Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT ARE THE MUSEUM HOURS?
|Sunday & Monday:||Closed|
|Tuesday – Saturday:||10 a.m. – 6 p.m.|
HOW MUCH IS ADMISSION? DO I HAVE TO PAY EXTRA TO SEE SPECIAL EXHIBITS?
All activities and exhibits are included with admission. Admission is $12 per person; $11 for seniors 65 and up; children under one and Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center Members are admitted free of charge.
HOW DO I PURCHASE A FORT BEND CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY CENTER MEMBERSHIP?
You may purchase your membership at the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday or click here to become a member.
ARE FORT BEND CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY CENTER MEMBERSHIPS HONORED AT THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF HOUSTON, 1500 BINZ, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77004?
WHAT BENEFITS COME WITH THE FORT BEND CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY CENTER MEMBERSHIP?
- Unlimited FREE admission for designated number of people per visit for one full year.
- Members’ Express line during busy hours.
- Invitations to Members-Only Halloween and Holiday Parties hosted at the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center.
To learn about different membership levels, please visit Memberships.
WHY ARE WE CLOSED ON SUNDAYS AND MONDAYS?
The Children’s Museum of Houston operated for two summers in Sugar Land Town Square to learn how to best serve Fort Bend families. We found Sundays attendance to be extremely low. In fact, on some Sundays our staff were the only ones in the museum. On Mondays, we implement new programming and perform maintenance.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT THE MUSEUM?
We change our programming weekly, so any day is worth a visit. Usually, the least busy time to visit the Museum is between 2 and 5 p.m. Tuesday is our least busy day.
AT WHAT AGE CAN CHILDREN ENJOY THE FORT BEND CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY CENTER?
The Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center is for children from birth to age 12 and their families. Each of our exhibits and activities has been designed to engage a broad range of children’s ages and interests. The Tot*Spot exhibit is limited to children younger than 35 months and their care providers to provide a safe environment for the little ones.
WHAT IS THERE TO DO FOR OLDER CHILDREN?
All of Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center exhibits and weekly updated activities are interactive experiences that cater to children of all ages. These are developed with the Texas Essential Knowledge Skills (TEKS), STEM, and national education standards in mind, which means children will be learning just by exploring all the Museum has to offer!
Each of our exhibits is aligned to Texas school standards (Texas Essential Knowledge Skills) for Kindergarten through 5th grades, with several linkages for what kids are studying in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. Let us give you some ideas:
- Personal Financial Literacy – Visit Kidtropolis Wells Fargo Bank and determine where to put your savings. If you save $10 each month, will you earn more by using a piggy bank or a savings account with 5% interest? Can you calculate the difference for 5 years? 10 years?
- Scientific Investigation and Reasoning – At Science Station in How Does it Work, use the scientific inquiry method to complete an experiment. Be sure to ask questions, make inferences, and analyze patterns to arrive at your conclusion.
- Cultural Exploration – At Dragons & Fairies, use research skills to explore the Vietnamese culture by finding its geographic location, common produce, mode of transportation, and clues about daily life. Be sure to distinguish between fact and opinion!
- Economics and Citizenship – Get a job, such as a Veterinarian, Loan Services Manager, Forensics Expert, Sales Manager, Math Specialist or Reporter at one of our Kidtropolis businesses.
- Government – Listen to different arguments about the bully bill, sugar free candy, and wage increase at City Hall, and cast your vote for one or all three issues.
- Creativity – Create an artistic composition using mixed media and principles of design at Junktion or Art Academy.
- Innovation – Program a Dash Robot in How Does it Work to navigate a maze, and play a sound when it reaches the finish line. Can you repeat the sequence with a different sound?
AS AN ADULT, CAN I VISIT WITHOUT A CHILD?
No. Children younger than 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. For the safety of our young visitors, adults unaccompanied by children will not be allowed admission into the Children’s Museum of Houston.
WHERE DO I PARK?
Parking is available in the Imperial Market lot adjacent to the silos, and on Kempner Street. All parking is free.
MAY I BRING IN OUTSIDE FOOD? IS FOOD AVAILABLE AT THE MUSEUM?
No outside food is allowed, however light refreshments such as snacks and drinks are for sale.
CAN I DROP OFF MY CHILD FOR THE DAY AND LEAVE, OR DO I HAVE TO BE WITH MY CHILD ALL THE TIME?
Our exhibits and programs are designed for children and adults to enjoy together. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
WHY DON’T YOU PROVIDE HAND SANITIZER STATIONS TO VISITORS?
In order for hand sanitizers to kill germs, they must contain a high content of dangerous chemicals. If ingested, the hand sanitizer poses potential hazards for our young guests, so we choose not to have them. We encourage visitors to bring their own personal hand sanitizers.
WHEN IS THE OUTDOOR PLAY AREA OPENING?
Plans are underway to open an outdoor play area in 2018. Currently, the City of Sugar Land requires that space should the need for emergency vehicles arise as the Imperial Market development continues expansion during the next year.
WHY DOESN’T FORT BEND CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY CENTER USE WRISTBANDS TO IDENTIFY CHILDREN?
For the safety of our young visitors, we require parent supervision and involvement at all times. Wristbands cannot provide the same level of safety.
WHAT ARE THE SCHOOLS’ FIELD TRIP DESIGNATED HOURS?
Field trips will be available from 10:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. from October 5, 2016 to May 26, 2017. Planning events for your Summer Camp or Tour? We’ll get you rave reviews on your Summer Camp or youth group’s next visit! With hands-on action and fun, we’re packed with one-of-a-kind exhibits. Plan on spending two hours for a typical visit. Stay tuned for our upcoming Summer dates and times in Spring 2017.
I’M COMING AS A CHAPERONE WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?
Chaperones must remain with the children for which they are responsible for the entire time. We ask all of our chaperones to be active participants with their children.
DO YOU PROVIDE DISCOUNTS FOR LOW-INCOME FAMILIES?
Lone Star Card Participants
Allows general free admission for up to 6 individuals receiving TANF, SNAP and WIC benefits. Card holders must present their award letter for the current month they are using the card, and their valid state issued photo ID. The Lone Star Card holder of record must be present to gain admission.
I WORK OR (VOLUNTEER) AT A COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION THAT SERVES LOW-INCOME FAMILIES. HOW CAN THE ORGANIZATION PROVIDE THEM ACCESS TO THE FORT BEND CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY CENTER?
The organization staff can apply to have access through the Open Doors Program, that works with non-profit organizations which serve low income families to ensure everyone can visit the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center at their convenience. Local non-profit organizations obtain FREE access to the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center by becoming Open Doors Partners. By doing so, they can assist families who would not likely attend the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center without encouragement and financial assistance. There is no charge to become an Open Doors Partner.
Open Doors Partners can obtain FREE access in the following ways:
- FREE and UNLIMITED group visits to Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center. Your agency can schedule a group visit anytime the Discovery Center is open to the public (group tours not available the first Friday of each month).
- Open Doors Family Passes. You can request passes to distribute to your clients. Your clients, in turn, can use these passes to visit the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center whenever they wish. Each pass admits up to four people for FREE!
To sign up, please contact Fernando Perez at firstname.lastname@example.org or (713) 535-7240.