San Antonio Scoop: A Mom’s Guide to January

Hello 2017! Time to start anew. ACMB wishes you a Happy New Year!

We’ve rounded up a fun selection of activities and events that will get you connected to nature, art, performances, community, and more. Please let us know of any similar events we should know about! We’re always searching for new and interesting opportunities for families to explore our city.

Tuesday, January 3

H-E-B Free Family Night, 5:30–7:30 P.M. at The Doseum—The first 1,500 guests will be admitted for free. Arrive early to ensure entry. Parking is limited; no outside food or drink. Additional Free Family Night on January 17. Free.

Friday, January 6

Starting Out Wild: Camouflage, 10:00–11:00 A.M. at Friedrich Wilderness Park—For ages one to three years. Learn how animals camouflage themselves. These high energy, engaging programs are a perfect way to foster an appreciation of the natural world. It is recommended that a child be walking and a parent or caretaker attend with each child. Most classes take place outdoors. RSVP required. For more information, please call 210-207-3782 or email [email protected] Suggested donation is $3 per person, or $6 per family.

Art Strolls: A is for Art, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at McNay Art Museum—Explore the McNay with your little one during a themed stroller tour and related sensory playtime. 10 A.M. for children under 12 months; 11 A.M. for children 12 months to two years. Register online. Free for museum members, otherwise general admission prices apply.

Family-friendly First Friday, 6:00–9:00 P.M. at Hemisfair—Every First Friday includes the Hemisfair Art Market, plus music, food, and fun activities to keep your whole family moving. Free.

Saturday, January 7

Christmas Bird Count for Kids, 8:00–11:00 A.M. at Mitchell Lake Audubon Center—The Christmas Bird Count itself is a hundred-year-old tradition, so come contribute to Mitchell Lake’s own family-friendly tradition. Please bring water bottle, closed-toe shoes, bug spray, hat, and sunscreen, binoculars, and favorite field guide if you have them. Free.

Crate Toolbox Workshop, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Home Depot stores—Join this hands-on workshop and you and your child can get to work on a wood toolbox they can use for keeping anything from art supplies to toys neat and portable. Once the toolbox is built, your child can paint it in his or her favorite color. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a free certificate of achievement, a workshop apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Free.

Ice Age: The Meltdown, 11:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Silverado, Northwest, Rialto, and Mayan Palace—The first free movie of January at select Santikos theaters. Join Manny, Sid, and Diego in another classic adventure! Arrive early for best seating. Click here for more details and the rest of the free January movie schedule. Free.


Family Saturday “Hold Still” Workshops and Craft Talks, 11:00 A.M–4:00 P.M. at Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum—Blue Star Contemporary welcomes young artists for workshops and teen and adult burgeoning artists for craft talks. Participants must register to reserve their spot by emailing [email protected] Space is limited. These education programs are free and open to the public.

Family 1st Saturday Yoga, 6:00–7:00 P.M. at 5 Points Local—Every 1st Saturday. An all levels class taught in a fun-filled environment for kids and adults alike. The class will explore standing poses, sun salutations, breathing and relaxation techniques and fun interactive yoga games. It’s an opportunity for bonding with family while sharing the health and well being that yoga brings. Ages 4 to infinity. Drop-in rate for the whole family is $15.

Sunday, January 8

Sculpting Texas Culture, 12:00–4:00 P.M. at the Institute of Texas Cultures—Enjoy a variety of family-friendly craft activities, build your own sculpture with Hemisfair’s Big Blue Blocks, and enjoy wood sculpture demonstrations at our January Free Family Day. Free.

Monday, January 9

Little Sprouts: Wonderful Winter!, 10:00–11:30 A.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden—Explore the cold time of the year. Bring your little one, age 3–5 years, to the garden for kid-friendly fun. Each Little Sprout Monday includes storytelling, kids’ crafts, and hands-on explorations at your child’s pace. Little Sprouts Mondays are the second Monday of each month. Registration is $12 per child and includes one adult. A parent or guardian must stay with the child.


Schertz Natatorium Grand Opening, 5:30–7:30 P.M. at Schertz Family YMCA—Enjoy a brand new state of the art indoor pool offering group exercise classes, swim lessons, lap swimming and much more. Join us at our grand opening event. Stay after the ceremony and enjoy a swim. Free.

