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San Antonio Scoop: A Mom’s Guide to April Events

April is the month of Easter and Fiesta. Although you’ll find fewer events listed toward the end of the month, rest assured ACMB still has you covered! That’s because we’ve got two other event round-ups to help you plan this month: 

Spring & Easter Events: Egg Hunts and So Much More!

Fiesta With Kids: A Guide to Family-friendly Fiesta® Events

It’s also National Poetry Month, so you might want to check out the City’s GetCreativeSanAntonio community calendar, which has a listing of citywide poetry events for all ages and interests.

Saturday, April 1

Snakes Alive!, 9:00–11:00 A.M. at Urban Ecology Center at Phil Hardberger Park (West)—Ever wonder what a snake feels like? Hold a friendly snake and learn about reptiles as the South Texas Herpetology Association presents reptile information and live animals from Blaine Eaton. Kid-friendly activity is included. Free and no registration is required. A donation to the PHP Conservancy of $3 per person or $5 per family is suggested.

Everyone Can Compost! Workshop for Beginners, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Collins Garden Library—Learn the basics of worm composting! This workshop is great for adults new to worm composting, and it’s kid-friendly, too. Participants will build their own small-scale system that includes worms to take home with them. The workshop cost includes the materials for one worm composting kit. Spaces are limited. Additional kits available to purchase for $10.

Kids Workshop: Build a Bunny Basket, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Home Depot stores—A hands-on workshop for you and your child to build a bunny basket, perfect for keeping Easter treats a short hop away. Once the basket is built, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. All kids get to keep their craft and will receive a certificate of achievement, workshop apron, and commemorative pin while supplies last. Free.

Wake Up, Brother Bear!, 10:00–10:30 A.M. at The Pearl Studio—Music, art, and hands-on sensory experiences in a toddler-friendly atmosphere. The audience watches Brother and Sister Bear experience a full year of glorious seasons: they see a waterfall melt, meet a butterfly, chase an elusive fish, and skate on an icy pond. Children are invited to join the action using props that help create the magical interactive moments. For children aged 5 or younger and their adults. Tickets are $12 (tickets required for age 1 and up).

Bubbles!, 11:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Hemisfair—Big bubbles, little bubbles, all bubbles welcome on the lawn during this Super Fun Saturday event! Head out to Hemisfair every first Saturday of the month for free, staff-led exercises in creativity and fun. Free.

Family 1st Saturday Yoga, 6:00–7:00 P.M. at 5 Points Local—Every first Saturday is Family First Yoga Night, an all-levels class that is taught in a fun-filled environment for kids and adults alike. This class will explore standing poses, sun salutations, breathing and relaxation techniques, and fun interactive yoga games. It’s an opportunity for bonding with family while sharing the health and well-being that yoga brings. Ages 4 to infinity. Drop-in rate for the whole family is $15.

Sunday, April 2

Free Family Art Day, 11:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at Parman Library—Hosted by Artful Start. Take your kids to enjoy some fun and accessible crafts. Artful Start is a unique art program for students with disabilities that builds bridges, decreases stigma, and creates masterpieces. Free.

First Sundays for Families: The Art of Nature, 11:00 A.M.–3:00 P.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art—Let nature be your muse for drawings, paintings, and collages inspired by elements of the natural world found in the museum’s collection. Free with museum admission. Children 12 and under are free. Admission to the museum is free before noon on Sundays.

Picture Your World, 1:00–4:30 P.M. at Land Heritage Institute—Open to all youth ages 8–18, these weekend workshops teach photographic composition and technique through hands-on demonstration and constructive critique. Led by the program manager along with a professional photographer and a master naturalist. Participants may bring their own digital camera or will be provided one. Register online at www.greensatx.org. Registration is $10 per student for Green Spaces Alliance members and $20 per student for non-members (fees may be waived for students demonstrating financial need).

Friday, April 7

Nation Public Gardens Day, 5:30–8:30 P.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden—In celebration of National Public Gardens Day, the San Antonio Botanical Garden will be open on Friday, April 7th from 5:30-8:30pm with free admission sponsored by Tesoro. The public is invited to bring a picnic and experience the Garden after hours. Enjoy a fun evening with performances by Ballet San Antonio, Fiesta-themed picnic contest, culinary demos of aguas frescas, plant your own cilantro to take home, and a special pop-up with Honeysuckle Teatime serving unicorn milkshakes (available for purchase). Admission is free during specified hours.

