Jam-packed with summer fun for kiddos of all ages—
Unlimited exploration of our amazing city!
Lots of free and cheap brain-building and family-nurturing opportunities—
You’re gonna love all your options this month!
Saturday, July 1
Lots of Independence Day celebrations start this weekend. Check out ACMB’s annual 4th of July Fireworks & Festivities post.
Wild for Wildlife, 9:00–11:00 A.M. at Urban Ecology Center, Phil Hardberger Park West—Tom Kinsey, Master Naturalist and retired education specialist at the Witte Museum, brings his live critters: a friendly snake, cute rats, a green tree frog and the infamous Madagascar hissing cockroaches! A 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.
Workshop: Bug House, 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 bug house you can use to get a closer look at some many-legged friends in your own backyard. Once the project is complete, your child can personalize his/her game board and pieces with paint and stickers. All kids get to keep their project 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.
Family Drop-in Program: Red, White, and Blue Berries, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden—Hands-on family fun with activities such as planting a seed to take home, creating a simple craft, taking part in garden exploration, and/or a nutritional activity. Free with regular garden admission.
Super Fun Saturday: Splash Down, 11:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Hemisfair—Join the monthly Saturday event for organized play in the splash pad featuring all sorts of water play games and toys. Safe for all ages. Free.
Healthy Holidays Kitchen Demonstrations: Fourth of July Flavors, 1:00 P.M. at Witte Museum—Sample tasty and healthy alternatives to your favorite holiday treats in the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio™ Demonstration Kitchen. Free with museum admission.
Movies in the Park: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, 7:00–11:00 P.M. at Universal City Park (Universal City)—Guests are welcome to claim their spot and kids can enjoy pre-show activity at 7:00 P.M. All shows begin at sunset, about 8:30 P.M. Bring blankets, lawn chairs, and a picnic. Concessions available for purchase as well. For everyone’s safety, no pets, smoking, or glass containers permitted on the field. Free.
Sunday, July 2
First Sundays for Families: Red, White, and Blue, 11:00 A.M.–3:00 P.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art—Get creative and design your own contemporary-style patriotic painting, along with other festive 4th of July art projects. Free with museum admission. Museum admission is free on Sundays from 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M., and children under 12 are free at all times.
Tuesday, July 4—Independence Day
Still looking for a way to celebrate the holiday? Here’s another link to ACMB’s annual 4th of July Fireworks & Festivities post.
Wednesday, July 5
Wild Wednesday: Spiders and Insects, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Friedrich Wilderness Park—For ages 5 and up. Look at the world through an insect’s eyes and discover the differences and similarities between insects and spiders. Nature-based craft included. For more information, call (210) 207-3782 or email [email protected] Suggested donation: $3 per person or $6 per family.
Wild Good Chase at Maverick, Thousand Oaks, Pruitt, Westfall, Cody—Part of the SAPL’s Children’s Summer Reading Program. Enter the wild world of poetry and puppetry with Sandbanks Shadow Factory. Matt Sandbanks brings his shadow magic to a branch near you with a presentation of Wild Goose Chase. Check mysapl.org event calendar for exact times and ticketing details. Some locations will distribute tickets in advance due to high demand. Free.
Saturday, July 8
Fun on the Patio, 9:00–11:00 A.M. at Whole Foods Market (at The Vineyard)—Guests are invited to experience Shrek the Musical. Actors from Woodlawn Theatre will perform musical favorites. Free.
Kids Club: Rocks!, 10:00–11:00 A.M. at Herff Farm (Boerne)—Explore the amazing rocks that make up the Hill Country. Investigate interesting rocks and decorate some to take home as pets. Cost is $5 per family.
Peter Pan Day, 10:30 A.M. at The Twig Book Shop—Calling all Peter Pans, Lost Boys, pirates, piratettes, and fairies! You all are hereby ordered to clean up your filthy faces for a hearty party. Pirates hide their treasure at The Twig! Toss on your costume and meet Miss Anastasia for hilarious pirate stories, sea-worthy grub, a treasure hunt, and a rollicking good time. No gold pieces necessary—this is a free event for all our mates. You would be a foolish land-lover to miss The Twig’s 15th Annual Pirate Party! Celebrate Peter Pan Day ’cause “All children, except one, grow up.” Free.
