things to do for spring break in san antonio

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Wait, you thought that was Christmas? Please! Rarely cold and almost never too hot, Spring Break weather in San Antonio is gorgeous, begging us to get outdoors and explore all that the Alamo City and the surrounding areas have to offer.

Still, rainy and cold days can show up uninvited. We won’t let them ruin our fun! We’ll include events and activities going on indoors, outdoors, and everywhere in between. And, because not every parent can take time off while their kids are on break, we’ve also rounded up some of the best Spring Break camps in town.

Make the most of your holiday without breaking the bank and take advantage of our round up of the best Things to do in San Antonio for Spring Break 2019:

San Antonio Things To Do makes every effort to ensure that this list is accurate and up-to-date. However, some venues/events/activities may make changes without notifying us. We recommend contacting them directly before visiting to be 100% sure that their offerings are still available.

TOP PICK

This spring break, race over to the Science Mill for Mechanical Marvels and tons of fun! Located in nearby Johnson City, just an hour from San Antonio, this science museum offers fun for the whole family with 50+ hands-on indoor and outdoor exhibits and a 3D movie, plus special Mechanical Marvels activities during Spring Break. Take on their mBot obstacle course to drive your mBots through twists and turns. Check out their one-of-a-kind K’nex machine and control it with a joystick, then try your hand at inventing and coding your own creation! Plus, make a customized avatar passport to guide you through the interactive exhibits!

Spring Break Hours (March 12-17 and March 19-24): 10 am-5 pm, Tuesday-Saturday; Noon-5 pm on Sunday. Special Mechanical Marvels activities will run from 11:30 am-2 pm Tuesday-Friday both weeks.

Learn more at http://sciencemill.org!

 

SPECIAL DEALS & ACTIVITIES

San Antonio Aquarium
The Deep Sea at the San Antonio Aquarium explores habitats all over the world from the shores of Oregon to isolated Indonesia. Admission to the aquarium usually runs $8.95- $13.95 but you can get tickets now for $5- $6.50, making this one of the best cheap things to do during Spring Break in San Antonio!

Planet Pioneers at the Witte Museum
Do you have what it takes to survive in another world? The kids will attempt to solve problems like sourcing their own air and food, landing rockets, and how to pack for the trip. Tickets usually start at $19 per child but you can get them now for just $9.50!

Get Movies on the Cheap
Sometimes, there’s no better Spring Break activity than enjoying a movie on the big screen. Whether you’re looking for a basic kids flick or the most tech-savvy movie experience, there are plenty of ways to save. Regal Cinema is one of the most tech-heavy experiences you can get in the movie industry with amazing surround sound, IMAX, 3D, 4DX, and more. Tickets are regularly $13 but you can get all that now for just $9.50!

AMC Yellow Tickets
For the latest blockbusters with a steal of a price, check out this deal from AMC. Their new online “Yellow Tickets” gets you $13.50 admission for just $9. Bonus? They’re good for any day and time.

K1 Speed Go-Kart Racing
Looking for something a little faster to do as a family during Spring Break? Check out K1 Speed to race state-of-the-art, high-performance, zero-emission electric karts. You’ll race around the indoor track with the wind (not smelly gas fumes) flying through your hair. Racing packages usually start at $30 but you can get them now for as little as $17.

 

SPRING BREAK CAMPS AND EVENTS

Cibolo Nature Center & Farm Outdoor Adventure Spring Break Camp
March 11, 12 & 13, 2019 for kids aged 5 – 12 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Join us for three action packed days at the Cibolo Nature Center. We will geocache in the woods for treasures, fish on the banks of the creek, dip our nets in the marsh for critters, hike, tie-dye, make s’mores and catch bugs in the prairie. We will use binoculars to look for wildlife, make prints of animal tracks, fly kites, sing songs and make crafts to take home! $65 a day. 

Spring Fling | Spring Break Family Day| Free Family Event
Tuesday, March 12 from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
San Antonio Museum of Art
Celebrate nature with Spring- inspired art activities such as making flower crowns, botanical drawings, paper butterflies, and bluebonnet landscapes. Spring Fling coincides with Free Family Day so admission and all activities are free! Free admission is all day but the family activities are only from noon- 4 pm.

