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6 Ways to Have Summer Break Fun on a Budget

Updated: Jun 30, 2022

If your kids are out of school for the summer and the cost of camps, amusement parks and other entertainment activities are out of reach, don’t panic. There are array of fun and educational activities available in the San Antonio area for little or no charge. Here are some ideas to have a fun and productive time on a budget:

1. Explore the Library!

For some, it might seem like not much fun to go to a library but today’s libraries have come a long way since those you might have experienced as a child. Today’s libraries offer an array of opportunities such as:

- Free movie days

- Story times

- Craft sessions

- Fitness classes

- The ability to check out movies and music CDs

- & more!

To see a complete list of what’s available on the calendar, visit the San Antonio Public Library website.

2. Tour the Missions

You’ve no doubt heard of The Alamo but did you know that San Antonio has four other missions and an aqueduct system that you can explore? This is a great opportunity for kids to learn about history and culture in an experiential way. The parks offer free educational programs and demonstrations by National Park Rangers. All park programs are free of charge and wheelchair-accessible.

You can see a list of the Missions and access audio tours through the World Heritage SA website.

3. Cool off at a Public Park Splash Pad or Pool!

If you’re looking for a place too cool off and have some fun, check out one of the city’s public park splash pads or pools. The splash pads are a great place to get wet and have a picnic. Pearsall Park is a great one that has a splash pad and a number of other fun things to do. To find other parks with pools or other activities you prefer, you can search the San Antonio Parks & Recreation website.

4. Play Frisbee or Disc Golf

Many parks in San Antonio and beyond now feature disc golf courses. All you need to play is a special frisbee-type disc that you can throw into a metal basket. This is a great way to spend time as a family while getting some exercise too. While this game is best for older kids, little kids can walk along with the players and enjoy nature and each other’s company. To find a disc golf course near you, visit the San Antonio Parks & Recreation Department’s website or the website of another city nearby.

5. Go Geocaching

If you haven’t heard of Geocaching yet, you’re in for a treat. Geocaching is treasure hunting game that anyone with a smart phone can play. Just download the app to get the geolocation markers for the treasures and start looking for it. To add another level of fun, grab your favorite drink or ice cream to eat while driving to each location. To learn more about how it works, visit

6. Explore YMCA Programs

The YMCA in San Antonio offers a full range of activities for all ages including fitness classes, swimming lessons and family events. While there is a membership fee, it is very reasonable and they have financial assistance programs that can help cover the fee if it’s too much.

They also offer FREE Wellness Consultations and child care while you work out for up to two hours.

To find a location near you, visit the YMCA San Antonio website.

We hope you found these tips helpful and have a wonderful summer with your family and friends!

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