A few weekends ago I got the opportunity to take my two youngest children to Seaworld San Antonio for their first time to this amazing family travel destination in Texas. Ranked in US News and World Report as one of the I could not have been more happier with the destination as both a single parent traveler AND a parent traveling with toddlers. As a blogger for SeaWorld San Antonio’s Wildside blogger program, I’m provided a unique opportunity to visit and learn about the park via a complimentary pass for myself and my family and share those experiences with you. Everything from how a single parent traveler can manage time, experience the park and create memories with their kids. This particular weekend of April 6th was no exception as it was the start of their Just for Kids! concerts throughout the month of April. The concert we attended was Caillou’s Musical Playdate.
The rest of the month’s shows include:
April 20 – Choo Choo Soul With Genevieve
Show times: 12:45 and 3:15 p.m.
April 27 – Imagination Movers
Show times: 12:45 and 3:15 p.m.
April 7, 14, 21, & 28 – Elmo Rocks! Showtimes here!
There is not a bad seat when you are watching these shows in the amphitheater and the ability for kids to get up and dance close to the stage with the characters is a definite treat for them. These shows should be interactive and fun for the kids and the Just for Kids! concerts do not disappoint.
The Single Parent Traveler at SeaWorld San Antonio
I have traveled extensively with my children to various destinations and there are certain things I look forward to from a travel destination or attraction to make my job easier. I also am the single parent of toddlers (close to 2 and 3) so the more accommodating a place can be the better. I personally found SeaWorld San Antonio, being a newer park, much more ADA compliant than other amusement parks. When I mean ADA compliant they truly have the space and have created a landscape and walkways that are certainly compliant for those in wheelchairs. This also translates to being very stroller friendly. This is a MUST for any mom with toddlers and per a lunch reception we had with Dan Decker (photo below), president of SeaWorld San Antonio, approximately 30% of their attendees are under the age of 9.
So, yes there will be strollers and it’s NOT at all a crowded mess when pedestrians are walking alongside strollers. I found it easy to get into stores with the double stroller I rented from SeaWorld San Antonio (just $15 if you are an annual passholder, around $17 if you are not). I’m also considering taking my mother to SeaWorld so that she can rent the motorized wheelchair scooters for $45.
My kiddos in the rented doublestroller!
Renting their simple but yet durable double stroller or strollers was a fantastic idea. The kids seemed to love the roominess of the stroller and when my older child wanted out the younger one could stay buckled in. When we stopped to rest under the picnic areas, my youngest took a nap in the double stroller. Also, the availability of lots of stroller parking made things all the more efficient. Renting their strollers was a lot more convenient providing less wear and tear on my own stroller, less concern of it getting stolen, and just way more durable with stainless steel bearings and brake systems in comparison to the plastic ones we get on our regular strollers.
Toddler fun at the Sesame Street Bay of Play
The highlight of my children’s day was visiting the center of SeaWorld San Antonio’s Sesame Street Bay of Play. I remember three years ago coming to San Antonio when it was in the works and not completely built yet. They had just started their Sesame Street character breakfasts and it was in a much smaller location then where they have it now in Rositas’ Cafe located right next to the Sesame Street Bay of Play.
Little Bird’s Splash
Definitely targeting the younger crowd, I’d say 7 and younger, this particular attraction is great for toddlers and parents of toddlers. It’s very interactive for both adults and parents to play and experience the attractions with their kids. There is the Little Bird’s Splash which has over 22 different water and fountain water play for your younger kids. They try to make it as safe as possible for your younger ones to experience wet waterpark type fun on hot Texas days.
Rides, attractions and food in the Bay of Play
The rides for your younger kids are pretty manageable with a 3 story net climb as shown in part of the attraction to the left and a bunch of other great rides for the younger set such as: Abby Cadabby’s Rocking Wave, Elmo’s Dolphin Dive, Grover’s Round-Up, Big Bird’s Spinning Reef.
Rosita’s Cafe is located right next to the Bay of Play and I can honestly say that the food has gotten a lot better since the last time I was here about 3 years ago. Rosita’s Cafe is a pizza, pasta and salad buffet at lunch. At Breakfast this is the location for the Sesame street character breakfast. I thought the pizza selections were great for veggie, pepperoni and dessert. It was always hot and it tasted good. The salad selections had great veggies and some fruit that the kids enjoyed as well as a few pasta choices. The pizza actually tasted good and I can tell they cooked it there and someone always manned the stations so the pizza didn’t seem to get dried out which can happen when it’s sitting there a long time. I would definitely recommend eating here for lunch but go EARLY! It’s less crowded and more manageable with younger kids. Also there are restrooms inside rather than trying to fight crowds and lines in the park for restroom space and changing table time.
Character shows and meet and greets in the Bay of Play area
Sesame Street has really expanded it’s presence in this park and it shows with more character shows in it’s own special place in the Bay of Play. Also, getting your photo taken with the Sesame Street characters is a treat for the kids. As you can see my three year old was not having it but I had no line at about noon to take a photo with Elmo and so I took the chance even if she wasn’t that happy about it. (Pardon the photo quality, this is a photo of photos I purchased). It would be nice if they gave us the option to purchase the digital prints that we take so we can share it with our friends on social media.
Character Meet and Greets are just a part of the fun. Even when you go to see the shows, you will see favorites such as Franklin making their way to say Hi! So stop by and take a photo with another kid favorite around the Nautilus amphitheater
At the end of it all, It’s all Just for Kids!
I really enjoyed my time and purchasing an annual pass just means we can take our time and visit things at our own pace. My oldest was not able to go as this event was during her dad’s visitation period but I will be taking her back again. At the end of the day the highlight for my daughter was in fact BUBBLE GUNS! Yes you see them everywhere and they still play with them at home and we will be taking ours back to the park when we come back. They are $10 each and they are everywhere. Kids just love them!
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Disclaimer: I am a 2013 Wildside Blogger for SeaWorld San Antonio. I was provided complimentary admission in exchange for this review. All opinions presented are 100% my own.