San Antonio Scoop: A Guide to March Events

Spring Break is coming…and hopefully sunnier, warmer days too. Punxsutawney Phil did see his shadow this year, but no matter what, the first day of spring is March 20!

Moms (and dads!), this month we’ve included several events for tweens and teens, so be sure to check those out.

Just a few more weeks until Easter Sunday, which falls on April 1 this year. Our annual Egg Hunt & Spring Event Guide will be coming out in early March, so stay tuned.

Happy Spring!

Thursday, March 1

Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration, 10:30 A.M. at Leon Valley Public Library—Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday starting with storytime at 10:30 A.M. and Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Party with crafts, games, and snacks at 10:50 A.M. FREE!

No Filters, 6:00 P.M. at UTSA (Downtown Campus)—SAY Sí’s ALAS Youth Theatre Company shares new and renewed hip-hop compositions in their original musical production, No Filters. FREE!

Friday, March 2

Coco, 6:30–9:30 P.M. at Crockett Park—Outdoor movie screening sponsored by San Antonio College. Bring picnics, lawn chairs, and blankets. FREE!

Saturday, March 3

Dinosaur George, 9:00–11:00 A.M. at Hardberger Park (West)—World renowned paleontologist George Blasing, also known as Dinosaur George, presents an amazing program about dinosaurs of Texas. Great for the whole family. Kid-friendly activity included. No registration is required. Suggested donation: $3 per person or $5 per family.

Let’s Go Birding!, 9:00–11:00 A.M. at Crownridge Canyon Park—Recommended for ages 10 and up. In the spring, birds are very vocal while attracting their mates and defending their territories. This is a perfect time to take a walk through Crownridge with premier birding educators Patsy and Tom Inglet, who will help identify and appreciate these avian songsters. 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 or $6 per family.

Friends of San Antonio Natural Areas (FOSANA) Annual Event, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Friedrich Wilderness Park—Learn the importance of conserving our natural spaces and how you can support this initiative. FOSANA is dedicated to promoting stewardship of San Antonio’s natural areas and to the understanding and appreciation of nature through educational and scientific programs. Enjoy family activities, tree giveaway, guided hikes, and refreshments. FREE!

Kids Workshop: Periscope, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Home Depot stores—Hone your powers of observation in this hands-on workshop. Just like an above-water viewfinder or historical trench optical instrument, you and your child can construct a periscope to expand your view. Once the periscope is built, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. All workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft and will receive a free certificate of achievement, workshop apron, and commemorative pin while supplies last. FREE!

Family Adventure Garden Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening, 9:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden—Play outside and get the wiggles out! Experience 15 fun spaces that encourage unstructured play and exploration. Run up and roll down Tumble Hill, find your way through the kid-friendly Muhly Maze, and trek through Thunder Ridge, where a clap of thunder starts a water play adventure in the Greehey Family Foundation No Name Creek. Parents and caregivers will find plenty of places within the Family Adventure Garden for resting, picnicking, and socializing with friends. (Stroller parking, bathrooms, and water refill stations included.) Free with garden admission.

The Ants Go Marching, 10:00 A.M. at Pearl Studio (200 East Grayson Street, 78215)—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, The 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.

San Antonio Pop Con, 10:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M. at Central Library—A popular culture celebration with a full day of artists, authors, fan groups, anime, gaming, a cosplay contest, an art contest, and more. FREE!

Confluence Park Opening Celebration, 11:00 A.M.–12:30 P.M. at Confluence Park—Explore the landmark project where culture, education, ecology, and recreation meet by joining the San Antonio River Foundation and San Antonio River Authority. Be one of the first to experience the opportunities the park has to offer the community and the innovative features that make this environmental educational and community space extraordinary. FREE!

Super Fun Saturday: Bubbles, Bubbles, Everywhere!, 1:00–3:00 P.M. at Hemisfair—Interactive art, story time, coloring, and children’s musician Will Parker on the Great Lawn. Pinot’s Palette Alamo Heights will be on site with a paint your own “Bubble Gum” canvas, plus a bubble coloring station and a life-size Hamster Ball racing track on the Great Lawn. FREE!

Symphony at SAPL, 2:00 P.M. at San Pedro, Semmes, and Parman branch libraries—Join the library for a lively afternoon with San Antonio Symphony violinists Mary Ellen Goree (at San Pedro), Beth Johnson (at Semmes), and Eric Gratz (at Parman) as they share their talents and love of music with children of all ages at each location. Come and find out how special classical music can be. FREE! 

