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Updated February 23, 2017
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Wait. You thought that was Christmas? No! Here in South Texas, Spring Break in San Antonio is truly the most wonderful time of the year.
Rarely cold and almost never too hot, Spring Break weather in San Antonio is usually gorgeous, begging us to get outdoors with our kids to have fun and explore all that San Antonio and the surrounding areas have to offer.
Still, rainy and cold days can show up, uninvited and often without warning. But we won’t let them ruin our fun! This year, San Antonio Mom Blogs’ list of recommended Spring Break family fun in San Antonio is listed in sections including: Outdoor, Indoor, and Day Trips (because sometimes it’s good to get away!).
And, because not every parent can take time off while their kids are on break, we’ve rounded up some of the best Spring Break camps in town your kids will love while they’re enjoying time off from school.
In San Antonio Mom Blogs’ Spring Break Guide for 2017 there’s something for everyone. Make the most of your Spring Break in San Antonio and forget about sleep – there’s just too much fun to be had!
San Antonio Mom Blogs makes every effort to ensure that this list is accurate and up-to-date. However, some venues/events/activities may make changes without notifying us. We recommend contacting them directly before visiting to be 100% sure that their offerings are still available.
Spring Break Camps and Events
Cibolo Nature Center & Farm Outdoor Adventure Spring Break Camp
March 13, 14, & 15, 2017 for kids aged 5 – 12 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Join us for three action packed days at the Cibolo Nature Center. We will geocache in the woods for treasures, fish on the banks of the creek, dip our nets in the marsh for critters, hike, tie-dye, make s’mores and catch bugs in the prairie. We will use binoculars to look for wildlife, make prints of animal tracks, fly kites, sing songs and make crafts to take home! $65 a day.
Pattern Palooza | Spring Break Family Day| Free Family Event
Tuesday, March 14 from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
San Antonio Museum of Art
Dots, checks and stripes–oh, my! It’s a festival of patterns and fun for all. Paint, draw, and collage to create art inspired by Latin America, Asia, ancient Egypt, and Australia (in conjunction with a special exhibition of contemporary Aboriginal Australian art). Enjoy the beautiful Museum grounds on the Museum Reach of the Riverwalk with entertainment and food trucks.
World Wide Soccer Spring Break Camp
This Spring Break Camp will be offered March 13th – 17th, 2017 @ GVTC Communications SportsPlex.
Topgolf Spring Break Camp
Monday, March 13 – Thursday, March 16 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Topgolf’s Spring Break Academy is an exciting 4-day program filled with all of the components that make up the great game of golf. From chipping, putting and full swing to the rules and etiquette, kids will learn everything they need to know about the game of golf. Each Academy is designed and taught by our Golf Teaching Professionals in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Spring Break Academy is staffed with a low student-to-instructor ratio to ensure each junior golfer receives in-depth, hands-on attention while he or she develops a winning golf swing. $99 per child.
Spring Break Archaeology Camp at UTSA’s Center for Archaeological Research
Camp runs March 13th-17th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (before and aftercare available for $10 a day).
Open to students ages 9-13 years.
Exploration of topics like mummies, geoarchaeology, ancient art, and much more! Campers will enjoy a week filled with activities, games, crafts, and plenty of hands-on learning.
Outdoor Spring Break Fun
San Antonio Parks
Visit some of San Antonio’s 185+ parks and greenways this Spring Break. And, use the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department’s cool Find a Park tool to be sure the park you’re going to visit has the amenities you need. And, don’t miss San Antonio’s newest (and maybe coolest!) park: Yanaguana Garden at Hemisfair Park (it has a splash pad!).
Stars and Stripes Drive-in Theater (with special Beauty and the Beast events!)
Head up IH-35 North a bit to New Braunfels for a drive-in movie, double feature experience. Tickets to double features of first-run movies are just $8 per person (aged 12 and up), $5 children ( 4-11), and kids three and under are free. Ask for the Military or First Responder discount, too, with valid ID. For the full experience, arrive at least 1 hour before showtime to grab dinner from the 50s Cafe, enjoy the covered patio, and let the kids play on the playground.
Join Stars and Stripes for a fantastic Beauty and the Beast event the weekend that the film is released! They will have a look-alike Belle on hand at the drive-in for pictures and free face painting from 5-7pm on Friday and Saturday (Friday, March 17th and Saturday, March 18th).
SeaWorld San Antonio and Aquatica
Spring Break at SeaWorld and Aquatica is better than ever. Visit to learn about animals and SeaWorld’s conservation and education efforts, visit a one-of-a-kind water park, enjoy extended hours, and check out the fun spring shows.
