What to Do for Spring Break in Houston: Free & Cheap

It’s hard to believe Spring Break is around the corner! Houston is so big the school districts divide up into two weeks of spring break. Here is my list of free and cheap fun for Houston Spring Break March 9-22, 2015.

Houston spring break: free and cheap

March 9-13 Week

The Museum of Fine Arts, HoustonFREE: Kids 12 and under are always free at MFAH. This Houston museum is offering special family activities for spring break March 9-22 such as Sketching in the Galleries, investigating works of art, family films, and family packs. Don’t miss Free Family Thursday all day March 12 and March 19. Admission is $15 for adults, $7.50 for youth age 13-18, and kids 12 and under are free. Located at 5601 Main Street.

Houston Livestock Show & RodeoValue Wednesday is the day to save money on Houston Rodeo fun (March 11 and March 18 during spring break). Select seats are just $10 to the rodeo and concert with Brantley Gilbert March 11 and Florida Georgia Line March 18. Check out the livestock show, AGventure, carnival and shopping at Reliant Park for just $5 for adults. Kids and seniors are free! Don’t miss the $2 games and $2 food bites from 11 am – 4 pm in Kids’ Country Carnival. Purchase tickets online.

Childrens Museum of HoustonThe Children’s Museum of Houston — The Children’s Museum of Houston does it up big for spring break every year. This year’s theme, Amazingly Immature Spring Break, is set for March 7 – 22. It’s dubbed the “ultimate family destination” with hands-on activities, bungee trampolines, and loads of entertainment featuring pirates, dancers, dogs, jugglers, magicians and more. Don’t miss the annual Shaving Cream Pi(e) Fight March 14 for Pi Day! Plus two free movies each day: Big Hero 6 and Despicable Me (except March 14 and March 18). First 100 at the door get a free giveaway. Go free on Thursdays March 12 and March 19 for Free Family Night from 5 pm – 8 pm. Admission is $9 per person with hours 10 am – 6 pm. Located at 1500 Binz.

Main Street Theater — Main Street Theater is offering 1:30 pm matinees during Spring Break: March 9, 10, 13 and March 16-20. Kids will love seeing a beloved book character come to life at The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley. {Goldstar has a limited number of half-price tickets available at $7.50 rather than $15. Buy them online.} During MST renovations, this show is at Talento Bilingue de Houston, 333 S. Jensen.

Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center — Spring Breakout returns to this wonderful park in Humble March 9-13 with free daily classes. Limited spots are available with reservations. Call to reserve a spot: (281) 446-8588.

Monday, March 9: Fangs (10 am)
Tuesday, March 10: Wildflower Seed Balls (10 am) and Kites (1 pm)
Wednesday, March 11: Texas Bound (9 am – 2 pm) for ages 7-12
Thursday, March 12: Jr. Angler (9 am – 2 pm) for ages 8+
Friday, March 13: Jr. Canoe Training (9 am – 2 pm) for ages 10-15

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens — FREE: Kids 18 and under are free during Spring Break. Spring break activities are March 9-20 with garden tours, scavenger hunt, arts and crafts, historic games and toys, open house tours, and more. Adult admission is $10. Located at 6003 Memorial.

RienziFREE: Kids 12 and under are always free at Rienzi. The MFAH house museum offers several kid-friendly options during Spring Break including Storytime Tours and Sketching in the Galleries. Adult admission is $8, youth 13-18 $5, and kids 12 and under free. Located at 1406 Kirby.

Alamo Drafthouse — Head to Alamo Drafthouse for free Kid’s Camp movie, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, weekdays March 9-12. Free tickets are available first-come, first-served. Or buy a reserved seat online with a $5 concession food and beverage voucher. Movie times each day are 10:30 am at Mason Park and 11:30 am at Vintage Park.

Studio Movie Grill — Enjoy a Special Presentation movie, Maya the Bee, Sunday, March 8, 3 pm, for just $3. This screening is only at Studio Movie Grill CityCentre. The Family Rewind movie in March is The Wizard of Oz, March 18, 7 pm, for just $3 at both Copperfield and CityCentre locations.

