Sunday, August 12, 2012

GUEST POST- TX Style




Top 5 Educational Trips for Kids in Texas
Texas is a great state to raise a family for many reasons. One of those reasons is because it is home to hundreds of kid-friendly destinations. From Dallas to San Antonio to Houston and everywhere in between, the fun and learning never stops in the Lone Star State.
Below is my “top five” list for the best educational trips for kids in Texas. Even though school is about to begin, you can still visit these awesome places on the weekends.
Space Center Houston
For some kids, space is a dream, and that dream can be realized at Space Center Houston. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of NASA, touch a real moon rock, practice landing a simulated space shuttle and learn about the history and future of space exploration. Some visitors are even lucky enough to see a real astronaut training for a mission, and at the center’s Kids Space Place, children can see what it would be like to man a space flight and go into space. Discounted tickets can be purchased online at SpaceCenter.org.
Texas State Capitol
Teach your children about state government at the capitol building in Austin. Take a self-guided or guided tour of the building and learn about the significance of its architecture and history. If you visit during the legislative session, you may even get the opportunity to sit in on a house or senate public meeting! After seeing the capitol building, stop by the Capitol Visitors Center to view exhibits about the history of Texas government and its beloved capitol. Admission is free for everyone, and guided tours are generally 45 minutes long. For more information, visit the Capitol Visitors Center website.
Houston Museum of Natural Science
The Houston Museum of Natural Science is one of the most popular museums in the United States. Home to the Burke Baker Planetarium, the Wortham GIANT Screen Theatre, the Cockrell Butterfly Center and a variety of permanent exhibit areas, the museum is the perfect education trip for all ages. Permanent exhibits focus on topics related to astronomy, space science, Native American culture, paleontology, energy, chemistry, gems and minerals, seashells, Texas wildlife and so much more. Ticket prices vary depending on age and exhibits visited. More information can be found on the museum’s website at HMNS.org.
Fort Worth Zoo
The Fort Worth Zoo has been named one of the top zoos in the United States by several media outlets, including Family Life magazine and USA Today. Although this zoo is home to less species than the Houston or San Antonio zoos, it outshines the larger zoos with its commitment to conservation, education and entertainment. The zoo’s Museum of Living Art (MOLA) is a premier Herpetarium that brings visitors up close to exotic and endangered species in an environment that is described as a living, breathing work of art. For information about admission, visit FortWorthZoo.org.
The Children’s Museum of Houston
The Children’s Museum of Houston was named number two on the “10 Best Children’s Museums” list on Parents.com, making it the best children’s museum experience in Texas. With 90,000 square feet of mind-blowing, educational fun, kids are given the opportunity to learn in a hands-on, active atmosphere that they are sure to remember. The museum can be enjoyed by children of all ages, even adults find the exhibits interesting and enlightening. Admission is $9.00 per person and $8.00 for seniors 65 years and older. Children under the age of one may enter for free, and all activities, exhibits, workshops and performances are included with admission. The museum hosts a free Family Night every Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit their website at CMHouston.org.
Hope you have a blast!

Pepper Givens is a freelance writer whose foremost passion is writing for her blog about education. While her primary writing focus is trends in higher ed, Pepper also enjoys writing about personal finance, parenting, sustainable living, small business strategies, and more. She can be reached for questions or comments at pepper.givens@gmail.com.


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