Spring Break 2018: Things to do in Houston, with kids, March 10-18, 2018!

Spring Break!  If you will be in Houston for the week, there is plenty to do around town!

See the list below… and we’ll add more events as they pop up!

Quick Links:

More to do in Houston… all the events from March 1 – May 31
Rodeo Houston 2018: Beat the Crowds & Save Money
Top 10 Kid Friendly Restaurants in Houston
Explore Houston Like an Insider
Houston Parks
Texas Roadtrips

Full Events List:

Saturday, March 10, 2018:
Rodeo Houston – NRG
Xtreme Spring Break – Children’s Museum of Houston
Spring Break Spectacular – 10:00am-5:00pm – Blessington Farms
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Discovery Green
STEM Saturdays – 12:30pm – Discovery Green
Our Youngest Artists – 10:30am & 11:30am – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Outdoor Roller Rink – 11:00am-11:00pm – Discovery Green
Free Play Day – 12:00pm-4:00pm – Houston Fire Museum (Free admission for kids)
Super Heros on the Roller Rink – 5:00pm-6:00pm – Discovery Green

Sunday, March 11, 2018:
Rodeo Houston – NRG
Xtreme Spring Break – Children’s Museum of Houston
Spring Break Spectacular – 10:00am-5:00pm – Blessington Farms
Outdoor Roller Rink – 11:00am-9:00pm – Discovery Green
Hello, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle – 12:30pm & 3:30pm – Main Street Theater at MATCH
Houston Public Library Pawsitive Pups – 1:00pm – Levy Park
Family Zone – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Monday, March 12, 2018:
Rodeo Houston – NRG
Xtreme Spring Break – Children’s Museum of Houston
Zoo Members Enter Early – 8:00am – Houston Zoo (Opens at 9:00am for non-members)
Family Story Time and Craft with Levy Park Conservancy, The Rainbow Fish – 10:00am – Levy Park
Spring Break Crafts – 10:00am-1:00pm – Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
Spring Break Spectacular – 10:00am-5:00pm – Blessington Farms
Spring Break at Rienzi – 10:00am-5:00pm – Rienzi (MFAH House Museum)
Houston Museum of Natural Science, Paleontology – 10:30am-11:30am – Levy Park
Spring Break at the Museum – 11:00am-2:00pm – Musueum of Fine Arts Houston
Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook – 11:00am & 2:00pm – Main Street Theater at MATCH
Outdoor Roller Rink – 11:00am-11:00pm – Discovery Green
Connect 4 Tournament – 11:30am-1:00pm – Levy Park
Spring (Break) into Asia – 12:00pm-3:00pm – Asia Society
Children’s Bingo – 4:30pm – Levy Park
Rockets vs Spurs – 7:00pm – Toyota Center

Tuesday, March 13, 2018:
Rodeo Houston – NRG
Xtreme Spring Break – Children’s Museum of Houston
Zoo Members Enter Early – 8:00am – Houston Zoo (Opens at 9:00am for non-members)
Spring Break Crafts – 10:00am-1:00pm – Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
Spring Break Spectacular – 10:00am-5:00pm – Blessington Farms
Spring Break at Rienzi – 10:00am-5:00pm – Rienzi (MFAH House Museum)
Family Story Time and Craft with Levy Park Conservancy, Go Dog Go! – 10:00am – Levy Park
Spring Break at the Museum – 11:00am-2:00pm – Musueum of Fine Arts Houston
Outdoor Roller Rink – 11:00am-11:00pm – Discovery Green
Spring (Break) into Asia – 12:00pm-3:00pm – Asia Society
Houston Museum of Natural Science, Exploring Energy – 2:00pm-4:00pm – Levy Park
Table Tennis Tournament – 4:00pm – Levy Park
Children’s Bingo – 4:30pm – Levy Park

Wednesday, March 14, 2018:
Rodeo Houston – NRG
Xtreme Spring Break – Children’s Museum of Houston
Zoo Members Enter Early – 8:00am – Houston Zoo (Opens at 9:00am for non-members)
Spring Break Crafts – 10:00am-1:00pm – Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
Spring Break Spectacular – 10:00am-5:00pm – Blessington Farms
Spring Break at Rienzi – 10:00am-5:00pm – Rienzi (MFAH House Museum)
Family Story Time and Craft with Levy Park Conservancy, The Very Hungry Caterpillar – 10:00am – Levy Park
Houston Museum of Natural Science, Ancient Egypt – 10:30am – Levy Park
Spring Break at the Museum – 11:00am-2:00pm – Musueum of Fine Arts Houston
Spring Break at Discovery Green – 11:00am-4:00pm – Discovery Green
Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook – 11:00am & 2:00pm – Main Street Theater at MATCH
Outdoor Roller Rink – 11:00am-11:00pm – Discovery Green
Connect 4 Tournament – 11:30am – 1:00pm – Levy Park
Spring (Break) into Asia – 12:00pm-3:00pm – Asia Society
Tom’s Fun Band in the Park – 1:00pm – Evelyn’s Park
Spring Break at the Museum – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Nature Storytime – 4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center
Children’s Bingo – 4:30pm – Levy Park

Thursday, March 15, 2018:
Rodeo Houston – NRG
Xtreme Spring Break – Children’s Museum of Houston
Free Museum Entry
Children’s Museum of Houston FREE 5:00pm-8:00pm
The Health Museum FREE 2:00pm-7:00pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science FREE 3:00pm-5:00pm
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston FREE 10:00am-9:00pm
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.
Zoo Members Enter Early – 8:00am – Houston Zoo (Opens at 9:00am for non-members)
Playtime in the Park – 10:00am – Evelyn’s Park
Spring Break Crafts – 10:00am-1:00pm – Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
Spring Break Spectacular – 10:00am-5:00pm – Blessington Farms
Spring Break at Rienzi – 10:00am-5:00pm – Rienzi (MFAH House Museum)
Houston Public Library Family Story Time and Craft, The Cow Who Clucked – 10:00am – Levy Park
Spring Break at Discovery Green – 11:00am-4:00pm – Discovery Green
Spring Break at the Museum – 11:00am-2:00pm – Musueum of Fine Arts Houston
Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook – 11:00am & 2:00pm – Main Street Theater at MATCH
Outdoor Roller Rink – 11:00am-11:00pm – Discovery Green
Spring (Break) into Asia – 12:00pm-3:00pm – Asia Society
Spring Break at the Museum – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Houston Museum of Natural Science, Bugs on Wheels – 2:00pm-4:00pm – Levy Park
Table Tennis Tournament – 4:00pm-6:00pm – Levy Park
Children’s Bingo – 4:30pm – Levy Park
Rockets vs Clippers – 7:00pm – Toyota Center

