Spring Break is coming. The children will be home from school and you are looking for ways to keep them entertained and happy. It can be expensive to entertain your children during Spring Break, but we have found several free or low-cost events that your family will enjoy.
From educational events at local libraries and museums to outdoor activities like Dallas Blooms, Six Flags Over Texas and the Dallas Auto Show, you have a wide variety of things to do for Spring Break!
Learning Can Be Fun!
Nasher Sculpture Center
Nasher Target 1st Saturdays
First Saturday of March, from 10am – 12:30pm
Families and children are invited to explore the current exhibits through an interactive and fun-filled day featuring tours, children’s art activities, live demos, an Art in Action Sculpture Demo and Art Scavenger Hunt. FREE
Dallas Public Library
Teen Video Game Day
Wednesday, March 14, at 11:30am
Teenage boys and girls will enjoy a little friendly competition and love this opportunity to play the hottest new video games. FREE
Dallas Museum of Art
DMA Family Celebration
Saturday, March 10, 11:00a.m.–3:30p.m.
Activities include art-making events, music, performances, interactive experiences with artists, family tours, sketching in the galleries and more. General admission to the Dallas Museum of Art is free on the first Tuesday of every month.
StoryART: Listen to stories performed by award-winning storyteller Ann Marie Newman.
Sketching in the Galleries for Kids: Spend time sketching from original works of art with artist Solange Mariel. All supplies are provided.
Early Learners: Tinker Tots – Use stamps and ink pads to create a spring-themed masterpiece. For children 4 and under.
Created for families to discover a wide variety of art, this family oriented event includes art-making activities in the art studio, music, live performances, interactive experiences with artists and sketching in the galleries.
Museum of Nature & Science
Planet Shark: Predator or Prey
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm & Sunday: Noon – 5pm
One of nature’s oldest and most feared creatures, the shark is also one of the most misunderstood. Planet Shark: Predator or Prey takes you through the murky myths and fascinating facts which have surrounded sharks for centuries.
Spring Break Discovery Camp
Monday, March 12 to Friday, March 16
9:15am – 3pm
Children will love the world of discovery at the Museum of Nature & Science with hands-on experiments and fun at Spring Break Discovery Camp. Designed for children in kindergarten through 6th grade, Spring Break Discovery Camp at the Museum of Nature & Science is geared toward each grade and your children will look forward to each day of science fun. Registration is now open and spots will fill up fast.
The Planetarium at UT Arlington
Looking for something to do with your kids during spring break? The Planetarium at UT Arlington has added additional afternoon shows that you will enjoy.
March 13th at 2:00 p.m. – One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure
March 14th at 2:00 p.m. – Spacepark 360
March 15th at 2:00 p.m. – Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
The Great Outdoors
March 13-April 8
Take advantage of the beautiful weather with a stroll through the Dallas Arboretum, with 66-acres of spectacular gardens, flowers, ornamental shrubs, trees and plant collections. This year’s theme: It’s a Work of Art features the Small Houses of Great Artists’ exhibit, built and designed by Bob Hoebeke and four other Dallas-area architects.
March 16 -18, 2012
A fine art show and sale will take place in the Arboretum during the Dallas Blooms celebration. ArtScape will feature nearly 100 artists from around the country.
Grapevine Vintage Railroad
March 12 – 18
Spring Break is the ideal time for the whole family to enjoy a ride on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad! The trains run daily, all week-long with fun and games on board. For information about schedules and ticket prices, visit: www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com
Six Flags over Texas
Opening Day is March 3
No Spring Break would be complete without a ride on the Texas Giant. The week-long Spring Break celebration at Six Flags Over Texas includes live performances from bands, thrilling roller coasters and so much more. Contact My Personal Valet to order discounted admission tickets and season passes.
On The Stage
Dallas Children’s Theater
Young King Arthur
March 9 to April 7, 2012
The Kathy Burks Puppet Theater brings to life the beloved British legend of Arthur, a boy whose destiny to become king unfolds before your eyes in this world premiere production.
Anne of Green Gables
March 23 to April 15, 2012
Dallas Museum of Art
Bancroft Family Concert Series
March 17, 2012
The Dallas debut of the Wyeth String Quartet, principal string musicians of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. 3pm. FREE.
At the Movies
Based on popular books from the beloved Dr. Seuss to the long-awaited movie version of Suzanne Collins’ trilogy, Spring brings us a whole new crop of movies for children of all ages. Save on the price of admission by ordering discounted movie passes for your favorite theaters from My Personal Valet.
March 2: Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
March 9: John Carter, starring Taylor Kitsch.
March 23: The Hunger Games, based on the popular young-adult series of books.
March 30: Mirror, Mirror: A fresh new telling of the Snow White fairy tale, with Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen.
For the Whole Family
Dallas Auto Show
Dallas Convention Center
March 21-25, 2012
See the latest innovative vehicle designs with cutting edge technological advancements, increased safety features and improved performance at The Dallas Auto Show. Hundreds of cars, trucks and other vehicles will be on display.
Dallas Kids Expo
Dallas Market Hall
March 24, 2012
The whole family will have fun at the 2012 Dallas Kids Expo. The day long event has unique exhibitors, services and educational seminars for DFW parents and kids.
For more information about Spring Break events in North Texas and for special discounts offered by My Personal Valet, take a look at our Spring Break Newsletter.