Bubble Guppies Live! Ready to Rock, 2:00 P.M. at Tobin Center for Performing Arts—Put on your water-wings and dive in to a swimsational musical underwater adventure! The Bubble Guppies are getting ready to rock ‘n’ roll with everyone’s favorite tunes, but when a special band member goes missing, the show can’t go on! With help from Mr. Grouper and giggly little fish, Molly, Gil, and the whole gang embark on a musical expedition as they search every corner of their bubbly world for their friend! Tickets: $20–65 (VIP).

March 3 & 4

Monarch Fest at San Antonio Zoo—In partnership with the City of San Antonio, the San Antonio Zoo is hosting a two-day festival celebrating all things monarchs, milkweed, and migration! Receive free milkweed seeds, participate in fun games and crafts, and learn how you can help end the extinction of the monarch butterfly. This event is included with zoo standard admission and FREE for members.

Sunday, March 4

Camp & Education Expo 2018, 11:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at Norris Conference Center—Hosted by San Antonio Kids’ Directory. Learn about summer camps, schools, childcare, family activities, medical services, and more. There will be entertainers, hands-on activities for the kids, giveaways, freebies, entertainers, and more. FREE!

Family See + Do: Tricentennial Celebration, 1:00–4:00 P.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art—Explore the people and traditions of San Antonio over the last 300 years with art activities inspired by the special Tricentennial exhibition, SA 1718: Art From Viceregal Mexico. Make an explorer map, pop-up mission card, and more! Free with museum admission. All SAISD students and their families receive free admission on March 4th. [Pro tip: Enter the museum before noon and everyone gets in FREE!]

 

Monday, March 5

Goodnight Moon: The Musical, 9:45 A.M. & 11:45 A.M. at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts—Margaret Wise Brown’s classic story Goodnight Moon has been loved and passed down through the generations for more than 60 years. The bunny in the blue-and-white striped PJs wants to delay going to bed for as long as possible, so he says goodnight to every object in his room—and beyond. In this new musical adaptation by Chad Henry, the objects and characters jump off the pages, and the bunny’s bedroom comes to life. Suddenly, the cat and the fiddle, red balloon, clocks and socks, kittens and mittens, and the cow jumping over the moon are just a few of the many that spring into action. Bedtime has never been so entertaining! Tickets: $9.

Tuesday, March 6

Free Family Night, 5:30–7:30 P.M. at The DoSeum—The first 1,500 guests will be admitted; please arrive early to ensure entry. Parking is limited; please plan accordingly. No outside food allowed. Please limit stroller use or use umbrella strollers only inside the museum. FREE!

Saturday, March 10

National Kite Flying Day at the Park, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Hardberger Park West (NW Military Hwy)—This family-friendly program provided by the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy will provide recycled materials to make a kite. You may also bring your own kite and join the fun! Meet at the PHP-West fields behind the playground. FREE!

Spring Festival with KLRN, 10:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Pearsall Park—(Check March 12 & 13 for more events with KLRN!) Join KLRN and Super Why at the park! Enjoy time with your family and explore the power of reading and healthy living in the outdoors. These educational KLRN Kids events will feature school readiness activities and family fun. Visit with Super Why and learn about free programs for your family. FREE!

Art in the Park, 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 will be a Kite-Making Workshop with Inspire Community Fine Arts Center. Once you arrive, just follow the “Art in the Park” signs. FREE! 

Gerald & Piggie Puppet Show, 12:00–1:00 P.M. at Maverick Library—Join the library for another great Gerald and Piggie puppet show featuring “Waiting is Not Easy” and “I Will Take a Nap.” Craft and food to follow at 12:30 P.M. For ages 3 and up. FREE!

Ballet in the Park, 6:00–8:00 P.M. at Travis Park—Annual event for the community. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, family, and friends to enjoy mesmerizing movement by the exquisite dance artists from San Antonio’s premiere professional ballet company, Ballet San Antonio. There will be a class and Q&A beginning at 6:00 P.M. The performance will begin at 7:00 P.M. FREE!

Star Party, 6:30–8:30 P.M. at Eisenhower Park—What’s to see in the spring skies? Observe the night skies with the San Antonio Astronomical Association and learn about the planets and the moon. Family-friendly activity included. During inclement weather, be sure to check the calendar as this program may be canceled. For more information, email [email protected]. No reservations needed. Suggested donation $3 per person or $6 per family.

Sunday, March 11

Second Saturday: Celebrating Texas Women, 12:00–4:00 P.M. at Institute of Texan Cultures—To celebrate Women’s Month, the Institute of Texan Cultures will call on the talents of former San Antonio Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla to share stories and inspiring moments from her life and career. She will offer an interactive story for children to participate in during her presentation. Additionally, the institute will present some of the customs and traditions associated with the Japanese observance Hinamatsuri, the Girl’s Festival, celebrated in early March. Visitors can see a display of traditional hina dolls, make origami kimono dolls and other crafts, learn about Japanese culture and see a performance by the UTSA Japanese Club. FREE!

