Nautilus Live – Journey To The Ocean Floor, Houston Museum of Natural Science Planetarium, From June to November 2013

Address:  5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston,Texas 7703

Adult Ticket: $8
Child Ticket: (3-11 yrs): $7
Members: $4
Admission to the planetarium does not include admission to the permanent exhibits.

Appropriate Age:  No limits.  Whoever can sit through a 20 minute show.

Nautilus Live5Until November of 2013, Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) guests can see something new in the planetarium.  Instead of gazing at stars, patrons will be taken deep under water.

HMNS is following the Nautilus, a 211-food vessel, through the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean as it maps “geological, biological, archaeological and chemical aspects of these regions to an astonishing depth of approximately 2,000 meters”.

During the 20 minute show, at 1:00pm and 3:00pm, audiences learn about the Nautilus, the 2 ROVs, and deep water exploration.

My 5 year old saw the Nautilus on the cover of the HMNS magazine and insisted that we visit the same day.  All ages are welcome in the theater, but we coordinated with our baby’s nap time to make it easier on everyone.

At HMNS, we were admitted to the planetarium 5 minutes before the show and took our reclining seats that allowed us to gaze at the ceiling. A staff member explained the program to us and showed us the equipment and underwater images.  One image was of the Titanic, which got my kids extra interested.

After 10 minutes of this, we connected with the scientists working on Nautilus via video conference.  They told us about the program…  AND then we got to ask questions.  My 5 year old bravely raised his hand to ask 2 questions which were answered just for him.

Since this is a live show, the material will change each day.  As the ship gets further along on the journey, we plan to go back to see what they have found.  Plus, my son has come up with more questions for the scientist… so you can bet that we’ll be back a few times before it ends in November.

To learn more about the program, go HERE!



Houston Museum of Natural Science – Outing for Four to Either Cockrell Butterfly Center or Burke Baker Planetarium (Up to 56% Off) – Groupon 2.22.12

One of today’s Groupon Daily Deals is for the Houston Museum of Natural Science A Science Outing for 4 to the Butterfly Center or the Planetarium is $14.  Admission is usually $8 each and kids under 3 are free.  If you have a museum membership, tickets are $4.

We really like the Butterfly Center and Planetarium.  If this deal is a good deal for your family (ie your kids are over 3), you should check it out.  Go HERE to get it.  If you don’t see it on the main page, go to All Deals at the top of the website.


Planetarium at the Houston Museum of Natural Science


Address:  5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston,Texas 77030

Hours:   Check showtimes HERE

Cost: Members, $4 | Adults $8 | Children (3 – 11), Seniors (62+) and College Students $7.

Appropriate Age: Depends on the Show

Our Review: We arrived at the Houston Museum of Natural Science on Monday, just before the 3:00 showing. We were able to purchase our tickets to Starry Night Express quickly and run in to the show. Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for my 4 year old and free for my 2 year old and baby. Fortunately we had the Eversave deal I posted HERE and we all got in for $8.


The Planetarium is dark and has glowing murals when you first enter. We found seats and, since it was my first try at the Planetarium with my 4-and-under entourage, I was happy to see only a few other people in the room.


I thought my 2 year old was going to start running laps around the seats, but fortunately, as soon as the lights dimmed, she sat down. The show started with the planetarium operator touring that night’s sky and the sky for the upcoming weekend. Then the recorded show started. My 4 year old said he liked all of it and was just a little scared when the recorded section was a  loud.

All and all, it was a successful trip and it seems that a 4 year old, a 2 year old and a newborn can survive (and enjoy) a 20 minute planetarium show.  We’ll do it again (and keep looking for more half price promotions).