Congratulations! The back-to-school season has commenced, and we’re all still standing. As you and your family settle into your routine, San Antonio has plenty in store. September is sort of like the calm before the fall festival season. Hispanic Heritage Month also kicks off in the middle of the month with Diez y Seis de Septiembre.
Thursday, September 1
Pokémon GO, 4:00–5:00 P.M. at Westfall Branch—Join the library every Thursday for a walk through the Westfall neighborhood to search for Pokémon and level up. Please come prepared with your own charged device and some water. If the weather is bad, or if you’d rather not walk, we will place two lures at the library so you can still catch them all. Free.
Friday, September 2
Family Friendly First Friday, 7:00–10:00 P.M. at Hemisfair Park—Every First Friday we bring the Hemisfair Art Market to the park, plus music, food, and fun activities to keep your whole family moving! Free.
Saturday, September 3
Workshop: Back to School Whiteboard, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at area Home Depot locations—Join our hands-on workshop and you and your child can get to work on a mini-whiteboard with a pen tray he/she can use for schoolwork or play time. Once the whiteboard is built, your child can paint it in his/her favorite color. Free.
Geology Rocks, 9:00–11:00 A.M. at Urban Ecology Center at Phil Hardberger Park—David Turner, St. Mary’s University Professor, breaks down the information about rocks and minerals in this presentation. This program is suited for adults and older children. Bring your own rock to be identified. No registration is required. A donation to the PHP Conservancy of $3 per person or $5 per family is suggested.
Free Outdoor Movie: Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip, 7:00–10:00 P.M. at Mission Marquee Plaza—There will be prize giveaways, free snacks, food truck vendors, and more. Remember to get there early, bring your own blankets and picnics, and secure a seat. Venue opens at 7:00 P.M.; movie begins just 15 minutes after dusk. Free.
Sunday, September 4
First Sundays for Families: Silver and Spices, 11:00 A.M.–3:00 P.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art—Ride the trade winds of the Spanish Manila galleons as you embark on an artistic expedition through the museum. Join us for a fascinating family day with art activities reflecting the rich cultural heritage of the Americas. Free with general admission. Admission to museum is free before noon on Sundays.
Monday, September 5–Labor Day
Wednesday, September 7
Food Demo: Pancake Art, 6:30–8:00 P.M. at Johnston Library—During Teen Time, teens will create scrumptious art using pancake batter. All supplies will be provided. Participate weekly to earn your Pokemon Gym Leader badges. This will be the third week you could earn a gym leader badge. Free.
Friday, September 9
World Heritage Festival: Restored by Light, 6:30–11:00 P.M. at Mission San José—This event is part of the World Heritage Festival and in celebration of 100 years of the National Park Service. The evening will kick off with family-friendly activities and entertainment. Bring a picnic or enjoy snacks from the available food vendors. At dusk, the facade of Mission San José will be restored to its original frescoed appearance using projection technology. Free.
Saturday, September 10
32nd Annual Kids’ Zoo Run, 8:30–10:30 A.M. at the San Antonio Zoo—For ages one to 11 years. Parents are welcome to run alongside their child(ren) during the race. Medals will be awarded to the top three girls and top three boys in each age division. T-shirts and ribbons will be given to all entrants. Registration $20 per child on or before September 1, $25 after September 1.
Fun 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 uses inspiration from children’s literature themes and illustrations for each event. Free.
Teddy Bear Sleepover, 10:30–11:30 A.M. at Parman Library—A slumber party just for your stuffed friend! We provide a camera, the stuffies provide all the fun. Drop off your teddy or other stuffed friend on Friday, September 9 by 6:00 P.M. Return to the library Saturday morning to enjoy light refreshments while we view a slideshow of the slumber party antics. All participants will receive a photograph of the stuffed animals in a group pose and an emailed, PDF copy of the slide show. Registration is required. Free.
Sunday, September 11–Grandparents Day
Free Second Sunday: What Does Freedom Mean to You?, 12:00–4:00 P.M. at Institute of Texan Cultures—This event will give guests an opportunity to commemorate impactful moments in history. The museum has chosen the literary arts organization Gemini Ink to lead an exploration of what freedom means to us through fun, interactive writing exercises. Free.
