Let me tell you, spring has definitely sprung! Is it just me or has it been a whirlwind of activity lately? Just look ahead and this month has just as much activity, if not more. Who could forget that Fiesta® is right around the corner, taking place April 14-24? Be sure to check the ACMB Fiesta for Kids post!
Also, April is National Poetry Month so be on the look out for lots of great literary events this month. Each year the City’s Department for Culture & Creative Development puts together an extensive calendar of literary events happening all around town for audiences of all ages.
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.
Friday, April 1–April Fool’s Day!
Youth Matinee: Liberty! Equality! and Fireworks!, 11:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at the Carver Community Cultural Center–Explore the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement in a dramatic stage production by Austin’s Pollyanna Theatre Company and the LBJ Presidential Library. Recommended for 4th grade and up. Public, groups, and schools welcome. Free.
Free Teen Night: Art After Dark, 7:00–10:00 P.M. at the McNay Art Museum–For high school students only, this evening includes art-making, special tours, music by local high school bands, selfies, and sweets. Register online or call 210.805.1768. Free with museum admission.
March 31-April 3
Disney on Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic at the Alamodome–Be charmed by a cast of over 50, with Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and Disney princesses including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Snow White and Tiana. Sing-along to over 30 unforgettable songs including “Let It Go,” “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” and “Hakuna Matata.” Tickets start at $16.
Saturday, April 2
First Saturday Hike, 8:00–10:00 A.M. at Friedrich Wilderness Park–Take a trek along Friedrich’s most scenic trails, including Bosque Trail, Vista Loop and Main Loop while learning about the park’s diverse ecosystem. Hike will cover approx. 3 miles. Recommended for ages 9 and up. RSVP required. Call 210-207-3782 or [email protected] Suggested donation $3 per person or $5 for family.
Snakes Alive, 9:00–11:00 A.M. at Phil Hardberger Park Urban Ecology Center–Blaine Eaton of the South Texas Herpetology Association provides a program about Texas native venomous and non-venomous snakes. Hold a friendly snake. Great program for the whole family. Free. Donation of $3 per person or $5 per family is suggested.
San Antonio Book Festival, 10:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. at Central Library–Festival activities include author talks, panel discussions, book sales and signings, interactive areas and educational opportunities for children and teens, food trucks, the Festival Marketplace and recipe demonstrations by cookbook authors. Free.
3rd Annual Health & Family Fun Fair, 11:00 A.M.–3:00 P.M. at El Bari Community Health Center–Free eye and dental exams, sleep apnea screening, plus diabetes, cholesterol, and blood pressure tests. Family fun includes moon bounce, food, and bazaar. Call 210-358-7020 to register for kids medical exam and shots or adult mammograms. Free.
Lifeguard Clinic, 12:00–2:00 P.M. at San Antonio Natatorium–The Parks and Recreation Department is hiring more than 200 lifeguards to serve the public at municipal swimming pools. The department is making the hiring process easier by hosting several lifeguard clinics to assist local teens ages 16 and up, college students and adults interested in applying. Free.
Sunday, April 3
Síclovía, 11:00 A.M.–3:00 P.M. at Maverick Park to Roosevelt Park–Síclovía is a free event that turns major city streets in to a safe place for people to exercise and play.The streets become temporarily car-free for about 5 hours on Sundays for families to run, ride bikes, take exercise classes and enjoy their city streets. Free.
First Sundays for Families: Faces in the Museum, 11:00 A.M.–3:00 P.M. at the San Antonio Museum of Art–Explore the beauty and diversity of the human face in art across the museum’s collection through art activities including drawings, clay and more. Discover what faces tell us about the artists, their subjects and the viewers. Free with entry before noon, otherwise free with museum admission.
Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, at the Majestic Theatre–This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love — the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more — plus some surprising new twists! Tickets start at $35.50.
Friday, April 8
Toddler Art Play: Paint Party, 10:30–11:30 A.M. at the McNay Art Museum–Wear your paint clothes for a messy, fun time outside. Check out artwork in the galleries and make your own. Free with museum admission.
