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TYCTWD was launched in 2017 and welcomed 200 children, ages 8-13. In 2019, TYCTWD grew from 5 program areas to 8 and welcomed 280 young Coogs to come to work and participate in activities with their parents. UH faculty and staff who participated in the program expressed an interest in bringing younger and older children to TYCTWD activities. In 2019 children as young as 4 and old as 15 accompanied their parents.


Save the Date: Take Your Child To Work Day will take place in person on June 10, 2022!

More information will be forthcoming. 


Staff Council needs volunteers to help during Take Your Child To Work Day (TYCTWD).
UH students, staff, and faculty are welcome to volunteer. Sign up to volunteer using the TYCTWD Volunteer Form.

  • 2021 Take Your Child To Work Day (TYCTWD)
  • A special thank you to our 2021 Take Your Child To Work Day activity hosts and supporters. 


    • Blaffer Art Museum, Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts
    • College of Technology
    • Men's Basketball, University of Houston Athletics
    • Moores School of Music, Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts
    • Power Up Wellness, University of Houston Human Resources
    • The Teaching Kitchen, University of Houston Dining Services
    • University of Houston Libraries


  • June 14th to June 18th



  • What to Expect & How to Participate


    University of Houston faculty and staff are encouraged to visit the Take Your Child To Work Day (TYCTWD) website for links to family-oriented programs and resources for young Coogs of all ages.

    From June 14th to June 18th a video will be revealed each day containing a TYCTWD Activity young Coogs can do with their parents. 


    Show your Young Cougar Genious

    Interact with fellow Coog families by posting pictures of you and your family doing a TYCTWD Activity on social media or email to staffcouncil@uh.edu.

    Make sure to tag the UH Staff Council (@UHStaffCouncil) and use the #UHTYCTWD.


    Take Your Child To Work Day (TYCTWD) Kits

    TYCTWD provided over 80 activity kits for kids on a first-come-first-serve basis to UH faculty and staff who registered, including preschool children in the University of Houston's Children's Learning Centers. Kits included supply lists for featured videos and materials for two of the featured activities.


  • TYCTWD Prize Draw


    UH faculty and staff who participate in this year's Take Your Child To Work Day can enter to win one of five prizes to be raffled off on Thursday, July 1, 2021.

    Submit your entry for the 2021 TYCTWD Raffle Contest.

    Raffle Rules - Raffle submission deadline has been extended to Wednesday, June 30, 2021! 

    • Participants must be employed at the University of Houston as a faculty or staff member
    • Participants can submit multiple entries but can only win one Take Your Child To Work Day prize
    • Winners will be selected randomly
    • Entries will only be accepted through Wednesday, June 30, 2021.

    How to Participate

    • Record a video or take a picture with your child doing a featured activity
    • Submit your video or picture entry through this MS Form

    Winners will be posted to the Take Your Child To Work Day website on Thursday, July 1, 2021.

    Please note that videos and images submitted during this raffle will be used in Staff Council social media posts, the UH website, and other Staff Council and Take Your Child To Work Day communications. By uploading your photos, you agree to authorize the University of Houston to use your photo under the Authorization For Use policy: https://uh.edu/marcom/resources/forms/authorization-for-use/ 


  • Featured Activity

    Release Date: Monday, June 14, 2021

    S.T.E.M. Activities

    Dr. Brandie Yale, Assistant Dean, College of Technology

    S.T.E.M. Activities materials list


    These Take Your Child To Work Day featured activities were done in collaboration with the UH College of Technology.

    @UHStaffCouncil #UHTYCTWD #YoungCoogs #CougarGenious #STEM

  • Additional S.T.E.M Resources


    University of Houston STEM Center

    The mission of the University of Houston STEM Center is to improve local, state, and national teaching and learning for students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The STEM Center brings together the University of Houston’s own STEM programs together with efforts in the community through public, corporate and philanthropic funds for the intent to contribute more profoundly into the nation’s STEM education and workforce. 

    The STEM Center will engage K-12 students, teachers, undergraduates, and faculty in the UH community alongside various science organizations, such as the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Space Center Houston, and the Houston Zoo. 

    Credit UH website.


    NASA STEM Engagement

    NASA’s journeys have propelled technological breakthroughs, pushed the frontiers of scientific research, and expanded our understanding of the universe. This page is full of activities you can do together.

    NASA Science at Home
    Get access to the resources and inspiration of NASA. This page gives students access to everything from formal lesson plans to amazing imagery and stories about how science and exploration are lifting our world. 

    NASA Kid's Club
    NASA provides a safe place for children to play as they learn about NASA and its missions. On this site, you will find games of various skill levels for children pre-K through grade 4. These games support national education standards in STEM -- science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

    Credit NASA website.


