SENSORY FRIENDLY DAY
Sponsored by The Stanford and Joan Alexander Family and Bank of Texas
April is National Autism Awareness Month and the Children's Museum of Houston will host Sensory Friendly Day on April 2. Sensory Friendly Day is an opportunity for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences to explore the Museum. Story time, dance interactive and therapy dogs will be among the engaging sensory-friendly activities. Doors will be closed to the public. There will be no music and sound-reducing headphones will be available.
BANFIELD® PET ACADEMY WOOF-SHOP
Sponsored by Banfield® Pet Hospital
April 5 & 7
Do you have what it takes to become a veterinarian? Join us for a tail-wagging good time during our Banfield® Pet Academy Woof-shop! Meet veterinarians and learn about responsible pet ownership. Check the heartbeat of an actual therapy pet with your own Banfield® stethoscope and more!
EARTH DAY BASH
Reduce! Reuse! Recycle! For 48 years, Earth Day has inspired awareness and appreciation for our environment. Spring into action and celebrate the wonders of the world during our Earth Day Bash. University of Houston students will take you through the process of water filtration. Plus, explore nature's creations, discover ways to make a difference, and practice protecting the planet we call home. As a bonus, take a tree sapling home with you to nurture!
EXPLORE ABILITIES DAY
Sponsored by The Stanford and Joan Alexander Family
Join us for Explore Abilities Day, an exclusive event for children with learning differences and their families. Designed in partnership with the Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics and Autism Center at Texas Children's Hospital, Explore Abilities provides a comfortable, protected and accepting environment for children. It also allows parents to make connections with other families and offers new tools and resources.
Travel to the land down under as you discover the aboriginal cultures of Australia! Learn how aboriginal art was made and then paint a masterpiece on a "cave" wall. Show off your skills by decorating a high-flying boomerang, use ancient methods to grind seeds for food, solve mysteries and dig for ancient treasure at an aboriginal dig site and move to the groove as you experience aboriginal instruments!
DAY OF THE CHILD
In partnership with Consulate General of Mexico in Houston
"Children's Day" is celebrated on various days in many places around the world to honor kids. In Mexico, it is celebrated on April 30 and it is known as "El día del niño." The Museum's "Day of the Child" event will focus on the joys of being a kid and on enriching kids' lives with literacy. Come enjoy a cultural Mariachi performance, plus take home with you books and goodies.
CHALLENGE COURSE – All new!
Calling out all thrill-seekers! Get ready for an adrenaline rushed experience! You're invited to take on the Museum's latest interactive designed to keep you moving. The all-new, "Challenge Course," located in the PowerPlay exhibit, will pack a powerful punch. It will have you working up a sweat as you climb, crawl, grip and test your balancing skills inside a gripping ropes course.
CRACK CODES. UNCOVER CLUES. OUTSMART VILLAINS.
Permanent Experience – New missions out in Spring 2018
You're invited to enlist in the Special Elite Crime Resolution and Espionage Team (aka S.E.C.R.E.T.) to crack codes, uncover clues and outsmart villains. S.E.C.R.E.T. is the Children's Museum of Houston's interactive spy experience. This revolutionary experience is designed to take a museum visit to the next level. Agents report to duty and are assigned to go on secret missions throughout the Museum. Using state-of-the-art technology, agents gear up to solve puzzles, discover hidden agendas and thwart the villains' schemes. They help save the Museum, protecting ordinary citizens who are unaware of their covert operations! There's currently nothing like it in Houston or in any children's museum in the world! Plus, a Stage 2 imminent threat has been detected. All agents must immediately report to duty and reach "Elite" status. Stage 2 missions will arrive in Spring 2018 and can only be accessed by "Elite" agents (agents who have completed all current missions).
CUM YAH GULLAH
Now through April 15, 2018
Buried deep within the American tale lies the story of the Gullah. A vivid and fertile culture where the sounds of Michael Row the Boat Ashore flowed through the salty air, and clever little Br'er Rabbit taught the world brains are as good as might. The roots of these mysterious, pleasant pieces of folklore can be traced back in time to a place where traditions thrived, family flourished in a unique new setting and hardships transformed into strengths of community. Now, the Children's Museum of Houston is reviving the arts and practices of the Gullah people in a reinvented, powerful exhibit, called Cum Yah Gullah. This exhibit aims to preserve and provide cultural understanding of Gullah traditions, explore the geography and ecosystems of the Sea Islands and develop an appreciation for one's own culture and history.