Thank you to everyone who participated in our recent survey and let us know what you’d like to see in the coming editions of our event roundups. We’re going through the results and will have something new for you next month. Keep an eye out for the changes!
Summer is here, and you can bet San Antonio has plenty of free or “worth it” events around town. The San Antonio Public Library is such a huge resource for fun, educational, cultural enrichment for kids. The Children’s Summer Reading Program was a huge hit with my son last year, and I’m looking forward to more this year. To encourage regular visits to the library throughout June and July, the library has lots of fun summer programs planned, including a special slate of summer performers: puppet shows, magic shows, musical performances, animal presentations, and more. You can print the full schedule here. Do not underestimate the power of your local library!
From Memorial Day to Labor Day, military families can enjoy free admission to certain museums nationwide as part of a collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts. Here’s a complete list of Blue Star Museums in Texas. Participating San Antonio institutions include: Briscoe Western Art Museum, Casa Navarro, Institute of Texan Cultures, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio Museum of Art, and Villa Finale.
As always, there are tons of free outdoor movies offered at area parks, many of which are provided by Slab Cinema and listed below. Be sure to check what items to bring (or leave behind) at each event.
Summer, here we come!
Thursday, June 2
Rock ‘n’ Roll Rally to End Gun Violence, 6:00–8:00 P.M. at The Friendly Spot Ice House—June 2nd is National Gun Violence Prevention Awareness Day. Find out what individuals and communities can do to save lives while respecting the 2nd Amendment. Event includes musical guest Mitch Webb & friends, including activities for the kids. Be sure to wear orange! Free.
Friday, June 3
National Donut Day!—Be sure to stop by your local donut shops. Some, like Dunkin Donuts, Krispy Kreme, and Shipley Do-Nuts, are offering free donuts. Here’s one posted on Facebook, and if I find a listing of local offers, I’ll update this post.
ArtStrolls: Under the Big Top, 10:00 A.M. (for children under 12 months) & 11:00 A.M. (for children 12 months–2 years) at McNay At Museum—Explore the museum with your little one during a themed stroller tour and related sensory playtime. Register online. Free with museum admission.
Outdoor Movie: The Good Dinosaur, 8:00 P.M. at John James Park–Sponsored by City Council District 2, Office of Alan E. Warrick, II. Free.
Saturday, June 4
Child/Adult Team Fishing Tournament, 9:00–11:00 A.M. at Boerne City Lake Park–The goal of the tournament is to provide a free opportunity to introduce the sport of fishing to children as well as create a safe environment for parents and children to enjoy the outdoors together. Online pre-registration is highly encouraged. Free.
National Trails Day, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Cibolo Nature Center (Boerne)—Trail work event sponsored by REI with giveaways, door prizes, and more. Light breakfast and lunch provided for volunteers. Registration starts at 8:15 A.M. Free.
Kids Workshop, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at area Home Depot locations—This month kids can make a Father’s Day Trophy Smart Phone Holder. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a free certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Free.
Family Fun Festival, 10:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at Herff Farm (Boerne)—Plenty of activities and crafts for kids including good old-fashioned three-legged race and sack races. Free.
2nd Annual San Antonio Family Pride Fair, 11:00 A.M.–7:00 P.M. at Historic Market Square—An informational fair with live music, food booths, and a wide array of vendor booths. Free.
Summer Reading Kickoff Party, 12:00 P.M. at Encino and Igo Library; and 2:00 P.M. at Central, Tobin, and Westfall Library–Each will have stories, crafts, games, and refreshments! Plus, some of the locations have special themes for the kickoff: Encino is keeping it green, Central’s party is dino-themed, and Tobin will have a special performance of Okinawa Taiko, Japanese drumming and dancing. Free.
Movies in the Park: Finding Nemo, 7:00 P.M. at Universal City Park—Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and a picnic. Concessions will be available for purchase, and kids can enjoy the free activities before the show from 7:00–8:30 P.M. Door prizes before every show! Feature will begin at sundown, approximately 8:45 P.M.
Family Film Series: Minions, 7:00 P.M. at Mission Marquee Plaza–The film will be projected onto the original screen. It is lawn seating so, bring your blanket, picnic table and chairs. Food trucks on-site to purchase concessions, free popcorn and H-E-B give-aways for the kids. Doors open at 7 P.M., movie begins at 8:45 P.M. Free.
Outdoor Movie: Minions, 8:30 P.M. at Converse City Park–Bring picnics, lawnchairs and blankets. Movie starts at dusk. Free.
Sunday, June 5
First Sundays for Families: More than Meets the Eye, 11:00 A.M.–3:00 P.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art—Join us for a special multi-sensory family day that encourages integration of the senses into gallery exploration and art-making. Experience the museum and the creative process from a new point of view. Arrive before noon and get free admission to the admission. Free with museum admission.
