Spring Break at Bayou Bend
Perfect for families celebrating Spring Break! Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens offers child-friendly activities in the gardens, in the historic house, and at the Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor Center.
• Free for ages 18 & younger
• $10 for adults
Activities | Daily Highlights
(11 a.m. to 1 p.m. unless otherwise noted)
- Monday | Hope Cowan “Springtime Harp”
- Tuesday | Texas Snakes “Reptile Encounter”
- Wednesday | Texas Snakes “Reptile Encounter”
- Thursday | Puppet Pizzazz “Living Flower Garden”
(11 a.m. to noon & 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.)
- Friday | Petting Zoo with “Farm Group” Zone
(1 p.m. to 3 p.m.)
Activities | All Week
(10 a.m. to 4 p.m. unless otherwise noted)
- Visit the House | On the first floor, talk to docents about the works of art. Visitors with children receive a special activity for imagining themselves in the role of a curator.
- Visit the Gardens | Discover art-making activities, guest experts, and exploration stations related to history, nature, and springtime.
- Art Walk | Take a walk through the formal garden spaces and discover inspirational connections between nature and the art inside the house.
- Art Activity: Nature Rubbings | Make art with rubbing plates that show leaves, flowers, insects, and animal footprints that you can find in the gardens. (Location: Diana Terrace)
- Historical Game Zone | Play outdoor games that were popular in early America, such as quoits, graces, jump rope, and shuttlecock. (Location: Diana Garden, near the fountain)
- Tactile Play Zone | Have fun with wooden tree blocks, tumbled stones, shells, and other natural materials designed especially for young hands and minds. (Location: South Lawn)
- Interactive Play | “Garden Giggles” with Brave Little Company features whimsical, garden-themed games to stretch the imagination. (10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. & 1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.)
Education programs at Bayou Bend receive generous funding from Houston Junior Woman's Club; Sharon G. Dies; Mary Lynn and Steve Marks; Susan Vaughan Foundation; Ralph H. and Ruth J. McCullough Foundation; Ms. Bobbie Nau; and additional generous donors.
The education programs also receive endowment income from funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Ballard; Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Tate; and the James William Glanville and Nancy Hart Glanville Endowment.