San Antonio Scoop: A Mom’s Guide to November

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. —George Eliot

As I was putting together this post, something about the cool fall breeze flowing through my house got me feeling literary. So I hope you enjoy this poem written by a children’s book author. I realize we in San Antonio can’t relate to all the imagery, but we can pretend!

November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.
Clyde Watson

Tuesday, November 1

H-E-B Free Family Night, 5:30–7:30 P.M. at the DoSeum—Every first and third Tuesday of the month. The first 1,500 guests will be admitted. Please arrive early to ensure entry; when the museum reaches capacity, a sign will be posted outside. Free.

Wednesday, November 2

Veterans Day 2016: Salute to Service, 7:00 P.M. at Majestic Theatre—Join the San Antonio Symphony, the USAF Band of the West Freedom Brass, and the 323d Army Band, “Fort Sam’s Own.” Includes music of John Philip Sousa and John Williams, and features Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. This is a free concert, but tickets are required. Limit four per person and can be picked up in person at the Majestic Box Office, San Antonio Symphony Office, Fort Sam Houston MWR Office, and Lackland and Randolph AFB ITT Offices. Free.

Friday, November 4

Costco Mom Hour, 9:00–10:00 A.M. at local Costco stores—Become a Costco member with a membership offer created specifically for you, our readers. Start shopping and saving when you claim this offer before the event. Existing Costco members are also in for a treat when they refer friends to join. This event will be taking place at the North West San Antonio, Selma, and Sonterra Park locations. Free.

Carver Youth Matinee Series: Rattletree Marimba, 11:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Carver Community Cultural Center—Often called “Blue Man Group meets Electronica,” Rattletree Marimba is known for merging new sounds with the roots of ancient and organic African-style marimbas. Rattletree’s high-energy, interactive show gets everyone dancing, learning about traditional instruments, clapping, singing along, and asking questions. Registration required for all guests. Priority reservations for school groups. Free.

library-grand-openingGrand Opening Celebration of the New Public Library & YMCA, 4:00–9:00 P.M. at Potranco Branch Library—Ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:00 P.M.; take part in facility tours, demonstrations, activities, bounce houses, refreshments, entertainment, and more from 4:30 to 7:30 P.M. At 7 P.M., there will be food trucks and an outdoor screening of The Peanuts Movie. Ceremonial program rain or shine; in the event of rain, the movie will be postponed to another date. Free.

Family Flashlight Night, 6:00–8:30 P.M. at the San Antonio Botanical Garden—Find your way through the Light Maze, hear a story read aloud, and view the night sky with San Antonio League of Sidewalk Astronomers. Be sure to bring your flashlight and maybe a sweater in case it’s a cool night. Stay tuned for free shuttle parking information. Free with garden admission.

Saturday, November 5

Core4stem, 8:00 A.M.–1:30 P.M. at Scobee Education Center—Bring your whole family. All ages are welcome. Learn about STEM careers in San Antonio and receive free resources about pathways to high-paying careers. Register online in advance. Free.

Veterans Day Toy Helicopter, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Home Depot stores—Join the hands-on workshop in honor of Veterans Day, and you and your child can build a toy helicopter with turning blades. Once the toy helicopter is built, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers to create a mini military vehicle. Free.

Dairy Days, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Voelcker Homestead (Phil Hardberger Park East)—The Voelcker Homestead opens for a day of learning: bees and beekeeping, making a corn husk doll, milking a cow, and how a windmill works. Kid-friendly farm craft and activities make it fun for the whole family. Free.

Solar Fest, 11:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. at Roosevelt Park—Grab the family, ride a B-Cycle, or catch a bus to Roosevelt Park for a day of family fun and learning. Enjoy live music, local artisans, a variety of food trucks, and engaging activities. CPS Energy along with Alamo Forest Partnership will be having a free tree giveaway amidst a variety of local vendors sharing knowledge about how to choose a solar system, build your own rainwater harvesting system, and get started composting, plus an urban farm tour. Get the little ones involved in the HEB Kid Zone with giant hamster balls, a bungee run, and more. Free.

