Children’s Museum of Houston Photo From: TexasTripper.com
I was recently invited to attend a coffee to discuss the development of a Children’s Museum in Fort Bend County. The coffee was hosted at the lovely home of Charlene Pate in Sugar Land and orchestrated by volunteers and patrons of the Children’s Museum of Houston. The room was filled with Fort Bend County women ready to hear what the buzz was about. I was invited by the always delightful, Debbie Fash. Does Fort Bend County have what it takes to support it’s very own Children’s Museum and what would be needed from the community to make it come alive? The Children’s Museum of Houston Executive Director, Tammie Kahn, was prepared to reveal the proposal, rouse support and address concerns from the women she would depend on to pioneer the idea into fruition.
Imperial Sugar Plant Sugar Land, Texas Photo By: The Suburban Diary
The Children’s Museum of Houston envisions a historic, innovative Museum in the heart of the Imperial Sugar Land Development. Boasting beautiful, charming and nostalgic scenery, this historical site is a place I can imagine visiting time and again. Imperial Sugar Land is home to the new Minor League Baseball Team, the Sugar Land Skeeters, and their magnificent stadium. Imperial Sugar Land has a weekend Farmers Market and, according to their website, has plans to create a master planned community. The development will be a balanced, sustainable, mixed-use environment with a variety of retail spaces, offices, entertainment, civic buildings, residential, and open spaces.
Imperial Farmers Market Sugar Land, Texas Photo By: The Suburban Diary
It took less than 20 minutes for me to get to Sugar Land from Katy, and I experienced no traffic- BONUS! This area is at the crossroads of West Houston, Sugar Land and Katy, providing convenient access to all of the area’s residents. Although I love visiting Houston and enjoy the Children’s Museum of Houston, I think Sugar Land will be a unique experience for museum goers. Not only will you go to visit the Museum, but also to visit the shops, restaurants and other venues within walking distance. You get a pleasant old town feel in a seemingly busy world!
Historic Imperial Sugar Plant in Sugar Land, Texas Photo By: The Suburban Diary
Over Spring Break I visited the Children’s Museum of Houston with three girlfriends and our brood of children. I thought to myself, why did I choose Spring Break?!? Despite the droves of people and celebrations of Spring, the Museum seemed to have a handle on crowd control and the line to purchase tickets was speedy and almost non-existent. Our group was able to experience most of the Museum without waiting in any lines. Despite the crowds, our adventure turned out well and the kids had an absolute blast!
Musician Greeting Visitors and Entertaining in the Courtyard at Children’s Museum of Houston Photo By: The Suburban Diary
When listening to the Museum proposal, I remember thinking to myself, how many times will we be able to visit the Museum before we experience a burn out?!? Will the novelty wear off? After our adventure over Spring Break, I realized, of course not! Experiments and discovery are different every visit. Each time you explore the museum you experience it differently, acquire a thirst for more answers and knowledge , and have new questions. I am hoping that in addition to some of the wonderful exhibits and areas they have at the Houston location, the Children’s Museum of Fort Bend County will incorporate some history and nature, creating a more organic style of learning as well. I think this will not only create a unique experience for Fort Bend County residents, but a different adventure for the Houston residents who want to visit the suburbs and escape the big city for the day! I am hoping for some wonderful special programs to appeal to individual interests, this will help drive more visitors to the museum. Creating a comfortable area for parents to sit while they observe their children in exploration will play a vital role in attracting visitors as well! Many children with inquisitive minds love to explore independently; they want their freedom, and that is fine by me, as long as I have a comfortable place to perch!
Dane Discovering at the Children’s Museum of Houston Photo By: The Suburban Diary
So what do you think? Would you support the Children’s Museum of Fort Bend County? Will you be a Regular Visitor or Founding Member? I absolutely am on board to help do what it takes to get a Children’s Museum in Fort Bend County- I love adventure as much as my children do!
May the Adventure Continue,
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