    Challenger Center: STEM at Home

    STEM at Home is a collection of Challenger Center lessons and activities that can be modified and completed at home.

    Each STEM at Home category includes at least one at-home lesson. These activities require common household items or products that are readily available online.

    All STEM at Home lessons are marked with an asterisk * on the lesson page. 

    Credit Challenger Center website.


  • Featured Activity

    Release Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021

    Art Activity

    Katherine Veneman, Curator of Education, and Docents Laila Abbasi and Nohelia Vargas-Bolivar

    Art Activity materials list 

    Experience Blaffer Art Museum through a virtual tour of the exhibition, Stephanie Syjuco: The Visible Invisible. The museum's docents will guide you through the exhibition, as you delve deeply into contemporary art that will spark creativity. Guided tours of the Blaffer art free, and can be scheduled by any group of 10 more, and can be customized to your interests.

    Have fun and be creative in making art inspired by the Blaffer exhibition. Please see step-by-step instructions for "Costume Designs: The Visible and Invisible."

    Learn more about the museum's Virtual Resources, including free docent-guided tours and artmaking, that can extend the fun. Find more information about visiting the museum.

    This Take Your Child To Work Day featured activity was done in collaboration with the Blaffer Art Museum located inside the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts. 

    @UHStaffCouncil #UHTYCTWD #YoungCoogs #CougarGenious #Art #TheVisibleInvisible

  • Additional Art Resources


    Public Art University of Houston System: Off Site

    Art is all around us. Whether you are on campus or off site, Public Art UHS serves the community through engaging programming and interactive learning.

    This hub brings together a variety of content that can be enjoyed wherever you are, from artist-focused conversations to interactive experiences or art-making tutorials and deep dives into our archives and publications.

    John Scott Fans | Virtual Public Art Studio
    This fun and colorful personal fan project mimics John Scott’s Prayer Meeting (1997), a work from Public Art’s permanent collection on view at the University of Houston-Downtown.

    Credit PAUHS website.


    Blaffer Art Museum: Virtual Resources

    Create with Blaffer
    Explore contemporary art from home by creating simple art projects inspired by past exhibitions at the Blaffer. Please check back regularly to see newly-added art demonstrations and lesson plans.

    The Best of Summer Arts
    Blaffer Art Museum invites you and your family to join us for Best of Summer Arts Workshops, a series of three art-making demonstrations inspired by the annual Summer Arts Workshops, the museum’s art-making workshop for kids ages 6+.  Artist Rona Lesser gives three 30-minute demonstrations reprising popular projects that are partly inspired by past museum exhibitions.

    Credit Blaffer Art Museum website.


    Menil: Dan Flavin Installation at Richmond Hall

    Immerse yourself in art. Visit the Dan Flavin Installation at Richmond Hall and explore other free exhibits at the Menil Collection.

    The Menil Collection is a museum and neighborhood of art spanning 30 acres in the heart of Houston, Texas. The museum’s public programs aim to attract, educate, and inspire diverse audiences and are vital to the life of the Menil. Exhibiting artists lecture and perform; curators and scholars explore exhibitions, collections, and artworks; music, dance, and poetry performances are held, and all are organized to foster conversation.

    Dan Flavin, untitled, 1996. Photo: Hickey-Robertson, Houston

    Credit Menil website.

Music & Movement

  • Featured Activities

    Release Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2021

    Music Activity

    University of Houston Mariachi Pumas

    Movement Activity

    Beth Johnson, Executive Director of Public Relations and Community Partnerships

    These Take Your Child To Work Day featured activities weres done in collaboration with the Moores School of Music Mariachi Pumas in the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts and Human Resource's Power Up Wellness.

    @UHStaffCouncil #UHTYCTWD #YoungCoogs #CougarGenious #UHMariachiPumas #Music #Movement #305Fitness #PowerUp #UHWellness

  • Additional Music & Movement Resources


    Children's Museum Houston: Playground Playlist

    Are you ready for Fun Summer Vibes?  Hang out with Children's Museum Houston educators, John and David, to learn the proper way to throw a frisbee!

    Children's Museum Houston's Playground Playlist webpage offers activities for kids that range from nature, movement, art, and more.

    Credit Children's Museum Houston website.


    UH: Cougar Walking Paths

    To support a healthier you, the POWER UP Employee Wellness program has developed a series of Cougar Walking Paths on campus. To walk a desired distance, connect the routes or walk them more than once consecutively. For example, twice around the Centennial Walk equals 2 miles. Explore one or more of the paths with your family.