World Wide Soccer Spring Break Camp
This Spring Break Camp will be offered March 11th – 15th, 2019 @ GVTC Communications SportsPlex. Prices range from $85 – $190. Players will practice basic soccer skills such as passing and more technical skills such as building up play. There is even a camp for kids 3- 11 years old! Please remember to bring cleats, shin guards, soccer ball, soccer appropriate apparel & plenty of water/fluids. Full day players will also need a sack lunch.

Topgolf Spring Break Camp
Monday, March 11 – Wednesday, March 13 from 8:30 a.m. – 11:15 p.m.
The Topgolf Kids Spring Academy is three days of non-stop entertainment and learning that kids will love. This program includes all the components that make up the great game of golf. From chipping, putting and taking full swings, to rules and etiquette, kids will learn everything they need to know to improve their game. Each Academy is designed and taught by our professional golf instructors from Topgolf U in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Spring Academy is staffed with a low student-to-instructor ratio to ensure each Junior Golfer receives in-depth, hands-on attention while he or she develops a winning golf swing. Register your child(ren) today! $119 per child. Register by March 1 and save $20!

San Antonio Parks & Rec Spring Break Camp
Monday, March 11 – Friday, March 15 from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Spring Break Camp offers a variety traditional sports, active games, craft projects and seasonal themed activities; lunch and afternoon snack provided. These camps are for kids aged 6- 14 years old Space is limited to 50 participants per day and the cost is $3 per child per day. Registration strongly recommended.

 

OUTDOOR SPRING BREAK FUN IN SAN ANTONIO

San Antonio Parks
Visit some of San Antonio’s 185+ parks and greenways this Spring Break. And, use the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department’s cool Find a Park tool to be sure the park you’re going to visit has the amenities you need. And, don’t miss one of San Antonio’s coolest parks: Yanaguana Garden at Hemisfair Park (it has a splash pad!)

Stars and Stripes Drive-in Theater 
Head up IH-35 North a bit to New Braunfels for a drive-in movie, double feature experience. Tickets to double features of first-run movies are just $8 per person (aged 12 and up), $5 children ( 4-11), and kids three and under are free. Ask for the Military or First Responder discount, too, with valid ID. For the full experience, arrive at least 1 hour before showtime to grab dinner from the 50s Cafe, enjoy the covered patio, and let the kids play on the playground.

SeaWorld San Antonio and Aquatica
Spring Break at SeaWorld and Aquatica is better than ever. Visit to learn about animals and SeaWorld’s conservation and education efforts, visit a one-of-a-kind water park (with a brand new water slide!), enjoy extended hours, and check out the fun spring shows.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas
This family-favorite amusement park is open during Spring Break for maximum family fun. This year features a Meet & Greet with Wonder Woman!

San Antonio Zoo
The San Antonio Zoo is open daily during Spring Break from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. And this year, you can see the lion family of five up (really, really!) close in their new enclosure and meet some of the Zoo’s newest family members, including baby jaguars! And, don’t forget to feed the giraffes in the Savannah exhibit (a father and his two sons). Plus, the rhinos are back!

Ride the San Antonio Eagle Zoo Train
This historic train, formerly the Breckenridge Eagle, starts near the Zoo and makes stops at the Witte Museum, Kiddie Park, and the Japanese Tea Gardens, also known as the Sunken Gardens. Open daily from 9:00 a.m. (weather permitting), the ride is $4 for ages three and up. Free for anyone under three.

Stroll through the Japanese Tea Gardens
Free to visit, this hidden gem delights with pleasing views, lush greenery and brightly colored flowers and Koi ponds. Stay for lunch at the Jingu House, open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Morgan’s Wonderland
This one-of-a-kind theme park, built for individuals with special needs, is open during Spring Break. There are more than 25 attractions such as rides, playgrounds and other fun elements, including a colorful, five-and-a-half-story-high Ferris wheel, Whirling Wonder. Plus, Morgan’s Wonderland has added lots of special, daily events, entertainment, and activities this year!

Spring Break Activity Week at Mitchell Lake Audubon Center 
From Monday, March 11 through Friday, March 15, between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m., Mitchell Lake Audubon Center gives families a chance to flex their creativity, get some exercise and spend time in nature! Feel free to arrive anytime, with each day having a different theme. We will have crafts and special animal guests to see and learn about. Join us for a family-friendly nature walk at 9:30am, focused on the daily theme. Bring a picnic lunch and eat outside afterward. Snacks and drinks available for purchase. Prices are $5 adults, $3 kids. Members are free.

