Free family activities to do in San Antonio this summer

Save those dollars for back-to-school shopping instead.

SAN ANTONIO – The end of summer is almost upon us and you may be running out of ways to entertain your children. Well, KENS 5 has five free places for family fun!

Beat the late summer heat and keep it educational with free museum days.

DoSeum offers free family evenings the first Monday of the month between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Ticket reservations on their website begin at 8 a.m. on the day of family home evening. Tickets are first come, first served and reservations are required.

McNay Art Museum has free Thursdays between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. and every first Sunday is free. Note: A $10 special exhibit fee still applies for the featured exhibit.

Tuesdays are free from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Witte Museum.

The first Sundays are free at Briscoe Museum of Western Art. Children under 12 and active duty military are also always free.

Take a summer trip to the SAS factory. Free tours are available Monday to Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Groups are limited to four people and you must wear a face covering. You’ll see the 100+ steps the shoes have to go through before they get to your feet. Call to schedule your visit at (210) 921-8103.

Watch a movie outdoors when the sun goes down. The Mission Marquee Plaza offers free movies. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the film begins at dusk. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Snacks and picnics are welcome, but there is also a food truck to buy items.

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Stay cool in the heat with a splash pool. There are several free paddling pools in the city.

Be competitive with a free game of bowling with the Free bowl for kids program. Registered children ages 2-17 enjoy two free games of bowling each day throughout the summer. There are two bowling alleys in San Antonio that participate in the program: Astro SuperBowl and Bandera Bowling Center. You have the option of purchasing a Family Pass for $39.95. It allows four adults to bowl two games each day with the children. Purchasing the family pass is not required for children to play for free, but is simply an option for parents if they wish to participate. Note that bowling shoes are required and shoe rental fees will apply.

For a small price, attend a baseball game. The Missions offer $2 Tuesday Games. Parking is $2, outfield tickets are $2, a sausage-wrapped snack is $2, and for parents, national draft beer is $2. The Missions also offer Value Thursday with 50% off tickets and parking, plus local draft beer, hot dogs and soda are $2.

“There are so many free or low cost opportunities, things to do, family things to do in the city where you don’t have to pay anything,” said Christinathe savings educator of Save with Christina.

Save those dollars for back-to-school shopping instead.

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