April showers bring May hours of fun and opportunity!
Guess what folks? Outdoor movies are back in season. A whole bunch are listed below and they are all free!
This month I’m excited about the International Puppet Festival taking place May 4-10 at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. We took my son to several performances last year and loved it! I recommend checking out the Children’s Fine Art Series website for video clips of each performance. I’m happy to see the Sandbank Shadow Factory back for this year’s series. Okay, I *might* have enjoyed the performances more than my son last year!
May is also Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and the San Antonio Public Library has events throughout the month to celebrate these cultural traditions.
Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!
If you haven’t already, 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.
Sunday, May 1
First Sunday for Families: Asian Pacific Heritage, 11:00 A.M.–3:00 P.M. at the San Antonio Museum of Art–Sail away to China, Japan, India and Oceania with us as we celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month with unique art activities inspired by the museum’s impressive collection. Free admission for Harlandale ISD students and their families. Entry to museum is free before noon. Otherwise, event is free with museum admission after 12 P.M.
Pick Your Side–A Marvel Comics Event, 2:00–4:00 P.M. at Central Library–“Face front, true believers”: Join local Marvel Comics artist, Freddy Lopez and SAPL to celebrate the release of Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War. This family friendly event will include a comic book cover workshop led by Freddy, trivia, games, snacks, and other activities. Cosplay is encouraged.
Dance Kaleidoscope 2016, 2:00 P.M. at Carver Community Cultural Center–Enjoy a first act of frivolity with “Gaîté Parisienne” including the famous Can-Can and a second act filled with contemporary works. Support the work of three student choreographers who created new ballets while learning works from professional dance masters. Tickets: $12-20.
Outdoor Movie: The Sandlot, 8:30 P.M. at NEISD Baseball Field–At City VS. County Softball Game. Free.
Tuesday, May 3
The Big Give–Donate to your favorite local nonprofits. Learn more about this event in this ACMB post.
Wednesday, May 4
May the 4th Science and Technology Celebration , 6:30–8:30 P.M. at Scobee Education Center–Enjoy Star Wars themed snacks, arts and craft activities, a special planetarium presentation, prizes, and more. Plan to arrive by 7 P.M. for the reading and planetarium screening at 7:30 P.M. Designed for middle school aged participants (ages 10-14). While the event is free, please register so we know how many participants to expect for the special planetarium screening. Free.
Outdoor Movie: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, 7:00 P.M. at Northwest Vista College–Event includes Star Wars costume contest, Chewbaca call contest, food trucks, free popcorn and more. Free.
Children’s International Puppet Festival at the Tobin Center for Performing Arts–Presented by the Children’s Fine Art Series. Weekday morning shows are provided for school groups and other organizations involved with children and families. There will be 45 performances by six different companies; multiple shows each day. Performances are 35 minutes to one hour long. Weekend shows will include free activities with paid admission to any show. Tickets $10.
Friday, May 6
National Public Gardens Day, 5;30–8:30 P.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden–Celebrate National Public Gardens Day with free admission to the Garden 5:30-8:30 pm. Bring a picnic and enjoy strolling the Garden after normal operating hours. See the Storybook Houses exhibit and the Garden in beautiful spring bloom. Free.
Saturday, May 7
Northside Education Foundation 5K Run/Walk & Family Wellness Fair, 7:00 A.M. at SeaWorld San Antonio–Competitive runners, NISD students, staff and their families, community and business partners will come together to support NEF’s mission to generate more resources needed for innovative educational programs for the District’s 105,000 plus students. On-site registration at 7 A.M., race begins at 8 A.M. Individual and group registration available.
Sounds of Spring, 9:00–10:30 A.M. at Crownridge Canyon Natural Area–Ages 8 and up. In the spring, birds are very vocal while attracting their mates and defending their territories. Walk through Crownridge with birding educators Patsy and Tom Inglet to identify these avian songsters. Binoculars available if needed. Suggested donation $3 per person, or $6 per family. To reserve your spot, e-mail [email protected], or call (210) 207-3782.
Move it Momma!, 9:30–11:30 A.M. at REAL Physical Therapy (4910 Golden Quail, Suite 140)–An event for women in all stages of life. Learn proper body mechanics and pre/post natal care with REAL Physical Therapy, strength class with Best Body Ever, and stretch class with Southtown Yoga Loft. Bring you own mat, please. RSVP to 210.561.8186. Free.