Fancy Nancy: Bonjour, Butterfly Ballet, 3:00–4:00 P.M. at Laurie Auditorium—Presented by the Ballet Conservatory of South Texas. The family-oriented program is based on the bestselling storybook by Jane O’Connor, and a ballet classic, Carnival of the Animals. These magical story ballets are brought to life with enthusiastic dancing by the BCSTX company members, and will delight children of all ages. Tickets are $20-40.

Diwali SA: Festival of Lights, 5:00–11:00 P.M. at La Villita Historic Arts Village—Diwali SA is the only city-sanctioned event of its kind in the nation drawing, 15,000+ people from all over the state of Texas. It is one of the most celebrated Indian festivals, symbolizing the victory of good over evil. Free.

madhatters-bashMad Hatter’s Bash: Moms’ Night Out Event, 7:00–11:00 P.M. at Central Library—ACMB brings together 350 San Antonio moms for our signature fall event. Meet local businesses, browse a curated selection of pop-up shops, dance the night away, enjoy bites and sips, and show off your favorite whimsical attire. 

Free Outdoor Movie: Ratatouille, 7:30–10:30 P.M. at Hemisfair—Southtown Cinema is your community movie theatre with free screenings of contemporary hits and classic throwbacks, brought to you by neighborhood businesses. Food, drink, and music starting at 7:30 P.M., show time starts at 8:30 P.M. Come early and stake out your spot. Free.

Sunday, November 6

First Sundays for Families: Fashion Across Culture, 11:00 A.M.–3:00 P.M. at the San Antonio Museum of Art—Explore the many fashions found in the museum’s collection and how they reflect interchanging styles, trends and innovations. Craft a contemporary art tunic, a Precolumbian-inspired headdress, and Oceanic jewelry. Join us at 1:00 P.M. for a fashion show featuring the work of students from the Art Institute of San Antonio, and a children’s procession of their wearable art at 2:00 P.M. Free with museum admission. Children 12 and under always receive free admission. All Northside ISD students and their families receive free admission on this family day.

Free Family Day: Picture This, 1:00–4:00 P.M. at McNay Art Museum—Have a picture-perfect day at the McNay this fall! Enjoy Telling Tales: Contemporary Narrative Photography on a family tour, pose for a non-traditional photoshoot, create a surreal digital print, and use your smart phone on a scavenger hunt around the museum grounds. Images come to life with storytelling and a special musical performance by songwriter Joe McDermott. Free.

Encino Cinema Presents: The Angry Birds Movie, 2:00 P.M. at Encino Library—Family movies presented by your local library. Call (210) 207-9250 for details. Free.

Tuesday, November 8—Election Day

November 9-12

Luminaria Arts Festival at several Eastside locations—San Antonio’s annual festival of art and artists. It showcases all art forms including visual, music, theatre and performance, literary, media, and dance. The event takes place in outdoor and indoor venues. Free.

Saturday, November 12

Kids Club: Hot Dog Thanksgiving, 10:00–11:00 A.M. at Herff Farm—Join this annual kids’ event for food and fun. Come roast hot dogs and s’mores and make a fall nature wreath. For kids 3 and up. Cost is $5 per family.

Fun Family Art Day, 10:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Inspire Community Fine Art Center—Designed as an exploratory experience for children of all ages and their families to try various types of art projects and media. Inspire uses inspiration from children’s literature themes and illustrations for each event. Every second Saturday. Free.


STEAM Saturday: National Geographic Presents Earth Explorers, 12:00–4:00 P.M. at the Witte Museum—You and your family can be world travelers for the afternoon—no passport or plane ticket required! Meet wildlife up close to see animal adaptations in action and follow in the footsteps of National Geographic scientists to see what it takes for humans to survive Earth’s most extreme environments. Try your hand—and eye—at nature photography. Find out what you can do every day to protect the planet, and what it means to be an Earth Explorer. Included with general admission.

Rock the Plaza, 1:00–4:00 P.M. at Central Library—Concert featuring teen musicians from Take Note, the San Antonio Music Academy, Eclectic Electric, and teens from local schools. This year we fuse Rock and Mariachi for the show. Free.

