It’s that time of year again when the kids will be out of school for an entire week and “soooo bored” if plans aren’t underway. We have just the thing to help.
We’ve compiled a list of family friendly spring break ideas that won’t break the bank and can be done right in your hometown (or local if you’ve moved haha). Some of these places listed may be in another state, but you’re guaranteed to be able to search similar locations nearby that may be a slam dunk for your family. The idea is to be able to entertain the family, create lots of memories, and avoid breaking the bank.
Family Friendly Locations
Andretti’s Indoor Karting & Games (Katy, TX)
Who doesn’t love a good thrill?! Andretti’s is home to Katy, TX and features amenities like on-site dining options, indoor go-karting, laser tag, mini golf with custom designed holes, and a state-of-the-art arcade with childhood favorites and virtual reality games. This place is packed with fun for the entire family and really appeals to children 5-18.
Andretti’s has locations in Katy, TX; Marietta, Georgia; Orlando, Florida; and The Colony, TX. Pricing for the attractions vary by day but there’s some things you should know. They offer a single membership starting at $9.95 and family membership for only $21.95 and includes up to five family members. The membership offers discounted pricing across all the attractions and can be used at any of their locations.
Current promotions feature Rush Hour Mini Golf with $5 games, per person valid Monday-Friday 4:00pm-7:00pm *limited to one round of golf per person based on availability. Two-Fer Tuesdays for BOGO attractions making any one full-priced or less value attraction completely free when you buy a full-priced attraction. Super Track Wednesday, giving you more bang for your buck with two tracks for the price of one race. Service Member discounts are also available when you show your Service Member ID when purchasing packages, making any purchase 20% off.
Deals cannot be combined with any other offers and are not valid towards parties or events booked through Group sales.
Geronimo Adventure Park (Houston, TX)
Daredevil seekers?! Sign me up! Geronimo Adventure Park is located in Northwest Houston and packs activities for friends, families, and groups. This aerial park includes attractions like zipline sky trails, axe throwing, rock climbing, outdoor scenery and more. If you’ve been looking for a place to unplug from social media and enjoy the great outdoors, this is it.
Geronimo’s offers 3 main zipline courses each with different speeds and levels of excitement, and 3 bridges leading to either a 42ft platform or 555ft platform making it the longest, fastest zip course.
Pricing varies for each attraction but of course we got you covered with the best deals and break down for your visit. They offer an all access pass for $124.99 and it includes all day access to all three zip line courses, axe throwing, rock wall climbing, and grounds pass for play. Individual rates for attractions start at $44.99 and has set requirements for each, you know like height, age, and attire. A waiver must be signed to participate.
Kalahari Resorts and Conventions (Round Rock, TX)
Water enthusiasts?! This is for you! Kalahari Waterpark Resorts and Conventions is full of family-friendly entertainment from water sports and fun, live entertainment, full-service spa, and guest rooms filled with inspiration from Cape Town, Africa. Kalahari has locations in Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania; Round Rock, Texas; Sandusky, Ohio; and Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. And while some may be able to plan a staycation, others can lead up a quick road trip or weekend stay filled with everything you need right there at the resort.
The waterpark features America’s Largest Indoor resort at 223,000 sq. ft. with access available from 10:00am until close. They have slides with lots of dips and twists, known as the Barreling Baboon, challenge slides at the Cheetah Race, Coral Cove great for little ones with a zero depth entry water play area that also includes slides, bouncers, mini basketball and more.
Kalahari also includes thrills with a giant free-fall drop into the deep pool after plummeting through the Dungeons of Hout Bay, and body boarding the surfing wave simulator, the swim-up bar for the 21 and up crowd, the lazy river, and Lost Lagoon for the athletic adventurers who love basketball pool.
Pricing for the stay varies, though they have packages priced for all family sizes and day pass pricing for those passing through for the fun.
Segway Tours of Houston (Houston, TX)
Looking for some unique sight-seeing fun? Segway tours of Houston offers a eco-friendly transporter with tours leading you through the waterway, Theatre District, tranquility park and even through some of Houston’s most historic areas like Discovery Green and the historic home district.
Segway tours are best for families with older teens as you must be 12 years and older to ride and at least 4 feet tall. There are some riding weight restrictions and attire that’s strongly encouraged.
Pricing starts $59.00 per person and includes 3 different tour options, 2 hours of riding thrills and has options for groups up to 8 people stopping at your places of interest along the trail of the tour selected.
I cannot stress enough how much this attraction is for a more mature audience, as you’ll be standing for long periods, operating a Segway machine by yourself, and are expected to navigate throughout Houston without the assistance of a driver operating your personal machine.
Family Movie Night Out – You Select Your Movie Theatre (Nationwide)
Movie nights are always a hit. You can relax, catch up on a newly released film and just enjoy to luxuries of laying back and kicking your feet up. Some of our favorite theatres to try have been AMC Theatres, Star Cinema Grill, and Cinemark Theatres as they each feature power reclining chairs, a full guest services and private screening options. Among the three, my absolute favorite has been Star Cinema Grill as they also have a full menu option beyond snacks to provide a dinner-at-the-movies experience. Nothing beats a 2-for-1 special so this mama can skip over thinking of dinner options after a fun night out.
The cool thing about movie dates is that on Tuesday’s there’s a fan favorite of $5 movie tickets for all showtimes before 6pm in most locations. Individual sales prices and availability will apply.
Some other great ideas include:
- Family Roller Skating
- Painting with a Twist (hold the twist for kids)
- Pottery Making Class
- Cooking Class
- New local dining experience
- Visiting the National Museum District
- Get tickets for a theatre play
- Billiards and Bowling Night Out
- Go for ice cream and make a fun game out of it
- Get tickets to a local sporting event
I wanted to be sure to exclude major theme parks and travel plans as those experiences are known to accrue cost as you include travel, packing, preparing for the trip with beauty appointments, not to mention paying for entertainment while there. We found it more appealing to share local ideas with places that can be used as an example, whether in your area or not. Please share with a friend if you found this list to be helpful.