The Houston Museum of Natural Science offers free admission on Thursday afternoons from 2PM to 5Pm. This time frame generall works very well for us; it allows everyone to do school work in the morning and meet up for lunch and be at the museum at 2PM.
We did just that; had lunch at the Garden Center and grabbed our free tickets. We got a nice surprise – the Butterfly Hall was discounted that day, too, so most of us got tickets for that as well.
If you’ve never had an opportunity to go to the HMNS, try going on a Thursday – the main/permanent exhibit halls are free, which is awesome, and makes the whole trip less spendy if you decide to get tickets to one of the other exhibits.
For lesson tie-ins, you can find complete outlines by grade for the permanent and current traveling exhibits here: http://www.hmns.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=142&Itemid=149