In this incredibly diverse and ever-growing city, we can’t possibly begin to cover all of the categories in which we, and you, might have a favorite. We asked the ACMB staff and contributors to think about the businesses that have the most direct effect on them as parents—and ones they freely choose to patronize—and then turned to the ACMB readers to help us find our inaugural “ACMB Loves” list. Our list may never be as cool as The Current‘s or as posh as San Antonio Magazine‘s, but it is our hope that the parent-to-parent recommendations within are valued as tried and true: businesses that make parenting a little better, funner, and easier simply by doing what they do best.
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Family Date-Night Spot
Bowlero is immersive entertainment at its best—the kind of interactive fun that lets you forget about everything and just enjoy the moment. When you roll in, you’ll find a wonderful distraction in every corner of the hipster-inspired, retro-awesome venue. Bowl on blacklight lanes. Hit up the interactive arcade. Join a laser tag battle or traverse the ropes courses (at select locations).
San Antonio Park
This 311-acre former dairy farm is one of the few remaining undeveloped parcels in San Antonio, an oasis surrounded by subdivisions, freeways, and shopping centers. It is a stunning landscape, with some trees having stood here since the Battle of the Alamo.
Kid's Birthday Spot
Kiddie Park, one of San Antonio’s most treasured landmarks, is the perfect way for children and adults to enjoy a nostalgic day of old-fashioned fun. Established in 1925, and renovated in 2009, Kiddie Park is the oldest children’s amusement park in the country! While modern updates have been made, the park has preserved its 1920s style by maintaining all of the original rides. Guests can enjoy the park’s old-fashioned Ferris wheel, famous hand-carved Herschell Spillman carousel, and other classic children’s rides that have made Kiddie Park an iconic San Antonio attraction for more than 90 years!
Local Toy Store
Toy Werks is San Antonio’s biggest and best family-owned and -operated toy store. They provide an amazing selection of toys, dolls, games, books, craft and science kits, and stuffed animals in a fun and friendly hands-on environment. Kids and any kid at heart are welcome to come in and play! You’ll find play areas throughout the store where kids can try out some of the staff’s favorite toys. CAUTION: Once you enter, it is often hard to leave!
Baby + Children's Store
Crib & Kids enhances families’ lives by offering a wide variety of QUALITY baby and children’s furniture and accessories. The concept of Crib & Kids is like no other in San Antonio, or even South Texas! Crib & Kids wants its customers to walk in and be able to envision their own families creating memories in rooms like theirs. They also offer a wide variety of baby gear (strollers, car seats, portable cribs), accessories, and recliners.
Baby + Kid's Clothing Boutique
Bambinos has served families around the country for more than 22 years. Bambinos offers the finest infant and toddler clothing and gifts and features monogramming. The Bambinos team prides itself on providing exceptional and customized service to every guest and giving back to the community with charitable events and outreach.
Established in 1985, Grove Hill, Ltd. is a stylish boutique featuring updated ladies’ clothing, jewelry, and accessories.
Your pup will receive the ultimate pampering in Lucy’s grooming salon, where their in-house groomers specialize in scissor cuts, massages, pawdicures, and more.
Alamo Beer Company is a large indoor/outdoor brewery featuring their iconic craft beer, live music, and picnic tables where you can enjoy a casual San Antonio atmosphere.
Both Richard and Bunny were successful gardeners in their own right, and the dream of a commercial vineyard and “maybe” a 1500-case winery began to take shape. In 1992 the first plantings were lovingly placed in the ground by friends and family, including the Becker’s two sons, Will and Joe. The first harvest, in 1995, laid the foundation for what is now just over a 100,000-case per year winery.
Place to Take Visitors
In 1941, Pedro and Cruz Cortez opened a three-table cafe for early-rising farmers and workers at San Antonio’s Mercado. Sixty years later, Mi Tierra Cafe is a world-famous landmark—the place hometown regulars and hungry tourists go for authentic Mexican food and a warm Texas welcome. Pedro’s and Cruz’s children and grandchildren continue the family tradition of good food and big-hearted hospitality at Mi Tierra, which now seats more than 500 and is still located in Market Square, El Mercado.
The DoSeum opened on June 6, 2015 and became a place where children are inspired to use their inner creativity and curiosity to learn through play. It is a museum where kids are encouraged to run, play, and create, offering exhibits designed to help children exercise their bodies and minds.
Hundreds of families have recorded fun family memories of their children learning to swim, jumping off the diving board for the first time, enjoying the lazy days of summer under the canopy of the many trees that line the pool area, as a member of The Pool Sharks, touching the bottom of the diving well, participating in the July 4th Coin Toss, and having a safe place to enjoy meeting up with friends and family.
Favorite H-E-B Product
Featuring a spicy blend of jalapenos and poblanos, H-E-B’s That Green Sauce is the perfect condiment for everything from tacos and fajitas to eggs.
At Bird Bakery, everything is baked on-site, from scratch, each and every day. They use only the finest ingredients—from Plugra butter and Valrhona Cocoa to the highest quality Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla—because they believe that treating yourself also means treating yourself well.
Like a lot of great ideas, Local Coffee’s started at a kitchen table. It was 2008, and Robby and Neesha Grubbs were hashing out the notion of opening an obsessively good coffee shop in San Antonio, which needed one. Within a year, the first Local Coffee café opened in San Antonio. Customer loyalty and appreciation warranted opening three more cafés and the launch of Local Coffee’s own roasting facility, Merit Roasting Co.
Lick uses only pure, wholesome ingredients in its artisanal ice creams—no artificial colors or flavors, high fructose corn syrup, or preservatives. The unique flavors and quality ingredients make this Pearl-based ice creamery a favorite among San Antonians.
Restaurant with Playground
The Cove is all about having a good time and enjoying great food with friends and family. They offer a playscape for your kids and a dog run for your four-legged friends, along with organic menu items and live music.
Family Friendly Restaurant + Favorite Tortilla
Alamo Cafe has proudly served the greater San Antonio area for over 30 years. It is known for its famous homemade flour tortillas and chile con queso, but serves everything from salads, quesadillas, enchiladas, and fajitas, to its infamous chicken fried steak. The casual, kid-friendly setting keeps San Antonians coming back to this Alamo City staple.
Favorite Farmer's Market
With a strong commitment to food excellence, Pearl is host to a producers-only farmers market. All Pearl Farmers Market vendors are located within a 150-mile radius of San Antonio, providing fresh, local, and seasonal products that they themselves planted, raised, and harvested. Come meet your local food producers!
Favorite Lunch Spot
For more than 25 years, W.D. Deli’s goal has been to provide customers with delicious, fresh food in healthy portions at reasonable prices.
Favorite Date Night Spot
Listed as one of OpenTable’s Top American fine dining restaurants and rated as one of Zagat’s Top Local Picks, Silo Elevated Cuisine is sure to delight all your senses. Enjoy creative, world-class fine dining served with meticulous attention to detail in a casual yet elegant environment. The menu is sure to have something for everyone.