The Muppet Movie, 8:00 P.M. at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts–Kermit and his new found friends trek across America to find success in Hollywood, but a frog-legs merchant is after Kermit. Take your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the movie on a 32 foot LED screen. Free.
Saturday, April 9
Bat Loco, 9:00–11:00 A.M. at Medina River Natural Area–Join Texas Parks & Wildlife bat education specialist Nyta Brown to learn about the important role bats play in the South Texas ecosystem. Talk starts at 9:15 a.m. in the pavilion. No registration is required. A donation of $3 per individual or $5 per family is suggested. For more info, call 210-207-3103.
Free Family Art Day, 10:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Inspire Community Fine Art Center–An exploratory experience for children of all ages and their families to try various types of art projects and mediums using inspiration from children’s literature themes and illustrations for each event. Everyone is welcome, no reservations required. Free.
Wild Things!, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Friedrich Wilderness Park–Take a walk on the wild side with Blaine Eaton, San Antonio’s reptile guy! Meet Rose the alligator, hold a ball python, and learn how reptiles differ from other terrestrial vertebrates through discussion, and hands-on fun! RSVP required. Call 210-207-3782 or [email protected]
Kids Day in the Park with Buddy from Dinosaur Train, 10:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at Rosedale Park–Presented by KLRN and the San Antonio Association for the Education of Young Children. Celebrate the Week of the Young Child. Come and enjoy the outdoors with your family and friends. Free.
Family Saturday, 12:00–4:00 P.M. at Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum–Works on view become the inspiration for art making and kids learn how to look at and understand contemporary art better through fun activities. Free.
28th Annual Train Show Jamboree at New Braunfels Civic Center–Event will feature Model layouts, Lego train layouts, over 300 vendors selling trains and train items, door prizes, a food court, a silent auction and free tickets for children to ride the train at Landa park. Admission $8 for adults (14 yrs and older), $2 for children (3-13 yrs).
Sunday, April 10
Story and Craft Time, 3:00–5:00 P.M. at the Ozuna Children’s Library at Palo Alto College–Celebrate National Poetry Month with a reading of Where The Sidewalk Ends (ages 6–8), and during craft time children will write and decorate their own poems. Free.
Beyond Texan Cultures: Maasai Warriors of Kenya, 12:00–4:00 P.M. at Institute of Texan Cultures–Special guest Nelson Lemeria Ole of Narok County, Kenya, a “moran,” or Maasai warrior, serves as a youth leader, music instructor, and cultural ambassador for his Kenyan community. The program includes insight into traditional Maasai culture, dance, and music in the 21st century. Free.
Monday, April 11
Little Sprouts: Spider Web Wonders, 10:00–11:30 A.M. at the San Antonio Botanical Garden–Children learn about spiders and spider webs. A parent or guardian must stay with the child. Fee is $12 per child and includes one adult.
April 14-24: Fiesta® San Antonio– Check out our Fiesta for Kids post!
Saturday, April 16
5th Annual New Braunfels Kidsfest, 9:00 A.M.–6:00 P.M. at Comal County Fairgrounds–With performances by local kid talent, free activity stations, and exhibitors representing over 200 local, youth-centered organizations, this is New Braunfels’ largest, kid-friendly, trade show style celebration. Admission is $3, free for children 2 and under.
Call of the Wild Nature Day, 10:00 A.M.–3:00 P.M. at Hill Country Science Mill–The Highland Lakes Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist will have special hands-on science activities for all ages. Get an up-close look at birds’ nests and make your own, learn how insects communicate, check out different types of animal camouflage, identify bird songs and calls, make seed ball feeders and more! Debuting on the same day, the new 3D movie, Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure. See a caterpillar hatch from a single tiny egg and metamorphose into a butterfly, and watch as a praying mantis snaps up a fly for dinner. Multiple showings throughout the day. Free with regular admission.
