Houston parents all know the popular attractions and activities – here are 4 cool spots to keep your kids busy and their minds engaged in our wonderful city!
- James Turrell Twilight Epiphany Skyspace – Built in 2012, the pyramidal structure hosts musical performances with LED lights projected through the roof opening for a sensorial wonderment during sunrise and sunset. Turrell’s composition transforms the Skyspace into a serene space to experience beauty while reflecting on the outside world. The Twilight Epiphany light sequence can be viewed every day except Tuesdays. The Sunrise light sequence begins approximately 40 minutes before sunrise; we recommend you arrive an hour before sunrise. The Sunset light sequence begins about 10 minutes before sunset. Each sequence lasts approximately 40 minutes. Sunrise and sunset times can be found here.
2. Smither Park – is a psychedelic park and playland that features a multitude of different, exciting and interactive features. The park reuses and repurposes materials like broken ceramic, bottle caps, tiles, and seashells. To date, over 300 artists have contributed permanent mosaic masterpieces to Smither Park. SATURDAYS IN SMITHER PARK: Bring the whole family to Smither Park each Saturday starting at 10am and watch the artists in action! This is a great opportunity to see the process each artist takes in creating their permanent masterpieces.
3. Waterwall Park – Close to the galleria, the Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park is one of Houston’s iconic landmarks and visiting spots for those looking for an epic photography backdrop. Located among large oaks, the Waterwall’s mist along with the sound of the cascading waterfall is one of the city’s most memorable experiences. Located between Hidalgo Street and Westheimer Road, the Waterwall is open daily from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
The Rothko Chapel – is a spiritual space, a non-denominational chapel founded by John and Dominique de Menil. The interior serves not only as a chapel but also as a major work of modern art. On its walls are fourteen black but color-hued paintings by Mark Rothko. The chapel is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am -6 pm.