Make The Most of Your Spring Break in Temple

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Spring Break is a much-needed break for students, parents, and teaching professionals to take a moment to get away before returning to work and school. While Spring Break can be full of laughter and fun, finding ways to spend the time and keep the children entertained can be difficult. Discover Temple is here to make life easier by providing you with some of  the best ways to spend time in the city. Whether you're looking for entertainment, educational programs, or impeccable and kid-approved foods, we've got you covered! 

Temple Children's Museum

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Temple Children's Museum is a great attraction for kids aged 0-8 year-round.  Children experience playtime with sensory objects and activities that work on developing cognitive skills, motor skills, and more. The Temple Children's Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 3 PM.

Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum

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Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum features historic rolling stock, permanent and rotating exhibits. This downtown museum is open from 10 AM to 4 PM, Tuesday through Saturday. Discover local history, Temple's connection to the railroad, Temple High School memorabilia, and so much more.

Spare Time

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Get the family together and head to one of Temple's arcades or adventure parks. Spare Time has endless possibilities for family fun. Rent a bowling lane or play in the arcade. Want to do something sporty? Hit the batting cages and practice your swing.  Or, drive around the go-kart track for an experience that will leave you excited and ready for more. See which one of your family and friends will be the winner of the race! There are plenty of activities to enjoy at this incredible Temple attraction.

Enjoy A Day On the Lake

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Head to Belton Lake at one of Temple's free access points. Splash around in the water or enjoy the weather as you lounge in the sun. Want to make the afternoon more fun? Rent a boat and take the family out for a cruise around the lake. Belton Lake is a sight to see. 

The CentraMOD model railroad club will be open for viewing on Saturday, March 18th. CentraMOD is open on the first and third Saturdays of each month. The building is located next to the Santa Fe Depot in the downtown district at 403 W. Ave. B. Admission to see the model train displays is free. Visitors can view impressive displays showcasing the trains, a layout of Temple, and some of Temple's historic buildings. 

Santa Fe Plaza

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The Santa Fe Plaza has a gorgeous green lawn that makes the perfect spot to lounge around on a warm, spring day. This free activity is lots of fun for children of all ages who love to play outdoors and splash around in the fountains.  

Santa Fe Plaza Fountain Hours:

7 AM - 9:30 AM

11 AM - 1 PM

3 PM - 4 PM

5 PM - 11 PM

Xtreme Jump

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Xtreme Jump is an adventure park that people of all ages can enjoy. This action-packed attraction features go karts, a mirror maze, laser tag, climbing walls, extreme dunk, foam pits, and an arcade area. The adventure park has areas for open jump and activities like dodgeball. 3-hour passes are available based on the activities you choose to participate in. Pricing ranges from $20 to $26 or individual activities can be purchased for a separate fee. Give your kids an adrenaline rush and a chance to burn off some extra energy this Spring Break.

A must-see attraction for any Texas road trip or day off. Temple's Buc-ee's location is filled with delicious sweets, savory snacks, and all the merchandise you didn't know you needed. Buc-ee's is a well-known favorite and you can expect the travel center and store to be packed with people, but the check out lines are quick and there's always something you can't live without waiting for you at Buc-ee's. Stop by to enjoy beaver nuggets, a Dr. Pepper ICEE, beef jerky, and take a photo with the Buc-ee statue outside of the store.

Cultural Activities Center

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The Cultural Activities Center (CAC) provides visitors an opportunity to walk through exhibits featuring artwork from local artists and organizations. The current exhibits at the CAC include Artists of the CAC in the Saulsbury Gallery, Freedman Studios in the Howard Gallery, John S. Hancock, Hanan Vasquez, and Andrew Elks in the McCreary Gallery, and featured works from Rhiannon Taff in the Carabasi Gallery. The Cultural Activities Center gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4 PM and Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM.

Crossroads Disc Golf Course

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Playing a round of disc golf at Crossroads Disc Golf Course is the perfect activity for a warm day outside. This course features wooded and open space areas and is moderately challenging. For lovers of the sport or first-time players, disc golf is a free activity to stay active and play outdoors. Bring your own discs and get ready for an afternoon of competitive fun.

Miller Springs Nature Center

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Miller Springs Nature Center is a 260 acre scenic natural area located between the Leon River and east of the Lake Belton Dam. Go on a self-guded tour through the area and see wildlife, plants, and scenic views or take the stairs and walk to the dam to get a photo at a Bell County mural you won't want to miss.

Wheels Family Skating Center

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Wheels Family Skating Center is an experience for all age to love and enjoy. Public skating sessions are held throughout the week on Tuesdays and Fridays from 6 PM to 9 PM, Saturdays 1 Pm to 4 PM or 6 PM to 9 PM, and Sundays from 1 PM to 4 PM. Guests can purchase skate rentals for children and adults and training equipment for first-time skaters. During spring break, Wheels Family Skating Center will be open Wednesday from 1 PM to 4 PM and Thursday from 6 PM to 9 PM for public skating. Admission to skate is $11.09 + tax. Get ready to skate and dance to the best songs of the decades.

BitBar is a retro arcade bar with unlimited play on nostalgic video games from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. BitBar family hours are from 6 PM to 8 PM daily. All ages are welcome, but minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. All games are free play and free popcorn is provided. Sodas and snacks are available for purchase. This retro arcade will leave you feeling nostalgic as you play games like Pac-Man, Ghostbusters Pin Ball, Spider-Man, and more. Its time to show the children just how cool 80s and 90s video games are. 

Bold Republic Brewing Company

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Bold Republic Brewing Co. features delicious food, a playground, patio seating, and an on-site axe throwing attraction by Black Axe Co. This local brewery is family-friendly and is the perfect stop on your spring break bucket list. Tasty snacks, savory drinks, and a round of axe throwing are waiting for you just around the corner at this great local attraction.

Additional Spring Break Activities

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Check out a library book from the local library. Want to get involved with special programs? Ask the library staff for more information about their children's and adult programs to learn more about events and activities. Visit the Temple Public Library to read a good book, get involved, and participate in local events and library programs.

Want to stay outdoors as much as possible to soak up all the sunshine and warm weather? Look no further. Temple is home to 66 parks and trails. Check out Whistle Stop Park for a train-themed playground or head to Lions Park for an afternoon of disc golf, walking, and playing. For information on local parks, check out the Temple Parks and Recreation website.


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Get ready for a fun-filled week of perfect weather and lots of exciting adventures. If you take part in a few activities on this list or come up with your own, tag us on Instagram @discovertemple or use #discovertemple for a chance to be featured on our website and socials.