San Antonio Scoop: Family Fun in August

We say it every year, right? Where did the summer go? Well, with summer winding down and back-to-school season upon us, there are noticeably fewer events toward the end of the month. However, be sure to check back each week as we’ll fill in any fun events we come across after publishing.

Stay cool and hydrated! And enjoy the last weeks of summer vacation!

Monday, August 1

End of Summer Celebration, 6:30–7:30 P.M. at Las Palmas Branch Library—It’s almost time to head back to school, but come celebrate with us at Las Palmas one more time, where families can have fun and get ready for the new school year to begin, plus score some freebies. Free.

Wednesday, August 3

Critters of the Night, 7:00–10:00 P.M. at Mitchell Lake Audubon Center—Bring the whole family and explore the Center in the dark to learn about our nocturnal critters. Keep an ear and eye out for frogs, owls, nightjars, and other animals. Guided night hikes, themed crafts, activities, and games for the whole family will be available. Last Chance Forever will have live owl presentations. Bring flashlights and water bottles, and wear closed-toe shoes. Snacks, water, and soda available for purchase. Free for members of Mitchell Lake Audubon Center. Non-member adults are $6; non-member kids are $3. Register to secure your spot.

August 3–5

Teachers’ Day Out at Hill Country Science Mill—K-12 teachers, administrators, and employees get free admission August 3-5 with brief field trip info sessions at 11:00 A.M., 1:00 P.M. and 3:00 P.M. each day.

Thursday, August 4

Free Summer Movie Night: Zootopia, 8:00 P.M.–10:20 P.M. at Guadalupe Community Center—Arrive at 8:00 P.M. for fun, family-friendly games. The movie begins at 8:30 P.M. Popcorn will be provided. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Located across from Lanier High School. Movies will be shown on the outside basketball court. Free.

Friday, August 5

Movie Night: The Jungle Book, 8:00–10:30 P.M. at Workforce Center of Excellence—Free popcorn and soda will be available. Blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. Arrive early for water balloon games and other fun activities. Free.

Saturday, August 6

Meditation for Peace, 8:00–9:00 A.M. at Japanese Tea Garden—Let’s come together to promote world peace and love through unified silence. As we face suffering our hearts become heavy and our minds confused. Let’s choose to be together, sit together, and send love together with an intention of peaceful unity. Free.

Family Scavenger Hunt, 9:00–11:00 A.M. at Phil Hardberger Park East (Blanco Road)—Using Leave No Trace principles, participants look for wildlife and plant checklist awareness clues while walking on the trails. This self-paced program is suggested for families with children. Bring your own water bottles, and bug spray is recommended. Free and no registration is required. Suggested donation $3 per person or $5 per family.

Kids Workshop: Skateboard Pencil Box, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at area Home Depot stores—All kids get to keep their craft, receive a free certificate of achievement, a workshop apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Free.

Kidcation Week Kickoff, 9:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at Yanaguana Garden (Hemisfair)—Presented by Our Kids Magazine. Event includes activities, games, prize giveaways, live music, food & snacks, balloon artists, face painting, bounce house, and special appearances. Free.

Free Outdoor Movie: The Neverending Story, 8:30 P.M. at Yanaguana Garden (Hemisfair)—Southtown Cinema is a partnership between Hemisfair & local businesses to bring a free movie series in the park to the community! Join us the 1st & 3rd Saturdays August-December for family-friendly films, from contemporary hits to classic throwbacks. Live music & drinks start at 7:30pm, so come early to have fun before the show starts. Free.

August 6–7

Dog Days at San Antonio Botanical Garden—A dog friendly weekend at the Garden. Doggie treats and pools of water will be available for your pup as you stroll and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Regular garden admission, plus $5 donation per dog (on a leash, please) will go toward local animal friendly charities.

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Sunday, August 7

First Sundays for Families: Greece & Rome, 11:00 A.M.–3:00 P.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art—Get Classical during this family day: design a Roman shield, weave like Athena, craft a Nemean lion cloak, and hear myths of ancient Greece and Rome. Museum admission is free from 10:00 A.M. to noon on Sunday. Otherwise, this event is free with regular museum admission.

