The Spring Break Guide is sponsored by the Children’s Museum. Don’t miss the Destination Celebration Spring Break event March 7-22!

Our beautiful Spring weather means Houstonians and visitors want to get out, have fun, and cherish the season. Whether you’re here on vacation, want to spend a day on the town, or are looking for a way to beat the boredom, we’ve got you covered. Things to do for Spring Break are plentiful in Houston, and we’re here to make sure you know about them all!

 

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The Children’s Museum of Houston — This kid-friendly favorite does it up big for spring break every year. This action-packed adventure, Destination Celebration, is set for March 7-22. It’s dubbed the “ultimate family destination” with interactive activities and loads of entertainment featuring Bungee Trampolines, Human Hamster Balls, Boardwalk Bonanza, the Glow Maze, dance parties, magicians, jugglers, and more.

Oh, and don’t miss the annual Shaving Cream Pi(e) Fight March 14 for Pi Day! Admission is $12 per person with hours 10 am – 6 pm on Monday-Saturday (Thursdays 10 am – 8 pm) and Sunday Noon to 6 pm. Located at 1500 Binz.

Find more information, including the complete schedule of events, here.

 

MORE FREE AND CHEAP THINGS TO DO ON SPRING BREAK IN HOUSTON

Here is our full list of free and cheap fun for 2020 Houston Spring Break this March (some schools have Spring Break the week of March 9th, while HISD is the week of March 16th):

 

HOUSTON MUSEUMS

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Houston Museum of Natural Science — For a limited time, you can get admission to the museum for just $11.10 {regularly $25- that’s more than half- off!} Check out their carefully curated Death by Natural Causes exhibit for just $19. Get museum admission AND take in a show at the Planetarium for just $19 {regularly $36}. If you prefer butterflies, we’ve got an awesome deal that for, too! Museum entrance plus the Butterfly Museum for $19 {regularly $37}!

Asia Society Texas — Celebrate Spring Break with a Journey through Asia. Each day throughout the week will include kid-friendly Spring Break activities and free admission to their exhibition.

Monday, March 16: Food of Asia
Learn to make Japanese onigiri and Vietnamese spring rolls.

Tuesday, March 17: Games of Asia
Play various Asiana games, like the Chinese yoyo and catch a dragon’s tail.

Wednesday, March 18: Flowers of Asia
Create lotus flowers and cherry blossoms with origami.

Thursday, March 19: Kites of Asia
Learn how to make different kinds of kites.

Friday, March 20: Colors of Asia
Explore the colorful traditions of Asia, like Rangoli and Mandalas.

The Health Museum  This year, the Health Museum is hosting Discovery Camps with options to play games, watch age- appropriate videos, do arts and crafts, puzzles, and more from March 9-13. Camps are divided by age for kids aged 5- 13 years old and focus on STEM related learning. Museum members get a discount! And then from March 16-20, it will be Veterinary Science Week for campers!

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 9-13 and 16-20 with tons of events for kids and families. Admission is $19 for adults, $16 for seniors ($65+), $12 for youth age 13-18, and kids 12 and under are free. Located at 5601 Main Street. Remember, you can visit this and 4 other top attractions at a big discount with Houston CityPASS.

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens —  Spring break activities are March 16-20 with craft workshops, puppets, outdoor games, historical game zone, and more. Adult admission is $10 and kids 18 and younger are free at Bayou Bend during Spring Break. Located at 6003 Memorial.

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 Gardens. Spring break events will be going on March 9-13 and 16-20, adult admission is $10; youth 13-18, seniors, and students (with ID) get in for $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 the Garden Railroad. Located at 1921 Avenue F in Rosenberg. Admission is $7.50 adults, $5 kids age 2-14.

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

  • 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 – 7 pm
  • Houston Museum of African American Culture: 6 pm – 8 pm
  • Buffalo Soldiers National Museum: 1 pm – 5 pm
  • The Holocaust Museum Houston is free on Sundays from noon- 5 pm

Don’t forget the 10 museums that are free every day!

 

THEATER, LIBRARIES & MORE

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Once Upon a Time Princess Show at Purple Box Theater This magical show features all of your favorite princesses singing your favorite songs. Kids also have the chance to meet the princesses before and after the show and take photos with them. The show takes place Friday, March 20-Sunday, March 22 in Friendswood, and you can get tickets starting at just $5.

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BUBB-LOONIE!–This extraordinary, zany show features Loui Balloonie, a balloon-ologist who makes incredible creations with, you guessed it, balloons. His partner, Shelly McBubbles, is a bubble-ologist who does crazy feats with, wait for it…bubbles!  This is a gamily show that’s perfect for kids K-5. There will also be caricature artists, face painters, and more on hand. Tickets start at just $10!

