Explore Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens during Spring Break! Enjoy a wide range of child-friendly activities in the gardens, the historic mansion, and the Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center. 

HIGHLIGHTS | March 16–20

• Visit the House (10 a.m.–4 p.m.) The first floor is open daily, with docents on hand to answer questions and tell you about the art. Children receive a special house activity that encourages them to imagine themselves in the role of a curator.

• Visit the Gardens (10 a.m.–5 p.m.) The gardens are open and available for self-guided visits. You’ll find art-making activities, guest experts, and exploration stations related to history, nature, and springtime.

Art Making: Nature Rubbings (10 a.m.–4 p.m.) Make art using special rubbing plates and colored pencils! Rubbing plates depict tree leaves, flowers, insects, and animal footprints that can be found in the gardens.

Art Making: Colors of Nature (10 a.m.–4 p.m.) Stop by this station to color a page in your activity handout, inspired by the blooms and creatures on the mansion’s Dining Room wall coverings.

Puppet Play Zone (10 a.m.–4 p.m.) Bayou Bend is home to many different species of animals. Some, too shy for people to see, come out only after visitors have gone home. But at the Puppet Play Zone, you can get up close and personal with rabbits, butterflies, armadillos, owls & other critters.

• Historical Game Zone (11 a.m.–4 p.m.) In the Diana Garden, play popular outdoor games from early America, such as quoits, graces, jump rope & shuttlecock.

Touch & Explore: Colonial Campsite (1 p.m.–4 p.m.) Get hands-on with reproduction objects that help young minds imagine how daily life has changed since America’s earliest days. Touch examples of cookware, toys, writing instruments, clothing & more.

ADMISSION
$10 for adults | Free for ages 18 & younger


Education programs at Bayou Bend receive generous funding from Sharon G. Dies; Houston Junior Woman’s Club; Susan Vaughan Foundation; Ann and John Bookout; Tilman Fertitta Family; Mrs. Denise D. Monteleone; William A. and Madeline Smith Charitable Trust; and additional generous donors.

The education programs also receive endowment income from funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Ballard and Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Tate.Education programs at Bayou Bend receive generous funding from Sharon G. Dies; Houston Junior Woman's Club; Susan Vaughan Foundation; Ann and John Bookout; Tilman Fertitta Family; Mrs. Denise D. Monteleone; William A. and Madeline Smith Charitable Trust; and additional generous donors.

The education programs also receive endowment income from funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Ballard and Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Tate.