The Health Museum — Families can participate in Health & Wellness Week 2015 March 9-21. {Save money with this special coupon for Buy One Admission Get One Half Off}. Each day features different activities including science shows, organ dissections, hands-on activities, arts and crafts, health screenings, CPR, nutrition info, healthy snacks, and games. Lots of fun with Houston organizations including Houston Rockets and Houston Ballet. Don’t miss Free Family Thursday from 2 pm – 5 pm with free admission March 12 and March 19, plus the annual UT Brain Night, March 19, 6 pm – 8 pm. Families can see a real brain and ask questions to doctors. One current museum exhibit is Beyond the X-Ray through May 3. The DeBakey Cell Lab is the museum’s first new permanent exhibit in five years and opens March 27.  $9/adults and $7/children. 1515 Hermann Drive.

Houston Museum District – Enjoy seven museums for free each Thursday in Houston’s Museum District. {The Weather Museum is relocating and temporarily closed, but is usually an 8th free museum on Thursdays.}

  • Houston Museum of Natural Science: 2 pm – 5 pm
  • Children’s Museum of Houston: 5 pm – 8 pm
  • The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: 10 am – 9 pm
  • The Health Museum: 2 pm – 5 pm
  • Holocaust Museum Houston: 2 pm – 5 pm
  • Houston Museum of African American Culture: 6 pm – 8 pm
  • Buffalo Soldiers National Museum: 1 pm – 5 pm

George Ranch Historical Park — The park is offering learning and fun over Spring Break with its “Farm to Table” Spring Break Celebration Tuesdays – Saturdays, March 7, March 10-14 and March 17-21. Explore the history of food over 100 years. Kids can get a chance to plow, explore a 1860s Chuckwagon, learn about food preservation in 1890s Sharecropper Farm, learn basics of ranching, and 1930s cattle production. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 5-15. Hours are 9 am – 5 pm Tuesday – Saturday.

Discount: Enjoy a special Chuckwagon Lunch served daily at 12:30 pm during Spring Break. Houston on the Cheap readers can Buy One Historic Meal ticket and get another 50% off. Valid March 7, 10-14 and March 17-21. Adult meal is $14 and kids meal is $11. Children 4 and under are $4. Guests need to call to purchase meal tickets Tuesday – Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm at 281-343-0218. Reservations are highly recommended at least one day in advance. George Ranch Historical Park is located at 10215 FM 762 in Richmond.

Blessington FarmsBlessington Farms — Kids will enjoy outdoor fun at Blessington Farms such as playing on Sand Mountain, hay rides, giant slide, and encounters with heritage chickens. Participate in Blessington Pick your Own Strawberries for just $5 per pound (no admission free required). Blessington Farms is located in Simonton about 40 miles west of downtown Houston. Spring break hours are 10 am – 3:30 pm Monday – Saturday. Admission is $10 for Farm Funland or $8 for Farmland Lite. photo: Blessington Farms

Houston Zoo — College students in these local schools get FREE admission any day with a valid ID: University of Houston, Rice University, St. Thomas University, and Texas Southern University. Students at these colleges save $2 off admission with ID: Houston Community College, Houston Baptist University and South Texas College of Law. There is not special programming during spring break at the zoo, but this college deal is too good not to share! Admission: $16 adults, $12 kids age 2 – 11.

March 16-20 Week

Discovery Green — Houston’s downtown park, Discovery Green, is always the site of free family fun. Spring break is no different with Discovery STEM: Spring Break Week March 16-20, 10 am – 4 pm. This year families can enjoy an array of free activities powered by Girl Start — Empowering Girls in Math, Science and Technology. Check out the busy schedule:

March 16: Mechanical Engineering fun + Houston Rockets & Dynamo street team
March 17: Slime, Chemical Reactions, Instasnow & Foam Party
March 18: Things That Fly & more
March 19: Plastic Rescue Activities, HGO to Go First Songs and Storybook Opera
March 20: Astronomy, HGO to Go First Songs and Storybook Opera

Discovery Green is located downtown at 1500 McKinney. 

