San Antonio Scoop: A Guide to April Events

 

April’s Scoop is brought to you by The DoSeum. Run, Jump, Fly is open through April 8 and there is a ReDo scheduled for April 20! Check out their packed events calendar here.

You’ll notice there is plenty packed into the first weekend of April, with fewer events toward the middle and end of the month. I’m guessing that’s because Fiesta® time in San Antonio runs April 19–29. Our Guide to Family-Friendly Fiesta Events will be coming soon, so stay tuned!

Easter is Sunday, April 1. Still looking for a community Easter egg hunt? ACMB can help! Take a look at our Egg Hunts & Spring Events round up of local events for ideas!

Sunday, April 1—Easter Sunday

Monday, April 2

12th Birthday Celebration, 10:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. at McKenna Children’s Museum—McKenna Children’s Museum turns 12 on April 1st, 2018! Goodie bags will be given to the first 100 kids, plus there will be a chance to win one of four $25 gift certificates to the gift shop to four lucky kiddos who make McKenna Children’s Museum a Birthday Card at the creative coloring table. Drawings for gift certificates will be held at 11:30 A.M., 1:00 P.M., 2:30 P.M., and 4:00 P.M. Call (830) 606-9525 for more information. Free with museum admission.

Tuesday, April 3

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!

Friday, April 6

WestFest, 5:00–9:00 P.M. at Guadalupanita Plaza—Now in its third year, WestFest 2018 is an arts and culture festival that celebrates the Guadalupe neighborhood through performing arts, art exhibits, and local cultural entrepreneurs in the culinary and retail art sectors. FREE!

April 6–8

Anniversary Weekend at Institute of Texan Cultures—The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures has a weekend of celebrations planned as the museum marks its 50th anniversary. On Friday the Institute will open two 50th anniversary exhibits: one focusing on HemisFair ’68, and the other on its own 50 years of service to Texas. Saturday and Sunday will feature cultural performances on the exhibit floor and showings of a new dome show in the 26-screen dome theater. FREE Friday after 3:00 P.M. and Sunday. Saturday, buy one, get one half-off.

Saturday, April 7

Insectmania, 9:00–11:00 A.M. at Phil Hardberger Park East (Blanco Road)—Alamo Area Master Naturalist and Honey Creek Natural Area Coordinator Holly Camero will provide a hands-on program about the insect family. Kid-friendly activity included. A donation to the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy of $3 per individual or $5 per family is suggested.

Workshop: Window Birdhouse, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Home Depot stores—Encourage a love for nature and ornithology in this hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a window birdhouse. Your young birdwatcher can observe bird behaviors like building a nest and watching eggs hatch without the need for expensive equipment. Once your birdhouse 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!

San Antonio Book Festival, 9:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. at Central Library—A daylong event that unites readers and writers in a celebration of ideas, books, libraries, and literary culture. Featuring more than 90 authors, the Festival offers programming for all ages and draws thousands to downtown San Antonio at the Central Library & Southwest School of Art for author presentations, panel discussions, book sales and signings, children’s and teen activities, food trucks, and a vibrant marketplace. FREE!

KidsFest, 9:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. at Comal County Fair Grounds (New Braunfels)—Largest, action-packed, kid-focused annual event where kids are able to play and families can discover all the best resources, products, and services for children in one place. Admission is $3 per person; 2 years and under are free. Purchase tickets online through April 3.

First Saturday Hike: Wildflower Walk for Families, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Friedrich Wilderness Park—For ages 5 and up. Using Leave No Trace principles, children will learn how to identify Texas wildflowers, hear cultural folktales, and head back to the classroom to make pressed wildflower sun catchers. RSVP required. For more information, call (210) 207-3782 or email [email protected]. Suggested donation: $3 per person or $6 per family. 

Touch-a-Truck, 10:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at Crown of Life Preschool—A community event that allows children of all ages to explore and experience a wide variety of vehicles they see throughout town but don’t usually have the chance to touch. Check out construction vehicles, sanitation trucks, fire trucks, local and federal law enforcement vehicles, tree-trimming trucks, and so much more. Plenty of food trucks will also be on site with food for purchase. Admission is $1 per person for ages 2 and up.

