Who said learning has to be a bore? Kids can pick up a wealth of knowledge in more places than just school. Check out these six cool educational destinations near The Woodlands, Texas.

The Woodlands Children’s Museum

A girl experiencing a water vortex at an interactive local children's museum.

Image via Flickr by Bob Linsdell

Your family is invited to discover The Woodlands Children’s Museum. This place of wonder offers kids between 2 and 10 years of age loads of multiethnic and multicultural experiences. For just $7 per person, youngsters can take advantage of various pint-sized exhibits, like the Remax Play House, the Market, and the Dream and Build play area. 

Attend a seasonal workshop at this interactive museum. There’s Wonderseum for 4-year-olds and RobotiKs for kids 5 to 10. The center is small, so you can keep an eye on your little ones as they work their way through the interactive stations, and the vibe here is calm and relaxing for parents, too. Located right in the neighborhood, on West Panther Creek Drive, it’s easy and convenient to indulge your child at this delightful destination.

Space Center Houston

Kids are curious about pretty much everything, especially the world around them. Indulge them at Space Center Houston. Located on NASA Parkway, it’s home to Mission Control and the astronaut training program. This official visitor center’s educational focus is on S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) skills. It uses the excitement of space exploration in a fun and engaging way that inspires wonder and interest.

Your kids will have an amazing time discovering artifacts and exhibits dedicated to both the past and the future of human space travel. Walk underneath the real SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, explore the collection of spacesuits, and have a seat inside a replica of the space shuttle Independence. There is always something new at Space Center Houston, thanks to a variety of limited-time displays, such as Galaxy Lights. It’s the most interactive and technologically advanced light display in the Lone Star state. 

Admission to Space Center Houston is $24.95 for kids ages 4 to 11. Adults and children over 12 pay $29.95. Purchase a membership for just $149. That includes free admission for up to four people for an entire year.

Nature Discovery Center

Kids of all ages will connect with their wild side at the Nature Discovery Center. Located on Newcastle Street in Bellaire, discover an interactive, hands-on approach to learning that will awaken your child’s sense of wonder. What’s more fun for preschool and elementary-aged kids than critters and crafts? This unique course introduces basic biology and gives kids a chance to do an art project that celebrates the animals they study.

From day and weeklong camps during the summer and winter breaks, plus weekend programs, there’s something to fit into every family’s busy schedule. Classes at the center feature live animal experiences, natural history specimens, and items found throughout the park. They include both outdoor investigation and indoor lessons, plus an exciting combination of creative endeavors and games. Camps are $55 for members, and drop-in events, like Meet the Animals, are just $5 per person.

Little Beakers Science Lab for Kids

Your little ones are going to love their very own science lab. It’s waiting for them at Little Beakers on Hanna Road in The Woodlands. This real working lab was built just for them and offers science-based learning and family fun for all ages, from Open Lab to parties. You and the kids can choose from 30 different hands-on experiments or sign them up for a workshop or guided lab.

Give your little ones a head start in learning with the Preschool Discovery Club, or complement your child’s core curriculum with a superb after-school program. Equipped with a lab coat, safety goggles, and a record keeping notebook, your child’s interest in science will skyrocket after a day at Little Beakers. Why not register them for Ice, Ice, Baby? With this exciting adventure, they’ll build and take home mini-snow plow robots, make blue ice slime, and create dry ice bubbles, all for $110 per child. 

Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center

Located less than an hour from home awaits a fun family experience. Learn something new at the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center. Located in Sugar Land on Kempner Street, this 12,000 square foot historic building is filled to the brim with exhibits designed for infants through tweens. Their epic adventures are limited only by their imagination.

Your youngsters will love Kidtropolis. Kids made this pretend city, and it’s run by kids. It gives them the opportunity to understand civic engagement. As they explore the city, they’ll role-play jobs and take on the responsibilities of producers, leaders, and consumers. Your kiddos will get a charge out of the Shocks and Jolts program. It’s geared towards children ages 6 and up and focuses on the exciting topic of electricity. Explore and play in a new and safe way at Fort Bend’s children’s center. Timed entry reservations are available online.

The Montgomery County Library

The Woodlands is home to two county library branches, including George and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Library on Ashlane Way and the South Regional Library on Lake Robbins Drive. Don’t underestimate your public library. It’s more than a place to check out books. It offers youth clubs, computer classes, storytime, study rooms, and events for all ages. Get everyone together for Crafternoons. This fun and creative course takes art one step further by making creations from common items found around the house. There’s even a culinary book club for those budding chefs in the family.

Kids are like sponges when it comes to soaking up information. Indulge their natural curiosity at any one of these cool destinations around The Woodlands, Texas. Where do your kids like to play and learn? Tell us so everyone in the Crème de la Crème of The Woodlands family can benefit from your experience.