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch
Some fondly call it the “drive-thru” zoo but Natural Wildlife Ranch is so much more. Our previous post about the Ranch explains why this is one stop on your Spring Break list you just can’t miss. Admission can be pricey but you can drive through the park as many times as you like- just don’t leave unless you’re ready to pay admission prices again.

Natural Bridge Caverns Canopy Challenge and Zip Lines
Our friends at R We There Yet Mom say this Texas attraction will give you thrills all day long. This awe-inspiring ropes course and zip line, fun for adults and older kids, also offers a Canopy Kids Course for kids under 48 inches tall that’s great for kids under 6.

Kiddie Park (Broadway)
America’s oldest children’s amusement park, Kiddie Park, is well cared for and full of fantastic rides for little ones (up to about age 10) as well as classic carnival games. They are open from Wednesday – Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. during Spring Break. The San Antonio Zoo Eagle Train now stops at Kiddie Park!

Visit The Alamo 
San Antonio’s most recognized historic landmark, The Alamo is free to visit and it’s open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Visit the San Antonio Missions
In 2015, the San Antonio Missions were designated as a World Heritage Site – a huge honor as it’s the only one in the state of Texas! They’re also free to visit and there are four of them (not counting the Alamo): Mission Concepción, Mission San José, Mission San Juan, and Mission Espada. Built in the 1700s, these missions are still active Catholic parishes today.

Ride a boat down the San Antonio River
Take a boat tour in downtown San Antonio to learn about the rich and colorful history of the Alamo City and the San Antonio River. They’re having special tours for Spring Break!  Open daily from 9:00 a.m. Price: General Admission $12 | Bexar County Residents $10 | Senior Citizens & US Military $9 | Children (1 – 5) $6.

See San Antonio’s full history on the side of a cathedral
Every Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, three times a night (9:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.), a unique video art installation plays on the front of the San Fernando Cathedral. San Antonio | The Saga is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Get there early to get a bite to eat from a food truck, then sit back and enjoy this audio visual history lesson that’ll knock your socks off.

Visit El Mercado
Few places in town will give you the full experience of the color, culture, sights, sounds, and creativity of San Antonio like Market Square. Dine at the world-famous Mi Tierra, or visit more than 100 locally owned shops. There’s always a party atmosphere at El Mercado.

See downtown San Antonio from atop a double-decker bus
Operating daily from 8:40 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., these bright red, double-decker buses provide tours of downtown San Antonio with off-and-on-again stops at favorite destinations all over downtown. Hop on, ride to your next spot, hop off, and then hop on again to find your next adventure.

Take a downtown San Antonio ghost tour – if you dare!
Not for the faint-of-heart, San Antonio Ghost Tours offer a ghoulishly good time. Outfitted with latest ghost hunting equipment, you’ll be ready for whatever lurks in the dark corners of historic (and sometimes creepy!) downtown San Antonio.

Join a luck o’ the Irish festival (March 16 & 17) and parade in downtown San Antonio (March 17) 
Experience a family-friendly festival of music, food, fun and a festive green river.
March 16  & 17, 2018, Noon-8 pm: Concert & Festival at the Arneson River Theatre
March 16 – 18, 2018: St. Patrick’s Day Artisan River Walk Show – booths are located along the River Walk extension close to the Shops at Rivercenter.

Visit The Historic Pearl
Formerly a brewery, The Historic Pearl is where you can now find or a cup of San Antonio’s best javapastries to die forsome of the hottest restaurants in town, a wide variety of shopsone of the best hotels on the planet, and San Antonio’s largest Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings. Then walk from there down the Museum Reach along the San Antonio River, to the San Antonio Museum of Art or, further down to the stretch of where more fantastic restaurants and shops line the River Walk, beckoning you to stay a while. Too tired to walk back? Take a River Taxi!

See a real rodeo at Tejas Rodeo
Located just outside of San Antonio, in Bulverde, Texas, Tejas Rodeo provides an authentic rodeo experience. Family-friendly rodeos take place every Saturday night during March with the doors opening at 5:00 p.m. and the rodeo starting at 7:30 p.m. Onsite dining is available both before and after the rodeo.

And, don’t miss our posts on San Antonio area splash pads, pools, and waterparks: where to get wet!

