Check out this O Wow moment with Mr. O as he explains how to electroplate a penny.
Mr. O shares the importance of using energy efficient light bulbs in your home and how they all differ in this O Wow Moment!
Enjoy this O Wow Moment with Mr. O as we take a moment to explore conversions and ratios while making a no-cook recipe for energy bites!
Come explore geometry in this O Wow Moment with Mr. O from the Children's Museum of Houston as we make an origami samurai hat!
Check out this O Wow Moment from the Children's Museum of Houston as we explore Constructions!
Explore the science behind reaction rates with this fizzy experiment!
Experiment with the importance of sweat!
Join Mr. O as he shows you how to make a hand-held Air Cannon from home materials. From the Children's Museum of Houston projects.
Explore with us as we prove the process of substance changes!
Watch as we discuss and explore the idea of air pressure.
One of the troubles of planting gardens, especially here in Houston, is finding plants that will grow and easily with minimal care!
We made a very special “O Wow Moment” video about innovation. Enjoy!
How do you build your own glider for less than a dime that uses the same physics as a curve ball to fly?
What is Pi Day? Well, it is a day when we celebrate all things Pi.
Join Discovery Guide Cynthia in the Matter Factory exhibit as she explores several different properties of matter!
To help you understand how the economy runs, we discuss the key part – supply and demand.
I’m back with a quick science experiment! Ever wonder why latex balloons deflate? Find out with Mr. O!
Here’s a fun Wowie done by our Discovery Guides that explains about two key construction forces: compression and tension.
If you haven’t been to the lower level of our PowerPlay exhibit, then you’ve been missing out!
Here are some fun games we play in the PowerPlay Power Science Lab, you can test them out at home!
Watch as we experiment with helium in this "Up, Up and Away!" segment!
You can invent your own in our Chain Reactions workshop at the Children’s Museum of Houston’s Inventor’s Workshop!
Check out this beautiful video of ice crystals forming all over FlowWorks, our outdoor water exhibit, during the recent arctic blast.
We are heading over to Tot*Spot and exploring with the younger generation!
Our new O Wow Moment video explores fireworks – their anatomy and a focus on the chemistry behind their colors.
What are the forces that act on airplanes that allow them to fly?
Come on out and see our Passion Flower Vine and other native species and learn about other ways to help the environment.
A look inside our Children’s Museum of Houston’s Invention Convention at the Hands Off Maze!
Let’s dissect the favorite tool of foggers and mad scientists – Dry Ice – and discover why it’s so creepily “dry."
Watch and learn about the nucleation eruption behind mentos and soda!
Watch to learn the science behind the fizzy bubbles in your sodas!
Not many people have really explored the anatomy of making the best possible soda geyser, watch and learn with us!
Here’s a little experiment you can do to determine how the diameter of the nozzle end affects how far water will spray.
Here’s a little experiment that helps demonstrate the idea of thermodynamics!
Come check out our new and improved EcoStation!
Why does a piccolo sound so high while a tuba sounds so low? It’s all about pitch!
What brand of soda should you use to create the tallest soda geyser?
Let’s build a conductivity tester so you can test substances to see how conductive they are!
To celebrate all things pi, the Children’s Museum of Houston hosts an annual Pi Day event!
Time for our imaginations and engineering skills to take flight!
Learn about inertia and the importance of seat belt safety!
Why does static electricity have to happen? Try this experiment!
Watch and learn how to experiment with static cling!
Ever been shocked by a door handle? Watch and learn why that happens!
Sound is created when something vibrates. The vibrations are energy and energy can be transferred from one object to another.
Use tension to play a prank on some of your friends!
By using diffraction and diffuse reflection, we can create mini-laser shows by shining them off of various common household objects!
Ever wanted to know what was going on inside your toy? Learn about toy dissection TODAY!
Don’t let the name freak you out – Molecular Gastronomy is just the scientific exploration of food preparation.
Get your brain in action with some strategic thinking, by playing this game!
Time to explore air pressure again and launch some POTATOES!
Math, especially geometry, can be a lot of fun. Watch as we use NETS as our example.
Let’s talk about propulsion!
Learn the science behind slime, and try your hand at making some slime of your own!
Let’s make our own model hot air balloon!
How do black lights work? Tune in for the answer!
It’s great to see how engineers designed things and figure out how they tick, simply by taking them apart!
It’s great to see how engineers designed things and figure out how they tick, simply by taking them apart!
