We all know that San Antonio is an awesome place to live and to visit. The opportunities for fun activities seems almost endless, but sometimes we get in a rut and forget about some of the great things our city offers. Or, if you are like me, your kids’ preferences are changing, and the activities that used to keep them engaged aren’t as cool now that they are teens and tweens.
So just in case you need some inspiration about what to do this weekend (or school holiday), check out these great San Antonio activities for teens and tweens!
Arts & Culture
Young Chef’s Academy
What: Cooking for kids! Classes, parties and camps. Kids will learn about kitchen safety, nutrition, food preparation, baking & cooking, presentation & table setting, manners, and more.
Where: Stone Oak
Central Market Cooking School
What: Kids’ cooking classes are offered during school holidays: Spring Break, Christmas Break, and the summer. Check the calendar to find classes geared towards kids.
Where: Alamo Heights
Contact: Website or (210) 368-8617
San Antonio Museum of Art
What: Did you know that the SAMA has the largest collection of ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman art in the southern U.S.? Check out the events page for special activities like Mediation in the Japanese Gallery, First Sundays for Families, and their film series: Family Flicks.
Where: Just north of downtown
Contact: Website or (210) 978-8100
The McNay Art Museum
What: The McNay was the first modern art museum in Texas. Today their collection focuses on Medieval & Renaissance art and 19th–21st Century European & American art. Check out their family-friendly activities. High school students can apply to be a Teen Art Guide.
Where: Alamo Heights
Contact: Website or (210) 824-5368
The Witte Museum
What: Explore natural history, South Texas history, and science at The Witte Museum. From the HEB Body Adventure to any of their special exhibits to exploring the grounds on the San Antonio River, it makes for a great day. Check out their special events calendar—they even have cooking classes!
Where: Alamo Heights
Painting With a Twist
What: Grab your friends for a fun painting class. Join a class on the calendar (check for age requirements) or arrange a private party.
Where: Alamo Heights, Alon, Artisan Alley, The Forum
What: Pottery and glass painting with friends! Check out their class schedules or drop in for open studio times. Remember to plan your return trip a few days later to pick up your finish piece.
Where: Embassy Oaks Shopping Center & New Braunfels
Contact: (210) 402-6656 (Embassy Oaks location) or on Facebook
What: The Scobee Planetarium is open to the public on Friday evenings. They offer three different shows each Friday: 6:30 P.M., 7:30 P.M., and a double feature at 9:00 P.M. This is a must for any kids who love space, astronomy, and science.
Where: North of downtown, at San Antonio College
San Antonio Botanical Garden
What: If you have a nature lover and botanist in the family, don’t miss the Botanical Garden. Spend time walking through the 38 acres of diverse gardens, including the Texas Native Trail, the Rose Garden, the Tropical Conservancy, the Vegetable Garden, and the Garden for the Visually Impaired. Make sure to check out their education page for activities like the Children’s Vegetable Garden Program (through age 13) and Saturday Classes for kids with special needs (ages 7–19).
Where: Mahncke Park, between Downtown and Alamo Heights
What: Clearly a must-do for younger kids, The DoSeum has lots to offer older kids also. Check out The Big Outdoors for climbing and running and jumping, Innovation Station for building, and the Spy Academy for mysteries and problem solving fun.
Where: Between downtown and Alamo Heights
The San Antonio Zoo
What: The San Antonio Zoo was established in 1914, open year-round, and is home to more than 750 species of animals. Great options for teens and tweens include their Keeper Shadow program, Overnight Adventures, and their Behind the Scenes Adventures.
Where: North of downtown
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
What: The Meadows Center is a water and environmental research center associated with Texas State University. The San Marcos Spring is one of the largest natural springs in the United States. You can explore it via glass-bottom boats, paddle boarding, kayaking, or hike the surrounding park-like area.
Where: San Marcos, northeast of San Antonio
Hill Country Science Mill
What: It may be an hour away, but this hands-on science museum is really geared toward tweens. Kids can explore biology, physics, chemistry, botany, archaeology, and more with the interactive exhibits.
Where: Johnson City, north of San Antonio
What: San Antonio (and the surrounding area) has amazing places to get out into nature. Grab a group of your kids’ friends and set out for a great day of hiking, exploration, and physical activity.
