Wednesday, September 12, 2012


San Antonio Children's Museum ~ San Antonio, Texas

 My kids are big fans of Children's Museums.  Who wouldn't be?  It's like playing in the best playroom in the world....and you don't have to clean up after yourself either!!  

We have a ton of great children's museums here in Texas - almost every major city has one.  So when we were invited to play at the San Antonio Children's Museum this summer, we jumped at the chance.
Located in the heart of downtown San Antonio, this three story museum is filled with so many exciting, hands-on exhibits, you are going to want to plan a few hours.

I loved their slogan on their website, "Kids Play to Learn and Adults Learn to Play."  So true.  Kids don't realize how much they are learning with the fun things there are to do, such a creating a bubble as big as they are, working at a "bank", or feeding the ball machine.  And I certainly played with my kids!!
 Your senses go wild as you step into the museum - especially with the Power Ball Hall right near the front door.  This large "machine" funnels balls in various ways to a central location set to dump on whoever is standing there at the right time. My kids seemed to always be standing under it.  The entire contraption is run on "kid power" with levers and pulleys and blowers and more.  My little one could have played for hours here....but there was so much more.

Like the Hill Country Bubble Ranch:
 Who doesn't like to stand in their own bubble?

The Science City kept my kids occupied "learning" with a Zoom Zone to build your own race car and test it out, a wind tunnel to create a parachute out of ordinary materials and fly it, and a giant pin wall where my kids loved making their hand & face impressions. This circuit center took the kids a few minutes to figure out how to light up and you can see the surprise on her face when they do!
My little one was enamored with this big plane on Runway #9 - insisted on flying us all the way back home.
 And if you have little ones, there is a great Tot Spot for young ones up to 36 months.  It features a soft Baby Zone, a Sensory Zone, a Music Zone, and a Gross Motor Zone.  I was very impressed with how clean everything was in here as well.
But among all the exhibits, the HEB Kids' Market & Kids' Cafe was the most impressive.  Located in the basement, kids can "shop" for all their favorites, "check" their friends out, or make their parents a nice pretend meal at the cafe.  This exhibit is very well done, as all my kids worked together to shop.  And we were able to reverse the game on my little one too, having him sort all the fruit & veggies back in their bins.  

There is so much more that I haven't mentioned to do at this fantastic museum.  And if we lived in San Antonio, I would definitely be a regular visitor.  Their online calendar offers weekly workshops and special events, making each visit unique.

Even if you are just visiting San Antonio, put this on your agenda.  It is a fun place for the kids to burn off a little energy and play while on vacation.  

Some other fun ideas of things to do in San Antonio:

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Texas Travel Facts for San Antonio Children's Museum:
Location: 305 E. Houston St., San Antonio, Texas
Hours: Monday-Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
             Saturday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm             
             Sunday: noon - 5:00 pm 
Admission: Adults & Children (2 & up): $8.00
                    Children (0-2): free
                    Military & Educator Discount : $1.00 off admission with valid ID
Recommended Time: 2 -3 hours 
Good to know: Admission is good for all day; Children must be accompanied with an adult and supervised at all times; stroller friendly; school groups visit during the Spring & Fall; 

My family and I were invited to visit the museum and were provided admission. I was not financially compensated for this post.  All opinions of San Antonio Children's Museum are strictly my own based on my experience. 

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