Tot*Spot

Tot*Spot

Tot*Spot is the perfect place for our youngest guests to play and grow their brains.

Ages
0-2
Admission
Included with General Admission
Perfect For
Creative Thinkers
Energetic Explorers
Make Believers
Location
Second Floor
Accessibility
See Accessibility
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) are the state standards for Texas public schools from kindergarten to year 12.
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About the Exhibit

Tot*Spot is designed to engage children ages 0-2 in meaningful experiences that encourage active play. This infant through toddler-friendly space fosters your child’s brain development through discovery, sensory exploration, experimentation, social communication, problem solving and imaginative play. The many interactives will grab their attention and keep them busy!

On-site nursing station available.


Toddler Trail

We’ve also created a suggestion list of what you and your toddler can do in other galleries throughout the museum. This list of activities can help your tot develop key executive functions essential in childhood development:

Toddler Trail in English
Sendero Para Pequeñitos en Español

Educators

Tot*Spot has been thoughtfully designed to address developmental milestones of children ages 0-2.  The space features many opportunities for infants and toddlers to interact and focus on language, literacy, social-emotional, motor and cognitive development.  

Tot*Spot is also meant to be an interactive experience between the parent/caregiver and the infant/toddler as each interaction will create moments of creativity, imagination, expression and discovery. The Museum continuously integrates and promotes key executive functions of the brain; those functions are filtering distractions, prioritizing tasks, goal-setting and achieving and controlling impulses.

More for Educators
Ages
0-2
Admission
Included with General Admission
Perfect For
Creative Thinkers
Energetic Explorers
Make Believers
Location
Second Floor
Accessibility
See Accessibility
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) are the state standards for Texas public schools from kindergarten to year 12.
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What Parents are Saying

“It has been amazing to see the difference in how she now observes and plays with the manipulatives, from crawling to navigating the staircases. If you have a membership and come frequently, you don’t even have to buy toys at home.”

Amy P.

Parent

“Best Family Attraction and Experience”

2018 Editor’s Choice Award

“Houston’s Must-See Museums”

Houston’s Top 5 Museums

Exhibit Features

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

Scarf Blower

Watch them fly up and float down.

Toddlers place scarves into the blower and watch as they flow through a labyrinth of tubes, eventually blasting out and floating through the air just waiting for your toddler to catch.

Tot*Spot Balcony

Get some fresh air.

Children of all ages, including those too old for Tot*Spot, are invited to go out onto the balcony and engage in fun, imaginative play with playscapes and pedal cars!

The Family Theater

Be the star of the show.

Exercise self-discovery, expression and creativity as families role-play with an artfully created and toddler-friendly floor-to-ceiling mural of a forest with a pond and forest friends as the backdrop.

What Can My Family Do?

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

Toddler Activities

  • Read a book together in the Reading Nook.
  • Climb and explore the Adventure Climber.
  • Drive the trains on the Train Table.

Preschooler Activities

  • Children over the age of 2 are not permitted.
  • Pick up a Toddler Trail Map and explore the museum.
  • Download our guide to exploring the museum with your preschooler:
    English or Español

Lower Elementary Activities

  • Children over the age of 2 are not permitted.

Upper Elementary Activities

  • Children over the age of 2 are not permitted.

Exhibit Guidelines and Rules

For the safety of our youngsters, children over the age of 2 are not permitted in Tot*Spot.

Children with disabilities are allowed to enter Tot*Spot regardless of the age.

Caretakers, who are not parents, must be 16+ to accompany infant/toddler in Tot*Spot.

Please limit cellphone usage so that you and your baby have an optimal experience.

Visitors must remove shoes or wear surgical shoe covers in order to enter the exhibit.

Click here for more information about our cleaning procedures and other frequently asked questions.

Thank You to Our Exhibit Sponsors
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