Don’t forget to register now for your Texas preschooler’s FREE SeaWorld Fun Card! And, SeaWorld San Antonio is proud to offer a complimentary SeaWorld Fun Card for Texas teachers to all active and certified K-12 Texas grade school teachers. Click on the links for details and to get your free Fun Cards.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
This family-favorite amusement park is open during Spring Break for maximum family fun.
San Antonio Zoo
The San Antonio Zoo is open daily during Spring Break from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. And this year, you can see the lion family of five up (really, really!) close in their new enclosure and meet some of the Zoo’s newest family members, including baby jaguars! And, don’t forget to feed the giraffes in their in the Savannah exhibit (a father and his two sons). Did you know that in addition to visiting some of the world’s most fascinating animals, you can also go geocaching at the San Antonio Zoo? Check out Ranger Rick’s Geocache to find out more about the three caches hidden throughout the Zoo.
Ride the San Antonio Eagle Zoo Train
This historic train, formerly the Breckenridge Eagle, starts near the Zoo and makes stops at the Witte Museum, Kiddie Park, and the Japanese Tea Gardens, also known as the Sunken Gardens. Open daily from 9:00 a.m. (weather permitting), the ride is $3.50 for ages three and up. Free for anyone under three.
Stroll through the Japanese Tea Gardens
Free to visit, this hidden gem delights with pleasing views, lush greenery and brightly colored flowers and Koi ponds. Stay for lunch at the Jingu House, open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
This one-of-a-kind theme park, built for individuals with special needs, is open during Spring Break. There are more than 25 attractions such as rides, playgrounds and other fun elements, including a colorful, five-and-a-half-story-high Ferris wheel, Whirling Wonder. And, Morgan’s Wonderland has added lots of special, daily events, entertainment, and activities this year!
The daily Spring Break schedule is –
9:30 a.m. – Joy the Butterfly and Professor von Flutterwing
9:30 a.m. – Interactive drum circle with T-Bow Gonzales
10 a.m. – Therapy Animals
10:30 a.m. – Joy’s Inclusion Dance Party
11:30 a.m. – Joy the Butterfly and Professor von Flutterwing
11:30 p.m. – Andrea’s Flying Canines
12:30 p.m. – “The Magic of Friendship” show
1:30 p.m. – Musical guest
San Antonio Botanical Garden
The special exhibit, Storybook Houses, will enchant you during your Spring Break visit to the San Antonio Botanical Garden. In addition to strolling through the stunning Garden in full bloom, families will enjoy Winged Wonders such as hummingbirds and Monarch butterflies.
Cibolo Nature Center
About 20 minutes outside of San Antonio near Boerne, Cibolo Nature Center is lovely place to spend enjoying diverse ecosystems in the beautiful spring weather. Visit any time during Spring Break week (free to visit, but donations suggested) or attend their Mother Nature’s Storytime on Wednesday, March 15, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. This event, for kids of all ages, is $5 per family.
Spring Break Activity Week at Mitchell Lake Audubon Center
From Tuesday, March 14 through Friday, March 17, between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Mitchell Lake Audubon Center gives families a chance to flex their creativity, get some exercise and spend time in nature! Feel free to arrive anytime, with each day having a different theme. We will have crafts and special animal guests to see and learn about. Join us for a family-friendly nature walk at 9:30am, focused on the daily theme. Bring a picnic lunch and eat outside afterward. Snacks and drinks available for purchase.
Spring Break themes are:
Tuesday, March 14: Owls & Raptors
Wednesday, March 15: Butterflies & Insects
Thursday, March 16: Rockin’ Reptiles
Friday, March 17: Backyard Birds & Wildflowers
Location: Mitchell Lake Audubon Center, 10750 Pleasanton Road, San Antonio, TX 78221
Price: $5 adults, $2 kids, Members are free.
Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch
Some fondly call it the “drive-thru” zoo but Natural Wildlife Ranch is so much more. Our previous post about the Ranch explains why this is one stop on your Spring Break list you just can’t miss.
Natural Bridge Caverns Canopy Challenge and Zip Lines
Our friends at R We There Yet Mom say this Texas attraction will give you thrills all day long. This awe-inspiring ropes course and zip line, fun for adults and older kids, also offers a Canopy Kids Course for kids under 48 inches tall that’s great for kids under 6.
Kiddie Park (Broadway)
America’s oldest children’s amusement park, Kiddie Park, is well cared for and full of fantastic rides for little ones (up to about age 10) as well as classic carnival games. They are open from Wednesday – Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. during Spring Break. The San Antonio Zoo Eagle Train now stops at Kiddie Park!