Art in the Park, 11:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at Hemisfair—Second Saturday free art workshop for kids ages 4-12. Each workshop features one artist exhibited at Artpace. This month, children will work with Artpace Educators to learn about Natasha Bowdoin’s exhibition and create their very own literary drawing using watercolor textures, a thicket of words, and stencils cut into fun shapes. Register online. Free.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), 7:00–10:00 P.M. at Mission Marquee Plaza—Outdoor movie screening. When a kingpin threatens New York City, a group of mutated turtle warriors must emerge from the shadows to protect their home. Load up your lawn chairs, blankets and snacks to enjoy during the movie. Venue opens at 7 P.M. and movie will begin 15 minutes after dusk. Food from local food trucks also available for purchase, and free popcorn courtesy of City Base Entertainment. Presented by City of San Antonio World Heritage Office. This event is pet-friendly. Free.
Sunday, July 9
Texas Freedom Colonies, 12:00–4:00 P.M. at Institute of Texas Cultures—This month’s Free Second Sunday honors African Americans and the unique communities they created after the Civil War and Emancipation. Learn about Texas’ African American towns, settlements and the planners and preservationists that made them possible. Free.
Free Family Day: Summer Block Party, 1:00–4:00 P.M. at McNay Art Museum—Enjoy a day of play and creativity with art making, sidewalk chalk, fun games on the lawn (and some BBQ too)! View favorite works of art and celebrate the McNay’s awesome collection this summer! FAMILY PROGRAMS Laugh out loud and take heart the positive message of American strongwoman, Mama Lou. Skip the parking–take the VIA Viva Culture Route to the McNay! Free.
Tuesday, July 11
Mad Science, 4:00 P.M. at Forest Hills branch library—Celebrate the scientific with amazing experiments and dazzling displays. Who knew the world of science was this exciting? Free.
Goldilocks, 5:00–6:00 P.M. at The Historic Pearl—This summer, the Pearl is excited to collaborate with the Magik Theatre for a variety of special performances on Tuesdays throughout the summer. The Magik Theatre is San Antonio’s premier professional family theatre, producing live stage versions of children’s classic and contemporary literature. Free.
Movies by Moonlight: Finding Dory, 7:30–10:00 P.M. at Travis Park—Enjoy a different movie in Travis Park each Tuesday evening this summer. Pack a blanket or chairs and grab the family. Pre-entertainment begins at 7:30 P.M.; movie begins at 8:30 P.M. Free.
July 11 & 12
Free Summer Movies: The LEGO Batman Movie, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at participating Santikos Theatres—Series happening every Tuesday and Wednesday all summer long at Palladium IMAX, Silverado, Rialto, Mayan Palace, Embassy, Northwest, and Casa Blanca theatres. Arrive early for best seating. Kids Summer Snack Packs available for just $4. Groups are welcome. Free.
Wednesday, July 12
Elementary: Scavenger Hunt, 9:30–11:30 A.M. at Phil Hardberger Park East (Blanco Rd.)—Guided family scavenger hunt along the park’s Geology and Water Loop trails. A wildlife check-off sheet is provided to guide you during your nature walk. The class is for students 7 to 10 years old and their families. Registration is suggested. For registration assistance, call (210) 492-7472. A donation to the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy of $3 per person or $5 per family is suggested.
Thursday, July 13
Middle School: Scavenger Hunt, 9:30–11:30 A.M. at Phil Hardberger Park East (Blanco Rd.)—Guided family scavenger hunt along the park’s Geology and Water Loop trails. A wildlife check-off sheet is provided to guide you during your nature walk. The class is for students 10 to 14 years old and their families. Registration is suggested. For registration assistance, call (210) 492-7472. A donation to the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy of $3 per person or $5 per family is suggested.
Growing Up Wild: Grow as We Grow, 10:00–11:30 A.M. at Friedrich Wilderness Park—Learn about the life cycle of butterflies and other animals through hands-on fun. 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: $3 per person or $6 per family.
Spikey Mikey, 11:00 A.M. at Schaefer & 4:00 P.M. at McCreless branch libraries—Part of Children’s Summer Reading Program. Enter the magical world of Spikey Mikey. San Antonio’s favorite magician comes to share his magic and motivate summer readers. Free.
