San Antonio Scoop: A Guide to February Events

The February Scoop is presented by the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo.

Anyone else wondering where January went? How is it already February?!

San Antonio kicks off the Stock Show & Rodeo this month; it runs for about two weeks. Plus, throughout February you’ll find events celebrating Black History Month, with several hosted by the San Antonio Public Library. For Valentine’s Day, you might want to check out the Pony Express Love Letters project at the Briscoe Art Museum.

February 1-11

Pony Express Love Letters at Briscoe Western Art Museum—Spread the love! Visit during museum hours and create a handwritten letter, compose a sonnet on a vintage typewriter, or fill in a Valentine’s Mad Lib for a loved one. Members of the San Antonio Calligraphers’ Guild will also be on hand to address your written masterpieces on Saturday, February 3 and 10, 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. Modern day “Pony Express” riders (bicycle volunteers from SATX Social Ride) hand-deliver the letters on Tuesday, February  14 to all recipients in the downtown area. Letters outside the delivery area will be mailed courtesy of the Briscoe Museum with a special Pony Express stamp. Free admission to letter writing stations. Letter materials and delivery/postage are free.

February 2-7

Peter Rabbit Party, click on branch for specific date/time at Potranco, Landa, Collins Garden, Semmes, Cortez, Pan American, Johnston, Pruitt, Cody branch libraries—Peter first appeared in a story letter written to a sick child in 1893. Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail invite you to a special celebration honoring their brother Peter on the occasion of his 125th birthday! FREE!

Saturday, February 3

Agents of Discovery: Augmented Reality Game, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Hardberger Park East—Want to add a little green time with your screen time? Download the free Agents of Discovery app and start moving and exploring at Phil Hardberger Park! Players will assume the role of a Secret Agent on a Mission as they gain new insights into the natural world. Challenges are created by park staff members and are geo triggered as kids walk the trail. Meet at the Greeters Table at Phil Hardberger Park – East (13203 Blanco Rd.). No registration required. Suggested donation of $3 per person or $5 per family to the PHP Conservancy. 

Western Heritage Parade & Cattle Drive, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Downtown San Antonio, La Villita Historic Arts Village and —Step back in time to celebrate historic Texas roots and the kick-off the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. The parade route runs through the streets of downtown San Antonio and features participants who represent the heritage of the Lone Star State and the Old West. Fort Hood 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Sam Houston Caisson, Texas Heritage Riders and of course, a herd of Texas Longhorns are just some of the snapshots that celebrate the legacy of this great State. FREE!

Valentine’s Bean Bag Toss, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Home Depot stores—Score points with your loved ones and build a Valentine bean bag toss in this hands-on workshop. Construct a fun bean bag toss game for the whole family to love. Each child can decorate their creation 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, receive a free 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!

First Saturday: Alamo Round Up, 9:00 A.M.–4:30 P.M. at the Alamo—Dust off your cowboy boots and join this special First Saturday at the Alamo to kick off the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo with a cowboy themed day. Living history demonstrations will include period medicine and games, weapons of the old west, firing demos, children’s drills, tales from the cattle trail and more. FREE!

Magik Reader’s Theatre: Stories of Hispanic Heritage, 11:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Magik Theatre—Event includes three readers: Diana Lopez, the author of Coco, reading Tomás and the Library Lady
Manny Pelaez, San Antonio’s District 8 City Councilman reading an excerpt from Coco; Xelena González, a local author reading her publication, All Around Us. A talkback will be held after the reading and a chance to meet the readers. Concessions will be available. RSVP here, but reservations are not required. The Magik Theatre is holding a book drive – bring any old or gently used books for donation. 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 one-hour sessions and begin promptly at 11 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!

Amistad! A Friendship Celebration, 11:30 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Woodlawn Pointe—Activities are appropriate for kids ages 2-6. Bring your family and loved ones to a celebration of friendship. There will be music, entertainment, snacks and eco-friendly art making. To register and for more information please email us at [email protected] Suggested registration per person is $5.

Star Party, 6:00-9:00 P.M. at Crescent Bend Nature Park (Cibolo)—The Schertz Parks and Recreation department invites everyone to come explore the Texas night sky. View Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus. Volunteers from the San Antonio Astronomical Association will have their telescopes available for visitors to get a peek at these natural wonders. For more information contact City of Schertz Parks and Recreation at (210) 619-1850. FREE!

Sunday, February 4

Family Day: See + Do: Our American Stories, 1:00–4:00 P.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art—Celebrate the rich diversity of cultures in the Americas through thought-provoking art activities reflecting the museum’s Latin American, Asian-Pacific American, and African American artworks. Paint, draw, collage and sculpt as you explore cultural identity through stories and art. All Harlandale ISD students and their families receive free admission on this family day. Children 12 and under always receive free admission. Free with museum admission. [*Pro tip: Arrive before noon on Sundays and everyone gets in for FREE!]