 

INDOOR SPRING BREAK FUN

Animal World & Snake Farm
One of the top priorities at Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo is to provide an intimate, up-close and personal experience. Through hands-on interactions, education and conservation-based programs and interactive shows, visitors are given the opportunity to make genuine connections that will last a lifetime. Admission ranges from $9.75 – $12.75 and parking is free!

The Rollercade
Family owned and operated since 1959, The Rollercade is our family’s favorite place to skate. They’ll be open during Spring Break and running specials all week but your best bet is to go on Tuesday for Bargain Day, from 9- 11 am. It’s just $3 admission per person, $3 skate rental per person, and $3 for one hot dog with a soda.

Ice and Golf Center at Northwoods
Following the Winter Games, this is the perfect sport and pastime for active families! The Ice and Golf Center Northwoods offers public ice skating and mini-golf hours during Spring Break. Visit their website for rates and dates/times.

Check out Dave and Busters at Rivercenter Mall
Created with family fun in mind, Dave and Busters in downtown San Antonio brings together the perfect mix of elements needed to please everyone in the family. Kids love the variety of exciting games and the ability to earn prizes. Adults love that the food is great (with healthy options available, including steamed edamame and an assortment of salads) and that the cocktails and beer are perfectly chilled. Parents will also like having the games area in the back of the restaurant while the dining section is up front as it provides an easy way to keep an eye on the kids while still sitting at the table.

Test your mental and physical skills at Extreme Escape
New to San Antonio, Extreme Escape provides a unique, challenging, interactive experience for groups. Players gather in a deeply immersive, themed room, and have one hour to use their mental and physical abilities to find and apply clues in order to solve a real-life puzzle and escape from the room before the clock runs out. It’s like stepping into a live video game!

Recommended Ages: Players of all ages are welcome. Themes and clues are recommended for ages 9 and up, but younger players can join in on the fun (and may surprise you with their clue-solving ability!). Parents should accompany children to Extreme Escape. Two of the four available themed rooms are best-suited for families: Mutiny (a pirate adventure) and Supervillian. Get more details at Extreme Escape‘s website.

Visit San Antonio Museums during their free days and times
Nearly all San Antonio museums offer free days and times to visit. Take advantage of them and bring the whole family!

Play at The DoSeum
San Antonio’s state-of-the-art children’s museum opened in the summer of 2015 to rave reviews from people of all ages. The DoSeum features three, two-story exhibit halls and nearly 40,000 square feet of outdoor play space filled with fun and educational activities for kids, ages 0-12.

Enjoy the McNay Art Museum’s Free Spring Break Family Days
The McNay Art Museum offers free admission for kids 19 and under every day! Admission for adults over 19 is $20.

Learn about the Old West and Cowboys at the Briscoe Western Art Museum
Kids (12 and under) and active duty military members and their family (up to 4 people) are always free at the Briscoe and adults are just $10 each. The Briscoe is always free to visit on Tuesday evenings from 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Kids love the Briscoe and the mystery surrounding the days of stage coaches, old guns, riding on horseback, and epic battles.

Discover the cultures that make up our great state at the Institute of Texan Cultures
Visit the Institute of Texan Cultures on Sunday, March 10, for Free Second Sunday!

From 10:00 am – 2 pm during Spring Break, with regular admission ($10 for adults (18-64); $8 for seniors (65+) and children (6-17); free with membership, UTSA or Alamo Colleges identification), the Institute of Texan Cultures will open the buildings of the Back 40 outdoor learning area. Each day features one of the 1800s Frontier-era buildings, plus the barn and one-room schoolhouse. Children and families will be able to explore the role of children on the Frontier as they participate in chores, games and other activities.
• Monday, March 11 – Chores at the Log Cabin, including clothes washing, sweeping, garden work, churning butter and cleaning the rugs and quilts.
• Tuesday, March 12 – Map making, flag folding, knot tying and military life at the fort
• Wednesday, March 13 – Grind corn at the metate and grind herbs in a molcajete at the adobe house.
• Thursday, March 14 – Another visit to the log house
• Friday, March 15 – All buildings will be open.
When they’re done with chores, guests can take part in frontier games such as marbles, home-made kite flying, sack races, tossing washers and more.

