The Importance of Play

Here at The Woodlands Children’s Museum, we take play seriously! We believe play is the key to life-long learning that empowers children and their families. Rather than being “just fun,” we recognize its role in helping children achieve success as adults. Play fosters early childhood development in the following ways:

• Physical skills – Movements like walking, crawling, climbing, and dancing during our weekly Boogie Bash involve the whole body to strengthen large muscle groups. Hands-on activities, such as using tools, making art, and manipulating elements, promote smaller muscle coordination. We also support physical exercise as part of ACM’s Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens and Good to Grow! leadership initiatives.

• Communication skills – Talking, listening, reading, and writing are all ways to communicate with others. Practicing these abilities from an early age contributes to social and emotional development as well.

• Social and Emotional skills – Learning how to get along with others through collaboration, negotiation, and respect builds excellent teamwork skills. Through play, one has more opportunities outside the classroom to resolve conflict, increase resilience, and exercise self-control not only with one’s self but also others.

• Critical thinking – Abilities such as problem solving, spatial reasoning, and decision making promote cognitive development in children. They gather information through different activities, like matching shapes or finding patterns, to understand the world around them. Asking open-ended questions and brainstorming solutions is the foundation for this kind of higher level thinking, which they can do at one of our many science-related programs such as E.A.R.L.Y. Robotics.

• Creativity – From science experiments to art making, creativity leads to all kinds of new discoveries. We provide many opportunities to inspire the imagination from our resident art bar to our wide offering of workshops. In addition, early childhood development experts cannot stress the importance of “playing pretend” enough. This type of play involves an imagined setting where children can safely explore real world situations to develop their skills.

• Cultural awareness – Experiencing other traditions, languages, and beliefs from around the world create a more culturally literate adult. The ability to step outside one’s own perspective to understand another is invaluable to celebrating cultural diversity while gaining a sense of place in the world. We support the diverse cultures represented in the community around us on both a small scale, such as making Latin-American inspired art projects in the Muse, to large events like our annual Chinese New Year celebration.

These skills help provide a foundation for children to reach one’s full potential as an adult. Our museum’s exhibits, educational programming, and special events are designed not just to excite but also educate young, curious minds. We welcome you to experience your own journey of discovery at The Woodlands Children’s Museum.


Tuesday - Saturday: 10am to 5pm
Sunday: 12pm - 5pm
Closed Mondays

Summer Hours

Open 7 Days a week from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Contact Us

4775 West Panther Creek Drive #280
The Woodlands, TX 77381

We create opportunities that Educate, Empower and Excite children and families through play while inspiring a lifelong sense of wonder and discovery. As a 501( c )3 non-profit organization, over 40% of the Museum's operating revenue comes from gifts from individuals. These donations enable us to keep admission and membership  costs affordable,  maintain and develop exhibits, as well as underwrite school field trips and community outreach. To donate click here.

The word is out...

My 3 grandkids are visiting us for the summer from Missouri. They had fun! It is a clean, well maintained space. Lots of fun things for kids to do. I do wish they had a little bit more in the toddler 2 and under space. Staff was very pleasant. I am glad there is a place kids can go and do!

Molly Maddox Netterville

Great place to take toddlers thru 7 +/- year olds. Lots of interactive stations to play and explore. Friendly and we'll staffed. Very clean place, my 2 year old grandson loved playing with the trains and 7 year old granddaughter loved the shopping market and rice play area.

Tammy Pfenninger

I really loved the atmosphere it was very calm/relaxing place even with the children going place to place .It was my first time visiting there with our class and the kids loved every little station there to explore very age appropriate.

Doris Noble

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