San Antonio Scoop: Family Fun in the Alamo City for January 15–21

I think most of us have a three-day weekend ahead, so this list should help fill the extra time off. This week, Hemisfair kicks off some new programming for kids. Be sure to keep up with their event calendar as it starts to fill up. Plus, there are plenty of other reasons to get outside this week, with several events taking place on all sides of town. If you’re thinking about doing the MLK March, be sure to plan ahead. It’s a great experience, but you’ll need to check maps and schedules to make sure you know where to park (or park & ride), meet, and grab food for the kiddos.

Take a look at Lindsay’s previous MLK Day post with other ideas to celebrate and commemorate the occasion.

Ongoing & Multi-day

January 8–19: Dreamweek San Antonio throughout the city—A 12-day celebration of events that fosters the exchange of ideas on universal issues to promote tolerance, equality, and diversity, culminating with the march in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 18. Events will be hosted by various local organizations and community groups. Most events are free; others are paid. Check the calendar on Dreamweek website for detailed listings.

January 15–February 6: Las Américas FestivalThe city-wide festival, presented in part by the San Antonio Symphony, highlights vibrant and musically diverse works of composers from North and South America and includes works from George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, and more, plus a world-premiere commissioned work by Jeffrey Mumford. Ticket prices vary.


January 16–18: Dogs Days, 9:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden—A dog-friendly weekend at the Garden (on a leash, please). Doggie treats and pools of water will be available for pups as you stroll and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature.  Pet adoptions available through Animal Defense League on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. Regular admission, plus a $5 donation per dog, goes toward local animal-friendly charities.

Saturday, January 16

Full Body Saturday: New Year, New You Family Day, 12:00–4:00 P.M. at the Witte Museum—A healthy balance is good for your body at any age. Step, jump, dance, ride, eat, relax, and breathe your way through the H-E-B Body Adventure Powered by University Health System and join community partners for a special family day full of activities that will start your year on the right foot. Free with museum admission.

Star Party, 6:00–8:30 P.M. at Eisenhower Park—What’s to see in the crisp, clear autumn skies? Observe the night skies with the San Antonio Astronomical Association and learn about the planets and the moon. Fun for families of all ages. No reservations needed. For more information, call (210) 207-3782 or email nicole.mcleod at Be sure to check the calendar as this program may be cancelled during inclement weather. Suggested donation: $3 per person or $6 per family.

Monday, January 18


Pre-March Civil Rights for Kids Experience, 8:00–10:00 A.M. at MLK Academy—The MLK, Jr. Pre-March Civil Rights for Kids Experience provides an opportunity for youth of all ages to learn about our nation’s history, discuss current events, and brainstorm how they can make a difference in the community. Presented by the San Antonio Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, the event will include a visual civil rights timeline, writing personal mission statements, creating banners, and more. Free.

Martin Luther King, Jr. March, 10:00 A.M. at MLK Academy—The march will begin at 10:00 A.M. at the MLK Academy, located in the 3500 block of MLK Drive, and end at Pittman-Sullivan Park, 1101 Iowa (march route and info). Once again, it is expected to draw more than 200,000 adults and children. San Antonio hosts one of the largest marches in the United States. Free.

Imagination Playground, 9:00–11:00 A.M. at Hemisfair—Beginning January 18th, every Monday in Yanaguana Garden there will be Big Blue Blocks for children ages two and up. Staff and volunteers will be on site to lead organized play that is fun, active, and educational. Free.

Tuesday, January 19

H-E-B Read Aloud, 3:30–5:30 P.M. at the Witte Museum—Join H-E- Buddy and San Antonio Youth Literacy for a Read Three Read Aloud and receive a free children’s book. Free.

Wednesday, January 20

SAMA Playdates: Chihuly Blossoms, 10:00–11:00 A.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art—Play dates cultivate, nurture, and inspire creativity while developing an appreciation of art and world cultures. Toddlers experience stories, gallery activities, and hands-on art, movement, and music. Reservations required. Free with museum admission.

Mother Nature’s Storytime: Rocks & Minerals, 10:00–11:00 A.M. at Cibolo Nature Center—Big and little, beautiful and plain, there are so many things to discover about rocks and minerals. Check out the amazing rock collection and learn how to start your own. $5 per family.

Thursday, January 21

Book Garden & Story Time, 9:00–11:00 A.M. at Hemisfair—Starting January 21, staff will be on site with the mobile Book Garden, plus story time and an activity each week. Guests are welcome to borrow books from the library to take home and to bring books to contribute to the library for everyone to enjoy. Free.


  • January 31: Danzas de las Americas at The Tobin Center
  • February 6: Western Heritage Parade & Cattle Drive at Downtown San Antonio
  • March 6: Science Fiesta at UT Health Science Center

Do you have a family-friendly community event coming up?

Submit event info to the ACMB calendar.

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