PLEASE NOTE: THE LIST BELOW IS FROM 2014. Here is the list of 100+ Free Things for Kids and Families to do in San Antonio this Summer (2016).
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There are so many fantastic ways to spend time with your kids in San Antonio this summer. Wouldn’t it be nice if they didn’t all cost a lot of money? Here’s San Antonio Mom Blogs’ list of 50+ free camps, activities, events, and programs your kids will love experiencing this summer and they are all free!
Free tech camps for kids
These three-day, free Apple camp sessions teach kids, ages 8-12, how to use iMovie to make their own films.
Microsoft hosts free Youthspark Summer Camps at their La Cantera store for kids, ages 8-10 and 11-13. Courses include: smart game coding, smart game designing, smart movie making, smart photo taking. Registration is now open.
Free programming camps for middle and high schoolers
Three free programming camps for middle and high schoolers in San Antonio this summer. San Antonio Youth Code Jam has details on these camps which take place in June and August this summer. Register now!
Free Bowling Programs
AMF free bowling for kids
Kids get three free games every weekday in June, July, August at these locations: Country Lanes (San Pedro) and Ponderosa Lanes (Goliad)
Kids get one free game of bowling every day in June, July, August
Kids get two free games per day and discounts on shoe rental
Free Swimming Pools
From now until June 13, free admission is available at the following San Antonio public pools: Heritage, 1423 Ellison Dr.; Lady Bird Johnson, 10700 Nacogdoches; Lincoln, 2803 E. Commerce; and Woodlawn, 221 Alexander Ave. Lap swimming is available Tuesday through Thursday from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. and open swimming is offered offered Tuesday through Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 7 p.m.
From June 14 – August 16, free admission is available at all of San Antonio’s 24 outdoor pools which are open Tuesday through Sunday from 1 to 7 p.m. with some pools open from 2 to 8 p.m.
Free Summer Movies
Santikos Free Summer Movies
Every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10AM
Free Movies by Moonlight in Travis Park by Slab Cinema
Slab Cinema provides Movies by Moonlight in Travis Park all summer long on Tuesday evenings. Parking garages downtown are free on Tuesdays after 5:00 p.m.
Free Family Flicks at San Antonio Museum of Art
Family Flicks at SAMA, AGES 6 and up, Every second Saturday at sundown
Free Movies by the Lake
Movies by the Lake at Woodlawn Lake Park San Antonio free outdoor screening each fourth Saturday at dusk. Bring lawn chairs and blankets.
Free outdoor movies in Alamo Heights
June 20, July 18, August 22
Free outdoor movies at the Nature Trailhead park next to the Heights Pool. Bring blankets, chairs and picnics. Movies start at dusk.
Cycle In Cinema at Main Plaza
Outdoor movie every Thursday this summer during June – August, movie starts at dusk (around 8:45 p.m.)
Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp: free family movies
Tickets are available at the box office on the day of the show, and seating is first come, first served.
Regal: $1 admission to family movies
Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m.
Free Reading Programs
San Antonio Library’s Summer Reading Program (begins June 1)
Barnes and Noble Summer Reading
Half Price Books Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program
Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
Pottery Barn Kids Summer Reading Challenge
Mooo-dy Summer Mania with Judy Moody books and Borden Milk
Free Parks and Historical Sites
San Antonio has 185 public parks and greenways and they’re all free to visit. Here are a few San Antonio parks our family recommends. And, learn to go geocaching in local parks. This San Antonio Express-News article on geocaching shows you how.
All five San Antonio Missions are free to visit (although donations are accepted)
Cibolo Nature Center (Boerne): free admission (although donations are accepted)
Four separate ecosystems are available to explore, including: a marsh, a savannah, a forest, and a prairie.
Japanese Tea Gardens at Sunken Gardens
Located near the San Antonio Zoo and Brackenridge Park, the San Antonio Japanese Tea Garden is an oasis of lush greenery, calming ponds, and breathtaking views. And it’s all free! Details in this post.
The Quadrangle on Fort Sam Houston
All you need is a government issued I.D. or driver’s license, and you can gain free entry into The Fort Sam Houston Quadrangle, San Antonio’s second oldest military installation (and oldest active one). Peacocks, deer, geese, and rabbits roam freely around the grounds, and they’re extremely tame and love to be fed. Details in this post.
Free San Antonio Public Library Events, Activities, and Services
Regularly check the San Antonio Library’s updated calendar of free events, story times, arts and crafts, book clubs, and classes for kids and teens.
Free streaming movies are available from indieflix and the San Antonio Library (all you need is your library card number to create an account).
Free digital magazines from the San Antonio Library (all you need is your library card number to create an account).
Free Museums for Military members and their families
Memorial Day – Labor Day 2014
Free museum admission for active duty military (including National Guard and Reserve) and up to five family members
Courtesy of Blue Star Museums. Participating San Antonio museums include: The Alamo, the Institute of Texan Cultures, the Casa Navarro State Historic Site, the McNay Art Museum, and the San Antonio Museum of Art. Visit the Blue Star Museums website for FAQs and more information.
San Antonio Children’s Museum free admission
HEB Free Family Night every third Tueday of the month – adults and children get free admission and parking is free on Tuesdays downtown:
Admission is free on Tuesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Free admission to fun activities on the McNay grounds. Event includes art, food, and music. Every second Thursday from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
San Antonio Museum of Art free admission:
Tuesdays from 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sundays from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
First Sundays for Families from 12:00 pm. – 4:00 p.m. (free admission for kids 12 and under, adults are $10 each)
Institute of Texan Cultures
Second Sunday of the month – free admission
Barney Smith’s Toilet Seat Art Museum in Alamo Heights (yes, you read that correctly): free admission
More Free Fun
Free San Antonio Missions baseball games. Join the Mission Kids Club and receive free admission to Sunday home games and other activities.
Tour the San Antonio Shoe Factory
The company gives regular, free tours of their shoe and purse factory, located on the southwest side of town. Details in this post.
Stroll the San Antonio Riverwalk or around downtown San Antonio (and, if you do it on Tuesday evenings after 5pm, downtown parking garages offer free parking).
Free Car Rally every second Saturday at Wonderland of the Americas Mall, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Morgan’s Wonderland Mom’s Group
The Morgan’s Wonderland Moms’ Group meets the first and third Friday of every month at 9:00 a.m. Free admission for kids, ages 3-10 and moms are just $15 each. Must arrive before 9:45 to receive free admission for kids.
More almost-free fun
Summer passes on sale now: you can skate June 6 – August 24 for only $100 total per person
Tuesdays, 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Bargain Day: $3 Admission, $3 Regular Skate Rental, and $3 Hot dog special (hot dog and soft drink)
Carvel Skate Center Leon Valley
Tuesdays and Thursdays: Discount all day skate, 1:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., $5 per person (includes admission and skate rental)
Carvel Skateland South
Tuesdays, 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., $5 per person (includes admission and skate rental)
Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., $5 per person (includes admission and skate rental)
Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Family Night – Parents skate free with their children (kids are just $3.70 plus tax)
See these posts for more free summer fun in San Antonio:
Free Fun in San Antonio (my guest post over at Free Fun in Austin last year)
Visit San Antonio’s free events page
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