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Fun places for kids

 
Airventure Ballooning - The largest hot air balloon company in Houston offers flights seven days a week. A top-ranked, Federal Aviation Administration professional pilot serves as a guide. A great sightseeing adventure, this also can serve as a romantic ride for two. Flight lessons are available.
Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas - Located on 4,600 acres in the Big Thicket forest near Lake Livingston, the Alabama-Coushatta tribe of Texas is the state's oldest Indian reservation. Features include a museum, gift shop, restaurant, tribal dance square and tours through the Big Thicket forest. A 26-acre  lake on the reservation, Lake Tombigbee is restocked annually with fish  and has cabins, 131 campsites and areas for picnicking and swimming.
Art Car Museum - The Museum features the most imaginative, elaborate, and artfully constructed art cars, low riders, and mobile contraptions, as well as displaying exhibitions of art by local, national, and international artists of all media.
Celebration Station - With two locations in Houston, this entertainment venue offers arcade games, batting cages, bumper boats, go-karts, miniature golf, children's rides and a resturant.
Children's Museum of Houston - The Children's Museum of Houston is the highest-attended youth museum in the country for its size and is dedicated to transforming communities through innovative, child-centered learning by providing hands-on exhibitions in the areas of science and technology, history and culture, health and human development, and the arts.
Cruises from Galveston Island - Sail on cruise from Galveston, Texas. Three cruise lines are available.
Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals - The spectacular Cullen Hall houses the world’s finest display-quality collection of gems and minerals. See more than 750 beautifully crystallized mineral specimens, including some of the world’s rarest and most beautiful examples. Walk-around display cases and fiber-optic lighting offer an optimum view of these dazzling treasures.
Dave & Buster's - primarily an adult establishment, this entertainment center has exclusive interactive games adn simulators, casual dining, bars, pocket billiards and shuffleboard.
Downtown Aquarium - See exhibits of fully themed environments in the 500,000 gallons of underwater tanks such as the "Louisiana Swamp", "Shipwreck", "Rain Forest", "Sunken Temple" and "Gulf of Mexico". Entertaining and educational tours through exciting exhibits, video and audio. A restaurant-theme park.
Flying L Guest Ranch - This 770- acre guest ranch is a great vacation destination. Guests can fest on a  meal buffet-style or have a picnic by San Julian Creek. Also available are horseback riding, pony rides, hayrides, golfing, swimming, roping, hiking, fishing, volleyball and a host of other entertainments.
FunPlex - indoor entertainment complex and 15 acres of water spots
Galveston Island
George Observatory - Located in Brazos Bend State Park, the observatory features three domed telescopes, including the 36-inch Gueymard Research Telescope-one of the largest telescopes in the nation. Also a meteorite exhibition and the Challenger Learning Center for Space Science Education, which simulates space missions, are housed on site.
George Ranch Historical Park - Step back in time at this historical ranch. Set on 23,000 acres of a working ranch and farmland, George Ranch Historical Park takes visitors through 100 years o f Texas history in an authentic historical setting. Learn about Colonial life, cattle drives, cowboys, blacksmiths and more. Other attractions include a visitor's center with museum exhibits and a gift shop.
The Houston Zoo - A large facility in Hermann Park features big cats, hippos, a primate and reptile center and a tropical bird aviary.
IMAX Theater - Ranked as one of the world's premier IMAX theaters, this 394 seat theater features the finest motion picture system in existence. Images of unsurpassed size, clarity and impact enhanced by a superb six-track sound system are projected onto a giant 60-by-80-foot screen.
Kemah Boardwalk - This waterfront destination boasts eight restaurants, including the Aquarium restaurant, which features a 50,000-gallon aquarium filled with marine life. Retail shops abound here, including plans for a 1940-themed upscale lady's boutique. The Boardwalk is the site of many events throughout the year.
LazerRage - In addition to laser tag games, LazerRage offers arcade, personal computer and Internet-style games. Party rooms also are available, and LazerRage is the site of many special events.
Minute Maid Field - Downtown ballpark with a retractable roof which opens up to the downtown skyline.
Moody Gardens - with 10-story glass Rainforest Pyramid and one of the world's three 3-D IMAX theaters, aquarium, in Galveston.
Planetarium - The planetarium offers the world’s most technologically advanced and realistic views of space and the universe. Giving visitors the feeling that they are traveling in space, high-resolution video technology projects images of planets, stars, meteors, solar systems and entire galaxies on the domed surface. The planetarium is also used to train Space Shuttle astronauts in star field identification.
Port of Houston Authority M/V Sam Houston Boat Tour - Tour the Port of Houston in this 90-minute, roundtrip cruise across the Houston Ship Channel. Reservations are required, and a free beverage is offered on the tour.
Reliant Stadium - World's first retractable roof NFL stadium
Scream World - Open from September through October, Scream World has three haunted attractions that are the main feature of this 4.5 acre theme park. Also available are concession stands, photo opportunities, palm readers, strolling magicians, scary movies and a scream contest.
Space Center Houston - Space Center Houston's unparalleled exhibits, attractions, special presentations and hands-on activities tell the story of NASA's manned space flight program. SCH is the only place in the world where visitors can see astronauts train for missions, touch a real moon rock, land a shuttle, and take a behind-the-scenes tour of NASA.
Splashtown U.S.A. - a 46 acre water park with 17 major water rides and attractions
Texas Renaissance Festival - The Texas Renaissance Festival is one of the nation's largest, most acclaimed renaissance theme parks where the sights, sounds, tastes and beauty of the 16th Century come alive every Saturday and Sunday for 7 weekends October 2nd through November 14th, from 9 AM to dusk.
Wortham IMAX Theatre - Ranked as one of the world's premier IMAX theaters, this facility seats 394. The museum is known as both a producer as well as a screening house for award-winning productions.
 