The Children's Museum of Houston attempts to beat the world record for tallest soda geyser!
It is time to explore how temperature will affect the height of a soda geyser.
Watch as we test how the number of mentos changes the height of a soda geyser, and then try it for yourself!
We decided to test reaction time, or how fast their brain can receive input, process it, and react to it; we can use gravity to help!
Create your own rainbows, watch to find out how!
For under $5, you can build your very own burglar alarm for your room!
Learn how electromagnetism is the force that governs the forces created by electricity and magnetism.
In celebration of our fiftieth O Wow Moment episode, we are taking you behind the scenes for some BLOOPERS!
In this week’s O Wow Moment from the Children’s Museum of Houston, I show my assistants a fun card trick.
One of the greatest mathematical topics that many people misunderstand is probability.
In Newton Know-How, we encourage everyone to become physicists and explore the laws that govern all of our motion.
So, this week we’re continuing our exploration into microwaves by exploring microwave ovens.
This is a very interesting experiment and a great exploration into Charles’ Law and foams!
What are LEDs and what can you make with them? Check out our video to learn more!
Can you make your own wind up toy? Find out here and get to creating!
Cooling off at the Children’s Museum of Houston is a great thing to do, another delicious way to cool off is to enjoy some ice cream!
Is it possible to make a top out of a paperclip? Well, actually it is, but it takes a certain amount of patience. Give it a try and see!
Bubble solutions come with plastic wands, I feel there is a certain bit of fun in trying to engineer your own!
Why does spinning a top make it stay balanced when not-spinning makes it fall over?
How do we taste? How many tastes do we have? What is the science behind tasting? How is your sense of smell related to taste?
With this experiment we will create our own iridescent film to better understand the science behind this iridescence!
In this episode of O Wow Moments featuring Mr. O, density is our focus -- how much matter is in a given amount of space.
Chemistry allows us to understand how nanocoatings work. With some magic sand, regular sand and water we experiment with nanocoatings.
Check out the video to see how we can use this concept to turn straws ineffective!
We answer "What does your body do with the signals from the semicircular canals?" as we talk about balance.
We have a great activity in the lower level of our PowerPlay exhibit that encourages everyone to see how long they can keep their balance.
We are using glasses and water to explore the physics behind tone!
How far away can you get and still make the second glass vibrate? Watch and learn how you can find out!
In order to make some festive party hats we need something besides just materials. We need know-how. We need math!
What better way to control angle and force than to build a catapult. But not just any catapult, a SANTA-PULT!
We learn how the key for a plane to fly is whether the thrust provided can generate sufficient lift to overcome gravity.
Because wood is elastic, it can store energy in the form of potential energy when it is bent.
How many thirds and sixths does it take to be equivalent to a half? Let’s find out by using fraction cards!
Take our cup tower challenge and see if you can find a correlation between the width of the base and how tall you can build the tower.
How can submarines change their buoyancy so they can float AND sink?
This time I’m challenging YOU to create your own slime.
We are trying three different experiments out on our CANDY!
Find out how different materials effect the friction of Lego cars.
Check out the video to learn how you can make molds of tracks on your next nature hike!
In this episode, we discuss the importance of leeches!
In this Wowie, we show you how we actually go about feeding our leeches.
Why do boats float? Due to the interaction between gravity and buoyant force!
Have you ever wondered how clothes can be stain resistant?
We look at the second way you can combine more than one load in a circuit, along two separate paths linked to the same source.
Watch as we begin to create more complex circuits and test how they affect voltage and current.
We take that exploration a little further and discuss two key properties of electricity – voltage and current.
Watch as we identify the four main parts to a circuit: source, load, path, and a switch.
How can you tell if an egg is hardboiled or raw? It turns out you really can tell just by spinning the eggs – it all comes down to physics!
Did you know we are nanosensors – instruments that can detect things billionths of a meter in size?
Have you ever recieved a musical card for your birthday? Have you ever wondered what part of the card would make the music stop?
Check out the video and learn how to build a fun toy that allows you to really explore and inquire about Center of Mass.
We’re taking the idea of knocking over milk bottles with a ball on its head in this video!
So what’s the deal with cereal being “fortified with iron?” Does that really mean that there are actual pieces of metal in your cereal?
Grab your materials and explore multicolor milk!
But what is really behind the mask of the speaker and how do they work?
Watch how we use vibrations to create a "robot."
At the Children’s Museum of Houston, you can make and test your own paper airplanes and air-propelled paper rockets!
