San Antonio Scoop: A Guide to June Events

Are you surviving these triple-digit temps lately? I hope so. Summer is upon us at long last. 

This month you’ve got plenty of options when it comes to nature, animals, and dinosaurs. Just take a look!

Be sure to check the San Antonio Public Library for its full schedule of summer activities and events, including the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club and special presentations like Dinosaur George.

San Antonio activities for kids

June 1-2

Don Quixote de San Antonio at Majestic Theatre—The award-winning Children’s Ballet of San Antonio presents its latest production. As an official Tricentennial event, Don Quixote de San Antonio follows the premise of the masterpiece ballet Don Quixote, adding a San Antonio twist as it honors the Alamo City’s rich culture and history. Don Quixote sets out on his journey to San Antonio with his comedic sidekick Sancho Panza as they seek to defend virtue and search for Dulcinea, Don Quixote’s love who has appeared to him in a dream. Along the way, they encounter a host of characters the whole family is sure to enjoy! Don Quixote de San Antonio features a talented cast of 150 young artists, ranging in age from 3 to 19. Children ages 2 and up need a ticket. Tickets $22–32.

Saturday, June 2

Jr. Fishing Day, 7:00–11:00 A.M. at Live Oak City Park—Children ages 13 and younger may join this event. You are encouraged to bring your own equipment; however, children without a fishing rod may check one out on site on a first-come, first-served basis. Live Oak residents will be granted free admission (with proof of residency), and non-residents have a $2 entry fee. 

Family Fishing Tournament, 9:00 A.M.–11:00 P.M. at Boerne Lake (Boerne)—The goal of the Boerne Family Fishing Tournament is to provide a free opportunity to introduce the sport of fishing to children as well as create a safe environment for parents and children to enjoy the outdoors together. The first Saturday in June is fish without a license day in the State of Texas; therefore, adults fishing in this tournament are not required to carry a fishing license to participate. Each team must have a member who is 18 or older on or before the tournament date, and at least one member who is 17 or younger on or before the tournament date. There can be up to three children per one adult registration. Register online

Workshop: Classic Car, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Home Depot stores—Share the nostalgic pastime of car modeling with your child in our classic car hands-on workshop. Together you can build a vintage General Motors-style wooden car to put on display or take for a ride “with no particular place to go.” Once your vehicle is built, your child can customize it with paint and stickers. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. Recommended ages: 5–12. All kids get to keep their craft and will 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!

Family Fun Hike, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Friedrich Wilderness Park—Enjoy a family-friendly hike along the trails. Explore the flora and fauna along Water Trail and Forest Range. Hike will cover approximately one mile. RSVP required. For more information, call (210) 207-3782 or email [email protected] Suggested donation is $3 per person, or $6 per family.

Summer Reading Kickoff Party with Rainbow Fish, 10:30 A.M. at The Twig Book Shop—Costumed character appearance and story time with Miss Anastasia. FREE!

Super Fun Saturday: Let’s Get Wet, 1:00–3:00 P.M. at Hemisfair—Join Hemisfair for a soaker of a Saturday with activities all using water such as water balloon fights, wet chalk art, water color paintings, and so much more! FREE!

Summer Reading Kickoff Party, 2:00–3:00 p.M. at Central Library—Join the Library for a summer fiesta for kids of all ages. Celebrate San Antonio with special art activities and play experiences. Sign the whole family up for the Mayor’s Summer Reading Program too. FREE!

Star Party, 8:30–11:00 P.M. at Crescent Bend Nature Park—Explore the Texas night sky with volunteers from the San Antonio Astronomical Association. Get an amazing view of Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus, watch satellites tracking across the sky, and learn about the different star clusters from our knowledgeable volunteers. FREE!

Boss Baby, 7:00–11:00 P.M. at Mission Marquee Plaza—A suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying baby pairs up with his seven-year-old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co. Load up your lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks to enjoy during the movie. Food via local food trucks also available for purchase. Venue opens at 7:00 P.M., and movie will begin 15 minutes after dusk. Pet friendly. FREE!

