Hooray—it’s May! Crank up the A/C and grab you water bottle! Am I right?!
Outdoor movie season is practically year-round in San Antonio, but I’d say it officially kicks off this month with a lot of screenings popping up around town. You can check the full schedule on Slab Cinema’s website.
Tuesday, May 2
Spring Homeschool Field Trip Day, 10:00 A.M–1:00 P.M. at Devine Acres Farm—Learning is “hands on” at the farm: take a scenic hayride through the tree fields, learn about and feed barnyard animals, see the baby chicks and learn about the life cycle of chickens, learn all about pollination, and even purchase local honey! Bring your own lunch or buy lunch at the farm and eat at picnic tables under the covered pavilion. Play on the shaded playground! Reservations required for co-ops or groups. Cost is $7 per person; two and under are free.
H-E-B Free Family Night, 5:30–7:30 P.M. at The DoSeum—The first 1,500 guests will be admitted; arrive early to ensure entry. Parking is limited. No outside food allowed inside. Free.
May 2 & 4
Cyberbullying Information Open House at Bexar BiblioTech—Because of our children’s increased exposure to media, cyberbullying is more prevalent and powerful than ever before. It can have devastating consequences for the victims. While almost 50% of teens have been victims, only 1 in 10 teens tells his/her parents, and fewer than 1 in 5 incidents are reported to police. It’s why parents need to be vigilant. Learn more about cyberbullying and what you and your teens can do about it on Tuesday, May 2 at Last Chance Ministries and Thursday, May 4 at BiblioTech South.
Finding Neverland at Majestic Theatre—Directed by visionary Tony winner Diane Paulus, Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. Tickets are $30–125.
Thursday, May 4
May the 4th Be With You, 6:00–8:00 P.M. at Central Library—Presented by City Council District 1 with Star Wars-themed activities for children, teens, and adults. Costumes encouraged! Design a droid, go on a quest for Star Wars images hidden around the Children’s Floor, or build a spaceship out of LEGOs. Space age play zone for babies and toddlers as well. Take a virtual trip to a galaxy far, far away with green screen photos and the 3D Oculus Rift. Enjoy other activities such as 3D printer demos, video gaming, community coloring project of various Star Wars-themed scenes, and take a photo with a frame cutout. Treat yourself to some Wookie Cookies and Princess Leia Buns. Be sure to wash them down with some Yoda Soda, Darth Vader-ade, or Luke Sky-Water. Free.
May 4 & 5
Mi Cultura! Bravo’s Cinco de Mayo Celebration, 7:30 P.M. at Arneson River Theatre–Enjoy dance and music that hearken back to San Antonio’s Mexican cultural heritage in celebration of Cinco De Mayo. Free.
Children’s International Puppet Festival at The Pearl Studio—Featuring three different puppet shows led by puppeteers from around the world: The Way Back Home by Teater Refleksion in Denmark and Banar Teatar in Ireland; A Wild Goose Chase by Sandbanks Shadow Factory in Austin, TX; and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by A. Wolf by Paul Mesner Puppets in Kansas City, MO. Tickets are $10. Discounts are available for school groups and groups of 9 or more people for weekday shows.
Saturday, May 6
Build a Flower Pot, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Home Depot stores—Join a hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a flower pot to hold spring flowers to keep or give to Mom. Once the project is complete, your child can paint his/her project to personalize it. All kids receive a certificate of achievement, workshop apron, and commemorative pin while supplies last. Free.
SAISD Summer Family Fun Fair, 9:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Wheatley Middle School—The top 2017 summer camps in San Antonio will be in attendance to provide families with information about the most exciting and unique summer camp activities offered in San Antonio. Plus, there will be children’s activity workshops. Free.
Paseo Por El Westside, 9:00 A.M.–3:00 P.M. at Rinconcito de Esperanza—Presented by Esperanza Peace & Justice Center. Enjoy the traditions of the Westside of San Antonio through music, film, performance, and song. Event includes walking tours, children’s activities, workshops, demos, live music, and food. Free.
Starting Out Wild: Nature Play Day, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Urban Ecology Center (Phil Hardberger Park West)—For toddlers (1–4 years old). Enjoy hands-on nature play activities, crafts, movement, songs, and readings of nature books. Feel free to take your own snacks and drinks. Registration is not required. A donation to the PHP Conservancy of $3 per person or $5 per family is suggested.
