We took a field trip to the Children’s Museum of Houston. We used to have season passes when we first moved here and it was one of our favorite places to go. We haven’t been there in a while and I thought that it would be more of the same stuff, but I was pleasantly surprised and amazed to find it renovated now with three floors. There was way too much to see before they closed and the five hours we were there went by very quickly.
We finally moved away from the puzzle area and found a lab room. Zack donned a lab coat and safety glasses to assemble different molecule models.
Seth assembled a few also, and this one is just so appropriate for him.
The lab coats didn’t fit Sarah, but she put it on anyway along with a silly pose.
I left the big kids with Nana and took Zoe to the second floor where the Tot Spot was located. It was my favorite spot in the whole place. It was toddler heaven. I think if we were there during the summer time then it would quickly change to more of a hell when crowded with kids, but the day we went it was wonderful. Zoe had plenty of room and space to explore.
Kids love to flip the switch! This little exhibit is dedicated to the simple act of turning on and off a light switch.
This one makes the real sound of a toilet flushing. It was my favorite. I got Zoe to do it more than once and tried it a few times myself. The little underpants sitting on the floor below the bear on the potty made me giggle.
Zoe really liked the flowers. I had no idea that they spun and it’s such a great little display since kids can and will touch everything. It was an excellent discovery.
Crawling through the tunnel merits a bit of tongue concentration.
This was Zoe’s favorite. She walked over this tactile walkway over and over again.
I can’t believe I got a picture of the two little boys (Zoe’s looking down on them in the plastic ball pit) that we played with. This was before the little one decided that I was trustworthy. He followed me around with his arms uplifted like he wanted me to pick him up. So I did. He kept doing it, so I did more than once. His dad was there and laughed about it. The big brother and I got into a war with the little plastic balls. He started it and then my Zack got into it. The big kids took a break to see Zoe in her element and were told they couldn’t play. So… the lady came to stand by us and frown disapprovingly at us just as the war was winding down. I thought we were going to get kicked out. We left shortly after that to give the poor lady some peace.
This is what the boys were doing while we were upstairs… they were in a giant climbing thing that was all three stories tall (Lower Level to First Floor to Second Floor). They had a blast. You have to be at least five years old to go in it.
Back to the Tot Spot… here’s another display that is pure fun. The door bell rings, the light switch turns the porch light on and off, and the doors swing open to reveal a mirror.
We went outside for a little tricycle and rocking fish play. It was a nice day, so not too hot. Plus, most of the outside area was in shade.
We had to let the boys paint their faces. Sarah didn’t, but I sat Zoe in front of the mirror to do simple flowers on her cheeks and nose. She cried because I wouldn’t let her take the bowls with sponges out. We calmed her down and Sarah ducked inside a little puppet theater. She put a bird out and Zoe was absolutely mesmerized. She thought it was all real until Sarah lifted the curtain.
They had stations set up throughout the museum for Trick or Treating. Even though we didn’t have costumes on, we got bags from the front and went throughout the museum collecting candy. After we had gone through the line at one station, a camera began shooting near us and a lady asked if we would go through the line again so that the camera could capture Zoe. The Channel 2 News was there with the weather man, Frank Billingsley, doing live shots. I took a picture of Zoe with him, but she was tired and wouldn’t stand by him or smile. He was great, though. Josh scoured the news later that evening, but he didn’t find any footage of her.
We discovered the craft/invention room on the Lower Level. Zoe’s eyes popped out of her head that there were so many Lego blocks and she was allowed to touch them.
The last thing the kids did was check out the changes that were made outside.
Well, there is actually one last thing you must do as you leave the museum… you have to put your sticker (the one they give you to wear and show that you paid) on the pole across the street. Sarah helped Zack to get it at the highest point they could.