HomeAid Houston’s Project Playhouse launched earlier this year in partnership with First America Homes, the building division of the Signorelli Company. Through the generosity of The Woodlands Children’s Museum, the playhouse called “Mission Control” was on display through November 12. A drawing was held to announce the winner on the evening of the 12th with representatives from First America Homes, HomeAid and several sponsors who joined the Museum staff to announce the winner. The Sneller family of Houston are the new proud owners of the playhouse.
First America constructed ‘Mission Control’ that is raising funds through ticket sales, to ensure HomeAid will continue their mission ‘to build new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach’. Historically these elaborate playhouses have been on display in late summer during Astros home stands at Minute Maid Park. Due to COVID 19 restrictions, the playhouse explored alternative locations. HomeAid was honored to be invited by The Woodlands Children’s Museum to land there in late September.
HomeAid, a 501 c 3 charity of the Greater Houston Builders Association, has partnered with the Astros and the Astros Charitable Foundation for the last 14 years to raise valuable funds through ticket sales of their annual fundraiser Project Playhouse. These funds go toward building shelters for the homeless in Houston.
“The small ceremony at the museum was a beautiful wrap-up of a success Project Playhouse for HomeAid and First America Homes,” said Carole Brady, executive director of HomeAid. “We were so humbled to be able to showcase this incredible playhouse built with a lot of love and excitement by the First America Team. We congratulate the Sneller family and we also thank Tasha Steiner with On-Target! Marketing & Advertising and a HomeAid board member for selling the winning ticket.”
“The opportunity to host Project Playhouse at the museum is a great fit for our mission to educate, empower, and excite children and families through play,” stated Angela Colton, Executive Director of The Woodlands Children’s Museum. “Play is such an important part of a child’s growth and development, and we are honored to be able to join HomeAid Houston in their support of play and for families in need.”
Mission Control features spaceship designed amenities and décor including an operable Dutch-style spaceship door, a detachable slide, a flat screen TV, gaming system and gaming chairs to make manning Mission Control comfortable, and space-themed furniture. The playhouse is also air conditioned and includes electricity. It has also been constructed to fit within the Greater Houston community standard deed restrictions.
The museum is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am to 5pm, and on Saturdays from 10am to noon. Touchless playhouse ticket sales will be available with a QR code. The drawing for the winner will be October 16.
The Woodlands Children’s Museum has served area families for almost 20 years through special events, workshops, hands-on exhibits, and weekly activities that offer children opportunities for learning through play. The museum primarily serves families with children age 8 and under and welcomes over 120,000 guests each year. Guests to the museum are encouraged to pre-purchase tickets at https://woodlandschildrensmuseum.org/event-tickets/ and walk-in visitors are welcome if space allows. Timed sessions are available to limit capacity and to allow staff to sanitize in between visits. The Woodlands Children’s Museum is located at the Panther Creek Village Center at 4775 West Panther Creek Drive, Suite 280, The Woodlands, Texas 77381.
About The Woodlands Children’s Museum
The Woodlands Children’s Museum, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, was founded out of a desire to meet the community’s proven need for a positive environment where children and their families can learn, play and make special memories throughout the year. At the museum, fun and learning go hand in hand, whether children are creating art, singing along to a musical performance or conducting a science experiment. The museum also has made it a priority to bring children multi-ethnic and multicultural experiences that celebrate cultural and global differences and strengthen common bonds. Programs frequently are delivered in partnership with other nonprofit organizations, always with the goal of making a positive difference in the life of a child. woodlandschildrensmuseum.org.