This week, my assistants and I took over the Inventors’ Workshop to design and build Marshmallow Blasters.
We have a fun component in our Matter Factory exhibit where kids learn that they are, in fact, conductive.
It’s time to get outside and enjoy the weather! What better way than to go fly a kite?
At the Children’s Museum of Houston, we have the Gears Table in our How Does It Work gallery where you can explore gears and gear ratios.
We use chromatography to separate out the colors in the black ink as we learn about forensic science.
Watch my assistants demonstrate some very cool physics principles like aerodynamics, Bernoulli’s Principle, and gyroscopic motion!
Ever heard of d3o? It is a liquid armor that is being adapted for all sorts of uses. But how does a liquid armor protect you?
Check out the boy in the Crawler Cruise turning around in a 360 to see everyone who is watching him!
El bebé en el Crawler Cruise da vueltas de 360 grados para poder mirar a quienes lo están mirando.
Most of us enjoy being out in the sunshine during the summer. Here at the Children’s Museum of Houston, we have great things to do outside.
Children often try to use the car ramp for a slide. Watch as this boy crawls up on it and realizes that he couldn’t slide!
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¿A qué bebé no le gusta abrir y cerrar la puerta una y otra vez? La mamá le muestra cómo hacerlo de una manera divertida.
Todos los niños usan las pelotas en Tot*Spot. A los niños les gustan de todos los tamaños y colores, y usarlas en los juegos que escogen.
It’s Halloween – a perfect time of year to explore a great science mystery – SLIME!
Here’s a little experiment you can do to determine how the diameter of the nozzle end affects how far water will spray.
Hoy, Audrey tiene una tarea que cumplir. Está tratando de recoger todas las pelotas azules y traerlas al Sendero Serpenteante.
Audrey has a job today. Watch as she tries to gather all of the blue balls and bring them onto the Meandering Path!
See what happens when the babies and their mom’s gather together in the Baby Haven and play and get to know each other!
Watch as this boy acts like a frog and is really good at it! It is almost like he took frog lessons.
Watch our little boy navigate on the Meandering Path, he is born to be a multi-tasker!
See how this small boy drags a toy that is two times bigger than he is! He really got a workout.
Look at this tot play Basketball. Go team go!
A beach ball toss becomes a form of fun communication between this family!
El pequeñito que se encuentra en el Sendero Serpenteante nació para ser una persona que realiza varias tareas a la vez, es un multi-tasker.
Este pequeñito enfrenta retos pero de todas maneras intenta entrar y salir del Ball Pit.
Este pequeñito está arrastrando un juguete que es el doble de su tamaño. Definitivamente cumplió con su cuota de ejercicio.
Watch as Isabella conquers the challenges on the Meandering Path!
Beach balls are not just an outdoor toy! Watch how beach balls can be fun for everyone.
So this spring break, we’re going back a few years to our Soda Geyser series. We look at carbonation and how it helps us make Soda Geysers.
Nace una amistad maravillosa entre dos niños que manejan juntos el camión.
See how a wonderful new friendship forms between two boys driving together in the truck.
See how this Mom uses wonderful teaching techniques, combining them with a fun conversation with her son!
Check out how this baby likes to choose her own toys and loves the soft toys that she can cuddle!
Bebés y mamás se reúnen en el Baby Haven y juegan y se conocen entre sí.
Observe how the girl is the commander of the car and insists on keeping the car for herself!
El papá le muestra a su niño cómo usar la mesa de imanes en el área Discovery del Tot*Spot.
La Regla de los niños entre 1 y 2 años de edad, lo que es mío es mío y lo que es tuyo es mío. Todo me pertenece.
A los niños pequeños por lo general no les gusta compartir, pero el papá de este pequeñito lo anima a hacerlo.
Pareciera como si el niño y su papá fueran una sola persona. Ellos dos son muy unidos y todo lo hacen juntos.
La mamá usa unas técnicas de enseñanza maravillosas que combina con una entretenida conversación con su hijo.
Nick, the Discovery Guide helps a parent of multiple children by playing with their children. Of course, Nicks says he just likes to play.
In this video, the toddler is challenged but still tries to get inside and out of the Ball Pit.
Watch as this boy and his dad seem to be one person. They are so close and do everything together!
Daniel maneja el camión rojo mientras su papá trata de convencerlo de que venga a la sección de los cubos, llamándolo por su nombre.
Cu cú debajo del Activity Climber en una experiencia completamente nueva para este grupo de niños.
