Summer Escape

May 28, 2024

Portal into a daily summer adventure at Children's Museum Houston and access endless possibilities!

June 1 to Aug. 17

Open seven days a week Memorial Day to Labor Day!

Sponsored by Champion Energy


HOUSTON (May 23, 2024) – Gone are the days of predictability and routine!  Unlock your inner potential, break free from the ordinary, and embrace the thrill of discovery at Children’s Museum Houston’s “Summer Escape” sponsored by Champion Energy, from June 1 to Aug. 17, 2024. With two brand-new exhibits, a daily musical and 18 events, each day promises a new and exciting adventure!


Prepare to step into a world where the ordinary is extraordinary as we bring to you an unparalleled summer experience that combines learning with excitement.  With interactive exhibits, engaging activities, and hands-on learning opportunities, you’re invited to make your summer escape and unleash your creativity and curiosity like never before!




S.E.C.R.E.T.: The AI Generated Musical!

June 13 to Aug. 4

Come be a part of the game with the return of our original summer musical production! In “S.E.C.R.E.T.: The AI Generated Musical!,” a RIVAL agent infiltrates the SECRET laboratory in order to power their super cool singing AI known as ROGUE. Two SECRET Agents arrive just as ROGUE is plugged into the crystals that power the Museum, allowing the AI to gain self-awareness and lock all three in the room, concocting a plan of their own—to make the whole world sing and to cover everything in cheese! When the agents realize they are under ROGUE’s control, they must work together with their nemesis to save the Museum.  This interactive performance lasts approximately 20 minutes and can be enjoyed by children of all ages.




Think Pink

Saturday, June 1

Grab your pink passport and get ready to be whisked away into a whimsical wonderland inspired by everyone's favorite fashion icon -Barbie!

  • Prepare to be starstruck as you meet “real-life Barbies” and “Ken” cosplayers, bringing the iconic doll to life right before your eyes!
  • From glittering chandeliers to plush pink carpets, design and decorate your very own Barbie-inspired dreamhouse in our DIY Dreamhouse Workshop.
  • Head over to the DIY Doll Making Activity, where you can customize your own Barbie-inspired doll from head to toe.


Sweet Like Candy

Saturday, June 8

Step into a world of pure imagination as we unveil our Willy Wonka-inspired extravaganza! Brace yourself for a day filled with whimsy, wonder, and of course, plenty of sweet surprises. Don’t miss this scrumdiddlyumptious adventure!

  • Meet and greet with a Willy Wonka cosplayer who'll charm you with his eccentricity and charm straight from the pages of Roald Dahl's beloved tale.
  • Let your creativity run wild at the Candy Construction Workshop, where you'll build fantastical structures using an array of colorful candies and treats.
  • Experience the ancient art of Dragon's Beard Candy Making, where delicate strands of sugary goodness are spun before your very eyes. Ages 4and up.
  • Get ready to boogie down as the Oompa Loompa-inspired characters take the stage for a toe-tapping dance performance.
  • Dare to take on the Bean Boozled game, where every jellybean is a surprise waiting to be tasted – will it be a delicious treat or a hilariously gross trick?


Defy Gravity

Saturday, June 15

Ignite your imagination and reach for the stars!

  • Get ready to be amazed as Texas Bubblers showcase the mesmerizing magic of bubbles, creating giant orbs that seem to dance effortlessly through the air.
  • Hold your breath as the talented performers from Artz Aerial Studio take center stage, defying gravity with breathtaking acrobatics and awe-inspiring stunts that will leave you on the edge of your seat.
  • Unleash your inner rocket scientist at the gravity-defying rocket workshop, where you'll design, build, and launch your very own rockets into the sky, soaring to new heights with each exhilarating blast-off.


Juneteenth Celebration – Part 1

Sunday, June 16

Celebrate Juneteenth in a spectacular two-day event at Children's Museum Houston, filled with vibrant cultural festivities, inspiring art exhibits, and engaging activities honoring African American heritage and freedom!

  • Dive into the Juneteenth Champions Art Exhibition curated by Ted Ellis, showcasing the remarkable contributions of 29 influential African Americans that have shaped our world.
  • Feel the rhythm and groove with DJ Ferbidden as he spins tunes and leads exhilarating line dancing sessions.
  • Be transported by the captivating performances of Express Children's Theatre, celebrating African American heritage through music, poetry, and dance.
  • Tonya Duncan Ellis will be on site to captivate you with alive reading of her book, “They Built Me for Freedom: The Story of Juneteenth and Houston’s Emancipation Park,” bringing powerful history to life.
  • Van G. Garrett will enchant you with a reading of his book, “Juneteenth: A Picture Book for Kids Celebrating Black Joy,” filling the air with the vibrant spirit of the holiday.
  • Paint a stunning mural that bursts with color and commemorates the spirit of freedom and community.


