San Antonio Scoop: A Mom’s Guide to January Events

Happy New Year! Onward and upward! We hope you’ve had a relaxing holiday season and wish you a pleasant 2018. 

January in San Antonio tends to be a little tricky when it comes to planning for the weather, but we’ve rounded up plenty of indoor and outdoor events for this month.

San Antonio kicks off its Tricentennial Year on December 31st, starting with a New Year’s Eve celebration and offering festivities for the public throughout 2018. A city-wide, collaborative event growing every year is DreamWeek. Now in its sixth year, DreamWeek takes place January 5–20 with more than 200 events and numerous community partners including the San Antonio Public Library. “DreamWeek is a modern-day expression of the MLK vision: to lay the foundations of tolerance, equality, and diversity by creating dialogue across cultures and communities.”

Monday, January 1—New Year’s Day!

Tuesday, January 2

Free Family Night, 5:30–7:30 P.M. at The DoSeum—First Tuesday of every month. The first 1,500 guests will be admitted; arrive early to ensure entry. Parking is limited, so plan accordingly. FREE!

Friday, January 5

King Poetry Slam, 7:00 P.M. at the Carver Community Cultural Center—This first annual event will host 15 nationally and internationally ranked poets who will battle it out in the Alamo City. With $1,500 on the line, there will be three rounds of poetic fire! Each poet has constructed and practiced for these moments on January 5th at the Carver! Hosted by San Antonio’s highly regarded poet Outspoken Bean and DJ Champion, along with Donnie Dee. Tickets are $15 at the door, $12 in advance.

Saturday, January 6

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 custom. FREE!

Kids Workshop: Block Calendar, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Home Depot stores—Get organized for 2018 with a hands-on workshop where you and your child can assemble a wooden block calendar. Useful year-round, the block calendar is perfect for a tabletop display. Once the calendar construction is complete, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft and will receive a certificate of achievement, a Workshop apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron, and pin. FREE!

Art in the Park with San Antonio Dance Umbrella, 11:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. and 12:00-1:00 P.M. (two sessions) at Hemisfair—Join Hemisfair partner San Antonio Dance Umbrella for a free Creative Movement dance workshop with San Antonio Dance Fringe for kids ages 4–11. Dress to dance comfortably outdoors. Parental supervision required; seating provided. The workshop will have two sessions and begin promptly. Held in Goliad Plaza at the north end of the park, past the climbing structures. Follow Art in the Park signage. FREE!

Sunday, January 7

Three Kings Day Celebration, 1:00–4:00 P.M. at San Fernando Hall—Hosted by Puerto Rican Heritage Society. Come and welcome the Three Kings: Melchor, Gaspar, and Baltazar. Villancicos, crafts, and merienda for the children. FREE!

Wednesday, January 10

Family Empowerment: Decreasing Challenging Behaviors, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Autism Community Network—with Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA. Is your child’s behavior sometimes difficult to handle? This class will provide caregivers information on how to prevent, replace, and respond to challenging behaviors. These strategies will help reduce the likelihood of your child engaging in challenging behavior in the future.

Thursday, January 11

Growing Up Wild: Animal Tracks, 10:00–11:00 A.M. at Friedrich Wilderness Park—Learn about wild animal tracks through stories, hands-on activities, and a guided hike. Growing Up Wild builds on a child’s sense of wonder about nature and invites children 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: $3 per person, $6 per family.

Friday, January 12

Cinema on the Plaza: Disney’s Frozen, 7:00 P.M. at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts—Movie begins at 8:00 P.M. When her kingdom becomes trapped in perpetual winter, fearless Anna (Kristen Bell) joins forces with mountaineer Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his reindeer sidekick to find Anna’s sister, Snow Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel), and break her icy spell. Although their epic journey leads them to encounters with mystical trolls, a comedic snowman (Josh Gad), harsh conditions, and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff bravely push onward in a race to save their kingdom from winter’s cold grip. Full concessions and bar available. Bring your own lawnchair or blanket and enjoy the movie on a 32-foot LED video wall (chairs also available at the venue). No outside food or drinks allowed on the plaza. No pets allowed on the plaza, please. FREE!

