Spring Break at Bayou Bend

Spring Break at Bayou Bend 2022

Perfect for families celebrating Spring Break, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens features child-friendly activities in the gardens, in the historic house, and at the Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor Center. Drop in! No reservations necessary.

Activities | Daily Highlights
(11 a.m. to 1 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

  • Monday | Petting Zoo with “Farm Group” Zone
  • Tuesday | Houston Zoo “Texas Wetlands Wildlife”
  • Wednesday | “Texas Snakes & More” Display
  • Thursday | “Springtime Harp” with Hope Cowan
  • Friday | Puppet Pizzazz “Living Flower Garden”
    11 a.m. to 12 noon & 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Activities | All Week

  • Visit the House | Games, challenges, and tools help you explore the two floors of Bayou Bend’s historic house. Helpful guides called docents, who can answer questions, are stationed on the first floor until 3 p.m. The second floor offers self-guided discoveries. Between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. you can use the self-guided experience on both floors.
  • Visit the Gardens | Outside, you’ll find art-making activities, special visitors, and exploration stations related to history, nature, and springtime.
  • 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)
  • Perspectives | At stations throughout the grounds, use tools such as kaleidoscopes and magnifying glasses to alter your view of the natural world. Nearby art materials help you interpret what you discover through these new lenses. (Locations: Butterfly Garden, Carla Garden, Clio Garden, and White Garden)
  • 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)

Free for ages 18 & younger
$10 for adults

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Education programs at Bayou Bend receive generous funding from Sharon G. Dies; Susan Vaughan Foundation; Houston Junior Woman's Club; Mary Lynn and Steve Marks; Bobbie Nau; Ralph H. and Ruth J. McCullough Foundation; 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; Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Tate; and the James William Glanville and Nancy Hart Glanville Endowment.


Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
6003 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77007
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