Sure, an all-expense paid vacation to a tropical island would make a great Spring Break trip, but luckily, our area of Houston offers plenty of day trips to keep kids and families busy during the school break. In an hour or less away from home, it can feel like a whole new world.
1. Learn about space history while seeing into the future at the Space Center Houston
For many Houstonians, Space Center Houston only comes to mind when remembering a mandated school field trip. But visiting outside of a school setting gives family members a chance to focus on the things that most interest them, on a timeline that doesn’t have to match up with complicated itineraries geared towards large groups. Plus, there are plenty of new exhibits in addition to old standbys like the lunar module.
2. Ride a roller coaster and enjoy great food at Kemah Boardwalk
Get to the Kemah Boardwalk early and enjoy a full day packed with activities for the whole family. Enjoy amusement rides (you can buy an all-day pass) and arcade games, bring a swimsuit for the kids and let them play in the dancing water fountain, and even go shopping, all with a waterfront view. Need a break? Plenty of dining choices surround the boardwalk, and parents can even grab a refreshing adult beverage. Want to save some money? Get their Spring Break Pass and for one price get an all access pass to the Kemah Boardwalk as well as the Aquarium Downtown and the Pleasure Pier in Galveston.
3. Pick strawberries at Froberg’s Farm
Put away the phones and iPad screens and grab a basket. It’s strawberry picking time at Froberg’s Farm. Open every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weather permitting), pick your own strawberries and pay by the pound. Perfect for kids and a great way to show them that food doesn’t just come from the grocery store. Plus, you can’t get any fresher than freshly picked! Don’t eat them all before you get home—be sure to save some strawberries to bake into some yummy desserts.
4. Watch planes come and go at Hobby Airport
As a kid growing up in Houston, I have fond memories of watching airplanes at Hobby with my father. Did you know that you can still watch the airplanes? There are two marked viewing areas, so get the binoculars and come down to create new memories with your family. Learn more about where the viewing areas are by clicking here.
5. Enjoy spring at Armand Bayou Nature Center
Spring is in the air and the weather is perfect to be outside. What better way to enjoy the sunshine than to head to Armand Bayou Nature Center, an oasis of nature in the heart of the concrete jungle. Look for wildlife—including deer—and enjoy over five miles of nature trails which take you through prairie, forest and bayou ecosystems. You can also learn about amphibians and reptiles at the learning center or see how they lived over a hundred years ago at the Martyn farm house. There is something for everyone of any age.