5 Fun Ideas for Spring Break in Sugar Land, TX
Your kids wait every year for Spring Break to catch a break from the classroom, then just hours into their vacation, they mention the words every parent shudders when they hear it: “I’m bored.” The good news is that there are lots of options for a quick spring break getaway or a staycation in Sugar Land, Texas, just 20 minutes southwest from downtown Houston. There’s a distinct personality to this town—one that’s friendly, fun and family-centered. In other words, it’s a perfect Spring Break destination no matter what age your kids are. Here are five fun ideas for Spring Break trips that you can mix and match to make your own perfect family agenda—or kid-free visit, if you so desire.
1. A Spring Break Fit for a Family
2. Up for Adventure
3. Events for Everyone
4. Get Classy
5. Leave the Kids at Home
Fort Bend Children's Discovery Center - Kidtropolis Bank. Photo Credit: Cody Duty
A Spring Break Fit for a Family
If you need to fill an entire week’s itinerary with things to do with your pint-sized travelers, you must consider going to Sugar Land.
First, there’s the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land
, a satellite location for the Houston Museum of Natural Science. The museum’s five permanent exhibits cover everything from prehistoric creatures to modern-day science that's changing how we view the world. At HMNS Sugar Land, you can see a collection of exotic frogs, view detailed images of space captured by the Hubble Telescope, check out dinosaur fossils in the Hall of Paleontology and do some hands-on experiments in the Discovery Works exhibit. This is where kids put scientific concepts into action, making electricity, studying inertia and motion, and seeing how light waves work.
HMNS Sugar Land also has a saltwater aquarium, microscope lab and digital dome theater, in addition to special attractions that change from visit to visit and year to year. Even if you've visited the museum before, there's probably something new to explore. Special exhibits include things like dinosaur dig pits and Lego-building centers.
Continue expanding your children’s minds at the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center
, where they can get in touch with their creative sides. Children can take part in Xtreme Spring Break for edge of your seat fun with gravity-defying entertainment, interactive activities and three, all-new Xtreme Zones. Established as a special project by the Children’s Museum of Houston, the Discovery Center is home to six unique exhibits that give kids an immersive experience. The exhibits focus on one of the most common questions kids ask, “How does it work?” They can try to outwit a hacker before he takes over cyberspace or visit Kidtropolis, where they take on a real-life kid-sized metropolis. For little explorers, Tot*Spot is filled with kid-friendly gadgets for tinkerers age three and under.
Sports fans can catch a professional minor league game at Constellation Field with the 2016 Atlantic League Champions, the Sugar Land Skeeters
, starting April 20th. Families will have the option to pay the low entry admission fee, between $9-$20 to watch the ballgame and young fans can also enjoy the Memorial Hermann Play Land, which includes a variety of jungle gym equipment, slides, a carousel and splash pad. Families can also purchase Wells Fargo Picnic Plaza tickets (approximately $35 per person) that comes with a two-hour, all you can eat barbecue buffet and access to Constellation Field's pool before the game.
And if your kids need some fun activities to burn off energy, head to Sugar Land Ice & Sports Center
. The rink is open every day of the week, and families can test their ice skating skills for two to three hours. Don’t own skates? Rent them from the center; it has skate shoes made to fit size eight in toddlers up to size 13 in adult. Check the center’s calendar ahead of time to make sure skating is available to the public at a particular time.
You can also visit George Ranch
in neighboring Richmond, Texas, where you can explore 100 years of ranching and farming. Children can participate in a “Kid” cattle roundup and see live reenactments every day at the Park. Other activities include a daily cattle drive, treehouse story time and blacksmithing demonstrations.
Warrior Obstacle Course at Urban Air Trampoline & Adventure Park. Photo Courttesy: Urban Air Trampoline & Adventure Park
Up for Adventure
Make every day of Spring an adeventure! Explore Sugar Land’s parks
, which cater to a wide range of outdoor enthusiasts, including BMX riders, hikers, birders and skateboarders. Throughout the city, there are designated areas and trails for guests to safely explore and participate in their favorite outdoor activities. There are public soccer, baseball and softball fields for a game with friends.
Explore Sugar Land’s scenic beauty by bringing your own canoe or kayak to Brooks Lake. The lake is popular for its wealth of wildlife including ducks, turtles and migratory birds. During spring, the lake is a stunning spot for an afternoon picnic.
If you're really up for an adventure, then there's only one place to go: the new Urban Air Trampoline & Adventure Park
in Sugar Land. The indoor play space has trampolines, yes, but also a tumble track, obstacle courses (indoor playgrounds), climbing walls, a ropes course and an indoor aerial roller coaster. Trampolines are part of other activities too, including trampoline dodge ball and a basketball dunk zone with trampolines that help you get the air you need. This is the ideal place to go if you have kids that cover a variety of ages. For your smallest adventurers, they can feel safe in a special play zone where bigger kids aren't allowed.