Story Tellabration, 2:00–6:00 P.M. at Mission Library—Hear trickster tales, wonder tales, legends, ghost stories and more. Featured storyteller: Decee Cornish of Fort Worth, Texas, “The Urban Griot.” Other storytellers: Mark Babino, MaryAnn Blue, Mary Grace Ketner, Sue Kuentz, Ryan McPherson, Carolina Quiroga-Stultz, and youth storytellers. Free.

Owl Night, 6:30–9:30 P.M. at Mitchell Lake Audubon Center—Join a family owl prowl, make owl crafts, and meet a live owl or two. Registration required. $6 for adults, $3 kids. Free for members.

Sunday, November 13

Turkish Texan Cultural Day, 12:00–4:00 P.M. at Institute of Texan Cultures—In collaboration with the Raindrop Turkish House San Antonio, this free Second Sunday features a celebration of Turkish culture in Texas. The family-friendly event will include dances and performances, a chance to learn some Turkish phrases, try Turkish food, and more. Free.

erth-dinosaurErth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live!, 1:00 P.M. at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts—Get ready for the ultimate playdate—65 million years in the making—with a breathtaking tour through pre-historic Australia. You’ll observe, meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of amazingly life-like dinosaurs and other creatures presented in a theatrical performance that will thrill and entertain kids while stimulating their imaginations in ways that will forever connect them to their world. Tickets are $22.50, $29.60, or $34.50, with VIP meet/greet tickets for $60. 

Monday, November 14

Little Sprouts: Turkeys!, 10:00–11:30 A.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden—Children ages 3–5 will learn about wild turkeys through storytelling, kids’ crafts, and hands-on explorations at your child’s pace. Little Sprouts Mondays are the second Monday of each month. A parent or guardian must stay with the child. Fee is $12 per child and includes one adult. 

November 14-19

Make Way for Ducklings Day at Bazan (14th), Westfall (15th), Mission (16th), Pruitt (17th), Igo (17th), Semmes (19th) Libraries—Mr. and Mrs. Mallard, along with their eight energetic ducklings, first found their way on to the library shelves and into the hearts of children back in 1941. Please join us as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of this picture book classic with some duckish doings. Free.

Wednesday, November 16

Mother Nature’s Storytime: Autumn, 10:00–11:00 A.M. at Cibolo Nature Center—Every third Wednesday, for preschoolers and their caregivers. It’s getting colder, the leaves are turning colors, and things are changing! Come learn about what is happening to nature in the fall. Cost is $5 per family.

Thursday, November 17

Homeschool Student Workshop: Latin American Art through the Ages, 9:30 A.M.–12:45 P.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art—Participate as a family in a guided experience of the museum’s encyclopedic collection with a tour and hands-on activity, and extend learning through art at home with materials provided by the museum. Advance registration required. Email [email protected].

November 18-20

Renaissance on the River at La Villita Historic Arts District—La Villita will be transformed into “Olde Englande,” offering entertainment for all ages. The Magik Theatre will bring artisans, magicians, jugglers, fire-eaters, swordsmen, singers, dancers, roving beggars and thieves, period crafts, games, a children’s area, and food to the San Antonio Riverwalk. Visitors can try their hand at pirate training, lock your friends and family up in the stocks, or feast on a turkey leg, while enjoying a variety of beverages – or be amazed by the art of falconry as Last Chance Forever shares their insights into the training, rehabilitation, and conservation of beautiful, fascinating birds of prey. Free admission.

Saturday, November 19

Archaeology Exploration, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Brackenridge Park (by Lambert Softball Field)—There will be a recreation of an archeological dig for children of all ages to uncover replicas of artifacts that would have been found within Brackenridge Park. Free

Come Fly With Us, 11:00 A.M.–3:00 P.M. at the DoSeum—November is Aviation History Month, and since 1910 San Antonio has been known as a city of aviation innovation. Fly over to find fun in the friendly skies at this third annual event, a celebration of aviation history and innovation. There will be interactive activities for kids to explore historic people, engineering concepts, and as well as aviation and aeronautics. Free with museum admission.