Houston Livestock Show & RodeoValue Wednesday is the day to save money on Houston Rodeo fun (March 11 and March 18 during spring break). Select seats are just $10 to the rodeo and concert with Brantley Gilbert March 11 and Florida Georgia Line March 18. Check out the livestock show, AGventure, carnival and shopping at Reliant Park for just $5 for adults. Kids and seniors are free! Don’t miss the $2 games and $2 food bites from 11 am – 4 pm in Kids’ Country Carnival. Purchase tickets online.

Main Street Theater — Main Street Theater is offering 1:30 pm matinees during Spring Break: March 9, 10, 13 and March 16-20. Kids will love seeing a beloved book character come to life at The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley. {Goldstar has a limited number of half-price tickets available at $7.50 rather than $15. Buy them online.} During MST renovations, this production will be held at Talento Bilingue de Houston, 333 S. Jensen.

Studio Movie Grill — Enjoy a Special Presentation movie, Maya the Bee, Sunday, March 8, 3 pm, for just $3. This screening is only at Studio Movie Grill CityCentre. The Family Rewind movie in March is The Wizard of Oz, March 18, 7 pm, for just $3 at both Copperfield and City Centre locations.

The Children’s Museum of Houston — The Children’s Museum of Houston does it up big for spring break every year. This year’s theme, Amazingly Immature Spring Break, is set for March 7 – 22. Its dubbed the “ultimate family destination” with hands-on activities, bungee trampolines, and loads of entertainment featuring pirates, dancers, dogs, jugglers, magicians and more. Don’t miss the annual Shaving Cream Pi(e) Fight March 14 for Pi Day! Plus two free movies each day: Big Hero 6 and Despicable Me (except March 14 and March 18). First 100 at the door get a free giveaway. Go free on Thursdays March 11 and March 18 for Free Family Night from 5 pm – 8 pm. Admission is $9 per person with hours 10 am – 6 pm. Located at 1500 Binz.

IKEA Houston — Writers in the Schools (WITS) is offering a free Children’s Creative Workshop Tuesday, March 17, 6 pm – 7 pm. It’s also a Kids Eat Free day! Located at 7810 Katy Freeway.

Houston Museum District – Enjoy seven museums for free each Thursday in Houston’s Museum District. {The Weather Museum is relocating and temporarily closed, but is usually an 8th free museum on Thursdays.}

  • Houston Museum of Natural Science: 2 pm – 5 pm
  • Children’s Museum of Houston: 5 pm – 8 pm
  • The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: 10 am – 9 pm
  • The Health Museum: 2 pm – 5 pm
  • Holocaust Museum Houston: 2 pm – 5 pm
  • Houston Museum of African American Culture: 6 pm – 8 pm
  • Buffalo Soldiers National Museum: 1 pm – 5 pm

George Ranch Historical Park — The park is offering learning and fun over Spring Break with its “Farm to Table” Spring Break Celebration Tuesdays – Saturdays, March 7, March 10-14 and March 17-21. Explore the history of food over 100 years. Kids can get a chance to plow, explore a 1860s Chuckwagon, learn about food preservation in 1890s Sharecropper Farm, learn basics of ranching, and 1930s cattle production. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 5-15. Hours are 9 am – 5 pm Tuesday – Saturday.

Discount: Enjoy a special Chuckwagon Lunch served daily at 12:30 pm during Spring Break. Houston on the Cheap readers can Buy One Historic Meal ticket and get another 50% off. Valid March 7, 10-14 and March 17-21. Adult meal is $14 and kids meal is $11. Children 4 and under are $4. Guests need to call to purchase meal tickets Tuesday – Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm at 281-343-0218. Reservations are highly recommended at least one day in advance. George Ranch Historical Park is located at 10215 FM 762 in Richmond.