Costumed Character Appearance: The Hungry Caterpillar, 10:30 A.M. at The Twig Book Shop—Hang out with Miss Anastasia and a favorite costumed character while reading books and engaging in children’s activities. FREE!

Art in the Park, 11:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Hemisfair—Join Hemisfair partner San Antonio Dance Umbrella for a Polynesia Dance workshop with Desert Polynesia, LLC. 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!

¡Viva Hemisfair! 50th Anniversary Celebration, 12:00–9:00 P.M. at Hemisfair—Hemisfair is turning 50, and the whole weekend is about celebration with an all-day festival of heritage and culture on Saturday. See the website for all the details on activities, vendors, demonstrations, and performances. FREE!

Super Fun Saturday: Kites!, 1:00–3:00 P.M. at Hemisfair—As part of Hemisfair’s 50th Anniversary, join a special edition of Super Fun Saturday. Participants will make and decorate their very own kites. This workshop will be led by local artists Stuart Allen and Cade Bradshaw. FREE!

Junie B. Jones is Here!, 2:00 P.M. at The Purple Chair—Stop by and meet Junie B Jones. Hopefully she won’t get into too much mischief while she’s here! Don’t forget your cameras. Recommended for all ages. FREE!

Sunday, April 8

Children’s Concert: Celebrating Curiosity, 3:00–4:00 P.M. at Northern Hills United Methodist Church—The Heart of Texas Concert Band will perform its 2nd annual Children’s Concert, complete with demonstrations from the band and bassoon soloist Alexander Plotkin from the Air National Guard Band of the Southwest and the Brazos Valley Symphony performing David Bennett’s “Bassoonata.” FREE! 

Monday, April 9

Little Sprouts: Wildlife & Wildflowers, 10:00–11:30 A.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden—Spring means wildflowers and new life. Explore the Garden for both! Children must be accompanied by an adult. All children and adults must be registered to attend. Registration $10 per adult, $5 per child. 

Wednesday, April 11

Elementary: Native Flowering Plants, 9:30–11:30 A.M. at Phil Hardberger Park East (Blanco Road)—Students will explore the flowering parts of plants. They will learn the difference between native, non-native, and invasive plants. Nature walk and kid-friendly activity included. Elementary classes are recommended for ages 7–10 years old. For information about the classes, contact [email protected]. A $3 per person or $5 per family donation to the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy is suggested

Thursday, April 12

Middle School: Water Saver Plants, 9:30–11:30 A.M. at Phil Hardberger Park East (Blanco Road)—Students will learn the difference between native, non-native, and invasive plants. Seven steps of xeriscaping will also be discussed. Nature walk included. Middle school classes recommended for ages 10–14 years old. Kid-friendly activity for each class. For information about the classes, contact [email protected]. A donation of $3 per person or $5 per family is suggested.

Friday, April 13

Cinema on the Plaza: Coco, 6:00 P.M. & 8:30 P.M. at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts—Two showings. Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer, in this Disney animated feature film. Full concessions and bar available. Bring your own lawn chair 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!

Cars 3, at Bulverde Community Park—Outdoor movie screening. More details coming soon. FREE! 

Saturday, April 14

Discover Nature, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Elmendorf Lake—Join the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department for this exciting family-friendly festival that celebrates nature through hands-on fun for all ages. Enjoy a special presentation on dinosaurs of Texas by Dinosaur George, make nature-inspired art, learn about honey bees, and stop by the pollination station! Tree adoptions while supplies last. FREE! 

Kids Day in the Park, 10:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at San Pedro Springs Park—KLRN invites families to celebrate the Week of the Young Child! Stop by to meet and greet The Cat in the Hat. Enjoy games, activities, and entertainment as you play outdoors with your family and friends. For more information, visit klrn.org/events or call (210) 270-9000. FREE!

The Greenline Experience, 10:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at Brooks—Are you ready to experience the Greenline? Join Brooks for the opening of San Antonio’s newest urban linear park. Event will feature live music, activities and outdoor fun. Located in the heart of the Brooks campus at 2532 Sidney Brooks, the 43-acre Greenline will open with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 A.M. followed by family-friendly programming. FREE!

