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Almost-free fun in San Antonio

Today I’m guest posting for Heidi over at Free Fun in Austin about the Top Five Free Things to do in San Antonio. If you’re joining San Antonio Mom Blogs from Free Fun in Austin, welcome! And hurry on down to San Antonio to visit us, y’all.

Here on San Antonio Mom Blogs today, I’m sharing my favorite ALMOST-FREE fun things to do in San Antonio:

san antonio, texas amusement park for accessibility and special needs

On Morgan’s Wonderland’s website, learn about their Moms’ Coffee on the first and third Friday of each month from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. (meet at The Wharf). For just $17 total, a mom and all of her kids gain admission for a full day of fun at this one-of-a-kind amusement park where everyone can play, regardless of special needs, age, or disability. You must arrive prior to 9:45 a.m. to take advantage of this great deal.

Bird Bakery in Alamo Heights, Texas, owned by actor Armie Hammer and actress Elizabeth Chambers

Celebrity cupcakes in a hip San Antonio neighborhood? Yes, please! Bird Bakery, owned by actor Armie Hammer and his wife, actress/model Elizabeth Chambers, boasts not only the best cupcakes in town, but also big service with even bigger smiles. A few dollars for a scrumptious cupcake or cookie won’t break the bank, right?

nature, marsh, prairie, savannah, woods for birdwatching and hiking

Just north of San Antonio, in Boerne, Texas, you’ll find Cibolo Nature Center with 100 acres of pristine trails and forests to explore. There is no admission fee, but donations are encouraged and accepted. The Center opened to the public in 1990 after citizens restored and preserved this long-neglected patch of land. Four separate ecosystems are available to explore, including: a marsh, a savannah, a forest, and a prairie. On a recent visit with my five-year old son, we borrowed a pair of binoculars from the main building and enjoyed bird watching and hiking for hours.

kids amusement park and indoor shopping center inspired by Latin street markets

Pica Pica Plaza, just south of downtown San Antonio, is a colorful, vibrant shopping center filled with mom-and-pop, locally-owned fruterias, restaurants, coffee shops, and retail stores. Modeled after street markets in Latin America, Pica Pica Plaza brings that cultural experience indoors and adds live entertainment and Flip’z, a popular trampoline park.

When I last shopped there, a merchant pulled me aside and showed me a pretty piece of authentic Mexican pottery.

“You see this? They want $10.95 for the same piece at Market Square. Here? In my shop? It’s just $3.95!”

Deals abound at the air-conditioned Pica Pica Plaza and your kids can enjoy Kiddie Park rides all day long with one $8 wristband.

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  1. My boys love Kiddie Park Pica Pica, even though it has so many fewer rides than the original Kiddie Park. I was actually a little disappointed by the few rides they do have. However I can’t wait to be able to shop in the merchant booths — they intrigue me.

    • Colleen Pence says:

      It’s true, Ellen. The rides aren’t as exciting or plentiful at this Kiddie Park #2. But little ones seem to have a blast there anyway! I think the idea of getting to ride indoors in the cool air makes them happy. It makes parents happy too! 😉

  2. This post has some great ideas! I’m anxious to check out Morgan’s Wonderland with my son this summer.

    • Colleen Pence says:

      Ashley, if you haven’t been yet, I think you’ll love it there. It’s unlike any other amusement park I’ve seen. And it’s got indoor and outdoor elements and lots of places for kids to run, play, and use their imaginations.

  3. I am now adding Cibolo Nature center to places we need to check out! Love this list and Ive been wanting to check out Morgans wonderland so knowing about moms coffee will definitely help. thank you!

    • Colleen Pence says:

      Alvina, you and your Munchkin will LOVE Cibolo Nature Center. It’s so quiet and pristine and pretty. Explore to your heart’s content!

  4. I love all these things to do – more to add to my to do list!! Thanks for linking up today! See you tomorrow!!

  5. Some great ideas here; we love going to the Cibolo Nature Center, definitely a family favorite of ours. A few others we like are hiking at Eisenhower Park and Friedrich Park.

    • Colleen Pence says:

      Holly, I haven’t been to Eisenhower Park in ages. Thanks for reminding me to check it out.

      Are you in or around San Antonio? I had no idea!

  6. Really glad to find out about your blog! There’s so few bloggers I know that are also from Texas, I get excited when I find new ones.

  7. My favorite place to travel in Texas. Love the River Walk, Cultural Institute, Missions with Mariachi Mass. Just a fun place to explore!

  8. San Antonio is a fantastic city. My wife and I had talked about moving up to Austin…but over the past several years San Antonio has really grown on us. And it keeps getting better and better!


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