Community Spots: Family Friendly Fun

Lively Lane is designed to be a place that people of all ages can call home, including families with children, and San Marcos offers many unique destinations just minutes from our pocket neighborhood where fun memories can be created for kids and adults alike. So, we have taken this opportunity to share a few notable community spots that are good for kids of all ages, including the young at heart! Read on to start your adventure…

Wonder World Park

Known as the first show cave in Texas, Wonder World Park is a one-of-a-kind theme park featuring tours of the Balcones Fault Line Cave as the main park feature. There are many other attractions including the Observatory Tower, Topsy-Turvy World of the Anti-Gravity House, train rides through the Mystery Mountain waterfalls, and the Texas Wildlife Petting Park. 

The park also hosts regular and seasonal events, including Haunted Cave Tours during October to celebrate the Halloween season, as well as the Mermaid Bazaar flea market on the first and third Saturdays of the month. 

The Meadows Center

If you are interested in connecting with the river ecosystem, a visit to the Meadows Center will do just that. Glass-Bottom Boat Tours take place over the Spring Lake where you can see various fish species, and turtles (maybe even mermaids if you look hard enough!). 

The Discovery Hall, Wetlands Boardwalk, and the Spring Lake Trails provide opportunities to get outside and learn more about the spring-fed habitat and the local flora and fauna supported by its presence.

Additionally, the Meadows Center offers Family Fun Days on select Saturdays throughout the year complete with nature-themed activities, crafts and more. Family Fun Days are currently on hold due to the pandemic – but check back with their website for future updates. 

Children’s Park Playscape

Every kid has a favorite playground, and San Marcos’ Children’s Park Playscape is one of the best in town.Featuring a poured rubber safety surface, wide ramps, a roller slide, four-seat We-saw, Expression Swing, Liberty Swing, Omni Spinner, Team Swing, and a therapeutic seat on the Zip Krooze, this playground was recently rebuilt from the ground up but has been entertaining kids for almost 25 years.

Once a year, the Just for Fun Parade takes off from the Children’s Park to walk, ride, or pedal towards Downtown. The purpose is in the name – it’s just for fun! Wild outfits and silly attitudes are encouraged. The next Just for Fun Parade takes place on April 30, 2022. 

Rio Vista Pool + Splashpad

Rio Vista Pool + Splash Pad is a great place for the family to escape the Texas heat during the summer season. Children five and under are always free, and youth swim lessons are offered during the operating season. Visit the San Marcos Aquatics page for more information. 

San Marcos Public Library

Our local library offers a number of kids programs and events to encourage young ones to expand their knowledge and creative skills. Check out the list below for some of the early childhood activities offered at the San Marcos Public Library: 

  • Early Literacy Playroom: Families can explore hands-on activities designed to teach early literacy skills to children under 5.
  • Storytime: Children are invited to the library for great stories, songs, and fun.
  • Puppet Shows: The library puppeteers perform a puppet show for all ages. 
  • 1000 Books Before Kindergarten®: This program challenging families to read 1000 books before your child begins kindergarten. Every participating child receives a free book bag and special library card to track reading progress.

Visit the San Marcos Public Library website to see more community activities and additional resources. 


Give us a call at (512) 392-3322 or message and we can help you plan the perfect family day in our city while securing your future townhome. 

Cover image provided by The Meadows Center Facebook page.