A little while ago, we made a trip to San Antonio to visit with my grandmother. The girls are very well behaved in situations like that, but even at their most calm and quiet, three little girls can easily become too much for an older lady who needs rest. So we'd visit a little bit, then go entertain ourselves.
The night we arrived, the girls (of course) were only interested in swimming in the hotel pool. That lead to this conversation:
Secora: When can we swim?
Josh: It might be nice to do some cool stuff we can only do in this town.
Secora: <exaggerated, teenagery, why don't you just cut my arm off, SIGH> Fine. After we do the cool stuff that is NOT FUN, then can we swim???
We loaded up in the car to head to the riverwalk because that's what you do in San Antonio. On the way, I suddenly remembered a friend talking about a giant cinnamon roll that had been featured on Man v. Food. This was really a stroke of good luck because it turned out there was some sort of zombie event going on at the riverwalk. As we looked for parking, we passed a lot of people with zombie face paint and torn and bloody clothes. Not quite appropriate for our kids. We needed a plan B (that could beat swimming) before the kids mutinied. CINNAMON ROLL!
We headed over to Lulu's Bakery. I forget what it cost, but I want to say $9, for this cinnamon roll bigger than Sierra's head:
The next morning, we visited the Alamo, which is a standard "must do" for Texans, but the girls hadn't been before. The Alamo is free to visit and usually you can tour the church and also a museum set-up in the barracks. No pictures are allowed inside, so we just snapped this one outside before we went in:
back in 2011, and in the last three years, they've made this awesome space even better for little explorers. The prices are still the same too, $5.50 per person during the school year and $7.50 during the summer.
I ended up watching Secora most of the time, so I have more pictures of her than the big girls. She kept going back to the banking sections. She thought it was really cool to play bank teller:
Scratch, only more kid friendly!
As we left, we let the girls get a face painting kit in the gift shop. The next day, they promptly set to work practicing their face painting skills. Not too bad!
I highly recommend a visit to this museum if you have kids about 11 and under. It's well worth the money and the kids could easily be entertained for hours there.