Houston Zoo — College students in these local schools get FREE admission any day with a valid ID: University of Houston, Rice University, St. Thomas University, and Texas Southern University. Students at these colleges save $2 off admission with ID: Houston Community College, Houston Baptist University, and South Texas College of Law. There is not special programming during spring break at the zoo, but this college student freebie is too good not to share! Admission: $16 adults, $12 kids age 2 – 11.

Space Center Houston {not cheap, but special Spring Break programming}— Lots of fun is planned this year for Spring Break at Space Center Houston, March 14-22. Enjoy Pi Day, Space Scavenger Hunt, Meet the Meteorite Hunters, Curiosity Expo, and a special premiere of Journey to Space March 14. Take a NASA Tram Tour for a behind-the-scenes journey. Buy tickets online and save $3 here. Or visit one of Space Center Houston’s promotional partners for a half-price admission coupon. Online admission is $20.95/adults and $15.95/kids 4-11. Space Center Houston is located south of downtown Houston near Webster, 1601 NASA Parkway.

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Discount Tickets to Rice University Basketball February 26 for Houston on the Cheap Night

Rice UniversityDiscount tickets are still available to Houston on the Cheap Night Thursday, February 26, at Rice University.

Tickets to the Men’s Basketball game against Old Dominion are $8 each for kids and adults ($15 regular). Tip off is 7 pm at Tudor Fieldhouse. Come early and help us make pink ribbons for Susan G. Komen!

The special night features:

  • Owl craft by Splash Kids art studio at the Houston on the Cheap table
  • Owl towels for the first 300 fans
  • Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness Night

The $8 ticket features seats in upper sections 201-204 and 209-212. Purchase tickets online with promo code cheap. The $15 pricing will change to $8 at checkout.

Tudor Fieldhouse is located at Rice University, 6100 Main on Loop Road off University Blvd.

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National Margarita Day Deals in Houston

molinas margaritaYes, there is actually a National Margarita Day. Every February 22, fans celebrate the beloved frozen or on-the-rocks concoction. Here are a few spots in Houston offering margarita deals Sunday:

Chuy’s: Get $1 off select margaritas (Chuy’s Perfect Margarita and seasonal Frozen Raspberry Margarita) February 21-22.

Cadillac Bar: $3.50 house margaritas all day — or $8.99 for The Don Julio margarita. Located at 1802 Shepherd and Kemah Boardwalk.

Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen: Celebrate with $4 house margaritas (including flavored house margaritas). Located at 6401 Woodway, 12637 Westheimer, and 1140 Eldridge Parkway.

Molina’s Cantina: Enjoy happy hour pricing on margaritas all day. Located 3801 Bellaire Blvd., 4720 Washington and 7901 Westheimer.

Del Pueblo Mexican: Enjoy a Grand House Margarita for $6 Sundays (and Wednesdays) at Del Pueblo. Located at 13235 Jones Road.

Moderno Tex Mex: Indulge in a $5 pomegranate or jalapeño margarita February 22 at Moderno Tex Mex. Located at 10455 Briar Forest at Beltway 8.

Feel free to leave a comment for any other margarita deals you have heard about!

photo: Molina’s Cantina

Houston Rodeo Discount Carnival Tickets

Houston Rodeo Carnival PacksHouston Livestock Show and Rodeo kicks off in 19 days! Are you ready?!

One of my favorite mantras is planning ahead to save money. If you have kids and are attending the rodeo, take advantage of 2015 Houston Rodeo Carnival Packs and save 60% when you buy in advance.

February 13 is the last day to buy and select mail as the delivery option.

Select from two different carnival discount packages and a food deal:

  • $10 Carnival Pack ($32.50 value)
  • $50 Carnival Pack ($127.50 value)
  • $20 Discount Food Card ($30 value)

Purchase them online here. Carnival packs are available for pick up at Will Call throughout the Rodeo. FEBRUARY 28 is the last day to save!

You must have a Reliant Park Admission ticket ($10 adults, $5 kids ages 3-12), Rodeo/concert ticket, or season pass to enter the carnival area. Save time and get your Reliant Park Admission ticket online, too. It’s not discounted, but you won’t have to stand in line to get in! Purchase these tickets online here.