Finally, you and your older kids might be interested in an escape – escape room that is! Escape rooms are becoming very popular for their unusual, team-oriented approach to problem solving skills. For one hour, a group is placed in a locked room and searches for clues to find a way out of the room. In Sugar Land, Escape Again Rooms
is the place to go—where the rooms have fun themes like The Séance and The Hike.
Sip & Stroll at Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair. Photo Courtesy: IWSC Group
Events for Everyone
During the spring, Sugar Land stays busy with tons of activities and events. Among the biggest events is the Cultural Kite Fest on March 4. Hundreds of kites of all colors and shapes will decorate the sky above Brazos River Park and the Sugar Land Festival Site. Many of the kites are homemade creations, and you can enter them into contests to win prizes. Don’t just look up at the kite festival; look down and see some fascinating chalk art done by local artists. This free family event features activities, food trucks, a kite-making workshop for kids and a series of cultural performances.
Foodies, mark your calendar for April. The Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair is the biggest event of the year where you can explore the culinary delights of the global community. Restaurants throughout the area will offer special packages for diners to try out delicious meals prepared by award-winning chefs in cool settings (think seafood boil at Duhacsek Park and Italian dishes at the Sugar Land Town Square). To try a bit of everything, join the Sip & Stroll at the Constellation Field and sample bites from more than 25 restaurants as well as do some wine tasting.
For additional events to fill up your social calendar this year, visit our Top Annual Festivals and Events in Sugar Land
Floral Bar at Deep Roots TX Floral Studio. Photo Courtesy: Deep Roots TX Floral Studio
Pay a visit to Sur La Table at Sugar Land Town Square to shop for top-of-the-line cookware, kitchen devices, knives, cutting boards, dining sets, aprons, gourmet canned goods and more. But that’s not what you’re coming to the shop for. Culinary cooking courses offer guests a chance to learn the art of making a variety of recipes and cuisines or learn how to use a knife properly. Courses are scheduled frequently throughout the week.
Indulge your sweet tooth at Chamak Chocolates, where guests will sample treats with unique flavors. Inspired by places from the Far East like India and Pakistan, the chocolates are known for their hint of curry powder and other spices. But the fun doesn’t end there; schedule a private 1.5 hour long chocolate making party where you can learn the basics of chocolates and how to decorate chocolate with edible paint. Chocolate tastings have never been this rewarding.
Another fun idea: Attend a painting party accompanied by delicious vino at Pinot’s Palette and Painting with a Twist. These studios host themed painting parties where groups are challenged to paint the same subject, be it a mountain, beach or an animal, with each person adding their own twist to it. During the painting sessions, painters sip on BYOB wines, and the paintings go home with you as personal souvenirs.
If cooking and painting aren’t your thing, then consider Deep Roots TX, a floral studio that hosts its own flower arrangement parties at their Floral Bar. Guests can BYOB and try their hand at arranging the most stunning display of colorful flowers to take home or give away as a gift to their loved ones. The studio specializes in its “wildflower” bouquet look, where a collection of gorgeous flowers like daisies, peonies and gardenias are brought together.
Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land in the evening. Photo Courtesy: Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
Leave the Kids at Home
When it comes to catching a live show, look to the Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, where big-name acts like Tony Bennett, Duran Duran and Steve Martin and Martin Short are headlining during the venue’s first season. Up to 6,400 spectators can be comfortably accommodated for each performance.
Another fantastic spot to take a date is Texas de Brazil, a Brazilian steakhouse where diners can indulge in an unlimited amount of the finest cuts of meat. Multiple servers will go from table to table holding up elongated skewers of meat to slice it directly onto your plate. Don’t fill up on one type of meat so fast, there will be 16 kinds to try out including lamb chops, Brazilian sausages and pork loin. Vegetarians, don’t fret, there’s plenty of dishes for you at the buffet including tasty sides, salads and the restaurant’s signature Brazilian cheese bread.
Finally, opening in mid-March, Vino & Vinyl provides
a more laid-back atmosphere and is a paradise for music and wine lovers. Upon entering the shop, guests will get to sample the wine of the day along with other vino while listening to music played on classic vinyl. Another option for cocktail enthusiasts is Middle Spoon, where patrons can enjoy the perfect pairing of delectable desserts with signature cocktails. For classic Americana drinks and small bites, you may want to try Ginger Mule Tonics & Meals.
These are just a few ideas to kick start your spring break planning in Sugar Land, Texas. You may check out more of our attractions and things to do here, and start looking for the perfect place to stay in Sugar Land on a spring break-family getaway.
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