I had a whole post written about all the wonderful events to do this weekend, then I took a look outside my window and decided today would be a great day for a list of indoor activities for kids. It’s summer, and the kids are probably already going a little stir crazy. And now you can’t just send them outside to play.
No worries. San Antonio has tons of creative indoor spaces. Here are seven quick ideas – one for each day of the week.
Nurture your inner nerd
- Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar Chavez, has great shows and exhibits all year long. It’s also a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission for military personnel and their families this summer. Oh yeah, don't forgot about the ghost stories. Supposedly, the Institute is quite the party place for paranormal activity.
- Dinosaur-Quest, 849 E. Commerce St., allows visitors to get face to face with the dwellers of the distant past with 18 life-sized dinosaur skeletons and more than 65 prehistoric skulls. Tip: call ahead to find out if one of their dinosaur experts will be on site for an extra special touch.
Get a workout
- Ice and Golf Center at Northwoods, 17530 Henderson Pass: Because it’s just fun and cold.
- Go roller skating at the Rollercade, 223 Recoleta. It’s like a walk back in time. Tip: on Sundays, one parent gets in free with each child’s admission.
- Visit the Mirror Maze directly across from the Alamo. Eventually you’ll find your way out, but it won’t be a short visit. Wear your walking shoes!
Curious and Curiouser
- Visit the Ripley’s Believe it Or Not! Museum, Alamo Plaza. My kids still talk about their visit there. Did you know only 10 percent of the population can lick their elbows? That's just one of the lovely tidbits you can learn there.
- Tour the Buckhorn Museum at the corner of Houston Street and North Presa Street. Go see the famous Hall of Horns with more than 1,200 trophy mounts, fish and feathered exhibits. Don't forget the wax museum and saloon where Teddy Roosevelt recruited Rough Riders, and where Pancho Villa is rumored to have planned the Mexican Revolution. New exhibits include the Carnival of Curiosities and the American sideshow.
What do you do to keep your kids entertained when it’s rainy and dreary outside?
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