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

One more week of Spring Break in the Houston area. Here is my list of free and cheap fun for Houston Spring Break March 16-22, 2015.

Houston spring break: free and cheap

1) 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. 

2) Houston Livestock Show & RodeoValue Wednesday is the day to save money on Houston Rodeo fun. Select seats are just $10 to the rodeo and concert with Florida Georgia Line March 18. Check out the livestock show, AGventure, carnival and shopping at NRG 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.

3) Main Street Theater — Main Street Theater is offering 1:30 pm matinees during Spring Break: 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.

4) Studio Movie Grill — Catch a $3 daily 11 am matinee of SMG Toons: Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Bitty Mysteries March 16-19. This is only at the CityCentre location. 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.

5) Alamo Drafthouse — It’s Teacher Appreciation through March 22 at Alamo Drafthouse for Spring Break: teachers, school/university admin and employees get free movie ticket to any movie any day! Valid at Vintage Park and Mason Park locations. Plus free Alamo Kids Camp movie this week, March 16-19 — Spirited Away — at both Vintage Park and Mason Park.

6) 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 is Amazingly Immature Spring Break. 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. Plus two free movies each day: Big Hero 6 and Despicable Me (except March 18). First 100 at the door get a free giveaway. Go free on Thursdays 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.

7) 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 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. $9/adults and $7/children. 1515 Hermann Drive.

8) The Museum of Printing History — Kids can attend a free workshop, Kids Springing into Publishing, March 17-19 from 10 am – 2 pm. Kids can create content and learn to make their own zine. This is sponsored by ZineFest and Houston Book Arts Group. Located at 1324 W. Clay.

9) 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.

10) Katy Contemporary Arts MuseumAdmission is free every day (Wednesday – Sunday) at this new Katy museum. Or for just $5 per family, enjoy Night (Sounds) at the Museum Wednesday, March 18, 6:30 pm – 8 pm. Learn the sounds of night wildlife and create an in-class spring symphony. Located at 805 Avenue B in Katy. Register online.

11) 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.

12) 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.

13) 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

14) Blessington 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.

15) 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 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 17-21. Adult meal is $14 and kids meal is $11. Children 4 and under are $4. Limit one per customer. Guests need to call to purchase meal tickets Tuesday – Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm at 281-343-0218. Reservations highly recommended at least one day in advance. George Ranch Historical Park is located at 10215 FM 762 in Richmond.

16) 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.

17) 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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