A program to give P.A.W.S.: HMNS Sugar Land brings animal audiences to new readers

There are few things more important — or more anxiety inducing — for a child than learning to read. Sounding out and stumbling over worlds can be awkward and a little embarrassing, and adults and authority figures can compound the apprehension for little people learning to love words.

One service animal organization recognized this, and developed a program to introduce therapy animals to young readers.

PAWS Reading Program

The P.A.W.S. Reading Program [Pets Are Worth Sharing] pairs non-judgmental animal audiences with children of all ages and reading abilities as they build confidence and, hopefully, develop a love of books not obstructed by reading anxiety.

PAWS Reading Program

Each Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m., kids are welcome to pair up or read in groups with these sweet therapy dogs. They’re great listeners, though they do have a tendency to cuddle.

PAWS Reading Program

PAWS Reading Program

You’ll flip over the new summer exhibit at HMNS Sugar Land

Spills and thrills, flips and dips. Learn the physics behind the fun at Amusement Park Science, HMNS Sugar Land’s latest summer exhibition.

Amusement Park Science: At HMNS Sugar Land June 14 through Sept. 15Bring your family and interact with a K’Nex activity area, build your own roller coaster and manipulate models like The Rotor, Magnetic Circus and Wacky Waves to learn how amusement park rides stay tight on the tracks.

This exhibition organized by The Discovery Center Museum, Rockford, Illinois. To learn more or purchase tickets online, click here!

 

Zip on over to HMNS Sugar Land on Friday for a members-only viewing of Zula Patrol: Mission Weather

This weekend, explore the weather phenomena that rule our planet this Friday, April 26 at an exclusive members’ event at HMNS Sugar Land.

Learn all about the forces behind the weather with the Zula Patrol, an intergalactic band of fact-gatherers. Children’s crafts, refreshments and a cash bar for the chaperones will be available from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Zula Patrol: Mission Weather opens at HMNS Sugar Land Feb. 8!While you’re here, check out Sugar Land’s brand new Paleo Hall — 5,000 square feet dedicated to major mounts (including a Triceratops and T. rex), an incredible selection of trilobites, detailed to-scale models and an animated prehistoric aquarium.

Fossilized in-ground StegosaurusThis event is likely to sell out; to reserve your tickets now, click here!

Walk like an Egyptian this weekend at HMNS Sugar Land!

Travel through time and across continents this Saturday, April 20 with Ancient Encounters at HMNS at Sugar Land. Kid-centric, hands-on activities in the Butterfly Garden will teach young ones about daily life in ancient Egypt.

In partnership with the Houston Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, visitors can don pith helmets, investigate tombs, make their own cartouches and count bones to deduce the ancient Egyptian diet. Irrigation techniques and the importance of the great Nile River will be explored with a large model shaduf — all free with the price of admission.

For more information or to purchase tickets, click here!