Fun Family Art Day, 10:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Carver Community Cultural Center—Designed as an exploratory experience for children of all ages and their families to try various types of art projects and mediums with inspiration from children’s literature, cultural celebrations, and famous artists for each event. Free.
Art in the Park, 10:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at Cibolo Nature Center—Celebrate the beauty of nature blooming and artistic expression! Visual and performing arts are featured along with many hands-on activities for everyone: flower pot painting, fish windsock, chalk mural, face painting, tie-dye paper, puppets, tissue paper flowers, bead necklaces, and more. Free; donations accepted.
Four Seasons Indian Market, 10:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at Mission San Juan Capistrano—This year’s market will include Native American arts and crafts, jewelry, drumming, dancing, storytelling, and more. The American Indians in Texas Dance Theater will be performing at 12:00 p.m. Free.
Super Fun Saturday: Jump Rope Jamboree, 11:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Hemisfair—This month the whole family can play jump rope games in a group or solo, jumping to some great pop tunes. Jump ropes generously provided by our friends at Junior League of San Antonio. Break a sweat, then stay and play on the splash pad and visit Paleteria San Antonio for a cool treat. Free.
H-E-B’s Family Saturday, 11:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M. at Blue Star Contemporary—Learn about contemporary art through hands-on activities. Each scheduled workshop focuses on an exhibition currently on view. Learn about cyanotype prints and how to make your own, inspired by artist Jessica Halonen’s current exhibition The Blue Hour (A clock stopped). Then try a screen printing and collage workshop inspired by artist Julia Barbosa Landois current exhibition M*dres. Workshops are free and open to the public. RSVP required as space is limited.
Teen Arts Fest, 11:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M. at Central Library—Join SAPL as local teens, art clubs, and art organizations convene for music and digital arts, a teen art show, spoken word, performing arts, fashion, short film screenings, an arts slam, and dance. There will also be activity/info booths for teens to see how they can become involved with the arts. Brought to you by Eclectic Electric at the Teen Library. Free.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, 8:00–11:00 P.M. at Mission Marquee Plaza—The 2017 Mission Marquee Outdoor Movie season kicks off May 6. This is the former Mission Drive-in, but no cars allowed on the lawn. Bring chairs, blankets, and picnics. Free.
Swan Lake, 7:00–9:00 P.M. at Scottish Rite Theatre—Presented by Children’s Ballet of San Antonio. Come see this children’s-only dance company perform an enchanting and dazzling production that promises to entertain all ages. This performance features award-winning local, national, and international dancers, as well as amazing scenery and props. Tickets are $15–20.
Sunday, May 7
First Sundays for Families: Dreaming Art, 11:00 A.M.–3:00 P.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art—Trek across new creative territory while exploring the art of Australia through thought-provoking art activities. Make a dot painting and print of the Aboriginal flag. Listen to the didgeridoo and Australian stories. Free with museum admission. Museum admission is free before noon on Sundays.
Monday, May 8
Little Sprouts: Seed Need, 10:00–11:30 A.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden—Children explore seeds as food for people and animals. Take your little one, age 3–5 years, to the Garden for kid-friendly fun! Each Little Sprout Monday includes storytelling, kids’ crafts, and hands-on explorations at your child’s pace. Little Sprouts Mondays are the second Monday of each month. A parent or guardian must stay with the child. Registration is $12 per child and includes one adult.
Wednesday, May 10
Side by Side, 8:00 P.M. at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts—A special one-night-only opportunity to hear César Franck’s romantic masterpiece—his Symphony in D minor—as the San Antonio Symphony joins forces with the inspiring talent of the YOSA Philharmonic. Conducted by San Antonio Symphony Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing, this year’s annual collaboration concert opens with the lyrical first movement of Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto, featuring YOSA Concerto Competition winner, Emily Averyt. Tickets are $5.
Thursday, May 11
ACMB Bloom: An Event for New and Expectant Mothers, 6:00–8:30 P.M. at The DoSeum—Hosted by Alamo City Moms Blog, Bloom is geared toward moms who are currently expecting a baby, had a baby within the last year, or are planning on growing their family soon. We are thrilled to host this year’s event, provide an evening of food, educational resources, giveaways, and swag, and connect moms and families with relevant local resources. Tickets are $25.