January 12-14

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella at the Majestic Theatre—The Tony Award® – winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This production all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including In My Own Little Corner, Impossible/It’s Possible and Ten Minutes Ago, in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream… or a really great pair of shoes. Tickets $45-130.

Saturday, January 13

11th Annual Youth Empowerment Summit, 9:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M. at St. Philip’s College—Presentation of a series of workshops, from robotics and engineering to dance and hip hop music. Workshops will be designed to encourage youth and parents to think in terms of career paths as well as community engagement. Attendance to morning workshops is mandatory for admission to an afternoon of fun contests and a surprise nationally known recording artist! Register online. Parent workshops will be available. College and tech school recruiters will be on site. For more information, contact the MLK Youth Event Committee at (210) 461-1709. FREE!

Vermicomposting for Beginners, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Friedrich Wilderness Park—Learn how to recycle your kitchen scraps into excellent soil for your plants…Mother Nature’s perfect recycling plan! Learn how to train your very own red wigglers to do the work and create a bucket worm bin system suitable for indoor use. Fee covers all supplies, including red wiggler worms and bins. Only one set of materials per family. RSVP only. For more information, call (210) 207-3782 or email [email protected]. Suggested donation: $10 per family.

Saturday Morning Funhouse, 10:30 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Thousand Oaks Library—Remember waking up on Saturday morning to cartoons and a big bowl of cereal? Come dressed in your favorite pajamas and relive those days with a screening of cartoons from the 1980s and a variety of sugar-loaded cereals. FREE!

Art in the Park, 11:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Hemisfair—Celebrate the Chinese New Year and take part in art activities with Inspire Community Fine Art Center. Hemisfair’s Saturday series presents free art workshops for kids ages 4–12. To find a workshop once you arrive, just follow the Art in the Park signs. FREE!

Our Family Reads: The Mayor’s Book Club Kick-off, 2:00–4:00 P.M. at Central Library—Created by Mayor Ron, Erika, and Jonah Nirenberg to encourage families to read along with them and members of City Council about some of their favorite topics, and to cultivate a community experience through reading and discussion. New titles and themes will be announced each month. Mayor Ron Nirenberg kicks off the event with books about unity. Activities for children include “Community Helper”-themed play experiences and hands-on, collaborative art projects the whole family will enjoy. Activities for teens include a friendship bracelet craft and mural activity. Enjoy refreshments while they last. FREE!

Sunday, January 14

YMLA MLK 5K, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Martin Luther King Park—Presented by Young Men’s Leadership Academy. Walk/jog/run with the Young Men’s Leadership Academy Lions. This official DreamWeek event serves as the campus’ primary fundraiser to provide opportunities for students to visit prestigious colleges and universities. It is also a great way to jumpstart your 2018 fitness and health goals. Race fee(s): $10 with no race t-shirt, $20 with race t-shirt. No refunds.

DreamWeek Family Art Day, 2:00-4:00 P.M. at Launch San Antonio—Join Artful Start for an afternoon of exploring dreams and imagination with inclusive art. Children and young adults with any disabilities are welcome. FREE!

Buffalo Soldier Day, 12:00–4:00 P.M. at Institute of Texan Cultures—As part of DreamWeek 2018, visitors have a chance to experience life as a Buffalo Soldier. After the Civil War, African Americans earned a permanent place in the United States Armed Forces. Many enlisted and were placed in the infantry and cavalry units assigned to the Texas Frontier. There, they scouted and mapped Texas lands; protected settlers, traders, and the mail; installed telegraph lines; and carried out dozens of other tasks that shaped early Texas. Learn how to pack a ruck sack for a frontier patrol, read maps, and track wild animals. Take part in a trap ball game and other activities the soldiers enjoyed while off duty. FREE!