Friday, March 16, 2018:
Rodeo Houston – NRG
Xtreme Spring Break – Children’s Museum of Houston
Zoo Members Enter Early – 8:00am – Houston Zoo (Opens at 9:00am for non-members)
Astros World Series Trophy – 9:00am-9:00pm – Houston Museum of Natural Science (Free with general admission)
Children’s Story Hour – 10:00am – Hermann Park
Spring Break Crafts – 10:00am-1:00pm – Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
Spring Break at Rienzi – 10:00am-5:00pm – Rienzi (MFAH House Museum)
Family Story Time and Craft with Levy Park Conservancy, How to Catch a Leprechaun – 10:00am – Levy Park
Houston Museum of Natural Science, Texas Wildlife – 10:30am-11:30am – Levy Park
Storytime in the Park – 10:30am – Evelyn’s Park
Spring Break at Discovery Green – 11:00am-4:00pm – Discovery Green
Connect 4 Tournament – 11:30am-1:00pm – Levy Park
Spring Break at the Museum – 11:00am-2:00pm – Musueum of Fine Arts Houston
Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook – 11:00am & 2:00pm – Main Street Theater at MATCH
Outdoor Roller Rink – 11:00am-11:00pm – Discovery Green
Spring (Break) into Asia – 12:00pm-3:00pm – Asia Society
Children’s Bingo – 4:30pm – Levy Park
Diavolo – Volo – 8:00pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Saturday, March 17, 2018:
Rodeo Houston – NRG
Xtreme Spring Break – Children’s Museum of Houston
Zoo Members Enter Early – 8:00am – Houston Zoo (Opens at 9:00am for non-members)
HALS Free Public Train Rides – 9:00am – 2:00pm – Zube Park
Astros World Series Trophy – 9:00am-5:00pm – Houston Museum of Natural Science (Free with general admission)
Spring Break Spectacular – 10:00am-5:00pm – Blessington Farms
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Discovery Green
9th Annual Houston St. Patrick’s Parade – 12:00pm – Downtown Houston
STEM Saturdays – 12:30pm – Discovery Green
Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook – 11:00am & 2:00pm – Main Street Theater at MATCH
Outdoor Roller Rink – 11:00am-11:00pm – Discovery Green
Young Audiences of Houston, Tom’s Fund Band, Recycled Rhythm Workshop – 1:00pm – Levy Park
Super Heros on the Roller Rink – 5:00pm-6:00pm – Discovery Green
Flea by Night – 6:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green
DIAZ: Noché Caliente featuring Menique with Jose Valentino – 8:00pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Sunday, March 18, 2018:
Rodeo Houston – NRG
Xtreme Spring Break – Children’s Museum of Houston
Zoo Members Enter Early – 8:00am – Houston Zoo (Opens at 9:00am for non-members)
Astros World Series Trophy – 9:00am-5:00pm – Houston Museum of Natural Science (Free with general admission)
Spring Break Spectacular – 10:00am-5:00pm – Blessington Farms
Nowruz Spring Festival – 10:00am-9:00pm – Levy Park
Outdoor Roller Rink – 11:00am-9:00pm – Discovery Green
Family Zone – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Bayou Bend Family Day “Remember the Ladies: Women in America” – 1:00pm-5:00pm – Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
Inprint Cool Brains! Spring Break Fest featuring Juan Felipe Herrera – 2:00pm-4:00pm – Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Middle School


Video: Houston Spring Break Recommendations from a 5-Year-Old

Spring Break is here in Houston!

I was putting together a video of the things to do for March 10-19, 2017… and my 5 year old was determined to have his turn.  Well, it turns out his video was better than mine… so here you have it!

See the video HERE or below… And go HERE for the full list of Houston Spring Break Activities!


Spring Break 2017: Things to do in Houston, with kids, March 10-19, 2017

Spring Break! Find the things to do in Houston with kids and plan a perfect stay-cation!

Look below to see the highlights of Spring Break programming around town… and scroll to the bottom to find all events that have been posted so far.  As new ones pop up, I’ll add them to the list.

Also, for tips and tricks for visiting Rodeo Houston, with kids, go HERE!

Cowboy Boots at Swing
At NRG:
Rodeo Houston – March 7-26, 2017 
How to Beat the Crowds & Save Money at Houston’s big event!

 

discovery-green-mist-tree-water-and-playground
At Discovery Green
Spring Break at Discovery Green – March 13-17 
Monday, March 13, 12:00pm-4:00pm: Girlstart will host hands on activities.
Tuesday, March 14, 12:00pm-4:00pm: Touch-a-Truck Tuesday, Kids will have the opportunity to get up and close to some of their favorite trucks including construction vehicles, a HPD Helicopter and more!
Wednesday, March 15, 12:00pm-4:00pm: Workshop Wednesday, Girlstart host hands on activities including Insta-Snow and Robot Arm.
Thursday, March 16, 12:00pm-4:00pm: Girlstart will host hands on activities.
Friday, March 17,  12:00pm-4:00pm: Girlstart will host hands on activities.

Roller Rink – March 3-25 
The ICE Rink has been replaced with an outdoor roller skating rink.  Go skating at Discovery Green!

 

Houston Health Museum Rib Cage
At the Health Museum:

Health & Wellness Week – March 13-17
Visitors will experience an up close and personal look at how the body responds to common diseases like diabetes, skin cancer, colon cancer, and heart disease in the Body Worlds RX: Prescriptions for Healthy Living exhibit. Each day features a variety of activities including science shows, exhibit tours, organ dissections, grossology, epidemic challenges for the entire family, and whole body nutrition. Lots of fun with Houston organizations including Young Audiences of Houston, UNICEF, Houston Health Department and yoga instructor Kai Lewis, who is part of the MD Anderson Integrative Medicine Center team.

 

Childrens Museum of Houston Water Works
At the Children’s Museum of Houston:
Xtreme Spring Break & Human Hamster Balls – March 13-17
Hands-on activities all throughout the Museum. Watch our interactive performances with a lineup that changes every day.

 

LIttle Art Explorers Outside at Museum of Fine Arts Houston
At the Museum of Fine Arts Houston:
Storytime Tour at Rienzi – March 13 & 14, 10:00am-11:00am
Storytime Tours are an interactive activity featuring stories related to themes highlighted in the Rienzi Collection.

Spring Break Art-Making at Rienzi – March 15, 16, 17, 10:00am-12:00pm 
After viewing the galleries, families can enjoy a weaving activity inspired by the exquisite 19th-century Aubusson Carpet, on view in Rienzi’s Ballroom.

Spring Break at the Museum – March 13-17 10:00am-3:00pm
Each day the studio features a new medium or process to try out, from watercolors to mixed media, fiber arts, and more.

Spring Break at Bayou Bend – March 13-17, 10:00am-4:00pm
Enjoy a wide range of child-friendly activities in the gardens, the mansion, and the Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor Center.

 

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At Blessington Farms:
Spring Break Spectacular – March 11-19, 10:00am-5:00pm
U-pick strawberries and ALL things FUN on the Farm including hay rides, pedal cars, barrel trains, animal encounters with goats, chickens, camels and many more.

