San Antonio Scoop: A Mom’s Guide to February

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February is the month we celebrate Black History and also the Chinese New Year/Spring Festival (January 28 is the first day this year). As such, there are several great events listed below to help you do just that. In the Alamo City, February is also when the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo comes to town. Be sure to check their site for special deals and promotions.

Each month ACMB scours numerous community calendars and local organizations to put this resource together. If you hear of a community event that you think we should know about, please share in the comments! We’ve got some gaps to fill in the last week of February, so check back soon for updates!

 

Wednesday, February 1

Drum Line Live!, 7:30 P.M. at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Event—The show-stopping attraction created by the musical team behind the hit movies, Drumline and Drumline: A New Beat, embodies the soulful, high-stepping style of the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) marching band experience. With its riveting rhythms, bold beats, and ear-grabbing energy, Drum Line Live! is a high-octane musical roller coaster ride that is guaranteed to touch every emotion in your body. Tickets: $27.50–$47.50.

Saturday, February 4

Valentines Photo Box, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Home Depot stores—Join a hands-on workshop for you and your child to build a Valentine-themed photo box, perfect for keeping photos of loved ones front and center. All kids get to keep their craft and will receive a free certificate of achievement, workshop apron, and commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron, and pin. Free.

Alamo Round Up, 9:00 A.M.–4:30 P.M. at The Alamo—Dust off your cowboy boots and join us for a special First Saturday at the Alamo as we help kick off the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo with a cowboy themed day. On the first Saturday of every month the grounds of the Alamo are transformed back in time to the 1830s for a full day of living history fun that the whole family will enjoy. Learn about life in frontier Texas with special demonstrations and crafts: branding, rope making, Pony Express activity, firing demonstration, tales from the cattle trail, children’s drill, and more. Free.

Western Heritage Parade & Cattle Drive, 10:00–11:00 A.M. at Downtown San Antonio—Celebrate Texas heritage and the kick-off for the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. The mile-long route through the streets of downtown San Antonio will feature participants such as Fort Hood 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Sam Houston Caisson, and of course, a herd of Texas Longhorns. Free.

First Saturday Play Day: Hula Hoop Hoopla, 11:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Hemisfair—Come enjoy some kid-friendly tunes and a hula hoop party on the Great Lawn! Every first Saturday is Play Day in the Park! These structured activities are staff-led exercises in creativity and fun. Free.

First Saturday Baby Time, 11:30 A.M.–12:15 P.M. at Tobin at Oakwell Branch Library—For babies 0–18 months and their caregivers. Babies experience the sounds and structure of language through rhythm, rhyme, and repetition. Free.

Symphony at SAPL, 2:00 P.M. at Cortez, Great Northwest, and Tobin Branch Libraries—Join us for a lively afternoon with San Antonio Symphony a different violinist at each branch as they share their talents and love of music with children of all ages. Come and find out how special classical music can be!

30th Annual Asian Festival, 10:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. at Institute of Texan Cultures—The family-friendly event features music, cultural performances, food, fashion, crafts, and other products. Guests can enjoy authentic Asian-American food from 15 vendors, offering Japanese, Korean, Thai, Laotian, Philippine, and other delectable cuisines. Guests can also enjoy traditional Asian dance and musical performances on three separate stages; multicultural demonstrations of cooking, henna painting, and palm reading; and craft sales including clothing, artworks, dolls, silk items, and other gifts. Tickets: $8 for adults; $5 for children.

Confucius Wishing Lanterns on the Water, 5:00–7:00 P.M. at San Antonio River Walk—An ethereal experience of casting lanterns into the River in honor of loved ones, hopes, dreams, and wishes. Lanterns are made of eco-friendly rice paper and contain a floating LED candle. Pens will be available to decorate and personalize your lanterns. Entertainment includes festival dancing to thematic music. Asian-inspired food available for purchase. This event serves as the grand finale to the 30th anniversary of UTSA Institute of Texan Culture’s Asian Festival. Admission is free, and lanterns are $5 each (sold at the event). 