Wednesday, January 11

January Homeschool Day, 10:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M. at Hill Country Science Mill—There will be special activities and guests, plus new this spring, Learning Labs for every age, every month. Learning Labs are optional, 45 minutes long and offered at 11:30 A.M. and 1 P.M. for an additional cost of $4 per student (limited space available for Learning Labs). Cost is $6 per student (1 free educator per student). Additional adults are $10. No reservations required.

ABC Club Explorers: Egypt, 12:15 P.M. at Great Northwest Library—Bring your Club Journal (or binder/spiral with paper) and something beginning with the letter M or N for show and tell. The ABC CLUB is going to EXPLORE the world, specifically Egypt! It is targeted for ages 4–6 and welcomes homeschool families. Have fun exploring the different countries while learning the alphabet. Free.

Thursday, January 12

Middle School: Exploring Nature Apps, 9:30–11:30 A.M. at Urban Ecology Center, Phil Hardberger Park West—Students explore various online nature apps using their parents’ iPhones or their own. Nature walk included. Please dress for the weather. This class is part of the Middle School Winter Discovery series of classes for students 10 to 14 years old. Class size is limited and registration through this website is required; email [email protected] for more information. A donation of $3 per person or $5 per family is suggested.

Story Time: DreamWeek Edition, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Hemisfair—Join Hemisfair, the Circle School, and Artpace for a very special story time celebrating diversity and tolerance. The story will be followed by a related art activity led by educational instructors at Artpace. Every child will also take home a gently-used storybook donated by our friends at Half Price Books. Free.

Friday, January 13

2001: A Space Odyssey, 7:00–11:00 P.M. at River Walk Plaza, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts—Part of H-E-B Cinema on the Plaza. 
Plaza opens at 7 P.M., movie begins at 8 P.M. Free movie night featuring Stanley Kubrick‘s cult classic “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest.  
Bring your own blankets and chairs. Concessions available to purchase, please no outside food or drink. Free.

Saturday, January 14

10th Annual Youth Empowerment Summit, 9:00 A.M.–3:00 P.M. at St. Philip’s College—Event partners 98.5 The Beat, #GoodPeopleSA, and others introduce 1,000+ students and youth to social issues they may experience in today’s society. This year, the summit will feature national speaker and author Shawn Blanchard and Marques Roberts, former NFL player and motivational speaker, to enlighten, inspire, and educate. The summit will also offer educational workshops led by top San Antonio business leaders and community members. Youth of all ages will enjoy poetry, music, leadership training, self esteem building, public service and financial empowerment. Youth of all ages are encouraged to attend. The event is free and open to the public. 

Kids Club: Nature Art, 10:00–11:00 A.M. at Cibolo Nature Center—Have fun making fabulous works of art using items found in nature. Meet at the CNC Visitor Center, since the farm will be closed January and February. For kids of all ages. No drop-offs, please. $5 per family.

Urban Beekeeping, 10:00–11:30 A.M. at Friedrich Wilderness Park—Recommended for ages 6 and up. Learn what it takes to be a beekeeper, the tools you need, and how to harvest the honey. Laura Salazar of Honey Love Bee Removal will share her knowledge and stories about honeybee rescue. RSVP required. For questions, call (210) 207-3782, or email [email protected] 

Snowfall at FLYTE, 10:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at Brooks City Base—Are you dreaming of a storybook winter? More than 100,000 pounds of snow will fall, transforming FLYTE into a magical winter wonderland with snow slides, play areas, and fun for the whole family. Make wintertime memories you’ll never forget. Free.


The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, 11:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Silverado, Northwest, Rialto, and Mayan Palace—Part of the free movie series in January at select Santikos theaters. Arrive early for best seating. Click here for more details and the rest of the free January movie schedule. Free.

Family Day: New Year, New You, 12:00–4:00 P.M. at 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 our community partners for a special family day full of activities that will start your year on the right foot.

January 14–16

PetSmart Dog Days, 9:00 A.M–5:00 P.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden—It’s a dog friendly weekend. Enjoy PetSmart giveaways, doggie treats, and bowls of water throughout the garden. General admission plus $5 donation per dog (on a leash, please) will go toward local animal-friendly charities. Members enjoy free admission plus $5 donation per leashed dog.

