San Antonio Scoop: Family Fun in the Alamo City for March

Wildflowers are popping up, and Spring Break is nearly here. There is no shortage of events this month—just look at March 5th alone! Seriously?! Plenty of venues are hosting free or almost free events for the kiddos March 14-18. Be safe and have tons of fun!

Don’t forget to download the Free Admission at SA Museums—PDF. Print it, stick it in your bag, keep it handy! Pretty soon you’ll have it memorized.

March 1-5

Seussational Celebration at The DoSeum—All week long, Imagine It! will be transformed into a Seuss-inspired spot with a featured selection of Dr. Seuss stories. Plus, Seuss-centered drop-in programs each day, leading up to an all out celebration on Saturday, March 5th. Free with museum admission.

March 4-6

Inaugural Monarch Fest, 10:30 A.M.–2:00 P.M. each day at the San Antonio Zoo—A three-day festival celebrating all things Monarchs, Milkweed, and Migration. Receive free milkweed seeds, participate in fun games and crafts, and learn how you can help end the extinction of the monarch butterfly. Free with zoo admission.

Saturday, March 5

Dinosaur George, 9:00–11:00 A.M. at Phil Hardberger Park West (Urban Ecology Center)—Paleontologist George Blasing will show amazing replicas of dinosaur skulls and teeth, including giant killer birds and large Texas mammals. Kid-friendly craft included. No registration is required. A donation of $3 per person or $5 per family is suggested.

Workshop: Build a Toy Wagon, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Home Depot locations—All kids get to keep their craft and will receive a certificate of achievement, a workshop apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Recommended for children 5-12 years old. Free.

Paint Like the Masters Family Art Day, 9:30–11:30 A.M. at The Arc of San Antonio—Artful Start partners with Kinetic Kids to offer programming to the special needs community. Registration required.

Spring EXPO Youth Event & Plant Sale, 10:00 A.M.–12:oo P.M. at A&M AgriLife Extension Office—Come learn about insects, horticulture, nutrition, and science through experiments, activities, crafts, and games. Get your hands dirty digging through dirt, playing with worms, and touching live insects! Cash or check only please. $2 per child, ages 16 and under.

Living History Days, 10:00 A.M.–3:00 P.M. at La Villita Historic Arts Village—Living historians showcase life as it was lived during the Texas Revolution. Demonstrations include wood working, flint knapping, cooking, land surveying, spinning wheel, corn husk dolls, and more. Historians are dressed in period clothing, so come out and take your photos with them. Free.

Mockingbird Fest, 10:00 A.M.–6:00 P.M. at Yanaguana Garden (Hemisfair)—A new celebration to showcase the food, culture, and fun of Texas. Dozens of local musicians, chefs, and brewers will be on site. Cultural institutions will lead interactive activities that teach the state’s history and heritage. Free.

Science Fiesta, 12:00–6:00 P.M. at La Villita Historic Arts Village—The event will feature a science fair with posters by San Antonio scientists, a panel on science policy, science-themed artwork, and an interactive area for children. In addition, best-selling author and journalist David Epstein will deliver the featured presentation and host a book signing. Free.

Symphony Musicians at SAPL, 2:00 P.M. at Brook Hollow and Central 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.

Night Hike: Music of the Night, 7:00–8:30 P.M. at Eisenhower Park—Enjoy the music of the owls, singing frogs, and the insects joyously greeting the new season. Learn about the adaptations of the animals living in the park as you hike along the starlit paths. Hike will cover approximately 1.5 miles. Don’t forget to bring a flash light! RSVP required. Email nicole.mcleod(at)sanantonio.gov or call (210) 207-3782 for more information. Suggested donation: $3 per person or $6 per family.

Sunday, March 6

Primavera: A San Antonio Spring Egg Hunt, 3:00–5:00 P.M. at the Witte Museum—Join Alamo City Moms Blog and University Health System for a day of family fun! San Antonio families can expect age-divided egg hunts, fun activities for kids of every age, food, and so much more. Perfect opportunity to celebrate spring with the whole family. This event is now sold out!