Where: The Mission Reach, Hardberger Park, Friedrich Park, Government Canyon, Lost Maples, and Enchanted Rock
More Details: Family Friend Local(ish) Hikes
Natural Bridge Caverns
What: Where else can you explore caves, pan for gems, visit a wildlife run an open air maze, tackle an obstacle course, go zip lining, or watch the world’s largest bat emergence? You can also check out the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch next door.
Where: North of San Antonio, near Garden Ridge, TX
What: Thin Air is a trampoline park, obstacle course, and parkour gym all in one. Tweens love the trapeze, trampoline basketball, and the dodgeball court.
Where: Near the Medical Center
Contact: Website or (210) 802-0715
What: Hide and Seek meets tag, with fun laser guns. It’s dark and loud and, despite the admonition to walk, kids always leave sweaty and tired.
Where: Ingram Park or Embassy Oaks
What: Does bowling really need an explanation? San Antonio has lots of fun options to knock down a few pins.
Where: AstroBowl is a great option in Alamo Heights if your tweens want to bowl old-school style. Bowlers, in North Central SA, has recently been remodeled and offers lots more than just bowling: ropes course, billiards, shuffleboard and an arcade. Brunswick Zone, in North East SA, offers 40 lanes and specials all week long. If you live near Leon Valley, check out Bandara Bowing Center!
What: I think of Top Golf as the driving range meets darts, with some hi-tech score tracking built in. It’s a three-story driving range, where you play different games by trying to hit your ball into the targets in the field in front of you. There’s food, video games, pool tables, and more.
Where: Northwest SA, near I-10 and 1604
X Factor Paintball Park
What: X Factor has multiple playing fields to accommodate all levels of paintball fanatics. From open play to tournaments to parties, they provide all your tween needs to have a great day of paintball fun.
Where: North Central SA, near Rolling Oaks Mall
Contact: Website or (210) 296-1118
Power Park Fitness
What: Do you have an American Ninja Warrior fan in your house? If so, check out this parkour course/gym in Spring Branch. Think obstacle course meets cross-country running course.
Where: Spring Branch, North of San Antonio
Ice Skating & Roller Skating
What: Getting dropped off at the roller rink for an evening without parental supervision is a right of passage for a lots of tweens. San Antonio offers tons of options all around town.
Where: Ice Skating at Northwoods Ice & Golf Center in North Central SA offers open skating, parties, and hockey leagues. For Roller Skating, choose from the Car-Vel Skate Center in Northwest SA, Car-Vel Skateland in South SA, and The Rollercade in Central SA.
Cool Crest Mini Golf
What: Want a blast from the past? Cool Crest offers two miniature golf courses: the first opened in 1929 and the newer one opened in 1957. They are closed during the winter, but open again in the spring.
Where: North of downtown, near Jefferson
What: Bowling, laser tag, ropes course, billiards, arcade games, food, and more.
Where: North Central SA and Westover Hills
Texas Ski Ranch
What: Water skiing, skate boarding trampoline park. and snow boarding—all in one place! It’s a one-stop shop for active kids who love to be outside.
Where: New Braunfels, northeast of San Antonio
Ripley’s Believe It or Not
What: Ripley’s has three main attractions: The Odditorium (a collection of weird stuff), The 4D Moving Theater (a movie theater that moves along with the action on the screen), and the Louis Tussaud’s Wax Museum (life-size wax sculptures of famous people).
What: Fiesta Texas is a large amusement park with everything from high-speed, twisting and looping roller coasters, to shows, to water rides and a water park. The park is open much of March and then on the weekends until mid-May when it opens daily for the summer season.
Where: North Central SA
What: SeaWorld combines an amusement park, zoo, theater, school, and water park to create an experience that family members of all ages can enjoy. It may seem like it is best suited for younger kids, but SeaWorld offers several fun educational opportunities for kids all the way through high school.
Where: West San Antonio
iFly San Antonio
What: It isn’t open yet, but it’s coming soon. If your tween is a thrill seeker, this is his/her chance to try indoor skydiving! You enter their vertical wind chamber and can experience the exhilaration of skydiving in a controlled environment.
Where: Northwest SA