We are less than a week from Spring Break in the Texas Panhandle and although we aren't Daytona Beach, Disney World or Cozumel, we do have a lot of fun things to do on that wonderful week off from school.

Our local treasures always have some fun events going on that you and the entire family can enjoy.

Palo Duro Canyon

Don't forget we have the amazing PDC to go and check out.  Go take a hike and have a picnic in the Canyon.  Enjoy the scenery and have fun.

They have a few events going on during the week.

Monday, March 12th - Sunset Hike 7-9pm - This 1 1/2 mile hike around the Berry Loop Trail as the sun sets.   Meet at the Chinaberry Day Use Area and arrive at the park entrance by 6:30pm.  Dress for the weather, wear hiking appropriate shoes, bring plenty of water and a flashlight.

Wednesday, March 14th

Tot Trek - 11am - 12n

Bring out your tots and have some fun in the Canyon.  Let them hear a funny tale about the Old West, then take a 1/2 mile hike on the Paseo del Rio Trail with a park interpreter. Meet at the Chinaberry Day Use area.  Dress you and your tot in hiking appropriate shoes and bring plenty of water.

Although this hike is mainly for toddlers and young children, everyone is welcome.

Junior Ranger Program - 1-2:30pm

Bring the kids out and let them become junior rangers.  They can learn all about PDC, it's resources and they will get to take part in a mini service project.  They will earn a sleeve patch.  Meet at the El Coronado Lodge visitor center.  Dress for the weather and wear hiking appropriate shoes.

This is for ages 4-12

What's the Scoop on Poop?  3-5pm

Animals leave signs everywhere.  Learn about how you can tell what animals roam PDC.  From their nests, to footprints, fur or feathers.  Learn from the evidence animals leave including their poop!  Or a nicer word, their scat.  The park interpreter will take you on an easy hike to find out how much you can learn from animal droppings.  Meet at the Mack Dick Group Pavillion, and make sure you are at the park entrance no later than 2:30p.  Dress for the weather, wear appropriate shoes for hiking, and bring plenty of water.

All these activities are free with admission into Palo Duro Canyon.

Admission: $5 per adult, Kids 12 and under get in for free.


Bring the family out each day for something different.  Monday, March 12 - 16

Monday - Sounds of Nature
1:00–3:00 – Meet and learn about some of nature’s animal ambassadors and the noises they make from Lone Star Scales & Tails and the Wildwest Wildlife Rehabilitation Center!

1:00–4:00 – The Amarillo Humane Society will be joining us to educate the community on animal care and adoption. You’ll be able to meet, pet and hear the animals.

Tuesday - Sounds of Music
Join Tarpley’s Instruments for a day of music education. You’ll have the opportunity to try out and play different instruments too!

10:00-12:00- Enjoy the classical rhythms of the Amarillo Symphony.
10:00– 12:00- Virtual Reality Music Jam Studio. Are you the next big ROCK STAR?! This VR program lets you play drums, guitars, and other instruments and you’ll feel like you’re really on stage in front of your fans.
1:00-3:00- Make beautiful music in the STOMP Room and jam out with recycled materials. Find music with everyday items such as trash cans, pipes and springs.

Wednesday - Pi Day
1:00 -4:30 pm- We’re celebrating the number Pi=3.1415926 on 3/14. Plus it’s Einstein’s birthday so the DHDC staff will be serving FREE* pie starting at 1:59 pm. *while supplies last.
1:00 pm- Are you the biggest fan of all kinds of pie?! Go for the Gold in our annual Pi Day pie-eating contest!
10:00am-12:00pm- Make your own instrument with a fun take-home craft!

Thursday - Sounds of the Body
11:30-3:00 – Come and help out those in need by donating the gift of life with Coffee Memorial Blood Center. Eligible donors will receive a free T-shirt.
2:00-3:30- What sounds do you hear from the bodies of creatures? Find out with a live animal display courtesy of Fish Pros.

Friday - Sounds of Rescue
11:00-1:00- Get up close and personal with the Lifestar Helicopter. The propellers themselves put out an incredible sound.
1:00-4:00 – Discover how sounds of an AMR Ambulance & AMS Therapy Dog can help us when we’re in trouble.
1:00-4:00- The Amarillo Police Deportment will let you test the sounds of the sirens on a Police Car.
1:00-4:00- Learn about safety and smoke alarms and how to get out of danger with the Kid Safety Fire House from the Amarillo Fire Department.

Spring Break activities are included in the admission price:

Adults - $11

Children under 12 and Students 12-20 - $8

Military with valid ID and Senior - $8.


Spring Break Art Camp

Your child will get to create 8 amazing projects during this 4 day camp.  They will learn the different mediums of art in a fun way.

You can chose to have your child at the camp all 4 days or just by the day.

Sign up today to ensure your child has a spot.


Don't miss taking the entire family out to the PPHM for Spring Break.  This year, they are usually closed on Monday, but they will be open the Monday of Spring Break.

Even though they don't have any specific activities going on for Spring Break, you'll definitely have to check out their new exhibit, Pop Culture while you are there, plus check out all their other cool exhibits.  Don't forget to download the PPHM Tour App for your phone and have your own personal tour guide in the palm of your hand.

They are open Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm

Admission:

$10 – Adults
$9 – Seniors 65+
$9 – Groups over 20
$5 – Children (4-12)
$3 – Children’s Groups
Free – Members and children under 4
Free – West Texas A&M University Faculty, Staff and Students with Buff Gold Card


Don't forget to take the kids out and enjoy a day at the Amarillo Zoo.  See the lions, and tigers, lemurs and more.

The Amarillo Zoo is open 7 days a week, 9:30am -5pm

Admission:

Adults - $4
Seniors over 62 - $3
Children 12 and under $2
Under 2 are free.

Mondays are half price.


Who doesn’t want to swim on their Spring Break. Unfortunately the weather isn’t quite warm enough for the swimming pools to be open. However, when you have an indoor pool with a river and cool slides, it’s summertime all year round.

Make time to take the kids to swim on the WT Campus. The pool is located in the Virgil Henson Activities Center


The library always has some fun things going on. With different branches all over the city you’ll be able to find some fun activities for the kids at the library on Spring Break.

The great thing about the library it’s not just about books. They have crafts, learning, and more!