Free Community Day, 12:00–4:00 P.M. at McNay Art Museum—Celebrate Dr. Chiego’s 25 years of leadership at the McNay with a fun-filled, Coney Island escape. Ice cream social, art activities, and performances. Free.
Monday, June 6
Summer Reading Kickoff Party, 2:00–3:30 P.M. at Maverick Library–Make a craft, have some food and get a free balloon creation from the friends at “All Things Balloon.”
Tuesday, June 7
Movies by Moonlight: Inside Out, 7:30 P.M. at Travis Park–Take part in the food trucks, music, kids activitites and more. Pre-enetertainment begins at 7:30 with the movie kicking off at 8:30 P.M. Don’t forget your blankets and lawn chairs. Free.
Thursday, June 9
Art Crawl: Exploring the Five Senses, 10:00–10:45 A.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art—These gallery tours are geared toward parent-child interaction, and the art is chosen to engage caregiver and infant. Front-carrying baby carriers are encouraged and strollers are welcome. Each tour begins at the Front Desk and ends with playtime. Art Crawl is held every second Thursday of the month. Free with museum admission; children under 12 are free.
Summer Reading Kickoff Party, 2:00–3:00 P.M. at Cody Library–Superheroes will be at Cody Library to welcome you to the super Summer Reading club! Wear your superhero costume or your favorite character to welcome in the start of the 2016 summer reading program. Meet and greet the Superheroes, make a craft and enjoy the fun! Free.
Friday, June 10
Outdoor Movie: Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, 8:00 P.M. at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts—The River Walk Plaza opens at 7:00 P.M., movie begins at 8:00 P.M. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the movie on a 32-foot LED screen. No outside food or drinks allowed, but concessions will be available for purchase, including full bar service. No pets please. Free.
Texas Folklife Festival at Institute of Texan Cultures—For three days, ITC celebrates Texan identity and tradition with food, music, dance, and artisanship reflecting the diversity of Texas’ heritage. Some 250 participating organizations represent more than 40 cultures. Seven stages of music and dance, more than 60 artisans display old-time Texas skills that helped tame the frontier, and a menu of 150 ethnic delicacies. Advance tickets available for discounted price. Tickets: Adults, $12; children (6–12 years old), $5. Children aged 5 and under are free.
Saturday, June 11
Grand Opening Celebration and Free FitPass 5K Dash, 8:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Pearsall Park—Family activities, wellness vendors, prizes. Join the office FitPass kick-off, San Antonio’s city-wide wellness adventure. Register for the free Fit Pass Dash here and click on the event calendar.
JAKES Day, 8:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M. at YMCA Roberts Ranch (Comfort)—For youth ages 6 to 17 years of age with an accompanying adult. Juniors Acquiring Knowledge Ethics and Sportsmanship is dedicated to informing, educating, and involving youth in wildlife conservation and the wise stewardship of our natural resources. Bass fishing, shooting shot guns and air guns, archery, turkey calling, scavenger hunt, and more. Pre-registration required. Contact Linda Klecka at (830) 491-9669 or email [email protected] $15 per youth.
Free Family Art Day, 10:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Inspire Community Fine Arts 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.
VIVA Poesía, 5:45–11:00 P.M. at Mission Marquee Plaza—Event includes a community poetry slam hosted by Anthony the Poet, a film screening and live music performance by Las Tesoros de San Antonio and Los Nahuatlatos, interactive workshops, and artisan vendors. Plenty of food and beverages will be available, including free paletas throughout the day. Free.
Tuesday, June 14
Movies by Moonlight: The Little Rascals, 7:30 P.M. at Travis Park–Take part in the food trucks, music, kids activitites and more. Enjoy free parking after 5 p.m. at City operated garages, lots, and meters as part of Downtown Tuesday. Pre-enetertainment begins at 7:30 with the movie kicking off at 8:30 P.M. Don’t forget your blankets and lawn chairs. Free.
Wednesday, June 15
Mother Nature’s Storytime: Science Lab, 10:00–11:00 A.M. at Cibolo Nature Center—For preschoolers and their caregivers. Become a real scientist and investigate, measure, and evaluate the natural world using real science tools and methods. $5 per family.
Friday, June 17
Toddler Art Play: Circus Fun, 10:30–11:30 A.M. at McNay Art Museum—Mini museum visit meets creative playtime for children under 5. Wear paint clothes for a messy, fun time outside on the museum grounds. Free with museum admission.
Family Flicks: Nocturna, 8:00–9:45 P.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art—Suggested for ages 7 and up. Have you ever wondered why your hair looks funny or where the sounds outside your window come from at night? A young boy named Tim finds out after an unusual discovery on the rooftop of his orphanage plunges him into the secret world of Nocturna, inhabited by curious creatures who control the night. Free.