Monday, January 15—Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday (observed)

MLK March, 10:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. at Pittman-Sullivan Park—On January 19, 1987, the Commission and the City of San Antonio held their first official Martin Luther King, Jr. march. Each year, a variety of educational, inspirational, and celebratory events honor one of the nation’s most revered civil rights leaders. The march will begin at 10:00 A.M. at the MLK Academy, located at 3501 MLK Drive, and end at Pittman-Sullivan Park, 1101 Iowa. FREE!

Paper Airplane Tournament, at McKenna Children’s Museum (New Braunfels)—Join the museum for an educational and fun physics lesson, and then decorate and build your very own paper airplane. Challenge your peers to see whose can go farthest, and the winner will receive a prize. Call (830) 606-9525 for more information. Free with museum admission.  

Tuesday, January 16

DreamWeek Storytime, 10:00 A.M.–11:00 A.M. at Hemisfair—“We All Sing With The Same Voice” by J. Philip Miller is a joyous read-aloud that embraces the notion that no matter where children live or what they look like, they’re all the same where it counts—at heart. Immediately following this special edition of Storytime will be a craft activity. FREE!

Winter Family Fair & Food Pantry, 1:00–7:00 P.M. at Texas Wolverine All-Stars—San Antonio companies, nonprofits, and organizations come together under one roof to provide local resources and programs for all families in attendance. Event will include a full day of amazing TWA performances, special guests, a vendor shopping market, and even a free food pantry for eligible families. Special guests to be announced. Food pantry Registration at 3:00 P.M. FREE! 

Wednesday, January 17

Confluence Park Grand Unveiling, 10:30 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Confluence Park—Explore the landmark project where culture, education, ecology, and recreation meet through innovative features that make this environmental, educational, and community space extraordinary. The park includes a site-wide water catchment system, multi-purpose educational center with an earthen roof, demonstration ecotypes, and serves as an inviting gateway to hiking and biking trails along the Historic Mission Reach portion of the San Antonio River. Event and park details here. FREE!

Youth Matinee: Mad River Theatre Works’ Freedom Riders, 11:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Carver Community Cultural Center—Recommended for 3rd–8th graders. This new play by Mad River Theatre Works, with original songs and music, explores the valiant and courageous personalities behind one of the most critical chapters in the history of the Civil Rights movement. The unforgettable heroes, and the facts behind the events portrayed in Freedom Riders, are essential to a full understanding of the Civil Rights era. Freedom Riders demonstrates the importance of working together to affect change and specifically how non-violent protests were used to focus attention on the cruelties of segregation. RSVP online. FREE!

Tween Time: Japanese Rice Balls, 4:30–5:30 P.M. at Potranco Library—Exclusively for ages 9–12. Chinatsu Oku, a Japan Outreach Initiative (JOI) Coordinator based at UTSA, will come and teach tweens how to make Japanese rice balls. Come hungry! FREE!

Friday, January 19

Starting Out Wild: Pokies & Pricklies, 10:00–11:00 A.M. at Friedrich Wilderness Park—For ages 1–3. Learn about the parts of a cactus including the tuna, pad, flower, and spine. 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, call (210) 207-3782 or email [email protected]. Suggested donation: $3 per person, or $6 per family.

Saturday, January 20

Brighton Center Open House, 9:30–11:30 A.M. Join Brighton Center for a Preschool Open House at their Lullwood Campus in the Downtown/Monte Vista area. There will be snacks, door prizes, crafts, tours of their nationally accredited program, and even a story time with Miss Anastasia! 

Fly Fishing, 9:30–11:30 A.M. at Fischer Park (New Braunfels)—Join the New Braunfels Fly Fishers to learn and perfect your fly fishing skills. Experts will be on hand to teach casting techniques, fly-tying methods, and teach about the best spots to fish. FREE!

