The Spring Break Guide is sponsored by the Children’s Museum. Don’t miss the Xtreme Spring Break event March 9-17!

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!

 

TOP PICK

Xtreme Spring Break Children's Museum

The Children’s Museum of Houston — This kid-friendly favorite does it up big for spring break every year. This action-packed adventure, Xtreme Spring Break, is set for March 9- 17. It’s dubbed the “ultimate family destination” with interactive activities and loads of entertainment featuring the “Ready to Roll” Block Party with an inflatable challenge course, carnival games, and a DJ Dance Party. Other thrills include all-day Xtreme Zones, human hamster balls, Bungee Trampolines, a Sticky Ball Arena, 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. 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 2019 Houston Spring Break March 11- 15:

 

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}!

Lone Star Flight Museum — See over 40 historically significant and restored vintage aircraft, plus their other carefully curated exhibits such as the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame. Tickets are usually $20 per person but you can get them now for 50%off at just $10, making this one of the best deals on things to do for Spring Break!

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

Monday: Origami Spring Flowers
Learn about origami flowers and how to make them, including a special technique for Mothers Day.

Tuesday: Japanese Spring Characters
Learn how to draw Spring- time related words in Japanese language.

Wednesday: Onigiri & Bento
Learn how to create Ongiri (rice balls) and bento boxes. Not a full meal, not suitable for people with food allergies. 

Thursday: Doll’s Festival
Learn about this traditional Japanese festival and build your own doll. 

Friday: Children’s Day
Celebrate this traditional Japanese festival while creating your own decorations.

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. Camps are divided by age for kids aged 5- 13 years old and focus on STEM related learning. Museum members get a discount!

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 11-15 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 14. Admission is $17 for adults, $14 for seniors ($65+), $10 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 11-15 with craft workshops, puppets, outdoor games, self- guided tours, a campsite, and more. Adult admission, $12.50, students are $11, children 9 and under are always free at Bayou Bend. Get ready for tons of fun at its Free Family Day, March 17, 1 pm – 5 pm. 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. Monday the 11th through Friday the 15th, 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 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

Paw Patrol Live Discount Tickets

PAW Patrol Live: The Great Pirate  This adventure for kids aged 1- 6 follows Ryder and his team of pirate-y pups to rescue Cap’n Turbot, and it’s coming live to the Hobby Center this Spring Break for 4 shows from March 15th-17th. Tickets to this interactive show run $60.70- $87. 35. You can get them now for just $33- $59 with this special offer!

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!

Alamo Drafthouse Katy — Take advantage of Kids Camp at Alamo Drafthouse locations March 11-15 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. While you’re there, take advantage of their new Alamo Kids Club where you earn free snacks, swag, and movie tickets!

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- 16. Unwind with special activities all day, all free, all open to the public! These are just some of their activities:

  • March 9: Teddy Bear Camp at University Branch Library & Infant Sensory Playtime at First Colony Branch.
  • March 11: Houston Grand Opera at Fulshear/ Simonton Branch Library, 2 pm.
  • March 12: Make & Take Flextangles at Mission Bend Branch Library, 1 pm.
  • March 13: Family Movie Day {Wreck it Ralph} at Mission Bend Library, 1 pm.
  • March 14: Family Movie Day {Zootopia} at Cinco Ranch Branch Library,  1:30 pm.
  • March 16: Art Explosion for grades 4- 8 at First Colony Branch Library, 2 pm.

Check out the full line- up on each branch library’s calendar!

Go- Kart Racing at K1 Speed — Arrive & Drive is perfect for kids, family, and friends! Enjoy a racing package including tracking sheets to help you see your times and ranks. Packages range from $30- $58 but you can get them half- off with our link! That’s just $17- $38! t $17- $38!

 

OUTDOOR FUN

Discovery Green — Houston’s downtown park, Discovery Green, is always the site of free family fun. Spring break is no different! March 11-16, 11 am – 4 pm, there will be a variety of free Spring Break events including a daily hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education program for kids. You don’t want to miss the Touch A Truck Tuesday with a batmobile, HPD Helicopter, 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 10: Zen Coloring & Crafts, 1- 3 pm.
  • March 11: Houston Museum of Natural Science, 10: 30- 11:30 am.
  • March 12: Table Tennis Tournament, 3- 5 pm.
  • March 13: Family Story Time & Craft with Houston Public Library, 10- 10:30 am.
  • March 14: HMNS Earth Science on Wheels (Dinosaurs!), 2- 4 pm.
  • March 16: St. Patrick’s Day Family Festival, 1- 6 pm.

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 aged 4- 12 from March 11- 15. 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 11-15 is no exception! Each day features something new and evenings include a free, outdoor movie. Check out some of the activities:

  • March 11: Mascot Day- Meet and greet with Frolic, Puck the Penguin, The Great American Cookie, and more.
  • March 12: Rodeo Day- Enjoy live music, a mechanical bull, and BBQ & Carnival foods.
  • March 13: Dino Day- Walk with dinosaurs from Jurassic Extreme.
  • March 14: Circus Day- Cirque La Vie will be performing for the whole family.
  • March 15: Beach Party Day- Enjoy the luau and watch the drums!

Houston Zoo — College students in these local schools get FREE admission any daywith 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 — 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 9-17. Admission is $20 for Farm Funland — kids 24 months and under are free.

George Ranch Historical Park — This historical park in Richmond is offering The Family Challenge March 9-16. Celebrate 100 years of ranching and farming at the Historical Park! Build a log cabin and learn how to cool with coals, participate in an interactive “cattle drive”, and saddle up in the Great Cowboy Relay. 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 Center — Spring Breakout returns to this wonderful park in Humble March 11-15 with free daily classes. ** Reservations are required with limited spots available. Reservations open February 28! Call to reserve a spot: (281) 446-8588.

  • March 11: Snakes of Harris County (10 am) for all ages
  • March 12: Jr. Angler (9 am- 2 pm) for ages 8+
  • March 13: Texas Bound (9 am- 2 pm) for ages 7-12
  • March 14: Jr. Canoe Training (9 am- 2 pm) for ages 10- 15
  • March 15: 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 and on Saturdays by special appointment. Currently there are 38 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 Feb. 25 through March 17, this HLSR is a Spring Break staple. Zac Brown, Kings of Leon, Santana, and more will be taking the stage. Check out the livestock show, AGventure, carnival and shopping at Reliant Park for just $15 for adults. Kids are $5! Don’t miss the $2 games and $2 food bites from 11 am – 4 pm in Kids’ Country Carnival. Purchase tickets online.

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