Sunday, February 5

First Sundays for Families: Travel the Trade Winds, 11:00 A.M.–3:00 P.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art—Cruise through China, Hawaii, Japan, and India on an artistic journey. Make a Lokapala vest, paper lei, and paint cherry blossoms at this fun family day. Free admission all day for Harlandale ISD students and their families. Special performances by Healing Hula at noon and 1:30 P.M. Museum admission is free on Sundays before noon. Event is free with museum admission.

Tuesday, February 7

Little Kid & Little Kids at Heart, 2:00–3:00 P.M. at Scobee Planetarium—This event is for little kids and little kids at heart who would like to attend the Planetarium and watch the animated show Accidental Astronauts, which discusses the solar system. The show is 35 minutes long. Cost is $4 per child and $5 per adult.

 

Thursday, February 9

Middle School: Eye See You, 9:30–11:30 A.M. at Phil Hardberger Park (East)—Students get a bird’s eye view of the world, to understand the importance of stereo-vision for prey. Activity explores predator-prey relationships along with the adaptations and diversity of birds. This class is part of the Middle School Winter Discovery series for students 10–14 years old. Class size is limited, and registration is required. For registration assistance, call (210) 492-7472 or e-mail [email protected] for more information. A donation to the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy of $3 per person or $5 per family is suggested.

Friday, February 10

Carver Youth Matinee: Dallas Black Dance Theatre, 11:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Carver Community Cultural Center—Dedicated to creating and producing works of the highest artistic excellence, Dallas Black Dance Theatre brings joy and excitement to students of all ages with its superb performance of dramatic dance works by nationally known choreographers. This informational, interactive performance will not only showcase excerpts of the company’s repertoire, but will also open students’ eyes to the life of the professional dancer. The performance will conclude with a question and answer session. Registration required for all guests. Priority reservations for school groups. Free.

Peking Acrobats, 7:30 P.M. at Majestic Theatre—Presented by ARTS San Antonio. The Peking Acrobats perform daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs; they are experts at trick-cycling, precision tumbling, somersaulting, and gymnastics. They defy gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility, and control. They push the envelope of human possibility with astonishing juggling dexterity and incredible balancing feats. The production includes live musicians skillfully playing traditional Chinese instruments. Tickets: $29–$99 each.

Saturday, February 11

August Heart Free Heart Screening for Teens, 9:00–10:30 A.M.  at Alamo Stadium—Have you saved a life today? Share this event to spread the word and help prevent sudden cardiac arrest in teenagers! AugustHeart is partnering with San Antonio ISD to provide free heart screenings to teens in the San Antonio area. Students ages 14-18 are eligible to be screened. Register online now. Free.

Kids Club: Winter is for the Birds!, 10:00–11:00 A.M. at Cibolo Nature Center—Let’s talk about birds and view birds through binoculars, plus make a pipe cleaner bird feeder. Meet at the CNC Visitor Center. For kids of all ages; no drop-offs, please. Participation is $5 per family.

Wild Things!, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Friedrich Wilderness Park—Take a walk on the wild side with Tom Kinsey of Learn Nature and Michelle Camara of Southern Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation. Get up close with mammals and reptiles and learn about their habitat and behavior through lively talks and demonstrations. RSVP required. Suggested donation is $3 per person or $6 per family. For more information, call (210) 207-3782 or e-mail: [email protected].

Family Drop-in Programs: Penguins in Texas???, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden—Penguins aren’t the only birds who enjoy the cold. Discover the winter birds in your Texas backyard, learn about the Great Backyard Bird Count, and make an edible bird feeder ornament. No registration is needed. Free with regular admission. 

Fun Family Art Day: We Love Pop Art, 10:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Inspire Community Fine Art Center—Robert Indiana, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein & Robert Raucshenberg with their iconic works of ‘PoP ArT’ will be the inspiration this weekend. Come spend a fun day with the Inspire Crew and instructor Laura Rhodes, learning more about these amazing artists and falling in love with their work. Try your hand at creating your very own version of any of our 4 make-and-take ‘PoP ArT’ projects. Snacks, fun and an explosion of color will be waiting for all of you. Free.

