Spring break has finally arrived, but knowing how to best fill those free days can sometimes be a little daunting. We’ve taken the legwork out of planning your week by creating your list of places to go. Here is spring break, Houston style. 

Burke Baker Planetarium at HMNS

Burke Baker Planetarium was closed for months undergoing renovations, and its grand re-opening is just in time for spring break. This newly upgraded planetarium now boasts more than 50 million unique pixels at the highest resolution currently known to the world. The planetarium aims to help its visitors feel that they are truly in space, seeing the sights firsthand.

Buffalo Bayou

If your family has been itching to get out and enjoy the beautiful Houston air, you’ll want to head to Buffalo Bayou during spring break. Some highlights include bike and paddle craft rental, walking tour, a food truck round-up, and kayaking.

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Children’s Museum

Just because school is out doesn’t mean Houston’s kids want to stop learning. The Children’s Museum will be featuring a line of “Xtreme” activities and entertainment just for spring break, including daily giveaways, interactive performances, virtual realities, and more.

Pleasure Pier, Kemah Boardwalk, and the Downtown Aquarium

Available only for spring break, Galveston’s Pleasure Pier, the Kemah Boardwalk, and the Downtown Aquarium have teamed up to provide families with a combined “Spring Break Pass” that gives full access to over 30 unique rides at the attractions. The passes are a special deal, since they can be used repeatedly in any of the three parks for two weeks. Click the link above to purchase passes.

George Ranch Historical Park

For those whose curiosity never sleeps, George Ranch Historical Park is here for you to finally learn to make your own cheese and churn your own butter. If food isn’t your area of interest, try walking on stilts, tending to livestock, or just relax during Treehouse Story Time. 

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Space Center Houston

Space Center Houston has ramped up its schedule especially for curious and aspiring young astronauts this spring break. Available to visitors is the Space Center Theater (one of the largest 4K theaters in Texas), the chance to have lunch with a real astronaut, and the experience of touring an exact replica of a space shuttle and its 122-foot 747 aircraft at Independence Plaza. Space Center Houston has extended its hours for the week.

Houston Rodeo

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo continues during spring break, which means more opportunities for kids and college students alike to enjoy carnival rides, games, live music, and amazing rodeo food. New headlines appear every night at NRG Park, so be sure to catch your favorites- the rodeo is only here until March 20th.

Sam Houston Boat Tour

Enjoy the outdoors more during spring break by catching a ride on the M/V Sam Houston. This free leisurely boat tour is a 90 minute educational whirlwind through the Houston Ship Channel. Brush up on your boat trivia, or simply enjoy the waves and fresh air. Reservations are required and must be 24 hours in advance.

Houston Zoo

The Houston Zoo is temporarily home to a special exhibit called “Washed Ashore,” which aims to create awareness about debris and pollution through unique art made from materials collected from beaches. This special exhibit is only available through April 15th. The Kipp Aquarium was renovated throughout most of 2015, and now includes remodeled tanks made to display undersea wildlife from the Gulf of Mexico and western Atlantic. The zoo has made special parking arrangements for spring break to better accommodate the influx of visitors.

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Discovery Green 

This downtown park is sure to entertain families of all shapes and sizes this spring break, with free activities taking places every hour. Some of our favorites happening during spring break include a live ice carving, marshmallow catapults, the chance to get up close and personal with construction and fire trucks, and a foam party on Waterslide Landing. New and varied events are available every day from March 14th through the 18th. 

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston invites families to view one of the most renowned collections of Art Deco automobiles in the United States. Kids can also create their own art pieces inspired from the automobile designs. This unique presentation will be available from March 14th through the 18th.