Disclosure: My family received free admission and a swag bag in addition to four tickets to give away. However, all opinions are mine.
LEGO lovers, now is the time to visit the San Antonio Botanical Garden to see Nature Connects, LEGO artist Sean Kenney’s fascinating LEGO exhibit, which runs now through January 4. However, once you’re there, you’ll realize that any time is a great time to visit our local Botanical Garden. Here are San Antonio Mom Blogs’ five tips for making the most of your family’s visits (and be sure to enter our giveaway for four tickets at the bottom of this page!):
1. Plan plenty of time for your visit
In addition to wandering around the gorgeous 38-acre garden, admiring the bright colored flowers and lush foliage, there are plenty of opportunities for kids to play and run so you won’t want to rush. Kids will want to stop to examine the Lego sculptures, designed and created by LEGO artist Sean Kenney and his team (it took them 8 months to build all 27 sculptures you’ll see on display at the Garden, however, they were assembled off site and are held together with an organic glue so they were easy to place into the garden). But they’ll also want to assemble their own LEGO creations in the Conservatory Palm Pavilion, run around the grassy green grounds, swing in the hammocks, feed the turtles and the fish in the pond, and marvel at the beauty of nature. Let your child lead the way and explore and enjoy nature together.
2. Bring (or buy) a lunch
Pack and bring lunch so you can spend as much time at the Garden as possible. There are all sorts of shady, cozy spots throughout the garden where you can enjoy a family meal. Plus, what child doesn’t love a picnic? If you happen to forget to pack a lunch and you still don’t want your visit to end, never fear. Just stop by the Carriage House Bistro, located at the front of the Garden. Kids’ menu items start at just $4 and include their faves like peanut butter and jelly, pasta, grilled cheese, and scrambled eggs with bacon and toast.
3. Bring quarters to feed the fish and the turtles
Speaking of lunch, fish gotta eat too, right? Near the back of the Garden, in the East Pineywoods section, a picture perfect pond sits, surrounded by tall pines. The pond is filled with friendly fish and turtles. And just in front of the Log Cabin, there is a fish food dispenser. Pop in a few quarters and let your kids feed the fish and turtles. But, beware: you may never get them to leave this tranquil, fun spot.
4. Bring an extra camera (or two) for your kids to use
The San Antonio Botanical Garden is the perfect spot for kids to practice their photography skills. They can take wide-angle shots of the rolling hills around the Garden, or get close-ups of flowers blooming and butterflies flitting by. Taking pictures of the LEGO sculptures is a must, of course! Share some photography basics with your kids on the way to the Garden (how to focus, creating compositions, trying different angles and perspectives, photographing plants vs. people) and then give them free reign to photograph whatever their heart desires. They’ll bring home fond memories of their trip and maybe even develop a love for taking pictures too.
5. Wear closed-toe shoes
My daughter, our friends, and I learned this lesson the hard way during our visit to the Botanical Garden this weekend with a group of San Antonio Bloggers. While there are lots of paved paths throughout the Garden, the path around the pond in the East Texas Pineywood section is covered in a dark mulch. It coated our flip-flop-clad feet and made for some funny photos. My daughter also received a tiny ant bite. So, if you don’t want to have to scrub little feet when you leave, it’s better to be safe than sorry: wear your tennies!
The San Antonio Botanical Garden is a must-see spot whether you’re traveling to the Alamo City or you’re a lucky resident who can take advantage of visiting it all year long. Admission is $10 for adults, and $7 for kids ages 3-13 (kids under 3 are free). But the best deal is a family membership which, at just $65 per family, provides free admission to the Garden for one year and discounts on special events, classes, and summer camps and at the Carriage House Bistro and gift shop.
Be sure to check out the Garden’s upcoming events: Gardens by Moonlight, this Saturday evening, Bootanica Plant Sale (Halloween fun for kids and a plant sale for adults) on October 25, Family Flashlight Night on November 7, and much more: San Antonio Botanical Garden events.
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