April 7–9

70th Anniversary Poteet Strawberry Festival at Festival Grounds (Poteet)—Local growers, non-profits, and area vendors get together annually to support the local community. Enjoy a variety of activities, including over 100+ vendors, strawberry judging, musical performances, carnival, rodeo and bull riding, petting zoo, and fireworks display. Friday is KENS5 Night with $1 carnival rides all night (admission tickets are $5 per person online or at the gate). Tickets are $10 per person per day when you buy two or more tickets or $15 at the gate per person per day (Saturday and Sunday).

Saturday, April 8

5th Annual San Antonio Book Festival, 9:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. at San Antonio Public Library—This event unites readers and writers in a celebration of ideas, books, libraries, and literary culture. Featuring more than 100 authors, the festival offers author presentations held indoors while outdoors the festival grounds are active with book sales, signings, children’s story time, learning projects, family activities, and a zone for teens, “Geektown.” Food trucks offer a variety of eats, and the Central Market cooking tent features recipe demonstrations by cookbook authors. Free.

Kids Club: See Seeds Sprout, 10:00–11:00 A.M. at Herff Farm (Boerne)—Spring has sprung at the farm! Let’s see some seeds sprout; and make a fun grass head to take home and see him/her sprout some hair. Open to kids of all ages. No drop-offs, please. Cost is $5 per family. 

Earth Day is Every Day!, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Eisenhower Park—Ever wonder how long it takes a plastic bag to break down? Children will enjoy an interactive presentation by the Solid Waste Department about the importance of recycling and reusing and will participate in an art-making activity. Following the program will be a family-friendly hike along the trails of Eisenhower Park. RSVP required. Suggested donation is $3 per person or $6 per family. For more information, call (210) 207-3782 or email [email protected] 

Superpower Skill School: Metamorphosis, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden—Superheroes aren’t the only ones who go through changes. Learn about the butterfly life cycle and metamorphosis. See if you can find a butterfly baby (aka caterpillar) in the Garden. These programs include fun, hands-on activities. No registration is needed. Free with admission.

SAFE KIDS San Antonio, 10:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at University Health System Robert B. Green Campus—Help make every kid a safe kid. There will be games, fun, prizes, cool activities, and plenty of learning opportunities. Learn about car and road safety, home safety, fire and burn prevention, sports safety, and so much more. Free.

Princess Fest, 10:00 A.M.–6:00 P.M. at Wonderland of the Americas Mall—Meet princesses and villains, see live shows, shop, and revel in the fantasy faire enchantment. Get your photo taken with Darth Vader at his tea party. The princess costume contest at 3:00 P.M. allows young ladies to compete for a chance to win a crown as well as donated prize packages. Free.

Ballet in the Park, 6:00–9:00 P.M. at Travis Park—Free annual event for the community at Travis Park presented by Ballet San Antonio. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, family, and friends to enjoy snippets of large productions performed by Ballet San Antonio. There will be a class and Q&A at 6:00 P.M. The performance will begin at 7:00 P.M. Free.

Free Outdoor Movie: Cars, 7:00 P.M. at Hemisfair—Guests are welcome to bring picnics, lawn chairs, and blankets. Movie starts at dusk. Free.

Sunday, April 9

Science Fiesta, 11:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. at the Witte Museum—A day filled with interactive science fun that the whole family can enjoy. Free.

Fiesta Family Day, 12:00–4:00 P.M. at Institute of Texan Cultures—The day features a variety of immersive activities and hands-on experiences, including making decorations such as papel picado and crepe paper flowers, mariachi music performances, and dress-up photo opportunities with Fiesta favorites such as rebosos and hats. Free.

Friday, April 14

Free Outdoor Movie: Rogue One, 8:00–10:00 P.M. at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts—Plaza opens at 7:00 P.M., movie starts at 8:00 P.M. Concessions with a full bar available. No outside food or drinks are allowed on the plaza. Bring your own blankets/lawn chairs and enjoy the movie on a huge 32-foot LED screen. Free.