Discount Cirque du Soleil Amaluna Tickets

How would you like to save 30% on tickets to Houston’s Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna? Thanks to my partnership, I have an exclusive promo code to save big under the Big Top!

Cirque du Soleil Amaluna

Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna runs February 12-March 22, 2015. This limited engagement will be held under the blue-and-yellow Big Top at Sam Houston Race Park. The storyline follows the journey of a Queen’s daughter who is coming of age. She and her young suitor have their love put to the test with numerous setbacks. Some of the featured acts include aerial bands, Chinese pole, teeterboard, Peacock Dance and Magic Pageant.

Discount pricing for shows February 12 – March 22:

Price Level 3 = 2 for $99 ($140 reg.)
Price Level 2 = 2 for $125 ($180 reg.)
Price Level 1 = 2 for $150 ($240 reg.)

Purchase discount tickets online. The link already has the promo code HOTC plugged in, so no need to enter it. Get ready to explore the amazing world of Amaluna — and save some money in the process!

Sam Houston Race Park Dollar Day, February 7

sam houston dollar day 2015Dollar Day returns to Sam Houston Race Park, Saturday, February 7! This is a great chance to bring the family to the race track for cheap family fun. Dollar Day at the Park features tons of stuff for $1: admission, hot dogs, draft beer (4:30 pm – 10 pm), sodas, and live racing programs. General admission tickets are normally $7 each.

Live horse racing begins at 6 pm with gates opening at 4:30 pm. Sam Houston Race Park is located at 7575 N. Sam Houston Parkway West of Beltway 8.

Last Cheap Skate Night February 2: $6 Skating

Discovery Green IceFebruary 2 is the last Cheap Skate Night at the ICE at Discovery Green. Houstonians can skate outdoors for just $6/person (+ tax). The fee is normally $13 per person.

Cheap Skate Night is 4 pm – 10 pm. I partnered with Discovery Green for the Monday special all season.

The rink is open through February 8, 2015. Discovery Green is located at 1500 McKinney.

$20 Off $100 at ScoreBig Houston Events

ScoreBig wants you to save big this month! New customers can save $20 off their first purchase of $100 or more through January 31. Use promo code SBWINTER20 to save on tickets nationwide, including NBA, concerts, theater and more.

Here are some upcoming events in Houston with savings up to 25% off:

Waiting for Johnny Depp presented by TUTS Underground at Zilkha Hall at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts on 1/29
Houston Rockets vs. Chicago Bulls at Toyota Center on 2/4
Houston Rockets vs. Milwaukee Bucks at Toyota Center on 2/6
Marvel Universe LIVE! at NRG Stadium (formerly Reliant Stadium) on 2/7
Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers at Toyota Center on 2/8

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Dollar Days Scholastic Book Fairs Sale

BooksGet ready to save! Scholastic Book Fairs Dollar Days Book Sale returns to Houston next week. What a great time to stock up on books for the kids with deep discounts on paperbacks, hardbacks and more. In fact, thousands of items are $2 or less.

Warehouse sales are for school employees, librarians, teachers, principals, homeschool teachers, and book fair volunteers. They take you at your word when you register as a volunteer with your school.

NW Houston Warehouse
February 4-7
9 am – 5 pm weekdays, 9 am – 3 pm Saturdays
7400 Security Way

Blizzard Sale: 2015 Entertainment Book $19

entertainment book blizzardThere’s no blizzard in Texas, but we can take advantage of the sale! Entertainment Book is offering a huge sale today as the Northeast prepares for a blizzard. Get a 2015 Entertainment Book for just $19 with free shipping ($35 retail). The book is filled with coupons to local restaurants, attractions, and services in Houston. My family loves using this book to save on eating out! Coupons are valid through December 2015. Access mobile coupons through the Entertainment Mobile App. This sale ends January 31, 2015.

Order the Entertainment Book online here and select any city book you want. If you travel frequently to another city, it might make sense to buy a second book, too!

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