San Antonio Scoop: Family Fun in the Alamo City for January 29–February 4

We made it through the first month of 2016. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for spring. I’m not a cold weather person (though I guess it hasn’t been too cold this winter). Alas, we’ve got February ahead, which usually brings cold temperatures to this area.

We’ve got some events highlighting different cultures this week, plus more music and dance performances. I’ve also listed a very important symposium coming up this week that is open to the public and focuses on helping children with learning differences.

Ongoing & Multi-day

January 16–May 14: Symphony Musicians at SAPLAt Cody, Maverick, and Parman Branch Libraries this weekend. San Antonio Public Library will host a number of professional musicians from the San Antonio Symphony who will share with children and families their love of music and experience as symphony musicians. Free.

January 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 that 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.


Friday, January 29

26th Annual Learning Symposium, 8:30 A.M.–4:00 P.M. at The Winston School—The primary goal of the event is to provide the community with access to cutting-edge research and the best practices on educating children with learning differences. Learn useful strategies that educators, parents, and healthcare professionals can employ to improve outcomes for children with learning differences. Registration: $25–$200.

Saturday, January 30

Miss Anastasia’s Costume Character Visit! Llama Llama, 10:30 A.M. at The Twig Bookshop—Event includes a live Miss A costume character, story time, good old-fashioned crafts, and a simple snack. Free.

New Year Open House, 11:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at Conjunto Heritage Taller—If you have ever thought about learning accordion or bajo sexto, this is your chance to stop by and preview classes, meet the instructors, and chat with current students. Free.

Star Party, 7:30–10:00 P.M. at Brooks—There will be 10+ telescopes available, including the largest in South Texas. Learn more about galaxies and star clusters from the professionals. Be sure to arrive a bit early if you want to watch the pros set up their equipment. Free.

Sunday, January 31


Danzas de las Americas YOSA Gold Series, 7:00 P.M. at the Tobin Center—As part of the San Antonio Symphony’s 2016 Las Americas Festival, YOSA presents an electrifying evening of irresistible dance music from the USA, Mexico, and Argentina with dance performances by Guadalupe Dance Company. Tickets start at $4 for students and $16 for adults. Military and senior discounts available.

Thursday, February 4

Chinese New Year Arts & Crafts at Cody Library—Make some fun crafts: Chinese lanterns, dragons, and more. Join the library as they prepare for the Year of the Monkey celebration. Free


  • 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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