Past Picks: The 10 Best Children's Museums

2. The Children's Museum of Houston

  • Has a TV studio that lets kids see themselves on camera, read scripts from the anchor desk, and work the control panel
  • Offers a Victorian playhouse where kids can host a tea party
  • Will kick off a Dr. Seuss exhibit on February 23; highlights will include a one fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish pond and a kitchen where kids can pretend to make green eggs and ham
  • Operates the "Think Tank" exhibit to enhance problem-solving skills with hidden picture puzzles, palindromes, and rebuses
  • Contains a Parent Resource Library with videos, books, and computers with Web access for researching early childhood issues
  • Best for ages: 4 to 8

In addition to a dozen fabulous galleries -- including an art studio and an outdoor eco-station where children can create a nature journal -- The Children's Museum of Houston (CMH) also features multicultural exhibits and programs. For instance, in "Yal?lag, a Mountain Village in Mexico," kids can explore a replica of a real Oaxacan village -- shopping in the mercado (open-air market), making tortillas in the kitchen, and learning Spanish and Zapotec words in the schoolhouse. Plus, many of the museum's Wonder Weekends include cultural themes such as the Chinese New Year celebration on February 9 and 10. The special project that day: Kids can make hats to ring in the Year of the Horse.

  • Contact: 713-522-1138; Entrance fee: $5 each; free Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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