San Antonio Scoop: Family Fun in the Alamo City for January 22–28

As you might have noticed, I often turn the the San Antonio Public Library when I’m looking for more events to add to the Scoop on weeks that are a little less event-filled. This is one of those weeks, but I’m excited about this new series Symphony Musicians at SAPL. Be sure to check out the calendar to see which symphony musician will be at your branch library! Plus, be sure to check the Save the Date list. There are lots of fun live performances coming up over the next few months.

Ongoing & Multi-day


January 16–May 14: Symphony Musicians at SAPLAt Pruitt, Tobin, and Mission Branch Libraries this weekend. This spring, SAPL will be hosting a number of professional musicians from the San Antonio Symphony who will share with children and families their love of music and their experience as symphony musicians. The mission is to establish lifelong learning for all ages and segments of our diverse community by promoting the enjoyment, understanding, and appreciation of symphonic music. Free.

Januar 22–February 28: Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach at the Magik Theatre—When James is sent by his aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion which results in a tremendous peach. Suddenly, James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach on a journey alongside human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities. Thanks to James’ quick wits and creative thinking, the travelers learn to live and work together. Tickets: $12 for children and $15 for adults.

Saturday, January 23

Beach Bash in Winter, 1:00–4:00 P.M. at Forest Hills Library—Are you ready for a day at the beach? Take the whole family to this event, which will coincide with the San Antonio Shell Club’s exhibition of shells in the lobby. Celebration of the seashore will include crafts, games, and other seaside activities, as well as a family program presented by Shell Club members. Free.

S.A.Fari Adventurers: Zoo Keepers, Vets and Careers 2:30–4:00 P.M. at the San Antonio Zoo—The Adventurers program is designed specifically for junior high students who are interested in animals, the environment, and the Zoo. Talk to zoo experts and explore participants’ passions and questions. Registration: $15 for Zoo members and $19 for non-members.

Wellness and Community Resource Fair, 9:00 A.M.–1:00 A.M. at St. Jerome Catholic Church—Get a healthy start to 2016 with free health screenings and exams, plus lots of information on local resources. Free.

Sunday, January 24


Family Art Play: Cube Your Face, 1:00–4:00 P.M. at the McNay Art Museum—Create a costume, take a photo in a regal setting, be a king or queen for a day, and take a final peek at Picasso, Braque, and the Cubist Legacy: Prints and Drawings from the Collection. Free with museum admission.



Wild Kratts Live!, 2:00 P.M. & 6:00 P.M. at the Tobin Center—Animated Kratt Brothers, Martin and Chris, “come to real life” in a classic Wild Kratts story. The Kratt Brothers activate some fan favorite Creature Power Suits to confront a comic villain. Tickets start at $22.50.

Monday, January 25

SPARK: Science Propelling Amor for Reading Kinesthetically, 4:30–5:30 P.M. at Pruitt Library—Science concepts will come to life as children explore through stories and take part in exciting, hands-on experiments. T-shirts awarded for attendance. Free.

Wednesday, January 27

Playdates: Grecian Gold, 10:00–11:00 A.M. at the San Antonio Museum of Art—Playdates cultivate, nurture, and inspire creativity while developing an appreciation of art and world cultures. Toddlers experience stories, gallery activities, hands-on art-making, movement, and music. Classes are limited to 30 participants. Free with museum admission.


  • February 6: Western Heritage Parade & Cattle Drive at Downtown San Antonio
  • February 12-14: Peter Pan at the Tobin Center
  • February 13: Asian Festival at Institute of Texan Cultures
  • February 19: Clifford the Big Red Dog Live! at the Tobin Center
  • March 6: Science Fiesta at UT Health Science Center

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