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Alley Theatre

Alley Theatre

615 Texas Ave
Houston, TX 77002   Directions

(713) 220-5700

Get a taste of Tony-award-winning theater in the heart of Houston at the Alley Theatre. Visiting artists from around the globe make every production special. During the holidays, you'll see family favorites like "Peter Pan" and "A Christmas Carol" in full-scale Broadway production mode.

The Tony-award winning Alley Theatre in Downtown Houston is the crown jewel in H-Town's thriving stage arts scene. The talented cast, crew and producers never fail to challenge themselves with a wide variety of plays each season.

The Alley Theatre company was founded in 1947 and has thrived by staging new plays, classics, unearthed pieces that have regained new life, and modern musical theater pieces.

The professional theater company uses a 75,000-square-foot facility to build sets and rehearse. The Alley Theatre Center for Theatre Production is the largest facility of its kind.

The result is season after season of highly regarded productions that rival the original Broadway and off-Broadway runs.

As one of the most prestigious resident theaters in the U.S, the Alley Theatre typically stages 11 productions each season. The theater seats 824 for the main stage and 310 for the more intimate Neuhaus stage.

Plays previously performed include: "The Mousetrap," "St. Nicholas," "A Behanding in Spokane," "A Christmas Carol," "Peter Pan," "Amadeus" and "Pygmalion."

The Alley continues its educational and outreach efforts each year, encouraging young playwrights, performers and future patrons to participate and explore. Programs include From Stage to Page, HYPE (Houston Young Playwrights Exchange) and the Young Performers Studio.

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Children's Museum of Houston

Children's Museum of Houston

1500 Binz St
Houston, TX 77004   Directions

(713) 522-1138

Let your kids go on a discovery tour of a museum built just for them. At the Children's Museum of Houston, all of the exhibits and attractions are meant to be touched. Tons of interactive fun including the EcoStation, FlowWorks, Invention Convention and more.

The Children's Museum of Houston sets the standard for today's hands-on, interactive museums of learning and discovery, built especially for younger patrons.

The 90,000-square-foot museum has a 5-star rating on social network sites, was voted "Ultimate Kid-Friendly Attraction" in a Houston Chronicle readers' poll, and tied for the No. 1 spot as the nation's best children's museum in Child magazine.

The exhibits are bilingual and the museum serves children ages birth to 12 years.

Permanent exhibits include:

  • FlowWorks - This exhibit unleashes the power of water for children to explore and research the concept of energy flow. Plus, it's got plenty of wild, wet fun that young imaginations can't resist!
  • Kidtropolis, USA - Finally, a chance for kids to rule the world! Here at Kidtropolis, the under-12 bunch do everything adults do, and more! Youngsters can start a business, hold a job, elect each other into city government and get a business loan. Learn about real life in a game-style atmosphere.
  • Power Play - This newest exhibit teams up to teach kids about health and physical fitness. While they're jumping around and having fun, kids learn that exercise is fun and good for you.
  • CYBERCHASE - The Chase Is On! - It's up to kids to thwart the evil Hacker who's on a mission to take over the Internet! This exciting math exhibit takes kids on a technical adventure and shows them how to play digital detective.
  • Invention Convention - Gadgets and gizmos galore are laid out for kids to connect, create and construct anything their heart desires. Here they'll learn to imagine it and create it!
  • EcoStation - Kids naturally care about the Earth, and this exhibit teaches them to understand how our actions impact the environment - and what we can all do about it! Kids become empowered after learning about water quality testing, soil exploration and other tests they can take home and perform in their own backyards.
  • How Does It Work? - Answers to the most pressing questions of the day, like "How does a wireless phone work?" and "Why can't people see in the dark?" Explore a real '66 Mustang to discover what makes a car go, and lift yourself 5 feet into the air to learn how a simple pulley system can move even the heaviest of objects.

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Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

5216 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX 77006   Directions

(713) 284-8250

Immerse yourself in today's cutting-edge arts scene at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. The non-collecting institution hosts a stellar rotation of attractions and exhibits in print, photography, graphic arts and other mediums.

