San Antonio Day Trip: A Birthday at The DoSeum!
Last weekend, our Big Girl celebrated her seventh birthday…yay! And since we’re in the middle of building yet another house, we opted to forego a large party this year and just take the kids someplace fun for the day. Nonna and Papa got to come too, of course. And there was cake, ice cream, and our traditional birthday dinner at Denny’s involved, so I’d say it was a wonderful birthday even without a big party. And our birthday girl agreed, which is really all that matters, right?
So, where did we decide to go? The DoSeum, of course! The DoSeum is San Antonio’s newest STEM-focused children’s museum where kids learn by doing rather than just observing. The exhibits rotate out on a regular basis, so there’s always something new to see and do.
Our kids have been asking to go back since I took Big Guy to check out the Dream Tomorrow Today exhibit last year—which, sadly, is no longer there. So, it was a natural choice for Big Girl’s birthday. Upon arrival, we were pleasantly surprised to learn that USAA had sponsored all military families for the weekend, so our admission was FREE! Thanks, USAA!
This was our first time to explore the entire DoSeum together as a family, and boy is there a lot to see! We started with “Puppet Parade”, where even Daddy and Papa had fun turning their arms into giant birds on the big screen and battling each other through augmented reality.
Then the kiddos built fun structures with colorful “blocks” and watched their creations transform into a Kaleidoscope on the wall.
Next up was “Little Town” where we grocery shopped, rode the trolley, sat inside an airplane, and pretended to be air traffic controllers, construction workers, bank tellers, and veterinarians.
We were able to get outside for a bit at “Little Town” too!
Next, we explored the “Spy Academy” where we enjoyed a bit of target practice, a fun game of “Cross Examination”, built our own fun hideouts, and sneaked through ventilation ducts to spy on our targets.
We created stories, comic strips, and watched our animations come to life in the “Imagine It!” exhibit:
Played with a giant Lite-Brite and built periscopes in the “Sensations Studio”:
Made up songs by running up and down the musical stairs:
Programmed robots and built coffee filter parachutes to fly in the miniature wind tunnel at “Innovation Station”:
Studied our states on a giant foam map, built our own city skyline, and zoomed around the world at “eXplore”:
And of course, made sure to get a picture of the Birthday Girl in front of the official birthday backdrop.
There’s so much to see and do at The DoSeum that we couldn’t even get to it all in one afternoon...including a giant outdoor play structure and, oh yeah, Bakery Lorraine!
Sounds like fun, right? AND things are about to get even more exciting with the opening of a new exhibit, “How People Make Things”, which will be viewable from February 23rd to May 12th! Plus, there are always opportunities to explore The DoSeum through spring break camps, birthday parties, and more.
Be sure to keep an eye on The DoSeum’s Facebook page for special promotions (such as the USAA-sponsored Free Military Weekend we were able to take advantage of), and check out the Admission page of the website for regular discounts for military, educators, seniors, and EBT card holders. PLUS, don’t forget that the first Tuesday of each month is FREE FAMILY NIGHT from 5:30-7:30pm!
Has your family been to The DoSeum yet? What are your favorite exhibits (past or present)? Tell us about it in the comments!