San Antonio Scoop: Family Fun in the Alamo City for September 25–October 1

This week the Scobee Education Center at San Antonio College offers two great programs for families with kids interested in outer space. Hispanic Heritage Month activities continue at several venues around town through mid-October. Plus, there are four local institutions participating in the Smithsonian’s Museum Day Live! free admission day: Spanish Governor’s Palace, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, Villa Finale Museum & Gardens, and the Institute of Texan Cultures.

On a more serious note, I came across an important event I’m considering attending to learn more about how we can all advocate for our children. The 17th Congress on Children is an all-day presentation by speakers including Judge Peter Sikai with a keynote by Tony Biglan, Ph.D., author of The Nurture Effect: How the Science of Human Behavior Can Improve Our Lives & Our World.

Friday, September 25

17th Congress on Children at Whitley Conference Center—Voices for Children of San Antonio invites all who share a passion for children’s well-being to engage with the growing, forward-thinking community of education, advocacy, and legislative leaders. $20 per person, $200 for a table.

Little Star That Could, The Sky Tonight, Extreme Planets at Scobee Education Center—Three separate programs for various ages beginning at 6:30 P.M., 7:30 P.M., and 9:00 P.M. respectively. Tickets, $2–$5, are available 30 minutes prior to each show.

Music Under the Stars at Mission San José—A variety of music for the whole family will be performed by the USAA Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Chorus. Take blankets, lawn chairs, and refreshments. Parking with on-site security available at Roosevelt and Napier Avenue. Free.


Saturday, September 26

Sensory-Friendly Films: Hotel Transylvania 2 at AMC Rivercenter Theatre—Sensory-friendly films are shown monthly. All shows are at 10:00 A.M. Dates and films are subject to change. $4 per person.

Kids Gardening Class: Snakes at Milberger’s Nursery—Snakes can be beneficial partners in your garden. Kids will learn a myriad of facts about these egg-laying vertebrates. Your child will not have to handle snakes at this class. Free, but space is limited. Call (210) 497-3760 to reserve a spot.

Healthy You! at The DoSeum—Take part in activities that teach about healthy eating, exercise, and preventative habits. Community partners inform families about health issues and services. Free with paid admission.


Museum Day Live! at Institute of Texan Cultures—The Institute will open its doors free of charge as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 11th annual Museum Day Live! Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only. For a full list of participating institutions and to print your ticket, visit

Papel Picado Workshop at Las Palmas Branch Library—Make and take home a colorful tissue paper cut-out design! Learn about the history of this celebratory art form dating back to the Aztec days. Free.

Tortilla Making at Great Northwest Library—Make your own homemade tortillas. Take your rolling pin if you have one to make tortillas from scratch. Free.

Outdoor Movie: Guardians of the Galaxy at Mission Marquee Plaza—Venue opens at 7:00 P.M.; movie begins after dusk. Free.

Sunday, September 27

Síclovía at Broadway from Lions Field to Alamo Plaza and Dignowity Park—The streets become temporarily car-free for about five hours on Sundays for families to run, ride bikes, take exercise classes, and enjoy their city streets. Free.

Family Art Play: Playful Patterns at McNay Art Museum—Check out artist Stephen Westfall’s new installation in the museum’s lobby and paint your own geometric pattern. Free with museum admission.

Lunar Eclipse Viewing & Art Extravaganza at Scobee Education Center—Take your family, lawn chairs, and binoculars (if you have some) to view the Harvest Moon eclipse. Clear skies permitting, local astronomers will have telescopes for viewing. Free.

Wednesday, September 30

Playdates: Tigers and Magpies at San Antonio Museum of Art—Visit the Korean Gallery and Latin American Atrium. Free with museum admission for ages 2–4. RSVP required.

Outdoor movie: McFarland, USA at Mission Marquee Plaza—Part of the City’s Hispanic Heritage Month events. Read the IMDb review here. Free.


  • October 9–November 8: Red Riding Hood at The Magik Theatre
  • October 31: Coffins on the River at Arneson River Theatre
  • November 8: AccessAbility Fest at Historic Market Square
  • November 14: DiwaliSA at La Villita Historic Arts Village


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