Kids Bike through the Eastside, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Ella Austin Community Center—Ride for Reading SA is partnering up with SATX Social Ride, HEB Read 3 Program, San Antonio Public Library, and SA Mural Ride to host an event that is fun and active for children of all ages. Children will ride through the Eastside of San Antonio highlighting various murals with an explanation of the artists and history. At the end of the ride, children will receive a book (sponsored by Ride for Reading SA), read with a volunteer, receive healthy snacks (sponsored by HEB Read 3), and participate in outdoor games. FREE!

Snow Day!, 10:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at Science Mill (Johnson City)—Lob snowballs and make snow angels! The backyard—Science & Art Park—is transformed into a winter wonderland with 20 tons of snow! Launch snowballs with the giant catapult. Throw a snowball and track it with radar. Watch a real-life ice sculptor. Race a mini pine box derby car down an ice luge. Free with museum admission.

Art in the Park, 11:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Hemisfair—Join Hemisfair partner The Magik Theatre for a free theatrical play workshop for kids ages 4–11. This month is Dual Language Readers’ Theatre, Tomas and the Library Lady. FREE!

Same New Life City Wide Field Day, 1:00–7:00 P.M. at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex—A community field day as an instrument to address obesity and chronic illness in adolescents, such as diabetes and hypertension (but not limited to these). The aim is to bring unity among families, including those of diverse backgrounds and ethnicities, by breaking down walls and barriers that hinder societal growth.

Sunday, January 21

Winter Wonderland at St. Luke’s Episcopal School, 2:00–4:00 P.M. Children can enjoy free games, crafts, and super fun rides. If weather permits, children can zip down the snow slide or just play in the snow. Grab your mittens and bring spending money if you want to have a bite to eat from the food trucks. They hope to see you there. FREE! *If event organizers see heavy rain, they will move the fun in the Gym. 

A Great Day at the Garden, 12:30–2:30 P.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden—San Antonio Jewish Senior Services hosts a free inter-generational outing! Join nature-themed activities fun for all ages and a yummy snack bag filled with nature’s goodies. RSVP is required! Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Register here. FREE!

Wild Kratts Live!, 1:00–3:00 P.M. at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts—Animated Kratt Brothers, Martin and Chris, “come to real life” in a classically Wild Kratts story. Off “to the Creature Rescue!” the Kratt Brothers activate some fan favorite Creature Power Suits to confront a comic villain. Through hilarious pratfalls and amazing animal “wow facts,” the Wild Kratts team rescues their favorite invention from Zach’s clutches so the animals of the creature world are safe once again. Tickets $24.50–100.00 (VIP).

Monday, January 22

Parenting Workshop: Peaceful Discipline, 9:30–11:00 A.M. and 5:00–6:00 P.M. at Barshop Jewish Community Center—Tired of yelling, nagging, and endless reminding? In this workshop, you will learn and practice peaceful ways to guide children’s behavior. Workshops are recommended for parents with children ages 0–18 and available at two times. Offered to Jewish Community Center Members for free; only $10 for the community. Open to the public.

Wednesday, January 24

Family Empowerment: Decreasing Challenging Behaviors, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Autism Community Network—Ask a Therapist: After learning and practicing the basics of handling your child’s challenging behaviors, come ask the therapist specific questions and get individualized feedback.**Prerequisite: Decreasing Challenging Behavior class. For more information and to register, visit Autism Community Network online or call (210) 435-1000.

Thursday, January 25

Growing Up Wild: Animal Tracks, 10:00–11:00 A.M. at Friedrich Wilderness Park—For ages 4–7. Learn about wild animal tracks through stories, hands-on activities, and a guided hike. Growing Up Wild builds on a child’s sense of wonder about nature and invites kids to explore wildlife and the world around them. Activities are designed to provide an early foundation and appreciation of nature. RSVP required. Visit fosana.org to reserve your spot. For more information, call (210) 207-3782 or email [email protected]. Suggested donation: $3 per person, $6 per family.

Saturday, January 27

The Super Run, 7:00–11:00 A.M. at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex—A national series of Superhero-themed 5K runs that partner with nonprofit organizations to put on events to help raise awareness and funds for their cause. Galactic blaster cuffs (first come, first served basis with race registration), custom galactic race Bib and galactic finisher’s medal. Activities for all ages include superhero mask coloring, DJ, vendor area, and other activities. Galactic game zone with corn hole, ladder ball and more. Registration $25-45.