The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is a museum of passion and honesty, committed to providing the best in contemporary new art and exploring the advent of modern art through the years.

Founded in 1948, the museum features international, national and regional art in rotating exhibits. New artwork is presented along with educational materials and scholarly publications, all meant to enrich the visitor's overall experience, appreciation and understanding.

The institution is located downtown in the heart of the Houston Museum District. Its building is a widely recognized stainless steel structure created by award-winning architect Gunnar Birkerts. The new location opened in 1972.

Ongoing exhibits have included "Perspectives," a series of works by emerging and well-known artists that have not yet shown in Houston.

Thematic presentations recently have included Finders/Keepers, where the museum has asked patrons to lend back pieces of art that were originally shown years ago at the museum; Elvis + Marilyn: Two Times Immortal; Abstract Painting Once Removed; and Other Narratives.

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Downtown Aquarium

Downtown Aquarium

410 Bagby St
Houston, TX 77002   Directions

(713) 223-3474

Explore the adventurous exhibits at the Downtown Aquarium, featuring interactive displays with themes like the Louisiana Swamp, Shipwreck, Rainforest and Sunken Temple.

Fun Plex

Fun Plex

13700 Beechnut St
Houston, TX 77083   Directions

(281) 530-7777

Join the good times at the area's largest indoor fun attraction, the Fun Plex. There's something for everyone here, including video games, a bowling alley, movie theaters, carnival rides, go karts and more.

Every day is like an indoor carnival at the Fun Plex! The towering facility manages to put it all under one roof, literally. The activities here will satisfy kids of all ages.

Located in downtown Houston, the Fun Plex is a playtime oasis that includes carnival rides, movie theaters, a miniature golf course, a bowling alley, roller skating rink and modern arcade games.

Concession stands with food and drink provide plenty of fuel to go all day. After all, there's tons to explore.

Just a few of the rides, games and entertainment at the Fun Plex include:

Go Karts - The indoor Go Kart track offers two rides: Safe and slow for smaller kids, and a high-speed adult ride that'll satisfy your need for speed (up to 22 mph!).

Carnival Rides - The list of thrills include a Carousel, Ferris Wheel, Krazy Kars (Bumper Cars), Red Baron Airplanes, Lady Bugs and a Rio Grande Train.

Arcade Games - More than 30 redemption games award tickets that you can collect and cash in for great prizes. Noisy fun that'll have the whole family cheering!

Movie Theater Multi-Plex - Ready to relax and take in a show? Kick back here for the best deals on first-run movies.

Bowling - Family fun where everyone is a winner! There are 40 lanes available and plenty of lights and good music to keep the game going strong.

Pool Hall - This family-friendly pool hall has something for kids and grownups, including adult video games, flat screen TVs and a full bar.

Roller City USA Skating Ring - A12,000-square-foot floor keeps the good times rolling here. The music blasts through a state-of-the-art speaker system to help you find your four-wheeled flow.

Play Port - If you're taller than 4'4", do not enter! This special place is for the little ones to crawl, climb and explore.

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George Ranch Historical Park

George Ranch Historical Park

10215 FM 762
Richmond, TX 77469   Directions

(281) 343-0218

Journey to a place and time where cattle and cotton are king and Texas is a country all on its own. Visit the George Ranch Historical Park and discover a treasury of Texas traditions. The George Ranch Historical Park is a living history museum that tracks four generations of one family over one hundred years of Texas history. Visit the 1830's Jones Stock Farm, the 1860's Ryon Prairie Home, the 1890's Davis Mansion, and the 1930's George Ranch Complex. Enjoy historic home tours, cattle-working demonstrations, a working blacksmith shop and more.

Holocaust Museum Houston

Holocaust Museum Houston

5401 Caroline St
Houston, TX 77004   Directions

(713) 942-8000

Gain a deeper understanding of how genocide can grow into the near decimation of an entire culture at the Holocaust Museum Houston. The museum presents unedited memories of the Holocaust, and visitors say they leave with a sense of hope for future generations.

