Register Now for Summer Discovery Camps at Houston’s Most Interactive Science and Health Learning Center

Spark your child’s curiosity at The Health Museum’s annual Discovery Camps!

During the annual Summer Discovery Camps, kids will have the opportunity to explore medical sciences and the human body through hands-on interactive experiences and workshops carefully curated by The Health Museum’s education staff.

Discovery Campers will dissect real organs, practice actual surgery procedures, and learn about what it takes to be a medical professional such as a doctor or veterinarian, among various other activities, during camp.

This is open to children ages 5 to 13 years old, and will take place June 4 to August 24, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Before and after care will be available for families who need it.

Camp Course Options include:

Children 5-7 years-old: Biorhythm: The Musical, Body Is Art: Organ Edition, Mini Chef’s Academy, Mini Chemist, Mini Vet, No Bones About It & The Clinic

Children 8-10 years-old:  Bio Beatz I, Body Is Art II: Body Systems Edition, Brain Pop!, Ev3 Robotics, Game On!, Grossology, Junior Chemist, Junior Vet, Savory Science

Children 11-13 years-old:  3D Design & Printing, Bio Beatz Ii, Body Is Art III: Human Edition, Edible Explorations, Mini Medical School I, Mini Medical School II, Pi Scratch Programming & Design, Senior Chemist & Senior Vet

Learn more and register HERE!


Houston Health Museum: 40 Chances & Real Lives + Real Engineering

Houston has some great museums… and I love to visit them all.  But there is one museum that my kids love… and I like visiting, even during peak museum hours!

The Houston Health Museum, our sponsor, has lots of room, lots of interactive displays and 2 new exhibits.  Unlike the chaos at the amazing Children’s Museum (which we do like!), the Health Museum is usually calm and full of fun learning opportunities.

Our current favorite spot is Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering.  This exhibit not only shows how we can all use our ingenuity to build body replacements, develop brain-machine interfaces and engineer unique assistive tools… but the kids actually get to design devices on their own.

There are tables were kids can build tools, like for someone in a wheel chair to reach the ground, use the adaptive skis to race downhill, design a wheelchair for the beach or for sports or for the street… and much more.

I will say that if you just want to look around, this exhibit won’t take long and might be boring.  But if you stop at each station and engage with it, you could play for a long long time.

Check out the Human Plus pictures below… and also look at the pictures of 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World.  The story behind it is that all of us have about 40 chances to accomplish our goals in life.  Warnen Buffett posed this challenge to his son, Howard G. Buffett… and he set out to help the most vulnerable people one earth that lack basic food security.  Learn more HERE.

You can see both of these exhibits through January 1, 2018… and you can always see the permanent exhibits and conduct experiments at the Cell Lab!

 

 

 

 

 

 


Body Worlds RX: Prescriptions for Healthy Living at The Health Museum

Body Works RX
Body Worlds RX: Prescriptions for Healthy Living is open now through April 23, 2017 at The Health Museum and is included in general admission. Here there are more than 75 real human specimens that have been preserved through the process of Plastination.

And here’s the thing… my kids do not like scary things. They refuse to see the mummies at the Natural Science Museum and steer clear of anything spooky or gross.

So, when we packed up and went to the opening night of Body Worlds RX, I was not confident it would go well.

Body Works RX Hand
So, this is what happened…

The new exhibit is right near the entrance of the museum, but not visible from the main hall. My boys waited outside while I took the (brave) girls through.

And, Body Worlds RX is a lot more like a science lab than a cable crime show. Nothing is gruesome and you will see much worse things on most evening shows. Still, it is real… which is the trouble with the mummies at the other museum… so I still had a couple kids that chose not to walk through.

Body Works RX Projector
A lot of families had kids in the exhibit, and it was very educational… so look at the pictures below and decide if your own kids would like to visit.

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Houston CityPass – Save 41% on 5 Attractions

Do you have a few days to tour around Houston? If so, you might want to consider the CityPass which allows you to visit 5 Houston attraction for a discounted amount. Currently the adult pass is $39 (a $66 value) an the child pass is $29 (a $50 value). Go HERE to find out more.

The pass allows you to visit:

  • Space Center Houston
  • Downtown Aquarium
  • Houston Museum of Natural Science
  • Houston Zoo OR The Health Museum
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston OR The Children’s Museum of Houston

The pass must be used within 9 days, beginning with the first day of use. Go HERE to check it out.


The Health Museum

 

Address: 1515 Hermann Drive, Houston, TX 77004

Hours:
Summer Hours, July 14 – September 15
Monday – Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, 12 – 5 p.m.

Regular Hours
Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Museum is open Mondays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., June through August

Free Family Thursday Hours
Visitors enjoy free general admission on Thursdays from 2 to 5 p.m. From June 30 – September 15, Free Family Thursday hours will be extended to 2 – 7 p.m.
There is an admission charge for our special exhibits during these Free Family Thursday hours.

Cost:
Visitors enjoy free general admission on Thursdays after 2 p.m.

Museum General Admission
Museum Members………………………FREE
Children 2 and under ………………..FREE
Non-member, Adult……………………$8.00
Non-member, Child (ages 3 – 12)……….$6.00
Non-member, Senior (ages 65 & up)….$6.00

Appropriate Age: Any age.   Middle school children and older would probably get the most out of it.

 

 

Our Review: The Health Museum is located in the museum district, near the Children’s Museum.  There is a parking lot connected to the building that is $5.00 for museum visitors.  There is also a lot of metered street parking around the building.  We parked on the street.  It is $1.50 per hour.  One and a half hours was plenty of time for us.  (Be sure to walk over to the meter, pay for your parking, and put the receipt on the dashboard of your car.  The meter may not be right in front of your parking space but you can still get a parking ticket if you do not pay for parking.)

 


The Health Museum is open for free on Thursdays after 2:00.  I was a little worried about the crowds at this time, but decided to check it out for free.  Fortunately we went after HISD was back in session, because the staff told me Thursday afternoons were crazy all summer.  Even more fortunate for us, when we arrived at 2:00, we all but had the exhibits to ourselves. (As the afternoon went on, it got a little busier, but nothing to complain about.)

 


The Health Museum is small in comparison to other museums in the district (which is good with us).  I was impressed at how interactive it was. Every where we looked, there were buttons to push and hands on activities. (When I asked my 2 year old later in the day what her favorite part was, she told me it was pushing buttons.)

 


I learned a lot from the museum and I think the material would be really great for middle schoolers and older kids. My 4 year old was a little concerned about how dark it was in the exhibit and that there we no toys. That said, I found that when I sat with him at different stations and told him what was going on, he really enjoyed it. His favorite was probably the smell station, where you push a button and guess the smell.

 


There are hourly showings of Planet You in the moving theater. It is about 20 minutes long and is free with admission.  To my surprise, my kids sat through the entire thing and enjoyed it. My son thought it was cool to see what germs looked like and why he always has to wash his hands.
 

Overall, we had fun at The Health Museum. It was definitely worth the free admission fee and the $2 parking. We’ll be back on Thursday afternoons, and as the kids get bigger, I think we’ll spend even more time there.