Throwback Thursday: The Princess Bride, 7:00–10:00 P.M. at Mission Marquee Plaza—This classic movie is a fairy tale adventure about a beautiful princess and the gallant hero who rescues her from an evil villain. Load up your lawn chairs, blankets and snacks to enjoy during the movie. Venue opens at 7:00 P.M., and movie will begin 15 minutes after dusk. Food also available for purchase. Proudly brought to you by City of San Antonio World Heritage Office. Pet-friendly. Free admission.
Friday, July 14
Finding Dory, 8:00 P.M. at Bulverde Community Park—Free outdoor movie. Bring picnics, lawn chairs, and blankets. Concessions available.
Movie Nights in the Heights: Sing, 8:30–11:00 P.M. at Park next Alamo Heights Pool—Bring picnics, lawn chairs, and blankets. Movie starts at dusk. Park is located at Viesca and Greely. Free.
Saturday, July 15
Fun Family Art Day, 10:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Ella Austin Community 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 themes from children’s literature, cultural celebrations, and famous artists for each event. Free.
July 15 & 16
Video Games Live with YOSA, Saturday at 8:00 P.M. & Sunday at 3:00 P.M. at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts—An immersive concert experience featuring music from the most popular video games of all time. Created, produced, and hosted by game industry veteran Tommy Tallarico, YOSA performs alongside synchronized video footage and music arrangements, laser lighting, solo performers, electronic percussion, live action, and unique interactive segments to create a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience. Pre-show events include meet-and-greet with top local game designers. Tickets $22–89.
Monday, July 17
Ratatouille, 8:30 P.M. at the Pearl—Every Monday in July and August, the Pearl, in collaboration with Slab Cinema Outdoor Movies, will host Monday Movies in the Park. Grab a blanket, bring the family, and sit back and enjoy the movies. Free.
July 17 & 19
Spikey Mikey, July 17, 2:00 P.M. at Pan American & 4:00 P.M. at Bazan branch libraries; July 19, 1:00 P.M. at Great Northwest branch library—Part of Children’s Summer Reading Program. Enter the magical world of Spikey Mikey. San Antonio’s favorite magician comes to share his magic and motivate summer readers. Free.
Kids Aerial Yoga Summer Workshop, 1:30–3:30 P.M. at Aerial Yoga Boerne—Children ages 6-11 will experience aerial yoga and mindfulness. Each day kids will have a variety of activities including personal aerial yoga lessons, group activities, mindfulness, breathing, and meditation. To maintain a safe environment classes are limited to 12 students and will have a ratio of 4 children to each adult. $200 for the complete workshop ($150 for second child).
Tuesday, July 18
H-E-B Read Aloud, 3:00–4:00 P.M. at Witte Museum—Join San Antonio Youth Literacy for Read 3 Read Aloud and receive a free children’s book! Museum admission is free on Tuesdays, 3:00–8:00 P.M. Free.
Movies by Moonlight: Storks, 7:30–10:00 P.M. at Travis Park—Enjoy a different movie in Travis Park each Tuesday evening this summer. Pack a blanket or chairs and grab the family. Pre-entertainment begins at 7:30 P.M.; movie begins at 8:30 P.M. Free.
July 18 & 19
Free Summer Movies: Sing, 10:00 A.M. at Santikos Theatres—Series happening every Tuesday and Wednesday all summer long at Palladium IMAX, Silverado, Rialto, Mayan Palace, Embassy, Northwest, and Casa Blanca theatres. Arrive early for best seating. Kids Summer Snack Packs available for just $4. Groups are welcome. Free.
Wednesday, July 19
ARtsTEach Workshop: Beautiful Trash, 9:30–10:30 A.M. and 11:00 AM.–12:00 P.M. at Mitchell Lake Audobon Center—An arts education program presented by ARTS San Antonio providing a broad range of participatory arts activities to students with limited access to artistic resources and encouragement to develop their artistic skills. This workshop is a great way to teach children what recycling means and how to do it. They learn about landfills and how recycling helps the environment and then then create their own work of art using recycled materials. The instructor will bring a vast amount of recycled items for the students to use in their creations. Free.
