San Antonio Scoop: A Guide to Family-friendly Events in August

It’s August! When did that happen?! Since it’s almost time to get into back-to-school mode, we’ve compiled a list of some local events to help kids get ready for school. Feel free to share in the comments any helpful back-to-school events that we might’ve missed!

If you’re a military family, you still have some time to take advantage of the Blue Star Museums program, which provides free admission to institutions around the country from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Locally, you can get in free at Artpace, Blue Star Contemporary, Briscoe Western Art Museum, Casa Navarro State Historic Site, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio Museum of Art, Southwest School of Art, UTSA Institute of Texas Cultures, and Villa Finale Museum and Gardens.

Wednesday, August 1

Back 2 School!, 12:00–3:00 P.M. at Pica Pica Plaza | FREE!
Line up starts at 10 A.M. Child must be present. Receive a free backpack with school supplies. There will also be health resources, door prizes, and free haircuts provided by UCAS. Call 210-927-7422 for more information.

Thursday, August 2

Bringing It Home: Back to School Bash, 6:00–8:00 P.M. at Davis Scott Family YMCA | FREE!
Backpack giveaway and school supply drive, open to boys and girls ages 5 to 13.

Saturday, August 4 

Stuff the Bus: San Antonio School Supply Drive, 9:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. at H-E-B Plus! (281 & Evans Rd.) 
Drop off/purchase new school supplies to donate. School supplies will then be distributed to 80 Bexar County school campuses. The goal is to collect a record three tons of supplies for our Tricentennial year. Let’s do it, San Antonio! #SA300

Back-to-School Expo, 9:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Freeman Expo Hall | FREE!
Everything back to school. Free immunizations, free school supplies*, free backpacks*, free haircuts*, free sports physicals* (*while supplies last), health screenings, and interactive areas. Open to the public, free parking.

4th Annual District 1 Back to School Wellness Fair, 9:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Edison High School | FREE!
Councilman Treviño and Telemundo 60 invite area families to attend. School-aged children will receive a backpack filled with school supplies for the upcoming school year. Additionally, there will be many community and wellness partners to provide services ranging from flu shots to allergy screenings to dental screenings and more. Each student in attendance will also receive two free meals thanks to a generous donation from the San Antonio Food Bank. Students must be present to receive supplies and services. Please contact (210) 207-0900 with any questions or if you are interested in donating/volunteering.

Back to School Splash Bash, 1:00–3:00 P.M. at Kingsborough Pool | FREE!
The summer pool season will come to an end soon and school is about to begin. Join activities in and out of water and chances to win school supplies.

Friday, August 10

13th Annual Back 2 School Jamboree, 10:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at Claude Black Center | FREE!
With the help of wonderful and consistent sponsors, the Jamboree has become a hub for our youth to receive school supplies to start their school year. This initiative is one of the many programs the center offers for the betterment of the San Antonio’s East Side community. For more information, to make donations, or to volunteer, please call (210) 207-5233 or email [email protected]

Saturday, August 11

Back @ School Fair, 9:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Palo Alto College (Gymnasium) | FREE!
Free backpacks, free school supplies, and free immunizations. Presented by State Rep. Philip Cortez.

Let’s Read! Kids Back to School Fest, 11:00 A.M.–3:0o P.M. at Main Plaza | FREE!
Kids of all school ages (Kindergarten through 12th grade) are welcome to participate in free and fun activities and also receive a free backpack and school supplies. Child must be present to collect backpack and school supplies.

Back to School Bash, 6:00–8:00 P.M. at Hemisfair | FREE!
A community event to get students, parents, and teachers ready for the school year. Live music, interactive art exhibits, back to school supplies, health & wellness demonstrations, and a screening of the movie Breaking Legs at sunset.

Friday, August 17

Kinder Bash, 6:00–8:00 P.M. at McKenna Children’s Museum | Kindergartners FREE!; $7 members; $10 non-members
Celebrate the start of a new and exciting chapter…Kindergarten! This is a fun-filled celebration featuring exclusive after-hours playtime, food, drinks, back-to-school activities, free raffles for Kindergartners featuring some awesome school supplies, face painting, and one lucky Kindergartner will win a free McKenna Children’s Museum Deluxe Birthday Party! Pre-registration is required for this event as it will sell out. Please call (830) 606-9525 to ensure your family’s spot today. 