Monday, March 7

Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny, 6:30 P.M. at The Tobin Center—Both feature the endearing animal puppets, stunning scenic effects, and evocative music that have earned international recognition for Mermaid Theatre. The hour-long staged adaptation brings a fresh appreciation of the stories and images that have delighted several generations. Tickets: $9.

Wednesday, March 9

Nature Yoga + Hike, 10:00–11:30 A.M. at Friedrich Wilderness Park—Welcome the spring season with a family hike and outdoor yoga that engages in creative movement and storytelling. RSVP required. Suggested donation: $3 per person or $6 per family.

Saturday, March 12

Bees and Beekeeping, 9:00–11:00 A.M. at Medina River Natural Area—Bee rescuer Richard Fink shares information about honey bees and the important role they play in our ecosystem. He will discuss bee biology, diseases, Africanized bees, and some beekeeping basics. No registration is required. For more information, call (210) 207-3103. A donation of $3 per individual or $5 per family is suggested.

Free Family Art Day: The Dot, 10:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Inspire Community Fine Art Center—Designed as an exploratory experience for children of all ages and their families to try various types of art projects and mediums. Inspire uses inspiration from children’s literature themes and illustrations for each event. Everyone is welcome, no reservations required. Free.

Miss Anastasia Costume Character Visit: Little Nut Brown Hare, 10:30 A.M. at The Twig Bookshop—Event includes live Miss A costume character, story tie, good old-fashioned crafts, and a simple snack. Free.

Ballet in the Park, 6:00–8:00 P.M. at Travis Park—Enjoy dance in a unique outdoor setting with performances by Ballet San Antonio. Free.

***SPRING BREAK***

Monday, March 14

Fun with Robotics, 2:00–4:00 P.M. at Parman Library—Program will introduce basic coding and problem solving. Led by the Reagan High School Robotics Club, children will have an opportunity to program their own Lego Mindstorm robot. Ages 5-7 years only. Free.

YOSA Presents Abbey Road Live, 8:00 P.M. at The Tobin Center—For one night only, a dozen of San Antonio’s most exciting bands will perform the Beatles’ classic 1969 album “Abbey Road” live, from start to finish. Backed up by the YOSA Philharmonic (a 75-piece symphony orchestra), luminaries of the local music scene will reinvent some of the most iconic classic rock songs of all time. Tickets start at $18.

March 14-18

Texas Frontier Week, 10:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at the Institute of Texan Cultures—The Back 40 is open for Texas Frontier Week. Activities feature the outdoor learning area’s reproduction 1800s buildings, hands-on activities, and an in-depth look at life in a different kind of frontier each day of the week. Check website for daily programming. Free with admission.

Spring Break World Tour for Kids, 1:00–2:00 P.M. at Forest Hills Library—Join the whirlwind trip around the world. Passports will be issued on Monday. Then, each day of the week, kids will visit a different country. Hear stories, create art, listen to music and learn a little of the languages of other lands. Free.

Tuesday, March 15

Spring Break Family Day | Playful Pop Art, 12:00–5:00 P.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art—Celebrate the special exhibition Corita Kent and the Language of Pop with an array of art activities that are fun for the entire family. Experiment with words, color and everyday objects to make your own playful Pop Art inspired collages, drawings and prints. Free.

H-E-B Read Aloud, 3:30 P.M. at The Witte Museum—Join San Antonio Youth Literacy for a Read 3 Read Aloud and receive a free children’s book. Free.

March 15-17

Spring Break Free Family Days: We Are Royals! at McNay Art Museum—Let your inner royalty sparkle with three days of family fun! Follow the footsteps of photographer Cecil Beaton, who dressed his friends as fictional royal characters, and pretend to be a king or queen for a day. Create a costume and take a photo in a regal setting. Leave the museum laughing after an improvisational performance of The Fairly Silly Fairy Tales by Austin’s Hideout Theatre (Thursday only). Free.