Visit The Alamo
San Antonio’s most recognized historic landmark, The Alamo is free to visit and it’s open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Visit the San Antonio Missions
In 2015, the San Antonio Missions were designated as a World Heritage Site – a huge honor as it’s the only one in the state of Texas! They’re also free to visit and there are four of them (not counting the Alamo): Mission Concepción, Mission San José, Mission San Juan, and Mission Espada. Built in the 1700s, these missions are still active Catholic parishes today.
Ride a boat down the San Antonio River
Take a boat tour in downtown San Antonio to learn about the rich and colorful history of the Alamo City and the San Antonio River. Open daily from 9:00 a.m.
Price: General Admission $10 | Bexar County Residents $8 | Senior Citizens & US Military $7 | Children (1 – 5) $4
See San Antonio’s full history on the side of a cathedral
Every Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, three times a night (9:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.), a unique video art installation plays on the front of the San Fernando Cathedral. San Antonio | The Saga is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Get there early to get a bite to eat from a food truck, then sit back and enjoy this audio visual history lesson that’ll knock your socks off.
Visit El Mercado
Few places in town will give you the full experience of the color, culture, sights, sounds, and creativity of San Antonio like Market Square. Dine at the world-famous Mi Tierra, or visit more than 100 locally owned shops. There’s always a party atmosphere at El Mercado.
See downtown San Antonio from atop a double-decker bus
Operating daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., these bright red, double-decker buses provide tours of downtown San Antonio with off-and-on-again stops at favorite destinations all over downtown. Hop on, ride to your next spot, hop off, and then hop on again to find your next adventure.
Take a downtown San Antonio ghost tour – if you dare!
Not for the faint-of-heart, San Antonio Ghost Tours offer a ghoulishly good time. Outfitted with latest ghost hunting equipment, you’ll be ready for whatever lurks in the dark corners of historic (and sometimes creepy!) downtown San Antonio.
Join a luck o’ the Irish festival (March 17 & 18) and parade in downtown San Antonio (March 18)
Experience a family-friendly festival of music, food, fun and a festive green river.
March 17 & 18, 2017, Noon-6pm: Concert & Festival at the Arneson River Theatre
March 17 – 19, 2017: St. Patrick’s Day Artisan River Walk Show – booths are located along the River Walk extension close to the Shops at Rivercenter.
March 18, 2017, 4:00-6pm: Parade begins! Route follows: Homewood Suites, Drury Plaza, Aztec Theatre, Hyatt Hotel, Rivercenter Mall, Convention Center, Arneson Theatre
Visit the The Historic Pearl
Formerly a brewery, The Historic Pearl is where you can now find or a cup of San Antonio’s best java, pastries to die for, some of the hottest restaurants in town, a wide variety of shops, one of the best hotels on the planet, and San Antonio’s largest Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings. Then walk from there down the Museum Reach along the San Antonio River, to the San Antonio Museum of Art or, further down to the stretch of where more fantastic restaurants and shops line the River Walk, beckoning you to stay a while. Too tired to walk back? Take a River Taxi!
See a real rodeo at Tejas Rodeo
Located just outside of San Antonio, in Bulverde, Texas, Tejas Rodeo provides an authentic rodeo experience. Family-friendly rodeos take place every Saturday night during March with the doors opening at 5:00 p.m. and the rodeo starting at 7:30 p.m. Onsite dining is available both before and after the rodeo.
And, don’t miss our posts on San Antonio area splash pads, pools, and waterparks: where to get wet!
Indoor Spring Break Fun
Magic Theatre performances for kids
The Magik Theatre offers performances of The Three Javelinas during Spring Break this year. These performances run every day during Spring Break at the Magik Theatre located in downtown San Antonio at 420 South Alamo, San Antonio, Texas 78205, every day during Spring Break except Monday, March 13.
Animal World & Snake Farm
One of the top priorities at Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo is to provide an intimate, up-close and personal experience. Through hands-on interactions, education and conservation based programs and interactive shows, visitors are given the opportunity to make genuine connections that will last a lifetime. Admission ranges from $9.75 – $12.75 and parking is free!
K1 Speed go-kart racing
Looking for something a little faster to do as a family during Spring Break? Check out K1 Speed to race state-of-the-art, high-performance, zero-emission electric karts. You’ll race around the indoor track with the wind (not smelly gas fumes) flying through your hair.
Family owned and operated since 1959, The Rollercade is our family’s favorite place to skate. They’ll be open during Spring Break and running specials all week but your best bet is to go on Tuesday for Bargain Day, from 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. It’s just $3 admission per person, $3 skate rental per person, and $3 for one hot dog with a soda.
