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Freebie Friday: Spring break on the cheap

HOUSTON – The school bell at the end of the day Friday officially marks the start of spring break for thousands of kids in our area. If you're staying in town, consumer expert Amy Davis is helping you construct the perfect staycation packed with free activities all week long.

A lot of museums are letting kids in free and extending their hours for spring break. Then there are those places that you always plan to go but can't because of school and work. Next week is the time.
  
You're invited to White Oak Music Hall's first free open house. Bring the kids for a bounce house, food trucks and local vendors at 2915 North Main Street Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Get the first glimpse of the art cars that will be rolling through town in this year's Art Car Parade at the Houston Art Car Preview celebration Saturday from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. at 301 Milam.

Starting Monday, Discovery Green becomes a spring break destination packing the park with fun every day, like Touch-a-Truck on Tuesday from noon until 4 p.m. and a foam party Friday afternoon.

Kids 12 and under are always free at the Museum of Fine Arts; and there are activities planned for kids every day next week

The Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens are letting kids 17 and under in free next week with a full rundown of arts and crafts, scavenger hunts and other kid adventures.

Don't forget about the HPD Mounted Patrol horse barn at 5005 Little York. You can stop by between noon and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Bring apples, carrots and peppermints to feed the horses.

Check out our partner's site, Houston on the Cheap for even more free and cheap spring break ideas.