Houston Center for Contemporary Craft Garden – Visiting Houston’s Parks, One Week at a Time

Address: 4848 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77002
Cost: Free
Appropriate Age: Any Age

James at Fountain Outside Houston Craft Museum

The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is a small museum in the Museum District and it is always free to visit.  There is a small lot behind the museum and free street parking.  Right next to the museum is the Craft Garden, ready to be explored.

Brooke looking at a caterpillar at Houston Craft Museum
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Hands on Houston – Houston Center for Contemporary Craft


The first Saturday of every month, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft hosts Hands on Houston. It is a free event, open to the public, with a new project each month.

Today I took the kids to make Handmade Wooden Toy Cars. We went at noon and I was worried that either the craft would be a little trinket or that there would be a mob. But, I was pleasantly surprised when we arrived.

The back lot was almost full but inside there was plenty of space. (Had the lot been full, there is easy street parking.) This particular Hands On Houston event was led by the Woodworkers Club of Houston. They must have taken most of the parking spots, because there were a lot of people waiting to help my kids build a car.

The craft was being done in the main lobby and we were welcomed warmly when we arrived. The kids were able to pick out the style of wooden car and pick up their wheels and axles. (These little cars were very solid and really were designed for play.)

One of the woodworkers sat with the kids as they decorated their cars with markers and stickers. He then helped the kids line up the car in the jig while they hammered in the axles and wheels. The staff was very patient with the kids and excited to have us there.

After we built the cars, the kids had fun watching a woodworker work and they admired his finished products. We then packed up our new cars and headed out. The whole event was about 30 minutes.

Hands On Houston was a lot of fun and I cannot believe that it was free. You can bet we’ll be back again next month!

Read about our last visit to the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft HERE.

Houston Center For Contemporary Craft


Address: 4848 Main Street. Houston, Texas 77002

Cost: Free

Appropriate Age: Any age

Our Review: The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft was “founded to advance education about the process, product and history of craft”. It opened over 10 years ago and is one of the few places in the country dedicated to craft. At the museum, you can find exhibits, artist studios and a gift shop. And it is free!

I took my kids on a Sunday after lunch. We drove there and parked in the back of the building. It was easy to find and easy to park. Inside no one was shocked that I was bringing 3 kids into the museum (phew) and we started our self guided tour.

When we were there, Soundforge  was on display. My kids enjoyed using the different hammers to make music. Joe was sure to use each of the 10+ on display. This exhibit has now left, but others will be replacing it. You can see it schedule HERE.

After making music, we toured the rest of the gallery. The rest of the crafts were beautiful, but the kids were not especially interested. We kept walking and found the studios were the current artists in residence were working. This part was interesting because the kids could see the artist working.

The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft has a calendar full of events, with many for kids. Follow the calendar HERE.

On the way out to the car, we walked through the big garden. It had a stage where the kids performed Ruby Tuesday for me and a few walkers as they passed by.

This museum is not the most exciting Houston museum for kids, but with certain exhibits, like Soundforge, or events, like Hands on Houston, you can have a lot of fun. And even better yet, it’s free. So go check it out. What do you have to lose?

Houston Weekend Events – January 5, 6, 7, 8, 2012


There is a lot going on in Houston this weekend. You may want to check some of these events out…


Thanksgiving – MLK Day – St. Joseph Medical Center’s Ice at Discovery Green presented by Houston Chronicle and Momentum Luxury Auto Group

January 6 – Disco Green on Ice – Discovery Green


January 7 – Dirty Dozen Ice Sculpting Competition – Twelve ice artists use chainsaws to sculpt ice – Discovery Green
10:00am-3:00pm Ice Carving
3:00-4:00pm Judging
4:20pm Awards
4:30-5:30pm LastShow, Band & Lighting of Sculptures

January 7 – Super Saturdays – Buy One Get One Free Adventure Pass – Downtown Aquarium

January 7 – Hands-On Houston – Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

January 7 – First Saturday Arts Market – The Heights