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FREE and fun places to visit in SA with your kids

FREE and fun places to visit in SA with your kids

Summer fun doesn’t have to cost a fortune. If you’re looking for affordable (and preferably FREE) things to do this summer, then you’re in luck. Below you will find some popular places around San Antonio where you can find entertainment that’s free and enjoyable for the whole family.

Below are several places in San Antonio where you can take your child and visit for FREE.

#1. San Antonio Public Library
You can always count on your local branch libraries to come up with activities that inspire readers and entertain kids of all ages. With a library card, you have access to great books, music and videos. Check out the calendar for scheduled activities and special performers. Many San Antonio Public Library branches are also hosting the Summer Food Program, so you can feed your kids for FREE as well. Participating branches include: Central Library (daily 12:30 – 2 p.m.); Las Palmas Branch Library (daily, 12:30- 1:30 p.m.); Pan American Branch Library (Tuesday through Thursday, 12:30 – 2 p.m.); Johnston Branch Library (Wednesday through Friday, Noon – 1 p.m.)

#2. San Antonio Historic Missions/The Alamo
Did you know that the four churches within San Antonio Missions National Historical Park are active Catholic parish churches? Learn more about life in South Texas by exploring the five Missions. Plan Your Visit.
• The Alamo
• Mission Concepción
• Mission Espada
• Mission San José
• Mission San Juan

#3. San Antonio Parks
Dust off your walking shoes and pull out your sporting gear from the garage and take your kids to the park. Pack a lunch and make it a picnic. Every kid loves a picnic in the park! Avoid the heat by going out early and don’t forget the sunscreen! Incorporating a visit to the park at least once a week is a great way to stay active and burn some energy. Plus it’s a great opportunity to spend time with your family.

Explore nature by taking a long walk or bike ride out at any of the Greenway Trails. Forty-one miles are now open to the public, so there’s bound to be a trail near you. Click HERE to find a trail.

#4. San Antonio Museums (After Hours Deals!)
Working parents can still enjoy the long summer hours and spend time with family at any of the local museums listed below. Many offer FREE admission to families between 4 – 8 p.m on various days each week. Check out each museum below for more details.

San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) – Free Tuesdays, 4 – 9 p.m.; Free Sundays, 10 a.m. – Noon.
San Antonio Children’s Museum – Free Kid’s Nights, Third Tuesday of every month, 5 – 8 p.m.
Witte Museum – Free Tuesdays, 3 – 8 p.m.
McNay Art Museum – H-E-B Free Thursdays, 4 – 9 p.m.; Free First Sundays of each month

#5. College Campuses
Inspire your kids to see themselves as college students by taking a college campus tour. Parents and guardians can also take advantage by getting free information about financial aid, especially parents of high school kids.  Visit one of the many college campuses in San Antonio; you have lots to choose from, so here’s a few to get you started: (Click on each college link for more details.)
The Alamo Colleges (Five campuses located around the city!)
Texas A&M University San Antonio
University of Texas at San Antonio
St. Mary’s University
Our Lady of the Lake University
University of the Incarnate Word
Trinity University

Movie Theaters and Bowling
Stay out of the heat and take in a movie — a FREE movie! Santikos Theatres kicks off their FREE 2014 Summer Movies on June 10th with “How to Train Your Dragon.” Click HERE for the entire summer schedule.

Movies By Moonlight moves to Travis Park. The free, outdoor movies play every Tuesday beginning June 3rd. Enjoy a free movie and free parking. Click HERE for the summer schedule.

Love to bowl? Register at KidsBowlFree.com and kids can get two free games of bowling each week (Bowling Centers: Astro Super Bowl, Bandera Bowling Center, Oak Hills Lanes). *All participants must wear bowling shoes– rentals are available.

Photo Courtesy: San Antonio Parks and Recreation