Wild Wednesdays: Busy Bees!, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Friedrich Wilderness Park—Learn what it takes to be a beekeeper, the tools you need, and how to harvest the honey. Laura Salazar of Honey Love Bee Removal will share her knowledge and stories about honeybee rescue. Class will conclude with a nature-based activity. RSVP required. For more information, please call 210-207-3782 or email [email protected] Suggested donation: $3 per person, or $6 per family.
Thursday, July 20
Explore the Outdoors with Side the Science Kid, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Woodlawn Lake Park—Join KLRN to play in the park with your favorite young science-lover, Sid the Science Kid. This is a family event with fun and educational activities plus a special appearance by Sid the Science Kid! Free.
Friday, July 21
Camp Out Under the Stars, 6:30 P.M. at May Family YMCA at Stone Oak—Join 7th annual event. Tent set up will be at 6:30 P.M. followed by vendor fair, food, games, movies, and s’mores. The whole community is invited for this fun family event—the biggest family event of the year at Mays Family YMCA. RSVP by Thursday, July 20 by calling (210) 497-7088 or e-mail [email protected] Please bring the following items: tent, sleeping bag, and flashlight. Free.
Zarafa, 8:00 P.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art—Inspired by the true story of the first giraffe to visit France, Zarafa is a sumptuously animated and stirring adventure, set among sweeping vistas of parched desert, wind-swept mountains and open skies. A small boy named Maki meets Zarafa, a baby giraffe—and an orphan just like him—as well as the nomad Hassan, Prince of the Desert. Together they journey to Alexandria and Paris. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics. Film begins at sundown. Free.
Saturday, July 22
Boeing STEM Saturday, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Girls Inc.—This event features hands-on, minds-on activities for the whole family. For more information, contact Girls Inc. of San Antonio at 210-298-5860 or visit www.girlsincsa.com. Pre-registration not necessary. Free.
Wild with Worms Workshop, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden—Starting a vermiculture system at home with instructors Emma Trester-Wilson. Feel guilty when you throw away food scraps? Worry no longer! In this fun, hands-on workshop families can create a starter worm bin to take home. Participants must be at least 8 years old. Fee: $45 includes all materials per family unit (one adult and up to three children, $10 per additional person).
National Day of the Cowboy, 12:00–4:00 P.M. at Briscoe Western Art Museum—Free community event that invites visitors to: Create. Explore. Play. Eat. Festivities include live music, art-making, museum tours, authentic chuck wagon cooking and more! All ages are welcome and admission is free so mosey on down with your family and friends.
Movies in the Park: The Secret Life of Pets, 7:00–10:00 P.M. at Universal City Park—Sponsored by Universal City, Cricket Wireless, & Bahama Bucks. Guests are welcome to claim their spot and kids can enjoy pre-show activity starting at 7:00 P.M. All shows will begin at sunset, about 8:30 P.M. Free.
Family Film Series: Sing, 7:00–10:00 P.M. at Mission Marquee Plaza—In a city of humanoid animals a hustling theatre impresario’s attempt to save his theatre with a singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates even as its finalists’ find that their lives will never be the same. Load up your lawn chairs, blankets and snacks to enjoy during the movie. Venue opens at 7:00 P.M.; movie will begin 15 minutes after dusk. Local food trucks will been on site also available for purchase and free popcorn courtesy of City Base Entertainment. This even is pet-friendly. Free.
Sunday, July 23
Open House: Discovery & Discounts at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts—Discover, explore and visit with all that call the Tobin Center home, including the 8 resident companies, Tobin catering, our technical department and the rest of the Tobin team. Grab tickets to upcoming performance with our special Open House Ticket discounts. Visit the selfie stations to win an entire year of tickets to upcoming performances. Discover performing art pop-ups, from a cappella and ballet to Jazz and opera….and an instrumental petting zoo too! Free.
Monday, July 24
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 8:30 P.M. at The Historic Pearl—Every Monday in July and August, in collaboration with Slab Cinema Outdoor Movies, the Pearl will host Monday Movies in the Park. Grab a blanket, bring the family, and sit back and enjoy these free movies. In July, the series themed “Cinema Culinara” will feature foodie films like Ratatouille, Like Water for Chocolate, Julie and Julia, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and more. Free.
