Challenge Course

Challenge Course

Use physical agility, stamina and balance as kids are put to the test across a seven-obstacle, low ropes course.

Ages
5+
Admission
Included with General Admission
TEMPORARILY CLOSED
TEMPORARILY CLOSED
Perfect For
Energetic Explorers
Make Believers
Puzzle Solvers
Location
Lower Level, inside PowerPlay
Accessibility
See Accessibility
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) are the state standards for Texas public schools from kindergarten to year 12.
TEKS
Physical Education
About the Exhibit

This exhibit is currently closed. The Museum is committed to extensive cleaning and safety protocols and will re-open the exhibit at the appropriate time.

Time to harness up and hook-in to a multi-obstacle ropes course. First, conquer the Cargo Net, prevail against the Rope Bridge, and beat the Burma Buckets. Then, choose your path – either leap across 30 feet of Lily Pads OR climb over the Kelp Walk and put the brakes to the Rolling Log. Finish the Challenge Course by surmounting the Swinging Steps. The challenge is waiting for you!

The Challenge Course is a popular destination.  Due to the amount of time it can take to complete the course, the number of kids able to participate each hour may be limited.

This exhibit has specific Guidelines and Requirements regarding clothing and physical readiness.

Educators

The Challenge Course is a low ropes obstacle course made specifically for kids. It provides them with physical challenges that work on balance, strength, and endurance. It also affords an opportunity for them to push themselves to take on new challenges and risks while remaining safe in a harness.

Due to the amount of time it takes to complete the Challenge Course, groups of 10 or more must have a reservation to participate. Please contact Lydia Dungus at ldungus@cmhouston.org for more details.

More for Educators
Ages
5+
Admission
Included with General Admission
TEMPORARILY CLOSED
TEMPORARILY CLOSED
Perfect For
Energetic Explorers
Make Believers
Puzzle Solvers
Location
Lower Level, inside PowerPlay
Accessibility
See Accessibility
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) are the state standards for Texas public schools from kindergarten to year 12.
TEKS
Physical Education
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What Parents are Saying

“My 8 year old was so excited to try out the Challenge Course, and once she finished was ready to go again. Now it is our first stop when we visit the museum.”

Danielle D.

Parent

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Exhibit Features

There’s a lot to see and do in this exhibit—check out some of these unique activities!

Rope Bridge

Test your strength.

Can you cross the Rope Bridge? Hold on to the rope as you try to balance across the bridge to get to the next platform. Take your time, it’s a challenge not a race.

Rolling Log

Test your balance.

Use your core strength to balance across the 20 foot purple log. Watch out—it will roll under your feet! Look for a hint on how to cross at the course. Take your time, it’s a challenge not a race.

Lily Pads

Test your endurance.

Look, no hands! These Lilly Pads have no handlebars. To get across you must hop from pad to pad, balancing as you go! Take your time, it’s a challenge not a race.

What Can My Family Do?

Here are activity suggestions for specific age groups in this exhibit.

Toddler Activities

  • This space is not accessible to kids under age 5.
  • See all Guidelines and Rules for this exhibit below.

Preschooler Activities

  • This space is not accessible to kids under age 5.
  • See all Guidelines and Rules for this exhibit below.

Lower Elementary Activities

  • Harness up and clip in to traverse across the seven different obstacles.
  • See all Guidelines and Rules for this exhibit below.

Upper Elementary Activities

  • Harness up and clip in to traverse across the seven different obstacles.
  • See all Guidelines and Rules for this exhibit below.

Exhibit Guidelines and Rules

To participate you must meet all the following requirements:

  • Must be between 42” (106cm) and 64” (162cm) tall.
  • Must not exceed the maximum weight of 150lbs (68kg).
  • Must safely fit in the harness.
  • Participants must wear secure, closed toe and closed heel shoes, properly fastened.

Challenge Course Clothing Requirements:

  • Secure, closed toe and closed heel shoes, properly fastened
  • Shorts or Pants
  • Shirt/blouse

Challenge Course Participants Rules:

  • Cell phones are NOT allowed on attraction.
  • Ensure that shoes are secure. No flip-flops or open heel shoes. Make sure shoelaces are tied.
  • Pockets must be empty. No loose objects such as cell phones or cameras. Eyeglasses should be secure. Operators are not responsible for lost or misplaced personal items.
  • No gum, food or drinks allowed on attraction.
  • Follow all operator instructions, posted rule signs and stickers.
  • Only 1 participant on an activity at a time.
  • No running, jumping, hanging in harness or horseplay. Operators reserve the right to expel participants displaying these behaviors.
  • The redundant sling line should stay in front of and between shoulders at all times.
  • Do not touch the overhead tracking system or tamper with harness or redundant sling line.

You should be in good health to participate and know your physical conditions and limitations; our operators do not. Make the operator aware of any pre-existing injuries before being harnessed. If you suspect your health could be at risk for any reason or you could aggravate a preexisting condition of any kind, please do not participate. Please be aware of the risks involved with participating. Injuries that can occur include, but are not limited to bumps, bruises, and scrapes. Notify the Challenge Course operator of any injuries that occurred on the course before leaving the area. The Challenge Course is not recommended for guests with the following conditions or any history of physical conditions that may be aggravated by this attraction

  • Broken or mending bones
  • Soft tissue injury requiring a splint, brace or cast
  • Neck problems
  • Back problems
  • Heart problems
  • Recent surgery
  • Fresh Stitches
  • Pregnancy
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