Check out Dave and Busters at Rivercenter Mall
Created with family fun in mind, Dave and Busters in downtown San Antonio brings together the perfect mix of elements needed to please everyone in the family. Kids love the variety of exciting games and the ability to earn prizes. Adults love that the food is great (with healthy options available, including steamed edamame and an assortment of salads) and that the cocktails and beer are perfectly chilled. Parents will also like having the games area in the back of the restaurant while the dining section is up front as it provides an easy way to keep an eye on the kids while still sitting at the table. Visit on Wednesday evening when games are half-price all day!
Test your mental and physical skills at Extreme Escape
Brand new to San Antonio, Extreme Escape provides a unique, challenging, interactive experience for groups. Players gather in a deeply immersive, themed room, and have one hour to use their mental and physical abilities to find and apply clues in order to solve a real-life puzzle and escape from the room before the clock runs out. It’s like stepping into a live video game!
Recommended Ages: Players of all ages are welcome. Themes and clues are recommended for ages 9 and up, but younger players can join in on the fun (and may surprise you with their clue-solving ability!). Parents should accompany children to Extreme Escape. Two of the four available themed rooms are best-suited for families: Mutiny (a pirate adventure) and Supervillian. Get more details at Extreme Escape‘s website.
Visit San Antonio Museums during their free days and times
Nearly all San Antonio museums offer free days and times to visit. Take advantage of them and bring the whole family!
Check out the San Antonio Museum of Art’s Spring Break Family Day
Take the kids to the San Antonio Museum of Art on Tuesday, March 14, from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. for Pattern Palooza – A Free Family Event! Dots, checks and stripes–oh, my! It’s a festival of patterns and fun for all as we celebrate spring break.
You can also visit SAMA for free on Tuesdays from 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Play at The DoSeum
San Antonio’s state-of-the-art children’s museum opened in the summer of 2015 to rave reviews from people of all ages. The DoSeum features three, two-story exhibit halls and nearly 40,000 square feet of outdoor play space filled with fun and educational activities for kids, ages 0-12.
Enjoy the McNay Art Museum’s Free Spring Break Family Days
McNay’s Free Spring Break Family Days: Tour De McNay – Celebrate art and the scenic French countryside this Spring Break! Enjoy three days of free family fun as you screen print a “Tour de McNay” flag; create art inspired by Chagall, Matisse, Monet, and more; plus take in the charming children’s film The Triplets of Belleville. Bring your bike, trike and helmet Thursday for a special “Tour de McNay” with a demo on bike safety and a ride around the grounds led by San Antonio B-Cycle.
Tuesday, March 14, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 15, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The McNay also offers free admission for kids 19 and under every day!
Learn about the Old West and Cowboys at the Briscoe Western Art Museum
Kids (12 and under) and active duty military members and their family (up to 4 people) are always free at the Briscoe and adults are just $10 each. The Briscoe is always free to visit on Tuesday evenings from 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Kids love the Briscoe and the mystery surrounding the days of stage coaches, old guns, riding on horseback, and epic battles.
Discover the cultures that make up our great state at the Institute of Texan Cultures
Visit the Institute of Texan Cultures on Sunday, March 13, for Free Second Sunday featuring Buffalo Soldier Day and “Invisible Diamonds” from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Experience life in African-American regiments that scouted the Texas Frontier, then come inside to learn about the history of baseball in African-American communities across Texas. Witness life in 1870s Texas and see how forts became diverse communities following the Civil War. The “Invisible Diamonds” program will give context to the historical importance of baseball to the African American communities of Texas.
And, don’t miss Texas Frontier Week 2017 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. each day during Spring Break (Monday, March 13, 2017 – Friday, March 17, 2017). School is out for Spring Break but the Back 40 at the ITC is open! Experience the Log House, Barn, Schoolhouse, Adobe House, and Frontier Fort. Join us for Texas Frontier Week and spring into pioneer agriculture!
Pick up a Cardboard Kid at one of these malls to decorate and help spread awareness of child abuse
ChildSafe kicks off its fourth year of their Cardboard Kids program, designed to make our community more aware of child abuse. You can pick up your free Cardboard Kids at the following malls on the weekends surrounding Spring Break. Once you get them: decorate them and, on Thursday, April 6, display them around town while sharing photos of them on social media with the hashtag: #CardboardKidsSA. Since Cardboard Kids began three years ago, ChildSafe has helped 16% more families in Bexar County end the cycle of child abuse.