 

Main Street Theater Harriet the Spy
At Main Street Theater:
Ramona Quimby and How I Became a Pirate – March 13-17

 

IKEA Houston Restaurant Kid Area
At IKEA:
IKEA FAMILY Appreciation Week – March 11-19
Spring Break is our sponsor’s IKEA FAMILY Appreciation Week! Show your IKEA FAMILY card at SMALAND and you could get free tickets to the Houston Museum of Natural Science! (IKEA FAMILY is free to join!) Also, if you go on Tuesday… Kids Eat Free! Just go to the restaurant where two kids eat free for every adult meal purchased.

 

Levy Park Houston Mound
More Things to Do:
Houston Locals Guide
Half Day in Houston: If you have a few hours, we have ideas on how to spend them with kids. This list is organized by location.
20 “Not-Your-Usual” Things to Do:  This list does not include usual favorites… instead, you will find things with fewer crowds, some that are a little quirky, and all that are just as much fun as the well-known spots.
Look a Little Closer: There are some things in Houston that are so surprising that they disorient you and make you question where in the world you are.
Houston Parks: A Citywide Map of Parks with Pictures and Reviews.
Splashpads:  Cool off at one of the many free Houston splashpads.
Free Things to Do in Houston with Kids: Over 40 Free Things to Do, any day of the week!
Kid Friendly Restaurants: Our favorite spots, where kids eat free, gluten free spots and best burgers, tacos and more!
Roadtrips:  Texas roadtrips recommended by Houston parents!
Things to do in Galveston, with kids:  Whether we are looking for a beach, museum, park or restaurant, the small Galveston Island has them… and they are easy to get to!

 

Hermann Park Centennial Park Bench
All the Houston Events for March 10-19, 2017:
Friday, March 10, 2017:
Rodeo Houston – NRG
Xtreme Spring Break & Human Hamster Balls – Children’s Museum of Houston
Roller Rink – 5:00pm-11:00pm – Discovery Green
French Cultures Festival – 6:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green
Houston Ballet’s Cinderella – 7:30pm – Wortham Theater

Saturday, March 11, 2017:
Rodeo Houston – NRG
Xtreme Spring Break & Human Hamster Balls – Children’s Museum of Houston
Spring Break Spectacular – 10:00am-5:00pm – Blessington Farms (Strawberry Picking & Farm Funland)
Garbage Island – 10:30am – Rec Room (Interactive performance for ages 2 – 6.)
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Discovery Green
Spring Break Around the World Kick Off – 10:30am – Brazos Bookstore
Naturally Wild Families: Kayaking – 10:00am, 11:00am or 12:00pm – Houston Arboretum and Nature Center
Project Dance – 11:00am-6:00pm – Discovery Green
Roller Rink – 11:00am-11:00pm – Discovery Green
STEM Saturdays – 12:30pm – Discovery Green
Hide Tanning – 1:00pm-3:00pm – Jesse H. Jones Nature Center
Houston Ballet’s Cinderella – 1:30pm & 7:30pm – Wortham Theater
LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch Anniversary Celebration – 2:00pm – LaCenterra
Avenida Grand Opening – 2:00pm-9:30pm – Discovery Green/George R. Brown
Stargazing – 7:00pm – Jesse H. Jones Nature Center
Dynamo vs Crew – 7:30pm – BBVA Compass Stadium

Sunday, March 12, 2017:
Rodeo Houston – NRG
Xtreme Spring Break & Human Hamster Balls – Children’s Museum of Houston
Spring Break Spectacular – 10:00am-5:00pm – Blessington Farms (Strawberry Picking & Farm Funland)
Roller Rink – 11:00am-9:00pm – Discovery Green
Ramona Quimby – 12:30pm & 3:30pm – Main Street Theater
Family Zone – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Houston Ballet’s Cinderella – 2:00pm – Wortham Theater
Rockets vs Cavaliers – 8:00pm – Toyota Center

Monday, March 13, 2017:
Rodeo Houston – NRG
Xtreme Spring Break & Human Hamster Balls – Children’s Museum of Houston
Storytime Tour at Rienzi  – 10:00am-11:00am – Rienzi
Spring Break at the Museum – 10:00am-3:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Spring Break at Bayou Bend – 10:00am-4:00pm – Bayou Bend
Health & Wellness Week – 10:00am-4:00pm – Health Museum
Spring Break Spectacular – 10:00am-5:00pm – Blessington Farms (Strawberry Picking & Farm Funland)
How I Became a Pirate – 10:30am – Main Street Theater
Roller Rink – 11:00am-11:00pm – Discovery Green
Spring Break at Discovery Green – 12:00pm-4:00pm – Discovery Green

Tuesday, March 14, 2017:
Spring Break
Rodeo Houston – NRG
Kids Eat Free at IKEA
Xtreme Spring Break & Human Hamster Balls – Children’s Museum of Houston
Storytime Tour at Rienzi  – 10:00am-11:00am – Rienzi
Spring Break at the Museum – 10:00am-3:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Spring Break at Bayou Bend – 10:00am-4:00pm – Bayou Bend
Spring Break Spectacular – 10:00am-5:00pm – Blessington Farms (Strawberry Picking & Farm Funland)
How I Became a Pirate – 10:30am – Main Street Theater
Roller Rink – 11:00am-11:00pm – Discovery Green
Spring Break at Discovery Green – 12:00pm-4:00pm – Discovery Green
70’s Disco Party – 6:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green Roller Rink

Wednesday, March 15, 2017:
Rodeo Houston – NRG
Xtreme Spring Break & Human Hamster Balls – Children’s Museum of Houston
Spring Break Art-Making at Rienzi – 10:00am-12:00pm – Rienzi
Spring Break at the Museum – 10:00am-3:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Spring Break at Bayou Bend – 10:00am-4:00pm – Bayou Bend
Health & Wellness Week – 10:00am-4:00pm – Health Museum
Spring Break Spectacular – 10:00am-5:00pm – Blessington Farms (Strawberry Picking & Farm Funland)
Ramona Quimby – 10:30am – Main Street Theater
Roller Rink – 11:00am-11:00pm – Discovery Green
Spring Break at Discovery Green – 12:00pm-4:00pm – Discovery Green
Rockets vs Lakers – 7:00pm – Toyota Center

Thursday, March 16, 2017:
Rodeo Houston – NRG
Xtreme Spring Break & Human Hamster Balls – Children’s Museum of Houston
Free Museum Entry
Children’s Museum of Houston FREE 5:00pm-8:00pm
The Health Museum FREE 2:00pm-7:00pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science FREE 3:00pm-5:00pm
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston FREE 10:00am-9:00pm
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.
Spring Break Art-Making at Rienzi – 10:00am-12:00pm – Rienzi
Spring Break at the Museum – 10:00am-3:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Spring Break at Bayou Bend – 10:00am-4:00pm – Bayou Bend
Health & Wellness Week – 10:00am-4:00pm – Health Museum
Spring Break Spectacular – 10:00am-5:00pm – Blessington Farms (Strawberry Picking & Farm Funland)
Ramona Quimby – 10:30am – Main Street Theater
Roller Rink – 11:00am-11:00pm – Discovery Green
Spring Break at Discovery Green – 12:00pm-4:00pm – Discovery Green
UT Brain Night – 6:00pm-8:00pm – Health Museum

