We’re changing things up again! The San Antonio Scoop is moving from a weekly listing to a monthly collection of free and paid family- and kid-friendly events. We’ll also be adding more listings to our events calendar, which is always available at the link in the main drop-down menu above. Scroll over “Events” and then click on “San Antonio Events Calendar.”
Since this is a month-long listing it will be updated periodically with new events as they come up, so be sure to check back throughout the month. I would have loved to include the Starting Out Wild and Growing Up Wild programs provided by the San Antonio Parks & Recreation department, but they always fill up quickly. Check out the following calendars for kid-friendly nature programs and events: Phil Hardberger Park, Friends of San Antonio Natural Areas, and the Parks & Rec department.
PLUS! Here’s a handy guide to help you keep track of the FREE ADMISSION days and times at local museums. Print it out and throw it in your bag. When you get to the museum, be sure to also check for their free programming offered throughout the year.
Download the Free Admission at SA Museums—PDF.
Saturday, February 6
Free Heart Screenings for Teens, 9:00–11:00 A.M. at TriPoint—Offered to any San Antonio area teenager in an effort to prevent or reduce the incidence of sudden cardiac death in youth. The heart screenings include an ECG and, if necessary, an ECHO. Register online for free screening.
Hands-on Workshop: Valentines Mailbox, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at area Home Depot stores–All kids get to keep their craft, receive a certificate of achievement, a workshop apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Recommended for children 5-12 years old. Free.
Western Heritage Parade & Cattle Drive, 9:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Houston Street and Alamo Plaza—Parade starts at 11:00 A.M. from Christus Santa Rosa Hospital/I-35 and extends to the Alamo. Kids’ games, family activities, and chuck wagon biscuits and gravy will be located at Alamo Plaza throughout the morning. Free.
Stories with Mr. Stormy, 10:30 A.M. at Texas Transportation Museum—Monthly child-friendly story-telling sessions followed by a guided train ride—all at no extra charge! Free with regular admission.
StoryCorps Kickoff, 11:30 A.M.–12:30 P.M. at Central Library–The StoryCorps trailer returns to SA for a month to record interviews at the Central Library as part of its cross-country MobileBooth tour. Drumming, revelry and dance provided by Urban-15 will welcome the highly acclaimed national oral history project. Free
Chinese New Year Celebration, 2:00–3:30 P.M. at Central Library–Featured fun will include tea tasting, brush painting, dragon puppets, lanterns, and more surprises including your own red envelope to open for good luck in the New Year and Mandarin oranges to ensure strong friendships, too. Other Chinese New Year celebrations can be found at branch libraries. Free.
African Dance Workshop, 3:00–4:00 P.M. at Oakwell Branch Library–The Olaju Art Group is presenting an African dance workshop for all ages in partnership with the San Antonio Public Library. This program is a healthy & fun way of promoting cross-cultural awareness while learning dance moves from a foreign culture. Free.
February 6 & 7
Sesame Street Live!: Make a New Friend at Freeman Coliseum—Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and their Sesame Street friends welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing to sharing cookies. Tickets: $19–$57.
Sunday, February 7
First Sundays for Families: Animals in Art, 11:00 A.M.–3:00 P.M. at the San Antonio Museum of Art—Create animal art inspired by the museum’s collection. Craft a dog from clay, collage a Chinese fish, and paint beautiful birds on tiles. Free for NISD students and their families. Arrive before noon and get into the museum for free. Otherwise, free with museum admission.
Sensory-friendly Performance: Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach—When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach. Suddenly, James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach on a journey with human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities. Thanks to James’ quick wits and creative thinking, the residents learn to live and work together. James and the Giant Peach runs through February 28. Tickets: $12 for children and $15 for adults.
Monday, February 8
Little Sprouts: Less is More, 10:00–11:30 A.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden—Kid-friendly fun for ages 3–5, including storytelling, kids’ crafts, and hands-on explorations at your child’s pace. Little Sprouts Mondays are the second Monday of each month. Registration is $12 per child and includes one adult.
