A week off of school for Spring Break has likely got the kids jumping for joy (woo hoo!), but if you’re starting to worry about what to do to keep the family busy, have no fear. There are endless possibilities for family fun in Austin!

Austin Events for Families During Spring Break:

—  Rodeo Austin @ Travis County Expo Center
Through March 24, open daily at 10 a.m.
Enjoy Austin’s largest carnival at the fairgrounds, check out the KidsTown petting zoo, see animals in the livestock show, attend a concert, and take part in the Rodeo Rumble Kids 1K (March 10). The carnival has tons of rides & games to choose from and is open daily. Click here for tickets, and take note of the Spring Break Special: the Unlimited Ride half day wristband is discounted to $20 from March 13 – 15, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. (These discounted tickets are sold only at the gate.)

Sherwood Forest Faire (in McDade, TX)
March 10 & 11, March 16 – 18, 10 a.m. – dusk
The Sherwood Forest Faire is usually open only on the weekends, but during Spring Break you can take advantage of an extra day of the Faire on Friday, March 16. You’re not going to want to miss this charming Medieval-themed Faire based on the tales of Robin Hood and his Merry Men. Located in McDade,Texas, the Faire is set in a 23-acre wooded village that’s bustling with shops, pubs and entertainment. Click here to purchase your tickets in advance.

Take a day trip to the Sherwood Forest

 Zip Line Tour @ Zip Lost Pines
Through March 18, tours daily at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
For some high-flying fun, try a side-by-side zip line experience while you take in views of the forest, canyons and Colorado River valley below. In addition to zip lining, visitors can enjoy lawn games, food trucks, and access to McKinney Roughs Nature Park.

Alamo Drafthouse Kids Club @ multiple locations
March 10 – 15, various times
Kids Club is back for Spring Break! Get $5 tickets with sales going to a local charity. You can see The Fantastic Mr. Fox and All Dogs Go to Heaven at morning screenings (generally around 10 a.m.). Click the movie titles above for exact showtimes and to purchase tickets.

Early Bird Spring Break Special @ Austin’s Park N Pizza
March 10 – 18
Go carts, video games, mini-golf and more await the kids at this local amusement center. Save $5 on any Play N’ Eat package for the first two hours of operation. Opens at 10 a.m. from Monday – Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday.

Goodnight Moon The Musical @ ZACH Theatre
March 18, 2 p.m
Get tickets to see a take the lively musical based on the iconic book by Margaret Wise Brown. Bunny’s room magically comes alive with stunning puppetry, tap dancing bears, and even a trip through the night sky with a constellation light show. (Playing through May 27.) Tickets for the show are $18 for youth and $24 for adults, which you can purchase online here or by calling 512-476-0541.

Circus Chickendog Presents 1001 Tricks in 1 Hour @ The Institution Theatre
March 12 – 17, shows at 1 p.m. Monday – Friday & 10:30 a.m. on Saturday
See this fun toddler-friendly show unlike anything else featuring dog tricks (from five rescue dogs), puppets, giant bubbles, juggling, unicycling and more. Tickets are $15 which you can purchase online here.

Robot Mania Week @ Science Mill
March 12 – 16, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Explore the world of robotics and participate in up to 10 hands-on robot building, programming, coding and battling stations. Activities will include conquering an obstacle course with robotic cars, programming tiny robots, robotic painting with watercolors, battling flipper bots, and more! Plus, see the Science Mill’s new 30-foot-tall Colossal Robotic Hand. Activities included with regular museum admission (Under 3 free; ages 3-18 $8.50; adults $10).

Spring Break Activities @ Bullock Museum
March 12 – 16, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Each weekday of Spring Break from 10am-2pm you can enjoy drop-in activities exploring everything from Texas history to video games. All programs are free for members or included with regular exhibit admission.

— Cartoon Network on the Green @ Long Center Terrace
March 12, 6:30 p.m.
For the third year in a row, Cartoon Network presents a fun-filled family event open to all fans. Be among the first to watch the upcoming adventure series, Craig of the Creek, plus catch brand new episodes of favorite shows Ben 10 and Unikitty! And fans are in for a special treat with a never-before-seen look at Teen Titans Go! to the Movies, coming to theaters this summer. Bring a blanket so you can stretch out and enjoy the show!

Do512 Family Picnic @ The Midway
March 13, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
If you’re going to take the kids to any party during Spring Break & SXSW, we hope it’ll be ours! We’re so excited about our 4th Annual Do512 Family Picnic, presented by Howdy Honda. Join us for a magic show, puppets, face painting, awesome food trucks and a great line-up of bands, including Cirkus Funk (all the way from Colombia), High Waisted, and Red Yarn. BYOB! Suggested $5 donation at the door to benefit Upbring.

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St. “Practice” Day Festival @ Mueller Austin’s Aldrich Street
March 14, 6-8 p.m.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s day early with a St. “Practice” Day festival! Enjoy live Irish music from the The Chancers, bagpipers and a dance performance from the Inishfree School of Irish Dancing. Kids can help color the Aldrich Street paseo green with sidewalk chalk and get their hair sprayed green. Free event!

Spring Break Staycation Party with Spunky Kids @ Toybrary Austin
March 15, 10:30 a.m. – 12  p.m.
Enjoy some beach-themed crafts, snacks music and more. $10 per child at the door.

A Wrinkle in Time STEM Fair @ Alamo Drafthouse Mueller
March 16, 10 – 11 a.m.
Get your tickets for a science fair-style event in Barrel O’ Fun with hands-on STEM activities presented by Thinkery, Women in Engineering Program at UT Austin and more. Come out to learn more about these great local opportunities, as well as watch this beloved book come to the big screen. Tickets include the movie screening and are $9.20, available online here.

E.T. The Extraterrestrial Outdoor Screening @ Community Cinema
March 17, 7 p.m.
Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screening of E.T. Burgers, french fries, snacks, and drinks will be available for purchase (cards and cash accepted!). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be appreciated.

—  St. Patrick’s Day Festival @ Pioneer Farms
March 17, 12 – 7 p.m.
Irish fun for the whole family! This event includes local Celtic bands, Irish dancers, food, and all things to make your St. Paddy’s day festive. Plenty of
parking and no downtown hassles. Check out the St. Patrick’s Day Fest website for the full lineup and to purchase tickets.

Photo by Dale Rempert from the St. Patrick’s Day Austin Facebook page

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Have a FUN Spring Break!