Looking for the best free and cheap things to do in San Antonio this week? There’s plenty of fun events going on all week long that won’t break the bank, and we have your guide to the ones you don’t want to miss!
Some of the top things to do in San Antonio this week include Australian Day at the zoo, bowling, family game night and more!
Legoland Discovery Center San Antonio
Whether you build the fastest car, zap trolls and spiders with lasers or see a miniature San Antonio made out of LEGO® bricks, there’s plenty of fun to be had at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center San Antonio. Get a great price when you buy through Groupon.
San Antonio Zoo
The San Antonio Zoo is home to over 3,000 animals from all across the world, and it’s one of the best family-friendly destinations in the city. Get your tickets now online for only $15.99.
Free Entrance to National Parks
What: Come experience the national parks! All National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone.
When: January 20, All Day Event
Where: Multiple locations across the state
Monday Funday at Bowl & Barrel
What: Join Bowl & Barrel for a fun-packed afternoon! Children will receive 1-hour of bowling, shoes, lunch and a drink.
When: January 20, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: 17619 La Cantera Pkwy Ste 102, 78257
Tumble Bear Powerhouse Gymnastics
What: Tumble Bears open gym gives you and your child the opportunity to experience the amazing Powerhouse facilities. This is a fun way to see if their classes might be a fit for your family.
When: January 20, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: 7707 W Loop 1604 N, 78254
San Antonio Axe Throwing
What: Visitors to San Antonio Axe Throwing get in touch with their inner viking as they learn to hurl a 1.5lb. piece of spinning wood and metal, aiming for an elusive bullseye. Whether solo or in a group, participants work with trained “axeperts” for up to 1.5 hours to get a handle on the skill, picking up form, good approaches, and tips on nailing the bullseye.
When: January 21, 6:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Where: 1203 East Commerce St., 78205
Cost: $24.98+ with Groupon
Free Tuesdays at the Briscoe Western Art Museum
What: Enjoy free admission to the Briscoe Western Art Museum and explore the art, history, and culture of the American West.
When: January 21, 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: 210 W. Market St., 78205
One Hour of Code at the Leon Valley Public Library
What: Learn how to code! The Hour of Code is a global initiative that creates a fun and creative environment for students to be introduced to the concepts of computer programming. Join the Leon Valley Public Library as “Code Your Hero!” Bringing your own device is suggested.
When: January 21, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Where: 6425 Evers Rd., Leon Valley, 78238
Monster Mini Golf
What: Monster Mini Golf welcomes guests of all ages with 18 holes of spooky, glow-in-the-dark fun. At the one-of-a-kind indoor golf course, guests are treated to just the right amount of spook, thanks to fog machines, colorful lasers, and special effects. As players move from hole to hole, they’ll even see a few animatronic monsters, who shake, wiggle, and even talk.
When: January 22, 2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: 2267 NW Military Hwy. Suite 114, 78213
Stomp & Play Hibernating Bears at Chick-fil-A on Babcock & Huebner
What: Get your little ones moving and have some fun! Stomp & Play is a story time class for your kids which includes reading 2 books and doing up to 3 fun related moment activities.
When: January 22, 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Where: 5803 Babcock Rd., 78240
2020 DreamWeek: Succeeding with Autism
What: Join San Antonio autism advocates and families as they discuss leading a successful life with autism. Attendees will hear inspiring stories of struggles and strengths from a unique panel of individuals impacted by autism. This session will include stories and in depth discussion about the impact of autism, and how many have worked to overcome challenging barriers to live life to the fullest.
When: January 22, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: 303 Pearl Pkwy., 78215
Astronomy in the Park – Raymond Rimkus
What: SAAA members will have telescopes set up to show you various objects in the night sky. Astronomers will be setup in the large parking lot near the intersection of Cherryleaf St. and Poss Road. *This is a free event open to the public, however it is dependent on the weather so if it is cloudy or raining the event will be canceled. Check the SAAA Facebook page for updates. Note about the start time: It’s a general time – usually they meet before sunset to set up telescopes and then viewing will start as soon as conditions allow (generally about 1 hour after sunset).
When: January 22, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: 6440 Evers Rd., 78240
Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum
What: Enjoy free admission to the Art Museum! Visit the exhibitions page for details regarding opening and closing dates of shows to avoid visiting during an installation period when the museum is closed.
When: January 23, 4:00 p.m.
Where: 116 Blue Star, 78204
42nd Annual Cowboy Breakfast at Cowboys Dance Hall
What: Jordan Ford presents the 42nd Annual San Antonio Tradition – The Cowboy Breakfast! Come on out for this a free event which features breakfast, live music, games and more.
