Depending on whether you’re a child or parent, spring break can have totally different meanings. For those in school, spring break is a week of fun, sun and freedom. For parents, spring break means a break from the normal schedule while trying to keep children occupied for days on end. Looking for family-friendly things to do? Our suggestion is to pack up the car or hop on a flight and head to Houston, where we’ve got plenty of ways to keep your kids entertained and busy. From beaches to science camp and more, make your spring break special and full memories to last a lifetime.
Xtreme Spring Break
From Mar. 9 – 17, take full advantage of the Children’s Museum of Houston’s Xtreme Spring Break in Houston for Kids. The event includes five Xtreme Zones that kids have access to with activities ranging from gravity-defying entertainment, special appearances, and interactive experiments. The price for the event is $12 per day and includes an all-access pass to all five zones, plus activities change daily. In true educator fashion, the museum will be celebrating Pi Day, Mar. 14, with their Pi Day Pi(e) Fight, which included in the Xtreme Spring Break package. This event is for ages eight and up, but the shaving cream-filled pies make for a truly sensory experience in the name of math! Don’t have time to spend the full day at the museum? Don’t worry; your child can pick specific events to participate in without paying for the entire day.
FUNomenal Spring Break
Enjoy a FUNomenal Spring Break at Discovery Green ® from Mar. 11 – 15. As usual, Discovery Green comes through with plenty of fun things for your family to do while on spring break. The best part of the Discovery Green activities? All of the events are free! Everything from a yoga and poetry class to a mad scientist show, touch-a-truck complete with helicopters, art cars and fire trucks, and of course, their epic family foam party should make for a great time and a good nap!
Space Center Houston
Space Center Houston has spring break camp options for all ages and abilities. The camps focus on space exploration through STEM activities. All camps are for ages four and up and include a one-day camp from Mar. 9 through Apr. 13, a full spring break camp from Mar. 11 – 15 and lastly an accessibility camp for children with special needs. Campers participate in innovative robotics challenges, take part in space-themed interactive experiences and explore all that Space Center Houston has to offer in a fun and educational environment!
Spring Break Spectacular
Want a break from the busy city? Head to Blessington Farms from Mar. 9 – 17 for its Spring Break Spectacular. Spend the day picking strawberries and experience the fun of farm life with hay rides, pedal cars, barrel trains, and animal encounters with goats, chickens, and even camels. For some good old fashioned fun, they’ll have family-friendly games like tug-o-war, gem mining, and a few more favorites. Plus, picnics are always welcome. Pack some sandwiches and enjoy the fruits of your labor with a side of strawberries. Cost varies per activity, but make sure to give the farm a call for a berry update if you are looking to pick strawberries.
We love to remind visitors that Galveston beaches are only one hour south of Houston. So whether you’re looking for a daytrip or to spend more time in the surf and sand, Galveston is a spring breakers paradise. With plenty to do, visitors can head to Moody Gardens for the aquarium, rainforest and discovery pyramids, along with a zip line and lazy river. Schlitterbahn Waterpark is opening their Wasserfest indoor waterpark for spring breakers and will be open from Mar. 9 – 17. Historic Pleasure Pier looks like it was plucked from the California oceanside with its iconic rollercoaster, ferris wheel and games hovering over the water. Visitors could spend hours roaming the boardwalk riding rides and playing games with friends and family. The Kemah Boardwalk is a short car ride from Houston and Galveston with fun carnival rides, choo choo train, restaurants and more. Bundle your activities and save with the Spring Break Pass for $69.99, which includes unlimited visits to Pleasure Pier, the Kemah Boardwalk and Houston’s Downtown Aquarium from Mar. 8 – 17.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is offering spring break family fun at the museum and a number of its satellite collections. Spring Break at the Museum will run from Mar. 11 – 15. Kids will enjoy educational and artistic activities that correlate with the museum’s current exhibits. Spring Break at the Rienzi will take place the same week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and include sketching in the galleries, followed by a story time tour where children will experience the magical intersection of art and literature. Children ages 12 and younger receive free admission the MFAH and Rienzi. Spring Break at Bayou Bend is packed with activities like self-guided garden tours for your whole family, first-floor house tours, early-American outdoor games in the Diana Garden like jump rope, graces and quoit, nature rubbings, a puppet play zone and colonial campsite. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time for this location.