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

Our favorite Houston venues always plan plenty of free and cheap Spring Break fun for families. Here is my list of free and cheap fun for Houston Spring Break March 14-18.

Houston spring break: free and cheap

Houston Museums

The Health Museum — Don’t miss Health & Wellness Week March 14-19 at The Health Museum. Each day features different activities including science shows, organ dissections, hands-on activities, arts and crafts, health screenings, CPR, nutrition info, Improv Puppet Theater, and games. Lots of fun with Houston organizations including Houston Rockets, Houston Ballet, Yoga One Studios, and Houston Food Bank. Don’t miss Free Family Thursday from 2 pm – 5 pm with free admission March 17, plus the annual UT Brain Night, March 17, 6 pm – 8 pm. Families can see a real brain and ask questions to doctors. Admission is  $9 adults and $7 kids (3-11). 1515 Hermann Drive.

Childrens Museum of HoustonThe Children’s Museum of Houston — This kid-friendly favorite does it up big for spring break every year. This year’s theme, Xtreme Spring Break, is set for March 12-20. It’s dubbed the “ultimate family destination” with hands-on activities, , and loads of entertainment featuring an exotic bird show, wild magic show, human hamster balls, Drone Flight demo, Xtreme BMX Block Party, and more. Don’t miss the annual Shaving Cream Pi(e) Fight March 14 for Pi Day! First 100 each day at 10 am will enjoy an Xtreme Giveaway. Go free Thursday March 17 for Free Family Night from 5 pm – 8 pm. Admission is $12 per person with hours 10 am – 6 pm. Located at 1500 Binz.

Asia Society Texas — This cultural mecca for all things Asia presents a couple of activities during Spring Break. First, families can enjoy a Family Writing Workshop March 15, 10 am – noon. Attendees will learn from children’s author Melissa Williams, who penned Iggy the Iguana and Little Miss Molly picture books. Cost is $5. Another fun event is Screen Asia: Kung Fu Panda and Food Workshop Thursday, March 17, 1 pm – 4 pm. Cost is $5 each or $15 for family of 4 and $20 for family of 5. Located at 1370 Southmore.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston — {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, free film The Love Bug, and family packs. Don’t miss Free Family Thursday all day March 17. Admission is $15 for adults, $7.50 for youth age 13-18, and kids 12 and under are free. Located at 5601 Main Street.

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens — {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, Colonial Campsite, and more. Adult admission is $10. Get ready for tons of fun at its huge Free Family Day celebrating 50 years of Bayou Bend, Saturday, March 19, 10 am – 5 pm. Located at 6003 Memorial.

bayou bend gardens

Rienzi — {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.

Rosenberg Railroad Museum — This railroad-themed museum in Rosenberg is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm and 1 pm – 5 pm Sundays. Folks can tour the gallery and enjoy special exhibits such as Tower 17, model trains, garden railroad, 1972 Mopac Caboose, the 1879 Quebec, and Education Station. Get free admission Sunday, March 20, for its Discovery Day, 1 pm – 5 pm. Located at 1921 Avenue F in Rosenberg. Admission is $5 adults, $3 kids.

Houston Museum District – Enjoy seven museums for free each Thursday in Houston’s Museum District.

  • Houston Museum of Natural Science: 3 pm – 6 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 – 7 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
Outdoor Fun

Discovery Green — Houston’s downtown park, Discovery Green, is always the site of free family fun. Spring break is no different March 14-18, noon – 4 pm. This year families can enjoy a variety of free activities powered by Girls Inc. featuring a daily hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education program for kids. The schedule includes Mad Science Monday, Workshop Wednesday, Theatrical Thursday, and FUNomenal Friday with a foam party! Find the activities online here. Discovery Green is located downtown at 1500 McKinney.

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 no special programming during spring break at the zoo, but this college deal is too good not to share! Admission: $17 adults, $13 kids age 2 – 11. Discover tips about getting to the Zoo during Spring Break here with live traffic updates.

blessington farms strawberryBlessington Farms — Kids will enjoy outdoor fun at Blessington Farms such as playing on Sand Mountain, hay rides, animal encounters, barrel train rides, Jump Pad, Tire Mountain, and more. 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 9:30 am – 3:30 pm Monday – Saturday. Admission is $10 for Farm Funland.  photo: Blessington Farms

George Ranch Historical Park — This historical park in Richmond is offering learning and fun over Spring Break Tuesday – Saturday, March 15-19. Kids can explore life as a Texas settler and learn chores, make butter, plant a spring garden, brand an animal, throw a cow chip, and more. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 5-15. Hours are 9 am – 5 pm Tuesday – Saturday. Located at 10215 FM 762 in Richmond.

