The Space City is home to the Houston Space Center itself, and this is already a huge deal. However, you can’t even start imagining the many more educational spots that Houston has to offer for kids!
Combining fun with interactive exhibits and unique destinations, this list is filled with awesome educational options that little ones will love, as well as adults!

Where: 1601 Nasa Pkwy, Houston, Texas 77058, USA

If you live in Houston or are simply visiting for a few days, you can’t miss a visit to the very own home of NASA Mission Control, International Space Station Mission Control, and astronaut training. 

Discover more than 400 space artifacts, amazing exhibits, the world’s largest collection of moon rocks, and more! Kids will have an amazing time as they are taken behind scenes to see NASA Johnson Space Center!

Where: 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030, USA
Hours: 9 AM – 7 PM, Last entry at 6 PM. Open 7 days a week.

A visit to the Zoo is not only a hit when you have little kids, but it’s also a great opportunity for them to learn about the animals living in it.

At the Houston Zoo, you will see more than 6,000 animals that are provided with the highest standard in animal care. Feed giraffes see cheetahs, sea lions, bears, and more! 

Where: 1500 Binz St, Houston, TX, USA
Hours: Time Entry Required. Sunday 12 – 6 PM| Monday Closed | Tuesday Closed | Wednesday 10 AM – 6 PM | Thursday 10 AM – 8 PM | Friday 10 AM – 6 PM | Saturday 10 AM – 6 PM

The Children’s Museum of Houston is a 90,000-square feet playground for kids’ minds!

Filled with interactive exhibits that allow kids to learn about science, history, culture, technology, and more through bilingual and interactive exhibitions, this museum is the go-to destination for children to learn and play for hours!

Where: 7112 Newcastle Street, Bellaire, TX 77401, USA
Hours: Discovery Rooms: Tuesday – Friday (closed Monday)Noon – 5:30 PM Saturday and Sunday 10 AM – 5:30 PM Nature Discovery Center OfficeTuesday – Friday (closed Monday)9:30 AM – 5:30 PM Russ Pitman Park 7 days per week 5 AM to 9:30 PM

This interactive hands-on approach to learning will awaken children’s natural curiosity!

The family can connect with nature and explore prairie grasses, tall pecans, native understory, and wide lawns that are home to many animals. 

Where: Little Beakers – The Woodlands, Hanna Road, Oak Ridge North, TX, USA

What’s more educational and fun than a science lab especially built for kids?

 Parents and children can do fun and hands-on experiments, or kids can be led by a scientist. Open Lab lets kids choose from up to 30 experiments, or you can sign the kids for a Guided Lab or Little Beakers Workshop!

Where: 5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, Texas 77030, USA
Hours: Regular Hours: Monday – Sunday: 9 AM – 5 PM | Exhibitions Monday- Sunday: 9 AM –5 PM (last entry to special exhibits at 4:30 PM) | Giant Screen Theatre Monday – Sunday: 10 AM–4 PM (last show at 4 PM – no late entry) | Planetarium Monday – Sunday: 10 AM –4 PM (last show at 4 PM – no late entry)| Butterfly Center Monday – Sunday: 9 AM–5 PM

Dinosaurs, galaxies, tropical rainforest, history, and more!

Kids and parents will be fascinated by the many exhibits and many floors of history and collections. This is a great place to learn more about the world that we live in.

Where: 1515 Hermann Dr, Houston, Texas 77004, USA
Hours: Monday – Saturday 9 AM-5 PM | Thursday 9 AM- 7 PM | Free Family Thursday 2 PM-7 PM | Sunday 12 PM-5 PM

The Health Museum teaches both kids and grown-ups everything there’s to know about the human body.

With exciting traveling exhibits, a journey through the whole body, real organ dissections, and more, kids and parents will have a wonderful time!

Where: 4501 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX, USA
Hours: Open Daily, 7 AM – Dusk

The whole family will enjoy being educated about the natural environment at this 155-acre urban nature sanctuary.

Kids will love walking a trail, attending Discovery Classes, and enjoying the exhibits at the Discovery Room where they can learn about the wildlife of the Arboretum!

Where: 2618 Broadway Avenue J, Galveston, TX, USA
Dates:Tuesday – Saturday 9:30 AM – 5 PM | Sunday 12 PM – 5 PM | Closed Mondays – Reserved for large field trips and open on most local student holidays. | Spring Break Hours: Monday – Saturday 9:30 AM – 5 PM | Sunday 12 PM- 5 PM

Through dynamic exhibits promoting science, art, literacy, and maths kids will be learning and having a great time at the Galveston Children’s Museum!

The museum offers a unique and hands-on environment where children can investigate, create, and discover. 

Where: 410 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002, USA

The Downtown Aquarium is a 6- acre entertainment and dining complex.

At this 500,000-gallon aquatic wonderland, you’ll get to see over 300 species of aquatic animals, and enjoy amazing exhibits, rides, and games! 

Where: 4775 West Panther Creek Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77381, USA

The Woodlands Children’s Museum is an ideal place for kids 7 years of age and under.

Each month, children will get to enjoy plenty of events and activities including storytimes and puppet shows, as well as explore interactive exhibits, role-play, and more! They will learn about science, art, and culture and have a blast!

Where: 198 Kempner St, Sugar Land, TX, USA
Hours: Monday: Closed | Tuesday- Saturday: 10 AM – 6 PM | Sunday: Closed

The Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center is a very special project of the Children’s Museum of Houston!

The 12,000-square-foot restored building is filled with exhibits geared for children ages birth to 12, including a real-life kid metropolis called Kidtropolis where they can play pretend and use their imagination!

Where: 2403 Milam Street, Houston, TX, USA

Future firefighters will love visiting the Houston Fire Museum!

From educational activities and programs to fun events, and changing exhibits, kids will learn more about the history of Houston’s fire service and the importance of fire and life safety.

Where: 11551 Aerospace Avenue, Houston, TX 77034, USA

Hours:Tuesday – Saturday 9 AM – 5 PM | Sunday Noon – 5 PM

If you have little airplane enthusiasts in the family, The Lone Star Flight Museum is a great option for visiting!

It features 130,000 square feet of historic aircraft, hands-on exhibits, and a high-tech aviation learning center for the whole family. Visitors of all ages will have a great time admiring the amazing collections!

Where: Armand Bayou Nature Center, 8500 Bay Area Blvd, Pasadena, TX 77507, USA
Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 9 AM – 5 PM | Sunday 12 PM – 5 PM | Last admission at 4 PM | Gates locked at 5 PM | Closed Monday & Tuesday.

Visit 2500 acres of natural wetlands, forests, prairies, and attractions!

From walking the 5 miles of hiking trails to visiting the Discovery Loop, there are many activities for the family to enjoy while learning about and exploring nature!