Spring Break Staycation!

Jean-Luc and I enjoying the penguins at Moody Gardens in Galveston

Spring break is fast approaching! Here are my favorite ways to enjoy a staycation in the city.

I’m looking forward to taking Jean-Luc to Moody Gardens in Galveston for the live penguin encounter where you can also explore their aquarium and rainforest. Afterwards, we’ll indulge in a seafood feast at Miller’s Seawall Grill with its beautiful beachfront view and the best flounder with crabmeat stuffing on the island! 

For more fun Galveston excursions, stroll the Historic Strand District in downtown where kids and adults can enjoy a sundae or banana split at the old school soda fountain in Star Drug Store. On Pier 22, you can tour the Tall Ship ELISSA and board the Seagull II at the Texas Seaport Museum for a one-hour harbor cruise
Back in the city, Houston’s Museum District rolls out the red carpet for families during spring break offering exciting exhibits with free admission on select days/times. The always popular Children’s Museum hosts an “Xtreme Spring Break” (March 12-20) featuring magic shows, Ninja warriors, a BMX block party, and the chance to take a spin in a huge hamster ball! 

Kathlyn’s Tip: Plan a Thursday outing to the Museum District when the Children’s Museum has free Family Night entry on March 17 from 5-8 pm. The nearby Health Museum also has free family admission on Thursday, March 17 from 2-7 pm. And the Museum of Fine Arts is free all day long on Thursday with special Spring Break activities for the kids from 11 am-2 pm.
Just in time for spring break, the newly renovated Burke Baker Planetarium reopens on March 11 at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Be sure to take time to walk through the Cockrell Butterfly Center too. Pack a cooler and you can go from the museum to Miller Outdoor Theatre on Friday, March 18, when their season of amazing entertainment under the stars kicks off with the GuGu Drum Group from Shanghai at 8 pm.

For indoor activities, Brazos Bookstore is throwing a Spring Break Kick Off Party on Saturday, March 12 with a sing-a-long story time at 10:30 am followed by party time where kids receive their own “It’s a Small World Passport” to get stamped at shops in nearby Rice Village. Come back on Saturday, March 19 for an internationally-themed Spring Break Finale Party and story time starting at 10:30 am. 

If you’re in the Memorial area, Blue Willow Book Shop hosts story time for toddlers and preschoolers every Thursday at 10 am. On March 19 at 10 am, Blue Willow presents “Page to the Stage,” where actors from Main Street Theater will read from the Junie B. Jones book series. 

Finally, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo runs through March 20 – be sure to check out my recent blog post for tips.
Happy Spring!