Arts and culture shine bright in the Lone Star State. Discover magnificent art in Texas, the USA through museums that exhibit various subjects such as art, culture, history, and science. With a wide range of museums to choose from, some are specially made for children that can educate and spark a sense of discovery for their growth. Accompanied by parents, children can learn while having fun by doing some sightseeing and even engage in an interactive activity. Learn space and science at McKenna Children’s Museum, do lots of activities at The DoSeum, learn and play at Thinkery, let your children play with their imagination at The Woodlands Children Museum, and more. Here are the best children’s museums in Texas, the USA.
1. McKenna Children's Museum, New Braunfels
A museum to build healthy young minds and wholesome bodies, McKenna Children’s Museum can educate your children through some selected fun activities. With 11 exhibits to choose from, children can play using their senses like sight, touch, and even smell. Enjoy a simulation of American nature with tents, trees, and bridges through Hill Country Campgrounds exhibit or a play in Lend-A-Hand Ranch exhibit that simulates a Texas ranch. Your child can also pretend to shop for groceries in Grocery Store or accompany them making art in the Wonder Shop.
McKenna Children's Museum
Address: 801 W San Antonio St, New Braunfels, TX 78130, United States
Website: McKenna Children’s Museum
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 5pm (closed on Sun)
Price: 7.50 USD
2. Northeast Texas Children's Museum, Commerce
Opening its door since 2002, Northeast Texas Children’s Museum provides exhibits for kids to play, learn, and be creative. Most of the play spaces are indoor with activities that make your children try different roles, play pretend, and learn everyday things. There is a simulated hospital, farm, train, and an outdoor space with a fort for kids to play.
Northeast Texas Children's Museum
Address: 100 Maple St, Commerce, TX 75428, United States
Website: Northeast Texas Children’s Museum
Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 9:30am - 4:30pm (closed on Sun & Mon)
Price: 5 USD (adults); 6 USD (children over 2 years old)
3. The DoSeum, San Antonio
Originally named as San Antonio Children’s Museum, The DoSeum attracts children of all ages, with parents accompanying them, for some educational fun. Exhibits, programs, and even field trips will encourage kids to learn or discover science, technology, engineering, mathematics, arts, and literacy. Exhibits include Sensations Studio where children can play with lights and sounds, Little Town that simulates a city for children, and Spy Academy that teach kids intelligence through missions.
Address: 2800 Broadway St, San Antonio, TX 78209, United States
Website: The DoSeum
Opening hours: Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm; Sat: 9am - 5pm; Sun: 12pm - 5pm
Price: 14 USD
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4. The Discovery Science Place, Tyler
The establishment can be traced to 1993 with a mission to ignite curiosity in young minds through fun, hands-on exploration. Today, The Discovery Science Place is a museum that stays true to the first mission—becoming a museum for children to discover the world with fun and engaging exhibits, programs, and events. Children can play with train sets, let their imagination wander, and explore a simulated town in Hometown, USA. They can also explore a simulated cave and do some wall climbing in Discovery Landing.
The Discovery Science Place
Address: 308 N Broadway Ave, Tyler, TX 75702, United States
Website: The Discovery Science Place
Opening hours: Tue - Sat 10am - 5pm; Sun: 1pm - 5pm (closed on Mon)
Price: 6 USD (children ages 2-12); 8 USD (adults)
5. Galveston Children's Museum, Galveston
This is a great place to play as well as a museum for exploration, discovery, and creation. Just like any other in this list, Galveston Children’s Museum has exhibits where children can play and also learn. Kids can stroll around a simulated town in Our Town, build and create at Building Zone, paint or shape art in A Stroke of Genius, and perform in Now Starring You.
Galveston Children's Museum
Address: 2618 Broadway Avenue J, Galveston, TX 77550, United States
Website: Galveston Children’s Museum
Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 9:30am - 5pm; Sun: 12pm - 5pm (closed on Mon)
Price: 7 USD
6. Play Street Museum, Frisco
Just like the name, Play Street Museum is a place where children can play but also still learn something in a fun way. With branches all over the USA, this play space that puts data and science in playtime was first created in Frisco, Texas in 2008. Play Street Museum is a place that imitates a city for children to interact with. Bring your children to activities such as dressing up and playing roles, doing arts and crafts, playing building toys, and even discovering new things along the way.
Play Street Museum
Address: 5729 Lebanon Rd #120, Frisco, TX 75034, United States
Website: Play Street Museum
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 9am - 5pm (closed on Sat & Sun)
Price: 12 USD (children ages 1 - 8)
7. The Woodlands Children's Museum, The Woodlands
This is a humble space for children that combines excitement and education. The Woodlands Children’s Museum is a place of diversity where children of any ethnicity and culture are welcomed to play. Exhibitions that you can find in the museum are The Remax Play House where kids can play pretend, The Market that can serve as a simulation of a supermarket, building structures with foam blocks in Dream + Build, or discover what water can do in Water Play.
The Woodlands Children's Museum
Address: 4775 W Panther Creek Dr #280, The Woodlands, TX 77381, United States
Website: The Woodlands Children’s Museum
Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 10am - 5pm; Sun: 12PM - 5PM (closed on Mon)
Price: 7 USD
8. Children's Museum of Brownsville, Brownsville
A learning space that encourages interactive and creative play, Children’s Museum of Brownsville offers various exhibits and events for children to play. Play pretend at a simulated cafe named All World’s Cafe or at a simulated hospital with the name of Dr. Bones Health Clinic. Kids can also discover the element of air through controlling their flow in Flex Air. Other exhibits include Construction Zone where children can build and Future Artists of America where they can create art and do some theater.
Children's Museum of Brownsville
Address: 501 E Ringgold St, Brownsville, TX 78520, United States
Website: Children’s Museum of Brownsville
Opening hours: Tue - Sat 10am - 5pm; Sun: 12pm - 5pm (closed on Mon)
Price: 8.50 USD
9. Thinkery, Austin
In 1983, Austin Children’s Museum was founded for children and their parents to play in a space where they can also learn. Today, the place has been transformed into Thinkery, a 40,000-square foot (37,161.216 square metres) museum filled with interactive exhibits that educate and engage children. The exhibits use science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) as subjects for children to explore. Discover trains in Train Town, create something in Innovator’s Workshop, play with lights in Light Lab, and play outside in Our Backyard.
Address: 1830 Simond Ave, Austin, TX 78723, United States
Opening hours: Tue, Thu - Fri, and Sun: 10am - 5pm; Wed: 10am - 8pm; Sat: 10am - 6pm (closed on Mon)
Price: 14 USD
With the tagline of “a playground for your mind,” Children’s Museum of Houston is a place where children can have fun and learn subjects such as science, history, health, and human development. There are plenty of exhibits that kids can choose from. Children ages zero to two can play in Tot*Spot where they can do some active play while discovering something new. Older kids can discover the outdoors with plants and woodland in the EcoStation or have fun and also learn by getting wet in FlowWorks. Play in a simulated town called KidTropolis, get into engineering in Constructioneering, learn Korean culture in Heart and Seoul, do physical obstacles in PowerPlay or Challenge Course, and learn science in Power Science Lab.
Children's Museum of Houston Admission
Duration: 1 to 10 hours
Learning and playing with your loved ones in Texas
The Lone Star State is a place for everyone. If you are visiting with children, bring your loved ones to a children’s museum for a fun time. Watch or even accompany them as they learn and play in museums. Each museum offers exhibits that can educate and engage kids in various activities. Play pretend or create something - a children’s museum is an ideal place for your kids to have some good time.
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