Surviving & Thriving Spring Break 2015

By Kimberly Davis Guerra

The kids are ready for it? Are you??

This year, we offer a few ideas for not only surviving, but thriving this spring break!

Here are some ideas:

Take a break from it all! Life is stressful. The kids aren’t the only ones that need a break. Take time off and get out of town!

Go Camping

With over 90 Texas State Parks, we literally have no limits on what we can experience. Whether you are in the mood for the beach, the dunes, the mountains or lakes, you can find it at one of the TPWD destinations. The best part is that while you and the kids are spending time communing with nature, it is not going to break the bank. Campsites rent for as little as $10 a night, up to $25 if you need electricity. Where else can you find those rates with such beauty at your doorstep? Visit www.tpwd.texas.gov for more information.

Take a Cruise

With 3 cruise lines sailing out of the Port of Galveston and 2 lines out of the Port of Houston, we literally have the world in our backyard. Hop on board and leave your cares at the door for a few days or up to a whole week! Three day trips start at $379 per person on Carnival!

Hit up the Nation’s Capital

One of my fondest memories as a child was visiting Washington, DC. Even at a young age, I realized how important that city is to our nation’s past, as well as our future. It is ripe with free spots to visit. The 19 museums that are attached to the Smithsonian Institute for example. Also, be sure not to miss the National Zoo and the Air & Space Museum.


Not able to get out of town? How about hitting up H-town like a tourist?! Visit all of the spots that native Houstonians are too cool to visit.

  • Make the Bayou burp at the Big Bubble located inside one of the pillars at Preston Street bridge.
  • Visit the giant president’s heads outside the Target on Shearn. Great way to start a conversation about our forefathers while staring at a 36ft sculpture of Abe Lincoln!
  • Ride the ferris wheel and visit the white tigers at the Downtown Aquarium.
  • Visit the JP Morgan Chase Tower, one of the 10 tallest buildings in the USA. Ride up to the observation on the 60th floor and check out the view!
  • Spend a day at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo! The concerts are great, but have you experienced all the rest that the HLSR has to offer? Give yourself some time and see it all!
  • Rent a kayak and sail down the Buffalo Bayou. See the city from a whole new perspective.

For more cool ideas, visit www.Houstonfamilymagazine.com Spring Break Guide


Don’t have the time or the funds to take a trip or don’t want to deal with the crowds of kids, that’s ok. You can create some great backyard fun for your spring breakers right at home.

Have a painting party! Buy a really large canvas and some eco-friendly paint in colors that match your decor and let the kids go wild. Think Pollock or Picasso. Then have them all sign it and hang it above the fireplace. You will have a memory for years to enjoy.

Can’t go to the beach? Turn your backyard into one! Slip & Slides, sprinklers and a large blow up pool may be all you need for an afternoon of fun. Cook up hot dogs & hamburgers on the grill and turn up the tunes. All the fun, right at home.

Movie marathons. I love movies. Take a day and order pizzas, make popcorn and watch back to back faves. Really want to make it fun? Take it outside when the sun goes down. If you have a fire pit, you can even throw some smokes into the mix for that over the top fun!

Looking for something more physical? How about bounce houses & laser tag. There are a couple of companies in town that specialize in bringing you the best & biggest bounce houses, slides, laser tag courses &/or video game trucks. It’s a little over the top, but you are guaranteed to be the ‘it’ house for the day – maybe even spring break!


Not able to take time off, then send the kids to camp! There are several companies that offer a great adventure or experience for your kids!

  • The Health Museum
  • YMCA
  • Kidventure
  • Moody Gardens
  • Mad Science
  • Sam Houston Equestrian

Check out our online camp directory at houstonfamilymagazine.com/directory for other great camps!


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