- Visit the North Pole (in the Westin Kids’ Club), an elves’ playland full of activities. My son picked out a kit to make a vintage jeep. We glued the pieces together and he signed his name on the bottom. He immediately started driving the jeep all over the table and every obstacle he could find, including me. Admission is free, but some activities have a small fee.
- Try decorating a gingerbread man at Mrs. C’s Cookie Factory in Santa’s Village. My son enjoyed spreading the icing, putting rainbow sprinkles on the tummy, and making eyes out of chocolate chips. The consensus among the decorators at the party was the fresh-baked cookies are delicious.
- Skate at Frost, the synthetic outdoor ice skating rink. Our friends who tried this had a very Texas experience—ice skating in shirtsleeves under a sunny blue sky! A $10 fee includes skate rental and 45 minutes on the faux ice.
- Arrrgh! Watch Magik Theatre‘s Pirates’ Holiday: Buccaneers in Toyland, a comedy in which the pirates are in charge of making the toys after the elves go on strike . . . uh oh. Tickets are $5; children under 3 are free.
The hotel is all decked out for the holidays and looks just beautiful. The staff are friendly and will help you navigate all the choices of holiday activities.
Note: My son and I sampled these activities for free at the invitation of the Westin La Cantera. However, the opinions are our own.