10. St. Patrick’s Day at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck
Wait, take your kids to the BAR? I’m dead serious. The Mucky Duck’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are an absolute blast, and extremely family-friendly. Starting at 11 a.m. the party takes on a festival atmosphere with traditional Irish music and dance on two stages, plus food like shepherd’s pie and fish and chips. And yes, you can drink if you like. I recommend families show up as early as possible so you can get your fill before things get rowdier in the evening.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The MFAH is running a series of classes aimed at teaching kids different media forms all throughout Spring Break, everything from watercolor to fiber arts. Having dropped in on some of their kid classes before, I highly recommend them. The staff is always lovely and attentive, and kids will have a chance to create in the ultimate artistic atmosphere. Plus, they’re free with general admission to the museum; kids 12 and under are always admitted free anyway, so it’s one of the more affordable options.
8. Xtreme Spring Break Houston at the Children’s Museum
The Children’s Museum is going all out for Spring Break this year: Ninja warrior courses, human hamster balls, a chance to fly drones, and an after-hours dance party are just the tip of the iceberg. On Pi Day (March 14) there will be shaving cream pie fights, and on March 11 a liquid nitrogen science demonstration. Every day brings a new lineup of jugglers, break dances, jump-rope artists, and more. I guarantee you’ll definitely fins something to do there.
Mounted Patrol Barn
5005 Little York
The zoo tends to get crazy-crowded over Spring Break, but that doesn’t mean you can’t see some animals. Visitors are allowed to feed and interact with the horses of the Houston Mounted Police. There’s no charge, and you can bring apples, carrots or peppermint candy to give the our equine friends. Unscheduled visits run only from noon-2 p.m., so call for an appointment if attending outside that window.
It’s a bit more of a drive than Galveston, but if your kids are begging for the beach, Surfside is way nicer and usually less crowded. Beach rentals are very affordable, though if your kids get twitchy without a wi-fi connection you may find Internet hard to come by. Check out Surfside Jetty Shack for lunch!