**Enjoy a special Spring Break BBQ Lunch at the park served daily 12:30 pm – 2 pm March 15-19. Adult meal is $14, kid’s meal is $11, and children 4 and under are $4. Tickets can be purchased online here. Reservations highly recommended at least one day in advance.

Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center — Spring Breakout returns to this wonderful park in Humble March 14-18 with free daily classes. Limited spots are available with reservations. Reservations open March 2! Call to reserve a spot: (281) 446-8588.

Monday, March 14: Fangs (10 am)
Tuesday, March 15: How Big is Your Tree? (10 am)
Wednesday, March 16: Texas Bound (9 am – 2 pm) for ages 7-12
Thursday, March 17: Jr. Angler (9 am – 2 pm) for ages 8+
Friday, March 18: Jr. Canoe Training (9 am – 2 pm) for ages 10-15

HPD Mounted Patrol Barn & Houston Rodeo

Mounted Patrol Barn — Visit the Houston Police Department stables and feed the horses for free! This is available year-round Monday – Friday, noon to 2 pm.

HPD Mounted Patrol Barn

HPD mounted patrol barn long view 575p

Currently there are 37 horses and two mules. Don’t forget to bring apples, carrots, or peppermints to share with the horses. Located at 5005 Little York Rd.

Houston Livestock Show & RodeoValue Wednesday is the day to save money on Houston Rodeo fun (March 16 during spring break). Select seats are just $10 to the rodeo and concert with Jake Owen March 16. 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.

Movies, Theater & More

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema — Take advantage of free movies for Houston-area school and university employees over Spring Break, March 12-20. This is available for all movies before 6 pm at the Vintage Park and Katy locations with a valid ID. This freebie is only valid at Houston locations, so we are lucky!

Studio Movie Grill — Enjoy an SMG Classic movie, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, for just $1 Monday through Thursday during Spring Break. This screening will be at Studio Movie Grill CityCentre and Copperfield. The Family Rewind movie in March is Free Willy, March 16, 7 pm, for just $3 at both Copperfield and City Centre locations.

YWCA Houston Youth Empowerment Zone Camp —  Girls age 12-17 can attend this free research-based Youth Empowerment Zone Camp March 14-18 created to equip teen girls with skills needed for Leadership & Service, Healthy Lifestyles, and Career Exploration. Some of the topics include Financial Literacy, Social Media Mistakes, Goal Setting, Character Building, and Health Fitness. The day also includes games, activities, gift card giveaways and more. Hours are 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. Register online for the free camp. Located at YWCA of Houston, 6309 Martin Luther King Blvd.

Main Street Theater — Main Street Theater is offering 10:30 am and 1:30 pm matinees during Spring Break, March 14-18. Kids will love seeing a beloved book character come to life at Junie B. Jones: The Musical. Tickets are $16-$20 each. Performances are at the new Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston (MATCH), 3400 Main.

Blue Willow Bookshop — This West Houston independent book store hosts free weekly storytime each Thursday at 10 am. It’s generally geared to toddlers and preschoolers by reading books, singing songs and making a craft. The bookstore also is hosting Page to Stage Book Club Saturday, March 19, which brings a Main Street Theater production to life. March features characters from Junie B. Jones, a reading from the book, and craft. Located at 14532 Memorial Drive.

Alley Theater — The Sunflower County Freedom Project is sharing a free performance of their original civil rights play Echoes Monday, March 14, 2 pm. The student actors (in grades 7th – 12th) are traveling from Mississippi.

Echoes civil rights play

photo: Sunflower County Freedom Project

The play’s theme addresses the challenges black families have faced in the United States in the last 75 years and their strategies for staying strong and safe. The 35-minute play will be followed by a student-led discussion. Stick around for the free reception! This play is suitable for all ages. Email Kate Gluckman (SCFP Director of Operations) at [email protected] to RSVP for your free tickets. Located at 615 Texas Avenue.

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