Sunday, June 3

Family Day See + Do: Sense-A-Tional Multisensory Day, 1:00–4:00 P.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art—Engage your senses with this family day designed to accommodate all visitors. Experience the Museum from a new perspective with multi-sensory family tours and art activities. Free with Museum admission; children under 12 free. Pro tip: Enter the Museum before noon and everyone gets in FREE!

Tuesday, June 5

Free Family Night, 5:30–7:30 P.M. at The DoSeum—The first 1,500 guests will be admitted; arrive early to ensure entry. Parking is limited. No outside food allowed inside. FREE!

Wednesday, June 6

Elementary: Water Conservation, 9:30–11:30 A.M. at Hardberger Park East (Blanco Rd.)—Students will learn about rainwater harvesting and WaterSaver plants. Students will repurpose things out of recycled materials. Nature walk and kid-friendly activity included. Bring a water bottle and recycled bags. Elementary classes recommended for ages 7–10 years old. For information about the classes, contact [email protected] A donation of $3 per person or $5 per family to the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy is recommended.   

Thursday, June 7

Middle School: Camping 101, 9:30–11:30 A.M. at Hardberger Park East (Blanco Rd.)—Students will learn the Leave No Trace principles of camping and backpacking. In addition, they will make and learn how to cook a dessert in a dutch oven pot. For more information, contact  [email protected] There is a suggested donation of $3 per person or $5 per family to the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy. 

Frozen Yogurt Social, 11:00 A.M.–3:00 P.M. at Main Plaza—What if we told you that every scoop of free frozen yogurt you ate would donate $1 to charity? Enjoy free KempsCows Moose Tracks Frozen Yogurt to help raise $10,000 for The Salvation Army San Antonio Area CommandFor each scoop served, Moose Tracks will donate $1 to The Salvation Army of San Antonio in hopes of raising $10,000 for vital community programs. FREE!

Friday, June 8

Summer Kickoff Party, 10:00 A.M.–7:00 P.M. at Kiddie Park—Celebrate the start of summer with affordable family fun. Enjoy $8 unlimited ride bands. Plus, there will be snack bar specials, carnival games, face painting, and more. 

H-E-B Cinema on the Plaza: Star Wars: The Last Jedi, 8:00 P.M. at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts—Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares for battle with the First Order. Full concessions and bar available. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the movie on the 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!

Sleeping Beauty, 7:30–8:30 P.M. at Carver Community Cultural Center—Presented by Cibolo City Ballet. Tickets: $15.

June 8-10

Texas Folklife Festival at Institute of Texan Cultures—The signature event at the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures brings the mission to life. The Texas Folklife Festival welcomes Texans from around the state to celebrate and share their unique cultural heritage through music, dance, food, crafts, and more. The festival features more than 250 organizations and individuals representing some 40 cultures that call Texas home. A menu of authentic cuisines includes more than 100 dishes to enjoy. Some 60 skilled artisans and craftsmen come to the festival to preserve and pass on pioneer trades such as leatherwork, blacksmithing, jelly making, basket weaving, chuck wagon cooking, and other skills. Tickets: $5–15; children under 5 free.

Saturday, June 9

Fit Pass Dash 5K, 7:00–11:00 A.M. at Pearsall Park—Kick off Fit Pass 2018. Get active and fit at this free 5K event! First 2,000 people to pick up their race packets will get a free Fit Pass 2018 shirt. There will be 2,000 chip-timed bibs available for competitive walking and competitive running divisions. There will also be an untimed one-mile fun run. FREE!

Family Birding, 8:00–10:00 A.M. at Mitchell Lake Audubon Center—Join the flock with your fledglings! Learn as a family about birds and birding, geared towards families of all types and sizes. Texas Master Naturalists Tom and Patsy Inglet will introduce you to basic binocular techniques, identification basics, and take you on a walk to put your new skills to use in the field. Free with general admission.