The Houston Holocaust Museum was spurred by one man's epiphany: Survivors who lived in the Houston area were getting older, and their stories of the Holocaust would fade - along with the lesson of unchecked prejudice and the power of peace.

For more than 10 years Siegi Izakson focused on his mission to create a suitable memorial and educational center. Then, in 1990, a well-known Jewish community leader embraced his idea. She used her influence to begin a successful capital campaign for a Holocaust museum in Houston.

The Houston Holocaust Museum is located in the Houston Museum district and opened in 1996, to which Izakson proclaimed, "This means the Holocaust story will not go away."

The museum is an ever-evolving, living museum. It includes a permanent exhibit and temporary exhibits on loan from other Holocaust Museums around the country.

Many who have visited here - survivors, adults, schoolchildren - have left notes, poems, artwork and gifts to express their feelings upon seeing the exhibits.

The Permanent Exhibition at the Museum is called "Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers." The tour begins with a look at life before the Holocaust and the beginning of Nazism. The exhibit then shows its insidious progression, from segregation, to imprisonment, to extermination.

Artifacts, film reels, photographs, and text panels tell the story and set the backdrop for personal accounts from local survivors in the short films "Voices" and "Voices II."

The many items on display include:

A World War II Holocaust Railcar - This was the type of car used to carry millions of Jews to concentration camps and, ultimately, to their deaths.

Danish Rescue Boat - This 1942 Danish rescue boat is the type that saved more than 7,200 Jews from almost certain execution at the hands of Nazi Germany.Two areas of the museum encourage reflection and meditation. They are the Lack Family Memorial Room, which contains the Wall of Remembrance, the Wall of Tears and the Wall of Hope. The Memorial Wall is a place where local Holocaust survivors can commemorate their lost loved ones.

The other area for quiet reflection is called the Eric Alexander Garden of Hope, a garden dedicated to the memory of the 1.5 million children who died in the Holocaust.

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Houston Astros

Houston Astros

501 Crawford St
Houston, TX 77002   Directions

(713) 259-8000

Be a part of a love affair between the Bayou City and its beloved Major League Baseball team, the Houston Astros. Rendezvous at the old-style Minute Maid Park, where going to a baseball game feels nostalgic, but with all the modern-day perks and attractions included.

The Houston Astros are hometown heroes in the city of Houston, where residents take their sports teams very seriously.

Since 2000, the team has played at their newest home venue, Minute Maid stadium, which fans call "The Juice Box." Before then, they played at the Astrodome, a first-of-its-kind stadium with a domed roof, that also saw the advent of 'Astroturf' as a playing surface.

Minute Maid stadium and its grass field is an old-school style baseball park, and fans like to claim that there are no bad seats in the stadium. The stadium's domed roof is retractable, allowing fans and players to enjoy cooler weather in the fall, and to escape Houston's notorious humidity during the dog days of summer.

The beloved team is actually the oldest franchise from a single city to have never won the World Series. They've come heart-breakingly close, making the playoffs in 1980, 1981, 1986 and multiple times again through the early 2000's. Finally, in 2005, the Astros made their World Series debut against the Chicago White Sox, who won the series.

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Houston Family Arts Center

Houston Family Arts Center

10760 Grant Rd
Houston, TX 77070   Directions

(281) 685-6374

Catch a family-friendly production at the Houston Family Arts Center. Mainstage productions include plays like "The Money in Uncle George's Suitcase," "Willie Wonka," and "All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten."

Houston Fire Museum

Houston Fire Museum

2403 Milam St
Houston, TX 77006   Directions

(713) 524-2526

Explore the heroic world of firefighters at the Houston Fire Museum, where you'll see antique firefighting equipment and uniforms on display. The museum is located in what was originally Fire Station No. 7, the first fire station built by the Houston Fire Department after it went fully paid in 1895.

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