When: January 24, 4:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Where: 3030 NE Loop 410, 78218
Story Time at the Twig Book Shop
What: Come join Miss Anastasia at The Twig for a seriously fun story time and a delightful craft. Young and old TWIGLETS will get a real kick out of her highly entertaining storytelling. All ages welcome.
When: January 24, 10:30 a.m.
Where: 306 Pearl Parkway, 78215
Family Game Night at Learning Express
What: Come play some of Learning Express staff’s favorite games! Genius Square, Clack and Astro Trash, just to name a few. Eat some snacks while having fun challenging staff members to a game. All games will be 10% off during the event. There will be a fun basket giveaway, too.
When: January 24, 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Where: 22802 US-281 N Suite 106, 78258
“San Antonio | The Saga” at Main Plaza
What: This free video art installation, created by Xavier De Richemont, plays three times a night, weather permitting, on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays on the facade of San Fernando Cathedral.
When: January 24, 9:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Where: 115 N. Main Ave.,78205
Sensory Friendly Films at the AMC Rivercenter
What: AMC has partnered with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where the lights are turned up and the sound turned down. Get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! Our Sensory Friendly Film program is available on the second Saturday (family-friendly). Please check your local theater listings for specific showtimes.
When: January 25, All day
Where: 849 E. Commerce Street, Suite 800, 78205
Cost: See theater for pricing
Sunday Morning Family Birding at Headwaters at Incarnate Word
What: Family birding is a great way to share nature and learning. Join Lora Reynolds, expert birder, on our family-friendly bird walks. Learn how to use binoculars and identify birds from calls, behavior, and silhouette. Children must be at least 6 years of age and accompanied by a parent/guardian. Registration required. Restrooms are not readily available.
When: January 25, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Where: 4503 Broadway St., 78209
Cost: Free but donations are welcome.
Wizards and Wands Arts & Crafts Show at Wonderland Mall
What: Fly, swing, or teleport on over for an action-packed day of family fun shopping, costumes, and more! Check out a pop-up gallery of stylish posters and prints by area artist and look for your favorite hard to find toy from area vendors.
When: January 25, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: 4522 Fredericksburg Rd., 78201
Free Crafts for Kids at Lakeshore Learning
What: Kids 3 and up are invited to come make a Off to the Races! Car at Lakeshore Learning stores! No reservations necessary.
When: January 25, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: 327 NW Loop 410, 78216
“Cinderella” the Ballet Auditions at the Premiere Ballet Academy
What: Premiere Ballet Academy and Premiere Ballet Ensemble are holding auditions for their upcoming performance of Cinderella the Ballet. This is an open audition for dancers level Ballet 1 and up (ages 8 and up). The performance will be Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6, 2020 at the Watson Fine Arts Center. Rehearsals will be on Saturdays.
When: January 25, 1:30 p.m.
Where: 1602 North Loop 1604 West, 78248
Symphony Presentation at the Maverick Public Library
What: The SA Symphony will send a musician to introduce families to music and the symphony. Presentations generally last 40 minutes and are designed for children but easily enjoyed by the whole family. Get to know one of these incredibly-skilled artists and how they chose their instrument, how it works and how it makes a sound. Bring your questions too – and don’t be shy!
When: January 25, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: 8700 Mystic Park, 78254
Pump It Up
What: Inflatable sports, obstacle courses, and multipurpose coliseums are among several bounce options offered in Pump it Up’s large, indoor space. There are many ways to play, from glow-in-the-dark games to fun with bubbles. Get a great deal on Open Jump with Groupon.
When: January 26, 2:15 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.
Where: 2627 Southeast Military Dr. Suite 105, 78223
National Australia Day at the San Antonio Zoo
What: Visit the San Antonio Zoo and learn all about Australian animals! The Animal Chat schedule is as follows:
10:30 a.m. – AAT Appearance
11:30 a.m. – Red Kangaroo Chat (Exhibit)
11:30 a.m. – Palm Cockatoo Chat (Exhibit)
12:00 p.m. – Bearded Dragon Chat (Discovery House)
1:30 p.m. – Tree Kangaroo Chat (Exhibit)
1:30 p.m. – Australian Aviary Chat (Exhibit)
When: January 26, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: 3903 N. St. Mary’s St., 78212
Cost: Buy one regular admission ticket, get one free.
Family Art Play at the McNay Art Museum
What: The McNay offers a program for families that involves looking carefully at works of art and investigating a studio or performance component afterwards. This programming is family friendly and great for kids. Mi McNay Es Su McNay! McNay members can reserve space by calling 210-805-1768 by noon the Friday before the activity. Nonmembers can pick up the remaining passes the day of the activity.
When: January 26, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: 6000 N New Braunfels Ave., 78209
Cost: Free with museum admission
Which things to do in San Antonio this week are you most excited about? Comment below to let us know.