Nature, science and culture intersect here. From early settler exhibits and hands-on activities in the HEB Science Treehouse to rotating exhibits telling deeper stories about San Antonio, the Witte always has something new to see for all ages. 3801 Broadway; $9-$14 per person; free admission on Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
In this studio, customers buy a piece of pottery to paint on site. There are over 250 items to choose from at varying price points, from mugs and plates to unicorn figurines. Painters will return to the studio four days after their first visit to collect their finished creation. Home paint kits are also available. 502 Embassy Oaks, Ste. 107; prices vary depending on what you are painting
Edwards Aquifer Authority Education Outreach Center
This free activity is located at Morgan’s Wonderland Camp. Of interest to all ages, this series of displays and exhibits teaches the importance of water conservation. 23400 Cibolo Vista Road; FREE ENTRANCE
McNay Art Museum
It is the ideal place for lovers of art and architecture. Stroll through the galleries of the 1927-era mansion and admire the static and rotating exhibits, including Donald Moffett + Cult of Natureopen until September 11. While all ages are welcome at the McNay, this museum will be best enjoyed by tweens and up or those with a strong interest in art. 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave.; Adult admission is $20. Reduced fares are offered to seniors, students and teenagers. Free admission for children under 12, military and veterans, WIC, SNAP, and MAP recipients / Free general admission is offered 4-9 p.m. Thursdays.
Learn by doing, regardless of age, at the San Antonio Children’s Museum. With a variety of indoor and outdoor static exhibits that facilitate hands-on play, as well as rotating exhibits (like this summer’s Earth Matters), there is plenty to keep school-age children busy for an hour or an afternoon. Spaces like HEB Kid’s Town are dedicated to children aged 5 and under. 2800 Broadway; Admission is $14 per person
Natural Bridge Caverns
Although cave tours take place underground (and technically outdoors), the cavern temperature is 70 F with 99% humidity year-round. Surface activities such as gem mining, a maze course and zip lines are also fun if you can handle the heat outside. Cavern tours are suitable for anyone doing approximately 1.25 miles (including steep inclines and stairs). The outdoor zipline course is popular with older children and teenagers. 26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Road; Tickets for the Cavern Tour are $28 and up. Booking tickets in advance saves a few dollars per ticket.
San Antonio Art Museum
Located just south of Pearl on the River Walk, this museum offers events and exhibits for everyone, from art games for preschoolers to painting lessons for adults. A variety of paintings, sculptures and mixed media representing several styles and eras are on display. Comic book fans will appreciate Tony Parker’s Heroes and Villainson view until September. 200 W. Jones Avenue; Adult admission is $20 with discounts for military and senior citizens. Beneficiaries of WIC, SNAP and MAP pay $3 and children under 12 are free. Bexar County residents are admitted free on Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to noon.
A sense of adventure is definitely required, but this indoor skydiving activity is safe for anyone at least 40 inches tall. Guests will undergo a brief “flight training” before getting dressed for the indoor wind tunnel. All equipment is provided. (Here’s a glimpse of what we experienced on our first visit.) 15915 I-10; Two flights per person are $84.99. Larger packages are available, and iFly frequently runs specials for military, veterans, and first responders.
The Briscoe Museum of Western Art
Learn the stories of cowboys, vaqueros, Native Americans, and the western landscape through drawings, paintings, and sculptures. The museum hosts “Full STEAM Ahead” events that are great for toddlers, but a visit to the gallery is best enjoyed by tweens and up (or those with a strong interest in art or the west) . 210 Market Street West; $12 for adults, free admission for children under 12, active duty military, and SNAP, WIC, and MAP recipients. Check the website for additional free days.
SEALIFE Aquarium and LEGOLAND Discovery Center
Located in The Shops at Rivercenter, these activities are popular with tourists but are also worth visiting for local families. SEALIFE San Antonio offers a way to experience marine life indoors while LEGOLAND is an indoor paradise for brick lovers. SEALIFE is suitable for all ages while LEGOLAND Discovery Center is for preschool and school age children. Unaccompanied adults are not permitted to enter the LEGOLAND Discovery Center. Check the website for adult-only events. The average family spends an hour at SEALIFE and two to three hours at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center. 849 E. Commerce St., Stes. 600 & 910; Combo tickets can be purchased for admission to both activities starting at $36.99 per person.
Altitude trampoline park
This indoor entertainment area is owned by locals and offers jumping and climbing adventures. The site is made up of wall-to-wall trampolines and also includes an indoor climbing course and rock wall. Children of all ages are welcome during the day, and teen-focused events are scheduled in the evenings. 11075 I-10 W., Ste. 126; One hour of jumping costs $18. Non-slip socks required.
There are a few options for indoor ax throwing, but this site offers guided instruction and supervised play. Pricing varies depending on the number of people casting, but the average family can expect to spend around $100 for an hour-long session. Class Ax is for ages 12 and up. 1203 E. Commerce St.; prices vary.
Immersive Van Gogh
Open until September 5, this immersive art experience takes visitors through some of Van Gogh’s works using over 90 million pixels, 60,600 video frames and 500,000 cubic feet of projections. It’s not your usual museum experience and lasts about 30 minutes if you watch it from start to finish. 221 Burleson; Tickets cost between $39.99 and $54.99 depending on the time.
Mini Golf Monster
Mni golf is a quintessential summer activity, but most courses in San Antonio are outdoors. Monster Mini Golf brings the fun indoors with a light-up monster-themed course. Additionally, there is an on-site laser tag, virtual reality games, and an arcade. 2267 NW Military Highway, Ste. 11; Adults pay $12 per round of golf.
Escape the room
This is one of San Antonio’s best known escape rooms. Guests must solve a series of clues that match the story of the place they are trying to escape in 60 minutes. Staff provide advice on request. 315 E. Commerce St., Ste. 100; Expect to pay $125 per party of four.
McKenna Children’s Museum
This New Braunfels outpost offers hands-on play in a learning environment with exhibits like Hill Country Campgrounds and Lend-a-Hand Ranch. This place is best enjoyed by kids 10 and under. 801 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels; Admission is $7.50 per person
Visit this indoor space to play baseball and softball, or enroll the kids in batting lessons, practices, clinics or camps. D-BAT is suitable for players of all ages and also has a location in New Braunfels. 2250 Chipley Circle, $21 and up