Parenthood is full of surprises. Sometimes they’re of the unpleasant variety: you plan a fun day, but things don’t work out liked you’d hoped. Other times, it’s the exact opposite. You’re not entirely sure where you’re going or what you’ll do when you get there, but everyone has a blast anyway!
Our day at the Frontier Times Museum in Bandera was a pleasant surprise. To be honest, I thought E. would be bored. However, she loved it.
The Frontier Times Museum may appear small, but it contains 40,000 artifacts from the old west. As you can imagine, there isn’t a lot of room to run around in the museum, so watch those little ones closely!
You’ll find everything from old pianos and typewriters to elaborately-decorated saddles. One of my favorite items was an old dentist’s chair and equipment from the 1800’s.
E. particularly enjoyed looking at some seashells which were brought back to Texas from the Phillipines during the 19th century. We had fun looking at the old household items and comparing them to the kinds of things we use today. I was truly surprised that E. found the museum so fascinating, since she’s only 3 years old. Just goes to show you: it doesn’t hurt to try something new once in awhile.
The museum is located in the small town of Bandera, which is a very easy drive from San Antonio. Once you get into town, you’ll see signs for the Frontier Times Museum. If you lose your way, just look for the county courthouse; the museum is located a block behind it. Admission is reasonable: $5 for adults and free for children under 6. Kids over 6 pay $2, Seniors $3.