Monday, March 12

Little Sprouts: Symbols of our State, 10:00–11:30 A.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden—Bluebonnets, pecan trees, prickly pear cactus…all are symbols of the great state of Texas. Let’s investigate! Registration is $10 per adults, $5 per child.

March 12 & 13

Spring Festival with KLRN, Monday, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Lockwood Park & Tuesday, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Woodlawn Park—(Check March 10 another event with KLRN!) Join KLRN and Super Why at the park! Enjoy time with your family and explore the power of reading and healthy living in the outdoors. These educational KLRN Kids events will feature school readiness activities and family fun. Visit with Super Why and learn about free programs for your family. FREE!

March 12–16

Spring Break Camp, 7:30 A.M.–5:30 P.M. at 17 participating San Antonio Parks & Recreation Community Centers—For kids ages 6–14. This camp offers a variety traditional sports, active games, craft projects, and seasonal themed activities. Lunch and afternoon snack provide through the a partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank. Space is limited to 50 participants per day. Register online or in person at a participating center. Registration is $3 per child per day.

Tuesday, March 13

Spring Break Family Day: City Colorific, 12:00–4:00 P.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art—San Antonio’s Tricentennial comes to life through art and music at this free family day featuring a citywide student art exhibition. Paint the San Antonio River, collage your family tree, and draw your vision of San Antonio 300 years from now, inspired by the special Tricentennial exhibition, San Antonio 1718: Art from Viceregal Mexico (note that the $5 exhibition surcharge for 18+ will still apply to view the exhibition). FREE!

March 13–15

Little Partners Spring Break Flicks, 10:30 A.M.–12:30 P.M. at Briscoe Western Art Museum—Camp out “under the stars” in the Clingman Education Gallery and catch classic, kid-friendly Westerns. Movies begin at 10:30 A.M. Tuesday: Rango (2011) rated PG | 1 hr 47 min.; Wednesday: Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002) rated G | 1 hr 23 min.; Thursday: Back to the Future Part III (1990) rated PG | 1 h 58 min. All children must be accompanied by an adult. FREE!

Spring Break Free Family Days: Community at Play, Tuesday & Wednesday, 2:00–4:00 P.M. and Thursday, 2:00–6:00 P.M. at McNay Art Museum—Jump into three days of fun and play! Art activities, free family tours, lawn games, and a special performance take place inside and outside the museum, drawing inspiration from work by African-American artists on view. FREE!

March 13–16

Spring Break Activity Week: Raptors (Tuesday), Butterflies & Insects (Wednesday), Reptiles (Thursday), Birds & Flowers (Friday), 8:30–11:30 A.M. at Mitchell Lake Audobon Center—Explore the worlds of raptors, reptiles, flowers, and more! Each day will feature a different theme with a nature hike at 9:30 A.M. as well as ongoing activities, crafts, and animal guest stars. Arrive any time between 8:30 and 11:30 A.M. to enjoy the festivities. Bring a picnic lunch and explore on your own afterwards (open until 4:00 P.M.). Snacks and drinks available for purchase. FREE!

Thursday, March 15

Family Night, 5:30–7:30 P.M. at Villa Finale Museum & Gardens—Take a free, self-guided tour of the museum and participate in “Our Great, Big, SmART Adventure,” a fun, interactive activity families can complete together while carefully exploring art in the Walter Mathis collection. All supplies will be provided. Kids and their parents can also enjoy complimentary lemonade and cookies as they wander Villa Finale’s lush grounds. FREE!

Saturday, March 17

Monarch Migration Fun Run, 8:30–10:30 A.M. at Mitchell Lake Audobon Center—One-mile trail run to get healthy and learn about the amazing journey of the Monarch butterfly. All participants will receive finishers medals and refreshments. Costumes encouraged. Run begins at 9:00 A.M. Photo ops and crafts available for 30 minutes before and after run. Fun Run is part of Spring Open House. Registration required for run. FREE!

Fest of Tails, 9:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M. at McAllister Park—A free, family-friendly kite festival and dog fair! Celebrate the arrival of spring with family fun in the park. Dogs of all sizes and breeds, along with a sky full of kites, fill this day of fun. All guests are encouraged to bring a blanket and lawn chair to watch the spectacular sky views and to enjoy meeting new furry friends. Event will be filled with live entertainment, various food options, carnival attractions and games, a kite-making workshop, and much more. Pet products and pet adoptions will be available. FREE!

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 A Knuffle Bunny workshop with arts and crafts. FREE!

March 17 & 18

Dog Days: Tails & Kites, 8:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden—Bring your favorite dog to the garden and enjoy hands-on activities from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Free with garden admission.

