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:

Spring Break Flyer @ Austin Steam Train
March 13, 14, 20, & 21, departs 12 p.m., returns 4 p.m.
Take the kids aboard the Spring Break Flyer! This special mid-week route departs from Bertram, Texas and travels one hour to the city of Burnet. Passengers then enjoy a two hour layover in Burnet where to have lunch, take a stroll around the historic town square, and do some small town shopping. All ages are welcome. Tickets are $33 – $49, available online here.

—  Rodeo Austin @ Travis County Expo Center
March 16-30, 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 16). 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 18 – 21, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. (These discounted tickets are sold only at the gate.)

photo from Rodeo Austin

Harry Potter Drive-in Film Fest – Spring Break Edition @ Blue Starlite Drive-In
March 16-23
Calling all muggles and magic folk, the Drive-in is hosting a movie marathon featuring a week of  every Harry Potter film, in order. You can purchase a week-long pass or just come for your favorite film.

Sherwood Forest Faire (in McDade, TX)
March 16 & 17, 22-24, 10 a.m. – dusk
The Sherwood Forest Faire is usually open only on the weekends (through April 21), but during Spring Break you can take advantage of an extra day of the Faire on Friday, March 22. 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

Alamo Drafthouse Kids Club & Family Parties @ multiple Alamo Drafthouse locations
March 18-21, various times/locations
Kids Club is back for Spring Break! Get $1, $3, or $5 tickets with sales going to a local charity. You can see Matilda at morning screenings (generally around 10 a.m.). Click here for exact showtimes and to purchase tickets. You can also get tickets to the Wonder Park Family Party AND the Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Cereal Party during the break!

Circus Chickendog Presents 1001 Tricks in 1 Hour @ The Institution Theatre
March 18-22, shows at 1:30 p.m. Monday – Friday
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.

Spring Break Specials @ High 5 (both locations)
March 18-22
Plan an outing to High 5 to entertain the kids and hang out with friends as you pack in the fun with bowling, laser tag, arcade games and more! From March 18 – 22, both the Lakeway and Anderson Lane locations are offing Spring Break Specials that everyone can enjoy. Click here for details.

Spring Break Activities @ Bullock Museum
March 18-22, 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 American art, and even the chance to try a flight simulator! Click here for the daily schedule. All programs are free for members or included with regular exhibit admission: $9 for ages 4-17; $13 for adults.

Fun activities daily at the Bullock! Photo from the Bullock Museum’s Facebook page

Spring Break Week: Mechanical Marvels @ Science Mill
March 12 – 24, Tuesday- Friday, 11:30am-2pm on March 12-15 & March 19-22
Join the Science Mill during spring break for hands-on family fun! Special Mechanical Marvels stations will include guiding mBot robots through an obstacle course, controlling K’nex machines with joysticks, and inventing and coding your own K’Nex creations. Plus, see the Science Mill’s new 1,000-square-foot Aquaponics Greenhouse, explore 50+ hands-on exhibits and see a 3D movie! Hours during Spring Break weeks are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday and 12-5 p.m. on Sunday. Activities included with regular museum admission (Under 3 free; ages 3-18 $9.50; adults $11).

Early Bird Spring Break Specials @ Austin’s Park n’ Pizza
March 9-24,
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. And Night Owls can get 50% off bowling, video games, 7D XD Theater, and Bar & Grill Specials during the last two hours of operation.

Hopscotch: Light and Sound @ 6100 Airport Blvd.
Open Thursdays – Sundays through March 31
Hopscotch is an interactive, multi-sensory experience in which you can walk through a series of 13 cool exhibits that feature colorful designs, LED lights, videos and music. Tickets are $23 for ages 13 & up, $15 for children ages 4 to 12, and children 3 & under are free. For tickets, more details, and FAQs, please click here.

Check out Hopscotch Light + Sound during the break. Photo by Roger Ho.

Everything is Round @ Long Center
March 21 – 30, various showtimes
This new play from Pollyanna Theatre Company is geared towards children ages 2 – 4 and challenges them to see shapes all around them, no matter where they look. Tickets are $7.25, available here.

Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit @ Mayborne Museum There’s currently a VERY adorable exhibit on display in Waco, TX that is completely worth a day trip, inspired by beloved children’s book author and illustrator, Eric Carle. Read all about it here.

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Have a FUN Spring Break!