Monday, February 5

Little Sprouts: Grow as We Go!, 10:00–11:30 A.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden—Bring the little ones, 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. This month, take a look at life cycles of living things. Fee is $15 per child and includes one adult. Additional children are $5. A parent or guardian must stay with the child. Please contact Timothy Roan at 210-536-1412 or [email protected] if you have any questions. NOTE: This is the 1st Monday, not the usual 2nd Monday!

Tween Black History Month Cook-A-Long, 3:00–4:00 P.M. at Cody Library—Tweens will watch a movie about the first African-American Disney princess, a New Orleans aspiring chef turned princess, and cook along with her. Exclusively for children ages nine to twelve. FREE!

Tuesday, February 6

Free Family Night, 5:30–7:30 P.M. at the DoSeum—Every first Tuesday of the month. The first 1,500 guests will be admitted; please arrive early to ensure entry. When capacity is reached, a sign will be posted outside. Parking is limited; please plan accordingly. No outside food allowed inside.Limit stroller use or use umbrella strollers only inside the museum. FREE!

Wednesday, February 7

CHEF: Kids and Family Cooking Class, 6:00–8:00 P.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden—Join Chef Dave as he combines nutrition and cooking basics under the trailblazing Culinary Health Education for Families (CHEF) program, into a five-part family-friendly hands-on cooking series. Enjoy a chef-prepared appetizer when you arrive, then prepare and taste several delicious, healthy recipes. Recommended for families with children ages 5 and up. Families will leave with recipes each class. Fee: $30 ($27) fee includes one adult and one child, $5 ($4.50) per additional participant. Register by February 5 for February 7.

Friday, February 9

H-E-B Cinema on the Plaza: Hidden Figures, 8:00 P.M. at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts—Three brilliant African-American women at NASA — Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) — serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world. 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. FREE!

Sweethearts Dance, 5:00–7:30 P.M. at Pearl Stable—Round up your little ones for a family Valentine’s celebration featuring DJ Steven Lee Moya. Enjoy music and dancing, love-themed arts and crafts, photo booth, sweet and salty treats for your sweeties and a champagne bar for mom and dad. Fancy whimsical attire recommended. Tickets are $20 for one adult and one child, $10 per additional adult and $5 per additional child. Children under 2 are free. Tickets are $20 for one adult and one child, $10 per additional adult and $5 per additional child. Children under 2 are free.

Saturday, February 10

Second Saturday Volunteer Day of Service, 9:00 A.M–12:00 P.M. at Cibolo Nature Center (Boerne)—It’s time for a Nature Center spruce-up, sponsored by REI. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent. Long-sleeve shirt, jeans, hat, gloves, sunscreen, and sneakers recommended. FREE!

Kids Club: Picture Scavenger Hunt, 10:00–11:00 A.M. at Cibolo Nature Center (Boerne)—Meet at the Visitor’s Center. Contact Stephanie Patillo at [email protected] for more information. $5 per family.

Ladybug Girl Tea Party with Ballet San Antonio, 10:30 A.M. at The Twig Book Shop—First Position Society’s RED event to coincide with Ballet San Antonio’s performance of RED at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, February 16-18 (ticketed event). FREE!

Art in the Park with Inspire Community Fine Art Center, 11:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Hemisfair—Hemisfair’s Saturday series presents free art workshops for kids ages 4-12. This week’s activity will be a Valentine’s Day craft. Once you arrive, just follow the “Art in the Park” signs. FREE!

Planets in the Park, 6:00–9:00 P.M. at San Antonio River Nature Park—Join San Antonio River Authority, San Antonio River Foundation, San Antonio Astronomical Association and The Star Garrison of the 501st Legion for this annual event. Fun for the whole family. FREE!

Sunday, February 11

Tricentennial Festival of Music & Dance, 7:00 P.M. at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts—San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet and YOSA present a powerful collaboration in celebration of San Antonio’s Tricentennial. Performance will include a variety of music and dance selections that resonate with the city’s rich cultural heritage. The concert will feature Karin Heiden’s ballet, “For Those Left Behind,” in honor of the men and women in military service and their families. The ballet is set to Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, featuring a classical Spanish guitar soloist and showcases a Spanish-themed courtyard festival prior soldiers’ departure to war. This classical ballet is an interpretation of a community’s support for its soldiers and the emotional struggles of four couples. Tickets are free but necessary for attendance. FREE!