CHEF Family Drop-in Program, 10:30 A.M.–12:30 P.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden—From Garden to Plate, learn about the fresh fruits and veggies that make delicious, nutritious meals. Watch a CHEF recipe demonstration and taste a bite of the day’s recipe. Free with Garden admission.

Our Family Reads: The Mayor’s Book Club District 3, 2:00–4:00 P.M. at McCreless Library—Explore the variety of folktales and folklore from around the world. Poet Laureate Carman Tafolla will entertain guests with her storytelling and readings. The whole family will enjoy this event with crafts, green screen photo opportunities, treats and folktales. Our Family Reads: The Mayor’s Book Club was created by Mayor Ron Nirenberg to encourage families in the community to read along with him and members of City Council about some of their favorite topics, and to cultivate a community experience. FREE!

Sunday, April 15

Picture Your World, 1:00–4:00 P.M. at Bracken Bat Cave—Hosted by Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas. Open to youth ages 8–18, the Picture Your World weekend workshops teach photographic composition and technique through hands-on demonstration and constructive critique. Participants will produce a visual memory of their day and begin a creative portfolio while experiencing the wonders of the natural environment. Participants may bring their own digital camera or one will be provided for you. Bracken Cave, on the northern outskirts of San Antonio, is home to the world’s largest bat colony, with more than 15 million Mexican free-tailed bats. Please register online to ensure your space is reserved. Workshop fee: $20.

April 19–29— Fiesta San Antonio 

Check out our annual guide, Fiesta in San Antonio: A Guide to Family-Friendly Events

Friday, April 20

Blanca Flor, A Magical Mexican Fairytale Ballet, 7:00 P.M. at Carver Community Cultural Center—Presented by San Antonio Youth Ballet. Enjoy the magical tale of Mexico and celebrate Fiesta with this charming ballet, Blanca Flor. With fairies, princesses, robbers and an evil queen, Blanca Flor is sure to please the whole family. This performance includes original choreography and special performances. Tickets $14 plus fees.

Saturday, April 21

Wildflowers and Butterflies, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Phil Hardberger Park East (Voelcker Lane)—Explore native wildflowers and the butterflies that need them with Drake White, Alamo Area Master Naturalist, during a tour of the Butterfly Learning Center. Learn the difference between host plants and nectar sources. Kid-friendly activity included. A donation to the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy of $3 per individual or $5 per family is suggested. 

Spring Family Festival, 10:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Herff Farm, Cibolo Nature Center—Community event celebrating the changing seasons. Explore the historical homestead, teaching gardens, and farmers market. Enjoy children’s activities, adult workshops, local food and artisans, and more. See what’s growing at Herff Farm. Admission is $5 per person or $10 per family.

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 Fiesta themed, with metal-making arts and crafts. FREE!

Bubble Fest, 11:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at Linda Pace Foundation—Local nonprofit Spare Parts will activate the park with a variety of fun and engaging bubble stations in an effort to celebrate its beautifully landscaped spaces and visual experiences. Artist Cruz Ortiz will be onsite as the DJ and MC and Snake Hawk Press has created a custom design for t-shirt silk screening. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own old t-shirts for printing. Honeysuckle Teatime will be on site during the event selling 9-ounce versions of their Instagram-worthy milkshakes (while supplies last). FREE!

Bidi Bidi Birthday Bash, 12:30–3:30 P.M. at Central Library—Celebrate the Queen of Tejano Music’s birthday at Central Library’s Latino Collection and Resource Center. ‘No te queda mas’ than to get into your ‘Carcacha’ and join the Library for an afternoon of music, food and fun. Event includes a live performance by a professional Selena impersonator, costume contest and trivia. Join a tour of Central Library and visit sites where the biographical movie was filmed in 1997. All ages are welcome, even ‘El Chico del Apartamento 512’. FREE!

