Great indoor activities for kids

Posted by MomOnMars on July 21, 2009
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Just posted a blog with all my fav indoor activities here in San Antonio. But there are so many more, I thought I’d add them in here.  Got kids? Or have some coming to visit? Here are some awesome indoor places to take them…

  • El Mercado, between Dolorosa and West Commerce, bordered by Santa Rosa and IH-35: Perfect for out-of-town visitors who want to go home with some puro San Antonio memories. A word to the wise – if you have children, stay on the first floor of the Museo Alameda. When we were there, the second floor had a photography exhibit I’d just as soon my 11 year old son not see.
  • Institute of Texan Cultures, 851 Durango Blvd: Cool and air conditioned! We love the shows and the exhibits. Oh, and the ghost stories. Supposedly, the Institute is quite the party place for paranormal activity.
  • Ripley’s Believe it Or Not! Museum, Alamo Plaza: My kids still talk about their visit there. Did you know only 10% of the population can lick their elbows? Yes. One of those lovely tidbits they learned there.
  • While you’re in Alamo Plaza, be sure to take a side trip over to the Mirror Maze. Not going to be a quick one, but well worth the time. Just make sure your kids are okay with being lost. Eventually you’ll find your way out, but it’s likely not to be a straight shot. Get a coupon here.
  • Buckhorn Saloon & Museum

    Buckhorn Saloon & Museum

  • Buckhorn Museum, at the corner of Houston Street and North Presa Street: The famous Hall of Horns. If you haven’t seen it yet, go. Now. More than 1,200 trophy mounts, fish and feathered exhibits. Plus the wax museum and saloon where Teddy Roosevelt recruited Rough Riders and Pancho Villa is rumored to have planned the Mexican Revolution. Yep, there’s real history here.
  • Ice and Golf Center at Northwoods, 17530 Henderson Pass: Because it’s just fun and cold. And when you’re done, your butt hurts from falling so much on the ice. Or at least mine does.
  • North Star Mall. Why the mall, you ask? Why, Luby’s, of course. Absolutely nothing beats a LuAnn Platter with fried fish, mac and cheese, green beans and a buttered wheat roll.
  • Incredible Pizza, 11743 West Avenue at Blanco: While I refuse to go to most pizza game places, Incredible Pizza is one I can stand. The food’s good, the environment pleasant and the prizes decent. Just know a $5 game card isn’t going to get you very far. I’d definitely choose to go on $12 Tuesday or Time Play Wednesday to get the best bang for the buck.
  • IMAX Palladium at The Rim, IH10 and La Cantera: If there’s a good movie playing, this movie theater is awesome. Starbuck’s Coffee and gelato, no less.
  • Clay Casa, 502 Embassy Oaks: Be sure to check the calendar for specials. You can often find half-price days where you can make your own, beautiful ceramic creations on the cheap!

Where’s your favorite indoor place to visit? Leave it here so the rest of us can go there, too!

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2 Responses to “Great indoor activities for kids”
  1. Grace 29 August 2011 at 2:35 pm #

    This is a good list of suggestions – and you’re right, definitely good to do your research if you have someone coming to visit. Any of the Ripley’s museums will not disappoint – my family has gone to at least four and they provide good, family-friendly entertainment for a few hours. One thing I am constantly looking for is indoor games for kids. When my son has friends over, we usually take one “outing” to a museum or mall, and then grab lunch before we head home. Then I’m stuck with what to do with all of them once we get there. When I find ideas for indoor games, I’m always sure to jot them down so they can be used later when they are much needed! Thanks for the list of outings – I’ll be sure to check on some of them!

  2. Gwendolyn 2 August 2013 at 12:18 am #

    Exceptional post however , I was wanting to know if you could write a litte more on this topic?
    I’d be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit more. Thanks!

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