Costume Character Appearance: Skippy Jon Jones, 10:30 A.M. at The Twig Bookshop—More information coming soon! FREE!

Art in the Park with San Antonio Dance Umbrella, 11:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Hemisfair—Join Hemisfair partner San Antonio Dance Umbrella for a free Capoeira dance workshop for kids ages 4–11. Please dress to dance comfortably outdoors. Parental supervision required; seating provided. The workshop will have two sessions and begin promptly at 11:00 A.M. It will be held in Goliad Plaza at the north end of the park, past the climbing structures. Follow the Art in the Park signage. FREE!

Snow Fall at Flyte, 10:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at Brooks—The Brooks winter favorite is here! Experience a real snow day when hundreds of thousands of pounds of snow are brought in for family-friendly fun. Flyte, located at 7902 Challenger Drive, will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland with snow slides, play areas, and fun for the whole family. FREE!

Health & Wholeness Fair, 11:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at Schertz Civic Center (Schertz)—Come out for free vision, hearing, and health screenings, free flu shots, and a chance to visit with more than 70 vendors. Start the new year in a healthy way and support local commerce. FREE! (admission and parking)

January 27–28

Wizards and Wands Arts & Crafts Show at Wonderland of the Americas Mall—Fly, swing, or teleport on over for an action-packed day of family fun shopping , costumes , and more all geared around some of your favorite heroes. Check out a pop-up gallery of stylish posters and prints by area artists. Artisans have made everything from the practical, whimsical, edible, stylish, to collectible – just for your unique taste. FREE!

Sunday, January 28

Family Art Play: O’Keeffe Tote Bag Paintings, 2:00–3:00 P.M. at McNay Art Museum—Inspired by artist Georgia O’Keeffe, paint an up-close view of a flower on a tote bag. Take pictures of plants with a smartphone and use your photo to make it portable. Free with museum admission.

Monday, January 29

Tween STEM Club: LED Paper Circuit Art, 3:00–4:00 P.M. at Cody Library—Exclusively for children ages 9–12. Learn about electrical circuits in this hands-on demonstration. After the demonstration tweens will make their own art cards using LEDs and paper circuits. FREE!

Wednesday, January 31

Family Empowerment: Introduction to Autism, 11:00 A.M. at Autism Community Network—Would you like to learn more about autism spectrum disorders? This class will provide caregivers with basic answers about autism spectrum disorders (ASD), including defining ASD and describing its characteristics and diagnosis criteria. A general overview on treatments for ASD, with a focus on evidence-based practices, will also be presented. For more information and to register, visit Autsim Community Network online or call (210) 435-1000.

January 2-February 28

Winter Promo, regular museum hours at The Doseum—Kick off the new year with a great winter promotion designed for DoSeum friends who are Lone Star /Texas EBT card holders. Pay only $3 general admission for you (and up to three guests) any day during normal business hours! This is a great opportunity to bring your family or friends and enjoy The DoSeum at a deep discounted rate. All card holders must present valid photo ID. Special promo rate not applicable for special events, group admission, or educational programs. Promo not valid for online ticket purchases.

January 19–28

The Lion King JR at Woodlawn Theatre—The African savannah comes to life on the Woodlawn stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock, to the jungle, and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale. Tickets $10.

January 26–February 17

Tomás and the Library Lady at Magik Theatre—Good for ages 5 and up, ideal for ages 7–12. Based on the award-winning book by Pat Mora and adapted for the stage by playwright Jose Cruz Gonzalez. Tomás is the son of Spanish-speaking, migrant farmworkers, Florencio and Josefa Rivera. He loves learning, but often misses school to follow the crops with his parents. When Tomás meets a library lady, a whole new world opens up for him. This inspirational story suggests what libraries—and education—can make possible. Tickets: $12–15.

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