    Don’t text and walk! Instead take in the fresh air, clear your mind and enjoy seeing parts of the campus you may never have seen before – including numerous pieces in the University’s Public Art collection!

    Credit UH website.


    UH Campus Recreation: Active With Art

    In this month’s Art Walk challenge, visit each of the stations indicated on the map. Also, visit the website and click the heading of each station's workout to learn about the art at each station.

    UH Campus Recreation: Virtual Programing
    Explore virtual programs that range from virtual group fitness classes, at home work-outs, and park virtual visits.

    UH Wellness: Digital Play
    Live life and keep healthy. Explore UH Wellness' digital play website to take E-cations, learn how to host a Netflix party, and access online activities that are sure to engage your body and mind!

    Credit UH website.

Cooking & Nutrition

  • Featured Activity

    Release Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021

    Cooking & Nutrition Activity

    Chad McDonald, Executive Chef
    UH Cougar Woods Dining Commons

    Cooking Activity materials list

    This is a step-by-step activity video and lasts 35 minutes. Have your ingredients ready for a culinary adventure.

    This Take Your Child To Work Day featured activity was done in collaboration with the University of Houston Dining Services.

    @UHStaffCouncil @UHFoodie #UHTYCTWD #YoungCoogs #CougarGenious #TeachingKitchen #Cupcakes

  • Additional Cooking & Nutrition Resources


    Food Network: Cooking with Kids

    Family & Kids cook together. Eat together.
    Get the little ones involved in the kitchen with simple, kid-friendly recipes and ideas.

    Credit Food Network website.


    USDA: Digital Nutrition Resources for Kids

    Teach kids about healthy eating with games, coloring books, and MyPlate materials.
    Parents can find tips and tools for healthy meals, weight management, and more.

    Credit USDA website.


    UH Dining Services: Nutrition Links

    Visit this web page for a range of resources that include health, nutrition information, and food recipes. Follow UH Dining Services (@UHFoodie) for events and programs.


  • Featured Activity


    Release Date: Friday, June 18, 2021

    Literary Adventures

    The Truth About Crocodiles by Maxwell Eaton

    Story Time Featuring
    Joseph Lueck, Special Collections



    Ruby’s Wish
    by Shirin Yim Bridges

    Story Time Featuring
    Xiping Liu , University of Houston Libraries




    More Literary Adventures

    My Magical Foods by Becky Cummings

    Story Time Featuring
    Shanequea White, University of Houston Libraries




    Grow Strong!
    by Cheri J. Meiners

    Story Time Featuring
    Ana Corral, Health Sciences Library

    These Take Your Child To Work Day featured activities were done in collaboration with the University of Houston Libraries.

    @UHStaffCouncil @UHFoodie #UHTYCTWD #YoungCoogs #CougarGenious #StoryTime

  • Additional Literacy Resources


    Fort Bend County Libraries' Youth Services

    Tune in to watch Fort Bend County Libraries' Youth Services recorded storytimes and other youth programs. New videos are uploaded weekly through the summer.
    Visit the Fort Bend County Libraries website for more programs.

    Credit Fort Bend County Libraries.


    Houston Public Library: Kids' Corner

    Take a virtual trip to the Houston Public Library's kid corner. You will find staff picks, kid events, downloadable and streaming media, and more.
    Do not forget to tune in to the Houston Public Library Storytime channel on YouTube.

    Credit Houston Public Library.


    HPL: #TeenReads

    Quarantined with teens? The Houston Public Library has a space dedicated to teens full of entertainment, happenings, TECHLink, Comics, and more.

    Credit Houston Public Library.

Previous TYCTWD Events

  • 2019 Take Your Child To Work Day

    2019 Take Your Child To Work Day


    June 7, 2019 from 8:00am to 11:00am

    280 children, ages 4-15 

    8 Program Areas 
    • Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts
    • College of Technology
    • Office of Sustainability
    • Natural Sciences and Mathematics
    • University Career Services
    • Athletics
    • College of Education
    • Public Art and Houston Public Media  

  • 2018 Take Your Child To Work Day

    2018 Take Your Child To Work Day


    June 8, 2018 from 8:00am to 11:00am 

    200 children, ages 6-13 

    5 Program Areas:

    • Library 
    • College of Technology 
    • College of Business 
    • College of the Arts and Blaffer Gallery
    • NSM 

  • 2017's Inaugural Take Your Child To Work Day

    2017 Take Your Child to Work Day


    June 9, 2017 from 8:00am to 11:00am

    200 children, ages 8-13 

    5 Program Areas:
    • Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts 
    • C.T. Bauer College of Business 
    • Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management 
    • M.D. Anderson Library
    • College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics