Childrens Musem of HoustonThe Children’s Museum of Houston has always been a favorite of mine.  It is a must-see visit whenever we have visiting munchkins in town. Truth to tell, it is as entertaining to the big kids (like me!) as it is to little ones.

I remember well the weekend this new facility opened.  The cramped, temporary facility along Allen Parkway was replaced with this state-of-the-art building in Houston’s Museum District.  The porches of the building are upheld by colorful, cartoon-type figures of children.  These pillars are called Caryakids in a whimsical nod to the famous Caryatid statues of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece.

Then, as now, the museum was chock-filled with exciting, hands-on activities.  When we complimented the staff on their fabulous new museum, we were shocked to discover that they had received nothing but complaints.  So my wife sent them a letter detailing how much we loved their new museum and all its exhibits – this letter was posted on the staff’s bulletin board as a morale-booster.

Now it’s official – a survey by Parents.com named our Children’s Museum the best in the country in 2011! 

The Children’s Museum of Houston is located just four miles from the center of West U. It is open Tuesday though Sunday, and entry is free on Thursday nights.

Well done – and thank you for providing the children of Houston with a Playground for the Mind!

Roger Martin