Whether you have a curious little one or you are just looking to explore more about the world around you, both Dallas and Houston have incredible museums, zoos and science centers that help to educate, inform and entertain visitors.
The Dallas Zoo is an incredible resource for people seeking to learn more about wildlife and the world. Early childhood programs, night programs, family programs and more help the zoo connect with schools and individuals for educational purposes. Starting young, the Stroller Buddies program connects parents and guardians with children, ranging in age from 10 months to two years, to programs and classes with natural materials.
Other unique opportunities to learn at the Dallas Zoo include:
- Youth Opportunities, including junior zookeeper positions, park ambassador roles and more
- Night Programs, featuring walks and campouts at the zoo
- Wild Adventures camps, built for pre-K through fifth grade students to get a hands-on animal education
- Scout Badge programs to help eager youths bolster their scouting resumes
- Family Zoo Adventures, which provides groups with an opportunity to learn about nature together through learning tree identification, building enrichment materials for animals and more
Dallas is also home to a wide variety of museums, including everything from art to science and history, which provide unique opportunities for educational outings.
Some of these incredible venues include:
- Perot Museum of Nature and Science, which features special educational seminars for children and adults
- Dallas Holocaust Museum, where opportunities include the chance to speak to survivors of the Holocaust
- Dallas Museum of Art, where you can check out a creative workshop to create your own art
- Frontiers of Flight Museum, where you can experience a STEM camp or special tour
- Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, opportunity to learn the history on JFK’s assassination
Space Center Houston, showcasing information and materials from NASA’s trips into outer space, is the ideal Texas destination if you are interested in exploring the universe. Overnight experiences, camps, and special events are plentiful at this incredible destination, and the Center’s educational opportunities are not limited by age or experience.
Opportunities at Space Center Houston include:
- Space Center U, a camp for people with curious minds, including an educator program and a program for people with visual impairments
- Explorer camps, including accessibility camps, for robotics and engineering
- Stars & STEM, a program for students in kindergarten through high school seeking more science, technology, engineering and math opportunities
- Outreach programs, bringing space experiences to classrooms
- Special events, where you can meet an astronaut, view the moon through high-powered telescopes, and more
Houston is filled with venues that contribute to enriching education for children and adults, specializing in everything from wildlife to fire department history.
Don’t miss these Houston museums:
- Children’s Museum of Houston, with professional development days, sensory friendly days, and other options to help create a safe learning environment
- Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, where lectures, tours and more help you learn more about the art world
- The Houston Museum of Natural Science, renowned for its hall of dinosaurs, butterfly center and the George Observatory
- Houston Fire Museum, where children can participate in annual fire safety contests
- Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, where you can take part in natural explorer programs, photography courses, plants and gardening classes
No matter what your favorite hobby or interest is, Dallas and Houston have unique museums, galleries and more to help you explore and learn. What’s your favorite educational outing in Texas? Let us know!