The San Antonio Children’s Museum on East Houston street has seen an increase in visitation by 49 percent over the past several years.
The increase caused the museum to make a few adjustments, adding some exhibits and moving others around to create a better learning experience and more room.
"I think it’s fantastic. It gives the kids more options," said Claudia Stowe, a frequent visitor with her two children.
"We came up with a lot of free-form activities for the children to be able to utilize the skills they learn at school," said Cathryn Le Vrier, director of marketing and communication.
They have moved the popular bubble ranch, which allows kids to explore flowing water, to a downstairs location for more room.
They have added an imagination playground. Soft toys allow kids to build their own little kingdoms.
There is a science room for learning. There are pint-size classes that use unique tools, like engineering with marshmallows and pretzel sticks.
There is an artist room. Kids can create on the full-size chalk wall. There are also walls they can paint on, including mirrors, so they can watch themselves and their creation.
"Mom can watch them be creative without having to clean up after them at home, " Le Vrier said.
“It’s a great museum,” said Susan Buchwalt, who visiting with her husband and two kids from Canada. "There’s tons for the kids to do.”
The expansion in the current building is taking place while they construct a new building on Broadway Avenue near Brackenridge Park.
The new building will have 65,000 square feet of educational and fun space.
They will also be taking advantage of plenty of outdoor space with two separate areas.
One will have climbing apparatus and room to run and be loud; the other, more tranquil, with a lazy river and a tree to read under.
The project will begin this summer and should take about two years.
"We want to be a staple for our local community, (an) educational resource and a place that families can affordably augment what their kids are learning at school," said Le Vrier.