Spring Break is here! Take a look at some of the great options for experiential fun found right here in Midland. Whether your family has a history buff, a nature enthusiast, a future scientist, or a curious kid – these local attractions will both entertain and educate the entire family.
Covering almost 50 acres of West Texas terrain, Sibley Nature Center gives everyone a front row seat to experiencing our most exciting natural surroundings. Offering either self-paced trail walks or employee-led tours, Sibley Nature Center will keep the attention of the whole family while teaching some great lessons on West Texas’ fascinating habitats. The center hosts many interactive exhibits for every age, including access to an impressive collection of local geological artifacts and prehistoric fossils, educational art work and taxidermy, and much more. Make sure you ask for Michael!
Fiddlesticks Farms is a family-owned, local fall fun attraction. There are plenty of opportunities to learn about life on a farm, caring for farm animals, growing pumpkins, and milking a cow. They host Field Trip Days emphasizing education, so make a reservation and learn about farm life at Fiddlesticks! They are open from late September 26 through late November 21 and make memories that last year-round.
The Bush Family Home is a pristine preservation of the home of not one but two former US presidents. This is where George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara Bush, raised their young family between 1951-1955. While visiting this historical home, the whole family can learn about its connection to two presidents, two governors, a first lady, an ambassador, and a CIA director. This home-turned-museum is the best place to learn about this uniquely-American family with deep roots in the Midland area.
Do you have a future firefighter in your family? The Midland Downtown Lions Club Fire Museum is great for kids (or adults) of any age that want to get up close and personal with Midland’s first fire trucks, early firefighting equipment, a World War II fire alarm, and historical photos. The museum is free and sure to impress any little one that admires these heroes.
Few destinations offer as many educational opportunities as the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum. Adults and children alike will enjoy the opportunity to explore a combination of science, technology, engineering, math, and history of the Midland area. There are interactive exhibits to discover around every corner and so much to learn about 230 million years of Permian Basin history.
Continue your educational journey to the fantastic Museum of the Southwest. It’s a Midland icon and combines history of the Turner Mansion, art displays in the Lissa Noel Wagner Wing, and science through the stars at a Marian Blakemore Planetarium dome show.
Plan your day of educational fun in Midland!