Art in the Park Festival, 10:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at Cibolo Nature Center–Event includes nature photography (bring your own camera), crafts, cookie art, and live entertainment. Free.
Monarch Butterfly Festival, 10:30 A.M.–12:30 P.M. at Herff Farm–Learn about the beautiful butterflies of the Texas Hill Country, including the majestic Monarch butterfly from butterfly experts and enthusiasts. Visit the weigh station and help us look for Monarch butterfly eggs and larvae. Free.
Pan-African Cultural Festival, 11:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. at Carver Branch Library–Celebrate the African experience throughout the Diaspora with mixed martial arts like capoeira group performances, a fashion show, African drumming circles and dance, tribal face painting and foods that Africans enjoy around the globe. Free.
Grand Opening & Launch, 3:30 P.M. at Northside World Music School–The school is currently offering music genres such as jazz, European-Western, Indian classical, and musical theater as well as classes in sound recording and beginner series (rhythm and ear training). The grand opening will showcase performances by the faculty followed by a meet and greet and a tour of the facility. Free.
Sunday, May 8–Mother’s Day
Accordions Across Culture Family Day, 1:30–3:30 P.M. at the Institute of Texan Cultures–It’s a Mother’s Day serenade and a prelude to the Tejano Conjunto Festival. May’s Free Second Sunday with performances of Mexican, German and Czech accordion music and screening “Valerio Longoria: For A Quarter A Song,” a documentary on accordionist and Conjunto Hall of Fame member, Valerio Longoria. Free.
Mother’s Day, 3:00 P.M. at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts–Music by, about, and for mothers is the centerpiece for the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio’s spring concert, which will feature the debut of the new Prelude Choir comprised of singers ages 5-7. Tickets: $8-28.
Alice! A Ballet Wonderland at the Carver Community Cultural Center–Presented by Alamo Arts Ballet Theatre, based on the novels by Lewis Carroll, set to the music of Tchaikovsky and Danny Elfman, and featuring original choreography by Judith Gani and Julie Morton-Simpson. Tickets $29.
Friday, May 13
Outdoor Movie: The Good Dinosaur, 8:00 P.M. at Bulverde Community Park–Bring picnics, lawn chairs and blankets. Free.
Saturday, May 14
Free Dentistry from the Heart, 7:30 A.M.–3:00 P.M. at Advanced Dental Associates–Advanced Dental Associates has partnered with nationwide non-profit Dentistry from the Heart to offer free dental work to those in need in the San Antonio and surrounding area. There are no income requirements or proof of income required. Free.
Dinosaur George, 10:00–11:30 A.M. at Eisenhower Park–Dino George is back! On display will be amazing replicas of dinosaur skulls and teeth, including giant killer birds and large Texas mammals. For more information, e-mail [email protected], or call (210) 207-3782. Suggested donation: $3 perperson, or $6 per family.
Free Family Art Day, 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 incorporates children’s literature themes and illustrations for each event. Free.
10th Annual Girls Inc. RockIT into the Future Festival, 10:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at Heroes Stadium–A family-friendly event featuring hands-on science activities and workshops to encourage girls ages 6 to 18 to participate in STEM by exploring, asking questions and solving problems at festival activity booths. Free.
Bharatanatyam: Classical Indian Dance, 2:30 P.M. at San Pedro Branch Library–Each of these hour-long professional dance performances, presented by Kaveri Natya Yoga Center dance group, will be followed by an informal, interactive demonstration. Bharatanatyam Dance features classical Indian Dance embodying music and story telling based on the theme. Free.
Outdoor Movie: Inside Out, 8:00 P.M. at Lions Field Park–Sponsored by City Council District 2. Free.
Friday, May 20
Outdoor Movie: Planes Fire & Rescue, 6:00 P.M.–Midnight at Helotes City Hall–Movie Night at the Park includes a free concert from the Helotes Area Community Band, a bouncy slide for the kids, food vendors, a free raffle prize drawing, Looney Toons, and a kid’s movie. Feel free to bring your own food and drinks. Free.
