Education in San Antonio doesn’t have to be limited to the classroom. If you’re planning a family outing, here’s a list of some fun local attractions offering brain-boosting activities this season. The prices won’t break the bank either.
The museum focuses on interactive, imaginative play for children up to age 10. Science City is the newest permanent exhibit, with six zones of hands-on experimentation. Kids learn about the effects of gravity, stability, speed, weight and even how circuits work. Weekly art and science workshops are also offered; free with admission.
305 E. Houston Street
Kids 2 and under are free
All kids are free the third Thursday if every month from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
The Scobee Planetarium has three high-definition, interactive shows every Friday from Fall through Spring. The early presentation (6:30 pm) is a show for ages 4 and up. “The Little Star That Could” introduces children to the family of planets. The new 7:45 pm show is called “The Secret Lives of Stars,” where children learn about stars and how they live and die. “Extreme Planets” at 9 pm introduces newly discovered planets that exist far beyond our own sun. The later shows are recommended for ages 6 and up.<br>
1300 San Pedro Avenue
Adults $5 (ages 17-55)
Kids $2 (ages 4-16)
No children under 4
With over 3,500 animals, 600 species, and 10 exhibits, the possibilities are endless at the San Antonio Zoo. Children 5 and under can also learn through play in a “mini zoo” called “Kronkosky's Tiny Tot Nature Spot.” Tiny tykes can explore an indoor pond, dig in the sand, interact with zoo animals and even pretend to be a zookeeper. In addition, the zoo offers monthly programs, where children can learn about wildlife conservation, safari living and more. Program topics vary from month to month and are outlined online for the rest of the year.
3903 N. St. Mary's St.
Kids $8 (ages 3-11), under 3 free
There are 21 library branches across the city with free events and exhibits related to reading and learning. Central Library, in downtown San Antonio, has the largest roster of events as well as the biggest children’s section. Find select program locations and times on their website here. You'll also find some recommended reading lists there.
5. Witte Museum
The Witte Museum offers a host of traveling and permanent exhibits for kids of all ages. Permanent exhibits include lessons on why animals look the way they do in the wild, unraveling the mysteries surrounding the mummies of ancient Egypt and learning about the tiny creatures that help the San Antonio River thrive.
The Witte’s HEB Science Treehouse is an instant attention-grabber whether you’re passing it on the road or while visiting Brackenridge Park. Through explorative play, kids learn about different forms of energy and weather effects. This exhibit’s newest feature is Body Adventure, where children interact with weight sensory technology that keeps them moving through problem solving activities.
Adults $8 (ages 12-64)
Seniors or Active Duty Military $7
Children $6 (ages 4-11), under 3 Free
Additional exhibit charges may apply