mar 10, 2018
We like the activities at the museum and the exploratory nature of its settings. I found this may time I went in December to be more chaotic than usual. There were broken experiments in several of the exhibits and no-one made the smallest effort to call maintenance to repair them. The museum has several age tears, many activities for 6 to 10, but not much for 11 years old. It is a overwhelming experience for the kids most of the time. Though they love it. Plan to be there from 1 to 3 hours and maybe come back later the same day. In the negative side, parking is expensive and insufficient. Be patient.
Charles Franklin | Apr 8, 2018
This place really is amazing for kids. Unlike some of the other entertainment that you can find around the city this is actually an enriching experience. There's so much to do is hard to explain it all in a review. One minute the kids were creating crafts in the main hallway the next minute they were playing veterinarians and police officers. One moment they were learning about other countries and learning about cultures around the world. They also have a ton of science related activities and enrichment experiences. They have cool outdoor area with water tower that stretches the entire outdoor section, perfect for those super hot days in Houston. And the toddler room upstairs it has a lot to do for the little ones and supervision to ensure that all the little ones are enjoying themselves and everybody's playing fairly. Obviously if you want to be there all day it's good to have food options. They have a really reasonably priced food court. If you go Thursdays after 5 you can go for free so there's really not an excuse not to enjoy this wonderful Museum. If you live close enough to go often their membership is worth its weight in gold.
Maria Elena Ortiz Ramirez | Apr 11, 2018
Really good place for entertainment and learning and the same time. Many options to take and have fun. The city for kids is amazing, they can cook in a restaurant, can be doctors, veterinarians, take money from an ATM machine and moreee. There is also a place for babies, beautifully settled, and I saw how they are carefully with clean toys and avoids contamination. They have an space for crafting really cool and birthday parties options. You can leave important stuff in a locker. Clean restrooms. To improve: people.in cafeteria are a little bit rude, make us feel not to welcome.
Mark Iwaasa | Apr 24, 2018
Visited in April 2018. Very fun and not busy on the day we went. It was a weekday. Spent over 3 hours and still could have down more. Cost was $12/person regardless of age, so we felt that was reasonably priced. There are a lot of physical activities to do in the museum and a Maker section in the basement.
Sara P | May 21, 2018
One of the best children’s museums we’ve been to in the country. Very reasonably priced with lots to do for children of all ages, even little babies! I appreciated how there were workers constantly cleaning the “tot spot”...wiping down surfaces and collecting any toys that little ones may have had their mouths on. The outdoor attractions are fun too!
Jeffrey Drozek-Fitzwater | Jun 7, 2018
I'm not a kid but I sure felt like one at the Children's Museum. What a vibrant, exciting place it must be to a young child. There is so much to discover, explore, and experiment with. I don't want to trot out the whole, "they make learning fun!" thing, but... if this place doesn't get a kid interested in science, I don't think anything well. They can observe air pressure by blasting balls through giant tubes. They can practice physics with paper airplanes shot through a cannon. They can build cars and maybe even small robots. Anyone with a younger kid should make it here at least once.
Jeanna Wattles | May 24, 2018
They have a very well organized system for field trips. It was very fast though. I wish we had more time to do some of the items. They didn't get to play on the playground at all. I feel like in kinder that would be an awesome thing to do. Get their energy out. But they don't allow field trip on them
Shanae Villarreal Barlow | Jun 2, 2018
We've gone on both weekends and weekdays. Much prefer weekdays as it is less crowded. Been taking my little one since she was 12 months to the toddler area. She loves it. Great to go to during summer since it's indoors but they also have a water works area.
Sandie Dowell | Jun 27, 2018
I apologize for my previous review. That was meant for another museum that we visited on the City Pass packet. We visited with 3 kids, 3, 9, and 14. We all had a wonderful time. The kids loved being able to touch everything and didn't realize they were learning! We could have spent our entire vacation here at this museum and I think the kids would have still wanted to go back the next day! What a wonderful concept!
La La Henderson | Jun 20, 2018
I brought my 8-year niece here and she loved it. We were here for 3 hours. We had a lovely time until 5pm. Apparently it was free after 5 on Thursday and that's when we made our exit. It got over-crowded very quickly. Once the crowds started coming in there was no room to play and kids were waiting to play with things. Even for free I would not have enjoyed that experience. Thankfully we had been there long enough to leave very satisfied.
Joshua Boston | Jul 6, 2018
This was a wonderful place to take my 13 month old child on a hot day in Houston. Amazingly, the museum has a dedicated 0-36 month play area that was more than perfect for my child. We spent less time in the other exhibits, but they seemed amazingly engaging — especially the kid city. We’ll definitely be back to explore more.
bee anthony | Jul 29, 2018
Totally wonderful experience. I have a 7, 3, and a 1 year old son. We visited this establishment on 7-23-18 and we had the absolute best time. We were traveling from Louisiana (4 hours away to be exact). Upon arriving we were directed to a superhero show in the mini theatre, which was awesome (me as the adult, I enjoyed it as well). Anyway, I have taken my kids to many museums as we have traveled to different states and this has by far been the best one so far. I love Kidtropolis and the whole concept of it was very interactive (some museums have a boring layout of the play centers but this one was very lively). Though it was a bit busy, my kids and I had a blast! I would recommend it to all. The outside area was very nice as well. We did not have a chance to visit the lower level, but we did have fun on the main level of the museum!! Thanks so much Children's Museum of Houston for the wonderful experiences for my kids.
Nehal Nabil | Aug 11, 2018
Such a fun an extensively educational and kids activities rich place! Had my nephew toddlers to visit last week and they extremely enjoyed it! We had a full day and it was not enough to enjoy all three stories with all the different types of activities there were to discover! It’s well worth every penny paid for the kids, but I just don’t think it’s fair to make all parents and grandparents pay the same ticket price that’s paid for the kids because obviously they are there to just accompany their kids while playing, but they won’t really have anything to do and pay the ticket for..
Nikki Gonzalez | Jul 29, 2018
I come here frequently. It was a rainy day and it was crowded . That was to be expected. Even with the crowd, we still had a ton of fun. The building is big enough to accommodate plenty of parents and children. There are different areas for active fun, quite fun and crazy fun. There is a water feature outside and I love it. Sometimes the staff is a little rude, but besides that. Love this place
Momof444 | Jul 17, 2018
Good clean fun place. My 8 and 9 year old really loved it. $12 a person is a great price. Food court was nice and clean and food was pretty good. There was staff everywhere cleaning and monitoring stations which was nice. All the water works outside were working. Everything we played with was working fine. We spent 3 hours here and we are exhausted. YMCA day camp kids were a little out of hand though. Parking garage was easily accessed right across the street, but for a fee. It was worth it to have my car in the shade. We had a great time.
Nathan Stoltz | Jul 16, 2018
Very fun interactive museum for the kids. Also very reasonably priced. We got the secret agent deal for our kids at admission. This kept them excited and busy for about two hours. Some of the wording on the secret agent scavenger hunt book could have been a little more more clear, but it was pretty minor stuff. Great variety of activities so the kids never got bored. They actually had sensory overload and couldn't decide which section they wanted to go to next.
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