Wednesday, February 14—Valentine’s Day

Healthy Start Baby Shower, 11:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at El Progreso Hall—A community baby shower hosted by the Healthy Start program. Healthy Start aims to help expecting moms and their families have a healthy pregnancy. This baby shower will offer a lot of fun and educational activities. For more information and to RSVP please call or text Sandra Pinedo at 210- 718-1690. To learn more about Healthy Start visit FREE!

Wacky Wednesdays: Chinese New Year, 4:00 P.M. at Thousand Oaks Library—After school crafts and activities recommended for school-age children. No desks. No tests. Just fun! Younger children welcome when accompanied by an adult. FREE!

Friday, February 16

Family Flashlight Night, 6:00–8:30 P.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden—Get your flashlights and headlamps ready. Discover the nocturnal side of the Garden. Make shadow puppets and find your way through a light maze. Included with general admission ($9-12). Members enjoy this event for free.

February 16-18

Red, at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts—Ballet San Antonio’s mixed repertory engagement conjures passion, love, humor, and strength, fusing classical ballet with contemporary dance. This program features the foremost contemporary choreographer, George Balanchine’s exuberant Rubies, a sassy and feisty piece set to Stravinsky’s Capriccio for piano and orchestra. Tickets $35-114. Youth Performance on Friday, February 16 at 10 A.M., Tickets $8-10.

Saturday, February 17

Girls Global Summit, 9:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Rosenberg Sky Room (University of the Incarnate Word)—What does it mean to be a global citizen? This event sponsored by Women’s Global Connection of San Antonio explores that question. Expand your horizons by focusing on issues facing girls and women around the globe. All are invited –  community leaders, moms, teachers, and girls getting a sense of the larger world. Perfect for middle school, high school, and college-age girls. Lunch included. FREE!

Asian Festival: Year of the Dog, 10:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. at Institute of Texan Cultures—Enjoy authentic food, music, dance, martial arts, shopping, games and entertainment – from China to the Indian Sub-continent, and the island nations of the Pacific. Entertainment includes two stages, featuring traditional Asian dance and performances, henna painting and palm readings, martial arts demos, a children’s craft area, anime activities, bonsai and ikebana displays, a mahjong table, and libation station. Avoid the lines, purchase tickets online for $10 ($12 at the gate).

Art in the Park, 11:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Hemisfair—Join Hemisfair partner The Magik Theatre for a theatrical play workshop for kids ages 4-11. This month is A Knuffle Bunny workshop with arts and crafts. FREE!

All Around Us Book Party, 2:00–3:30 P.M. at Central Library—Celebrate the release of an acclaimed new picture book by San Antonio natives Xelena González and Adriana Garcia. All Around Us explores a day in the life of a modern day Mestizo family as they discover the circles and cycles that exist in their lives. All ages are welcome to this dynamic reading that will include a Tai Chi storytelling component, which beautifully ties into the start of the Lunar New Year. This special Family Fun program — hosted in the new Latino Collection and Resource Center — will include activities, live music, light refreshments, and book signings. FREE!

Confucius Wishing Lanterns on the Water, 5:00–7:00 P.M. at the River Walk—An ethereal and spiritual experience of casting lanterns into the river in honor of loved ones, hopes, dreams, and wishes. Lanterns with lights are $5 each and are sold at the event. Pens will be available to decorate and personalize lanterns. Entertainment includes festival dancing to thematic music. Immediately following the casting of the wishing lanterns, and for the next two weeks, enormous illuminated lanterns will float on 26-ft- long boats throughout the downtown section of the River Walk. FREE!

Tuesday, February 20

Homeschool Day: Stories Told, 12:00–2:30 P.M. at McNay Art Museum—Families and students explore narrative in the work of Jacob Lawrence, an artist who painted historical events. Guided gallery exercises and studio art activities combine to offer an experience rooted in both art and history. Program is suitable for students aged 5-11, and students must be accompanied by an adult. Feel free to picnic on the grounds afterward.Space is limited and registration is required. Fee (applies to adults only; students attend free): McNay Members $10, nonmembers $25. Register online or e-mail [email protected] by February 19. 

Explorers Club: Paper Airplanes, 3:30–4:30 P.M. at Tobin Library—For ages 9-12. Come and explore different ways to make paper airplanes and see which design flies the furthest. FREE!

CHEF: Kids and Family Cooking Class, 6:00–8:00 P.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden—Join Chef Dave as he combines nutrition and cooking basics under the trailblazing Culinary Health Education for Families (CHEF) program, into a five-part family-friendly hands-on cooking series. Enjoy a chef-prepared appetizer when you arrive, then prepare and taste several delicious, healthy recipes. Recommended for families with children ages 5 and up. Families will leave with recipes each class. Fee: $30 ($27) fee includes one adult and one child, $5 ($4.50) per additional participant. Register by February 19 for February 21 class.

