Bonnie Arbittier / Rivard Report
With March comes spring — and spring break for most San Antonio-area schools. If you’re not packing up to leave the city, make sure to check to see if you should be voting in the runoff for Texas House District 125, and have plenty of options to entertain the kids. Need inspiration? See our roundup of activities here – and if we’ve missed an activity you think should have been included, let us know.
Free Family Day at the San Antonio Museum of Art
On March 12, the San Antonio Museum of Art is offering free admission all day – plus family activities from noon to 4 p.m. Celebrate spring by making flower crowns, drawing botanical-inspired compositions, and painting bluebonnet landscapes.
200 West Jones Ave.
Sand Week at the San Antonio Botanical Garden
The San Antonio Botanical Garden will host master sand sculptor Ted Seibert from March 8 to March 15, as he creates something fantastic. Kids can borrow sand pails and shovels to try their hand at sand sculpting, or they can simply roam through the Family Adventure Garden. And bring a bathing suit, because splashing at garden’s No Name Creek has resumed!
555 Funston Place
Included with admission
Open Art at Artworks
Even though the art studio’s spring break classes at the Nacodoches location are filled, there are still a few camp openings at the Leon Springs location on March 12, March 14, and March 15. A half-day of camp costs $30 and parents can choose between a 9 a.m. to noon session or 1 to 4 p.m. session. A full day costs $45, and runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. And at both Artworks locations, there are Open Art time slots for artistically driven kiddos. From 1 to 4 p.m. March 12 and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on March 15, kids are invited to the Alamo Heights-area location at 1840 Nacogdoches Road to putter around with different art mediums and mess of every kind. Open Art is first come, first served. The first child costs $10, and each additional child in a family costs $5. A second location in the Leon Springs area at 23535 Interstate 10 West, Suite 2203, will have its regular Open Art on March 11 from 10:30 a.m. to noon, and has additional Open Art times from 10:30 a.m. to noon March 12 and March 14.
March 11, March 12, March 14, and March 15
Artworks Art Studio (two locations)
The Magik Theatre is offering weeklong camps for kids at both its downtown and Northside locations. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 11 through March 15, kids 5 and older will read, learn basic theater skills, and work on fundamentals such as speaking confidently and working well with others. Kids can learn Acting 101 or work on Broadway-style musical theater performances. At the end of the week, each class will perform for family and friends. Go here to register at the Magik Theatre downtown at 420 S. Alamo St. and here to register at the Magik Performing Arts Center at 5359 Casa Bella in North San Antonio.
Magik Theatre, Magik Performing Arts Center
Spring Break: Kids Are Culture
Give your kids to a weeklong history lesson this spring break: The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Institute of Texan Cultures is opening the buildings of its Back 40 learning area. Starting March 11, kids can explore different aspects of frontier life and where they would have fit in if they were there in the 1800s. The buildings include a barn and a one-room schoolhouse, and kids can learn how to do chores such as churning butter, tying knots, and grinding corn. Admission to the cultural heritage museum includes access to the Back 40. The spring break events in the Back 40 area are open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays, while the rest of the museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Adult tickets cost $10. Seniors, minors, and college students pay $8 for admission, while UTSA students, UTSA faculty and staff, and children ages 0-5 get in free of charge. Learn more here.
801 E César E. Chávez Blvd.
City Parks and Recreation Camps
The San Antonio Parks & Recreation Department has sports, active games, and crafts to keep your kids occupied from March 11 to March 15. Kids ages 6 to 14 can hang out and play at one of 18 participating community centers around the city. There are only 50 available spots per day, and registering ahead of time is recommended; as of Tuesday afternoon, there are 10 community centers with spaces left for campers. Each child’s attendance costs $3 per day. Sign up online here or register in-person at one of the 18 participating locations listed here. The San Antonio Natatorium is also offering free swimming from noon to 3 p.m. weekdays.
Community centers around San Antonio
Kids Camp at North East Community Learning Center
Campers at North East Independent School District’s Spring Break Camp can enjoy arts and crafts, sports, movie days, and more during spring break. The camp provides a morning and afternoon snack; parents should provide a daily sack lunch for their children. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. and close at 6:30 p.m. March 11 through March 15. Enrollment deadline is 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 6. Sibling and NEISD employee discounts are available; contact Dolores Lozano at firstname.lastname@example.org for discount options. Find more information here and registration instructions here.
8750 Tesoro Dr.
Robotics & Coding Camps
Does your child love building things out of Legos? Want your kids to explore that budding interest in coding? From 9 a.m. to noon March 11 through March 15, Code4Bots is opening its doors to children ages 6 to 9 for a half-day camp. Campers will build robots with Lego bricks and learn code to program the robots. If your robot-interested offspring is older, Code4Bots is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for a full-day robotics and coding camp. Campers ages 8 to 13 will learn how to build and program three robots over the week. Find more information and enroll here.