Saturday, August 18

Back to School Bash | Celebration Por Volver al Escuela, 10:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Confluence Park | FREE!
Join Families Empowered for food, fun, and games to kick of the 2018–2019 school year! | ¡Únase a Families Empowered para disfrutar de la comida, de juegos divertidos en Confluence Park para poner en marcha el año escolar 2018–2019!

Wednesday, August 22

Bexar County Kutz 5th Annual Back to School Event, 10:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. at Bexar County Kutz | FREE!
This barbershop will be giving away more than 200 free haircuts and more than 200 free backpacks with school supplies. Bexar County Kutz will also be giving away free food and drinks as well as raspas and much more. They will also be accepting school supply donations as well as donations of juices, waters, and sodas for those who want to help and pay it forward.

Wednesday, August 1

Make Thinking Putty, 2:00–3:00 P.M. at Learning Express (Quarry Market) | $10 supply fee
Best for ages 5+. For this Science Club project make a custom mini tin using the Thinking Putty Mixed by Me kit. You’ll also get a new large 4” tin of Ion Putty. Both the custom mini tin and the 4” Ion Putty are yours to keep. Must sign up in advance (in store or by phone at (210) 545-5445).

Friday, August 3

Family Flick: Patema Inverted, 8:30–10:15 A.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art | FREE!
(Japan, 2013) 98 minutes. Suggested for ages 8 and up. Princess Patema lives in an underground world, but one day tumbles headlong into a void and out into the wide open world above the surface. Age is a student on this surface world when he spies Patema hanging upside-down from a tree. He pulls her down to safety, struggling to keep her earthbound. Together they master the art of navigating competing gravitational forces and set out to discover the secret that keeps their worlds apart. Film begins at sundown. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics. Pets are not permitted on the museum campus; however, service animals are permitted in the museum. 

Girls STEM Summit, 8:30 A.M–4:00 P.M. at Scobee Education Center | FREE!
Never before have careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) been more available to women entering college. The Scobee Girls STEM Summit will provide middle school and high school girls the opportunity to meet with scientists, engineers, and other women professionals. This is a free event sponsored by San Antonio College and the Scobee Education Center. It is open to middle school girls and high school girls. Register early, as space is limited to 100 young ladies. 

Saturday, August 4 

IASA Medical Camp, 7:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Serna Elementary | FREE!
For all ages. Free consultation with physicians, specialists, nurses, and other care providers. Food, beverages, book bags, and bike helmets for kids. This event is supported by District 10 Councilman Clayton Perry, the NEISD school district Medical Director, and the Principal and staff of Serna Elementary School. FREE!

Free Heart Screening, 8:30–10:00 A.M. at Piper-Bass Student Center—Screened heart conditions, representing some of the more common causes of why young adults might die suddenly: hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, dilated cardiomyopathy, aortic root aneurysm, Long QT syndrome, Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome. A parental waiver must be signed in order for your teen to receive a heart screening. Teens should wear loose-fitting clothing. Screening includes an electrocardiogram (ECG) and, if needed, a limited 2-D echocardiogram (ECHO). The screening process typically takes approximately 20 minutes per student. Note: Average wait time varies. FREE!

Latch On SA, 9:00 A.M.–3:00 P.M. at TriPoint | FREE!
An annual event held in celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, aspiring to bring the community of San Antonio closer together in support of breastfeeding families. Educational booth, retail vendors, fashion show, family fun, raffle prizes, photos, and more. 

All About Bats, 9:00–11:00 A.M. at Urban Ecology Center, Phil Hardberger Park West (NW Military Hwy.) | Suggested donation: $3 per person or $5 per family. Bat Conservation International Director of Bracken Cave, Fran Hutchins, will talk about the world’s largest population of Mexican Free-tail Bats in this area. Kid-friendly activity included.

Kidcation, 9:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Hemisfair | FREE!
One last summer hurrah for kids and parents by enjoying money-saving deals and free activities throughout the town. Kidcation kick-off event will feature games, giveaways, face painting, music, and special character appearances. Hosted by Our Kids magazine. 

