spring break activities in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex

Spring Break Mini Camps


Have a fun Spring Break close to home

Less than 10 miles from downtown McKinney and only 30 miles from the heart of Dallas, it is the perfect location for a daytrip.

The Heard has shaded picnic facilities, 289 acres of varied eco-systems with miles of hiking trails running through them, a variety of special programs and exhibits, and much more. Plus, during Spring Break, we offer special programs for a variety of ages. Learn more below.

Kids walking the trail with a camp leader during spring break mini camp

Covid-19 Considerations

  • Masks are required for all campers & staff.
  • Social distancing will be practiced in each camp room and when outside as much as possible.
  • A health screening that may include a temperature check will be done at check-in.
  • Only staff & campers will be allowed into the building/classroom areas and a one-way path with will be used for drop-off/pick-up.
  • All touch items will be single use and disinfected between uses (pencils, markers, scissors, etc.).
  • High touch areas will be disinfected before and after each camp.
  • Hand sanitizer and hand soap will be available at all times.


Each mini-camp explores a different topic, a hike on the sanctuary, a live animal visitor (no contact), and a take-home project. Preregistration required. Participants should dress for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes suitable for walking on uneven gravel. Participants may wish to bring water in a carrier. Pre-registration is required.

Kindergarten –  6th Grade

March 8 – March 11; 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Did you know that Texas is home to a variety of aquatic and land turtles? Come and find out more about these favorite reptiles as we explore topics like where they live, how fast they move, and if they can take off their shells. Meet some of our education turtles in person and look for wild ones during our nature hike.

As the coldest time of the year comes to an end, new life sprouts up all over. Come join us as we look for some of the signs of spring: new leaves and budding flowers, migrating birds, baby animals and more!

Hone your detective skills as we sleuth around for nature clues from tracks and scat to chewed leaves and holes in bark. Then we’ll piece  together what we’ve found to find out more about “who done it!”

Where do birds like ducks and cranes stop when they are migrating? Where do fish and frogs hatch and grow up? Where do deer and raccoons get a drink? Join us as we take a hike through our wetlands and find out just how important wetlands are not only to the plants and animals that live there, but to all living things as well.


Heard Museum Members-Only Registration: through January 17

Registration Open to the Public: January 18


Kindergarten – 6th Grade

(Minimum age 5 years on September 1, 2021) 


Member Rate: $20

Non-Member Rate: $24

Spring Break General Admission Special

Monday, March 7, 2022 through Friday, March 11, 2022

Heard eNews subscribers will enjoy $2 off regular child (ages 3-12) general admission Monday, March 7, 2022 through Friday, March 11, 2022. Valid only during listed dates for general admission purchased at the Heard admissions desk only. Not valid online or in combination with other offers. Not a Heard eNews subscriber? Sign up now.

Special Monday Hours: March 7

The Heard is normally closed on Mondays, but will be open on Monday, March 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Guests may not be admitted after 4 p.m.) For more information about our scheduled hours of operations visit our Hours page.