Friday, May 12
Let’s Go Birding, 9:00–11:00 A.M. at Crownridge Canyon Natural Area—Recommended for ages 10 and up. In the spring, birds are very vocal while attracting their mates and defending their territories. This is a perfect time to take a walk through Crownridge with premier birding educators Patsy and Tom Inglet who will help identify and appreciate these avian songsters. RSVP required. Visit fosana.org to reserve your spot. For more information, call 210-207-3782 or email [email protected]. Registration is $3 per person or $6 per family.
Saturday, May 13
Migratory Bird Day Festival, 9:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at Mitchell Lake Audubon Center—Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with a festival filled with bird-themed games, crafts, migration maze, nature-based vendors, food trucks, and presentations about our feathered friends. Native plant sale featuring bird-friendly plants. Free.
Kite-making Workshop, 10:00–11:00 A.M. at Eisenhower Park—In this one hour workshop students will decorate, build, and fly a simple kite. They will use nature themed stencils to celebrate parks and open spaces! This class is suitable for all ages, though children younger than 7 need to have parental assistance. This class will be led by artist and business owner Cade Bradshaw. RSVP required. Visit FOSANA.org to reserve your spot. For more information, call 210-207-3782. Registration is $3 per person or $6 per family..
Kids’ Club: Flowers!, 10:00–11:00 A.M. at Herff Farm (Boerne)—Take a closer look at flowers and see how they work. Then the flower parts will be used to make a cool craft for mom. $5 per family.
11th Annual Girls RockIT Into the Future, 10:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at Heroes Stadium—Presented by USAA. Let’s celebrate Girls in STEM! The San Antonio community is invited to learn more about science, technology, engineering, and math as community partners come together to host hands-on, minds-on activities for girls of all ages. The whole family is welcome. Free
Family Drop-in Program: Lovin’ Lavender, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden–Join us for some hands-on family fun in the Garden! Programming will vary, but will include activities such as creating a simple craft, playing a game, and taking part in a garden exploration activity. No registration necessary. Free with admission.
Art in the Park with Artpace, 11:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Hemisfair—Free art workshops for kids ages 4-12. Each workshop features a different artist and medium of art. May’s edition features the work of San Antonio artist Leigh Anne Lester. Students will create a hand drawn masterpiece inspired by nature entitled “Mutant Plants.” Reserve your spot by clicking so that there will be enough supplies on hand. Free.
Listen to Your Mother Show, 5:00–6:30 P.M. at Carver Community Cultural Center—Join a live (and lively) celebration of motherhood and mothers with readings by local writers in celebration of Mother’s Day. Bring your mom. Bring your friends. Proceeds benefit Clarity Child Guidance Center of San Antonio. Advance tickets are $15; $20 at the door on the day of the show.
Sunday, May 14—Mother’s Day
Bring a Friend Free Day, 9:00 A.M.–6:00 P.M. at the San Antonio Zoo—For Zoo Members, score major best friend points when you “Bring a Friend Free!” on this designated day. Free.
Asian American & Pacific Island Heritage Day, 12:00–4:00 P.M. at Institute of Texan Cultures—Celebrate the rich cultural heritage through vibrant performances, lectures, and family activities in celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Guest Kuniko Kondo will teach origami to create decorative and useful items. The day’s activities also include demonstrations from Garimot Arnis, a local training group for Filipino martial arts; a demonstration of Chen-style Tai Chi; and a performance from the Hawaiian community’s Hula Halau Ohana Elikapeka. Free.
Tuesday, May 16
H-E-B Free Family Night, 5:30–7:30 P.M. at The DoSeum—The first 1,500 guests will be admitted; arrive early to ensure entry. Parking is limited. No outside food allowed inside. Free.
YOSA Gold Series: The Planets Live, 8:00 P.M. at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts—Don’t miss the first Texas performance of Seattle-based digital media artist Adrian Wyard’s newly-developed visual accompaniment to Gustav Holst’s exhilarating classic, The Planets, featuring computer software and media performed live to follow the conductor’s directions beat-for-beat. Tickets: $5 for students and $16–32 for adults.
Friday, May 19
National Art Museum Day—Free admission to San Antonio Museum of Art.