Outdoor Movie: Ernest and Celestine, 8:00–9:30 P.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art–Deep below snowy cobblestone streets, lives a civilization of hardworking mice, terrified of the bears that live above ground. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer. When she nearly ends up as breakfast for Ernest, the two form an unlikely bond. Free.
Saturday, May 21
Amazing Preservation Race for Kids, 9 A.M. at Mission San José–Discover, explore and investigate the many hidden treasures and beautiful architecture of Mission San Jose while competing for exciting prizes. The Amazing Preservation Race is a great chance for elementary-aged kids to learn about our rich heritage in San Antonio while being active with the family! This is a free event, but register your little ones in advance at this link. Free.
Kids to Parks Day, 10:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at Eisenhower Park–Community event that encourages connections to nature through multisensory activities that inspire learning. Local organizations will host an afternoon of learning, hiking, and hands-on fun for families and children of all ages. Join us for this memorable and FREE community event!
Outdoor Movie: Inside Out, 5:30 P.M. at Memorial Park–Once a month Hollywood Park Mayor’s Movie Night. Free.
Outdoor Movie: Inside Out, 8:00 P.M. at Mission Marquee Plaza–At the restored Mission Drive-In. Free.
Sunday, May 22
National Art Museum Day, 10:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. at the San Antonio Museum of Art–The museum is offering free general admission all day to celebrate. Please note there is an additional surcharge to view the exhibition Rodin: The Human Experience. Free.
YOSApalooza, 7:00 P.M. at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts–Concert will feature all eight YOSA orchestras on stage for a season finale performance. YOSA orchestras are made up of young musicians from across the San Antonio area, ages 8 to 20. Overflow seating will be in the River Walk Plaza where a simulcast of the concert will be on a large screen. Free.
Saturday, May 28
Outdoor Movie: Kung Fu Panda, 8:00 P.M. at Devine High School–Another showing brought to you by Slab Cinema. Free.
Sunday, May 29
Okinawa Dance & Taiko Drum Performance, 3:30 P.M. at Central Library–A riveting show by San Antonio Okinawa Taiko, which will be performing their dynamic blend of traditional Japanese dance. Free
Monday, May 30–Memorial Day
TOP PICKS FOR ONGOING EVENTS, PERFORMANCES, & EXHIBITS
April 29-June 12
Charlotte’s Web at the Magik Theatre–They’re all here: Wilbur, the pig who wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, the girl who understands what animals say; Templeton, the rat who might be talked into a good deed; the Zuckermans and Arables; and the extraordinary spider Charlotte, who proves to be a “true friend and a good writer.” Determined to save Wilbur, Charlotte begins her efforts with a surprising message in her web, “Some pig.” It’s the start of a victorious campaign which ends with Wilbur – now safe – doing what is most important to Charlotte. Tickets $12-15.
May 4 & 11
Growing Up Wild–Deep Blue Sea, 10:00–11:30 A.M. at Friedrich Wilderness Park–Develop an awareness of oceans and ocean life through stories, songs, and hands-on activities. Activities are designed to provide an early foundation for an appreciation of nature. RSVP required. Call 210-207-3782 or e-mail [email protected] donation $3 per person, or $6 per family.
May 5 & 12
Play & Learn, 9:30–11:00 A.M. at Acme Park–San Antonio Public Library presents Little Read Wagon. Parents and caregivers with children ages five and younger are invited to share interactive time with their children. Come play, learn and prepare your children for success in reading, school and life. Free.
May 6 & 20
Starting Out Wild: Leaping Lizards, 10:00–11:00 A.M. at Friedrich Wilderness Park–Learn about lizards and other reptiles through stories, songs, and hands-on fun. These high energy, engaging programs are a perfect way to foster an appreciation of the natural world. It is recommended that a child be walking and a parent or caretaker attend with each child. Most classes will take place outdoors. RSVP required. Call 210-207-3782 or e-mail [email protected] Suggested donation $3 per person, or $6 per family.
May 7 & 14
Symphony at SAPL, 2:00–2:50 P.M. at Semmes (7th) and Thousand Oaks (14th) Branch Libraries–Join San Antonio Symphony violist Emily Freudigman as she shares her talents and her love of music with children of all ages. Free.
May 14 & 21
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.