March 3-4 and March 10-11
Fridays: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- North Star Mall (lower level center court)
- Ingram Park Mall (lower level outside of Dillard’s)
- Rolling Oaks Mall (lower level by main entrance)
- South Park Mall (near food court)
- D.R. Semmes Family YMCA at TriPoint (lobby area)
Free, indoor swimming during Spring Break at the Natatorium
Kids, ages 14 and under, are invited to swim for free at the Natatorium in downtown San Antonio at 1430 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. Hosted by the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., every day during Spring Break (March 13-17, 2016) these free swim sessions cover a different aquatics activity each day of the week:
Monday – basic swim lessons
Tuesday – swim technique clinic
Wednesday – junior lifeguard exploration
Thursday – diving instruction
Friday – water sports
Additionally, visitors can enjoy open swim and participate in additional activities such as relays, family team building activities, games, and more. Lifeguards will be on duty to ensure visitor safety. Participants must wear proper swim attire (no denim please). Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Take flight at one of these indoor trampoline parks
Trampoline parks are a great way to burn off the sillies indoors. Many parks suggest making reservations (and buy your pass) ahead of time to avoid long waits and most charge by the hour.
One of the largest trampoline parks in America, Amazing Jumps offers trampolines for adults as well as three just for kids. They also feature a kiddie roller coaster and inflatables for kids 8 and under.
This park offers a kids’ only jump: Kids 6 and under only can jump on Mondays -Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 .am. An accompanying adult jumps free.
Flipz Trampoline Park at Pica Pica Plaza
Flipz also offers a Kid’z Zone: a 7-and-under-only jump area.
The newest, coolest golf attraction in San Antonio, Top Golf welcomes families. Sign up for their free KidZone program for kids 12 and under to be notified of events for kids and families.
Day Trips to Take During Spring Break
Staycation at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa
The JW Marriott in San Antonio is only a few minutes from just about anywhere in San Antonio but far enough away that you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a vacation paradise when you arrive. And, this Spring Break, the JW Marriott in San Antonio debuts its expanded River Bluff Water Experience. This $16 million water park expansion adds:
- Two acres – increasing the experience from six acres to eight acres
- Two translucent body slides featuring thrilling 60-foot drops
- Beach entry swimming pool
- Additional 230 poolside lounge chairs
- Luxury private cabanas
- An additional hot whirlpool spa
- An additional Event pavilion and lawn
Visit the Hill Country Science Mill in nearby Johnson City
The Hill Country Science Mill offers fun for the whole family during Spring Break and they’ll be open additional days and longer hours (Monday, March 13 – Friday, March 17, 10am- 5pm). On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (March 14-16), check out Robot Mania from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. They’ll also have live humanoid robot demos at 11:00 a.m. each day and plenty of hands-on robot building, programming, coding, and battling throughout the rest of the day. Activities include conquering obstacle courses with robotic cars, guiding SWAT-like robots on a rescue mission, robotic painting with watercolors, battling flipper bots, and more! A fun, interactive experience designed to get kids excited about STEM, this Hill Country Science Mill encourages kids to appreciate STEM principles in their everyday lives.
Catch a delicious bass (OK, maybe a catfish) at Fisherman’s Corner near Canyon Lake
This family-friendly establishment provides stocked ponds and all the gear you’ll need to turn your kids into fishermen.
Slide your Spring Break cares away at Schlitterbahn
Open from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily during Spring Break (Saturday, March 11 – Sunday, March 19), Schlitterbahn’s wild and wet water rides can keep you happily busy for days. Here are my pointers for taking elementary-aged kids to this world-renowned water park.
Go Tubing on the Comal
Few things compare to taking a relaxing tube ride down a cool river on a warm spring day.
Wonder awhile at Wonder World Park
Just a 45-minute drive up the road from San Antonio, Wonder World Park can keep your family busy all day with unique attractions including Mystery Mountain and Water Falls, tours of the Balcones Fault Line, a 110 ft. observation tower, an anti-gravity house, train ride, and wildlife petting park.
Stay at the Horseshoe Bay Resort at on Lake LBJ
Take a scenic drive up 281 North to the pretty Horseshoe Bay Resort on Lake LBJ. This family-friendly lake resort offers a large selection of fun activities. My family had an incredible stay at Horseshoe Bay Resort one summer and we can’t wait to go back.
Day Trips Near Austin (or a little farther out)
Be charmed by The Austin Zoo
Take a short hour and a half drive north to visit The Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary. This intimate setting is the perfect place for kids to get a close look to learn about these amazing animals.
These 3 are all next to each other (southwest of Austin):
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