Five fun places to spend Spring Break

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Quick – don’t turn around – Spring Break is almost upon you. A whole week. No school. Kids at home. All. Week. Long. And that can be tons of fun. One year, I actually live blogged through the entire event. Well – I really only made it through one day. What was I thinking?

So what are your plans? Will you be enrolling your kids in a Spring Break week-long camp? Or will you be taking it one day at a time?

If you’ve decided to wing it, we’ve got some great ideas to help you pass the time. Here are five best bets for a Spring Break full of fun.

Start by adding a little art to your week. The McNay is hosting Spring Break Family Days: Famous Faces . On Tuesday and Wednesday, March 13-14, from 2- 4pm, or Thursday, March 15th from 2- 6pm, your family can channel the spirit of Andy Warhol and create 3-D sculptures and screenprints with the help of art educator Jenny Chowning. You can learn about Warhol on a family tour, and even strike a pose in a photobooth (on Thursday only). The program is free for your family with museum admissions. Here’s your chance to get up close and personal with Warhol- maybe consider having some Campbell’s soup for lunch in preparation for the inspiration!

Have you been to the Kiddie Park ? You can get the fun of carnival rides and visit something historical all in one place. That’s right, the Kiddie Park is the oldest children’s amusement park in the country – established in 1925. But don’t worry, it was renovated in 2009, so everything is up to safety standards. The neat thing is it still maintains its 1920’s style. In the Spring hours run from 10am – 7pm, Wednesday through Sunday. Located off Broadway and Mulberry, your kids can enjoy a day of unlimited rides for $13 (1 ride ticket is $2.50). Wednesday they have special bargain prices with an unlimited band for $11.25 (1 ride ticket is $1.75). The rides are designed for kids 1 – 12, but parents can ride free with their child on the merry-go-round or flying saucers! Just down the road from the Witte, this could be an excellent place to stop for some dizzying fun.

Mini Golf…with monsters. If you want to add a spooky edge to your adventures, check out Monster Mini Golf  located at 2267 NW Military Highway. $7 for kids and $8 for adults, you can experience the fun of mini golf through black lit monster obstacles. They’re open Tuesday – Thursday 2-9pm, and Friday 2 – 10pm. Take your typical mini golf outing and turn it on its head with this exciting new approach that is sure to entertain your monster-friendly kids.

Want to get out of the city? Take a daytrip up to San Marcos and visit the Wonder World Park . This park is one-of-a-kind, known as the first show cave in Texas. You can tour the Balcones Fault Line Cave and enjoy the many other family attractions and entertainment. Your first stop… Wonder Cave. It’s fun and educational for all ages. Then catch the Express Train and head over to Mystery Mountain and the Wildlife Petting Park where you have a chance to feed, pet, and interact with a lot of different wildlife. You can purchase human food or animal food on the train to help keep everyone fed and happy. Get a larger view of Wonder World from their Texas Observation Tower, and don’t forget to stop by the Anti-Gravity House, just for fun. Open Monday – Friday from 9am-5pm and weekends 9am-6pm, check out their available discounts visit and ranging combination ticket prices to enjoy the whole park (kids 2 and under get in free)!

If you’re looking for a different kind of wonder – check out Inflatable Wonderland! It’s the place to jump. Your kids can let off some steam, and so can you! Parents are encouraged to get interactive and involved in the inflatable jumping fun! Just make sure you wear socks – socks are required to enjoy the inflatables. Admission is $6 on weekdays, $10 on weekends. The Inflatable Wonderland is located inside of Rolling Oaks Mall, and is open regular mall hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 9pm, Sunday 12pm – 6pm.

And this is just the start! Stay tuned for more fun ways to spend Spring Break over the next two weeks! So many great free and fun activities for you and your family to enjoy.

Best part? Spring Break isn’t just for kids – it’s a chance for you to break loose, too! Here’s wishing you a great Spring Break!

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