Make The Most of Your Spring Break in Temple

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Spring Break is a well-deserved vacation for students, parents, and educators to take a break and recharge before returning to work and school. While Spring Break can be fun, finding ways to keep children entertained can be challenging. Discover Temple is here to make things easier by suggesting some of the best ways to spend time in the city. Whether you're searching for entertainment, educational programs, or delicious and kid-friendly food options, we've got you covered!

Temple Children's Museum

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The Temple Children's Museum is a wonderful place for children aged 0-8 to engage in playtime and interactive activities that encourage the development of cognitive skills, motor skills, and more. This museum offers a variety of sensory objects and exhibits that help stimulate a child's imagination and creativity. Children can explore different textures, colors, and shapes by engaging in hands-on activities that promote learning and discovery. The museum is open from Tuesday through Saturday, providing ample opportunities for families to visit and enjoy the exhibits. With its focus on fostering a love of learning and exploration in children, the Temple Children's Museum is a must-visit attraction for families in the community.

Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum

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The Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum is a must-visit destination for history enthusiasts. This fascinating museum boasts an impressive collection of historic rolling stock, along with a variety of permanent and rotating exhibits that promise to take you on an incredible journey through time. Located in the heart of downtown Temple, the museum is open from 10 AM to 4 PM, Tuesday through Saturday, making it easily accessible for visitors.

As you explore the museum, you'll discover a wealth of local history that will captivate your interest. From Temple's strong connection to the railroad to the fascinating stories of the people who helped shape the town, there is much to learn and discover. In addition to its impressive collection of rolling stock and exhibits, the museum also features a vast array of Temple High School memorabilia showcasing the town's rich cultural heritage. From sports memorabilia to yearbooks, this collection is a testament to the pride and tradition that runs deep through the community.

Don’t miss Spring Break at the Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum on March 13 & 14 from 1 pm to 3 pm. Visitors can expect an exciting array of activities as we explore gardening and the great outdoors! The best part? This event is free to attend.

Whether you're a history buff, a railroad enthusiast, or simply looking for a fun and educational activity for the whole family, the Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum is a must-visit destination that promises to deliver an unforgettable experience.

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 public viewing on Saturday, March 16th. If you are a fan of model trains and want to witness some of the most impressive displays of scale-model trains, this is an event you wouldn't want to miss. CentraMOD is open to the public 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, so you don't have to worry about any charges. Visitors can expect to see a variety of impressive displays showcasing the trains, a layout of Temple, and some of Temple's historic buildings. The displays are visually stunning and offer a glimpse into the history of Temple through the lens of its railway system. Whether you are a train enthusiast or just looking for a fun activity for the whole family, the CentraMOD model railroad club has something for everyone.

Santa Fe Plaza

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The Santa Fe Plaza is a vibrant and bustling hub of activity that offers visitors a unique blend of history, culture, and fun. One of the highlights of the plaza is its lush and verdant green lawn, which stretches out like a giant carpet, beckoning visitors to come and relax. The lawn is particularly popular in spring when the weather is warm, and the sun is shining. It's the perfect spot to unwind, bask in the sunshine, and take in the sights and sounds of the plaza. The lawn is open to visitors free of charge, making it an ideal activity for families and groups of all ages.

Children, in particular, love the opportunity to run around and play on the expansive lawn, which offers plenty of space for games of tag, frisbee, and catch. Pack a picnic, grab a book, and spend a lazy afternoon soaking up the sun.

The Wreck Center

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If you have some pent-up frustration that you want to get rid of or just have the urge to break some things, head over to The Wreck Center. There, you can smash objects and have a lot of fun in their wreck rooms. Apart from these activities, The Wreck Center also offers splatter paint experiences. The Wreck Center comprises four smash rooms, a viewing lounge, a messy space for kids, and a large party room. The business also sells local art and mediums from artists in the city as well as other fun art-themed wares.

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.

Stop by downtown Temple to view the collection of art trains. You can learn more about the art trains by visiting our Downtown Art page.


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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.