Black History for Children Book Exhibit, 11:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Carver Branch Library—The purpose of the exhibit is to increase our children’s knowledge of black history and to encourage the development of good reading habits and skills. There will be a recommended reading list and reading time with a special guest, plus a free black history book giveaway. Free.

Planets in the Park, 6:00–8:30 P.M. at San Antonio River Nature Park (Floresville)—Fun family program that brings the expertise and telescopes of the San Antonio Astronomical Association for a close look at astronomical features such as Andromeda, Orion nebula, Jupiter and the moon. Photo opportunities with your favorite Star Wars characters from  The 501st Legion Central Texas Squad of The Star Garrison. For more information contact SARA’s Recreation Team by email at [email protected] or toll free at (866) 345-7272. Event is weather permitting. Free.

Sunday, February 12

Buffalo Soldier Day, 12:00–4:00 P.M. at Institute of Texan Cultures—Free Second Sunday features stories, demonstrations, and hands-on projects with living historians who recount the lives of the African-American soldiers who scouted the Texas Frontier. Experience life as a Buffalo Soldier, learn how to pack a ruck sack for a frontier patrol, read maps, and track wild animals. Take part in a trap ball game and other activities the soldiers enjoyed while off duty. Free.

Monday, February 13

Little Sprouts: What’s Wild!, 10:00–11:30 A.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden—For ages 3–5 years. Compare the lives of wild versus tame animals. Each Little Sprout Monday (second Monday of each month) includes storytelling, kids’ crafts, and hands-on explorations at your child’s pace. A parent or guardian must stay with the child. Registration is $12 per child and includes one adult.

Tuesday, February 14

Children’s Vegetable Garden Parent-Guardian Orientation, 10:00–11:00 A.M. at Voelcker Homestead (Phil Hardberger Park East)—A place for children 7–14 years old to get their hands dirty as they learn every aspect of gardening, from planting to harvesting. With the help of volunteers from the Bexar County Master Gardeners, children begin the morning each Tuesday with a hands-on activity in the garden, followed by a related lesson. Children have fun gardening while learning about team work, agricultural commodities, nutrition, and how to be good stewards of the land. The PHP Children’s Vegetable Garden is a cooperative project of San Antonio Parks and Recreation, Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Bexar County Master Gardeners. Program begins Tuesday, February 21, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. Classes meet every Tuesday from February 21–June 6. Contact Susan Campbell for more information. Cost is $75 per plot with up to three children sharing a plot.

Thursday, February 16

2017 Chinese New Year Lantern Festival, 7:00–9:00 P.M. at University of the Incarnate World—Please join us to celebrate Chinese Lantern Festival with a special presentation by Inner Mogolian Cultural Performance Troupe from China. This show will include a variety of unique performances from throat singing to horsehead instrumental music. Colorful costumes, exquisite artistry, and unmatched acrobat skill make this an unforgettable evening of cultural celebration and exploration. Suggested donation: $20 per person.

Friday, February 17

Family Flashlight Night, 6:00–8:30 P.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden—Get your flashlights and headlamps ready! Families are encouraged to discover the nocturnal side of the Garden. Imagine what it’s like to go camping at the garden in a tent city. Explore the stars with the San Antonio Astronomical Association (SAAA) and create constellation viewers. Enjoy hands-on activities from Texas Children in Nature partner organizations, make shadow puppets, and find your way through a light maze. Regular admission applies. 

February 17-19

Jurassic Park in Concert at Majestic Theatre—Presented by the San Antonio Symphony. One of the most thrilling science fiction adventures ever made and featuring one of John Williams’ most iconic and beloved musical scores, Jurassic Park transformed the movie-going experience for an entire generation and became the highest-grossing film of all time in 1993, winning three Academy Awards®. Now audiences can experience this ground-breaking film as never before: projected in HD with a full symphony orchestra performing Williams’ magnificent score live to picture. Tickets: $25–$65 each.

