Spring Break Road Trip, Houston Edition

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I’m always torn about what to do on Spring Break. On one hand, there is a mind-boggling list of things going on in Austin. On the other hand, the idea of heading out of Dodge for a few days is so appealing.

The compromise I’ve struck the past few years is that I’ve headed out of town for the first half of Spring Break and then stayed here for the last portion. This allows us to have a brief change of scenery, head to a hotel (because really, with a kid you don’t even need to go on a trip — just a hotel stay is magical!) and escape from mundane stuff like doing the laundry, cooking and picking up around the house…at least for a few days.

I’m embarrassed to admit that my son is now almost 8 and we’ve never taken him to Houston. I keep saying we will go, but then it never happens. Recently, I found out about the Houston City Pass, which is a one ticket booklet that saves you on admission to five tourist attractions, and that sealed the deal. We’ll go to Houston for the first part of Spring Break, make our first visits to the top family-friendly destinations, and then hopefully revisit them as my son grows up.

Here’s our itinerary:

Day One – Houston Zoo

Day Two – Johnson Space Center

Day Three – Children’s Museum of Houston
AdvertisementDay Four – Houston Museum of Natural Science

Part of me is nervous about attempting all of these in one trip, but part of me is also looking forward to it.

I’m thrilled that we’ll be staying in Omni Houston Hotel, which is right in the heart of so much of the action in Houston near the Galleria. A friend has also told me to check out Discovery Green, but I’ll have to see how exhausted we are at the end of the day. Plus, we’ll have to save some energy for the hotel pool.

Are any of you still contemplating an out of town trip this Spring Break? If so, what are you thinking? Anyone heading to Houston too? Any tips on these destinations?

Disclosure: The Omni is providing my son and I with a reduced rate to stay at their Houston Galleria Hotel. LiveMom will not receive compensation for any mention of our stay and any opinions expressed about our road trip are my own.

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://www.livemom.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Nicole-Basham-Sara-Marzani-Photography-livemom.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]A native Austinite and soccer-playing mom, Nicole uses her 7-year-old son as an excuse to rediscover her hometown through his eyes. In Thoreau’s words, her mission is to “suck out all the marrow of life”, or in her son’s words, to cultivate in him a love of “advenchers”.[/author_info] [/author]
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A native Austinite and soccer-playing mom, Nicole uses her 10-year-old son as an excuse to rediscover her hometown through his eyes. In Thoreau's words, her mission is to "suck out all the marrow of life", or in her son's words, to cultivate in him a love of "advenchers".

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