Sunday, March 18

Fishing 101, 12:30 P.M. at Fischer Park (New Braunfels)—For ages 7 and up. Learn the techniques of casting, knot tying, and fishing in this fun, outdoor experience with instruction by a Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Certified Angler Instructor. Bait, poles, and tackle provided. Meet at Fischer Park Nature Education Center. Register online with New Braunfels Parks & Recreation.  Registration $5 per child.

Wednesday, March 21

Disney Junior Dance Party, 6:00 P.M. at Majestic Theatre—Are you ready to dance?!? Be a part of this all new interactive live concert experience. Sing along to Disney Junior’s greatest hits with your favorite characters: Mickey and the Roadster Racers, Sofia the First, Puppy Dog Pals, Elena of Avalor, Doc McStuffins, Vampirina, The Lion Guard, and more. Kids of all ages and their families are invited to get up and dance, play games and join the biggest dance party around. Tickets $14.50–49.50.

Friday, March 23

Youth Matinee Series: ArtsPower’s My Heart in a Suitcase, 11:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Carver Community Cultural Center—Recommended for 4th–8th graders. Life in 1938 Germany is deteriorating quickly for all Jews living there. Anne Lehmann and her family no longer feel safe in their Berlin home and, in order to protect their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Lehmann may have to say goodbye to her forever. This gripping and poignant production about Anne and her family’s decision whether or not to send her on the Kindertransport is a tribute to the strength of the human spirit and the enduring power of a family’s love, as Anne must struggle to bring meaning out of despair, to cling to love and hope even in a world that seems to be filled with hatred and violence. FREE!

Saturday, March 24

Costume Character Appearance: Little Nut Brown Hare!, 10:30 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at The Twig Book Shop—Hang out with Miss Anastasia and a favorite costume character while reading books and engaging in children’s activities. FREE!

Festival of India, 3:00–9:00 P.M. at La Villita Historic Arts Village—Enjoy a cultural program consisting of classical and modern Indian live performances. Sample many different varieties of Indian cuisine, including vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies, such as dosa, samosas, tandoori chicken, and sweets, all of which are supplied by local Indian restaurants and families. Vendors will have for sale traditional Indian clothing, jewelry, movies, music, and other colorful souvenirs. The cultural program competition performances includes the ever-popular crowd-pleasers such as Bollywood and Bhangra dances. FREE!

Symphony at SAPL, 2:00–3:00 P.M. at Tobin Library—Join a lively, musical afternoon with a San Antonio Symphony musician who will share the joy of music with children of all ages. Find out how special classical music can be. FREE!

Friday, March 30

Teen Night: Art After Dark, 7:00–10:00 P.M. at McNay Art Museum—For high school students ONLY. Make art, meet up with friends, check out San Antonio bands, sip coffee, and hang out at the McNay after hours.  Register online. FREE!

February 22-March 4

CHICAGO: The Musical at North East School of the Arts—The North East School of the Arts continues its 21st season with the Tony Award®-winning CHICAGO, the longest-running American musical in Broadway history. Set amidst the glitz and glamour of the 1920s, this musical vaudeville is based upon the eponymous play written by Maurine Dallas Watkins, who found inspiration for the tale as a crime reporter. With music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, CHICAGO’s legendary score highlights vibrant jazz and rock rhythms, with popular tunes like “Cell Block Tango,” “Razzle Dazzle,” “Hot Honey Rag,” and “All That Jazz.” Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

March 1, 8, 15, & 22

Play & Learn, 9:30–10:45 A.M. at Woodlawn Lake Park—Presented by Little Read Wagon and the San Antonio Public Library. Parents and caregivers share interactive play time with children to build early literacy skills. Designed for children five and under. FREE!

March 2–April 7

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical at Magik Theatre—Good for all ages, ideal for ages 3–7. Based on the beloved Caldecott Honor-winning picture book by Mo Willems, author of Elephant and Piggy and Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. The story: girl loves stuffed animal. Girl loses beloved animal. Girl fights to get animal back. Trixie, her father, and her favorite stuffed bunny set off on a trip to the Laundromat. The trip brings wonder, excitement, and joy to the lively toddler until she realizes that she has left her Knuffle Bunny back at the laundromat. Trixie does everything in her power to make her father understand the emergency, but her father fails to see the issue at hand. (Sensory-friendly performance on Saturday, March 10 at 2:00 P.M.) Tickets: $12–15.

March 17, 24, & 31

The Ants Go Marching, 9:30 A.M. at Magik Performing Arts Center (5359 Casa Bella, 78249)—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, The 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. Tickets: $12.

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One Response to San Antonio Scoop: A Guide to March Events

  1. Rebecca March 6, 2018 at 5:44 pm #

    Really appreciate all the time that goes into these monthly lists of things to do . Thanks so mich