It’s hot out there, y’all. Whether you’re in San Antonio for a visit or you’re a longtime native, you know to expect some seriously sweaty days in August. During these record-high temperatures and times of drought, there is only so much time you can spend outside in the sweltering heat in the city’s beautiful nature spots. For those days when you want to cool down and hydrate, check out San Antonio’s best family-friendly spots that are all indoors.
The DoSeum is called San Antonio’s Museum for Kids, but parents will have a blast at this interactive museum that emphasizes discovery and exploration in kids of all ages. Their indoor exhibits include Sensations Studio, which allows kiddos to learn about sound and light while making music at the DJ Station or playing with lasers—because come on, who doesn’t like lasers?
Until January 2019, The DoSeum is featuring their latest exhibit: Dream Tomorrow Today, which invites kids to step into a time machine and imagine the future that they want for themselves. By designing future cities and role playing future careers, kids and adults have the freedom to dream and take ownership of their future.
If you know anything about San Antonio, chances are you’ve heard about The Witte (rhymes with “city”). The museum dates back to 1923 and has become a San Antonio institution ever since. Today, The Witte is a place for people of all ages to explore the nature, science, and culture of San Antonio and the surrounding region.
With exhibits exploring Texas history, the human body, and even the dinosaurs that once roamed the land, The Witte is the perfect way to gain some family-friendly education while during these hot summer months.
With a vision to nurture a love and understanding of theatre and literature by providing extraordinary, affordable, professional theatre and education experiences, The Magik Theatre never disappoints in delighting with their productions. Their lineup includes family-friendly shows based on popular children’s literature, as well as special showings for kids under five years old.
Furthering their mission to educate kids about the magic of art and theater, The Magik Theatre holds classes and camps for kiddos year-round. So whether you’re visiting San Antonio in the summer and want to take a break from the heat or you’re a local wanting to get your kids involved in local theater, we give The Magik Theatre two thumbs up.
Stargazing is an awe-inspiring way to explore outer space, but with nighttime temperatures in August staying in the 70s and 80s, an outdoor excursion might not be the first choice for your family. Try the local planetarium instead, located at the Scobee Education Center at San Antonio College (SAC), which boasts spectacular shows for the public on weekends.
Gather the kids, head to SAC, and relax in the cool auditorium for some educational fun with the whole family. With programming designed especially for kids, the planetarium is the perfect introduction to space for your future astronauts and astronomers.
Whether you’re looking for a summertime date night idea or a fun activity for you and the kids, check out Central Market’s line-up of daily cooking classes. With themes like “Japanese Steakhouse” and “Italian Sunday Dinner,” Central Market has gathered expert cooks and teachers to impart their wisdom on San Antonio visitors and locals.
There’s no need to melt in the Texas heat to make memories. Be sure to check out their special kids classes that invite one adult and one child ages 7-17 to bond over the culinary arts together. The best part? You get to end with the delicious meal you just cooked!
There’s no better way to get to know a city than to visit its libraries. For more than 110 years, the San Antonio Public Library has been the epicenter of free learning, culture, and family-friendly fun. Now with the world-class Central Library and 29 branch libraries, there’s sure to be a local library in your neighborhood.
With a schedule of kids’ programs, book groups, and summer reading opportunities, the public libraries offer learning opportunities in a comfortable locale away from the heat. Bexar County residents are able to get a library card, giving you access to millions of books, eBooks, magazines, movies, music, and more.
7-10. Art museums
San Antonio is home to some incredible local artists, as well as collections of art from around the world. Take a reprieve from the heat and step into the air-conditioned oasis of the city’s local art museums.
Located in the gorgeous former home of Marion Koogler McNay, the McNay is the first museum of modern art in Texas. Upon her heath in 1950, Marion left her collection of more than 700 works of art, along with her sprawling house and property in Alamo Heights, to establish the museum. Now with more than 22,000 works, visitors to the McNay can gaze upon pieces from the likes of Picasso, Monet, Matisse, O’Keeffe, Rivera, and El Greco.
San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA)
Nestled along the San Antonio River a mile from the Alamo, SAMA holds an impressive collection of art from around the world, including the Mediterranean, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. In addition to the permanent and rotating exhibits, SAMA hosts an array of events from movie nights and yoga classes to playdates and gallery talks.
Founded in 1965, the Southwest School of Art has been educating San Antonio artists for decades. As an educational institution offering a Bachelor of Fine Arts, the school also hosts art exhibits and lectures throughout the year. For those who want to explore their own artistic abilities, the school offers community classes for adults, teens, and kids featuring everything from sculpture to digital media.
The Mexican Cultural Institute was created by the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs to spread, highlight, and nurture the art and culture of Mexico abroad. For more than 50 years, the institute has showcased the Mexican culture through art exhibits, performances, and public events.
There are countless great things about living in San Antonio, and its abundance of indoor fun is just one. When the weather is in the triple digits and all you want to do is stay indoors, you plan accordingly for your family. The people who work at SAWS do the exact same thing. SAWS plans for the hot, dry weather year-round with forward-thinking conservation techniques so that San Antonio is in excellent shape when it comes to having plentiful water.