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FAMILY ATTRACTIONS

NASA Space Center
Must see!  The Saturn Rocket used to lift the earliest American craft into space is jaw-dropping (photo); before entering the IMAX
theatre, visit the wall along the Astronaut Gallery to see African American astronauts in their mission publicity photos:  Guion S.
Bluford, first mission Aug 30-Sep 5, 1983; the late Ronald E McNair, first mission Feb 3-11, 1984 And the ill-fated Challenger
mission; pilot Charles F. Bolden, first mission Jan 12-18, 1986; Mae C Jamison, first mission Sep 12-20, 1992; Bernard A Harris,
first mission Apr 26-May 6, 1993; Winston E Scott, Jr, first mission Jan 11-20, 1996; Robert L Curbeam, Jr, first mission Aug 7-19,
1997; open daily, parking And admission fees;
1601 NASA Road; 281-244-2100
www.nasa.gov

Children's Museum of Houston
This museum ignites a life-long passion for learning in children through interactive exhibits And innovative programming in the
areas of science And technology, history And culture, health And human development, And the arts; most appropriate for children
up to age 12 And their parents
1500 Binz
713-522-1138
www.cmhouston.org

Houston Zoo
A must visit for families; 5,000 animals from more than 700 species populate the most-visited zoo in the Southwest; Wortham
World of Primates, a lush 2.2-acre rain forest And natural habitat s at times stunning; also features a petting zoo And kid-sized
exhibits;
1513 North MacGregor in Hermann Park,
713-533-6500
www.houstonzoo.org

Houston Museum of Natural Science
Nations 4th most popular museum; let your kids see the 70-foot dinosaur skeleton, Cockrell Butterfly Center housing butterflies in a
six-story glass cone, 600 mineral specimens And Native American artifacts; since this is Houston you expect to see astronaut
suits And space station models in the permanent collection; Burke Baker Planetarium lets you visually experience the universe’s
star systems; includes an IMAX Theatre with separate admission fee;
1 Hermann Circle Drive;
713-639-4600
www.hmns.org

Downtown Aquarium
Gulf Coast Seafood, a 500,000 gallon aquarium full of exotic marine life surrounding you, a shipwreck, dancing fountains for the
kids, a gas-powered train And a Ferris wheel -- all for the price of dinner; a nice gift shop also on premises; Sun Thu 10:30a-10:30p,
Fri-Sat 10:30a-11p;
410 Bagby Street
713-223-3474
www.downtownaquarium.com

Minute Maid Park
Houston Astros’ baseball park is a great place to while away time after a busy conference or business meeting downtown; a
retractable roof allows a natural grass field to grow, while during games a comfortable temperature is maintained; a vintage, full-
size locomotive runs along 800 feet of track whenever someone hits a homer; walking tours of Minute Maid Park year are round;
501 Crawford Street
http://astros.mlb.com

Reliant Stadium
Houston Texans have brought the NFL back to Houston in a big way; this state of the art facility that must be the envy of football
fans nationwide; one visit And you’ll quickly see why the NFL is happy to host named Houston a regular on the roster of cities to
host a Super Bowl beginning in 2004; located off the Reliant Astroworld exit of I-610 Beltway;
www.houstontexans.com/facility

Toyota Center
Rather utilitarian looking on the outside by today’s standards for similar arena, Home of the NBA’s Houston Rockets And the WNBA
Houston Comets; this relatively new facility hosts the 2006 NBA All-star game;
1510 Polk Street
www.houstontoyotacenter.com

Spring, TX

Splashtown
DESCRIPTION: Water rides aplenty, a feature attraction is TORNADO which resembles a 60-foot tall yellow And blue checkerboard
funnel turned on its side where riders are set in motion down a 132-foot long tunnel; THUNDER RUN 
- experience wild twists as you
speed down an inline tube ZOOM FLUMES 
- Three fun-filled flumes including a 95-foot tandem-tubing slide; WILD WAVE POOL - A
half-million gallons of wave-floating fun; BLUE LAGOON - lay in the sun with swings, geysers And water cannons And many rides.
ADDRESS: 21300 1H 45 North
PHONE: 281-355-3300
WEBSITE: www.splashtownpark.com


Kemah, TX

Kemah Boardwalk
FREE A family treasure, just a short drive south of Houston on Galveston Bay; the boardwalk reminds you of the old Atlantic City;
enjoy carnival games And thrill rides, And the Bullet Rollercoaster; then dine at one of the numerous restaurants. Sit outdoors to
watch sailboats cruise past. You may also charter a one day fishing trip. (21' Chris Craft v-hull Sea Hawk with center console) live
bait And separate fish wells And seats 6 comfortably.
Call Terrence 314-302-1143
301 Kipp Ave
281-334-9880
www.kemahboardwalk.com


Galveston, TX

Moody Gardens
Re-opens October 3, 2008; A full day of Family-fun under 3 pyramids: Palm Beach offers a white sand beach with a blue lagoon And
lots of fun for kids; Discovery Pyramid features a host of interactive exhibits designed in conjunction with NASA. Visitors can learn
about the wonders of space in the Science Theater, And take a fascinating adventure ride on the IMAX Ridefilm Theater; rain forest
Pyramid is 10-story venue where butterflies, birds And tropical fish share a lush environment with exotic plants from the rain
forests of Africa, Asia And the Americas; Discovery Museum lets you sample the interactive International Space Station mock-up;
Aquarium Pyramid invites you to dive into four oceans of the world; large touch tanks And jewel tanks will provide And a variety of
unique viewing opportunities will submerse visitors in the vivid beauty of the ocean world And provide underwater classrooms And
learning opportunities for people of all ages. Admission is $40 for adults or you can purchase separate tickets for Aquarium
Pyramid, Discovery Pyramid, rain forest Pyramid, IMAX Theater, Ridefilm Theater And Palm Beach

ADMISSION: see their pricing matrix on their website
ADDRESS: One Hope Blvd
PHONE: 800-582-4673
WEBSITE: www.moodygardens.com

Pier 21 Theater
Features the Great Storm And The Pirate Island of Jean Laffite; the Great Storm movie runs 27 minutes And plays on the hour; it
gives a glimpse of the devastating 1900 Storm, a Category 5 hurricane, through a fascinating multi-image documentary experience;
$3.50 for adults; $2.50 for students; the Pirate Island of Jean Laffite is an 18-minute dramatic film chronicling the adventures of the
pirate who made Galveston one of his homes
ADMISSION: Adults $5, Ages 7-18 $4, Ages 6 And under
FREE
DAYS & HOURS: Sun-Thu 11a-5p, Fri And Sat 11a-7p
ADDRESS: Pier 21 on the Strand
www.galveston.com/pier21theatre


Ocean Star Offshore Museum
Step aboard And explore the offshore rig And learn how oil And gas are produced offshore; museum features interactive displays
And models
ADMISSION: $6 adults, $4 students, kids under 7
FREE
DAYS & HOURS: daily 10a-5p
ADDRESS: Harborside of Pier 19
WEBSITE: www.oceanstaroec.com


Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark
In the warm season, the park offers more than 32 water rides that range in speed And sophistication that satisfies all age groups;
teens And older will enjoy the uphill water coasters, whitewater rapids, relaxing hot tubs, family raft rides, And the surf ride; from
October through mid-April, the park features a dozen heated attractions in a tropical, heated indoor oasis
ADMISSION: adults $36, ages 3-11 $29, age 2 And under
FREE
DAYS & HOURS:
ADDRESS: 2026 Lockheed Street
PHONE: 409-770-9283
WEBSITE: www.schlitterbahn.com/gal
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