Regal Cinemas — One of the easier things to do for Spring Break is to take in a movie. Known for their awesome tech amenities, this cinema provides a serious movie experience. Tickets are regularly $13 but you can get them now for $9.50!

AMC Yellow eTickets — See any of the latest blockbusters for $4 off! Tickets regularly $13.50 are now just $9. The great thing about a movie is that it goes on rain or shine!

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.

Fort Bend Library System — Families and children of all ages are invited to Spring Fling March 9- 13 taking place at multiple branches in the Fort Bend Library System. Unwind with special activities all day, all free, all open to the public!

 

OUTDOOR FUN

Discovery Green — Houston’s downtown park, Discovery Green, is always the site of free family fun. Spring break is no different! March 16-20 there will be a variety of free Spring Break events including Mad Science shows, hands-on crafts, Touch-a-Truck Tuesdays, Young Writers Workshops, and more. Discovery Green is located downtown at 1500 McKinney.

Levy Park — Spend Spring Break at one of the best parks in the nation! The urban oasis is hosting all of its regular daily fitness classes, children’s bingo, live music, piano play, and more. They also have special Spring Break activities such as:

  • March 16: Family Story Time, Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS): Astronomy, Connect 4 Tournament, more
  • March 17: Family Story Time & Craft, Young Audiences Shakespeare Performance, Table Tennis Tournament, HMNS: Science Sort, more
  • March 18: Family Story Time & Craft, HMNS: Paleontology, Children’s Bingo, more
  • March 19: Family Story Time & Craft, HMNS: Texas Bugs, Table Tennis Tournament, more
  • March 20: HMNS: Birds, Family Story Time & Craft, Connect 4 Tournament, more

Check their calendar for more events and activities!

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center — If your kid loves the outdoors, explore the trails at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center — for free! From East Texas swamps, ponds, wildlife, birds, and Gulf Coast Prairie you can see a variety of nature’s beauty. Some portions may be closed right now for renovation, but there are still plenty of areas to enjoy. Pack a picnic and eat lunch at nearby Memorial Park since there aren’t spots to eat within the Arboretum. They also host Spring Break Camps for kids from March 16- 20. Open seven days a week from 7 am to dusk. Located at 4501 Woodway.

The Square at Memorial City — Memorial City Mall is a hot spot for events and their  Spring Break Escape March 16-20 is no exception! Each day features something new, like the Mascot Olympics, Shamrock at The Square, Dino Fest, Rodeo on The Square, and Circus Night.

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: $22.95 adults, $17.95 kids age 2 – 11. Remember, you can visit this and 4 other top attractions at a big discount with Houston CityPASS.

Blessington Farms — Kids will enjoy outdoor fun such as playing on Sand Mountain, hay rides, animal encounters, barrel train rides, Fossil Dig, Tire Mountain, Aviary Adventure, Rope Maze, pedal cars and more. Participate in Blessington Pick your Own Strawberries for just $5 per pound {no admission free required}. Arrive early before fruit is picked out — or check online before you go. Blessington Farms is located in Simonton about 40 miles west of downtown Houston. Spring break hours are 10 am – 5 pm March 7-22. Admission is $20 for Farm Funland — kids 24 months and under are free.

George Ranch Historical Park — This historical park in Richmond is hosting Spring Break events from March 10-14 and 19-21 with tours and more. Admission is $15 for adults (ages 13-64), $12 for seniors, and $10 for kids 4-12. Hours are 9 am – 5 pm on those open days. Located at 10215 FM 762 in Richmond.

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 and on weekends by special appointment. Currently there are 30+ horses. Don’t forget to bring apples, carrots, or peppermints to share with the horses {limit two per horse- we have to keep them healthy!} Located at 5005 Little York Rd.

Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo — Open March 3-22, this HLSR is a Spring Break staple. The Rodeo concert lineup is amazing this year as always. Check out the livestock show, AGventure, carnival and shopping at Reliant Park for just $15 for adults. Family Wednesdays are a great day to save!

And if you’re looking for the easiest and cheapest way to hit all of  Houston’s top attractions this Spring Break week? With Houston CityPASS, you can get admission to the top 5 Houston attractions for 47% off . CityPASS admission gets you access to Space Center Houston, Downtown Aquarium, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston Zoo or Museum of Fine Arts (your choice), and Kemah Boardwalk or Children’s Museum of Houston (your choice). Some attractions even let CityPASS members skip the line for priority entry. Click here for more info or check out our CityPASS review.

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Know of any other exciting things to do for Spring Break in Houston? Let us know by commenting below.