It’s very hard to keep kids entertained when you’re on a holiday. Kids these days are so used to playing with gadgets instead of outside with their friends that they fail to appreciate the beauty of their surroundings.
Since you’re on a holiday, it would be a waste of time if the kids just keep on playing with their gadgets, inside the hotel room, when they’re bored. There must be stuff you and the kids can do outside that will keep them totally engaged.
Houston’s Got Your Back
Luckily, your kids won’t get bored at all during your visit to Houston, Texas. Houston’s got some pretty amazing attractions that will keep kids enthralled and entertained. They may even beg you to go back for seconds.
Of course when you’re in Houston, it can’t be helped that what you will instantly want to visit is that one place that will make you feel as if you’re floating in space; ergo, first on the list is the:
NASA Johnson Space Center
Situated at the bay area, the Space Center Houston which is the visitor center of Johnson Space Center, will turn your kids into astronauts for a day. They can view actual astronauts in training, feel the texture of a moon rock, and experience what it’s like in space via simulation.
Exhibits showcase exciting artifacts such as the famous Apollo 17 Command Module, spacesuits plus various photos of past astronauts.
Visitor center is open daily, from 10 in the morning up to 5 in the afternoon; 6 pm on weekends.
What child does not love the zoo? The Houston Zoo is very popular among kids and adults so much so that over 2 million visitors come here annually. There are more than four thousand animals housed here, spread out over 22 hectares of land.
The zoo opens daily at 9 in the morning and closes at 5 in the afternoon. The only time the zoo is closed all day is on Christmas Day.
Splashtown Water Theme Park
Slides, pools, raft rides, what’s not to like? Go down the towering, spiraling slides; spin around the funnel slide or go tube-sliding with a friend; there’s plenty to do at this water park!
For more fun family time, try the wild wave pool. Park opens at 10 in the morning and closes at 5 in the afternoon.
As per the park’s advisory on their official website, Splashtown is closed for the season and will resume operations next year. Please check their website first before planning your visit.
Houston Museum of Natural Science
The museum features a planetarium, butterfly center, various exhibits plus documentary films that your kids can watch on the giant screen. The documentaries are not the boring, stiff kind but are exciting and enjoyable. Some films are even in 3D!
Exhibit schedule: Mon., Wed. thru Sun. – 10 AM to 5 PM
Planetarium: Mon., Wed. thru Sun. – 10 AM to 5 PM; Tuesdays, 10 AM to 4:30 PM
Butterfly Center: Mon. thru Sun. – 9 AM to 5 PM
Giant Screen: Mon., Wed. thru Sun. – 10 AM to 4 PM; Tuesdays, 10 AM to 5 PM
If your kids loved the zoo, your kids will surely love this aquatic masterpiece. Where else can you visit a swamp, shipwreck, rainforest, sunken temple, the Gulf of Mexico, and have close encounters with the white tigers of the central India all in one huge complex?
The Downtown Aquarium offers all of these plus hands-on experience with being a zoologist and if you get hungry, there is also a mighty fine restaurant inside the complex!
Exhibits open daily at 10 AM and close at 9 PM, except on Fridays and Saturdays when the exhibits close at 11 PM. Restaurant is open daily from 11 AM to 9 PM, except on Fridays and Saturdays when the restaurant closes at 11 PM.
Tom is a free lancer writer and content builder of www.travelpackingtips.org/ and now a days he is doing work on Travelling.