Sleeping Beauty at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts—Presented by Ballet San Antonio. This enchanting fairy tale features fairies, bluebirds, gilded court, the triumph of good over evil, and the power of true love as Aurora is awakened to new life with a spell-shattering kiss. Family four-pack discount tickets are available for a limited time. Tickets: $29–$119 each.

Saturday, February 18

Snowfest, 3:00–9:00 P.M. at Universal City Park— If your children have never seen snow, this is their chance to play in the white stuff! Event includes snow slides and snow play areas and ice skating. Admission for ice skating is separate from the Snowfest admission and will be $8. Regular admission includes all-you-can-ride carnival tickets for $10 per child and $5 per adult.

Sweethearts Dance, 5:00–8:00 P.M. at Pearl Stable—Round up your little ones for a family Valentine’s celebration. Come enjoy live music, love-themed arts and crafts, photo booth, sweet and salty treats for your sweeties and a champagne bar (cash bar) for mom and dad. Tickets are $25 for one adult + two children; $10 per additional Adult, $5 per additional child. Children under 2 years old are frree.

Sunday, February 19

Family Art Play: Portraits of Pets, 1:00–2:00 P.M. and 3:00–4:00 P.M. at McNay Art Museum—Artists love the challenge of capturing special friends in pictures, especially when that friend is an animal. Explore portraits and create a lovable picture of your pet. Be sure to bring a pet pic for inspiration. Free with museum admission.

Thursday, February 23

Growing Up Wild: What’s Wild (Ages 4-7), 10:00–11:30 A.M. at Friedrich Wilderness Park—Learn about wild and tame animals through stories, hands-on activities, and a guided hike. Growing Up Wild builds on a child’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Activities are designed to provide an early foundation and appreciation of nature. RSVP required.  For more information, call 210-207-3782 or email [email protected] Suggested donation is $3 per person, $6 per family.

Saturday, February 25

LibraryPalooza 2017, 10:00 A.M.–4:30 P.M. at Brandeis High School—THE teen author festival in San Antonio! Young Adult authors Jay Asher (Thirteen Reasons Why, What Light), Alex London (Proxy series), Lauren Oliver (Delirium series), Lauren Kate (Fallen series, Tear Drop series), graphic novelist Faith Erin Hicks, and Lisa Yee (DC Superhero Girls series) will present breakout sessions and sign books. Free.

Developmental Resource Fair, 10:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. at We Rock the Spectrum (Universal City)—Join us for a free family-friendly day at our sensory-safe gym for all kids. There will be local vendors and special needs resources, yummy food, plus awesome deals and discounts. Free.

February 3, 10, 17, & 24

Friday Night Presentations, 6:30, 7:30, & 9:00 P.M. at Scobee Education Center—A total of four different shows are offered for family viewing including one all-ages show. Scanlan Observatory & Telescope open and free to the public 9-10 P.M. (weather permitting). Tickets for each program are available at the ticket booth 30 minutes before each program with cash or check only. Separate tickets must be purchased for each show. Adult tickets are $5; children’s tickets are $4.

Through Feburary 19

Roxaboxen at Magik Theatre—By Alice McLerran, adapted by Richard Rosen. To most people, Roxaboxen was just a hill with stones, some wooden boxes, and lots of cactus. But to eight children it was a magical town of their own making—”a place that really was, and, once you’ve been there, always is.” Magik Founder Emeritus Richard Rosen and new Managing Artistic Director Frances Limoncelli pair up to bring this heartwarming tale to life again on the Magik stage. Tickets: $12–$15.

February 10, 17, 20, & 24

Dollar Days, 8:00 A.M.–6:00 P.M. at San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo—Grounds admission, rides, hot dogs, popcorn, and sodas in the carnival area are only $1 each. Does not include admission into the AT&T Center for rodeo performance.

February 10–March 12

The Secret Garden at The Playhouse—Book and lyrics by Marsha Norman, music by Lucy Simon. Musical adaptation based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. When the sour young Mary is orphaned and sent to live with her tormented Uncle, she is surprised to find what a little kindness and a bit of earth can do to transform not only her own heart but the haunted lives of all those at Misselthwaite Manor. Tickets are $10-40.

 

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