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10 Family-Friendly Activities in Downtown to Add to Your Spring Break Itinerary
Photo: Katya Horner

Don't let Spring Break pass you by, instead fill your days with plenty of excitement for both adults and kids alike inside the inner loop! Leave your worries behind and make your week off one to remember with these top 10 family-friendly activities in Downtown to add your agenda. 


Plunge Into Corteo By Cirque Du Soleil

Acrobats, clowns, and captivating theatrics are some of the things you can expect to witness at Cirque Du Soleil's new enchanting production of Corteo. The one-of-a-kind performance celebrates the spirit of a clown, Mauro after his passing and will be taking over the Toyota Center starting on March 8. 


Take in the Action at the Rocket's Game

Sometimes it's okay to get rowdy. Especially if you're sitting courtside at the Toyota Center, watching the Houston Rockets take on the San Antonio Spurs on a Monday night. Even if you can only secure "nosebleed" seats for the fam, nothing says game night like cheering on your home team in the heart of Downtown. 


Get Messy at Discovery Green

If you're not afraid of getting a little messy, take the family to Discovery Green during Spring Break for a week's worth of fun-packed activities at the park! Start by learning about the Earth on Monday, 3/12, get gooey with slime on Tuesday, and help your kids find their pitch as they sing along with Houston Grand Opera on Wednesday. Then brush up on your salsa skills at the Jones Lawn Deck on Thursday and end the week playing with fluffy snow! Your little ones will have plenty to do throughout the day and you'll come out of the week feeling like a champ. 


Enjoy a Family Picnic at City Hall's Farmer's Market

Ditch your weekly trip to the grocery store and pick up your farm-fresh weekly groceries at the Urban Harvest's City Hall Farmers Market on Wednesday, March 14. The farmers market features more than 30 vendors including fresh produce grown by local farmers, cheeses, breads, roasted coffees, and a variety of prepared meals, as well as food trucks. Head out with the family, pick out any of their ready-to eat foods or order something tasty from the food trucks lined up along Hermann Square and enjoy a nice picnic at City Hall.


Get Your Game On at Central Library

School may not be in session, but your kiddos can still learn something new throughout Spring Break at the Central Library. Bring the little ones for fun sessions throughout the week and let their curiosity and critical thinking skills flourish with activities like LEGO Mania, Little Explorers, Minecraft!, table top games or a stress relief and relaxation yoga series. Registration is not necessary, but you might want to check the age group before showing up to an event.


Dive into an Underwater Adventure at the Downtown Aquarium

Dive into an unforgettable adventure all week long at The Downtown Aquarium. The six-acre aquatic wonderland is home to kid-friendly aquatic & geographic exhibits and is the perfect place to get up close and personal with dazzling fish and other sea creatures. Did we mention you can feed their stingrays! Once you're done navigating the Aquarium's indoor exhibits, hop on their Aquatic Carousel and end the night soaking in the breathtaking views of the Downtown skyline from their Diving Bell Ferris Wheel. There's definitely no shortage of family fun at this aquatic hot spot in Downtown.


Let the Good Times Roll at The Rink

Grab your skates and roll your way to the new and improved roller rink at Discovery Green. Expect to catch DJ Mohawk Steve spinning a great mix as you skate through your favorite decades during Time Warp Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Funfetti Fridays. Want to kick your skate nights up a notch? Show up Saturday, March 17 and skate alongside some of your favorite animated characters! The Rink will be open daily throughout spring break starting at 5 pm and admission is $12 per person.


Go on a Boat Ride along Buffalo Bayou

Escape from the city and enjoy the cool breeze as you glide along Buffalo Bayou's waters next to your favorite people. Tickets for the 30-minute Second Saturday boat ride start at $7 for adults, and only $5 for kids ages 12 and under. Make sure to keep your eyes open for graceful herons, jumping fish, and even an occasional alligator sunning on the banks. Prefer to navigate on the ground? The Buffalo Bayou Walking Tour on Saturday mornings is also a great option. 


Watch A Show in the Theater District

Take a break from all of the outdoor activities and suit your family up for an exciting performance over in the Theater District. Opt for an uplifting performance like Bright Star at the Hobby Center or a pulse-raising thriller like the Society for the Performing Arts' Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater kicking off March 16. 

Photo: Joan Marcus

Ride Around Downtown on a Segway

Go outside your comfort zone and discover Downtown's most prominent historical sites while riding around effortlessly on a Segway. The Segway Tours of Houston offer unique Segway tours tailored to any skill level starting at $49 per person. If you haven't already done this and have kids ages 12 and up, Spring Break is the perfect time to do so!

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