February 11 & 14
Peppa Pig Live! Peppa Pig’s Big Splash at the Majestic Theatre—A fully immersive musical production featuring a dozen familiar and original songs, as well as an interactive sing-a-long, the live stage show will have fans laughing, singing, dancing and of course jumping in muddy puddles too – just like Peppa. Tickets: $24.50–$39.50.
San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo at AT&T Center—Animals and agriculture (including petting zoo), family entertainment, carnival, and concerts by popular artists. There is a LOT going on at the rodeo and grounds, so be sure to check out the website, maps, and schedules. Tickets prices vary per event. Be sure to check the Special Offers & Promotions page for deals, including Dollar Days and Family Day.
Peter Pan at the Tobin Center for Performing Arts—Ballet San Antonio presents an adventure for all ages with its premiere of Peter Pan. In addition to awe-inspiring, high-flying choreography, the production dazzles with authentic costumes and original sets from the Cincinnati Ballet. Tickets: $29–$119 with limited number of family packages available.
Saturday, February 13
Free Family Art Day: Amazing Grace, 10:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Inspire Community Fine Art Center—Designed as an exploratory experience for children of all ages to try various types of art projects and mediums with inspiration from different children’s literature themes each event. Every second Saturday. Free.
1st Birthday Party, 10:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M. at Hill Country Science Mill (Johnson City)–Throughout the day, smoke ring air cannons, an interactive Lissagraph and Fruity Tunes, the Science Mill’s own large-scale interactive fruit piano will entertain the partygoersExploding bottles, flying balls, an electric pickle and other science demonstrations will be in the Science Mill’s backyard from 1-2pm, courtesy of special guest, the UT Physics Circus. Free.
Asian Festival, 10:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. at Institute of Texan Cultures—Event features music, cultural performances, food, fashion, crafts, and other products. Enjoy authentic Asian-American food from 15 vendors, offering Japanese, Korean, Thai, Laotian, Philippine, and other delectable cuisines. Tickets: $5 for children (6–12), $10 ($8 in advance) for adults; children 5 and under are free.
Wild at Heart Kid’s Trail Run, 2:00–3:00 P.M. at Government Canyon State Natural Area—Fun one mile, out-and-back trail run on the Recharge Trail. RSVP by email ([email protected]) with how many kids will attend. There will be an aid station and refreshments provided. Meet at Backcountry trail head. Free with park entry.
Snowfest & Carnival, 3:00–9:00 P.M. at Universal City Park—Free activities include the snow slope slides, snow play, and kids karaoke. Admission includes all-you-can-ride carnival tickets for only $7 per child and $3 per adult.
Tuesday, February 16
H-E-B Read Aloud, 3:30–5:30 P.M. at the Witte Museum—Join H-E- Buddy and San Antonio Youth Literacy for a Read 3 Read Aloud and receive a free children’s book. Free.
Friday, February 19
Clifford the Big Red Dog Live! A BIG Family Musical, 6:00 P.M. at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts—Join Clifford, Emily Elizabeth and all their friends on an adventure filled with singing, dancing, and the timeless values of Clifford’s BIG Ideas. Limited number of meet & greet tickets available for $49.50. Tickets: $18.50, $26.50, and $39.50.
Family Flashlight Night, 6:00–8:30 P.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden–When the sun sets, it’s your chance to see a different side of the Garden. Encounter nighttime insects, stargaze, and test your directional skills in a light maze. Be sure to bring your flashlight and maybe a sweater in case it’s a cool night. Kids and adults alike will enjoy this rare look at the Garden. Free with regular admission.
Luminaria: Take Two, 8:00 P.M.–Midnight at San Antonio Museum of Art—Artists will transform the historic museum campus into an immersive art environment. Experience live music, surprising multimedia visual art, and thought-provoking theatre and poetry performances. Free.