Monday, September 12
Little Sprouts: Animal Tracks, 10:00–11:30 A.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden—Children explore animal tracks and make and compare tracks of their own. Includes storytelling, kids’ crafts, and hands-on explorations at your child’s pace. Little Sprouts Mondays are the second Monday of each month. Fee is $12 per child and includes one adult. A parent or guardian must stay with the child.
Tuesday, September 13
Roald Dahl 100, 4:00–5:00 P.M. at Landa Library—Come and celebrate the anniversary of Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday! Enjoy Dahl inspired come & go crafts for kids and stay for a bit to listen to selected portions read from his books. Make sure to grab a slice of birthday cake before you leave! Free.
Wednesday, September 14
Growing up Wild: Wiggling Worms (Ages 3–7), 10:00-11:30 A.M. at Friedrich Wilderness Park—Learn about worms through stories, games, and hands-on fun. Growing Up Wild builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. RSVP required. Visit fosana.org to reserve your spot. For more information, call (210) 207-3782 or email [email protected] Suggested donation is $3 per person, or $6 per family.
Thursday, September 15
National Playdough Day—Check mysapl.org for lots of fun events to celebrate the occasion at your branch library!
Saturday, September 17
Mindful Morning: A Free Yoga Event, 9:00–11:00 A.M. at La Villita Historic Arts Village—Join Mobile Om and the City of San Antonio on the last Saturday of every month through October. The morning kicks off with an all level vinyasa yoga class with Cassandra Fauss of Mobile Om and live music by Odie Wallace Music. After class, connect with one another while enjoying coffee, juice, food trucks, and a selection of local artisans & vendors. Free.
“I Spy…” A Scavenger Hunt, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Villa Finale—Find all the clues, fill out the puzzle to find a hidden message, and you could be the #1 detective of the day! First, second, and third place detectives will be awarded a special medal. All detectives will be treated to yummy refreshments at the finish line. A parent or guardian must accompany children. The program is designed for two age categories: kids 5-8 and 9-12 (each group receives age-appropriate activities). Check-in begins at 9:30 A.M. at Villa Finale (401 King William). Pre-registration recommended; call Visitor Services at (210) 223-9800 no later than Thursday, September 15 at 4:00 P.M. Free.
35th Annual Diez y Seis de Septiembre Parade & Festival, 12:00–10:30 P.M. at Avenida Guadalupe—Celebration of Mexico’s Independence Day presented by the Avenida Guadalupe Association. The day begins at noon with a parade that marches right through the heart of the historic Westside and ends at the Plaza Guadalupe. The plaza will feature a variety of festivities, food booths, live entertainment, and live Tejano, Conjunto, and Mariachi music. Free.
Tobin’s Wizarding Wonders: Celebrating the World of J.K Rowling, 2:00–5:00 P.M. at Tobin Branch Library—Muggles and wizards of all ages are invited to join us to celebrate the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The UTSA Quidditch Team will be giving a Quidditch demonstration, and the Birds of Prey Conservancy will be bringing live owls. There will be classes such as potions, charms, and herbology as well as crafts, games, and snacks from Honeyduke’s Sweet Shop. Prize giveaways while supplies last. Wearing house colors is encouraged but not required. Free
Free Outdoor Movie: School of Rock, 7:30–10:30 P.M. at Hemisfair—Southtown Cinema is your community movie theater with free screenings of contemporary hits and classic throwbacks, brought to you by neighborhood businesses. Food, drink, and music starting at 7:30 P.M., showtime is at 8:30 P.M. Come early and stake out your spot! Takes place select Saturdays through December for family-friendly films, from contemporary hits to classic throwbacks. Free.
Sunday, September 18
CleftStrong Family 5K, 8:00–10:30 A.M. at Morgan’s Wonderland—Come walk, skip, hop, jog, run, or a little of all for cleft and craniofacial conditions! This 5k course is wheelchair- and stroller-friendly and welcomes all! Kids, suit up as your favorite superhero to help encourage strength this September morning as many affected by these conditions are recovering from difficult surgeries and facing a new school year. Online registration $25–35 per person.