Saturday, June 18
Movies in the Park: Jurassic World, 7:00 P.M. at Universal City Park—Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and a picnic. Concessions will be available for purchase, and kids can enjoy the free activities before the show from 7:00–8:30 P.M. Door prizes before every show! Feature will begin at sundown, approximately 8:45 P.M. Free.
Free Outdoor Movie: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, 7:00 P.M. at Mission Marquee Plaza–Doors open at 7:00 p.m; movie starts at 8:45 p.m. It is lawn seating so, bring your blanket, picnics and chairs. There will be food trucks on-site to purchase concessions, free popcorn and H-E-B give-aways for the kids! Free.
Sunday, June 19–Father’s Day
Tuesday, June 21
Movies by Moonlight: Field of Dreams, 7:30 P.M. at Travis Park–Take part in the food trucks, music, kids activitites and more. Enjoy free parking after 5 p.m. at City operated garages, lots, and meters as part of Downtown Tuesday. Pre-enetertainment begins at 7:30, movie begins at 8:30 P.M. Don’t forget your blankets and lawn chairs. Free.
Thursday, June 23
Homeschool Student Workshop: Parts of Art, 9:30 A.M.–12:00 P.M. and 1:00–3:30 P.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art—Designed specifically for home-schooled students (ages 5–12) and their parents. Participate as a family in a guided experience of the museum’s encyclopedic collection with a tour and hands-on activity, and extend learning through art at home with materials provided by the museum! Advance registration required. Email [email protected]. Free with museum admission
Saturday, June 25
1st Decade at Deco: Celebrating El Gran Día de los Artistas, 3:00–10:00 P.M. at Centro Cultural Aztlan—The event promises to be an explosion of creativity in the Deco District showcasing live music, poetry, theatre, dance, art demonstrations, art exhibits, and live painting. Centro Cultural Aztlan will present El Gran Dia de Los Artistas to celebrate its first decade at the Deco Building on Fredericksburg Road. Free.
Sunday, June 26
Family Art Play: Art in Motion, 1:00–4:00 P.M. at McNay Art Museum–Ever wonder how George Rickey’s metal sculpture floats atop the pond at the McNay? Explore kinetic art, and then build a wind-powered sculpture. Free with museum admission.
Tuesday, June 28
Movies by Moonlight: Cinderella, 7:30 P.M. at Travis Park–Take part in the food trucks, music, kids activitites and more. Enjoy free parking after 5 p.m. at City operated garages, lots, and meters as part of Downtown Tuesday. Pre-enetertainment begins at 7:30, movie begins at 8:30 P.M. Don’t forget your blankets and lawn chairs. Free.
ACMB TOP PICKS FOR ONGOING/MULTI-DAY EVENTS, PERFORMANCES & EXHIBITS
June 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 (Wednesdays)
Playdates, 10:00 A.M. & 11:00 A.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art—For ages 2–4 years. Cultivate, nurture, and inspire creativity while developing an appreciation of art and world cultures. Every Wednesday morning children experience stories, gallery activities, hands-on art, movement, and music with a different theme each week. Reservations required via online events calendar. Free with museum admission; children under 12 are free.
June 7 & 21 (first and third Tuesdays)
Free Family Night, 5:30–7:30 P.M. at The DoSeum—Only the first 1,500 guests will be admitted, so arrive early. Free.
May 31–June 5
The Wizard of Oz at the Majestic Theatre—This production contains the beloved songs from the Oscar®-winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys as you rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for the whole family. Tickets start at $30.
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.
June 4–September 4
Mathletics at The DoSeum–Part training center and part brain-boosting program. Visitors of all ages are invited to flex their math muscles in a playful, full-body exploration of ratios, proportions, and other fundamental math concepts. Visitors will explore the exhibit’s concepts as a team, using their brains, senses, and entire bodies to investigate different math ideas. Free with museum admission.
Sandbank Shadow Factory at San Antonio Public Library branches—It’s all about shadows. Come and enjoy “A Wild Goose Chase” as part of the Children’s Summer Reading Program. Some branch locations require tickets, which will be available on a first come, first served basis approximately a week before the show. Check with your librarian.
June 24–July 24
The Little Mermaid at Woodlawn Theatre–Set under and above the high seas, The Little Mermaid tells the story of Ariel, an adventurous young mermaid who’s got a thing for disobeying the rules and following her heart. Ariel’s fascination with the human world often leads her to the sea surface, a zone that’s designated as “off-limits” by her father Triton, the sea king. One day while sneaking to the surface, Ariel witnesses a shipwreck and rescues Prince Eric, with whom she become instantly smitten. Furious at Triton’s inability to understand her love for the prince, Ariel runs away and strikes a deal with Ursula, Triton’s evil witch of a sister, to experience the life she dreams of on land. Tickets $17–$26.