April 12–16

Disney On Ice Presents Follow Your Heart at Alamodome—Follow your heart straight to adventure at Disney On Ice! Just keep swimming with Dory and new pal Hank from Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory as they set out to find her parents and discover the devotion of family. Cheer with Joy, Sadness, and the rest of the Emotions from Disney Pixar’s Inside Out as they work together to boost Riley’s spirit and win the big hockey game. Venture to wintery Arendelle, where Olaf and Kristoff help reunite royal sisters Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen and learn love is the most powerful magic of all. See Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, and other Disney Princesses make their dreams possible through virtues of bravery, kindness, and perseverance. And celebrate true friendship with Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and the Toy Story gang. Tickets $16–132.

April 14 & 15

No Filters, 7:00–8:00 P.M. at SAY Sí—Under the leadership of Dr. Marco Cervantes (a.k.a., Mexican Step-Grandfather from San Antonio’s celebrated hip-hop ensemble, Third Root), SAY Sí’s ALAS Youth Theatre Company will present a hip-hop theater piece in honor of National Poetry Month. Tickets are $10 for adults. Free for students.

April 12-16

Disney On Ice Presents Follow Your Heart at Alamodome—Follow your heart straight to adventure at Disney On Ice! Just keep swimming with Dory and new pal Hank from Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory as they set out to find her parents and discover the devotion of family. Cheer with Joy, Sadness, and the rest of the Emotions from Disney Pixar’s Inside Out as they work together to boost Riley’s spirit and win the big hockey game. Venture to wintery Arendelle, where Olaf and Kristoff help reunite royal sisters Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen and learn love is the most powerful magic of all. See Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, and other Disney Princesses make their dreams possible through virtues of bravery, kindness, and perseverance. And celebrate true friendship with Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and the Toy Story gang. Tickets $16–132.

April 14 & 15

No Filters, 7:00–8:00 P.M. at SAY Sí—Under the leadership of Dr. Marco Cervantes (a.k.a. Mexican Step-Grandfather from San Antonio’s celebrated hip-hop ensemble, Third Root), SAY Sí’s ALAS Youth Theatre Company will present a hip-hop theater piece in honor of National Poetry Month. Tickets are $10 for adults. Free for students.

Saturday, April 15

Rockin Reptiles!, 9:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at Mitchell Lake Audobon Center—Snakes, lizards, and turtles, oh my! Take the whole family to meet and learn about different reptiles and amphibians, go for a reptile walk, and make your own crafts. Free with admission.

Gerald and Piggie and a Movie!, 1:00–4:00 P.M. at Maverick Library—Join the library for a Gerald and Piggie puppet show and craft. A movie will be shown after the puppet show. Call for movie title. For ages 3 and up. Free.

Nature Crafts, 2:00–3:00 P.M. at Cibolo Nature Center (Boerne)—Every third Saturday of every month. Combine nature with arts and crafts and watch the magic happen. Each participants can create a work of art to take home with them. No registration necessary; $5 per family.

Sunday, April 16—Easter Sunday

Wednesday, April 19

Día Dance Party, 12:00–1:00 P.M. at Guerra Library—Music is the universal language, and with the help of the library, children can dance their way around the world this spring with music from places near and far. Join the library for this multi-cultural, multi-lingual celebration in honor of El día de los niños / El día de los libros. Movement fun for pre-school children and their grown-up dance partners. Free.

Thursday, April 20

Homeschool Student Workshop: Chinese Dragons, 9:30 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art—Designed specifically for homeschool students 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. E-mail [email protected] Free with museum admission.

April 20–30—Fiesta San Antonio

Be sure to check our post Fiesta with Kids: A Guide to Family-friendly Fiesta® Events

April 20–30—Fiesta San Antonio

Check out Fiesta with Kids: A Guide to Family-friendly Fiesta® Events

Saturday April 22

Any Baby Can’s 13th Annual Walk for Autism & Superhero 5K, 7:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at Helotes Festival Grounds—Help support families raising individuals with autism. Show your support for an individual with autism by making banners, signs, or creating a team t-shirt. Enjoy a day of activities for all abilities, check out family-friendly performances, sample delicious food trucks, and visit with more than 100 community resources! New this year is the Teen Area, featuring activities for older individuals and much more. Registration for the 5K is $25, and $15 for the walk.