Friday, March 17, 2017:
Rodeo Houston – NRG
Xtreme Spring Break & Human Hamster Balls – Children’s Museum of Houston
Spring Break Art-Making at Rienzi – 10:00am-12:00pm – Rienzi
Spring Break at the Museum – 10:00am-3:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Spring Break at Bayou Bend – 10:00am-4:00pm – Bayou Bend
Health & Wellness Week – 10:00am-4:00pm – Health Museum
Spring Break Spectacular – 10:00am-5:00pm – Blessington Farms (Strawberry Picking & Farm Funland)
Ramona Quimby – 10:30am – Main Street Theater
Roller Rink – 11:00am-11:00pm – Discovery Green
Spring Break at Discovery Green – 12:00pm-4:00pm – Discovery Green
Circo Avenida – 7:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green/George R. Brown
Celtic Fire
– 8:00pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Saturday, March 18, 2017:
Rodeo Houston – NRG
Xtreme Spring Break & Human Hamster Balls – Children’s Museum of Houston
HALS Free Train Rides – 9:00am-2:00pm – Zube Park
Spring Break Spectacular – 10:00am-5:00pm – Blessington Farms (Strawberry Picking & Farm Funland)
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Discovery Green
Spring Break Around the World Finale – 10:30am – Brazos Bookstore
Ramona Quimby – 11:00am & 2:00pm – Main Street Theater
Roller Rink – 11:00am-11:00pm – Discovery Green
STEM Saturdays – 12:30pm – Discovery Green
Family Day: The LEgacy of the USS Houston – 2:00pm-5:00pm – Houston Maritime Museum
James and the Giant Peach Jr. – 2:30pm & 6:30pm – A.D. Players (Tickets are $16.  Check affiliate Goldstar for $8.)
Flea by Night – 6:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green
Noche Caliente – 8:00pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Sunday, March 19, 2017:
Rodeo Houston – NRG
Xtreme Spring Break & Human Hamster Balls – Children’s Museum of Houston
Spring Break Spectacular – 10:00am-5:00pm – Blessington Farms (Strawberry Picking & Farm Funland)
Roller Rink – 11:00am-9:00pm – Discovery Green
Family Zone – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Bayou Bend Family Day: Spring into the Season – 1:00pm-5:00pm – Bayou Bend
James and the Giant Peach Jr. – 2:30pm & 6:30pm – A.D. Players (Tickets are $16.  Check affiliate Goldstar for $8.)


Video: Favorite things to do in Houston, with kids, over Spring Break! March 12-20, 2016

Are you ready for Spring Break?  Many schools will be out March 12-20, 2016!

See our favorite things to do for Spring Break, HERE… or look below!

BigKidSmallCity has the list of events around town, family friendly restaurants to try, awesome parks and playgrounds and much much more.  Make this Spring Break the best one yet with these resources:

 


Spring Break 2016: Things to do in Houston, with Kids, March 12-20, 2016

Tire Swing at Love Park Houston Heights
It’s nearly Spring Break in Houston!  Find the things to do with kids and plan a perfect Houston vacation!

Look below to see the events that have been posted so far.  As new ones pop up, I’ll add them to the list.  Do you know of other family friendly events in the Houston area?  Email me!  Jill @ BigKidSmallCity . com.  (Is your school district a different week?  Tell us your Spring Break dates!)

Make Spring Break Great:
Newsletter:  Email each Thursday with things to do in Houston, with kids, for that next weekend.
Rodeo Houston:  Tips for Visiting the Rodeo, with Kids, like a Pro!  Also, find your dining guide HERE!
Houston Parks: Find a new one!
Half Day in Houston: If you have a few hours, we have ideas on how to spend them with kids. This list is organized by location.
20 “Not-Your-Usual” Things to Do:  This list does not include usual favorites… so you won’t find the awesome Children’s Museum here. Instead, you will find things with fewer crowds, some that are a little quirky, and all that are just as much fun as the well-known spots.
Look a Little Closer:  14 Surprising Sights in Houston… that make you wonder where in the world you are!
Free Things to Do in Houston with Kids: Over 40 Free Things to Do!
Arts & Smarts in Houston: 6 Venues that Teach and Entertain All Ages
Kid Friendly Restaurants: Find a new place to eat with kids!
Roadtrips: Want to get away… but not too far away?  Check out these parent recommended roadtrips from Houston.  (And see The Woodlands Resort Spring Break schedule HERE.)

 

Houston Events During Spring Break:

Saturday, March 12, 2016:
Rodeo Houston – NRG Park
Xtreme Spring Break 2016 – Children’s Museum of Houston
Page to Stage Book Club: Junie B. Jones – 10:00am – Blue Willow Bookstore
Bayou Bend Family Day: Bayou Bend at 50 – 10:00-5:00pm – Bayou Bend Collection
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Free
Storytime – 10:30am – Brazos Bookstore
Spring Break Kick Off Party – 11:00am – Brazos Bookstore (Pick up your Spring Break Passport!)
Project Dance Houston -11:00-6:00pm – Discovery Green
Free Children’s Self Defense and Safety Class12:00pm, 1:00pm – Leaders for Life Martial Arts (Register for 12:00pm or 1:00pm)
Junie B Jones The Musical – 1:00 & 4:00pm – Main Street Theater (MATCH)
Mary Poppins – 2:00 & 8:00pm – Hobby Center

Sunday, March 13, 2016:
Daylight Savings Time!
Rodeo Houston – NRG Park
Xtreme Spring Break 2016 – Children’s Museum of Houston
Cigna Sunday Streets Houston – 12:00-4:00pm – East End
NCAA Selection Sunday – 12:00-9:00pm – Discovery Green
Sunday Family Zone + Studio – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Free with Museum Admission
Junie B Jones The Musical – 1:00 & 4:00pm – Main Street Theater (MATCH)
St. Patrick’s Day Parade – 2:00pm – FM1960
Mary Poppins – 2:00 & 7:30pm – Hobby Center

Monday, March 14, 2016:
Rodeo Houston – NRG Park
Xtreme Spring Break 2016 – Children’s Museum of Houston
Volunteer as a Family at Kids Meals – 9:00am – Kids Meals Houston
Storytime Tours at Rienzi – 10:00-11:00am – Rienzi
Spring Break at Bayou Bend – 10:00-4:00pm – Bayou Bend Collection
Spring Break Spectacular – 10:00-5:00pm – Blessington Farms (U-pick strawberries 10:00-11:30am and all things FUN on the Farm all day)
Junie B Jones The Musical – 10:30am – Main Street Theater (MATCH)
Spring Break Week: Mad Science Monday – 12:00-4:00pm – Discovery Green