KIPP Aspire Festival, 11:00 A.M.–5:30 P.M. at KIPP Aspire Academy–Annual celebration with games, food, raffles, music, and an opportunity register for the 2016-17 school year. Don’t miss the 3-on-3 basketball tournament with KIPP San Antonio coaches, the live DJ, and bounce houses!
Outdoor Movie: Inside Out, 7:00 P.M. at Memorial Park–Hollywood Park Mayor’s Movie Night. Free.
Tuesday, April 19
H-E-B Read Aloud, 3:30–5:30 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.
Saturday, April 23
Nature Walk: Wildflowers of Hardberger Park, 8:00–10:00 A.M. at Urban Ecology Center at Phil Hardberger Park–Donal Ewers leads the walk as he identifies and discusses the plethora of wildflowers found in the park. He is the author of the While on a Walk blog. Free and no registration is required. A donation to the PHP Conservancy of $3 per person or $5 per family is suggested.
15th Annual Everything for Children Sale, 8:30 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at Concordia Lutheran Church–Featuring over 120 sellers with thousands of gently-used, high-quality children’s items, including furniture, toys, books, clothing (children’s and maternity), equipment, and more at bargain prices. Free.
Earth Day Earthcrafts, 10:30 A.M.–1:30 P.M. at Government Canyon Park–Celebrate Earth Day by making earth-inspired art. Show up anytime at the picnic pavilion between 10:30 and 1:30 to create your masterpiece. Free.
Listen to Your Mother, 2:00 P.M. at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts–Series of original readings performed live on stage by their authors. The mission of each production is to take the audience on a well-crafted journey that celebrates and validates mothering through giving voice to motherhood–in all of its complexity, diversity, and humor. Tickets $15.
Outdoor Movie: Up, 7:00 P.M. at Woodlawn Lake Park–Family-friendly film screening sponsored by District 7, Councilman Cris Medina. District 7 Movies every 4th Saturday of the month. Free.
Sunday, April 24
Family Art Play: Photo ID, 1:00 & 3:00 P.M. at the McNay Art Museum–Explore identity in Made in Germany: Contemporary Art from the Rubell Family Collection. Take photos and objects from home that you’d like to include in an assemblage showcasing what it means to be uniquely you. Free with museum admission.
Kidz Bop: Tour 2016 Life of the Party, 6:00 P.M. at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts–The brand new live show features the biggest pop songs of the year, awesome new dance moves, and more fun surprises from The KIDZ BOP Kids. Tickets $22.50-32.50.
Thursday, April 28
Bloom: An Event for New & Expectant Mothers, 6:00–9:00 P.M. at The DoSeum–Hosted by Alamo City Moms Blog and University Health System, the event will give new and expectant parents the opportunity to interact with mom- and baby-centered businesses, followed by an expert panel focusing on answering their questions for the transition into this new stage in life. Tickets $16.82.
Sleeping Beauty at Scottish Rite Theatre–Presented by The Children’s Ballet of San Antonio. Tickets $15-25.
April 29-May 1
Tarzan at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts–Washed up on the shores of West Africa, an infant boy is taken in and raised by gorillas who name him Tarzan. Apart from striving for acceptance from his ape father, Tarzan’s life is mostly monkey business until a human expedition treks into his tribe’s territory and he encounters creatures like himself for the first time. Tickets $15.
Saturday, April 30
Create It Convention: Tinker Time, 11:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. at The DoSeum– Tinkering is an activity that artists, engineers, inventors, and designers master to create new things. Tinkering leads to innovation and creation; and it is fun! Join The DoSeum team and our community partners for day of tinkering that will be artistic, scientific, and playful. Free with museum admission.
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.
April 2, 16, and 30
Symphony at SAPL, 2:00 P.M. at various 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.
April 5 & 19
H-E-B Free Family Night, 5:30–7:30 P.M. at The DoSeum–The first 1,500 guests will be admitted; arrive early to ensure entry. When we reach capacity a sign will be posted outside. Free.