Juneteenth Celebration – Part 2

Wednesday, June 19

  • Join forces with fellow revelers to contribute to a vibrant Community Mural, honoring the enduring legacy of African American contributions.
  • Prepare to be dazzled by the Ministry in Motion as speed painter Ange Hillz showcases his electrifying skills, bringing art to life before your eyes.
  • Explore the Juneteenth Champions Art Exhibition, curated by Ted Ellis, which pays tribute to 29 trailblazing African Americans who have left an indelible mark on society.
  • Paint a stunning mural that bursts with color and commemorates the spirit of freedom and community.


Need for Speed

Saturday, June 22

Rev up your engines and brace yourselves for a turbocharged adventure!  

  • Join Sonic and Knuckles, the dynamic duo of speed, as they zip around the Museum, bringing their high-octane energy to every corner.
  • Get ready to marvel at the dazzling display of art cars, each one a masterpiece of speed and creativity that will leave you awe-inspired.
  • Feel the adrenaline rush as you take on the Making a Ramp Challenge Workshop, where you'll design and build your own ramps to test the limits of speed and distance.
  • Dive headfirst into the thrilling world of Sonic the Hedgehog with dioramas that transport you straight into his iconic video game world, complete with loop-de-loops, springs, and golden rings.

Lula the Mighty Griot presented by Houston Grand Opera

Sunday, June 23

Sponsored by Kathryn Rabinow and Bobbi Samuels

Brace yourself for an electrifying journey filled with spellbinding picture books brought to life by mesmerizing singing Houston Grand Opera storytellers, creating an immersive experience that will transport you to the edge of your seat and leave you yearning for more breathtaking tales!  Embark on a heart-pounding adventure alongside Lula, the courageous protector of her tribe, as she battles against ferocious alligators threatening to plunder her village's food supplies.


Ohana Means Family

Saturday, June 29

Prepare for an out-of-this-world adventure inspired by the beloved tale of “Lilo & Stitch”!

  • Join forces with the mischievous yet lovable Stitch as he makes a special appearance for an unforgettable meet and greet experience that will leave you starstruck.
  • Feel the rhythm of the islands as you groove along to the beat of Lilo's Polynesian dance class performance, immersing yourself in the vibrant culture of Hawaii.
  • Unleash your creativity at the Stitch character painting workshop, where you'll bring the beloved blue alien to life on canvas with every stroke of the brush.




Kidpendence Day

Thursday, July 4

Don’t miss an unforgettable celebration of liberty, unity, and the American spirit!

  • Brace yourself for an explosive start as 21-Mentos geysers erupt in a patriotic salute that will leave you breathless with excitement.
  • Join the party as confetti rains down alongside iconic heroes Captain America and Lady Liberty, spreading joy and patriotism with every colorful flutter.
  • Dive into the pages of adventure with Captain America during an action-packed story time that will ignite your imagination and stir your patriotic spirit.
  • Prepare to be amazed as celebratory science demos dazzle and delight, showcasing the wonders of discovery and innovation.  


Saturday, July 6

Prepare to journey to a realm beyond imagination!

  • Get ready to be enthralled by the awe-inspiring presence of the 501st Legion, as they bring the iconic characters of the Star Wars universe to life with stunning precision and authenticity, transporting you to a galaxy far, far away.
  • Join the thrilling Jedi Showdown with the Saber Guild and master the art of lightsaber combat!
  • Unleash your inner artist at the alien incubator-making art workshop, where you'll craft otherworldly creations that are out of this world!


Tanabata Japanese Star Festival

Sunday, July 7

Step into the enchanting realm of the Tanabata Japanese Star Festival and prepare for an unforgettable journey through Japanese culture and tradition! Tanabata celebrates the once-a-year meeting of star-crossed lovers Orihime and Hikoboshi, whose reunion sparks a sky ablaze with shimmering stars and the fulfillment of heartfelt wishes.

  • Discover the ancient art of Kendama a traditional Japanese cup-and-ball toy, guided by skilled experts who will dazzle you with mesmerizing tricks that defy gravity and ignite your imagination.
  • Immerse yourself in the age-old tradition of Kamishibai storytelling, as the captivating tale of Tanabata unfolds before your very eyes, weaving a tapestry of love, longing, and celestial magic.
  • Embark on an adventure through the festival's ongoing activities, starting with a special "passport" for your quest for knowledge and creativity. Engage your senses at the craft tables, where you'll craft delicate origami magpies, fashion intricate Kirigami decorations, and pen heartfelt wishes on Tanzaku strips destined to hang from bamboo branches.

Play It Cool

Saturday, July 13

Get ready to chill out where frosty fun awaits around every corner!

  • Join Anna, Elsa, Hans, and Olaf for a Frozen-inspired sing-along extravaganza that will have you belting out your favorite tunes as you journey through the enchanting kingdom of Arendelle.
  • Unleash your inner scientist at the liquid nitrogen demos.
  • Marvel at the masterful artistry of live ice sculpting, as a talented artisan carves intricate designs from blocks of ice right before your eyes, transforming frozen water into breathtaking works of art.

