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Half Day in Houston: World Class Play and Funky Fresh Food

Childrens Museum of Houston Outside
Having fun with the family and exploring Houston can be easy!  If you have a few hours, we have ideas on how to spend them with the kids.

In this Half Day in Houston series, find a place to park, play, explore and eat… all in one spot.  Pick what you like or combine with another Half Day post!

In this adventure, play at Houston’s world class museum and grab fresh and funky food next door.  Visit the popular Children’s Museum and eat lunch at Barnaby’s Cafe!


Hermann Park Centennail Garden Parking Lot

The Children’s Museum has a paid lot and there is metered parking on the street.  If you want a free parking spot and are willing to walk a couple blocks, find a parking spot in Hermann Park’s free lot by the Centennial Gardens (Lot C, accessible on Hermann Drive by the Health Museum).

After the Children’s Museum, you can walk to Barnaby’s Cafe or move the car.  Barnaby’s Cafe has free garage parking.



Flow Works Water at Childrens Museum of Houston
1. Children’s Museum of Houston –1500 Binz Street, Houston, TX 77004  –Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00am-6:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm-6:00pm, Thursday: 10:00am-8:00pm, $10/person, Free Thursday Afternoons

Most half day adventures have multiple stops… but the Children’s Museum has so much to do, you can spend well more than an afternoon here.  For the best hours to beat the crowds, go HERE!

When you arrive, look for the crowds and go the opposite direction.  The museum is big and even at the busiest times, it is usually possible to find a corner for yourself.


Barnabys Cafe Museum District Decor
2.  Barnaby’s Cafe – 1801 Binz Street, Houston, TX 77004

After you get tired playing, head down the street to Barnaby’s Cafe!  This restaurant is kid friendly and has many salads, garden burgers and casual fare.

Kids can play with a wooden robot while the food is prepared and everyone can enjoy the modern yet casual restaurant.


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