Tuesday, March 15, 2016:
Rodeo Houston – NRG Park
Xtreme Spring Break 2016 – Children’s Museum of Houston
Volunteer as a Family at Kids Meals – 9:00am – Kids Meals Houston
Storytime Tours at Rienzi – 10:00-11:00am – Rienzi
Spring Break Family Writing Workshop – 10:00-12:00pm – Asia Society
Spring Break at Bayou Bend – 10:00-4:00pm – Bayou Bend Collection
Spring Break Spectacular – 10:00-5:00pm – Blessington Farms (U-pick strawberries 10:00-11:30am and all things FUN on the Farm all day)
Junie B Jones The Musical – 10:30am – Main Street Theater (MATCH)
Start Your Engines: Spring Break at the Museum – 11:00-2:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts
Spring Break Week: Touch a Truck – 11:00-4:00pm – Discovery Green
WITS Workshop – 2:00-4:00pm – IKEA Houston
Organizing for Kids – 6:00pm – IKEA Houston
Mary Poppins – 7:30pm – Hobby Center (Full Price is $37.75 – $89.50, Check Goldstar for $31.10 – $72.50 Tickets)

Wednesday, March 16, 2016:
Rodeo Houston – NRG Park
Xtreme Spring Break 2016 – Children’s Museum of Houston
Volunteer as a Family at Kids Meals – 9:00am – Kids Meals Houston
Storytime Tours at Rienzi – 10:00-11:00am – Rienzi
Spring Break at Bayou Bend – 10:00-4:00pm – Bayou Bend Collection
Spring Break Spectacular – 10:00-5:00pm – Blessington Farms (U-pick strawberries 10:00-11:30am and all things FUN on the Farm all day)
Junie B Jones The Musical – 10:30am – Main Street Theater (MATCH)
Start Your Engines: Spring Break at the Museum – 11:00-2:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts
Spring Break Week: Workshop Wednesday – 11:00-4:00pm – Discovery Green
Junie B’s Spring Break Bash – 12:00-1:00pm – Main Street Theater (MATCH)
Nature Storytime – 4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center
The Road to Your Dream Kitchen Workshop – 6:00pm – IKEA Houston
Mary Poppins – 7:30pm – Hobby Center (Full Price is $37.75 – $89.50, Check Goldstar for $31.10 – $72.50 Tickets)

Thursday, March 17, 2016:
Free Museum Entry
Children’s Museum of Houston FREE 5:00-8:00pm
The Health Museum FREE 2:00-7:00pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science FREE 3:00-5:00pm
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston FREE 10:00-9:00pm
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.
Rodeo Houston – NRG Park
Xtreme Spring Break 2016 – Children’s Museum of Houston
Volunteer as a Family at Kids Meals – 9:00am – Kids Meals Houston
Storytime Tours at Rienzi – 10:00-11:00am – Rienzi
Spring Break at Bayou Bend – 10:00-4:00pm – Bayou Bend Collection
Spring Break Spectacular – 10:00-5:00pm – Blessington Farms (U-pick strawberries 10:00-11:30am and all things FUN on the Farm all day)
Junie B Jones The Musical – 10:30am – Main Street Theater (MATCH)
Start Your Engines: Spring Break at the Museum – 11:00-2:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts
Spring Break Week: Theatrical Thursday – 11:00-4:00pm – Discovery Green
Screen Asia: Kung Fu Panda and Food Workshop – 1:00-4:00pm – Asia Society
Mary Poppins – 7:30pm – Hobby Center (Full Price is $37.75 – $89.50, Check Goldstar for $31.10 – $72.50 Tickets)

Friday, March 18, 2016:
Rodeo Houston – NRG Park
Xtreme Spring Break 2016 – Children’s Museum of Houston
Volunteer as a Family at Kids Meals – 9:00am – Kids Meals Houston
Free Storytime in the Garden – 10:00am – Hermann Park Centennial Family Garden
Storytime Tours at Rienzi – 10:00-11:00am – Rienzi
Spring Break at Bayou Bend – 10:00-4:00pm – Bayou Bend Collection
Blessington Farms Easter EGGstravaganza – 10:00-5:00pm – Blessington Farms
Spring Break Spectacular – 10:00-5:00pm – Blessington Farms (U-pick strawberries 10:00-11:30am and all things FUN on the Farm all day)
Junie B Jones The Musical – 10:30am – Main Street Theater (MATCH)
Start Your Engines: Spring Break at the Museum – 11:00-2:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts
Spring Break Week: FUNomenal Friday – 11:00-4:00pm – Discovery Green (Details coming soon)
Friday Night Sights: MECA Houston – 7:00pm – Discovery Green
Mary Poppins – 8:000pm – Hobby Center (Full Price is $37.75 – $89.50, Check Goldstar for $31.10 – $72.50 Tickets)

Saturday, March 19, 2016:
Rodeo Houston – NRG Park
Xtreme Spring Break 2016 – Children’s Museum of Houston
Houston Area Live Steamers Train Rides – 9:00-2:00pm – Zube Park
Page to Stage Book Club: Junie B. Jones – 10:00am – Blue Willow Bookstore
Bayou Bend Family Day: Bayou Bend at 50 – 10:00-5:00pm – Bayou Bend Collection
Blessington Farms Easter EGGstravaganza – 10:00-5:00pm – Blessington Farms
Spring Break Spectacular – 10:00-5:00pm – Blessington Farms (U-pick strawberries 10:00-11:30am and all things FUN on the Farm all day)
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Free
Storytime – 10:30am – Brazos Bookstore (I have the honor of being the reader!)
Spring Break Party – 11:00am – Brazos Bookstore
Project Dance Houston -11:00-6:00pm – Discovery Green
Free Children’s Self Defense and Safety Class12:00pm, 1:00pm – Leaders for Life Martial Arts (Register for 12:00pm or 1:00pm)
Junie B Jones The Musical – 1:00 & 4:00pm – Main Street Theater (MATCH)
Art with Bayou City Arts Festival – 2:00pm – IKEA Houston
Flea by Night – 6:00-9:00pm – Discovery Green
Mary Poppins – 8:000pm – Hobby Center

Sunday, March 20, 2016:
Rodeo Houston – NRG Park
Xtreme Spring Break 2016 – Children’s Museum of Houston
Sunday Family Zone + Studio – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Free with Museum Admission
Mary Poppins – 2:00 & 7:30pm – Hobby Center

Looking for more to do in your part of town?  Check out…
365 Things to Do in Houston for grown-up things to do.
Raised on the Rails for adventures near the METRORail line.
Fun2Go Misters for things to do near Humble.
Mac Kid SW Houston for things to do in SW Houston, Missouri City, Sugar Land.
Katy Mom’s Blog for things to do in Katy.

 


As Seen on ABC13: Things to Do for Spring Break 2015!

Well, here is a funny story… On Monday I was meeting with ABC13 to talk about my favorite Spring Break Events, at Discovery Green…  But, if you remember, Monday at Discovery Green was very wet and not very Spring-Break-ish.  So, at 8am, we decided to meet at my house at 9am.

I don’t know about your house, but on Monday mornings at 8am, my house is in the worst condition of the entire week.  The weekend explosion has not yet been cleaned up, the Monday morning rush adds to the mess… and, well, my house is generally not camera-ready even at it’s best.