Northside Art Festival, 3:00 P.M. & 6:30 P.M. at McAllister Auditorium—The ballet is based on the children’s book The Butterfly Who Became A Cocoon by Nancy Grossenbacher. Both the book and ballet are set in a garden of oversized flowers that dwarf the characters as they dance to the music of Tchaikovsky. This colorful, comical, and touching performance depicts the life of Oliver the Butterfly who experiences self-doubt and questions the purpose of his life after Cornelius the Ant criticizes him for being different from all the other garden creatures. The ballet moves quickly, making it ideal for even the youngest audience members. Along with Lepidoptera, the Alamo City Dance Company will showcase their skills in a tribute to Texas with an abstract piece representing the six flags that have flown over Texas. The Northside Arts Festival will also have local artists showcasing their work to promote and sell their creations, and a silent auction will be held during the event to benefit Eva’s Heroes. Tickets: $20.

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax at Cypress Point Park (Schertz)—Outdoor movie screening sponsored by City of Schertz Parks, Recreation, and Community Services. More details to come. FREE!

April 19–29— Fiesta San Antonio

Thursday, April 26

Growing Up Wild: Seed Need, 10:00–11:30 A.M. at Friedrich Wilderness Park—For ages 4–7. Learn what seeds need to grow through stories, hands-on activities, and a guided hike. Growing Up Wild builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. 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. 

Saturday, April 28

CHEF Family Drop-in Program, 10:30 A.M.–12:30 P.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden—From Garden to Plate, learn about the fresh fruits and veggies that make delicious, nutritious meals. Watch a CHEF recipe demonstration and taste a bite of the day’s recipe. Free with Garden admission.

United Way Kids Festival, 11:00 A.M.–3:00 P.M. at Lockwood Park—More than 65 booths (nonprofits, school districts, and city services) will provide information, activities, and entertainment focusing on the celebration and promotion of early childhood development. There will be a large variety of activities offered for children of all ages. There will be a Showmobile stage hosting numerous entertainment acts along with mascot characters. City officials will welcome participants and attendants throughout the day. FREE!

Sunday, April 29

Family Performance: Sounds of Life, 2:00–3:00 P.M. at McNay Art Museum—Experience the art of dance paired with traditional Spanish and Mexican song by Azul Barrientos as the museum offers dance demos with an opportunity at the end for audience participation. Free with museum admission.

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. Tickets: $12–15.

April 3–26

Dinosaur Day at the following SAPL Branch Libraries: April 3—Brook Hollow; April 8—San Pedro; April 12—McCreless; April 13—Potranco; April 14—Pruitt; April 17—Landa; April 18—Collins Garden; April 20—Cody; April 24—Westfall; April 26—Thousand Oaks. Who doesn’t love dinosaurs? They’re big and scary, but they can’t hurt you because they are gone! Join in the fun as we play and learn about dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes. Designed for children five and under, but all ages are welcome. FREE!

April 6, 13, 20, 27

Friday Public Programs, 6:30 P.M., 7:30 P.M., & 9:00 P.M. at Scobee Planetarium—Three different presentations for different ages: Perfect Little Planet (35 min.) at 6:30 P.M., family presentation for all ages; Spring Sky Tonight Live (50 min.) at 7:30 P.M., children must be 6 years or older; and Dark Matter Mysteries (38 min.) at 9:00 P.M., children must be 6 years or older. Doors open at 6:00 P.M. Tickets go on sale 30 minutes prior to each start time. Tickets: $4 per child (4–17 years) and $5 per adult. 

April 7, 14, & 21

The Ants Go Marching, 10:00 A.M. at Pearl Studio—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.

April 24–June 7

Disney’s Aladdin Dual-Language Edition at The Magik Theatre—Good for ages 3 and up, ideal for ages 5–10. Disney’s Aladdin Dual Language Edition is based on the original tale from 1001 Arabian Nights, and features the Academy Award-winning score from Disney’s animated classic. Magik’s production features San Antonio local Sebastien de la Cruz in the title role of Aladdin. This dual-language version in both Spanish and English takes the Disney tale and revamps it to make language a key element of the plot. Our story begins centuries ago, when the royalty of Agrabah spoke one language and the citizens another. Communication is impossible without translation…which is controlled by the evil vizier, Jafar. When the rebellious princess, Jazmin, and a delinquent street rat, Aladdin, meet in the marketplace, they find something special in one another. Together, they work to transcend the barriers between them and, with a little magic, help create a better future for themselves and for Agrabah. Tickets: $12–13.50.

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