Christmas Eve at the Children’s Museum of Houston

Let the kids work off some of their pent-up energy while they go into the last stretch before Santa arrives with Christmas Eve at the Children’s Museum of Houston. There are plenty of holiday activities for everyone from toddlers to tweens. There’s Selfies with Santa (kids make an individualized elf hat, then pull it on as they crawl into Santa’s lap for the traditional “And what do you want for Christmas?” meet-and-greet). The Grinch Who Stole Christmas makes an appearance at the Grinch’s Holiday Workshop (an “interactive experience” with crafts, games, finger puppets and story time all centered on the Grinch and residents of Whoville).

Kids get a look at winter holiday traditions from around the world at the hands-on “Seasons of Sharing” exhibit (a multicultural neighborhood has been set up inside the museum with a different house decorated in one of seven traditions — Ramadan, Diwali, Hanukkah, Las Posadas, Christmas in Norway, Kwanzaa and the Lunar New Year — and filled with dipa lamps, menorahs, luminarias, kinaras, Christmas lights, games and toys).

All of the museum’s regular exhibits are also open. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. December 24. 1500 Binz. For information, call 713-522-1138 or visit $9.
Wed., Dec. 24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 2014

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