January 14–16

PetSmart Dog Days, 9:00 A.M–5:00 P.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden—It’s a dog friendly weekend. Enjoy PetSmart giveaways, doggie treats, and bowls of water throughout the garden. General admission plus $5 donation per dog (on a leash, please) will go toward local animal-friendly charities. Members enjoy free admission plus $5 donation per leashed dog.

Sunday, January 15

Family Art Day, 2:00–4:00 P.M. at Parman Library—Family art day for kids with special needs and their families presented by Artful Start. Join us for some crafts and a lot of fun. Free.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Concert, 7:00–10:00 P.M. at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts—The San Antonio Symphony conducted by André Raphel, and the MLK Mass Choir with director Jerome Roberson, present this concert honoring Dr. King’s legacy as one of the nation’s most revered civil rights leaders. This program will include the inspiring poem-set-to-music Lift Every Voice and Sing, sections of Hailstork’s Three Spirituals for Orchestra, as well as works by Coleridge-Taylor, Beethoven, Duke Ellington, and others. Tickets are $10 for general admission.

mlk-commissionMonday, January 16—Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. March 30th Anniversary, 10:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. at Pittman-Sullivan Park—This year the featured guest speaker is David Banner and featured musical guest, Jidenna. The march will begin at 10 A.M. at the MLK Academy located at 3501 MLK Drive and end at Pittman-Sullivan Park, 1101 Iowa (march route and info). Free.

Odd Squad Live!, 6:00–8:00 P.M. at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts—Things are about to get very odd in YOUR town, and Ms. O needs YOU to help solve the case. An action-packed, laugh-out-loud adventure where kids get to participate in solving a seriously strange case. When agents Orion and Oleanna get turned into grown-ups by villains, it’s up to the kids in the audience to use their math skills and help the agents decode, decipher, and unravel clues. With a little help from Ms. O back at headquarters, the agents and audience members work together to save the day. Some lucky fans will even get to join the fun on stage and use amazing Odd Squad gadgets. Tickets range from $19.50 to $60 for Meet & Greet.

Thursday, January 19

Homeschool Student Workshop: Portraits, Still Lifes, and Landscapes, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at the 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]

Friday, January 20

Toddler Art Play: Rainbow Colors, 10:30-11:30 A.M. at McNay Art Museum—Mini museum visit meets creative playtime for children under five. Wear paint clothes for a fun, messy time at the McNay. Free for kids with paid adult admission; free for museum members.

Carver Youth Matinee Series: Ile Bahia de S.A. Capoeira, 11:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Carver Community Cultural Center—Capoeira, brought to Brazil by African slaves, is a unique art form that combines elements of martial arts, dance, and acrobatics performed to the background of Brazilian instruments and music. Students will not only be thrilled by the agility, precision, and power of the dancers and movements, but will also explore the rich historical significance of the 500-year-old art form. See Ile Bahia Capoeira in action here. Registration required. Free.

Saturday, January 21

Happy Feet, 11:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Silverado, Northwest, Rialto, and Mayan Palace—Part of the free movie series in January at select Santikos theaters. Arrive early for best seating. Click here for more details and the rest of the free January movie schedule. Free.

Symphony at SAPL, 2:00–3:00 P.M. at Memorial Branch Library—Please join us for a lively, musical afternoon. A San Antonio Symphony musician will be visiting the Memorial Branch Library to share the joy of music with children of all ages. Come and find out how special classical music can be. Free.

Thursday, January 26

Growing Up Wild: Animal Tracks, 10:00–11:30 A.M. at Friedrich Wilderness Park—For ages 4 to 7 years old. Learn about wild animal tracks through stories, hands-on activities, and guided hikes. Growing Up Wild builds on a child’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 and appreciation of nature. RSVP required. For more information, call 210-207-3782 or email [email protected] Suggested donation is $3 per person, $6 per family. 

Saturday, January 28

Saturday Family Drop-in Programs, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden—Join hands-on family fun. Participants create crafts, play games, and take part in a garden exploration activity. Included with admission, no registration is needed.


Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 11:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Silverado, Northwest, Rialto, and Mayan Palace—Part of the free movie series in January at select Santikos theaters. Arrive early for best seating. Click here for more details and the rest of the free January movie schedule. Free.

¡Uno, Dos, Tres, Andrés!, 2:00–3:00 P.M. at Central Library—Andrés Salguero, better known as 123 Andrés, is one of the most exciting new voices on the family music scene in the U.S. and Latin America, “a rockstar for little language learners” according to Billboard Magazine. His most recent album, entitled Arriba Abajo, won the Latin Grammy for best children’s album in 2016, as well as the Parent’s Choice Gold Award. Free.

Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day Come and Go Craft, 2:00–5:30 P.M. at Brook Hollow Branch Library—Pop! Paint! Play! We are celebrating those pop-able plastic bubbles. Free.

Sunday, January 29

Family Art Play: Mutant Plant Attack, 1:00–4:00 P.M. at McNay Art Museum—What could happen if a bunch of different species of plants grew together and a new mutant plant was created? Let your imagination run loose as you create a hybrid of your own and explore artist Leigh Anne Lester’s installation in the AT&T Lobby. Kids are free with paid adult admission; free for museum members.

Image from McNay Art Museum website

Image from McNay Art Museum website 

Monday, January 30

SPARK: Immune System, 4:30–5:30 P.M. at Pruitt Library—Science concepts come to life as children explore through stories and exciting, hands-on experiments. Free.

Tuesday, January 31

Family Game Night, 4:00–5:30 P.M. at Pan American Library—Families are invited to take part in a fun evening to play some pretty sweet games like Jenga, Chess, Sorry, Connect 4, Monopoly, Zombies, and Yahtzee. Free.

January 6, 13, 20, & 27

Friday Night Public Shows, 6:30–10:00 P.M. at The Scobee Education Center & Planetarium—A total of four different shows are offered for family viewing including one all-ages show. Scanlan Observatory & Telescope open and free to the public 9-10 P.M. (weather permitting). Tickets for each program are available at the ticket booth 30 minutes before each program with cash or check only. Separate tickets must be purchased for each show. Adult tickets are $5; children’s tickets are $4.

6:30 P.M. Accidental Astronauts—35 min. Family Presentation Open to All Ages. Follow the adventures of Cy and Annie and their dog Armstrong as they embark on an unexpected journey into space! Explore the Earth, Sun and Moon system with a wise-cracking starship computer. Bounce along with them on the surface of the Moon. Get up close and personal with a solar storm. And gain a new appreciation of our home planet. A space adventure for all ages. Tickets go on sale at 6 P.M.  

7:30 P.M. The Sky Tonight Live—45 min. Children must be 6 years or older. This program takes the audience on a “live” tour of the wonders of the San Antonio January sky. The show highlights the Moon, the evening and morning planets, plus we’ll identify several of the brightest stars and constellations visible in the current winter sky.  The Sky Tonight is a “live” lecture and is back by popular request.  Tickets go on sale at 7 P.M.

9:00 P.M. Double Feature: Ice Worlds51 min. Children must be 6 years or older. This presentation allows audiences to appreciate the delicate balance between ice, water and the existence of life, which has been a topic of exploration and discovery in science for generations. In travels to the Arctic and Antarctic regions of our planet, audiences will examine the ecosystems that live and thrive there and see how their survival is connected with our own. Beyond Earth, we’ll see how the existence of ice shapes the landscape and the natural systems on other planets and moons in our solar system. 

 Experience the Aurora: Over seven months in the Arctic Circle, photographers using special digital cameras and all­ sky lenses imaged the breathtaking beauty of the Aurora Borealis or “Northern lights.” 

January 13-Feburary 19

Roxaboxen at Magik Theatre—By Alice McLerran, adapted by Richard Rosen. To most people, Roxaboxen was just a hill with stones, some wooden boxes, and lots of cactus. But to eight children it was a magical town of their own making—”a place that really was, and, once you’ve been there, always is.” Magik Founder Emeritus Richard Rosen and new Managing Artistic Director Frances Limoncelli pair up to bring this heartwarming tale to life again on the Magik stage. Sensory-friendly performance on January 28. Tickets are $12–15.


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