Workshop: Bookworm Bookends, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Home Depot stores | FREE!
Celebrate your child’s devotion to reading in our book-lover’s hands-on workshop. Together you and your child can build a set of bookworm bookends to add personality, organization, and excitement to bookshelves in any playroom, family room, or bedroom. Once construction is complete, decorate the bookends 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 certificate of achievement, a workshop apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.

Art in the Park, 11:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Hemisfair | FREE
Join Hemisfair partner San Antonio Dance Umbrella for a free dance class for kids ages 4–11. 

Outdoor Movies Series: Toy Story 3, 7:00–11:00 P.M. at Mission Marquee Plaza | FREE!
Awarded “the Best Place to Watch an Outdoor Movie” in 2017 by the SA Current, the Mission Marquee Plaza’s beautiful open-air environment is sure to offer a great view of the original jumbo screen. With plenty of lawn space, visitors are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, and picnics to enjoy an evening of entertainment under the stars. Movie will begin 15 minutes after dusk. All events are pet friendly. 

Tuesday, August 7

Free Family Night, 6:30–8:30 P.M. at The DoSeum | FREE!
The first 1,500 guests will be admitted; arrive early to ensure entry. Parking is limited. No outside food allowed inside. 

Bat Loco Bash, 6:00–9:00 P.M. at Camden Street Bridge, Museum Reach | FREE!
Hosted by The San Antonio River Authority (SARA), Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), Bat Conservation International (BCI), and the San Antonio River Foundation. Event will include a bat parade, educational booths, food trucks, live music, bat friends, and a Batmobile™ replica. The public is invited to bring their chairs as SARA staff will lead the talk about the bat colony that currently resides under I-35 while sharing information related to the San Antonio River and the Museum Reach. Wildlife experts from TPWD and BCI will provide bat education and explain the important role bats have in the South Texas ecosystem. For more information, visit

Friday, August 10

Zootopia, 8:30–11:00 P.M. at Blossom Park | FREE!
Outdoor movie sponsored by District 9 City Councilman John Courage.

Saturday, August 11

Last Hurrah of Summer Concert, 10:00 A.M. at The Twig Book Shop | FREE!
Enjoy a musical performance by Will Parker, plus he will draw one reader from the prize bucket for The Rainbow Fish Art Piece. Need not be present to win. And announcing Rainbow Fish’s FishTastic Summer Reading Program’s GRAND PRIZE for those #twigtwiglets reading or being read 70 books! Grand Prize includes a free ticket to The San Antonio Aquarium generously donated by The San Antonio Aquarium! No limit to the number of Twiglets who can earn a grand prize. Last day to earn the grand prize is August 11. 

When I Grow Up, 1:00–4:00 P.M. at San Antonio Garden Center | FREE!
Presented by Texas Public Radio. Designed to inform, entertain and inspire, TPR invites children, between 6 and 16 years, to meet with a wide variety of professionals. Children and their families meet one-on-one with leaders in the community to learn about their career inspiration, as well as educational and professional paths. Organized like an expo, children are encouraged to meet and talk to the professional ‘mentors’ who represent the careers they are most interested in. The event also includes children’s activities and entertainment.

H-E-B Family Saturday, 1:00–4:00 P.M. at Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum | FREE!
Families and kids of all ages are invited to attend. This event focuses on our current exhibitions and brings together local artists and community organizations to offer creative activities. Works on view become the inspiration for art making and kids learn how to look at and understand contemporary art better through fun activities. Stay tuned for more information on the activities. Register in advance to help Blue Star provide the correct amount of materials and supplies. 

Barrio Block Party, 4:00–8:00 P.M. at San Anto Cultural Arts | FREE!
Featuring artwork from the Summer Youth Workshops, the release of our 216th issue of El Placazo, and the grand unveiling of the restoration of the Alex Rubio mural Sweet as Candy. There will be music, the barrio-famous pony press, food and refreshments available for purchase, vendors, activities for kids, San Anto merch and so much more. 

Sunday, August 12

Vaquerocation, 12:00–4:00 P.M. at Institute of Texas Cultures | FREE!
As part of the citywide Kidcation, which turns the city into a children’s playground for a last big outing before the school year, this event features activities centered on the legacy of the Texas Cowboy. Kids and families will have an opportunity to interact with cowboy docents, practice their skills at roping, learn about life on the cattle drives, make their own spurs, grab a seat for cowboy story time, and work on cowboy-themed hands-on crafts. 

