We love love love Houston. We could live here for 100 years and never run out of new things to do with kids. We attend new events and explore new parts of town each week… but there are some places we like to visit again and again!
Below are our 9 favorite things to do in Houston, with kids! (And don’t forget anything on your own adventure with this checklist!)
The Houston Fire Museum is located in midtown in the old Fire Station 7 building. Here you can learn about the history of firefighting and play in a fantastic kid’s area. The back room of the fire station is closed off just for the little ones. There is the cab of a real firetruck, with radio and lights, real fire hoses, a fireman pole, kid sized uniforms and boots, a fire safety house and more. Parents can sit in the air conditioned room while the kids have a blast. This is also the place to get your kid sized Houston Fire Department shirts and caps!
We also look forward to each October and the annual FireFest at the Val Jahnke Training Facility. There are many fire rescue demonstrations and activities for the kids. My kids especially love to spray the fire hose and take a ride up in the basket of the ladder truck. From November to the next October, my kids ask weekly about when we can return.
In the middle of the Museum District, Hermann Park is within walking distance of the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Children’s Museum. Right in the park is the Houston Zoo, the Kinder Station Train, Pedal Boats, Japanese Garden, Centennial Gardens, Miller Outdoor Theatre, Pinewood Cafe, playgrounds, walking/biking paths and tons of open space. With so much to do, we never tire of this park.
The butterfly center is a huge rain forest with butterflies everywhere. My baby may love it the most, chasing butterflies as they dart around our heads. Included in the general museum admission is the huge new Paleontology Hall that is a must see. My kids also insist on spending hours in the energy hall watching the movies. The songs about energy are pretty catchy and have contributed to several right answers at school.