Nature Walk, 8:00–10:00 A.M. at Urban Ecology Center at Phil Hardberger Park (West)—Floyd Waller from the Native Plant Society leads the group along the park trails, identifying and discussing a plethora of wildflowers. The program is presented by the Sierra Club, the Alamo Area Texas Master Naturalists, the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy, and San Antonio Parks & Recreation. Free, and no registration is required. A donation to the PHP Conservancy of $3 per person or $5 per family is suggested. For more information, call (210) 492-7472 or e-mail [email protected].

Bubble Fest, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at CHRISpark—Hosted by the Linda Pace Foundation with local nonprofit Spare Parts. During the event, participants will create bubble makers, inspired by Rivane Neuenschwander’s whimsical and ephemeral artwork. Bubble “stations” will be set up throughout the park to inspire play and activate it as visual art green space. There will also be music and live storytelling with San Antonio-based duo Hills and Caralyn Snyder, who are acclaimed visual artists as well. Free.

Kids Day in the Park, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Rosedale Park—Join Katerina Kittycat from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and enjoy the outdoors with your family and friends! Presented by KLRN Public Television and the San Antonio Association for the Education of Young Children (SAAEYC). For more information, call (210) 270-9000. Free.

Symphony at SAPL, 2:00–3:00 P.M. at Landa, Johnston, and Potranco Branch Libraries—Join the library for a lively, musical afternoon. A San Antonio Symphony musician will be visiting each of the above library branches to share the joy of music with children of all ages. Come and find out how special classical music can be. Free.

Thursday, April 27

Growing Up Wild: Seed Need, 10:00–11:30 A.M. at Friedrich Wilderness Park—For ages 4–7. Learn what seeds need to grow. Growing Up Wild builds on children’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 or $6 per family.

Saturday, April 29

Vaisakhi Festival: Bhangra Dance and Documentary Film, 3:00–4:00 P.M. at Central Library—Vaisakhi is a historical and religious festival in Sikhism. Vaisakhi marks the Sikh New Year and additionally a spring harvest festival for Sikhs. There will be a Bhangra Dance of Punjab followed by a short documentary film and a speech related to Vaisakhi festival. This cultural event is offered by Gurudwara Sikh Center of San Antonio community group. Free.

Sunday, April 30

Family Performance: The Cat and the Bird, 2:00–3:00 P.M. at McNay Art Museum—Travel into the wonderfully abstract world of artist Paul Klee in a topsy-turvy musical adventure! Experience a live children’s theatre production adapted from The Cat and the Bird by Géraldine Elschner. Starring San Antonio actors and musicians Will Parker as Cat and Venny Mortimer as Bird. Optional docent-led tour of the Paul Klee prints at 1:15 P.M. before the show. Free with museum admission.

March 3–April 9

The Three Javelinas at Magik Theatre—This take on The Three Little Pigs is set in the Southwest among the tumbleweeds and ocotillo, as brother and sister javelinas try to outwit a coyote and end up learning what it means to be a family. Based on the books by Susan Howell, illustrated by Jim Harris. Book and lyrics by Jenny Millinger, music by Todd Hulet. Sensory-friendly performance on Saturday, March 25 at 2:00 P.M. Tickets $12–15.

April 21–June 3

The Emperor’s New Threads at Magik Theatre—Based on the story by Hans Christian Anderson, adapted by Frances Limoncelli. Music and lyrics by George Howe. A groovy ‘60s take on the famous tale! The Emperor is beloved as a chic trendsetter, but his ridiculous fashion tax is bankrupting the country. Determined to be a hero, one young girl travels to the royal palace to confront the superficial ruler and teach him a lesson about what really matters but is soon faced with a decision: should she save “His Royal Groovyness” from a world of embarrassment? Sensory-friendly performance is Saturday, May 20 at 2:00 P.M. Tickets $12-15. 

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