What? The DoSeum, San Antonio
Cost? Youth under 1 year of age: Free
All other Visitors: $12
*The Doseum is part of a reciprocal program with science museums affiliated with ASTC and ACM. If you have a science museum membership, your admission cost could be free or reduced. Check before you visit.
Heading to San Antonio for a family vacation? Be sure to check out one of most exciting museums for kids in the area: The DoSeum. You will not be disappointed!
Just like the name implies, this museum is a place for kids ages 0-10 to DO all sorts of things. “The DoSeum opened on June 6, 2015 and became a place where children are inspired to use their inner creativity and curiosity to learn through play. We are a museum where kids are encouraged to run, play, and create. We offer exhibits designed to help children workout their bodies and minds.” –About the Doseum
Like any museum, you will find a plethora of exhibits, both indoor and outdoor.
The indoor exhibits cover two floors of fun, adventure and exploration. One exhibit, Little Town is super exciting for preschool and toddler age. Here your child can play in an HEB (grocery store), veterinarian office, air plane cabin, and even pretend to cook in a food truck. If you are looking for things to do with an infant, the Little Crawlers area inside Little Town is perfect. It is gated, no shoes are allowed and is truly only for crawlers!
Other indoor exhibits include Explore (we were able to video chat with a museum in Mexico City using whiteboards!), Innovation Station (think robots, great for older kids) and Spy Academy (Use mathematics to make and break codes and become a spy!).
The outdoor exhibits are just as impressive as the indoor.
“Imagine 39,000 square feet of interactive outdoor space zoned by age, activity and noise level. That’s the Big Outdoors. One area is an active “noisy” zone with a series of gross motor skills exhibits that encourage exploring, climbing, crawling and running, as well as a water works complex that demonstrates the amazing power of water. The area also features a re-imagined bubble area and a 30-foot-high German climbing structure. The other outdoor area is a “quiet” zone, and at its heart is the Children’s Stream, a five-foot-wide, three-inch-deep waterway specifically designed for young children and unique to The DoSeum. Stepping-stones, sluice gates, wood bridges and shaded paths will traverse and surround the river. This scenic area also includes a wheelchair-accessible tree house, a 100-year-old oak tree perfect for story-making under its majestic canopy, a sandscape and an Eco viewing pond. The spaces of the Big Outdoors connect directly to indoor exhibits.”
***During your visit, some of our outdoor exhibit may be closed due to monthly maintenance or inclement weather. To check whether or not our outdoor spaces are open, please call 210-212-44543 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.”
What did I tell you? It’s impressive.
Now let’s talk logistics.
Parking. Great news! The parking lot is located nice and close to the museum and it is free. I have never experienced a problem with overcrowding in the lot.
Strollers. You can take a stroller, but I would not recommend it unless you have a tiny baby. There is plenty of stroller parking, but that is because they don’t encourage you to walk around with your stroller too much.
Clothing. If you plan on playing outside, bring a change of clothes and maybe a towel. There is water in almost every outdoor feature, so keep a close eye if you want your kids to stay dry.
My kids could have stayed here all day and we definitely plan on coming back. I hope your family enjoys it as much as we did!
Your Out and About Friend,
What is your favorite museum to visit?
Time and day we visited? Saturday morning, right at opening
Level of crowds? Low. Please keep in mind this museum is a popular weekday field trip destination. Consider calling the museum ahead of time, or visit after 2:00 when most buses have already picked up students.
Restrooms? Yes, and lots of them
Cleanliness of Bathroom? Great
Recommended age? 0-10
Food Options? Yes
Allowed to bring in food and beverages? Yes: snacks, drinks and formula. Meals must be purchased.
Stroller friendly? Yes, but I would leave it in the car.
Safety concerns? Be mindful of the outdoor water features. There is also an outdoor climbing structure suited toward children 5 and up.
Military: Active duty military personnel will receive $1 off admission. Please bring a valid military ID to redeem discount. Tickets must be purchased in person at the front desk.
Educators: Teachers and educators will receive $1 off admission with valid educator’s ID. Tickets must be purchased in person at the front desk.
Free every first and third Tuesday of the month from 5:30-7:30 as part of H-E-B Family Nights