Family Flicks: Best of the Fest, 8:30–10:30 P.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art–Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics. This double feature is a panoply of rich and wonderful short films from the 2016 NY International Children’s Film Festival. It will be hard to pick a favorite. Films begin at sundown. Free.
Saturday, May 20
Amazing Preservation Race for Kids, 8:00 A.M. at the San Antonio Zoo—Discover, explore, and investigate the many hidden treasures and historic architecture of the San Antonio Zoo, while competing for exciting prizes! This race is an architectural scavenger hunt designed for elementary school-aged kids (3–11 years). Registration includes Zoo admission and a free t-shirt. Online registration ends May 19th, with limited onsite registration on May 20th from 7:30–8:00 A.M. Registration is $15 for adults; children register for free.
Kids to Parks Day, 10:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at Eisenhower Park—Kids and families are invited to connect with nature through an afternoon of outdoor activities, guided hikes, performances, and more. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about wildlife in your backyard, why trees are important, and so much more! For more information, call (210) 207-3782 or email [email protected]
How to Be a Supervillian, 11:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at The Twig Book Shop—Meet-the-author children’s event. Michael Fry (author) has been a cartoonist and writer for 30 years and is the co-creator of the Over the Hedge comic strip, which was turned into a film in 2006. How to Be a Supervillian is just the latest acquisition by bestselling author James Patterson for his new children’s imprint, Jimmy Patterson. Free.
Moana, 8:00–11:00 P.M. at Mission Marquee Plaza—Load up your blankets, lawn chairs, picnics, and join others for the fun-filled Family Film Series. Movie starts at dusk. Free.
Alamo City Comic Con at Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center—May the force be with Alamo City Comic Con as it promises to be an exciting show. Celebrities and artists to be announced weekly. The primary goal of ACCC is to celebrate the artists who provide entertainment to the public via comics, movies, TV, gaming, and cosplay. Additionally, in honor of being home to Military City, all active duty military personnel with a valid military ID present will be allowed free admission on Friday, May 26. Tickets start at $15 for children and $35 for adults.
Saturday, May 27
Witte Museum 5K & Dino Dash, 7:00–10:00 A.M. at the Witte Museum—This family-friendly and chip-timed run/walk begins and ends at the beautiful museum campus. It goes through Brackenridge Park and features a 1K for the littlest runners. Join the reimagined Dino Dash, which has a special Witte twist. After rumbling with the dinos, enjoy a sneak peek at the latest exhibit, Whales: Giants of the Deep. The Witte Museum 5K and Dino Dash benefit the Witte’s educational programs by underwriting admissions, program and exhibition fees, and bus transportation for students. Registration is $35 for adults ($30 for Museum Members) and $10 for children 11 and younger. Family and team registration options also available. Early Bird Registration ends May 1, 2017.
Family Drop-in Program: Bonkers about Berries, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden—Join us for some hands-on family fun in the Garden! Programming will vary, but will include activities such as creating a simple craft, playing a game, and taking part in a garden exploration activity. No registration necessary. Free with admission.
Sunday, May 28
Family Art Play: Dessert Drawing, 1:00 & 3:00 P.M. at McNay Art Museum—Known for his images of desserts and diners, Wayne Thiebaud’s prints trigger a sweet tooth! Learn ball point drawing techniques to sketch up a sugary still life. This programming is family friendly and great for kids. McNay members can reserve space by calling 210.805.1768 by noon the Friday before the activity. Nonmembers, pick up remaining passes the day of the activity. Free with Museum admission.
Monday, May 29—Memorial Day
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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.
May 6, 13, 20, & 27
May Month, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Landa Library grounds—Family events every Saturday in May, rain or shine. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair. Free. May 6 LEGOS® Mother’s Day Craft & Scavenger Hunt; May 13 Miss Anastasia’s Story Time with Pout Pout Fish & Fishing; May 20 Owen Duggan’s Music & Camping Tent Time; May 27 Magik Theatre’s Goldilocks & the Three Bears.
May 13, 20 & 27
Symphony at SAPL at Thousand Oaks, Central, Forest Hills, Westfall, and Carver branch libraries—Join the library for a lively afternoon with a San Antonio Symphony player as he/she shares his/her talents and love of music with children of all ages. Come and find out how special classical music can be! Free.