So at 8am, I rushed home from school drop off, cleared the counter tops, vacuumed up 500 Cheerios, threw a whole bunch of junk in my bedroom (and locked the door) and sprayed some Lysol to make the place seem clean (with your eyes closed).

At 9am, I was “glowing” when I shot this short clip with Steve Campion of ABC13.  Check out how clean this little corner of my house looks… and find some great things to do in Houston for Spring Break!


Houston Spring Break 2015 Resources: Things to Do in Houston, with Kids!

Preston Street Bridge Downtown Houston
Want to have the best Spring Break ever?  Here are the Houston (and roadtrip) resources you need!

A list of Houston Events is published each week, HERE.  To get it delivered to your email inbox each Thursday, so you know what is happening over the weekend for families, go HERE.  For daily reminders, be sure to “like” BigKidSmallCity on Facebook, HERE.

To help you plan ahead, here are lots of things to do!

Planning a roadtrip?  Try these resources:


Spring Break 2015: Things to do in Houston, with Kids, March 7-22!

Cowboy Boots at Swing
It’s Spring Break in Houston!  Find the events below and plan a perfect Houston vacation!

March 9-13:  CyFairISD, HumbleISD, KleinISD, KatyISD, AldineISD, AliefISD, FtBendISD
March 16-20:  HoustonISD, AlvinISD, SBISD, PasadenaISD, Conroe ISD
(Is your school district missing?  Tell us your Spring Break dates!)

Look below to see the events that have been posted so far.  As new ones pop up, I’ll add them to the list.  Do you know of other family friendly events in the Houston area?  Email me!  Jill @ BigKidSmallCity . com.

Also, each Tuesday I post a list of events for the week.  Go HERE to check the latest.  You can also get updates to your inbox HERE.  For more Spring Break resources, go HERE!

Saturday, March 7, 2015:
Houston Rodeo – NRG Park
Amazingly Immature Spring Break – 10:00-6:00pm – Children’s Museum
Storytime – 10:30am – Brazos Bookstore
Hands-On Houston: The Art of the Cup, Origami & Tea – 11:00-3:00pm – Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
FUNomenal Festival – 11:00-6:00pm – Discovery Green
Houston Livestock Show And Rodeo: Alan Jackson – 3:45pm – NRG Park
Cirque du Soleil Amaluna – 4:30 & 8:00pm – Sam Houston Race Park

Sunday, March 8, 2015:
Houston Rodeo – NRG Park
Amazingly Immature Spring Break – 12:00-6:00pm – Children’s Museum
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley – 1:00 & 4:00pm – Main Street Theater
Family Zone: “Geometric Patterns in the Arts of Islamic World” – 1:00-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Sketching in the Galleries – 1:00-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Cirque du Soleil Amaluna – 1:30 & 5:00pm – Sam Houston Race Park
Houston Livestock Show And Rodeo: Fall Out Boy – 3:45pm – NRG Park

Monday, March 9, 2015:
Houston Rodeo – NRG Park
Strawberry Picking & Farm Fun – 10:00-3:30pm – Blessington Farms
Spring Break at Bayou Bend – 10:00-4:00pm – Bayou Bend Collection
Amazingly Immature Spring Break – 10:00-6:00pm – Children’s Museum
Spring Break at the Museum – 11:00-3:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley – 1:30pm – Main Street Theater
Houston Livestock Show And Rodeo: Justin Moore – 6:45pm – NRG Park

Tuesday, March 10, 2015:
Houston Rodeo – NRG Park
Strawberry Picking & Farm Fun – 10:00-3:30pm – Blessington Farms
Curious Kids Pre-K Class: Insects – 10:00am or 4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center
Spring Break at Bayou Bend – 10:00-4:00pm – Bayou Bend Collection
Amazingly Immature Spring Break – 10:00-6:00pm – Children’s Museum
Spring Break at the Museum – 11:00-3:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley – 1:30pm – Main Street Theater
Houston Livestock Show And Rodeo: Tim McGraw – 6:45pm – NRG Park

Wednesday, March 11, 2015:
Rodeo Value Wednesday – NRG Park ($5 Admission or $10 Rodeo/Concert)
Strawberry Picking & Farm Fun – 10:00-3:30pm – Blessington Farms
Spring Break at Bayou Bend – 10:00-4:00pm – Bayou Bend Collection
Amazingly Immature Spring Break – 10:00-6:00pm – Children’s Museum
Spring Break at the Museum – 11:00-3:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Nature Story Time – 4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center
Houston Livestock Show And Rodeo: Brantly Gilbert – 6:45pm – NRG Park (Value Day!)
Cirque du Soleil Amaluna – 8:00pm – Sam Houston Race Park

Thursday, March 12, 2015:
Houston Rodeo – NRG Park
Free Museum Entry
Children’s Museum of Houston FREE Thursday 5:00-8:00pm
The Health Museum FREE Thursday 2:00-5:00pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science FREE Thursdays 3:00-6:00pm
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston FREE Thursdays 10:00-9:00pm
Strawberry Picking & Farm Fun – 10:00-3:30pm – Blessington Farms
Spring Break at Bayou Bend – 10:00-4:00pm – Bayou Bend Collection
Amazingly Immature Spring Break – 10:00-8:00pm – Children’s Museum
Spring Break at the Museum – 11:00-3:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Junior Scientists Class (Age 6-10): Insects – 4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center
Houston Livestock Show And Rodeo: Zac Brown Band – 6:45pm – NRG Park
Cirque du Soleil Amaluna – 8:00pm – Sam Houston Race Park

Friday, March 13, 2015:
Houston Rodeo – NRG Park
Strawberry Picking & Farm Fun – 10:00-3:30pm – Blessington Farms
Spring Break at Bayou Bend – 10:00-4:00pm – Bayou Bend Collection
Amazingly Immature Spring Break – 10:00-6:00pm – Children’s Museum
Spring Break at the Museum – 11:00-3:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley – 1:30pm – Main Street Theater
Cirque du Soleil Amaluna – 4:30 & 8:00pm – Sam Houston Race Park
Dynamo vs Orlando – 6:00pm – BBVA Compass Stadium
French Cultures Festival – 6:00-10:00pm – Discovery Green
World Trekkers: Greece – 6:30pm – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Houston Livestock Show And Rodeo: Pit Bull – 6:45pm – NRG Park

Saturday, March 14, 2015:
Houston Rodeo – NRG Park
Kids Growing in the Garden – 10:00am – Mandell Park
Strawberry Picking & Farm Fun – 10:00-3:30pm – Blessington Farms
Free Unlimited Train Rides – 10:00-6:00pm – Hermann Park (Members)
St. Patrick’s Day Parade – 12:00pm – Downtown
Family Day: Spring Holidays – 1:00-4:00pm – Asia Society
Houston Livestock Show And Rodeo: Billy Currington – 3:45pm – NRG Park
Cirque du Soleil Amaluna – 4:30 & 8:00pm – Sam Houston Race Park