Tuesday, August 9

Bat Loco Bash, 6:00–9:00 P.M. at Museum Reach—Learn about bats and see thousands emerge from under the I-35 bridge. Event includes a Bat Parade, educational activities, the 1966 Bat Car, and special appearances by Echo the Bat, SA Batman, Robin, and Bat Girl. Free.

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KLRN Back to School Bash, 6:00–8:30 P.M. at The DoSeum—Everything you need to launch into learning. With special appearances by Jet Propulsion of Ready Jet Go! Admission is free by registration required. Free.

Friday, August 12

H-E-B Cinema on the Plaza: Batman (1989), 8:00–11:00 P.M. at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts—Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the movie on the 32-foot LED screen. No outside food or drinks are allowed, but concessions will be available for purchase including full bar service. No pets please. Free.

Saturday, August 13

District 6 Fitness 5K, 7:30–10:00 A.M. at Nelson Wolff Stadium—Presented by Councilman Ray Lopez. Bring the entire family and join us for  fun activities, health screenings, and wellness tips. There’s something for everyone and lots of free giveaways. Free.

Move. Fit. Live. Fit Bash, 9:00–11:00 A.M. at Hemisfair—Get your adrenaline pumping with group fitness classes such as: Zumba, kickboxing, amd youth fitness. Fit Bash guests will also enjoy multiple DJs, a live band, an obstacle course, free massages, shakes, snacks & fitness education from vendors such as CryoFit, Airrosti, and more. Free.

Back to School Fun Family Art Day, 10:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Inspire Community Fine Art Center—Get into the back-to-school mood with creative make-and-take activities guided by instructor Laura Rhodes and inspired by the school adventures of a really curious, sweet, and mischievious little mouse. Free.

Family Fun Festival, 10:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at Cibolo Nature Center—Bring your kite and wear your swimsuit. Take part in a variety of activities: balloon race, bobbing for apples, kite exhibit, sack race, three-legged race, wheelbarrow race, water balloon toss, egg-in-spoon race, and watermelon eating. Free.

STEAM Saturday: Maya Skies, 12:00–4:00 P.M. at the Witte Museum—Alex Garcia, the Chief Meteorologist for Fox News at Nine, joins the Witte Museum for a day of exploration and out-of-this-world fun. In cooperation with the Urban Science Initiative, Amazing Skies engages families in interactive space science activities, experiments, and more. This year, also visit Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed and discover some of the greatest astronomers of the ancient world with the moon goddess Ixchel as you guide. Amazing Skies is included with general admission. Add Maya: Hidden World Revealed for $10.

Sunday, August 14

Bexar County Kutz 3rd Annual Back-to-School Drive, 10:00 A.M. at Bexar County Kutz—Barbershop will be giving away 250 free backpacks with supplies and 150 free haircuts to kids 5–12. Event includes snacks, drinks, music, and more. Free.

Vaquerocation, 12:00–4:00 P.M. at Institute of Texan Cultures—Free Second Sunday: up to the school year, the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures saddles up for its role at the party: Vaquerocation, a day of cowboy-themed activities at the museum. Free.

Tuesday, August 16

Movies on the Lawn: Minions, 7:00 P.M. at Palo Alto College—Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the show in the meadow area of campus between the Performing Arts Center and Ozuna Library. The pre-show event starts at 7:00 P.M. in the Children’s Library, and the movie begins at 8:15 P.M. Family-friendly event complete with free popcorn, water, and door prizes! It’s also a smoke- and alcohol-free zone. Free.

August 16–17

Dinosaur George: Museum in the Classroom at KLRN Tobin Studio—A self-guided exhibit that you can experience at your own pace. Program staff and museum ambassadors can answer questions and further enhance the journey back in time. George Blasing is a self-taught paleontologist and animal behaviorist with more than 35 years of study and research. He is a public speaker, author, television host, and writer who has performed live to over three million people and has lectured in more than 3,000 museums, schools, and public events. RSVP to attend. Free.

Friday, August 19

Toddler Art Play: Beach Party, 10:30–11:30 A.M. at McNay Art Museum—Mini museum visit meets creative playtime for children under 5. Wear paint clothes for a messy, fun time outside at the McNay. Free with museum admission.

Back-to-School Bash, 6:30–8:30 P.M. at Hemisfair—Students, teachers and parents join us for an evening full of activities and give aways! Teachers bring your school ID and join in our Teacher’s Corner for chair massages, iced coffee, paletas and curriculum hand outs. Free.

