Spring Break is here and whether you’re sticking around Austin OR itching to get out of town–we have last minute Spring Break ideas to keep your family busy!
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If you prefer to stay inside Austin City Limits or Austin Metroplex, then check out our list of local–and almost local– last minute Spring Break hotspots!
My kids love to climb! If your kiddos are the same or you have been wanting them to try out a structured wall climbing then take them to Crux’s Family Day. Your kids will love it and they will get some energy out. Crux has a Central Austin location and a South Austin location.
Thinkery | Opens at 9am | $16 per person pending if you are a member or non-member
Austin’s children’s museum! Masks required per their website. They opened up Spring Break camps however please check their website to sign up if there are still openings. They have outdoor and indoor activities for all ages. Honestly, this children’s museum is great and my children love it! They are a little older now and I cannot wait for them to go back and explore again. Trusting they will start their parents night out again as well.
Austin FC | Various ticket prices |Game on Sunday March 20th
If you haven’t gone to the premier Austin soccer team’s game then you are missing out. The stadium is gorgeous and the games are full of energy! Conveniently located in North Central Austin near the Domain. There are multiple areas to park and if you are close enough to grab the Metro rail or bus to save on parking time and money plus the extra experience.
Texas Stars | Various ticket prices | Hockey games throughout Spring Break
Bob Bullock | Open Wed to Sun 10am to 5pm, Closed Mon & Tue | Tickets $6 to $12
Austin’s Bullock Museum is our beautifully constructed museum in downtown Austin. Walking up to it is an experience in itself. They have children activities during Spring Break at 11am and 1pm from Wed to Fri. They are also showing The Batman movie on IMAX until March 17th.
Austin Rodeo | Running NOW to March 16th | 8am to 10pm | Various Ticket Prices
Rodeo is not just about concerts and exhibitions however they have tons of fun activities the kids will enjoy. You can join the Kids Fun Run and watch pig swine races and jump into the Kidstown as well as let them explore, ride and spend some tickets/coins (cash) at the Carnival!
There is also plenty of last minute Spring Break fun to be had right outside Austin! Check them out below:
Lost Pines Ziplines | Various Ticket Prices | Open Sun through Sat
Take the kids out to Cedar Creek and zip-line through the hill country. There are several packages as well as times available to zip-line. Side note: we completed an adventure zip-line course in Asheville NC and my kids loved it-can’t wait to take them here!
Science Mill in Johnson City | Spring Break Hours– Monday- Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 12pm-4pm | Tickets $9.50 to $11
During Spring Break, the Science Mill has sports inspired STEM activities from Mar 7th to Mar 18th. Looks very interesting! Special school age activities will be running as well! A short drive to Johnson City, about an hour from Central Austin!
Pedernales State Park | 13 years old and up $6/daily or TX State Park Pass $70/day
Gorgeous hiking in the TX Hill Country around Johnson City. As a child growing up in Austin, we ventured here for a field trip and it was THE trip! Anyway, the falls are beautiful and fun to cool off in after a hike. Check out the events starting on March 18th to enjoy with the whole family!
Waco Cameron Park Zoo | Open Mon – Sat 9am to 5p, Sun 11am to 5pm | Tickets $10 to $13
Venture up to Waco not only to check out famous Texans Chip and Joanna Gaines but to check out the fantastic zoo they have! It truly is a fantastic zoo. Tons of animals to learn about and explore as well as activities. And the weather is going to be NICE!
Waco Magnolia Silos | Mon to Sat 9am to 6pm | Free, but bring spending money for the bakery and shops!
Waco has been added to the international map. As a native Texan, Waco is now a definite stop on your travels, thanks to the Gaines, and it is beautiful what they have done and continue to encourage refurbishing the area around now iconic Silos. This is a great family outing and a quick trip. Grab coffee, a cupcake and something for your home or garden!
New Braunfels | Various prices for tube rentals
Float the Comal or the Guadalupe rivers. This entails renting a tube if you don’t happen to have your own, taking a breath and jumping into the crispy cold river water. We have conquered the river several times however taking your littles along is a different ball game. Be diligent. There is a certain age where the child can swim and be responsible so of course that is up to parents’ discretion. There is also a fantastic children’s museum for the younger ones!
Dreamland Dripping Springs | Spring Break Camp Mon – Thur 9am to 12:30pm | $250/week
Y’all! This place is so much fun. You can easily spend a full day there and then some. Putput golf, pickleball, splash pad, concerts and tons of other fun things for kiddos. All while mom and dad and grab a beer or wine on tap. Fun and more fun! Find a short term rental in the area and go back again.
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