March 15-18

Spring Break with Peg + Cat at Yanaguana Garden, Roosevelt Park, McAllister Park, and Woodlawn Park—Join KLRN and PBS KIDS friends Peg + Cat and enjoy science and math learning activities as while exploring the outdoors together. Event features school readiness activities, family fun and the chance to meet Peg + Cat! Free.

March 17-20

The Jungle Book at the Empire Theatre—Presented by Magik Theatre. Mowgli, his wolf-pack parents, Bagheera the panther, Baloo the bear, and Kaa the python are all here, along with the mischievous Bandar Log monkey tribe and treacherous tiger Shere Khan and his jackal accomplice Tabaqui. As Mowgli grows up, will he stay in the jungle or take his place in the world of men? Tickets: $17.50-27.50.

Saturday, March 19

Mammals of South Texas, 9:00–11:00 A.M. at Phil Hardberger Park (Urban Ecology Center)—Presenter Jessica Alderson, TPWD Urban Biologist, will provide a presentation on the South Texas mammals and their adaptations. No registration required. Kid friendly activity included. Free, donations accepted.

Fest of Tails Kite Festival and Dog Fair, 9:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M. at McAllister Park—The event showcases dogs of all sizes and breeds, a sky full of kites food as well as live music, food, arts and crafts. Bring a blanket and lawn chair to watch the spectacular air show, including stunt kite flyers, and participate in the community flying exhibition. Plus, a Pooch Parade with prizes always pleases the crowd, so be sure to take your furry best friend in costume. Free.

Words & Arts Festival, 11:00 A.M.–3:00 P.M. at Mission Library—An all-ages, family-friendly day of literary arts educational workshops, spoken word performances, creative writing and interactive art activities by local performers, writers, poets and artists. Attendees can also enjoy the Mercado de O’liva farmers and artisans market. In addition to fresh foods, chef demos and free health screenings, the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department will be giving away 370 free trees at the event; including 195 fruit/nut trees and 175 native trees. Free.

58th Annual San Antonio Folk Dance Festival, 7:30–10:00 P.M. at Our Lady of the Lake University (Thiry Auditorium)—Concert showcases the beautiful talent and energy of local performing folk dance groups, plus some special out-of-town guests and live music. Tickets $5-15.

Saturday, March 26

Festival of India, 3:00–8:00 P.M. at La Villita Historic Arts Village—Come experience the vast cuisine, music and art of the Indian culture. Free.

TOP PICKS FOR ONGOING EVENTS, PERFORMANCES, & EXHIBITS

March 11-April 17

Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet at The Magik Theatre—Fancy Nancy and her friends Bree, Rhonda, Wanda, and Lionel are performing in their very first show, “Deep Sea Dances.” Nancy is positive—that’s fancy for 100% sure—that she and Bree will be picked to be mermaids. When another girl wins the coveted role of mermaid, Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Can Nancy bring her fancy flair to the role, even though it isn’t the one she wanted? Tickets: $15 for adults, $12 for children.

March 5–July 10

Storybook Houses at the San Antonio Botanical Garden—In partnership with AIA San Antonio, this engaging playhouse exhibit is the fourth collaboration between the Garden and area architects and designers. San Antonio Public Library cardholders enjoy $1 off admission. Free with garden admission.

March 7, 14, 21, & 28 (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.

March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 (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.

Little Explorers, 10:00–11:00 A.M. at Cibolo Nature Center (Boerne)—The Little Explorers (preschoolers) use their five senses to discover nature. They will listen to stories, sing songs, play games, explore the outdoors, and make crafts to take home. On the 3rd Wednesday of each month, join special guest Mother Nature for Story Time. Suggested donation $5 per family.

March 3, 10, 17, & 24 (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.

March 4, 11, 18, & 25 (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 CouldThe 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.

March 5, 12, 19, & 26 (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.

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