1056 E. Borgfeld Dr., Suite 1
Witte Museum Camp
The Witte Museum brings back its spring break camp with two options for two age groups. Kids ages 6 to 8 can sign up for Space Explorers, while 9- to 12-year-olds can be Planet Pioneers who plan a mission to leave Earth and set up camp on another planet. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and parents are responsible for sending a snack and lunch with their campers. Drop-off is from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., and pickup from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Museum members pay $340 for the week, while nonmembers pay $390. Register here.
Sports Camp at Green Tree Tennis Club
Green Tree Tennis Club has spring break sports camps and tennis camps to keep the kids occupied. The sports camp option is for kids who love all physical activity and includes tennis instruction. Tennis camp runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is open to kids from 6 to 18 years old. Lunch will not be provided, but the snack bar will be open. Green Tree Tennis Club members pay $10 less than nonmembers for each camp.
4721 Callaghan Rd.
Camp Active at Alamo Gymnastics
Looking for the most efficient way to burn off extra kid energy? Alamo Gymnastics offers a day camp during spring break that’s open to kids ages 4 and up. Not only do they get to bounce around in the gym, there are crafts and other activities to keep them entertained. Camp costs $40 per day and $175 per week. The camp provides two daily snacks, but parents should send a sack lunch with their kids to camp. Camp runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Call 210-479-8282 for more information.
16665 Huebner Rd.
World Wide Soccer Camp
Learn the fundamentals of soccer in one week at the GVTC Communications Sportsplex. There are three soccer camps: a full-day or half-day option for kids ages 6 to 14 and a “mini kickers” camp for 3- to 5-year-olds. The older campers will learn the techniques necessary to build on their soccer skills, while the younger campers will play soccer games that helps them with body movement and fundamentals. Half-day camp for the 6 to 14-year-olds costs $165 and runs 9 a.m. to noon on March 11 to March 15 . Full-day camp for the same age group costs $190 and runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m on March 11 to March 15 . The “mini kickers” camp costs $85 and runs 9-11 a.m on March 11 to March 13. All campers need to bring cleats, shin guards, soccer ball, soccer-appropriate apparel, and water. Full-day campers need to pack a sack lunch. Call organizer Laurence O’Toole at 210-332-2201 with questions, or email him here. Register for the camps here.
29064 Bulverde Rd.
Music, Mutts, Magic, and More
From March 11 to March 16, accessible theme park Morgan’s Wonderland will have daily entertainment for families. There will be an acrobatic dog show, karaoke, a block party, and more each day. Microsoft has also updated the Sensory Village with the latest in Xbox One technology, and the new Microsoft Experience includes a hub that makes gaming more accessible for children of all abilities. As always, admission is free for guests with special needs and children ages 2 and under. Children ages 3 to 17 pay $11, while adult tickets cost $17. Seniors ages 62 and up and military members pay $11.
5223 David Edwards Dr.
Nature at the DoSeum
The DoSeum still has space in its Nature Navigators spring break camp. From March 11 to March 15, kids ages 8 to 11 can get hands-on experience with observing the world around them, journaling, and collecting and identifying species. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the option of paying for additional care after camp hours. Campers should pack a lunch, a reusable water bottle, additional snacks as needed, and a light jacket if necessary. DoSeum members pay $20 less than nonmembers. Register for Nature Navigators here.
2800 Broadway St.
The McNay Free Family Fun Days
The McNay is bringing free family fun for the last half of spring break week. From 2-4 p.m. March 13 to March 15, everyone can visit the museum for free. There will also be family-friendly activities centered around the McNay’s exhibit American Dreams: Classic Cars and Postwar Paintings. Enjoy live music, crafts, and DIY race tracks for toy cars. Museum hours are the same during spring break, and people must still pay for tickets if visiting outside of the free family fun hours.
6000 N. New Braunfels Ave.
Spring Break Events at the Briscoe Western Art Museum
The Briscoe Western Art Museum has some special events planned during spring break. On March 11, the museum will host its inaugural Spring Break Ranch Roundup from 4-8 p.m., where kids can get their faces painted, make their own cattle brand, and watch a roping professional show off his skills. There are drinks for adults, and food trucks and live music for the whole family. On March 13, there’s a Lil Partners program for young museum visitors to learn different mediums of storytelling from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Both programs are included with museum admission.
March 11, March 13
210 W. Market St.
Spring Break Camp at Labor Serena Community Garden
Escuela Magnetico-Espiritual de la Comuna Universal is hosting its 11th annual free spring break camp with activities for kids such as gardening, arts and crafts, and paleontology. And on March 12, paleontologist and public speaker Dinosaur George will be stopping by! Breakfast, lunch, and snack are provided, but children with dietary restrictions must bring their own lunch. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 11 to March 15 at Labor Serena Community Garden. Call 210-838-7180 for more information.
1246 Chalmers St.