Pick up a Cardboard Kid at one of these malls to decorate and help spread awareness of child abuse
ChildSafe kicks off its sixth year of their Cardboard Kids program, designed to make our community more aware of child abuse. You can pick up your free Cardboard Kids March 8-9 and March 15- 16, Fridays from 1- 6 pm and Saturdays from 10 am- 6 pm. Once you get them: decorate them and, on Thursday, April 4, display them around town while sharing photos of them on social media with the hashtag: #CardboardKidsSA. Since Cardboard Kids began, ChildSafe has helped 16% more families in Bexar County end the cycle of child abuse. Donate $10 while you’re there and get a commemorative medal.

  • Ingram Park Mall (Lower Level outside of Dillard’s)
  • North Star Mall (Lower Level in the Helzberg Wing, next to Helzberg Diamonds)
  • Rolling Oaks Mall (Lower Level, Center Court near Guest Services)
  • South Park Mall
  • The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) – Main & Downtown Campus

Take flight at one of these indoor trampoline parks
Trampoline parks are a great way to burn off the sillies indoors. Many parks suggest making reservations (and buy your pass) ahead of time to avoid long waits and most charge by the hour.

Thin Air
This park offers a kids’ only jump: Kids 6 and under only can jump on Mondays -Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. An accompanying adult jumps free.

Flipz Trampoline Park at Pica Pica Plaza
Flipz also offers a Kid’z Zone: a 7-and-under-only jump area.

Altitude Trampoline Park
This park offers plenty of specials.

Top Golf
The newest, coolest golf attraction in San Antonio, Top Golf welcomes families. Sign up for their free KidZone program for kids 12 and under to be notified of events for kids and families.

 

DAY TRIPS TO TAKE DURING SPRING BREAK

Staycation at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa
The JW Marriott in San Antonio is only a few minutes from just about anywhere in San Antonio but far enough away that you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a vacation paradise when you arrive. And, this Spring Break, the JW Marriott in San Antonio debuts its expanded River Bluff Water Experience. This $16 million water park expansion adds:

  • Two acres – increasing the experience from six acres to eight acres
  • Two translucent body slides featuring thrilling 60-foot drops
  • Beach entry swimming pool
  • Additional 230 poolside lounge chairs
  • Luxury private cabanas
  • An additional hot whirlpool spa
  • An additional Event pavilion and lawn

Visit the Hill Country Science Mill in nearby Johnson City
The Hill Country Science Mill offers fun for the whole family during Spring Break and they’ll be open additional days and longer hours (Monday, March 11 – Friday, March 15, 10am- 5pm). On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (March 12-14), check out Robot Mania from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. They’ll also have live humanoid robot demos at 11:00 a.m. each day and plenty of hands-on robot building, programming, coding, and battling throughout the rest of the day. Activities include conquering obstacle courses with robotic cars, guiding SWAT-like robots on a rescue mission, robotic painting with watercolors, battling flipper bots, and more! A fun, interactive experience designed to get kids excited about STEM, this Hill Country Science Mill encourages kids to appreciate STEM principles in their everyday lives.

Catch a delicious bass (OK, maybe a catfish) at Fisherman’s Corner near Canyon Lake
This family-friendly establishment provides stocked ponds and all the gear you’ll need to turn your kids into fishermen.

Slide your Spring Break cares away at Schlitterbahn
Open from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily during Spring Break (Saturday, March 9 – Sunday, March 18), Schlitterbahn’s wild and wet water rides can keep you happily busy for days. Here are my pointers for taking elementary-aged kids to this world-renowned water park.

Go Tubing on the Comal
Few things compare to taking a relaxing tube ride down a cool river on a warm spring day.

Wonder awhile at Wonder World Park
Just a 45-minute drive up the road from San Antonio, Wonder World Park can keep your family busy all day with unique attractions including Mystery Mountain and Water Falls, tours of the Balcones Fault Line, a 110 ft. observation tower, an anti-gravity house, train ride, and wildlife petting park.

Stay at the Horseshoe Bay Resort at on Lake LBJ
Take a scenic drive up 281 North to the pretty Horseshoe Bay Resort on Lake LBJ. This family-friendly lake resort offers a large selection of fun activities. My family had an incredible stay at Horseshoe Bay Resort one summer and we can’t wait to go back.

Be charmed by The Austin Zoo
Take a short hour and a half drive north to visit The Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary. This intimate setting is the perfect place for kids to get a close look to learn about these amazing animals.

 

What are you looking forward to this Spring Break? Let us know in the comments: