Set sail for Pirate ‘n Mermaid Day at The Woodlands Children’s Museum

By: Courtney Coats Topini
| Published 09/06/2023


THE WOODLANDS, TX -- Shiver Me Timbers! Ariel is set to make a splash at the upcoming Pirate ‘n Mermaid Day at The Woodlands Children’s Museum!

Mermaids, scalawags, and pirates are invited to celebrate on Saturday, September 23, 2023, from 10:00am until 2:00pm. During the event, young buccaneers can explore the museum with a treasure map and be on the lookout for hidden treasures. The museum’s exhibits will be open for play, including The Muse art bar where children can create a unique pirate hat or mermaid mask. In the Light Lab, children can use a variety of translucent sea shells to sort, match and identify colors and shapes.

“Many people may not realize that one of the most famous pirates, Jean Lafitte, actually settled on Galveston Island,” stated Angela Colton, the museum’s Executive Director. “Sharing this local history and enlightening children in our community with cultural and creative experiences is all part of our mission.”

Children can also laugh, giggle, make fish lips and strike a pose for a photo opportunity with Princess Ariel. For over 30 years, children have enjoyed Ariel from the Disney classic The Little Mermaid and this year she will make a guest appearance at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm and 2:30pm. Pirate Meet ‘n Greets will be at 11:30am, 12:30pm and 1:30pm.

Families are invited to gather for a mermaid-themed story time at 11:00am, with a reading of How to Catch a Mermaid by Adam Wallace. This enchanting mermaid tale guides the reader in an under-the-sea adventure that requires imagination, creativity and cleverness to create just the right “trap.” Don’t worry – no mermaids are harmed in the telling of this fun story!

At 1:00pm, get grumpy with a reading of The Grumpy Pirate by Corinne Demas and Artemis Roehrig. Grumpy Gus complains about everything! The other pirates have had it and ask the Pirate Queen to help with Gus’s bad attitude. This fun swashbuckling tale helps children learn the importance of keeping a positive attitude.

Guests are encouraged to pre-purchase tickets for this popular event at If space permits, a limited number of tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis the day of the event. Each ticket will be for a timed session in an effort to provide families with a safe and enjoyable experience. Tickets are $8 for guests over one year old and museum members are free. Pirate ‘n Mermaid Day activities are included with the price of admission.

The museum is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am – 2pm, Fridays 10am-4pm and Saturdays from 10am – 5pm. The museum is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

The Woodlands Children’s Museum is located in the Panther Creek Village Center at 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, The Woodlands, Texas 77381. Tickets and additional information can be found at and by following the museum on Facebook @TheWoodlandsChildrensMuseum and on Instagram and Twitter @TheWoodlandsCM.

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