Splashfest!, 3:00–7:00 P.M. at Universal City Park—Kick-off the summer with four hours of water slides, games, and DJ music. Unlimited rides on several water slides, games, and activities. Those not riding the slides, games, or activities do not have to purchase a wristband. Unlimited Access Wristband available for $3.

Movie in the Park: Moana, 6:00–10:00 P.M. at Pickrell Pool Park (Schertz)—The ocean is calling! Join Moana on her epic journey. Green glow necklaces reminiscent of the “Heart of Tefiti” will be provided for guests and pool noodles will be available for floating. If you choose to bring your own float they must be completely clear so lifeguards can see through them to the bottom of the pool. Concessions will be available for purchase as well. FREE!

Monday, June 11

KLRN KIDS Summer Festival with Curious George, 10:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Monterrey Park—Join KLRN for educational math and science activities, games, and all kinds of summer fun. Learn about the Health Kids Project and have some fun with the most inquisitive monkey of all, Curious George! FREE!

June 11, 12, & 16

Dinosaur George at Cortez, Las Palmas, and Brook Hollow, and Central Libraries—San Antonio’s favorite paleontologist is bringing his enthusiasm and expertise back to the San Antonio Public Library this summer. Spending time with Dinosaur George promises to include lots of fossils and fun. This prehistoric adventure in Library Land is recommended for school age children. FREE!

Tuesday, June 12

Simple Musical Instruments, 2:00–3:00 P.M. at Leon Valley Public Library—Make easy-but-cool little musical instruments out of everyday stuff. Drums, banjos, flutes, and the like—it’s amazing what kids can “drum” up! FREE!

Thursday, June 14

Mommy and Me Baby Shower, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at University Health System Robert B. Green Campus—Presented by Community First Health Plans. FREE!

Saturday, June 16

Amazing Preservation Race for Kids, 8:30–10:30 A.M. at Hemisfair—Join the Office of Historic Preservation to discover, explore, and investigate the hidden treasures and historic architecture of Hemisfair while competing for exciting prizes! Registration includes t-shirts for kids. Register online. Parents, guardians, and other adult family members may attend for free. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is $5 for each participating child ages 3–10 (pre-K and elementary).

The Bee Experience, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Urban Ecology Center, Hardberger Park West (NW Military Hwy)—How are bees important to the planet? Much of our food is dependent on pollination. Would we starve without bees? Margaret Bass presents and a kid-friendly program is included. Presented by Alamo Area Texas Master Naturalists, the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy, and San Antonio Parks & Recreation. No registration is required. A donation to the PHP Conservancy of $3 per person or $5 per family is suggested.

Two-year Anniversary Celebration, 10:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. Bandera Natural History Museum—A full day of exciting events. Happy Tails will bring a collection of animals in a petting zoo. They will give talks about each animal and let guests touch most of the animals. The Gibson sisters will entertain on the café patio. Bill Rivers Movieland Animals will be available all day. Food and beverages will be available for purchase starting with breakfast tacos followed by nachos, hot dogs and Dino Nuggets. Free with regular admission.

Justice League, 7:00–11:00 P.M. at Mission Marquee Plaza—Celebrate Father’s Day with this free screening. Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Load up your lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks to enjoy during the movie. Food via local food trucks also available for purchase. Venue opens at 7:00 P.M., and movie will begin 15 minutes after dusk. Pet friendly. FREE!

Monday, June 18

Fiesta Farm, 6:00–7:00 P.M. at Las Palmas branch library—You might not live on a farm, but come experience and appreciate these common farm animals up close and personal. Recommended for school-aged children. Younger children welcome when accompanied by a parent or caregiver. FREE!

Reptile Encounter, 6:00–9:00 P.M. at Arctic Ape Wild Desserts—Bring the kids for a free encounter with some reptiles from Alamo City Reptile Rescue and Fletcher Turtle Rescue. Guests will get to learn about, handle, and take photos with several species of reptiles. FREE!