Cool Websites for Kids

 
http://www.StrangeMatterExhibit.com - Find out what cell phones are made of, look at aluminum atoms, and much more! If you are interested in what things are made of, this is the site for you!
 
9-1-1 for Kids - This site, developed by the Commission on State Emergency Communications, teaches kids how and when to call 911.
 
Time for Kids - This companion to the Time for Kids magazine connects youth with up-to-the-minute news and current events. The site also includes a dictionary, measurement conversion table, country information and games. Full-text articles are available in English and Spanish.
 
Outdoor Kids - Outdoor Kids is a self-paced program encouraging young people to participate in firsthand experiences of the natural, cultural and recreational wonders that are Texas.
 
Zoom By Kids, For Kids - This site offers games, activities, projects and more. Play along or submit your own activities.
 
A Game A Day - This site offers puzzles, games, and related materials designed to stimulate learning, problem solving, and creative thinking.
 
Chateau Meddybemps - All kinds of fun for families with younger kids.
 
Children’s Television Workshop  - Your friends from Sesame Street! Check out the coloring pages in “Big Bag.”
 
Discovery School's Puzzlemaker - Puzzlemaker is a fun and easy puzzle generation tool for all ages that allows users to create and print customized word search, crossword and math puzzles using your own word lists.
Enigma - This is a sliding puzzle site based on a toy of years ago. It offers interesting challenges and is totally addictive.
 
Fun Brain.com - Who ever thought learning math could be so much fun? Test your math skills with these fun and interesting games.
 
Garfield Online - Heard the latest? Garfield’s the greatest! Check out what’s happenin’ with everyone’s favorite fat cat! Jim Davis’s official fat-cat site!
 
Nickelodeon - Like to watch Nick? Here’s where to click!
 
Official Disney Web Site - Movies, animation—everything Disney!
 
Official Star Wars Web Site - For Star Wars fans everywhere!
 
Barkclay and Eve - Dragonfly Publishing through it's Barklay and Eve Book series has released a new title in their kids series. The books help the children in a move talk about their concerns regarding the move.
The title of the new release is Together We'll Get Through This. It is part of a series of eight different
books designed to help children through difficult topics in their lives.
 
PBS for Kids - Games and activities connected to your favorite PBS programs, including Arthur, Between the Lions and Sesame Street. Also provides information for grownups on using the site.
 
Texas Senate Kids - People of all ages can have fun learning about the great State of Texas.