Houston spring break: free and cheap

Our favorite venues always plan plenty of free and cheap Spring Break activities in Houston for families. Whether you’re visiting the city on vacation or you already live here, we have so many great Spring Break ideas for families that you and your kids are sure to love!

The great thing about Spring Break in Houston is that the weather is typically still very comfortable this time of year, so we’ve made sure to include plenty of outdoor activities in our guide. And don’t worry — there are plenty of things to do indoors this Spring Break as well, so even if it rains you’ll still be able to have lots of fun.

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 49% 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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Top Free and Cheap Things to do on Spring Break in Houston

Here is my full list of free and cheap fun for 2018 Houston Spring Break March 12-16.

Houston Museums

Asia Society Texas — Make plans to attend Spring into Asia March 12-16, a free event at Asia Society Texas, with daily themed art activities from 1 pm – 3 pm. Participate in come-and-go arts and crafts with a new themed activity each day. Additionally, there will be a daily screening of DisneyNature’s Born in China at Noon. Tickets are free with RSVP online.

Monday: Holi
Celebrate the festival of colors, Holi, by using beautiful bright chalk to draw a traditional rangoli patterned design.

Tuesday: Hanami
Paint and build your very own cherry blossom tree.

Wednesday: Qingming Festival
Build a kite while learning about this traditional Chinese festival.

Thursday: Nowruz
Celebrate the Persian New Year by decorating egg ornaments.

Friday: Songkran
Ring in the Thai New Year by building paper flowers and painting with water guns!

 

The 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 10-18. It’s dubbed the “ultimate family destination” with hands-on activities and loads of entertainment featuring all-day Xtreme Zones, American Ninja Warrior-inspired shows with Sam Sann and other Ninja Warriors, human hamster balls, 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. Admission is $12 per person with hours 10 am – 6 pm. Located at 1500 Binz. Remember, you can visit this and 4 other top attractions at a big discount with Houston CityPASS.

The Health Museum — Don’t miss Spring Break Week March 12-16 at The Health Museum. Each day features different activities including science shows, exhibit tours, and more. Don’t miss Free Family Thursday from 2 pm – 7 pm with free admission March 16, plus the annual UT Brain Night, March 15, 6 pm – 8 pm. Families can see a real brain and ask questions to doctors. Admission is $10 adults and $8 kids (3-12). Located at 1515 Hermann Drive.

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 10-18 such as still-life sketching and the spring break studio with a new medium or process each day. Don’t miss Free Family Thursday all day March 16. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors ($65+), $7.50 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 — {Kids 17 and under are free during Spring Break}. Spring break activities are March 12-16 with craft workshops, activities, music, demonstrations, performances, giveaways, open house tours, and more. Adult admission, $10. Get ready for tons of fun at its Free Family Day, March 18, 1 pm – 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 Gardens. Adult admission is $8; 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 Education Station. 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
  • 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

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

 

Outdoor Fun

Discovery Green — Houston’s downtown park, Discovery Green, is always the site of free family fun. Spring break is no different March 12-16, 11 am – 4 pm. This year families can enjoy a variety of free activities presented by Shell. featuring a daily hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education program for kids. Don’t miss Touch-a-Truck Tuesday where kids can get up close to HPD Helicopter, construction vehicles and more. Discovery Green is located downtown at 1500 McKinney.

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 within the Arboretum. Open seven days a week from 7 pm to dusk. Located at 4501 Woodway.

The Square at Memorial City — This new outdoor venue at Memorial City Mall is hosting a Spring Break Escape March 12-16. Each morning and evening features something new. Check out the schedule:

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: $19 adults, $15 kids age 2 – 11. Remember, you can visit this and 4 other top attractions at a big discount with Houston CityPASS.

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, 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 10-18. Admission is $20 for Farm Funland — kids 24 months and under are free.  photo: Blessington Farms

George Ranch Historical Park — This historical park in Richmond is offering learning and fun over Spring Break March 13-17. Celebrate 100 years of ranching and farming at the Historical Park! Kids can explore life as a Texas settler and learn chores, help feed the livestock, watch a cattle drive, use a cotton gin from the 1830s, have fun in the garden and enjoy Treehouse Story Time. Admission is $15 for adults (ages 13-64), $12 for seniors, and $10 for kids 4-12. Hours are 9 am – 5 pm Tuesday – Saturday. Located at 10215 FM 762 in Richmond.

**Enjoy a special Spring Break Historic Chuckwagon Lunch at the park served daily 12:30 pm. Adult meal is $14, kid’s meal is $11. Tickets can be purchased online here. Reservations highly recommended.

Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature CenterSpring Breakout returns to this wonderful park in Humble March 12-16 with free daily classes. ** Reservations are required with limited spots available. Reservations open February 28! Call to reserve a spot: (281) 446-8588.

Monday, March 12: Jr. Master Gardener (10 am) for ages 7-12
Tuesday, March 13: Jr. Angler (9 am -2 pm) for ages 8+
Wednesday, March 14: Texas Bound (9 am – 2 pm) for ages 7-12 
Thursday, March 15: Jr. Canoe Training (9 am – 2 pm) for ages 10-15 
Friday, March 16: Jr. Geocaching (9 am – 2 pm) for ages 7+

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. Currently there are 38 horses. Don’t forget to bring apples, carrots, or peppermints to share with the horses. Located at 5005 Little York Rd.

HPD Mounted Patrol Barn

HPD mounted patrol barn long view 575p

 

Houston Livestock Show & RodeoValue Wednesday is the day to save money on Houston Rodeo fun (March 14 during spring break). You can also see One Republic March 14 (see SeatGeek’s lowest prices). 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 Katy — Take advantage of Kids Camp at Alamo Drafthouse locations March 10-16 with matinee screenings of family-friendly movies. Reserve your seat online with just a $1, $3, or $5 donation to a local nonprofit. Movies and dates may vary by location, so check for details.

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.

 

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