Sunday, March 15, 2015:
Houston Rodeo – NRG Park
Hike It Baby Hike – 9:30am – Spring Creek Park
Strawberry Picking & Farm Fun – 10:00-3:30pm – Blessington Farms
Amazingly Immature Spring Break – 12:00-6:00pm – Children’s Museum
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley – 1:00 & 4:00pm – Main Street Theater
Family Zone: “Geometric Patterns in the Arts of Islamic World” – 1:00-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Sketching in the Galleries – 1:00-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Bayou Bend Family Day: Springtime Sensation – 1:00-5:00pm – Bayou Bend Collection
Cirque du Soleil Amaluna – 1:30 & 5:00pm – Sam Houston Race Park
Houston Livestock Show And Rodeo:La Arrolladora Banda El Limón  – 3:45pm – NRG Park

Monday, March 16, 2015:
Houston Rodeo – NRG Park
Hike It Baby Hike – 9:30am – Houston Arboretum
Hike It Baby Hike – 10:00am – Brazos Bend State Park
Strawberry Picking & Farm Fun – 10:00-3:30pm – Blessington Farms
Spring Break at Bayou Bend – 10:00-4:00pm – Bayou Bend Collection
Amazingly Immature Spring Break – 10:00-6:00pm – Children’s Museum
Discovery STEM: Spring Break Week presented by BG Group – 10:00-4:00pm – Discovery Green
Spring Break at the Museum – 11:00-3:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley – 1:30pm – Main Street Theater
Houston Livestock Show And Rodeo: Dierks Bentley – 6:45pm – NRG Park

Tuesday, March 17, 2015: 
Houston Rodeo – NRG Park
Hike It Baby Hike – 10:00am – George Mitchell Nature Preserve
Strawberry Picking & Farm Fun – 10:00-3:30pm – Blessington Farms
Spring Break at Bayou Bend – 10:00-4:00pm – Bayou Bend Collection
Discovery STEM: Spring Break Week presented by BG Group – 10:00-4:00pm – Discovery Green
Amazingly Immature Spring Break – 10:00-6:00pm – Children’s Museum
Spring Break at the Museum – 11:00-3:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley – 1:30pm – Main Street Theater
Houston Livestock Show And Rodeo: Ariana Grande – 6:45pm – NRG Park
Rockets vs Magic – 7:00pm – Toyota Center
Cirque du Soleil Amaluna – 8:00pm – Sam Houston Race Park

Wednesday, March 18, 2015:
Rodeo Value Wednesday – NRG Park ($5 Admission or $10 Rodeo/Concert)
Hike It Baby Hike – 10:00am – Steven F. Austin State Park
Strawberry Picking & Farm Fun – 10:00-3:30pm – Blessington Farms
Spring Break at Bayou Bend – 10:00-4:00pm – Bayou Bend Collection
Discovery STEM: Spring Break Week presented by BG Group – 10:00-4:00pm – Discovery Green
Amazingly Immature Spring Break – 10:00-6:00pm – Children’s Museum
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley – 1:30pm – Main Street Theater
Houston Livestock Show And Rodeo: Florida Georgia Line – 6:45pm – NRG Park
Cirque du Soleil Amaluna – 8:00pm – Sam Houston Race Park

Thursday, March 19, 2015:
Houston Rodeo – NRG Park
Free Museum Entry
Children’s Museum of Houston FREE Thursday 5:00-8:00pm
The Health Museum FREE Thursday 2:00-5:00pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science FREE Thursdays 3:00-6:00pm
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston FREE Thursdays 10:00-9:00pm
Hike It Baby Hike – 9:30am – Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary
Strawberry Picking & Farm Fun – 10:00-3:30pm – Blessington Farms
Spring Break at Bayou Bend – 10:00-4:00pm – Bayou Bend Collection
Discovery STEM: Spring Break Week presented by BG Group – 10:00-4:00pm – Discovery Green
Amazingly Immature Spring Break – 10:00-6:00pm – Children’s Museum
Creative Moves for Tots – 10:30am – Nia Moves
Spring Break at the Museum – 11:00-3:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley – 1:30pm – Main Street Theater
Cirque du Soleil Amaluna – 4:30 & 8:00pm – Sam Houston Race Park
Houston Livestock Show And Rodeo: Blake Shelton – 6:45pm – NRG Park
Rockets vs Nuggets – 7:00pm – Toyota Center

Friday, March 20, 2015:
Houston Rodeo – NRG Park
Strawberry Picking & Farm Fun – 10:00-3:30pm – Blessington Farms
Spring Break at Bayou Bend – 10:00-4:00pm – Bayou Bend Collection
Discovery STEM: Spring Break Week presented by BG Group – 10:00-4:00pm – Discovery Green
Amazingly Immature Spring Break – 10:00-6:00pm – Children’s Museum
Spring Break at the Museum – 11:00-3:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley – 1:30pm – Main Street Theater
Hike It Baby Hike – 4:00pm – Houston Arboretum Inner Loop
Cirque du Soleil Amaluna – 4:30 & 8:00pm – Sam Houston Race Park
Houston Livestock Show And Rodeo: The Band Perry – 6:45pm – NRG Park

Saturday, March 21, 2015:
Houston Rodeo – NRG Park
Kids Growing in the Garden – 10:00am – Mandell Park
Strawberry Picking & Farm Fun – 10:00-3:30pm – Blessington Farms
Amazingly Immature Spring Break – 10:00-6:00pm – Children’s Museum
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Discovery Green
Kid’s Pastry Class and Pizza Parties – 11:00-1:30pm – Phoenicia Specialty Foods Downtown & MKT BAR (Ages 5-8)
Bubblefest – 11:00-2:00pm – Vineyard Church
Discovery Green Flea – 11:00-5:00pm – Discovery Green
Houston Livestock Show And Rodeo: Brad Paisley – 3:45pm – NRG Park
Cirque du Soleil Amaluna – 4:30 & 8:00pm – Sam Houston Race Park
Rockets vs Suns – 7:00pm – Toyota Center

Sunday, March 22, 2015:
Houston Rodeo – NRG Park
Amazingly Immature Spring Break – 12:00-6:00pm – Children’s Museum
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley – 1:00 & 4:00pm – Main Street Theater
Family Zone: “Geometric Patterns in the Arts of Islamic World” – 1:00-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Sketching in the Galleries – 1:00-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Cirque du Soleil Amaluna – 1:30 & 5:00pm – Sam Houston Race Park
Houston Livestock Show And Rodeo: Luke Bryan – 3:45pm – NRG Park


One Week Only: Architects of Air at Discovery Green March 15-23, 2014!

James at Architects of Air
Discovery Green
March 15-23, 2014 – Open daily from 10:00-6:00pm.
$10/person, Kids 3 and under are free. Discount tickets on March 17.

Architects of Air is at Discovery Green for this week only!  We went, and it was great.

Architects of Air at Discovery Green
Architects of Air is a giant luminarium that is 30 feet tall and covers half a football field. You can learn all about it HERE.

