The Children’s Museum of Houston has a full day of celebrations and fun planned for March 14, a day that is both Pi Day (3-14) and Albert Einstein’s birthday. Events begin at 11 a.m. and run through 6 p.m., or as long as supplies last.
The day starts with Circle Art. Mathematician William Jones discovered Pi – the fact that the ratio of the circumference of any circle will always be 3.14 – in 1706. To celebrate, the Children’s Museum invites children to come and show off their own brilliance by designing circle collages all day (as long as supplies last).
At 11 a.m. at Tree Top, Einstein will make an appearance, ready to celebrate his birthday at the museum. Bring your camera to get a picture!
At 1 p.m., the Shaving Cream Pi(e) Fight begins. The street outside the museum will be shut down from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. so the shaving cream pie fight can take over.
At 1:59 p.m. on Ewing Street, the Portable Pudding Pies event begins. Children get to make their own portable vanilla or children pies. (Why does it start at 1:59 p.m.? Because when you look at Pi, the numbers coming directly after 3.14 are 159.)
At 2 p.m. at Tree Top, there will be a spotlight performance by Urgeworks. The dancers will break dance and share math skills and rhythmic styles.
Throughout the day, there will also be ‘Pi Revealed,’ at the ExxonMobil Math Cart, giving children a chance to measure out circumferences and diameters of circles; ‘Slice of the Pie,’ at Junktion, where children get to use Play-doh to figure out fractions; and ‘Pi Chain,’ at the Alexander Art Academy where children can create their own infinite, non-repeating chains.
The Houston’s Children Museum is located at 1500 Binz in Houston. Their phone number is 713-522-1138. You can also visit their website.
Their hours of admission are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entry costs $9 for adults and children over age 1 or free for museum members. Parking is an addition charge, $6 for the first hour, and an additional dollar per hour with an $8 maximum.