Saturday, February 20
22nd Annual Basura Bash, 8:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at 20 locations throughout San Antonio—Largest single-day waterway cleanup in Texas. On February 21, 2015, more than 2,100 volunteers cleaned up 45 tons of trash and collected 159 tires and almost one ton of metal for recycling! Individual and group registration available. Free.
Snow Day, 10:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Brooks City Base–Bring in 80,000 pounds of snow and transform San Antonio into a Winter Wonderland! There will be a special visit from Elsa and Anna, of Disney’s Frozen. Children are invited to come in costume. Parking available near the intersection of New Braunfels and Sidney Brooks for free.
February 20 & 21
The World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour at Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center–The show is intended to introduce the general public to model railroading in an entertaining, lively and family-friendly atmosphere. Admission is free for kids under 16; one-day and two-day passes available for adults.
Saturday, February 27
STEM Saturday: Build It! at the Witte Museum—Design, crank, explode, imagine, create. It’s time to celebrate National Engineers Week with the Witte. Put on your creative thinking caps for an afternoon full of robots, Legos, rockets, wires, and more. Ignite your inner engineer. Free with museum admission.
Sunday, February 28
Camp Fair 2016, 1:00–4:00 P.M. at San Antonio Shrine Auditorium–Meet representatives of overnight camps, day camps, summer activities, school programs and childcare to provide information to area families. Also, families can expect a fun-filled afternoon with performances, demonstrations, and lots of activities, plus register to win fun prizes. Free.
YOSA Phil Side-by-Side: Dvorak 8, 2:00 P.M. at Tobin Center for Performing Arts—See the inspiring talent of the YOSA Philharmonic students as they perform with professional musicians of the San Antonio Symphony. Family concerts are designed for children age 4–11, but can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Concert at 3:00 P.M.; pre-concert activities for kids begin at 2:00 P.M. Tickets: $5.
February 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 (Mondays)
Imagination Playground, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Hemisfair—Big Blue Blocks in Yanaguana Garden for children ages two and up. Hemisfair staff and volunteers will be on site to lead organized play that is fun, active, and educational. Free.
February 3, 10, 17, & 24 (Wednesdays)
Playdates, 10:00–11:00 A.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art—For ages 2–4 to cultivate, nurture, and inspire creativity. Every Wednesday morning, reservation required. Free with museum admission.
February 4, 11, 18, & 25 (Thursdays)
Book Garden & Story Time at Hemisfair—Staff will be on site with the mobile Book Garden. There will be story time with an activity each week. Guests are welcome to borrow books from the library to take home and to bring books that they are done with to contribute to the library for everyone to enjoy. Free.
February 5, 12, 19, & 26 (Fridays)
Planetarium Shows, 6:30, 7:30, & 9:00 P.M. at Scobee Education Center—Three different programs offered for various ages: The Little Star That Could, The Sky Tonight, and Double Feature: Robot Explorers & Experience the Aurora. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket office inside the Scobee Education Center 30 minutes prior to show time. Tickets: $5 for adults, $4 for children (ages 4–17) per show.
February 6, 13, 20, 27 (Saturdays)
Wake Up, Brother Bear!, 9:45 A.M. at Magik Performing Arts Center–Theatre for the very young uses music, art and hands-on sensory experiences to connect children to literature. Watch Brother Bear and Sister Bear experience a full year of glorious seasons: see a waterfall melt, meet a butterfly, chase an elusive fish and skate on an icy pond. For children aged 5 or younger and their adults. Reservations required, seating is limited to 50 guests per show. Tickets: $5.
February 6 & 13 (Saturdays)
Symphony Musicians at SAPL, 2:00 P.M. at Bazan, Great Northwest, Las Palmas, Memorial, Pan Am, and San Pedro Branch Libraries–San Antonio Public Library will host a number of professional musicians from the San Antonio Symphony who will share with children and families their love of music and experience as symphony musicians. Free.