Tuesday, June 19

Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom, 10:00–11:00 A.M. at UTSA Main Campus—This event will celebrate the declaration of freedom for all remaining slaves in Texas on June 19, 1865. FREE!

Wednesday, June 20

A Cow at the Library?, 10:30–11:30 A.M. at Leon Valley Public Library—Southwest Dairy Farmers will bring their mobile classroom, which includes, yes, a cow. Learn where milk comes from, and rumor has it there will be ice cream, because…cows. FREE!

Friday, June 22

Insect Camp, 2:00–3:00 P.M. at Bexar BiblioTech—Join the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and deep dive into the world of insects. This program will include hands-on activities perfect for children ages 5–11. Be sure to sign up as there are a limited amount of seats available. If you have any questions, please call (210) 631-0180. FREE!

Saturday, June 23

Dinosaur George, 11:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Landa Branch Library—San Antonio’s favorite paleontologist is bringing his enthusiasm and expertise back to the San Antonio Public Library this summer. Spending time with Dinosaur George promises to include lots of fossils and lots of fun. This prehistoric adventure in Library Land is recommended for school-aged children. FREE!

Sunday, June 24

Dr. Krashundbang, 2:00–3:00 P.M. at San Pedro Branch Library—The drama of science comes to Library Land, courtesy of Magik Theatre. Dr. Krashundbang mixes up a unique blend of education and entertainment. Recommended for school-aged children. FREE!

Monday, June 25

Learn Nature, 6:00–7:00 P.M. at Las Palmas Branch Library—Get up close and learn more about small animals like snakes, rats, birds, and toads, all found in and around San Antonio. Recommended for school-aged children. Younger children are welcome when accompanied by a parent or caregiver. FREE!

June 25–29

Growing Up Wild: Wild Week, 9:30–11:30 A.M. at Hardberger Park East (Blanco Rd.)—Your child will enjoy a week of exploring nature. Each day includes a different outdoor activity, nature hike, snack, and craft. Wild Week is for children 4–6 years old. Space is limited to the first 20 paid registrants. Registration and payment can be made online. Wild Week is offered by San Antonio Parks & Recreation. For more information, please email Susan Campbell. Suggested donation for the week of camp is $50 per child or $75 for families with more than one sibling attending. 

June 26 & 28–30

Dr. Krashundbang, various times Collins Garden, Forest Hills, Igo, Carver, and Maverick Branch Libraries—The drama of science comes to Library Land, courtesy of Magik Theatre. Dr. Krashundbang mixes up a unique blend of education and entertainment. Recommended for school-aged children. *Please note: some branches require tickets, which can be picked up in advance. FREE!

Thursday, June 28

Happy Tails Exotic Animals, 10:30–11:15 A.M. at Leon Valley Public Library—Learn about and interact with exotic animals. Fun for the whole family. FREE!

Saturday, June 30

Kids Time with U.S. Air Force, 11:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Landa Branch Library—Library Land adventures begin with Summer Kids Time: books to read, games to play, activities to enjoy, and friends to meet—all designed with school-aged kids in mind. Landa Library also invited U.S. Air Force personnel out to read stories to families and answer questions about military life for a special Kids Time before July 4th. The children’s craft for this day can also be sent to a San Antonio military service person as a thank you if preferred. FREE!

April 24–June 7

Disney’s Aladdin Dual-Language Edition at 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.

June 22–July 1

Madagascar: A Musical Adventure at Majestic Theatre—Presented by Magik Theatre. Do you like to move it, move it? Take a journey out of the zoo and onto the stage with your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends from the blockbuster DreamWorks film. Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip-hip-Hippo, and of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto your stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar: A Musical Adventure follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. Madagascar will leave audiences with no choice but to “Move It, Move It!” Tickets $25–35.

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