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. 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

Reptiles include some of the most recognized and misunderstood animals.  Find out more about these amazing critters and meet some of the reptiles that make the Heard their home.

Spring: it’s eggstraordinary! Eggs are laid by many different animals and come in variety of shapes and sizes. Explore the who, what, and where about these life starting shells.

Furry baby animals and spring just go hand and hand. Learn about what makes a mammal a mammal and which ones have their young this time of year.

Wetlands are known for being one of nature’s busiest nurseries. Check out what’s going on in our wetlands this time of year and why they are so important.

3rd Grade – 9th Grade

March 12

Learn about what it takes to care for the museum’s animal ambassadors. See what happens behind-the-scenes and meet some of our animal ambassadors in person (note: animals will not be touched). You will also get to help prepare food and/or enrichment items for some of our animals – just like our animal care staff does.



Kindergarten – 6th Grade

3rd Grade – 9th Grade

(Minimum age 5 years on September 1, 2020) 


Member Rate: $18

Non-Member Rate: $22


Kindergarten – 6th Grade:

March 8 – March 11


3rd Grade – 9th Grade:

March 12

Spring Break General Admission Special

Monday, March 8, 2021 through Friday, March 12, 2021

Enjoy $2 off regular child (ages 3-12) general admission Monday, March 8, 2021 through Friday, March 12, 2021. Valid only during listed dates for general admission purchased at the Heard admissions desk only. Not valid online or in combination with other offers.

Special Monday Hours: March 8

The Heard is normally closed on Mondays, but will be open on Monday, March 8 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.