Spring Break for Families

Spring has sprung and with it the long-awaited Spring Break, where students and parents alike get to let their hair down and breathe easy for a minute away from work and school.

Spring Break is the perfect time to get outside, go to the beach, visit some parks, or enjoy a nice meal at a restaurant with outdoor seating. Go on a hike as a family at one of the Jacksonville’s many parks or pack a lunch and go for a bike ride on the Baldwin Rail Trail.

15 Ideas for Spring Break Fun in Jacksonville

  1. Tree Hill Nature Center
    Enjoy time outdoors on one of Tree Hills seven trails through the nature center, visit the animals that take up residence at the center, including the hands-on turtle exhibit at the top of the main office, or watch the goats cross over a bridge built specifically for them to get to one end of the park to the other.
  2. Museum of Science & History (MOSH)
    Visit MOSH and walk through the many exhibits with hands-on activities for kids to engage with while learning. Or sign up for the Spring Break Discovery Camp from March 11th and 15th where campers will learn about robotics, how roller coasters work, space, and general engineering skills.
  3. Surge Adventure Park
    With the weather heating up this Spring Break bring the fun indoors at Surge Adventure Park with wall to wall trampolines, flying trapeze, foam pit, dodgeball, battle beam, rock climbing wall, foam pit, and basketball dunking lanes.
  4. Jacksonville “Hands On” Children’s Museum
    At this children’s museum, their mission statement is that they, “encourage discovery through observation, inquiry, creative construction, role-playing, problem-solving and free play. The museum motivates children to develop their cognitive, physical and social skills while enjoying fruitful interaction with their peers and adults.” Allowing kids to learn by doing and discovering things around the museum on their own.
  5. South Beach Park and Sunshine Playground
    This park has a seasonal splash zone, fitness trail, basketball court, three volleyball courts, and picnic tables perfect for if you want to pack a lunch and make a day of it.
  6. Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
    Enjoy the petting zoo, train, splash zone, playground, and butterfly garden! Visit Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens newest exhibit, The African Forest, this Spring Break and learn all about the animals that now reside there. The Bonobo’s, Colobus guereza, Western Lowland Gorilla, Lemurs, Mandrills, and Siamangs all have new enclosures for visitors to observe and watch them in their new environment.
  7. Sweet Pete’s
    Take a tour of Sweet Pete’s and get up close and personal with the candy making process as you learn about all the ins and outs of what goes on in the candy making business. One of the many fun things included in the tour is that you are able to create your own chocolate bar by picking out ingredients and writing them down so that later on you can see the process of that candy bar being made in one of their kitchens as the guide talks you through the steps.
  8. Wednesday Night Feeding at Catty Shack Ranch
    Catty Shack Ranch offers an evening tour, where you’re able to see all the animals and are encouraged to ask your guide questions about their habitats, diets, and habits. After the tour is over they’ll begin feeding all the animals and you’ll get to see the excitement and activity of feeding time as they hand out up to 600 pounds of meat.
  9. St. Patrick's Day Food Truck Takeover in Hemming Park
    Friends of Hemming Park and the Jax Food Truck Food Court are teaming up March 17th on St. Patrick’s Day to bring you an afternoon of fun and food. Join in their “Waggin Wagon Parade” contest by dressing up your pooch or a wagon to win cash prizes!
  10. GastroFest Jax
    Take the whole family to enjoy a day outside learning about all the different local cuisines North Florida has to offer. The family-friendly event promotes food education to try and get kids to eat “beyond the chicken nugget.” With activities all around the festival at the MOSH and Friendship Fountain, the Kid’s Fun Zone and our Special Events Tent there’s something for everyone at GastroFest.
  11. Springing the Blues Jacksonville Beach
    The three-day oceanfront event features national, regional and local blues artists on two stages. Its energetic lineup, incomparable venue, food court, artisan marketplace, and kid’s area attract an estimated 125,000 fans each year. Springing the Blues is held at Jacksonville Beach’s Seawalk Pavilion.
  12. Beaches Museum Springing the Blooms
    Taking place throughout the Museum’s Pablo Historical Park, Springing the Blooms will feature horticultural exhibits, beekeeping demonstrations, honey tastings, family-friendly activities, educational lectures, and live children’s music on the historic Foreman’s House front porch.
  13. Spring Break Slime Workshop
    Join the Spring Break Slime Workshop where kids ages four to thirteen can learn the perfect recipe to create their own unique slime. After creating two slimes that they’ll be able to bring home the event will also provide lunch and a dance party with a live DJ! Ikea will be hosting multiple workshops over spring break for kids to go and get their creative blood flowing. They can learn how to make their own Fair Rock Garden, design their own 3D Fabric, or Spin Art through the workshops that they’ll be putting on for your little artists at the IKEA restaurant.

    IKEA Jacksonville Spring Break-Fairy Rock Garden
    IKEA Jacksonville Spring Break Little Artist - Spin Art
    IKEA Jacksonville Spring Break-3D Fabric Design

  14. Livin2Travel Presents Oyster Festival
    The Oyster Jam will be taking place at the Jacksonville Landing with food, drinks, and live music provided throughout the day by The Conch Fritters Band, Neon Whiskey, and Southern Rukus. You can also either pay to have someone shuck your oysters for you or bring your own shucking equipment!
  15. Purim Carnival 2019
    The Purim Carnival has over 17 fun booths, a petting zoo, face painting, pony rides, a concession stand, and inflatable playhouses and many other activities that your kids will love.

For more events, check the event calendar.