La mamá y su niño están jugando en el Adventure Climber y se deslizan juntos por el gran tobogán.
¡Jugar con una pelota de playa se convierte en un divertido medio de comunicación entre los miembros de esta familia!
Wow! This creative little girl turned the Tot*Spot ramp into her own sorting game.
Some kids like soft toys and some like hard toys. This little girl loves the soft toys! See how her mom picks up on this.
Este niño actúa como una rana y lo hace muy bien. Es casi como si hubiera tomado lecciones de cómo ser una rana.
A Isabella le encantan los desafíos que representa el Sendero Serpenteante.
Nick, el guía de Discovery le ayuda a un papá de varios niños a jugar con ellos.
La mamá y su pequeño hijo están jugando con los carros que tienen imanes. Ella lo ayuda a conectarlos.
Una pequeñita se concentra en armar un rompecabezas difícil bajo la guía y ayuda de su mamá.
Al pequeño súper niño le encantan los camiones y siempre trata de rodarlos por el tobogán.
Una mamá le ofrece apoyo a su bebé cuando trata de bajar gateando por las escaleras suaves del Crawler Cruise.
Espejo, espejo, ¿cuál es el niño más adorable de todos? Por supuesto, que es este niño.
La mamá y su hijo disfrutan metiendo las manos en la avena. ¡El juego de revolver y hacer mugre es divertido!
See why this is a favorite toy in Tot*Spot! Multilevel learning happens when the parents join the fun.
Watch as the little girl uses her skills that she learned at home in Tot*Spot. She then learns new skills in Tot*Spot to use at home!
Tot*Spot ofrece un ambiente relajado para jugar. Los padres vienen aquí a divertirse tranquilamente con sus hijos.
Puzzles that are made for toddlers are found in Tot*Spot. See how the knobs make it easy to hold and get out of the puzzle to carry around!
Observen cómo este pequeñito le pone gasolina al camión.
Watch how this little boy puts gasoline in his truck.
This girl is on a mission to play with balls! Look how everywhere she goes she finds the balls.
Una manera estupenda de aprender sobre causa y efecto y solución de problemas.
In this video, you can see how Tot*Spot is relaxed play. The parents come here to be with their child and have some quiet fun.
See how the power of praise is amazingly strong when the boy bounces and the mom praises.
Watch how Daniel drives the red truck while Papa tries to get him to come to the block area by calling his name.
Cuando este niño pequeño juega en el túnel, se ve y se siente seguro. El papá siempre está cerca para reforzar su confianza.
Little Joe has a new baby at home and practices on the dolls and babies in Tot*Spot.
Joe juega cuidadosamente con el bebé que hay en su grupo de juego.
¡Ábrelas, ciérralas, un besito, ábrelas, ciérralas!, ¿a quién vamos a extrañar?
A la casa del pequeño Joe llegó un nuevo bebé y él practica cómo tratarlo con los muñecos y bebés que ve en el Tot*Spot.
Al bebé le gusta escoger sus propios juguetes y le encantan los juguetes suaves que puede abrazar y mimar.
La mamá le muestra a su hija su habilidad para negociar cuando un niño trata de quitarles sus bloques.
La niña del vestido negro puede hacer todas las actividades en el Tot*Spot y ya está lista para seguir adelante.
Esta pequeña convierte las rampas del Tot*Spot en su propio juego de clasificación.
A Joseph le encanta encender las varitas en el área de las varitas luminosas.
Balls are used by every child in Tot*Spot and each prefers different sizes and colors. Watch the video to see what games they create!
See how the mom supports her crawling son when he tries to go down the soft stairs in the Crawler Cruise.
Joseph loves to light up the stick at the light stick area!
In this video, the dad demonstrates how to use the magnet table for his little boy in the Discovery Area.
El súper niño comparte sus juguetes y hace nuevos amigos.
At the Children’s Museum of Houston, we love doing stuff with soda geysers. We do a red, white, and blue soda geyser salute every July 4th.
Mamá e hija trabajan en equipo para hacer un diseño en la pared de bloques.
La mamá le ayuda a su hijita a usar todo el cuerpo, y se queda cerca para ayudarla en caso de que se caiga.
Esta niña tiene el control del carro e insiste en quedarse en él.
Mirror Mirror on the wall who is the cutest kid of all? This kid of course.
Witness this mother and daughter team up to build at the block wall!
Parents get to know other parents while their children play in the ball pit.
Los papás conocen a otros papás mientras sus hijos juegan en el Ball Pit.
