Will you be in Houston during Spring Break? The city is ready to welcome families with free and inexpensive programming that will keep you and the kids busy while school is out. Many of the city’s museums and parks have activities planned throughout March but you can also plan your own Spring Break itinerary, choosing from Houston’s many kid-friendly attractions. Following are some ideas of fun things to do in Houston during Spring Break.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a true Houston experience, and, luckily, it takes place over several weeks in March, including Spring Break. The Livestock Show is always a big hit with the kids, who can see farm animals and learn about agriculture. The carnival area is also fun for the whole family with plenty of rides and games for all ages. Make sure you enjoy some rodeo food like sausage on a stick and fried sweet treats.
Spring (Break) Into Asia
Learn about different Asian cultural traditions at Houston’s Asia Society Texas Center. Its calendar of free Spring Break activities includes crafts, games, and cooking. Activities begin daily at noon and include learning how to make onigiri and spring rolls, flying kites, making paper flowers, and more. See the full schedule here.
Spring Break at Levy Park
Levy Park always has a packed calendar of activities. During Spring Break, families can enjoy even more free programming during the day. Daily story time, performances, science demos, children’s bingo, fitness classes, and more make up the park’s Spring Break programming. You can always stay awhile and let your kids play at the park.
The Rink at Discovery Green
March 6 - April 12
Love roller skating? Take advantage of Discovery Green’s The Rink, opening March 6. The rink will host themed nights, including 80s and 90s, Superhero Saturdays, and Time Warp Tuesdays. Mondays are cheap skate nights so you only pay $8 to skate and the skate rental is free. The rink will be open through April, but on the week of March 16-20, it will open early and stay open late (from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.) to celebrate Spring Break. Discovery Green also has many other activities planned for that week, including mad science shows, crafts, and young writers workshops. See a full calendar of events here.
Museum of Fine Arts
March 9-13 and March 16-20
The Museum of Fine Arts is hosting Spring Break activities from the weeks of March 9 and March 16. Visit the museum’s pop-up studio from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to experiment with materials, tools and processes. While you’re there, make sure to catch the Norman Rockwell exhibit. The museum’s Rienzi and Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens locations are also hosting activities, including self-guided tours, sketching, games, and more. Note that programming at Bayou Bend Gardens will take place the week of March 16 only.
Destination Celebration at Children’s Museum of Houston
Magic shows, reptiles, hip hop performances and a Pi Day Pie Fight, which involves two teams of visitors engaging in an all out shaving cream pie war on March 14, are all part of the Children’s Museum of Houston Spring Break. Kids can also jump on bungee trampolines or roll in human hamster balls. Plus, they get to enjoy the museum’s interactive exhibits and activities.
Bahn Break at Schlitterbahn
Feel like getting out of town? Schlitterbahn Galveston Island is only about an hour away and its indoor waterpark will be open to welcome families during Spring Break. Enjoy tubing slides, a tidal wave river, kids areas, a wave lagoon, a heated pool, and more. This section of the park is near the beach and guarantees loads of fun for the whole family.