The thing is, I used to do all I could to avoid this place. When the zoo is busy, the Children's Zoo is insanely busy. I may have told my kids it was being remodeled for the last few years.
BUT... I recently discovered on a weekday afternoon when the zoo is not very crowded, the Children's Zoo is really quite enjoyable.
Children's Zoo Playgrounds:
In the Children's Zoo, there is a playground, a rope climbing area, and a super secret rope climbing area.
The traditional play structure is next to the petting zoo. It has some cool features, including a bridge, curving rockwall, fireman pole and lots of tubes.
Behind it is also a little hippo to climb through and on. This area does not look to have an age limit and my 3, 5 and 7 year old all like it.
That said, my 3 year old James can't read and couldn't hear me when I told him "no". (Odd that he can't hear when he doesn't like what I say.) I didn't try too hard to stop him and did pretty well swinging like a monkey.
The only tricky thing is that at the top of the rope ladder is the exhibit area, so kids can climb up and run off if you are not careful.
It's tucked between the otters and the pelicans... and unless you sneak around the back way, you may not see it.
As if this wasn't enough, the kids can also play make-believe on the boat and climb through the mongoose tunnels... plus their is a whole zoo to explore as well!
Houston Children's Zoo:
Address: 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030