Your Guide to Spring Fun in San Antonio

Spring fun in San Antonio is blooming everywhere you look. From river parades to arctic dinosaurs, fun is bursting across the Alamo City. There’s something for everyone—and most of these activities extend far beyond spring break. Mark your calendar and get out and enjoy some spring fun in San Antonio!

If you’re looking for spring break ideas, check out Jill’s list of fun in and around San Antonio. And if you’re looking for spring break camps, we’ve got you covered.

Add these events to your family’s musts this spring:


river with green dye flowing through a fountain for St. Patricks Day
See the river go green for St. Patrick’s Day.

See the San Antonio River become emerald green for the holiday and enjoy a river parade as you take in some River Walk sights. The river will be dyed multiple times and this year’s fun includes the Museum Reach. Check out the map and grab a spot for the parade on either the Museum Reach or the downtown River Walk. And don’t miss the entertainment at the Arneson River Theatre.


a young girl holding a watercolorStop by the Briscoe Western Art Museum for Spring Break Roundup with hands-on, family-friendly arts and crafts that showcase the fun side of the West, March 16–18. And on the first Sunday of each month, enjoy free activities during Full STEAM Ahead—and free admission for Locals Day. Don’t miss the museum’s McNutt Sculpture Garden, where you will enjoy amazing bronzes depicting the American West, and the museum’s historic home featuring 14 galleries of art and artifacts. From Santa Anna’s sword to Roy Rogers’ saddle, history comes to life at the Briscoe. Even better: Children 12 and under always receive free admission, making the museum a great family destination.


The San Antonio Zoo is fluttering its wings with a kaleidoscope of colors featuring larger-than-life glass sculptures of butterflies, bees, praying mantises, and more. And the zoo’s new Butterfly House lets you get up close and personal with hundreds of exotic butterflies and even a free-roaming sloth. Through May 26 “Blooms, Bees, & Butterflies” showcases the zoo’s botanical beauty with daily activities, including animal encounters, dance parties, craft stations, and educational performances. And the Tiny Tot Nature Spot is all new, too.


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Bubbles falling from the ceiling make it seem like you are under the sea with Ursula.

You can fly, you can fly, you can fly with Peter Pan and dance with Encanto characters, see desserts pop up from Princess and the Frog, pop bubbles under the sea with The Little Mermaid, and enjoy more Disney classics than you can count at Disney Animation— Immersive Experience through May 29. From the moment you step in and the stars on the floor scatter as you are encircled by the animals from the circle of life in The Lion King, you will be transported through 100 years of Disney magic and every member of your family will enjoy the ride. San Antonio is one of only ten cities on the tour—and the only one in Texas—so don’t miss out.


a mosiac from ancient romeThe San Antonio Museum of Art’s latest exhibition takes everyone to Italy with Roman Landscapes: Visions of Nature and Myth from Rome and Pompeii. With more than 65 works including major loans from museums in Italy, France, and Germany—many of which have never been seen in the U.S.—the exhibition features items created in Roman Italy between 100 BC and AD 250. Enjoy free museum and exhibition admission on March 14, including art-making experiences, story times, and performances. The exhibition is on view through May 21.


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The new interactive exhibit at the Alamo.

Yes, we said it. But there’s a reason the Alamo is the number one tourist destination in Texas. And now it’s even better thanks to the new Ralston Family Collections Center. The exhibit space features items from the Phil Collins Collection, the Donald and Louise Yena Spanish Colonial Collection and the Alamo Collection.

Run and play at Yanaguana Garden at Hemisfair, an outdoor wonderland for kids and adults of all ages and abilities. Dig in the sand play area, cool off in the splash pad. Hemisfair’s Super Fun Saturdays are returning to Yanaguana Garden every third Saturday of the month for fun and free kid’s activities with different monthly themes. The newest addition to the park, the Toddler Play Area, extends the fun to even the smallest members of your crew.


The DoSeum is adding extra hours March 11–20, opening extra early and closing later than usual to give everyone more time to explore. During the extra hours, purchase your ticket in person before noon or after 4:00 p.m. and receive $2 off general admission (Sundays not included). Don’t miss the new spring exhibit, “Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit.” You can step into the colorful world of beloved author/illustrator Eric Carle and explore fun activities inspired by his classic books through April 16.


Dig into a breathtaking discovery at the Witte Museum as Antarctic dinosaurs take over the museum. Discover fossils from four Antarctic dinosaur species and get hands-on experience with real tools to learn how paleontologists had to carefully extract them from the now-frozen landscape.


Experience AREA 21, SAMSAT’s brand new museum space at the Boeing Center at Tech Port. The new museum and STEM showcase at Port San Antonio, “A Connected World,” highlights how innovations, including those from San Antonio and from Port San Antonio, are changing the world. Visit AREA 21 to view and interact with exhibits and participate in hands-on activities. Featured exhibits include flight simulators, robots, AR exhibits, cyber security, Tesla coils, 3D printing, advanced manufacturing, and more. AREA 21 is free for all ages every day of the week.

An Army brat who came to Texas for college and ultimately managed to make the Lone Star State her permanent home, Dawn became a mom “AMA” (advanced maternal age), giving her the opportunity to use a stroller vs. a walker as she navigates the world of motherhood. Her growing up way too fast native Texan loves all things Star Wars, Legos, dinosaurs and keeping his parents on their toes. When she’s not busy parenting the original strong-willed child, Dawn runs Tale to Tell Communications, a San Antonio-based PR and marketing agency. An award-winning writer, Dawn also contributes to San Antonio Woman, Rio Magazine and Texas Lifestyle Magazine. She and her family enjoy exploring all that San Antonio has to offer, going on adventures and playing tourist together as much as possible. Favorite Restaurant: Clementine Favorite Landmark: The beauty of the River Walk, especially La Villita Favorite San Antonio Tradition: Celebrating anything and everything with color, music and food