Spring Break & Kids' Activities at Houston Rodeo 2014

MONDAY, MARCH 4 - SUNDAY, MARCH 23

KIDS COUNTRY, AGVENTURE,
FUN ON THE FARM, CARNIVAL

PLUS NEW 2014 FAMILY ATTRACTIONS:

ANT COLONY, MINIATURE BREEDS,
FISHERIES, RAINWATER HARVESTING,
TOUR OF TEXAS 

Courtesy of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

 

     Let's go! Let's pack up the kids and have some good old-fashioned fun at the Rodeo! But first, let's outline a tentative plan from the family activities list below so we don't miss any of the fascinating educational opportunities the Rodeo offers.

     Many parents with young children, armed with antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer, arrive early for the farm animal encounters at the AgVenture, Kids Country and Fun on the Farm areas. Kids can pet and feed a wallaby, llamas and potbelly pigs. They can help with farm chores including gathering eggs, planting and harvesting crops and milking a cow. They can learn about the everyday products they use, like crayons and marshmallows, made by the Texas agriculture industry. Then, there are more than 70 rides with various height requirements at the Carnival. The more child-friendly rides are in the Kids Country Carnival section. 

     The Rodeo is presenting exciting new attractions and features this year. The Tour of Texas Exhibit divides the Lone Star State into seven regions to showcase the commodities, vegetation, topography and wildlife of each area. The We're Small, Y'All Barn features miniature breeds of livestock raised in Texas. The new Fisheries Exhibit spotlights commercial fishing and aquaculture in our state. And the Horticulture Exhibit will include a real ant colony, so kids can observe how ants work together underground. Also new for 2014, the Rainwater Harvesting exhibit displays a rainwater catch system and its benefits and uses.

     The Kids Country Stage will offer live music with popular local bands. In AgVenture, families can watch animal births on video screens broadcast live from the Birthing Center.


CLICK HERE for MAPS: RELIANT PARK, TRANSPORTATION &  PARKING MAPS
 
 

KIDS COUNTRY & FUN ON THE FARM  
OPEN 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

 

MUTTON BUSTIN':  5-year-old and 6-year-old children try to hold on tight and ride sheep for eight seconds. Participation is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Maximum weight: 55 pounds. Cost: $15.

 

PETTING ZOO:  Animals at the petting zoo include a wallaby, llamas, potbelly pigs, goats, ducks, chickens and rabbits.

 

CAMEL RIDES:  Kids can pretend they're on a desert adventure high atop a camel's back. Cost: $7.

 

PONY RIDES:  Get in the saddle and ride Welsh ponies walking around carousel-style. Cost: $7.

 

PIG RACES:  The pigs race around a 150-foot track towards sweets at the finish line. Look out for the famous swimming pig.

 

KIDS PEDAL TRACTOR PULL:  Children ages 4-12 can compete in a pedal-powered tractor pull.

 

GOAT MOUNTAIN:  Children can observe goats on a rocky hill and learn about the goat industry in Texas.

   

AGVENTURE ACTIVITIES

  

BIRTHING CENTER:  Witness dairy cattle, pigs and sheep give birth. Observe the newborn animals cuddle with their mothers. Watch the babies take their first steps. For the first time this year, the births will be broadcast on video screens scattered around the Texas Farm Bureau AgVenture area.  

  

MILKING PARLOR:  Kids are allowed to milk the cows after watching a demonstration. The presentation shows how a cow is milked and the process used to get milk to the store shelves.

 

DAIRY DISCOVERY ZONE:  Interactive learning experience about dairy products and how cows are milked.

 

RABBITS AND CAVIES (GUINEA PIGS):  Pet different breeds of furry and gentle rabbits. Also check out the cavies or guinea pigs.    

 

CREED ROW BARN:  Kids can get close-up looks at different breeds of swine, cattle, sheep and goats.

  

POULTRY:  Check out turkeys, chickens, chicks and hatching eggs in the incubator.

 

HONEY BEES:  Observe bees working to make honey in hives that are encase in protective plastic.

 

HORTICULTURE EXHIBIT:  Observe the inner workings of an ant farm. Learn how the soil, insects, worms and water have roles in vegetation and agriculture. Kids can plant a seed and take it home to watch it grow. Families can make a composting bin.  

 

COTTON GIN:  Learn about cotton's journey from the fields to closets. Did you know that Texas leads the country in cotton production?

  

CLICK HERE for the HOUSTON RODEO CONCERT LINEUP





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