9 Days to Spring Break Staycation

By Jennifer Elliott –

Staying in town this Spring Break? Not sure how to entertain your kids for nine straight days? Check out our nine ideas for some fabulous fun in and around the Memorial area.

Go Skydiving Indoors

iFly World offers a true free fall experience, just like skydiving. Their indoor wind tunnel creates a cushion of air on which to float. You don’t have to jump out of a plane, but you do get to wear some cool flight gear! Just about anyone over the age of three can do it.

Minute Maid Park

300-beadsTake a tour of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio’s old stomping grounds.  Minute Maid Park offers tours at 10 am and noon most days. Check out Union Station, the broadcast booth, the press box, a luxury suite, the dugout and bull pen.

Ice Cream Social

Invite friends over for an ice cream sundae extravaganza. You can provide several flavors of ice cream and the basic toppings. Then, ask your friends to each bring their favorite unique addition to the buffet. Gummy worms rule!

Make Your Own Jewelry

Get creative with supplies from any local craft store. You can look online for ideas, such as wire caged necklaces or painted washer necklaces. Many different how-to websites give detailed instructions, and you can choose your project based on the ages and interests of your kids.

Mall Scavenger Hunt

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Head over to Memorial City Mall for a photo scavenger hunt. You’ll need two adults and several kids. Split into two teams and give each a list of unique things to find in the mall. As each item is found, snap a photo with Mom’s phone. If you Google “mall scavenger hunt,” you can find some clue lists already typed and ready to go.

Go out for Breakfast

Instead of serving a hurried breakfast while frantically packing lunches, enjoy your extra time with a delicious crepe at Sweet Paris. Recently opened in City Centre, Sweet Paris offers both savory and sweet crepes, as well as salads and sandwiches. I recommend the Houstonian – mozzarella cheese, bacon, sausage, potatoes, two scrambled eggs and fresh jalapeños. If you are looking for a sugar fix, go with the Nutella crepe.

Picnic Lunch

Have your kids help make a picnic lunch, and then visit a park that is not the one you usually go to. Head down to Memorial Park and have the kids run the path before you eat. Or, set up a blanket and enjoy the scenery at Waterfall Park near the Galleria. If you are truly adventurous, find something totally new for your family at www.houstontx.gov/parks.

Backyard Campout

Kids love the idea of sleeping outside. If you don’t have a tent, find one to borrow just for one night. Use your grill to make hot dogs and s’mores. Play old-fashioned games likes charades, or set up a bean bag toss. Make a glow in the dark ring toss with glow stick necklaces as the rings. Tell ghost stories, and offer the option to head back inside at 10:30 pm if anyone gets too scared.

Steak Dinner

Treat the family to an amazing Argentinian dinner at Patagonia Grill & Café. Newly opened on I-10 near Wirt, they serve the best empanadas I have ever eaten. The most popular steak is the Bife De Chorizo, which is a New York strip sourced from local Texas farms. Entrées come with a tasty salad and side of potatoes. Pair with any of their reasonably priced wines. Children will enjoy the kids’ menu selections: chicken tenders, pizza, cheese sticks, pasta and burgers.