Summer Fun and Affordable


Summer vacation is one day away and being a mom of two – an eight year old daughter and a two year old son – I like to fill the calendar with fun activities that won’t empty the wallet but will fill scrapbooks with tons of memories.  If you’re new to San Antonio, or new to parenthood, I’d like to share with you what I have found that kids can enjoy and learn from this year.  You can also take advantage of our Lifestyle Search on the right hand side and feel free to share with your friends and family.

San Antonio Missions Historical National Park – according to the site, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park and Alamo Area Texas Nature Challenge invites families and kids to explore the Texas outdoors this summer between June 2 and August 3. Local parks and natural areas have developed “challenges” to complete, designed for family fun and nature exploration. Challenges are provided in both English and Spanish.  You have 9 weeks to visit as many participating parks and nature areas in the San Antonio area as you can. You will view native, & not so native, wildlife; you may be dipping your feet in creeks; finding plants that Native Americans used in their everyday lives; and photographing, drawing and writing about your observations. You will be learning more about nature and science in your own neighborhood.  Admission to the parks are free, but donations are welcome.

Kids Bowl Free – Yes, FREE! Register up to six children under the age of 15 for two free games of bowling, seven days a week, from May 1st through October 1st.  Registering parent may join for $24.95 and add up to 3 more adults to bowl two games daily as well.  We signed up last year and we had a blast! You’ll definitely get your money’s worth on this program. 

San Antonio Children’s Museum – Three floors of educational fun! The kids really enjoy the H.E.B. Food Market.  We haven’t experienced the Tot Spot yet, but we are looking forward to taking Josh this year.  Admission is $8.00 for adults and children ages 2 and over.  Free kids night every third Thursday from 5pm to 7pm.  Travis Park is just two blocks away for a nice afternoon picnic as well.

Brackenridge Park – According to the site, “Located just below the headwaters of the San Antonio River, Brackenridge Park and the surrounding area has been a gathering place since prehistoric times. There is evidence of human visitation and occupation extending back at least 11,000 years. Native American artifacts dating as early as 9200 B.C. have been found in the Olmos Basin and near Hildebrand Avenue.”  That’s enough to peak any history-lover’s interest!  Brackenridge Park is the home of the San Antonio Zoo, Japanese Tea Garden and the San Antonio Zoo Eagle Train. It will take several visits to enjoy the sites, but overall under $20 per adult to enjoy the zoo, the train and the Japanese Tea Garden.  Pack a picnic because the park has plenty of picnic tables and ducks to feed.

Cinemark Dollar MoviesYou can’t go wrong with the dollar movie! They always have a great selection of kid appropriate movies to enjoy, and it’s air conditioned!

I will be adding more items in the next few days.  Hopefully you find it useful if you have little ones to entertain all summer. Stay tuned for more fun finds!



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