Watch as this mom helps her daughter use her whole body while she stands close by to catch her if she falls.
Este es uno de los juguetes favoritos de Tot*Spot. El aprendizaje a varios niveles ocurre cuando los padres participan en la diversión.
A algunos niños les gustan los juguetes suaves y a otros, los juguetes duros. Esta niñita prefiere los juguetes suaves!
Esta niña tiene una misión de jugar con pelotas. Encuentra pelotas por todos lados.
Did you know that there is a very close connection between the Nobel Prize and pencil lead? Check out this O Wow Moment to learn more.
In this episode, we look at the process of nucleation and reason that Mentos work so well for making Soda Geysers.
Mom and her son are enjoying digging in the oatmeal. Messy play is good!
What baby doesn’t like to open and shut the door over and over? Mommy joins in to model the fun.
Tot*Spot sería un sitio aún mejor si esta pequeñita pudiera venir todos los días a ayudar a recoger los juguetes.
Este pequeñito intenta averiguar pacientemente cómo abrir la puerta.
Estos papás se encuentran en Tot*Spot y trabajan en equipo para procurarle a su hijo la mejor experiencia de juego.
Open them, shut them, give a little kiss. Open them, shut them, who are we going to miss?
Watch as parents in Tot*Spot team up to give their little boy the best play experience!
In this video, the little girl can play with the pop-up toys for what seems like forever when the mom plays with her..
La bebita juega con muñecos saltarines durante largo rato cuando su mamá la acompaña.
Miren a este pequeño jugando baloncesto. ¡Vamos, equipo!
Cuando el niño salta y la mamá lo felicita, es posible apreciar el valor de un elogio.
See how Joe plays carefully with the baby in his play group!
Pop up the animals using the push buttons, keys, and knobs. This is a great way to learn cause and effect and problem solving!
Watch how the mom steps back and lets her little boy explore. Every once in a while she tells him what a good job he is doing on the stairs
In this video, a little girl works a challenging puzzle with mom supporting her and directing her.
Más diversión para todos con la pelota de playa. Las pelotas de playa ya no se usan sólo en el verano.
La mamá se aleja unos pasos y deja que su hijo explore. Una que otra vez le dice lo bien que está subiendo los escalones.
En Tot*Spot hay rompecabezas especiales para los niños pequeños.
Here we see the Toddler Rule in action, what is mine is mine and what is yours is mine. Everything belongs to me.
La pequeñita usa las destrezas que aprendió en la casa en Tot*Spot y a su vez usa en casa, las que aprendió en Tot*Spot.
Mom and her little boy are playing on the Adventure Climber and slide down the big slide together.
In this episode, we begin a 3-part series of tests from which we attempt to determine the best combination of Mentos to reach max height.
Our little super boy loves trucks and always tries to drive it down the slide!
In this video, Super Boy shares his toys and makes many new friends!
El niño ensaya varias tapas en la tetera hasta que encuentra la que encaja perfectamente.
Los bebés necesitan juegos tranquilos y juegos ruidosos. Este niño está buscando todo esto y Tot*Spot se lo ofrece.
Watch what happens when this little boy tries several lids to find the best one for the teapot!
Babies need quiet play and loud play. This Little boy is looking for it all and Tot*Spot has it!
Watch how the girl in the black dress can do everything in Tot*Spot and is now ready to move on!
Mom and her little boy are playing with the cars that have magnets helping them connect!
Mom models the skill of negotiating for her daughter when a boy wants to take their blocks.
Watch how a group of kids makes it a whole new experience to play Peek-a-Boo under the Activity Climber!
Tot*Spot would be better if this little girl could come every day and help pick up toys!
Typically, toddlers are not ready to share but the parents of this toddler are encouraging him to!
When the small boy plays in the tunnel he looks and seems confident. Dad is always nearby to help with that confidence!
Con frecuencia, los niños intentan usar la rampa de los carros como un tobogán.
Summer in Houston means one thing: heat. Lots and lots and LOTS of HEAT! And, of course, humidity. Can’t forget the awful humidity.
Summer may be coming to an end (in theory, still feels darn hot to me!), but our EcoStation has flourished this summer. In this Wowie, Disco
La mamá encuentra juguetes maravillosos para que su hija juegue, pero ella prefiere el xilófono.
Mom finds wonderful toys for her daughter to play with, but the xylophone is her favorite!
See how the young boy patiently tries to figure out how to get the door open!