Fun Ways to Experience the Solar Eclipse in Houston

Next week is the last total solar eclipse that can be seen in the United States until 2044! The solar eclipse on April 8 will be visible from Houston; however, our city is not in the path of totality (where the moon completely covers the sun). If you and your family are not able to travel to a location in the path of totality, you can still make this phenomenal natural event fun and exciting for your kids. Here are the best ways to experience the solar eclipse in Houston.

Solar Eclipse Events in Houston

In Houston, the Solar Eclipse will begin on April 8 at 12:20 pm. It will reach maximum coverage at 1:40 pm., and end at 3:01 pm. Most kids will be in school for most if not all of the eclipse- consider asking your child’s school if they have plans for kids to view it. If not, you may want to take kids out of school for this nearly once-in-a-lifetime event. 

Children’s Museum Houston Solar Eclipse Extravaganza (Virtual Event)

April 8 | 12:00 pm- 3:00 pm | Free

Brace yourself for a day packed with excitement, adventure, and unforgettable moments. Engage in captivating activities, witness mesmerizing demonstrations, and immerse yourself in the live broadcast of this historic celestial event. Get ready to be swept away by the magic of the cosmos as we come together for an epic celebration unlike any other!

Space Center Houston Total Solar Eclipse Celebration

April 6-8 | Various Times | Tickets start at $24.95
Space Center Houston |1601 E NASA Pkwy, Houston, TX, 77058

Make Space Center Houston your eclipse viewing destination! Learn about the science of solar eclipses with three days of interactive programming—all included in general admission. On April 8, all guests will receive a complimentary pair of eclipse glasses!

Houston Museum of Natural Science Hermann Park

April 8 | 10:30 am-3:00 pm | General Admission +$6 discounted Planetarium tickets
Houston Museum of Natural Science | 5555 Hermann Park Dr., Houston, TX 77030

At the Sun Dial, you will experience a 94% partial eclipse starting at 12:20 p.m. We will have telescopes, free solar activities, live streaming from Bandera of the total eclipse, eclipse glasses and t-shirts for sale and much much more. You don’t want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime event. Get discounted $6 admission to Totality over Texas in the Burke Baker Planetarium at 10:30, 11:30 and 12:30 leading up to the big event and free eclipse briefings in the Planetarium from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

Houston Museum of Natural Science Sugar Land

April 8 | 10:00 am- 3:00 pm | General Admission
HMNS Sugar Land |13016 University Blvd., Sugar Land, 77479

We will be hosting a “local eclipse experience” from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Doors open at 10:00 a.m., with time to explore the exhibits and make solar crafts, while awaiting the celestial spectacle.
The local partial eclipse will begin at 12:10 p.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. Duration will be 2 hours, 41 minutes, with 94% coverage at 1:30 p.m.
Expert staff and amateur astronomers will be on hand, and eclipse glasses – to view the sun safely – are included with ticket purchase.

Safety First

family viewing solar eclipse with eclipse glassesSince we are not in the path of totality in Houston, it is not safe to look at the eclipse at ANY time without protective eyewear. Looking directly at the sun, even through a telescope or camera, can cause severe damage to the eyes. Thankfully eclipse glasses approved by the American Astronomical Society are inexpensive and readily available.

Solar Eclipse Resources for Kids

While seeing the solar eclipse in Houston (through approved glasses) will be exciting on its own, kids will get SO MUCH more out of the experience if they truly understand what is happening and why.

NASA is the go-to resource for adults and kids, and their SpacePlace is an excellent way for kids to learn about science in age-appropriate ways.

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Elizabeth Baker
Elizabeth was raised in Houston and met her husband Ryan shortly after graduating from Texas A&M with a journalism degree. A few years later, Grayson {Sept 2010}, turned Elizabeth’s world upside down, not only with his sparkling blue eyes and killer smile, but with his profound disabilities and diagnosis of Mitochondrial Disease. After two years of navigating the world of special needs parenting, Elizabeth and Ryan were blessed with Charlotte {Jan 2013} and Nolan {Sept 2015}, perfectly completing their party of five. Elizabeth and her crew live in Katy, and when she can steal a few moments for herself, she can be found out for Mexican food and margaritas with girlfriends, binge-listening to podcasts and audiobooks, or trying once again {unsuccessfully} to organize her closet. In addition to her role as Managing Editor of HMB, Elizabeth writes about faith, politics and special needs parenting for publications like Scary Mommy and HuffPost.You can connect with Elizabeth on Facebook,Twitter, Instagram, or


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