Dog Days of Summer

Saturday, July 20

Get ready for a tail-wagging good time inspired by the lovable pups Bluey and Bingo!

  • Join the dynamic duo as they bound into the Museum, spreading joy and excitement wherever they go.
  • Unleash your creativity at a workshop where you can craft your very own Bluey or Bingo stuffed animal, ready to be your loyal companion on all your adventures.
  • Don't miss out on the infectious energy of DJ Tyler as he leads a Keepy Uppy game that will have you on your feet, bouncing and grooving to the beat with every kick and catch.

I Scream for Ice Scream - National Ice Cream Day Celebration

Sunday, July 21

Get ready to indulge in a swirl of sweetness where the magic of National Ice Cream Day comes to life in a symphony of flavors and fun!

  • Dive into the delicious world of DIY ice cream making workshops, where you'll concoct creamy creations bursting with your favorite toppings and mix-ins, turning every scoop into a masterpiece.
  • Prepare to be enchanted by "Agua/Agüita and Fuego/Fueguito,"a bilingual singing presentation by the Houston Grand Opera sponsored by Kathryn Rabinow and Bobbi Samuels that will transport you on a musical journey through the vibrant cultures of water and fire.

Knight and Day

Saturday, July 27

Prepare to journey back in time to a world of chivalry and adventure, where medieval magic awaits around every corner!

  • Immerse yourself in the majestic melodies of live Renaissance-style music that will transport you to the courts of kings and queens.
  • Channel your inner knight or lady as you craft your own shield to defend your honor and fashion a regal flower crown fit for royalty.
  • Join forces with fellow adventurers in thrilling Dungeons& Dragons game sessions, where epic quests and daring escapades await.
  • Don't miss the heart-pounding choreographed demo on the art of swordplay, where you'll learn to wield foam swords and shields with skill and precision in a spectacle that's sure to leave you breathless.



Royal Revelry

Saturday, Aug. 3

Step into a realm of timeless enchantment, where the magic of the Renaissance meets the whimsy of fairy tales!

  • Embark on an unforgettable journey as you mingle with Disney-inspired princesses such as Aurora, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Snow White, who will regale you with tales of courage and kindness.
  • Feel the rhythm of the ages with live Renaissance-style music that will set your heart aflutter with its melodic charm.
  • Unleash your creativity at the shields and flower crown workshops, where you'll craft regal accessories fit for royalty.
  • Gather with fellow adventurers for exhilarating Dungeons& Dragons game sessions, where epic quests and daring exploits unfold.
  • Be sure not to overlook the electrifying choreographed demonstration of swordplay, where you'll master the art of wielding foam swords and shields with precision and finesse, ensuring an unforgettable spectacle that will leave you exhilarated.


Minion Mania

Saturday, Aug. 10

Get ready for a mischievous adventure at a Minion-inspired extravaganza!

  • Join in the fun as you meet and greet the lovable Minion-inspired characters, who will bring endless laughter and cheer to all.
  • Unleash your creativity at the heroes and villains gear workshop, where you can craft your own gear fit for a hero or a mischievous villain.
  • Prepare for a showdown like no other as heroes and villains face off in a hilarious party streamer game where laughter and chaos reign supreme.

Villains’ Vengeance

Saturday, Aug. 17

Prepare to dive into the darker side of adventure!

  • Step into the shadows and meet and greet some of the most notorious animated villains, who will send shivers down your spine with their wicked charm.
  • Unleash your inner misfit at the heroes and villains gear workshop, where you'll craft gear fit for a devious villain or a valiant hero.
  • Engage in an epic party streamer battle that will leave you laughing and strategizing as you fight for supremacy.



Game Quest

Sponsored by Oxy and The William Stamps Farish Fund

Embark on an exhilarating journey with friends and family in Game Quest, a dynamic life-size board game adventure where you solve puzzles, compete head-to-head, or collaborate towards a common goal. With endless ways to play, you can choose your own path and make your own rules fora unique experience every time. Discover classic games from around the world and encounter new ones you've never seen before, ensuring that every game night is filled with excitement and learning. Get ready for a thrilling quest that will challenge your mind and bring everyone together in the spirit of fun and adventure!


The Picturebook Art of Loren Long

Sponsored by CFP Foundation

Discover the enchanting world of award-winning children's book author and illustrator Loren Long.  Curated by the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature, this captivating exhibit showcases over 40 of Long's illustrations, including beloved characters like Otis the friendly tractor. Dive into inspiring stories from books such as "Of Thee I Sing" and "Someone Builds the Dream," and explore heartwarming tales from "Wind Fliers," "Toy Boat," and more. Immerse yourself in Loren Long's magical storytelling and join in a community art project inspired by his focus on the human condition. This exhibit promises an unforgettable journey through beautifully illustrated stories that inspire and uplift.