Friday, September 23
Outside the Lunchbox Luncheon, 11:30 A.M.–4:00 P.M. at The DoSeum—The DoSeum invites members of our community to join us in an engaging conversation on how to improve the quality of learning in San Antonio. Through this luncheon we bring together different members of our community to cultivate an environment of collaboration. This year’s event will feature Jessica Lahey, who will speak on her New York Times bestselling book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed. Individual tickets and sponsorship opportunities available.
Saturday, September 24
September 24 is Museum Day Live, a national program sponsored by Smithsonian Magazine. There are four local participating museums: San Antonio Museum of Art, Villa Finale, Institute of Texas Cultures, and the Spanish Governor’s Palace.
Museum Day Live, 9:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. at Institute of Texan Cultures—This year the museum has joined with San Antonio District 1 City Councilman Roberto Treviño to host a “Coffee with the Councilman” community meeting. Treviño has selected museums and their role in the community as the discussion topic, with Institute of Texan Cultures Executive Director Angelica Docog joining the panelists. Free with tickets from smithsonianmag.com.
Eid Festival 2016, 4:00–9:00 P.M. at La Villita Historic Arts Village—Muslim Cultural Heritage Society proudly presents its 7th Eid Festival for the City of San Antonio. This year’s theme is Peace and Pluralism. Free.
Sunday, September 25
Síclovia, 10:00 A.M.–3:00 P.M. at Downtown San Antonio/Broadway—Event takes place from Alamo Plaza to Mahncke Park. Major city streets become temporarily car-free for about five hours and turn into a safe space for families to run, ride bikes, take exercise classes, and enjoy their city streets. Free.
Family Art Play: Small Stage, 1:00–3:00 P.M. at McNay Art Museum—Check out artist Ruloff Kip’s amazing gift for his daughter, a working miniature theater, then construct your own tiny stage, characters, and props inspired by 19th-century playhouses. Free with museum admission.
Monday, September 26
SPARK: Magnetism, 4:30–5:30 P.M. at Pruitt Library—Science concepts come to life as children explore through stories and exciting, hands-on experiments. T-shirts awarded for attendance. Free.
Yummy & Creative Cooking for Teens, 6:30–8:00 P.M. at Great Northwest Library—Teens ages 13–18 Learn about Food and Family Traditions for Hispanic Month. We will learn to make tortillas and Spanish rice. Free.
Wednesday, September 28
Growing up Wild: Wiggling Worms (Ages 3–7), 10:00–11:30 A.M. at Friedrich Wilderness Park—Learn about worms through stories, games, and hands-on fun. Growing Up Wild builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. RSVP required. Visit fosana.org to reserve your spot. For more information, call (210) 207-3782 or email [email protected] Suggested donation is $3 per person or $6 per family.
Thursday, September 29
Parent’s Day Out Book Group, 3:00–4:00 P.M. at Great Northwest Library—Join us as we discuss books on parenting, both fiction and nonfiction. This month we will be discussing Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou. In this book, Angelou details what brought her mother to send her away, and unearths the well of emotions she experienced long afterward as a result. For the first time, she reveals the triumphs and struggles of being the daughter of Vivian Baxter, an indomitable spirit whose petite size belied her larger-than-life presence, a presence absent during much of the author’s early life. Free.
August 20–September 17
Treasure Island at Magik Theatre—Sail aboard the HMS Hispañola with Jamie Hawkins, Long John Silver, and others for a daring adventure on Treasure Island. Audiences of all ages will love this exciting adventure filled with pirates, sailing ships, sword fights, and lost treasure. Yo-ho-ho, it’s anchors aweigh to adventure on the high seas! An original script by David Morgan, based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel. Tickets are $12–$15.
September 30–October 30
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at The Playhouse—”Be our guest” as this enchanted tale comes to life on the stage! This story tells of a young villager named Belle and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can’t learn to love and be loved, he and his household will be doomed by the curse placed upon them. Tickets prices not yet available.
September 30–November 6
Duck for President at Magik Theatre—The animals from Click, Clack, Moo are back! This time Duck decides to run for office to avoid working on the farm, but being in charge isn’t as easy as he thought it would be. Based on the book by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin. Adapted by James E. Grote, with music and lyrics by George Howe. Tickets are $12–$15.