Thursday, August 16

Big Bend 101 for Families, 6:30–8:00 P.M. at REI San Antonio | FREE!
ACMB Contributor Cristina Sosa Noriega was living in West Texas when she gave birth to her oldest daughter Luz in 2009. During her time there, she became mesmerized with the outdoors and fell in love with the beauty of Big Bend, the Davis Mountains, and the vast beauty of the entire desert region. Since moving back to San Antonio in 2012, Cristina, her husband, and her two daughters have made frequent trips to West Texas and subsequently gained a familiar love for being together outdoors. Cristina’s talk will be geared to parents with kids ages 10 and under who have never been to Big Bend but enjoy the outdoors and want a crash course in where and when to go, and how to plan and pack accordingly. She will focus on day hikes only, although basic information will also be provided about camping and lodging options both in and near the park.

Friday, August 17

Nature at Night, 7:00–9:00 P.M. at Mitchell Lake Audubon Center | $6 for adults; $3 for children
Crafts, family hikes, and fun facts about animals active at twilight. You might come across a Common Night Hawk or even a snake or two. Adults and adolescents can join the Advanced Night Hike at 8:30 P.M. for a quiet stroll on the upland trail in search of crepuscular activity. Space is limited for this hike. Night Hikes are approximately 45 minutes in length. Bring: flashlights, closed-toe shoes, and water bottles for everyone. Snacks, drinks, and soda available for purchase.

Saturday, August 18

Art in the Park, 11:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Hemisfair | FREE!
Join Hemisfair partner The Magik Theatre for a theatrical play workshop for kids ages 4–11. This week’s theme will be a crafts and games class based around the Warner Bros. film Small Foot! The workshop will be held inside the Carriage House behind the ping pong table. 

Outdoor Movie Series: Star Wars: The Last Jedi, 7:00–11:00 P.M. at Mission Marquee Plaza | FREE!
Return to a galaxy far, far away where 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 to do battle with the First Order. 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. Event is pet friendly.

Sunday, August 19

Family-friendly Model Rocket Launch, 8:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Kitty Hawk Flying Field | FREE!
Fliers of all experience levels are welcome. There are no fees or membership requirements, but donations are gladly accepted to cover the field use fee. Bring water, sun block, chairs, shade, and ROCKETS! There will be a debrief at Grumpy’s Mexican Cafe immediately after the launch.

Thursday, August 23

Pirate Painting with a Tot, 11:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at McKenna Children’s Museum | $15 for non-members; $12 for members + admission
Ahoy, mateys! Arrr-gust is Pirate Month at McKenna Children’s Museum. This is an interactive class taught by pirate captains, Mr. Joel and Ms. Isabel. All pirates attending will receive a high-quality canvas with a pre-drawn pirate ship to paint and take home, along with snacks and drinks fit for Blackbeard himself. Registration is required for this event, and the fee does not include museum admission. Space is limited, and this event will sell out, so please call (830) 606-9525 today to reserve a spot.

Sunday, August 26

Open House: Discovery and Discounts, 2:00–6:00 P.M. at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts | FREE!
Discover all the Tobin Center has to offer and receive special Open House ticket discounts. Explore and visit with all that call the Tobin Center home, including the seven resident companies, Tobin Catering, the Technical Department, and the rest of The Tobin Center Team.

August 29–31

Starting Out Wild: Fish & Ocean, 10:00–11:00 A.M. at Urban Ecology Center Phil Hardberger Park West (NW Military Hwy.) | Suggested donation: $3 per individual or $5 per family; registration opens August 13 at 9:00 A.M.
Toddlers will explore the world of the ocean through finger play, songs, and movements. A craft and snack are included. This class is part of the Starting Out Wild series for children 18 months to 3 years old. Class size is limited, and registration through the website is required. For more information or to be placed on the waiting list, email [email protected]. For help with the registration process, call (210) 492-7472.

July 5–August 12

Madagascar: A Musical Adventure at Magik Theatre | Tickets: $12–13.50
Good for ages 3 and up, ideal for ages 5–10, Madagascar will leave audiences with no choice but to “Move It, Move It!” 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. 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.

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