Phew! You made it. After juggling soccer practice, homework, and packed lunches for weeks, Spring Break is just a tantalizing few days away. It’s now on the next parenting challenge — keeping the kids from bouncing off the walls.
Fear not. While plopping down the brood for a repeat viewing of Encanto may be tempting, most moms and dads have heard enough about Bruno. Instead, pack sunscreen and wet wipes for an affordable adventure on the town.
Los Trompos Experience at the Shops of La Cantera
The whole family can take a spin inside these kinetic sculptures, designed by Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena to mimic life-sized tops. And since they are in one of San Antonio’s largest shopping centers, parents can get some errands done too. Free daily through April 9.
An amusement park for people of all abilities, this Wonderland has a sensory zone, sand pits, a train ride, and playgrounds that every family member can enjoy. Though the park will be open the entirety of Spring Break, check the calendar for other March dates. Admission starts at $13.
Nature Exploration at the San Antonio Botanical Garden
Break out the purple backpack. Every youngster’s inner Dora Marquez will adore the outdoor fun at the Family Adventure Garden. Each week features a different activity to inspire a lifelong love of nature. Included with $13-$16 admission, Wednesdays through October 25, 10-10:30 am.
Poolside Movies at San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter
Go un poco loco at this outdoor screening of Pixar’s classic Coco. Food and drinks will be available for purchase starting at 6:30 pm. Free screenings March 11 and 18, 7-9 pm.
Spring Break Family Day at San Antonio Museum of Art
Who says a little learning can’t be squeezed into Spring Break? Ties to SAMA’s latest exhibition, this exciting afternoon offers art-making experiences, story times, food vendors, performances, and more. Free, March 14, 10 am-7 pm.
Super Fun Saturday with H-E-B
Starting March 18, San Antonio’s beloved grocer will host a series of third-Saturday events sure to keep even the most gregarious child engaged. Crafts, vendors, live music, and more will delight the whole family, while monthly themes like Spring is Blooming provide adorable opportunities to fill the photo album. Free, first Saturday of every month through October, 11 am-1pm.
Union Pacific Railroad Splashpad
Whatever the threat to an Explorer’s upholstery, kids can while away hours dashing through dancing waters. With wheelchair accessibility, comfy lawn furniture, and plenty of shade, Yanaguana Garden might have the best splashpad in the city. Plus, nearby treats from Dough Pizzeria Napoletana and Paletería San Antonio keep hangry fits at bay. Free daily, 9am-9 pm.
"Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit" at the DoSeum
Yes, the exhibit name is quite a mouthful, but what would one expect from something so jam-packed? Inspired by the Very Hungry Caterpillar author’s beloved works, the activities include weaving a web and composing a night symphony. $16 admission for ages 1 and up. Wednesday - Monday through April 16