From the outside, it looks like a giant bouncy house.  On the inside, it’s a maze of rooms with soft music and beautiful light.

You can wonder through the rooms or sit in a pod and just enjoy.

Walkway in Architects of Air
It costs $10 for everyone over 3 years old. On March 17, you can pay half price if you sign up for the eNewsletter onsite at Discovery Green.

It was a little expensive for our 20 minute visit, but it was certainly the most unique thing we’ve done all weekend. The kids keep on talking about it.

Relaxing in Architects of Air
We arrived at opening time, in the light rain, and still waited for 10 minutes to go inside. Waits can get much longer than this, so try to arrive right at opening or bring something fun for the kids to do.

Blue Ceiling at Architects of Air
If you visit over this spring break week, send me a note or leave a comment with what you thought!


Tips for Visiting the Houston Rodeo, from a Rodeo Insider: Where to park, where to find the least busy attractions, where to find the best deals and where to find the best restrooms!

Update: See the 2018 post HERE!

RodeoJoe
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is here and I want to know how to rodeo like an insider. Lucky for me, Margaret is here to tell us how to do just that!

Margaret has been volunteering a a Gate Keeper for over 10 years and has a few tricks up her sleeve! She also lives walking distance from Reliant, and is a Texans season ticket holder, so she basically lives at NRG in the Fall/Winter/Spring!

(Update: See the 2018 post HERE!)

Here are her tips!

1. PARKING
If you are going to drive, especially if you are taking little ones and have strollers, juices, lunch bags, etc, I recommend parking in the Yellow Lot that is located off of S. Main between Murworth and Kirby (near Super Target).

There is a little traffic, but not as congested as Kirby/610. It’s $12 now $20 and the nice thing is that there is a tram that is in the Yellow Lot that takes you and drops you off at the McNee Street which is near the entrance of the Reliant Stadium and Reliant Center.

You can fold up umbrella strollers. If you take a heavy/large stroller or a Radio Flyer type wagon, no worries… there are locations on the tram for that. I’ve even seen people wheeling in coolers before.

2. ATTRACTIONS

There are shows starting as early as 8am. The kids area usually starts kicking off at 9am. If you go with little kids (and to avoid crowds and traffic) – early is the way to go; I like to get there when things open.

Keep in mind that the kiddie carnival opens an hour or 2 after the attractions open. The adult carnival opens even later than that. Check the schedule before you go since weekday/weekend schedules are different.

Since the carnival opens later, I like to do everything inside (petting zoo, pony ride, checking out livestock, looking at the chicks, etc) and then head outside.

A little tip: If the petting zoo and the pony rides (extra cost for pony ride) is busy, there is another petting zoo and another pony ride outside near the kiddie carnival rides.

3.  CARNIVAL
As mentioned above, the kiddie carnival opens a little after the attractions. The adult carnival opens after the kiddie carnival opens.  If you are lucky, you have pre-purchased half price tickets (available only before rodeo starts in March), but if not, there are little stations throughout the carnival that sells tickets.

If it’s busy and you don’t want to wait in long lines, you can purchase a fast pass which gets to basically the front of the line, but you still have to purchase ride tickets in addition to the fast pass.

The hours are extended during the 2 weeks of Spring Break, so again, check the schedule. Kiddie rides typically open at 11am on weekdays and 10am on weekends.

If you have purchased a 50% coupon book, be sure to look through your book. There are coupons for buy 1 get 1 free game, free ferris wheel ride, free refills, etc.

4.  FOOD
This is Texas. Texans like to eat!

You can’t leave without trying the chicken fried bacon at Yoakum Meat Packing Company. They have a location outside the food tent and inside Reliant Center food court.

Another favorite of mine (and I’ve tried them all) are the fried Oreos. Imagine a beignet filled with chocolate. Uh-mazing. These can be found at the food trailers located throughout the carnival.

Corn in a cup is another favorite if you want to stay somewhat healthy. Under the food tent, you will see many familiar names like Pappasitos, Pappas Steak House, Saltgrass, Berry Hill, etc. Go for something unique and try the small independent vendors. There is a burrito there that can feed a family of 4.

For those Starbucks diehard, don’t worry, there is a “real” Starbucks located inside the Reliant Center near the food courts.

5.  YOUR OWN FOOD
If you have little picky eaters, like mine, bring “emergency” snacks and food, just in case they don’t eat rodeo food.  Know that they do sell pizza and chicken strips (staple in our home away from home).

The rodeo DOES allow you to bring in your own food, water, juices, etc.

6.  OTHER THINGS TO DO
If you haven’t seen “Mutton Bustin'”, this is a must. This is located outside near the kiddie carnival area. Children between 5-6 years old ride bareback on a sheep. Yes, a sheep.

It is the funniest thing you’ve ever seen. If your child is between 5-6, and they are willing, it sure is something to experience. Make sure your camera/phone battery is super charged.

There are also pig races (also outside) that everyone enjoys. If your child is lucky, they may be picked to announce the start of the race. Check the schedule for times.

You don’t see a lot of camels in TX, but you can ride one at the rodeo!

7.  SHOPPING
This is the best kept secret – a secret that women keep from men that is! If you can ditch your male counterpart (and the kids) for an hour – this is where you want to be.

There are high priced items and very affordable items. Many of the vendors are those that come to the Nutcracker market. There are also very unique items to buy as well. Every year, I make a girls only trip – and, if I can, I even make a trip by myself so I can have 1 focus. Shopping!

8.  MONEY
Cash is golden, as some vendors (mostly the food) only takes cash. Most places, especially the shopping, take major credit cards. There are ATM machines everywhere.

9.  HORSE ARENA
This gets forgotten a lot. The horse arena is located in a separate building all by itself. If you are a horse lover, there are shows that take place throughout the day, and lots of animals to see. There is also SHOPPING inside. Since this area doesn’t get as much foot traffic, bargain and good deals are meant to be made here.

10.  RESTROOMS

NEW from 2016! Portable restrooms will be around the park…. replacing some of the portapotties!

Real restrooms (and baby changing stations) are located all over the inside of the Reliant Center. Another little secret, if you go up the escalators, there are restrooms upstairs as well. Less traffic and usually a lot cleaner!

The Rodeo office, committee offices, and Corral Clubs are located upstairs, so mostly committemen go into these facilities. If you need a quiet place to relax, you can do that upstairs too.

11.  TICKETS
-Season Pass: $25 gets you on the grounds the entire Rodeo season (kids 2 and under are free)
-Regular grounds: $10 for adult; $5 for children ages 3-12
-Value Wednesdays: $5 for adults; seniors age 60+ and children 12 and under are free for grounds only. For $10, get a Rodeo/Concert ticket that includes NRG park admission. 11am-4pm, games and some special food items in Kids Country Carnival are $2

12.  FOR THE GROWN-UPS
If you only have a grounds tickets, there is free entertainment throughout the park. There is entertainment at the Wine Garden and a daily lineup at the Hideout from 6pm to midnight. Look for the big white tent on the east side of NRG Astrodome. Open to 21 years and older