Saturday, August 20

Last Hurrah of Summer Concert featuring Will Parker, 10:30 A.M. at The Twig Bookshop—Just one more summertime adventure, y’all! Gather all your buddies, a blanket, and a snack ’cause we’ve got a party for ya! Help us serenade summer’s final Saturday with San Antonio’s very own Will Parker! During Will’s whimsical and interactive shows, he accompanies himself on guitar and harmonica while singing songs that open us up to the world of imagination and expression. Free.




Free Movie Night: Epic, 7:00–10:00 P.M. at Mission Marquee Plaza—Discover a new world with Epic. From the creators of Ice Age, this film will excite the entire family. Load up your blankets and snacks. There will be prize giveaways, free snacks, food vendors on site, and much more. Venue opens at 7:00 P.M. Movie starts 15 minutes after dusk. Free.

Wednesday, August 24

Growing Up Wild: Oh Dear!, 10:00–11:30 A.M. at Friedrich Wilderness Park—Learn about deer and their habitat through games and hands-on fun. Growing Up Wild builds on children’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 for an appreciation of nature. RSVP required. Visit to reserve your spot. Suggested donation of $3 per person or $6 per family. For more information, please call (210) 207-3782 or email [email protected]



Saturday, August 27

Family Drop-in Programs: Winged Wonders, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden—Take part in some hands-on family fun. Programming will vary but will include activities such as reading a story about a pollinator, creating a simple craft, playing a game, and taking part in a garden exploration activity. Free with garden admission.

TPR Presents: the Art of Recycling, 1:00 P.M.–4:00 P.M. at San Antonio Garden Center—Come join your fellow Texas Public Radio listeners and members for a free community event that will highlight new developments in recycling in San Antonio and also offer opportunities for kids and their parents to create their own artistic projects out of ordinary household materials. Participating organizations include: State of Texas Alliance for Recycling, Inspire Community Fine Art Center, Spare Parts, The DoSeum, Mitchell Lake Audubon Center, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, Carver Community Cultural Center, RMI (Reaching Maximum Independence), AACOG, and more. Free.

Sunday, August 28

Family Art Play: Say It & Spray It, 1:00–4:00 P.M. at McNay Art Museum—Unleash your inner activist! View powerful prints by Shepard Fairey and share an important message using techniques inspired by street art. Sessions at 1:00 and 3:00 P.M. Free with museum admission.

Check back for more events!

July 2–August 6

La Cinderella at The Magik Theatre—La Cinderella is an original, hilarious musical version of the classic tale that introduces children to the founding of our city. The governor of San Antonio de Bexar has a handsome son whom he determines will marry a local girl. Will La Cinderella find true love? Will the governor’s son find La Cinderella? We all find out at the ball in the garden of the Governor’s Palace, where luminarias and the full moon light the way to love and happiness. Tickets $12–15.

August 6–13

Kidcation Week—A citywide playground.

August 20–September 17

Treasure Island at The Magik Theatre—Sail aboard the HMS Hispañola with Jamie Hawkins, Long John Silver, and others for a daring adventure on Treasure Island. In a conflict between good and evil, Jamie courageously faces danger, learns that evil can masquerade as good, and matures from a child into an adult. Audiences of all ages will love this exciting adventure filled with pirates, sailing ships, sword fights, and lost treasure. Based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel. Tickets $12–15.


Eclectic Electric, 2:00–4:00 P.M. at Central Library—For ages 13–18 only, in the Teen Library. Music and random awesomeness! Check out the library’s recording studio full of guitars, keys, drums, etc. and learn how to play and record. Plus other fun stuff like art, ping pong, poetry, film, and making the annual haunted house.


Fitness in the Park: Family Friendly Yoga, 10:30–11:30 A.M. at Phil Hardberger Park East (13203 Blanco Road)—Exercise your mind, body, and soul. Reduce anxiety, improve flexibility, relieve stress, and improve respiratory functions through the power of yoga. This family-friendly yoga class is open to everyone, including families with young children. Meets every Saturday near the Salado Creek outdoor classroom. No registration is required. Free.

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One Response to San Antonio Scoop: Family Fun in August

  1. Shauna July 27, 2016 at 11:35 am #

    Wow, there is so much to do here in San Antonio… what a great list. Thanks for sharing