I’m back today with more of our visit to San Antonio for spring break. Make sure you check out Part One if you missed it. We left off last time after spending the morning at the Alamo and lunch and boat tour on the Riverwalk. After our boat ride we decided to walk to Market Square. On our way we stumbled upon something super fun. They were setting up to shoot American Ninja Warrior!
It was so fun to see the obstacles in person. We chatted a bit with the crew and found out that it takes almost a week to set up and that they begin filming after dark and usually film all night long.
By the time we made it to Market Square it was WAY past Q’s nap time, so she had a little nap on DudDud while the rest of us walked around.
The boys chose Icee’s as their special treat of the day. Perfect for a hot afternoon.
For some reason, Anderson had really been wanting tic-tacs lately. Mimi promised to buy him some on spring break, and finally his wish came true. Thumbs up for tic-tacs!
While browsing thru Market Square we spotted a playground across the street. A great place to let the kidlets play after a full day of sight seeing. This fella loves the monkey bars.
Shane can be a bit of a monkey too 🙂
After running off a lot of energy and making new friends at the park, we headed out in search of some Texas BBQ. It did not disappoint.
We headed back to the hotel to drop the men and Anderson and Quinn off to do a little evening swimming. Owen chose to go with the girls to the grocery.
We have a little vacation tradition in our family. It’s known as “vacation cereal”. We typically try to keep most junk out of the house and that includes sugary cereals. But on vacation, all bets are off. Each kid gets to pick his or her very own box of junky cereal. Whatever their little heart desires. Owen takes his vacation cereal decision very seriously.
(In case you are wondering, he chose Cocoa Puffs and Anderson sent us to the store with his pre-chosen selection of Trix while he stayed back to swim. Quinn, she ate some of both.)
It was supposed to rain most of the day, so we chose to check out the DoSeum.
It is a museum filled with all hands-on, mostly STEM focused activities targeted toward kids ages 2-10. We expected to spend the morning there, but ended up spending an entire day. It was a big hit.
They have a specific area for the younger kids that includes a grocery store (complete with working registers), bank, food truck, gas station, vetrinarian office, and airplane. Even my big boys had fun.
Building creations to test on different activities.
Even though the forecast called for rain, it ended up being a beautiful day. We were thankful because the DoSeum has some great outdoor spaces as well.
Anderson was obsessed with the tube slide.
We had a blast at the DoSeum. If you are in San Antonio with younger kids, I would definitely recommend checking it out.
The next day we decided to check out the San Antonio zoo. Q is a huge animal lover so we thought the zoo sounded like a great idea.
Tip: We have a membership to the Louisville Zoo so we were able to secure a 50% discount on admission at the San Antonio Zoo for all seven of us just by showing our Louisville zoo pass. Always check for reciprocal programs to other zoos and museums if you have a membership.
Anderson and Quinn were all about petting the snake. Owen decided to pass 🙂
Brushing the goats was a highlight for little miss. (Sometimes I just can’t quite get over how beautiful she is.)
Ganging up on the poor goat. Thankfully, they were very tolerant.
I didn’t take many pics at the zoo, but we were shocked at how active all of the animals were. Typically I feel like zoo animals just lay around and sleep all day. Almost every animal was walking around and very active. It made for a great zoo experience.
After the zoo we had a delicious Mexican dinner at Rosario’s, where I apparently took zero pictures. Side note – If you like a margarita with a little kick order the La Piña. We then walked to the HemisFair park where we we went the first night for more playing and a movie on the lawn.
They had a huge outdoor movie screen set up and everyone brought blankets and lawn chairs. The movie for the night was Nacho Libre. It wouldn’t have been my first choice of movies, but the kids found it hilarious. It was the perfect night for a movie in the park.
Sunday had us heading to Sea World! San Antonio may not be anywhere near a sea, but they have a Sea World. Random, right??
Check us out in the back row. Hands up!!! The boys were obsessed with this ride. What you can’t tell from this pic is that there is a huge lake of water at the end of that drop. I’m not a huge fan of water rides that don’t involve wearing a bathing suit, but in the pursuit of being a fun mom I took one for the team and rode with them as many times as they wanted. For the record, wet tennis shoes and undies are the worst.
Enjoying some cotton candy during the beluga whale and dolphin show.
There was one roller coaster that neither boy was tall enough for, but Owen was tall enough for the Steel Eel. He waffled back and forth and in the end decided to go for it. He and I are somewhere in this pic loving it. I was so proud!
When you are too short for rides, you get dip-n-dots instead. She didn’t complain.
Waiting on Shamu.
Notice the crowd in this pic. It was not busy at all. We were able to walk right onto most rides. We only had to wait on one. There was plenty of seats during the shows. Apparently we timed our visit well. The week before had been the local spring break in Texas and apparently everywhere was crazy busy. We were thankful for the small crowds.
I didn’t get any photos, but there was a great area for younger kids called Sesame Street Bay of Play. They had several rides, a splash pad, and a huge climbing area. Mimi and DudDud took Quinn there to play while Shane and I rode the big rides with the boys. Huge shout out to Mimi for climbing through tunnels and giant rope nets with Q for over an hour.
We left Sea World at closing time and made our way to dinner. Quinn played until she dropped and spent most of the dinner snoozing away. I would call that a success.
That’s the end of day 4. I’ll be back tomorrow to finish off our vacation recap with our road trip to Waco and Magnolia Market. Fellow Fixer Upper fans, you won’t want to miss it!
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