Friday, February 23

Youth Matinee Series: Blackbird, Fly with Daniel Bernard Roumain & Marc Bamuthi Joseph, 11:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Carver Community Cultural Center—Recommended for 6th-12th grade. This concert combines movement, narrative, music, Haitian folklore, and hip hop to engage and explore critical questions about identity, tolerance, and inclusion. This performance is an intimate duet between two preeminent sons of Haitian immigrants: composer/violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain and spoken word artist/arts activist Marc Bamuthi Joseph who share their lives and personal experiences. FREE!

Saturday, February 24

You & Me by Mummenschanz: The Musicians of Silence, 7:30 P.M. at Majestic Theatre—For more than four decades, Mummenschanz: The Musicians of Silence have continued to develop non-verbal theatrical language independent from contemporary mask theatre. The ‘stories’ told by Mummenschanz are purely visual. Mummenschanz: The Musicians of Silence compose a playful paralanguage that can be understood and enjoyed by all. Tickets $29-99.

Sunday, February 25

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live: King for a Day!, 2:00 P.M. Tobin Center for the Performing Arts—The grr-ific musical for little tigers and grown-ups alike is back with an all new show for 2017-2018 based on the #1 PBS KIDS TV series. Daniel and all of his friends are on a brand-new adventure in Neighborhood of Make-Believe where Daniel learns just what it takes to be King. It’s an event filled with tigertastic fun, teaching the valuable lessons of kindness, helping others, and being a friend. Tickets $24.75-75 (VIP).

Family Performance: Storytime Journey, 2:00–3:30 P.M. at McNay Art Museum—Journey down the mighty Mississippi River with a local storyteller, and hear more about how artist and Army Captain Seth Eastman documented what he saw along the way in 1848. Free with museum admission.

Monday, February 26

Tween STEM Club: The Science of Earthquakes, 3:00 P.M. at Cody Library—Join a hands-on demonstration of structural engineering. Compete in teams to build the sturdiest structure out of the provided materials. Then, we will test the structures to see if any can withstand an earthquake. Exclusively for children ages nine to twelve. FREE!

Princess Storytime, 4:00–4:30 P.M. at McKenna Children’s Museum—It’s National Tell A Fairytale Day! And who better to hear them from than the princesses themselves!? Princess friends will be in the museum reading stories and visiting with museum patrons. Free with museum admission.

Tuesday, February 27

TWA Winter Family Fair and Food Pantry, 1:00–7:00 P.M. at Texas Wolverine All-Stars—San Antonio companies, non-profits and organizations come together under one roof to provide local resources and programs for all families in attendance. Family friendly event that will include a full day of Texas Wolverines All-Star performances, special guests, a vendor shopping market and even a free food pantry for eligible families. FREE!

January 2-February 28

Winter Promo, during 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 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.

February 3, 10, 17, & 24

The Ants Go Marching, 10:00 A.M. at Pearl Studio—The Magik Theatre presents Theatre for Very Young Audiences. A world premiere written by Carolyn Dellinger. A plucky young Red Ant goes on a quest to find a Rainbow, but finds herself in Blue Ant territory! A story of learning, communicating and building, Ants Go Marching is Magik’s first Theatre for the Very Young original built for children ages 5 and under. Together, with Red and Blue, you will go on a colorful adventure of rhythm, dance, and new friendship. This show follows the successful run of Wake Up, Brother Bear, the first Theatre for the Very Young show presented by The Magik Theatre, in collaboration with Imagination Stage. Tickets $12.

February 5-28

The Motown Sound!, click on branch name for specific date & time Bazan, Westfall, Collins Garden, Encino, Memorial, San Pedro, Cody, Thousand Oaks, Potranco, Pruitt, Tobin branch libraries—Celebrate the sounds of the Supremes, the Temptations and the Jackson Five and take a turn on the dance floor during Black History Month. Recommended for toddlers, preschoolers, their parents, and caregivers. FREE!

February 8-25

San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, at AT&T Center and Freeman Coliseum—One of the largest single events in the city of San Antonio, with over two million visitors entering the grounds each year. Attractions, exhibits, music, and entertainment providing something for everyone. 
Dollar Days are Presidents Day and every Friday: Grounds admission, rides, hot dogs, popcorn and sodas in the carnival area are only $1 each!
Family Day is the final Sunday of the rodeo (February 25): Free grounds admission with coupon available at all San Antonio and New Braunfels area Chick-fil-A locations. Grounds admission without a coupon is $5 for adults or kids 12 and under & seniors are free. Parking will be $5 or free with a permit. 
*Grounds admission discount valid 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. only. Does not include admission into the AT&T Center for Rodeo performance

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