Keeping children and toddlers entertained is no easy task. You’ll run yourself ragged if you don’t get out of the house and take advantage of all of the awesome parks, attractions, and businesses around town. Don’t sweat it, we’ve done the work for you.
Read on for our guide to the Best Things to Do in San Antonio with Kids and Toddlers.
What to Do with Kids in San Antonio During the Shutdown?
It’s strange times, y’all. So we wanted to provide an update, as we know a lot of the events listed in our guide are temporarily shutdown. If you’re like us, you’re probably getting a little antsy, running out of ides of things to do with your kids while they’re at home without school. Here are a few things we know you can do with kids in San Antonio right now that might break up the monotony:
- Go see some animals – No, the Zoo isn’t open… well not totally true. The San Antonio Zoo is actually offering a once-in-a-lifetime drive thru event. You can also head out to New Braunfels for the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch Safari. Both are awesome and keep you safe in your own car!
- Take them to the drive-in – Okay, maybe you’re not ready to sit in a theater with your kids – we totally get it. But what about an old school drive in? Head out to Stars and Stripes for a night to remember.
- Take a dip in the lake – If you’re a Kendall County resident, you can take the kids out to Boerne Lake. Medina Lake should also be open in accordance to the governor’s reopening of state parks.
- Visit a museum – Most aren’t currently open, however, the Witte Museum is about to open up with some new guidelines in place. Note, all hands on exhibits are closed. Learn more here.
- Visit the Botanical Garden – The Botanical Garden recently reopened. You can’t buy tickets at the location, so make sure you purchase online first.
It’s not a lot – but it’s something!
BEST ATTRACTIONS FOR KIDS
San Antonio Aquarium– Examine aquatic life like you’ve never seen before. The underwater views make for a spectacular day with kids. Admission is regularly $13.95 for adults, children 2 and under are free every day! But tickets online are cheaper with this special deal.
San Antonio Zoo– With dozens of animal exhibits and species to discover, you could easily spend all day here and still have more to see. The petting zoo is a fan-favorite. Adults are regularly $24.99, children are $21.99. But with this deal, you can get your tickets now online for only $15.99.
Kiddie Park– This old school amusement park is perfect for little ones. Ride the carousel, a miniature train, a mini ferris wheel, and more. Everything is designed for kids and preschoolers. The park is currently under construction and will re-open at a new location some time in August!
Six Flags Fiesta Texas– For bigger thrills and a bigger park, head over to Six Flags. The San Antonio staple has gravity-defying coasters and wipe-out water slides. Admission starts at $54.99 or you can purchase season passes for as low as $6.60 per month!
Splashtown San Antonio– Get ready for the wave pool! Whether you’re looking for water slides or a lazy river, Splashtown will help you keep cool while wearing out the littles. Admission is $64.99 per person and cheaper when you buy 4 or more season passes.
Main Event- Laser tag, ropes course, bowling, and a giant arcade… there’s something here for every kid! And when you sign up on their mailing list, Main Event sends out tons of deals all the time, such as $20 of free arcade play when you buy $20. Oh, and kids eat free on Tuesdays!
LEGOLAND Discovery Center- One of the newest things to do in San Antonio for kids and toddlers, LEGOLAND Discovery Center is fun for kids of all ages. With over 10 playzones, rides, and more, your kids will never want to leave.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
The Japanese Tea Gardens– Open every day of the year from 7 am to 5 pm, this is one of the most beautiful places to spend your day outdoors. They’re located inside the San Antonio favorite, Brackenridge Park. Admission is free but you’ll definitely want to stop by The Jingu House restaurant and patio!
Pearsall Park– This family-centered park has something for everyone and offers tons of things to do with kids and toddlers! Run their little legs until they’re wiggly at the Fitness Challenge Zone, make up rhymes about the public art, count pups at the dog park, and cool off with the splash pad. They have the largest children’s play area in the city and public restrooms.
Hemisfair– Not only does Hemisfair Park have an awesome Playground, their regular programming will keep you entertained all year long with plenty of things to do with kids and toddlers in San Antonio. Visit on Mondays to play with the Big Blue Blocks or Tuesday for story time in the garden.
San Antonio Missions National Park– Some kids are history buffs but even without the history-loving gene, this is a great place to bring little ones. Pick up a Junior Ranger booklet so kids can learn, explore, and protect! Best of all, admission is free.
ART & CULTURE
The Doseum– This isn’t a regular museum, it’s made just for kids! Charge their minds up with interactive, hands-on exhibits based on STEM, the arts, and literacy. Admission is free for babies under 1. For kids aged 1 years old and up, admission is just $14! Learn more about Doseum discounts here.
Witte Museum– This is where nature, science, and history meet. See natural science exhibits, explore the history of Texas, and learn about survival. This museum is great for kids and adults. Admission is $14 for adults, and $11 for children aged 4-11. You can also visit for free on Tuesdays. Learn more about the Witte in our guide.
Magik Theater– Nothing will entertain kids more than other kids! This children’s theater is hosted and performed by young people. They offer programming for the very young and everyone else. Ticket prices vary but most shows are affordable, just $12- $15 per person.
Guinness World Records Museum– Everything weird, extreme, and creepy can be found at this museum. They offer three in-town attractions and discounts if you purchase passes for more than one. Visiting just one attraction will set you back $13.99 for children aged 3-11 years old. Adults are $21.99.
San Antonio Public Library– The SAPL offers programming for kids and adults all year long. Enrich their minds, teach them to appreciate reading, and make friends all at once! Check out your nearest branch library for ongoing events.
Right up the road from San Antonio is Boerne, one of the most popular suburbs of our great city. And while we have an entire list of things to do in Boerne with kids, here are a few you shouldn’t miss!
The Caverns- Boerne is home to two great natural caverns, Cascade and Cave without a Name. Both have a constant, cool temperature, making them great escapes from the Texas heat. And both offer a sense of adventure and exploration… not to mention education!
Cibolo Nature Center- There’s no education like an outdoor education. And that’s what your kids will get at Cibolo nature center. Easy hiking trails and great areas to splash and play in the creek. Search for the dinosaur tracks!
NinjaCity- Not for toddlers, but NinjaCity is a great place for your older kids to prepare for their Ninja Warrior careers. It’s a fun, safe environment to try out similar obstacles as the hit show, and the entree fee isn’t very steep.
Did we miss your favorite things to do with kids in San Antonio? Tell us how you like to entertain kids and toddlers in the comments below: