Tuesday - Saturday:
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday Free Family Night
5 - 8 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - 6 p.m.
Frequently Asked Questions at the Museum
HOURS, COST AND PARKING
How much does it cost to get into the Children’s Museum of Houston? Would I have to pay extra to see special exhibits?
Organizations may get free unlimited group access by becoming Open Doors
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What are the hours?
Monday through Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: Noon – 6 p.m.
Thursday: Free Family Night from 5 – 8 p.m.
Monday: We are open on select Mondays during the year and throughout summer beginning Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Where can I park?
Parking for the Children's Museum of Houston is available across the street in the Museum's parking lot at affordable parking rates. Metered and free parking are also available around the neighboring streets. Please do not park in a “no parking zone.”
GEARING UP FOR YOUR VISIT
What can my family do at the Children’s Museum of Houston?
Is the Museum handicap accessible?Yes, all hallways, exhibits and restrooms are handicap accessible at the Museum. Those requiring assistance or parents with strollers wishing to reach the second level of the How Does It Work? or PowerPlay exhibits may use the wheelchair/stroller lifts. Visitors wanting to use these lifts should visit the Box Office and leave an ID for an access key. Sound reduction head phones and wheelchairs are also available.
What’s going on today?
What age range is appropriate?
How long does a visit take?
Can I drop off my kid for the day and leave? Do I have to be with my child all the time?
When can I avoid crowds?
What should we wear on a visit to the Museum?
Can we bring outside food into the Museum? Is food available?
- Hamburgers, cheeseburgers and veggie burgers.
- Corn dogs, hot dogs, pizza and grilled cheese sandwiches.
- Grilled chicken Cesar salad, Cobb salad and fruit salad.
Is there a place to park my stroller?
How do I book Group reservations?
Do you provide Special Needs tours?
THINGS TO DO FOR THE TWO AND UNDER CROWD
What do we offer for infants and toddlers?
- Tot*Spot is an area specifically designed for toddlers ages 35 months and under. Older children will not be allowed in this exhibit. This interactive fun-filled wonderland offers tots the opportunity to explore, discover, experiment and wonder within four distinct areas, all located on the second floor of our new wing where it is quieter.
- Tot*Spot also has stroller parking for easy storage and a one-stop spot for great take-home activities and parenting resources.
OUR CLEANING PROCEDURES
What are your cleaning procedures? How do you prevent the spread of germs (H1N1)?
- A full-time cleaning team consistently cleans the restrooms, galleries and all hands-on items every 30-60 min. throughout the museum with a bleach and water solution recommended for use by schools.
- The air in the building is circulated with fresh air to maintain clean air at all times.
- Signs are on display in admissions, information booth, and restroom mirrors and doors to remind visitors to wash their hands.
- Galleries which encourage children to get on the floor use antimicrobial carpet.
- School and organized groups are required to provide signed confirmation that no student on a tour is ill.
- Deep cleaning takes place when we are closed.
- Staff is required to consistently wash their hands.
- Staff is provided with free flu shots before flu season begins.
Our staff carefully monitors the Museum’s facilities around the clock. We work hard to ensure children enjoy play time in a safe and clean environment, and in return expect parents to screen their children’s health and play responsibly. Parents of potentially sick children will be addressed in a respectful manner. In addition, school and organized groups are required to provide signed confirmation that no student on a tour is ill.
What are your sick child policies?
Why don’t you provide hand sanitizer stations to visitors?
How do you clean Tot*Spot?
- There’s a full-time, dedicated Tot*Spot employee constantly cleaning.
- Surgical room shoe covers are required at all times on adult feet.
- Visitors are provided with “Dirty Toy Bags."
- All toys are replaced every two hours with clean toys.
- All toys go through a process of deep cleaning in which they are disinfected and washed.
Why should I consider becoming a Museum Member?
Teachers: Bring the Museum to your classroom with our special Educator Memberships that give you access to our Professional Development Workshops and other educator-focused benefits all year long!
PLAN A PARTY! BIRTHDAYS AND SPECIAL EVENTS
Can I host my child’s birthday party here?
Are there any special offers?
Lone Star Card
Does the Museum have any discounts for low-income families?
- Open Doors passes are distributed to more than 700 non-profit community agencies that serve low income families. These agencies distribute the passes to the people they serve. An Open Doors pass allows a family of four to enter the Museum free of charge.
- Open Doors passes are distributed to families and caregivers who participate in off-site or sponsored activities. These activities include a variety of special events, such as the tours and trainings conducted through our Adventures After School program and the Museum’s Family Adventures program, which are facilitated tours to families whose children attend selected Title I schools. The passes allow the families to come to or return to the Museum at their leisure.
- Open Doors admission is granted to persons who enter the Museum and request free or discounted admission due to an inability to pay the standard $9 admission fee.
What does CMH do to support teachers?
SUPPORTING THE MUSEUM
How can I volunteer at the Museum?
- Junior Volunteers must be between the ages of 14 and 17 years old to participate in the JV program and are asked to complete a minimum of 75 hours of volunteer service to the Museum during the summer months or throughout the school year.
- Adult Volunteers must be over 18 years old and contribute at least 30 hours within one calendar year.
- Group Volunteers must have a minimum of five participants volunteer at least four hours per shift.