Tuesday, July 25
Summer Magic with Magik Theatre at Pearl: Three Little Pigs, 5:00–6:00 P.M. at The Historic Pearl—The Pearl is collaborating with the Magik Theatre for a variety of special performances on Tuesdays throughout the summer. The Magik Theatre is San Antonio’s premier professional family theatre, producing live stage versions of children’s classic and contemporary literature.
Movies by Moonlight: The Little Mermaid, 7:30–10:00 P.M. at Travis Park—Enjoy a different movie each Tuesday evening this summer. Pack a blanket or chairs and grab the family; this event is free and open to the public. Pre-entertainment at 7:30 P.M.; showtime at 8:30 P.M. Free.
July 25 & 26
Free Summer Movies: Storks, 10:00 A.M. at Santikos Theatres—Series happening every Tuesday and Wednesday all summer long at Palladium IMAX, Silverado, Rialto, Mayan Palace, Embassy, Northwest, and Casa Blanca theatres. Arrive early for best seating. Kids Summer Snack Packs available for just $4. Groups are welcome. Free.
Saturday, July 29
SummerFest, 11:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at Central Library—Central Library’s invitation to children and families across the city to come together in celebration of summer reading, learning, and silliness. No matter which library branch you call home, join everyone at Central for this event. It’s going to be a WORLD of fun! Free.
Monarchs & Climate Change: Family-friendly STEM event, 2:00–4:00 P.M. at Schafer Branch Library—Did you know monarch’s response to climate change is driven by how milkweed responds, and that ozone pollution damages milkweed? Learn more during this event with a panel discussion, butterfly and plant activities along with a demonstration that explores climate change and its effect on monarch butterflies, plants, and animals. Observe a butterfly enclosure with newly emerging butterflies! Free.
Monday, July 31
Build a Better World by Celebrating You!, 4:00–5:00 P.M. at Cortez Library—Part of the Children’s Summer Reading Program. Books, crafts, and activities recommended for school-aged children. Younger children welcome when accompanied by an adult. Free.
June 30–July 30
Shrek The Musical, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 P.M. and Sundays at 3:00 P.M. at Woodlawn Theatre—”Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek…” And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand…and his name is Shrek. Tickets $15–29.
June 28–August 13
Junie B. Jones The Musical at Magik Theatre—It’s time for first grade, and Junie B. can’t wait to see all her friends! But over the summer old friends have drifted away, and new ones have moved in. Junie B. soon learns that things don’t always stay the same, and that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Sensory-friendly performance at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, July 1. Tickets $12–15.
July 5, 12, 19, & 26
Wacky Wednesdays, 7:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Mitchell Lake Audubon Center—Activities include: crafts, an early nature walk, and opportunity to meet the animal ambassadors, Rocket the Red-eared Slider Turtle and Marty the Grey-Banded King Snake. Note the summer hours start on July 5th, opening at 7:00 A.M. and closing at 12:00 P.M. Free.
Wednesday Matinees, 1:00–2:00 P.M. at Scobee Planetarium—On Wednesdays this summer, the Scobee planetarium will open for an additional one hour public program. July 5: Violent Universe & Secret Lives of Stars (children must be six years or older to attend); July 12: Black Holes (children must be six years or older to attend); July 19: Secret of the Cardboard Rocket (no age restrictions); July 26: Dynamic Earth & Seven Wonders (children must be six years or older to attend). Ticket booth opens at 12:30 P.M. Credit, cash, or check sales ONLY. Sorry, no debit sales. Tickets are $5 for adults; $4 for children/seniors/military.
July 6–August 3
High Voltage Summer Music Workshops, 12:30–3:30 P.M. at South Texas Museum of Popular Culture—Open to kids ages 12–17 years. One-day classes offering instruction on drums, guitars, and vocals taught by local musicians. All classes are on a first-come, first-served basis by registering via email at [email protected] (send student’s name and the date/class they would like to attend as well as the parent’s contact info). Free.
Tambo Rhythms at various San Antonio Public Library branches—Part of the Children’s Summer Reading Program. Discover your inner-percussionist. Enter the rhythmic world of the drum circle when Tambo Rhythms brings the beat to a library near you! Free.