IASA Diwali 2016, 4:00–9:00 P.M. at Edgewood Theatre for the Performing Arts—Presented by India Association of San Antonio. Sparklers will be on site for kids to enjoy! Tickets are $10 for members, $20 for non-members.

owlOwl Prowl, attendees must arrive by 6:00 P.M. at Medina River Natural Area—Presented by Texas Parks and Wildlife Biologist Jessica Alderson. Take a half-mile hike to the interpretive area along the Medina River where barred owls will be called in with owl calls as they stake out their territory. Due to the sensitivity of the owls, no participants will be admitted after 6:00 P.M. This program is limited to the first 40 people who reserve a spot. Book your spot by calling (210) 207-3103. This program is suggested for adults and children older than seven years old. Bring lawn chairs and/or blankets for seating and warmth, and a flashlight. Free.

Mother & Son Par-Tee, 6:00–8:00 P.M. at Landa Park Miniature Golf (New Braunfels)—Enjoy nighttime mini golf and a pizza social on the greens for all ages. Dress warmly as we will be outdoors. Pre-registration required. Call (830) 221-4370 to register. Registration is $10 per couple, plus $5 for each additional son.

November 21-23

Thanksgiving Camps, 7:30 A.M.–5:30 P.M. at a 17 participating community centers around San Antonio—Brought to you by the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department. The camps offer a variety of age appropriate activities for youth ages 6–14. Spaces limited to 50 spaces and the fee is $3 per day. Activities include traditional sports, active games, and seasonally themed craft projects. Lunch and snacks are included daily and are provided through partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank.


November 21-23

Thanksgiving Camps, all day at a participating community center near you—Brought to you by the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department. The camps offer a variety of age appropriate activities for youth ages 6–14. Spaces limited to 50 spaces and the fee is $3 per day. Activities include traditional sports, active games and seasonally themed craft projects. Lunch and snacks are included daily and are provided through partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank.

Tuesday, November 22

Wild Kratts Screening with KLRN, 5:00–7:00 P.M. at Hemisfair—PBS KIDS comes to life, sparking kids’ curiosity and encouraging them to explore. Registration available at Free.


Thursday, November 24—Thanksgiving

Friday, November 25

Free Day at the Museum, 10:00 A.M.–9:00 P.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art—Weary cooks, eager shoppers, art lovers, and underfoot relatives will find plenty to see and do the day after Thanksgiving. Please note there is an additional surcharge to view In the Dust of this Planet. General admission is free.

Saturday, November 26

Thanksgiving Open House, 8:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M. at Mitchell Lake Audubon Center—Free entry all day the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Bring your out-of-town family and friends for a hike around the polders, or walk through our native gardens.

Black Friday Picture Frame Ornament, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Home Depot stores—You and your child can build a keepsake for your holiday memories. Create a picture frame ornament, perfect for adding some personalized decoration to your Christmas tree. Once the ornament is built, your child can decorate it with paint and add their own photo of family fun. Free.

Monday, November 28

SPARK: Rock Cycle, 4:30–5:30 P.M. at Pruitt Library—Science Propelling Amor for Reading Kinesthetically for parents and children (five and under accompanied by an adult). Science concepts come to life as children explore through stories and exciting, hands-on experiments. Free.

No Experience Needed ART for Teens, 6:30–8:00 P.M. at Great Northwest Library—Teens ages 13-18. Let’s get creative! No experience is needed to complete your own masterpiece. Free.

Tuesday, November 29

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Wednesday, November 30

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Through November 6

Duck for President at the Magik Theatre—The animals from Click, Clack, Moo are back. This time, Duck decides to run for office to avoid working on the farm, but being in charge isn’t as easy as he thought it would be. Based on the book by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin. Adapted by James E. Grote, with music and lyrics by George Howe. Tickets are $12-$15.

November 18–December 30

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Ken Ludwig at Magik Theatre—Not a creature was stirring . . . or was he? Amos the mouse stirs up plenty of excitement as he and his friend Emily attempt to save Christmas from an evil ex-elf who wants to sell the naughty and nice lists to a department store. Sensory-friendly performance on Saturday, December 3 at 2:00 P.M; click here for tickets. Tickets are $12-15.


November 26–December 11

BookCellar Holiday Blowout Sale at Central Library—The Friends of the San Antonio Public Library BookCellar will have a holiday sale. Free.

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